This year saw the typical iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch updates, although there were some wrinkles thrown in with the new iPhone XR size, a redesigned iPad Pro without a home button, and some changes in Apple Watch with larger displays and thinner bodies.
The Mac page also saw some interesting rumors and product releases, with major enhancements to MacBook Air and Mac mini that come along with minor enhancements for the MacBook Pro, but unfortunately some of Apple's Mac lines like the iMac and MacBook do not have "I see no updates.
Below, we have rounded off some of the most interesting and remarkable leaks and rumors for 201
2018 in Rumors
After the September 2017 launch of iPhone X, the attention was quickly addressed to Apple's 2018 iPhone lineup, and common suspect Ming-Chi Kuo was quick to outline Apple's plans for a larger 6.5 – inch model and a lower 6.1-inch LCD model, which predicts the correct number of details about the devices, including a full-screen design with notches, coarse pixel density, and general pricing for what will become the iPhone XR.
In January, Kuo weighed in with a few details about the iPhone XR, including its lens-hardened camera, aluminum frame, 3GB of RAM, lack of 3D Touch and pricing. The claim of no 3D Touch was met with considerable skepticism, but in fact it turned out to be true, with the iPhone XR offering a retracted Haptic Touch feature.
One month later, Bloomberg s Mark Gurman revealed that the iPhone XS Max wanted a resolution of 1242×2688 and that it would be available with dual SIM features and a new gold color scheme. Apple itself revealed a released gold version of the iPhone X sent to the FCC in September 2017, which was released in April 2018.
In early April, we also received a word that a (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus model launch was close, and this proved to be true, with Apple offering one. new mid-cycle color scheme to be a worthy cause.
Later in the month, Kuo returned to repeat the claim that the iPhone XR would not support the 3D Touch, describing changes in the screen and touch-sensing technology that led Apple to remove the feature.
At the beginning of June, we got a good idea of how the new iPhones will look, with increasingly accurate drawing drawings and renderings, which are likely to come from third-party scissors manufacturers extracting information from Apple's supply chain. And at the end of June, we learned more about the dual SIM functionality of the upcoming iPhones, based on a physical SIM and an eSIM.
In early July, the first time we heard in 2018 was the iPhone lineup could see some vibrant new colors, with Kuo claiming that the iPhone XR would come in color like red, blue, orange, gray and white. And a few weeks later, we got our first very good look at the front glass panels for all three 2018 iPhones, which remove the slightly thicker edges of the iPhone XR compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max.
At the end of July it was also when we began to hear more extensive rumors that the iPhone XR could start a little later than the rest of the 2018 series, and this turned out to be the case. The iPhone XR faced some technical challenges such as LED backlighting, but the dizzying release also gave Apple the opportunity to spread advertising for their new phones a bit.
Physical dummy devices of the new phones also began to show up by the end of July, giving people the opportunity to see how the new models felt in their hands. We also learned that iOS 12 had optimized landscape mode apps on iPhone XS Max.
A large iPhone leak came straight from Apple just a few weeks ahead of the company's iPhone media event, when the company uploaded an image of the iPhone XS and XS Max in gold to the live streaming page for the event. The leak confirmed several rumors about the device, including the name "iPhone XS". A week later, several websites learned that Apple would probably use the name "iPhone XS Max" for its largest phone, while Mark Gurman indicated that the LCD phone could be called "iPhone XR."
Apple did not finish handing out its own announcements, just before September 12, media event, and the company currently updated the product listing on the site to list the new phones. The listings confirmed the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR names and also revealed the colors and storage capacities of each model.
As with the iPhone, rumors of Apple's newly created iPad Pro rumored in late 2017, with Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that the device would include a TrueDepth camera facility supporting Face ID. Just a month later, Bloomberg s Mark Gurman, described exactly a number of other details about the iPad Pro, including slimmer fittings, a custom Apple-built GPU, Face ID, and no Home button. Gurman also suggested correctly that the iPad Pro would continue to use an LCD instead of an OLED display, and that a new version of the Apple pencil was in the works.
