2015 is here already, and we're excited about what's in store in the world of technology. In this article, we take a look at what to expect from Apple this year, including new iPhones, iPads, Macs, the first Apple Watch, a long-awaited Apple TV and more. You can watch our Apple Watch launch live stream today at 5pm.
If you're looking for a quick hit, below is a brief look at how we expect the year to pan out based on rumours and a look back at Apple's history. Read on for more details about each of the products we expect to see from Apple this year, and when you can expect them to be unveiled.
January – March
Apple Watch expected to become available to buy.
April – June
WWDC 2015 with our first look at iOS 9, Mac OS X 10.11, as well as possible new iPads (read more below). New Macs are expected around this time, too. The MacBook Air was last updated at the end of April 2014, for example. Rumours point to a new Apple TV this year also, which could launch at WWDC 2015 in June.
July – September
Developers will be testing iOS 9 and Mac OS X 10.11, ahead of their public release in September alongside iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (?). We could also see other new Macs launched during this time period, including a new MacBook Pro with Retina display as it was last launched at the end of July 2014.
October - December
A new iPad Air could arrive in October/November, as well as new Macs including a possible new Mac Pro.
Apple in 2015: iPhone 7
Likely to generate the most excitement is Apple's next smartphone, dubbed iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S. There are already rumours swirling around the web about the next Apple smartphone, suggesting that it'll arrive in September with an amazing camera, new, more durable materials, wireless charging and more.
You can read all of the latest iPhone 7 rumours here.
Apple in 2015: Apple Watch
We've already seen the Apple Watch, which Apple unveiled late last year, but 2015 is the year that we'll actually be able to get our hands on it. How well the Apple Watch will sell is another matter, as it's expected to be pricey with a starting price of around £300, ranging up to £3000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition, if rumours prove to be accurate.
We're currently expecting the Apple Watch to launch in March, but there's no official confirmation yet.
Read all about the iWatch rumours and uncover its specs and features in our iWatch release date rumour round-up.
Apple in 2015: New iPads
Rumours about new iPads are already hotting up, as speculation points to an all-new iPad that could be joining Apple's tablet line-up this year. The rumoured iPad Pro would be a more powerful tablet for business users that will compete with the likes of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
The so-called iPad Pro is expected in April or June, and it's possible that a new iPad mini (iPad mini 4) will arrive alongside it. This is certainly plausible, as the iPad mini 3 was a dud in terms of its new features – only the new gold option and its fingerprint sensor set it apart from its now much cheaper predecessor the iPad mini 2.
The iPad Air isn't expected to get an update so early on in the year. We might see an iPad Air 3 in October, though.
Apple in 2015: Apple TV
We've been waiting for a new Apple TV for years now, but it looks like 2015 could finally be the year for Apple's media streaming set-top box. Apple has already revealed HomeKit, its smart home initiative, and rumour has it the Apple TV will be central to the system.
Since the last Apple TV update back in 2013, rivals have raced past Apple with their ever-improving media streaming offerings. You can read more about Apple TV rivals here.
Apple in 2015: New Macs
And of course, let's not forget about Apple's Macs, which have been growing in market share and revenue despite the PC market's overall decline. We could see an update to the now one-year-old Mac Pro, and we're certainly expecting new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display updates.
In fact, rumours say that a new Retina MacBook Air is on its way, and that it could arrive in June at WWDC 2015.
The iMac line-up is likely to get an update this year, too, but there's no word on when yet so Apple could surprise us sooner rather than later.
It's unlikely that the Mac mini will get an update this year, though, as it took more than two years to get the latest update that arrived in October.
Apple in 2015: Software
Apple tends to show off what it's been working on in terms of software during its developers conference in June. WWDC 2015 is likely to see the unveiling of iOS 9 and Mac OS 10.11, the next versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems.
We could also find out what Apple has been working on with Beats since is acquisition of the company last year. Apple's iTunes Radio music still isn't available in the UK, but a new and improved version that's merged with Beats Music could mean a global launch with a much better feature set for music lovers.
Apple's mobile payment service, Apple Pay, is expected to arrive in the UK this year, too.