This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple has announced a special event. The date is September 15 at 10 a.m. PDT. Like WWDC20 in June, this will be an online virtual event.
A few hours prior to this announcement, the hashtag "#AppleEvent" was being apple-marked and discussed as if it was a prelude to something else.
今宵、何かが？ #AppleEvent— Engadget 日本版 (@engadgetjp) September 8, 2020
Presumably, what will be revealed at this event will be new hardware products. But at the time of writing, we don't know what exactly it will be. However, the logo, which looks like an apple with a stroke of a pen, is quite meaningful.
At this time of year, the new iPhones would be revealed in previous years, but Apple has already officially announced that it will be "a few weeks later than last year", i.e. after early October. There is still a chance that the iPhone 12 series will be unveiled, but for now, the two most likely candidates are the new iPad and the Apple Watch Series 6.
So let's take a quick look back at the rumors so far about both the new iPad and Apple Watch Series 6.
Apple Watch Series 6
Is this year's micro LED panel used?
The new Apple Watch is traditionally announced at the same time as the flagship iPhone every fall, but this year the iPhone has the above circumstances. However, since the two devices have different production circumstances and are not in the same market, there is no need to insist on announcing and releasing them at the same time.
The first rumor over the past few years about the next Apple Watch is whether or not it will use microLEDs instead of the traditional OLED panel. MicroLEDs are a technology that fills the screen with ultra-fine LEDs, which, in short, are expected to provide the same high-purity black color as OLEDs while being resistant to burning and degradation and saving power.
Apple Watch Series 6, will it continue to have an OLED panel? Micro LED is rumored to have been put off
The reason why the microLED was expected to be used was because it was seen to be closely related to the sleep tracking feature, which is based on a certain amount of battery life. But it has already been confirmed that the feature will be available in the upcoming watchOS 7, even on models before the Series 5. microLED is still expensive, so it may still be off the table this year.
SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) sensor and mental health features
SpO2 is a measure of how much oxygen is in the blood. Generally, a level of 95-100% is considered healthy, while a level below 80% may impair heart and brain function, and a persistently low level puts you at risk for respiratory or cardiopulmonary arrest.
The possibility of SpO2 measurement capability in the future on the Apple Watch was speculated from the initial code of iOS 14 earlier this year. Some believe that SpO2 measurement would have had the hardware to make it possible on the original Apple Watch, but if it were to happen on older models, it would have been announced as a new feature in watchOS 7. Since it wasn't, it's expected to be implemented in Series 6.
Since then, rumors of a new component have been reported by Taiwanese supply chain sources, raising the credibility of both software and hardware.
Another possible use for the SpO2 sensor is a new mental health-related feature. It measures SpO2 along with your heart rate to determine if you're hyperventilating and detect a panic attack before it happens.
However, some say that detecting panic attacks "before" (as opposed to after they happen) requires advanced judgment, such as learning what signs appear in the body, which could take up to two years to achieve. Anyway, if the SpO2 sensor is installed, maybe a software update will add the feature at a later date.
Unlike the Apple Watch, which has only one type of hardware, the iPad is available in multiple models (Entry/Air/Pro), so there's a lot of conflicting information over "when and which one will be released".
The first to say that a "10.8-inch iPad" will arrive in the second half of 2020 was probably famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He also mentioned "affordability and a fast chip," a feature reminiscent of the second-generation iPhone SE, but didn't say which model it would be.
However, DigiTimes, a Taiwanese supply chain intelligence expert, reported that the new Apple products in 2020 will likely include a "10.8-inch iPad Air". It later stated that the "10.8-inch iPad" was "high-performance and affordable".
On the other hand, Mac Treasure Tracing Club Blog, a well-regarded international source, reported that the fourth-generation iPad Air may change to a USB-C connector specification, according to Chinese supplier sources. Just as the third-generation iPad Air is also speculated to be based on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017), that the fourth-generation iPad Air may be based on the 11-inch iPad Pro (2018).
Rumor has it that the next iPad Air will use USB-C but the iPad mini successor will continue to use Lightning
The theory that the fourth-generation iPad Air will look like the Pro is reinforced by images that appear to be explanatory brochures. It shows a Pro-like appearance with a thin bezel and full screen design, and mentions the USB-C connector. Furthermore, the absence of a home button, despite the supposed Face ID feature, led to speculation of a fingerprint sensor integrated into the side buttons.
It was thought that it must be the fourth-generation iPad Air that would be announced, however, rumors have also sprung up that an eighth-generation entry-level model (the cheaper version) is coming with an iPad Pro-like design with Face ID and a USB-C connector.
No matter which model it is, both the new iPad and Apple Watch have been found registered in the public body's EEC database and are sure to be announced in the near future. Whether you're a new buyer or a replacement, it looks like you can wait with great anticipation.
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