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!
In a support document that was briefly published (and then quickly removed), Apple referenced an unreleased 35W dual USB-C port power adapter that they haven’t said anything else about (image above is a concept)
Sam’s take: Apple has consistently lagged behind contemporary innovation in the charger market for years now. GaN technology, which allows you to pack more power in a smaller charging design that runs cooler, is only available in one of Apple’s chargers at this time…and it’s the most expensive charger they sell. Folks like Spigen (disclosure: who I’ve worked with as a sponsor on YouTube) offer much more compelling options at better prices. I’m not asking for Apple to even be superior here: just up to par.
A new 24-inch iMac powered by M2 is said to be coming in 2023, however, as Apple plans to move forward with that line
Sam’s take: As saddened as I am to hear this…I get it. The 27-inch iMac and 27-inch Studio Display would be competing products at a price range around $1,599. I have no doubt that sometime in the future we’ll see a bigger iMac return…but I don’t think right now is then.
The new MacBook Air, releasing later this year, will have a M2 chip inside featuring an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, 9to5Mac says
Apple’s also preparing to drop a new 13-inch MacBook Pro…but it’s based on the previous-generation design that could include a Touch Bar (it’ll have the same M2 chip described above)
Sam’s take: There have been numerous conflicting reports on what Mac laptops Apple will end up releasing this year, but this news seems to paint the clearest picture yet: we’re getting 2 lower-end laptops with new M2 chips. Sounds right to me.
One Mac mini in development will have a M2 chip, featuring an 8-core CPU but updated 10-core GPU
Apple is also making a Mac mini with a M2 Pro chip inside, which will have a new 12-core CPU (no details about the GPU on this one were shared)
This seems to be the entire processing story for the next Mac mini, as 9to5Mac says that “Apple currently has no plans to release a version with the M2 Max or Ultra chips”
Sam’s take: Most intriguing here is this new 12-core CPU configuration on the M2 Pro chip that we haven’t seen yet: Apple’s chips available now only come in 8, 10 or 20-core CPU variants. Apparently Apple was initially planning to put M1 Pro and M1 Max chips inside this Mac mini, but this was reportedly scrapped due to the Mac Studio… Overall, the next Mac mini looks like it’ll be situated on the low-to-middle-end of Apple’s lineup.
Sam’s take: This might be the most exciting Mac news we’ve heard since Apple officially announced their transition to Apple Silicon in mid-2020. An all-new Mac desktop? When’s the last time we got one of those? And it would make a lot of sense to fill the gap between the low-end Mac mini and high-end Mac Pro desktops…
“While it’s unclear whether the new Apple Studio Display is a replacement for the Pro Display XDR or a new option in the lineup with distinct features, people familiar with the matter told 9to5Mac that the new display has a 7K resolution”
9to5Mac speculates that this could mean a larger 36-inch display with a 218PPI density is coming
Sam’s take: This is…somehow crazier than the existing Pro Display XDR. A potentially 36-inch screen with 7K resolution? It’s safe to say this is not the consumer monitor that we’ve been hearing about. This is an even higher-end (and potentially more expensive) display for legitimate professionals who have coin to blow.
Upgraded rear cameras will be “similar to the one from iPhone 13”
A faster chip will be included, too
Our take: As much as I think an all-glass tablet would look out-of-this-world cool…it would be quite heavy and extremely prone to damage. It sounds like Apple has abandoned plans for that and is eyeing a more toned down design update for 2022. Will the rumored larger battery mean we finally get more than 10 hours of advertised battery life on an iPad for the fist time?
The rumor: Apple is working on a follow-up to their existing high-end display that will be as powerful as an iPhone 11, according to 9to5Mac (78.7% accurate, source).
To assist with more intensive tasks, an Apple-designed A13 processor may be inlaced on the next Pro Display XDR…alongside a neural engine
Apple first introduced the Pro Display XDR in June 2019 at WWDC alongside the revamped Mac Pro
No release date for Apple’s next high-end XDR display is known
Our take: Was really hoping this would be for the rumored lower-end consumer display that is in the works. But for those waiting for a second Pro Display XDR, these upgrades sound incredible and I’m glad to see Apple working to add more value to the five thousand dollar behemoth.