Upcoming Apple Products Guide: Everything We Expect to See in 2019 and Beyond

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The MacRumors guide to upcoming products is designed to provide an overview of everything that we're expecting to see from Apple, both in the near and more distant future. Dates listed are not always concrete, but are based on the most recent rumors and information that we have.

    We're updating the guide on a regular basis, so it will be the go to place to see every Apple product that's on the horizon at a glance. For more detail on the rumors we've heard about each upcoming item, make sure to click on the links to visit our roundups.



    Multiple products are rumored for a spring launch, and while we don't know exactly when in spring these devices will debut, Apple has held an event in March for the last few years. This year, Apple is planning to host an event on March 25, but it's going to be focused on subscription services and therefore may not include hardware announcements.

    Instead, these updates could potentially be announced via press release right around the time of the event, though at least one source does say Apple could potentially unveil new products at the event itself.[*]7th-generation iPad - Same design as 6th-generation iPad, but with an upgraded processor and a new 10.2-inch display size. Apple Pencil support, Touch ID, headphone jack, and other iPad features to remain.
    [*]7th-generation iPod touch - Little is known, but same design as 6th-generation iPod touch with no Face ID or Touch ID. iPhone-style bells and whistles not expected, as Apple will likely want to keep costs low, but it will have faster A-series processor.
    [*]AirPower - Apple's long-delayed wireless charging mat for AirPods, iPhone, and Apple Watch is finally in production and is expected to launch in the first half of 2019.
    [*]Apple News Service - Apple is planning a $9.99 per month subscription news service that would give unlimited access to paywalled sites like The New York Times and the Washington Post. Not all news sites are on board yet, but this is expected to be announced at the March 25 event.
    [*]Apple News Magazine Service - There have also been rumors of a $9.99 per month service that would give access to magazines, similar to the service offered by Texture, the magazine app Apple bought in 2018. Whether magazines will be included in the same $9.99 fee for news or available separately remains to be seen, but expect to see both news and magazine subscription services added to Apple News.
    [*]Streaming TV Service - Apple is working on a streaming TV service that will include the more than two dozen TV shows and movies it has in the works along with access to subscription content from other cable providers. We don't know what it'll cost just yet, but Apple will debut it at the March event before launching it later in the year, perhaps in summer. By the way, all of Apple's services may be available in one big bundle option, so the TV service could be paired with the news service and perhaps Apple Music.
    [*]iOS 12.2 - iOS 12.2 expands Apple News to Canada, brings HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support for third-party TVs, and adds a few other new features to iOS, and we're expecting it to be launched on or before Apple's planned March 25 event.

    Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference takes place in June, and this year it's going to be held from June 3 to June 7. We're expecting to see new software updates, and sometimes Apple sneaks some hardware in. We don't know if that'll be the case this year, but there is a major Mac Pro update on the horizon and details could be shared at WWDC.

