We haven’t heard much from Apple since the AirPods Max launched in December. But that hasn’t stopped the rumor from getting everyone excited about new products.
Recently, leaks and rumors suggest that Apple will hold a virtual press conference on March 23. The problem is, we still don’t have confirmation of this supposed event, and we don’t know exactly what will be announced. But we have put together some of the products that might be highlighted.
It’s been over a year since we’ve seen a new version of the in-ear AirPods, but that could change. One of the biggest rumors for March 23 is about a potential AirPods 3 announcement.
AirPods have revolutionized the market for truly wireless headphones, but this upcoming version might not be that special. Instead, it looks like the AirPods 3 will bring a similar design to the AirPods Pro. These headphones require the use of silicone ear tips, which aid in active noise cancellation.
However, the problem is, these tips aren’t exactly comfortable for everyone. This is why a lot of people still rely on the older AirPods 2 because those are right in your ear.
It’s likely that while the AirPods 3 will sport an AirPods Pro design, they won’t include active noise cancellation. This will likely help keep costs down, reaching the same price point of $ 199 for 2nd gen AirPods (with wireless charging).
2021 could be a big year for the iPad, but we don’t expect to see an M1-powered iPad Pro. Instead, Apple could announce a whole new iPad Pro series with an oft-popular mini-LED display and updated processors.
Current iPads use LCD screens, which are good enough already, but a mini-LED panel would offer a wide variety of improvements. These include deeper and darker blacks, richer colors, and better contrast. The mini-LED panel is also much more power efficient, which would be pretty impressive considering how much power the iPad Pro has on battery power. Sadly, it looks like the new display would only come from the larger refresh of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
On the performance side, there will be an expected upgrade in the processor department. It will likely be the A14X or the A14Z, while offering performance improvements over last year’s A12Z Bionic.
We’ve already started to see 11-inch iPad Pro cases arriving at big box retailers. In one case, the customer attempted to purchase the case, but was unable to do so because the case was not due to go on sale until early April. This matches a potential announcement on March 23, before being available a few weeks later.
New Apple Pencil?
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The latest rumor surrounding the new iPad Pro comes from a new Apple Pencil. A leaked image appears to show an updated and upgraded third-generation Apple Pencil. The design appears to be more like the original, shiny, Pencil with a more rounded design. Unfortunately, nothing else has been shared regarding a potential new Apple Pencil.
If you thought it had been a long time since AirPods had been updated, it had been even longer for Apple TV. The current Apple TV 4K has been available since its launch in 2017.
Rumors have been circulating about a potential new Apple TV for about a year after there were mentions of an updated version in iOS. The new Apple TV will feature a faster processor, potentially the Apple A14 chip. This is the same processor as the iPhone 12 range and could help turn the Apple TV into a true gaming console.
A new Apple TV will also likely feature the Apple U1 chip. This was introduced in the iPhone 11 and brings “close interaction” frameworks. It might not seem like a big deal, but it would help the new TV act as a HomeKit base station.
It’s exciting to see a new Apple TV on the horizon, but it could finally be time for a new ATV remote control. The glass and aluminum slab was not the greatest experience, because it is not really intuitive. Plus, accidentally breaking the glass on the remote doesn’t take much effort. A redesigned remote control would therefore be extremely well received.
Rumor has it that Apple has been working on a competitor to Tile for a few years now. The company is expected to release AirTags at various past events, but these have come and gone without any mention. The code and references in iOS let the cat out of the bag, suggesting AirTags should have been introduced already.
Still, it looks like the wait is finally over and Apple will unveil this line of accessories on March 23. The AirTags have a built-in chip, probably the U1, which makes it easy to find the location of the AirTags using the Find My app. You will be able to do things like put your AirTag in lost mode, as well as create “safe locations”.
What about the Mac?
This is one of the more interesting perspectives of the March 23 event, but it looks like we won’t see any new Mac announcements. Recently, the iMac Pro has started to see inventory shortages at Apple and other retailers. Next, Apple confirmed that it would be ditching the iMac Pro, but nothing has been announced to replace it.
Rumors are circulating about a redesigned iMac, which could replace the entire current range available. It is likely that this updated iMac is powered by the Apple M1 processor or a newer (more powerful) version.
The redesigned iMac would bring a similar design to the Pro Display XDR, with thinner bezels and all-aluminum construction. It is also possible that we can see five new colors, similar to those found on the redesigned iPad Air that launched last year. Mark Gurman even suggested that Apple could prepare for finally replace the Thunderbolt screen. This has been a big demand from Apple users, as the Pro Display XDR isn’t exactly the perfect solution for everyone.
As for the MacBook lineup, it looks like we’ll have to wait until the second half of the year for the good stuff. Apple is rumored to be working on a new 14in and 16in MacBook Pro, while bringing back some of the ports and features of these laptops. Current MacBook Pros only have USB-C, which requires you to enter Dongle City. But these upcoming models could feature an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and be powered by an Apple M1 processor (or similar).
Are you excited?
Things in the Android and Windows world have been pretty exciting already, as we’ve seen the release of the Galaxy S21 line, as well as new GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. But that’s what Apple does. He waits for the right moment before unleashing the wrath of the new products that will be in the headlines for weeks.
There is a pretty interesting aspect to the March 23 event. Not only did this date seemingly come out of nowhere, but one of the major Android OEMs is expected to host an event on the same day as well. Hopefully Apple provides whatever is rumored to be, as well as potential teasers for new products to come later in the year.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the United States.
He’s written for a variety of sites over the years including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while working in the moonlight as a freelance writer at night.