With Apple using many of its resources to develop its own mixed-reality headset, rumored to be called Reality Pro, it appears as though the company is taking its foot off the accelerator pedal to upgrade some of its existing devices. Has been The year. Apple certainly needs to make sure its AR/VR wearable is fully functional out of the box, considering the device could cost as much as $3,000.
The Reality Pro is reportedly the most complex product Apple has ever made, which means it’s had to devote time, money, parts, and brain power to the headset. As a result, it may not be realistic to expect the company to work on major upgrades for some of its current products in 2023. and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, in his weekly power on newsletter, reveals which devices Apple will probably leave alone this year.
Gurman doesn’t expect any major changes to the iPad Pro line until next year
Gurman says we shouldn’t expect any major updates to the iPad Pro line this year. He says that Apple is working on larger screen sizes for tablets, but they will not be released this year. Gurman also said that he was told that updates to the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models would not arrive until the first half of 2024. OLED panel, a first for the product.
Mark Gurman writes that Apple will bring back the big HomePod smart speaker this year
He further adds that any updates, if indeed any, for the iPad mini, iPad Air and basic iPad will be in the form of minor spec hikes. Gurman also expects something similar to happen for the Apple Watch Series 9. at best, he predicts Including “some minor performance boosts” from Apple. Does this mean we won’t be able to add the long-awaited non-invasive blood glucose sensor this year? And we can expect a similar story for the AirPods as well.
Apple is expected to bring back the larger HomePod smart speaker, writes Gurman. The first failed to sell well, and the steep $349 price tag was perhaps the biggest problem from a consumer perspective. Apple eventually took $50 off that price, but ultimately decided to release the HomePod Mini, a smaller and stripped-down version of its smart speaker, for $99. HomePod mini has outperformed the original version in the market.
The 2023 HomePod is expected to be cheaper and could feature a new touch panel on the top of the device. While the design of the new HomePod will be similar to the original unit, it may feature the new S8 chip used on the latest Apple Watch models.
There will be some hardware changes for the iPhone 15 line
Apple will definitely make some changes to the iPhone. Those cited by Gurman include the addition of the Dynamic Island “notchification” system for non-Pro iPhone 15 models, while the iPhone 15 Pro and The iPhone 15 Ultra moves from stainless steel to a titanium frame. The Bloomberg scribe also says that the two premium iPhone 15 models will sport solid-state buttons instead of physical ones. The haptic system will provide feedback to users who raise or lower the volume on their phone.
Additionally, the Pro model (which includes the iPhone 15 Ultra) will have a USB-C charging port instead of the proprietary Lightning port and will be powered by the A17 Bionic chipset. The latter will be produced by TSMC using its 3nm process node. The non-Pro units will have the 4nm A16 Bionic under their hoods. That chipset currently powers the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. As Apple’s most important product, you wouldn’t expect any slack in the development of new hardware for the iPhone.
Gurman points out that Apple’s focus on the xrOS operating system for mixed reality headsets will cost it as new features for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Still, plans may change. Reality Pro, originally rumored to be introduced this month, may be unveiled by Apple in June and released during the second half of this year.