Apple “Spring Loaded” Event Predictions

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Apple announced its “Spring Loaded” last week, and as is the case with each of Apple’s events, I have a set of predictions. For this event, I only have a few predictions.

Air Tags

Throughout many of the betas of various versions of iOS, there have been indications of a product called “Air Tags”. The indications show that Air Tags are beacons that can be attached to various items so that should they be lost, and someone comes across it, their iPhone can provide the last location.

I give this a 50% chance of occurring. If Apple does not announce it with this event, I suspect that they will never announce them.

Apple TV

The Apple TV box is in desperate need of an update. The last release was in September of 2017, which was 3 1/2 years ago. In that time, there have been no revisions to the product. I suspect that Apple will release a new Apple TV. The rumors indicate that this would support 120Hz televisions.

I give the possibility of this happening at 75%.

iPad Pros

The last significant update to the iPad Pros was in 2018. While there was an update to the iPad Pro in 2020, it was a minor update to the A12Z, which supported LiDAR in the camera. Outside of these two changes, there were no other changes.

I think Apple will release a new set of iPad Pros, a replacement 11-inch as well as a replacement 12.9-inch model. I think one of them, the 12.9-inch model specifically, will have a different type of display, possibly a mini-led.

Apple Watch Bands

Each season Apple likes to release new Watch Bands. I think these will be briefly discussed, or possibly just shown off in just a few minutes of the presentation. I give this a 90% chance of occurring.

New Macs

Last November Apple unveiled new Mac running Apple Silicon. At the time there were three devices released, the MacBook Air, the lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. Approximately six months after the release of those devices is a good time to release the next device.

I think there will be another Mac with an M1 released, the 21.5-inch iMac. I suspect this because the 21.5-inch model would likely run the M1, same as the current devices running the M1. I give this a 50% chance of occurring.

There is the rumor that Apple will provide some new colors to the iMacs. While I think this would be a nice change from having the standard gray and space gray, I am not sure Apple would do this, even though it would be very reminiscent of the iMac G3. I give this a 10% chance of actually being announced.

Predictions Recap

Here is a re-cap of my predictions. There are not that many for this event.

Prediction % Chance
New Watch Bands 90%
New iPad Pros 90%
New Apple TV Box 75%
12.9-inch iPad Pro New Screen Type 60%
New 21.5-inch iMac 50%
AirTags Announced 50%
New iMacs in colors 10%

The event begins at 10 am Pacific Time on Tuesday, April 20th. I will post a recap of what was announced after the event.