Apple has sent out invitations for a virtual product launch event that will take place on April 20, called Spring Loaded. The invitations arrived in reporters’ inboxes today, hours after Siri revealed the date when asked about Apple’s upcoming event.
Taking place online due to the pandemic, the event is expected to include a range of new Apple devices, including an update to the iPad Pro and Apple TV, as well as the potential reveal of the AirTag tracking gadget. so anticipated.
Likely a pre-recorded affair, in the same form as last year’s WWDC and iPhone 12, the event kicks off at the usual 10am PST time and will likely last around an hour.
Here’s what we can expect at the Apple Special Event on April 20:
An updated iPad Pro with a mini LED display
A new model of iPad Pro is expected to arrive in April
It has been rumored for some time now, and with the recent information that leaked earlier this week, an updated iPad Pro is widely expected from Apple this week. 13 months after the current model got a lidar sensor for its rear camera, focus will be on the iPad Pro’s screen.
Specifically, Apple is believed to equip the larger 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro with a Mini LED display. This technology was first seen in high-end TVs, and this is where smaller LED bulbs are used to illuminate the display panel from behind. This gives me precise control over how the screen is illuminated, producing improved brightness and contrast ratio.
The smaller 11-inch iPad Pro is believed to be missing the new display, but both models should still benefit from a performance boost, potentially with a process tied to the M1 chip made by Apple in the current MacBook Air and Mac Mini. There are reports of poor performance on newer displays, so the iPad Pro Mini LED might be in short supply initially after launch.
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We have the impression that we have been waiting for years for the arrival of Apple’s rival, Tile. Small and seemingly simple device, references to the AirTag have appeared in beta versions of iPhone software for some time now, and earlier this month Apple opened its Find My app to work with other devices. companies for the first time.
We expect the AirTag to work with the Find My app and be designed to attach to non-smart devices like bags and bikes, helping owners find them if they are lost or stolen. The AirTag should work with Bluetooth, like the Tile products, but also the Ultra-Wideband chips of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12.
Read more: AirTags – What we know so far about Apple’s rival Tile
Apple TV 4K set to be updated in 2021
The Apple TV is in dire need of an update, given that the hardware hasn’t changed since September 2017. Since then, rival devices from Amazon, Google, Roku and others have arrived with the same. capacities but much lower prices.
With the recent demise of the HomePod smart speaker, it is now believed that Apple is considering combining a new HomePod and the Apple TV into one device. According to BloombergApple is working on a device that also includes a camera for video calling from the TV and a second product that looks like a HomePod with an iPad-like screen. It would rival Google’s Nest Hub and Amazon’s Echo Show line of smart displays – but almost certainly at a higher price point.
A new iMac
A decade later, and the iMac finally gets a new design
It has also been said for some time a new iMac. Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer was last updated in August 2020, but hasn’t received a visual overhaul for many years now. It is generally expected to get a new design and a more powerful version of Apple’s new M1 chip, potentially referred to as M1X or M2.
There are also question marks surrounding the iMac Pro, which arrives in December 2017 and was discontinued in early 2021 with no sign of an immediate successor. We can’t be sure at this point whether or not Apple will include a Pro model in its new iMac lineup.
Read more: What to expect (and hope for) from the long-awaited 2021 iMac refresh
A new MacBook Pro
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is patiently waiting for an update to the new Apple M processor. The smaller 13-inch MBP was updated to an M1 processor in 2020, but the larger model has not been updated since. November 2019 and is overdue for an update – in fact, Apple hasn’t left the largest MBP that long without an update since 2015.