New iPhones probably aren’t coming at the annual iPhone event, so what is?

If there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that Apple will release new iPhones at an event in September. But if you’re expecting to get a look at the iPhone 12 during Apple’s “Time Flies” event on September 15, you may be disappointed.

New iPhones are still coming this fall, but they likely aren’t arriving until October due to production issues caused by the pandemic. According to Bloombberg’s Mark Gurman, the annual iPhone event will take place in October this year since the phones aren’t ready to ship yet. So if new iPhones aren’t coming at the annual iPhone event, what will Apple announce next week?

Apple Watch Series 6

If I was a betting man, I’d put everything on Apple Watch. Even without the slogan “Time Flies,” the Apple Watch is all but guaranteed to land at Apple’s September 15 event, even if iPhones don’t. The Apple Watch has shared the September stage with the iPhone since its launch in 2015, and rumors have been swirling that a new model is imminent, with a blood-oxygen sensor, sleep tracking, and all of the new watchOS 7 features, including watch face sharing and hand-washing detection. The new watch will likely be extremely similar to the Series 5 design, with 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Why it might arrive now: Apple Watch is big enough to command its own event, and without the iPhone to anchor things, it’s basically a shoo-in. Plus, you know “Time Flies” is pretty obvious.

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The slogan for Apple’s fall event is “Time Flies,” which couldn’t be more telling.

Apple Watch ‘Lite’

A recent rumor reported by Bloomberg says that Apple is planning to launch a new Apple Watch to replace the current $199 Series 3 model. It’s unclear what the new model would look like, but it will presumably have the older 38mm and 42mm design but possibly with an updated display and processor. The report says the new watch will “compete with lower-cost fitness devices,” such as the upcoming $230 Fitbit Versa 3.

Why it might arrive now: If a new Apple Watch flagship is arriving, this rumored cheaper model will logically make its debut. With no Series 4 to slide down into the lower end and the Series 3 looking a little long-in-the-tooth, a new cheap model makes a lot of sense.

iPad Air

Apple’s iPad Air hasn’t been updated since March 2019, but recent rumors suggest a big change is on the way. Bloomberg reports that the new iPad Air will follow the design introduced with the iPad Pro back in 2018, with skinny bezels, no home button, and USB-C. It will also introduce Apple’s first fingerprint sensor built into the power button, reserving Face ID for the Pro models.

Why it might arrive now: The iPad doesn’t usually arrive with the Apple Watch, but this year is different. With the Mac event being dedicated to the Apple silicon transition, an iPad Air launch alongside the Apple Watch and other consumer products seems very plausible.