We’re anticipating 2021 to be an thrilling yr for Apple due to a renewed concentrate on the Mac. Apple debuted the primary Macs with Apple silicon chip in late 2020, and Apple’s M1 chips turned out to be unexpectedly highly effective, leaving us wanting ahead to what’s subsequent.

New iMacs and MacBook Professional fashions are rumored for 2021, with even higher Apple silicon chips within the works. We will additionally depend on new iPhone 13 fashions, the Apple Watch Collection 7, up to date AirPods, a brand new Apple TV, and extra. We have rounded up all the merchandise that we’re anticipating to see from Apple in 2021 based mostly on each present rumors and previous launch info.

First Half of 2021

Apple Silicon iMac

Apple is engaged on a number of new iMac fashions which have Apple silicon chips, together with each high-end and entry-level fashions. There have been rumors of a redesigned ‌iMac‌ that options an “iPad Professional design language” with thinner bezels and a 23 to 24 inch display dimension.

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This Mac may maybe be a bigger substitute for the present 21.5-inch mannequin, which might doubtless be across the similar bodily dimension as the prevailing model if Apple drastically minimize down on bezel dimension.

Apple is engaged on Apple silicon chip designs with as many as 16 high-power cores and 4 high-efficiency cores, however high-end desktop fashions may have as many as 32 high-performance cores, maybe changing the iMac Professional. Apple can also be engaged on some important GPU efficiency enhancements.

The brand new iMacs are anticipated to be launched in spring to fall 2021, so it is attainable we’ll see the long-rumored 23 to 24-inch mannequin early within the yr, adopted by a higher-end mannequin later within the yr.

Extra details about the upcoming ‌iMac‌ refresh will be present in our iMac roundup.


Apple is engaged on third-generation ‌AirPods‌ which have a type issue just like the AirPods Professional, that includes a shorter stem and replaceable silicone ear suggestions.

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Whereas the brand new ‌AirPods‌ are anticipated to appear like the ‌AirPods Professional‌, the third-generation earbuds can be extra inexpensive and can lack higher-end options similar to Lively Noise Cancellation. Apple is claimed to be growing a brand new wi-fi chip that might be included within the ‌AirPods‌ 3, and battery life may see enchancment.

We do not know a lot else concerning the ‌AirPods‌ at the moment, however we’re anticipating them to launch within the first half of 2021, doubtless within the first quarter.

Our AirPods roundup has extra on what we may see from the ‌AirPods‌ sooner or later.

iPad Professional

There have been persistent rumors suggesting Apple is engaged on a brand new model of the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Professional‌, with the pill anticipated to realize a mini-LED show. Many of the rumors have centered on the 12.9-inch iPad, however it’s attainable there’s additionally a refreshed 11-inch mannequin within the works too.

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Apple’s mini-LED shows are anticipated to make use of roughly 10,000 LEDs, with every one under 200 microns in dimension. Mini-LED expertise will permit for thinner and lighter product designs that additionally supply spectacular broad shade gamut efficiency, excessive distinction and HDR, and native dimming, which dims the backlight behind black areas of the display whereas maintaining vibrant elements lit for blacker blacks and improved distinction.

There have additionally been rumors about an OLED ‌iPad Professional‌ in 2021, however it appears unlikely that Apple goes to introduce two new show applied sciences in the identical yr, and analysts have urged an OLED ‌iPad‌ will not be coming till 2022 on the earliest.

Together with a mini-LED show, the up to date ‌iPad Professional‌ may embody 5G connectivity now that the iPhones have 5G chips, and it’s anticipated to have a extra highly effective A14X chip that is just like the chip used within the ‌M1‌ Macs. We have additionally heard some rumors of a brand new Apple Pencil in black, however that info has but to be confirmed.

Manufacturing on the mini-LED ‌iPad Professional‌ supposedly started within the fourth quarter of 2020, so it is a product that is doubtless going to be able to go early on within the yr.

We’ve extra info on the ‌iPad Professional‌ in our devoted iPad Professional roundup.

