Where next for Apple? We've had one big event already in 2019 (the launch of new subscription services TV+, News+ and Apple Arcade, plus Apple Card, on 25 March), but if you think that's it for Apple's year you're in for a surprise. There will be big announcements, in fact, on Monday.

Apple's big events tend to happen at roughly the same four times annually:

  • March, or spring (education and creativity themes, often includes iPads)
  • June (WWDC - mostly software, sometimes high-end/pro hardware)
  • September (iPhones and Apple Watches)
  • October (iPads and sometimes consumer-focused Macs)

In this article we outline what you can expect from upcoming Apple events: when they will happen, and the products and services that will be announced. We'll start with WWDC, which begins on Monday - 3 June 2019. (We also have a predictions article that looks in more depth at Apple's plans for this year and beyond.)

WWDC 2019 (3-7 June 2019)

WWDC stands for Worldwide Developers Conference and is confirmed for 3-7 June - it starts on Monday. This tends to be a software-focused event, where Apple announces the flagship features in its annual operating system updates for the benefit of third-party developer partners who will have to update their software to work with the new OS.

Tickets to WWDC are allocated via a ballot, which closed a while ago. You probably won't be able to get WWDC tickets at this point, but you can still watch WWDC from the comfort of your own home.

What can we expect at WWDC 2019?

At WWDC 2017 we heard about iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra, as well as updates to tvOS and watchOS. We also got our first look at the new iMac Pro which was previewed alongside the launch of new iMacs and an updated MacBook Pro and MacBook. In 2018 it was all about iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 and watchOS 5, with hardware updates coming later.

It doesn't take a genius, then, to predict that WWDC 2019 will feature updates to the four operating systems: iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. And it may see the appearance of new Macs.

Mac Pro

We're hoping Apple will reveal some more details about the Mac Pro at WWDC 2019. Having a unit to show off at WWDC doesn't mean the new Mac Pro will be ready to ship straight after the event, though.

Read about the new Mac Pro.

New Apple display

If Apple shows off the new Mac Pro we expect it will also show off the new display it has revealed it is working on. But, again, it may be something Apple chooses to keep under its hat until later in 2019.

Read all about Apple's new display - it could offer 8K!

iMac Pro update

We also expect to see a next-generation iMac Pro, and the WWDC show would be a good place for Apple to unleash it.

However, over time Apple has made small tweaks to the spec of the iMac Pro - most recently on 19 March the company added a new Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics option along with 256GB RAM support - so we may have to wait a little longer for a more extensive update.

Here's our article about the next-generation iMac Pro.

MacBook

Apple didn't update the MacBook in 2018 so we expect something soon.

With the MacBook Air finally getting a redesign in 2018, the MacBook needs some big changes to make it relevant. Perhaps we might see the MacBook get even smaller in 2019.

Here are the rumours about the new MacBook.

Other rumoured Apple products that failed to show at the spring event could also make an appearance at WWDC:

Mini Apple TV

Now that Apple has launched its TV+ subscription service, how about a smaller, cheaper Apple TV to go with it? If Apple wants to reach the masses with its service, a dongle that will let them stream Apple's new content to their TV sets could be an essential part of the equation.

Alternatively Apple has already come to an agreement with a number of different TV manufacturers to enable AirPlay 2 compatibility on their sets, so perhaps there will be no need to use an Apple TV to stream Apple's new content.

Even Roku is said to be working with Apple to include the new service on its devices.

We look at the rumours about the mini Apple TV stick here. Plus read all about Apple TV+.

New HomePod and HomePod mini

Apple's also rumoured to be gearing up to launch a new HomePod and potentially a HomePod mini in 2019. The latter is probably wishful thinking, but such a move would, presumably, help Apple gain marketshare in the smart speaker space.

Read about the Mini HomePod and HomePod 2.

Over-ear headphones

We already mentioned the AirPods above, but the company is also said to be planning to introduce some new over ear headphones.

We've collected the most plausible and interesting rumours about the StudioPods.

iPhone SE 2

After introducing the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, Apple discontinued the iPhone SE, to the dismay of many. The SE was a popular iPhone, being both the smallest and the cheapest handset on offer, and the iPhone XR, which is much larger and still rather pricey, is no replacement.

However, rumours hint that Apple may yet launch a new 4in handset for those people who prefer a smaller phone. In fact, Xcode leaks indicate that a new handset could ship featuring the older iPhone 7 processor, and this could well be an update to the SE.

Read the latest iPhone SE 2 news.

September 2019

The September Apple event is usually the highlight of Apple's year. That's when the company launches new iPhones (although in the past iPhones have very occasionally launched in the spring or at WWDC).

The Apple Watch tends to get an update at this event as well, and we can expect the company to release the next version of macOS and iOS software (which were demonstrated at WWDC, but not released in their final form).

We're sure to be inundated with rumours about the new iPhones as 2019 gets underway, so stay tuned for more information about what to expect.

October 2019

The October event doesn't happen every year, but when it does it tends to focus on iPads and consumer Macs.

In 2018 we saw Apple update the iPad Pro and also reveal a new MacBook Air and Mac mini - two consumer-oriented Macs that had been long neglected.

By the summer of 2019 we should have more of an idea about what to expect from this event.

Spring 2020

In the past, Apple has made significant announcements at spring events. In 2015 Apple held an event called 'Spring Forward' on 9 March, where it announced pricing and the launch date for the original Apple Watch and unveiled the 12in MacBook. Then on 21 March 2016, at the 'Let us loop you in' event, we got the iPhone SE, the iPad Pro 9.7 and iOS 9.3.

Spring 2017 was a bit of a disappointment for Apple followers: instead of a full-blown event the company quietly closed down its online store then sent out a press release announcing the launch of the iPad 2017 and the red iPhone 7.

Then in 2018 Apple held an education-focused event on 27 March at a school in Chicago. The company made a series of announcements including a new iPad (with support for Apple Pencil), updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and GarageBand. As well as talking at length about what it can do for teachers and students.

In terms of what we are expecting to see in 2020...

16in MacBook Pro

We're hearing that Apple might launch a new MacBook Pro with a 16in 4K screen - something that creatives have been calling for.

New iMac - with a new design!

The iMac has looked the same for around a decade, change is well overdue and 2020 might be the year we finally see it!

Here's what we hope to see from the iMac in 2020.

What was announced in 2018?

Let's look again at Apple's typical schedule of events:

  • March, or spring (education and creativity themes, often includes iPads)
  • June (WWDC - mostly software, sometimes high-end hardware)
  • September (iPhones and Apple Watches)
  • October (iPads and sometimes consumer-focused Macs)

How did this play out in 2018? Well, we saw a major education-themed iPad launch in late March, followed in June by the week-long WWDC 2018 developer conference. This saw Apple reveal details of the upcoming major updates to all four of its software platforms, but hardware news was pushed back to July's new MacBook Pro models (not an event - just an announcement).

Apple's biggest event of 2018 was the iPhone refresh on 12 September. We saw the introduction of the iPhone XS and XS Max alongside the colourful iPhone XR and new Apple Watch Series 4.

Apple then rounded off the year with an event on 30 October which showed off a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini, iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil 2.