We're nearing the end of 2018, and what a year it's been! We saw the launch of the HomePod in February, the new iPad in March, a new MacBook Pro in July, new Apple Watch and new iPhones in September, and, in October, new iPad Pro's, a Mac mini and a MacBook Air. Now, as we look to the new year, there is the expectation that new AirPods, MacBooks and iMacs will launch soon. Plus, there are some pretty loud rumours about the new TV content that Apple has been working on, with a wave of new Apple-made programmes set to hit iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs in 2019. Read on to find out just what new products Apple will launch in 2019.

We've donned our prognostication hats and investigated every rumour and trend we could find to bring you our predictions for 2019. Read on to find out what could be in store, from new iPhones, iPads and Macs, enhancements to the software, and some exciting news in terms of music and TV.

We'll start with the products that weren't updated in 2018...

In 2019 we saw the launch of the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR (read more about the new iPhones here: iPhone Xs & Max and iPhone XR) but there is one other iPhone that people are hoping will get a look-in...

iPhone SE 2

Not everyone wants a humongous phone and there are still calls for Apple to upgrade the 4in iPhone SE model to the iPhone SE2, replacing the existing (and rather popular) SE that was introduced in March 2016.

Every time we think that its days are numbered a new rumour surfaces about the new iPhone SE, so maybe it has a future. If the new model launches it is likely to keep the existing, classic design, but feature upgraded internals such as the A10 chip found in the iPhone 7 and a more powerful camera.

There are even reports that it could get an iPhone X-style look, but we're not sure Apple is ready to bring Face ID to its entry-level iPhone just yet.

Read more here: iPhone SE 2 preview

When? Spring 2019, maybe...

Apple predictions 2018: iPhone SE 2

iPad mini

Speaking of diminutive devices, what about the iPad mini? We hate to say it but we think that the iPad mini's days are numbered. The iPad mini was last updated in September 2015 it's clear that Apple isn't focused on its smaller tablets any more - the iPad mini isn't even the cheapest iPad now (starting at £399/$399, compared to the iPad at £319/$329). It looks like the iPhones with bigger screens are becoming a popular choice for those looking for a larger screen and they are opting for them over the mini, to the extent that Apple now states that the most popular tablet size is 9.7in. 

But don't give up all hope. As with the iPhone SE, there are still rumours that the iPad mini could still be upgraded, perhaps with a new thinner, tougher aluminium chassis, and the inclusion of a Smart Connector to match that of the other iPad Pro devices. Even renowned Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo.

Read more: iPad mini 5 rumours

When? Spring 2019, maybe...

TV streaming, AirPods, HomePod, AirPower and more

Apple looks set to make some waves in the TV and sound space...

Apple streaming service

In 2019 Apple looks set to launch a new subscription (or maybe free!) movie and TV series streaming service. It's no secret that the company is making its own shows, so something is definitely in the works - read about Apple's plans for a TV and film subscription service here.

This content is likely to be available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, and we hope that Mac users will also be able to watch this new content via the TV app - which we hope will make the transition to the Mac.

When? Spring 2019

Apple TV

Speaking of Apple TV, there's not much to add to the Apple TV as it stands, but we are hearing rumours that Apple could launch a smaller, cheaper Apple TV stick... Which could help it get it's home-made content (as described above) out to the masses...

When? Spring 2019

AirPower

As part of the iPhone 8/8 Plus/X announcement in September 2017, Apple revealed that it was going to make its own wireless charging pad to go with the new phones (which are able to support wireless charging). The pad is called AirPower.

AirPower will be able to charge multiple devices (an iPhone, an Apple Watch, a pair of AirPods and a new wireless charging AirPods case all at once). And it can apparently manage the charging of these multiple devices intelligently, analysing their charge levels and maximum capacity and then telling them each to 'take' the most efficient proportion of its power.

Apple predictions 2018: AirPower

Fancy features mean a fancy price, most likely, but this is probably going to become the best wireless charger on the market - for owners of recent iPhones, at any rate.

The only problem is that Apple didn't have a product to sell by September 2018, suggesting it has encountered a lot of issues with the design.

We hope that Apple will have solved the issues it is having with AirPower in time to launch the product in 2019... Otherwise, we fear that the AirPower will never materialise.

Read more: AirPower release date rumours

When? Spring 2019 (or never!)

AirPods 2

When Apple first released its wireless AirPod headphones in 2016 to coincide with the iPhone 7, there were many who scoffed at the former’s high price point and slightly silly looking design. Since then, they’ve become a ubiquitous sight on city streets across the world thanks to their reliability and ease of use.

