This year, Apple has already released several new products, including new iPads, the 24-inch iMac, the new Apple TV, and of course, AirTags. Looking ahead to the next few weeks, the list of 2021 Apple products will grow even longer as Apple prepares to reveal the next iPhones, MacBook Pros, and more.
There has been an avalanche of rumors about this year’s fall season and what Apple has planned for the remainder of 2021. The cloud of product rumors can make it hard to stay updated with what new devices to expect and when. To help, we’ve created this guide for MacRumors’ readers that outlines what events we could see and what we should expect.
Apple’s last event was the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, which focused on upcoming updates to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Before that, the company’s first event of 2021 focused on new products was held on April 20 and included the M1 iPad Pro, iMac, and more.
Due to the global health crisis, both 2021 and all events of 2020 have been held virtually online. Under normal circumstances, Apple would have held standalone events at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, with a live audience consisting of Apple employees, members of the media, special guests, and others. While some may have hoped that the 2021 iPhone event would be held in person following five virtual online events, that’s highly unlikely to be the case.
iPhone 13 Apple Event
The global health crisis last year not only required Apple to hold its typically in-person events online, but it also delayed the launch of the iPhone 12 to October, one month behind the usual schedule. Every September, Apple has released its new iPhones, but lockdowns and suppliers’ restrictions meant that timeframe wasn’t met. This year, though, things are looking different.
Multiple reports from credible outlets and journalists have pointed to Apple releasing its new iPhones on time in September this year. Apple last released its flagship iPhone in September 2019, with an event at Apple Park on September 10. Apple tends to have its events on Tuesdays, previously to give members of the audience sufficient time to travel to California to attend the product announcement. Still, even now, with digital events requiring no such travel, Apple has stuck to a preference of Tuesday.
Knowing that, we can make some educated guesses as to when Apple will hold its iPhone event this year. This September, Tuesdays will land on the 7, 14, 21, and 28. Looking at Apple’s pattern of holding events towards the middle of the month, it’s a reasonable guess to assume that the 2021 iPhone event could be held on Tuesday, September 14.
Of course, this is all speculation. However, Apple is one to stick to a strict routine when it comes to scheduling events, and such predictions based on the company’s previous event planning behavior have proven accurate. With the date possibly set, here’s what we can expect:
- iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max: Expect significant new camera features, more advanced displays, improved performance, battery life, and smaller hardware changes.
- Apple Watch Series 7: May include a complete redesign featuring smaller display bezels and flat edges, more advanced health tracking capabilities, and bolstered internals.
- Third-Generation AirPods: The next generation of the standard AirPods could feature a design more in-line with the AirPods Pro with silicone ear tips, a redesigned charging case, and improved connectivity. The new AirPods have been rumored for some time, with recent reporting suggesting a launch alongside the new iPhone 13.
Apple could, ultimately, decide to include more in its September event. However, given the event’s mainstream coverage, it may want to focus on its more popular products rather than reveal other new devices such as upcoming Apple silicon Macs.
Apple Silicon Mac Event
This year, one of the most rumored and highly anticipated product releases is the redesigned 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new laptops are expected to feature the most radical redesign to the MacBook Pro since 2016, with new ports, the death of the Touch Bar, a brand-new display based on mini-LED technology, and a powerful Apple silicon chip.
To anyone who follows the Apple news and rumor cycle, it will feel as if these MacBook Pros have been rumored for an eternity, but their long-awaited reveal is close. Last year, Apple announced its first Apple silicon chip, the M1, and an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini at a November event.
Apple is likely to follow a similar path this year, separating its iPhone and Apple Watch announcements from these new MacBook Pros. All credible reports suggest a launch before the end of the year. While it’s harder to pinpoint a specific date for this event compared to the September iPhone event, there is a relative timeframe we can look into.
An account that goes by the name of “Dylan,” which has shared accurate information in the past regarding Apple’s plan, including details about the 24-inch iMac weeks before its launch, has stated the new MacBook Pros are set to launch in late October to early November. Here are the possibilities for when we could see an Apple silicon Mac event this year, based on that information:
- Tuesday, October 19
- Tuesday, October 26
- Tuesday, November 9
An unlikely possibility is that Apple releases the new MacBook Pros through a press release on its website, similar to how it released the AirPods Pro in 2019 and updated iPad Pro in 2020. That, however, is highly unlikely as Apple will likely want to tout in an elegant way the new MacBook Pros, their design, and their powerful performance aimed at high-end professional users.
Surprise Third Event?
