As fall 2021 approaches, Apple rumors are running hot! The Cupertino company always releases at least a few new products in the fall, but this year is shaping up to be a pretty big one.
There’s so much new stuff (probably) coming soon that even the biggest Apple fans may have missed a rumor or two. Check out predictions below covering everything the world is expecting Apple to announce or deliver this fall.
Apple is definitely holding a fall iPhone event, likely in early September. It’s a little bit surprising how little is known even this late in the summer. But there’s no question that a new family of iPhones is coming, likely titled iPhone 13.
Expect all the same sizes as last year and a body style that’s very similar, according to dummy unit leaks. The camera module is larger and more prominent, while the notch looks to be smaller
All signs point to a smaller, iterative update, with focuses on improved battery life and 5G performance. Apple will likely finally switch to 120Hz screens, something the Android flagships have been doing for some time. A new A15 chip will power these phones, as well.
Apple Watch Series 7
This year, expect Apple to release a new Apple Watch, one with a completely redesigned body style. Flatter edges that are more in line with the iPhone 12/13 aesthetic are nearly a lock. The screen will be larger, as will be the overall case size. Existing Apple Watch bands are expected
to still fit, though.
Better battery life and a faster processor are likely, but earlier Apple rumors about exciting new blood glucose monitoring tech seem to have fizzled. Maybe next year?
iOS 15/iPadOS 15
Already available in public betas, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 bring exciting new functionality to iPhones and iPads. New features are too numerous to mention, but here are some highlights:
- Focus mode for adjusting notifications and lowering distractions
- Text recognition within any image
- Massive improvements to FaceTime (including web-based access from non-Apple devices!)
- Spatial Audio rolls out to more places (including FaceTime)
- Widgets anywhere on home screen (iPad)
- Big improvements to Safari, Maps, and Notes
Apple looks likely to release a third version of its AirPods, this time with in-ear silicone tips (though maybe not
). If you’ve been frustrated by the non-sealed, semi-loose fit of previous AirPods or EarPods, this could be your year.
This new design may look quite similar to AirPods Pro, but the non-pro variety won’t have ANC (active noise cancelling.
One More Thing?
That’s it for Apple’s first event in September. Most experts agree that Apple will announce new iPhones, a new Apple Watch series, and AirPods 3 at that first event.
But, in classic Apple fashion, there’s just one more thing: a likely second event in late September or October.
So, what will consumers see at that second event, if it happens? More hardware!
New M1X/M2 MacBook Pros
For most of 2021 there have been solid rumors that new MacBooks are coming, featuring the second generation of Apple Silicon. All signs point to a new design of MacBook Pro being the first to hit the market with an updated M1X or M2 Apple-designed processor.
Apple has been hard at work on both a 14-inch and a 16-inch model, with expanded port offerings, smaller bezels, and even some new version of a MagSafe power port. These new machines may eliminate the touch bar in favor of physical function keys, and they may also feature mini-LED screens
. Both these points are still up in the air, though.
Expect these to be pro-priced MacBook Pros (like the current 16-inch model), not “prosumer” models (like the current 13-incher).
Multiple supply chain leaks suggest that two new iPads could arrive late this fall, too. The first is an updated iPad Mini 6, which would follow the flat-edged, all-screen design language of the latest iPad Air. This means that fans of the smaller form factor will finally get a modern-looking version. Second is an update to the low-cost iPad, though there isn’t much information available for this one.
New Mac mini?
Less clear and a bit of a long shot at this point is a new, higher-end Mac mini. This new small desktop would feature an updated Apple chip and an expanded array of ports. There have been occasional rumors about this one for a while, but nothing all that concrete yet. This could mean that the Mac mini isn’t quite ready and will arrive in 2022 instead.
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