Apple could have introduced new iPhones, watches, and iPads at its September occasion, however what was lacking? Macs, Macs and extra Macs. Oh, and the iPad Professional. There’s no means the corporate will shut out the yr with out bearing on these key merchandise.
Although it hasn’t been formally introduced but, right here’s what we’re anticipating from a hypothetical October 2019 occasion from Apple.
When will it’s?
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Tendencies
Apple has held a particular occasion in October virtually yearly since 2011, with 2015 and 2017 being the one exceptions. The Mac has featured at each one in all these occasions besides the 2011 present in some capability. Mix that with the entire absence of the Mac at Apple’s September occasion, and it’s a protected wager that if Apple does host an October occasion this yr, the Mac will characteristic closely.
These earlier October occasions have occurred both late within the month or halfway via. All have taken place on both a Tuesday or a Thursday. That offers us 4 possible dates for 2019’s October occasion: October 22, 24, 29 or 31.
We received’t know the precise date for positive till Apple sends out invites. It despatched these out for its September occasion just below two weeks earlier than the present’s September 10 date, so it’s attainable we may get invites for the October occasion as early as round October 10.
16-inch MacBook Professional
Idea by Viktor Kadar
Apple’s much-rumored 16-inch MacBook Professional was a giant fats no-show at its September occasion, however that wasn’t too stunning. Apple often has a lot to cram into its September occasions, with iPhones, iPads and Watches all often making an look, that there isn’t a lot time for the Mac. That was the case this yr.
Nonetheless, given the sheer quantity of rumors swirling across the 16-inch MacBook Professional, we’d anticipate it to make an look in October. What precisely are we looking for?
Effectively, phrase has it that Apple goes to utterly overhaul its 15-inch MacBook Professional, giving it a lot thinner bezels in order that the show can develop to 16 inches diagonally. That’d make it Apple’s largest show on a MacBook Professional because it phased out the 17-inch MacBook Professional in 2012.
It’s additionally attainable new scissor-switch keyboard will substitute the much-troubled butterfly keyboard in present MacBook Professional fashions. It will supposedly be a customized design from Apple that contains a number of sturdy layers and light-emitting components in an try to be each long-lasting and skinny. On the similar time, Apple has additionally been patenting refinements to the butterfly keyboard, so it’s attainable we may simply see one other iteration of the present design.
Lastly, it’s possible the 16-inch MacBook Professional will include Intel’s Ninth-generation Espresso Lake-H Refresh chips. Though Intel has lately launched its 10th-generation processors, they in all probability received’t get large availability till 2020, which might be too late for Apple if it’s going to announce the 16-inch MacBook Professional this October.
Though Apple debuted a brand-new Seventh-generation iPad at its September occasion, the iPad Professional was noticeably absent. As with the MacBook Professional, that’s not too stunning seeing as Apple saved the iPad Professional for its October occasion in 2018.
So, what may we see this yr? The most important information is that Apple will supposedly deliver the triple-lens digital camera system of the iPhone 11 Professional and iPhone 11 Professional Max to the iPad Professional. This concept originates with tech web site Sonny Dickson, which claims to have acquired a “last design mockup” of the iPad Professional from “a supply that has repeatedly been dependable.”
The lens design on this mockup is noticeably totally different from that on Apple’s newest iPhones, nonetheless. Relatively than the triangle association seen on the iPhones, with a flash a lot smaller than the gadget’s lenses, the Sonny Dickson mockup reveals the lenses and flash organized in a sq. form and all being roughly the identical dimension. Whether or not this provides to or detracts from the leak’s authenticity, solely time will inform.
Different iPad Professional rumors have been skinny on the bottom, apart from Bloomberg reporting that each the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Professional fashions will get minor processor bumps this yr, in addition to “upgraded cameras.” These will each be “related upgrades” to these discovered within the new iPhones, lending weight to the Sonny Dickson leak.
Mac Professional and Professional Show XDR replace
Julian Chokkattu/Digital Tendencies
At WWDC in June 2019, Apple spilled the beans on its completely redesigned Mac Professional, in addition to the all-new, omnipotent Professional Show XDR. With Apple exhibiting off each minute element on each gadgets, we don’t anticipate it to be hiding any main surprises up its sleeve for October.
Nonetheless, there may be the problem of each merchandise’ launch dates. For the time being, Apple’s web site solely says each the Mac Professional and the Professional Show XDR shall be launched “this Fall.” We subsequently suppose there’s a powerful risk Apple will announce the provision of each at its October occasion, with them maybe occurring sale a roughly week after the occasion, as typically occurs with different Apple launch occasions.
Launched in 2017, the iMac Professional was Apple’s first correct try to lure again severe skilled customers since 2013’s Mac Professional. While it was a killer machine two years in the past, the world of tech strikes quick, and the upcoming Mac Professional is making the iMac Professional look just a little lengthy within the tooth.
October 2019 can be an excellent time for Apple to announce a spec bump for the iMac Professional to cease it getting left behind by the modularity — and sheer energy — of the Mac Professional. For instance, the very best processor you’ll be able to equip the iMac Professional with proper now could be an 18-core 2.3GHz Intel Xeon W chip. Fairly good, proper? Effectively, the Mac Professional might be configured to return with a 28-core 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W processor.
We don’t anticipate the iMac Professional to get fairly that a lot energy as a result of its thermal constraints (it’s a skinny machine, in any case), however a more moderen, extra processor is a should. Particularly, Intel’s Cascade Lake X chips are due out this yr, so it’s fully attainable they’ll be making their means into an up to date iMac Professional.
We wouldn’t anticipate many different adjustments although — a small graphics bump right here, the next RAM configuration there — and undoubtedly received’t be seeing a brand new design this yr (regardless of the iMac’s present look being with us since 2012).
AirPods three, StudioPods, and a Tile competitor, and extra
As at all times, there are a variety of rumored Apple merchandise that would make an look at an October occasion. Specifically, there are a few audio merchandise that would get some stage time. It appears unlikely that Apple would comply with up the AirPods 2 fairly so shortly, however rumors have pointed towards a launch someday in 2019. The AirPods three are mentioned to have energetic noise canceling performance.
Apple’s rumored over-ear headphones, the StudioPods, may additionally make an look. These really feel a bit extra possible, as they may very well be paired up with a brand new MacBook Professional or Mac Professional pretty simply for the “Professional” market.
Lastly, some sort of a Tile competitor is alleged to have been within the works for some time now. Although it will have made sense that these had been launched with the iPhone 11, MacOS Catalina does now embrace the Discover My app, which may very well be an excellent excuse to launch a Tile competitor that permits you to observe objects comparable to wallets or keys.