The rumor mill was remarkably proper. On Tuesday, Apple revealed virtually every little thing we anticipated it to disclose at its “By Innovation Solely” iPhone 11 occasion. You’ll be able to watch our supercut (above), learn our recap, or skim by way of our detailed reside weblog for all of the highlights, however arguably the one true surprises have been these:
However what about all of the issues Apple didn’t announce? These are the largest surprises we’re nonetheless ready for — and if historical past’s any information, you’ll see a few of them at a follow-up Apple occasion as quickly as subsequent month.
The 16-inch MacBook Professional
Usually, we wouldn’t have anticipated yet one more MacBook Professional in September — or later this yr in any respect. Apple already refreshed its MacBook Professionals with new processors in Could, and it’s not like Apple to Osborne its merchandise except there’s motive.
However for those who belief dependable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there is an excellent motive: Apple will lastly eliminate the controversial butterfly keyboard that’s been plaguing its laptops for years, and each Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman have been fairly adamant the brand new laptop computer will arrive in 2019, not later. IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin stated it’d arrive this September, however now we’re anticipating it to indicate up in October as a substitute, a month when Apple will usually showcase new iPads and Macs.
New iPad Professionals
Talking of iPads… whereas we did get the rumored 10.2-inch $329 iPad that does a stable impression of a laptop computer now you can snap on a folio keyboard, Apple’s “What’s a pc?” iPad Professionals are additionally due for some upgrades this yr, in response to Bloomberg. We’re anticipating sooner processors and improved cameras on each the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Professionals, if nothing extra.
Historically, Apple’s priciest iPads embody its strongest processor, so you may in all probability anticipate the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic to be joined by an excellent beefier A13X chip for iPads this October.
Apple’s Tile-like tag tracker
Blink and also you missed it, however Apple quietly launched a particular new chip throughout its Tuesday occasion — an ultra-wideband radio referred to as the Apple U1 designed that will help you find issues together with your iPhone. Particularly, Apple says it lets the brand new iPhone 11 household discover different Apple gadgets with the identical U1 chip inside — however for now, the one function is letting you share photographs with AirDrop simply by pointing at another person’s telephone.
We’re fairly positive Apple received’t cease there, although, as a result of Apple’s personal iOS 13 code confirmed that the corporate’s testing a Tile-like tracker you would presumably connect to different issues in the actual world. Stick one in your purse or onto your keys, and it is best to have the ability to discover them with Apple’s Discover My app.
It’s additionally wager Apple will embody the U1 chip in future iPads — making it simpler to search out them once they’re caught between your sofa cushions. I wouldn’t rely on Apple becoming one other radio into new AirPods, however that’d be good, too.
Mac Professional and Professional Show XDR availability
Apple’s completely redesigned $6,000+ modular desktop PC and insanely shiny $5,000 monitor have been listed as “coming this fall” since June. It’s now fall.
Perhaps Apple will simply determine to set them unfastened at some point, however I feel it’s much more probably we’ll hear about them alongside a brand new MacBook Professional at an October occasion.
A brand new Apple TV set-top field
Apple’s about to unleash its Apple TV Plus subscription service on November 1st — to not point out Apple Arcade — however the firm’s flagship Apple TV 4K set-top field is 2 years old-fashioned, and it’s nonetheless promoting a four-year-old mannequin because the Apple TV HD. What if it launched a brand new mannequin in October with a brand new processor to higher run these providers?
The rumor is we’ll get a brand new Apple TV with an A12 chip, nevertheless it’s not clear when Apple would possibly roll it out.
New noise-canceling AirPods
We knew this was a chance — for a lot of months, a higher-end “Professional” model of Apple’s AirPods have been rumored so as to add water resistance and noise cancellation to Apple’s well-liked accent.
Initially, we thought Apple’s water resistant Powerbeats Professional have been the belief of that rumor, however that assumption didn’t final lengthy: new rumors from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and DigiTimes recommended that Apple nonetheless plans to launch extra AirPods in 2019. However Bloomberg since stated they’ve been pushed to 2020, so we’re not relying on October for these.
