This week made certain a hectic one in the Apple world, with a flurry of announcements out of CES early in the week followed by a rash of Mac- and iPhone-related reports later on in the week.
The brand-new reports today included information on upgraded MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro models, along with a couple of other bits, so ensure to continue reading listed below to get captured up!
Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models to Feature Flat-Edged Design, MagSafe, No Touch Bar and More Ports
Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released a considerable report sharing numerous new information about the next-generation MacBook Pro models being available in the 3rd quarter of this year.
According to Kuo, Apple will be launching 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro designs including Apple silicon, a redesign with flatter iPhone 12-like edges, the return of MagSafe for charging, and more ports. Apple is also said to be eliminating the controversial Touch Bar that has changed the standard function secrets for the past several years.
Bloombergs Mark Gurman likewise weighed in on the topic, corroborating a number of the information shared by Kuo and keeping in mind that the brand-new MacBook Pro models will also include “brighter, higher-contrast” displays which the return of MagSafe will permit faster charging.
Apple Developing Redesigned iMac With Slimmer Bezels, Apple Silicon Chips
Together with redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, Apple is likewise planning a redesign for its iMac lineup, according to Bloombergs Mark Gurman.
Gurman says there will be two iMac models to replace the current 21.5-inch and 27-inch sizes, and they will include a design similar to that of the Pro Display XDR, with slimmer display screen bezels all around (consisting of removal of the long-standing “chin” beneath the screen) and a flat back. The new iMacs will likewise be based on Apple silicon chips with more processing cores and graphics horsepower than seen in the initial batch of M1 Macs released in late 2020.
Apple Working on Two New Mac Pro Desktops, One of Which Will Be Reminiscent of Power Mac G4 Cube
On the desktop Mac front, Gurman states Apple is working on a set of Mac Pro designs. The very first is a direct successor to the current model and is likely to continue to use Intel processors.
The second model is said to be less than half the size of the present Mac Pro and will include a mostly aluminum outside with a design that might “conjure up nostalgia” for the Power Mac G4 Cube of old.
Apple Said to Be Working on Lower-Priced External Monitor to Succeed Thunderbolt Display
With Apples Pro Display XDR priced at $5,000 (plus an additional $1,000 for the stand), numerous Apple users have actually been demanding Apple to introduce a new consumer-focused display, and Gurman states Apple also has one of these in the works.
Few details on the brand-new consumer display are known beyond scaled-down specs compared to the Pro Display XDR, but it would be Apples very first consumer-focused display given that the Thunderbolt Display was discontinued in 2016.
Apple Testing In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 13, Foldable iPhone Also in the Works
In a different report, Gurman highlighted developments on the iPhone front, declaring that Apple is considering including an under-display Touch ID sensing unit to this years iPhone, in addition to the Face ID TrueDepth sensing unit.
He likewise states Apple is certainly working on collapsible iPhones and established numerous model foldable screens with electronics behind the screen and a mainly unnoticeable hinge. Development is still in its early phases, however, so a launch of a collapsible iPhone is “likely years away,” if it ever takes place at all.
The Best Apple-Related Accessories at CES 2021
This week marked the first all-digital CES 2021, and while Apple does not straight take part in the convention, there are constantly a wide array of Apple-related announcements, including HomeKit smart house devices, AirPlay 2 televisions and speakers, CarPlay receivers, and more.
On our YouTube channel today, we highlighted a few of the very best Apple-related devices introduced at CES 2021. This years choices consist of Kensingtons new iPad Pro docking station with built-in iPhone and AirPods cordless charging, LGs very first UltraFine screen with OLED innovation for Macs, cordless earphones from Belkin that will incorporate with Apples Find My app for lost-and-found capabilities, and more.
Visit our CES 2021 news hub for our total coverage, and subscribe to MacRumors on YouTube for more Apple-related videos.
New AirPods Pro and iPhone SE Rumored to Launch in April
Apple plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro and a third-generation iPhone SE in April 2021, according to Japanese blog site Mac Otakara, citing info provided by Chinese supply chain sources.
The report claims that the brand-new AirPods Pro will feature a somewhat narrower charging case, however no further details were supplied about either product.
Bloombergs Mark Gurman has actually formerly reported that Apple is intending to make the second-generation AirPods Pro more compact by eliminating the stem that sticks out from the bottom, however its uncertain if Apple will accomplish this feat. Gurman stated Apple had a design in screening with a more rounded shape that fills more of the ear, comparable to Googles Pixel Buds.
When it comes to the iPhone SE, many reports have actually recommended that a bigger variation of the gadget might be released. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that Apple plans to launch an iPhone with an LCD and a Touch ID power button in 2021, and maybe that gadget will be the brand-new iPhone SE.
Safari Allows Users to Enable Hidden Items Tab in Find My App Ahead of AirTags Launch
Apples long-rumored AirTags products trackers are expected to be handled through the Find My app on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This week, an easy Safari technique was found that enables anyone to get an early look at this tab on these gadgets.
As spotted by MacRumors reader David Chu, entering the link findmy:// products in Safari on devices running iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, macOS 11.1, or later causes a hidden “Items” tab in the Find My app where both AirTags and third-party tracking devices are expected to be managed. Its still unclear when AirTags will release, however Apple typically presents its first new products of a fiscal year in March.
Comparable to Tile and Samsungs new Galaxy SmartTag, AirTags are expected to assist users monitor their personal belongings, such as their wallets, backpacks, and secrets, with users getting a push alert on their Apple devices when they are separated from a tagged item. AirTags are expected to support Ultra Wideband for enhanced spatial awareness, whereas the present Tile and Samsung trackers are limited to Bluetooth (both Tile and Samsung are anticipated to launch Ultra Wideband trackers too in the future).
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