There have been all kinds of recent rumors, several of them conflicting, related to Apple devices that are coming this year. While it’s seems almost certain that this year’s standard iPhones will arrive in October, with the Pro models coming sometime in November, there are still plenty of other devices waiting in the pipeline. When will they show up? Will some of them arrive this week?
Traditionally, this would be the release window for the iPhone, but there’s no mystery as to why it will be delayed in 2020. A worldwide pandemic will wreck pretty much everything and tech release schedules are no exception. However, thanks to a tweet from Jon Prosser a few weeks ago, there is still a high level of confidence that Apple will be releasing something or things in September.
I’ll just leave this here in case… https://t.co/9umqJqSzwq
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 1, 2020
Then we also have a fresh prediction from Prosser just this morning:
Apple press release is currently scheduled for Tuesday (September 8) at 9:00am EST — though, I should note that it’s not locked in until the press has been briefed, day of.
I’ll tweet early that morning to update you if it changes.
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) September 6, 2020
Based on this, it looks like we won’t have to wait long after the long weekend for Apple to get the ball rolling.
So we have a couple of September device predictions by Prosser in his first tweet. Normally I would just go with what he says and that would be that, but there’s a little more to it this time. First off, there is a little bit of conflict over the Apple Watch prediction, as noted Apple leaker @L0vetodream dropped this last week:
there is no Watch this month
— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) September 2, 2020
While my gut instinct is to dismiss this, L0vetodream has a pretty impressive track record of accuracy, as well. Still, Prosser is batting close to 1.000 when it comes to release dates, so this one’s going to be interesting. Personally, my money is still on the Apple Watch arriving this week just based on the situation. Apple is going to want to spread their releases out a bit, as there are more than just iPhones left to release before the close of 2020.
Then we move to the iPad. Or is it iPads? That is the main question, as most leakers seem to be lined up behind an iPad Air with iPad Pro-like features dropping next week. Both Jon Prosser and Mark Gurman have predicted this device’s arrival, so it’s looking pretty good. I’m excited about this one, because I think such a device priced right could overtake the base model iPad as the top seller in the lineup.
How about the base model iPad? There was a report from 91mobiles last week, but it just didn’t seem to add up. It showed a low-end iPad with Face ID, iPad Pro design and the second gen Smart Connector. I don’t think there’s any way that a $329 iPad can be profitable with those features and I really don’t think Apple is going to abandon that very successful opening price point.
However, even if this design leak is wrong, that doesn’t mean that an iPad isn’t coming. There were multiple iPad entries filed with the Eurasian Economic Commission recently, so I still wouldn’t be surprised to see a low-end iPad drop Tuesday or Wednesday. I just don’t think it will be more than a spec bump.
So what else is coming? After some patent applications were published last last week, I have a strong suspicion that we will see the new AirPods Studio over the ear headphones announced this week, as well. I wouldn’t be completely surprised if Apple held them until October, but Apple usually requests that the publication of patent applications like these are delayed until near or on the device’s day of release. That points to this week, in my opinion.
Next up on the miscellaneous list is Apple’s AirTags tracking devices. Honestly, I don’t have an opinion one way or the other on them. According to most Apple analysts, they should arrive before the end of the year, but there hasn’t been any specific prediction that they will drop this week. This one could go either way. Let’s be honest- although I am happy to buy one or two of them to keep up with important gear, this is filler compared to many of the devices about to be released.
Another minor device that has specifically been predicted to close 2020 is the HomePod 2 or HomePod Mini. It’s been in enough reports and rumors to feel pretty good about at this point. However, as with the AirTags, there hasn’t been a specific indication of when it will arrive. Also like the AirTags, this device is low priority enough that it really won’t matter when it arrives. Again, this one could also go either way.
So what’s left now? Other than the mythical resurrection of the AirPower, which only Jon Prosser has been talking about, the only remaining item is the matter of Apple Silicon Macs. The company did commit to releasing something this year at WWDC and there have been rumors covering which devices we will see. However, I can’t see this happening until Apple has a streamed event and no one is predicting more than press releases for devices coming this Tuesday. Apple is going to want to talk about their new hardware, and that would put the release or releases in October and/or November, along with iPhones. So don’t get your hopes up for a new Mac this week.
So what are my personal predictions? Based on absolutely no sources at all, I think we will get two models of Apple Watch, the Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, the iPad Air and the AirPods Studio this week. I think we would have heard something if the AirTags or HomePod 2 releases were imminent, and again, I can’t imagine Apple releasing their new Macs without more than a YouTube video and a press release.
Those are my predictions and I’m sticking to them. What do you think Apple will be releasing this week? Let me know in the Comments section below or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.