Final yr, Kuo and Bloomberg additionally talked about a pair of over-ear headphones that may be distinct from the high-end AirPods, which may doubtlessly ship within the second half of 2019, however the rumor mill’s been fairly quiet ever since. In March, engineers reportedly instructed Bloomberg they’d had a tough time in improvement and would possibly even get scrapped.
Wouldn’t or not it’s good for those who may purchase an Apple HomePod speaker with out spending practically $299 — a lot much less the $349 it value at launch? That’s the rumor: a less expensive, presumably smaller HomePod with fewer speaker drivers inside at a worth extra like $150 or $200. However Bloomberg says that like the brand new AirPods, we shouldn’t anticipate it till 2020.
Reverse wi-fi charging so your telephone can cost your buds
Lower than 24 hours earlier than Apple’s keynote, one of many strongest iPhone rumors instantly turned to ash: that the brand new iPhones would come with bidirectional wi-fi charging to allow you to high up your wirelessly charging AirPods simply by plopping their case onto the again of your telephone.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recommended that the function had been scrapped as a result of it didn’t meet Apple’s effectivity requirements. It’s vaguely attainable Apple may allow such a factor with a software program replace, however that may require much more testing and certification — it’s much more probably we’ll have to attend till subsequent yr’s iPhones, assuming Apple hasn’t nixed the concept altogether.
Apple Watch sleep monitoring
You’d anticipate a brand new flagship Apple Watch function to debut alongside a brand new flagship Apple Watch, however Tuesday’s introduction of the Apple Watch Collection 5 got here with no point out of Apple’s rumored sleep monitoring function.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman initially reported that Apple would add it to the Watch by 2020 if its exams have been profitable, and 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo recommended it may have arrived this week, nevertheless it’s attainable Apple is saving it for a future watchOS replace. With iOS 13 and 13.1, the corporate’s just lately proven it’s prepared to stagger new options throughout a number of tiny software program releases as a substitute of constructing all of them accessible at launch.
The return of the fingerprint reader
Safe logins ought to get sooner with this yr’s iPhones, due to what Apple’s calling a 30 % sooner Face ID scanner that may acknowledge you from extra angles as properly — however for those who’ve been eager for a fingerprint sensor, the newest rumors are that Apple will put one beneath the iPhone’s glass display screen in 2020 or maybe 2021.
Most of Apple’s largest rivals have in-display fingerprint readers and so they’ve been rumored to return to the iPhone for years, however they aren’t universally quick and correct. It’s attainable Apple desires the tech to mature just a little extra earlier than it piles on.
A 5G iPhone
There are two apparent the explanation why Apple would possibly wait earlier than it adopts 5G mobile.
One, 5G barely exists but.
Two, Apple needed to shift gears drastically when its plans to make use of Intel 5G modems fizzled, reportedly forcing the corporate to settle all its lawsuits with Qualcomm so Apple may use Qualcomm as a provider as a substitute. That ended up killing Intel’s modem enterprise, which Apple wound up shopping for in the long run. Severe company drama.
We expect 5G iPhones in 2020 — quite a few experiences attest to that.
The Apple Glasses
For those who have been hoping Apple would pull a “yet another factor” and eventually announce its long-rumored augmented actuality headset at its September occasion, you weren’t alone. (Me, I’m speaking about me. I wished that.)
However each main report — Bloomberg, CNET, Ming-Chi Kuo — has recommended Apple would probably introduce such a factor in 2020, not 2019.
On the plus aspect, we simply bought what seems to be like our first implicit affirmation from Apple that such a tool is definitely in testing.
USB-C iPhones, so we are able to lastly cost all our Apple gadgets with the identical charger and cable as MacBooks and iPad Professionals and, hell, each new Android telephone and numerous Home windows laptops
This yr’s iPhones ought to be the final with Lightning, Dieter argued in July. He’s nonetheless proper.