It seems like Apple’s WWDC just finished, but we’re already gearing up for the tech giant’s next event this fall. Although Apple has yet to announce a formal date for its next event, we speculate it could be coming in September, and it could be online-only like last year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman now reports that due to Apple’s rumored decision to delay its return to in-person work, the next event will probably be completely virtual.
So far, Apple has hosted two events in 2021. We saw new iPad upgrades, colorful iMacs and AirTags trackers at the April event. The purple iPhone 12 was also on display. Here’s what Apple announced for spring. Two months later, WWDC was held, and we got our first glimpse at iOS 15, MacOS Monterey, WatchOS 8 (also known under MacOS 12), and iPadOS 15. We expect a lot more from Apple this year including the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3 and iPad Mini 6.
CNET has a guess for the iPhone 13 release date. Our iPhone 13 wishlist is also available.
When will the next Apple event be? It could be in the middle or early part of September
We speculate that Apple’s next event will be held in early to mid September, although there isn’t any official word.
Apple hosts about three to four events per year. There is a spring event and a summer developer conference. The fall events are usually one or two more. Fall events are typically scheduled in September or October. The September event features new iPhones and Apple Watch upgrades. While the October event usually features Macs or iPads,
Apple has always announced the latest iPhone at a September event, ever since 2012’s iPhone 5. However, Apple noticed a shift in this pattern in 2020 because of production delays caused by the pandemic. The Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, and the updated iPad models were all unveiled at last year’s September Apple event. However, there was no new iPhone. In October, the company revealed the iPhone 12. The pandemic forced Apple to hold its fall event online only last year. The company’s website provided a livestream.
Apple is expected back to its normal schedule this year. CNET did a deep dive into Apple’s 2018 event calendar and came up with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. The 2021 calendar shows that the Labor Day rule would designate Sept. 8 as the next Apple Event. However, we won’t be able to know for certain until Apple sends us an invite. However, we do know that Apple prefers to host its fall event on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
While the event may resume as normal, Apple’s next event might be completely virtual. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman stated in his Power On newsletter that the event, which was expected to focus on Apple’s new iPhone, would be entirely virtual due to the reported decision by the tech giant to defer its return to in person work because of rising COVID-19.
Apple initially stated that employees would have to be present at the office on three days per week beginning in September. Gurman believes that an in-person iPhone 13 event could have been possible if Apple had stayed with September’s timeframe. He now expects to host another online event.