What to expect at Apple’s September 15 event: Apple Watch Series 6, new iPad Air, and more

Earlier this week, Apple officially set the virtual stage for its annual September event, inviting members of the press and public to tune in remotely on September 15. At this event, which was given the “Time Flies” tagline, we expect new Apple Watch and iPad hardware, details on iOS 14, and more.

Read more as soon as we know all you need to know about Apple’s September special program.

When is Apple’s September Event?

Apple’s special program will be on Tuesday, September 15. It will be completely virtual due to the COVID-19 epidemic, so we expect pre-recorded videos from the Steve Jobs Theater and Apple Park.

You will be able to live stream the event on Apple’s website, YouTube, and through the Apple TV application. It will kick off at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET.

New ipad air

Based on several different reports from last month, the iPad Air is expected to get a major redesign this year. According to a prescription leaked from last month, Apple has developed a dramatically resigned iPad Air 4 that bears a strong resemblance to the iPad Pro.

The iPad Air seen in these images features an edge-to-edge display without a home button, with flat buttons and USB-C connectivity. Instead of Face ID, these images suggest that the new iPad Air will actually feature Touch ID built into the side buttons on the iPad Air.

The idea of ​​the Touch ID side button in an Apple product was first suggested by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated that the 2021 iPhone SE Plus would feature Touch ID in the side button. If these images are to be believed, it appears that Apple will also bring technology to the iPad Air.

Taking this latest leak as valid, it would represent a major upgrade to the iPad Air, which looks dated compared to the iPad Pro. The base model in the iPad Air Apple’s tablet lineup sits between the $ 329 iPad and higher iPad Pro models, and giving it a more modern look will help make it more spaced from the entry-level iPad.

Bloomberg Told that the new iPad with an edge-to-edge display will be the focal point of the September 15 event, so we hope to learn a little more on Tuesday.

Apple Watch Series 6

In addition to the new iPad Air, the September event is also expected to include the Apple Watch Series 6 announcement. As has become the norm, evidence suggests that this year’s Apple Watch will focus too much on new health features.

Code found by iOS 14 9to5Mac Has indicated that the Apple Watch will detect blood oxygen levels this year.

Blood oxygen levels between 95% and 100% are considered healthy; Blood oxygen levels below 80% can lead to compromised heart and brain functionality. Risk of respiratory or cardiac arrest after continuous blood oxygen saturation is common. This feature will work similar to existing watchOS heart rate notification features. If the Apple Watch detects a blood oxygen level below a certain threshold, it will trigger a notification to the user.

9to5Mac iOS 14 also found evidence that Apple is working to improve the electrocardiogram feature with the Apple Watch Series 6. The Apple Watch Series 4 and 5 are currently the result of inconclusive ECG readings with heart rates between 100 and 120 beats per minute. The Apple Watch Series removes that limit with an upgraded version of the ECG app.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is likely to look similar to the Apple Watch Series 5. Reports suggest that there have been no major changes in store for the industrial design of the Apple Watch Series 6 and that it will follow the same general form factor as the series. 4 and series 5. Of course, things like new finishes, colors and bands are always possible.

Finally, the Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to officially drop support for Force Touch. Force Touch allowed Apple Watch users to press firmly on the device’s display to access additional content and controls, such as changing the watch face or clearing all notifications.

In watchOS 7, Apple removed the Force Touch feature, and the Apple Watch Series 6 is also likely to remove the hardware component of the functionality. This change should free up some space inside the Apple Watch Series 6, but it is unclear how Apple can use that newfound space elsewhere.

You can find all the rumors of the latest Apple Watch Series 6 in our complete guide here.

Apple Watch Series 3 Replacement

But Apple Watch announcements are not expected to end with Series 6. Bloomberg Last week’s report stated that Apple is planning a lower level of Apple for this year. The report states that the lower-end Apple Watch will serve as a replacement for the Apple Watch Series 3, which Apple began selling for $ 199.

Details on exactly what will be upgraded to the Series 3 replacement are unclear. The Apple Watch Series 3 is powered by Apple’s S3 processor, so the most logical assumption is that the new model will feature Apple’s new S4 or S5 processor. Twitter leaks have indicated that the Apple Watch Series 3 replacement will have the same design as the Series 4 / Series 5.

Additionally, the Apple Watch Series 3 lacks many of the health features that make the new Apple Watch model so appealing. While it is unlikely that Apple will bring ECG functionality to lower-end Series 3 replacements, it may add fall detection functionality altogether.

