New iPads and more are expected

Apple simply introduced an April 20 product occasion the place it is expected to announce new variations of the iPad Pro, AirTags monitoring units and more. The occasion will begin at 1 p.m. ET.

Apple might use the occasion to proceed using the increase iPads have seen in the course of the pandemic. In January, Apple reported $8.44 billion in iPad revenue for its fiscal first quarter, up 41% 12 months over 12 months. The new iPad Pros are expected to pack Apple’s latest and quickest processor and could embrace a new type of screen that uses mini LED technology to provide higher pictures for issues like watching films and viewing pictures.

It’s a digital occasion, which implies will probably be streamed on-line as an alternative of held in particular person, as a result of ongoing Covid pandemic. Last 12 months, Apple refreshed the iPad Pro in March, when it additionally launched the Magic Keyboard, which makes it really feel more like a laptop computer. It introduced its second-generation AirPods in March 2019, so it is doable these get refreshed, too.

Apple has lengthy been rumored to launch AirTags, a product much like Tile which you can connect to objects, like keys, or place in a bag, and observe them utilizing Apple’s Find My software program constructed into iPads and iPhones. Apple has been testing a method to observe these units in its beta software program for iPhones.

But Apple might use the occasion to introduce any variety of new merchandise. Other units that could be refreshed embrace iMacs, which have not been updated to its new M1 processor.

Apple’s AirPods are the best-selling headphones on this planet. It is smart to refresh them to maintain the momentum going as rivals introduce related merchandise, typically at decrease costs. However, high Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in March that new AirPods will not be launched till the third quarter of this 12 months.

And lastly, the Apple TV is lengthy overdue for an replace. The Apple TV 4K, the present mannequin, got here out in 2017, however even that was a minor replace from the model that got here out in 2015. Bloomberg stated in December that Apple is planning an update with a new remote, an up to date processor and a “gaming focus.”