Apple report details iPhone Pro, AirPods 3, iPad upgrades, much more

Apple report details iPhone Pro, AirPods 3, iPad upgrades, much more
The iPhone XS Max and 2019 AirPods

Apple is readying an onslaught of hardware products that’ll be announced over the next few months. The first of these will seemingly arrive in less than three weeks and today a new report by Bloomberg has detailed the company’s plans.

Pro iPhones with big camera upgrades and co-processor

According to people familiar with the situation, Apple is preparing to announce three new iPhone models at an event next month. The lineup will reportedly include two ‘Pro’ models that’ll succeed last year’s iPhone XS series and a cheaper iPhone XR replacement which could be branded as ‘iPhone 11’ or simply ‘iPhone.’

This year’s premium models, as previous reports have indicated, will include a triple-camera system on the back that consists of a primary sensor, a telephoto camera, and an ultra-wide-angle alternative which grants access to a 120º field of view. The setup will capture three images simultaneously before stitching them together with the help of artificial intelligence to create a better photo that doesn’t cut out any important details.

Apple’s next-gen photographic system will take higher resolution pictures that can rival “some traditional cameras.” Improvements in “very low-light environments” are to be expected too in addition to drastically upgraded video recording capabilities. According to sources, the Cupertino-based company has developed a feature that allows video to be retouched while being recorded. Users should also be able to apply effects, alter colors, reframe, and crop. 

The non-Pro iPhone 11 won’t be receiving a third wide-angle camera like its premium siblings but it should still inherit some important upgrades. Specifically, the smartphone’s expected to include a dual-camera system that’ll boast a 2x telephoto zoom camera and ultimately support an enhanced portrait mode. 

All 2019 iPhones are set to include Apple’s yet-to-be-announced A13 processor paired with a new co-processor chip known internally as “matrix” or “AMX.” This will handle certain math-heavy tasks and may result in an improved augmented reality experienced. Speaking of which, Apple is readying new 3D cameras for its 2020 iPhone series that’ll take this to the next level.

Reverse wireless charging, improved Face ID, better water resistance

Almost one year after Huawei first introduced the feature and around six months after Samsung announced its alternative, Apple has reportedly created its own reverse wireless charging system that’ll be present on this year’s ‘Pro’ models. The feature will let users power-up their AirPods by placing them on the iPhone’s rear. It should also work with the Apple Watch and other Qi-ready products.

This year’s premium models will be identical from the front to the iPhone XS and XS Max that they replace but some important changes have apparently been made. According to today’s report, a new multi-angle Face ID system that works even when the devices are flat on a table will be present. Additionally, Apple has reportedly enhanced water resistance dramatically. So much so that users should be able to submerge the new iPhones for far longer than 30 minutes. 

Other changes will reportedly include a new “shatter-resistance” technology and a matte finish on the rear with some colors. Also worth pointing out is the presence of updated OLED displays which will ditch the 3D Touch system in favor of more advanced Haptic Touch.

New entry-level iPad and updated iPad Pros

Corroborating previous information, Bloomberg believes Apple will announce a new 10.2-inch entry-level iPad that’ll replace the existing 9.7-inch model. Exact details are yet to be revealed but a reduction in the thickness of bezels is to be expected alongside significant internal upgrades and potentially a dual-camera system on the rear.

In addition to this, the California-based company is reportedly preparing some upgrades to its iPad Pro series. The devices will look identical to the existing models from the front but should boast an iPhone Pro-like triple-camera system on the rear. Additionally, internal upgrades that’ll likely involve the addition of Apple’s A13X chip are to be expected.

No upgrades to Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini lines are expected at this moment.

Apple Watch Series 5, premium AirPods, and a cheaper HomePod

The Apple Watch has been upgraded on an annual basis for several years now and 2019 looks set to be no different. But after introducing some rather drastic changes twelve months ago, it seems the company is preparing only minimal changes for this year’s update.

Bloomberg says Apple will be focusing primarily on the added features that watchOS 6 introduces and some new case finishes which should include ceramic and titanium model. Some internal upgrades are possible but concrete info is yet to emerge.

While on the topic of wearables, it seems a pair of premium AirPods is currently in the works. The version will be more expensive than the current $159 pair but should include new features such as water resistance and noise cancellation. Apple was initially planning a launch alongside this year’s iPhones but the introduction has now been pushed back until next year. 

