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Where can I watch the Apple event?

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. WIREDWatch Today’s Apple Event Right Here

When is the Apple Event 2021?

Apple's “Spring Loaded” event — the iPad maker's first media event of 2021 — is set to take place today, April 20. It will be livestreamed from the company's campus in Cupertino, California, US, and is expected to bring next-generation iPad, iMac, Apple TV, and AirTags. NDTVApple's Spring Loaded Event Today: How to Watch Live, What's Expected

What is the Apple event on April 20?

Apple iMacs Apple event on April 20 is expected to unveil a bunch of new products. The company has so far not announced which new products it will unveil at the 'Spring Loaded' event. Rumours of Apple launching a new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display have been doing rounds on the internet. Moneycontrol.comApple event on April 20: iMac 2021 may launch in iPad Air 2020 colours

The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be thicker than its predecessor

iMore 20 April, 2021 - 01:00pm

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The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro might add some thickness in order to handle that mini-LED display.

As reported by MacRumors, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be 0.5mm thicker than the current generation. This change in thickness is apparently due to the inclusion of a mini-LED display, a first for any Apple device. The outlet got its hands on photos from a "source that designs accessories for Apple devices."

A source that designs accessories for Apple devices sent MacRumors a series of photos that feature exact dimensions for the new iPad Pro models, and while we can't share the images themselves, we can share the leaked measurements, which are in line with measurements shared by Mac Otakara in February.

The 12.9-inch model will measure in at 280.65mm long (11.04 inches), 215mm wide (8.46 inches) and 6.4mm thick (0.25 inches). With the exception of the thickness, those dimensions are about the same as the dimensions of the current iPad Pro, and that matches up with rumors we've heard suggesting that there will be few design changes to the device.

6.4mm is 0.5mm thicker than the thickness of the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is 5.9mm thick. The change in thickness may be due to the inclusion of the mini-LED display, a feature that will be unique to the 12.9-inch model.

In addition to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro increasing in overall thickness, it may also grow its camera bump. That's in stark comparison to the new 11-inch iPad Pro, which is expected to stay the same size and potentially shrink its camera bump. This could be due to the rumor that the mini-LED display will be reserved for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Prior rumors have indicated the camera lenses of the new iPad Pro models will protrude less, and there will be some small changes to the size of the camera bump. The design drawings suggest the camera bump will measure in at 27.67mm by 27.67mm, slightly larger than the prior 27mm x 27mm camera bump.

As for the 11-inch iPad Pro, the dimensions will remain largely the same, including the thickness. It will measure in at 247.6mm (9.74 inches) by 178.5mm (7.02 inches) by 5.9mm (0.23 inches).

There could, however, be more drastic changes to the camera bump size than on the 12.9-inch model. The current 11-inch iPad Pro has a camera bump that measures in at 26.7mm by 26.7mm, but the new version's camera bump may be smaller at 25.3mm by 25.3mm.

The new iPad Pros are expected to be unveiled at tomorrow's 'Spring loaded' Apple Event. In addition to new iPads, Apple is also rumored to announce its long-rumored AirTags, new Apple silicon iMacs, and even Apple Podcasts+.

As expected, Apple's online store has gone down ahead of today's April Apple event, where the company is expected to debut a slew of new products.

A new report from Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will bring faster mmWave 5G to multiple new countries with iPhone 13, including Japan, Australia, and Canada.

A new rumor on Reddit claims the Apple TV app may be coming to Sky Q in the UK.

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Here's everything Apple just announced: New iPads Pro, colorful iMacs, AirTag and more

CNBC 20 April, 2021 - 11:30am

Apple is holding its first product launch event of the year on Tuesday. CNBC is covering the event and what it means for the company here. The event starts at 1 p.m. ET.

Apple just held its first product launch event of the year. It announced a new iMac that ships in seven different colors, the new iPad Pro with an M1 chip and support for faster 5G networks, an AirTag lost-device tracking gadget and a refreshed Apple TV 4K with a brand new remote.

Apple said on Tuesday that it will release new high-end iPads Pro that use the company's M1 chip, which is also used in its Mac computers. Previously, iPads used A-series chips, which are what powers the company's iPhones. Apple says it is the most powerful tablet on the market.

It also includes an improved USB-C connector that will allow the iPad to connect to higher-resolution monitors and download images from a camera more quickly.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features an improved screen using an array of LEDs that is brighter and has better color resolution than previous displays using a technology called Mini-LED.

The iPad Pro will also have a 12-megapixel front-facing camera with an ultrawide lens that can automatically pan to keep human subjects in the shot.

Some models will include 5G support, Apple said. The 11-inch model starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch model costs $1099. They will be available for pre-order on April 30 and will ship in late May. — Kif Leswing

These iMacs are powered by Apple's custom M1 silicon, not Intel processors. The computers have a new, thinner aluminum design, and they come in red, blue, purple, orange, yellow, silver, and green. The new thinner design looks a lot like a big iPad.

