Apple September

Apple September 15 event: Apple Watch 6, iPad Air 4 and, maybe, the iPhone 12 – TechRadar

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The next gadget-announcing Apple Event has been officially confirmed for Tuesday September 15, and we’re expecting several new devices to be revealed. Here’s everything we know, and everything we suspect, about the event.

Like WWDC 2020, the September Apple Event is online-only, and will start at 10am PT / 1pm EST / 6pm BST (4am AEDT on September 16 in Australia). Though Apple hasn’t confirmed where to watch it yet, precedent suggests it will be livestreamed on Apple’s website and YouTube.

After rumors of an event on September 8, Apple confirmed the date of September 15 with a cute augmented reality logo in the invite emailed to press. It’s already led to some speculation (blue color in phones? Smooth higher refresh rate screens?), along with the event’s tagline, Time Flies:

See you in 7 days! #AppleEvent 8, 2020

What we have heard from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is that the iPhone 12 might not be revealed until October, suggesting it won’t even appear at the September 15 event. 

That isn’t yet confirmed though, so there’s every chance Tim Cook will utter the word “iPhone” on stage. ‘Time Flies’ may be the subtle hint that only the Apple Watch 6 and other devices (perhaps the iPad Air 4, as has been rumored) will be announced though so here’s what we’re expecting to see.

Apple Watch 6

The Apple Watch 5

The Apple Watch 5 (Image credit: Shutterstock)

We’d heard multiple rumors that the Apple Watch 6 would be revealed in early September, but on the date we expected to see it revealed, Apple announced the Time Flies event instead. Fair enough – and with a name like that, we can assume we’ll see the smartwatch unveiled on September 15.

We’re not expecting the Apple Watch 6 to drastically differ from its predecessor, but rumors do suggest a few features that could come to the smartwatch. Most likely is an SpO2 sensor to track oxygen levels in blood, which several other wearables in 2020 have come with like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.

More outlandish predictions include a patent that suggests the wearable could get a Touch ID fingerprint scanner within the display. Another rumor hints that the watch could even come with a temperature sensor. 

iPad Air 4 

The iPad Air 2src19

The iPad Air 2019 (Image credit: Future)

Rumors suggested the iPad Air 4 would debut in September alongside the Apple Watch 6, and we’re expecting it to be revealed at the Apple Event. Of all the devices that could launch, this is what we’re most expecting after Apple’s next smartwatch.

While we aren’t expecting drastic improvements on the iPad Air 3, the iPad Air 4 could ditch the Lightning port for USB-C and expand from a 10.5-inch screen size to an 11-inch display – both moves that mimic the latest iPad Pro.  

Other possible features include switching from Touch ID in the home button to Face ID for biometric authentication – and potentially doing away with the home button entirely, though leaks disagree on whether that will happen. 

Based on rumor, the iPad Air 4 could get four stereo speakers and pack the same A14-equivalent chipset as will appear in the iPhone 12.

iPhone 12 

iPhone 11

2019’s iPhone 11 (Image credit: TechRadar)

Since Apple typically reveals its range of iPhones in September of previous years, we expected the iPhone 12 to be on deck to get announced at the Time Flies Apple Event. But that might not be the case.

Gurman elaborated on his claim in a Bloomberg report, explaining that the phones won’t even launch until October. The iPhone 12 will have a new design, updated cameras, and 5G support, per the Bloomberg report. 

Rumors and leaks over the past months have outlined what we’re expecting in Apple’s next flagship phones, including a metal case with squared-off edges we haven’t seen since the iPhone 5S, but was recently re-introduced in the latest iPad Pro models.

We’re also expecting four different iPhone 12 models – two cheaper and fewer-featured devices akin to the iPhone 11 (coming in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch screen sizes), and two pricier versions (in 6.-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes) that will likely be the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We anticipate one or both of the more expensive models to be 5G-capable, but not the more affordable pair.

