For those AirPods wearers unhappy that the third-generation version of the AirPods didn’t show up for an appearance at Apple’s California Streaming event last Tuesday, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has some potentially good news. In the latest edition of his weekly Power On newsletter, Gurman said that he still expects to see Apple release the wireless Bluetooth earbuds before the end of the year.
The rumor mill called for the new AirPods to be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), but arguably this is the feature that differentiates the AirPods from the AirPods Pro so we will have to wait and see what features Apple plans on including with the device. Overall, he says that in 2022, Apple fans will see the launch of three new Apple Watches with one of them being the previously rumored rugged model of the watches.
Moving into 2022, Gurman expects Apple to announce new AirPods Pro earbuds, a redesigned iPad Pro, redesigned MacBook Air, a new M-series Mac Pro tower computer, three new Apple Watch models, and more. Gurman also notes that 2022 may also see Apple start to speak about its long-rumored mixed-reality headset ahead of the launch of more complex “true AR glasses” that are still several years into the future.
While writing about the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models in comparison to last year’s models, Gurman mentioned the smaller notch and the 120Hz ProMotion display. He said that the biggest surprises this year for iPhone users was the lack of a price hike and a release date only one week after pre-orders started. But I think that Gurman might have forgotten about the larger capacity batteries which would be one of the reasons that yours truly would decide to upgrade-if indeed I decide to trade in my iPhone 11 Pro Max
Several Twitter tipsters and Gurman himself were expecting a major redesign for the Apple Watch Series 7 that just didn’t materialize. Whatever the reason, the Apple watch didn’t surface last week. Now it is possible that Apple was planning all along to use the design for next year’s watch.