Apple September 2019 Event Predictions

Apple is holding its “By Innovation Only” event on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. I have some ideas for what we might see, so let us look at my predictions.

iPhone

Apple’s biggest product is still the iPhone. While its share of Apple’s profits might be dropping, it is still the biggest portion. I think there will be three new iPhone models, the successors to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. As much as I would like to see them drop the numbering, I think the iPhone is a bit too important for brand recognition to drop the numbering. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. I think the sizes for the three phones will remain the same at 6.1-inches, 4.7-inches, and 5.8-inches respectively. I think the name will be “Pro” because the “Pro” moniker does not mean “professional” anymore, at least not in terms of Apple parlance. Instead, it usually means the best and newest technology. I also think the current iPhones will remain in the line up, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will disappear from sale, at least for sale directly from Apple. I give the likelihood of three new phones at 100%, the naming at 60%, and the chance of the iPhone 7 no longer being for sale, directly from Apple, at 90%.

Apple TV

The Apple TV is an interesting product, it did not become an app-platform as Apple had originally intended with the Apple TV HD. In March of 2019 Apple unveiled a bunch of new services, one of them was a gaming service called Apple Arcade. Apple Arcade is supposed to be available on iPhoneOS, iPadOS, macOS, and tvOS. I think there will be a new Apple TV 4K that is released. It will have an A12 Bionic chip within the box. Additionally, I think there will be a bundle that comes with a game controller. This latter part is needed because you can likely use an iPhone or iPad as a controller, but sometimes having a standard controller just makes for a better experience. I also think that the Apple Arcade service pricing will be announced and it will be $4.99 per month. I give the chance of a new Apple TV at 75%, a bundle with the controller at 60%, pricing being announced at 85%, and its price being $4.99 at 75%.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch has become used primarily as a health and fitness tracker. I think we will see the Series 5 Apple Watch released this year. I do not think the watch will be a different form factor, nor will it see a significant processor speed bump. Instead, I think we will see a new sensor for sleep tracking. Along with this I think we will also see some new materials, like titanium. This being an event, there will likely also be set of new Apple Watch bands unveiled as well. I give the likelihood of a new Apple Watch at 95%, the new watch including sleep tracking at 85%, new materials at 75%, and new watch bands at 100%.

Accessories

Accessories are one area where Apple can make some serious margins. Besides Apple Watch bands, Apple has a number of accessories. One of these is the AirPods. The 2nd Generation AirPods were released earlier this year and, from what I suspect they were intended to be released last year. While I don’t think we will see a new set of AirPods, I think we could see some AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro would be a bit more water resistant than previous models. I give this a 50% chance of occurring.

Sticking with the headphones, I think there will be some new Beats headphones released. The Beats Solo Wireless 4, and Beats Studio 4 Wireless, models to be exact. I think these will have the new H1 chip, or possibly even H2, charge over USB-C, and come in colors that match the new iPhones. There have been no rumors about this, so I give this a 50% chance of having new models, and 40% chance of USB-C charging.

There is one last accessory that needs to be discussed and was hinted at Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote. I think there will be a new “Apple Tag” product unveiled. I think these will be similar to Tile and other similar products. I think these will cost $9.99 each and actually come in two colors, White and Black. I give the chance of an “Apple Tag” at 90%, price being $9.99 at 50%, and two colors at 40%.

Recap

Three new phone models – 100%
New Apple Watch Bands – 100%
Series 5 Apple Watch announced – 95%
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus no longer being for sale – 90%
Apple Tag being announced – 90%
Apple Arcade pricing announced – 85%
Apple Watch Series 5 including sleep tracking – 85%
New Apple TV 4K – 75%
Apple Arcade price of $4.99 – 75%
New Apple Watch Materials – 75%
iPhone and iPhone Pro as the names – 60%
Apple TV Bundle with controller – 60%
New Beats Wireless Headphones – 50%
Apple Tag price of $9.99 each – 50%
New Beats charging over USB-C – 40%
New Apple Tag available in two colors – 40%

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time from the Steve Jobs Theater. Apple is streaming it from their own site and on YouTube. As usual, I will have a full write-up of what is announced, as well as a recap of how well I did with my predictions.

Apple Announces its Fall 2019 Event

Like clockwork Apple has announced its fall event. It will happen on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019. The keynote will be at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park Campus. As is customary with events that occur on the west coast of the United States it will begin at 10:00am Pacific Time. As has been the case in the past, this event will be available as a live-stream on the day of the keynote.

The tagline for this event is “By innovation only” and features a multi-colored Apple logo. It is always interesting to speculate what Apple will unveil. I will have a full post about what I expect we will get before the event.

I will be following along with the live stream and doing a post about what is announced after the event has concluded, so stay tuned for that.

iOS 13 and macOS Catalina e-books available for pre-order

It is that time of the year again where you have an opportunity to pre-order some e-books. Just as with last year there are two books. iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6 for Users and Developers and macOS Catalina for Users, Administrators, and Developers.

iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6 for Users and Developers

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 are huge releases. There is an all new Dark Mode, Appleā€™s new gaming service Apple Arcade, an all new way to control iOS and iPadOS with just your voice, some updates to Screen Time and changes around Maps, particularly on the iPad. We also cover the updates to the Camera, Photos, and Notes.

iPadOS is a new operating system from Apple designed specifically for the iPad. In this we cover the big updates to Safari and its Desktop-Class browsing, the ability to use your iPad as a second screen on your Mac using SideCar, some big changes with Files including the use of external storage, and changes to Swift Playgrounds.