    [*]iOS 13 - Dark mode will be the key feature of iOS 13, and there will be a redesigned Home screen for iPhone and iPad. The files app is getting updated, and we'll see some iPad-specific features like tabs for apps and a multitasking feature for using two windows of the same app side by side.
    [*]CarPlay - As part of iOS 13, CarPlay may get some revamped interface elements, though details are slim.
    [*]macOS 10.15 - macOS 10.15 will expand cross-platform app functionality to developers, allowing iOS apps to be easily ported over to macOS. macOS 10.15 won't support 32-bit apps, so expect some of your older apps that haven't been updated in a while to quit working.
    [*]watchOS 6 - watchOS 6 will come alongside iOS 13 and it could include some interface changes to match, though we don't know any details about the update right now.
    [*]tvOS 13 - Apple updates tvOS alongside iOS, macOS, and watchOS, so we're expecting a new version. There have been no rumors of what's coming in tvOS 13.
    [*]2019 iPhones - We're expecting three iPhones in 2019 that are similar to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. We'll get two OLED models (XS and XS Max successors) and one LED model (XR successor), with no significant design changes, though there could be a new frosted glass back and a smaller notch, but rumors are mixed on this last point. The largest iPhone will feature an improved triple-lens camera while the others will use dual-lens cameras. We've heard rumors of USB-C, but it ultimately sounds like the 2019 iPhones will stick with Lightning, and we can also expect an A13 chip along with faster LTE and WiFi, bigger batteries, and a new bilateral wireless charging feature that will let the 2019 iPhones wirelessly charge other devices.
    [*]Apple Watch Series 5 - Rumors suggest Apple Watch Series 5 will feature a new ceramic casing design, suggesting a return of the Apple Watch Edition. Expanded ECG support for additional countries is also expected in 2019, with the feature likely to be available in Series 4 and new Series 5 models. New health features have also been rumored for years, such as non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. A micro-LED display is a possibility, as are solid state buttons. We don't yet know what to expect from the next Apple Watch, but Apple reliably updates it every September just like the iPhone.
    Later in 2019
    [*]Mac Pro - Apple is working on a high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro for its pro user base. The machine will be easily upgradable and will feature components for the most system intensive tasks. We have no word on when in 2019 this is coming, but Apple did promise a 2019 launch date in early 2018. If it's anything like the last Mac Pro in 2013, we could get some info at WWDC.
    [*]New Apple Display - To go along with the upcoming Mac Pro, Apple is working on a massive 31.6-inch display with an impressive 6K resolution (6144 x 3072). It could feature a new mini LED-like backlighting design, which would offer "outstanding picture quality."
    [*]Apple TV Dongle - Rumors suggest Apple is considering a lower-cost Apple TV dongle similar to the Amazon Fire Stick or Google Chromecast, which would be available at a lower price than the current Apple TV set top boxes. Such a dongle would be able to be plugged into the back of a TV and would be used to promote the company's upcoming streaming TV service.
    [*]HomePod - We've heard rumors suggesting Apple is working on a lower-cost HomePod option that would better compete with offerings from Amazon and Google.
    [*]High-end Over-Ear Headphones - To round out its audio offerings of the HomePod and AirPod, Apple is reportedly developing Apple-branded over-ear high-end headphones. Sound quality is said to be a major focus, and Apple will include active noise-cancellation. We don't know just when the headphones will launch, but the second half of 2019 is rumored.
    [*]iPad Pro - Apple will refresh the iPad Pro lineup with updated processors in 2019, according to reliable Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, though no other updates are expected at this time. A more substantial update will be introduced in 2020.
    [*]MacBook Pro - Apple is rumored to be working on a 16 to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro with an all new design for a release in 2019. Few details are available beyond the size, but it will be larger than current MacBook Pro models and the largest MacBook Pro Apple has introduced since the 2017 MacBook Pro. 13-inch MacBook Pro models could also be updated with 32GB RAM.
    [*]MacBook and MacBook Air - There are no specific rumors about notebook updates, but the MacBook is in need of a refresh since it didn't get a 2018 update, and Apple could also introduce a minor spec update in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. There's been some speculation that the MacBook will be Apple's first ARM-based notebook with a custom chip, but that's not expected till 2020.
    Coming in 2020
    [*]2020 iPhones - Apple's 2020 iPhones will introduce some exciting improvements, based on rumors. 5G wireless chips for much faster cellular speeds are said to be coming, plus Apple is going to add a laser-powered time-of-flight 3D rear camera for significant improvements to AR experiences. We could also get an all OLED lineup, with Apple finally doing away with LCD iPhones.
    [*]2020 iPad Pro - The 3D camera feature coming to the 2020 iPhones might show up in 2020 iPad Pro models first. The camera will let 3D models be captured using the iPad Pro's camera and then edited with Apple Pencil. No major iPad Pro changes are planned for 2019, so we might not get another iPad Pro until 2020.
    [*]AR Smart Glasses - Apple is working on augmented reality smart glasses that could come at some point in 2020. The glasses are said to feature a dedicated display, built-in processor, and an "rOS" or reality operating system. Input will be via touch panels, voice activation, and head gestures, and it's said to support applications ranging from mapping to texting.
    [*]Mac With Apple-Made Chip - Rumors suggest Apple is planning to transition from Intel chips to its own custom-made Mac chips as early as 2020, so we could see the first Mac with a custom chip at some point during the year. Apple already makes its A-series chips for iPhones and iPads and has added custom T2 chips to a number of Macs.
    Beyond 2020
    [*]Apple Car - There have been a lot of twists and turns in the saga of Apple's electric car development, but reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is still planning on a full autonomous vehicle rather than just an autonomous car software offering, with a launch to happen between 2023 and 2025.

