Rumors come and go, but recently a whole slew of things about what Apple will be doing in 2019 hit the scene. While these may or may not be absolutely spot-on, they’re worth at least considering either way.
Now, before we get into the details, it’s worth emphasizing that these are rumors. That means they can change at any point or, to be completely honest, they may be wrong altogether. But they all seem highly probable, so we’re pretty confident sharing them.
Rumor #1: 2019 iPhones Will Keep the Lightning Port
With the newest iPad Pro models making the switch to USB-C, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Apple will make the switch on this year’s iPhone. According to a new leak (original source, in Japanese), it doesn’t seem like that will be the case.
Now, this shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone—Apple generally delays changes likes this for longer than many users would like. At this point, it seems more likely than ever that we won’t see the switch to USB-C on iPhone until 2020.
It’s also rumored that the 2019 iPhones will ship with the same slow 5w charging brick that they have been for a few years now, even though modern iPhones support quick charging. Since this is easier to change than swapping the port out, it’ll be a huge bummer if true.
Rumor #2: A New iPad Mini is Coming, and It’s Just Like the Old One
If you’ve been waiting for a new iPad Mini, your dreams may soon be coming to fruition. But if you were hoping for a totally redesigned model, well, then you may be disappointed.
Another leak today suggests that the iPad Mini 5 will roll out sometime in the first half of this year, but the overall footprint and design will remain largely the same. The innards will likely be updated with more modern specs, but again you should keep your expectations in check—the goal is to make the Mini more affordable, so don’t expect the hottest thing smoking in the Mini 5.
According to the source of the leak, Apple’s A10 chip is suggested to be powering the device, which is still a lot faster than the A8 in the current-gen Mini. Past that, the 5 should have a Lightning port, headphone jack, and Touch ID…just like the 4.