Apple’s 2019 iPhones are expected to be not much different from the current one. But, if a trusted source is to be believed, then 2019 iPhones could come with some innovative features, like the capability to wirelessly charge other devices.
Apple’s 2019 iPhones – what new features to expect?
This latest information comes from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose latest research note (via 9to5mac) detail Apple’s plans for 2019. Kuo notes that Apple’s 2019 iPhones would be similar to 2018, and will likely include a 6.1-inch LCD model, and 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED models.
Talking of the changes, Kuo says the iPhone XR successor could get 4GB RAM. And, the new features common to all the 2019 iPhones would be larger batteries, frosted glass casing, new technology for indoor positioning and navigation and the so-called “bilateral” wireless charging or the ability to charge other devices. Further, Kuo says all the new models would get Lightning connectors, instead of the USB-C.
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In terms of design, Kuo says all the 2019 iPhones would feature the same notch as the current models. It must be noted that earlier rumors have talked of new iPhones getting a smaller notch.
Moreover, the new models would also keep Apple’s TrueDepth camera. Kuo, however, notes that Apple may slightly update the TrueDepth with a higher-power flood illuminator for better Face ID recognition.
Kuo made no mention of a laser for rear-facing depth mapping, a rumor that has been making rounds recently. Such technology would help in photography and augmented reality as well.
Previous rumors for Apple’s 2019 iPhones claim that the company will shift to USB-C in 2019. With this, all of Apple’s mainline devices will shift to the USB-C, allowing the use of one cable across the entire lineup for data and charging. On the other hand, such a move could trigger complaints related to accessory incompatibility, something similar to what happened when the company shifted to Lightning from the 30-pin connector in 2012.
The 2019 iPhones would adopt the A13 chips. Usually, chip upgrades bring improved performance and efficiency, and the A13 will be no different. Talking of display some rumors say that the 2019 lineup would be all OLED, while some say that Apple will stick with one LCD model due to cost factor.
Apple will likely announce the 2019 iPhones at an event in September.
What other products to expect?
Talking of the iPad lineup, Kuo says Apple would launch two new iPad Pro models in 2019. Further, the analyst notes that the two new models will come with an upgraded processor and bigger screen as well. As per the analyst, the 9.7-inch iPad will be stretched to 10.2-inches; this could mean smaller bezels as well. Kuo also hints of a new iPad mini, saying it would feature an upgraded processor.
For the 2019 Mac lineup, the analyst notes that Apple would launch a new MacBook Pro between 16-inches and 16.5-inches. The new MacBook Pro will come with a new design and feature a 31.6-inch 6k3k monitor. Further, Kuo notes that the display would feature a Mini LED-like backlight design to give “outstanding picture quality.”
Additionally, Apple would launch a new Mac Pro with “easy to upgrade components” this year, the analyst claims. Also, Kuo notes that Apple may add a 32GB RAM option for the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which currently comes in 16GB option. The 15-inch version does come in 32GB RAM.
Talking of Apple Watch, the analyst notes that the popular ECG function will be made available in more countries this year. Also, the company could come up with a new ceramic casing design. Apple Watch Series 3 offered a ceramic casing option, but Apple discontinued it with the Series 4. Kuo is also optimistic on Apple launching a new iPod touch with an upgraded processor.
For the AirPods 2, Kuo says that they will come with an upgraded Bluetooth connectivity and support wireless charging. Since the 2019 iPhones would come with bilateral wireless charging, users would possibly be able to charge AirPods 2 with the iPhones. Finally, talking of AirPower, Kuo says Apple will finally ship it in the first half of 2019.
Based on Kuo’s latest claim, it can be said Apple would have a busy schedule this year. Though Kuo gave no details on when to expect these products, Apple could start sharing some information from March.