Apple May Have One More Event in 2019. Here’s What to Expect

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Since 2012, Apple has used a special press event in September to unveil its new iPhone alongside other important products. But five times in that span, it’s quickly followed its September event with an October showcase to discuss even more new hardware.

Now, reports are swirling that Apple will do it again and unveil new hardware in October. Those reports, which haven’t been confirmed by Apple, suggest the iPhone maker could use the same tack as last year and hold its press event in the last week of the month. And if it does, it could unveil everything from new AirPods to a long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Here’s what industry watchers believe Apple could announce in October:

Apple Tag location tracker

According to several reports, Apple is planning to unveil a new location-tracking device called Apple Tag at its October event.

Just a few weeks ago, Apple-tracking site MacRumors found an Apple Tag mention hidden inside Apple’s iOS 13. The screenshots suggest that users will be able to attach the small, round discs to just about anything and track its location, similar to the popular Tile tags.

Apple Tags will be tracked via the new Find My app inside iOS, which was formerly known as the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps in previous versions of Apple’s operating system. According to images leaked over the summer, might be simple white discs with a grey logo in the center.

AirPods with noise reduction

Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple is planning a new pair of its popular AirPods wireless earbuds, but the company itself might have revealed its plans in a recent iOS 13 beta leak.

Apple-tracking site 9to5Mac recently discovered mention of a new AirPods model inside iOS 13.2 beta. It doesn’t reveal too much about the devices, but shows a 2D rendition of their design, which looks slightly modified compared to current AirPods with rubber earplugs. Headphone makers frequently use rubber earplugs to create a tighter seal in the ear, reducing ambient noise.

That follows an image Bloomberg discovered on leaking site Slashleaks that appeared to show AirPods with the same design as the 2D version inside iOS 13.2 beta.

16-Inch MacBook Pro

Over the last few months, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple is working on a new 16-inch MacBook Pro it’ll unveil during an October press event. Kuo has been one of the more reliable Apple analysts in recent years.

Kuo says that the device will have an updated design that shaves down the size of the bezel around the screen, allowing it to squeeze one more inch in display real estate.

Aside from that, look for standard MacBook Pro features, including higher-powered processors, a nice screen, and plenty of customization options to drive what will likely be an already high price even higher.

iPad Pro with an iPhone 11 Pro-like camera

Japanese Apple news site Macotakara this summer cited sources inside Apple’s China supply chain, who said the company is working a big iPad Pro refresh for October. That report, which has been subsequently supported by several others, including one from Kuo, said that the device would take some cues from this year’s iPhone 11 Pro by using a triple-lens camera array on the back.

According to other reports, the new iPad won’t have a dramatically improved design.

A new Apple TV

Apple has been keeping a relatively steady two-year launch schedule on the Apple TV. Its fourth-generation model, for instance, hit store shelves in September 2015. In September 2017, the company showcased its current fifth-generation, 4K model.

For many industry watchers, that launch schedule suggests a new Apple TV could hit store shelves this fall.

Aside from Apple’s historical launches, however, there’s reason to believe that the company’s new Apple Arcade gaming service and upcoming Apple TV Plus streaming-video service might dictate an Apple TV upgrade.

Mac Pro details

Apple unveiled its ultra-high-end Mac Pro earlier this year and promised that it would be the most powerful Mac ever released.

Since then, however, we haven’t heard any details on exactly when it’ll launch and just how much each configuration might cost when it hits store shelves. But considering it has a starting price of $6,000, it won’t be cheap.

With autumn now upon us and Apple promising its launch for sometime this fall, it would only make sense that the company uses at least some time on stage discussing the Mac Pro’s future.

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