“Other Lightning port products (e.g., AirPods, Magic Keyboard/Trackpad/Mouse, MagSafe Battery) would also switch to USB-C in the foreseeable future,” Kuo says
Apple is seemingly planning to kill off the Lightning port in its entirety sometime within the next 2 years, following a long and painful run after being first introduced in 2012
Sam’s take: This is, like the iPhone switching to USB-C, also too good to be true? Just seeing a rumor about this makes me laugh at how ridiculous Lightning is is…that keyboards and mouses, products designed to be used with Macs, Macs that only feature USB ports, ever featured a Lightning connector. It’s just nonsensical and silly. It looks like 2023 could be the end of that tomfoolery.
The news: Apple may be working on a solution for wireless, high-resolution audio that isn’t currently supported by Bluetooth, according to Apple VP of Acoustics Gary Geaves.
In a new interview from What Hi-Fi?, Geaves discusses the engineering marvel that is AirPods 3…but also speaks on the Bluetooth standard that could be holding all AirPods back
“Obviously the wireless technology is critical for the content delivery that you talk about…we have to concentrate very hard on squeezing the most that we can out of the Bluetooth technology, and there’s a number of tricks we can play to maximize or get around some of the limits of Bluetooth. But it’s fair to say that we would like more bandwidth and… I’ll stop right there. We would like more bandwidth” Geaves says
Jon Prosser (73.9% accurate) reported in May that Apple was working on a new version of AirPlay that would enable lossless audio on AirPods
Our take: Sounds like Geaves had more to say, doesn’t it? I’d bet we’ll hear more about a new wireless standard (or improved version of AirPlay) from Apple in the next year or so.
The rumor: New versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro are coming in 2022, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On).
This is what’s expected…
“Revamped, high-end iMac with Apple silicon to sit above the new 24-inch model”
“Biggest MacBook Air revamp in the product’s history, adding the M2 chip and a new design”
“New versions of the Mac mini, entry-level MacBook Pro and a revamped Mac Pro with Apple silicon”
Our take: Next year Apple has said they will complete their 2-year transition from Intel to Apple Silicon so this tracks. Looking like 2022 will, potentially, be the biggest year for the Mac ever. And I want all of it.
Our take: While I want these to come so badly next week, I’m still not entirely convinced that they will make an appearance. AirPods and Mac updates at the same time feels off to me, but I think a release is still somewhat plausible.
Our take: Going to keep saying this until it happens: Apple needs to publicize the release notes for AirPods firmware updates and the updates need to be easier to install. Apple has not said a word about this update, it just came out of the blue with no context. Either way, this update is nice even as we wait the cooler Conversation Boost feature that hasn’t dropped just yet.
Also mentioned in the research note, obtained by AppleTrack, are the Apple’s plans to apparently continue producing AirPods 2 in the future…perhaps as a budget option
Our take: I know this may sound like a hot take, but this is now what I’m most excited to see on Tuesday. Plus, it marks the first time Apple will announce a new pair of AirPods on stage since the originals in September 2016.
The listing, which isn’t verified, shows iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max releasing on September 17…with AirPods 3 releasing a bit later on September 30
IT Home, who first noticed the image, doesn’t have a reliable track record and has altered images in the past
Our take: While these dates could coincidentally end up being right, I’m highly doubtful that this random retailer somehow got access to the release dates prior to anyone else. They could be accurate, but with no track record I’m highly skeptical. We’ll keep you updated if any more reliable sources report these release dates…
Our take: I think this hybrid in-ear design is truly going to be game changing for AirPods and spark some fresh interest in a brand that Apple updates only every couple of years. This is the third time we’re hearing new AirPods this Fall, so expect them sometime in the September/October timeframe.