New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

What Didn't Launch Today: Apple Tags, 16-Inch MacBook Pro, New iPad Pro Models

Today's event saw the launch of new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, an updated 10.2-inch iPad, and new Apple Watch Series 5 models, but there are several other hardware products that we're still expecting to see this fall.

A new 16-inch MacBook Pro with slimmer bezels and a new design is expected to be released sometime in the fall of 2019, as are updated iPad Pro models, which could potentially have the same three-lens camera system that Apple just introduced in the iPhone 11 Pro.

16-inch MacBook Pro mockup

Likewise, there are hints of new Apple Tags in the iOS 13 code, suggesting that product is also nearly ready to launch. Apple Tags are Apple's Tile competitor, which will let you find lost devices.

Apple Tags are expected to outperform competitors thanks to the inclusion of ultra wide band support in new iPhone models, which is more accurate than Bluetooth for indoor positioning purposes.

While we've never heard a specific launch date bandied about for the Apple Tags, there are so many signs of the feature in iOS 13 that we're expecting to see it in the near future.


Since rumors have suggested we should expect to see a 16-inch MacBook Pro and new iPad Pro models (not to mention more info on the upcoming Mac Pro), it's quite possible Apple will hold a second event in October.

Apple did, however, unveil the 10.2-inch iPad today, so it's not entirely clear why that device wasn't saved for an October event if we're getting new iPad Pro models. It's possible Apple's October event will be a "Pro" event with details on the MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, Mac Pro, and possibly other Macs that could see a fall refresh.



Top Rated Comments

(View all)

2 weeks ago
apple grabbing for straws when they start counting transistors on stage lol
Rating: 40 Votes
2 weeks ago
The world can only absorb so much Innovation in 1 day.
Rating: 35 Votes
2 weeks ago
And, still no G5 Powerbooks.
Rating: 22 Votes
2 weeks ago
And AppleTV. Was really hoping for an update here. Hopefully in an October event.
Rating: 19 Votes
2 weeks ago
This October event will be a bit more interesting than recent ones. Hopefully.
Rating: 16 Votes
2 weeks ago
October event?
Mac Pro shipping
XDR display shipping
MBP 16"
iMac Pro refresh
What else?
Rating: 9 Votes
2 weeks ago
I'm looking forward to buying MacOS hardware that's cheaper than one of these new iPhones.
Rating: 7 Votes
2 weeks ago

Not happening. Technology innovation has plateaued at Apple and at Intel. SSD and video tech too. No real reason anymore refresh everything anymore. All of Apple’s products are now commodities that only require replacement when broken or every 5-7 years when they just wear out. Pricing and reliability are all that matters now and high reliability will cannibalize sales so plan on planned obsolescence.

What you forgot: Apple's products need to be replaced when their owner needs more storage. The only reason I'm planning to sell my MBP 13" from 2016 is that my 256GB SSD is full. Well, another reason might be that it recently suffered the stagelight effect and needed a new screen. And a few months prior to that, the battery was swollen and was replaced. And then the keyboard had stuck keys. So I'm desperately looking for a replacement. But the current pricing structure is hard to bear, especially when living in the EU.

Edit: back in 2016 the 512GB SSD was quite/too expensive. So I got the 256GB, as I was sure that prices would drop significantly within three years. Boy I was wrong.
Rating: 6 Votes
2 weeks ago
I'll tell you what didn't launch: an iPhone worthy of the moniker "pro"
Rating: 5 Votes
2 weeks ago
Considering that this was not a significant upgrade, you would think if Apple was launching Apple Tags at an event next month, they would have just moved that up to this event and show it off as a primary feature for the iPhone 11. Weird. Makes me think it's not coming until Spring.
Rating: 5 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]