September was a busy month for Apple, with new iPhones, a new iPad, a new Apple Watch Series 5, iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (and numerous updates) making the scene. However, we still have 3 months left in 2019, so can we expect to see more from Apple?
An October Apple Event?
It’s true that Apple hasn’t officially announced anything about holding an October event this year, but it’s looking more and more like one could be on the way. After all, Apple has held an October event in 5 of the last 7 years.
Last year’s October event saw Apple unveiling iPad Pros with Face ID, as well as refreshed MacBook Air and Mac mini models.
Apple is going to report FY4Q19 earnings on October 30th. That's a Wednesday.
Since early 2018, the only other time that Apple earnings didn't fall on a Tuesday, Apple held a product event earlier in the week.
Could be nothing OR could indicate something occurring on Oct 28th.
— Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) October 1, 2019
What Might We Expect to See?
16-inch MacBook Pro
Arguably, the main thing many of us are expecting before the end of the year is for Apple to unveil its much-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro. Several rumors have suggested an October release date and it’s expected to have a starting price of around $3,000.
Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities believes the new model will mark a return to scissor switch keyboard mechanisms in the new MacBook Pro.
Plus, the new model is expected to be the same physical size as today’s 15-inch MacBook Pro, with smaller bezel sizes in order to fit the larger display. The display will feature a 3072×1920 resolution, says supply chain reports.
Apple announced the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at WWDC 2019 back in June. Although the Mac Pro website indicates that the new Pro model Mac will be available “this fall,” no other release date details are known.
The last day of fall is December 20, so Apple has plenty of time left to meet its deadline. Perhaps an October event would at least offer up a more precise release date.
As pointed out by 9to5Mac, we could see other Mac announcements this month. While While Apple recently refreshed the MacBook Air and the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini received a nice bump last year, the mid-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is due for an upgrade.
iPad Pro Refresh
While the iPad Pro received a nice update in 2018, with an all new design and increased processor power, an iPad Pro featuring the iPhone 11 Pro’s triple-lens camera setup is said to be on the way.
In addition to the new camera, we might also see another processor bump for the pro-level tablet.
Numerous reports have indicated Apple is developing a personal item tracker similar to the popular Tile trackers. Users will be able to attach the “Apple Tag” to any belonging – including a wallet, purse, backpack, keys, or other items – and track them using the Find My app on Mac and iOS devices.
Evidence found in iOS 13 indicates users will be able to make use of augmented reality features to easily find lost items.
We may also see iOS 13.2, which will include APple’s new Deep Fusion camera technology. Beta testing will take place this month, so depending on how well that goes, we might see it near the end of the month.
macOS Catalina is expected to be released to the public this month, perhaps as early as October 4.
Last but not least, Apple had delayed several notable HomePod features until “later this fall,” meaning features such as multi-user support and Handoff for Apple Music could make the scene this month.