What to Expect From Apple in 2018: Three New iPhones and iPad Pro With Face ID, HomePod, Refreshed Macs, and More

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  1. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    The stand is made from uranium to use weight and a low centre of gravity to make up for the narrowness of the stand’s design. This materials choice comes with two added bonuses: the display is also self powered and the stand keeps you warm at night.
  2. d4zza macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    Reasonable priced iPad mini 4 would do for me, £419 is just obscene for a smaller, A8 powered device compared to the £339 priced A9 powered standard iPad. (Note - I’m not interested in having 128GB either).
  3. nia820 macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2011
    I really feel like a 6.5 iphone x would be to big. I want a plus sized X but not that big.
  4. PickUrPoison macrumors 68010

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    A 6.5” display in the same aspect ratio as the iPhone X (19.5:9) would fit in the same size form factor as the 8 Plus.

    But it would be harder to use since it’ll have minimal bezels. Trying to reach the corners in one handed use would be difficult for most, I think.
  5. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    You seem to have a flair for drama. And without good reason.
  6. osuskates, Dec 31, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017

    osuskates macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    "In 2017, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple was working on a higher-end MacBook Pro machine for professional users with 32GB RAM, set for a 2017 launch, but no such machine materialized. Whether there's actually such a product in the works remains to be seen."

    Is it possible for a journalist to ask an Apple representative/spokesperson when we can expect to see a MacBook Pro with RAM expandability to 32+GB? I along with several others don't care so much about power consumption. I care about performance and a maximum of 16GB doesn't cut it in today's environments. Almost everywhere you go, you can find an outlet (planes, trains, buses, etc.), so I don't think this answer cuts it anymore.
  7. PickUrPoison, Dec 31, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2017

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68010

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Not sure if you wanted more or less capacity than 128GB, but either way you won’t see anything different until the mini 5, which many say will never happen; they think the 7.9” platform is dead.

    I actually think Apple will introduce a new mini. I think there’s enough demand for that form factor—plus it’s important to certain verticals—and it would be reasonably cheap for Apple to refresh it.

    If they do release a mini 5, I’d expect a 5MP FaceTime camera, TouchID 2 and a processor bump to either A10X or A11 (whichever is lower cost, probably the A11). A 256GB version is a possibility, as would be 3GB RAM.

    Beyond that I don’t foresee any likely upgrades. The A11 alone will give it three more years of shelf life, and Apple could sell it basically unchanged during that time (especially if they bumped the RAM to 3GB). I think the price could come down a bit, maybe the 128GB for $369 and the LTE for $499... but maybe not. You know how Apple is with their margins.
  8. Closingracer macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2010

    This rumor is exactly the reason why I was hesitant to join the X bandwagon. The 6.5 OLED screen will make it worthwhile to jump back on ditching my Note 8 or at the very least make me think long and hard of ditching it.
  9. petererr macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2008
    Siri sucks inside out. What's the point of HomePod..?
  10. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Music and hopefully to use it to control your TV and podcasts..

    It could be a great speaker for sound
  11. d4zza macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    32GB is more than enough for me at the moment. My iPad Mini 2 feels like it’s on its last legs performance wise. I do love this form factor as it fits in my jacket pocket. Genuinely feel it’s one of the best tech devices I’ve ever purchased. Just no idea what that UK price is about when compared to the standard size iPad and I refuse to spend that amount when technically it’s poorer than standard iPad.
  12. Bacillus, Jan 1, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2018

    Bacillus macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    This is what's holding me back also.
    An inadequately laid out, poorly maintained and obfuscated lineup, only instituted to milk existing concepts.
    Where the mkt leader uses just 10/20% of its innovative potential to protect its current business.
    This makes me urge for a post-Cook Apple more than any product or service. Those will only come after.
  13. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
    I'm notch interested in such an iPhone. When I've squeezed all the utility I can out of my 6S I might have to switch to Android eventually :(
  14. robertosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2011
    My only hope to swap would be an 4.7" SE, otherwise I will stay another year with my iPhone 6 (hopefully)
  15. burble macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2018
    So tired of seeing that crappy concept promoted. The monitor would never stand unless it had lead weights making it immovable. The case idea itself is horrible and would never accept modern graphics cards or additional hard drives. It's the exact opposite of modular. I wish they would stop using it everytime they post an article about a new Mac Pro. I like a more traditional tower concept like this so much better.