    2019 Product Refreshes So Far

    Apple has already released a number of updated products in 2019, with a list of the new and refreshed devices below, along with a link to a roundup where you can learn more information about each one.
    [*]March 2019 - iPad mini 5
    [*]March 2019 - 10.5-inch iPad Air
    [*]March 2019 - 4K and 5K iMacs
    [*]March 2019 - AirPods 2
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    Article Link: Upcoming Apple Products Guide: Everything We Expect to See in 2019 and Beyond
  2. Jyby, Feb 12, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019

    Jyby macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2011
    Apple will also announce AR glasses in 2019. Stay tuned
  3. jobesucks macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2010
    was hoping for imac updates early 2019, would be really lame to stretch out update to back end
  4. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    Ok I'll pick two of them:

    2019 iPhones:
    Might as well brace yourselves for the iPhone XSS

    Apple said the AirPower charging mat would come out within the year and it ended up being vaporware. Don't be surprised if the MacPro date slips to 2020.
  5. e1me5 macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2013
    That Mac Pro must come this year. My 2010 model can’t hold it any more.
  6. KazKam macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    The Mac Pro already slipped a year. I remember there was an interview with Phil Schiller in the last quarter of 2017 where he said "Apple has never been more committed to it's pro customers" (LOL, OK Phil) and to expect a new Mac Pro in the first half of 2018... well, that never happened.
  7. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yep. Better get used to it though. It's been clear for a while now that Tim Cook's Apple doesn't see much value or future in the Mac. Fewer exciting features (in fact, they are taking things away), upgrades further and further apart, all the while giving more attention to their toys and subscription services. What a dull future.
  8. bgraham macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2015
    United Kingdom
    Every year it seems we get "next year for iPhones will be super exciting!!!"

    Then at the start of the year it's like "feature X for new iPhones delayed till next year"

    Apple released a very minor update last year and sales fell flat, it needs something exciting this year with iPhones, please.
  9. digitalexplr macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2016
    Central Missouri
    All this very fluid and subject to change without notice! :)
  10. triton100 macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2010
    Ha love how you refer to the iPhone as a toy.... it’s rhe most powerful mini computer on the planet
  11. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2015
    “Dark mode will be the feature of iOS 13.” Well, that’s disappointing.
  12. Unity451 macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2011
    The only thing I hate more than being nickel and dimed for every little thing is paying for stuff I don't want.
  13. AngerDanger, Feb 12, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    Triple-lens? As in three?! Oh, Apple, get on my level.

  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Like many here, I am focused on June and September.
  15. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Is it weird that the only things I care about coming up are the iPad Mini 5 and the 7th Gen iPod Touch?

    Modular Mac Pro too but I won't be in the market for one for another 5 years or so, once second hand prices drop to where I can justify the expenditure heh
  16. maxfm macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2017
    We're in year three with these crappy keyboards and the pointless touch bar. Do we really think Apple's going to continue with these crippled pro notebooks for another year? I'm at a point where I've had to buy an external keyboard and mouse along with a monitor so I don't have to deal with the keyboard when I'm home.
  17. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    It sure is powerful for its size. And I wouldn't want to do without mine. But its content creation abilities are severely limited. The day an iPhone enables me to do my job, (I make the art in the games you play and the Visual Effects in the movies/TV series you watch) I will stop calling it a toy. It's not really even much of a small tool for me at the moment, beyond its photography abilities. Yet even there it is limited.
  18. scottinlexky macrumors member


    Dec 6, 2016
    Those of you waiting for the unicorn Mac Pro, it's never been easier to build a hackintosh. There are lots of golden build parts lists available. MUCH cheaper, and MUCH faster than just about anything in the current line up, in any form big or small.
  19. PickUrPoison, Feb 12, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68030

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Just a couple of nits. Apple announced the 2019 release date for Mac Pro in 2018, not 2017.

    Also, though you say “Apple is planning to transition from Intel chips to its own custom-made Mac chips as early as 2020” as if were a fact, but it’s still just a rumor.
  20. charlieroberts macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2007
    Beyond 2020:
    the 2021 iPhone and the 2022 iPhone and the 2023 iPhone.

    Can't reveal my sources.
  21. PickUrPoison macrumors 68030

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Actual professionals, and business/enterprise users, who make their livelihood with Mac Pro rarely steal the software they need to do their jobs. And they can lose more money in a few hours of messing around with a hackintosh than they would ever save. I can understand the attraction though.
  22. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I am only interested in the Mac Pro and displays. Come on Apple surprise us in a good way.
  23. chinito77 macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2015
    2019 iPhones - everyone should pass on this
    2019 iMacs/Pro - Many want and wait they shall
    2019 iPad Pro - As long as it doesn't bend, it should be a good upgrade
    2019 Display - As long as it isnt over priced..who am I kidding, of course it will be

    One thing is for certain, the Tim Cook Apple Tax will be in full affect so their shareholders can be happy after that loss in the Chinese market.
  24. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Pretty credible rumor from Bloomberg and one we've also heard from multiple sources. I can tweak the wording. Just FYI, everything in here is based on rumor as mentioned up top. Thanks for the feedback and the heads up on the Mac Pro error. :)
  25. RootyPoots macrumors newbie


    Feb 12, 2019
    I’m hearing the 9.7" iPad is probably done for.

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