The rumor mill was remarkably right. On Tuesday, Apple revealed virtually everything we expected to unveil during its "By Innovation Only" iPhone 11 event. You can view our supercut (above), read our summary or browse our detailed live blog for all highlights, but the only real surprises were these:
But what about all of Apple's things not announce? These are the biggest surprises we're still waiting for – and if history is a guide, you'll see a few at a follow-up event from Apple next month.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro
Normally we would not expect a MacBook Pro in September – or later this year. Apple has already renewed its MacBook Pro & # 39; s with new processors in May, and that's not like Apple Osborne are products unless there is a good reason.
But if you trust reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there is a very good reason: Apple will finally lose the controversial butterfly keyboard that has been teasing its laptops for years, and both Kuo and Bloomberg "Mark Gurman is quite adamant that the new laptop will arrive in 2019, not later. IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin said it could arrive in September, but now we expect it to appear in October, a month in which Apple will often show off new iPads and Macs.
New iPad Pro & # 39; s
Speaking of iPads … while we got the rumored 10.2-inch $ 329 iPad that makes a solid impression of a laptop now that you can click a folio keyboard, Apple's "What is a computer?" IPad Pro & # 39; s also according to this year for a number of upgrades Bloomberg. We expect faster processors and improved cameras on both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, if there is nothing left.
Traditionally, Apple's most expensive iPads have the most powerful processor, so you can probably expect the A13 Bionic from the iPhone 11 in October to be accompanied by an even more powerful A13X chip for iPads.
Tile-like tag tracker from Apple
Blink and you missed it, but Apple quietly introduced a special new chip during the Tuesday event – an ultra-broadband radio called Apple U1 designed to help you find things with your iPhone. In particular, Apple says it can find the new iPhone 11 family different Apple devices with the same U1 chip in it, but for now you can only share photos with AirDrop by just pointing at someone else's phone.
We're pretty sure Apple won't stop there, because Apple's own iOS 13 code showed the company is testing a Tile-like tracker that you could probably attach to other things in the real world. Put one in your bag or on your keys, and you should be able to find them with the Apple Find Me app.
It's also a good guess that Apple will include the U1 chip in future iPads – making it easier to find them when they're stuck between your sofa cushions. I would not expect Apple to install a different radio in new AirPods, but that would also be nice.
Mac Pro and Pro Show XDR availability
The completely redesigned $ 6,000 modular desktop PC and the insanely clear $ 5,000 monitor have been listed as & # 39; coming fall & # 39; since June. It is fall now.
Maybe Apple will just decide to release them one day, but I think it is much more likely that we will hear about it alongside a new MacBook Pro at an October event.
A new Apple TV set-top box
Apple is about to unleash its Apple TV Plus subscription service on November 1 – not to mention Apple Arcade – but the company's flagship Apple TV 4K set-top box is two years outdated and still sells a four-year model like the Apple TV HD. What if it introduced a new model with a new processor in October to make better use of those services?
It is rumored that we will get a new Apple TV with an A12 chip, but it is not clear when Apple will roll it out.
New noise canceling AirPods
We knew this was a possibility – for many months there has been a rumor about a better Pro version of Apple's AirPods that adds water resistance and noise reduction to Apple's popular accessory.
At first we thought Apple's water-resistant Powerbeats Pro was the realization of that rumor, but that assumption did not last long: new rumors from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and DigiTimes suggested that Apple is still planning to release more AirPods in 2019. But Bloomberg since they were pushed until 2020, so we don't count on October here.
Last year Kuo and Bloomberg also named an over-ear headphone that would differ from the high-end AirPods, which may be shipped in the second half of 2019, but the rumor mill has been pretty quiet ever since. Engineers reportedly told in March Bloomberg they had a hard time developing and could even be demolished.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could buy an Apple HomePod speaker without spending nearly $ 299 – much less the $ 349 it cost at launch? That's the rumor: a cheaper, presumably smaller HomePod with fewer speaker drivers for a price of more than $ 150 or $ 200. But Bloomberg says that we, like the new AirPods, cannot expect until 2020.
Conversely, wireless charging so that your phone can charge your buttons
Less than 24 hours before Apple's keynote, one of the strongest iPhone rumors suddenly turned to ashes: that the new iPhones include bidirectional wireless charging to charge your wireless AirPods, simply by flipping their case on the back of your phone.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the position was canceled because it did not meet Apple's efficiency standards. Apple may vaguely make such a thing possible with a software update, but that would require much more testing and certification – it is much more likely that we will have to wait until next year's iPhones, assuming Apple has not fully captured the idea .
Follow Apple Watch sleep
You would expect a new flagship Apple Watch feature to debut alongside a new flagship Apple Watch, but the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 5 on Tuesday came without mention of Apple's rumored sleep tracking feature.
Bloomberg"S Mark Gurman first reported that Apple would add it to the Watch by 2020 if the tests were successful, and 9to5MacGuilherme Rambo suggested it may have arrived this week, but it is possible that Apple will save it for a future watchOS update. With iOS 13 and 13.1, the company recently demonstrated its willingness to spread new features across multiple small software versions instead of making them all available at launch.
The return of the fingerprint reader
Secure logins should be faster thanks to this year's iPhones what Apple calls a 30 percent faster Face ID scanner that you can also recognize from more angles – but if you want a fingerprint sensor, the latest rumors are that Apple will place one under the iPhone's glass screen in 2020.
Most of Apple's biggest competitors have fingerprint readers on the display and are said to have been coming to the iPhone for years, but they are not universally fast and accurate. It is possible that Apple wants the technology to mature a little more before it accumulates.
A 5G iPhone
There are two obvious reasons why Apple could wait before accepting 5G mobile.
One, 5G hardly exists.
Second, Apple had to switch drastically when its plans to use Intel 5G modems fizzled, allegedly forcing the company to settle all its lawsuits with Qualcomm, so that Apple could use Qualcomm as a supplier instead. That eventually killed Intel's modem activities, which Apple eventually bought. Serious business drama.
We expect 5G iPhones in 2020 – this is apparent from countless reports.
The Apple glasses
If you hoped Apple would get another "one more thing" and finally announce its elongated augmented reality headset at the September event, then you weren't the only one. (I, I'm talking about me. I wanted that.)
On the positive side, we have just what looks like our first implicit confirmation from Apple that such a device is actually testing.
USB-C iPhones, so we can finally charge all our Apple devices with the same charger and cable as MacBooks and iPad Pro &, damn it, any new Android phone and many Windows laptops
This year's iPhones should be the last with Lightning, Dieter argued in July. He's still right.