Enterprise professionals understandably search to keep away from surprises and focus vitality on fulfilling skilled obligations and obligations, however any time the instruments they depend upon to take action change, they have to be ready. Listed here are three predictions professionals utilizing Apple applied sciences ought to keep in mind in 2019.
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1. Wi-fi charging
Apple’s AirPower wi-fi charging pad is overdue, so it is a simple guess 2019 will see the expertise launched. Whereas it is no paradigm-shifting innovation, recharging an Apple Watch, iPhone, and even AirPods concurrently ought to show even simpler and extra handy with the flexibility to easily lay these things on the corresponding cost pad.
Initially introduced in September 2017, the product has fallen delayed. Whereas Apple has labored to deflect consideration from the delays, references to the recharging expertise stay evident, similar to in reference manuals for the iPhone Xs. If Apple goes to problem for wi-fi recharging relevance, search for 2019 to be the 12 months it introduces its personal charger as an alternative of getting to hawk extra restricted third-party options from Mophie and Belkin.
2. New Mac Pro
High-end Mac users needing demanding video, processor, read/write and memory capacity haven’t received significant updates to Apple’s Mac Pro (Figure A) for years. Look for that to change in 2019, when Apple should introduce an updated Mac Pro for the most demanding of professional users.
Current models ship, by default, with six-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, 16 GB RAM, dual AMD FirePro D500 video cards with a total of 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM, and a 256 GB SSD. Look for Apple to kick all those specifications up a notch, including SSD storage, with an updated 2019 Mac Pro model.
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However, it’s also possible Apple could introduce an entirely new chassis for its flagship high-end production Mac. The high-performing models focus on delivering demanding performance capabilities, so it should come as no surprise if Apple introduces innovations designed to aid cooling, accelerate disk read/write performance, and improve processor throughput, all while lowering power consumption.
3. Updated workhorse models
The iMac desktops and the 12″ MacBook laptops last received processor (Kaby Lake) upgrades and faster SSDs in 2017. Look for Apple to reinvigorate both lines, which have become staples within the daily production Mac lineup for so many businesses, in 2019.
It’s only natural that the high-end Mac Pro and iMac Pro models capture attention and headlines, but down in the trenches of day-to-day activity, it’s the iMac desktop and 12″ MacBook (Figure B) that so many accountants, marketing reps, data entry personnel, administrators, legal contacts, HR professionals, and others are using to perform daily activities. With pricing beginning at $1,099 and $1,299, respectively, these machines are the common workhorses that not only perform well but that don’t bust the bank, either.
Don’t anticipate significant innovation, such as new form factors or a new chassis; instead, watch for improved processor performance, potentially larger drives that shade to entirely SSD within the iMac lineup, and enhanced graphics performance. While these aren’t the types of improvements that generate wildly enthusiastic headlines and stock-price moving momentum, they’re important developments that will help ensure these workhorse systems remain relevant and capable of fulfilling daily production demands.