OPINION: Apple has just taken the wraps off the new iPhone 14 series, along with a bunch of next-gen Apple Watches and AirPods Pro.
Apple’s Far Out event was full of juicy releases, but as with all Apple events, it was heavily rumored for products that didn’t make it.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the tech that’s probably pretty close to launch, but just wasn’t close enough to launch with the iPhone 14.
iPad Pro M2
The iPad Pro has a fairly loose update model. Unlike the iPhone, annual updates aren’t always a given, and it often gets smaller updates every 18 months or so. However, if rumors are to be believed, then the upcoming iPad Pro refresh could be the biggest in years – just don’t expect it to arrive this week.
Reports suggest a major redesign is on the way, with wireless charging added and the recently announced M2 chipset replacing the current M1. Hopefully we’ll see that Mini LED display from the 12.9-inch model arrive in the smaller 11-inch model as well.
In terms of release date, it looks like Apple will keep the iPad Pro until October, possibly alongside the release of iPadOS 16.1 software, which will bring Stage Manager with it.
AirPods Max 2
While rumors suggest Apple is set to include a pair of AirPods at this week’s launch event, it likely won’t be an update to the very expensive AirPods Max we first saw in 2020.
Little has leaked about the follow-up, with no indication that it will be announced in 2022. We’ve heard reports of possible joining new colors the current list last year, so there’s every chance this will be the next time we hear about the AirPods Max.
MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch M2
Apple released the M2 chip earlier this year alongside the MacBook Air and 13-inch Pro, but there was no mention of faster M2 Pro or Max chips, nor the updated silicon that will arrive in the flagship 14-inch and 16-inch Apple laptops.
Apple announced the last of its current high-end machines in October 2021, and it seems likely that we’ll see the refreshes either in a similar timeframe or in early 2023. These machines aren’t crying out for updates just yet, but smaller updates for more -fast M2 chips would make sense for Apple before the holiday rush.
In a recent report on BloombergMark Gurman – usually a reliable source of information about Apple – claims that Apple will release new high-end Macs in October, but was not specific about whether these will be laptops and perhaps it could be a new iMac Pro or a Mac Pro – two machines that they haven’t moved to Apple Silicon yet.
The next generation Apple TV
Like the iPad Pro, it’s hard to pin down an update cycle for the Apple TV box. We last got an update to Apple’s media streamer in 2021, but that was a minor update with a redesigned remote and HDMI 2.1 — and very little else. Some reports suggest that Apple could be set to release a smart home device that includes some TV features, but that may still be a long way off.