Apple Product Launches, Updates to Look for in 2016

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-12-14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Apple Product Launches, Updates to Look for in 2016

    Apple is rumored to be working on new iPhones, Macs and iPads, and is expected to expand its enterprise presence via acquisitions.
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    2 - A New iPhone Looks Like a Sure Thing
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    A New iPhone Looks Like a Sure Thing

    There is no doubt that Apple will launch the iPhone 7 in 2016. The device is expected to be a major upgrade over the iPhone 6s line. Internally, the iPhone 7 will likely include more powerful processors and improved cameras. Look for the iPhone 7 to launch next fall.
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    3 - Second-Generation Apple Watch Could Arrive in March
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    Second-Generation Apple Watch Could Arrive in March

    Several rumors have suggested that the second-generation Apple Watch will be unveiled in March. While Apple has not confirmed that's the case, many of the wearable's owners say that Apple Watch is a bit underpowered compared with some of its competitors, and battery life has been an issue. The second-generation Apple Watch is expected to address those issues and potentially help Apple stay atop the wearables market.
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    4 - A New Design for Apple's MacBook Line?
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    A New Design for Apple's MacBook Line?

    Apple's MacBook line hasn't changed much in the last several years, but that is expected to change in 2016. According to some analysts who have checked the overseas supply chain, Apple is expected to update its notebooks with a new and slimmer design. There's also talk that Apple's MacBook Air screen sizes may get bumped to 13 and 15 inches. Regardless, look for Macs to get an overhaul in 2016.
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    5 - A New Version of iOS
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    A New Version of iOS

    Apple's mobile operating system will reach its 10th version in 2016. Apple's iOS 10 will likely launch sometime in the fall and perhaps just a few days before the iPhone 7 launches. The mobile operating system will come with some design tweaks and additional features, according to rumors, and may even add in some new apps. Several reports say iOS 10 will be a much bigger upgrade than iOS 9 was.
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    6 - A New Version of OS X
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    A New Version of OS X

    As Apple has each year for the last several years, the company will also upgrade OS X in 2016. According to the latest rumors, Apple will announce the software update at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The operating system will boast some design updates and a slew of under-the-hood improvements, according to reports.
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    7 - The Long-Awaited Live-TV Streaming
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    The Long-Awaited Live-TV Streaming

    At a recent talk, CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves said that Apple has decided to put a live-TV-streaming service "on hold." He noted that the service would come with about 14 channels at launch and cost customers $30 to $40. While he didn't say when Apple might go back and launch the service, he indicated it wouldn't be long. Expect to see a live-TV, subscription-based service launch on Apple TV sometime in 2016.
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    8 - Perhaps an Acquisition Is in the Works
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    Perhaps an Acquisition Is in the Works

    In a recent investors' note, an analyst wrote that Apple could be looking to make at least one major transaction in 2016. With more than $200 billion in cash on hand, the idea isn't so far-fetched. While the analyst mentioned several possible targets, one may stick out to enterprise users: Box. According to the analyst, Apple has an interest in expanding its presence in the corporate world, and buying up Box could help it do just that.
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    9 - Apple's Focus on an iPad Resurgence
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    Apple's Focus on an iPad Resurgence

    It's no secret that the iPad has been in trouble for years now and the iPad Pro is designed to help Apple fix that issue. However, 2016 will be the year Apple doubles its efforts to fix the iPad. The company will likely announce a new version of its corporate-friendly iPad Pro, alongside new options for iPad Air and iPad Mini customers. As Tim Cook has said, he believes there's a "long runway" for the iPad, and his company's 2016 moves will prove it.
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    10 - A Mini Smartphone Is Being Prepped
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    A Mini Smartphone Is Being Prepped

    One of the more persistent Apple rumors as of late is that the company is planning to launch a miniature smartphone with a 4-inch screen. The device, which could be called the iPhone 6c or the iPhone Mini, is slated to be announced alongside the new Apple Watch at a special press event in March. While Apple seems committed to selling bigger-screen smartphones, it's feeling increasingly likely that the iPhone 6c will launch next year.
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    11 - A Dramatic Apple Music Expansion
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    A Dramatic Apple Music Expansion

    Apple Music isn't necessarily a breakout success, but it's big enough and important enough to the company's future that Apple will spend considerable time on it in 2016, according to analysts. Apple is expected to add more of its own branded radio stations to complement Beats 1 and could sign deals that get some of the more popular artists away from competitors. By the end of 2016, expect Apple Music to look dramatically different (and bigger) than it does now.
 

As 2015 draws to a close, it's been another banner year for Apple. The industry giant dominated 2015, generating billions of dollars in profits each quarter. Apple unveiled some new applications in 2015, including Apple News and Apple Music, and delivered an enterprise-friendly tablet, known as the iPad Pro. They all only helped Apple secure its spot atop the technology industry. Now, though, the time has come to look ahead. Apple is rumored to be working on a wide range of product updates, including new iPhones, Macs and iPads. The company is also expected to expand its presence in the enterprise via acquisitions. In other words, 2016 is expected to be a very busy year for Apple. This slide show looks at what Apple's 2016 product launch schedule will likely include. Apple faces the same challenge every year. To stay on top in the tech market, it has to make sure it has a fresh lineup of products to stay ahead of the competition. Flip through the following slides to find out what we can expect to see from Apple in 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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