Apple saved the best for last at today’s Spring Forward event, taking the wraps off their newest iPad with an insane intro video featuring Tim Cook doing his best Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible impression. However, what came after that video was an even better show.
First we thought Apple’s Spring Event would be in March. Then it wasn’t. Then it was supposed to be in April. Then we heard new hardware might launch this month, but with no event at all. Then there was rumor last week that iPads and MacBook Pros could possibly be delayed until later in the year because of the ongoing international semiconductor shortage.
As I get older, I find fewer reasons to wish for time to fly. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t get a little disappointed when a little bit of Apple gratification is delayed. It looks like that is about to be the case again, as Apple’s Spring Event for the iPad Pro, AirTags and potentially a couple of other devices have likely been pushed back to April.
There’s a new rumored date for Apple’s spring event, but this time it comes from a source with a real track record. In fact, according to AppleTrack, this leaker is currently at the top of the pile when it comes to Apple rumors.
Say what you will about the thrill of the the hunt. Apple leakers have taken almost all of the fun out of the company’s events. It’s gotten to the point that anything we don’t know about ahead of time sticks out like a sore thumb. Add to this the difficulties of shipping new features posed by COVID in 2020 and you have today’s slick and polished, but fairly mundane and predictable Apple iPhone event.
All that said, there were a few new and interesting details that emerged from today’s streamed announcement.
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.
This is late in the game for new reports, but there were several new details that came out today thanks to MacRumors and Ming-Chi Kuo. Some look good and a few are disappointing, but since they are come from reputable sources, they definitely warrant consideration.
Apple usually gives us some hints as to what’s coming on their event invites, pointing the way to what’s right around the corner. Sometimes they are very subtle hints that spark interesting theories and discussion. This time around, not so much.
Apple’s Mac and iPad Event in Brooklyn just ended, so now it’s time to unpack a little of what we got to see. There are plenty of places you can turn to for specs, speeds, and feeds, so I’m not going to bother getting into any of that. There are just my initial impressions of what was announced.