Just a week before WWDC, rumors are starting to paint a picture of a crowded show with a major watchOS update, some of our “most requested features” in iOS 17, and a customizable lock screen in iPadOS. 17. But in addition to updates and improvements to our older devices, Apple will also use the stage to introduce some products that are brand new to the Apple catalog. Here are five that could show up as we all watch the keynote on June 5th.
Reality Pro Headset
While the first part of the talk will almost certainly focus on iOS, iPadOS, macOS and more, everyone will be waiting for Tim Cook to show the One More Thing slide and introduce Apple’s first truly new product in years: an AR/VR headset. Dubbed Reality Pro, the new device is unlikely to be anything we’ve ever seen from Apple, and it’s by far the most exciting Apple release since the Apple Watch.
We’re expecting a headset that looks like a pair of ski goggles with 8K displays, an M2 processor, advanced eye and head tracking, and a Digital Crown. But no matter how it looks (and costs), it will look like anything we’ve ever seen from Apple or anyone else.
Along with the new headset, there will also be a new OS, and it will not just be iOS with a new name. Apple’s XrOS – short for Augmented Reality OS – will usher in a whole new interface that combines augmented and virtual reality in an immersive interactive environment. The top three areas are rumored to be gaming, entertainment, and communication, so we’re expecting completely redesigned and reimagined versions of FaceTime, TV, and Messages, and everything else Apple has planned.
15 inch Macbook Air
Back in 2019, when the 16-inch MacBook Pro debuted, Apple ditched our favorite laptop size: the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Rumor has it that after almost four years, it will return in the form of a 15-inch MacBook Air. Rumor has it that Apple is preparing to release a larger Air with the same design and processor as the current model. Apple experimented with the Air in different sizes, but this was the first time it offered a model larger than 13 inches. And while it’s “just” an Air, we think a lot of pros will want to get one too.
Processor M2 ultra
Apple released the M2, M2 Pro, and M2 Max, leaving one chip: the M2 Ultra. The high-end chip is rumored to feature up to 24 CPU cores, 76 GPU cores, and 192GB of RAM, which is a reasonable upgrade from the M1 Ultra’s 20-core CPU/64-core GPU. This chip can only be found in Mac Studio at this time, so the new chip could arrive as part of a Mac Studio update or Apple Silicon’s long-awaited update for the next product…
Silicon Apple Mac Pro
It’s been nearly three years since Apple’s silicon transition was announced at WWDC 2020, and Apple’s most important Mac is still powered by Intel chips. Why do we think the Apple Silicon Mac Pro will finally be introduced this year? Apple used the WWDC stage to announce the last three Mac Pros: the Intel G5 Tower in 2006; cylinder 2013; and the current model in 2019, not to mention the iMac Pro in 2017. Current rumors are calling for the new Mac to have an improved M2 Ultra processor and upgradable storage, but probably not as modular as the current model.