What to Expect From Apple in 2017: iPhone 8, 10-Inch iPad Pro, Refreshed iMacs, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the launch of the iPhone 7 and MacBook Pro, 2016 has been a mixed year for Apple. The iPhone 7 was released without a headphone jack, an unpopular choice that's now been somewhat ameliorated by the launch of the AirPods, and the MacBook Pro has been plagued by battery issues, graphics problems, and complaints about the high price of the device.

    Apple also saw its first decline in iPhone sales in 2016, but 2017 could potentially turn things around for the company. We're expecting the biggest iPhone revision we've seen since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launched in 2014, plus we're also expecting major iPad changes, refreshed desktop Macs, and software improvements.

    iPhone 8 - September 2017

    Rumors about the 2017 iPhone started ramping up before the iPhone 7 was even released, so there's a lot of information out there, and at this point, quite a bit of it conflicts, so it's difficult to get a clear picture of what Apple is planning for the iPhone's 10th anniversary.

    If you read all of the rumors and suss out some common themes, there are a few concrete details that hint at what likely to see in the next-generation iPhone. We're assuming it's going to be called the "iPhone 8" due to design changes that are more radical than we'd expect for an "iPhone 7s," but it's entirely possible Apple will go with another name.

    It looks like there's going to be at least three iPhone models, and one of those will have an OLED display. It's sounding like we're going to get one premium OLED iPhone somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 inches, with either a flexible curved display that wraps around the edges like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or an edge-to-edge display more in line with the current design of the iPhone 7.

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  2. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    Really looking forward to 10th anniversary iPhone!
  3. Rayd5365 macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Don't forget, we'll get MORE emoji, and LESS ports.
    But everything will be thinner and lighter.
  4. yossi macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2004
    1) iPhone X
    2) iPhone Pro
    3) The New iPhone
    4) iPhone phat - now with courageous headphone jack
  5. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Refreshed Macs?

    I wouldn't hold my breath these days :( I'll be blue by next November
  6. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    Potentially big year for Apple. At the risk of sounding like an Apple hater (not my intention), when you let most of your product lines wither on the vine for long enough, you can update them all in one year and come out looking like a rockstar. Maybe that's what they'll do in 2017?
  7. Porco, Dec 30, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2016

    Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I expect disappointment still hope for pleasant surprises.

    I think the Mac Pro will get a spec bump but no redesign or price drop, both of which I think it needs.

    I'm not excited about the iPhone rumours at all, but the SE is the best thing Apple did in the last year IMHO so I'm ok with that for now.

    Might buy a Watch if they update them, but I can still wait.
  8. slimothy Suspended


    May 31, 2011
  9. Darryl.Jenks macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2014
    Just go ahead and say it: there will never be a new Mac Pro or Mac Mini.

    Tearing off the band-aid is better than dragging things out.
  10. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Lets see what 2017 brings, I have faith it will be a good year.

    Hope we get less whiners/trolls/trolling posts next year!
  11. Amacfa macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Wish list

    OLED Bezel-less iPhone (no, not a crappy 'wrap' like Samsung)
    OLED? Bezel-less iPad
    14" MacBook
  12. BreadofWonder macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2016
    No reason to update the Apple TV? Really? I can think of two really good ones: 4K and HDR. Every other streamer has it at this point and I'd be shocked if Apple doesn't do it too before the end of the year.
  13. kstotlani macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Which means Apple has to do well. Win win.
  14. Dydegu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2015
  15. Labeno macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    No matter what they reveal, sales will be "Off the charts" and "A runaway success", but they won't quantify.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 30, 2016 ---
    I'm hoping for a MacBook Pro with magsafe, great battery life, choice of Nvidia GPU, and a reasonable price point.
  16. OneBagTravel macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2013
    I'm an Apple fan but not nearly as much as I was in years past. I'll still rock their phones but when it comes to my next laptop, it's getting harder to root for Apple with competition heating up. With them dropping their Airport routers just gives me another reason to look elsewhere. I'm not into Apple jewelry or gimmicks to be honest.
  17. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Other than public quarterly profit filings? :rolleyes:

