A new model of the Mac Pro may come in 201
Mac Pro and iMac
Apple hasn't updated the Mac Pro for a significant amount of the only real the change in the product line as an update to the 2013 model in 2017 which added a six-core Xeon configuration and dual AMD G500 GPUs. A change is too late.
The new Mac Pro is expected to be more modular than the current version
At the time of the update, Apple revealed that it was "completely caring Mac Pro, "with mentioning a new modular design that could be more open to upgrades than the existing cylindrical model. A new "pro display" was also promised, to keep track of what Apple's marketing director Phil Schiller recommended, would be Apple's "high-end, high-throughput desktop system, designed for our demanding pro customers."
We want Apple to send the Mac Pro in early 2019, but we're concerned that it will be a very late 2019 deployment similar to how the cylindrical Mac Pro rolled out.
The long-term development may also have helped the case for a high-performance system, such as the introduction of an Intel-Xeon 56 core, 56-wire processor, which is a good candidate for inclusion in the Mac Pro.
A related item that can also see some changes is the iMac series, while in 2017 Apple released new models, there were no remarkable additions in 2018. The October event was tipped to include some Mac related changes, focused on a new Mac mini, and a new MacBook Air design, leaving the iMac alone.
An updated iMac series, or an updated iMac Pro, can easily be introduced with the Mac Pro, with the former being offered as a more value-adding consumer option along with the precious professional models.
] The first few months are also a prime time for Apple to issue new versions of its iPad series. Given Apple revealed an updated 9.7-inch model in March, an annual update is likely to take place at about the same time.
A Chinese report suggests that a fifth generation iPad mini might be on its way.
For what such an iPad event could introduce, it would be obvious to Apple to make changes similar to those seen in the iPad Pro update last year. Thinner fittings, compatibility with second-generation Apple pencil and facial ID are all elements that could possibly be incorporated into the company's standard consumer grid.
It may not be the only tablet that can be on the way. Rumblings from Chinese reports in December suggested a fifth-generation model of the iPad mini was in development, possibly making it the latest update to the depreciated pint-size tablet area for over three years.
While the former is probably only by anticipating an annual update, the latter is less likely, as there have been few other reports of the device, suggesting that those who have the surface may speculate too much.
If Apple is to produce a new iPad mini, it will probably leak details about it in the next few months, leading to potential release later in the quarter.
In court with Qualcomm
Apple vs. Qualcomm's legal battle can be quite expensive for the loser
While a company as big as Apple expects to end up with the court for several reasons, one of the biggest battles in recent years will take place in April.
Apple and Qualcomm have claimed royalties and patent licensing since 2017, with the former claiming the latter withheld $ 1 billion in patent licensing discounts and abused its market position. Instead, Qualcomm claims that Apple is trying to pay less than the fair market value of standard essential payments, breach of contract, and claims that the theft of business secrets delivered to chip rival Intel, among other things.
The legal battle has already made some decisions on Qualcomm's way, including a sales pitch in China for some iPhone models, while a German court claimed that Apple violated a Qualcomm patent, which may pave the way for a German ban.
With the addition of a group of Apple fitters who are also seeking $ 9 billion from Qualcomm in replacement in a coherent process, the battle between the iPhone manufacturer and the chip company has become one that neither side wants to lose.
Qualcomm has apparently suggested that it and Apple try to reach a settlement before the potentially expensive courtroom appearance, while Apple has repeatedly insisted that no such talks have taken place, and eventually prepares for a long and long-standing battle.
When that happens, AppleInsider will cover court activities, as well as all the inevitable outcomes afterwards.
Privacy or No Privacy
The US Senate can make major changes to the Privacy Act
Another thing that won't go away anytime soon is constant struggle between technology companies and governments regarding privacy and security. While security agencies such as the FBI want access to data, such as by weakening encryption, Apple and other businesses have struggled to prevent any backdoors or other similar items from being introduced.
In the aftermath of large consumer data breaches and Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, consumer privacy has become more of a problem than ever before and lawmakers have noticed.
In November, a subcommittee of the Senate's Trade, Science and Transport Committee revealed that there was work on a potential bill that could allow the Federal Trade Commission the ability to enforce and produce regulations that telecommunications companies must adhere to, related to the personal data of consumers.
While the wording of the bill has not been officially confirmed, a two-sided draft is expected to be completed "early in the session" this year. We are not sure exactly how the current closure will affect things in the future, but we would be surprised if there was no major move in June.
The more immediate future: CES
The first major technological exhibition of the year will take place in a few days. Known as a product launching site from almost everyone in the technology industry, the Consumer Electronics Show is eager to showcase its goods and latest innovations that may or may not reach consumer hands later this year.
CES is packed with companies eager to show their new products.
Sure, it's a big event that is worth noting, but in a world where companies keep their own productive product launches, some may think it's no longer relevant.
Although Apple doesn't usually appear at CES, the vast majority of hardware companies operating within the Apple ecosystem are likely to be present, complete with a host of devices, accessories, and other items.
As usual, AppleInsider will be on the show and will report on the announcements made on the iPhone, iPad, Mac show, home automation with HomeKit show and Apple's other products and services.
Hopefully this year will not be a blackout on the show.