Thanks to the iPhone 6, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite, and iOS 8, 2014 was a major year for Apple. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus brought new screen sizes and a radical redesign, while iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite introduced deep integration between Apple’s mobile and desktop operating systems.
The past year has seen an impressive display of innovation and new ideas, but upcoming product releases and rumors suggest that 2015 may be an even more monumental year for Apple.
Along with the Apple Watch, which Apple has said will launch in early 2015, we will likely see major updates across the Mac lineup due to the availability of Intel’s next-generation Broadwell chips. An Apple TV update has long been in the works and could see a 2015 debut, and as it has done every year, Apple will undoubtedly update its iPad and iPhone lineup, along with releasing new versions of iOS and OS X.
As we did last year, we’ve highlighted Apple’s prospective 2015 product plans, outlining what we might see from Apple over the course of the next 12 months based on current rumors.
Apple Watch (Early to Mid 2015)
Announced in September of 2014, the Apple Watch (or Watch) is Apple’s first wearable device and one of the first Apple products that may launch during 2015. Available in two sizes of 38mm and 42mm, the Apple Watch has a heavy focus on fashion and will be offered in six different casing materials with a range of interchangeable band options.
The Apple Watch is an amazing design feat, with a tiny S1 processor that integrates several different components onto one tiny chip, including a gyroscope, accelerometer, and a heart rate monitor. It has a unique haptic feedback system for relaying notifications, and it uses Force Touch to allow for a new range of contextually specific controls.
Apple’s wearable device is not a standalone device and is in fact heavily reliant on the iPhone. Many apps are powered entirely by the iPhone in order to preserve battery, and the watch relies on the iPhone for functions like GPS and relaying notifications.
We have a detailed roundup that covers all of the Apple Watch features, but there are many unknowns about the device that won’t be revealed until its release. Pricing, for one, is ambiguous. Apple has said the lower-end Sport models will sell for $349, but the price of the higher-end models has yet to be shared. Speculation has suggested that the solid gold Edition watches could sell for upwards of a thousand dollars.
The other major unknown about the Apple Watch is its battery life, but it seems that it will need to be charged on a near daily basis. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, people will use the device so much that it will need to be charged each day, much like other smart watcheson the market.
We don’t know when the Apple Watch will be released, but at its debut, Apple said the device would launch in “early 2015.” Subsequent comments from retail chief Angela Ahrendts have hinted at a spring release, indicating a launch could come between March and June of 2015. Other rumors have corroborated her timeline, with Apple employees reportedly commenting that Apple would be “lucky” to ship the device in February.