Apple will hold its first media event of the year today, Tuesday, April 20. The virtual event will be live-streamed, and there are several possibilities as to what we might see today. Let’s take a look.
Revamped iPad Pro models are expected to be unveiled at the event, as Apple is expected to debut new versions of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. Most of the updates will be internal, so don’t expect any noticeable changes on the outside.
The new iPad Pro models are expected to be powered by an updated A14X chip, boasting as much horsepower as the M1 chip used in the Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will likely sport a mini-LED display. Mini-LED displays offer increased brightness, improved contrast, richer colors, and more, over the current display technology used in the iPad Pro.
We may see the new iPad Pro models support Thunderbolt, which would offer compatibility with external monitors, hard drives, and other accessories.
We may see a new iPad mini at the event, but don’t expect any huge changes. The new iPad mini 6 is expected to look much like the current mini, right down to the thick bezels and Touch ID button.
There have been several rumors suggesting the iPad mini will feature a larger 8.5 to 9-inch display, up from the current 7.9-inch display. Meaning possibly thinner bezels.
Although there have been reports that Apple is working on an iPad mini with a mini-LED display, we probably won’t see it at today’s event, as it is expected to be limited to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The current eighth-generation iPad is due for an update, so we could see it updated alongside other iPad models at the April event.
The iMac is expected to get a major revamp in 2021, with the new models sporting smaller bezels and a smaller chin. One of the new iMacs could have a screen coming in at 23 to 24-inches and could be the replacement for the 21.5-inch iMac. Another iMac is expected to have a larger display than the current 27-inch iMac model.
The is the possibility that we might see the refreshed iMac in a large range of color options, including silver, space gray, green, sky blue, and rose gold.
The new iMacs are expected to boast updated and much faster Apple silicon chips with as many as 32 high-performance cores and 16 and 32-core GPU graphics options.
Apple Pencil 3
We may see a refreshed Apple Pencil at today’s event, as there have been a few rumors floating around a new, Apple Pencil 3. The new Pencil is said to resemble the second-generation Apple Pencil, but sporting a glossy finish.
The planets seem to be falling in line for a debut of Apple’s much-rumored AirTags at today’s event.
AirTags are Tile-like Bluetooth tracking devices that are designed to be attached to losable items, such as keys, wallets, briefcases, and more. AirTags (and the items they’re attached to) can be tracked right inside the Find My app on your iOS device or your Mac.
We may also see new accessories, such as new iPhone cases, new Apple Watch bands, a MagSafe battery pack, and more.
Apple has been beta testing iOS 14.5 since February, so the iPhone and iPad operating system updates should be just about ready for prime time. We haven’t seen a Release Candidate yet, so a release date may not be announced today. However, the company will likely share more details about the update.
Apple is rumored to be readying an announcement of a new “Podcasts+” paid subscription service. Apple is said to be in talks with production companies to produce new original shows for the service.
We’ll be watching today’s event on live-stream just like you. We’ll report on all of Apple’s announcements after the event is over. So, stay tuned.