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Today's "Gather Round" Apple event focused on just the iPhone and the Apple Watch, with Apple introducing the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, along with updated Apple Watch Series 4 models.

There was no sign of the iPad Pro, AirPower, or new Macs, and because we know these products are in the works, no mention at the September event essentially confirms that an October event is in the works. In past years, when there have been new fall Macs and iPads on the horizon, Apple has held an iPhone event and then a separate October event, which is likely to be the plan again this year.

Below, we've listed everything rumored to be on the horizon that was not included in today's event.

iPad Pro

Apple is said to be working on updated iPad Pro models that adopt an iPhone X-style design with slimmer bezels and no Home button, with the iPads instead set to gain a TrueDepth Camera System that will allow Face ID to be used for biometric authentication purposes.

While the iPhone XS includes a notch for the TrueDepth Camera, leaked iPad Pro designs in the iOS 12 beta suggest the iPad Pro models will not have a notch, instead retaining slim top and bottom bezels. Apple is also not planning to use an OLED display for the iPad at this time due to cost and production issues.

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Renderings of 12.9-inch iPad Pro based on alleged CAD drawings​

Rumors suggest the new iPad Pro models will be available in screen sizes that are approximately 11 and 12.9 inches, with Apple using chamfered edges that are similar in design to the iPhone SE. The antenna lines on the device may also be located at the top and bottom, similar to the iPhone 7.

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Renderings of 12.9-inch iPad Pro based on alleged CAD drawings​

Renders based on leaked CAD drawings suggest the iPad Pro has a relocated Smart Connector that's been moved from the side of the device to the back of the device, but how this would functionally work remains in question, so it's not clear if the information is accurate.

We've also heard that the new iPad Pro models will not feature a headphone jack, with Apple opting to do away with the port as it did in the iPhone lineup beginning with the iPhone 7.

Mac mini

Apple is said to be working on a refreshed version of the Mac mini that's focused on pro users. The upgraded device will include new storage and processor options, and because of its pro focus, it could be more expensive than previous Mac mini products.

There's not a lot of additional information available on the Mac mini, but a previous rumor suggested the higher-end version "won't be so mini anymore" hinting at least one configuration with a larger size to accommodate higher-end components.

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Given that this is going to be a pro-focused machine, it's not clear what chips it will adopt, but Intel this year has announced 8th-generation processors appropriate for both desktop and notebook machines. Past Mac mini models have used the same chips as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, but Apple may be planning to opt for more powerful chips for a pro Mac mini model.

Low-Cost MacBook Air

Apple has a 13-inch MacBook Air replacement in the works, which has been the subject of rumors for more than a year now. It's been unclear whether Apple plans to position the machine in the MacBook Air family or the 12-inch MacBook family, but some concrete details about the upcoming notebook can be gleaned from everything we've heard.

Positioned as an entry-level low-cost machine in Apple's product lineup, the notebook will be 13 inches in size and it will feature a Retina display. It is said to be similar in design to the current 13-inch MacBook Air, but with slimmer bezels.

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It's not entirely clear how Apple will distinguish this machine from the 12-inch MacBook if it's going to offer a Retina display, but if the design is similar to the current MacBook Air, the 12-inch MacBook will still be Apple's lightest machine, justifying its higher price tag.

Various pricing rumors have suggested that it could be available for anywhere from $799 to $1,200, but the most reliable source, Bloomberg, believes it will cost under $1,000.

Whiskey Lake chips appropriate for a MacBook Air-like machine were announced by Intel in August, and so Apple could potentially be planning to use these chips in the device.

12-Inch MacBook

Regardless of whether the rumored lower-cost 13-inch notebook is a MacBook Air or a MacBook, Apple is likely still planning to maintain the 12-inch MacBook lineup, though reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently confusingly said that the 13-inch machine could "replace the position" of the current 12-inch MacBook, and it's not entirely clear what that means.

Upgraded 12-inch MacBooks will likely feature Intel's 8th-generation Amber Lake Y-series processors, announced in August. These chips bring processor and battery improvements, so new MacBooks could offer both faster performance and longer battery life.

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Aside from upgraded Intel chips, there's been little information on what else Apple might add to a refreshed MacBook lineup.

iMacs

We haven't heard any iMac rumors in recent months, but Apple refreshes its iMac lineup on a regular basis, so an upgrade may be in the works.

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If iMacs are refreshed in 2018, new machines could feature upgraded 8th-generation Intel processors, improved GPUs, and perhaps the adoption of the T2 chip that was introduced in the iMac Pro and has since been added to the MacBook Pro.

