2014 was the year of the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. 2015 is a new year. So with a new year we will see a new iPhone, a new iPad a new iOS and other updates. We know this in the same way that we know the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening. However, we would like to take an in depth look at what Apple is likely to offer us fan boys (and girls) in 2015.
This may be the biggest iPad update update to date. Over the last few years Apple gave us the iPad mini and that was great. It seems though that Apple wants to have a go at the other end of the spectrum. Instead of going small they want to go big with the iPad pro. Rumours suggest a massive screen within the 12.2 to 12.9 inch range. What will this new iPad be called? Internet rumours suggest multiple names: iPad plus, iPad pro or iPad air plus.
There is hope that the iPad pro will offer slim bezels and a thin design. It’s likely to feature the same hardware as current iPads with faster processors and more RAM. Does this mean though the iPad mini has run its course? Or will there be a three product line up?
This is an obvious one. If history has taught us anything, it’s that the new iPhone will use a very similar form factor and design with beefed up hardware. It will most likely be called the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. Like most “S” upgrades, the camera should see a major upgrade (even though it’s already arguably the best smartphone camera out there) along with upgrades to the processor and RAM.
An interesting rumour suggests that Apple may reintroduce the 4 inch form factor (like the iPhone 5 and 5S). Many people have found even the smaller iPhone 6 with the 4.7 inch screen to be slightly large. Does this mean that the iPhone lineup will also offer a three product lineup? it’s possible and it would be very interesting to see what design Apple comes up with for the new 4 inch phone.
The current Apple TV hasn’t received a significant hardware upgrade since 2012. So a refresh is definitely on the cards for 2015. Some rumours suggest that the new Apple TV might literally be a TV. A full on television with the Apple TV interface built in. However this seems unlikely and it is probably more realistic to expect a “box” like the current Apple TV. It wouldn’t surprise us to see the new Apple TV feature Siri integration, a more iOS like interface, email app, an app store and more. It will be interesting to see what 2015 will bring.
iOS 9 and a new OS X
This one is easy. We know for sure that we will see iOS 9 and a new OS X. Rumours are scarce at this point as the release is still quite far away.
This is going to be the big one for 2015. The Apple Watch. Apple is finally going to launch its first wearable device. As always, Apple is going to offer a few options, a 38mm and 42mm with six different casings and many band options.
The Apple watch is jam packed with tech and includes a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a heart rate monitor. However the Apple Watch isn’t an independent device, it needs your iPhone. Some of the Apple Watch apps are actually powered and run entirely on the iPhone. This is done in order to give the Apple Watch as long a battery life as possible.
Pricing remains a mystery, however it seems likely that the lower end models will retail for around $350 with higher end models reaching prices that are significantly higher.
iPad Air and iPad mini
Like the iPhone, the iPad line has received yearly updates since launch and there is no reason for that to change in 2015. The big question for 2015 is, will Apple drop the mini or the air, or will the iPad line up offer three products? Should Apple decide to continue with the air and mini form factors, we will most likely see a processor, RAM, battery, and camera upgrades.