According to a few leaks with a strong track record, including Chinese leaky “ Kang ” (via @ DuanRui1205) and John prosser, Apple could organize its next event as early as March 23. Incidentally, this is the very day that OnePlus is about to launch its new phones.
Apple is expected to announce its long-awaited AirTags – a sophisticated item tracking system – along with new iPads. There is a chance that we will also see new third generation AirPods.
AirTags are expected to be a Tile type item tracking system, but on steroids. It’s believed the beacons will use the ultra-wideband radio introduced with the iPhone 11, which will allow your phone to pinpoint exactly where a lost item is, rather than just providing a rough location.
The new iPads would be the first to use a MiniLED display. This technology achieves deeper blacks than is currently possible with conventional LCD screens on iPads, thanks to highly localized backlighting that can be turned off in specific areas.
The iPad’s current backlight is essentially always on, so blacks can’t be as deep as the LCD screen allows. The MiniLED, while not as good as OLED at creating deep blacks in scenes with complicated lighting, should be able to get very close.
The March 23 event will almost certainly be entirely digital, given the coronavirus pandemic, so it’s no surprise we haven’t heard more concrete rumors so far. It’s likely we’ll hear an official word on the event within the next week, as Apple typically sends out invitations within a week or two before the actual event date.
And if March 23 does not play out, March 30 could still be an option; at this point, it seems extremely likely that Apple has Something to be announced this month, and these events almost always take place on Tuesdays.
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Published March 9, 2021 – 00:24 UTC