We’re less than a week away from the yearly event in which Apple aims to wow fans and investors alike with their new products. Last year saw the launch of the iPhone X – read iPhone ten – with a design that inspired homages by almost every other smartphone manufacturer.
For 2018, there’s great expectation for Apple to announce the following:
- Three new iPhones
- New iPad Pro
- Apple Watch 4
- Macs and MacBooks
The new IPhones
Last year’s iPhone X was all the rage with its slim bezels, the controversial notch and the removal of the home button. So far, rumours have all but confirmed three, different sized iPhones. Leaks show the design to be an evolution of the current iPhone X rather than a complete restyling.
This is what we know about the new phones:
- iPhone XS: This should be the follow up to last year's flagship. It’s likely getting a bump in performance with the new A12 chip, a better dual camera and longer battery life, while keeping the same 5.8-inch OLED screen. A new gold colour is expected.
- iPhone XS Plus: Apple is also developing a bigger, 6.5-inch version of the iPhone XS that could hold a new three rear camera set-up. It's might also support the use of the Apple Pencil. This feature would make it a direct competitor to Samsung’s recently released Galaxy Note9.
- The budget option: A less expensive option sporting a 6.1-inch screen is also expected. It will likely have an LCD display and a single rear camera.
The new iPad Pro
Apple released a new iPad back in March. It came with new, faster processor and Apple Pencil support. Now, we’re expecting the range-topping iPad Pro to present a major redesign in two different sizes. The two sizes should be around 10.5 inches and 13 inches. Leaked images show thin bezels and a few more design cues taken from the iPhone X.
Apple Watch 4
The new Apple Watch series 4 is said to have a 15% larger screen and edge-to-edge display. The leaked images doing the rounds also confirm the new analogue face will be able to display more complications. The same is expected for the digital face.
Macs and MacBooks
The long-awaited successor to the MacBook Air could finally be in the works. This would be a very welcome update to a product line that has remained mostly unaltered for almost a decade.
On a more realistic plan, it’s safe to expect the updated iMacs equipped with Intel's eighth-generation processors. We wouldn’t rule out a new Mac Mini either. A more professionally oriented model could finally see light of day. Regardless of potential configurations, the current model hasn't gone through any updates since 2014.
One more thing…
Could be we presented with new Apple Glasses? The Cupertino giant has recently bought Colorado-based, Akonia Holographics. According to the information available on the company’s website, they’re “specialised in the development of optical tech based on holography”. Particularly in thin, transparent smart glass lenses. It’s relatively safe to say that Apple is looking to foray into the augmented reality segment.
This year’s event is expected to at least match, if not surpass the hype surrounding the iPhone 6 back in 2012. Analysts expect the new screen sizes to have a positive impact on both iPhone and Apple Watch sales. A robust product line-up allied with a rising average selling price should help the $1 trillion company continue to report impressive results in the short-term.