This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
After three consecutive months of major new product announcements, it seems that the attention of Apple fans is already shifting to the unannounced products of the next year. On the other hand, there are various accessories that are rumored to be released before the end of the year, but have yet to appear on the market.
From the newly designed MacBook coming in the second half of 2021 to the end of support for the original iPhone SE in iOS 15, we've got all the latest Apple rumors in one place.
The original iPhone SE, which seems to go up and down the bar with every major iOS update, is rumored to be finally removed from support in the next iOS 15. In addition, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which were the oldest iOS 13 compatible devices, are also said to be the last to be updated.
The rumor originated from The Verifier, an Israeli information site. The site has correctly guessed the supported models of iOS 13 and iOS 14 for two years in a row.
Apple customarily continues to provide software updates for four to five years after the launch of a new device, and the once highest-selling iPhone 6/6 Plus (released in 2014) is no longer supported with iOS 13 (2019). Both the latest iPhone SE (2020) and the iPhone 12 series are reported to be selling unexpectedly well, so it may be a steady generational shift.
While Apple's proprietary "M1" chip-equipped Macs have proven to have higher performance than existing Intel-based Macs, some say they are hampered by the lack of Thunderbolt 3 ports and limited expandability.
One of the biggest concerns in professional use is that none of the new models are known to support external GPUs. However, since the enclosure (external GPU box) and the graphics board are recognized, the possibility that they will be supported again in the future has emerged.
The M1 version of the MacBook Pro with Blackmagic eGPU and the Pro Display XDR was able to play video on the display without any problems. The product was also temporarily labeled (and later removed) as "MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)" support.
At the time of writing, the M1Mac detected and recognized eGPUs, but GPU acceleration did not work. However, at one point, the possibility of discontinuing support for other manufacturers' GPUs was pointed out, so those who are engaged in video editing and other tasks that are too heavy for the M1's built-in GPUs on the Mac may want to wait for further news with hope.
The rumor that the iPad Pro with mini-LED will be released in the first half of 2021, and an OLED model in the second half
There were rumors earlier this year that the iPad Pro would be remodeled twice within the year, but in the end, the iPad Pro (2020) with an ultra-wide-angle camera and LiDAR scanner for 3D recognition was released in March, and it seems that there will be no major movement within a month or so of the year.
Rumors about the next iPad Pro have become increasingly active. The Elec reports that the new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display will appear in the first half of next year and an OLED model will be added in the second half.
There have been rumors about a mini-LED display (traditional LCD + backlight LED structure with finer LED divisions) for quite some time now, but this is probably the first time we have heard of an OLED version of the iPad Pro. It was speculated that Apple intends to solve the situation of "relying on Samsung for a large part of the OLED panel supply" by expanding the use of mini-LED across multiple product lineups, which is surprising.
The other is the Taiwan DigiTimes report that the "high-end iPad" will have 5G mmWave support. In short, the 5G antenna components developed in-house for next year's iPhone may also be used in the next generation high-end iPad.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst familiar with Apple's insider information, has been predicting a 5G-enabled iPad Pro for more than a year now. The reason for this is that the iPad Pro is positioned as a productivity tool, and network connectivity is an important factor, and we will be interested to see the evolution of the cellular model.
Three models of Macs with the M1 chip were released just this month, and rumor has it that a newly designed model will be introduced in a little more than six months.
Familiar Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that a model featuring a "new design" of Apple Silicon MacBook will be introduced in the second half of 2021. Kuo did not specify which model, but earlier he mentioned the 14-inch (successor to the 13-inch model) and 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the 24-inch iMac, which is not available in existing sizes, scheduled for release in late 2020 or early 2021.
In a tweet from MacRumors reporting the rumor, famous leaker L0vetodream replied, "not only for Silicon". The tweet, which is always succinct and enigmatic, seems to suggest that the new design is "not only for Apple Silicon, but also for Intel-based Macs", which seems obvious.
However, how will Apple, which has stated that Apple silicon will make the Mac "stronger and more capable than ever," appeal to the Intel-based Mac in the future? Apple may not be in a hurry to support eGPU support in Apple Silicon Macs because of the added value of continuity with past models.
The rumor that the next Apple Watch is expected to have "innovative health management functions and improved form factor design". This is also what Ming-Chi Kuo said in his research note to investors.
While the current and latest Series 6 models have added the Blood Oxygen app, it has been rumored over the years that a non-invasive (no needles, etc.) blood glucose measurement feature will also be added. This was hinted at by an Apple executive as "harder to do it with photons" but "we will be interested in more sensors down the road".
Speaking of the new design, there were predictions that micro-LEDs (a method of displaying ultra-fine LEDs on the screen) will be used in the Apple Watch models in the next few years, instead of the traditional OLED panel. This technology, which can be expected to reduce power consumption, will also lead to the possibility of an "Apple Watch that doesn't need to be recharged for a few days," so we're waiting for more news.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.