Apple event 2020: Apple Watch 6, iPad Air 4 and what else to expect on September 15 – TechRadar

The next gadget-announcing Apple Event has been officially confirmed for September 15, and we’re expecting several new devices to be revealed. Here’s everything we know, and everything we suspect, about the event.

Like WWDC 2020, the September Apple Event is online-only, and will start at 10am PT / 1pm EST / 6pm BST (4am AEDT on September 16 in Australia). Though Apple hasn’t confirmed where to watch it yet, precedent suggests it will be livestreamed on Apple’s website and YouTube.

After rumors of an event on September 8, Apple confirmed the date of September 15 with a cute augmented reality logo in the invite emailed to press. It’s already led to some speculation (blue color in phones? Smooth higher refresh rate screens?), along with the event’s tagline, Time Flies:

What we have heard from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is that the iPhone 12 might not be revealed until October, suggesting it won’t even appear at the September 15 event. 

‘Time Flies’ may be the subtle hint that only the Apple Watch 6 and other devices (perhaps the iPad Air 4, as has been rumored) will be announced.

iPhone 12 

iPhone 11

2019’s iPhone 11 (Image credit: TechRadar)

Since Apple typically reveals its range of iPhones in September of previous years, we expected the iPhone 12 to be on deck to get announced at the Time Flies Apple Event. But that might not be the case.

Gurman elaborated on his claim in a Bloomberg report, explaining that the phones won’t even launch until October. The new phone software, however – iOS 14 – will come out in September that compatible iPhones (the iPhone 6S and newer) will be able to download.

The iPhone 12 will have a new design, updated cameras, and 5G support, per the Bloomberg report. Rumors and leaks over the past months have outlined what we’re expecting in Apple’s next flagship phones, including a metal case with squared-off edges we haven’t seen since the iPhone 5S, but was recently re-introduced in the latest iPad Pro models.

We’re also expecting four different iPhone 12 models – two cheaper and fewer-featured devices akin to the iPhone 11 (coming in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes), and two pricier versions (in 6.-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes) that will likely be the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We anticipate one or both of the more expensive models to be 5G-capable, but not the more affordable pair.

Apple Watch 6

The Apple Watch 5

The Apple Watch 5 (Image credit: Shutterstock)

We’d heard multiple rumors that the Apple Watch 6 would be revealed in early September, but on the date we expected to see it revealed, Apple announced the Time Flies event instead. Fair enough – and with a name like that, we can assume we’ll see the smartwatch unveiled on September 15.

We’re not expecting the Apple Watch 6 to drastically differ from its predecessor, but rumors do suggest a few features that could come to the smartwatch. Most likely is an SpO2 sensor to track oxygen levels in blood, which several other wearables in 2020 have come with like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.

More outlandish predictions include a patent that suggests the wearable could get a Touch ID fingerprint scanner within the display. Another rumor hints that the watch could even come with a temperature sensor. 

iPad Air 4 

The iPad Air 2019

The iPad Air 2019 (Image credit: Future)

Rumors suggested the iPad Air 4 would debut in September alongside the Apple Watch 6, and we’re expecting it to be revealed at the Apple Event. Of all the devices that could launch, this is what we’re most expecting after Apple’s next smartwatch.

While we aren’t expecting drastic improvements on the iPad Air 3, the iPad Air 4 could ditch the Lightning port for USB-C and expand from a 10.5-inch screen size to an 11-inch display – both moves that mimic the latest iPad Pro.  

Other possible features include switching from Touch ID in the home button to Face ID for biometric authentication – and potentially doing away with the home button entirely, though leaks disagree on whether that will happen. 

Based on rumor, the iPad Air 4 could get four stereo speakers and pack the same A14-equivalent chipset as will appear in the iPhone 12.

Apple AirTags are expected to be a rival to Tile Pro (pictured)

Apple AirTags are expected to be a rival to Tile Pro (pictured) (Image credit: Tile)

We’ve been expecting the Apple AirTags for some time, and since they weren’t revealed at WWDC 2020, the September Apple Event is the next chance we’ll see Apple’s take on Tile-like tracker accessories. It might have been the plan all along, as a leak suggested a dedicated AirTags app would be part of iOS 14, which may be released following the show.

We’ve heard some rumors of how the devices will work – much like Tile, you’ll allegedly be able to track an AirTag (and ergo, whatever it’s clipped to, like keys or a bag) through an iOS app. 

But rumors point to other tracking capabilities, like AR capabilities that let users point their cameras around to find digital balloons, which represent misplaced AirTags that are in range of your iPhone. But what if it’s out of range? The rumored ‘Lost Mode’ uses other iPhones as a mesh network to ping the lost AirTag.

Something else?

We may entirely be wrong in our predictions above, and we may be surprised by something entirely different at the event.

So far, it looks almost certain we’ll be seeing a new Apple Watch and a new iPad at the event but it may be that Apple has plans to unveil something else entirely instead.