When is the next Apple iPhone, iPad, iOS or Macbook launch event, what new products will Apple launch and how can I watch the Apple event live? Here's all you need to know about the most recent events and what Apple is set to launch in 2017.
At the end of 2016 Apple treated us to a Macbook Pro laptop refresh, as well as the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, so there's plenty of fresh hardware for Apple fans to splash their cash on right now.
On March 21, Apple surprised us all with a few new devices, launched without much of a fanfare. This includes an all-new 9.7-inch iPad, a PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and some new Apple Watch bands. Scroll down for more info on Apple's first launch of 2017.
We're also already hearing rumours about the next Apple launch event of 2017, where we'll likely see the next generation of iPad Pro. And this year we'll almost certainly see the next iPhone, possibly to be dubbed the iPhone 8. Not forgetting Apple's WWDC 2017 conference, the stage for iOS 11 to be officially unveiled.
Here's all you need to know about Apple's upcoming launch events in 2017, plus what you can expect from the new iPhone, iPad and other Apple hardware.
What has Apple most recently launched?
On September 7 2016 we had Apple's annual iPhone launch, where the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were finally revealed. Check out our huge iPhone comparison guide to see how the new 7 and 7 Plus stack up against older iPhones, and whether it's worth upgrading.
We also had our first glimpse of the Apple Watch 2, Apple's all-new updated wearable. The Watch 2 boasts new features like built-in GPS and a fresh new water-resistant design, making it a worthy upgrade even for existing Watch owners.
A few weeks later on October 27, Apple also launched its latest Macbook Pro. This souped-up performance laptop packs updated specs and a lighter, thinner frame, as well as loads of new features. However the stand-out feature is definitely Apple's funky new Touch Bar, complete with Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which adds a new level of control to the Pro.
Check out our Macbook Pro 2016 vs Macbook Pro 2015 comparison review to see what's new in the latest Macbook Pro.
The most recent Apple launch and the first reveal of 2017 was on March 21, where the Cupertino company unveiled its all-new 9.7-inch iPad. This is an affordable (ish) tablet at just £339, offering slashed specs compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro but at a much more enticing price point. In other words, it's great news for anyone who just wants to watch video and play games, on a full-screen device.
Apple also launched its new red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as slashing the price of the iPhone SE and iPad Mini 4. Check out our full Apple launch round-up to see everything that was announced.
When and where is the next Apple launch happening?
The next Apple launch event will likely happen in Spring 2017, and will take place in Cupertino, California. The focus of this launch will almost certainly be a new range of iPads. Most likely a fresh update of the iPad Pro 9.7 and 12.9 as well as the possible launch of an all-new iPad Pro 10.5, with a seriously upgraded design.
This is mere speculation right now, however; there has been no official confirmation from Apple of its next launch event.
When will Apple launch a new Macbook Air or Macbook Pro?
Apple unveiled its latest Macbook Pro on October 27, 2016. This super-powered laptop boasts top-end specs, powerful graphics processing and some really cool new features like the Touch Bar control panel and Touch ID sensor. You once again have a choice of sizes too, between 13 and 15-inches.
Because of Apple's update, we expected no more Macbook Pro announcements until the end of 2017 at the earliest. However, rumours now point to an updated version of the latest Pro launching sooner rather than later. This new model will sport the same design, but upgrade the specs to a Kaby Lake processor and 32GB of RAM, for seriously improved performance.
The Macbook Air hasn't received an update since early 2015. Therefore we might well see a new Macbook Air in early 2017, hopefully with the Pro's Touch Bar added.
When will Apple launch new iPads?
On March 21 2017, Apple revealed its first standard iPad refresh in ages. The all-new 9.7-inch iPad is a much cheaper alternative to the iPad Pro 9.7, starting at just £339 here in the UK. Those specs have been slashed of course, but this new Apple tab is well up to the task of watching movies and playing games.
Of course, Apple's last iPad Pro launch was the reveal of the iPad Pro 9.7, back in March 2016. Which means we're likely to see some fresh new professional Apple tablets launched in the first half of 2017 too.
We haven't seen a new iPad Air or iPad Mini since the end of 2015, and it's now looking like those ranges are being killed off completely. Both are most likely going to be replaced with iPad Pro tablets instead, with at least three new iPad Pro 2 models revealed at Apple's next launch event.
This will include an updated version of the iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Pro 12.9, with improved specs but similar features to the original iPad Pro models. We're also expecting Apple to tease a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2, although this will likely be properly launched later in 2017 as it sports a funky new edge-to-edge design.
Some rumours have also pointed to a fresh new 7.9-inch model called the iPad Pro Mini. If these rumours are on the money, the Pro Mini will likely mean the death of the standard iPad Mini.
We originally expected these new iPads to be launched in early 2017, around April time. However, the latest headlines state that Apple might hold off until the second half of the year before granting us fresh tablets. Here's hoping that's a load of baloney, as it would likely mean no Apple events until WWDC 2017.
When will Apple launch a new iPhone?
The next iPhone launch will probably reveal the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, or the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus depending on Apple's choice of names.
You can expect Apple to launch its next iPhone in Autumn 2017, more specifically around September of next year. So if you're thinking of upgrading to the iPhone 7, you don't have to worry about it being obsolete or out of date any time soon.
Of course, we reckon you should only upgrade to the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus if you haven't got an Apple phone from the last couple of years. But that's a whole other debate.
When will Apple launch a new Apple Watch?
We're big fans of the Apple Watch Series 2, which took the best bits of the flawed original (mostly that gorgeous design work) and slashed almost all of the bad bits. With a bit of WatchOS 3 magic, built-in GPS support and waterproofing, the Watch Series 2 was a great all-round wearable.
Although there was a big gap between the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch 2, you can expect Apple to launch a third Watch much sooner. In fact, rumours point to a late 2017 launch for the Apple Watch Series 3, with some evidence in the form of production shift-arounds. The third Watch is less likely to be such a big jump in terms of hardware updates, so this makes sense.
Check out our Apple Watch 3 rumours round-up for more info as it rolls in.
When is Apple's WWDC 2017 event?
WWDC 2017 is kicking off in June and Apple is expected to use the event to launch iOS 11, the latest version of the operating system found on its mobile devices. You can also expect to see the brand new WatchOS 4, as well as an updated Apple TVOS. There's even rumblings of some new hardware being shown off.
For all the pertinent information on Apple's next Developer's Conference, including timings for the keynote and how to live stream in the UK, check out our complete WWDC 2017 guide.
How can I live stream the next Apple launch event?
You can watch Apple's launch events live on your Apple TV, or by heading to the Apple Events page on its website. Bear in mind that if you visit the website, you'll need to do so using Apple's Safari browser. The likes of Google Chrome won't work.
How can I watch Apple events like the iPhone 7 launch after they have finished?
Apple keeps videos of its recent launch events and keynotes on the Events page of its website. Just browse there using Safari and you can watch them in full.
What will Apple launch in 2017?
Well, we're likely to see those new iPad Pro 2 tablets, a new Macbook Air and of course the iPhone 7s (or iPhone 8 depending on how Apple wants to name it). And in June 2017, Apple will kick off WWDC 2017, where we'll catch our first glimpse of iOS 11. Join us then for all you need to know!