So in 2018, Apple is expected to bring us what kind of surprise it?
HomePod - Early 2018
As a confrontationAmazonEcho and Google Home an important weapon, it is clear that Apple will continue to increase the field of smart home next year, the development of the most important entrance is HomePod. The smart speaker was originally scheduled to go live in December of this year, but Apple postponed until "2018".
At the WWDC in May this year, Apple introduced the first smart speaker product HomePod. It integrates features such as broadcast, weather, reminders, notifications and more, and connects with smart home to control smart devices in the home.
It is equipped with 7 speakers and a bass speaker, and each speaker is equipped with a custom amplifier, using a transparent dynamic processing unit and audio optimization, and can improve the quality of the input sound. The six far-field microphones interact well with the built-in speakers, allowing clear reception of user commands even in noisy environments.
This powerful combination of speakers undoubtedly higher than the other more than one level, although the HomePod sound quality how we have to wait for the official sale to be finalized, but Apple's main high-quality audio strategy, apparently in order to deepen the development of the Apple ecosystem , Aimed at Apple users, not the majority of third-party hardware users.
At present, Apple has not yet announced the exact time of release, but I believe it should come online in the first quarter of 2018, the retail price of 349 US dollars.
Three new iPhone --- September 2018
Apple this year for the first time adopted the "three flagship" mode of concurrency, so is expected to be renewed next year. In addition to retaining the 5.8-inch version, iPhone X's successor will introduce the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone X Plus.
In addition to two OLED screen iPhone, according to the current information available, Apple is expected to launch 6.1-inch LCD screen iPhone, the United States in the price of 649 to 749 US dollars between.
iPad Pro - September 2018
According to previous reports, 2018 iPad Pro will remove the Home button and use Face ID instead. Well-known Apple analyst Guo Mingchi pointed out that due to the removal of the Home key, 2018 iPad Pro models will significantly narrow the border, its size and weight is expected to become smaller. The difference is that the tablet will not use expensive OLED display, but follow the LCD screen.
In view of this, it is impossible for us in the short term to see the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad models being downsized and equipped with a full frameless border.
An enhanced version of the A11 bionic chipset for iPhone 8 and iPhone X will be used in performance - two additional cores (up to a total of eight). Two of these cores are high-performance cores, code-named "Monsoon," and the other five are the energy efficiency cores named "Mistral."
Cheap iPad - early 2018?
In 2017, Apple introduced the new fifth generation 9.7-inch iPad, 32GB version priced at just $ 329. Although thicker than the iPad Pro, and the lack of support for Apple Pencil and ProMotion screen technology, but with the A9 processor, no doubt the performance has been guaranteed.
According to rumors, Apple plans to launch a low-cost iPad in 2018 at a price of $ 259 to better cater to the low-end market. The news comes from DigiTimes, but the source is not 100% reliable.
Apple Watch Series 4 - September 2018?
According to the rhythm of the update, Apple is expected to announce the fourth generation of Apple Watch at the new iPhone conference in September next year.
Since the introduction of the Apple Watch in 2015, the appearance of the Apple Watch has not been redesigned, so in 2018 Apple may adopt a completely new design. At present, there is not much information in this regard.
AirPower Charging Mat
The iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X both support Qi-based wireless charging, and Apple officials have not released their own charging panel yet, but Apple acknowledged in the September launch that it is developing the accessory.
This wireless charging accessory, called AirPower, charges Apple Watch, AirPods and iPhone at the same time. Apple has not announced the specific price and listing details, but I believe it will be released in 2018.
The next generation of AirPods - the second half of 2018
In September next year conference, Apple is expected to launch the second generation of AirPods wireless headset kit, in addition with the above-mentioned AirPower charging panel for wireless charging.
iMac and iMac ProThe second half of 2018?
iMac update frequency of a year, so next year 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac is expected to equip Intel's eighth generation Coffee Lake processor.
iMac has not been redesigned since 2012, and it is unclear whether big changes will be welcome by 2018.
BNM iMac Pro has just been on sale, is expected to be updated in December next year. But not sure yet the rate of update.
MacBook Pro - next June
2018 MacBook Pro may be slightly updated, it should be mainly the eighth generation Kaby Lake processor upgrade, memory and SSD will be slightly upgraded.
New software - June release preview version, released in September
As usual, 2018 is expected to see iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12. In June next year at the WWDC, Apple is expected to release a preview version, and invited developers and open beta testing, the official version will be released in the new iPhone release.