iPhone SE 3, Mac Pro and everything else we didn't see at Apple's October event
Although Apple unveiled new MacBook Pro models and the AirPods 3 on Monday, there are a few more products we're still waiting on.
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But what didn't Apple announce? Here's a list of products we've been waiting for, including (admittedly) some that are more rumor-mill wishcasting than imminent or expected releases. Still, while we didn't think all of them would make their debut at Apple's recent launch, we could see some for a future Apple event.
Midrange Apple display
Apple will sell you its 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR for a boatload of money (it starts at just under $5,000, and that's without it's nearly $1,000 stand). But owners of Mac Minis (and, the Thunderbolt-equipped iPad Pro) are still waiting for something that's a little more affordable.
Mac Pro M1
We waited years to get Apple's revamped high-end desktop computer, the Mac Pro. Now it looks like we'll need to wait even longer for an upgraded version of that computer powered by Apple's Intel alternatives.
Faster Mini Mac
Last year, Apple unveiled its Mac Mini with the M1 chip. But now that the tech giant has taken the wraps off its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, when will we see a faster Mac Mini? Bloomberg's Mark Gurman previously speculated in August that a new, more powerful Mac Mini could be coming in the "next several months."
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iPhone SE 3
Apple showed off its revamped iPhone SE in the spring of 2020, but this year the petite iPhone was a no-show. According to a research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 will likely make its debut in the first half of 2022. Other rumors suggest the new budget-friendly iPhone could sport a LCD display, 5G support, a retro design and Face ID.
Apple AR or VR headset
OK, no one seriously expected this long-rumored product to be unveiled at the latest event. But this is the sort of thing -- like the Apple silicon chips last year -- that Apple could conceivably outline months ahead of its release in order to line up developer support. Add an Apple AR or VR headset to the rumor mill for now, but: Don't hold your breath for it either.
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Another rumored product that makes a lot of sense for Apple to create is a soundbar for your TV that has an Apple TV "box" integrated into it. Roku already offers several soundbars with its smart TV apps built in, and Apple could easily ring the register on larger and more sonically capable models. In addition to amping up the sound from your TV, this sort of TV speaker combo could potentially allow you to stream audio to a set of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max and use Apple's spatial audio virtual-surround feature without disturbing others in your household.