Apple is ready to launch a number of new devices between the fall and early 2023, according to a report from Bloombergis Mark Gurman. What Gurman describes as a “flood” of products will reportedly include four iPhone 14 devices, a set of new iPads, three Apple watches, several M2 / M3 upgraded Macs, a pair of refreshed AirPods Pro buttons, a new HomePod and a spec-enhanced Apple TV model.
Let us break down these predictions.
Although Apple announced two new Macs with the flagship M2 processor at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, Gurman expects to find the chip – and its variations – in several other devices. This includes an M2 Mac mini, M2 Pro Mac mini, M2 Pro / M2 Max 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, as well as an M2 Ultra / M2 Extreme Mac Pro. Of course, it’s Apple’s long-rumored reality headset that is also is expected to come with an M2 chip. If this is not overwhelming enough, Gurman says that Apple’s M3 processor is already working, and will probably appear in 13 and 15-inch MacBook Air laptops next year.
We already know that Apple is getting ready to launch the iPhone 14 this fall, and Gurman’s report provides a summary of all the rumors that have been circulating for the past year or so. Firstly, only the Pro and Pro Max models will reportedly receive the new and more powerful A16 chip, as well as always-on-screen support. The iPhone 14 Pro models are also meant to come with a 48 megapixel camera sensor, a new notch with a “pill-shaped cutout” for Face ID, and a hole-style selfie camera. Gurman says that the standard iPhone 14 will have the A15 chip that comes with the iPhone 13, with a 6.7-inch variant that replaces the Mini model.
As for the iPads, Gurman’s report indicates that Apple will launch M2-equipped 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models later this year, in addition to a larger iPad between 14 and 15 inches coming during the “next years or two ». Gurman also supports a previous rumor from 9to5Macwhich suggests that a new entry-level iPad comes with an A14 chip, 5G and USB-C connection.
Apple is also expected to release three new Apple Watch models this fall: the standard Watch Series 8, a new SE and a more “robust” watch aimed at people in “extreme sports”. Gurman notes that while the S8 chip present in the upcoming Watch Series 8 will offer the same level of performance as the previous S7 and S6 chips, the watch that comes next year will reportedly have an upgraded processor. Gurman also expects Apple to discontinue the Series 3 this fall in favor of the new SE, which may also come with the S8 processor – a jump from the S5 chip that came with the 2020 SE model.
Apple did not have much to say about tvOS at WWDC, but Gurman says that the company will unveil a new Apple TV with an A14 chip and a little more RAM this fall. This sets the device up for “additional gaming features” that we could see in tvOS 16, Gurman notes.
Apple is also set to roll out an upgraded HomePod – but probably not until next year. According to Gurman, the upcoming HomePod will come with a similar size and performance level as the original HomePod that was released in 2018. It is expected to have an S8 chip, updated screen and potential support for “multi-touch functionality”.
The AirPods Pro earbuds will also be upgraded, and Gurman predicts a new chip and improved sound. Hopefully, this means support for lossless sound, as supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo rumored earlier this year.