Apple AirTags are expected to be a rival to Tile Pro (pictured)

Apple AirTags are expected to be a rival to Tile Pro (pictured) (Image credit: Tile)

We’ve been expecting the Apple AirTags for some time, and since they weren’t revealed at WWDC 2020, the September Apple Event is the next chance we’ll see Apple’s take on Tile-like tracker accessories. It might have been the plan all along, as a leak suggested a dedicated AirTags app would be part of iOS 14, which may be released following the show.

We’ve heard some rumors of how the devices will work – much like Tile, you’ll allegedly be able to track an AirTag (and ergo, whatever it’s clipped to, like keys or a bag) through an iOS app. 

But rumors point to other tracking capabilities, like AR capabilities that let users point their cameras around to find digital balloons, which represent misplaced AirTags that are in range of your iPhone. But what if it’s out of range? The rumored ‘Lost Mode’ uses other iPhones as a mesh network to ping the lost AirTag.

iOS 14, watchOS 7 and iPadOS 14

iOS 14

The iOS 14 beta on an iPhone (Image credit: TechRadar)

The new phone software – iOS 14 – will likely come out in September that compatible iPhones (the iPhone 6S and newer) will be able to run. We’re likely to hear an exact release date for the new software on September 15, too.

Apple has confirmed iOS 14, watchOS 7 and iPadOS 14 at its WWDC event earlier in the year. If previous years are anything to go by, we’re likely to see all three updates land before the end of the month and we may hear exact release dates on Tuesday.

Something else?

We may entirely be wrong in our predictions above, and we may be surprised by something entirely different at the event.

So far, it looks almost certain we’ll be seeing a new Apple Watch and a new iPad at the event but it may be that Apple has plans to unveil something else entirely instead.

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September temperature

Wild temperature drop: September snowstorm wallops Denver, a day after temps in the 90s – USA TODAY

Published 1:05 p.m. ET Sept. 8, 2020 | Updated 2:40 p.m. ET Sept. 8, 2020


Summer ends with a snowstorm in the Rockies. Denver is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday morning, much more in the mountains.


A major winter storm and frigid temperatures brought summer to a screeching halt in the Rockies on Tuesday.

A day after temperatures soared into the 90s in Denver, highs were only expected to top out in the 30s on Tuesday, forecasters said. 

“This would be the earliest in recorded history that a swing of this magnitude occurs,” AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda said. Usually, such wild swings in temperature occur in the winter, he said. meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted that “at 10:00 a.m. ET there were 1.3 million Americans in the Lower 48 at or below freezing – on September 8th – in summer!” 

Snow is accompanying the chilly temperatures: Away from paved surfaces, Denver is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches of snow by Wednesday morning with higher accumulations expected in the higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains, AccuWeather said. 

As much as 2 feet of snow was possible in the highest peaks of Colorado, the National Weather Service said. The Weather Service in Denver warned of broken tree limbs, scattered power outages and slick mountain roads due to the snow. 

Historic wildfires rage in Northwest: Washington town devastated; helicopters rescuing stranded California hikers

In addition to Colorado, winter storm warnings were also in effect in portions of Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and New Mexico.

Strong winds knocked out power in northern Utah, where temperatures dropped by 40 degrees.

Freeze and frost warnings were also posted for parts of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota and Minnesota.

One bit of good news was that the heavy snow could suppress the Cameron Peak Fire, a major blaze in northern Colorado that more than quadrupled in size over the hot Labor Day weekend.

Much colder temperatures with snow for today. Gradual change from rain to snow through the morning with snow overnight.

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) September 8, 2020

The cooler air mass will also spread into the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin, easing the recent heat wave there, the Weather Service said. 

The searing, record-breaking heat that scorched California over the weekend will also be diminished on Tuesday and Wednesday. The “triple-digit heat that the West Coast has seen over the past few days will be a thing of the past by the middle of the week,” said.

In the central U.S., the cold front that brought the chill to the Rockies will continue to slowly push east through the end of the week, providing a focus for heavy rain and thunderstorms along and ahead of the front, especially for the Southern Plains, the Weather Service said. 

A swath of heavy rain can also be expected across the upper Midwest north of the front.

Contributing: The Associated Press 


A man drove through the Japatul Valley in San Diego County and captured the Valley Fire as it scorched the the hillside on Sept. 6.


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