March 2019 was pretty action-packed for Apple, launching not only new hardware with its iPad mini, iPad Air, new iMacs and AirPods, but also revealing the details of its upcoming subscription services Apple TV+, News+ and Apple Arcade, and in the US only a new Apple Pay-integrated credit offering in Apple Card. But 2019 still has lots of exciting new Apple products to come, with at least two more special events in the wings.

We saw a new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019, but let's not forget all the long-rumoured devices to which Apple has so far turned a blind eye. Rumours are heating up about an iPhone SE 2, while September will surely bring new iPhones. (Find out when is the next Apple event.)

One thing we know won't be happening is AirPower. Apple has conceded defeat and confirmed that there will be no wireless charging pad. Read about what happened to AirPower here.

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.

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).

In 2018 we saw the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR and we expect to see successors to those models later in 2019. However, we also hope 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.

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. With that in mind, we don't expect big changes to the iPhone in 2019, but we expect to see lots of rumours over the next few months.

Read all about the 2019 iPhone here, plus we look at whether Apple will update the iPhone XR in 2019 here.

When? September

iPhone SE 2

Our hope resides with the smaller iPhone SE. In 2018 we saw the launch of the iPhone XS & Max and iPhone XR, but there is one other iPhone that people are hoping will get a look-in...

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 release date

When? WWDC 2019, maybe...

Apple predictions 2018: iPhone SE 2

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 Apple's content out to the masses.

Although as more and more TV manufacturers add support for AirPlay 2, maybe there will be no need for the Apple TV set-top box in the future.

When? WWDC 2019, maybe...

Music

Aside from the new AirPods that have finally arrived (read our AirPod 2 review here), Apple looks set to make some waves in the sound space with updates to its HomePod and may even revive the iPod touch.

StudioPods

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? WWDC 2019, maybe...

iPod touch

You might have forgotten all about the iPod touch but apparently Apple hasn't and it will be updating it in updated it in June 2019.

Read about the new iPod touch here.

When? Announced June 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 on to competitor smart speakers - Apple Music is already compatible with the Amazon Echo although currently only in the US. Read: How to get Apple Music on Amazon Echo.

Here's everything we know about HomePod 2.

When? WWDC 2019, maybe...

Macs

Apple finally updated the iMac in March 2019, and added some new upgrade options to the iMac Pro at the same time. But there are still some Macs that are due for some love.

Mac Pro

Apple announced a new Mac Pro on stage at WWDC 2019. It returns the look of Apple's most powerful computer to the look of the 'cheese grater' first generation Mac Pro after the second generation 'trash can' version that has just been retired.

Available with 8-28 cores and specs that elevate it above the iMac Pro, the Mac Pro (confused?) will go on sale from Autumn. It'll costs from $5,999 and the cheapest display is $4,999. Ouch.

When? It was announced at WWDC!

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 said to be 6K and measure 31.6in.

Read more about the new Apple display here.

When? WWDC (probably)

MacBook

Apple left out any upgrades for its MacBook 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, while the MacBook is merely a lighter, low-powered machine.

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.

Unfortunately it seems that moving to the third generation of Apple’s controversial Butterfly keyboard wasn't enough to stop the keyboard problems many users experienced with the first and second versions, Apple has since extended the program whereby they will fix Macs with faulty keyboards. Maybe Apple will update the MacBook with a new keyboard, but it seems unlikely given that the MacBook Pro update in May 2019 didn't do much to fix the problem.

Apple predictions: 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? WWDC 2019, maybe... or as a hardware update in the run up to WWDC

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro was updated in May 2019, but not every model was, Apple didn't update the non-Touch Bar models - they haven't changed since 2017.

We were hoping that 2019 would bring an update to those entry-level 13in MacBook Pro models, although we may well see Apple remove them from the line up in favour of the MacBook Air.

We were also hopeful that we'd be seeing a new 16in MacBook Pro with 4K display after hearing rumours from Apple' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that suggested one was in the works at Apple. The bigger screen will be the result of Apple being able to reduce the bezels. However, the update to the range just two weeks prior to WWDC makes that look like an unlikely update at the show now.

Read about the new 16in MacBook Pro.

When? We're now thinking 2020 for the 16in MacBook Pro, but October 2019 at a push, maybe...

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 the 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? October

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? October

Software

We know we can expect updates to the operating system software for Apple's Macs, iPads, iPhones, Watches, and even the Apple TV. We'll get a preview in June at WWDC, but until then, here's what to expect.

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, Apple announced iOS 13 at WWDC. iOS focusses on the iPhone with updates to first party apps, a Dark Mode and privacy features like Sign in with Apple.

Apple has split iPad software into a new operating system called iPadOS.

Read about iOS 13 here.

When? Announced at WWDC 2019

iPadOS

Apple surprised a few people by renaming iOS 13 for iPad to iPadOS. It will bring similar updates but also specific iPad features like widgets on the home screen, multiple windows for the same apps and more.

When? Announced at WWDC 2019

macOS 10.15

Following its usual pattern, Apple announced a new version of macOS at WWDC, called macOS Catalina. 

Read about what new features will arrive with macOS 10.15 here.

When? Announced at WWDC 2019

tvOS

Not to forget Apple's other two OSs, the company also updated tvOS at WWDC 2019.

watchOS

It also brought significant updates to watchOS 6 at WWDC 2019.

iPads

A new iPad mini and iPad Air arrived in March 2019, but what about the iPad Pro and the standard iPad? Read about the new 2019 iPad mini and 2019 iPad Air.

iPad Pro 2019

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.

When? October.

iPad 2019

We could also see the cheaper iPad updated - while the iPad Air might have been reborn, there may still be an update due for the older iPad, which could gain a larger display thanks to bezels and no Home button.

Read about the iPad in 2019 here.

When? It's possible we could see this in October, but Spring 2020 is also a possibility...

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 possible date for a launch - which sounds crazy to us. But, if this is correct, it might be worth holding back on upgrading to your existing run-around until then.

Apple predictions 2018: Apple Car