Everything is different in 2020. Instead of one big uber-event in which Apple announces everything from Apple Watches to iPhones to new software, Apple decided to split it up this year.
And now Apple has announced the iPhone Apple event date: October 13.
The title for the event is “Hi Speed,” which probably can only mean one thing: 5G. Faster speed for iPhones, where networks will support it. There will be surprises at the event, even if small ones, but here’s what to expect besides the 5G support.
iPhone 12, of course
Apple will finally unveil the iPhone 12, which will likely come in a mini 5.4” size as well as full-size. Pockets of the world will rejoice as will those who just want a more portable device, and are not fans of the current trend to bigger and bigger phones.
And, of course, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will come in the standard 6.1” size as well as a larger version for those who like to phone with two hands.
All models should get 5G, but not all are likely to get the fastest version of 5G.
We’ll see incremental improvements in camera technology with LiDAR Scanners, like the recently-released iPad Pro. That should help the iPhone 12 Pro models, at least, be better augmented reality devices, even if very few of us will spend time peering at an enhanced world through the window of our 6” devices.
New headphones, perhaps
Bose, Sonos, and Logitech speakers and headphones have disappeared from Apple’s online and physical stores, signaling the imminent introduction of new high-end over-ear headphones that should complement AirPods very well.
They are likely to have active noise-cancelling technology, and it should be better than AirPods just because you can do so much more in a larger form factor, and the over-ear construction naturally muffles external noise to begin with. There could be a couple of models here: one for the best possible quality, and one that is optimized for fitness use.
Since Sonos disappeared from the Apple Store, I’m guessing HomePod is getting more airplay this Apple Event, with perhaps a smaller version. The high cost of HomePod versus Amazon Echo and Google Home has been a barrier.
ARMs for Macs
We may even seen the first ARM-based Mac this year: a non-Intel processor powered Mac, using ARM chips that are low-cost and have low power requirements.
Of course, most of this is speculation right now: we’ll all know for certain within a couple of weeks.