With Apple using many of its resources to develop its mixed-reality headset, rumored to be called the Reality Pro, it appears as though the company is taking its foot off of the accelerator pedal when it comes to upgrades for some of its current devices this year. Apple surely needs to make sure that its AR/VR wearable is running perfectly out of the box considering that the device could be priced as high as $3,000.
Gurman writes not to expect any major changes for the iPad Pro line until next year
Gurman says that we shouldn’t expect any major updates to the iPad Pro line this year. He says that while Apple is working on larger screen sizes for the tablets, they will not be released this year. Gurman also said that he was told that updates to the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models won’t arrive until the first half of 2024. At that time, the iPad Pro tablets will sport a new design and will be equipped with OLED panels, a first for the product.
Mark Gurman writes that Apple will be bringing back the large HomePod smart speaker this year
The 2023 HomePod is expected to be cheaper and could feature a new touch panel on the top of the device. While the design of the new HomePod will likely resemble the original unit, it might feature the new S8 chip used on the latest Apple Watch models.
There will be some hardware changes for the iPhone 15 line
Additionally, the Pro models (which include the iPhone 15 Ultra) will have a USB-C charging port replacing the proprietary Lightning port and will be powered by the A17 Bionic chipset. The latter will be produced by TSMC using its 3nm process node. The non-Pro units will have the 4nm A16 Bionic under their hoods. That is the chipset currently employed on the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. As Apple’s most important product, you wouldn’t expect any slacking off on the development of new hardware for the iPhone.