A revamped, full-size HomePod is coming back in 2023

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
  • Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate) was the first to report on Apple’s plans to resurrect a larger HomePod

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).

Next Apple TV will have A14 processor and 4GB RAM

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
  • A new Siri remote could also be coming, as code discovered in iOS 16 beta 2 suggests

Sam’s take: To me, this should have been the update we got in 2021. While Apple nailed the new remote that launched with that Apple TV, the specs inside were still underwhelming. An A14 chip + extra RAM could more easily justify the price of the high-end streaming box. But I still think the cheaper version coming will still be the most interesting thing we see this year (Apple TV-wise).

Apple Watch Series 8 won’t get a faster processor…again

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
  • Apple is rumored to introduce 3 new Apple Watch models this year: a new SE, Series 8 and ‘Explorer Edition’ that is more rugged

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?

2022 iPad Pro models rumored to release in September or October

The rumor: Apple is going to have a jam-packed Fall for new hardware, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).

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.

New 14/16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and Max could launch later this year

The rumor: New MacBook Pros could come as soon as the end of 2022, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • “These new 14-inch and 16-inch models, codenamed J414 and J416, won’t be radically new products beyond offering the speedier chips,” Gurman says. “The M2 Max chip in the next high-end MacBook Pros will include 12 main processing cores and up to 38 graphics cores, up from a maximum of 10 processing cores and 32 graphics cores in the current models”
  • Apple’s new MacBook Pro models could see these new chips near the end of this year or early in 2023, but an exact timeline remains to be seen

Sam’s take: I wouldn’t expect these new laptops to launch before the end of 2022 as that seems a bit soon after the major update in 2021. The new M2 chips seem like they’ll actually be a moderate update though! 2 additional CPU cores and 6 more GPU cores should net some solid improvements…

It’s happening: Apple is bringing back the 12-inch MacBook

The rumor: A smaller MacBook with a 12-inch display is on the table again at Apple, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • Apple may be reincarnating the beloved 12-inch MacBook after formally discontinuing it in 2019
  • While weak Intel processors and an unreliable keyboard hindered the performance of the device, a fresh design and Apple Silicon could breathe new life into the product
  • Said to release in late 2023 or early 2024, the new 12-inch MacBook won’t materialize for quite some time still

Sam’s take: While small screen sizes on Macs have never made since in my mind…it’s clear the broader community feels different. Lots of folks online seem to be yearning for a new baby MacBook and it seems like Apple is listening. So let’s see if they get things right the second time around: I have a feeling they will.

New 15-inch MacBook Air said to release in Spring 2023

The rumor: Apple is working on a larger version of the all-new MacBook Air that was just announced at WWDC22, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Bloomberg).

  • “The 15-inch model under development is a wider version of the 13.6-inch MacBook Air that Apple announced this week…Apple had previously considered a 15-inch variation for this year’s MacBook Air, but shelved those plans to focus on the 13.6-inch version,” Gurman says
  • This first-of-its-kind MacBook Air is said to release sometime in Spring 2023, a reasonable time for Apple to hold a special event unveiling new products

Sam’s take: I’m seeing the genius here of staggering MacBook Air screen sizes in between those of the MacBook Pro. By the end of next year, the MacBook lineup is going to look like this: 13.6, 14.2, 15 and 16.2-inch displays across 4 different notebooks. There really is going to be a size and form factor for everyone…rather than just doubling down with the exact same sizes across the board as they did historically. I cannot wait for this larger MacBook Air (which I would bet will have a M2 chip inside).

Apple could release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro as soon as tomorrow

The rumor: Alongside a new MacBook Air, Apple may have another laptop up their sleeves for WWDC, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate, via Power On).

  • “A faster 13-inch MacBook Pro had also been planned to launch around the same time as the new Air, but those same lockdowns in China could have thrown off that part of the roadmap as well. When that machine does launch, expect it to look the same as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 sans the Touch Bar,” Gurman says
  • While we don’t see a concrete timeline mentioned, it sounds like both a new MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro are coming either on Monday or soon after

Sam’s take: Let me translate the above: “A new 13-inch MacBook Pro was supposed to launch at WWDC the last I’ve heard but with the recent lockdowns, who knows, it may have been delayed…so don’t be surprised if you do or don’t see it.” Really, I think the fact that there’s no mention of a new Mac mini completely invalidates the “leak” from B&H Photo of new towers coming. My gut says we’re going to see both this new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro appear at the event tomorrow, but that’s not based off of anything other than the copious evidence that some new hardware is coming.

Apple’s new MacBook Air coming next week will only be available in these 4 colors

The rumor: The new MacBook Air coming at WWDC isn’t going to be as colorful as we previously thought, according to Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate).

Sam’s take: This new rumor from Gurman doesn’t match what other sources like Jon Prosser (69.1% accurate) and Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate) have said previously…so I’m not entirely sold on the fact that only blue is coming. At the same time, Gurman’s track record doesn’t lie…

iPadOS 16 rumored to finally gain laptop-like functionality

The rumor: Apple’s is planning some major upgrades for iPadOS 16 next week, according to Mark Gurman.

Here’s the report, via Bloomberg…

  • Redesigned multitasking view: “makes it easier to see what apps are open and switch between tasks”
  • Ability to resize app windows like you can on macOS, making it easier to use multiple apps simultaneously
  • Improved split-view functionality for running apps side-by-side

Sam’s take: Windowing on the iPad could finally be the game-changer needed to make iPadOS a viable laptop replacement. At the same time, I feel like we’ve heard time and time again that this year would finally be the year that iPadOS gets better! And then every year, it doesn’t. So call my expectations on windowing tempered, to say the least. That being said…maybe this is finally the year?

Some MacBook Air models are out of stock ahead of rumored WWDC refresh

The news: Some MacBook Air models are seeing lagged shipping times, as first spotted by Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate).

  • Both models of the M1 MacBook Air aren’t shipping out until June 8, where other M1 machines are shipping within 2-3 days
  • Apple is rumored to introduce a redesigned MacBook Air at WWDC on June 6 according to recent rumors

Sam’s take: The evidence of a new MacBook Air coming on Monday is mounting. This is, by far, the most likely new piece of hardware we’re going to see…but I’m still betting on a teaser of the AR/VR headset or new Mac Pro, too. But it’s only a few more days until we definitely see this colorful MacBook Air.