Apple has had a quiet 2018 so far in terms of new product launches, but if a new research note from the TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is correct, the iPhone company has a lot of new products planned for this fall.
- Three new iPhones, including a lower-cost option. (Read more rumor coverage on those here.)
- Two new iPads with Face ID, a front-facing facial-recognition camera. One has an 11-inch screen, and the other has a 12.9-inch screen, similar to Apple’s current iPad Pro lineup.
- Processor upgrades for the Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook. That means the same overall design, but faster chips inside.
- An upgraded iMac with “significant display performance upgrade.”
- A new low-price Apple laptop. There aren’t many details available, but previous rumors have suggested that Apple may be upgrading the MacBook Air.
- Upgraded Apple Watch models with the first redesign since it launched in 2014. One of the key parts of the redesign is a bigger screen, Kuo says.
- Updated AirPods. Bloomberg reported that the updated model could have noise cancellation and water resistance.
Apple fans will be glad to hear about the updated Mac Mini, a cult favorite. It’s an affordable desktop Mac that you can use your own monitor and keyboard with.
MacRumors pointed out that the Mac Mini hasn’t been updated since 2014, more than 1,300 days ago. It’s so beloved that Apple fans last year seized on a single remark from an executive who said Apple planned for it to be an “important part of our product line going forward.”
Apple launches new iPhones in September. It may be able to cram some of these other launches into its high-profile iPhone launch event, or it could save some for an October launch, as it has in the past.