The rumor mill is abuzz today with rumors of new MacBooks and features of the iPhone 13. Let’s look at the speculation.
New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros
First: in a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Webush analyst Daniel Ives says Apple will announce new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros next week. Expect them be previewed Monday during the keynote address at the 2021 Worldwide Developer Conference.
Ives’ prediction calls for the expected changes to a revamped pro laptop. Say goodbye to the Touch Bar. Look for a more flat-edged design. Expect the return of the MagSafe charger, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot. Additionally, expect the new MacBook Pros to sport the successor to the M1 processor.
The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks there’s a 100% chance all this will happen. And I expect the laptops to be unveiled on Monday. However, I don’t think they’ll go on sale until July or later.
Predictions for the upcoming iPhone 13
Moving along, Ives also reiterates previous rumors that some models of the iPhone 13 will be offered with up to 1TB of storage. Also, the analyst thinks all models will sport LiDAR sensors.
The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks Ives is right on both counts. However, don’t look for any iPhone announcements next week. Instead I think new smartphones will be unveiled and ship in late summer/early fall.
WWDC starts next week
Speaking of WWDC 2021, it kicks off with the Apple Keynote at 10 a.m. (Pacific) on Monday, June 7, in which the tech giant will unveil new updates coming to all Apple platforms later this year. Streamed directly from Apple Park, the keynote address will be available via apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, with on-demand playback available after the conclusion of the stream.
The “Platforms State of the Union” will be delivered on June 7 at 2 p.m. (Pacific) and will offer “a deeper dive into the new tools, technologies, and advances across Apple platforms that will help Apple developers create even better apps.” Platforms State of the Union will stream via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.
The Apple Design Awards will be held on June 10 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). They celebrate the creative artistry, craftsmanship, and technical achievement of Apple developers. The Apple Design Awards will stream via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.