The 2015 started with the launch of the Apple Watch, later followed by the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus, and the Apple TV 4 followed by iPad Pro and some rumors and speculation regarding iPhone 7, 4-inch iPhone model were a major year for Apple. 2016 is likely to be a big year for the Mac maker. Started back in 2007 when the iPhone was introduced, and since then it has been pivotal in shaping the Apple that we know today, for better, or for worse.
The Apple Watch introduced a whole new category and the new iOS 9 running iPhone duos saw the debut with 3D Touch, and the iPad Pro brought Apple’s largest iOS device yet in 2015. iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X 10.11 El Capitan brought refinements to Apple’s operating systems, and the fourth-generation Apple TV came with a brand new operating system, tvOS. In 2015, Apple’s products saw a huge number of software updates, and 2016 promises to be just as exciting.
Witness the launch of second-generation Apple Watch. In the works and could make its appearance in early 2016, while the new flaghsip iPhones, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus – coming in late 2016. Alongside those who love smaller devices will be expected to hear about the 4-inch iPhone 6c or 7C, may be coming early in this current year, and Apple’s Mac lineup is also expected to gain Skylake chip updates.
With 2016 now underway, things are set to get interesting over in Cupertino. With iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Macs floating around its Apple Stores, which will be big players this year and will see significant changes in their product lineups, is to be seen.
For you. Just what should we expect from Apple in 2016?
Starting with Apple Watch 2
Early 2016, the Apple Watch is although celberating its first birthday, if you use its release date rather than announcement for such things, and rumors are surfacing to swirl as to what the second-gen Watch will entail and when it will be available to buy. A special media event in March set to unveil both the new Watch and a new, smaller iPhone alongside tipped. New hardware, such as a FaceTime camera are likely, though we’re less sure about the camera than we are, say, faster internals.
Recent rumors suggest the Apple Watch 2 will perhaps include some of the sensors that were nixed from the first version, including skin conductivity, blood oxygen level, and blood pressure. It could include features like a FaceTime camera to allow Apple Watch users to make and receive FaceTime calls and an upgraded Wi-Fi chip that may allow the Apple Watch to do more without an iPhone.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
It will come at the tail end of 2016, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus likely making their debut in September in line with past iPhone launches. Expected that Apple to continue offering the iPhones in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes, but could also get a redesigned external chassis because 2016 marks a major upgrade year. Set to arrive in its usual September time slot, the new flagship iPhone will come with a redesigned chassis and improved internals. With 256GB storage option said to be likely.
Rumors of the new iPhone 7 being waterproof aren’t too much of a stretch given the iPhone 6s’s uncanny ability to withstand quite a soaking. It is believed that the upcoming iPhone 7 ditch the 3.5mm earphones jack as we are all so familiar with. Finally, also be getting rid of those antenna lines though! Details about the exterior of the phone and its internal updates are largely unknown at this early date, expected to bring with it a thinner body, an improved processor, and a better camera. Flagship features like 3D Touch and Touch ID will continue to be available, and likely has additional features planned to make its latest iPhone stand out.
Apple is expected to continue using in-cell display panels for the iPhone 7, which will allow it to sink the thickness of the device, making as thin as 6.1mm iPod touch. Likely to include TFT-LCD display as the AMOLED tecxhnology and which according tro rumors suggesting that Apple to be working on is not yeat ready for use in iOS devices.
The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7 may continue to ship with 2GB RAM, while the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus may ship with 3GB RAM.
Since the launch of the large-screened iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is rumored to be working on an upgraded 4-inch iPhone for sutomers who prefer smaller screens. Speculated to be announced alongside the new Apple Watch at the March event, an iPhone 6c would see a new 4-inch device go on sale for the first time in a couple of years. The iPhone 6c is rumored to be launching during the first months of 2016, and it’s another device that could potentially make an appearance at Apple’s rumored March event.
