While it's unclear whether Apple will announce the new laptop Wednesday, it is widely expected to unveil new iPhones and Apple Watch models at its event this week. Overall, the X was a step in the right direction for Apple. The upgrades will mark the most-significant changes to the Apple Watch since the product was launched in 2014.
Renowned Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed nearly everything his information indicates Apple is about to announce at its new iPhone September 12 event. This year may be different. Could this be what Apple needs to convert Android buyers? Of course, there's always the possibly of a shocking "One more thing", but true shocks are no longer easy for Apple to pull off. Bloggers have been pretty active in discussing what to expect from the event.
The Apple Watch has been a slow burn for the company, but has steadily grown in sales becoming a small but important part of Apple's sales shipping 3.5m devices in Q2 2018 according to data from Canalys, but still dwarfed by the 41m iPhones shipped in the same time period. Apple is rumored to have three. Add to that, there is no confirmation as to which iPhone 2018 variant will get a dual-SIM slot, but we shall have to wait till Wednesday to get a clearer picture.
The iPhone XS will have the same 5.8-inch OLED display, whereas the iPhone XS Max will have a massive 6.5-inch OLED display. That hedging phrase leaves the possibility wide open that the iPhone could be called something else. The "max" version is meant to increase audience appeal and compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 2 XL.
Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch predict that the moving of iPhone production to the United States would result in a further price drop of around 20pc. The iPhone 4S introduced Siri, the iPhone 5S introduced Touch ID and the iPhone 6S 3D touch.
Beyond phones and watches, Apple is planning a series of other products later this year. This is most likely the budget LCD iPhone, named the iPhone XC and iPhone XR on the tech rumour mill. If so, it would be the first major redesign in the watch's three-year lifespan.
An important point - this isn't just a switch from the PC-side of the cord for the iPad Pro. The new larger iPhone X-like phone is expected to be more expensive than the starting price of £999 of 2017's iPhone X, further stretching the expense of top-end smartphones.
It'll be similarly interesting to see what the pricing is for Apple's budget phone option. A redesigned version would be needed for these new models.
Also, the Lightning port is required to pair and charge the Apple Pencil. The device needs some love.
There's also word from Kuo that there'll quite possibly be a "low-price MacBook" that would replace the 12-inch MacBook in Apple Stores. The "Gather round" Apple keynote event will kick off at 10am PT which is 10:30pm IST. Check back here after the keynote for a full event recap and complete list of announcements.