It’s fair to presume that Apple has completed all its new product announcements for 2020. The past few months have been non-stop with new product announcements including new iPhones and new Macs which are taking the PC world by storm. But we think there could be at least one more product due for an update in 2020. Read on to find out what.
Before we jump to what Apple still hasn’t launched, we’ll quickly run through the products that were released in 2020. Despite the unusual year we’ve had, Apple’s new product cycle didn’t seem to slow down – in fact by November we were exhausted after three Apple events in quick succession.
This year we’ve seen Apple launch a new iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad; the iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max; the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE; a HomePod mini; and three new Macs with Apple’s M1 Chip – the beginning of a transition from Intel that was announced at WWDC in June.
When Apple announced the move to its own silicon – which we now know as M1 – Apple CEO Tim Cook said there would be “exciting” Intel-powered Mac updates still to come. We’ve already seen an Intel update to the 27in iMac. There is one more Mac that could be about to get an Intel update: the 16in MacBook Pro.
If Apple updates the 16in MacBook Pro in December it will come just over a year after the model was introduced. While it’s a year since the 16in MacBook Pro arrived the 9th generation Intel processors used within were used in the 15in processor, so they are older.
There is some evidence that a new 16in MacBook Pro model will launch soon: documentation in an update to Boot Camp in October 2020 referred to an unreleased 16in laptop. The documentation referred to: “A stability issue that could occur during heavy CPU load on 16in MacBook Pro (2019 and 2020) and 13in MacBook Pro (2020)”.
However, we may have a longer wait. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that his sources suggest the 16in MacBook Pro may not arrive until mid 2021. He believes that coronavirus-related delays have affected the mini-LED screen technology Apple plans to use for the new laptops, pushing the launch back to 2021. Read more rumours about the new 16in MacBook Pro in our round up.
There’s plenty of non-Mac products in the pipeline too. We are hearing rumours pointing to an updated Apple TV, new AirPods, and the arrival of the mysterious AirTags that have been popping up in software for a while now. Could one of these be the Christmas surprise tweeter @L0vetodream is referring to here?
You’ll get a Christmas surprise from Apple（PS：Winter exclusive、good for winter）
— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream)
November 14, 2020
Probably not. We suspect that the Christmas surprise could be the return of the 12 Days Of Christmas giveaway that Apple used to do after Christmas Day.
As for the other goodies, it looks like Apple will hold on until the spring of 2021 before launching them.
For more information about what Apple will launch in 2021 read: New Apple products guide to what’s coming out in 2021