The rumor: Apple is working on a bigger HomePod once again, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).
“The HomePod, code-named B620, will run the same S8 chip coming to the watches and will be closer to the original HomePod in terms of size and audio performance rather than a new HomePod mini,” Gurman says
There’s also said to be a new display on top that could support multi-touch for the first time
Sam’s take: My original HomePod is showing its age more and more each day as the A8 chip (also found in iPhone 6) is 8 years old at this point. I’m ready for a new full-size HomePod to drop…even if that means waiting until next year for it. Maybe that’ll give Apple enough time to make the smart speaker side of the experience more reliable than it is now (which is, not reliable at all).
The rumor: Apple is working on a fresh Apple TV with better specs, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).
“The new Apple TV, code-named J255, is in development with an A14 chip and an additional gigabyte of RAM. That compares with the A12 chip announced as part of the 2021 Apple TV last year and could be useful for additional gaming capabilities rolling out in tvOS 16,” Gurman says
The rumor: Apple isn’t making their new watches any faster in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).
“For those hoping for a faster chip in this year’s Apple Watch, I’m told the S8 chip will have the same specifications as the S7, which was also the same as the S6. Next year’s models, however, are slated to get an an all-new processor,” Gurman says
Sam’s take: While I’m sure that supply chain shortages are the main reason we aren’t getting a faster chip this year…I’m still disappointed. One year is forgivable, but 2 years in a row? Come on. When will we see the processor improvements on Apple Watch that start to finally increase battery life?
The news: A new interview with Tim Cook is Apple’s best hint yet at what’s to come for augmented and virtual reality products (via China Daily USA).
When asked about many consumers being underwhelmed by the AR/VR products currently available on the market today, Tim Cook replied by saying “I could not be more excited about the opportunities in the space. Sort of stay tuned and you will see what we have to offer.”
Sam’s take: I think Cook answering questions in this way is a concrete strategy to get folks talking about what Apple’s foray into the AR/VR space will be. When Cook doesn’t want to answer a question like this, he just says he isn’t ready to share any details at this time. But to say, specifically, to “stay tuned” to what Apple is doing…that’s a direct reference that there is something big coming. I can’t wait for January.
The leak: Loads of new details about Apple’s upcoming AirPods Pro 2 headphones have been shared online, according to 52audio (83.3% accurate, source).
Here is everything that’s coming later this year…
While we see a similar design for the AirPods Pro buds, there are major changes to the case…including a microphone (and speaker for Find My)
There’s also new integration for hearing aids with the case, but the details on how exactly this feature works are fuzzy
USB-C will finally replace the Lighting port, too
There’s a new heart rate sensor inside AirPods Pro 2 that can, well, measure your heart rate…but the report also suggests that this same sensor could also be cable of measuring your body temperature
Sound quality is said to be the same as AirPods 3, but of course with the addition of active noise cancellation (ANC)
Sam’s take: Wow. These are going to be an absolutely killer upgrade. I see why it has been 3 years since AirPods Pro were last updated. I’m fascinated to know how the heart rate/temperature sensor is going to work on these…
Ian’s take: This is certainly an interesting rumor. I am absolutely a fan of Apple adding options for users that want a larger screen but don’t want to spend upwards of $2500 to get it. Having the option for an M2 Pro chip in this thinner and lighter machine is very intriguing, but I worry it may encroach on the 16-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro coming later this year…
An A14 Bionic chip will power the device and should be around 30% faster than the current A13 processor
Finally, cellular models will also be the first to support 5G connectivity
Sam’s take: This is going to be a huge leap forward for Apple’s $329 iPad. 10.5-inch screen, USB-C and A14? The sweetness of the cheapest iPad just keeps getting sweeter. Going to be an even crazier value when the device drops later this year!
Beginning in early 2023 and lasting until 2032, the Apple TV app will be the place to go for MLS content and extras, including “game replays, highlights, analysis, and other original programming”
Apple is touting no local broadcast blackouts or the need to pay for a TV bundle as major wins for the new agreement…making it a historic partnership as there has never been a time where you could find everything for an entire sports league in one place before
Apple says specific details about pricing and sign-ups will be announced later this year
Sam’s take:First it was MLB “Friday Night Baseball.” Now it’s an even more serious partnership with the entirety of MLS. Apple is really pushing exclusive sports content as a means to make Apple TV+ a more compelling service. And I think it’s going to work. Every person that seriously cares about MLS will now be a regular in the Apple TV app for the next 10 years…
“On Friday, June 17, at 5 a.m. PDT, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 will be available to customers to order on apple.com, the Apple Store app, and through Apple Authorized Resellers, and will start arriving to customers worldwide on Friday, June 24,” the release says
Apple previously said that both the M2 MacBook Air and Pro wouldn’t be shipping until July, but it appears that the Pro was ready ahead of schedule
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro looks identical to the previous generation and even features the Touch Bar…but now packs the powerful M2 chip with a faster 8-core CPU and new 10-core GPU
Sam’s take: This is great news! We’re getting our hands on the M2 chip earlier than Apple said we would. Looking forward to testing it against my M1 devices and seeing what noticeable changes there are generation-over-generation. Also, the time for orders isn’t the middle of the night anymore…it’s 7am CST!
Sam’s take: Honestly, this sounds like a pretty realistic timeline at this point. As much as I want to see it announced this year…a standalone media event for something this big does sound appropriate. That being said…the Apple Watch was announced at the end of an iPhone event in 2014…so perhaps we see a glimpse of this headset sometime this September?
Sam’s take: With rumors of that 14-inch model coming next year, I assumed we wouldn’t be seeing any new iPad Pros this year. But it doesn’t look like that’ll end up being the case. The existing sizes will likely continue to be Apple’s bread and butter for a while still.