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Everything Apple will release in 2021

Posted by Robert Beagle | Posted in Computer | Posted on 15-06-2021

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While Apple users were expecting to hear about new hardware releases coming this year, many were left disappointed after Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) began on June 7 and ended on June 11 without a single product announcement.

However, Apple users everywhere can stay optimistic as here is everything we expect to see between now and 2022.

iPad (9th Generation)

Not long after Apple’s 12.9-inch Retina XDR iPad Pro hit the shelves (May 21), we’re already hearing gossip about an update to the entry-level iPad and iPad mini coming later this year.

Likely slated for a release at a fall event, the redesigned 9th generation iPad may finally come with a more modern design. The new iPad will likely retain the “Home” button, but change to a much slimmer, thinner design similar to the iPad Air.

iPad mini (6th Generation)

After no updates to the iPad mini since 2019, the stale design is likely to get an upgrade in the fall of 2021. Reports from around the tech world have mixed opinions on the fate of the next iPad mini. While some expect the mini to feature a similar design to the old iPad Air with thin bezels and a home button, others are anticipating a Liquid Retina screen and Touch ID button.

The latest iteration of the iPad mini is likely to arrive alongside the 9th generation iPad mentioned above.

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14-inch/16-inch MacBook Pro

Highly anticipated for announcement, news of the new MacBook Pro has yet to be released following WWDC. However, with new Apple M1 silicon chips already in a multitude of devices, we can expect to hear about redesigned MacBook Pros before the year ends. Apple will reportedly ship two options, 14 inches and 16 inches, with slimmer bezels.

The usually minimalistic Cupertino company will also finally bring back some of the things the latest Apple products have lacked, like an HDMI port, an SD card reader, more Thunderbolt ports, and MagSafe.

Rumor has it Apple will finally ditch the Macbook Pro branding from the bottom bezel and the Touch Bar will also go away.

While Mini-LED displays have been teased, it’s unlikely to be included in the 14 or 16-inch MacBook Pros as they are slated to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2021 and first quarter of 2022 respectively. The first models of the latest MacBook Pros will likely still use the same retina display, with Mini-LED backlighting models possible later in 2022.

Mac Mini

Perhaps the black sheep of Apple devices, the Mac Mini is rumored to be getting a big upgrade this year. The latest high-end Mac Mini is expected to get even smaller, with many expecting the next Mac Mini to be under an inch tall. Apple is also reportedly considering a plexiglass top, which means ditching the aluminum chassis for the first time since 2010.

According to Mark Gurman’s Bloomberg report, the Mac Mini will feature an “X” variant of the M1 chipset. According to him, this chip “will greatly outpace the performance and capabilities of the current M1 chips.” Gurman also hints that the Mac Mini’s GPU will most likely be integrated into the system on a chip, but will be a lot more powerful than the current 8-core GPU. The new chip is likely to come in either 16 or 32-core variations. These chips should include up to 64GB of memory and between 256GB and 2TB of storage.

The new Mac Mini could also get two additional Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, for a total of 4 USB ports, along with the current two USB-A ports, ethernet, and HDMI. No SDXC card slot is expected.

29-inch iMac

With the colorful 24-inch iMac hitting shelves back in April, it’s highly likely that a new high-end model is on the way before 2022.

Although rumors are thin, we can expect an M1X or M2 chip, more RAM, and more ports.

iPhone 13

Perhaps Apple’s most popular product, the iPhone, is certain to create the biggest buzz out of Apple product launches this year — and we’ve already got a pretty good idea of what’s in store.

Purported battery capacities have already been leaked on Twitter. After the battery size decreased from the iPhone 11 to 12, it looks like Apple is ready to pack a larger battery into the iPhone 13. Leaked CAD sketches suggest smaller notches, larger camera arrays, and a slightly thicker design than the iPhone 12. Reports claim that Apple was able to shrink the notch, or small cutout usually at the top of the screen, by reducing die size by about half for VCSEL chips used in the True Depth camera. That means you’ll have more screen space and a less invasive camera notch.

Much like the iPhone 12, four different models are expected: a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, a 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. It is expected that the Ultra Wide camera on all iPhone 13 models will be improved from a 5-element f/2.4 lens to a 6-element f/1.8 lens. Sensor-shift stabilization, which is currently only available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, is expected to be used across the iPhone 13 lineup. Finally, after years of 60Hz maximum refresh rates, it’s possible we will see a 120Hz ProMotion display in this year’s new iPhones — while still taking advantage of an OLED display.

As usual, the iPhone 13 is expected to be announced at an event in September.

Released so far this year

Apple has only released the following products so far this year:

24-inch iMac

11-inch iPad Pro

12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple TV 4K with Siri Remote

AirTag

With only a handful of products released this year and no new hardware announced at WWDC 2021, we can expect a very busy second half of 2021 for Apple. The above products are expected to be announced soon and released before the end of the second quarter of 2022.

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