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By Dan Moren for Macworld

Apple’s next big thing could be the boost its smaller things need

Every autumn it comes, as predictable as the turning of the leaves: a slew of Apple products get brand new updates. Some, like the iPhone or Apple Watch, have become annual affairs that require little in the way of prognostication. Others, like the iPad or Mac, are more irregularly revised, depending on the lifetime of the existing products.

But there’s a third category: The products that often go years without seeing a substantial change; the Apple products that simply keep on trucking and get upgraded when the company darn well feels like it.

Though this year’s slate of Apple releases is probably not yet complete, a few of those perennial also-rans already seem unlikely to get attention, especially if we take into account the way the wind seemed to be blowing when the company talked about its platform updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference back in June. So, is it merely a matter of not messing with success? Or is there something else that these products are waiting for?

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