After the keynote is before the keynote: Fresh speculation about Macs, accessories and tablets is coming from Asia and the USA.
What’s next for Apple hardware? Following Tuesday’s “Peek Performance” keynote, new rumors are now circulating about the iPhone maker’s next products, covering a whole range of categories. Some sound very logical, others rather surprising.
M2 in the second half of the year
The electronics trade journal DigiTimes from Taiwan, citing Apple’s supply chain, reports that the first Macs with M2 chips will appear. These allegedly use the 4 nm process from Apple’s chip manufacturer TSMC (instead of the 5 nm process in the M1) and are planned for the second half of the year. This week, Apple introduced the M1 Ultra SoC with the Mac Studio, which even seems to easily overtake the Mac Pro with Intel Xeon.
Which machines get the M2, the first variant supposedly doesn’t with more CPU cores than the M1, but should receive more GPU cores remains unclear. 9to5Mac claims it has the MacBook Air and a new “MacBook” will be – the latter could be a rebranding of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It remains to be seen whether there will also be a new Mac mini M2 – possibly as a high-end variant – the usually reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from Taiwan now sees the device more in 2023 – together with a new Mac Pro and a 27 -inch “iMac Pro”. According to the financial news agency Bloomberg, Apple is also working on a 24-inch M2 version of the iMac.
Accessories and tablets
When it comes to accessories, Apple is said to be working on its third screen. The screen expert Ross Young, who is considered to be quite reliable, claims to have heard that there will be a “Studio Display Pro” in addition to the Studio Display in June. could give. Missing functions such as mini-LED backlight and 120 Hertz support, which Apple calls ProMotion, are to be added to this. It remains unclear whether the largest will change – Young can also imagine that the “Studio Display Pro” replaces the previous Pro Display XDR.
This year’s 11-inch generation of the iPad Pro is said to not come with mini-LED technology. So far, the technology has only been in the 12.9-inch version of the tablet. Ross believes that this will remain the case in 2022, Apple wants to differentiate the two models. It had previously been rumored that the manufacturer could bring both iPad Pro models up to date. Apple is still further away from OLED displays in the iPad.