June Software program Updates

Apple holds the Worldwide Builders Convention yearly, and in 2021, we’re anticipating to see iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 8, and macOS 12.

Apple beforehand used incremental numbers for macOS updates, however on condition that we have already had software program updates numbered macOS 11.1, we are able to assume that macOS updates will now go up a complete quantity just like iOS updates.

We do not know something about any of those software program updates as of but, however we should always begin listening to particulars in early 2021.

Second Half of 2021

14.1 and 16.1-inch MacBook Professional

Apple is growing redesigned MacBook Professional fashions that would are available in 14.1 and 16.1-inch display sizes, changing the prevailing 13.1 and 16-inch MacBook Professional fashions. Now that the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Professional has an Apple silicon chip, Apple is predicted to increase Apple silicon chips to the remainder of the MacBook Professional lineup.

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Each fashions may have slimmer bezels for extra display actual property. There have been rumors that the brand new MacBook Execs may have mini-LED shows, which may convey some main enhancements in show high quality.

‌Mini-LED‌ shows will use roughly 10,000 LEDs, with every one under 200 microns in dimension. ‌Mini-LED‌ will finally permit for thinner and lighter product designs, providing lots of the similar advantages as OLED like higher broad shade gamut, excessive distinction and dynamic vary, and native dimming for more true blacks and superior distinction. ‌Mini-LED‌ shows are costly, so it is attainable that the expertise can be restricted to higher-end fashions.

Apple is engaged on new Apple silicon chips for use within the next-generation notebooks. A number of the chips in improvement have as many as 16 energy cores and 4 effectivity cores, with Apple additionally growing 16 and 32-core GPU choices.

These new MacBook Professional fashions are coming in 2021, however we do not know precisely when. We’ve extra info on each the rumored 14-inch MacBook Professional and the rumored 16-inch MacBook Professional in our respective roundups.

iPhone 13

In 2021, we’re anticipating 4 ‌iPhone 13‌ fashions in the identical sizes the iPhone 12 fashions can be found in with two 6.1-inch fashions, a 6.7-inch mannequin, and a 5.4-inch mannequin. Two of these iPhones can be higher-end “Professional” fashions and two can be extra inexpensive fashions.

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Apple is predicted to make use of the identical common design, however at the very least one of many iPhones that is coming may doubtlessly have a portless design with no Lightning port included. Apple has been working towards a portless iPhone and such a tool can be restricted to charging with Qi-based chargers or a MagSafe charger.

The brand new iPhones may have 120Hz “ProMotion” shows for smoother efficiency, together with new digicam expertise, a quicker A15 chip, and an upgraded 5G modem chip from Qualcomm.

There have been a pair rumors indicating Apple is engaged on iPhones with each Face ID and under-display Contact ID and it is attainable 2021 is the yr we’ll see that dual-biometric expertise, however it’s early within the rumor cycle so plans may change.

Our iPhone 13 roundup has extra element on what to anticipate from the brand new ‌iPhone‌ fashions coming in 2021.

iPhone SE ‘Plus’

Apple launched a brand new model of the iPhone SE with an ‌iPhone‌ 8-style design in 2020, and in 2021, we would get a redesigned “Plus” model of the system. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is engaged on an “‌iPhone SE‌ Plus” that incorporates a full-screen design, no Face ID, and a ‌Contact ID‌ fingerprint sensor constructed into the ability button on the aspect of the system.

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This design can be just like the iPad Air design which has an all-display construct however with out Face ID. The ‌iPad Air‌ as a substitute makes use of a ‌Contact ID‌ energy button. The brand new system is predicted to a 6.1-inch show, twin cameras, and maybe 5G help, which might additionally make it just like the ‌iPhone 12‌. It was initially rumored to be coming in early 2021, however now Kuo believes it should see a launch within the second half of 2021.

Barclays analysts, nonetheless, don’t consider that Apple has plans to refresh the ‌iPhone SE‌ within the foreseeable future, and show analyst Ross Younger has stated there will not be an up to date model of the ‌iPhone SE‌ till 2022, so it is not assured that we’ll see an ‌iPhone SE‌ this yr.

