Each September, Apple unveils its new lineup of iPhone and Apple Watch gadgets in a reside occasion with press, influencers, and business figures current—or does it? This yr, we’re not fairly sure.
Final week, the northern California tech large put out invites to a video stream from the Steve Jobs Theater (the placement on the corporate’s new campus the place it usually hosts folks in individual) to announce some new merchandise. The tagline was “Time Flies”—and we’ll get into some interpretations of that in a second—however time certain is not flying for many onlookers, as we transfer into the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And due to that pandemic’s impact on Apple’s operations, there have been a number of scattered studies that the corporate could not handle to ship its new iPhones within the September window it normally targets, at the same time as there are different conflicting rumors indicating that sure, iPhones are certainly coming this month.
On prime of that, there are quite a few different merchandise that Apple may announce both this month, or at an occasion in October or November. The one one the corporate has beforehand confirmed is a few form of Apple Silicon Mac—the primary commercially launched Mac to ditch Intel’s CPUs in favor of Apple’s personal design. Past that, there are a lot of prospects.
Let’s contemplate a number of of them.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional
As famous above, Apple normally pronounces new iPhones at an occasion in September round this time—however there was some hypothesis it will not. We do not know somehow, however we in all probability do know fairly a bit about what these iPhones will appear like when they’re introduced.
That is due to quite a lot of studies and leaks over the previous a number of months—not simply provide line leaks or analyst hypothesis, which are sometimes deceptive—however from normally credible journalistic publications with sources they are saying are straight acquainted with Apple’s plans, amongst different issues. These studies aren’t a certain factor, however they often have come from sources who’ve precisely known as Apple product particulars prior to now, like Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.
Based on these sources and studies, Apple will announce 4 iPhones: two successors to the iPhone 11 in two completely different sizes, and a successor every to the iPhone 11 Professional and iPhone 11 Professional Max. All indicators level to a significant redesign throughout the board—the primary because the iPhone X was launched in 2017—that would come with, amongst different issues, flattened metallic edges just like these on the current iPad Professional fashions, or the iPhone Four and 5.
These telephones will are available in three completely different sizes. The most important of the iPhone 11 successors and the smallest of the iPhone 11 Professional successors would have 6.1-inch screens, whereas the smallest iPhone 11 successor would have a 5.Four-inch display screen—the smallest iPhone because the iPhone 5S and authentic iPhone SE. Lastly, an iPhone 11 Professional Max successor would have a really massive 6.7-inch display screen.
The studies declare that the 2 cheaper fashions can have aluminum edges, whereas the 2 pricier ones will function chrome steel.
Beneath: The iPhone 11 Professional Max from final yr. The brand new iPhones will in all probability look fairly completely different.
All 4 telephones will function 5G modems—an funding in longevity, maybe, as 5G networks aren’t very strong but. They’d additionally function the A14 chipset, Apple’s newest system-on-a-chip that can presumably be quicker than the already zippy A13 discovered within the iPhone 11 and 11 Professional household.
Lastly, some (however possibly not all) of the iPhones would see a time-of-flight sensor added to their rear digital camera arrays—one thing just like what we noticed in the latest iPad Professional, to facilitate augmented actuality apps and new digital camera options.
We do not know what to anticipate when it comes to pricing for the brand new iPhones, and as was written above: it is attainable these will come later within the yr. Usually dependable sources have conflicted about whether or not they’re slated for this month or not.
That sensor may very well be the impetus for Apple’s “Time Flies” tagline for the occasion. Or alternatively, the identical form of sensor may make its technique to the iPad Air, which we’ll talk about momentarily. (Or the tagline may simply be a play on the Apple Watch.)
Apple Watch Collection 6
We all know rather less concerning the subsequent Apple Watch—or possibly there’s simply much less to know, and it will not be as huge a yr for the Watch because it’s prone to be for the iPhone. Apple is anticipated to proceed to supply two completely different sizes, and the brand new Watch would sport speedier internals (particularly for wi-fi speeds) in addition to blood oxygen stage monitoring, a brand new well being monitoring function.
Beneath: The Apple Watch Collection 5, final yr’s Watch. We’re not anticipating something too radically completely different when it comes to design this yr, however you by no means know.
Moreover, Apple could introduce a brand new, cheaper mannequin of the Apple Watch meant to compete with lower-cost health gadgets like a few of these from Fitbit. We do not know what compromises could be made to ship this, although.