2019: An Apple Year in Review

2019: An Apple Year in Review

2019 was a busy year for Apple. The Cupertino company released the usual iPhone updates, as well as a long-anticipated new Mac Pro and the release of their new AirPods Pro wireless earbuds.

Here’s everything Apple released in 2019.


Apple was slow out of the blocks in January, with just one hardware announcement for the month, which turned out to be an accessory. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR with Qi charging support was announced.

2019: An Apple Year in Review


February was another quiet month for Apple, with no new hardware announcements, and only an update for iOS 12. iOS 12.1.4 provided a fix for the FaceTime eavesdropping bug.


In March, Apple finally began to hit its stride for the year, as the company held its first event of the year, which focused on services, including Apple Card, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ and Apple News+.

March also included several new hardware announcements, with press releases announcing a new iPad Air, new iPad mini, and second-generation AirPods.

Apple also released operating system updates, releasing iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, and watchOS 5.2 to the public.


Not much of note happened in April, with Apple’s release of tvOS 12.2.1 to the public serving as the “highlight” of the month.


There were a few memorable hardware announcements in May, including the release of the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro to the public, and a 7th-generation iPod touch featuring a faster processor and a new storage option. Apple also released no 8-core MacBook Pro models with Apple’s third-generation butterfly keyboard technology.

2019: An Apple Year in Review

Apple released iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 to the public (which featured the new TV app), plus watchOS 5.2.1 and macOS 10.14.5.


Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference saw the usual announcements about new Apple operating systems, including iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina.

2019: An Apple Year in Review

Perhaps more importantly, WWDC 2019 featured the official announcement of a powerful new Mac Pro and the accompanying Pro Display XDR.


While things are usually quiet in the middle of the year, this year was an exception, as Apple released a new entry-level MacBook Pro featuring new Intel processors, Touch ID, and the Touch Bar. A refreshed and $100 cheaper MacBook Air made an appearance, featuring a new True Tone display.

2019: An Apple Year in Review

iOS 12.4, tvOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, and macOS 10.14.6 were released to the public, as well as a refreshed Texas Hold ‘Em game for iOS.


Apple Card was officially released to users in the U.S. The new credit card featured deep iOS Wallet integration and 3% cashback. iOS 12.4.1, tvOS 12.4.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.6, and watchOS 5.3.1 were released to the public, and beta testing of iOS 13.1 began.


September was a busy month for Apple, with plenty of new announcements. Apple’s “By Innovation Only” event on September 10 featured the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, as well as the Apple Watch Series 5 and 7th-generation iPad.

2019: An Apple Year in Review

It was a busy month for iOS releases, as not only the initial public release of iOS 13 took place, but also the releases of iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, and iOS 13.1.2.


iOS 13 updates continued in October, with the release of iOS 13.2, which included the debut of the Deep Fusion camera processing system, Siri privacy settings, and more.

Apple also announced the upcoming release of its all-new AirPods Pro, along with the Beats Solo Pro. Beats Solo Pro was released later in the month.

2019: An Apple Year in Review

macOS Catalina was also released to the public in October, featuring new applications, security improvements, and other new features.


November saw the launch of the Apple TV+ streaming service, offering an assortment of original series and movies. Apple has continued to add new content to the service since its initial debut, but still has a long way to go. New software updates also made the scene, for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

2019: An Apple Year in Review

The much-anticipated 16-inch MacBook Pro was announced mid-month and featured a new “Magic Keyboard” scissor keyboard, a larger screen with slightly slimmer bezels, and other improvements. A new Smart Battery case for both the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro lineups also made an appearance, the case was the first of its kind to feature a physical camera button.


Apple ended the calendar year with a bang, as it officially began taking orders for the long-awaited Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. Orders began on December 10, and some customers received their new powerhouses before the end of the year.

iOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3 were also released to the public in December and included new customization options and more. macOS Catalina 10.15.2 was also released, and included a new iTunes Remote feature.

In Closing

2019 was a busy year for Apple, and it looks like 2020 will be just as busy. Keep coming back to MacTrast all year long, as we’ll be covering the breaking Apple news all year.