Report: Apple is preparing to launch a ‘flood’ of new devices starting in the fall

Apple is poised to launch a range of new devices between this fall and early 2023, according to a report by Bloombergis Mark Gurman. What Gurman calls a “flood” of products will reportedly include four iPhone 14 devices, a bunch of new iPads, three Apple Watches, several M2/M3 upgraded Macs, a pair of refreshed AirPods Pro buds, a new HomePod and a spec-boosted one Apple TV model.

Let’s break down these predictions.

Although Apple announced two new Macs with its flagship M2 processor at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, Gurman expects to find the chip — and its variations — in several other devices. These include an M2 Mac mini, M2 Pro Mac mini, M2 Pro / M2 Max 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and M2 Ultra / M2 Extreme Mac Pro. Of course, there’s Apple’s long-rumoured mixed reality headset Also expected to come with an M2 chip. If that’s not overwhelming enough, Gurman says Apple’s M3 processor is already in the works and will likely appear in the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air laptops next year.

We already know Apple is gearing up to launch the iPhone 14 this fall, and Gurman’s report provides a roundup of every rumor that’s been floating around for the past year or so. On the one hand, only the Pro and Pro Max models are supposed to get the new and more powerful A16 chip and support for the always-on display. The iPhone 14 Pro models are also said to come with a 48-megapixel camera sensor, a new notch with a “pill-shaped cutout” for Face ID, and a hole-punch-style selfie camera. Gurman says the standard iPhone 14 will have the A15 chip that comes with the iPhone 13, with a 6.7-inch variant replacing the mini model.

Speaking of iPads, Gurman’s report indicates that Apple will release M2-equipped 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models later this year, in addition to a larger iPad 14-15 inch, which will appear “in the next year or two.” Gurman also backs up an earlier rumor 9to5Macsuggesting that a new entry-level iPad will come with an A14 chip, 5G, and USB-C connectivity.

Apple also expects to release three new Apple Watch models this fall: the standard Watch Series 8, a new SE, and a more “rugged” watch aimed at people who play “extreme sports.” Gurman notes that while the S8 chip present in the upcoming Watch Series 8 will offer the same level of performance as the previous S7 and S6 chips, the Watch coming next year will reportedly have an improved one processor will have. Gurman also expects Apple to drop the Series 3 this fall in favor of the new SE, which could also come with the S8 processor – a jump from the S5 chip that came with the 2020 SE model.

Apple didn’t have much to say about tvOS at WWDC, but Gurman says the company is set to unveil a new Apple TV this fall with an A14 chip and a little more RAM. This sets up the device for the “extra gaming features” we saw in tvOS 16, Gurman notes.

Apple also plans to release an updated HomePod – but probably not until next year. According to Gurman, the upcoming HomePod will be similar in size and performance to the original HomePod released in 2018. It is expected to have an S8 chip, an updated display and potential support for “multi-touch functionality”.

The AirPods Pro earbuds are also due for an upgrade, with Gurman predicting a new chip and improved sound. Hopefully that means lossless audio support, which is what supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo rumored earlier this year.