In this week’s edition of his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman delved deeper into his forecast for new Apple products this year.
After saying last week that Apple will unveil “the widest array of new hardware products in its history this fall,” Gurman this week added he expects the Cupertino, California-based tech giant to launch the 5G-enabled third-generation iPhone SE, the iPad Air 5, and a redesigned 27″ iMac powered by the company’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips sometime this spring, with an Apple event likely to take place in March or April (via MacRumors).
The ‘iPhone SE 3’ will feature the same A15 Bionic processor under the hood as the iPhone 13 lineup, and will also support 5G. On the outside, the next-generation iPhone SE will carry over its predecessor’s design language, complete with the same 4.7-inch LCD display and Touch ID Home button.
A refreshed iPad Air is also expected, with an A15 chip, 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support, Quad-LED True Tone flash on the rear, and 5G support for cellular models.
Gurman said Apple will launch at least one new Mac this spring, likely being the Apple Silicon-powered 27-inch iMac. The reporter believes this new offering will be branded as the iMac Pro and will feature a similar design to the 24-inch iMac from last year. According to a report from earlier this week, the M1 Pro/Max-powered iMac Pro could also introduce a new, 12-core CPU configuration.
A high-end Mac mini equipped with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips is also expected sometime this year.
Gurman added that Apple is also planning a “big update” to the AirPods Pro for later on in the year, which will possibly be equipped with motion sensors for fitness tracking capabilities alongside the Apple Watch.
According to Kuo, the new AirPods Pro will have a “significantly upgraded” wireless chip as compared to the H1 chip found in the current AirPods Pro, along with support for Lossless Audio and a (possibly water-resistant) charging case with built-in speakers to emit a sound to make it easier to locate.