Apple is hosting what looks like the first of at least two big product events this Tuesday (Sept. 15). But it apparently won’t focus on the product you think would be debuting at this time.
Typically, this is when Apple launches its new iPhones. But 2020 has proven to be anything but typical. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted a lot of things, including the release of the iPhone 12. So instead of new phones, we’re likely to see the Apple Watch Series 6 take center stage on Sept. 15.
The company sent out invitations earlier this week and posted an announcement on its events page promising a Sept. 15 live stream at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT. The event is being billed as “Time Flies,” which would seem to point to the Apple Watch being the focus. Bloomberg has also reported that the Sept. 15 is all about the Apple Watch 6 and a new iPad Air model. The iPhone 12’s time will reportedly come later.
If you don’t want to miss a moment of Apple’s big moment, here’s how you can live stream the Time Flies event on Sept. 15. We’ve also got a closer look at all the fall products Apple is working on that might be part of its fall product launches.
Apple Sept. 15 event: How to watch it
The Time Flies event gets underway at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, Sept. 15. There’s no way to attend in person — like Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote in June, this is a pre-taped presentation that the company is live streaming.
You’ll be able to watch from the Apple Events website through a web browser. Anyone with an Apple TV can also watch on the big screen via the Apple Events app. You can also watch the Apple Event via YouTube, where Apple already has a placeholder.
So now that you know how to watch the Sept. 15 Apple event, here’s what you’re likely to see.
Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to replace the Apple Watch Series 5 and introduce a host of new capabilities including blood oxygen (or SpO2) monitoring. We already know that Apple Watch sleep tracking is happening, too, as it’s a centerpiece of the watchOS 7 update.
Those new features, particularly sleep tracking, will require a performance boost, and Apple could address that with improved battery life. That could either be handled with a more power efficient chip or the use of a more efficient Micro LED display on the Apple Watch 6.
Speaking of watchOS, we could see the final release of watchOS 7 following up this summer’s beta testing for the new smartwatch software. If Apple follow its past pattern, it would release the OS a few days before the new watches ship.
In addition to the Apple Watch 6, a late-breaking rumor suggests there could be an Apple Watch SE, a lower-cost version of the smartwatch that will include some features from the Apple Watch 5 and 4 models. This model would likely replace the Apple Watch 3.
New iPad Air 4
Apple already released a new iPad Pro earlier this year, which leaves other parts of its tablet lineup seeking attention. A likely candidate for an update is the iPad Air, with at least one rumor monger claiming the iPad Air 4 could debut…
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