Apple Spring Loaded Event: How to watch and what to expect

Apple has officially announced that it will be holding a special event on April 20 at 10:00 am PST at its Apple Park campus in California. The event will be digital-only due to the health concerns raised by the coronavirus pandemic.

The first event of 2021 will focus on the iPad Pro, with an upgrade to both the 11″ and 12.9″ models, it has been reported. At least one model will receive a new Mini-LED display, while both could gain a 5G chip for cellular connectivity and an A14X Bionic, plus camera improvements and minor design changes.

New case colours for the iPhone 12 and Apple’s Spring collection of Apple Watch bands are also expected to be unveiled. Other products, such as a new Apple TV, AirTags, iPad mini 6 and iMac are also on the table but are unlikely.

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You can stream the online event on a device that has a web browser and compatible browser (Safari or Chrome) such as a Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, iPad or Android phone. Head over to Apple’s events page to watch the event live on the day. A copy of the event will also be available here after it has finished, usually within an hour.

Apple TV app

The new Apple TV app is now available on popular smart TVs, games consoles and streaming devices and as well as watching exclusive Apple TV+ content, it allows you to stream and catch up on the latest Apple Events. Simply install the app from your device’s app store, launch it and the event will be available to watch from the home screen (or search for it).

Note that users of the Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K, should also use the Apple TV app to stream events, after the dedicated Apple Events app for tvOS was discontinued last year. Some compatible devices include:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Roku devices
  • Chromecast with Google TV
  • PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One, One S, One X
  • Xbox Series X and Series S
  • Sony TVs (2018-2020)
  • LG TVs (2018-2020)
  • Samsung TVs (2018-2020)
  • VIZIO TVs (2016-2020)
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
  • Mac running macOS Catalina or later

Updated to clarify compatible browsers.

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