Yesterday, Apple officially confirmed that the autumn new product launch conference will hold on September 14th, US Western time. For folks in China, this event can be streamed at 1 am on September 15th, Beijing time. According to reports, in addition to the iPhone 13 series, there will be many other devices that are worth looking forward to. Here is a summary of the Apple products that will arrive at the iPhone 13 launch event.
1. iPad mini 6
The iPad mini-series will have a new device in its lineup. From the reports so far, this device will be a major upgrade to the iPad mini-series. Over the past 10 years, the iPad mini-series has always had the Home button. However, for the first time, the iPad mini 6 will not have the Homr button. Although the iPad mini 6 uses the same body size as its predecessor, the screen size increases to 8.4 inches. This means that the side and top bezels of this device are ultra-thin which will give the tablet an immersive display. The resolution of the display is 2388 x 1688 and it integrates the power button on the Touch ID key.
In terms of hardware, the iPad mini 6 will come with the Bionic A14 SoC. This chip uses 5nm manufacturing technology as well as a 6-core design. Furthermore, the iPad mini 6 also supports Apple Pencil (2nd generation), Bluetooth mouse, Bluetooth keyboard, and the data interface upgrades to a USB-C interface.
No doubt, the iPad mini 6 will be one of the best choices for tablets with a display lower than 10 inches. Also, this device should not be very expensive, it will cost about 2988 yuan ($463).
2. Apple MacBook Pro
Apple will also unveil a new MacBook Pro at the iPhone 13 launch event. This device will be available in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. The MacBook Pro will use a Mini LED screen for the first time. Compared with the previous generation, the Mini LED screen has richer colours, higher brightness, higher contrast, and better display effect. In terms of performance, MacBook Pro will debut the M1X chip, which will be built using TSMC’s 5nm process. The company will also upgrade the camera and will add a mini LED backlight.
The DSCC (Display Supply Chain Consultants) analysts have confirmed that Apple will be replacing the Touch Bar with a traditional function row. However, DSCC sources suggest that the world’s largest tech firm is planning to “cancel the Touch Bar” on its upcoming MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar was introduced back in 2016, but users never considered it as a much-needed feature. Most users fancied using physical keys that can be pressed, instead. About five years after introducing the feature, Apple is finally paying heed to users’ complaints.
Gizchina News of the week
3. Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch adopts a flat design, adopting the same design concept as the iPhone 12 series and the new iPad series. The dial size of the Apple Watch Series 7 increases to 45mm. Furthermore, the display adopts a brand-new lamination technology. Under the hood, this smartwatch will come with the S7 chip as well as a better battery. Since this chip is smaller, it enables the company to include a bigger battery. Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the Apple Watch Series 7 would sport a newfangled outward appearance. According to Kuo, the upcoming wearable will be thicker than earlier variants. According to reports, in addition to the basic blood oxygen and heart rate testing, Apple Watch Series 7 will also add blood pressure testing for the first time.
Apple Watch Series 7 is slated to launch in India in September this year, sporting a radically overhauled design and top-notch features. The Watch Series 7 will adopt a new design if rumors making the rounds online prove to be true. However, a new design will not affect the price tag it carries, considering that Apple has been pretty static in terms of pricing. Moreover, the Apple Watch Series 6 has a starting price of INR 40,900 (about $399). So, the upcoming Watch Series 7 could retail for around the same price.
In May this year, Jon Prosser revealed that the Apple Watch Series 7 will adopt a flat-edged design like the iPad Air, iPad Pro, and the iPhone 12. Moreover, the series could come in a green colour variant for the first time.
4. Apple AirPods 3
The AirPods series that has not been updated for three years will also usher in an upgrade. The appearance of the charging box of AirPods 3 is the same as that of AirPods Pro. However, the upcoming AirPods 3 is more compact. The earphone is similar to AirPods Pro, with a semi-in-ear design. There are no earplugs and the earphone handle may be shorter than the AirPods Pro. The Apple AirPods 3 may support accurate positioning function, which can help users quickly find lost headphones. However, the Apple AirPods 3 may not have active noise reduction. Although AirPods 3 does not support active noise reduction, the price is relatively lower.
Details about Apple AirPods 3 launch date are still few and far between, but the third generation AirPods has multiple appearances online. It was spotted in the form of a high-quality live image on July 24, indicating that the AirPods 3 will bear a striking resemblance to the AirPods Pro. Despite floating around the rumor mill for quite some time now, launch details of the new AirPods are still scarce.
The impending third-generation AirPods will hit the store shelves later this year. Reliable sources suggested that the device will be unveiled in the first half of this year. However, this speculation did not prove to be true. A new report now hints at an impending launch of the Apple AirPods 3. Apple has neither confirmed nor denied this piece of information.
Sources familiar with the Cupertino tech giant’s plans have told DigiTimes that Apple is highly likely to unveil the AirPods 3 alongside the Apple iPhone 13 during a launch event set to take place this month. Apple updated the more affordable AirPods in 2019, so it is quite understandable that the company is gearing up to refresh the product.
There will be a total of three Apple autumn new product launches. The September 15 event will mainly introduce Apple products such as the iPhone 13 series, AirPods, Apple Watch, etc. The second iPad series will be released in October, while the MacBook series will be released in November. Which of these devices are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comment section below