In 2020, Apple held three separate events in the fall, with one focusing entirely on the redesigned iPad Air, 10.8-inch iPad, and Apple Watch. This year, Apple is working on a less significant round of updates to its iPad family. Rather than update two iPad models, Apple is expected to release only an updated iPad mini this fall.
Given this, it’s unlikely Apple will hold an entire event dedicated to just a single iPad model. Instead, it may decide to include the iPad mini at its Apple silicon or iPhone event or none and release it via a press release.
What else is in store for 2021?
With new iPhones, Apple Watches, MacBook Pros, and AirPods all possibly awaiting a launch this fall, is there anything else? In short, probably not. While Apple is continuing to work on several other products, such as a larger Apple silicon iMac, they’re not expected to be released until early 2022. Apple is also working on a redesigned Mac mini, Mac Pro, and MacBook Air, all expecting a release next year.
For a more comprehensive roundup of what else Apple is working on, be sure to check out our full 2021 Apple product guide.
Here’s how Apple has eliminated the plastic wrap from the iPhone 13 box – Times of India
The iPhone 13 has finally been unveiled by Apple. The tech giant, in a move to reduce plastic usage, has removed the plastic wrap from the iPhone 13 boxes. Instead of plastic, the iPhone 13 box now comes with a paper tab along the length of the box, from the end to the bottom, secured in place with the help of adhesive. To open it, a tear-off strip has been provided. It was revealed in a tweet by Apple leaker DuanRui.
iPhone 13 box https://t.co/NJfP37hFFP
— DuanRui (@duanrui1205) 1631872440000
To check if the iPhone 13 unit you bought has not been taken out and or tampered with, you just need to take a look at the tear-off strip. If it is intact, without any tear, then you have the device in mint condition, straight from the assembly line. Unless you open the box, the lid won’t come off.
With this change in the box design, Apple claims that it will help avoid 600 metric tons of plastic. The company plans to go plastic-free on all its packaging from 2025.
Also, Apple claims that the new iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max use “100 per cent recycled rare earth elements in magnets like those used in MagSafe, 100 per cent recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board and, for the first time, in the solder of the battery management unit” to lessen their adverse impact on the environment. The company aims to go totally carbon neutral by 2030.
Some Apple Card owners hit snags with iPhone 13 preorders – CNET
This story is part of , our full coverage of the latest news from Apple.
Someusers ran into problems when trying to pay for , which kicked off Friday morning.
Numerous people said on social media that they got error messages when they tried to use their Apple Card to pay for an iPhone 13 preorder. So much so, that it became a trending topic on Twitter. Some CNET staffers also reported problems.
Apple acknowledged on its system status website that it had an “issue” with Apple Card that prevented some users from making purchases through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program. But it says the issue has since been resolved, and it advised users to try again.
Some people reported that they had to use another method of payment to buy their phones. But if Apple Card owners do that, they miss out on the 3% cash back they’d normally receive when using the card to buy Apple products. Other purchases made with Apple Card reportedly went through.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.
Apple unveiled itson Tuesday, alongside the and . The new iPhones are available for preorder starting Friday and are expected to arrive in stores Sept. 24.
The iPhone 13 batteries on average 13 percent larger than iPhone 12 series – MobileSyrup
We now know how much bigger the iPhone 13 series’ batteries are compared to the iPhone 12 line.
The information comes courtesy of a product information sheet on the website of hazardous material information company Chemtrec (spotted by 9to5Mac). According to that document, which contains information sourced from Apple directly, the iPhone 13 batteries are on average 13 percent larger, with the 13 Pro Max now giving the Nintendo Switch a run for its wattage money.
The Chemtrec document lists the battery sizes in watt-hours (Wh) rather than milliamp-hours (mAh). The Verge notes that most manufacturers use mAh, but Wh is typically a more accurate measurement and better way to compare battery life.
You can view the battery breakdown below:
The Verge also pointed out a few interesting changes and listed the Wh battery measurement of some other popular devices.
Starting with the changes, the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro have different battery sizes, while the 12 and 12 Pro had the same size. Also of note is that the 13 Pro’s battery is smaller than the iPhone 13.
That may be because of the additional hardware in the iPhone 13 Pro — it’s got an extra camera, GPU core and a 120Hz display packed into the same size body as the iPhone 13. In other words, it makes sense that the 13 Pro has a slightly smaller battery.
As for how the iPhone 13 stacks up to other devices, here are the Wh measurements of some other popular devices (via iFixit):
Considering that Apple made the expanded battery capacity of the iPhone 13 line a significant selling point in its event, I’m glad the company also backed up the claims with numbers. Now, we just need to see if the claims hold up in real-world testing — something we should learn once reviewers start testing the phones.
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