If we know anything about Apple’s upcoming fall event, it’s this: the annual keynote will be totally jam-packed full of product announcements.
That’s partly because WWDC ’18, which Apple has used to debut new devices, was “all about software” this year. There are also a couple of products that have been delayed, making them ideal candidates for a fall launch.
While Apple may take the opportunity to surprise us with a “one more thing,” there are some products that are likely on the docket. Here’s what we know so far.
6 New iPhones
Apple is largely expected to debut three new iPhones in the fall, similar to last year. But unlike 2017, there will reportedly be two OLED models.
- iPhone X Successor with a 5.8-inch OLED display in the $800 to $900 price tier.
- iPhone X Plus with a 6.5-inch OLED display in the $900 to $1,000 price tier.
- Mid-range iPhone with a 6.1-inch LCD display in the $600 to $700 price tier.
All three models are expected to sport “iPhone X” features, like Face ID, a slim bezel design and wireless charging. They’ll also pack incremental upgrades and likely Apple’s new A12 chip.
There are also rumors that Apple could simplify its iPhone naming scheme this year.
The mid-range LCD iPhone could just be dubbed “iPhone,” while the OLED model would be named “iPhone X” and “iPhone X Plus,” respectively. This is similar to how Apple names its Mac computers and iPads.
5 New iPads
We don’t know as much about Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro lineup than we do about its iPhone lineup, but there are a few likely upgrades.
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
The most notable and trustworthy predictions indicate that the new iPad Pro models will sport slimmer bezels and Face ID. That means they could also do away with the Home button.
That would already represent a radical change for the iPad Pro lineup, but we also expect the usual performance and hardware upgrades. That includes a powerful A11X with a neural engine.
4 New Apple Watches
Apple is also working on several new Apple Watch models for the fall.
Renowned TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the new wearables could sport about 15 percent larger displays and bigger batteries.
In fact, his most recent prediction suggests that the smaller of the two Apple Watch models could have a display that’s larger than the current 42mm Apple Watch.
The two new devices are rumored to have the following specifications.
- 1.57-inch Apple Watch (39.9mm)
- 1.78-inch Apple Watch (45.2mm)
It’s not readily clear whether the actual case will be larger on the new models, or if Apple is just packing in a bigger display due to slimmer bezels.
3 Lower-Cost MacBook, Mac mini and Others
In recent years, Apple has taken to debuting new Mac products at its WWDC event. That wasn’t the case this year. In other words, we should expect new Mac hardware in the fall.
That might have included new MacBook Pro models, but Apple took the opportunity to debut its 2018 MacBook Pros earlier this month in a press release.
Because of that, we can probably expect incremental upgrades to the MacBook and iMac Pro. But there are a few other devices forecasted for the 2018 Mac lineup.
Kuo says that a lower-cost MacBook, which could be priced from $799 to $899, could be coming.
Some rumors suggest that it could sport a 13-inch display, which means it could be a spiritual successor to the larger MacBook Air models.
And while a Mac mini refresh is long overdue, Kuo expects Apple to change that this year. While he didn’t offer many details, he said that a refreshed Mac mini is indeed coming this fall.
2 AirPower & AirPods
It’s been nearly a year since Apple debuted its AirPower wireless charging mat. Because of the timing, we can probably expect AirPower to launch at Apple’s keynote.
That forecast is backed up by Kuo, who indicated that AirPower will launch sometime in September.
In addition, Kuo says that the AirPods wireless charging case will be mass produced in the third quarter of the year. It’ll likely be debuted alongside AirPower.
Speaking of AirPods, a second-generation version of the Apple wireless earphones are also likely for a release this year.
As far as upgrades, they could sport built-in “Hey Siri” functionality and upgraded wireless technology.
1 Other Possibilities & Longshots
It’s certainly possible but not confirmed that Apple will launch a slightly cheaper version of HomePod at its fall event.
Several analysts have predicted such a device, which has yet to see a release. But we haven’t heard much about an entry-level HomePod recently. A second-generation of its main HomePod model is also possible.
Both of those rumored products are expected next year, according to the most recent rumors.