New 15-inch MacBook rumored to drop in 2023 with M2 & M2 Pro chips

The rumor: A larger 15-inch MacBook could release with both the new M2 chip and the yet-to-be-announced M2 Pro chip, according to further details from Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

  • The larger MacBook is slated to start mass production in early 2022 and ship in the second half of 2023
  • Kuo also expects the MacBook to ship with two CPU options: M2 and M2 Pro
  • It’s possible that this 15-inch MacBook might not use “MacBook Air” branding, as Apple could introduce it as part of a different or new line
  • In the report, Kuo also says he is uncertain about the 12-inch MacBook returning after Mark Gurman (86.5% accurate) reported that it was in development

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…

Apple said to be holding January 2023 event for AR/VR headset unveil

The rumor: We are just half a year away from seeing Apple’s next major product unveil, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

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?

iPhone 14 delays in question amidst supply chain challenges

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.

AR/VR headset unveil unlikely at WWDC, according to new rumor

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.

AirPods Pro 2 reportedly won’t get USB-C port this year

The rumor: Apple’s upcoming AirPods Pro 2 headphones won’t be getting a new port, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

Sam’s take: Small but disappointing tidbit from Kuo. We heard recently that Apple would be switching away from Lightning to USB-C on all of their accessories…but it doesn’t seem like that is happening for at least another year. I’d bet we’ll see things changing after the iPhone 15 gets USB-C next year.

New HomePod said to release as soon as Q4 2022

The rumor: Apple is planning to drop “a new version of HomePod in 4Q22-1Q23,” according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

  • Kuo doesn’t clarify whether he is talking about a new HomePod mini…or if Apple is planning to bring back the original HomePod that was discontinued in 2021
  • 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…

AirPods, Magic Mouse & more rumored to get USB-C port in the future

The rumor: Alongside a new iPhone that boasts USB-C, more Apple products will also make the switch, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

  • “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.

Cheaper Apple TV rumored to release later in 2022

The rumor: Apple is finally be making a more affordable Apple TV, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

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!

Reputable source says USB-C is coming to iPhone 15 next year

The rumor: After sticking with Lightning for a decade, Apple could finally make the switch to USB-C, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate, source).

  • Kuo states that from surveys in the supply chain, he has learned that it is likely Apple will abandon the controversial Lightning connector
  • Due to proposed EU regulations, Apple could be forced to switch to USB-C for the 2023 iPhone
    • 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.

Apple Watch Series 8 may get new health sensor

The rumor: A new body temperature sensor could make its way to your wrist later this year, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (72.5% accurate).

  • Apple reportedly tried to put the body temperature sensor on last year’s Apple Watch Series 7…but they were unable to get the measuring algorithm ready in time for production
  • Because the temperature of your skin can vary greatly (especially while outside) Apple has to use both an algorithm and temperature hardware to provide usable measurements
  • It’s possible that the feature could now land on Apple Watch Series 8 this year, which Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate) has also reported

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.

iPhone 14 to gain improved FaceTime camera for better selfies

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.