- Apple is holding a "Time flies" event tomorrow at 10.30 pm IST.
- The iPhone 12 might not be launched tomorrow if rumours are to go by.
- Instead, we could see the Watch, iPad, AirTags, and a whole lot of other products.
Apple's "Time flies" event is happening tomorrow. It is the annual extravaganza that the entire tech community looks up to, waiting for one thing mostly. The iPhone. But this time there might be a different line-up of launches on September 15. Apple has strongly hinted the event could be all about the Watch Series 6 and new iPad Air models. Speculations are also rife that iPhone 12 might not be a part of September 15 announcements. Instead, the 5G iPhone line-up might debut a little later.
The prediction that only two products might see the light of day might turn out true. But there are several other speculations that are hovering right now. For instance, there could be an affordable version of the smartwatch dubbed Apple Watch SE (via Bloomberg), similar to how iPhone SE is positioned in the iPhone family. There could also be another iPad that might be launched. And then the AirTags are also likely to launch tomorrow. So we are certainly looking at more than two products.
Something that is highly likely to launch tomorrow is iOS 14. The next-generation software for iPhone and iPod might finally be rolled out, along with the iPadOS 14. The new versions of watchOS and tvOS are also likely to tag along with the iOS 14 rollout. Apple usually rolls out new software versions with its new iPhone models but since the iPhone 12 launch is delayed, I am not sure the same would happen to iOS 14 rollout.
The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to have a blood oxygen monitor, which an early version of iOS 14 codes hinted at. Over and above that, the watchOS 7 will have native sleep tracking and a rebranded Fitness app, so it is only sensible that the Watch Series 6 will support them. But all of this is standard: Apple launches a new Watch model every year with obvious improvements.
What is not standard and a little interesting is the Watch SE. This alleged Apple Watch model could replace the Apple Watch Series 3 to offer an affordable option. Apple Watch Series 3 is popular among users even after more than two years since the launch. These are just rumours and even if they become true, it is not presently clear how different the Watch SE would be from Watch Series 6.
The iPad Air might finally get an edge-to-edge design much like the iPad Pro models. This year's iPad Air could be called iPad Air 4 and it is going to retain the Touch ID but on a different location. A leaked manual on Twitter suggests the power button on the top of the iPad will integrate Touch ID, which means you get thin bezels on all four sides of the iPad Air 4. There are going to be gestures for navigation, similar to how they are on iPhone X and higher models. Apart from this information, there is very little that confirms what Apple has in store for tomorrow.
But if we look beyond the main products, Apple might have more to offer tomorrow. A Bloomberg report suggests there could be an affordable HomePod due for launch at tomorrow's event. There could also be headphones that Apple has reportedly been working on for quite some time. A recent teardown of Apple Music APK revealed the Apple One subscription bundle, so there is that also likely queued up for launch tomorrow. And finally, the AirTags location-tracking tags that work like those of Tile. If everything that has leaked so far becomes real tomorrow, Apple might be able to pull off its event that lacks the showstopper iPhone.