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…
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?
The rumors: Sources are currently split on whether or not the iPhone 14 will be delayed due to supply chain issues.
Jeff Pu (50% accurate, source) and Nikkei Asia (accuracy pending, source) report that iPhone 14 Max is currently delayed by about 3 weeks due to lockdowns in China because of COVID-19 outbreaks
Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate), however, says that things are “under control currently” and that suppliers will be able to work harder and catch up with the production schedule of other iPhone 14 models
Sam’s take: No doom and gloom for the iPhone 14 launch yet. And out of all of these reports, I absolutely put the most faith in Kuo’s prediction. By no means is a delayed launch of some iPhone models unprecedented (it happened with iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max)…I just don’t think it’s likely at this point in time. My bets are on all 4 iPhone 14 models launching simultaneously in September 2022.
The rumor: Apple’s all-new AR/VR headset isn’t dropping at WWDC, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).
Here’s why, according to Apple’s most iconic analyst…
The headset hasn’t even entered mass production yet, so an unveil for the that and the realityOS software would be quite early
Revealing everything months ahead of a hardware release could give Apple’s competitors time to catch up and copy the design and interfaces
Kuo also believes that this is “Apple’s most important product since iPhone launch,” and thus it deserves a dedicated launch event…not just a portion of WWDC
Sam’s take: There is a pretty general consensus among leakers right now that a full unveil of the AR/VR headset isn’t happening at WWDC. I was on the side of us getting at least a teaser, but these are some pretty compelling reasons from Kuo. That being said, I would be we are going to see some new augmented and virtual reality frameworks for developers to play with at dub dub.
Either way, the new version won’t look much different, as Apple isn’t rumored to be changing much of the hardware design
We could see this new HomePod as soon as October…but also as late as March 2023
Sam’s take: The fact the the HomePod mini isn’t specifically mentioned here is really interesting to me, as I feel Kuo would’ve clarified that he was referring to a new version of the mini if that’s what we were getting. It almost sounds like Apple could be resurrecting the original HomePod in some way? But this is just my speculation, to be clear. Perhaps it’s that Apple TV x HomePod combo device we’ve been hearing about…
“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.
Sam’s take: Why Apple has never developed a $49 Apple TV streaming stick or box is beyond me. I know they used to only make high-end products, but now every segment but Apple TV has an “SE” style product that is solid and inexpensive. Looking forward to this!
The proposal states that all smartphones, tablets, and headphones that are sold in the UK must use a USB-C connector
EU politicians have petitioned for a standard connector, citing that more than 11,000 tonnes of unused charging cables are thrown out per year
USB-C is already on a number of Apple devices such as Mac, iPad Pro and iPad Air…plus the benefits include faster charging and transfer speed
Ian’s take: While this is exciting news, I’m not that confident in its validity. We have heard from many sources that Apple’s long-term goal is a portless iPhone, and if they do make the switch to USB-C, it would only be for a few years (something uncharacteristic for Apple). I also believe that the Made For iPhone program (MFI) has a massive role in Apple’s persistence to keep Lightning. MFI is a licensing program that guarantees the compatibility of accessories with iPhones and gives accessory makers tools to make these accessories. When one of these millions of 3rd-party products is sold, Apple gets a cut. With USB-C, they could not have this program because USB-C is a universal connector, unlike Lightning. It would be fantastic if Apple switched to USB-C, and while I can’t see it happening, I would love to eat my words.
Sam’s take: I hadn’t considered the challenge of skin temperature changing depending on your environment…which sounds like an incredibly hard problem to solve. Looking at the Series 7 retroactively, it makes so much sense that this feature was initially planned for that model because the only other change was a larger display. I really hope we see this on Series 8, and I also hope it can be used for more than just cycle tracking.
The rumor: In addition to larger camera upgrades on the main cameras, Apple is also improving the selfie camera too, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).
Apple is planning to add autofocus to the front-facing camera for the first time, which is said to “enhance the focus effect for FaceTime/video call/live streaming”
There will also be an improved f/1.9 aperture for better low-light performance and a better looking depth-of-field effect (the iPhone 13 has a worse f/2.2 aperture currently)
Sam’s take: That improved aperture sounds really nice…especially on the selfie camera that basically stayed the same between iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. Autofocus could be an even bigger improvement, though, as we’ve never had that on the front camera before. You’re just gonna look a lot better on the iPhone 14 cameras in most scenarios.