You never really know what to expect from it Apple when it comes to bringing its products to market. However, the company tends to release certain products on a regular schedule, which provides possible clues about what’s to come. Leaks and rumors also paint a picture of potential gadgets we may see during 2023, such as iPhone 15 and Apple’s long-rumored “mixed reality” headset..
If the reports turn out to be accurate, 2023 could mark several firsts for Apple’s product line. We can see the company’s first AR/VR headset, the first iPhone with USB-C and, for example, the first 15-inch MacBook Air. As for other products like AirPods, Apple TV, and iPad, Bloomberg reports that we’re unlikely to see big changes to those product lines this year.
The debut of a mixed-reality headset would signal a whole new product category for Apple, while other updates suggest Apple is further optimizing its devices to contend with Android and Windows competitors that offer larger screens and universal USB-C charging.
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Apple released several new products this year, including a new one yellow version of the iPhone 14updated HomePodand Mac Mini with M2 and M2 Pro chips and MacBook Pro computers with the new M2 Pro and M2 Max.
Here’s a look at what to expect in 2023 based on Apple’s launches, rumors and leaks so far. Apple did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
iPhone 15 series
Apple usually launches new iPhones in September, and this year is likely to be no different. Among the most significant changes we expect iPhone 15 is a z switch Lightning charging port to USB-C. This is because there are new rules requiring technical products sold in Europe with USB-C support until 2024. It’s still unclear whether Apple will fully embrace the switch to USB-C across the entire iPhone 15 lineup, or whether it will create a regional model for Europe.
Another potential update could include the arrival of Dynamic Island on standard non-Pro iPhone 15 models, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, he tweeted in September. At the same time, Apple could add additional features to the iPhone 15 Pro that differentiate it from the base models. Such features could include a new periscope camera with better optical zoom for the iPhone 15 Pro Max and solid-state buttons for both Pro phones, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
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Apple AR/VR headset
The long-awaited mixed reality headset from Apple According to Bloomberg, it could finally debut in June, marking Apple’s first major expansion into a new product category since the Apple Watch. The headset is expected to mix elements of augmented reality, which brings digital graphics to real-world environments similar to the smartphone game Pokemon Go, and virtual reality, which envelops the user in 360-degree graphics, such as the $400. Meta Quest 2.
But don’t expect Apple headphones to be cheap. The device could cost $3,000 and run on a new type of software that is essentially a 3D version of the iPhone interface, Bloomberg reports. Expect it to be powered by Apple’s M2 chip, which can be found in the current line of MacBooks, the report says. Although Bloomberg reported that Apple could introduce the headset in June, tweet from Kuo suggests mass production of the device may have been delayed.
Tech giants from Meta to Sony to Microsoft have all tried virtual or augmented reality. However, it is expected that Apple’s first virtual reality product could popularize the technology, as the company has a long history of doing this with other products.
“I think Apple is going to be a big helper in the market, as it is with smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, let’s face it,” said Ramon Llamas, director of research at International Data Corporation.
Apple Watch Series 9
Like the Apple Watch, it usually releases new Apple Watch models in the fall alongside its new iPhones. This year, however, we may see a more modest update than usual. Bloomberg reports that we should not expect significant changes to the Apple Watch this year. What that means isn’t clear, but it’s possible that the watch could feature routine updates like performance improvements rather than major new health-tracking features.
This is consistent with the pattern that Apple has followed in recent years. In addition to adding temperature sensing and car crash detection, Apple Watch Series 8 is very similar to series 7. Apple has also introduced more new features in recent years through software updates rather than hardware changes, such as the ability to track sleep phases which arrived in WatchOS 9. But I hope Series 9 will inherit some features from Apple Watch Ultraespecially its handy Action button, which makes it easy to jump straight into training.
There haven’t been many rumors or reports on whether to expect an update Apple Watch SE or Ultra models in 2023. But since Apple doesn’t always release special edition products with a yearly cadence, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple skipped those updates this time around.
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Fans of Apple’s colorful all-in-one computer have a lot to look forward to this year. The company’s next iMac is in an advanced stage of development, meaning it could arrive in the second half of this year, according to Bloomberg. A refurbished computer will likely run on Apple’s reputation M3 processor, which would be a step up from the M2 chip powering the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. It will have a 24-inch screen like the 2021 edition and will be available in the same color options, but will have some interior design changes, according to the report.
Mac Pro with M2 Ultra
Apple is also preparing a new version of its high-end Mac Pro that would run on a chip called the M2 Ultra processor, likely a successor to the M1 Ultra, according to Bloomberg. That would mark a departure from the current model, which debuted in 2019 and runs on Intel Xeon processors. The chip will reportedly have 24 CPU cores, 76 graphics cores and 192GB of memory.
The Mac Pro for $5,999 is Apple’s top-of-the-line desktop computer designed for professionals. It’s the last remaining Mac in Apple’s current lineup that doesn’t feature the company’s own silicon. The report suggests that it will launch between late spring and summer, which means we could see it at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
15-inch MacBook Air
Apple’s lightweight laptop will reportedly be available in a 15-inch size for the first time this year. Bloomberg reports that a 15-inch MacBook Air is on Apple’s product roadmap for 2023, though it’s unclear whether the machine will run on the company’s expected M3 chip. A new 13-inch MacBook Air is also said to be in the works.
The two laptops are expected to arrive in late spring or summer, so if Bloomberg’s report is accurate, we should be hearing about them in the coming months.
All told, rumors, leaks, and reports suggest that 2023 could be a pivotal year for Apple’s PC lineup. If Apple announces its first mixed reality headset, we’ll get a glimpse into the company’s vision for the future of computing. Apple CEO Tim Cook commented the potential he sees for augmented reality, but we’ve yet to see Apple’s dedicated hardware to deliver those experiences. The arrival of Apple silicon in the Mac Pro would also mark the completion of Apple’s transition to homegrown Mac chips within the current lineup.