Apple will not be bringing the AirPods Studio, AirTags or 120 Hz iPhones to its October 13 hardware event
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Tuesday's Apple event will be a pared-down affair, according to resident Apple leaker Jon Prosser. Apple is apparently due to unveil its next suite of iPhones, tentatively called the iPhone 12 series, but these will not necessarily be joined by other hardware.
According to Prosser, Apple will announce the launch date of the iPad Air on October 13. The company will not use Tuesday's event to showcase either AirTags or the AirPods Studio, though. Apparently, Apple has delayed the release of AirTags until March 2021 because of the 'COVID situation in the Eastern market' where the location tags are expected to sell well.
Conversely, Prosser does not have a release date for the AirPods Studio. However, Prosser claims that there will be price tiers for the AirPods Studio, starting with the US$350 'sport-like variant'. Unsurprisingly, these will be built from cheaper materials than the regular 'luxury variant' that will feature a blend of leather and metal. Prosser adds that these will retail for US$599, which would make the headphones significantly more expensive than competitors from Bose, Sennheiser and Sony.
Finally, Prosser asserts that 120 Hz displays are not coming to the iPhone 12 series. There had been rumours would release iPhones with high-refresh-rate displays this year, akin to the ProMotion technology it uses on its iPad Pro series. Unequivocally, this will not be the case this year, according to Prosser.
So, Tuesday's Apple Event may be iPhone-heavy with a smattering of iPad Air-related news. The wait for other hardware like AirTags, AirPods Studio and even the rumoured HomePod Mini.