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Bloomberg: Apple is preparing a veritable avalanche of updates for its devices

Although Apple announced many software and hardware updates during the event of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), according to a well-known journalist Bloomberg She hasn’t told Mark Gurman about all her plans – a real stream of updates on her products is expected from the fall of 2022 to the first half of 2023.

    Image Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Image Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

We’re talking about four variants of the iPhone 14, three Apple Watches, several Macs with M2 and even M3 chipsets, the first mixed reality headset, iPads in both the “budget” and premium segments, as well as updated AirPods Pro, a new HomePod and an updated Apple TV set-top box.

According to Gurman, perhaps one of the main features of the iPhone 14 will be an updated lock screen. The company has been working on a state-of-the-art user interface for a number of years, and the improved screen is combined with the always-on display feature that is finally set to be introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro. Like the Apple Watch, the iPhone 14 Pro will be able to display the weather, calendar, stocks and other widgets. Other features of the iPhone 14 Pro include a significantly improved front camera, a new rear camera system (including a 48-megapixel sensor), thinner bezels around the screen, a new front cutout design for the selfie module and sensors, and a faster A16 -Chipset.

If the Pro versions, codenamed D73 and D74, get a lot of new features, the regular iPhone 14s (D27 and D28) will be less powerful and presumably come with the A15 chipset used in the iPhone 13. At the same time, the mini model is temporarily replaced by a 6.7-inch display. All models will use the Lightning connector for now, but the transition to USB Type-C is likely to happen as early as 2023, although some tablet models will already feature it by the end of this year.

    Image source: Apple

Image source: Apple

As for tablets, Gurman predicts the release of some models with an updated interface with the Stage Manager function optimized for multitasking. For example, we are talking about 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions with M2 chipsets (J617 and J620) – in addition to two iPad Pro models on M1 and an iPad Air, which already support this interface. Apple is expected to release an iPad with a larger display, ranging from 14 to 15 inches, within the next year or two. With displays of this size, the Stage Manager should be of great use.

The M2 chipset, introduced with the new MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro announced at WWDC and optimized for macOS Ventura, is used in other products: Mac mini, Pro Mac mini, M2 Pro and Max (14-inch) and MacBook Pro (16-inch) and Ultra and Extreme Mac Pro.

It is also expected that the M2 will also get a mixed reality headset with 16GB of RAM and the realityOS operating system.

Apple is also known to be working on a successor to the M2, a variant of the M3 that the company plans to use in the 13-inch MacBook Air (J513), 15-inch MacBook Air (J515) as early as next year. and iMac (J433) and possibly a 12-inch laptop in early development.

    M2 MacBook Air. Image Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

M2 MacBook Air. Image Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The watchOS 9 update lets you know what to expect from the Apple Watch 8 this fall. The company is preparing three options – “Budget” SE, Standard Series 8 and a protected version for extreme athletes. At the same time, the new Apple Watch will receive the S8 chipset, which is practically no different from the S7 and S6. However, next year’s models should receive a processor with updated characteristics. SEs are expected to retain the relatively small display of the current series, but get the S8 chipset instead of the S5 chip used in earlier SEs. The software update is no longer available for the Apple Watch Series 3. According to Gurman’s predictions, exercise monitoring will get a “multi-sport mode” in which the watch will automatically switch between monitoring modes for different types of activity.

A new Apple TV (J255) is in development and will use the A14 chip and get an extra gigabyte of RAM. Last year’s model used the A12 chipset.

The HomePod speaker (B620) will use the same S8 chip as the watch and will be more like a classic HomePod than the new HomePod mini in size and sound quality. The new HomePod will get an updated display – there are rumors that the models will add multi-touch input recognition. According to Gurman, Audio Products will introduce new AirPods Pro with a more efficient chip and improved sound quality.

Other updates to the ecosystem are also expected – from software upgrades to personnel changes for the company’s top management.

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