For extra on what to anticipate from the ‌iPhone SE‌ in 2021, we now have an iPhone SE roundup with all the things we all know.

Apple Watch Collection 7 and SE 2

Apple introduces new Apple Watch fashions on a yearly foundation, and in 2021, we’re anticipating the Apple Watch Collection 7. We do not know quite a bit concerning the Collection 7 at the moment, however new well being performance is a chance, as is an Apple Watch design that adopts stable state buttons that do not bodily click on.


Apple has been researching a way for non-invasively measuring blood glucose ranges, however it’s not but recognized if this sort of sensor can be included within the 2021 Apple Watch.

Together with the Collection 7, there’s an opportunity we may additionally get a brand new model of the Apple Watch SE. Apple launched the ‌Apple Watch SE‌ in 2020 as a lower-cost different to the Collection 7 that also has largely fashionable expertise inside.

Increased-Finish Apple Silicon iMac (Professional?)

As talked about up above, Apple is engaged on a number of variations of the ‌iMac‌, together with a higher-end mannequin with a extra highly effective Apple silicon chip. Bloomberg has urged that Apple will launch new ‌iMac‌ fashions at completely different occasions, so we may see this higher-end mannequin later within the yr.

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AirPods Professional

Apple is growing a brand new model of the ‌AirPods Professional‌ that would function a extra compact design and a brand new wi-fi chip. The subsequent-generation model may eradicate the quick stem that stands out from the underside, leading to a extra rounded form that is nearer in design to competing wire-free earbuds from firms like Google and Samsung.

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Based mostly on {hardware} leaks, there’s a chance that the ‌AirPods Professional‌ 2 may maybe are available in two sizes, however that has but to be confirmed.

We’ve extra concerning the next-generation ‌AirPods Professional‌ in our AirPods Professional roundup.

iPad Mini 6

In accordance with Apple analyst ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌, Apple is engaged on a brand new model of the iPad mini that would measure in at 8.5 to 9 inches, maybe by a discount within the bezel dimension of the present 7.9-inch mannequin.


This mannequin may maybe embody a mini-LED show, as Apple is rumored to be bringing mini-LED expertise to a number of iPads within the ‌iPad‌ lineup. A mini-LED show would permit for a thinner, lighter design with out compromising on show high quality.

Kuo and different sources have stated the ‌iPad mini‌ will come within the first half of 2021, with extra particulars obtainable in our iPad mini roundup.

New Apple TV

The final ‌Apple TV‌ replace got here in 2017, so it is beginning to really feel like we’re overdue for an replace. Fortunately, a number of sources have urged we are able to count on to see a brand new mannequin launch in 2021.

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Rumors counsel the next-generation ‌Apple TV‌ might be outfitted with both an A12X Bionic chip or the identical A14 chip used within the 2020 iPhones. The next-powered chip would permit the ‌Apple TV‌ to supply higher efficiency for iOS video games.

Subsequent-generation ‌Apple TV‌ fashions may even have extra storage, coming in 64 and 128GB storage choices, and there is stated to be a brand new distant management that can be supplied alongside it. It may have a Discover My function for finding the distant when it is misplaced inside the home, and there are additionally rumors of a U1 chip, one thing additionally added to the HomePod mini. Just like the ‌HomePod mini‌, the ‌Apple TV‌ serves as a Residence Hub, which is likely to be why Apple plans to incorporate a U1 chip.

The U1 chip allows Extremely Wideband help for improved spatial consciousness between units, with the function permitting the space between two units to be calculated by the time it takes for a radio wave to move between them. It is extra correct than monitoring through Bluetooth LE and WiFi and might be used for exact indoor positioning for controlling smarthome units.

Whereas unconfirmed, there are additionally some rumors which have urged Apple may additionally unveil a higher-end model of the ‌Apple TV‌ that provides console-like efficiency, with Apple working with builders to convey console-level video games to the Apple Arcade service sooner or later.

Extra particulars on what to anticipate from an ‌Apple TV‌ replace will be present in our Apple TV roundup.


