Apple Event in April? Recapping the Latest iPad Pro, AirPods, and AirTags Rumors – MacRumors5 min read

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We heard from leaker Jon Prosser that an Apple Event was prepared for March 16, however that was ruled out by Bloombergs Mark Gurman. When that date passed, Prosser and other leakers then suggested there would be an Apple Event on March 23, which is seemingly not occurring either.
The very first word that Apple may have April statements prepared came from Japanese site Mac Otakara back in early January. Pointing out supply chain sources, the blog site declared that Apple would launch second-generation AirPods Pro and a third-generation iPhone SE in April, but the report did not specify whether the products would be announced at an event or with press releases. Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo has actually because declared that a new iPhone SE will not be released until 2022, but new AirPods Pro are still possible this spring.

Its been a whirlwind of a month for Apple reports. Initially, we spoke with leaker Jon Prosser that an Apple Event was prepared for March 16, however that was eliminated by Bloombergs Mark Gurman. As soon as that date passed, Prosser and other leakers then recommended there would be an Apple Event on March 23, which is seemingly not taking place either.
With attention now moving to April, weve put together this wrap-up of where things stand.
Rumors Shift to April
The very first word that Apple may have April statements prepared came from Japanese website Mac Otakara back in early January. Mentioning supply chain sources, the blog claimed that Apple would launch second-generation AirPods Pro and a third-generation iPhone SE in April, however the report did not specify whether the items would be announced at an occasion or with press releases. Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo has actually since claimed that a brand-new iPhone SE will not be launched till 2022, however brand-new AirPods Pro are still possible this spring.
April talk magnified this week, beginning with a report from Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes that declared volume deliveries of Mini-LED display screen components for a brand-new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will begin in the second quarter of 2021, which spans April through June. This was followed by a report from Gurman, who claimed that plans to announce new iPads as early as April, including new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
Significantly, Gurman claimed that the new iPad Pro models could include a Thunderbolt port. This rumor certainly sounds plausible, as the new iPad Pro designs are expected to be equipped with a quicker A14X chip based upon the M1 chip in the current Macs, and the M1 chip supports Thunderbolt. And since Thunderbolt uses the USB-C port style, the new iPad Pro designs would still work with existing USB-C battery chargers and devices.
As commonly rumored, Gurman stated Apple is looking to consist of Mini-LED backlighting on the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a minimum, suggesting that Mini-LED display technology may be special to the bigger model, at least in the meantime.
Kuo included to the stack on early Thursday, declaring that mass production of Mini-LED iPads will start in mid-to-late April.
Apple Event in April?
Apples last April occasion was in 2010, when the late Steve Jobs announced the designer preview of iPhone OS 4 (later relabelled to iOS 4) at Apples town Hall conference center at its former Infinite Loop head office.
According to Prosser, however, Apple does plan to host an April event this year. In a YouTube video today, Prosser stated that he was really informed by a “strange and vague” source who has been “100% accurate” that there would be an April occasion back in late February, however Prosser thought that an April occasion made “little to no sense” and he was more inclined to believe his sources pointing out a March 23 occasion.
Prosser himself acknowledges that its worth treating this April event rumor with some hesitation considering that it would be Apples very first April event in 11 years, however he emphasized his sources best track record. Its likewise worth noting that Prosser has actually been inaccurate about three consecutive event date reports, consisting of a November 17 event, a March 16 event, and a March 23 occasion (disallowing a last-minute announcement).
What About the Rest of March?
With both Gurman and Kuo indicating that brand-new iPads are unlikely to be announced till a minimum of April, and Kuo recently claiming that mass production of third-generation AirPods is now arranged for the second half of 2021, the list of brand-new Apple products that might be revealed in March is beginning to shrink.
A brand-new “Items” tab enabled by default in the Find My app in the iOS 14.5 beta has led to some hope that Apples long-awaited AirTags product trackers will lastly be released quickly. Apple stated iOS 14.5 will be launched in “early spring,” however a specific release date stays unclear. If the Release Candidate version winds up being seeded next week, then iOS 14.5 might be launched around Monday, March 29 or Tuesday, March 30.
Apple might opt to introduce the AirTags and/or other brand-new items with news release as it did last spring, including upgraded iPad Pro and MacBook Air models on March 18 and the second-generation iPhone SE on April 15.
At a minimum, Gurmans report this week said AirTags are still “planned for this year.”
All in all, while reports have been all over the map since late, it seems like there is sufficient smoke to suggest that at least some brand-new items will be revealed within the next 6 weeks approximately. Whether any of the item statements been available in these final days of March or in April, or at an event or otherwise, stays to be seen.

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