If you've missed it, Apple has released its annual iPhone invitation, and as expected by just about everyone, it will take place September 12th at Steve Jobs Theater at the New Apple Park campus.
But while the date is not so interesting, the rest of the invitation is. Set against a black background, it has a gold circle with the phrase "Gather around" – as in "Gather" around, we have some new iPhones to show you! "But apart from the more literal meaning, Apple could refer to any number of things with its krypto-knowing. Here are our best guesses.
Round Apple Watch
We already know that Apple Watch Series 4 is coming along with the new iPhones, probably with a larger screen and faster chip. But Apple can release a hint that it also launches a circular watch this year. In gold, of course.
Apple Mac Pro
Apple has bothered us about a new modular Mac Pro for over a year now, but in the meantime, once-revolutionary "trash can" Mac Pro infects on Apple.com. Perhaps Apple will be a Mac Pro Limited Edition with a Core i9 and a Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti. In gold, of course.
Return of Puck Mouse
Apple will forever be known for three things: iPh one, iMac and the worst mouse ever made. One of the most bad products in Apple's history, the circular mouse that came with the iMac G3, has since become a nostalgic reminder of Apple's willingness to take risks. And you know you would buy one if Apple did it again. In gold, of course.
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It has been rumored that Apple works with two different headphones: updated AirPods with water resistance and Hey Siri support and over-ear wireless noise-reducing headphones to turn on the new Sony WH-1000XM3. Either would be fine with a new iPhone, but a few circular boxes with an Apple logo would be hard to give up. In gold, of course.
We have not heard much about HomePod since it was released in February, mainly because no one bought it. But rumors have decided that Apple will make a cheaper HomePod for the Google Home and Amazon Echo audience. Or it may be a picture of the ring HomePod leaves when you try to move it.
If we get a new Apple Watch, maybe we'll get a new charger to go with it. In gold, of course.
When the iPhone event comes around, 12 months have passed since Apple announced its AirPower charging mat and we are still unable to to buy one. Smart money is on announcement of a price and a solid delivery date of the event, and Apple can give us a clue by showing one of the circular coils underneath the white mat. In copper, of course.
The Homage to Home Button
This event will serve two purposes: announce all the new features and say goodbye to the Home button once and for all. Rumor has the iPhone X design expanding to the rest of the iPhone, as well as iPads, which means there are no new Apple products that use the iconic navigation button. It would be a very Apple thing to give the home button a good bye. After all, they had a freaking funeral for iOS 9.
It has been an open secret that Apple is working on a kind of car project. Most think it's several years away, but what if Apple is ready to release it now ? The circular image can represent the wheel or tires of the brand new all-electric self-propelled Apple car. In gold, of course.
Headphone Connector Retrieval
Apple dumped the headphone jack on iPhone two years ago with iPhone 7 and it has not looked back. Apart from that, it's still on iPad and Mac, and it's a rumor that Apple will no longer include a lightweight-to-3.5mm adapter in the box with the new iPhones. Does it mean that Apple has come to their senses and decided to put the port back on the new iPhones? Color us fascinated. In gold, of course.
But it's really:
The actual campus
OK, so it's probably not a coincidence that Apple's new campus is circular, which is the theater where the event must be kept. And the shirts that Apple sells in the gift shop, just happens as the picture on the invitation. But it's not fun.