Apple Products 2019: These 3 New Devices May Drop by Early Next Year
The tech giant’s October event saw the most drastic iPad Pro redesign in its history, but with a $799 starting price the device was clearly tailored for the higher-end market. That’s why it’s not too surprising that a couple of Asian news outlets with access to Apple’s supply chain have already reported that the company will start the year by refreshing some of its slightly more affordable tablets.
A new iPad mini, entry-level iPad, and an AirPods wireless charging case could all make a debut before the first-half of 2019 is over. Here’s what we could see from each.
Apple Products 2019: iPad mini 5
On Tuesday the China Times reported that the iPad mini 5 will hit shelves early in 2019. The article that Inverse translated using Google Translate said a low-cost iPad mini would be put into production by the end of December. This bolsters Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s past prediction about a new iPad mini in the works.
Apple decreased the price of its smallest iPad back in March 2017 with the 128GB variant now priced at $399. But the tiny tablet hasn’t received a full upgrade since 2015.
The report didn’t speculate how much an iPad mini 5 would cost or what exactly the new products would look like. But internal updates, an improved display, and potential Apple Pencil 2 support seem like likely possibilities.
Apple Products 2019: 10-Inch iPad
The same article stated that brand-new entry-level iPad could also see the light of day. Apple launched a $329, 9.7-inch iPad in March but a slightly larger, seventh generation model with a slimmer frame could be here very soon.
The China Times reports these two tablet updates are a push to fortify weak iPad sales.
Much like the iPad mini updates, it’s feasible that the 10-inch entry-level iPad could include marginal internal updates and Apple Pencil 2 support.
Apple Products 2019: AirPods Wireless Charging Case
Finally in a separate report, Kuo predicted that the AirPods will finally get their long-awaited wireless charging case. This won’t be a complete AirPods 2 overhaul, but the company could finally make good on an accessory that was announced in 2017.