What to Expect From Apple in 2020: New iPhones, Refreshed iPads, Apple Watch Series 6 and More

We're expecting to see some major changes from Apple this year, with several exciting new products on the horizon. Significant iPhone changes are expected in 2020, with 3D sensing rear cameras, 5G technology, and an all-OLED lineup.

Apple is also working on updated iPad Pro models, new Macs, Apple Tags, and could have a few other surprises in store like an augmented reality headset, a lower-cost HomePod, an updated Apple TV, and more.

Below, we've rounded up all of the products we're expecting to see from Apple in 2020 based on both current rumors that we've heard so far and past release information.

"iPhone SE 2"

During the first half of 2020, Apple is said to be planning to unveil a new low-cost iPhone that will be sold alongside the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and Pro Max. The smartphone, though called an "iPhone SE 2" in rumors, is actually most similar to an iPhone 8. It might even be called an "iPhone 9," which is Apple's missing iPhone after the company released the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X in 2017.

An iPhone SE and an iPhone 8

It's said to feature a 4.7-inch display with Touch ID, which means it will continue to use the thicker bezels of the iPhone 8 line. Inside, it will be equipped with an A13 chip, the same chip that's in Apple's flagship iPhones.

To keep costs low, it will feature a single-lens rear camera, 3GB RAM, and it will be available in silver, red, and space gray colors. Rumors indicate the new low-cost iPhone will be priced at $399.

For more information on the upcoming iPhone SE 2, check out our iPhone SE 2 roundup.

iPhone 12 Lineup

Apple in the fall of 2020 will refresh its iPhone lineup as it does every year. In 2020, rumors suggest we can expect to see multiple iPhones in 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inch sizes, a deviation from the current 5.8, 6.1, and 6.5-inch sizes that Apple has used for the last couple of years.

Apple is expected to introduce higher-end 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhone models alongside lower-end 5.4 and 6.1-inch iPhone models, for a total of four iPhones in the fall of 2020.

All of the iPhones in 2020 are expected to feature OLED displays, with Apple doing away with the LCD display of the lower-end iPhone. At least one of the new iPhones that's in the works will feature a redesign with a metal frame that's similar to the frame of the iPhone 4, which had a distinctive, flat look.

A new TrueDepth camera system that cuts down on the size of the notch could be included, and rumors suggest the higher-end models will feature a new 3D triple-lens rear camera system that uses a laser to calculate depth information, leading to improved photographic and AR capabilities. The lower-end iPhone is expected to use a dual-lens camera system.

Every new iPhone coming in 2020 is expected to support 5G technology, which is faster than the current 4G LTE technology. It will take some time for 5G networks to spread across the United States and the rest of the world, but there will be decent availability by the end of 2020.

We don't yet know what the 2020 iPhones will be called, but given the naming of the 2019 lineup, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are likely bets.

For more on what to expect from the iPhone 12, make sure to check out our iPhone 12 roundup.

Apple Watch Series 6

Every year when the iPhone is refreshed, Apple also introduces a new Apple Watch, and this year, we're expecting the Apple Watch Series 6. We haven't heard a lot about the Apple Watch Series 6 just yet, but there are a few details that have been highlighted in rumors.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is said to feature faster performance, better water resistance, and improved wireless transmission for faster WiFi and cellular speeds, improvements introduced through a swap to liquid crystal polymer metarial for the flexible circuit boards in the device.

A major 2020 feature is expected to be sleep tracking, with Apple rumored to be adding sleep tracking capabilities to the device for tracking sleep duration and quality, among other things.

Whether there will be other new health tracking features in the Apple Watch Series 6 remains to be seen, but we'll hear more about the new device as launch approaches. To keep up with new Apple Watch rumors, make sure to check out our Apple Watch roundup.

Updated iPad Pro Models

There was no iPad Pro refresh in 2019, and rumors suggest a refresh is coming in the first half of 2020.

Apple is said to be planning to introduce an updated iPad Pro with faster Face ID and a rear-facing time-of-flight (ToF) camera system that would allow for 3D models to be captured using the iPad Pro and then edited with the Apple Pencil for an all-new productivity experience.

The time-of-flight camera system can determine the distance between objects by measuring the time it takes a light or laser signal to get from the camera to the subject in each point of the image. That information is used to create a 3D image of the surrounding area to allow more accurate depth perception and better placement of virtual objects.

There's also a rumor from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that indicates Apple is planning a high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display for launch in late 2020, but it's not yet clear how this meshes with the rumors of an early 2020 launch. Apple could perhaps be planning a staggered iPad Pro launch in 2020, or one of the launch timelines could be off.

