This week was certainly loaded in the world of Apple, with a series of messages outside CES earlier in the week, followed by rashes of rumors related to Mac and iPhone later in the week.
New rumors this week included details on the updated MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro models, as well as several other tracks, so be sure to read below to get a grip!
Kuo: The new MacBook Pro models with flat design, MagSafe, no touch strip and more ports
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week released a significant report sharing several new details about the next-generation MacBook Pro models coming in the third quarter of this year.
According to Kuo, Apple will release 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, including Apple’s silicon, redesign with flatter edges, similar to the iPhone 12, the return of MagSafe for charging and more ports. Apple is also believed to be getting rid of the controversial touchpad that has replaced traditional function keys in the last few years.
BloombergMark Gurman also assessed the topic, confirming many of the details shared by Kuo, and noted that the new MacBook Pro models will also have “brighter, more contrasting” displays and that the return of MagSafe will allow faster charging.
Apple is developing a redesigned iMac with thinner bezels, Apple’s silicone chips
Along with the redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, Apple is also planning a redesign for its iMac range, according to BloombergMark Gourmet.
Gourmet says there will be two iMac models to replace the current 21.5-inch and 27-inch sizes, and they will feature a Pro-like XDR-like design with thinner display bezels around (including remove the long “chin” under the display) and flat back. The new iMacs will also be based on Apple’s silicon chips with more processor cores and graphics horsepower than seen in the original batch of M1 Macs, released in late 2020.
Apple is working on two new Mac Pro desktops, one of which will be reminiscent of the Power Mac G4 Cube
Also on the front of the desktop Mac, Gourmet says Apple is working on a pair of Mac Pro models. The first is a direct successor to the current model and will likely continue to use Intel processors.
It is estimated that the second model is less than half of the current Mac Pro and will have a mostly aluminum exterior with a design that could “cause nostalgia” for the old Mac Power G4 Cube.
Apple said it was working on a lower-priced external monitor to make the Thunderbolt Display a success
With Apple’s $ 5,000 Pro Display XDR (plus an additional $ 1,000 for the booth), many Apple users are pushing for Apple to launch a new consumer-oriented display, and Gourmet says Apple also has one under development.
Little detail about the new custom display is known except for the reduced specs compared to the Pro Display XDR, but this would be Apple’s first custom-focused display since the Thunderbolt Display was discontinued in 2016.
Apple testing fingerprint sensor in display for iPhone 13, foldable iPhone Also works
In a separate report, Gourmet highlighted developments on the iPhone front, arguing that Apple is considering adding a Touch ID sensor under the display to the iPhone this year, in addition to the Face ID TrueDepth sensor.
He also says that Apple is really working on folding iPhones and has developed several prototype folding screens with electronics behind the screen and a mostly invisible hinge. Development is still in its infancy, so the launch of the foldable iPhone is “probably in years to come,” if it ever happens.
The best Apple-related accessories at CES 2021
This week marked the first all-digital CES 2021, and although Apple is not directly involved in the convention, there is always a wide variety of messages related to Apple, including HomeKit smart home accessories, AirPlay 2 speakers and TVs, CarPlay receivers and More ▼.
On our YouTube channel this week, we highlighted some of the best Apple-related accessories introduced at CES 2021. This year’s selection includes Kensington’s new iPad Pro docking station with built-in wireless charging for iPhones and AirPods, the first UltraFine display. LG with OLED technology for Mac, wireless headphones from Belkin, which will integrate with Apple’s Find My app for lost and found features and more.
Visit our CES 2021 news center for full coverage and subscribe to MacRumors on YouTube for more Apple-related videos.
The new AirPods Pro and iPhone SE launch in April
Apple plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro and third-generation iPhone SE in April 2021, according to the Japanese blog Mac Otakara, referring to information provided by Chinese sources of supply chains.
The report claims that the new AirPods Pro will come with a slightly narrower charging case, but no further details have been provided for any product.
BloombergMark Gurman previously reported that Apple is seeking to make the second-generation AirPods Pro more compact by removing the stem that protrudes from the bottom, but it is unclear whether Apple will achieve this feat. Gourmet said Apple had a test design with a more rounded shape that fills most of the ear, similar to Google’s Pixel Buds.
As for the iPhone SE, many rumors suggest that a larger version of the device may be released. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier that Apple plans to launch an iPhone with LCD and Touch ID power button in 2021, and perhaps this device will be the new iPhone SE.
Safari allows users to activate hidden Elements tabs in the Find Me app before launching AirTags
Long-standing rumors of Apple AirTags trackers are expected to be managed through the Find My app on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. A simple trick was discovered in Safari this week that allows anyone to review this section of these devices in time.
As noted by MacRumors reader David Chu, entering the findmy: // items link in Safari on devices running iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, macOS 11.1 or later, leads to a hidden “Items” section in the Find My app, where both AirTags and tracking accessories third countries are expected to be managed. It is not yet clear when AirTags will launch, but Apple often unveils its first new products for the calendar year in March.
Like Tile and Samsung’s new Galaxy SmartTag, AirTags is expected to help users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, wallets and backpacks, with users receiving a push notification on their Apple devices when separated from a tagged item. AirTags is expected to support Ultra Wideband for enhanced spatial awareness, while current Tile and Samsung trackers are limited to Bluetooth (both Tile and Samsung are expected to release Ultra Wideband trackers in the future).
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