What’s on the list? This is the Mac360 Unofficial Apple Event Scoreboard which lists everything we expected to be announced, a sidebar list of what we want Apple to ship soon, but probably won’t because there is only so much that can be stuffed into a two hour product parade.
Apple loves the iPhone. The device that co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs brought to the world a decade ago has become a phenomenon; the gadget we love has broken every sales record. From iPhone 4 Apple has iterated every new iPhone. iPhone 4s. Then iPhone 5 and 5s. Then iPhone 6 and 6s. iPhone 7 begets iPhone 8. Here’s our Unofficial Apple Event Scoreboard.
iPhone Name – we expect iPhone to have three models; iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the new model with all the goodies, iPhone 8 X (iPhone Pro, iPhone Edition were in the running but the latest leaks said iPhone 8 X. That’s X as in ‘ex’ vs. iPhone X as OS X or ‘ten.’
iOS 11 – this is a no brainer. You can’t have a new iPhone without a new iOS and Apple delivers iOS with some cool new features, including a new Dock, new Control Center, improved camera and faster graphics, but the OS will be familiar and daunting thanks to the changes above– and others.
iPhone 8 – the two non-exciting models come with unexciting names, but plenty of useful features, including wireless charging but no 3D Face ID. Instead, Touch ID fingerprint sensor remains the order of the day for those who can’t afford the affordable luxury in iPhone 8 X.
iPhone 8 X – this is the premium iPhone with an improved screen, larger and OLED but in a smaller case thanks to micro-bezels, no chin, and a cutout forehead. This one gets 3D Face ID instead of Touch ID. Say goodbye to the Home button, too.
Apple has plenty of products which could get upgraded, including Apple TV, but it’s possible the company wants to save something for an October– a product announcement before the holiday shopping season.
Both of these remain on my list.
Apple Watch – the long rumored Apple Watch Series 3 supports a cellphone connection with 4G LTE, but we don’t know if that is data only or a fully standalone Watch. Otherwise, watchOS 3 comes with new features and applications, but the Watch will look the same and support the watchband industry for at least another year.
Apple TV – if there is an Apple product to be disappointed in, it’s Apple TV. Apple calls it The Future Of Television. If so, TV in the future will be sad. So far, Apple TV’s remote is awful, and navigating from apps-as-channels is a worse experience than using cable TV. There’s no 4k video, no DVR function, no skinny streaming TV package, but Apple TV v5 changes some of the equation.
HomePod, animated Emojis, iMac Pro, ARKit examples, and macOS High Sierra may get some time on the stage but the killer app will be built into iPhone 8 X. Face ID. Reports from rumor mongers– not tamped down by Apple– say Face ID will be so good that it’s better than Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
That’s the basic Mac360 scorecard. Let’s see how close our educated guesses were.