The third special event in fall 2020 will open at 2 a.m. Beijing time on Nov. 11, and while early official warm-ups and rumors have locked in a new Mac device featuring Apple Silicon, there are still several new products to look forward to.
At the first Time Flies special this fall, Apple launched the iPad Air 4 and 10.2-inch eighth-generation iPad, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. In the second Hi, Speed special, Apple launched the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, as well as the HomePod Mini.
With the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and HomePod product lines already available, Apple is focusing on Mac devices at this event. As with the previous two special events, the third special event was broadcast in advance at Apple Park to be more dynamic and flexible in presenting new products.
Mac devices with Apple Silicon
Probability: Almost completely confirmed
At this year’s WWDC conference, Apple has pushed developers to move from Intel processors to their own Apple Silicon processor platforms. Apple also outlined a two-year transition plan and announced that it will launch its first Mac device with an Apple Silicon by the end of the year.
According to current information, Apple will launch three Macs with Apple’s Silicon, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Air.
With the exception of the transition to the Apple Silicon chip, there will be no major changes to the design of the new Mac, and Apple will continue to use the same MacBook form factor. Apple is rumoured to be working on a redesigned version of the MacBook Pro, which is 14.1 and 16.1 inches in size and features a mini-LED display, but the machines will not ship until 2021.
Apple’s new Macs will feature 5nm chips based on the A14 in the iPhone 12, which provide energy efficiency and performance improvements over Intel’s processors. Apple plans to transition the entire Mac product line to Apple Silicon, but the process will take about two years.
The MacBook with the Apple Silicon processor is more popular than the Intel processor version, starting at $799 (estimated at 128GB) and $899 for the 256GB version, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,099 (estimated at 128GB) and 256GB, according to information shared by the source $1199. There was no mention in the tweet of the standard version of the price or the preferential price of education.
While the notebook will be the first to be updated, Apple is working on a redesigned iMac with an Apple Silicon chip and a new, smaller Mac Pro.
macOS Big Sur
Probability: Very high
iOS 14, iPad OS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 are all officially released, while macOS Big Sur is still in testing. Another reason the test is so long may be that the new version will apply to both Apple Silicon and Intel versions, so it will take longer to polish. Given that macOS Big Sur should be updated synchronously with the hardware bundle, I’m confident it’ll be released at this event.
At the end of October, Apple released the first developer beta update to macOS Big Sur 11.0.1, with an upgrade package capacity of 3.69GB. The fluency is better than the macOS Big Sur Beta 10, based on themedia Wccftech’s measured experience with the 13-inch MacBook Pro for model year 2019.
Improvements noted so far include
The battery life is better than the previous beta version
The new beta is more responsive
Fixes playback issues on YouTube and Netflix
Safari is still slow to start and use compared to Chrome. Although Safari is fast when loading websites, it is slow to launch a browser or open a new tab.
Mac Catalyst has made many improvements. Apps ported from iPad can no longer scale to 77%, and existing app users from iPad don’t need to buy the app again on their Mac.
There’s a new startup tone on your Mac.
“AirTags (B389) plans to complete all final performance tests on November 6,” according to information shared by renowned source Jon Prosser at the end of October. After the test is completed, the product is typically released within 30 days. It can be confirmed that it will be called at the November event.”
It comes after high-profile source L0vetodream tweeted that “big one” and “small one” were coming, hinting at the size of AirTags.
This is the first time we’ve heard about the size of AirTags, and it’s not clear what the two sizes are for. These tracking devices are said to be attached to items such as keys and wallets for tracking, so you can use the Find My app to find them.
According to the image found in the iOS 13 release, “AirTags” is a small, round white label with an Apple logo on the front. They may attach to items through adhesives or ring-like attachment points, and may be used for different items in a variety of ways.
AirPods Studio is a high-quality earcuff headset that delivers airPods audio quality as well as Active Noise Reduction (ANC) and permeable modes for AirPods Pro. This could help Apple broaden its AirPods product line beyond the real wireless headset market.
This AirPods Studio is made of high-quality leather/metal, magnetic earcuffs that detect left and right ears, have no headphone jack, and charge using a USB-C port. The so-called left and right ear test is that no matter how the user wears it, it can be automatically adjusted according to the left and right ear, so the direction of wear is not important.
Because the AirPods Studio is earcuff-style, it can be equipped with more sensors than existing AirPods/AirPods Pros, for example, a proximity sensor in the headband will determine how the headset is worn and can automatically play or pause music. AirPods Studio is thought to introduce further active noise reduction, using closed earcuffs to create better sealing.
Sources say Apple may offer a number of customized options for the AirPods Studio, including many replaceable parts, such as magnetically suction headbands and earmuffs. Sport versions may be available in plastic and rubber, while luxury versions may be made of leather and metal, while interchangeable features may also allow the use of specialized components, such as sweatproof ear sleeves.
Apple may have several audio products in place, and in addition to the AirPods Studio, another candidate could be the AirPods X in-ear headphones. While the name may be one of the codenames for AirPods Studio, Jon Prosser said in a tweet in April that the AirPods X would be a Beats X-like neck-wearing headset for sports and running, with a cable connection between the two headphones before connecting it to the iPhone using Bluetooth.
In theory, this would offer AirPod-style features in cheaper packages, despite speculation that the headset would cost $200. Thanks to holiday shopping and concerns about Apple Silicon, it’s as likely to happen as the AirPods Studio.
AirPods Pro Lite
The third product in the AirPods product line is the AirPods Pro Lite, which is somewhere between the AirPods and AirPods Pro and offers advanced features at mid-price.
Presumably, it’s also somewhat similar to the current two versions, and is still designed to be a fully wireless headset and uses a charging case. The model is located between two generations and costs about $200.
However, there has been talk that “AirPods Pro Lite” and “AirPods X” may be the same product, although it is not yet certain.
Apple TV 6
It’s been three years since the Apple TV 4K was launched in 2017. Apple TV’s update cycle is typically 2-3 years, so it’s also considered possible for Apple to choose this node to update its Apple TV product line.
It’s temporarily called “Apple TV 6”, but it could be called Apple TV when it’s released, and the model is said to be an update to an existing Apple TV 4K, not a major update to the product line. Rumor has it that newer A-Series chips, such as the A12Z or newer versions, could help improve services that rely on processing and graphics performance, such as Apple Arcade.
Rumor has it that storage could be upgraded to the most expensive 128GB, and discussions have been made about using the U1 chip to support ultra-broadband and the new Siri Remote. The price is considered consistent with the existing 4K model, with the low-capacity model costing $179 and the high-capacity model costing $199.