Apple executives will take to the stage in a livestream from Cupertino, where they will announce and discuss new items that the company expects to release in the near future.
They are expected to unveil new items, including revamped iPad and AirPods models, as well as the rumored AirTags and other surprises.
What should we expect from Apple? Here are a few ideas:
iPad Pro and iPad mini
According to rumors, the latest iPad Pro will be available in the same two sizes as the previous model—11 and 12.9 inches—and will feature few, if any, noticeable design improvements. So, what’s different this time?
The latest tablets will almost certainly have an updated Apple system-on-a-chip, which will have an updated CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and other components. Considering previous naming conventions, “A13X” seems to be a strong possibility. According to reports, it will be identical to the M1 processor Apple used in low-end Macs last year in at least some respects, but we don’t know exactly what that means.
In any case, the Pro is sure to boost gaming and innovative app results.
On the other hand, iPad mini’s design is outdated at this stage, with large bezels wasting a considerable portion of the device’s limited space rather than the better screen-to-body ratio seen in other recent iPads.
It’s also worth noting that the A12 processor in the unit will be three years old this year. If Apple does update it, it will almost certainly be with a more recent chip, most definitely the A14 from last year’s iPhone lineup.
Apple should also add support for a newer, improved version of the Apple Pencil, as the current mini only works with the previous model.
Apple Silicon Macs
While this event will mainly concentrate on the iPad, Apple promised last summer that it will upgrade its entire Mac product line to replace Intel chips with Apple Silicon within two years. We’re approaching the one-year mark, and Apple has only revamped the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini’s low-end models so far.
According to several sources, the company intends to release higher-end MacBook Pro versions and a new iMac this year, with the Mac Pro desktop tower receiving an Apple Silicon refresh in 2022.
There’s also talk of a redesigned MacBook Air, but that device received the M1 treatment earlier this year. Apple is rumored to be working on a completely redesigned iMac with more screen space, a new body shape, Apple Silicon, and other enhancements.
For years, rumors have circulated about an Apple-branded object tracker known as AirTags. With the company allowing third-party items into the Find My scheme, AirTags appears to be in a “now or never” situation.
Third-generation iPhone SE
The second-generation iPhone SE was released in April of last year, so it could be due for an upgrade.
The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 20 and will be streamed live on Apple’s website and via the Apple TV app.