Apple has had quite a busy year so far, since the very beginning of the year. The tech giant launched Mac Studio and iPhone SE 3 in March, followed by the iPhone 14 series in September, then came the new 10th generation iPad and updated Apple TV in October. With no new announcements expected anytime soon, suffice it to say that Apple is done with launches for this year. Throughout the year, Apple has updated a handful of products, except for a few that have yet to receive hardware upgrades despite multiple rumors surrounding them since the start of the year.
Here are five Apple products that haven’t been updated in years.
The AirPods Max are great hardware. Possibly the best headphones Apple has released so far. At Rs 60,000, these are Apple’s most expensive pair of headphones. While some of the users liked the AirPods Max, others complained that the sound quality did not match the price. The mixed response to the AirPods Max has us wondering if Apple is even considering a sequel to the over-ear headphones. In May 2021, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said Apple was not working on second-generation AirPods Max. The status of the AirPods Max 2 is therefore unclear. If Apple releases the AirPods Max 2 next year, Cupertino should make some design changes, but also focus on improving sound and adding support for lossless audio. Pricing is another area that should be addressed whenever second-generation cans hit retail shelves.
Presented in April 2021, the iMac M1 is almost two years old. The redesigned iMac M1 debuted a 24-inch display with thinner bezels, an M1 processor, bright, fun colors, and a six-speaker system. Since the iMac was completely redesigned two years ago, we expect Apple to update the all-in-one computer with either an M2 chip or an unannounced M3 chip. According to Gurman, Apple may not announce a new iMac until late 2023. There have been no concrete rumors that Apple is planning to release the updated iMac, but be aware that the current iMac M1 model is a fantastic AIO with quite good performance for basic computing tasks.
When Apple teased a new Mac Pro at its “Peek Performance” event earlier this year, many thought the launch would take place this year. A few months have passed since then and there’s no word from Apple on the updated Mac Pro. The existing Mac Pro was last updated in 2019 and while Cupertino launched a professional-grade Mac Studio earlier this year, it’s not a replacement for the Mac Pro. Apple is rumored to be working on a smaller Mac Pro that will ship with the “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme” chips. The current Mac Pro is one of the last Intel Macs you can still buy. Apple is also expected to introduce a “Pro” version of Studio Display with a mini-LED panel and support for ProMotion.
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With the low-end Mac mini last updated with Apple’s custom M1 chip in 2020, the high-end Intel-powered model hasn’t been updated since 2018. The question is which is the future of the high-end Mac mini in Apple’s Mac lineup. ? At Rs 64,900, the base Mac mini is the most affordable Mac on the market, good enough for average users. A step-up model should be radically different from the entry-level Mac mini. Rumors suggest Apple is working on a supercharged version of the Mac mini with a slimmer design and “plexiglass top.” The device can be powered by Apple’s M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Given the new design and powerful internals, we expect the high-end Mac mini to cost more than the current entry-level model.
It’s been over a year since Apple discontinued the original HomePod. Although the premium smart speaker hasn’t been as successful as Apple had initially hoped, Cupertino is already working on a sequel that should arrive in 2023. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims the new HomePod will look and sound like the original model. Gurman expects the HomePod 2 to feature an updated chip, which will allow Siri to respond to user queries faster. Not much is known about the second-generation HomePod beyond the chipset at this time, but Apple hasn’t given up on its intention to exit the high-end smart speaker market and that’s a good sign. .