It looks as though Apple will be hosting a special event next week, most likely to launch a new iPad Pro – and possibly its long-rumored AirTags.
As first noticed by MacRumors, for a brief period Siri would seemingly confirm the date as April 20 when asked for details on upcoming Apple events – despite there being no official word from Apple. Since the news broke, Siri has stopped responding with that information, leading us to believe it was an accidental early release of the information. A slip of the digital tongue.
Edit: Apple has now officially confirmed the news. The special event, titled ‘Spring Loaded,’ starts at 10am PDT on Tuesday, April 20.
It’s highly likely the event will be yet another pre-recorded spectacle live streamed via the Apple website. There hasn’t been a live Apple event in well over a year and we can’t see that changing any time soon. Luckily, the pre-records have been a breath of fresh air for viewers, tending to be tighter and more entertaining than those filmed in front of a limited audience.
With iOS 15 and – most likely – more M1 Macs coming at WWDC in June, this next event is likely to be a smaller affair with just one or two product announcements. That said, incremental upgrades are often handled with a mere press release, so the fact Apple is planning an actual event may mean they have something special to show off.
It’s expected that an upgrade to the iPad Pro line is due, and there are some who believe Apple will also unveil a Bluetooth tracking device known as ‘AirTags’ – although its recent rollout of the Find My network to third-party accessories potentially makes it less likely Apple will want to release its own tracker.
Apple also has history of using these smaller Spring events to talk about its services and smaller products, so we could be in line for a curve ball.
Whatever the case, we’d expect more than just a single announcement and we’re excited to see exactly what Apple has to talk about.