Even though the Apple Watch is in the Apple Store for a Series 3 replacement, we should learn more during Apple’s event on Tuesday.

Software release dates

Outside of hardware announcements, Apple will likely offer additional details on iOS 14, watchOS 7, iPadOS 14 and TVOS 14 during this September. While Apple unveiled these new updates at the WWDC in June, it generally likes to take another look at the features at the September event.

Apple released iOS 14 Beta 8 for developers and public beta users this week. This may be the last incremental beta of iOS 14. History would suggest that the golden master version of iOS 14 be released on September 15 after Apple’s special program. From there we would expect a release for the general public soon. , along with watchOS 7 and tvOS 14. Apple is likely to announce a release during the event.

Given that the iPhone 12 will not be available until October at the earliest. This means that new iPhone models will ship with something like iOS 14.1 out of the box.

For MacOS 11 Big Sur, Apple will likely save that release sometime in October or November, depending on the time frame of the first Apple Silicon Mac.

Wild card

“Apple One” Services Bundle

Apple is believed to be working on a bundle of its growing collection of subscription services. Reports have indicated that bundle options will have multiple levels, including simply the base tier with Apple TV + and Apple Music, as well as more premium bundles that include Apple Arcade, Apple News + and iCloud storage.

Just this week, on our colleagues 9to5Google Evidence of “Apple One” subscription bundle found in Apple Music for Android application. Whether or not Apple announces the Apple One bundle at the September 15 event or save for October can be seen.

Airpods Studio

For over a year now, reports have been circulating suggesting that Apple will soon launch its own pair of over-ear headphones. It is believed to exist separately from the Beats brand and offer features such as head and neck detection, custom equalizer settings, and more.

9to5Mac The leaked iOS 14 beta code also found evidence of the so-called AirPods Studio, including a property showing at least two color options for the new accessory. As for the price, rumors suggest that it will cost $ 349.

More recently, Bloomberg It was reported that AirPods Studio could be released as early as this year. If Apple wants to fill its September event beyond just the news of the iPad and Apple Watch, then AirPods Studio seems a perfect fit. Rumors have also suggested that a cheaper HomePod may also be on the way.

Read all the things about Apple’s rumored AirPods Studio so far throughout our guide.


Talking about the long-rumored Apple accessories, the company believes that it is developing its tile-like item trackers. In June 2019, 9to5Mac Reported on assets within iOS 13 that refer to a product type “Tag1,1”.

Since then, 9to5Mac A search for evidence of the name and reference to “AirTags” also appeared in a video published by Apple. Recently, a supply chain report indicated that mass production of the airtag was already underway.

You can find everything you know about airtags in our complete guide here so far. We expected the airtag to be at least the iPhone 11 event of the year, and we still don’t have it, so whether or not they arrive during the September event this year is anyone’s guess.

New apple tv

Apple is also reportedly working on a new Apple TV and a new Siri remote. Evidence of the new Apple TV hardware refresh has been circulating in iOS code for some time, and a recent report indicated that one of these changes would be a faster chip for better gaming performance.

As for the new Apple TV remote, Bloomberg Has suggested that one of the upgrades will be support for Find My Applications. This will make it easier for people to locate the remote when they disappear from home. Other improvements are also in store to see the controversial Siri distal remains.

Much like AirPods Studio, a new Apple TV will be awesome for Apple’s September event, but we’ll have to wait to find out if the case is going to end.

News about mac

Finally, the Mac lineup is almost ready to begin its transition to the Apple Silicon processor. Apple has stated that it will release its first Apple Silicon Mac before the end of this year, but there are current indicators that the Apple Silicon transition will not be addressed at the September event.

But no iPhone 12…

In a break from tradition, reports from various sources indicate that the iPhone 12 Will not done This year will be announced during Apple’s September schedule. The iPhone 12 has suffered delays due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and Apple only confirmed in July that this year’s iPhones came “a few weeks” later than the iPhone 11 lineup last year.

So when can we expect to announce the iPhone 12? Right now, there are indications that Apple will hold another special event in October focusing on the iPhone 12 and perhaps the new Mac hardware. In the meantime, you can keep up with everything we know so far about this year’s new iPhones in our complete guide.

Wrap up

No iPhone 12 keynote this month

Even though we don’t expect any news about the iPhone at Apple’s special event next week, one should still be very excited. Among the new Apple Watch models, a redesigned iPad Air, iOS 14 details, and more, it’s easy to see how the event will stand apart from the iPhone announcement this year.

9to5Mac You’ll have full live coverage of Apple’s September event, so know everything you need to know on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. What are you most excited to see this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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