Apple holds an event every September that’s used to unveil new iPhones and Apple Watch models. This year’s event is set to take place on Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
This year, we’re expecting three iPhones, much like the 2018 lineup. Rumors suggest there will be two OLED models (XS and XS Max successors) and one LED model (XR successor), with no significant design changes, though there may be a new matte glass back and new colors for the next-generation iPhone XR. We’re also expecting a more durable glass body that’s resistant to shattering and better waterproofing.
Face ID is expected to feature a wider-angle camera so it will work from more angles, including flat on a table, and new photo and video capabilities are expected.
The iPhone XS and XS Max successors will feature a new triple-lens camera that could offer ultra-wide angle shots for the first time, while the iPhone XR will use a new dual-lens camera system. There were a few mixed rumors indicating Apple might use USB-C for the new iPhones, but it’s ultimately looking like the company plans to stick with Lightning.
We can also expect an A13 chip along with faster LTE and WiFi, bigger batteries, and a nifty new bilateral wireless charging feature that will let the 2019 iPhones wirelessly charge other devices (like the AirPods with wireless charging case).
We don’t know what Apple is planning to call its 2019 iPhone lineup yet given that there’s no obvious follow-up to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR names, so most rumors refer to these devices as the “2019 iPhones” at the current time. That said, iPhone XI, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone XT are all names we’ve heard bandied about.
Apple Watch Series 5
Rumors suggest the Apple Watch Series 5 will feature new ceramic and titanium casing designs, perhaps suggesting a return of the Apple Watch Edition alongside the usual aluminum and stainless steel casing options. Aside from that, we don’t know a lot about what to expect from the Apple Watch in 2019.
New health features have also been rumored for years, such as non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. A micro-LED display is a possibility, as are solid-state buttons.
Apple is working on an “Apple Tag” that would compete with products like Tile, offering up Bluetooth tracking for items like keys, wallets, cameras, and more. Apple Tags will integrate into the Find My app and will take advantage of offline tracking capabilities. There’s no word on when the Apple Tag will launch, but it could come this fall.
Along with its traditional September event to unveil new iPhones and Apple Watch models, Apple also sometimes holds a second fall event in October to unveil even more new products. It’s not entirely clear if that’s going to happen this year, but it’s a possibility. If so, we could see new Macs and iPads at this event.
Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR
Apple at WWDC unveiled its new modular Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display XDR, both of which are aimed at creative professionals. The two new devices are set to launch this fall, though a specific target launch date hasn’t yet been announced. If Apple does hold a second fall event, that’s perhaps when we could see the new Mac Pro and display debut, but these could also potentially come in September, or they may not even need a second public showing before launch.
16-inch MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro already received a refresh in 2019, but there are rumors suggesting a second fall update might be in the works. For the MacBook Pro, Apple is said to be working on a new 16-inch to 16.5-inch machine that will have slimmer bezels and would be a premium machine sold alongside the existing models.
Apple will refresh the iPad Pro lineup with updated processors in 2019 and cameras, though no other updates are expected at this time. A more substantial update will be introduced in 2020.
Apple is working on a new version of the low-cost iPad which will see a size increase, measuring in at 10.2 inches instead of 9.7 inches. Not much else is known about the new low-cost tablet, which will be sold alongside the iPad Air and iPad Pro.
New Apple TV
Code found in an internal build of iOS 13 references a new Apple TV 11,1 model, suggesting Apple is working on an updated Apple TV. Little is known about the new device, but it could feature an A12 processor. There’s no word on when we can expect a release, but it’s possible this new Apple TV will debut at a fall Apple event.
Apple has other new products in the works, such as updated iPad Pro models, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, and more, but we don’t know when these might be announced.
These upcoming products will be added to this guide as we learn more about Apple’s events planned throughout the year, but you can find more details in our upcoming Apple products guide for 2019.