Apple’s sole focus at right this moment’s schooling occasion in Chicago was on the new iPad 2018 and the specialised iOS software program and equipment it could possibly run. It did not deviate a lot.
That is okay. It simply means there’s one other Apple occasion to return, with the following one being Apple WWDC 2018 on June 4. We anticipate plenty of newness there – and on the subsequent iPhone occasion doubtless in September – that we did not see right this moment.
Particularly, in 2018, we’re anticipating new Mac computer systems, new cellular units, new wi-fi equipment, and new software program for your entire Apple-made know-how.
Here is every part Apple nonetheless has to announce this yr.
1. The brand new MacBook Air
A brand new MacBook Air would have been an excellent addition to Apple’s schooling occasion, however it will have additionally immediately distracted from the brand new iPad 2018. That is why we really feel as if the corporate’s entry-level pc could debut at WWDC as a substitute.
Apple’s reasonably priced 13.3-inch laptop computer is anticipated to get a refresh, with trendy specs (the present Air is caught at a fifth era Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors; different laptops are as much as eighth gen) and at last bump the display screen decision as much as Retina.
2. AirPower wi-fi charger
It is not onerous to search out wi-fi chargers, however Qi chargers that may recharge a number of units are a relatively new factor. We’re seeing a couple of come onto the scene now, together with Lxory Twin Wi-fi Charging Pad and, quickly, the Belkin Increase Up Twin Wi-fi Charging Pad.
That is all of the extra why Apple ought to be weeks away from lastly launching the AirPower charging pad it previewed on the iPhone X launch occasion final yr. It could possibly cost as much as three units without delay, together with an iPhone (iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone Eight Plus up to now), an Apple Watch, and the brand new AirPods case.
3. AirPods 2 with wi-fi charging
Going together with the AirPower charging pad, in the event you actually need to wi-fi cost your AirPods, you are going to want the brand new AirPods wi-fi charging case. Whether or not or not Apple calls this AirPods 2 stays an enormous thriller, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly going to be a brand new iteration.
We anticipate Apple to start out promoting the brand new AirPods with and with out the untethered EarPods. The latter choice is right for the entire present AirPods house owners who simply need the wi-fi case with out the additional expense.
4. iPad Professional with Face ID
Apple’s schooling occasion wasn’t the final we have heard from the iPad in 2018, in accordance with the latest rumors. We additionally anticipate a redesigned iPad Professional earlier than the top of this yr.
It was too quickly to launch a brand new iPad Professional right this moment – we simply bought the iPad 10.5 and iPad 12.9 tablets at WWDC final yr. We’re pondering Apple could also be prepared for a brand new set of slates at a September iPhone launch occasion. That is significantly better timing. New options may embody a TrueDepth digicam for Face ID and Animoji, and fewer bezel. Hopefully that makes the larger 12.9-inch iPad Professional physique smaller with out truly decreasing the display screen dimension.
5. Mac Professional 2018
Apple promised that we might get a brand new Mac Professional by the top of 2018, and it is beforehand teased the brand new rig as an ‘upgradeable’ and ‘modular’ desktop pc.
This is not a rumor. Apple known as it “a very redesigned, next-generation Mac Professional architected for professional clients who want the best efficiency, high-throughput system in a modular, upgradeable design.” That is an enormous change in route for the reason that trash can design of the Mac Professional 2013 did not supply a lot in the best way of upgradeable house. Apple had admitted as a lot and is out to alter that with the brand new Mac Professional 2018.
6. iPhone XI, iPhone XI and cheaper iPhone
Apple omitted the iPhone 7S title and we’re unsure what’s occurring with the iPhone 9 moniker. However we absolutely anticipate there to be a brand new iPhone X this yr, and it could possibly be known as the iPhone XI or iPhone X2. Regardless of the title is, anticipate it to be relatively iterative with the identical 5.8-inch display screen.
The true standouts of 2018 might be a bigger iPhone XI, rumored to have a 6.5-inch AMOLED display screen, and in addition cheaper iPhone X with a 6.1-inch LCD at a much less intimidating value. The latter choice could possibly be Apple’s next-generation tackle an iPhone SE.
7. Apple Watch 4
The Apple Watch Four could lastly give us a redesign to Apple’s iPhone-compatible smartwatch – the primary new look for the reason that authentic Apple Watch launched in 2015.
It’s going to have a 15% bigger display screen and extra battery life, in accordance with the most up-to-date report by one famous Apple analyst. That does not imply the physique might be 15% bigger, fortunately. The present Apple Watch 3 (and all Watch fashions) have bezel to spare. And extra battery life may enable Apple to situation its personal sleep monitoring software program, too.
8. New software program
The true star yearly at Apple’s WWDC keynote is software program. It is why Apple app builders present as much as the San Jose occasion – to make good app you will obtain.
This yr, we anticipate to see iOS 12 with fewer new options in favor of extra stability and permit iOS apps to run on macOS computer systems. Concepts like a house display screen redesign and default app revisions could also be saved for iOS 13. Going together with this, we anticipate to see macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 at WWDC, too.