2018 was a great year for Apple devices, but 2019 could be even better, if a new report is to be believed. Issued over the weekend by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, his research note runs down some of his hardware expectations for the coming year.
From redesigned MacBooks to Apple’s best ever desktop display, this could be a year to remember. Heck, there’s even a new iPod on the cards!
A big year for Mac
If you’re in the market for a big MacBook display, you’ve come to the right year. Kuo’s report, 2019 will see the release of Apple’s biggest MacBook since 2012. The new MacBook Pro will boast a screen between 16 and 16.5 inches in size. This would be the largest MacBook notebook screen since the end of the 17-inch models seven years ago.
Kuo also suggests that there will be a new 13-inch model with support for 32GB of RAM. That option is currently only available for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. He additionally notes that we will see an “all-new design” for the laptop.
As for Apple’s Mac Pro, Kuo thinks that Apple will release its long-awaited upgrade some time in 2019. While he doesn’t offer any specifics, he does suggest that Apple will be creating an epic 31.6-inch “6k3k” display.
A neat refresh for the iPhone
On the topic of Apple’s mobile devices, Kuo claims that Apple will release three new iPhones. These will include 6.5 and 5.8-inch OLED models, along with a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. All will support Lightning (meaning no USB-C). They will also retain the same notch area as their predecessors.
The big updates are likely to include a new triple-lens camera system. This will give users the option of wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide photography. There’s also the promise of bilateral wireless charging, which could make it possible for the iPhone to wirelessly charge other devices. Face ID is likely to get better recognition, too.
Finally, he suggests UWB (ultra-wide band) for superior indoor positioning, and frosted glass casing.
And in other news…
Kuo additionally thinks a new iPod touch could be on the way, approximately four years after the last model shipped. The new Apple Watch, meanwhile, will boast a new ceramic casing design, while ECG support will arrive in new markets.
In all, it’s a very exciting year ahead for Apple if all of this ships as expected. What are you most looking forward to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.