    Perhaps you don't get the exact device unit sales, but it isn't as if we have zero insight on how the company is performing.
  18. rGiskard macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2012
    Regarding the new 10.5" iPad, I'm reposting a comment I made last summer in response to a rumor of Apple introducing 10.5" ipad and cancelling the Mini:

    I question their prediction that if Apple offer a 10.5" iPad they will EOL the 7.9" Mini, which would leave a gaping hole in their mobile device lineup from 5.5" to 10.5" while introducing a clusterfck from 9.7" to 12.9".

    The more sensible and likely course is for Apple to EOL the 9.7" iPad Pro. But that's the most popular one, you say? Indeed, but it must go to make way for progress! Consider the current lineup (area and ppi calculated with this groovy website):


    First, appreciate the vast increase in display area of the iPad Mini over the iPhones; at over twice the display area of a 6+ the iPad Mini's web browsing and photo/video experience is in another class.

    Next, consider the next logical upgrade to the 9.7" Pro: pixel density. All of Apple's devices below it exceed 300 ppi, so it's the next economically feasible tablet to boost to a glorious 325 ppi. Fanboys argue that if you hold the 9.7" Pro at arm's length like some old geezer in need of new reading glasses then a higher pixel density doesn't matter. They're full of bullpuckey. When viewing an image or graph it's natural to lean in to scrutinize detail so according to experts there are benefits up to around 500 ppi. Compare the detail on the 5.5" iPhone to the 4.7" iPhone and ppi difference is rather obvious under close but not abnormally close viewing.

    So why not just bump the 9.7" Pro to ~326 ppi and call it good enough? Because Apple like to keep it simple for developers. The Apple way is to borrow a pre-existing screen resolution for the pixel density upgrade as they did when the Mini was jacked to the same resolution as the iPad Air. Thus the prediction writes itself: the upcoming iPad will feature the Pro's 2048 x 2732 resolution with ~326 ppi, which results in a display size of 10.5", exactly the size reported by those analysts with supply chain sources. The new lineup is thus:


    A nice separation of iDevice sizes with consistently high pixel density on all but the top end. All with a bigger iPad but no new resolution to which developers must adapt their apps.

    About that iPad Mini - do Apple continue to use it as a dumping ground for obsolete SOC inventory and give it the runt of their litter of iPad displays? Or do they finally take it seriously by dropping in a current SOC and the same display tech as the larger iPads, all at a more serious price?
  19. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Iphone 8 Ceramic OLED, only $1999, 9999$ for the gold edition! Tons of covers ranging from $299 to $799!

    Iphone 7s, now in mat white and we made it 20% faster!
  20. mccaffertee macrumors member


    Aug 23, 2014
    Orlando, FL
    And if they don't do-it like a rockstar, it'll make my decision to bail and move to Android all that much easier. This is the year I would be upgrading my MacBook Pro and Phone.
  21. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    hmm 299 for a case, not bad considering the phone is 1999
  22. dampfnudel macrumors 68030

    Aug 14, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Apple prefers dragging things out so they can say when the day finally comes and they make it "official" that you guys shouldn't be surprised, you saw this coming a mile or two away. It's also called keeping your options open (for Apple).
  23. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Aka 13" MBP without TouchBar that a) is cheaper, b) thinner and lighter, c) has the same battery life, and d) has a larger, aka 14" screen. Did I get that right? Or do want the 12" MB CPU in a 14" body, priced maybe $200 above the 12" MB with a similar thickness and battery life as the 12" MB?
  24. bruceosx macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2016
    "likely time for an update of mac pro an mini"... good one
  25. gugy macrumors 68030


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    My only expectation is Apple to give the Mac some love. Mac Pro, Mini, iMac, displays, Airport, etc desperately need updates. Come on Tim. Get this going.

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