March is correct across the nook, and meaning our first good alternative for Apple product launches in 2021 as the corporate often has important launches in March or April every year. We’re listening to rumors about MacE-book Pro, iMac, AirPods, and extra, though many of those will probably be popping out at completely different instances over the course of the year.
This week additionally noticed a macOS replace to deal with a big problem with a number of the newest MacE-book Pro fashions when linked to sure USB-C hubs and docks, whereas our videographer Dan Barbera took a second have a look at the MagSafe Leather Wallet launched alongside the iPhone 12 fashions. Read on for all the particulars!
New MacE-book Pro Models With HDMI Port and SD Card Reader Expected to Launch Later This Year
Last month, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated Apple plans to launch new 14-inch and 16-inch MacE-book Pro fashions within the second half of this year with brighter Mini-LED shows, a brand new design with a flat-edged high and backside, the return of further ports and a MagSafe charging cable, and bodily operate keys as an alternative of the Touch Bar.
This week, Kuo acquired extra particular about these further ports, claiming that the 2 new MacE-book Pro fashions will probably be outfitted with an HDMI port and an SD card reader at a minimal.
If these rumors pan out, this can be one of many most important overhauls to the MacE-book Pro ever, with many fan-favorite options returning. There can also be plenty of anticipation surrounding next-generation Apple silicon chips given the already-impressive efficiency of the M1 chip in lower-end machines just like the MacE-book Air and base mannequin 13-inch MacE-book Pro.
Mini-LED backlighting might lengthen to a brand new 12.9-inch iPad Pro that’s rumored to be launched as early as March.
2021 iMac Said to Come in Five Colors, Apple Silicon Mac Pro to Resemble ‘Stacked’ Mac Minis
Apple’s next-generation iMac will probably be out there in the identical colours as the newest iPad Air, together with Silver, Space Gray, Green, Sky Blue, and Rose Gold, in keeping with leaker Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has beforehand reported that the brand new iMac will probably be redesigned with slimmer bezels and no metallic chin under the show, and a flat rear shell just like Apple’s high-end Pro Display XDR. This would characterize the primary redesign of the all-in-one desktop laptop since 2012.
Gurman additionally reported that Apple is growing a smaller model of the Mac Pro with an Apple silicon chip, and Prosser this week claimed that this machine will look just like three to 4 Mac minis in a stack. The design could also be harking back to the Power Mac G4 Cube, launched in 2000.
Third-Generation AirPods Possibly Shown in Leaked Image
Apple is rumored to be engaged on third-generation AirPods for launch later this year, and an alleged picture of the earphones and their charging case surfaced this week on Chinese web site 52audio.
The new AirPods are anticipated to take design cues from the AirPods Pro by having a smaller stem and silicone ear ideas, however they’ll reportedly lack high-end options comparable to Active Noise Cancelation, permitting for a lower cost tag. The present AirPods are priced at $159 with a wired charging case and at $199 with a wi-fi charging case, whereas the AirPods Pro retail for $249.
Japanese web site Mac Otakara has beforehand claimed that second-generation AirPods Pro are additionally deliberate for launch in April. Apple is aiming to make the second-generation AirPods Pro extra compact by eliminating the stem that stands out from the underside, leading to a extra compact design like Google’s Pixel Buds, in keeping with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 to Prevent MacBooks From Being Damaged by Third-Party Non-Compliant Docks
A brand new macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 software program replace has been launched for Mac customers that forestalls 2019 or later MacE-book Pro and 2020 or later MacE-book Air fashions from incurring harm when they’re linked to sure third-party, non-compliant powered USB-C hubs and docks, in keeping with Apple.
There have been a number of studies on Reddit from Mac customers who’ve linked USB-C hubs and docks to their machines, ensuing within the machine turning into non-functional. Affected Macs seem to go clean and unresponsive shortly after connecting the dock. Many of the customers who skilled points have been utilizing hubs and docks not bought from respected firms.
The new macOS Big Sur 11.2.2 replace will be downloaded at no cost on all eligible Macs utilizing the Software Update part of System Preferences.
Revisiting Apple’s MagSafe Leather Wallet After 3 Months
On our YouTube channel this week, MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera revisited Apple’s MagSafe Wallet for iPhone 12 fashions after utilizing the accent for 3 months, and his impressions have been extra favorable after this prolonged utilization.
Dan initially disliked the MagSafe Wallet as a result of he discovered it had a weak magnetic connection and will simply fall off the iPhone when inserting the gadget in a pocket, however he has discovered to regulate his utilization habits in a means that has labored out higher for him.
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