On September 15, 2020, at 7 p.m. (French time), Apple will organize its back-to-school keynote. But what can we really expect from this conference? Can the firm present all the iPhone 12s? And above all, what are the other expected products? Here is a complete recap of the provisional program for this major annual meeting for consumer electronics.
This week, two topics will monopolize the high-tech news. The PlayStation 5 and the iPhone 12. Indeed, Sony will finally unveil everything there is to know about its console duo. An announcement that will take place on Wednesday September 16 at 10 p.m. (French time). And on the other hand, Apple’s back-to-school annual conference will take place tomorrow, Tuesday September 15th. It will start at 19 hours. And you can obviously follow (and comment) with us all the announcements of the Cupertino company.
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Like every year, forecasts are going well to try to guess what products will be presented by Apple during this back-to-school keynote. In previous years, we had no doubts about the presence of new iPhones. But, 2020 is not a year like any other. The coronavirus epidemic has turned some schedules upside down, and factories have closed for weeks or even months. Of course, this has an impact on Apple and the iPhones. According to several leaks, new smartphones marked with an apple could be a month late … or more.
iPhone 12: present but delayed?
Under these conditions, could the iPhones be absent from this keynote? It’s not impossible. Especially since there are rumors that another conference could take place in October. However, we believe that, like the Apple Watch, for example, the iPhone 12 could be partially unveiled tomorrow, and not arrive until much later in specialized stores.
Small reminder on the iPhone 12. The family could have four members this year: two “classic” and two “Pro”. The first two would be the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini, with screens of 6.1 inches and 5.45 inches respectively. They would be equipped with a new chipset, 4 GB of RAM and camera equipment with three sensors. The two Pro models would be the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. They differ in their screen size (6.1 inches and 6.7 inches), their RAM volume (6 GB) and their camera equipment (an additional LiDAR sensor would be integrated). Three storage levels are expected, from 128 to 512 GB.
Apple Watch, iPad Air, AirPods Studio …
Second family of expected products: Apple watch. The sixth generation of connected watch is expected tomorrow on stage. A sixth generation which aesthetically resembles the fourth, but whose technical sheet is quite different. First, the Apple Watch Series 6 display would be microLED, not OLED. The battery would have a capacity of 303.8 mAh, a small gain compared to the Apple Watch Series 5. This new watch would be equipped with new biometric sensors: fingerprint reader and oximeter in particular.
Third family of services: iPad. According to Ming Chi Kuo, Apple should renew its lighter iPad. This one would take inspiration from the iPad Pro range for a more modern chassis. It would therefore benefit from four speakers and a 10.8-inch screen with very thin bezels. As with the latest iPad Pros, the iPad Air is reportedly equipped with a USB Type-C port, not Lightning. The SoC would be the A13 Bionic, which you find in the iPhone 11. And the price should be pretty aggressive.
Fourth product family: AirPods. There are plenty of rumors about Apple’s first closed-back headphones, the AirPods Studio. Last May, we reported a leak claiming the audio accessory had entered production, hinting at a launch in the coming weeks. Among the features of this product that will compete with active noise canceling headphones from Bose and Sony, the AirPods Studio would stand out with a modular construction that allows you to change certain elements, including the ear cushions. The price: 349 dollars according to a knowledgeable leaker.
Apple One: Amazon Prime bundled subscriptions
On the service side, only one novelty is expected: Apple one. The subject of many rumors, Apple One is a bundled subscription of services. There is a common base, Apple Music and Apple TV +, and several options (Apple News +, Apple Arcade and iCloud). The idea is simple: Apple One’s price is less than the amount charged for each separate service. It remains to be seen what the savings will be for Apple One customers and if family sharing (for Apple Music for example) is included.