Apple’s next event will take place on April 20, the company announced today, with an invitation teasing the upcoming event with a “Spring Loaded” slogan. The official confirmation came just hours after the company’s voice assistant revealed the date early when asked “When’s the next Apple event?”
As is typical, the invitation doesn’t get much farther, although the squiggly Apple logo and “spring-loaded” slogan may refer to a new Apple Pencil stylus – perhaps one with some sort of clickable button.
The timing of the event is also favorable for the announcement of new iPad Pros. While the new 11- and 12.9-inch tablets are expected to have a similar design to last year’s models, the larger version will reportedly be Apple’s first with a Mini LED display. Other rumored improvements include a faster processor with performance in line with the M1 chip Apple used in its recent Macs, improved USB-C ports, and better cameras. A new iPad mini with a larger screen of 8.5 to 9 inches is reportedly coming in the first half of this year (last year this was 7.9 inches).
Another contender to appear at the event is Apple’s AirTags, Apple’s long-rumored Tile competitor. References to the trackers, which are thought to use the ultra-wideband technology that debuted in the iPhone 11, appeared in iOS as early as 2019. But despite reportedly starting mass production last year, they have yet to be officially announced.
Aside from the devices Apple is rumored to announce soon, there are a number of others that are believed to be on the way this year that also have a chance to release next week.
Apple is reportedly planning a refresh of its iMac lineup this year as it ports Macs to its own Apple Silicon processors. Rumors have it that it includes thinner bezels and a design similar to the Pro Display XDR. Last month, Apple confirmed it would stop selling the current base model of the iMac Pro once supplies run out, suggesting that Apple is about to announce new models sooner rather than later.
There are also reports of new MacBook Pros and a new MacBook Air coming this year. The laptops are rumored to see a return of fan-favorite features such as MagSafe charging and SD card slots, while the MacBook Pro’s splitting Touch Bar could be on the way.
Then there are Apple’s AirPods. A new version of the true wireless earbuds is reportedly on the way and could arrive as early as the first half of 2021. This is evident from a report by Bloomberg last year, who said the new AirPods will come with AirPods Pro styling cues such as shorter stems and replaceable earbuds. There are also new AirPods Pro earbuds on the way, which could ditch the stem altogether.
And last but not least, Bloomberg also reported last year that Apple released a improved Apple TV in 2021This year’s model will reportedly be focused on gaming and will have a new remote control, updated processor and 120Hz support.