iPhone 12 isn’t the only Apple announcement we expect on Oct. 13: HomePod and more

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Apple has introduced its latest iPhone throughout a September media occasion yearly since 2012’s iPhone 5. Through the 2020 Apple occasion final month, we bought new Apple Watch and iPad models, 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 virtual launch event on Oct. 13, the place the iPhone 12 is expected to make its delayed debut. This is how to 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 top of the yr.

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What we did not see (but)

iPhone 12: The addition of 5G support in Apple’s next flagship smartphone is nearly a given, whereas other spec bumps and design changes are more up in the air. (We would love if Apple stole these features from Samsung for the iPhone 12.) This is what we all know (and assume we all know) to this point about iPhone 12’s price and its design and color options.

AirTags: This long-rumored different to Tile-style trackers stays a phantom product, but when it exhibits up earlier than the top of the yr, it could possibly be an excellent moderately priced stocking stuffer. Hints about the product have been found 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 might embody 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 power appears to be going towards the Apple TV Plus service, which is able to now be obtainable within the Apple One subscription bundle. However that does not imply you need to neglect in regards to the Apple TV hardware box. The present Apple TV set-top field has been round since 2017, which is roughly endlessly in tech phrases. With folks caught at house and streaming extra content material than ever, an updated box might 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 top of 2020. Meaning we nonetheless have a couple of months — I’ve seen Apple merchandise promised by the top of the yr present up over the last week of December. This could possibly be both a Mac Mini or an iMac (extra doubtless) or one of many rumored new laptops, like a 14-inch MacBook Professional (much less doubtless).  

HomePod: The Apple HomePod is a great-sounding good speaker, however when it debuted in 2018, it value a hefty $350. Today yow will discover it on sale often for nearer to $200. We have anticipated a new, smaller, less-expensive model for some time now, however it was a no-show on the September Apple occasion. Rumors suggest 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 checklist gadgets above, at Apple’s digital announcement occasion on Oct. 13. Be aware additionally that to this point in 2020, Apple has launched a number of massive merchandise with out 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 might flip up after that.

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