Although 2018 was a year of iterative updates, Apple, Google and Microsoft launched all their best products yet, even though they were not as innovative as anyone would like. While many flagships went without any upgrades, we didn't even see a new MacBook or Surface Book devices like MacBook Air and Surface Laptop 2 saw significant upgrades that affected the user experience.
However, 2019 should see the big trees push the hardware further than before – especially when 7nm and 10nm processors AMD and Intel become commonplace. So what can we expect to see from Apple, Google and Microsoft over the next year?
Apple in 2019
Apple's release plan in 2018 was everywhere. After the immensely powerful iMac Pro fell in December 2017, we got an iPad aimed at students in March, followed by a lot of nothing.
We were waiting for the WWDC 2018 for new MacBooks, but it had come and went without new hardware. It wasn't until the new MacBook Pro launched, right under the radar in July, that we started to see new hardware.
We're not sure Apple will follow the same type of release plan in 2019, but now that it was the world's first trillion dollar valuation company over the past year, we see that Apple can basically do what it wants.  New Mac Pro. We've been waiting for the new Mac Pro for a while, but we know it's coming and we know it's coming in 2019. All we don't know is when in 2019 see the new Mac Pro. Apple has come out saying that the computer will be modular and upgradeable and if iMac Pro was any indication, we might see an extremely powerful Mac – we just want to know if it will look like a garbage can be left.
New MacBooks. When it comes to Apple's 2019 range of MacBooks, we're not quite sure what to do. We see a new MacBook Pro which is a given – Apple has not missed an annual upgrade for its flagship professional laptop computer to date. But beyond that, there is some guess. Apple skipped 12-inch MacBook for the new MacBook Air this year, although the laptop has more in common with the MacBook Pro, which is now closed, without the Touch Bar. Anyway, expect to see new Intel silicon inside these laptops – Apple's internal computer processors are still years away.
iPhone XI. Another year, another iPhone. Apple releases a new iPhone is inevitable, and rumors are already starting to roll out. It can be thinner and lighter than ever, thanks to a new touch-integrated OLED display, and Apple can even include its own modem making it an almost all Apple -unit. We also won't be surprised that Apple is taking another triangular strategy with its iPhone models this year, with two high-end models and an introductory version next to them. Finally, don't expect to see a 5G iPhone in 2019: Apple will probably sit for a while longer.
New iPads. Apple knocked it out of the park with iPad Pro – it can exercise many full blown laptops, on top of the amazing new design. With the next non-pro iPad, we see that Apple brings the same design freedom and FaceID as it did with iPhone XR . We have also seen rumors of a new iPad Mini coming in 2019 . We fully expect to see more drastic software improvements than hardware, as iOS needs some serious work to stay competitive in the phone space and improve productivity for its Pro tablets.
Google in 2019
Although we didn't, I haven't got Pixelbook 2, but Google still has an exciting year with products like Pixel 3 and Google Pixel Slate .
Google also doubled its home line with smart speakers and smart home technology – something we are sure we will see more of in 2019.
But with a challenging bad outing this year, we wonder if Google will continue to make tablets – or at least go back to the drawing board. Also, we've seen very little from Google in the home department in 2018, so maybe we'll see it again in 2019.
Pixelbook 2. We wanted to see next Pixelbook in 2018 – The original is undoubtedly one of the best Chromebooks we've ever used. However, Google had other plans, rather than release Google Pixel Slate : a kind of half-tablet half-Chromebook hybrid.
While we are confident that Google Pixel Slate will have its niche, we hope Google will launch a true Pixelbook 2 with 8th generation Core processors. Pixel Slate is not set as strong by a standard for other Chrome devices as Pixelbook did, just watched.
Google Pixel 4. Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are awesome – everything from camera to hardware makes either two of the best phones you can buy today. Of course, we're confident that Google will break up the follow-ups while we're talking. What's in it? Rumors are nothing to find yet, but we expect Google to double on its incredibly useful camera and machine learning software, which is what sells Pixel 3 phones more than anything.
Temporary Pixel phones. Google has made many flagship phones in time, but we've seen new Pixel devices suggested in the latest ARCore update . These rumored devices are codenamed Bonito and Sargo, and just like any other Pixel phone, they are named for fish. We'd love to see new Pixel phones that almost everyone can afford – especially if Google keeps the camera application intact. All in all, this will be an incredibly smart move for Google.
Microsoft in 2019
When it comes to hardware, it's hard to predict what Microsoft should do in 2019 , since the release plan is everywhere.
However, you may want to see new Surface devices with Windows 10 updates. We can even see next Xbox crawl out of the wood
Surface Book 3. Surface Book 2 is still one of the best laptops on the market, though it launched back in October 2017. However, this year we should see the Surface Book 3 launch, packed with Intel 9th generation processors and Nvidia Turing graphics. If Microsoft could provide Surface Book 3 with a 4K display and a black color scheme, it would just be a sauce.
Surface Pro 7. We'll put our money on another Surface Pro launch next year, but hopefully with more drastic improvements. Microsoft followed Surface Pro 2017 with Surface Pro 6 this year, packing 8th generation processors and some fresh new color schemes … but that's it. We would like to see a Surface Pro 7 with even smaller fittings and USB-C connection for 2019.
Surface Phone. It seems like we have been waiting for Surface Phone for years, but we feel that 2019 may be the year we finally see it. The latest rumors on Surface Phone, codenamed Andromeda, indicate that it is a collapsible smartphone, which will make it the largest competition for Samsung's similar device, which is also likely to start in 2019.