Apple has announced an event for next April 20. The company has summoned the media and users for a keynote next week, the first of this 2021. Under the slogan of “Spring Loaded”, the invitation to the event has colorful apple-shaped strokes as a motif, indicating some clues on what we can expect.
The Apple event will take place on April 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. A somewhat unusual day, given its proximity to the next keynote that is also official: WWDC 2021. Finally, rumors that a presentation of apple products in spring have been confirmed, with Siri filtering the date this morning.
Wait… What Siri filtering!?
This is what happened this morning: It seems that Siri knows about Apple’s plans better than many of us, because after asking the assistant about the Apple event she answers that it will take place on April 20 at Apple Park. An event in which we await the presentation of the new iPad Pro, as well as possibly other accessories and products such as AirTags.
As reported in MacRumors, if we ask our assistant, in English, “When is the next Apple Event”, Siri answers that it will take place on April 20 and that we can get all the details at Apple.com
There is much news that is rumored for this announcement. Mainly we wait for the renewal of the iPad Pro that, in its larger model, would use a mini-LED screen, but we can also see the news in the iPad, as well as in the iPad mini. We have also heard rumors of the presentation of a new Apple TV, as well as the long-awaited AirTags that, after opening the service to third parties, have a free pass for their arrival.
This is what happened a few hours ago
The Cupertino-based company has sent its customary email invitation to the press with a phrase (“loaded spring”) revealing the spring atmosphere and a colorful outline of an apple. Given the different thicknesses, it contains, it was probably drawn with an iPad and Apple Pencil. This is where we can deduce that the event will revolve around new iPads and the accessories that accompany them.
The Apple keynote will be online, held from Apple Park. With the current situation of the pandemic improving but still without definitive control, Cupertino prefers to keep the format remotely to announce their new products. One that, on the other hand, was to be expected after the announcement of the WWDC also online.
As the company has done on other occasions, it has created an animation that can be seen on its website. In the keynote section, we see how an apple is formed in augmented reality with strokes. Will we see something related to this technology in the presentation?
An Event Focused on The iPad & Some Accessories
For this keynote, we expect much news from Apple. Of course, we must bear in mind that the bulk of large products are presented in the last third of the year. So while we will probably see, say, minor products, they are big enough to deserve a keynote.
Among them are the renovations of the iPad mini, iPad, and iPad Pro. The first one is the one that most doubts arise since some rumors claim that it will increase its screen at the expense of the frames, but in one of the last, you can see the size of forever. There are also chances that the regular iPad will see some kind of improvement (and even frameless design), although rumors don’t mention it lately.
As for the iPad Pro, it will safely renew its camera system, perhaps the processor, and also its screen, which would be one of the main protagonists. According to Bloomberg, they affirm that the change to the mini-LED panel may have limited initial stock.
What do we know?
These photos have appeared on the Twitter of Sonny Dickson, an Apple leaker, and blogger, and belong to the mockups of these products. These are the mockups that are delivered to accessory manufacturers so they can prepare for the arrival of new products.
Due to its mock-up nature, not all the components are present, we see, for example, that the Smart Connector is nothing more than a drawing on the 11-inch iPad Pro and that it is totally absent on the 12.9-inch one. Also absent is the connector of said iPad, although we understand that it is simply an omission and not a change in design.
From the leaked images the most information is extracted from the sixth-generation iPad mini, which seems to keep the design compared to the previous version. A design with frames and a Home button, although according to Dickson somewhat thicker. The truth is that both Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman hope that the screen size of this iPad mini will increase, something that could well come thanks to a reduction in the frames that we see in the image.
As for the iPad Pro, the camera system seems the same as the previous one, including the LiDAR sensor. The only difference is that on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro the camera module seems to stick out less than on the 11-inch model. In this sense, according to rumors, we expect that the individual cameras, the lenses, protrude less from the module itself, again something that we cannot appreciate in these mockups.
In addition to the iPad and being spring, new colors of Apple Watch bands and iPhone cases would almost certainly arrive. Other accessories that have been in the pools for a long time and that could well be announced now are the redesigned AirPods 3, the AirTag as a location beacon, and maybe even the Apple TV 6, although this may be a better fit in the fall.
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