Apple already surprised us with a few new products this year. In April, Apple finally revealed the first iMac with an M1 chip. Not only that, but the company also launched the 2021 iPad Pro that also comes with the ultra-powerful M1 chip. Not to mention the long-awaited AirTags and a new Apple TV 4K! And even though we were expecting at least one more product to be revealed during WWDC21, Apple only showcased the software updates for its most popular products. But that doesn't mean Apple doesn't have more in store for us.
Sure, we're all expecting a new iPhone near the end of the year, but Apple has even more plans in mind. Or at least, that's what the rumors are saying. Apple's not done just yet. Continue reading to browse seven new products that Apple will (supposedly) release this year.
The New iPod touch
It's hard to believe, but Apple might be working on a new iPod touch. Not only that, but we might see it sooner than later. Recently there have been rumors around the web that the new iPod touch will feature a similar boxy design as the iPhone 12 and come in at least five different colors. The rumors also suggest that Apple may release the new iPod touch during the fall of 2021. Although it might seem a bit hard to believe, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the iPod. So it's possible that Apple might commemorate this year with an upgrade.
The iPhone 13 Lineup
This is probably a given at this point, but it still counts! We're all expecting Apple to release the upcoming iPhone 13, even though the company might not call it that. Whatever the name may be, the iPhone 13 will feature a few new changes in the camera department.
According to the rumors, the camera bump will be larger and thicker than in the iPhone 12 lineup. This leaves more space for bigger and better camera lenses. The iPhone 13 Pros will continue to be the only models with LiDAR sensors. In addition, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini will feature diagonal camera lenses instead of the 12's current design.
In other news, Apple might finally reduce the size of the notch on the front. Even though it won't completely disappear, the iPhone 13's notch is said to be smaller because of a few size-efficient changes Apple will make to the TrueDepth camera system. The new iPhone 13 lineup is expected to be released sometime near September of this year.
It's 2021, and AirPods are long overdue for an upgrade. Not only has Apple given more love to the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, but now with the new Beats Studio Buds, it's really hard to pick the AirPods over any of these other products. Fortunately for AirPods fans, Apple has been working on a new pair of AirPods 3.
These new AirPods will be similar to the current-generation AirPods Pro. Meaning, they'll feature smaller stems and may also use ear tips. If you're not a fan of ear tips, though, there have been rumors that the new AirPods 3 will have a mode for you to listen without the ear tips.
Many were expecting these new AirPods to be released months ago, especially since rumors say that they've been ready since last year. However, new rumors suggest that Apple will announce the third-generation AirPods alongside the new iPhone 13.
Apple Watch Series 7
Just like the new iPhone, there's a 100% probability that Apple will launch the Apple Watch Series 7 this year. According to the rumors, this year's model won't feature a ton of changes, but it'll be an excellent option for people looking to upgrade from a much older model.
One of the most significant changes for the Apple Watch Series 7 will be its battery life. The Series 7 is said to be slightly thicker, so it can hold a bigger battery, but not thick enough for users to notice a major difference.
Unfortunately, we won't see any of the other major features we were expecting this year, like a blood glucose sensor.
The new Apple Watch is expected to release by the end of the year, probably alongside the iPhone 13, or a few weeks before.
A New Mac mini
It's been less than a year since Apple launched a new Mac mini with the M1 chip, but it seems like we might get an upgrade sooner than expected. Apple might be planning to release a new Mac mini sometime during this year. This new Mac mini will feature a thinner design than the current model and will also come with 64GB of RAM, four Thunderbolt ports, and a more powerful M1X chip. Some were expecting Apple to launch this product during WWDC, which of course, didn't happen. However, according to the rumors, the Mac mini is ready to launch, so Apple may announce it by the end of 2021, as it did last year.
Two New MacBook Pros
Apple is said to release not one but two new MacBook Pros at 14 and 16-inches. And if the rumors are true, these MacBooks will genuinely be for professionals. According to rumors, these new MacBooks Pro will have a thinner design, thanks to Apple Silicon, and might come with an HDMI port, an SD card Slot, and the return of MagSafe. Regarding the processor, both models will come with either the MX1 chip or the more powerful M2 chip. Plus, if you never liked the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, there have been rumors that Apple might ditch it for the new models, although that still remains to be seen. Expect Apple to release these models by the end of the year, as it did with the M1 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2020.
A New iPad and iPad mini
Neither the iPad nor the iPad mini have seen much love from Apple in the last couple of years. The iPad was last upgraded in 2018, and the mini version saw its last upgrade in 2019. Needless to say, both models need an update. Fortunately, Apple might release an upgrade for both models this year.
Rumor has it that the iPad will have a slight redesign to look more similar to the previous iPad Air. Similarly, the iPad mini might have the same design as the new iPad Air and have smaller bezels to fit a larger display. However, there have also been rumors saying that the iPad mini will keep the Home button and have a similar design to the current generation. So we'll have to wait and see which rumors are correct.
We should expect both models to be announced around September of this year, probably before the main iPhone 13 event.