So Apple’s first of two or three streaming events this fall is in the books and, well, it was pretty uneventful. Other than pricing details for the new Apple Fitness+ and Apple One subscriptions, there really wasn’t anything major revealed today. I can’t remember if anyone predicted the Product RED Watch beforehand, but almost everything else was common knowledge.
However, that doesn’t mean that this event was irrelevant.
Tomorrow’s Apple Event has been covered ad nauseam, so you don’t need to get yet another recap of what’s coming from me. At this point, it seems pretty clear that we will be hearing about the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, iPad and probably one or two new Apple services. That should be it and that’s good enough for me.
There has been a lot of talk about Apple adding a blood oxygen sensor to the Apple Watch Series 6 this year. However, beyond that, we haven’t heard much else before this weekend about Apple’s newest wearable, which should be announced during their event on Tuesday. So what else can we expect to see?
Mark Gurman. Jon Prosser. L0vetodream. Komiya. LeaksApplePro. Some are well-known and others are up-and-coming. Some release rumors and information often and others sparingly. What do they have in common right now? All of them have predictions for what Apple will do tomorrow, with some bits and pieces lining up and others not so much.
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?
I’ve had every Apple Watch that’s been released except for the Series 2, and in each case, I’ve bought the aluminum model. They were less expensive, looked attractive enough and never broke down on me. However, I decided to change things up a bit last fall when the Series 5 was released. I went with the Stainless Steel model to see if the differences justified the extra cost. Continue reading →
No, as good as Jon Prosser is, he has not ascended to oracle status yet. According to @ApplTrack, he hasn’t even passed up Mark Gurman at this point. No, if you want a source of release information that is pretty much 100% reliable, then you should be paying attention to the Eurasian Economic Commission’s filings. They are open and Apple major devices always hit there within a month or so of release.
When it comes to Apple leaks and rumors, there are a few people and publications that we listen to above the rest. Mark Gurman has been on this short list for a long time now. When it comes to supply chain news, it’s Ming-Chi Kuo, followed by Digitimes a few steps behind. Over the last year, Jon Prosser has emerged as a new Apple leaker with a track record worthy of trusting. Yesterday he brought some news that most of us have been waiting for- iPhone and iPad announcement and order date information.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about coverage of a study at Stanford that included an app for the Apple Watch and other smartwatches. This app takes blood oxygen and skin temperature readings, along with heart rate, to help identify the onset of COVID-19 ahead of noticeable symptoms. So far, that study has met with great success. In that article, I wondered if Apple would seize on this opportunity and include blood oxygen readings as a built-in feature of the next Watch.