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Where’s the iPhone 12, Apple? All the new Apple products we’re still waiting for


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Apple has introduced its latest iPhone throughout a September media occasion yearly since 2012’s iPhone 5. In the course of the 2020 Apple occasion final month, we received new Apple Watch and iPad models, and a bundled subscription service, however no new iPhone. That should not come as a whole shock, as a delay has been rumored for months now, and the standard knowledge says the iPhone 12 will be announced at an October event

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 which may (or may not) present up earlier than the tip of the yr.

What we did not see (but)

iPhone 12: Everybody is aware of that is coming, and whereas it did not hit the September announcement window, there is a good case to be made that the following set of iPhones will be announced on Oct. 13 or 14. The addition of 5G help is nearly a given, whereas other spec bumps and design changes are more up in the air

AirTags: This long-rumored different to Tile-style trackers stays a phantom product, but when it exhibits up earlier than the tip of the yr, it may very well be a terrific fairly priced stocking stuffer. Hints about the product have been found in some iOS code, however that is about all we find out about AirTags for now. 

Apple TV: All of the TV vitality appears to be going towards the Apple TV Plus service, which can now be accessible within the Apple One subscription bundle. However that does not imply it is best to overlook concerning the Apple TV hardware box. The present Apple TV set-top field has been round since 2017, which is roughly eternally 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 tip of 2020. Which means we nonetheless have just a few months — I’ve seen Apple merchandise promised by the tip of the yr present up over the past week of December. This may very well be both a Mac Mini or an iMac (extra probably) or one of many rumored new laptops, like a 14-inch MacBook Professional (much less probably).  

HomePod: The Apple HomePod is a great-sounding sensible speaker, however when it debuted in 2018, it value a hefty $350. As of late you 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. 

See you on the subsequent Apple Occasion

There’s each expectation that we’ll be again once more in just a few weeks to speak concerning the new iPhone 12 lineup, and possibly a few of the different want checklist gadgets above. Observe additionally that to this point 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 implies that even when one thing would not seem on the anticipated October occasion, there’s nonetheless an opportunity it might flip up after that.

Learn extra: Best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone for 2020

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