Apple launch event: What to expectby James Rogers
All eyes will be on Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday, when the tech giant holds its latest launch event.
The invite to the event features the tagline “time flies,” which likely indicates news related to Apple Watch.
“The inclusion of ‘time’ in the title of tomorrow’s event dovetails with expectations for an Apple Watch refresh,” explained Brian White, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt, in a note emailed to Fox News on Monday. “During tomorrow’s event, we expect the Apple Watch Series 6 to be unveiled with improved performance and expanded capabilities relative to the Apple Watch Series 5.”
APPLE CONFIRMS THE NEXT IPHONE WILL BE DELAYED
The event at Apple Park starts at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.
Apple Insider, citing analyst Jon Prosser, reported that Apple may launch an inexpensive Apple Watch SE and an Apple Watch Pro at the event. 9to5Mac reports that the Apple Watch Series 6 could look similar to the Apple Watch Series 5.
“The Apple Watch has become increasingly important in monitoring personal health and Apple has an opportunity to add new functionality in this area,” said White of Monness Crespi Hardt. “Although media reports have indicated Apple is working on expanding the type of case material used in the Apple Watch to include plastic, it seems premature to unveil this tomorrow.”
"For the Apple Watch and iPad launches we believe this will all be about a refresh cycle on the wearables and iPad front, which is seeing a renaissance of growth given consumer pent up demand and monetization tailwinds heading into FY21," said Daniel Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, in a note emailed to Fox News on Monday.
APPLE IPAD AIR TO BE RELEASED SHORTLY, REPORTS SAY
Bloomberg reports that a new iPad Air will be unveiled at the event, featuring an “edge-to-edge iPad Pro-like screen.” The tech giant will also unveil its first over-the-ear headphones outside of the Beats brand, as well as a smaller HomePod speaker, according to Bloomberg.
While Apple has traditionally unveiled new iPhones at its September launch events, the smartphone is not expected to be featured during Tuesday’s launch event. Apple recently confirmed that its new iPhone, rumored to be the iPhone 12, will be delayed several weeks.
“Given that Apple has already confessed that the supply of new iPhones (i.e., iPhone 12) would be 'available a few weeks later' compared to last year’s late September launch, Apple has the flexibility to focus tomorrow’s event on new innovations outside of the iPhone, returning in October for the unveiling of the iPhone 12 family,” said White.
APPLE TO ANNOUNCE IPHONE 5G NEXT MONTH, REPORT SAYS
The new iPhone has been widely described as a 5G device.
Ives of Wedbush Securities believes that there is significant pent-up demand for the iPhone 12. “Across the board we are seeing an uptick around production and pent up demand for the slate of iPhone 12 models (expecting 4 new models),” he wrote, in his note emailed to Fox News on Monday.
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Apple rival Samsung recently unveiled its new Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra smartphones, as well as its foldable Galaxy Z Fold2 5G.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this article.
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