Apple March 23rd Event: AirTags, iPad Pro 2021, AirPods 3 and Apple TV
|Apple is rumored to launch a slew of new products on March 23rd. Photo: Tech Crunch|
Apple’s first big launch event of the year is days away, and while recent leaks suggest March 23, there is already excitement around what new products the tech giant brings to the market. On Tuesday, YouTuber and leaker Jon Prosser suggested that Apple’s next event will be happening on March 23. Prosser isn’t the only one to report that Apple is gearing up to launch new products later this March. Another leaker DuanRui also said Apple’s event is scheduled for March 23.
The Cupertino company expected to launch a slew of new products at its rumored March event, including new AirPods 3, updated iPad Pro, all-new Apple TV and other gadgets. The AirPods 3 are said to resemble that of the AirPods Pro in terms of design, but without ANC. There are also rumors of a new iPad Pro floating on the internet. Apparently, the 12.9-inch model could be among the first Apple products to feature a mini LED display. Apple could also announce the updated iPad Mini, but this time the new model might come with an 8.4-inch screen size with a narrower frame but retains Touch ID as well as the Lightning port, according to Indian Express.
What we expect from the rumored March 23 event
One of the big chances is Apple could announce an update to its AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless earphones. Several reports have suggested that the AirPods update is on the cards in 2021. The AirPods Pro 2 model is likely to see a design refresh while the model could retain some existing features like ANC. The AirPods 3 is also said to be in the works and could be the entry-level for AirPods line-up globally.
Next up expected at the big March 23 event is the new iPad Pro model. Previous reports have hinted towards new iPad Pro models with minimal design changes while packing the A14 chipset, said India Today.
Tipster Jon Prosser has been talking about AirTags for a long time, and if his new tweet is to be believed, then the smart tracker could become a reality at the company's March 23 event. However, we suggest readers take this info with a pinch of salt. Some reports have hinted at a new Apple TV update as well in 2021, though we are not sure whether it could be announced during the rumored March 23 event.
It feels like we’ve been reporting on AirTags for years at this point, but surely this Apple March event has to be when Apple finally gives us some official details on the long-in-development accessory.
Trackers designed to compete with the likes of Tile Mate, AirTags will make use of Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband technology, plus the Find My app, in order to help users hunt down misplaced gadgets.
The bottle cap-sized devices have been tipped for March 2021 release date for a while now, so we’d be very surprised if they don’t make an appearance at this event, Tom's Guide cited.
These trackers should retail for less than $50 apiece and could be a lifesaver for IOS users who are prone to losing more than just their phone or tablet.
AirTags have been indirectly referenced in iOS 14.5, so they’re certainly on the horizon. Now definitely feels like the time when we’ll finally get a proper look at them.
iPad Pro 2021
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The iPad Pro 2021 seems almost a dead certainty for Apple’s March event, with a bevy of leaks already giving us some idea of what the newest model of Apple’s tablet will look like.
MacOtakara reports that the “housing design will be unchanged” though we wouldn’t be surprised to see thinner bezels, fewer speaker holes, and a camera bump that protrudes slightly less.
Rumors suggest that the new iPad Pro will come in an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch model. Apple may also be gearing up to switch out its current LCD display technology for mini-LED screens, which should result in a wider contrast ratio and deeper blacks.
An internal component bump is practically a given, as is 5G support, and if Mark Gurman is to be believed the tablet will pack a processor on “on par” with the M1 chip most recently released in the latest MacBooks.
A refreshed magic keyboard is also reportedly in the works, which could well debut alongside the new iPad Pro.
Apple’s wireless earbuds have been a runaway success since debuting in 2016, and the latest iteration of the popular buds, AirPods 3, looks set to launch in 2021.
Reports are indicating that AirPods 3 will ditch the traditional design, and opt for something much closer to the look of the AirPods Pro.
The refreshed earbuds are also rumored to be pinching active noise canceling from the Pro model, alongside Dolby Atmos support and spatial audio. But we'll have to wait and see on that.
Originally slated for a 2020 release, AirPods 3 now seem likely to launch in the first half of 2021 according to South Korean site The Elec, which would make an unveiling at Apple’s March event pretty likely.
A shiny new design, as well as new features, don't come cheap however and rumors are suggesting that the price of AirPods 3 will rise to $199. That would be a sizeable increase from the $159 price point that was standard for the earbuds previously.
One aspect of the AirPods we’d like to see addressed is the poor battery life. Currently, AirPods offer 5 hours on a single charge, which is pretty poor when stacked up against the likes of the Sony WF-1000XM3 and Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.
Apple TV 2021
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The Apple TV streaming box is another device that could see an update at the Apple March event.
The big change we're expecting is new internal hardware, namely a new A-series chipset, to make navigating tvOS snappier than ever before while also boosting Apple Arcade gameplay. We're also hoping that the rumors of a new, easier-to-use Apple TV remote control will come true since it's one of Apple TV's weak points.
The Tim Cook-led company is known for holding events in March. Its most recent was in 2019 when Apple announced the Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services. Not to forget, there have been times when Apple announced new products via a press release.
Rumors of Apple holding an event in March is not new. Previously, it was reported that a hardware-focused event would take place on March 16. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, however, dismissed those reports with a tweet claiming that Apple will not hold an event on March 16.
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