Apple's next event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20

Apple's voice assistant prematurely spilled the beans on the date for Apple's next event and soon after, the tech giant confirmed the news.

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Apple's next event is set for April 20, and a few hours before the announcement was officially made, Siri leaked the information. With the latest tidbit, the voice assistant revealed the date even though Apple hadn't sent out a press release. Anyone who asked Siri: "Hey, Siri, when is Apple's next event?" would get a response from Siri saying: "The special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. You can get all the details at Apple.com."

When Siri first gave away the news, the Apple Events page showed only the last event from November 10 when Apple unwrapped the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini all outfitted with the company's M1 chip.

Now, it's been updated to announce the new event on April 20 at 1 pm ET

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Apple typically sends out official invitations to its launch events a week before they're held, so it's natural that Apple unveiled the news officially today as well. 

Apple watchers have been speculating as to when the company will hold its next event and what it will unveil. The next generation iPad Pro models are certainly a potential topic, especially since Apple last updated the pro versions almost a year ago in March 2020. Rumors and reports have suggested that this year's 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro units would be equipped with the M1 chip as well as a Thunderbolt port along with better cameras and nicer screens.

Apple's iPad mini also could stand a refresh as it was last updated almost two years ago in March 2019. Other items that could make the cut for an April event are the third generation of Apple's AirPods, a smart tracker tag and even Apple's upcoming and major iOS 14.5 update.

Whatever products are on tap, the event itself is expected to be a virtual one as social distancing continues to limit in-person events. Last month, Apple announced that its 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place on June 7-11 in an all-online format. That event will likely take the wraps off the next versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS.

This article was updated to reflect Apple's confirmation of the event. 

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By Lance Whitney

Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.