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Busier Apple Launch Calendar on the anvil

This fall may be busier than usual for Apple as it seeks to make the most of impending festival season through a slew of new launches. Apple is set to announce the launch of iPhone 13 in September and expectations are rife that September may also see the launch of new series of MacBook pro series notebooks that will be based on the new M1X or M2 chipset. Below, we look at the various Apple products that are expected to be launched over the next few weeks.

iPhone 13

The new iPhone 13 is set for a September launch. Unlike the previous year, wherein we saw a delayed launch of iPhone 12 due to the pandemic situation, the iPhone 13 will arrive on the scene in line with user expectations. September is tipped to be the month of launch of iPhone 13. iPhone 13 is expected to come with a faster chipset, better battery backup times and a 120 Hz refresh rate screen display. It is also expected to come with a bigger camera and the total number of cameras are expected to remain unchanged at four cameras.

MacBook Pro

In the upcoming hardware event of Apple, we are expecting the launch of Apple’s 14 inch and 16 inch MacBook models that will be based on the M1X chipset. The current 16 inch series of MacBook was last updated in 2019 and is due for a refresh. And the 13 inch MacBook pro will be upgraded to a 14 inch MacBook Pro. The display on these MacBook computers are likely to be based on the mini-LED screen technology. This is expected to bring out deeper color experience and better brightness.

The hardware configuration on the MacBook Pro is supposed to offer blazing fast processing speeds. Expectations of a 10 or 12-core CPU with 16 or 32-core GPU are set to improve processing and display experience on the MacBook. Internal memory or RAM may be anywhere between 32-64 GB. While retaining the existing USB ports, it is quite likely that the new series of MacBook computers will also add support for legacy ports like an HDMI port, SD card reading port and a magsafe charging port.

MacBook 14 and 16 may launch in the second or third week of September. The MacBook launch event could be the second launch event from Apple in September 2021.

Apple AirPods 3

Apple makes three different types of AirPods. The basic edition of AirPods is currently at generation 2 and is christened AirPods 2. The Pro edition is called the AirPods Pro and the most expensive ones are called the AirPods Max. While the AirPods 2 is likely to see the launch of an upgraded version in September 2021, the AirPods PRO should see an upgrade in the summer of 2022. AirPods Max was last updated in December 2020, and does not seem to be in a need of an immediate upgrade.

The third generation of Apple AirPods or the AirPods 3 are set for a launch at one of the hardware events of Apple. These are tipped for a launch alongside the iPhone 13 event on 14th or 21st September, 2021. The launch of AirPods 3 should ensure that the AirPods 3 are rife for a pre-Christmas availability across the world. AirPods 3 are wireless headsets of Apple.

Apple Watch 7

Apple Watch should see the launch of the new model – Apple watch 7 version later this year, although expectations are rife of the launch alongside the iPhone 13 event. The new version of Apple watch is slated to introduce a newer and boxy look of the external appearance on the watch. It is expected that the new Apple Watch 7 will carry flat and straight edges to give it a more box like look. The display size may see a minor upgrade to 1.8 inch screen. Aside from the augmented external appearance, we are expecting a change in position of the watch button and speakers on the Apple 7 watch. The band size should be retained from the previous version of Apple 6 watch.

iPad Mini 6

We expect a new version of the iPad Mini to be launched by Apple in 2021. This should be a sleek version of the already available iPad Mini series. The sixth generation iPad Mini is likely to carry the A13 Bionic chipset, the one that is already available on the iPhone SE and the iPhone 11. There are rumors about increase in the display size from 10.2 inch to 10.5 inch for the new version of iPad Pro. No such change is expected for the iPad Mini 6 series. However, this is more of an unconfirmed update on the screen size. We may see a lighter and a slightly leaner iPad Mini that is likely to be based on the iPad Air chassis. The home button should give way to a an screen design on the iPad Mini 6. The new iPad Mini may have a boxy look, like an iPad Air. It is likely to have straight edges to incorporate the Apple’s iPhone 12 design into the iPad Mini appearance. With the last design update in 2019, iPad Mini range should see a major update on the chipset as well as the external appearance. We expect the iPad Mini 6 to be launched in September 2021.

Apple may surprise the market by going for a competitive price of the iPad Mini 6 series.