In the hours leading up to the long-awaited iPhone XS unveiling, the names, sizes and colors of every iPhone set announced today were revealed ominously on the Apple website through an XML sitemap file leak. However, nothing related to the rumors MacBook Air 2018 or iPad Pro 3 was found in the content of the file.
Does this mean that it is unlikely that one of these products will be displayed during the upcoming keynote? That is what many experts mainly take away from the omission.
That is obviously an understandable assumption, given that the Apple Store is not available at the time of writing and is likely to be filled with the URLs that have leaked through the XML file. If Apple did not have URLs related to this new MacBook Air or iPad Pro that were prepared in the leaked file, then it is relatively safe to assume that these products are in fact not prepared for an announcement.
This would certainly be in line with the rumors that Intel's latest laptop processors are facing shortages that could almost certainly block a MacBook Air 2018 release.
However, there are no rumors related to the iPad Pro 3 that would support the omission of the XML file. In fact, the tablet has apparently already been passed by the Eurasian Economic Commission for wireless communications approvals, something that usually only happens late in the pre-release life cycle of a product.
So, whether or not we will see Apple's new iPad or Mac hardware today? That is still difficult to say, even with this information. Although there are indications that such announcements are unlikely, Apple might well surprise us, or it might hold back on the launch of new iPads and Macs during a separate October launch event. Stay informed here for the latest news.