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The invitation to the event that went out to members of the press and Apple's partners.
enlarge The invitation to the event that went out to members of the press and Apple’s partners.


On Tuesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern), Apple will host its first live product launch event since the company held three events late last year. Tim Cook and co. are expected to pay a lot of attention to the iPad lineup, but other announcements, such as Apple Silicon Macs, are also possible.

As Ars Technica readers have long expected, we will be live blogging the event and posting stories about the new announcements as everything unfolds.

If there’s one thing people are sure of going to this event, it’s the fact that Apple will be announcing new iPad Pro models. Leaks and rumors have claimed that the new iPad Pro will look similar to its immediate predecessor, but will have a faster chip, improved cameras and (at least in the larger 12.9-inch model) a Mini LED display.

Apple may also be ready to release a new version of the Apple Pencil peripherals; if so, it would be the third iteration of the product. While we don’t expect Macs to be the main focus of the event, Apple could introduce a low-end iMac with the M1 chip, or perhaps other Apple Silicon-equipped Macs.

Other possibilities include an updated Apple TV 4K, its long-delayed Tile competitor (probably called AirTags), or new audio products like a HomePod speaker with display or a new version of Apple’s wildly popular AirPods wireless earbuds.

It’s also likely that Apple will use the stage this event provides to defend the upcoming privacy changes like App Tracking Transparency, which has sparked intense anger from some app developers and advertisers, as well as threats of antitrust lawsuits from rivals like Facebook.

Bookmark this page and plan to return here on April 20 at 1:00 PM EST to see the latest updates.

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