Apple event: What to look out for as new Watch and iPad are expected

Apple is set to unveil new versions of some of its most popular devices on Tuesday, but iPhone fans could be left disappointed.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic means the iPhone 12 is expected to be delayed by several weeks and so the signature smartphone is not set to appear during the virtual event.

Instead, the technology giant is reportedly set to unveil a new generation of the Apple Watch and the iPad Air, as well as new audio products such as an updated HomePod smart speaker and the first set of Apple-branded over-ear headphones.

In an earnings call earlier this year, Apple said it expected “supply to be available a few weeks later” than its traditional September release date, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apple will hold its first virtual-only product reveal event - due to Covid-19 and social distancing - from its headquarters in New York at 1pm local time.

According to industry experts the tech giant could also use the keynote to reveal new offerings around its services business – the Apple Music and TV+ streaming services as well as its news and gaming subscriptions, which have become an increasingly lucrative part of Apple’s business.

In August, Apple became the first US company to be worth $2 trillion Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Thomas Husson, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, said Apple could use the event to announce a new bundle of its various services.

“While I’d expect the new range of iPhones to be announced later in the year, Apple is more likely to showcase new innovation on their iPad and Apple Watch product lines,” he said.

“Moving forward, to accelerate the success in this innovation journey and enter adjacent territories like health or finance, Apple must also build a long-lasting trust relationship with its community and create a dialogue with its customers.

“As such, the brand must accelerate the shift towards creating a digital relationship with its own customers. The announcement of an all-in-one bundle to services – Apple Music, News, TV+, Arcade, iCloud – could help such a strategy in a context where the competition on streaming services is accelerating.”