At this year’s October event, Apple announced a new iPad Pro, a MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iOS 12.1 software update. In reality, we heard a lot of rumors and speculation regarding Apple’s iPad Pro event prior to the official announcement, hinting at the impressive features and changes coming into the iPad Pro.
The new iPad Pro stole the spotlight at the event alongside the latest MacBook Air. The new tablet is a huge upgrade over its predecessors with Apple A12X Bionic chip and a much-improved Apple Pencil. One of the best things when it comes to the new iPad Pro lies in its less-bezel design with no home button and the addition of Face ID. At the event, Apple also announced a new MacBook Air following months of endless rumors and leaks. The new MacBook Air comes with a Retina Display and a Touch ID sensor integrated into its backlit keyboard. The new MacBook Air won’t come cheap at launch as it sets you back around $1,199 for the basic model.
However, there were still a bunch of things that did not make the cut at this year’s event. With that in mind, we have made a list of what we did not see from Apple’s October event. For some background, Apple’s iPad Pro event took place in New York City and the Cupertino firm sent out invites for its event on October 25th.
MacBook Pro is one of the most powerful laptops on the market. Apple has put a huge focus on the Pro lineup of laptops in recent years in an attempt to take on competitors out there. Back in July, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro series with the addition of 8th gen Intel processor and a much-improved Touch Bar.
We heard a lot of speculation that Apple might unveil a new MacBook Pro at its October event. Sources said that the new Pro will feature a new design and display technology at launch. However, there was no mention of it at the event. Apple instead added a huge update to its Air lineup. Tech experts say that a new MacBook Air is something that’s been demanded for years. So Apple wants to focus on its Air lineup as the newly-released Pro is showing signs of slowing down. Apple is expecting to ship 5 million MacBook Air units at this year’s holiday season. That makes sense as Apple devices are among the hottest items on New Year’s Eve.
Besides, we are expecting to see an updated iMac at the event, but it was nowhere to be found. The Cupertino firm unveiled a long-awaited Mac Mini to the world. Mac Mini has not seen a big update for 4 years, so a new upgrade is definitely fans want to see. The new Mac Mini features a quad-core processor and up to 64GB of RAM under the hood, which marks a significant upgrade over its predecessors.
Back in 2016, Apple introduced the AirPods, a new pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The new AirPods marked the first time Apple ditched the headphone jack on its iPhone models. Like Apple’s traditional earbuds, the AirPods allows users to play music and make phone calls. However, it has some exclusive features that set it apart from older models like Siri support or a physical UI.
The AirPods have not received a major update since then and we are expecting to see the unveiling the 2nd-gen AirPods at the event. However, nothing happened even though Apple once confirmed that the new AirPods were in the works. It seems that Apple needs more time to work on the new Bluetooth earbuds.
In reality, the first AirPods were widely received at launch, with praise directed at its portability. The best part is that users can trigger Siri with their earbuds. To do this, double-tap the side of one of the AirPod. Sources say that users will be able to activate Siri by simply saying “Hey Siri” when the next-gen model comes out.
AirPower is something we have been expecting to see since the launch day. Apple’s charging pad was originally set for early 2018 release, but Apple decided to push the release to September 2018. However, there was no mention of it at Apple’s September event. Sources say that Apple is dealing with technical issues and supply challenges that may force Apple to discontinue its charging pad. At this year’s event, Apple did not mention AirPod at the stage. Sources say that Apple is still struggling to deal with its engineering problems.
These are 3 things that Apple did not announce at its October event. One of them may never see the light of day. If you have any questions, then don’t forget to share with us in the comments below.