Only when you thought that 2019 was all about Services, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has predicted Apple's hardware plans and they are big. As reported by the 9to5Mac, new iPhones, Macs, iPads and even the iPad connector are guilty of an update before the year is up and we can even finally buy an AirPower.
And it's not just updates. Kuo also anticipates that Apple will release some brand new products along the way, including some exciting new Macs. According to the report, Apple is planning a fair flash in 2019, and it's hard to get excited about what might be in the store.
Why is this important: Put everything together and you have What can be a monumental year for Apple. After a rocky start such as poor iPhone sales and a public squabble with Facebook and Google over apps, Apple can turn to a flash of new products that we haven't seen this year.
The Mac customer can be the big winner of Apple Macs.
2019, with several new models. First up is the currently promised modular Mac Pro, and Kuo says it will actually have "easy to upgrade components." Additionally, there may be a new Mac screen, the first since the Thunderbolt screen was discontinued in 2016. Kuo says the 31.6-inch display will support an awesome 6K resolution, optimizing the resolution of the current iMac Pro.
2019 can also bring the first truly new MacBook Pro this year. According to Kuo, Apple can plan to dump the 15-inch tripod for a new 16-inch model (that we can only hope brings a new keyboard as well). Rounding off the new notebooks will be a new 13-inch model that supports 32 GB of RAM (up from 16 GB in the existing model), says Kuo.
Expectation level: Through the roof. There's nothing here I don't want, and I've already saved for the crazy screen.
Although Apple recently launched the new iPad Pro models in November last year, Kuo says Apple will give it a shock this year with a new processor, probably the A13X. He also confirms the rumors of a new iPad mini, but only mentions a new processor. 9.7-inch iPad may be due to a major change as well. Kuo says the screen will get a half inch increase to 10.2 inches, which may mean that the home button goes away.
Expectancy level: Moderate. The iPad mini is one of the most underrated products in Apple's catalog, and it's a long time for an upgrade. A 10.2-inch iPad is also compelling, especially if it holds the same price of $ 329.
Kuo repeats reports that the new iPhone models do not change so much this year with the same size, screen and design for the 2019 lineup. He also says that the Lightning connector will stay firm, despite the fact that the new iPad Pro gets USB-C last year.
Among the new features there will be ultra-wideband radios for indoor mapping, frosted glass rear cases as found on Pixel 3, and reverse wireless charging. He also says that the new iPhone will include a triple camera setup, as well as battery and face ID enhancements.
Expectation level: Low. Until Apple finds a way to put the camera under the display, there's not too much that can be done to radically change the iPhone. The frost glass sounds nice.
After a major revision last year such as larger screens and an electrocardiogram sensor, the upcoming Series 5 watch will be a small update, according to Kuo. He anticipates ECG support will be extended to several countries, and a new ceramic lining design will debut, possibly highlighting the return of the release line.
Expectation level: zero. If there is something like before, the ceramic model will be fine, but too expensive for most people to consider.
Apple has not released a new iPod touch since 2015, but Kuo says a new model with a new processor is on its way. He also complains about the latest AirPod rumors, saying that the new wireless charging case should be shipped before the summer, along with a minor update.
Expectancy level: Moderate. Kuo does not propose this, but an iPhone X-style iPod touch will be on top of holiday wish lists for children. I keep my fingers crossed.
Expectation level: High. AirPower is basically a myth at this point, so an actual freight product will not be legendary.