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As exciting as 2022 was for new Apple products, 2023 could put all-new and updated products to shame. Here’s what the rumor mill has in store for next year.
Barring another global pandemic, Apple will launch a new iPhone in September 2023. But, we are not here to talk.
And, like almost every year, Apple’s 2023 will bring a new mainstream Mac, a new Apple Watch, and likely at least one updated iPad model. As exciting and evolving as these new models are, they will still be the most familiar.
Based on increased rumors and information from the supply chain, it looks like there are some more interesting products that Apple will release in 2023.
In 2023, there could be a brand new virtual reality headset with augmented reality components. Perhaps the most powerful Mac in the company’s history will be released, and a revived audio product may return from the dead.
These and other things have a good chance of appearing in the near future. Here’s what we can expect, based on what has come out of the rumor mill.
Apple’s entire year is likely to be defined by the release of its long-rumored VR headset. Whether the piece of hardware debuts at the beginning of the year or hangs on every other announcement, it will color every announcement Apple makes in 2023 in some form until it finally shows up.
It will come in 2023 – almost certainly. But because it’s a brand new device, the company has the most flexibility on when it wants to show it off to the public.
Basically, too much smoke clouding the sky for this product to ever land.
Why is it exciting?: Eight years after the Apple Watch went on sale, Apple is on the verge of launching an entirely new kind of device. This is a new product that literally has the potential to change the way we see the world around us.
The Meta Quest 2 has been the most popular VR headset to date and has been a compelling introduction to virtual reality for many people. But by all accounts, Apple’s headset hardware is expected to go a long way beyond the Quest 2 to offer a more immersive experience.
We like to imagine that many of Apple’s technologies and services, such as SharePlay, Fitness Plus and Memoji, among many others, will emerge and transform our daily tasks.
Additionally, Apple appears to be coming close by using xrOS as its official name for its new mixed reality operating system. This should prove that the software will extend beyond virtual reality and include augmented reality experiences as well.
Because of the developer tie-up, it’s likely that we’ll see a new Mac Pro at WWDC in June. If not at the annual conference, then we could see it happen sooner, as it closes a year after Apple teased (and confirmed) the new Mac Pro at its spring 2022 event.
Why is it exciting?: The Apple silicon packed inside the upcoming high-end desktop Mac Pro will be hard for any tech enthusiast to turn down or ignore, even if most people don’t need or buy it.
The new Mac Pro will be powerful beyond comparison. The Mac Studio can now be configured with the M1 Ultra processor, which has a 20-core CPU and can support up to a 64-core GPU, along with 128GB of RAM.
So the new Mac Pro can double the CPU performance if the UltraFusion die is used here with two Ultra chips.
There should also be plenty of design choices that will be of value to the casual observer. So we can finally see what “modular” means in Apple’s silicon era, and get some insight into future Macs in the shape and size of the Pro.
And, most importantly, whether or not the new Mac Pro wheels.
The new HomePod
March 2023 will mark two years since Apple’s original HomePod was discontinued. After his death, rumors suggested that Apple was working on an updated model.
These rumors have continued, suggesting that a new HomePod, in some form, could appear in early 2023. Finally, the HomePod mini can be upgraded.
Why is it exciting?: There is nothing more exciting than the Easter story – especially for a worthy product.
The original HomePod had its flaws, but it was a good audio speaker. So much so that when Apple announced its demise, the used market for the device increased rather than decreased.
People who used the speaker really liked it.
The new HomePod can be transformed into a screen for apps or widgets. It can be paired with an Apple TV to become more of a sound bar.
A two-year hiatus suggests it will undergo a significant change. But even if it’s just redesigned to keep component costs down, it could be a win for those who want big sound without a massive speaker taking up space in their home.
New AirPods Max
AirPods Max is one of the few products that doesn’t have a lot of rumors attached to it. The biggest indicator here that an upgrade is imminent is that the low-end products in the AirPods line have passed premium, high-end headphones in some technical capabilities.
Why are they exciting?: The first AirPods Max got a lot going, so the update probably won’t add much. But a slight weight reduction can go a long way in making the headphones even more comfortable.
New ear cushion options can make them more multi-tasking. Switching from the Lightning port to the USB-C port for charging will make the headphones more practical for everyday use.
In terms of technology, if there is a connection between AirPods and future augmented reality headsets, then it may be necessary to upgrade the Max headset hardware to reduce the latency between the two products.
But, most of these are rumors and whispers
The Mac Pro is coming. Apple already said so, even if they didn’t say when.
The rest is whispers and discussions emanating from Apple’s supply chain and the creatively wishy-washy minds of gossip mongers. We don’t post everything – there are a lot of surfaces that are out of context for what’s going on, or just made up.
All the rumors surrounding the above products make sense. And with all of them there was enough smoke to indicate that something was going on.
Perhaps the fire will come in 2023.