Mini-LED will allow for thinner and lighter product designs without compromising on display quality, and will, in fact, bring many OLED benefits like deeper blacks, better contrast, HDR, and better wide color gamut performance.

More information on the upcoming iPad Pro can be found in our iPad Pro roundup.

Other iPads

Other iPads could also see a refresh in 2020, with Apple updating the 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Air, but we've heard no specific rumors about these products as of yet.


Apple is working on AirTags, a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device designed to be attached to items like keys and wallets, letting them be tracked right in the Find My app.

There's no prospective release date for Apple's AirTags, but given that we've been seeing signs of them in iOS 13 for months now, Apple is likely targeting a 2020 launch.

Air Tags images found in iOS 13

AirTags feature built-in chips that connect to an iPhone, relaying the position of devices that they're attached to. As with a lost iPhone, you can use any Apple device or a web browser with iCloud to locate a missing AirTags item.

Rumors suggest AirTags will feature an Apple-designed U1 ultra-wideband chip for more accurate tracking than Bluetooth can provide, which will give Apple an edge over its competitors.

A mockup of what AirTags might look like

For more on how the AirTags will work and when we can expect to see them, check out our AirTags guide.

New MacBook Pros

Apple in 2016 is rumored to be planning to update the 16-inch MacBook Pro lineup with a new machine that features a mini-LED display. Mini-LED technology will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while offering many of the same benefits as OLED such as improved wide color gamut, high contrast and better dynamic range, and truer blacks.

Apple is also expected to release a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor switch keyboard, which could come during the first half of the year. Earlier rumors also suggested the 13-inch model could also support up to 32GB RAM.

To keep up with MacBook Pro rumors this year, follow our MacBook Pro roundup.

Other Mac Updates

We haven't heard a lot of specific rumors about other Macs coming in 2020, but Apple is expected to bring its new scissor switch keyboard to the MacBook Air at some point during the year.

We've heard no word about refreshes of machines like the iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac mini, but updates at some point in 2020 are always a possibility. We'll keep track of any potential Mac updates in our Mac roundups, listed below:


Every year in June during the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduces new software for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Macs.

This year, we're expecting to see iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS 10.16. Thus far, we haven't heard any details about what to expect

Lower-Cost HomePod

Apple is said to be planning to introduce a second-generation version of the HomePod, which first came out in 2017. The new version is said to feature a lower price point, which should allow it to better compete with speakers from other companies.

The new HomePod is said to feature two tweeters instead of seven in the current HomePod, resulting in a lower audio quality but a more affordable price tag. There's no word yet on when Apple might introduce a new HomePod in 2020.

For more on the HomePod, check out our HomePod roundup.

Other Possibilities

Over-the-Ear Headphones

There were rumors suggesting Apple was working on high-end over-ear headphones with an "all-new design" that are as convenient as AirPods but with superior sound quality. The headphones were said to feature noise cancelling technology and were meant to be aimed at a higher-end market.

No over-ear Apple-branded headphones materialized in 2019 despite rumors suggesting a launch could happen as soon as 2019, and we've heard nothing more since then. It's possible the headphones were actually the Beats Solo Pro that launched in October, even though those are on-ear, not over-ear. The Beats Solo Pro, like the Beats Studio3, feature Active Noise Cancellation.

Apple TV

Ahead of the launch of Apple TV+, signs of a new Apple TV model were found in iOS 13, and rumors have suggested an upgraded Apple TV could use a faster A12 processor, but other than that, we haven't heard anything about a new Apple TV.

An updated set-top box could come sometime in 2020, but we don't know when nor do we know any other features that might be included. To follow along with rumors, make sure to check out our Apple TV roundup.

AR Smart Glasses

Apple is working on augmented reality smart glasses that are expected to be offered alongside the iPhone, with the iPhone handling the bulk of the processor needs and the glasses serving a display role.

Offering the glasses as an iPhone companion will allow Apple to keep them slim and lightweight. Some rumors have suggested these glasses could come as soon as 2020, but it's not clear if that's still the case because a recent report from The Information indicated Apple is now aiming for a 2022 launch date.

For all of the rumors that we've heard on Apple's work on AR headsets, VR headsets, and mixed reality, make sure to check out our Apple smart glasses roundup.

ARM-Based Mac

Apple is working to reduce its reliance on Intel by developing its own ARM-based chips for its Mac lineup, which would allow it to manufacture its chips in house without waiting on Intel's release timelines.

