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.
The Cupertino company has already been busy in 2017, with two launches in the run-up to Summer.
On March 21, Apple popped out a few new surprise devices, which were launched without much of a fanfare. The new gear included an all-new 9.7-inch iPad, a PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and some new Apple Watch bands. We've detailed these new Apple products below.
Next up was Apple's WWDC 2017 conference, the stage where iOS 11 was officially unveiled, to a surprising degree. That was on top of a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, all-new WatchOS 4 features, and an insanely good-looking iMac Pro.
Of course, Apple is nowhere near done. Later in 2017 you can expect the biggest launch of the year, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. We might even see more Apple hardware revealed, along with the official UK launch of the HomePod speaker and more.
What has Apple launched in 2017 so far?
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.
Next up came WWDC 2017, where we saw a whole bunch of new hardware and software launched in just over two hours.
What was launched at Apple's WWDC 2017 event?
WWDC 2017 kicked off on June 5 and Apple used the event to launch iOS 11, the latest version of the operating system found on the iPad and iPhone. Loads of great new features were announced, including significant updates to existing apps, so go check out our coverage for all you need to know.
As if the software side wasn't enough, Apple also revealed a fresh new iPad Pro, the super-powered iMac Pro, and some updates to existing hardware such as the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
When is the next Apple launch happening?
The next Apple event will likely be the big iPhone launch in September 2017. We don't have a specific date or time for this iPhone 8 reveal just yet, so stay tuned for more information.
When will Apple launch a new Macbook or Macbook Pro?
Apple launched 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.
Check out our Macbook Pro 2016 vs Macbook Pro 2015 comparison review to see what's new in the latest Macbook Pro.
Because of Apple's update, we didn't expected any more Macbook Pro announcements until the end of 2017 at the earliest. However, the Pro as well as the standard Macbook model were refreshed at WWDC 2017, with a single significant specs update. These new models sport the same design, but upgrade the chipset to a Kaby Lake processor and 32GB of RAM, for seriously improved performance in the older models.
When will Apple launch a new Macbook Air?
Will we ever see a new MacBook Air? Right now it's looking unlikely and we expect Apple to conentrate on its iPad Pro range instead. After all, the iPad Pro offers the same portaility benefits of the Air, with impressive performance and the added bonus of the Apple Pencil support.
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.
Apple's last iPad Pro launch before 2017 was the reveal of the iPad Pro 9.7, back in March 2016. Which is why no-one was surprised when Apple finally revealed its new 10.5-inch Pro tablet at WWDC 2017.
This latest Pro is the first iPad ever to strike a new sweet spot of 10.5-inches, designed to allow for a more comfortable typing experience with a full-size on-screen keyboard or Smart Keyboard. The gorgeous ProMotion screen and seriously slim bezels make it an instant winner.
We haven't seen a new iPad Air or iPsd Mini since the end of 2015, and it's now looking like those ranges are being killed off completely. That said, 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.
Will we see any new iPads launched later in 2017? Well, check out our rumour round-up for all you need to know, but we're not expecting anything more this year.
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.
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.
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.
The Apple Watch 3 will of course come packing the new WatchOS 4 software, which adds greater customisation and some cool new watch faces. The WatchOS 4 update will roll out to existing watches later in the year, perhaps after the Watch Series 3 hits UK stores.
Check out our Apple Watch 3 rumours round-up for more info as it rolls in.
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 8 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.