  16. zeesix macrumors member


    Sep 15, 2012
    When the UX is worse it's a step backwards, nothing subjective there. For how I use the phone, this holds true.
  17. iLLUMI macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2012
    I expect a bezel free iPad Mini Pro and matte black Air Pods.
  18. PickUrPoison macrumors 68010

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Apple has in mind all potential users when they make decisions like FaceID vs TouchID. Whichever they choose, not everyone will be happy. You’re part of the 5 (or 10 or 20 or 40) percent for whom FaceID is worse than TouchID.

    But does that mean Apple shouldn’t have used FaceID on the X?
  19. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I am mostly interested in prices. I have been wanting an "X Plus", but definitely not for $1100+. If I am honest with myself, the X wasn't worth the price of entry. It is a very nice phone, but note enough for me to honestly justify the price leap. I am kicking myself even more now that the 6s plus would have been eligible for a $29 battery replacement.

    Ah well. I am expecting to stick with the X for at least two, possiby three years and evaluate the situaton from there. We went from $650 to $1000 pretty quickly.
  20. imronburgundy macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2013
    Isn't that what the Sonos system is? And it integrates Alexa and will include Airplay down the road.
  21. SiliconValleyTechie macrumors newbie


    Jan 2, 2018

    I know that people seem to love faceID and the hype is still raging for the animoji's but I went from an iphone 7 to and iphone 8 last year because the lack of touchID and the lackluster features of the iphoneX's touted AR functionality proved way less valuable than the 1249 dollar price tag (256GB). I love iOS, but if this is the new direction for apple, I will stick to mac's and ipads, but run a pixel phone moving forward.
  22. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    • #1 REQUEST: make Siri the #1 personal assistant product/brand in the world. This starts with wayyyyyy better Siri voice recognition and expanded capabilities. Siri should be the best in the industry, period, including greater integration with all of their own apps as well as expanded integration with third party apps and devices. They need to stop allowing privacy concerns to hinder them and innovate some kind of anonymous encryption (or another solution) that allows more work to be done in the cloud to increase power and accuracy. Apple users should not be second class citizens with personal assistants.
    • Make Apple services & software #1. Embrace an evolved business model across the board that says that every service they offer (Maps, Siri, email, photos, iCloud files, etc.) will be the BEST in its category, and that these superior services are ONLY available to people who buy Apple hardware.
    • AirPods that acknowledge that everyone’s ears are different and come w/ adjustable tips (or in multiple sizes)
    • Affordable HomePod Minis to scatter through the house
    • MacBook Pro with more RAM
    • iPhone X plus
    • New Mac Mini
    • New 12.9” iPad Pro (w/ Face ID and TrueTone and 3D Touch and Pencil storage)
    • New iPad Mini Pro (w/ Face ID and TrueTone and 3D Touch and Pencil storage)
    • New Pencil 2 w/ a way to physically attach/store it on an iPad (a groove, a magnet, something)
    • iOS Calendar: ability to copy & paste appointments (should have been in iOS 1)
    • iOS: ability to arrange app icons in whatever way you want on the screen
    • iOS Files app: ability to put folders inside of folders inside of folders, just like every other major file system
    • Apple Music: an option to have real-time lyrics displayed when playing a song (like on Music Match app)
    • Apple Music: real, innovative & usable social functions
    • Large, 4K or higher standalone display
    • New Airport lineup including mesh network devices
    • Deliver on promise of iCloud Message sync/backup
    • Dark theme option throughout iOS (too much white)
    • Multiple faces for Face ID
    • Podcast app for Apple Watch
    • Have more store loyalty cards in Apple Pay, and have them automatically attached to every transaction you make at that store, so you only need to do one action (pay) to earn your points or get loyalty benefits (instead of a separate swipe for the loyalty card).
    • Option to “opt in” and share your buying habits with a specific retailer (in order to gain more benefits and loyalty card possibilities)
    • 100% dedication to professionals, with true communication, transparency & long-term software and hardware commitment
    • Buy Adobe, already
    • And last but not least... a 17” MacBook Pro.
  23. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Agree with the above in terms of Siri

    The HomePod could be massive hit for music we just need Siri to be on par with google assistant. No reason it can’t be. Apple need to just do more with it. They have kind of let down that side of things while the comp have gone from strength to strength
  24. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    One big gripe about the MacBook is the lack of ports. I dabble in photography and really wish they'd put a SDXC card slot on the MacBook. And I just don't have enough USB-C stuff laying around yet. And I really wish they'd put a Magsafe plug on that thing (or anything-safe).

    Eventually I'll get something new. :)
  25. kgo macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2018
    --- Post Merged, Jan 3, 2018 ---
    a Mac version (and iPad version) of Health app, look at stats and/or input on a bigger screen than just an iPhone!

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