What does Apple have in store for us in 2020?
2019 has been an exciting year full of technological developments. We’ve been treated to three huge events by Apple already: the release of new subscription services TV+, News+ and Apple Card in late March, the unveiling of the new Mac Pro and display at WWDC in June, and the recent launch of the new iPhone collection along with the new 10.2-inch iPad in September.
In this article, we review what you can expect from upcoming Apple events in the last quarter of 2019, and the whole of 2020.
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Apple’s events usually take place 4 times a year:
• March, or spring (education and creativity themes, often includes iPads)
• June (WWDC - mostly software, sometimes high-end/pro hardware)
• September (iPhones and Apple Watches)
• October (iPads and sometimes consumer-focused Macs)
According to rumours, Apple’s 2020 iPhones will introduce 5G wireless chips for first the time to enhance the phones with faster cellular speeds. Also, the exciting phones will be equipped with laser-powered time-of-flight 3D rear camera for significant improvements to AR experiences.
2020 iPad Pro
According to some experts, the much-anticipated 3D time-of-flight sensor feature which is predicted to be added to the 2020 iPhone models, could be featured in the 2020 iPad Pro models first. Using the iPad Pro’s camera, you will be able to capture 3D models and edit them with Apple Pencil.
Rumour has it that Apple are currently working on an all-new third-generation AirPods. As well as featuring a new design, the AirPods will feature improved water resistance and possibly noise cancellation.
Apple is also planning on releasing a second version of the HomePod – a breakthrough speaker that adapts to its location and delivers high-fidelity audio wherever it’s playing. The new version will feature a lower price point to make it more affordable for consumers, but may feature two tweeters rather than seven; potentially resulting in lower audio quality.
AR Smart Glasses
Apple is reportedly working on a pair of smart glasses to debut at some point in 2020. The augmented reality smart glasses will allow you to see and manipulate virtual elements in the real world. The groundwork for the pair of smart glasses was laid at the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. Some of the expected features of the glasses include a dedicated display, built-in processor, and a Reality Operating System (“ROS”). The glasses will support applications such as mapping and texting, and input will be via touch panels, voice activation, and head gestures.
Overall, it’s safe to say that Apple is gearing up for an incredible 2020, with significant updates for factor and software features to be made. In addition to the ones we’ve listed, other new features that could debut in 2020 include Sleep Monitoring for the Apple Watch; allowing users to track their sleep duration and quality as part of Apple Watch’s expanding wellness features. Furthermore, some analysts expect Apple to introduce an inter-device charging concept; allowing users to charge their Apple device by connecting it to another Apple device – such as charging their AirPods via their iPhones.