There is no word on when Apple might release an ARM-based Mac, but some rumors have suggested it could come as early as 2020, perhaps in the MacBook Air. For more on Apple's work on ARM-based Macs, check out our ARM-based Mac guide.

Wrap Up

There are some exciting products in the works from Apple in 2020, and we'll certainly see some unexpected surprises as well, as we do every year. Make sure to follow MacRumors.com and the MacRumors roundups over the course of 2019 to keep up with all of the rumors about the upcoming products that Apple has in development through our What to Expect Guide.

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Apple Responds to Report on iOS 13’s Frequent Location Tracking Reminders, Emphasizes Privacy

As of iOS 13, apps are no longer able to present an "always allow" option when requesting access to a user's location. The only way to immediately grant an app continuous access to location is to navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, tap on an app, and select the "always" option if available.

iOS 13 also periodically reminds users about apps that are continuously tracking their location, complete with a map of those locations. An on-screen alert provides users with options to continue to "always allow" ongoing access to their location or to limit access to while the app is being used.

In light of those changes, The Wall Street Journal today reported that some developers are concerned that the location tracking reminders will hurt adoption of their apps, while some iPhone users are said to have expressed frustration that the reminders appear every few days despite repeatedly selecting "always allow."

Apple responded to the report with a statement insisting that the changes were made to further safeguard user privacy.

"Apple has not built a business model around knowing a customer's location or the location of their device," an Apple spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal, adding that Apple builds its hardware and software with privacy in mind.

The amount of location data collected by apps while in the background has dropped by 70 percent since iOS 13 was released, according to Jason Smith, chief business officer of data intelligence company Location Sciences. Given how easily the data can be used to identify and track individuals, that is a promising sign.

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Hands-On With Salt’s Apple TV Remote Replacement

The Apple TV 4K is a fantastic little set-top box that has an easy-to-use interface, an App Store, and options to watch all kinds of content, but there's one major flaw with the device - the Siri Remote.

Apple unveiled its ‌Siri‌ (or ‌Apple TV‌) Remote with touch surface in 2015 alongside the fourth-generation ‌Apple TV‌, and it's never been a particularly popular accessory. With that in mind, Swiss company Salt created an alternative ‌Apple TV‌ Remote, which we managed to get our hands on.

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Salt is a Swiss telecommunications company that offers the ‌Apple TV‌ 4K in a broadband TV bundle for its customers. There's no way to order this remote in the United States or countries other than Switzerland - it's designed only for Salt customers.

According to Salt, the Salt Remote was designed in close collaboration with Apple after the Salt TV customer base complained about the poor usability of the default remote that comes with the ‌Apple TV‌.

Available for just under 20 Swiss francs, the Salt Remote looks more like a traditional remote than Apple's version, and it's made from a simple black plastic with buttons for controlling multiple functions.

It is designed to connect to the ‌Apple TV‌ out of the box and requires no pairing to set up. It's both wider and longer than the ‌Siri‌ Remote, so it's harder to lose, which is probably a good thing for most people given how easy it is to misplace the ‌Siri‌ Remote.

Unlike the ‌Siri‌ Remote, the Salt Remote has no touch interface on the front, offering buttons as an alternative. On the ‌Siri‌ Remote, the touch surface replaces directional arrows and there are limited physical buttons available.

Salt's remote features directional arrows for navigation purposes, volume controls, multiple media controls with play/pause, rewind, and fast forward, a mute button, a menu button, and a power button. All of the buttons are responsive and easy to use.

There is no microphone button for activating ‌Siri‌ because ‌Siri‌ is not an available ‌Apple TV‌ function on the ‌Apple TV‌ set-top boxes in Switzerland. Anyone who uses the current ‌Apple TV‌ remote with ‌Siri‌ for searching for content will definitely notice the lack of a ‌Siri‌ button.

There's also no Home button available on the Salt remote. On Apple's version, the Home button lets you get to the Home screen quickly and access the app switcher to close out apps or swap between apps. Holding down the menu button on the Salt Remote brings you to the Home screen of the ‌Apple TV‌, but there's no way to replicate the other missing Home button functionality.

Given that this is an inexpensive remote option, it is powered with two triple A batteries that need to be replaced every six months on average, but that's a minor inconvenience.

All in all, the Salt Remote is clean, simple to use, and has no fiddly touch interface to deal with. Unfortunately, given that this is developed by a Swiss company, it is unlikely to come to the United States or other countries.

