As we come close to the end of February, the Apple rumour mill is abuzz with an Apple Spring Event that is likely to be held in March. Here is all we can expect from the Apple Spring Event 2021.
Well, we’re almost done with February, and while hard confirmation of a spring Apple event hasn’t cropped up yet, there’s good reason to suspect Apple’s got another spring event in the works.
Some Apple events happen like clock-work. This includes the WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) that takes place in June and the annual iPhone event that happens in October/November. As March is just around the corner, there are rumours of another Apple Spring event that is in the making.
Apple Spring Event History
Traditionally in March, Apple has released both its services and its hardware products. In 2018, Apple held a special education-focused event in which the 2018 iPad was announced. In 2019, Apple held an event at the Steve Jobs theater where it announced a plethora of bundled Apple services like the Apple News+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. Prior to those years, Apple held an event on March 10, 2016 where it released the first generation of iPad Pro and the first-generation of iPhone SE along with updates to its Apple Watch lineup.
Since Apple did not hold a March event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes sense that the tech giant will be holding a virtual event this year as the vaccination drives are in full swing.
Here is all we can expect from the Apple spring event 2021:
The new 2021 iPad Pro
All the rumours from credible sources in tech world are suggesting that the iPad Pro 2021 might steal the thunder in the Apple spring event. With its previous model landing in the same month in 2016, the timing does make sense.
As for what the iPad Pro 2021 might bring to the table, the leaks so far suggest that the Apple tablet will have a mini LED screen which will offer a better colour reproduction over the usual LCD display. The Mini LED screen will also offer a better contrast ratio compared to its older brother. The iPad Pro 2021 will likely come with an 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen size with a 5G support and the faster A14 Bionic chipset that powers the iPhone 12 range.
iPad Mini 6
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a tech analyst with a great record for converted Apple leaks, an iPad Mini 6 is slated to be released in the first half of 2021. Another tech analyst Jon Prosser suggested that there will be new iPads released by Apple in March. The plural here indicates that multiple iPad models will be released.
As for its features, the rumours suggest that the iPad Mini will come with a larger 8.5-inch screen instead of the 7.9-inch one that’s used by the 2019 iPad Mini. It might also come with the proprietary Lightning Port and use the A 13 Bionic chipset which powers the iPhone 11 range.
All-new Apple AirTags
One of the biggest rumoured Apple products, the Apple AirTags, might finally see a release during the Apple Spring event. The AirTags will be similar to Samsung’s Smart Tag or Tile Bluetooth tracker. A user can attach one of these little tags to their belongings like keys, wallets, bags, etc and then track the belonging if misplaced, lost or stolen.
If rumours are to be taken seriously, the AirTags will make use of the robust and efficient Find My functionality. The Find My functionality uses the vast network of Apple devices to help with the tracking of a lost Apple device.
AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2
After the AirPods Pro Max, Apple is ready to woo the audiophiles across the world with the new AirPods 3 and the upgraded variant of AirPods, AirPods Pro. According to the rumours and leaks so far, the standard AirPods in 2021 will have a design language similar to that of the high-end AirPods Pro. The base-model AirPods are also believed to come with a smaller stem and with spatial audio. However, one should not expect these AirPods to come with active noise cancellation (ANC).
Meanwhile, the new version of AirPods Pro is also rumoured to be released in 2021. These premium truly-wireless-earphones will come with a completely new design. Another change we may see made to the AirPods Pro 2 is a completely redesigned charging case.
All-new Apple TV
According to a Bloomberg report, a new model of Apple TV with support of up to 4K is slated for a release in the first half of the year. This all-new Apple TV would come with a revamped remote with Siri support. Additionally, the next-generation Apple TV will feature the powerful A-series processor. According to analysts, the all-new Apple TV may be a device marketed towards casual gamers and will target kids and families by offering newer arcade games.