Rumors come and go and few technology companies suffer rumor-mongering the way Apple suffers. Yeah, I’m sure Apple cries all the way to the bank. Yet, rumors fly into the stratosphere this time every year because new iPhones are due.
I scoured dozens of websites to piece together what I think is reality vs. rumors too good to believe.
- Cameras – this year the iPhone is all about cameras. Multiple cameras on every new iPhone; three cameras each on the iPhone 11 Pro models. Renders that look credible display the same ugly square on the back of new iPhones (similar to ugly square cameras on other phones, though).
- New Name – Apple has a Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iMac Pro, iPad Pro, so why not an iPhone Pro? That’s coming. iPhone 11 replaces iPhone XR but with dual cameras. iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the top of the line iPhones.
- The Notch – nothing indicates that Apple will remove the notch or even change how it looks; partly because Notch holds a tremendous amount of technology; from Face ID to selfie camera, and that’s where we’ll see some news.
Apple has become an expert at what is called computational photography and you’ll see it all over iOS 13 and new iPhones. FaceTime Attention Correct where Apple will adjust your eye contact during a FaceTime call so it looks like you’re looking into the camera instead of the top of the iPhone.
Add to that a Multiangle Face ID feature that scans a wider spectrum so your face does not have to be stuck in the middle of the iPhone. Add to that some Slow-Motion Selfies because humans need more reasons to take selfies.
Reverse Wireless Charging – OK, wireless charging isn’t really wireless because the charger requires a cable for power, but we all understand; just lay the iPhone on the pad and it gets charged. Reverse Wireless Charging means you can share your iPhone’s battery with someone else’s wireless charging capable iPhone.
- Goodbye, 3D Touch – nobody used it anyway; developers ignored it, customers didn’t know it existed, and Apple decided to pull a Samsung Galaxy Fold and fold the feature; replaced by a much improved Taptic Engine that does about the same thing.
- No, No, No – what customers and rumor mongers want is exactly what Apple reserves for, well, maybe next year. No Touch ID. No 5G. No USB-C to replace Lightning.
- Apple TV – no, not the subscription service, but the device you can use to watch everything; this one will replace Apple TV 4K and feature a faster processor and perhaps the option to run Apple’s games from Apple Arcade.
Those are my expectations, but that doesn’t mean there are no more rumors. This part of my list includes the long shots; fast and furious
- AirPods Pro – think noise cancellation and hearing aid quality
- iPhone XE – to replace the much-beloved iPhone SE
- MacBook Pro – think 16-inch display (saved for another event)
- New iPads – they’re on sale everywhere; we need new ones
- HomePod mini – HomePod is priced too high, so a mini would help
Finally, my last item lives on its own and just started to make the rumor rounds. Think Apple Tile. Or, Apple Tags. Whatever they are called, these are Tile-like devices from Apple.