Apple preps virtual event for Sept. 15, but don’t expect iPhone 12

Apple event on September 15: Coming soon to a screen near you.
Coming soon to a screen near you.
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Apple’s next virtual event will take place on September 15 — but don’t expect to see the new iPhone 12 models.

The big announcements for the event will likely be the new Apple Watch and iPad. The Apple Watch Series 6 could feature blood-oxygen tracking. Meanwhile, the iPad Air 4 could borrow a design from the iPad Pro — but retain Touch ID.

Following Apple’s highly successful online-only Worldwide Developers Conference this summer, next week’s event will be the second virtual keynote in Apple history.<!– –>

Seasoned Apple reporter Mark Gurman says we shouldn’t expect the iPhone 12. “I am told Apple won’t announce the iPhone until October,” he tweeted after Tuesday’s revelation of next week’s event. “This is for the iPad and Apple Watch in all likelihood.”

Apple may also use the event to finally unleash its AirTags item-tracking tiles. These accessories, which are reportedly currently in production, can be attached to items such as keychains or luggage. Users can then locate them using the Find My app on their devices. These tags will use ultra-wideband technology to accurately determine their location and proximity to the user.

On top of this, expect to get some updates on Apple services. This could potentially include details of the rumored Apple One bundle, which will offer multiple existing Apple services at a cheaper price.

Where’s the iPhone 12 at?

The big reveal everyone is waiting for, however, may not arrive at the event. That is, of course, the iPhone 12 generation of devices. The 2020 iPhone 12 will reportedly introduce an iPad Pro-style redesign, 5nm A-series chip, LiDAR sensor, and — for the first time — 5G connectivity. Apple is expected to release a 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12, and 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro. All four will come with OLED displays. According to hit-and-miss Apple leaker Jon Prosser, pricing for the new devices will range from $649 for a 128GB iPhone 12 through $1,399 for a 512GB iPhone 12 Pro Max.

According to Mark Gurman, Apple will host a separate event for the iPhone in October. That would be in keeping with reports that Apple is currently running about a month late with iPhone production.