Speculation was rife that Apple would update the AirPods before the end of 2018, but this revamp never materialised, meaning that we should see them now appear in 2019 instead.

We think that March is the most likely time for the AirPods to arrive, as it is often around this point of the year where Apple introduces lower priced products. March 2016 saw the debut of the iPhone SE, 2017 brought the new 9.7in iPad (2017) and (Product) Red versions of the iPhone 7, while 2018 focussed on the substantial update to the 9.7in iPad (2018).

New features are thought to include water resistance, Hey Siri voice activation, noise cancellation, and potentially biometric sensors that can be used to measure the wearer’s heart rate.

One thing we do know is that the new AirPods charging case will be compatible with Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging pad (if that ever arrives, see above).  

In keeping with Apple’s trend throughout 2018, there is expected to be a price increase for the newer model, although it’s not known what this might be. For more details on the latest news, see our AirPods 2 release date, price, and specs rumour roundup.

When? Spring 2019

StudioPods

There could be even more *Pods on the way.

Apple is also said to be working on over-the-ear headphones to accompany its AirPods and the EarPods - the other earphones Apple makes.

Read all the news about the StudioPods here.

When? Spring 2019

HomePod 2

There's one more *Pod hopefully coming our way in 2019. We expect Apple to update the HomePod - although it's not really clear what the company could do to improve the speaker, other than make it cheaper.

There are rumours that Apple could launch a smaller, cheaper HomePod in a bid to better compete with Amazon and Google. A cheaper device would certainly help it sell a few more of the Siri-powered speakers.

Alternatively a Siri powered Beats speaker could make an appearance.

Or maybe Apple will start to push Apple Music onto competitor smart speakers - Apple Music is already set to appear on the Amazon Echo.

When? Spring 2019



Overdue Macs: Mac Pro, iMac Pro, MacBook and iMac

There were a few Macs that Apple failed to update in 2018, plus one that the company has promised it will update in 2019.

MacBook

Apple left out any upgrades for its entry-level laptop when the covers were pulled off the new MacBook Air in October 2018. This has led many to question whether the slimline device will be discontinued due to the arrival of the Air, which is more powerful, cheaper, and features a larger display. 

The most obvious areas of improvement for a MacBook upgrade would be a move to a newer generation of processors, most likely Intel Amber Lake Y-series, the introduction of Thunderbolt 3, and a price drop to bring it down to the £999/$999 that would differentiate it from the MacBook Air.

Moving to the third generation of Apple’s controversial Butterfly keyboard is an essential step, after the problems many users experienced with the first and second versions.

MacBook 2017

There are thoughts that Apple may retain the overall format and use it as the basis for a new line of laptops that are powered by its own ARM processors. While this is a real possibility, 2019 could be a year too soon for the technology. 

See our MacBook 2019 rumours roundup page for any new developments. 

When? Spring 2019, maybe...

iMac

2018 was actually a big year for the iMac - it's now 20 years since the first iMac launched - and yet Apple failed to update the iMac in 2018! Perhaps Apple didn't update the iMac in 2018 because it is working on a new design for its all-in-one? We have seen the suggestion that by removing hard drive options and making a few other tweaks to the internals the iMac could lose it's 'chin'.

We should also see more cores in the new iMac thanks to the new Coffee Lake processors from Intel (which we've already seen in the MacBook Pro), we could see the top of the range iMac ship with 6-cores or maybe even more!

Read more in our iMac 2019 rumours article.

When? Sprint 2019, maybe

iMac Pro

As for the iMac Pro, which arrived in December 2017, we expect to see an update in 2019, but Apple might hold fire on that model while it prepares to launch the next Mac we will discuss...

Read more about the new iMac Pro here.

When? WWDC in June

Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is long overdue a refresh, as it hasn't been updated since the launch of the 'trashcan' Pro model in 2013. The once-futuristic device now looks a little long in the tooth, having been bypassed by generations of Intel chips that never made it into the chassis.

A lot of years have passed without an update to the Mac Pro, but a new machine is on the horizon. In April 2017 Apple broke its silence and discussed the Pro's future with a small group of journalists, first apologising for the lack of updates and then acknowledging that the trashcan design didn't work out the way it had hoped. The triangular structure that hides inside the cylinder was designed with the thermal requirements of twin-GPU setups in mind, but the industry went in a different direction; most pro users prefer to use a single more powerful GPU, something that the Mac Pro cannot cope with. And so the machine ended up being very difficult to upgrade.

Then in April 2018 Apple revealed even more about the radical redesign of its Mac Pro line. However, the company confirmed that we won't be seeing the new Mac Pro until 2019.

