After the euphoria of yesterday’s Apple special event, spirits are back to the state prior to the keynote, which makes us think of all the things we expected to be released that ended up not being mentioned at all.
As many of you may have followed, there has been talk of a possible 16-inch MacBook Pro, which is apparently not ready yet. In addition, the company was expected to present other gadgets (a first), as we will see below.
16-inch MacBook Pro
The infamous new 16-inch MacBook Pro began to be speculated in February this year, after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo fanned a series of Apple launches (some of which have already happened) this year.
After much thought, the rumors were based on the idea that the MacBook Pro could be launched in October this year. As we have seen, Apple did not present any novelty for its line of notebooks during yesterday’s special event, so this contributes to the possibility of a new event until the end of this year, perhaps already next month.
The only addition (or rather, update) to the line of iPads announced during yesterday’s special event included only the entry version of the tablet, which now has a 10.2 ″ model (formerly 9.7 ″).
This caused any rumor about the launch of a new iPad Pro for now to fall apart, pushing that possibility into a likely event next month (when the third generation iPad Pro will complete a year).
Coupled with the launch of a new iPad Pro would be the possibility for Apple to add a triple camera system to the tablet, similarly to the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. However, this is unlikely, since the same rumors pointed out that the new iPad of 10.2 ″ could win two cameras, which did not happen.
THE set-top box da Maçã was last updated in 2017, exactly two years ago, with the launch of its 4K version. More than the lifespan of this model, Apple was expected to announce a new version of Apple TV in time for the launch of Apple TV +, a new streaming company videos, which did not happen either.
As we reported, the focus of the possible Apple TV update would be performance, with Apple including an A12 (or A12X) chip in the set-top box. In addition, this update was expected to bring an HDMI 2.1 port to Apple TV, which would reduce the lag in games.
“AirPods 3” and “Apple Pencil 3”
There were also expectations that Apple would introduce a third generation of AirPods later this year, but Apple’s headphones certainly lost their timing yesterday’s presentation. According to some rumors, the next generation of headphones is expected to gain water resistance and even more integration with Siri – in addition to, who knows, including noise cancellation.
In addition, the second generation of Apple Pencil will also complete a year of life next October, which makes us think that a new smart pencil could be launched in a new possible event later this year, which could be announced with the possible new iPads Pro.
Still with respect to the Apple Pencil, some rumors realized that the iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max could count on support for the stylus, which also did not happen – which leaves the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10 + ahead of the iPhone, in this question.
Here, a somewhat unusual rumor that gained momentum in the last few weeks after the MacRumors investigate the insides of iOS 13. As we reported, codes from the new Apple OS point to a somewhat curious device, capable of reporting the location of personal items, the so-called “Apple Tags”.
According to the news, Apple was expected to introduce a new “R1” chip in the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max that would allow them to be matched with such “Apple Tags”, which would be nothing more than a new device , small, capable of being carried as a key ring next to its main items (wallets, bags and keys).
They worked similarly to the new feature of the Find app (Find My), allowing the user to find their belongings in the same way as other users gadgets. The chip implementation even came under the name U1, but the launch of the “Apple Tags” has not yet happened – that does not mean, of course, that such news will never see the light of day.
Sleep monitoring on Apple Watch Series 5
The Apple Watch Series 5 has a collection of trackers that allow the user to track various health data on a daily basis, but Apple could have gone further and implemented the long-awaited sleep monitoring on the new watch.
Earlier this year, we commented that such a feature could arrive in the 2020 model of the wearable, but soon some rumors began to pop up about the implementation of this novelty already in the version released yesterday, but it did not happen. Even codes discovered on iOS 13 pointed to the existence of this feature, as well as a “School Time Mode”, which also did not land on the Apple Watch Series 5.
According to the senior vice president of Consumer Business, Eric Cohen, the lack of sleep monitoring is more related to a commercial issue than a technological one, since many companies have tried to implement this function in their gadgets wearable and the user experience was not positive.
Launch of Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR
Announced earlier this year, the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR caused quite a stir among users. So it was expected that Apple would release at least one information about the launch of its new machine and professional display, but they didn’t even give us that taste.
On the other hand, if the possible October event happens, it may be that Apple has reserved all the news from the Mac family for this event, including, hopefully, the details of the newest generation of Mac Pro.
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RIP: iPhones 7, 7 Plus, XS and XS Max
Yesterday’s event not only failed to bring all the aforementioned “news”, it was also responsible for ending the sales cycle of some prestigious Apple devices: the iPhones 7, 7 Plus, XS and XS Max, which made history.
The smartphones launched in 2016 and 2018 have left the forefront of Apple smartphones due to the introduction of the iPhones 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max – which add to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and XR for another year. Meanwhile, the remaining units of the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus have been displayed on Apple’s settlement page.
RIP: Apple Watch Series 4
As for the watch, the Apple Watch Series 5 “kicked” its predecessor to lineup in gadgets wearable and took the lead in sales alongside the Apple Watch Series 3, launched in 2017.
RIP: 3D Touch
As we also informed, it was time to say goodbye also to 3D Touch, a feature implemented in the iPhone 6s that combined hardware and software to offer even more options for accessing iOS features.
This task will now be performed by the so-called Haptic Touch, present on iPhones from the XR model, which offers “the same functions” as the 3D Touch, but without the option of pressing the screen (but with a longer touch).
via MacRumors: 1, 2, 3