iPhone 11, MacBook Pro and “The Pods” for Apple’s 2019 Lineup
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In 2018, Apple has released the all famous iPhone X along with iPhone XS and iPhone XR. These phones all vary in size as iPhone X measures 5.8 inches, 6.1 inches for iPhone XR, and 6.5 inches for iPhone XS Max. This 2019, people have been expecting to receive news of the release of their new lineup.
According to a TF International Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, the 2019 iPhones would feature the same sizes as the previous models. The company is also expected to release a 16-inch MacBook Pro and Airpods 2 along with the iPhone lineup for 2019.
As it is mentioned already that 2019 iPhones would feature the same screen sizes as the previous models, iPhone XI Max, iPhone XI and iPhone XIR would likely have a 6.5-inch OLED, 5.8-inch OLED, and 6.1 LCD displays, respectively.
Instead of a Type-C USB connector, the 2019 lineup would opt for a Lightning connector. Although it is expected that Apple would retain the FaceID on the 2019 iPhones, the TrueDepth camera may receive an upgrade. It is said that the camera will have a high-power flood illuminator for superior FaceID recognition.
Another upgrade on the 2019 iPhone models is that they would get bigger batteries, ultra-wideband (UWB) for indoor positioning and navigation, frosted glass back, and triple camera set-up. Although it still remains unclear on which model would receive the triple camera set-up, rumors have been circulating that the iPhone XI Max would have it.
Lastly, Kuo mentioned that the 2019 iPhone models might have the ‘bilateral’ reverse wireless charging. This essentially means that iPhone would have the ability to charge other devices wirelessly.
Other predictions also point to a possible upgrade to iPhone SE, improving the model that was introduced back in March 2016. According to predictions, the new iPhone SE upgrade will more likely keep the existing classic design but with upgraded internals like the A10 chip found in iPhone 7. Just like with other smartphone brands, an upgrade to the camera is also expected.
Despite the iPad Mini’s growing irrelevance to the consumer market, there are reports about an iPad Mini upgrade. A thinner, tougher aluminum chassis and a Smart Connector are some of the features that the iPad Mini is predicted to have. The last update to the iPad Mini was back in September 2015. Perhaps the trending need for portability sparked the reinvention of the product.
Apple is preparing to launch a MacBook Pro with a 16-inch to 16.5-inch screen size. However, not much is known about the 16-inch MacBook Pro except that it will have an all-new design. Regardless of this, Kuo also mentioned that Apple might be adding a 32GB RAM option to the recent 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Part of the announcement back in September 2017, where the iPhone 8/8 plus/X were revealed, was Apple’s development of AirPower, which is its own wireless charging pad to go with the new phones. It was not released in 2018, so there is a high chance that it will be released this year.
As what previous rumors said, Apple would be launching the second generation of AirPods this year. Kuo said that wireless charging and upgraded Bluetooth connectivity would be included in the AirPods features, along with an upgrade to the Siri-support and features like water-resistance, noise cancellation, new colors, and possibly, biometric sensors to measure heart rates.
The Studiopods are going to be the over-the-ear version of the AirPods that is expected to arrive in the first half of 2019. The over-the-ear headphones were rumored back in February 2018 and were reported to have faced development issues, pushing its release date further.
An upgrade to the HomePod is also expected to come this year. Rumors point to a smaller, cheaper HomePod to compete with leading smart speakers companies, Apple and Google.
With Apple continuously losing market shares to competitors, one thing is clear: Apple must innovate better products at a cheaper rate to be relevant in the hyper-competitive tech market.