In October, Apple finally launched the brand new third-generation AirPods after months of rumors and speculation. Not that there was any chance Apple wouldn't update one of its most popular products. But, now the rumor mill can turn its attention towards another pair of Apple-branded truly wireless headphones, the upcoming update to AirPods Pro.
Since all we have to work with is the rumor mill and the stories that come out of it, it sure does seem like nothing about developing the Apple Car has been easy for Apple. We already know the project has been in development for years, which in itself is not a red flag (most projects of any size take years to develop). But we also know that it has changed quite a bit over time, too, with Apple at point even considering not launching a physical car at all, and focusing solely on software inside. But, as of right now, it appears that Apple is still planning to launch an actual consumer-ready automobile at some point, even as the speed bumps keep lining up.
In October of 2021, Apple welcomed one of the biggest redesigns for the MacBook Pro lineup to date. Specifically, while the company did welcome back plenty of ports (much to the happiness of professionals out there), they also brought in mini-LED displays and a notch for the brand new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. But the company isn't quite done shaking things up, with the middle of 2022 reportedly tuned up to present radical changes to the MacBook Air lineup.
Apple is predicted to release a new 27-inch iMac model featuring a backlighting module based on mini-LED technology and dynamic refresh rates up to 120Hz, among other things.
There are some devices and features still swirling in the rumor mill that Apple has yet to actually announce. While we can officially strike out "a MacBook with a notch," we are still waiting for things like Apple's big push into augmented reality and/or virtual reality hardware. The company laid the groundwork with ARKit years ago, and, ever since, there has been an expectation that a headset is soon to follow. But, as the wait continues, legendary analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has some bad news for the hopefuls out there.
On Monday, October 18, Apple seeded the Release Candidate for iOS 15.1 (and iPadOS 15.1). That prerelease software is the final version ahead of the public launch sometime soon. And, as has happened in the past, the beta software has revealed something else a little ahead of schedule: new headphones coming from the Apple-owned Beats brand.
Technically speaking, after plenty of attention and pressure put on Apple, the company does allow for cloud-based streaming services to be used on its devices. However, it's not via the App Store, and it's not with an app via the App Store. Instead, services like Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming, Google's Stadia, and Amazon's Luna are accessible via Safari. But it sounds like Apple's considered something else for its own service.
Apple will reportedly refresh its MacBook Pro notebook line with full-size function keys in place of the Touch Bar, a feature providing dynamic app shortcuts that no one uses.
On Monday, October 18, Apple is going to host its "Unleashed" event. While Apple isn't going out of its way to tell us what they will announce next week right now, the rumor mill has been trying to help with that. Which is why the expectation right now is that we'll see at least two new MacBook Pro models unveiled.
Apple remains the same company in the grand scheme of things, focusing almost entirely on its first-party ecosystem above all else. However, with some aspects of the business there is some branching out. For instance, Apple Music is not just an Apple-only experience, with a popular enough Android app out there in the world as well. And it looks like it’s coming soon to another platform as well.
We've already heard that Apple could add certain health features to its AirPods. And now, a new report alleges that future Apple earbuds could check your body temperature and posture.
Apple has been predicted to release the next Apple Watch in three sizes by a display analyst who however stopped short of providing more information about what the third size might be.