At its Unleashed event, Apple made a slew of announcements, the majority of which confirmed the rumors. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, which power the newly redesigned MacBook Pro, as well as the AirPods 3, which bring spatial audio and head tracking to a lower price point in Apple’s personal audio lineup, were among the announcements.
However, there are still a few new goods that Apple will not release until 2022.
There were reports before Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage that the Mac mini will be redesigned to be thinner, more powerful, and have more ports than the present model. The Mac mini was last updated by Apple last year, when it was upgraded from an Intel-based processor to Apple’s own M1 chip.
Internet leakers like Jon Prosser predicted that the new desktop will be upgraded this year to Apple’s more powerful processors. The enhanced CPU was initially speculated to be termed the Apple M1x silicon, but Apple introduced it as the M1 Pro and M1 Max during the event. When compared to Intel’s x86-based CPUs and even Apple’s vanilla M1 hardware, the latter is the more expensive of the two and will give even superior processing and graphics capabilities.
In terms of design, Prosser predicted that the Mac mini would be a somewhat smaller model with a plexiglass top and an aluminum enclosure, similar to the iPhone 13. The new Mac mini could possibly include the two-tone finish of the iMac, as well as a magnetic power port for MagSafe-like charging and extra ports for a more Pro-like experience. Prosser even offered renders of the desktop, but unfortunately for mini lovers, Apple’s Mac makeover this time was completely centered on the MacBook Pro. The Mac mini isn’t expected to be updated until 2022, according to reports.
Larger iMac Pro
Apple’s sleek 24-inch iMac update was a hit, but there were hopes that the company might release a second, more powerful model with an even larger display. Unlike the Intel-based iMacs that it replaced, Apple’s M1-powered iMac is only available in one screen size: 24 inches.
Apple was expected to release a second, more “Pro” option with a larger display, with speculations circulating that the company was considering a 30-inch panel to replace the 27-inch Intel iMac model.
This, like the predicted Mac mini makeover, didn’t materialize, but it wasn’t altogether surprising: early this summer, there was talk that Apple’s larger iMac ambitions would be delayed until 2022.
The new model is expected to have a more powerful M1 processor, and a 30- or 32-inch iMac with an M1 Pro or M1 Max processor could be released in 2022. Fans of the iMac were hoping for slimmer bezels, especially around the chin, and perhaps even more muted color options in a Pro edition.
The powerful M1 Max CPU from Apple is ready for Mac Pro-level performance. Early reports stated that the M1 Max processor’s 32-core GPU would be used in Apple’s Pro desktop, but that didn’t happen this year. According to speculations, Apple’s cheese grater desktop might be cut in half thanks to the M1 processor’s lower power consumption, better thermal regulation, and increased processing and graphics capabilities.
Given that the Mac Pro is the lone holdout — it’s still only available with Intel architecture and discrete AMD graphics — the M1 Max seems like the ideal Apple processor to push this desktop to the next level. Maybe Apple is holding out for a more powerful M2 CPU. When rumors of a Mac Pro revamp began to circulate, it was speculated that Apple’s premium desktop will include a 32-core CPU architecture — the M1 Max has a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU.
Though the first three items on this list look to be likely possibilities for a debut at Apple’s Unleashed event in October, Apple’s augmented or virtual reality spectacles — reported to be called Apple Glass — are a complete surprise. Given that Apple Glass is a completely new product category, we expect it to have its own event rather than being thrown into a presentation that focuses on Mac and Apple Music improvements.
Apple’s foray into the augmented reality market is rife with interest and anticipation, despite the fact that others, such as Google, have attempted before it. If speculations are true, Apple Glass could theoretically deliver information from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or even Apple Watch to your eyes, and be driven by a bespoke Starboard operating system, which was discovered in the final version of iOS. To follow Apple’s tvOS, WatchOS, and iPadOS naming traditions for products based on versions of iOS on the iPhone, Starboard might debut as GlassOS.
Unlike current VR glasses and mixed reality headsets, Apple Glass is expected to surface information from your phone to your face, similar to Google Glass rather than Microsoft’s HoloLens, according to speculations. When you wear Apple’s goggles, you’ll get iMessage updates, Maps directions, and emails all over your field of vision.
Apple hasn’t been shy about its efforts in this area, filing a slew of patents in recent years to show how privacy may be kept with Apple Glass via a removable camera model, a finger-tracking module, and other features. According to rumors, the headgear will be released in 2022 and would cost up to $1,000, which isn’t far off from Google Glass’ original price of $1,499. However, according to leaker Jon Prosser, Apple’s goggles might be released for as little as $499.