iPhone 12 is not the one Apple announcement we count on on Oct. 13: HomePod and extra


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Apple has introduced its latest iPhone throughout a September media occasion yearly since 2012’s iPhone 5. Throughout the 2020 Apple occasion final month, we obtained new Apple Watch and iPad fashions, and a bundled subscription service, however no new iPhone. That did not come as an entire shock, as a delay had been rumored for months. Now, Apple is internet hosting a second digital launch occasion on Oct. 13, the place the iPhone 12 is predicted to make its delayed debut. Here is watch Apple’s livestream.

The iPhone is not the one missing-in-action replace or new launch we have been ready for. These are a few of the issues we did not see in September, however that may (or won’t) present up earlier than the tip of the 12 months.

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What we did not see (but)

iPhone 12: The addition of 5G help in Apple’s subsequent flagship smartphone is nearly a given, whereas different spec bumps and design modifications are extra up within the air. (We might love if Apple stole these options from Samsung for the iPhone 12.) Here is what we all know (and assume we all know) to date about iPhone 12’s value and its design and coloration choices.

AirTags: This long-rumored various to Tile-style trackers stays a phantom product, but when it exhibits up earlier than the tip of the 12 months, it may very well be an awesome fairly priced stocking stuffer. Hints in regards to the product have been present in some iOS code, however that is about all we learn about AirTags for now. 

AirPods Studio: Apple’s over-ear headphones have been closely rumored for a while. And the rumor mill was set newly abuzz when Apple eliminated rival headphones and wi-fi audio system from its on-line and brick-and-mortar shops, which many individuals noticed as proof of an imminent headphone-related announcement. The AirPods Studio may embrace noise cancellation and a sensor to detect whether or not they’re in your head or resting in your neck.

Apple TV: All of the TV vitality appears to be going towards the Apple TV Plus service, which can now be obtainable within the Apple One subscription bundle. However that does not imply you must overlook in regards to the Apple TV {hardware} field. The present Apple TV set-top field has been round since 2017, which is roughly eternally in tech phrases. With folks caught at residence and streaming extra content material than ever, an up to date field may present up later in 2020 (or not). 

Apple-silicon Macs: The primary new Macs with Apple’s non-Intel Arm-based chips have already been promised by the tip of 2020. Which means we nonetheless have just a few months — I’ve seen Apple merchandise promised by the tip of the 12 months present up over the last week of December. This may very well be both a Mac Mini or an iMac (extra possible) or one of many rumored new laptops, like a 14-inch MacBook Professional (much less possible).  

HomePod: The Apple HomePod is a great-sounding sensible speaker, however when it debuted in 2018, it price a hefty $350. Lately you could find it on sale often for nearer to $200. We have anticipated a new, smaller, less-expensive mannequin for a while now, however it was a no-show on the September Apple occasion. Rumors counsel Oct. 13 is the day.

See you on Oct. 13

We’ll be again once more very quickly to speak in regards to the new iPhone 12 lineup, and perhaps a few of the different want record objects above, at Apple’s digital announcement occasion on Oct. 13. Word additionally that to date in 2020, Apple has launched a number of large merchandise and not using a formal occasion, together with the revamped MacBook Air and MacBook Professional, the 27-inch iMac and the iPad Professional. That signifies that even when one thing does not seem on the anticipated October occasion, there’s nonetheless an opportunity it may flip up after that.

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