This weekend the U.Okay. celebrated (if that’s the proper phrase) the start of British Summer time Time, whereas U.S. daylight saving time started a fortnight earlier than that. In each nations, it means, in idea at any fee, that the lengthy darkish nights of winter are behind us and spring is right here. And for tech aficionados fascinated with a selected ecosystem that point of yr means one factor: an Apple occasion.
This yr, nevertheless, we would must handle with out one and settle for that Cupertino winter is more likely to keep on till the beginning of Cupertino summer season on June 5, when WWDC kicks off. All of the proof strongly suggests Apple has determined to not hassle with a spring occasion in 2023.
For a begin, let’s check out the dates of the ten most up-to-date Apple spring occasions, organized by lateness within the yr:
March 2 (2011)
March 6 (2008)
March 7 (2012)
March 8 (2022)
March 9 (2015)
March 21 (2016)
March 25 (2019)
March 27 (2018)
April 8 (2010)
April 20 (2021)
As you’ll be able to see, this week we’re passing the ultimate date in March, leaving solely these uncommon April get-togethers (one held a very long time in the past to point out off iOS 4 earlier than it turned a WWDC staple, and the opposite seemingly pushed again by the pandemic) as causes to carry out hope. If Apple held an occasion tomorrow, it might already be the third newest on the record. (It clearly gained’t try this, as a result of it must ship out invites, and that usually occurs round per week beforehand.) When you add on invite time we’re pushing up near the date from 2010; past that, there’s solely the very uncharacteristic outlier from 2021. Day-after-day that passes makes an Apple spring occasion much less seemingly, pretty clearly, however the chances are high low already.
And it isn’t solely the calendar that counsels pessimism. You see, Apple has made an announcement this spring, when it launched the yellow iPhone 14 on March 7. It wasn’t an occasion, only a discreet press launch, however it was precisely the type of reveal that usually folds in with the spring bonanza. (The Alpine Inexperienced iPhone 13 Professional was unveiled on the Peek Efficiency occasion in March 2022, and the purple iPhone 12 at Spring Loaded in April 2021.) As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, if Apple was going to have an occasion, it stands to purpose that it wouldn’t have introduced the yellow iPhone 14 in that approach, at the moment.
However the different factor price noting about that record is the gaps. Apple spring occasions occur most years, however it’s hardly a shock after they don’t: as not too long ago as 2020 the corporate went by way of the entire of March and April with out inviting anybody to a digital or in-person gathering. It’s not a constructive signal, implying a scarcity of groundbreaking merchandise prepared for launch, however it’s not a catastrophe both. The corporate evidently doesn’t really feel comfy displaying off the AR headset simply but, however that’s higher than forcing it. (Members of the headset design crew reportedly really feel that any launch this yr can be forcing it, however that’s a narrative for one more day.)
So whereas the ever-diminishing chance of an Apple occasion in spring 2023 is disappointing, there stay causes for tech followers to be cheerful. We are able to nonetheless, by all accounts, look ahead to the reveal of the Actuality Professional headset sooner or later in 2023, and the novelty of the class and the significance of this product to Apple’s post-iPhone future will make the disclosing a must-watch occasion. Certain, it might have been good if it had occurred earlier than April Fools Day, however it should be definitely worth the wait.