If a current set of provide chain stories is to be believed, it appears like we may be seeing Apple’s subsequent AirPods Professional and a brand new iPhone SE a lot before anticipated.
In keeping with Chinese language suppliers that spoke with Mac Otakara late final week, Apple may have its second-generation AirPods Professional able to go in April — a number of months before beforehand suspected — and we may additionally see a launch of a “third-generation” iPhone SE across the similar time.
Whereas neither product is solely out of the query, it’s all the time necessary to understand that stories coming from Apple’s suppliers usually have a greater thought of what’s coming than they do of when it might truly be occurring.
Nonetheless, if the stories are genuine, Apple must be getting ready for mass manufacturing quickly, if it hasn’t already taken steps to take action.
New AirPods Professional 2021
Till now, the one AirPods that we had been anticipating to see within the first half of 2021 had been the third-generation model of the usual AirPods, nonetheless Mac Otakara’s sources recommend that we’ll see a brand new model of the AirPods Professional launched across the similar time.
The report signifies that the brand new AirPods Professional will characteristic a barely redesigned charging case, which is able to preserve the identical 21mm thickness, and roughly the identical top (46mm vs 45.2mm), whereas shrinking in width from 61mm all the way down to 54mm.
Earlier stories have advised that Apple is engaged on a extra compact design for the second-generation AirPods Professional, with the last word intention to take away the stem solely and go together with a design that’s extra akin to the “buds” supplied by rivals Samsung and Google. Nonetheless, the report additionally notes that Apple could also be dealing with challenges in carrying out that with all of the expertise that’s packed into the AirPods Professional.
Nonetheless, we can also’t rule out the likelihood that this report could also be complicated the third-generation AirPods with the AirPods Professional, for the reason that former are anticipated to adapt the bodily design of the AirPods Professional, providing in-ear passive noise isolation with out the extra subtle Lively Noise Cancellation options of the particular “Professional” model. This might line up with most different stories which are suggesting a spring launch for a brand new model of the usual AirPods.
New iPhone SE 2021
Apple’s funds iPhone SE is far more of an enigma than a lot of the firm’s present merchandise, notably since we don’t actually have a lot of a monitor file to go on for figuring out a probable launch cycle.
The primary iPhone SE was launched again in 2016, and on the time it got here out as a solution to those that had been eager for a a lot smaller iPhone, taking the design from the 2013 iPhone 5s and packing in the identical A9 chip because the then-current iPhone 6s.
This similar technique was repeated final yr with the 2020 iPhone SE, which took the 2017 iPhone 8 and added the A13 chip to convey it as much as present specs, however didn’t actually change the rest within the course of.
It’s laborious to say at this level what a third-generation iPhone SE would appear to be, as it could just about must be a departure from the prior fashions — there’d be no level in any respect in Apple taking the 2018 iPhone XS or iPhone XR design and slapping in an A14 chip, particularly for the reason that iPhone XR remains to be on sale.
Whereas there have been several rumours of an “iPhone SE Plus” on the horizon, most dependable stories recommend that this won’t come before the second half of 2021. Additional, the reference to a “third-generation” iPhone SE in Mac Otakara’s report implies that it will likely be a direct successor to the 4.7-inch mannequin, and never a brand new “Plus” mannequin.
Different stories have pointed to a brand new iPhone SE that features an edge-to-edge display and power button Touch ID, however this yr appears a bit quickly for that — it’s not supposed to be coming until next year.
At this level, we suspect that if the rumours of a third-generation iPhone SE are true in any respect, it’s almost certainly to be a modest improve to final yr’s mannequin, maybe simply to introduce a 5G-capable version into the combination.