iOS 13 will ship with a new dark mode, iPad specific home screen upgrades, file management improvements while 2019 iPhones will ship with USB-C, improved FaceID and faster processor. 2020 iPhones are expected to ship with laser-powered triple-camera systems which should provide improved augmented reality experiences, enhanced photo capture and more. Apple will also upgrade the low-cost iPad and iPad mini with minor performance upgrades this year. All this information has been revealed in a new report by Bloomberg, who has an accurate track record on all things Apple.
Here is a detailed breakdown of all the new details revealed in the report:
2019 iPhones with USB-C and 3 rear cameras
Apple might be releasing new iPhones this year with USB-C ports instead of Lightning. The first iOS device to switch to a USB-C port was 2018 iPad Pro, so it’s not a matter of if, but a question of when other iOS devices like iPhone and iPad will follow suit.
The successors to iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are codenamed D42 and D43 respectively. iPhone XS and XS Max successors are expected to have 3 rear cameras while iPhone XR successor will have 2 rear cameras. The third camera on XS successors is expected to help provide a wider view and better zoom, along with allowing repair for photos and videos with blurred subjects. Live Photos on these phones will also be improved – it will capture 6 seconds instead of 3 seconds of video.
It is also expected that the design of these new phones will be same as 2018 models. An updated FaceID sensor and faster A13 processor will be power these devices.
A report by Barclays claimed that 2019 iPhones will support the next generation Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax standard. Wall Street Journal had also reported that 2019 iPhone XS successor will get 3 rear cameras, while iPhone XR successor will get 2 rear cameras.
2020 iPhones with new design and laser scanner
Apple will be release 2020 iPhones with a new design as well as 5G support. Like many, we hope that these iPhones will look like the 2018 iPad Pros. 2020 iPhones will also have 3 rear cameras but with an added laser scanner. This laser scanner will help the cameras work similarly to the FaceID system, but it’ll be located at the rear. It’ll also work at a distance of up to 15 feet, compared to FaceID’s current distance of 25 – 50 centimeters.
The laser scanner, along with 3 rear cameras, will contribute towards an improved augmented reality experience, allowing users to point towards buildings and see data overlaid on them. The 3D camera system will also allow for better depth data capture, which should improve portrait photos even more. The 3D camera system might also be something that might be used in Apple’s AR glasses, expected to release in 2020. The report says that Apple might release the 3D camera system in iPad Pro first. However, iPad Pro never even got a dual camera system so take this with a grain of salt.
Of course, 2020 iPhones will also have faster processor and imaging chips, to enable even better photo capture.
iOS 13 with dark mode and new home screen for iPad
iOS 13 will finally be getting some features that users have long been waiting for: dark mode and a new home screen tailored for iPad. iPad will also get improved file management and the ‘the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser’. We’re not sure what it means but it will likely allow users to launch multiple versions of the same app, as is possible with desktop operating systems. iPad Pro might finally become the computer for the masses with iOS 13.
Apple will also release improvements to CarPlay and launch its video and magazine subscription services this year.
macOS Mojave 10.14 got support for dark mode in 2018 and it was expected that Apple would include it with iOS 12 too. However, it seems all but confirmed that iOS 13 will be the release which brings dark mode to iPhone and iPad. Even the upcoming Android Q will have a dark mode this year.
2019 iPad and iPad mini upgrades
iPad mini and the low-cost iPad will be updated this year with faster internals. The 9.7-inch iPad will be move to a 10-inch display size. Both devices will get support for Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. However, it’s not clear whether Apple will upgrade the designs for these devices as they look really dated next to 2018 iPad Pro.