Apple may have allowed an alternative remote for one telecom, but it's doubtful that Apple would allow the ‌Siri‌ Remote to be replaced in all countries. It's possible that we could, however, see a new ‌Siri‌ Remote design at some point when Apple releases an updated ‌Apple TV‌.

What do you think of the Salt Remote? Let us know in the comments.

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Corellium Accuses Apple of Using Lawsuit to ‘Crack Down on Jailbreaking’

Apple is currently involved in a lawsuit against Corellium, a mobile device virtualization company that supports iOS. Apple has accused Corellium of copyright infringement because Corellium creates software designed for security researchers that replicates iOS.

The lawsuit has been ongoing since August, but it is heating up after Apple amended its lawsuit in late December with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) filing, suggesting the Cupertino company believes jailbreaking is a violation of the DMCA. Corellium, says Apple, facilitates jailbreaking through its software.

A virtual ‌iPhone‌ on Corellium's website used as evidence in Apple's lawsuit against the company

Corellium's CEO Amanda Gorton has taken issue with Apple's new filing, and yesterday penned a missive lambasting Apple for its jailbreaking position. "Apple's latest filing against Corellium should give all security researchers, app developers, and jailbreakers reason to be concerned," reads the letter's opening statement.
The filing asserts that because Corellium "allows users to jailbreak" and "gave one or more Persons access... to develop software that can be used to jailbreak," Corellium is "engaging in trafficking" in violation of the DMCA. In other words, Apple is asserting that anyone who provides a tool that allows other people to jailbreak, and anyone who assists in creating such a tool, is violating the DMCA. Apple underscores this position by calling the unc0ver jailbreak tool "unlawful" and stating that it is "designed to circumvent [the] same technological measures" as Corellium.
Gorton accuses Apple of using its Corellium lawsuit to "crack down on jailbreaking" and claims Apple is seeking a precedent to eliminate public jailbreaks. She says that Corellium is "deeply disappointed" by Apple's "demonization of jailbreaking" as developers and researchers "rely on jailbreaks" to test the security of their own apps and third-party apps. She further claims that Apple has benefited from jailbreaking by turning jailbreak tweaks into ‌iPhone‌ features.
Not only do researchers and developers rely on jailbreaking to protect end users, but Apple itself has directly benefited from the jailbreak community in a number of ways. Many of the features of iOS originally appeared as jailbreak tweaks and were copied by Apple, including dark mode, control center, and context menus.

In addition, jailbreak creators regularly contribute to the security of iOS. The developer behind the unc0ver jailbreak was acknowledged and credited by Apple for assisting with a security vulnerability in the iOS kernel - a vulnerability he discovered while using Corellium.
Gorton says that Corellium is prepared to "strongly defend" against Apple's attack, and looks forward to sharing a formal response to Apple's claims in court.

Apple is continuing to seek a permanent injunction to prevent Corellium from offering a product that replicates the iOS operating system. Apple wants Corellium to destroy all infringing materials that it has collected, and pay Apple damages, lost profits, and attorney fees.

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Shop for New Year’s Deals on Apple Products Including MacBook Pro, AirPods, iPad, and More

As 2019 comes to an end, many retailers are discounting a wide array of Apple products and accessories. In this article, we've rounded up the best sales you can find online for iPad, iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, AirPods, and more.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

For these deals, we've linked to retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Adorama, some of which are offering lowest-ever prices for select products. You'll also find notable deals on accessories from companies like Pad & Quill, Twelve South, Nimble, JBL, and Speck.

Sale duration varies from site to site, but for a large portion of them, you'll have until New Year's Eve to take advantage of the discounts.



10.2-inch iPad
10.5-inch iPad Air
iPad Pro
iPad mini
  • Wi-Fi, 256GB - $519.00, down from $549.00 ($30 off, lowest ever)


MacBook Air (Mid 2019)
  • 128GB - $979.00, down from $1,099.00 ($120 off)

  • 256GB - $1,199.99, down from $1,299.00 ($100 off)
MacBook Pro (2019)

Smart Battery Cases

Miscellaneous Accessory Sales

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  • Nimble - Save 30% off sitewide with code MACRUMORS30

  • Twelve South - Save 15% sitewide with code MacRumors15

  • AT&T U-Verse - Purchase a 12 month TV & Internet package and choose from a JBL Link 300 Speaker, Polk Command Soundbar, or $250 gift card as a reward

  • Casetify - Buy 2, get 20% off and free shipping worldwide with code BOXING19

  • DJI - Save up to 34%

  • eBay - Get an extra 15% off select tech items with code JUMBOSAVE

  • JBL - Save up to 50% on select JBL and Harman audio products

  • OtterBox - Buy 2, get 1 free

  • Scosche - Get 80% off select items

  • Speck - Get 25% off select items
Head to our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more discounts on Apple products and related accessories.

