With the introduction of the Vision Pro headset, the 15-inch MacBook Air and new Mac desktops, Apple has already had a busy year when it comes to product launches. But if history offers any clues, there are still plenty more to come in 2023, potentially including a USB-C equipped iPhone 15 and the Apple Watch Series 9.
As for other products like AirPods, Apple TV and iPad, Bloomberg reports that we probably won’t see any major changes to these product lines this year. But Apple may launch a USB-C charging case for AirPods Pro to match the iPhone’s move to USB-C, according to a more recent report from Bloomberg. More broadly, Apple is reportedly working on new health features for AirPods like temperature and hearing sensing, Bloomberg also said, though these additions aren’t expected to arrive for months or years.
While the Vision Pro is Apple’s most significant new product announcement in years, the iPhone 15 could also make a bigger-than-usual impression if Apple decides to switch to USB-C. It would signal the first time in more than a decade that you might need a different charger for your iPhone.
Here’s a look at what we expect in 2023 based on Apple’s previous launches, rumors, and leaks so far. Apple did not respond to an earlier request for comment in March when the original version of this story was published.
iPhone 15 range
Apple usually releases new iPhones in September, and this year will likely be no different. Among the most significant changes we expect to see the iPhone 15 is the transition from Lightning to USB-C charging port. This is because there are new rules that require technological products sold in Europe to support USB-C by 2024. However, it’s unclear whether Apple will fully embrace the transition to USB-C across the entire iPhone 15 lineup or make a region-specific model for Europe.
Another potential update could include the arrival of Dynamic Island on standard non-Pro iPhone 15 models, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, tweeted in the month of September. At the same time, Apple may add more features to the iPhone 15 Pro that differentiate it from the base models. Such features could include a new periscope camera with better optical zoom for the iPhone 15 Pro Max and solid state buttons for both Pro phones, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
To know more: I want to see these 6 features on iPhone 15
Apple Watch Series 9
Like a watch, Apple typically releases new Apple Watch models alongside its new iPhones in the fall. This year, however, we may see a more modest update than usual. Bloomberg reports that we shouldn’t expect to see any significant changes to the Apple Watch this year. What that means isn’t clear, but it’s possible the watch could include routine updates like performance improvements rather than significant new health tracking features. Apple is expected to release two Series 9 models, according to Bloomberg, though this may be in reference to the two size options Apple typically releases for each watch.
This is in line with the pattern that Apple has followed in recent years. In addition to the addition of temperature sensing and car crash detection, the Apple Watch Series 8 it’s very similar to Series 7. Apple has also introduced more new features in recent years through software updates rather than hardware changes, like the ability to track sleep stages which arrived in WatchOS 9, and the updated widget-focused interface coming in WatchOS 10. But I hope the 9 series inherits some features from the Apple Watch Ultraespecially its handy Action button, which makes it easier to start a workout right away.
To know more: All the Apple Watch Series 9 rumors we’ve heard so far
Apple Watch Ultra 2
Apple also plans to release a new version of the Apple Watch Ultra alongside the Series 9, according to Bloomberg. However, the report does not mention any other details other than that the device is codenamed N210.
While there aren’t many rumors yet about a second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, there are a number of ways Apple could improve its high-end sports watch. While the Ultra’s battery life is a huge improvement over the standard model, competitors like Fitbit’s smartwatches can last multiple days on a single charge. It would be nice to see Apple catch up in this regard.
I’d also like to see Apple incorporate more workout recovery metrics into the Apple Watch, similar to Oura’s readiness score. While a feature like this would be useful for any Apple Watch model, it especially makes sense on a device like the Ultra that’s geared more towards athletes.
A new iMac
Fans of Apple’s colorful all-in-one computer might have something to look forward to this year. The company’s next iMac is in an advanced stage of development, meaning it could arrive in the second half of this year, according to Bloomberg. The upgraded computer will likely work with Apple’s voices M3 processor, which would be a step up from the M2 chip that powers the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. It will have a 24-inch screen like the 2021 edition and will be available in the same color options, but will have some interior design changes, according to the report.
There are also a number of other Mac and iPad products Bloomberg reported, including an M3 13-inch MacBook Pro, new versions of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros that would run on a more powerful M3 Pro. and M3 Max chips, new MacBook Air models, updated iPad Pro tablets with OLED screens, and a new iPad Air.
Apple hasn’t announced its M3 chip yet, which means there’s a good chance the new iMac won’t arrive until 2024. But since Bloomberg previously reported that the next iMac was far along in the development process, it appears that this may be the first product powered by the new processor.
All in all, 2023 has proved to be a pivotal year for Apple’s product line so far. The arrival of the first USB-C iPhone would conclude what has already been a landmark year for Apple’s product range.
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