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A big Apple event is coming April 20, and the “Spring Loaded” title of the event teases a high number of new products. Those could include the iPad Pro 2021, AirTags and and a new iMac, as well as a possible AirPods 3 and new Apple TV.
Two things are usually a given each springtime: blossoming flowers and the arrival of next-generation iPads. The company is expected to show off an updated iPad Pro with a faster processor, 5G support, a Thunderbolt port so it can connect to more external monitors and a Mini LED display.
First things first. The new iPad Pro will probably have an A14X processor. If historical patterns for these “X” processors hold true, it will more or less mirror the M1 in Apple Silicon Macs: an A14 with double the number of high-performance CPU cores and GPU cores, which is crazy fast. Other expected improvements are a camera module that mirrors the one in the iPhone 12 Pro, 5G connectivity in the cellular models, and Thunderbolt support.
Rumors suggest that the new iPad Pro will come in an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch model. Apple may also be gearing up to switch out its currenct LCD display technology for mini-LED screens, which should result in a wider contrast ratio and deeper blacks.
It feels like we’ve been reporting on AirTags for years at this point, but surely this Apple April event has to be when Apple finally gives us some official details on the long-in-development accessory.
Trackers designed to compete with the likes of Tile Mate, AirTags will make use of Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband technology, plus the Find My app, in order to help users hunt down misplaced gadgets. We’d be very surprised if AirTags don’t make an appearance at the Apple April event.
These trackers should retail for less than $50 apiece and could be a lifesaver for IOS users who are prone to losing more than just their phone or tablet.
AirTags have been indirectly referenced in iOS 14.5, so they’re certainly on the horizon. Now definitely feels like the time when we’ll finally get a proper look at them.
While Apple confirmed it is it is discontinuing the iMac Pro, it’s turning its efforts to a new iMac 2021 that will run on Apple Silicon chip (and also sport a new design).
It’s been a while since Apple significantly updated the iMac, so it seems likely that 2021 will finally be the year that the company gives one of its flagship products a thorough refresh.
The current design of the iMac has been with us for over nearly a decade, but we’re expecting that the iconic “chin” of the all-in-one computer may finally bite the dust this year.
Rumors hint that the design will be something akin to the Pro Display XDR, at a much more palatable price. We’ve also heard that the new iMac 2021 could come in five colors, similar to the recent iPad Air.
Apple’s wireless earbuds have been a runaway success since debuting in 2016, and the latest iteration of the popular buds, AirPods 3, look set to launch in 2021.
Reports are indicating that AirPods 3 will ditch the traditional design, and opt for something much closer to the look of the AirPods Pro.
The refreshed earbuds are also rumored to be pinching active noise canceling from the Pro model, alongside Dolby Atmos support and spatial audio. But we’ll have to wait and see on that.
Apple TV 2021
The Apple TV streaming box is another device that could see an update at the Apple April event.
The big change we’re expecting is new internal hardware, namely a new A-series chipset, to make navigating tvOS snappier than ever before while also boosting Apple Arcade gameplay. We’re also hoping that the rumors of a new, easier to use Apple TV remote control will come true since it’s one of the Apple TV’s weak points.
iPad Mini 2021
The iPad Pro may not be the only iteration of Apple’s tablet getting a refresh in 2021; the new iPad Mini 6 could be on the way. The iPad mini hasn’t been updated since 2019, so it’s certainly due.
Despite ongoing supply chain issues, Apple ended 2020 with a flurry of new tech. And it looks like we might not have too long to wait before the first Apple branded products of 2021 are released.
Rumors from sourced information from Apple’s supply chain about the upcoming iPad mini 6 — and it sounds like it won’t be as ‘mini’ as before. While the current smallest iPad released in 2019 has a 7.9-inch screen, the new model will be considerably larger, with a reported 8.4-inch display.