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Tim Cook: Japanese Supplier Seiko Advance is the Reason Why iPhone 11 Pro is Available in Midnight Green

Apple CEO Tim Cook in a December trip to Japan visited Seiko Advance, one of Apple's suppliers in the country, and in an interview with Nikkei that was published today, he explained that Seiko Advance is the reason why the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are available in Midnight Green.

Seiko Advance is a company that creates ink for devices like the iPhone. Cook was shown a vat of the Midnight Green dye when he visited Seiko Advance, and said that it was "only made by high-quality control and craftsmanship."

Creating green ink typically involves using pollutants like halogens, but according to Seiko Advance sales manager Yukinori Kabe, the company was able to develop a cleaner way to create green with high color accuracy and durability. Seiko Advance is also the only ink producer with a cleanroom in the factory, allowing temperature and humidity to be controlled for consistent quality.

The environmental friendliness of Seiko Advance's green ink appealed to Apple CEO ‌Tim Cook‌, leading Apple to add the color to its 2019 ‌iPhone‌ lineup. Seiko Advance is also the sole supplier for the Gold, Silver, and Space Gray inks used for the ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ and Pro Max.

For the lower-priced iPhone 11, which comes in multiple bright colors, Apple uses several suppliers.

Cook in his tweet about Seiko Advance said the company brings the colors of the ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌ to life thanks to "their craftsmanship and attention to detail." Apple has worked with Seiko Advance for ‌iPhone‌ inks since 2011, when Cook invited various ink makers to visit Apple to explain their products.

Kabe visited Apple's campus in Cupertino, met Cook for the first time, and found that at first, Seiko Advance wasn't able to meet Apple's high quality standards. Four years later, after trial and error, Seiko Advance supplied black ink for the ‌iPhone‌, leading to a partnership that now accounts for 40 percent of Seiko Advance's sales.

According to Cook, Apple and Seiko Advance have "grown together" and "push each other to innovate more."

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Blackmagic Releases New eGPU Firmware With Pro Display XDR Support

Blackmagic eGPU and Blackmagic eGPU Pro users who also own a Pro Display XDR can today download a new version 1.2 firmware update that's designed to introduce support for the Apple Pro Display XDR.

The update is available via the Latest Downloads section of the Blackmagic website, and it allows the Pro Display XDR to be used as a display when connected to a Mac with TB3 or with a Blackmagic eGPU.

Apple support documents for the Blackmagic eGPU and reports from Pro Display XDR owners have suggested that the devices were already compatible with one another prior to this firmware update, but it should still be installed as it may further improve compatibility.

The Blackmagic eGPU and eGPU Pro can allow the Pro Display XDR to work with Thunderbolt 3 Macs that do not officially support Apple's new 6K display.

Apple has been offering the Blackmagic eGPU since mid-2018, when it launched alongside the 2018 MacBook Pro models. The base eGPU features a Radeon Pro 580, while the Pro model is equipped with a Radeon RX Vega 56.

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Apple Watch Series 5 in (PRODUCT)RED Could Launch in 2020

Apple may be planning to expand its Apple Watch Series 5 lineup with a new (PRODUCT)RED model at some point next year, according to evidence uncovered by French blog WatchGeneration.

Apple Watch Series 5 in (PRODUCT)RED concept by MacRumors/Ryan Barrieau

The report claims the unreleased Apple Watch briefly appeared in an unspecified Apple database, adding that it would likely be an aluminum model with a similar red finish as the iPod touch. The new color would be offered alongside existing silver, space gray, and gold aluminum casing options.

It is unclear exactly when the new Apple Watch model could be released, but the spring is a possibility. Apple introduced (PRODUCT)RED versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in March 2017 and April 2018, respectively.

Apple donates a portion of proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED product that it sells to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, raising more than $220 million since 2006. Apple sells a wide range of (PRODUCT)RED products, ranging from iPhone and iPad cases to Beats headphones and speakers.

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Sketchy Rumor Claims Apple Plans to Announce High-End Gaming MacBook or iMac at WWDC 2020

Apple plans to announce a high-end gaming computer at its annual WWDC developers conference in 2020, according to a questionable and as-of-yet unsubstantiated report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News.

