It’s now August, which means we’re just over a month away from Apple’s annual iPhone announcement event in September. But aside from iPhones, what other devices will Apple debut at its fall keynote?
That’s not entirely clear, especially since Apple has quite a few pending refreshes — including new iPads, Apple Watches
It’s pretty much a given that Apple is going to release a stable of new iPhones at its September announcement event. And thanks to a slew of rumors and leaks, we have a pretty good idea at what the new iPhones could look like and what features they might have.
- Apple is expected to release three handsets this year, each a direct successor to last year’s models.
- The two OLED models will sport a new triple-lens camera, while the iPhone XR successor may have a dual-lens camera.
- They’re also rumored to pack Apple’s upcoming A13 chip, larger batteries
andtwo-way wireless charging.
Apple Watch Series 5
Compared to the 2019 iPhones, there have been a lot fewer rumors relating to a next-generation Apple Watch. But based on Apple’s release patterns, Apple’s September event will likely feature the debut of the Apple Watch Series 5.
Because of the lack of rumors, there aren’t too many available details about the upcoming Apple Watch update. Past reports hint that it could come in a new ceramic casing design. Less likely but possible bets include a new non-invasive glucose monitoring system, solid-state buttons and a possible new display type.
Apple is expected to debut a new 10.2-inch iPad this year as a successor to the current entry-level 9.7-inch iPad. Other than the bump in display size, presumably due to slimmer bezels, there’s not a ton of rumors revealing what the new iPads could look like. But they’re likely to remain a cheaper option aimed at the education sector.
While Apple hasn’t debuted its entry-level iPads in September for some time, we could see a new iPad-related announcement at this year’s iPad event. Current supply chain reporting suggests that the iPad could debut in the third quarter of the year, which means that they’d have to be announced by the end of September.
New 16-inch MacBook Pro
While most of the Macs and MacBooks in Apple’s lineup have already been refreshed this year, we’re still expecting a new 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design to launch by the end of 2019. That MacBook Pro could feature ultra-slim bezels and a new keyboard based on more a reliable scissor-switch mechanism.
But the big question is when the 16-inch MacBook Pro will debut. Apple doesn’t usually announce Mac products at its September event, but it could certainly break tradition this year. At the same time, there are just as many reports suggesting a September release as there are reports indicating that the new MacBook Pro could drop in October. In other words, it’s up in the air.
New iPad Pros
Last year’s iPad Pro models were a major upgrade, bringing Face ID, USB-C and an edge-to-edge display to the tablet lineup. Because of that, we expect this year’s iPad Pro models to be much more incremental in nature. Because of that, it may not make much sense for Apple to hold a whole other event in October to show them off.
If Apple does announce new iPad Pro models in September or October, they’re likely to be a minor update. Expect a new A-series chipset, as well as routine display and internal hardware upgrades. (In other words, this probably won't be a major year for the iPad Pro lineup.)
Apple first released its HomePod smart speaker at WWDC ’17. The device hasn’t received an update since, meaning it’s long overdue for a refresh. While we haven’t heard any significant rumors suggesting we’ll get a HomePod 2 at Apple’s September event, the fall keynote seems like a likely candidate for an announcement.
As far as what a next-generation HomePod could look like, no one is quite sure. HomePod is already one of the best-sounding smart speakers on the market, so audio enhancements seem like they could be less of a priority. On the other hand, a few past rumors indicated that the Cupertino tech giant may be considering a lower-cost “HomePod mini” device that could better compete with the smart speaker’s cheaper rivals.
Apple Over-Ear Headphones
Earlier this year, Apple released a new generation of AirPods with enhanced connectivity and a new wireless charging case. But those aren’t technically “AirPods 2.” And while we may not see a major overhaul of AirPods this year, Apple is also working on something else in the audio accessory sphere.
Specifically, Apple is said to be developing a pair of premium over-ear headphones that will be marketed under the Apple brand. According to the latest reports, those headphones will be “as convenient as AirPods” but with significantly enhanced sound quality. Current rumors suggest that it could launch in the “second half” of 2019, meaning a September debut is a possibility.