If you’ve been holding on for the next version of the Apple Watch, your wait should be over in about a month. A new leak pins the launch date for the week starting 7th of September.
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The date has been shared on the Twitter account of well known leaker Jon Prosser. His accuracy track record is apparently 80%, and he adds that he has never actually gotten a product announcement date wrong. So let’s see what he says.
According to Prosser, the new Apple Watch and iPad will be unveiled on the same day, which will actually fall a week earlier than the usual 2nd week of September launch. But rather than an event, this will be a rather muted affair consisting only of a press release.
The reason for this, of course, is the current pandemic. To remind, the company held an online online gathering of its developers back in June. This time around the Cupertino Outfit will opt for an even lower key affair which is rather strange considering the importance of both the Apple Watch and iPad.
New, adjusted Apple dates!
Apple Watch & iPad
– Via press release
– Week 37 w/c Sep 7
iPhone 12 event
– Week 42 w/c Oct 12
iPhone 12 devices
– Preorders week 42 w/c Oct 12
– Shipping week 43 w/c Oct 19
iPhone 12 Pro devices
– Preorder and shipping in Nov (no exact date yet)
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) August 12, 2020
What’s even more unexpected is that unlike in the previous years, the new iPhone will be launched separately. It’s entirely possible there have been delays in production so this may be the cause for the decision as it was originally set for a September launch.
Instead, the iPhone 12 event (an actual event) will be held the week starting October 12th, with shipping commencing a week later for those that have pre-ordered. iPhone 12 Pro preorders and shipping will be about a month later, one would guess before the all-important holiday shopping period.
Apple Watch Series 6 – what to expect
As far as what to expect with the Series 6 watch, we’ve had lots of leaks and speculation in recent months. Along with a faster processor, the new device gets support for native sleep tracking, blood oxygen monitoring, improved fall detection and more. The first of these has topped most people’s wishlist for a while now. It has been a glaring omission for those interested in tracking their health around the clock.
Some of these features will come as part of watchOS 7 so will be available to older watches. The only devices that will not get the software update are Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2.
Other rumoured upgrades include better water resistance, along with an improved networking system to allow the Apple Watch 6 to work more independently from a smartphone. In terms of design a big change might be coming next month. Rumours are that Apple will drop the flagship Digital Crown in favour of an optical sensor that responds to touch and gestures.
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