What to Expect from Apple’s September Event 2018 – A Roundup of Possible Announcements!

By Vaidyanathan Subramaniam / September 11, 2018

Apple’s September Event is just around the corner and anticipating is running high among consumers and the press alike to see what Apple has in store. We are sure you can't wait to learn about the latest products offered by Apple, as well as what the future holds for iOS, MacOS, and more. Here's a roundup of the latest rumors, leaks, and expert opinions.

What to Expect From Apple's September Event 2018?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing information about some of the products expected to be announced at the upcoming Apple Event. These include the new iPhone X successors, the Apple Watch Series 4, a refreshed Mac Mini, a thin-bezel iPad Pro, and a host of accessories. While anticipation is a good thing, especially in the case of Apple, let’s take a moment to see what we know so far.

Three iPhone X Successors

As with most Apple events every year, the launch of new iPhones always takes center-stage. This time, Apple is going for a triple whammy by launching three iPhone models that will succeed the current iPhone X. From what we know so far, there will be three iPhone models in 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.5-inch screen sizes.

iPhone XS Max Rendering

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The 5.8-inch variant is expected to be called 'iPhone XS’ while the largest 6.5-inch variant is reportedly being named ‘iPhone XS Max’. Both these phones will sport OLED screens, Apple A12 SoC, and 4 GB RAM. The most intriguing model, however, is the 6.1-inch variant called 'iPhone XC'. This one is expected to feature an IPS LCD and debut at much lower price points.

A New iPhone SE Generation

The flagship iPhones will most certainly come at a high price. To cover a much wider range of users, Apple has introduced the iPhone SE back in 2016. This phone took all the components of an iPhone 6S, skipped some features like 3D touch, and wrapped everything into the body of an iPhone 5. We saw a minor refresh last year, which means that we might see a new version of iPhone SE at Apple's September Event.

iPhone SE 2 Rendering

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A few months back, a series of leaks surrounding iPhone SE have appeared online. Back then, it was said that the upcoming SE 2 model will feature a glass back, 35mm headphone jack, as well as a possible LCD display. Hopefully, this model will retain its current price of $349. We're only one day away from Apple's September Event, so we'll find out soon enough.

Apple Watch Series 4

Another highly anticipated product is the Apple Watch Series 4. The new Apple Watch is expected to feature a 15% more screen estate and more information-dense display. The higher resolution display is said to offer up to 9 watch complications and will still be compatible with current wrist straps. The crown of the Watch Series 4 is also rumored to sport a capacitive surface with haptic feedback.

Apple Watch 4 Promotional

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The Apple Watch Series 4 will run on watchOS 5 that was announced at WWDC 2018. WatchOS 5 will feature improved support for interactive notifications, podcasts, and automatic workout detection.

New iPad Pro Models

Apple is said to refresh its iPad Pro models at the September 12 Media Event. The new iPad Pro will come in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch variants and will feature thin bezels and support for Face ID. They will also be ditching the headphone jack and instead, rely on a Lightning-to-3.5mm connector.

iPad Pro 2018 Concept

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When talking about thin bezels on the upcoming iPad Pro, an interesting icon was discovered in one of iOS 12 beta versions. The icon shows an all-new design for an iPad that has minimal bezels and no notch at the top. This means that Apple might find a way to keep all the top-placed sensors still at the top, but without the notch that we currently have on the iPhone X model. Still, it's also interesting to note that the current iOS 12 beta version moves the information in the status bar to the corner, just like on the iPhone X. This is why there's an option that a notch will still appear. We'll just have to wait and see how skillful Apple engineers are.

iOS 12, MacOS Mojave, tvOS 12 & More

We already know quite a lot about the upcoming operating systems made by Apple. Therefore, we are certain that the Cupertino-based tech giant will showcase some new features as well as how they work on products announced during the upcoming Media Event.

We already know plenty about iOS 12, especially if we combine what was announced at WWDC 12 and numerous beta versions released since. There's a greatly improved Do Not Disturb feature, emergency location-sharing, a new USB restricted mode, and new battery charts, among numerous other features. Of course, perhaps Apple has saved some brand-new features to show us on September 12, and these will most probably be available to newly released devices only.

iOS 12 New Features WWDC 2018

When it comes to macOS Mojave, the company is planning to further refine this operating system. To see what's in store, here are all-new macOS Mojave features. And it should also be noted that by 2019, developers will be able to port iOS apps to MacOS.

Don't worry, Apple's smartwatch, as well as Apple TV models, will also receive a whole slate of interesting software options. For example, there's a new Walkie Talkie Mode, optional 'Hey Siri' command, and more. And make sure to take a look at what's new in tvOS 12. All in all, Apple is continuing to push the boundaries of its software throughout 2018, which we are more than happy to see.

Apple AirPower, AirPods & Accessories

Alongside the new iPhones and Apple Watch, we can expect Apple to announce some new accessories as well. The Apple AirPower wireless charging pad is expected to be announced along with updates to the AirPods wireless earphones. The new AirPods are expected to feature noise cancellation and hands-free Siri activation. A 19W fast charger is also expected to be bundled with the new iPhones for fast charging.

A New MacBook Model

If you're looking to buy an Apple-made notebook, you already know that some of the company's computers need a refresh. It seems the company is well aware of this, at least that's what Bloomberg is saying. According to this publication, Apple is planning to release a new MacBook model that will combine the design elements and features of the current MacBook and MacBook Air. One possible explanation for this is that the current Air model will be discontinued in favor of a new entry-level Apple notebook.

MacBook 2018

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Among other features of this upcoming notebook, we expect to see an improved butterfly keyboard mechanism, USB-C, Lightning ports, as well as a high-definition Retina display. If the company manages to offer all of this for $1,000 or less, this could prove to be a very smart decision. At the moment, Apple is in desperate need of offering products interesting to educators and students. The currently available MacBook Air can't compete with what's on offer in this price range by the company's competitors.

A New Mac Mini

You might be surprised to know that the last major update for the Mac Mini arrived back in 2014. With some minor updates since then, Apple has let its Mac Mini become almost forgotten.

According to Bloomberg and the same source found in the previous segment, Apple might decide to take a different route for the Mac Mini. At the moment, this model is intended to be an affordable consumer device. However, an upcoming model might turn to professionals. With more powerful internals, a new Mini might appeal to software developers and the like.

Not much else is known about this model at the moment. Finally, there are indications that we won't see this computer at the upcoming Apple's September Media Event and that it might be released in the fall instead.

Apple's New Streaming TV Service

At the moment, Netflix is the king of media streaming. However, if there's one company with enough power to shake the current situation, that would be Apple.

It is no secret that Apple is investing a lot of money into original programming. There were reports on a drama series based on Isaac Asimov's Foundation novels. However, the exact nature of this service is still unknown.

Apple TV 4K tvOS 12 - Featured

What should be noted as well is that Apple has established an office in Culver City, California. This is a major hub for TV and film, which points to a future direction this company might take. And finally, there was a report on Apple services lead Eddy Cue mentioning that the company's TV app might be available on iOS and MacOS.

Of course, this being an Apple event, be prepared for a few surprises during the course of the event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest from Apple’s event as it unfolds so stay tuned to our live-blog of Apple's Media Event.

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