Apple to release new MacBook Pro and iPhone with bilateral charging, says report

A note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests 2019 could be a busy year for Apple.

Sarah Tew

According to an investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to release a new MacBook Pro design in 2019. 

The note, acquired by MacRumours, states that Apple will release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPads and a 31-inch 6K monitor. There'll also be new iPhones with bilateral charging, which means you'll be able to use your iPhone's battery to charge other devices.

This means 2019 could be a busy year for Apple if the note is to be believed, suggesting that the company is hoping to rebound after a difficult 2018. Over the recent holiday period, iPhone sales were down as much as 11 percent against expectations.

The note also suggests the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come with 32 GB of RAM, which is a major upgrade from the 16GB of RAM that currently ships with the 13-inch model. The fourth generation of the MacBook Pro, complete with Touch Bar and USB-C, was released in 2016 and has received incremental updates since

Kuo's note hints that a new Mac Pro might come with "easy to upgrade components". Its rumoured 6K monitor will apparently ship with Mini LED-esque backlight design. 

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.