You may have noticed that there hasn’t been a column from the Editor’s Office in the past two weeks. With a plethora of deals on Apple products to let you know about and a dearth of Apple news to share, most of our team’s time has been occupied with the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. .
It’s a busy time of year for the majority of online media editors, but don’t think we’re ready to kick back for the holidays just yet. In fact, you will want to tie up for a long time; there has been plenty to keep us busy since then.
New devices on the horizon
With a fall 2021 calendar filled with product releases, you might not be ready to think about Apple’s 2022 product list just yet, but Ming-Chi Kuo is. The prolific analyst is one of the main sources of information on Apple’s plans, and in research notes viewed by iMore, he revealed a wealth of information about future models of iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, as well as some of the more common ones. rumored AR / VR headset.
We’ve already heard rumors of an updated iPhone SE coming in 2022, likely with an updated processor and 5G hardware, although Kuo’s latest note suggests that a “bigger” iPhone SE will follow in. 2023. It will apparently have a larger screen than the current one and rumor has it that the 2022 model is 4.7 inches and has additional RAM.
For the Apple Watch, Kuo expects the Apple Watch Series 8 to debut in fall 2022 alongside a new Apple Watch SE model and extreme sports edition. This corroborates a previous report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, which suggests that the Apple Watch SE will get its first refresh next year and that Apple plans to release a “rugged” version of its smartwatch. Kuo also indicated that AirPods Pro 2 will launch at the end of next year.
While exciting, most of these updates are pretty predictable without any inside knowledge, but Kuo didn’t stop there. He also offered even more information on the as yet unannounced Apple VR headset, sharing that the company has already started planning for the second-generation product with a launch schedule for late 2024.
That’s not all hardware news though, as rumors swirl around the next name for macOS. Apple has apparently renewed its Mammoth brand, which could indicate that it has chosen it as its new macOS name. Maybe with a name like that it’ll be a huge to improve?
Meanwhile, one of Apple’s future projects, the Apple Car, continues to lose engineers as it continues its seemingly tumultuous journey.
This is all exciting, but remember that much of what Apple is working on never sees the light of day, and there is rumor going on for just about everything. Just make sure your expectations are under control.
Apple’s big business problems
Apple is no longer the rambling underdog it once was – quite the opposite in fact – meaning it now faces its fair share of legal challenges, regulatory issues and demands from governments.
Over the past week, we’ve seen more of the Epic vs Apple case, the #AppleToo movement, as well as a retrial from Apple customers over faulty Apple Watches.
More surprisingly, however, was the news this week that Apple CEO Tim Cook has signed a secret $ 275 billion deal with China to stem the tide of regulatory action against Apple in the region. Cook reportedly personally negotiated the deal with Chinese authorities in 2016, and, as part of the deal, Apple pledged to “strictly adhere to Chinese laws and regulations”, with China offering “the support and assistance needed ”in exchange.
These types of offers are not uncommon, but Apple’s secretive nature is. This led our Bryan M. Wolfe to say that it is time for Apple to say no to China, even if it means more expensive products.
Cool stuff and weekend reads
Okay, enough heavy news! Let’s take a look at some of the lighter, more fun topics from this week.
IMore reporter Joe Wituschek celebrated the Spotify Wrapped season by explaining exactly why he prefers Spotify over Apple Music. There are compelling arguments here, so read them.
Design magazine Wallpaper * got a sneak peek at Apple’s super-secret design studio. The entire article is worth reading for the information provided by Apple VP of Industrial Design Evans Hankey and VP of Human Interface Design Alan Dye, but we won’t judge you if you just go there to look at the glorious photos of Apple Park.
Once you’ve done that, be sure to check out these awesome Apple Watch Series 7 x-ray wallpapers from iFixit. These are ways to make the best Apple Watch even better.
The iMore team has also put a bunch of products to the test over the past couple of weeks, including Nothing Ear (1), super high-end Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speaker, MagGo 633 MagSafe d ‘Anker, as well as a colossal Brilliant Diamond Pokémon. and Shining Pearl review from our game editor Rebecca Spear.
Here’s another great week, and as always, thanks for reading.