AirPower

It's not clear what's going on with the AirPower, the accessory that's meant to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once. It was introduced in September 2017, and since then, Apple has made no mention of it.

AirPower was not included in today's event, and in fact, after the event, Apple basically removed all mentions of the AirPower from its website.

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The one AirPower mention is limited to the AirPods page, where an optional wireless AirPods charging case is listed as "currently unavailable." The AirPower doesn't appear to be listed anywhere else.

Apple said the AirPower would debut at some point in 2018, so we could still see it in October, November, or December.

Article Link: Everything Apple Didn't Announce at Today's Event
 

canyonblue737

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I don't know but the big case redesign of the iPad Pro with FaceID which seems a lock for this year simply has to have a launch event. I can't imagine Apple soft launching the iPad Pros with media access or just putting them on the website. I suspect an October event for the first time in a long while is going to happen for all this stuff.
 

Elian_Gonzalez

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tl;dr - they dun goofed.

Especially with no mention of AirPower.
Certainly the case since the invite for the event specifically mentioned AirPower, iPads and the Mac mini.

Oh, wait.

I'm just surprised no one has also started bib-dribbling that "Apple keeps abandoning the pro market" after today's event since that wasn't mentioned either.
 

JosephAW

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I fear that when they release a 2019 Mac Mini that they will EOL all 2014 models. Especially with macOS 10.15 64 bit only.
 
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MICHAELSD

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I don’t really see the use case of AirPower if it’s at a rumored $149-$249 price point. It’s not that much more convenient than simply using separate wireless chargers. Maybe for travelers since it means less to carry around but otherwise seems like an odd product.
 

DakotaGuy

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A suitable SE replacement

They already have one right now... it's called the iPhone 7 and it's their "new" budget phone. If you understand business at all then you must understand something called ROI (return on investment). There simply isn't enough ROI to engineer, design, market and manufacture a brand new small screened "budget" device. Trying to get that return by selling a "premium" small screened phone at a high price would fail miserably in the market.

The SE is dead. If you need a new budget phone the iPhone 7 (or 8 if you want a step-up) are your best options.
 

Baymowe335

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They already have one right now... it's called the iPhone 7 and it's their "new" budget phone. If you understand business at all then you must understand something called ROI (return on investment). There simply isn't enough ROI to engineer, design, market and manufacture a brand new small screened "budget" device. Trying to get that return by selling a "premium" small screened phone at a high price would fail miserably in the market.

The SE is dead. If you need a new budget phone the iPhone 7 (or 8 if you want a step-up) are your best options.
Few people understand your eloquently stated post.

The SE is too niche now because the mass market wants large screens. Sure, there are SE diehards, but not enough to make the cost of the project worth the effort. Apple has all the data and the fact it’s not here confirms it isn’t needed.

I still think it might make a comeback in March.
 

DakotaGuy

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How is the 7 a step up from the SE? Yeah it's slightly faster but so what, it's also heavier, bulky, worse battery life, and a headphone jack is a way better feature than 3D Touch

I think I said go with an 8 if you want a step-up from the 7. The SE is as dead in the Apple world as the headphone jack. The only thing I can see happening within the next 6 months or so is a price drop on the 4.7" iPhone 7 to bring it closer to what the SE was selling for at the end.
 
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Darmok N Jalad

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I think I said go with an 8 if you want a step-up from the 7. The SE is as dead in the Apple world as the headphone jack. The only thing I can see happening within the next 6 months or so is a price drop on the 4.7" iPhone 7 to bring it closer to what the SE was selling for at the end.
Check the refurb store. A iPhone 7 32gb is $379.
 

hybroid

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How is the 7 a step up from the SE? Yeah it's slightly faster but so what, it's also heavier, bulky, worse battery life, and a headphone jack is a way better feature than 3D Touch

Because all those items are subjective and not everyone feels the same way. SE is dead, get over it and move on.
 

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I think I said go with an 8 if you want a step-up from the 7. The SE is as dead in the Apple world as the headphone jack. The only thing I can see happening within the next 6 months or so is a price drop on the 4.7" iPhone 7 to bring it closer to what the SE was selling for at the end.

Only in Apple land is the headphone jack (even though I don't use it personally) is dead, you can just buy any one of the million Android devices that are 4.7" and have one. They sell heaps of them. There is no alternative SE, from Apple or anyone else. The Sony "compact" phones are huge compared to the SE.
 

Labeno

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Tim always seems to say that Apple is deeply devoted to all of Apple's products, but he only seems to be focused on the iPhone and Watch (which are great products). But please stop lying to us customers. Stop getting your direction from shared holders, and do what Steve Jobs did and get direction from customers.
 
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