With Apple's March 9now behind us, it's time to look back and take stock of what we did -- and, more importantly, didn't -- get from Apple.
As expected, that event mostly focused on the, and we learned its ship (April 24) and massive price range -- from $349 to $17,000 in the US, £299 to £13,500 in the UK and AU$499 to AU$24,000 in Australia.
We also got athat has a Retina display, an all-new keyboard and trackpad and weighs in at a scant 2 pounds (see our full coverage of the new MacBook ).
But there was plenty of rumored products in Apple's pipeline that didn't make an appearance. Here's our current scorecard of potential coming-soon products.
A 12.9-inch 'iPad Plus'
Rumor had it that Apple had a reported recently that, "Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels."in the works, but with demand so high for the and 6 Plus, Apple's suppliers just to produce that product. The jumbo iPad rumor persists, but Bloomberg, quoting anonymous sources,
New Apple TV box
We did get a bit of Apple TV news at the March 9 event. Appleto $69 (£59 or AU$109) and announced HBO's standalone version of HBO Go -- now called -- will hit Apple devices for US customers in April. iPhone, and owners will be able to subscribe to HBO Now to the tune of $14.99 per month -- free of any cable TV requirements -- and the service is exclusive to Apple devices for three months, which just happens to encompass the next season of "Game of Thrones."
But we didn't get any new hardware. Even if the world has given up on a full-blown Apple television, we've been waiting for afor a while (it's been almost exactly three years since ). It seems logical that Apple would add a gaming element to its list of features, if not a revised interface and even more apps, but so far neither a new box or a new controller has materialized. (The photo above is a "what if" mockup of the existing Apple TV box and an unrelated controller.)
9to5 Mac recently reported that its sources told them that Apple was "finishing up work on a slimmer Apple TV set-top-box with a more capable and tactile remote control and a redesigned operating system bundled with an App Store." However, content roadblocks [deals with additional content providers] could push the new Apple TV's ship date till later this year.
All of the iPods are getting. The and the were introduced in September of 2012. (The Touch got a in June 2014.) The debuted in September of 2010 and the (last upgraded from 120GB to 160GB in September of 2009) was late last year. No new iPods were introduced today, and it's unclear if we'll see them updated later this year -- or at all. (The Apple Watch, after all, is supposed to be able to store some music.)
New Beats-based iTunes streaming music service
When Apple acquired Beats last year, it was expected that 9to5 Mac, citing the usual anonymous sources, reported that Apple, "plans to introduce the service, at least in beta form, at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June.", which costs $9.99 a month, would be revamped and rolled out as an Apple-branded streaming service sooner rather than later. But that revamping is apparently still in the works.
New networking devices
It's been well over a year since Apple'sand were updated (June 2013), and was last updated in June 2012. With nothing new on March 9, it looks like Apple's in no rush to update these.
Apple head-mounted virtual reality display
With Sony and Samsung, among plenty of others, coming out with head-mounted VR contraptions, rumor has it that Apple is working on its own VR solution. Way back in December of 2013 it got a patent for a, and ever since then we've been expecting some news about a headmount that might be combined with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus for a VR experience. Who knows when we'll get it, but the chatter about it will certainly continue.
Stay tuned for June 2015
With details on the Watch, lots of new Mac news, the unveiling of, and an Apple TV price cut, the March 9 event delivered a beefy portion of Apple news. But we'll get a second crack at all of the above-mentioned Apple announcements that didn't happen today in June, when Apple has its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
After that, if Apple follows its usual annual schedule, we'll get iPhone updates in September, and an iPad event in October.
In other words: there's plenty of time left for even more new Apple products in 2015. Stay tuned.
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