Apple predictions 2018: Mac Pro

Read more in our new Mac Pro rumours article.

When? WWDC in June

New Apple display

Alongside the new Mac Pro, we expect that Apple will launch a new display. We don't know much about what to expect other than it will support Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C, and is likely to offer at least 5K (although we have heard rumours of 8K).

Read more about the new Apple display here.

When? WWDC in June

2019 iPhone(s)

Of course, no guide to the best products in any year would be complete without mention of the next iPhone (or iPhones).

With the wrappers barely off the boxes of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, there’s not a lot known of what will follow. As we mentioned above, we hope is that the retired iPhone SE sees a resurrection in the form of an iPhone SE2 with an edge to edge display design that retains the smaller form factor so many people love, but what of the successor to the iPhones XR, XS and XS Max?

Samsung has already shown off a device with a folding display, but we don't expect that Apple will produce anything like that in 2019. Other handset manufacturers are also getting behind 5G in 2019 - but reports suggest that Apple won't be producing a 5G iPhone until 2020. We don't expect much change to the iPhone in 2019, but we expect to see lots of rumours over the next few months.

When? September

2019 iPads

Apple announced two new iPad Pro versions at its October 2018 event. The 2018 models have smaller bezels allowing for a bigger screen - and come with 11in and 12.9in displays respectively.

Powered by the A12X Bionic processor these new iPad Pros are already very powerful so it's hard to guess what new features could come in 2019, we'll be on the lookout for rumours though.

We could also see the cheaper iPad updated with the same slimmer bezels and lack of Home button.

When? October.

Everything else

There's plenty more we expect to see from Apple in 2019.

2019 MacBook Air

The MacBook Air had little attention over the past few years and we'd been fully expecting Apple to discontinue the MacBook Air. However we were treated to an all-new, redesigned MacBook Air at the October 2018 event.

The new 13in MacBook Air will set you back at least £1,199/$1,999 which is a good deal more expensive than it's previous versions. Powered by an 8th generation Intel Core dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of 2133MHz memory with up to 256GB SSD storage and featuring a new Intel Graphics processor, Touch ID and two Thunderbolt 3 ports - the MacBook Air has certainly seen some love.

2018 MacBook Air

In 2019 we could see Apple stop selling the older MacBook Air, which is still on sale for £949/$949, and maybe the entry-level price could reduce in line with that. But beyond that, we don't yet know what Apple could have up its sleeve.

When? Unknown.

2019 Mac mini

Just like the MacBook Air, the Mac mini also saw some much-needed love at Apple's October 2018 event. Featuring a new Space Grey finish, the new Mac mini continues its theme of packing a whole lot of power into a tiny package.

What could 2019 hold for the Mac mini? We'll be watching the rumours so stay tuned!

When? Unknown.

iOS 13

Initially iOS 12 was intended to add lots of features specifically for iPad, but the focus was shifted to improving speed and stability after iOS 11 was plagued with problems.

Now, with things back on track, those new iPad features should be coming in September 2019 when iOS 13 arrives. The main upgrade people are expecting is a reworking of the Files app so that iPad users can have greater control over importing and exporting data into apps.

If Apple can address the main complaints levelled at iOS 12 in terms of iPad Pro functionality, then it will be like launching new hardware as well as software in September.

There are also rumours that we’ll see an overhaul to the home screen interface, and the possibility of running two instances of the same app simultaneously.

And you can expect that Mac and iOS apps will become more interchangeable as Apple makes it easier for companies to port their apps between the two devices. So maybe we'll start to see more Mac apps coming to the iPad (and vice versa).

When? September 2019

macOS 10.15

Speaking of new software, following its usual pattern, Apple is likely to show off its plans for the next version of the Mac operating system at WWDC in June 2019.

The big change this time around will be that iPad and iPhone apps should be easier to port to Mac, which could mean lots of new Mac apps - and vice versa.

When? September 2019

Products Apple could launch in 2020

Apple's drive into wearable technology could also eventually mean we can buy Apple Glasses or a VR headset. It certainly sounds like Apple's working on some sort of virtual reality/augmented reality device, but we probably won't be seeing that one until 2021.

The Apple Car was the hot rumour of 2016, but it's since emerged that Apple has scaled back its ambitions on this front but something is definitely happening in the motoring field. The company is said to have had up to 1,000 developers working on the so-called Project Titan, and to have set up various different front companies, including Faraday Futures and Sixty Eight Research.

Industry chatter suggests 2020 is a more likely date for a launch. If this is correct, it might not be worth holding back on upgrading to your existing run-around until then.

Apple predictions 2018: Apple Car