Apple’s 2023 product catalog could feature all-new devices like the 15-inch MacBook Air and Apple VR/AR headset along with plenty of more typical product updates, according to Mark Gurman in his latest Power On newsletter. (opens in a new tab).
We’ve already heard rumors of a larger MacBook Air M2. This would be a change from previous MacBook Airs, which only came in 13-inch or 11-inch variants, but would give users a larger MacBook with the price advantage and mid-tier features of the MacBook Air. Currently, the only larger-screen MacBook is the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $2,500; a price tag that is fine for the “pros”.
Gurman previously claimed that while there won’t be an M2 version of the 24-inch iMac, there will be an M3 chip ready for next year. The current 2021 iMac comes with an Apple M1 chip, which, while still powerful and efficient, is approaching its second birthday and therefore arguably needs a refresh.
For users looking for more Mac power, Gurman also mentions a 2023 iMac Pro, which is designed to offer a bigger screen and a Pro or Max chip for extra performance. For even greater potential, you can look for the new state-of-the-art Mac Pro desktop tower, currently the only remaining Mac that has yet to receive the M-series chip treatment, and is likely due and upgraded. day.
On the tablet side, we can apparently expect a new iPad, measuring 14.1 inches. In the past, it was expected to be a new, larger iPad Pro size, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra, rather than an entirely new type of iPad.
Gurman also mentions a HomePod 2; it would be a sequel to the disappointing original HomePod. We’ve only had the HomePod mini in terms of Apple smart speakers for the past two years, so it’ll be interesting to see if Apple can get it right on a full-size smart speaker the second time around.
Also in the home category, Gurman repeats an earlier claim of what looks like an Apple smart hub arriving by the end of 2023. An alleged combination of Apple TV, HomePod and FaceTime camera, it could help Apple compete with products like the Google Nest Hub or the Amazon Echo Show 10 (currently the best smart displays) that a screenless HomePod can’t quite match.
Finally, we come to Reality Pro, which Gurman thinks is the name of the Apple VR/AR headset. There have been rumors that Apple has been working on virtual/augmented reality gear for some time, but nothing has been definitively said yet.
From what the rumors say, this helmet will be expensive and aimed at professionals. Regular users better wait and see if the rumored Apple Glasses, a less powerful AR device, surface after that.
All this in several months at least. But fortunately, we should still see other Apple products arriving in the coming weeks.
The 2022 iPad Pro and refreshed MacBook Pros are two possibilities for the company’s latest product release of the year, though they might not have their own event like the iPhone 14, the Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2.