This April 20, Apple is organizing its first conference of the year. It is once again a virtual format that the brand has chosen, the pandemic making it impossible to invite journalists and partners to Cupertino.
In the program of this keynote, it should be about iPad Pro and software updates. All rumors agree on this subject, their presentations are almost assured. However, no one knows if Apple will go further. Several rumors have been piling up in recent months about a new iMac with a new design, a new Apple TV, new AirPods, AirTags trackers and, possibly, other surprises. Here is a point on what is likely and what is less.
What we are sure to see
iPad Pro: Apple’s high-end tablet will be renewed on Tuesday, that’s for sure. The invitation card sent by the brand suggests a drawing with the Apple Pencil, while rumors about it have multiplied in recent days. The iPad Pro should keep their 11 and 12.9 inch formats, replace USB Type-C with Thunderbolt (which is in the same format, but notably allows faster transfers) and, this is a first, abandon the LCD. for the Mini-LED. Indeed, the 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro would be equipped with an ultra-bright Mini-LED panel with a record contrast ratio. A new processor (A14X) with performance similar to that of the Mac’s M1 chip would also be on the program. Of course, cell models should embrace 5G.
Apple Pencil 3: For several weeks, several leaks have regularly revealed the design of what would be a new Apple Pencil. Almost identical to the second generation stylus, the latter would adopt a brighter look. We imagine that there would be other novelties, which would make it even more practical for owners of a new iPad Pro.
iOS 14.5: After eight beta versions, the new iPhone and iPad update is expected to launch this week. Apple should take advantage of its keynote to present its many new features, such as the possibility of using Face ID with a mask (if you have an Apple Watch), the arrival of new emojis or, of course, the famous anti- tracking that worries Facebook so much. Updates for macOS, watchOS and tvOS should also be released.
New accessories: Each spring, Apple unveils new colors for the shells of its iPhone and iPad, as well as new bracelets for its connected watch. Everything should be launched on Tuesday, just after the conference.
What is possible, but not sure
AirTags: AirTags have been “leaked” for more than two years now. Already copied by the competition (like Samsung, with its SmartTag), Bluetooth and UWB trackers have still not been formalized by the Californian brand, which sometimes questions us about their arrival in the future. Apple could finally present them on Tuesday, a few days after announcing the opening of a Find My program for third party props. Let us be suspicious of this announcement, AirTags have been expected at all Apple events for a year and a half, to no avail.
iMac, new design and Apple Silicon chip: Here too, we are skeptical. It has been known for several months that a new iMac is being prepared, with a new, more modern design and a chip developed in-house, replacing the Intel models currently in circulation. According to some leakers, several colors would be offered, in homage to the first iMacs. No images have ever been released, which makes it difficult for us to know what these computers will look like.
Will the new iMacs be presented on Tuesday? It is more and more possible. On Twitter, journalist Mark Gurman suggests that he obtained information on the computer, without answering questions about the date of his announcement. In some markets, certain configurations of the iMac are sold out. This suggests that there will be movement.
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– Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 16, 2021
New features for services: It is now the tradition, Apple presents new features for its services at each keynote. The brand has already announced the arrival of new games for Apple Arcade and new courses for Apple Fitness +, which leads us to assume that these services will not be on the schedule on Tuesday. However, we could discover new trailers for Apple TV + films and series or have information on the number of subscribers to certain services (the brand has not communicated on Apple Music since June 2019). Can we also hope for the launch of a new service? In iOS 14.5, the app Podcasts had the right to a nice overhaul (and now speaks of “following” a podcast and no longer “subscribing”). Is Apple Podcasts + coming?
Which is unlikely
AirPods 3: According to some leakers, the launch of new, smaller AirPods is imminent. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst known for his reliability, says for his part that production of the headphones will not begin until the third quarter of 2021. It seems unlikely to us to see Apple unveil them on Tuesday.
Apple TV: Rumors all agree on the imminent arrival of a new, more powerful Apple TV, dedicated to video games (with an HDMI 2.1 port on the program). However, it seems unlikely to see her on Tuesday. Fans of the Apple case may have to wait a little longer.
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New MacBook Pros: The announcement of a new iMac is possible, those of new MacBooks is very uncertain. It is arguably at WWDC, if not later, that Apple will update its high-end laptops with new Apple Silicon processors. We’re also talking about a new, more modern design, with an edge-to-edge screen.
iPad mini: On the tablet side, lovers of the small Apple tablet have dreamed of a renewal for years. The Californian brand would be planning one, but it is unlikely to see it on Tuesday.
Tuesday at 7 p.m., The Indian Paper.com will invite you to follow the conference live on its website and on its Twitter. In the wake of Apple’s announcements, our journalists will review all the products announced.