Massive leak details Apple's 2019 roadmap: New iPhones, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, MacBook, more

Massive leak details Apple's 2019 roadmap: New iPhones, iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, MacBook, more
When it comes to leaking Apple secrets, few are as adept as insider Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a nearly pristine track record for disclosing Cupertino's plans way ahead of their due time. That's why when Ming-Chi Kuo speaks, many listen, and that's precisely what happened just a while ago - the insider came up with a round of pretty saucy information regarding Apple's hardware roadmap for 2019. 

Have in mind that the information detailed below only reflects on the hardware side of things although Apple might have release a slew of software services as well, namely news, video, and even gaming subscription offerings. All of these could go official as soon as march 25, when Apple's reportedly hosting an event. You can read more about these right here.

With that in mind, let's delve right into the gist of things, starting with the...


First and foremost, Apple is tipped to release three new iPhone models in 2019, just as it did last year. The successors of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR are said to retain the same general design, display size, and notch area of the current iPhone lineup. This means we are getting a 5.8" iPhone XI, 6.5" iPhone XI Max, and a 6.1" second-gen iPhone XR. The rumors for an OLED iPhone XR seem to be trampled by Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicts that the iPhone XR successor will once again come with an LCD display, whereas OLED seems to remain an exclusive for the "premium" iPhones. 

Additionally, Apple might employ frosted-glass casing, which should be similar to what Google did with the Pixel 3/3XL. Improvements for Face ID, battery life, as well as reverse "bilateral" wireless charging are also tipped to be part of the shebang. Triple cameras are also coming to Apple's 2019 phone lineup; supposedly, the third camera to join the fray on the iPhone XI and XI Max will be a ToF (Time of Flight) camera, which resolves distance based on the speed of light and would allow for very accurate 3D space-sensing. Galaxy S10+ 5G is reportedly scoring one of these as well, here's what they can do

Despite the rumors that Apple could bring USB-C to its phone lineup, Ming-Chi Kuo has it that Lightning will remain the port of choice for yet another year in a row. Probably 2020 will be it, eh, Apple? 

As far as actual improvements go so far, the 2019 crop of iPhones will score ultra-wide band antennas, previously-known as "pulse radio", which is a rather useful technology that uses very low energy level for short-range, high-bandwidth communications over a large portion of the radio spectrum. UWB has lots of applications, with some of the more intriguing being precision indoors locating & tracking, "see-through-the-wall" radar imaging, low-power communication with other peripherals, and even fitness monitoring that keeps tabs on the vital signs of the human body, such as heart rate and respiration signals as well as human gait analysis and fall detection. 


Apple is tipped to be upgrading the 9.7" iPad with 10.5" display, which would hint at a design change to accommodate the larger display, which would likely be sourced from LG Display. As you might imagine, we suppose that the iPad Pro's new design will trickle down to the regular iPad, eliminating the home button from one of its last stands. There's a chance we could hear about this design change at the upcoming March 25 event that Apple's reportedly hosting, but we wouldn't really hold our collective breaths.

Aside from the 9.7" iPad, the iPad mini 4 is also getting updated with a newer chipset, which would certainly postpone the death of the smallest iPad lineup. As a reminder, the iPad mini 4 is powered by the Apple A8 chipset, which was used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. 

Apple Watch

The fifth generation of the Apple Watch family is tipped to be scoring a new ceramic casing of its own, whereas one of the more intriguing new Apple features--the ECG--is reportedly scheduled to arrive in a trove of other countries. As a reminder, the ECG feature is currently available in the United States only.

Of course, should Apple release a new Apple Watch in September, it would probably score quite a few more features, but Ming-Chi Kuo only slipped so many beans.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the second-gen AirPods will begin shipping sometime in H1 2019. This corroborates with our expectations for second-gen AirPods to be unveiled at the rumored Apple event at March 25

The rumor mill suggest that the second-gen AirPods will retain the overall appearance of the earbuds and the case itself, with one big novelty - AirPods 2 are expected to come in black! The earbuds are also said to feature a brand new coating that will improve in-ear grip and make it that much harder for the AirPods to fall off your ears. Sound improvements are also a highly-anticipated.

You can learn more about the second-gen Apple earbuds right below.

Mac & MacBook

Apple's computer lineup is also on the verge of a big update. Ming-Chi Kuo says that the MacBook Pro will be updated with an all-new design and will be available in 16"-16.5" sizes. The same applies to the Mac Pro, which is rumored to be a modular ordeal for easier upgrades. Finally, Apple's tipped to be releasing a mind-boggling 31.6" 6K monitor with wow-worthy sharpness. Meanwhile, a new version of the the 13" MacBook Pro will come along with 32GB of RAM. 



1. notfair

Posts: 753; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Just 2 days ahead of MWC. . What a coincidence...

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 621; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Seven days, MWC starts next Monday

14. notfair

Posts: 753; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Yes, sorry, I ment before sammy announcement

28. Phullofphil

Posts: 1820; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It will be a disappointment to people with iPhone 10 or 10s but still a solid phone. There is not going to be huge innovation anymore. Just a hardware race. Under screen cameras and foldable phones. 3D Ar stuff

30. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

naaaah!! Pure coincidence!! /s Just watch the next days how many Apple articles will come..

2. shiv179

Posts: 175; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

reverse "bilateral" wireless charging - Huawei and Samsung :D

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah but it's Apple now, so they will implement this better.../s

19. Be_Mine

Posts: 285; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Yep... Just like they did with the Fast Charging, eh?

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha and wireless charging ;)

23. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Stop dying that. We have seen how they implemented cases with battery. First gen iPad pencil charging, wireless charging and their charging cables are pathetic and gets broken easily. They were exceptional sometime back. Not anymore.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Stop dying or saying? And u did notice the /s at the end right?

34. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Sorry I meant “Saying”.

35. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No need to apologize for typos :)

32. slashas

Posts: 142; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

What for that future when they cannot reach 4000mah, that reverse charging useless for iPhones.

3. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

OK iPhone 2019 same ugly design iCrap 2018

6. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Don't worry. The CPU will be probably ... % faster!

29. ryanbbn

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2019

Hey here you are trolling lol

5. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

So essentially the same phones from 2018 and 2017? Sales should be great

15. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oh but wait...maybe they will be available in red!!!

18. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

Perfect comment. I see nothing new this year. Just another non innovative boring apple year. Skip.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

they will keep the same design for a very long time like the 6 to the 8.


Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Doesn't make sense. Why make a new iPod when people want the SE2?

9. alligator

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

2019 keynote - This is the most innovative iPhone ever made!

27. Phullofphil

Posts: 1820; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

If you upgrade anything it would be the most innovative. It’s a hollow statement to begin with so make fun of it correctly please.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31273; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I sure hope the software gets a shot in the arm, cause the phones ain't. SMDH Apple.

12. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Reverse charging on iPhones? With those tiny batteries? Nah someone's smoking rotten apples.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Most likely they'll limit it to wireless charge airpods and Apple pencil only

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Another S year...this makes no sense. Why is Apple playing the conservative card. This doesn’t generate growth.

37. Allday28

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Because Tim Cook is in charge. This guy needs to go!

16. cmdacos

Posts: 4253; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yawwwn. Guess the dinosaur unibrow is sticking around...

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