What to Not Expect at Apple’s ‘Wonderlust’ Event on September 12

What to Not Expect at Apple's 'Wonderlust' Event on September 12

Apple’s ‘Wonderlust’ Event: What to Expect Beyond the iPhone 15

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Apple’s highly anticipated annual fall event is just around the corner, scheduled for Tuesday, September 12. While the focus will undoubtedly be on the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lineup, the event promises more surprises. Rumors suggest that Apple will also unveil the Apple Watch Series 9 and possibly a second-generation Apple Watch Ultra. However, there are a handful of anticipated devices that are unlikely to make an appearance this month.

To set the right expectations for Apple’s “Wonderlust” event, let’s take a look at the products that are not expected to be announced in September but are likely to hit the market later or even in 2024.

M3-Powered Macs

M3-Powered Macs

Apple has been hard at work developing its next-generation M3 chip, which is built on TSMC’s advanced 3nm process. This new chip promises significant performance and power efficiency improvements over the current M2 chip used in recent Mac models. While we won’t see any M3-powered Macs at the upcoming event, industry insiders suggest an October event dedicated to Mac launches.

According to reliable sources, the new 24-inch iMac, 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro are likely to be the first beneficiaries of the M3 chip. Moreover, early 2024 is expected to bring the much-anticipated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips. Apple is even rumored to be testing an M3 version of the Mac mini, set to release sometime next year.

New iPads

New iPads

Apple enthusiasts eagerly awaiting new iPad models will likely have to wait a little longer. The tech giant is expected to launch M3-powered iPad Pro models with OLED displays and a redesigned Magic Keyboard accessory, but it’s likely to happen in the spring or early summer of 2024.

The iPad mini, last updated in September 2021, is also due for an upgrade. According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next-generation iPad mini is likely to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2024. As for the iPad Air, Apple is developing a model with improved specifications, but no timeline has been confirmed yet. Apple last refreshed the iPad Air in March 2022.

Although rumors are scarce, there is a slim possibility of an 11th-generation entry-level iPad launching this year. The previous iteration was released in October 2022, and considering Apple’s tradition of annual updates, we might see a new spec-bumped model sometime in October 2023.

iPhone SE 4

iPhone SE 4

The next-generation iPhone SE has been the subject of mixed rumors, leaving eager fans uncertain about its future. Recent speculations suggest that the iPhone SE 4 will resemble the iPhone 14, featuring an all-display design with Face ID replacing Touch ID, a USB-C port, a single rear camera, and potentially OLED display technology.

However, it seems highly unlikely that we will see a new iPhone SE this year or even in 2024, as industry insiders hint that the device may not launch until 2025 at the earliest. Moreover, it could be one of the first devices to feature an Apple-designed modem chip, indicating Apple’s dedication to pushing technological boundaries.

Vision Pro Headset

Vision Pro Headset

Apple’s Vision Pro marks the company’s entrance into the realm of spatial computing devices and has created quite a buzz since its announcement at WWDC 2023 in June. While Apple has stated that the Vision Pro will go on sale in early 2024, it’s worth noting that by that time, new Macs with M3 processors will likely have launched. This raises some confusion, as the $3,500 Vision Pro uses an M2 chip that is inferior to those in cheaper 2024 Macs. However, this launch leaves room for the possibility of compatibility improvements or advanced software features.

Other Upcoming Products

Apple’s HomePod mini, which will celebrate its third anniversary in October, is also expected to receive an update. However, skepticism remains about what the second-generation HomePod mini can offer beyond the current model, which already boasts most of Apple’s unique features. Mass shipments of the new HomePod mini are slated to begin in the second half of 2024.

Apple is known for its innovation and is said to be developing a third-generation of AirPods Pro, a refreshed Apple TV with improved specifications, and even various “home equipment” such as smart displays. However, these products are still in early development stages and are not expected to arrive in the near future.

While the September event is undoubtedly an exciting time for Apple enthusiasts, it’s crucial to manage expectations and understand that some highly anticipated products might not make an appearance until later or even next year. Apple’s commitment to advanced technology and constant innovation ensures that users can look forward to exciting new devices in the months and years to come.

Source: MacRumors