After the release of iOS 12-beet that began in June, we began to see more evidence of Face ID support on the iPad, with developer Steven Troughton-Smith, and noted that the AvatarKit frame used to drive Animoji feature, had been adapted to work on the iPad.
At the end of July, we heard from the Japanese site Mac Otakara that the updated iPad Pro would not contain a headphone jack, included in the footsteps of the latest iPhone models. The report also claimed that the newly developed iPad Pro would include "diamond cut" edges on the front and back, and while the iPad Pro actually had sports flatter sides and less rounded edges than on previous iPads, we didn't quite get the bevelled edges of the iPhone SE, for Example. The report also claimed that the Smart Connector would move from the edge of the iPad Pro to the bottom back, which didn't make much sense at the time.
When the calendar angled to August, we saw our first sign of redesigned iPad Pro models directly from Apple, with a new low-resolution battery in use in the fifth iOS 12 beta showing a device with thin frames and no home button. Similarly, the UI masks found in the same beta indicated iPad Pro display will probably include rounded corners similar to those found on the iPhone X.
At the end of August, we saw our first third party case leak for iPad Pro showing a mysterious clip on the back of the device just above the Lynport, which corresponded to rumors of a moved Smart Connector. Speculation centered on a smart keyboard attachment in portrait orientation, but it didn't seem that much sense, and it wasn't really until we saw the Smart Keyboard Folio revealed at Apple's October event that we really understood how Apple had thought of the new Smart Connector location to job.
At the beginning of September, Kuo issued a new report claiming that the new iPad Pro would come with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, and that an 18-watt USB C power adapter would be included in the box.
Early October, 9to5Mac reported that the new Apple pencil would contain AirPods-like proximity pairing, rather than requiring the Apple pencil to be connected to an iPad for interconnection purposes. A few days later we saw our first claim that the new iPad Pro would be just 5.9mm thick, Apple's thinnest iPad ever. There was some uncertainty as to whether this would be the case for both iPad Pro sizes, but they actually had both ends of the same thickness.
Just before Apple's October 30 event, Benjamin Geskin shared details of the second-generation Apple pencil to be shipped with the new iPad Pro, including aspects such as the simpler design, print and swipe movements, and magnetic Attachments and Charging alongside the iPad Pro. On the same day, a higher-resolution icon was also discovered in iOS 12, which revealed the design of the iPad Pro.
Shortly before the calendar rolled up to 2018, DigiTimes claimed that Apple was working on an updated 9.7-inch iPad that could come in late 2018 a cheaper price point. The time and price requirements were out, but Apple actually worked on a new iPad. The site followed in early February with a requirement that an updated iPad be displayed as soon as the next month, and a few weeks later, new iPad models received certification with the Eurasian Economic Commission.
When Apple announced its education-focused event in Chicago on March 27, Mark Gurman confirmed that Apple would introduce a new iPad and educational focused software at the event. The same day, Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the new low-cost iPad will also include Apple Pencil support, which proved to be correct.
Rumors of a new 13-inch notebook discovered all the way back in January, with DigiTimes claiming that Apple was working on a likely replacement for MacBook Air that had not been updated since 2015. No other details The machine was split at that time, and confusion continued until the release of the MacBook Air, a MacBook or something else, but eventually made its debut with the MacBook Air Name.
In January 2018, Gurman offered a vague rumor claiming that Apple was working on a trio of new Mac models that would include a custom copier such as the T1 / T2 chips found in the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro. He did not specify which models these would be, but the requirement once came with MacBook Air, the updated MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini has all received the T2 chip in 2018.
Kuo reappeared in March to claim that Apple was preparing a cheaper MacBook Air for launch in the second quarter of the year. It was the first time we had heard about the new notebook that was an updated MacBook Air, and while the timing was a bit off and certainly not cheaper than the previous model, the new machine was definitely in the works. DigiTimes followed up a few days later with his claim that the new MacBook Air would include a Retina display, which was welcome but anticipated news.