Completing Apple’s lineup of products is HomePod. The original continues to sell pretty poorly across the globe due to its high $300 price and it seems the company is planning to address this issue with a cheaper model that’ll have just two tweeters instead of the current model’s seven.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh
iPhone 11
  • Display 6.1" 828 x 1792 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3110 mAh



1. umaru-chan

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Good, this year Galaxy note is not getting much attention because of its lack of exciting features. Apple's Pro model will totally hammer the mediocre note series.

3. nikhil23

Posts: 505; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Most of the features mentioned above are already present in Note series like triple camera with wide angle lens, reverse wireless charging. There is a reason Apple calls them "best iphone" but not "best phone".

5. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

They can’t call them best phone because best phone doesn’t exist. No-one can call their phone to be best, because best phone is different for everyone. No company can say that about anything if it can’t be measured somehow and very rarely it can. I’m working with hundreds of companies and no-one have ever said that in their advertising. One wanted, but forgot it and understood that they can’t say that.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well the best phone would never be an iPhone because they haven't had the best hardware for many years. Apple's iPhones have been playing catch-up. Even the new iPhones that are about to arrive are doing exactly that, playing catch-up. Many Android smartphones have had multiple cameras for many years, especially the wide angle cameras. The Note 10+ has 4 cameras and one of them is a depth camera. There is already a number of Android smartphones with depth sensor cameras. Something that is coming in the 2020 iPhone. Apple is using the pro word, but let's see how much storage and ram these new iPhones come with. Plus if the iPhone doesn't do real multitasking with split screen multitasking. What about a desktop mode? Then it's just a pro in name only. Umara-chan is clearly delusional, especially when the note 10 comes standard with a minimum of 8gb of ram and 256 GB of storage. The 10+ comes with 12 GB of RAM. You also get a pen or stylus that has 4096 levels of sensitivity as a standard with every note. What is Apple going to have for their minimum storage? 64 GB still? 128 GB? It still won't beat the Note 10. Samsung has said themselves that they have already had more than double the preorder from last year's note 9.

12. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”Well the best phone would never be an iPhone” IPhone is best phone for me and many many others, that’s why we keep using it and buying another iPhone. And why you keep repeating those specs over and over again? Seriously no-one cares.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You say no one cares about specs, yet why is Apple adding more specs to each and every iPhone every year? Why 3 cameras this year? Is it because even mid range Android smartphones come with 3 cameras, including wide angle cameras? What about storage I guess that is a spec in your eyes that doesn't matter? Why is a new coprocessor being added to help out with camera and video? Well that's because Qualcomm and others have been beating the piss out of Apple's camera for a number of years now. The competition have better HDR, night modes, and more. Apple's cameras and software has been falling behind. I guess these specs do not matter to you as well. Why improve and add in a new SoC every year, especially if the iPhone doesn't take advantage of it. Why is Apple updating and adding in new hardware specs at all? I mean if specs don't matter, like you said midan.

16. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wow you clearly don’t understand. We aren’t buying specs. We want Apple to show how we benefit from these specs. You can read from specs that it has 3 cameras and then Android people say they have had these long time ago. Which Android phone does this ”The setup will capture three images simultaneously before stitching them together with the help of artificial intelligence to create a better photo that doesn’t cut out any important details.” If you know phone i want to see how well it works in use, because that sounds very useful feature.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Grabbing three images simultaneously is not hard if the hardware specs can handle it. Sure that's great, but the Note 10 and many Android smartphones can do that as well. Even the S10 that came out earlier this year has dual video capture mode. Not to mention better bokeh modes, night modes that take multiple images to get as much light as possible. As of today all of Apple's iPhones have no dual mode video capture, or live HDR+ video capture, or night mode. All of which is on lots of Android smartphones. Oh, and yes they are using artificial intelligence as well. I wonder if Apple is also going to introduce a dual camera video capture as well? So iPhones users can benefit from those specs, like Android smartphones. Is there going to be a night mode? Oh I am sure Apple will come up with another name to fool the ignorant and gullible loyal followers in to thinking Apple is first, like yourself.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 855 can grab from three cameras simultaneously. Look at its specs. Oh, yeah sorry specs don't matter to you midan.

22. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”is there going to be a night mode? ” Why you talk about that crap? Seriously does anyone use it really? And if they do why? If Apple will do something similar i really hope they do lot better with it than current ones. Seriously all night mode photos look crap, just like we saw in the phonearena test. And why didn’t you answer to my guestion? Which Android phone combines ultra wide image with normal camera and combine them together so you have lot more space to crop your photo the way you You propably didn’t even understand how that feature works.

25. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The PhoneArena test was a joke. Especially when they compared three smartphones that have night mode to Apple's iPhone XS that doesn't have a night mode. The test proved that PhoneArena was at it again. Especially with those made up scores. I especially like how the first test images showed two of the smartphones that had night mode, but it was not enabled, and they had scores of 6 and 4. The iPhone had a score of 5. First of all nobody would use any of those images to begin with let alone give them mid range scores of 6, 5, or 4. Victor clearly pulled those scores out of his butt. So why didn't Victor make sure night mode was enabled for all the cameras? The results would have been completely different, especially since two of them would be able to see in that completely dark situation. That would have lowered the iPhone score even lower, and raised the scores of the other smartphones. Many tests on PhoneArena are exactly that BS.

26. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I couldn’t care less about the scores they gave, i meant all the night mode photos look like crap, bright turd like i said in that article. And what you really expect? it’s just computing, it does the same algorhitms for the photo and sometimes it works better and sometimes not. Most times it makes photos look very unreal and weird looking, just like in phonearena test. Like i said only usable photos there were those Neon light photos. That Scenario had enough real light to make good looking photo in dark I tried to find a poll about who use night mode, i found one S10 poll, 57% said they wish it would be better and only 8% said they use it.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You could care less about the scores they gave. Yet you care enough to make a comment to talk about one photo where the iPhone and everyone else had lots of light to work with. So not really a good use of night mode per say for that scene. Even though the iPhones don't have a night mode. Plus overall the iPhone XS came in dead last in the article. Yet you feel the need to put down the others and pump up your iPhone love with one picture that didn't require a night mode. Yeah okay midan you proved once again that you don't know what you are talking about. But since iPhones were dead last in that article, well I guess it's because iPhones don't have a night mode. Right midan, so let's pump up iPhone another way by pointing at this. See focus on this, or that, because let's not show focus or let anyone know that the iPhones are filled with deficiencies. That poll you mention, you have to twist that as well and lie. It was a Samsung poll all about night mode, and 8% said they never use it. 18% at the time we're still waiting for the night mode update. 9% it was good enough for the job, 7% said it worked great. See midan why you can't be trusted. You make up crap and lie all the time, or you twist the truth.

33. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”Results: Well, as we expected, most people think the Night mode on the Galaxy S10 should have been better, with 57 percent of voters having that opinion. 9 percent of voters think it’s fine for the few times they need it, while 7 percent think it’s great. 8 percent believe the automatic shooting mode is all they need” Yes sorry i was wrong, it was only 7% who use it. Even worse. ”So not really a good use of night mode per say for that scene.” The point is that there isn’t good use for night mode. That’s why no-one use it, the results are very bad. Gsmarena Note 10 review. Cons: ”The Night mode needs more work.”

37. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No, that would mean 16% said it's either great, or it's a good option to have. See what I mean about you twisting results. Or just flat out being a liar. See you have to put down the others, yet they have a night mode. The iPhone doesn't, period. What about the Pixel night mode? No comments about that, or the Huawei night mode? Hmm, midan? You put them all in the same category. By saying they all need work and they all look like crap. But when Apple gets it, you will be like it's the best out there. That same old crap from you is to be expected. The real funny thing is you don't own any Android smartphones. Yet you like to pretend that you know what you are talking about.

39. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”But when Apple gets it, you will be like it's the best out there.” That is expected knowing Apple.

32. Matte_Black13

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Because some of us aren't always inside when it's dark? We're out with friends on a patio, with my niece trick or treating, etc?

