If you are planning to upgrade your iPhone or MacBook, read this article till the end. Apple announced last week that it would hold a special press event on March 8. Although the company hasn’t revealed what’s to come, all signs point to the launch of a new iPhone, likely an upgraded iPhone SE. The company is also reportedly working on the next-generation iPad Air, a high-end Mac mini, an all-new 13-inch MacBook Pro, a new external display and more. If Apple announces these products today, they will start hitting retail shelves in the coming days. This is why you should wait and avoid spending your money on an outdated Apple product.
So whether you’re considering buying a new iPhone SE or looking for a replacement for the aging iPad, wait for Apple to refresh its lineup.
iPhone SE 2020
This makes seems like the third-generation iPhone SE might get some serious attention, even though the “affordable budget iPhone” rumor sounds more or less the same. The next-gen iPhone SE is said to be similar to the last-gen model but with the possibility of 5G support and a super-fast A15 Bionic chipset. Tech insiders and analysts seem to agree that the new iPhone SE will see an iterative upgrade. Even then, the next iPhone SE could add a lot of value to those who want an iPhone at a slightly lower price. Remember, the iPhone SE has always been positioned as a “budget” option and so far Apple has refrained from calling it a “low-cost” iPhone. With the new iPhone SE coming soon, so unless you need to replace one urgently, best to wait for now.
Some predictions for the next new iPhone SE:
1. Mass production in March 22.
2. Estimated shipments of 25-30 million units in 2022.
3. Storage: 64/128/256GB.
4. Support A15 and 5G (mmW and sub-6GHz).
5. Housing: white, black and red.
6. Similar form factor design to current SE.
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iPad Air 4
Talk about an upgraded iPad Air announced at Tuesday’s event is a done deal. Don’t expect a major redesign this year since the iPad Air 4 got an iPad Pro-like design at the end of 2020. In fact, this year’s iPad Air could benefit from minor upgrades so that the ‘popular iPad remains relevant in the high-end tablet landscape. Improvements to the iPad Air 5 could include a faster A15 Bionic chipset or the M1 chip, 5G support, a 12MP wide-angle lens, and a center camera feature for video calls. It’s unclear if the next iPad Air would get an OLED display as it’s been rumored for months. These hardware changes will make the iPad Air a better device. Keep that in mind before you rush out and buy the existing iPad Air 4.
Mac mini (Intel model)
With the transition to Apple silicon underway, the days of an Intel-powered Mac mini are numbered. The Intel-powered Mac mini is rumored to be getting a makeover, Apple is expected to showcase a high-end model with its custom M1 Pro/Mac silicon at the high-profile “Peek Performance” event. Don’t get confused between the upcoming Mac mini and the existing M1 Mac mini, which is Apple’s most affordable desktop computer in its Mac lineup. The M1 Mac mini was launched in 2020.
A new Mac mini with an all-new design and more ports, plus a faster processor would naturally meet the needs of business users. So it might be worth buying one until we have a clearer picture of how Apple wants to position the soon-to-be-announced Mac mini. We’ll have to wait and see if it arrives on March 8.
13-inch MacBook Pro M1
Don’t think about buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 processor just yet. Once a powerhouse, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lost its appeal when Apple decided to launch the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros last fall. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the 13-inch MacBook Pro won’t be upgraded at all, and there’s a reason Apple would want to ditch the device with a “design form factor.” obsolete”. It’s still a great device, but it feels less powerful than the 14-inch MacBook Pro. In fact, there’s a growing perception among the creator community that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a confusing proposition from Apple.