2020 set to be a big year for Apple's AR headset, ARM Mac, and new iPhones

AR on iPad
AR on iPad (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Bloomberg believed an Apple AR Headset will arrive next year.
  • Along with Macs with custom chips.
  • Let's not forget new iPhones, too.

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Apple. That's according to a new Bloomberg report that says Apple is targeting a 2020 launch for its AR headset.

That's a headset that has been churned through the rumor mill for longer than I can remember, but we might be getting closer to its arrival. We've already seen analyst Ming-Chi Kuo say something similar, too. But Bloomberg's hedging of its bets is a concern. The report says that Apple may yet decide to delay the product if it isn't deemed ready for release.

Beyond the AR headset the report also notes that Apple may announce new Macs that make use of a custom processor next year. That processor would presumably be based on the successful A-series chips that power iPhone and iPad, as has been rumored recently. iPhone and iPad have outpaced some Macs in specific tests during the last year and it's surely only a matter of time before Intel loses its hold on Apple's desktop and notebook lines.

The 2020 iPhones are expected to see a change to an all-LED lineup measuring 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches. At least some of those are also said to have 5G connectivity and a new time-of-flight image sensor, too. That could allow for improved Portrait Mode photo capture as well as more AR wizardry, should the rumor be accurate.

We're still a long way from 2020 and it's likely to be months before we know whether any of this latest Bloomberg report is on the money.

But we do know it's right about one thing. 2020 will be a big year for Apple. Just like all the others.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

4 Comments
  • I wonder if we will see the 12” MacBook come back as an ARM notebook? If so, will it support Windows on ARM, or is Boot Camp no longer viewed as important?
  • I'm pretty sure it would support any ARM OS, Apple have never really locked things down on the Mac, at least not without a toggle switch or a Terminal command to disable it.
  • Before we do articles on 2020, can we please have some copy on the biggest release to happen since 2013, i.e., the Mac Pro? It's still radio silence on this one, and 2019 is ticking down. What do you guys know about this? You covered its WWDC announcement, how about at least a few words saying, 'we know nothing'? I google for this every day, and negative announcements would save me time.
  • I have to be real honest that an ARM based Mac using the current Apple A series processors scares me a little bit from a performance standpoint. All of my Mac's are i7 based and I am accustom to that level of performance. The thought of using a mobile processor in my production laptop is a big question in my mind. That's why I stayed away from the M Series MacBook and just went to the 13" MBP