Details are slim, but the report claims that the computer may be a large-screen laptop or all-in-one desktop with a price tag of up to $5,000, suggesting that it could be either a MacBook Pro or an iMac Pro. The computer would supposedly be tailored towards esports, aka competitive video gaming.

While this would surely be great news for gamers, this report has yet to be backed by other sources, and the Economic Daily News has a mixed track record as it relates to Apple rumors. Just a few months ago, for example, the publication incorrectly claimed AirPods Pro would come in as many as eight colors.

Over the years, many gamers have been hopeful that Apple would eventually come around to full-fledged gaming on the Mac.

"I grew up playing games Doom, Quake, and Starcraft on Mac computers most of my life," esports journalist Rod Breslau told MacRumors. "Throughout that time as a loyal Apple user since a young age, I always hoped they would give even a the fraction of the attention to gaming that my friends got while they played on their PCs. That day never came, and I switched to a PC in my early teens and never looked back. It's almost 20 years later and Apple has still never cared about the gaming community. They're going to need more than Apple Arcade to make that happen."

"So to read that Apple might be developing a gaming-centric Mac on the heels of the popularity of esports is startling and welcome news, if not a bit bewildering," added Breslau. "I'd love for Apple to make a concerted effort for gaming on a Mac including all of the popular online competitive multiplayer games in esports that are all played on PC. But the skeptical side of me knows it's going to take a lot more than just Apple building a gaming computer to bring people over. They need the developers and publishers to be thinking of porting to Mac as a priority when they create their games, and winning over the industry will be as or more difficult as winning over consumers."

WWDC 2020 should take place in June like usual, so we're just over six months out.

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Year in Review: Everything Apple Introduced in 2019

2019 was a significant year for Apple, bringing new an updated three iPhone lineup, AirPods Pro with noise cancellation, the long-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro, and the modular high-end Mac Pro for Apple's professional user base.

There were also a ton of new services, including Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and the Apple Card. In the article below, we've created an overview of everything that Apple launched in 2019.

10.5-inch iPad Air (March)

Apple added a new iPad to its lineup in March, debuting the iPad Air. At 10.5 inches and with a $499 price tag, the iPad Air is designed to offer a middle-tier option that's between the expensive 11-inch iPad Pro and the affordable 10.2-inch seventh-generation iPad.

The iPad Air offers up a True Tone display and a design that's similar to the now-discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro, plus there's an A12 Bionic chip, Apple Pencil support, and a Smart Connector that allows it to work with Apple's Smart Keyboard.

The iPad Air's specs are identical to the iPad mini 5, but it has a much bigger body.

iPad mini 5 (March)

Apple in March introduced the first update to its iPad mini line in several years, launching the iPad mini 5 with True Tone support, a faster A12 Bionic chip, and, for the first time, Apple Pencil support.

The iPad mini is functionally identical to the iPad Air, but in Apple's smaller 7.9-inch tablet form factor. Pricing on the iPad mini starts at $399, making it more expensive than the seventh-generation iPad but more affordable than the iPad Air.

4K and 5K iMacs (March)

Apple refreshed its 4K and 5K iMacs in March with new processors and graphics options that make the new machines "freaking powerful," but there were no other design or display updates.

The iMacs are still using the same design that was introduced in 2012, but Apple's newest iMacs are its most powerful. The iMac Pro didn't get a 2019 refresh and hasn't been updated since it launched in 2017.

AirPods 2 (March)

Apple unveiled second-generation AirPods in March, adding an updated H1 chip with connectivity improvements and faster device swapping, plus "Hey Siri" support.

AirPods 2 come with an optional Wireless Charging Case that allows the AirPods to be charged using a Qi-based wireless charger. You can get the AirPods without the charging case for $159, or with the charging case for $199.

Aside from the chip updates and the new charging case, the AirPods 2 are identical to the AirPods 1 with the same five-hour battery life.

Apple News+ (March)

Apple made a major push into subscription services in 2019, and the first subscription to launch was Apple News+.

Apple News+ is priced at $9.99 per month in the U.S. and gives users access to hundreds of magazines and several paywalled news sites like The Wall Street Journal. Apple offered a free 30-day Apple News+ trial, but reports suggest the service just isn't popular with users and hasn't seen much growth since launch.

Powerbeats Pro (May)

Two months after introducing AirPods 2, Apple debuted the Powerbeats Pro under its Beats brand, offering up wire-free headphones that are aimed at fitness enthusiasts.

