Apple fans are earnestly watching this year come to a close, and while we’ve seen the release of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the absolutely gorgeous iPad Air 2, the Cupertino giant went ahead and released the monstrous 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display to close this year’s product release with a bang. The Apple rumor mill however, does not rest, and neither do consumer anticipations coupled with certain expectations. Come 2015, here is all that Apple is expected to release through that year.
A wearable that is poised to bring Apple’s simplistic design and interface philosophy right on our wrists, it will be packed with sensors that range from tracking your health and fitness, to opening electronic-key operated hotel doors. The Apple Watch, as suggested by the company itself, will be hitting shelves in early 2015.
iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
One aspect of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus that is going to remain constant this year is the screen size. We should be seeing an improved camera sensor – as has always been the case – and it is likely that Apple may throw in the A9 processor in the 6s and 6s Plus.
As was seen in the transition from the iPhone 5 to the 5s, there may not be any major design changes, though it would really mean the world for some consumers to see the plastic bands blend in with the rest of the shell. And let’s not forget about that protruding camera.
iPad Air 3
Given that the iPad Air 2 is a beast on its own, the iPad Air 3 may have beefed up hardware specs, but to expect the new tablet to be any slimmer than 6.1mm would be unreal. In all honesty, we don’t expect the iPad Air 3 to be a major upgrade over the iPad Air 2, since Apple would want to reserve all its power cannons for the iPad Pro, also known as the iPad Air Plus.
iPad Pro (iPad Air Plus)
This mammoth of a tablet, that reportedly sports a 12.2-inch display, is to hit the market somewhere in 2015. This is the one device that has the highest odds in its favor when it comes to getting a new CPU, and a better, much higher resolution display.
We recently covered a slick concept of one user’s expectations from the inevitable iOS 9 release, and the idea does well to showcase features and minor improvements that Apple should really look into. If Apple’s announcement cycles are to be believed then iOS 9 should be announced at WWDC in June next year.
OS X 10.11
Apple is expected to announce the next version of its desktop operating system – OS X 10.11 – alongside iOS 9. With Yosemite setting the tone for iOS and OS X integration, OS X 10.11 will be an interesting release.
New Apple TV
Missing out on being released this year, the small black box is long due for an upgrade, but there are reports suggesting that the device may be coming early 2015.
Retina MacBook Air
MacBook Air is one of the most sought-after notebooks, despite lacking a Retina display. And if reports are to be believed then we will be seeing a brand new Air with a 12-inch Retina display, alongside several color options.
21.5 inch iMac with Retina Display
Apple really floored the pedal with the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, but the smaller iMac was left out in the cold. But it is expected that the company will give the 21.5-inch model the same Retina treatment in 2015.
There are unverifiable reports floating around that Apple is purportedly planning on launching a 4-inch iPhone in 2015. At this point we have absolutely no clue what the device would look like, or what features it might bear.
Mac refresh (All Current MacBooks And iMacs)
As has always been the case, it is highly likely that Apple will update its MacBook and iMac lineup with new processors and hardware. And considering the new Intel Core M has been let through the gates, we are expecting the new lineup to grace these new processors.