2020 was, among other things, the year of the virtual Apple event. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing product launches online, the traditional marathon races on stage were gone, replaced by a steady stream of press releases and product-specific videos. And it looks like the trend will continue this year.
It is rumored that Apple is planning a spring event in March, and there has been no lack of leaks that indicate which new products may be in the store. From new iPads to AirPods updates, via a range of new Macs, spring could be a fruitful season for Apple fans. (Take a look at our Apple Deals page for the best deals on the latest set.)
Spring events are not given in the Apple calendar, but the company has occasionally chosen to unveil new products in March. In 2019, Apple TV + and Apple Arcade were introduced, while in 2016 it announced the first iPhone SE in the same month. In October last year, Apple leaker Jon Prosser (below) claimed this year’s spring event will take place on March 16. (Remember, he also claimed that the headliner would be Apple’s AirPods over the ear – which came out in December.)
Ok, what about “One More Thing”? Following this ARM Mac event in November, the next Apple event (currently a digital event) will take place on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 🗓 Event headliner will be AirPods Studio (B515) https://t.co/UxqQr6je1c pic.twitter.com / oCxVhg3owb October 16, 2020
So if Apple is really planning a spring event, what do we expect to see? One of the leading rumors suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is in line for an update that could see it become the first Apple tablet to have a super-bright LED screen. But it’s not just the biggest iPad that is rumored to get a new coat of paint. The iPad mini has disappeared without an update since 2019, but may finally be in line for a redesign with smaller frames and a larger screen.
We’ve also heard rumors that both AirPods and AirPods Pro may get an update this spring. While the basic AirPods reportedly take design codes from the AirPods Pro, there have been rumors of some pretty startling new features for the AirPods Pro itself – including the ability to control them with your teeth (yes, you read that right).
As for the Mac series, we recently heard that the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac could all be queuing up for a redesign in 2021. Whether these will be shown as early as spring remains to be seen – both MacBooks got the incredible new M1- piece in November, so Apple may want to give these models a little more time in the sun before redesigning shows up. That said, the company is no doubt keen to continue rolling out the M1 chip – and since the iMac will not yet enjoy the new internals, could it be in line for an update as soon as spring?
Of course, we’ll have to wait and see if Apple’s March event happens at all. The company may choose to unveil new products via a simple press release, or it may actually have a complete event up its sleeve. If 2020 showed us anything, it is that anything can happen – even the iPhone launch event was hit from the traditional track in September last year.
In the meantime, there is no shortage of incredible products to get your teeth into from 2020. And with unbeatable iPad Pro deals and surprising M1 MacBook discounts out there right now, you can already save a lot on Apple’s latest and greatest.