Apple’s long-rumored Tile competitor AirTags have been within the works for fairly a while, and we do not know after we is likely to be seeing them. ‌AirTags‌ have been initially anticipated in 2020, and there aren’t any rumors on a particular launch timeline.

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‌AirTags‌ are small trackers which can be outfitted with Bluetooth and are designed to connect to necessary however simply misplaced objects like wallets, cameras, and keys. ‌AirTags‌ (and the objects they’re hooked up to) will be tracked proper contained in the ‌Discover My‌ app alongside iPhones, iPads, and Macs, so you possibly can regulate your whole necessary belongings in a single place.

Information about ‌AirTags‌ has been leaking because the launch of iOS 13, however we’re nonetheless undecided what the ‌AirTags‌ will appear like. Based mostly on some easy photographs present in iOS, they might be small, round tags with built-in Bluetooth and ultra-wideband help. Extremely-wideband, a function first launched within the iPhone 11 lineup, is essential as a result of iPhones which have a U1 chip will be capable to observe ‌AirTags‌ with rather more accuracy than Bluetooth alone.

In case your keys fall down the sofa cushion or your pockets will get kicked beneath the mattress, for instance, the ‌iPhone‌ will be capable to find the precise a part of the room the place they’re situated. This type of performance will make ‌AirTags‌ extra correct and extra helpful than different Bluetooth trackers in the marketplace.

‌AirTags‌ may connect to objects with rings or adhesive, and the bottle cap-sized trackers are rumored to return with a keychain that has a leather-based pouch on it, which can be one of many attachment strategies.

There have been combined rumors on charging strategies. One rumor has pointed in direction of a built-in rechargeable battery that works with an Apple Watch-style charging puck, whereas one other suggests the ‌AirTags‌ will run on a replaceable CR2032 battery. Both method, it feels like they’re going to final for an excellent period of time moderately than that includes a non-replaceable battery.

Something that you just lose will present up on the ‌Discover My‌ map with an related handle, and when the ‌iPhone‌ is near a misplaced merchandise, you may see an augmented actuality map with particular positioning that makes it simpler to seek out the lacking merchandise. ‌AirTags‌ will even be capable to play a sound when triggered within the ‌Discover My‌ app.

With iOS 13, Apple launched a function that is designed to let Apple merchandise talk with each other when offline, letting a misplaced ‌iPhone‌ ping off of another person’s ‌iPhone‌ it comes into contact with even and not using a mobile or WiFi connection. This perform will doubtless come to ‌AirTags‌ as effectively, letting hundreds of thousands of iPhones and Apple units all around the globe observe misplaced objects.

We’ve extra particulars on ‌AirTags‌ in our full AirTags information.

Good Glasses

We all know Apple is engaged on some form of augmented actuality headset or sensible glasses, however when this head worn AR product will launch continues to be a thriller.


There have not been many augmented actuality headset rumors as of late, however there have been rumors concentrating on launch dates starting from late 2021 to 2023, so there’s an opportunity we’ll see some form of augmented actuality system this yr.

Rumors point out there are two initiatives within the works that embody a set of sensible glasses and a separate headset, with the latter system supposedly launching first. The headset is rumored to be just like Fb’s Oculus Quest, however with a sleeker, lighter weight design.

It is stated to incorporate a high-resolution show with built-in cameras, together with applied sciences like 3D environmental scanning and superior human detection. Apple is aiming to create an App Retailer for the headset with a concentrate on gaming, streaming video content material, and video conferencing.

There are a whole lot of combined rumors about Apple’s AR and VR work on condition that the corporate has labored on a number of completely different prototypes, and our AR roundup has a terrific overview of all the things we all know.

Wrap Up

Apple has fairly just a few thrilling merchandise within the works for 2021 based mostly on what we all know up to now, and we’ll doubtless see some sudden surprises as effectively. Be sure that to comply with MacRumors.com and the MacRumors roundups over the course of 2021 to maintain up with all the rumors concerning the upcoming merchandise that Apple has in improvement by our What to Anticipate Information.


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