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Apple rumours & predictions 2016 & 2017: New Apple products on the way

Nik Rawlinson | June 23, 2016
What to expect from Apple in the next 12 months.

Apple predictions for 2016 & 2017: iPad mini 5

Given that the iPad mini was just updated in September, and on the assumption that Apple might have slowed down its upgrade cycle for the iPads, given that people don't update their tablets as often as their iPhones, maybe we won't see a new iPad mini in 2016, and maybe this doesn't really matter.

Apple predictions for 2016 & 2017: iPad Pro 2

With the 12.9-inch iPad Pro arriving in November 2015, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in March 2016, it's hard to guess Apple's plans for this line. Our suspicion is that Apple will be patient and update both in spring 2017, but much will depend on how effectively they have dealt with the stagnating iPad sales problem we've observed in the past few earnings calls.

Apple predictions for 2016 & 2017: Apple TV

Apple's television product - once famously dubbed a hobby by Steve Jobs - has undergone its most ambitious revamp in years. For UK users, meanwhile, the big news of 2016 is likely to be the appearance of BBC iPlayer on the platform. The Corporation has already finally extended its existing browser-based service to the Apple box, where it will join Sky, which has been on the service for some time.

Sadly, though, that could be it as far as the UK's free-to-air broadcasters are concerned, unless any other unofficial ports appear online. The BBC reported in October that ITV had no plans to appear on Apple TV (just as it initially didn't appear on either Sky or Freeview), while the intentions of Channels 4 and 5 were 'unknown'.

There were also rumours in 2015 that Apple would launch a Netflix-competing streaming service for Apple TV (at least in the US) but nothing materialised. Apparently the company just can't reach agreements with the networks. Perhaps the company will focus on the app structure instead and allow companies to provide their own streaming services in the form of apps. We'd like to see Apple adopt an Apple Music-esque system for providing TV shows via iTunes, though, rather than paying £2.99 per episode.

As for the Apple TV hardware, there have been rumours pointing to a new Apple TV box launching in early 2016, but we think that is unlikely given the fact that Apple only just launched the fourth generation Apple TV. 

Apple predictions for 2016 & 2017: 2016 Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is due a refresh - it hasn't been updated since its launch in 2013 and now it's looking a little long in the tooth, being bypassed by generations of Intel chips that never made it into the chassis. Will Apple update the Mac Pro in 2016 or has it given up entirely on this professional Mac workstation? We don't anticipate any external remodelling, but references within El Capitan's code suggest a new machine could be in the works, which would enable Apple to benefit from the last two years of processor advances. 


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