Apple Events in April: AirTags, iPad Pro 2021, AirPods 3 and Apple TV
After crossing the expected invitation window, Jon Prosser has announced that the Apple event will be in April, not March, as cited by Apple Insider. Multiple accurate sources have claimed that there will be an event or announcement on March 23. The iPad Pro 2021, AirTags, and new AirPods 3 could be on tap, as well as a new Apple TV.
On Wednesday, Jon Prosser said that the event would be in April with no further explanation. He is the first to announce a different date.
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Apple Event in April?
Online whispers in February suggested that an Apple event was scheduled for March 16; however, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman poured cold water on his speculation with a tweet claiming that there “won’t end up being one” on this date, reported Tom's Guide. The date March 23 then emerged, but it seems that this was also bogus.
Apple's last April event was in 2010 when the late Steve Jobs announced the developer preview of iPhone OS 4 (later renamed to iOS 4) at Apple's small Town Hall conference center at its former Infinite Loop headquarters.
The Cupertino-based company has held a hardware keynote in March six times over the last decade, though it understandably took 2020 off (likely due to the then-emerging COVID pandemic). But it sounds like the Spring event will return in 2021 but in April.
What About the Rest of March?
According to MacRumors, with both Gurman and Kuo indicating that new iPads are unlikely to be announced until at least April, and Kuo recently claiming that mass production of third-generation AirPods is now scheduled for the second half of 2021, the list of new Apple products that could be unveiled in March is starting to shrink.
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However, a new "Items" tab enabled by default in the Find My app in the iOS 14.5 beta has led to some hope that Apple's long-awaited AirTags item trackers will finally be released soon. Apple said iOS 14.5 will be released in "early spring," but a specific release date remains unclear. If the Release Candidate version ends up being seeded next week, then iOS 14.5 could be released around Monday, March 29, or Tuesday, March 30.
Apple could opt to introduce the AirTags and/or other new products with press releases as it did last spring, including updated iPad Pro and MacBook Air models on March 18 and the second-generation iPhone SE on April 15.
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At a minimum, Gurman's report this week said AirTags are still "planned for this year."
All in all, while rumors have been all over the map as of late, it seems like there is enough smoke to suggest that at least some new products will be announced within the next six weeks or so. Whether any of the product announcements come in these final days of March or in April, or at an event or otherwise, remains to be seen.
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