For Apple 2020 was filled with groundbreaking product announcements including: the arrival of five new iPhones (iPhone SE, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max); two new Apple Watch models (the Apple Watch SE and the Apple Watch Series 6); and three new Macs with Apple's own M1 Chip (which it's safe to say has taken the PC world by storm).

So far 2021 has brought us a 24in iMac with a brand new design, iPad Pro with M1 chip, AirTag, new Apple TV, and a purple iPhone 12. 

What else might Apple have up its sleeve for us in 2021?

In this article we take a look at what we expect Apple to launch in 2021. We've investigated every rumour and trend we could find to bring you our predictions. Read on to find out what could be in store.

Macs

Apple revealed in 2020 that it would be transitioning all its Macs from Intel processors to its own silicon by the summer of 2022. Apple's already updated most of its consumer focused machines, including the MacBook Air, Mac mini, iMac and two of the MacBook Pro models, so it seems likely that we will start to see some of Apple's pro-focused Macs being updated soon. Read: The Super Macs are coming.

We run through the Macs likely to see an update in 2021 below:

14in MacBook Pro

The smaller MacBook Pro is set to get a redesign, according to various reports. It seems we might see a 14in MacBook Pro with thinner bezels around the screen.

It seems likely that the two 13in MacBook Pro that currently offer 2.0GHz Intel processors will be the models to get this treatment, which could mean Apple will be selling three types of MacBook Pro: 13in, 14in and 16in.

Read about the new 14in MacBook Pro here.

When? Summer 2021

16in MacBook Pro

An update to the 16in MacBook Pro model, which launched in November 2019, is long over due. This is not just because it's now been more than a year, but because the processors being used are the same ones Apple used in the 15in MacBook Pro that came before it.

The 16in MacBook Pro is designed for intensive use, so we expect Apple to use a more powerful processor than the M1, which is being used for consumer Macs. This could be the M1X or the M2 chip.

Read the latest information about the new 16in MacBook Pro in our news round up.

When? Summer 2021

Mac mini

Apple is said to be working on a new, more powerful, Mac mini that will replace the Intel-powered Mac mini model that Apple kept in the line up.

This new "more powerful version of the Mac mini" will feature the same chip as the new MacBook Pro, according to a Bloomberg report discussed here: Apple to overhaul entire Mac line up.

Read more about the 2021 Mac mini.

When? Summer 2021

32in iMac

The smaller iMac has seen a big update already in 2021, with a new colourful design and a larger screen. But what of the larger iMac?

It's likely that the 27in iMac will be succeeded by a model with a larger screen - 30in or 32in. It may also get a similar redesign to the 24in model, although the colour options may be different.

Read about the 32in iMac in our news round up.

When? Autumn 2021

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is said to be getting a redesign and this could include a selection of iMac like colours.

MacBook Air

A 2022 launch seems more likely for this new machine, but there is a slim chance we could see it before the end of 2021.

Read everything we know about the new MacBook Air.

When? Spring 2022

Mac Pro

As for the Mac Pro: work is said to be underway on the Apple Silicon Mac Pro, with 32-core CPU and up to 128-Core GPU. It's unlikely to appear before 2022 though...

When? Summer 2022

iPads

We've already got an M1 chip in the iPad Pro in 2021, what else can we expect to see?

Bigger iPad mini

Apple updated nearly all its iPads in 2020, except for the iPad mini. Perhaps it should be no surprise that Apple hasn't updated it yet - after all prior to its update in March 2019 it had been ignored by the company for three and a half years.

When the iPad mini gets updated we may see an increase in screen size and the removal of the Home Button, just as was the case with the iPad Air in 2020. If Apple's redesigning the iPad mini we don't anticipate change before October 2021 though.

Read about the iPad mini 2021.

When? October 2021

Thinner/lighter iPad

There is also a rumour that a new iPad could also launch with a new design that is more like how the iPad Air looked before that was updated in 2020.

Read about the new iPad 2021.

When? October 2021

iPhone 13

There are already plenty of rumours about the next iPhone, although we don't know if it will be called the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12s.

So far the rumours are suggesting a 120Hz refresh rate (up from 60Hz), a reduced notch, and various camera improvements. Read iPhone 13 camera features coming in 2021.

Read more in our iPhone 13 rumour round up.

When: September 2021

Audio

Amid news that a new high-res audio subscription option will be coming to Apple Music in June 2021, it's time for Apple to improve the capabilities of some of its audio products.

AirPods

Apple launched the AirPods Max over-ear headphones in December 2020, but it is said to be working on various new AirPods including the AirPods X (said to be for sport) and the AirPods Pro Lite (cheaper version of the AirPods Pro), and third-generation AirPods.

When? September 2021


HomePod with screen

This might not arrive in 2021, but we do hope there is some truth in the rumours that Apple is working on a HomePod with a screen. We've always said that a screen would make the HomePod infinitely more usable, but perhaps we are the only ones who hate having to talk to our speaker.

A screen would extend the uses of the HomePod beyond audio into visual - so you could watch podcasts and news reports and YouTube videos, but most usefully communicate via FaceTime.

Read: HomePod with screen rumours.

When? Spring 2022

New areas

If Apple was never to innovate away from the products it makes right now it could be left behind as technology progresses. It's no surprise therefore that the company is working on various new areas.

Games console

We think this might just be an evolution of the Apple TV, but there are reports claiming that Apple wants to sell a games console that would compete with the Switch.

Read about these Apple games console rumours.

When? Autumn 2022

AR Glasses

Apple's made clear its interest in augmented reality, and we may hear more about Apple's plans to make Apple AR Glasses or even some VR glasses from Apple in 2021!

While the rumours suggest we won't see Apple's AR - or Mixed Reality product until 2022, it's possible that Apple may share its plans with developers at some point in 2021 in an attempt to get them to design apps for the new device, so we might hear something sooner.

Read What will Apple's AR/VR glasses do?

When? Autumn 2022

Apple Car

The Apple Car was the hot rumour of 2016, but it's since emerged that Apple has scaled back its ambitions on this front but something is definitely happening in the motoring field. The company is said to have had up to 1,000 developers working on the so-called Project Titan, and to have set up various different front companies, including Faraday Futures and Sixty Eight Research.

Industry chatter suggested 2020 as a possible date for a launch: that clearly didn't happen, but it seems that there is something going on, the question is what?

When? 2025

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