What To Expect From Apple In 2016

Apple updates most of their products each year, and 2015 saw updates across each of Apple’s product lines including new product lines all together. 2016 has arrived, and that opens up all new potential Apple products released throughout the year. We know there will be new iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and software builds, but what does that exactly entail? We’re here to help with what to expect from Apple in 2016.


The iPhone 7 is expected in the fall of 2016, but what exactly does that mean? The new numbers years, as opposed to the “S” years, come with an all new design, and the iPhone 7 isn’t any different. Apple continues their march towards thinner and lighter, and the iPhone 7 could possibly reach the thinness of the iPod touch at 6.1mm, as compared to the current 7.1mm. To do so, Apple will likely drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, and simply use the lightning connector as the only port on the device, with lightning enabled EarPods included with the iPhone 7. The iPhone 7 will likely maintain the screen sizes of the 6/6S line of 4.7” & 5.5”. On the features side of things, the new iPhone could be potentially waterproof (aided by dropping the headphone jack) as well as support wireless charging.

The iPhone 7 also may use new component materials for the housing the replace aluminum, and allow for dropping the antenna bands on the device. The obvious upgrades will also be included for processor and camera technology. What won’t come for the iPhone 7, but maybe down the line, is sapphire display covers and AMOLED displays. The iPhone 7 may have up to 256GB options, at least on the 7 Plus, but it’s unclear if Apple will finally drop the 16GB as the entry level iPhone.

Before the iPhone 7 launches, we could see another iPhone in the form of the iPhone 6C. The 6C would be the successor the 5C, and offer a similar colorful more low cost plastic housing. The iPhone 6C would bring back the 4” iPhone, and could launch as early as this Spring.

Apple Watch:

The availability of the iPhone 6C in the Spring is possible to be shown off at the Apple Watch 2 event a year after the first Apple Watch was released. The Apple Watch 2 will largely resemble the current model with the main differences coming down to a thinner and lighter body. Apple also dropped a few health sensors that weren’t ready for the original, but could make it into number two. There’s also the potential for a FaceTime camera on the Apple Watch 2 as well as a new WiFi chip for the Watch to not be as reliant on the iPhone. The Apple watch 2 won’t be a major update, and will be similar to the iPhone 3G and iPad 2 that improved on a couple drawbacks of the first generation of the respective devices. The major changes for those lines took a few generations, and the Apple Watch will likely see a similar pattern.


The iPad Air wasn’t updated in 2015, and instead Apple released the all new 12.9” iPad Pro. We will likely see the iPad Air 3 in 2016, though there may be minor updates to processor and camera with maybe an even sleeker form. 3D Touch could be a nice addition to the iPad, but it doesn’t look like Apple is capable of making 3D Touch for the bigger 9.7” screen. The iPad mini and iPad Pro will likely remain largely unchanged, and the entire iPad line-up doesn’t have much planned in 2016. iPad sales have continued to erode, and the main limiter currently is on the software side, rather than the hardware side. That leaves few hardware improvements to make this year.


Apple released the all new MacBook in 2015 which was more of a sign of things to come than anything else. 2016 will likely see the MacBook influence spread to the other MacBook lines. Apple’s 12” retina MacBook that weighs 2 pounds and at 13.1mm thin has obvious benefits for the Air and Pro lines. 2016 will see the release of the Intel Skylake processors, which will offer a big performance boost. To go with them, Apple will likely reduce the weight and thickness of the 13” and 15” Retina Macbook Pros. The MacBook Air has become Apple’s new entry level portable computer, and that will likely continue without a retina display, but a new thinner exterior could be released. The major emphasis for the Mac in 2016 will be the blending of the Pro line with the new MacBook.

iOS 10 & OS X 10.12

Apple has two relatively mature operating systems on their hands. We can expect new versions of iOS and OS X at WWDC in June, but what they entail is unclear. Apple does a good job of keeping software updates under wraps. The biggest change left for iOS is more deluxe features for the iPad. There are numerous smaller issues to correct, but the list gets shorter and shorter. There are also requested features like removing stock apps, and setting third party apps as default that Apple likely has no intention of ever providing. For OS X, El Capitan cleaned up Yosemite quite a bit, so we can expect more substantial features this year, but there’s not that much left for OS X beyond a move to OS XI with a new computing paradigm.

Over the past couple of years, Apple has given more and more tools to developers, and let them decide what iOS and OS X are capable of. That trend will likely continue in 2016, though it’s not for certain that means Siri APIs, custom control center options, and more along those lines.

Apple TV

The 4th generation Apple TV was a strong release by Apple, and it will likely last for more than a year. The hardware is set, and now it’s up to developers to continue to release new apps. TVOS could gain new features. More importantly, Apple continues to work with content providers to offer their own programming plan. Apple has said publicly that apps can cover all the content you want, but in the background their still working with broadcasters for a subscription plan that may make it in 2016.


As usual, Apple has a potentially busy year ahead with possible events in March, June, and September. Apple’s portfolio continues to grow, and each item could always use an update each calendar year.


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