Despite the flat – if not modest falling sales in 2018, Apple continues its tradition of iterative rather than major improvements for 2019 devices, including the iPad mini 5, iPhones and AirPods 2, according to a trio of reports this morning. from Asia. While it's going to be processor holes and other small tweaks on your tablet, phones, and wireless earphones, customers hoping for a big reason to upgrade won't likely find one this year.
According to the Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara, which has a generally positive but infallible overview of upcoming Apple product releases, the iPad mini 5 will retain the same dimensions and basic features as the iPad mini 4 ̵
Likewise, the site claims that the iPhone will not switch to USB-C This year continues to include Apple's USB-A for Lightning cables, 5W wall chargers and EarPods with quick connectors. For years, iPhones have been assembled with older cables and slower chargers than they can support, even though iPhone batteries have grown in capacity so that users separately purchase faster and USB-C compatible chargers.
In Related News, Supply Chain Publishing DigiTimes does not surprisingly tell that TSMC will be the only manufacturer of the new iPhone 7-nanometer A13 processor, a successor to the A12 Bionic discovery in the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. TSMC is one of only two companies in the world that currently make 7nm chips, along with Samsung, which to date has been completely but totally focused on creating parts for their own devices.
Interestingly, the report claims that TSMC's new chips will contain "an enhanced version with EUV," a challenging ultraviolet lithography process that promises more precise etching of the components inside small chips. An improvement that can improve the efficiency, density and performance of the chip. It is unclear whether all A13 chips will use the new process or whether it will appear exclusively in chips intended for higher-end iPhones or iPad pros.
Last, but not least, the recently reliable Indian blog MySmartPrice this morning claims that Apple's long-rumored AirPods 2 will contain several internal tweaks, plus a few small remote. Inside, users should expect improved base performance, Bluetooth 5.0 and still unspecified health sensors. Outside, it is assumed that a new topcoat will make the smart earbuds more grippy, while two colors – white and black – are expected to be available, albeit at a higher price of $ 200 compared to $ 159 originals.
While all these reports are to be taken with the necessary salt grains, they are generally in line with annual expectations of Apple products, which are about two years of development cycles. Therefore, the company is unlikely to make radical changes to a New Year's design, although the previous year's sales were disappointing, although more aggressive pricing is still an option. The iPad mini 5 and AirPods 2 are expected to debut in the first half of this year, with new iPhones coming in September.