Top 5 Apple Devices Overdue UpdateSaturday, November 19, 2022 7:00 AM PST by Hartley Charlton
Some Apple devices are over 18 months old, and with new hardware that could bring valuable improvements to them on horizon, most of which already exist on other devices, there are five important products that seem to be out of date.
While some devices like the Pro Display XDR and HomePod mini may also need to be updated, there are at least five major Apple devices the update of which seems to be overdue. where the new model can lead to significant improvements. Likewise, as time goes by, it becomes increasingly difficult for Apple to justify leaving these devices in its product line without a hardware upgrade.
Be sure to refer to the MacRumors Buyer's Guide for ongoing updates on the age and status of all released Apple products, as well as when updates can reasonably be expected, based on when new models were released in previous years.
The current model was released in April 2021 (one year and seven months).
While there's some controversy over whether Apple will reintroduce a larger iMac model, the current 24-inch model has an M1 chip, which means it's outdated compared to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, redesigned MacBook Air, and iPad Pro. . Apple announced the M2 chip earlier this June at WWDC, and since the chip is now in three different devices, iMac is ripe for a chip upgrade.
However, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports suggest that iMac with the M2 chip is not on the horizon. After M2 Mac series, Gurman said that the new iMac will be among the first Macs in the M3 series, which will include an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, an all-new 15-inch MacBook Air, and possibly a new 12-inch laptop that is “still in development.” early development.”
M3 The chip is expected to be built using TSMC's 3nm technology, unlike the M1 and M2, built on a 5nm process. The improved manufacturing process is expected to lead to significant increases in productivity and efficiency.
This device is expected to be the successor to the current M1 iMac and may not arrive until late 2023, according to Gurman, meaning it could be some time before the new iMac appears. It's not clear why Apple excluded iMac from M2 chip and wait until M3 the chip is available, especially as it means that the current M1 the model will exist for a significant period of time.
4. AirPods Max
Current model released in December 2020 (year and 11 months).
Released almost two years ago, the AirPods Max are the oldest AirPods in Apple's product line. Despite being the most expensive AirPods at $549, AirPods Max miss out on a lot of the features that came with the second generation AirPods Pro earlier this year.
With chips H2, greatly improved active noise cancellation, Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity, adaptive transparency, skin detection sensors, U1 chip, and precise search, there are many noteworthy features that have yet to appear in &zwnj. ;AirPods Max. The earbuds can also benefit from an updated selection of color options, MagSafe or USB-C charging, call boost, and sweat and water resistance.
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Status of the new generation AirPods Max currently not clear. In May 2021, Gurman stated that Apple is not actively working on the second generation AirPods Max, but it is not known if this is still the case. Given that Apple releases one new AirPods product per year, AirPods Max might be next to update.
3. Entry-level Mac Mini
Current model released November 2020 (two years old).
M1 Mac mini is Apple's oldest silicon Mac of the last generation, and like the 24-inch iMac, it could benefit from an upgrade to the M2 chip.
Even if you add M2 chip for Mac mini supposedly will require limited internal changes, Apple has so far neglected this. Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple originally “planned” to introduce a new Mac mini models in 2022, but those arrangements have been “probably scrapped” in favor of an all-new Mac Studio. New Mac mini with M2 The chip is supposedly still in development and will be launched sometime in 2023.
2. Mac Pro
Current model released in December 2019 (2 years and 11 months old).
Mac Pro is one of the latest processor-based Macs Intel. still on sale and the only remaining Mac product line with no Apple silicon chip options. An all-new model that will finally bring Apple Silicon to the company's Mac-focused professionals has been in the pipeline for more than two years. At the Peek Performance event earlier this year, Apple even teased the launch of the Apple Silicon Mac Pro, saying “it'll be tomorrow.”
Earlier reports of a smaller Mac Pro placed somewhere between Mac mini and Mac Pro made it difficult to know what to expect from the future high-end Mac Pro line, but it's now clear that many of these rumors are related to Mac Studio, which makes it a little clearer what to expect from Mac Pro next generation.
Multiple reports by Mark Gurman&zwnj from Bloomberg; about silicon Apple Mac Pro&zwnj Chip options and specs give a pretty clear idea of what to expect from the new Mac flagship. Users will reportedly be able to customize the new Mac Pro with chip options “M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme.
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However, beyond its main features, little is currently known about the device's design, ports, performance, and real-world modularity and customization capabilities. Apple expected to introduce silicon Apple Mac Pro next year, and it may come along with a “Pro” version of Studio Display with a mini LED panel and ProMotion support.
1. Intel Mac Mini
The current model was released in October 2018 (4 years and one month old).
While M1 Mac mini offers the line's entry-level, high-quality Mac mini still equipped with an Intel processor. High quality Mac mini was theoretically updated in 2020 when Apple doubled the amount of storage on the device, but is otherwise identical to the 2018 Space Gray unibody model.
Apple is believed to have been working on a new Mac mini for some time now. The potential of replacing the old high-end model with Apple's silicon machine was previously at the center of rumors surrounding new Mac minis, but now it looks like both the entry-level and high-end models could be upgraded at the same time. Apple is believed to be working on two versions of the next generation Mac mini, one with the standard “M2” chip and a second higher-end model with the “M2 Pro” chip.
New high quality Mac mini ; with Apple Silicon could get significant performance and efficiency gains over the current model and have more Thunderbolt ports than the entry-level model. There is also the possibility of redesign. Because the machine came out more than two years before Apple started moving to its own silicon chips in the Mac, and two years after the entry-level Mac mini has been updated, the high-end Mac mini looks like it's the Apple device that needs a hardware upgrade the most.
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