The Powerbeats Pro have an in-ear design with silicone tips and a wraparound wing that's designed to keep them in place even during vigorous activity. Priced at $250, the Powerbeats Pro are superior to AirPods in many ways, offering longer battery life and a more comfortable fit for some people due to the silicone ear tips.

Powerbeats Pro have the same H1 chip that's in the AirPods, which means they have all the same capabilities like fast device swapping, easy setup, and "Hey Siri" support. Powerbeats Pro are larger than AirPods, though, and the case doesn't support wireless charging.

13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro (May/July)

Apple staggered its MacBook Pro refreshes in 2019, overhauling the higher-end 13 and 15-inch models in May and then refreshing the entry-level model in July 2019. There was also another MacBook Pro refresh in October, but we'll get to that a bit later.

The MacBook Pro models gained new 8th and 9th-generation chips and updated graphics, along with butterfly keyboards said to be more durable. The most significant change was the addition of a Touch Bar across the entire lineup, adding the functionality to even the entry-level model.

Seventh-Generation iPod Touch (May)

Apple updated the iPod touch for the first time in several years in May, introducing a faster A10 Fusion chip. It's not as fast as more modern chips in current iPhones, but it's an improvement over what was in the sixth-generation iPod touch.

Apple made no other design changes to the iPod touch, and it continues to offer a 4-inch display and a body with a Home button but no Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

MacBook Air (July)

Apple updated the MacBook Air in July, lowering the starting price to $999 and introducing an updated display with True Tone support plus an updated butterfly keyboard that's supposed to be more durable.

There were no other design changes, and the 2019 MacBook Air uses the same redesign with Retina display that was first introduced in October 2018. Pricing on the MacBook Air now starts at $1,099 instead of $1,199.

Apple Card (August)

Apple in August introduced the Apple Card, its first ever credit card created in partnership with Goldman Sachs. The Apple Card is linked to Apple Pay and built right into the Wallet app, plus there's a physical titanium card to use for purchases.

Apple Card is meant to be easy to sign up for and easy to use, with everything handled in the Wallet app. You can see detailed reports on spending to keep track of what you've purchased, and make payments right on the iPhone.

Apple offers a Daily Cash rewards feature for Apple Card, which gives a percentage of each purchase back to you. You can get 1% for general purchases, 2% for all Apple Pay purchases, and 3% for Apple Pay purchases made from Apple or from select retailers like T-Mobile, Walgreens, Nike, and Duane Reade.

New Software (September/October)

In the fall, Apple released new software for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, debuting iOS 13, iPadOS 13, macOS Catalina, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6.

iOS 13 for the first time splits iOS into two separate operating systems -- iOS for iPhones and iPadOS for the iPad. The updates are ultimately close to identical, but iPadOS has some additional features designed for the larger screen of the iPad such as multitasking and Sidecar support.

The update brings an overhauled Photos app, new video editing capabilities, major privacy improvements, updated Maps, new HomeKit capabilities, and lots more.

macOS Catalina is a major change because it does away with the iTunes app in favor of separate Music, Movies, and Podcasts apps. It also has a new Sidecar feature for using the iPad as a secondary display for the Mac, there's a new Find My app, support for Screen Time, plus tons of additional features.

watchOS 6 introduced a dedicated App Store for the first time, making it possible to download apps right on the wrist. There's also a new Noise app for making sure the ambient noise around you isn't loud enough to damage hearing, and a new menstrual cycle tracking app for women.

Audiobooks, Calculator, and Voice Memos were brought to the Apple Watch, and there are new complications and watch faces.

tvOS 13 brought a new Home screen for the Apple TV, making it easier than ever to discover content, plus it includes the TV app, a new Control Center, multi-user support, and picture-in-picture mode.

iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max (September)

Introduced in September, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max are Apple's new flagship iPhones with updated A13 chips, new camera technology, Haptic Touch, faster Face ID, and more.

The iPhone 11 is Apple's affordable iPhone priced starting at $699, while the iPhone 11 Pro ($999) and Pro Max ($1099) are more expensive. The iPhone 11 is equipped with an aluminum frame, a glass body, and an LCD display, while the two higher-end iPhones feature a more durable stainless steel frame, a glass body, and OLED displays.

The iPhone 11 features a dual-lens camera with a wide-angle and new ultra wide-angle lens, while the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have triple-lens setup with a wide-angle camera, an ultra wide-angle camera, and a telephoto camera.

All of the new iPhones have much better photographic capabilities and support Night Mode, Apple's new feature that lets you take impressively crisp and clear photos even in the lowest lighting conditions.

