After the Christmas period is over and people have unboxed their latest iPhones, MacBooks and AirPods, industry thoughts turn to speculation as to what’s new from Apple in 2019.
With their mobile phones, watches, TV’s, iPads, MacBooks, etc. it can be difficult to think how many other ways there can be for Apple to either corner another part of the market, or to upgrade any of their existing products. As ever, speculation is rife.
Apple brings out new models of their iPhone year after year. The rumours are that there are a few new features in the pipeline.
Switching from lightning port to USB-C
The 2018 iPad Pro has already switched to USB-C and has started shipping the 18W USB-C power adaptor with its new models. There is no reason to doubt that these chargers could be shipped in the boxes of 2019 iPhones.
Triple lens rear camera
Triple lens camera rumours abound. This rear camera, three lens set-up is thought to support Sony’s “time of flight”, 3D map technology. This could enhance the possibilities for augmented reality on iPhones and make photography and video auto-focus shooting faster and more precise.
Upgraded facial recognition
It is thought that Apple may be upgrading the facial recognition system in some fashion, thereby making it more accurate.
5G certainly seems to be the topic of the moment. All of the major phone networks appear to be attempting to upgrade their mobile services in order to be able to offer 5G. It is thought to be unlikely that Apple will make phones that support 5G in 2019, but may wait until 2020 to join the fray.
iPad Mini 5
It is thought that a new version of the iPad Mini 5, with an upgraded processor and a lower cost pane will be released during the first half of 2019.
The iMac Pro, which was introduced in 2017 is still a powerful machine. The standard 5K iMac, however, hasn’t been upgraded since 2012, and as such is long overdue an overhaul. Supply chain analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, stated that the iMac would receive some “significant display-performance upgrades”, but when we will see these is not clear.
AirPods are the ultimate in wireless headphones. They connect with devices the instant you remove them from their dock and they have a 5 hour battery life. There are conflicting reports about the upgrade to AirPods 2, with Bloomberg suggesting they would appear sometime in 2019, although Ming-Chi Kuo says that the upgrade will be as an “all new design” in 2020.
Apple has also been working on producing a Netflix-style TV service which is possibly due to hit the consumer in Autumn 2019. This may mean that an upgrade will be necessary for the Apple TV itself. In addition, there is talk that a low-cost Apple TV ‘stick’, similar to the Amazon Fire TV will be available.
All in all, there is much speculation as to what’s new from Apple in 2019, and at the end of the day, all we can do is watch, wait and see.