Last year was a big moment for Apple product launches. Not only did the company keep with its schedule of releasing a trio of new smartphones and an Apple Watch in September, but 2019 also held a few surprises such as a new iPod touch and two new pairs of AirPods.
This year is bound to be just as eventful for Apple, if the rumors and reports are to be believed. Apple is expected to release its first 5G-enabled iPhones in the fall as well as a new low-cost smartphone among other devices.
A new iPad Pro with 3-D cameras
Apple is planning to release a new iPad Pro next year that will have two camera sensors and a 3-D sensor that will make it possible to create digital reconstructions of the world around you, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It’s said to be part of Apple’s big push into augmented reality as it prepares to release its first headset in 2021 or 2022, the report also said.
Gurman isn’t the only one to report that a new iPad Pro with 3-D depth sensing is coming next year. Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable analyst with TF International Securities known for his Apple predictions, also said as much, according to a research note reported by MacRumors.
A new “cheap” iPhone to succeed the iPhone SE
Apple fans looking for a bargain on a new iPhone may be in luck this year.
The company is reportedly planning to launch a new version of the iPhone SE in 2020, according to reports from Bloomberg, Nikkei Asian Review and Kuo. The phone is said to be entering production in February and could be released in March, Bloomberg reported.
The original iPhone SE, which launched in 2016, was significantly cheaper than Apple’s flagship smartphones at $400 and resembled the iPhone 5S.
The new version is expected to launch in the spring of 2020 and may have a 4.7-inch screen just like the iPhone 8. It’ll reportedly run on the same processor as the iPhone 11, Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, and could cost $400. That would make it $300 cheaper than the $700 base model iPhone 11.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, which may come in two new sizes and support 5G
Apple debuts its new iPhone’s like clockwork every September, and next year isn’t likely to be any different. Apple’s next-generation iPhones are expected to come with support for 5G networks, new 3-D cameras, and updated screen sizes for the Pro models, according to reports from Bloomberg, Kuo, and others.
The new iPhones are said to come with a new 3-D camera that scan and digitally reproduce the environment around you using lasers, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. It’s the same sensor that’s expected to appear on Apple’s new iPad Pro in 2020.
It’s also very likely that next year’s iPhones will include support for 5G connectivity, coming after Android device makers like Samsung have already launched 5G-ready phones in 2019.
Apple may also implement the biggest redesign to the iPhone since the iPhone X launched in 2017. Both Kuo and Korean news outlet ET News have reported that next year’s iPhones will come in 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch screen sizes, unlike the current lineup which includes the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro, the 6.1-inch iPhone 11, and the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max.
A new Apple Watch that can track your sleep
Apple traditionally unveils its new Apple Watch alongside new iPhones in September, so there’s a good chance we’ll see the company follow the same pattern in 2020.
The biggest update to this year’s Apple Watch could be the addition of sleep tracking technology, a feature that rival watches from Fitbit and others have long offered. Apple has been testing sleep monitoring for the Apple Watch this year and hopes to have the feature ready by 2020, according to Bloomberg.
The next-generation watch is also expected to include faster performance and improved water resistance, according to a note from Kuo obtained by MacRumors.