Apple is a company that loves events, and that was more evident in 2020 than ever before, with the company hosting three consecutive months of product reveals in the latter half of the year. That pace isn’t slowing in 2021 either; Apple’s Spring Loaded event revealed the new iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K and 24in iMac in April, and we got our first look at the latest updates to Apple’s various operating systems at WWDC in June.
But when will the next Apple event take place? And what should you expect? Here’s all you need to know about Apple’s upcoming event schedule.
When is the next Apple event taking place?
Unless Apple is planning on an unexpected event sometime over the summer months, the next Apple event will likely be the launch of the iPhone 13, a new Apple Watch and possibly a few other products in September.
What will Apple announce at its September event?
It’s highly likely that we’ll see the reveal of the iPhone 13 range at the September event. Rumours suggest a refinement rather than a redesign, with bigger batteries, better displays and improved camera systems allegedly on the way, and with production allegedly ahead of schedule, it likely won’t get delayed until October (or November) as was the case in 2020.
Alongside the release of the iPhone 13 range is the Apple Watch Series 7 – and it’s set to be an exciting one, if rumours are to be believed. Recent rumblings suggest we could see the first full redesign of the Apple Watch since its inception back in 2015 – shrinking of bezels aside – with an industrial, angular design similar to that of the iPhone and iPad range said to be on offer.
Whispers also suggest that we could finally see the long-awaited AirPods 3 revealed at the September event. Multiple sources suggest the new AirPods, featuring a design similar to that of the AirPods Pro, will release sometime toward the end of 2021, while others specifically say it’ll be revealed alongside the iPhone 13.
Given the fact that Apple also took the opportunity to release the redesigned iPad Air and upgraded entry-level iPad in September 2020, it’s possible that we could see upgraded tablets this time around too.
The iPad Mini could get a much-needed update at the September event, with sources suggesting the iPad Mini 6 could feature an iPad Air-esque redesign complete with shrunken bezels and a Touch ID scanner built into the power button. The reduced bezels also allow for a larger display without an increase to the overall form factor.
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It’s also possible that Apple will take the opportunity to introduce an updated entry-level iPad with upgraded processing power, but those waiting for the iPad Air 5 will be disappointed with sources pointing towards a potential 2022 release.
Upcoming Apple events
Apple tends to host events at the same time every year, making it a little easier to predict when certain products might launch. Although 2020 did admittedly break away from the standard schedule due to COVID-19, we imagine Apple will return to its standard product release schedule from this point.
October 2021 event
The last event of the year for Apple will likely be the October event. Apple tends to launch new Macs around this time of year, so it’s likely when the company will reveal the redesigned 14 & 16in MacBook Pro range alongside an updated MacBook Air and Mac Mini too.
Those hoping for a 2021 announcement of the ‘Big iMac’ will be disappointed though; the larger 32in iMac isn’t due until early 2022 according to recent rumours.
If Apple doesn’t announce the updated iPads in September, it’ll likely do so at the October event.