Apple Watch Series 5 (September)

Apple didn't change a lot in the Apple Watch Series 5, and it continues to use the same chip that was in the Series 4. It does have an always-on display, though, which is the biggest difference between Series 4 and Series 5 models.

The always-on display allows the time and certain complications and apps to be visible at all times without the need to raise your wrist. Series 5 models also feature a new built-in compass feature and Compass app, along with new Ceramic options. Pricing on the Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399.

Seventh-Generation iPad (September)

Apple overhauled the entry-level iPad in September, adding a new 10.2-inch display while keeping the $329 price tag intact. The new display offers more viewing area, and it continues to support the Apple Pencil.

For the first time, the seventh-generation iPad works with the Smart Keyboard through a new Smart Connector. Other than the new display size and the addition of a Smart Connector, the seventh-generation iPad is identical to the sixth-generation model, using the same camera technology and A10 Fusion chip.

Apple Arcade (September)

Apple Arcade is another one of Apple's new services, offering access to hundreds of games for a $4.99 per month fee. Since Apple Arcade launched in September, Apple has been steadily adding new games, and there's a ton of content for that $4.99 fee.

Family Sharing is supported, so the monthly fee allows up to six family members to access Apple Arcade games. All Apple Arcade games are exclusive to Apple when it comes to mobile availability, and are from some big name partners like Cartoon Network, LEGO, and Konami.

Apple Arcade games can be played offline and have no ads or in-app purchases. All content is included in the monthly fee.

AirPods Pro (October)

Apple in October surprised us with the AirPods Pro, a new higher-end version of the AirPods with an overhauled design and active noise cancellation functionality.

The AirPods Pro have a design reminiscent of the original AirPods, but with silicone tips that fit into the ear canal to seal out noise for the noise cancellation technology.

Available only in white and priced at $249, the AirPods Pro also offer superior sound quality and a Transparency mode that lets you hear what's going on around you so you don't miss important announcements at airports and train stations.

AirPods Pro use the same H1 chip that's in the AirPods, and there's a vent system that's meant to minimize the discomfort common with other in-ear designs. AirPods Pro are water resistant with an IPX4 rating and also come with a wireless charging case that's bigger than the AirPods case because of its need to accommodate the larger tips.

Apple TV+ (November)

Apple TV+ is Apple's streaming television service, priced at $4.99 per month. There's a one-month free trial, and Apple is offering a free year of Apple TV+ to anyone who has bought a new iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, or iPod after September 10, 2019.

Apple is offering a free one-year subscription to new device owners because there's just not a lot of content on Apple TV+ at this time comparative to other streaming services.

Apple TV+ launched with a handful of TV shows like "For All Mankind," "The Morning Show," "See," and "Dickinson," but it will take some time for the company to build up a solid content catalog. Apple is adding new shows to Apple TV+ regularly, and all content can be watched by up to six family members using Family Sharing.

16-inch MacBook Pro (November)

Apple in November refreshed the MacBook Pro for the third time in 2019, introducing a new 16-inch model that replaces the 15-inch model that was just updated in May 2019.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a larger 16-inch display size with slimmer bezels, plus it has a new keyboard that eliminates the much-hated butterfly mechanism in favor of a new scissor mechanism that shouldn't be as prone to catastrophic failure.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses Intel's 9th-generation chips, along with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics. It supports up to 64GB of RAM and up to 8TB of storage space. It continues to have a Touch Bar and Touch ID, but Apple did make one useful change - the ESC key is no longer part of the Touch Bar and is now a standalone key.

Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR (December)

After introducing the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR earlier in the year, Apple launched the new hardware in December. The Mac Pro is a machine designed for professionals, and it features a new modular, upgradeable design with high-end hardware.

It supports Xeon chips with up to 28 cores, up to 1.5TB of memory, eight PCIe expansion slots, 4TB of SSD storage, and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs, plus there's an Apple-designed Apple Afterburner accelerator card that boosts ProRes performance. Pricing on the Mac Pro starts at $6,000 and goes up from there with each upgrade.

Apple is selling the Mac Pro alongside the Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch 6K Retina display that offers more than 20 million pixels. Its design matches the design of the Mac Pro, and it's priced starting at $5000. That price tag doesn't include the price of the stand, which is an additional $999.

What's Next?

Make sure to check out MacRumors tomorrow because we'll be highlighting all of the products that we expect to see from Apple in 2020. Some amazing things are on the horizon for 2020, like 5G iPhones and new iPhones and iPads with 3D laser camera technology.

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