Apple is set to reveal a new 5G-capable iPhone and other technology updates this week during a long-awaited special event on Tuesday.
Reported production delays in the iPhone 12 forced Apple to split what is typically a single yearly event into two. Last month, the company rolled out new iPad and Apple Watch models and an updated services bundle including a fitness subscription service.
This week, the company is expected to unveil a new iPhone model and possible update to its wireless AirPods and its Apple Home speaker, CNET reports. Here’s how to watch the online event.
How to watch Apple’s iPhone event
- What: Apple’s special event to announce new products
- Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
- Location: Online only
- Time: 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT
- Online stream: Apple will stream the event on its website.
What to expect
Apple has a lot riding on the new iPhone, which comes a little over a year since the iPhone 11 was announced. The iPhone 12 is expected to be enabled with 5G, allowing consumers far faster internet access speeds than ever.
As many as four new iPhone models will be released, according to Wedbush market analyst Daniel Ives.
“Across the board we are seeing an uptick around production and pent-up demand,” Ives wrote in a note to investors last week. Consumers have kept their old devices longer in recent years, and as many as one-third of the iPhones in use worldwide are eligible to be upgraded, Ives estimated. That makes the iPhone 12 “the most significant product cycle for Cook & Co. since iPhone 6 in 2014,” he wrote.
Still, it’s not certain how useful new internet speeds will be for most consumers. The higher-income Americans who make up Apple’s customer base are today mostly working from home and relying on home internet connections, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The October 13 event coincides with the start of Amazon’s Prime Day event, which was delayed from its typical summer date due to the pandemic.
CNET Senior Producer Dan Patterson tells CBS News that other possible Apple reveals include:
- Apple is expected to expand the successful AirPods lineup with new, over-ear wireless headphones that could be sold in a variety of configurations, including a fitness-focused model and a ‘pro’ version targeted at audiophiles. AirPods have been a hit for Apple, and the revamped lineup might signal an end to Beats, the premium headphone brand Apple acquired for nearly $3 billion in 2014.
- Apple is also rumored to update HomePod, the Siri-powered smartspeaker, with new ultra-wideband technology (UWB) and a lower price tag. The original HomePod debuted in 2018 as a competitor to Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. The device was praised for sounding great but wasn’t a hit, due to the product’s relatively high price and sluggish performance. UWB technology would allow the smart speaker to connect with compatible devices like the Apple Watch and track users as they move through a house or building.
- Apple might finally release AirTags, a coin-size smart-tracker that relies on Apple’s iCloud network to help users locate missing items. The long-rumored product would likely use low-powered Bluetooth and UWB technology to securely broadcast its location, and be small enough to attach to a wallet or key ring.