Your spring calendar is probably looking pretty crowded already. Your vaccine appointments are coming up; the family is planning a visit; and maybe somewhere in there you’ll be going on an actual in-person date, your first in quite a while. (Lucky you.)
Make room on that bursting agenda to pencil in one more event, because Apple is holding a media presentation tomorrow, April 20. The event will be livestreamed, and you can watch at home as the company shows off some new, elegantly chamfered hardware.
It’s always difficult to speculate what a company as secretive as Apple could be planning as these events approach, but we can set some reasonable expectations about what we’ll see at tomorrow’s event based on some leaked information and some investigative reporting at other outlets. Most signs point to new iPads—specifically, new iPad Pro models and a refresh of the recently resuscitated iPad Mini. According to Bloomberg, the larger of the new iPad Pros will have a brighter, more technically advanced display, and both Pro models will have faster chips and a Thunderbolt port for attaching a wider array of accessories. Other reports indicate that we might see a new Apple Pencil on Tuesday, as well as the arrival of AirTags, the small location-reporting widgets that work with Apple’s Find My app.
We’re fairly certain we won’t see a new iPhone, new AirPods, or any previews of macOS or iOS. The iPhone hardware is traditionally released in the fall, and the software walk-throughs are the highlight of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which is already scheduled for June.
How to Watch
Apple’s presentation will start at 1 pm Eastern, 10 am Pacific, on Tuesday, April 20. You can stream it right here in the player on this page. You can also view the stream on Apple’s website, in the Apple TV app, or on the company’s YouTube channel.
That Apple TV option is new as of last year—now that Apple has its own streaming service, it also has a dedicated video app on mobile devices, Apple TV boxes, Roku boxes, and in some smart TVs. You can open that app and find the option to stream Tuesday’s event whether or not you subscribe to the monthly Apple TV+ streaming service.
We’d recommend launching the stream on your television using either your YouTube app or the Apple TV app. The company’s slickly produced showcases feature lots of high-impact visuals that look good in the larger format. Besides, if you watch it on your television, that frees up your laptop for tweeting snarkily into the Apple enthusiast twitterverse.
Expect Apple’s presentation to last around 60 minutes. Once the event ends, come back to WIRED for coverage that rounds up the announcements and highlights the industry trends that Apple is both responding to and advancing with its latest hardware.
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