Described as a cross between an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 6, with an aluminum body and iPhone 6-style curved cover glass. Suggesting that it will come in multiple colors like the iPod touch 6, but hasn’t been confirmed officially yet. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has pointed towards “two or three” color options for the device, but he did not specify which colors. The device with an A9 processor and 2GB RAM, the iPhone 6c could be on par with the iPhone 6s when it comes to raw performance.
Features other than aforementioned on iPhone 6c include a 1,642 mAh battery, 8MP rear-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 1.2MP front sensor, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1 and won’t include 3D Touch, but likely to get NFC support to enable Apple Pay functionality.
iPad Air 3 (Early-to-Mid 2016)
Good news is that the iPad Air 3 may not be too far away if rumors are to be believed and the bad news is that it is highly unlikely to feature the same 3D Touch tech that is available in the iPhone 6s, nor carry the same sen-capable technology of the iPad Pro. May launch during the first half of 2016.
With upgraded processor to improve performance, the iPad Air could offer RAM upgrades and camera improvements. Faster, more capable and likely thinner and lighter than the iPad Air 2, the third generation Air will be quite a machine. Probably.
MacBook Air (Early-to-Mid 2016)
Following the launch of the Retina MacBook in April 2015, the future of the MacBook Air became uncertain and the notebook computer that Apple believes most people should buy. The Air is likely to get a significant update that could make it one of Apple’s most interesting products once again. The MacBook Air will continue to exist alongside the Retina MacBook and the Retina MacBook Pro, offering a compromise between performance, portability, and cost.
The MacBook Air, though it lacks the power of the Retina MacBook Pro and its display, will continue to be popular with consumers for its low price point. Plans to launch 13 and 15-inch MacBook Air models during the third quarter of 2016 and unveiling the machines around the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2016).
12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro
All of those doesn’t expect any huge changes. CPU bumps, hopefullyt some price drops and maybe some rejigging of the currently available configurations are likely the order of the day here. The rumor does not mention an 11-inch MacBook Air, suggesting it will potentially be phased out in favor of larger screen sizes and to let the 12-inch Retina MacBook stand out as the sole ultraportable machine. If 2016 MacBook Air does goes official, it will likely to include Intel’s next-generation Skylake chips, which will offer 19-percent faster CPU performance, 34 percent faster Intel HD graphics, and 1.4 hours of additional battery life compared to the equivalent Broadwell chips in current MacBook Air models. Skylake U-Series 15-watt chips appropriate for the MacBook Air will be shipping in early 2016.
Chances are still purporting as the information shared about the alleged 13 and 15-inch MacBook Air could instead apply to the Retina MacBook Pro.
5K Cinema Display, Apple TV 5, iPad Pro 2, iPad mini 5
Apple although rumored to be working on a 5K Cinema Display until the day it makes one. The next Apple TV will possibly support 4K video via a new CPU configuration, though is Apple TV revisions of the past are anything to bo by. Likely to arrive in 2020 rather than 2016. The iPad Pro 2 and iPad mini are ready to receive incremental updates this year. But it’s also just as likely Apple will wait until mid-to-late 2017 to introduce a second-generation iPad Pro.
With Apple seemingly shifting away from a yearly upgrade cycle for its iPad lineup, we may not see an iPad mini 5 in 2016. Apple has signaled its intention to continue offering the iPad in three screen sizes to meet different customer needs.
iOS 10, OS X 10.12, watchOS 3, tvOS 10
(Betas in mid 2016, release in Fall)
Each September, Apple launches an updated version of iOS to accompany its latest iPhones. In 2016, the company is expected to debut iOS 10, successor to iOS 9. Have WWDC on the horizon soon enough, that alone should keep us all busy, with iOS 10, OS X 10.12, watchOS 3 and possibly even a new version of tvOS being shown off.
The expected date of iOS 10 debut is unknown, but both the iOS 8 and iOS 9 focused more on features than design, so it quite possible iOS 10 will be an update that introduces more significant design changes, similar to iOS 7. If iOS 10 is the equivalent of what OS X brought to the table for the Mac, then we could be in for quite a year on our iPhones and iPads!
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