Apple held an event on 14 September at which it launched the new iPhone, Apple Watch and two new iPads. Now attention is turning to Apple's next event at which it is expected to launch new MacBook Pro models (14in and 16in) alongside, potentially, a new Mac mini. That October event is happening on 18 October and you will be able to watch the live stream above.
One product that was surprisingly absent from the Apple September event was the AirPods, but there may be a good reason why Apple decided not to launch them in September - the company was running a promotion where it was giving AirPods away to students making qualifying purchases.
Other events in 2021 have included Apple's WWDC Keynote on 7 June at which the company revealed its plans for the operating system updates to the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Prior to WWDC Apple held its 'Spring Loaded' event on 20 April at which it announced the new 24in iMac, M1-powered iPad Pro and new Apple TV 4K.
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Read on to find out everything you need to know about the calendar of Apple Events for 2021, including what we expect for 2022.
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When is Apple's next event?
- Monday 18 October 2021 - confirmed
We were surprised when Apple didn't announce the AirPods at the 14 September event, but should we have been? Apple is running a Back to School/Back to University campaign whereby it is enticing students to buy Apple products by offering free AirPods. The Higher Education campaign ended on 27 September in the US and 11 October in the UK.
Due to the 11 October closing date for that campaign we had originally hoped that the 12 October 2021 would be the day that Apple would launch new AirPods - although students who just got the old models may be a bit miffed... Read Absence of AirPods hints at date for October Apple Event.
However, clearly Apple has decided that 12 October would be too soon. The next most obvious date was Tuesday 19 October, but since Google is going to be unveiling new Pixel phones on that day we thought it was unlikely Apple would pick that date. The surprise was that rather than choosing the 26 October for the event, Apple instead picked the Monday 18 October.
What time will the next Apple event start?
Apple has said that the event will start at 10am in California, which is 6pm UK time.
Here's what that translates to in the countries where most of our readers live (although there is a potential for disruption of these times based on when countries adopt daylight saving).
- UK: at 6pm (BST)
- Europe: at 7pm (CEST)
- US: 10am (PDT), 11am (MDT), noon (CDT), 1pm (EDT)
- Canada: 10am (PDT), 11am (MDT), noon (CDT), 1pm (EDT), 2pm (ADT)
- India: 10.30pm (IST)
- Australia: at 1am (AWST), 2.30am (ACST), 3am (AEST)
Apple events usually last between one and two hours.
Will there be a Mac event in 2021?
We were hoping that there might be an event at some point in the summer at which Apple would reveal updates to the M1X MacBook Pro and Mac mini. However, it looks more likely that these launches will happen at the event on 18 October.
October 2021 event
- Monday 18 October - confirmed
Apple's confirmed the event day and time. What can we expect the company to unveil? We may well see the following launch at the October event:
We hope to see see Apple launch new AirPods, or even the long rumoured AirPods Pro Lite - said to sit between the wireless charging standard AirPods and the AirPods Pro. The successor to the standard AirPods was a surprising no show at the iPhone event but a pre-Christmas launch is very likely.
14in MacBook Pro
Apple updated two of the 13in MacBook Pro models in November 2020, but it left two alone. Apparently Apple has plans for the 2.0GHz 13in MacBook Pro that could involve a redesign and a bigger, 14in screen.
This new MacBook Pro will also be getting a new Apple-made processor, likely to be the M1X. For more information about the M1X, M2 and beyond read: Should I wait for the M1X or M2 Mac?
Read more in our 14in MacBook Pro roundup.
16in MacBook Pro
The 14in MacBook Pro may be joined by a new version of the 16in MacBook Pro. The 16in MacBook Pro is long overdue an update - the current model arrived in December 2019 and uses an Intel processor from the year before.
There is more information about the 16in MacBook Pro in our news round up.
There are also rumours that there may be an update to the Intel model of the Mac mini that Apple is still selling. Read more about the M1X Mac mini.
Apple's event schedule for 2022
In a typical year there are normally up to four Apple events at which the company unveils its latest products in front of a large crowd.
In a less typical year, like 2020 and 2021, Apple doesn't invite people to events, but it makes no less of an impact by inviting everyone to join it in an online broadcast. We actually preferred Apple's video presentations in 2020 to the usual events in front of an audience.
Whether these events are physical or virtual Apple tends to hold three or four in a year:
- March/April (education and creativity themes, often includes iPads)
- June (WWDC - mostly software, sometimes high-end/pro hardware)
- September (iPhones and Apple Watches)
- October (iPads and sometimes consumer-focused Macs)
Some years there will be no spring event and other years Apple will skip the October event, like it did in 2019. Obviously 2020 was a little different to usual with events held a little later than usual due to COVID-related delays in production.
Spring 2022 event
- Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 September 2022 - predicted
Apple has often held an event in the spring, most often in March.
- 2021: 20 April
- 2020: No event
- 2019: 25 March
- 2018: 27 March
- 2017: No Event
- 2016: 21 March
- 2015: 9 March
We could see a new iPad Air at this event.
WWDC 2022 event
- Monday 6 June - predicted
Here are the dates at which WWDC has kicked off in previous years. The event is a week long and the keynote is always on the Monday.
- 2021: 7 June
- 2020: 22 June
- 2019: 3 June
- 2018: 4 June
- 2017: 5 June
- 2016: 13 June
- 2015: 8 June
It might seem a long way in the future, but we are already hearing about products that could launch at WWDC 2022, including a new larger iMac. It seems likely that the larger iMac will get a bigger screen and a redesign in line with the 24in model.
September 2022 iPhone event
- Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 September 2022 - predicted
Who knows what autumn 2022 could bring, but Apple has launched a new iPhone in the September of practically every year in the past decade, so a new iPhone seems almost certain for September.
2020 was an exception to that rule - with the iPhone launch in October, but the company still held a September event. Apple clearly likes to hold September events.
On that basis, if you want to pencil in a potential date for an iPhone launch - or at least a September event - based on the dates Apple has held previous September events took place on we predict Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 September 2022.
- 2021: Tuesday 14 September
- 2020: Tuesday 15 September (Not an iPhone event)
- 2019: Tuesday 10 September
- 2018: Wednesday 12 September
- 2017: Tuesday 12 September
- 2016: Wednesday 7 September
- 2015: Wednesday 9 September
- 2014: Tuesday 9 September
- 2013: Tuesday 10 September
- 2012: Wednesday 12 September
As for what will launch the iPhone 14 seems like a safe bet!
October 2022 Mac event
In 2020 October saw Apple unveil the iPhone 12. It was an unusual year though and normally the iPhone would have made its premiere in September. October is usually the month when Apple announces new Macs and new iPads and it may well do so in 2021.
Wondering what date to pencil in? The October events of the past have (or haven't) taken place on the following dates, so we anticipate an event on Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 October. (We had these dates in mind even before we realized that the Back To School campaign ran until 11 October)
- 2021: Monday 18 October
- 2020: Tuesday 13 October
- 2019: no October event
- 2018: Tuesday 30 October
- 2017: no October event
- 2016: Thursday 27 October
- 2015: no October event
- 2014: Thursday 16 October
- 2013: Tuesday 22 October
- 2012: Tuesday 23 October
- 2011: Tuesday 4 October