24. QuantumRazer

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

So far no Android phones can record video HDR as good as Apple does. Some phones like S10 and Xperia 1 can capture HDR videos using the companies' OWN video formats, but they look crap as soon as you start watching them on other phones' or laptops' displays since those formats don't have any compatibility whatsoever with anything but the devices that videos are recorded on. HDR10+ videos from S10, for example, look absolutely horrible unless you watch them on S10. As for the Apple's version of night mode, just you wait. The next iPhone will definitely have one and hopefully XS and Xr as well through software updates.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You have got to be kidding. Lots of Android smartphones have auto HDR mode, and can record live HDR10+ with 4k. IPhones can't do live HDR10+ recording, and they don't have auto HDR mode. It happens to be a standard, and you can view them on other devices that support HDR10+. You clearly don't know what you are talking about. I love the part where you said just you wait for Apple's night mode. That seems to be a reoccurring theme for Apple these days. That is why Apple is in continuous catch-up mode.

41. QuantumRazer

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I hope you're kidding me. All Android phones have auto HDR in PHOTO mode, but not in VIDEO mode. And by "other devices that support HDR10+", which one are you talking about? No phones or laptops apart from Galaxy S10, Note 10 and OnePlus 7 Pro can play HDR10+ properly. As I said it's Samsung's own HDR standard so not many displays on the market actually support that format, and it's screwed once you upload it to SNS. Even Xperia 1's HDR videos recorded in HLG format, which is supposed to display correct colors when viewed on non-HDR display, are having various issues with contrast and colors in multiple situations. "That is why Apple is in continuous catch-up mode" But it'll be better than Galaxy Note 10's or Mate 30 Pro's Night Mode algorithmically, trust me :)

40. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Apple doesn’t play catch up, people doesn’t buy an iPhone for the features that were in some android phones but came to iPhone later, they buy it for the things that were never in android and will never be. The catch up things are just add ons to an already great device. iPhone X is a great iPhone but next year they added some extra “catch up” things to an already great product. Now iPhone XS is still the best phone but they’ll add more great things to it this year for new users and upgraders. You should understand people won’t buy iPhone 11 for 3 cameras but that’ll come as a sweet upgrade to the next version of iPhone. It keeps getting better though it’s already the best.

43. oldskool50 unregistered

That is a lie Android phone got bigger, Apple copied it and sold more phones. Apple copied FPS, eve if it I'd another type, it still FPS. Apple is copying lots of things from Android and many do buy an iPhone because those features exist. Android phones have dual and triple, quad and more cameras before Apple did. Many people will buy this new iPhone just because it has a triple camera like Android. You guys lie so much its frikkin pathetic. You all are worse than Trump!!!

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 1866; Member since: May 17, 2017

Good comment, and I'm not kidding at all. I completely agree.

42. oldskool50 unregistered

Yet the Note and S are rated the best phone. Gosh how stupid is what you said. There is a best phone, like there is a best car, and a best in any category. Gosh. Just because the iPhone isnt the est, doesnt mean nothing else can be. No device on the planet beats the Note in every metric. That means it is the best. Just like the tallest building I'm the world is the best at being tall. Just like Apple fanboys are the best at being stupid

44. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Wow you are stupid, there isn’t such a thing called best car, not one single car company can say their car is best. I’ve done hundreds car commercials and never anyone have said that their cars are best. Some tyre brands can say their tyres are test winners, but they can’t say their tyres are best. We clearly found another subject where you have no idea what you are talking about. I do ads for a living and if companies could say that about their products they of course would use it, it’s like best advertising to you product what you can ever get, too bad you just can’t say it because it’s a lie. Just like Note isn’t best phone. For the starters it’s way too big for most.

15. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

”The setup will capture three images simultaneously before stitching them together with the help of artificial intelligence to create a better photo that doesn’t cut out any important details.” How well this work with Note10? I wanna know because this is kind a feature i would have needed quite many times and sounds great to have.

17. G1dream

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yes but thats not exciting for the note. It's only exciting for the iPhone because they get deprived of features. Maybe they'll get the exciting feature of fast charging out the box this time.

29. Georgio

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Usually iPhones are deprived of the useless features;Android phones are full of them.

8. thxultra

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The new iphone will probably only have 64gig of storage also. The new DEX for PC mode is huge for the note apple has nothing like this. As others have said all these other features were on the S10+ which was released months ago. Apple makes nice phones don't get me wrong but what exciting new features are there here. One thing Apple does really well is their OS is really efficient. I have had many iphones and would buy another but honestly this year based on the leaks I'm not excited. Hopefully they have a surprise when they demo the new phone.

2. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Shame the Airpods have been pushed back, I so hope they do have a rubber coating so they would finally stay in my ears.

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