Apple says the volume of the computer has been reduced by 50%, resulting in a smaller computer that can fit on a desk more easily. It comes with a 24-inch built-in display and an improved camera that can record 1080p video in low light. Apple says the display runs at "4.5K" resolution.

It ships with a new magnetic power connector reminiscent of Apple's previous MagSafe laptop chargers, and a slightly updated keyboard with an emoji key and a fingerprint sensor. Apple's mouses and keyboard come in the same colors as the new iMacs.

The entry-level model costs $1299, and an upgraded version costs $1499. The new iMacs will go up for pre-order on April 30 and will ship in the second half of May, Apple said.

Apple's first iMacs, released 20 years ago, also came in different colors.

Apple is finally rolling out a new, redesigned remote for the Apple TV. It's made out of aluminum and has dedicated buttons for navigating menus, which should solve some of the headaches caused by the earlier remote. It'll ship in the second half of May with the new Apple TV 4K, which costs $179 or $199 depending on the model.

Apple announced that its Apple TV 4K box has been updated with a new processor, and it will be able to handle high frame rate HDR video which will result in display smoother, more colorful sports events.

It will also include a new feature that will use the iPhone's camera to tune the TV's picture quality.

It also comes with a completely redesigned remote made out of aluminum with physical buttons, instead of the old remote's touchpad. It can also control your TV's power. Instead of a touchpad, it has a round wheel for controlling the display.

It starts at $179 for 32GB of storage. They go up for order on April 30 and will start shipping in the second half of May, Apple said. — Kif Leswing

Apple announced AirTag, calling it an iPhone accessory, priced at $29 for one or $99 for four. It will be on store shelves on April 30.

It uses Apple technology called Find My, which uses a network of iPhones to find lost objects and was opened up to third-party accessories earlier this month. It's using a technique Apple calls "precision finding" that it says is privacy-sensitive.

This product has been the source of some scrutiny from lawmakers who have heard that Apple is privileging its own lost item trackers over theirs using anticompetitive practices and access to the iPhone operating system. Find My opened to third-party accessory makers last month. — Kif Leswing

It goes up for pre-order on Friday and will ship on April 30. — Kif Leswing

Apple announced that it's launching its podcast subscription next month, putting itself up further against Spotify and other competitors in the audio streaming wars.

The company is also redesigning its Apple Podcast app.

Cook said that Apple will allow partners and spouses to share a credit line on a credit card, allowing both people to build credit scores. It's also introducing features for families and teenagers. Apple was notably under fire from co-founder Steve Wozniak after people discovered that sometimes spouses had different credit limits. — Kif Leswing

Walking around Apple Park, Apple's campus in Cupertino in California, Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the event with factoids about Apple's environmental efforts, saying that Apple is carbon-neutral and hopes to remove 1 million tons of carbon from the environment per year. — Kif Leswing

As Apple's event kicks off, YouTube shows that over 360,000 people are streaming it on YouTube. Apple's three launch events last fall each garnered millions of people watching live on YouTube. It's also available streaming directly on Apple's website, which isn't counted in the YouTube numbers. — Kif Leswing

As Apple prepares to potentially release new iPads, remember that the product has had a great pandemic: In the fourth calendar quarter of 2020, Apple shipped $8.44 billion in iPads — which was up 41% year-over-year. — Kif Leswing

Apple is best known for its fall launch events, where it reveals new iPhones, but it's no stranger to hosting somewhat lower-profile events in the spring.

Apple didn't hold a spring event in 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic and instead launched new iPads and other gadgets on its website. In 2019, Apple's spring announcement focused on services like Apple TV+ and the Apple Card. But it also announced new iPads in 2018 during an education-focused event at a school in Chicago.

Last fall, Apple broadcast three pre-recorded product launch events in three months, each of which garnered millions of live viewers on YouTube. — Kif Leswing

One of Apple's silliest traditions is, on the morning of an event, it pulls its online Apple store down, giving up a few hours of online sales in exchange to build hype for its new products. Apple has done this for years, and technology has certainly gotten to the point where Apple could update its store without downtime — it does it all the time — but why mess with a tradition? — Kif Leswing

I wrote yesterday about some of the tensions bubbling under the surface at Apple. Yes, this is just another product event, but there are a lot of headaches on the horizon that could threaten its growth, especially in the App Store.

There's the war of words with Facebook over the impending iOS privacy feature. There's the upcoming trial with Epic Games that centers on Apple's control of the App Store. And then there's Apple's dependence on China, which is an obvious target for Apple critics. (Just ask Peter Thiel.)

Read all about it right here.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is gearing up for Tuesday's "Spring Loaded" event, where the company is expected to announce new iPads and potentially a handful of other products. "It's a beautiful spring morning for an #AppleEvent! See you soon," Cook tweeted.

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