Apple is about to release a slew of new devices between this fall and early 2023, according to a report of Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman† What Gurman describes as a “tidal wave” of products reportedly includes four iPhone 14 devices, a set of new iPads, three Apple Watches, several M2/M3 upgraded Macs, a pair of redesigned AirPods Pro buttons, a new HomePod and a spec boost Apple TV model.
Let’s break down these predictions.
Although Apple announced two new Macs with its flagship M2 processor at the 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 there’s Apple’s long-rumored mixed reality headset, that is also is expected to come with an M2 chip. If this isn’t overwhelming enough, Gurman says Apple’s M3 processor is already in the works and will likely appear in the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air laptops next year.
We already know that Apple is gearing up to launch the iPhone 14 this fall, and Gurman’s report provides an overview of all the rumors circulating over the past year. First, only the Pro and Pro Max models are reportedly set to receive the new and more powerful A16 chip, as well as always-on display support. The iPhone 14 Pro models are also said to come with a 48-megapixel camera sensor, a new notch with a “pill-shaped cutout” for Face ID, and a punch-hole-style selfie camera. Gurman says the standard iPhone 14 will have the A15 chip that comes with the iPhone 13, with a 6.7-inch variant replacing the Mini model.
As for 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 that will arrive “next year or two.” will appear. Gurman also supports an earlier rumor of 9to5Macsuggesting that a new entry-level iPad will come with an A14 chip, 5G and USB-C connectivity.
Apple is also expected to release three new Apple Watch models this fall: the standard Watch Series 8, a new SE, and a more “rugged” watch aimed at those involved 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 coming 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 could also come with the S8 processor — a jump from the S5 chip that came with the 2020 SE model.
Apple didn’t have much to say about tvOS at WWDC, but Gurman says the company would unveil a new Apple TV this fall with an A14 chip and slightly more RAM. This primes the device for the “extra gaming features” we could see in tvOS 16, Gurman notes.
Apple also plans to roll out an improved HomePod, but probably not until next year. According to Gurman, the upcoming HomePod will be the same size and level of performance as the original HomePod released in 2018. It is expected to have an S8 chip, a refreshed screen and possible support for “multi-touch functionality”.
The AirPods Pro earbuds are also due for an upgrade, with Gurman predicting a new chip and improved sound. Hopefully this will mean support for lossless audio, which supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was rumored to have earlier this year.