At the end of April, we began to hear better information about the time of the new MacBook Air, with DigiTimes claiming it was pushed back to the second half of the year, and hardened hoping it could appear at WWDC in June. Reports in mid-August said we should expect a launch around the end of the third quarter, which would put it in late September, and we ended up getting it almost a month later than that.
It wasn't until late August that we got our first word from a redesigned Mac mini from Bloomberg s Mark Gurman. He didn't have much detail to offer at that time, even though he said it would be focused on pro users with storage and processor options that would probably increase the price higher.
At the beginning of September, we heard from Ming-Chi Kuo that the new MacBook Air would include Touch ID support, although it would not have the full Touch Bar seen on the MacBook Pro.
Late Mars was the first time we heard anything significant about Apple Watch Series 4, with Ming-Chi Kuo revealing that the new models would include 15 percent larger displays, even if it wasn't clearing it would come from minor objections or a larger body, and it eventually turned out to be a bit of both.
The same lowering August leak straight from Apple that gave us a look at the iPhone XS and XS Max also revealed the new Apple Watch Series 4, which shows a gold stainless steel body, a new red ring for Digital Crown, a larger edge -to-edge screen, and a new Infograph clock face. Then it was discovered in watchOS beta that the larger series 4 model would carry a 384×480 display, a significant increase from the previous 312×390 resolution.
Apple's early update of the site's web site right in front of its September 12, showed that the Apple Watch holster sizes will increase by 2mm each, as well as various finishes and ribbon options.
Following a series of performance and quality issues with iOS 11, Apple took a step back in 2018, with Axios & Ina Fried reporting in January that Apple would delay some changes that originally intended for iOS 12, including a home screen update, CarPlay enhancements, email application enhancement, and various image-related updates. By pushing these features back to iOS 13 in 2019, Apple hoped to place greater emphasis on stability and bug fixes for iOS 12 while improving response and speed. Mark Gurman quickly followed Fried's report to claim that the function delay also extended to macOS, but to a lesser extent.
In February, Gurman revealed that iOS 12 would bring Animoji to FaceTime, and that the update would bring deeper Siri integration, enhanced non-interference options, and a redesigned Stocks app. And just a few days before the WWDC, Gurman shared his expectations that the conference would focus on software news such as digital health tools in IOS 12, ARKit 2 and more, with hardware news coming separately later this year.
At the end of May, we found evidence of recent trademark activity from Apple, which mentioned several potential macOS names, with the greatest activity around the name Mojave. Apple itself was responsible for a major macOS leak just a week later, for early publication of a short Xcode 10 video on its Mac App Store servers. The video revealed dark mode, an Apple News app for the Mac and a desert wallpaper, which supports the possibility that macOS 10.14 is called Mojave.
In the undoubtedly the most ironic and fun leak in 2018, an internal Apple note that alerted employees against leaking information to the media was itself leaked in its entirety. The message specifically mentioned several previous leaks, including the iOS 11 goldsmith, with Apple noted that the employee responsible for the leak was identified and fired. Apple also highlighted the fact that workers can not only lose their jobs but also be subjected to criminal prosecution. The company said it caught 29 leaks in 2017 among its employees, contractors and supply chain partners, where 12 of these people were arrested.
In early May, we saw our first leak on an Apple-designed 18-watt USB-C power adapter to support faster charging of iOS devices. It was confusing if it was to be shipped in the box of this year's iPhones, and while it did not turn out, it shipped with the new iPad Pro models, while Apple started selling it on a stand-alone basis a few weeks later. We got our first look at an actual prototype version of the adapter in early July.
2019 should once again be a busy year for Apple, and we'll get more to say next week, but there are still a number of rumors from 2018 being transferred to the new year – all from the ongoing AirPower and AirPods. The saga of rumor over-the-ear, Apple's promised revolutionized Mac Pro, and much more.