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First Apple 2021 Event Announced, New iPads & AirTags Coming

Apple is set to break the ice with their first product launch in 2021

At an event scheduled for April 21 in Australia named “Spring Loaded” Apple plans to unveil a new iPad Pro line and new iOS software.

Also tipped is an accessory dubbed AirTags for tracking physical devices and new iMac desktops.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be online and streamed via Apple’s website.

This will be Apple’s fifth virtual keynote, following last year’s developer conference and separate events for the latest Apple Watch, iPhone 12 and first Macs with Apple’s own M1 processors claims Bloomberg.

According to sources the new iPad Pros will come in the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes as the current models but will add processors on par with the latest Mac chips, a new MiniLED screen on the larger model, updated cameras, and potentially an upgraded connector for faster syncing of data and compatibility with additional external monitors and storage drives.

The larger iPad Pro has been facing production issues due to the new screen technology and may initially be in short supply, Bloomberg News recently reported.

The iPad generated US$8.4 billion in revenue for Apple during the last quarter of 2020, the most since 2014.

The increase was driven by people working and studying from home during the pandemic.

As employees and students begin returning to offices and schools in coming months, Apple will be betting on the new iPad models to maintain interest in the tablet line.

At the event, Apple is also likely to announce the release date of iOS 14.5, an upcoming software update that will introduce new privacy protections for ad tracking across apps and websites. The update has irked companies like Facebook Inc., which has said the changes could hurt its advertising business.

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