The rumor mill was remarkably proper. On Tuesday, Apple revealed virtually every part we anticipated it to disclose at its “By Innovation Only” iPhone 11 occasion. You may watch our supercut (above), learn our recap, or skim by our detailed dwell weblog for all of the highlights, however arguably the one true surprises had been these:
However what about all of the issues Apple didn’t announce? These are the most important 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 one more MacBook Professional in September — or later this 12 months in any respect. Apple already refreshed its MacBook Professionals with new processors in May, and it’s not like Apple to Osborne its merchandise except there’s an excellent cause.
However for those who belief dependable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there is an excellent cause: Apple will lastly do away with 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 would arrive this September, however now we’re anticipating it to indicate up in October as a substitute, a month when Apple will usually exhibit new iPads and Macs.
New iPad Professionals
Talking of iPads… whereas we did get the rumored 10.2-inch $329 iPad that does a strong impression of a laptop computer now which you can snap on a folio keyboard, Apple’s “What’s a computer?” iPad Professionals are additionally due for some upgrades this 12 months, based on Bloomberg. We’re anticipating quicker 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’ll be able to most likely count on 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 known as the Apple U1 designed that will help you find issues along with your iPhone. Particularly, Apple says it lets the brand new iPhone 11 household discover different Apple units with the identical U1 chip inside — however for now, the one characteristic is letting you share photographs with AirDrop simply by pointing at another person’s cellphone.
We’re fairly certain Apple gained’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 could possibly presumably connect to different issues in the true world. Stick one in your purse or onto your keys, and it’s best to be capable to discover them with Apple’s Discover My app.
It’s additionally an excellent 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 depend 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 free sooner or later, however I suppose it’s way more seemingly we’ll hear about them alongside a brand new MacBook Professional at an October occasion.
A 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 may roll it out.
New noise-canceling AirPods
We knew this was a chance — for a lot of months, a higher-end “Pro” model of Apple’s AirPods have been rumored so as to add water resistance and noise cancellation to Apple’s common accent.
Initially, we thought Apple’s waterproof Powerbeats Professional had been the belief of that rumor, however that assumption didn’t final lengthy: new rumors from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and DigiTimes advised 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 12 months, Kuo and Bloomberg additionally talked about a pair of over-ear headphones that might be distinct from the high-end AirPods, which might probably ship within the second half of 2019, however the rumor mill’s been fairly quiet ever since. In March, engineers reportedly informed Bloomberg they’d had a tough time in improvement and may even get scrapped.
Wouldn’t or not it’s good for those who might purchase an Apple HomePod speaker with out spending almost $299 — a lot much less the $349 it price at launch? That’s the rumor: a less expensive, presumably smaller HomePod with fewer speaker drivers inside at a value extra like $150 or $200. However Bloomberg says that like the brand new AirPods, we shouldn’t count on it till 2020.
Reverse wi-fi charging so your cellphone 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 cellphone.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo advised that the characteristic had been scrapped as a result of it didn’t meet Apple’s effectivity requirements. It’s vaguely attainable Apple might allow such a factor with a software program replace, however that might require much more testing and certification — it’s way more seemingly we’ll have to attend till subsequent 12 months’s iPhones, assuming Apple hasn’t nixed the thought altogether.
Apple Watch sleep monitoring
You’d count on a brand new flagship Apple Watch characteristic 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 characteristic.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman initially reported that Apple would add it to the Watch by 2020 if its exams had been profitable, and 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo advised it might 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 not too long ago proven it’s prepared to stagger new options throughout a number of tiny software program releases as a substitute of creating all of them accessible at launch.
The return of the fingerprint reader
Safe logins ought to get quicker with this 12 months’s iPhones, because of what Apple’s calling a 30 % quicker 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 opponents have in-display fingerprint readers they usually’ve been rumored to return to the iPhone for years, however they aren’t universally quick and correct. It’s attainable Apple needs the tech to mature a bit of extra earlier than it piles on.
A 5G iPhone
There are two apparent explanation why Apple may 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 might 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 studies attest to that.
The Apple Glasses
Should you had been hoping Apple would pull a “one more thing” 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 advised Apple would seemingly 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 units with the identical charger and cable as MacBooks and iPad Professionals and, hell, each new Android cellphone and loads of Home windows laptops
This 12 months’s iPhones ought to be the final with Lightning, Dieter argued in July. He’s nonetheless proper.