Late last week I wrote that ‘Gather Round‘, Apple’s invitation only event to announce new iPhones, scared me. The fear is gone.
In its place is a growing curiosity. The ’round’ should signify Apple’s new– and round–spaceship campus in Cupertino and the Steve Jobs Theater (also round) where the event likely will be held. Could there be more to ’round’ than just the iconic building’s shape?
Round Gone Wild!
Apple’s spaceship campus building notwithstanding, what else could Apple signify or hint at with ‘Gather Round’ and a gold ring? Let the Speculation Games begin.
Watch – One of the complaints that many watch purists have with Apple Watch is obvious. It’s not round. It’s a rectangle. Forget the fact that many Watch faces are round; Watch itself is not.
How about a round Watch? I would prefer more complications on a modular face, but I can understand the sentiment for a round design. But it’s a stupid sentiment. Watch faces of the past were round because of gears. Times change. Let’s move on.
Face ID – OK, this is a stretch but bear with me. Round as in no more Touch ID, instead, Apple’s convenience and security function of the future is Face ID. Round. Yeah, I know. A stretch.
Mac Pro – A round Mac? We already have a round Mac Pro, and Apple has promised a new modular Mac Pro, so why not? The problem here is that round already failed on the original 2013 Mac Pro, so why would Apple go down that rabbit hole again?
HomePod mini – Apple’s highly acclaimed HomePod talking speaker is round, but a cylindar– like the disastrous Mac Pro. I’m all in favor of a $199 HomePod mini, but this event will be about the big announcements– iPhone and Watch. iPad Pro and the new Macs will show up in a later event; likely late October.
Beyond those at the top of my list of round items with plausibility, I got nothing.
New Beats headphones? That’s not worthy of an iPhone event. The elusive AirPower charger for iPhone, Watch, and AirPods? Not round. Steering wheel or wheels for Apple Car? Not enough fodder in the rumor mill for that one. Gold iPhone XS? Sure. Why not? Invisible but round Touch ID through iPhone and iPad screens to supplement Face ID? Uh, sounds interesting, probably technologically feasible. No.
How about a new round Watch face that displays more complications? I like that idea; especially on a gold colored Watch case and matching bands. But why is that worthy of an invitation logo?
One Mac360 reader suggested a round hockey puck-like gold mouse for iPad Pro; reminiscent of the infamous hockey puck-like mouse on the original iMac, circa 1998.