Apple’s latest products will be revealed soon, with rumors pointing toward a 5G iPhone 12, an Apple Watch Series 6, a new iPad, updates to its mobile hardware, and more.
Time to mark your calendar: Apple has announced the date and time for its annual fall product launch, and it’s Sept. 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. Pacific time, 1 p.m. Eastern time. Like previous Apple events in the fall, this product launch will be when the company announces upgrades to its key hardware, and according to TechRepublic sister site ZDNet, bring major and long-awaited upgrades.
What to expect at Apple’s Sept. 15 event: iPhone 12, new iPad, Apple Watch 6, and more
Citing industry analysts, ZDNet said that the likely-to-be-revealed iPhone 12 will be an upgrade “supercycle,” with a new design that closely mimics the iPad, such as squared aluminum sides, which make the device feel a lot like the iPhone 4 design of years gone by.
The other big upgrade expected to come along with the iPhone 12 is 5G, finally bringing Apple up to par with competitors like Samsung, which has had 5G smartphones in its lineup since early 2019. However, it seems a new iPhone might be delayed a few weeks, based on a statement by Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri in a company conference call.
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TechRepublic sister site CNET said it’s likely that Apple will unveil a new iPad, a new generation of Apple Watch, and new bundling options for its Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, Apple News Plus, and Apple Arcade subscription services. CNET also suggests a new Mac—the first to ship with an Apple Silicon chip—may be revealed at the event. It appears there’s an augmented reality (AR) component to the Apple event, based on the interactive invitation, CNET said.
How to watch the Sept. 15 Apple event
Like other major tech companies have done during the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple’s Sept. 15 event will be online only, so if you’re keen to tune in, you’ll need to know where to stream it.
For the simplest streaming option, head on over to Apple’s events page and click the Add To Your Calendar link. That will download an ICS file you can add to your calendar app of choice; the Apple.com streaming link is embedded right in the calendar event that the ICS file creates.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to watch the event on Apple’s YouTube page: The livestream video already has a direct link where you can set a reminder to tune in on the September 15th. Apple typically streams its events via Apple TV, so if that’s your preferred viewing method, be sure to look for the stream on Apple TV.
Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect the latest information about the Apple event.