For those Apple TV users there is an all new Control Center, some new video previews, updated screen savers and the ability to connect Xbox One and Playstation 4 Controllers to your Apple TV.

watchOS 6 goes on its own journey by going app independent. There are also some new apps for Audiobooks, a built-in calculator, voice memos, and all new Watch Faces. We also discuss the updates surrounding health and fitness including cycle tracking for women and an all new Noise app.

Developers will have some big changes with Swift 5 and the all new SwiftUI and Combine frameworks. Also covered are bringing your iPad apps to the Mac, the new PencilKit framework, CoreML 3, ARKit 3, and the all new Apple Sign-In . We also look at the improvements to Xcode, Diffable Sources, Natural Language Framework, and Core Data and CloudKit changes.

You can pre-order the e-book from Apple or Amazon. iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6 for Users and Developers is $3.99

macOS Catalina for Users, Administrators, and Developers

macOS is a mature operating system, even so macOS Catalina has a slew of new features including iPad apps on the Mac, the ability to use your iPad with your Mac with a new feature called SideCar, and changes to apps like Photos, Notes, and Safari.

Also covered is the the breakup of iTunes into three separate apps, Music, TV, and Podcasts. The iOS feature Screen Time to help you manage your time in front of all of your screens is now available on macOS. Notes, Photos, and Safari have all seen some changes which will be helpful to users. 

macOS Catalina has made tremendous leaps forward for those who may not be able to use a mouse with the new Voice Control features which go way beyond

For Server Administrators we discuss the changes around the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and how they are being folded into Apple School Manager and Apple Business Manager. We also tackle the payload changes as well as a big change with the command line and even some changes to the Apple File System (APFS).

Developers will have some big changes with Swift 5 and the all new SwiftUI and Combine frameworks. We also look at the improvements to Xcode, Diffable Sources, Natural Language Framework, Notarization changes, and Core Data and CloudKit changes.

If you use macOS, there is something for you in macOS Catalina for Users, Administrators, and Developers.

You can pre-order the e-book from Apple or Amazon. macOS Catalina for Users, Administrators, and Developers is $3.99.

Apple Updates MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Today Apple released updates to the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. Let us look at each, starting with the MacBook Air.

MacBook Air

When it was introduced in 2008 it was the lightest laptop Apple had made to date. It famously fit into standard manilla envelope. Since then, the MacBook Air has been a favorite of many Apple laptop purchasers. When it was first introduced it was more expensive than other models, like the MacBook, but it was intended to be lighter than any other laptop. The form factor of the MacBook Air remained largely unchanged until last year when Apple introduced the new MacBook Air with an all new design similar to the MacBook Pros. Apple kept the older 13-inch MacBook Air around, because it was $999 and that is a great price point.

Today’s MacBook Air updates builds upon last year’s model and adds a couple of features. The first is the screen has been updated to be a True Tone display. A True Tone display allows you to see colors even better than before.

The second change the storage options available. Last year you could get 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1.5TB of storage. These options have been modified. the 1.5TB option is gone and has been replaced with a 1TB option instead.

The last big change is that the price has dropped $100. This means that the base model MacBook Air now starts at $1099. This is still $100 higher than the old-style MacBook Air. If you are a college student you can get a MacBook Air starting at $999, so you can still get the price, but you have to be a college student.

The other items are still the same. The screen size, color options, and weight all remain the same. Now let us look at the MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has seen a bit more of a change than the MacBook Air. The Pro is designed to be the device that those who need a bit more power will purchase. The MacBook Pro has seen some big changes.

The first of these changes is that now all 13-inch MacBook Pro models include the Touch Bar. Previously, only the higher end models would include the Touch Bar. The inclusion of the Touch Bar means that all MacBook Pros now come with the T2 security chip. Having a T2 security chip results in better security, like having encryption for your SSD automatically enabled. This is definitely a welcome one, for those security minded individuals.

The second change is the processor. There are four starting points for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The two less expensive models now have a 1.4GHz 8th generation Intel processor. The previous models were 2.3GHz, which may seem like a downgrade in terms of speed, and it might be. However, the new MacBook Pros are quad-core processors with 128MB of eDRAM. The previous models were dual-core with 64MB of eDRAM. These can be configured for a 1.7GHz processor.

With the processor upgrade, the graphics on the base-models have also been updated. It now has an Intel Iris Plus 645, instead of the 640 that last year’s models had.

The storage within the MacBook Pros have also changed. You are now able to configure the base model with 128GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB drives. Previously these topped out at 1TB. The option for a 2TB drive will definitely be welcome for some users.

Other Changes

There have been a couple other changes which are worth noting. The first of these is that the 12-inch MacBook is no longer for sale. With the 13-inch MacBook Air being released last year, the MacBook was a bit of an oddity. The screen size was smaller, it did not have Thunderbolt and it had not been updated since 2015. Some may be sad to see it go, but who knows what will happen in the future.

The second change to be discussed is pricing for upgrading storage on all Macs. With today’s updates, the price of storage has changed. Prices are now at least $200 less expensive than they were before. A drop in price for storage is always welcome and should result in some opting for larger storage for their Macs. This change applies to all Macs, not just the newly released MacBook Air and MacBook Pros.

Closing Thoughts

Today’s updates are solid updates. The new MacBook Air includes a True Tone display and is cheaper than last year’s model. With the price drop on storage, you may be able to get more storage for less than before, which is always good to see.

The base-model MacBook Pros now includes the Touch Bar, 8th generation Intel processors, and you have more storage options than before.

If you are in the market for a new Mac, now is the time to purchase. This is particularly true if you are looking for a laptop for college, because you get an extra $100 off.

Source: Apple