What's Still Coming in 2021 at Apple's Second Fall Event

Apple held its "California Streaming" event yesterday to unveil new iPads, the iPhone 13 lineup, and the Apple Watch Series 7, but we're not yet done with new products for the year.

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We're expecting a second fall event to be held in either October or November, and this event will likely focus on Macs. Below, we've highlighted the products that are still rumored to be launching before the end of 2021.

14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro Models

We're overdue for a 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh, and rumors suggest that it's coming soon. Multiple rumors have pointed towards 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with slimmer bezels and a flat-edged design that's not too much of a departure from the current design.

The new MacBook Pro models will regain ports that have been missing since 2016, including an SD card slot and an HDMI port, which will join the headphone jack and USB-C ports.

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Apple is making a return to MagSafe, and the new MacBook Pro models will use ‌MagSafe‌ ports for charging rather than a USB-C cable. Prior to 2016, MacBook Pro models used a quick-release ‌MagSafe‌ cable that prevented damage to the computer when the cord was yanked. ‌MagSafe‌ technology could bring faster charging speeds than are available with USB-C, but specific details aren't known yet.

In addition to reintroducing ports, the MacBook Pro models are expected to do away with the Touch Bar that's been used since 2016. Instead, Apple plans to replace the Touch Bar with a standard row of function keys.

Mini-LED display technology is a possibility, and the new MacBook Pro models may be the first Macs to gain mini-LED, which was introduced in the 2021 iPad Pro models. ‌Mini-LED‌ technology will allow for a thinner and lighter design, while offering many OLED-like benefits such as improved wide color gamut, high contrast and dynamic range, and truer blacks.

Rumors suggest the MacBook Pro models will be equipped with a faster and more powerful "M1X" chip that builds on the technology introduced with the M1. The M1X could feature a 10-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, along with 16-core or 32-core GPU options.

The new MacBook Pro models are expected to support up to 64GB RAM, and both may have feature parity due to Apple's plans to use the same M1X chip for the 14 and 16-inch sizes.

M1X Mac Mini

Apple is working on a high-end version of the Mac mini that features a revamped design, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said in August that a new mini would come in the "next several months."

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Because the machine is expected to use the same M1X chip that's being introduced in the MacBook Pro models, we may see it before the end of the year.

The high-end Mac mini is expected to replace the Intel ‌Mac mini‌ that Apple is still selling, and it will likely be offered alongside the ‌M1‌ ‌Mac mini‌ introduced last year.

AirPods 3

Rumors have suggested that AirPods 3 are ready to launch, and we were expecting to see them at Apple's September event given their link to iPhones and the Apple Watch.

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That didn't happen, so if AirPods are still coming before the end of 2021, we could see them introduced at Apple's second fall event.

The AirPods 3 are expected to feature a more AirPods Pro-like design with shorter stems and a redesigned charging case, but they'll continue to be available at a more affordable price point and won't have high-end features like Active Noise Cancellation.

Mixed Reality Headset Reveal?

Back in March, Bloomberg's ‌Mark Gurman‌ said that Apple would announce a mixed-reality headset at an event "in the next several months." Gurman said that Apple did not want to announce a new product like the headset at an online event and would aim for an in-person event, but that's not going to happen in 2021.

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We haven't heard anything else about a mixed-reality headset being debuted this year, so it's possible that Apple has decided to hold off on unveiling the product until it can indeed do so in person.

There have been endless rumors about the AR/VR headset that's in the works, which is distinct from the Apple Glasses that are also in development. The latest rumors indicate that it will look similar to an Oculus Quest VR headset, but with a sleeker, more lightweight design. It will feature two high-resolution displays along with several cameras for tracking hand, head, and eye movement.

The headset will focus more on virtual reality than augmented reality, and it will not work on its own - it will need to tether to an iPhone for processing power.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and sites like The Information have indicated that Apple is aiming for a 2022 launch date, so we may not see an unveiling this year since Apple can't hold an in-person event.

In the Works But Not Coming Yet

There are also several other devices that are in development, but for the most part, launches are rumored for 2022 rather than 2021. The products below are coming, but we're not expecting them this year.

  • MacBook Air - Rumored to have a mini-LED display, a new Apple silicon chip, and multiple color options, the MacBook Air refresh is expected in 2022.
  • iPad Air - The next-generation iPad Air may feature an OLED display and Pro-level features like 5G connectivity, LiDAR, and new cameras and speakers, but it's not rumored to be coming until 2022.
  • AirPods Pro - Apple is working on a new version of the AirPods Pro with a stemless design and a new wireless chip, and these could come in 2022.
  • iPhone SE - There's a new version of the iPhone SE in development, and it's rumored for the first half of 2022. It's expected to feature the same general design, but with an updated chip and 5G connectivity.
  • Larger iMac - There's another iMac in the works that has a larger display and a faster Apple silicon chip, but little is known about it and it's not expected in 2021.
  • Mac Pro - Apple is developing two versions of the Mac Pro, one of which will feature a redesigned chassis that's smaller in size. The new ‌Mac Pro‌ models will feature high-end Apple silicon chip options with 20 or 40 computing cores, made up of 6 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. We don't yet know when the new ‌Mac Pro‌ models are coming.

Event Date Speculation

Apple last year held three events, one in September, one in October, and one in November. The split last year was largely due to ‌iPhone‌ delays, which didn't happen this year, so there may only be two fall events rather than three.

If there's a second event, it could happen in October or November, but October is perhaps the more likely target to allow Apple to prepare for holiday sales. The last three October events that have happened have been held on the following dates: Thursday, October 27, 2016; Tuesday, October 30, 2018; and Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

The 2020 event date may have been an outlier due to Apple's three event plan, so based on the two prior events, we could see a late October event, perhaps right around the 26th. If Apple wants to line up with the 2020 event, though, October 12 is a strong possibility, and we can't rule out October 19th or even dates in November.

This is all just speculation, and we have no solid details yet on when the second event might happen, but there definitely appears to be one in the works. We should be hearing more in the coming weeks, allowing us to narrow down a possible event date and get more concrete information on the products that we'll see.

Top Rated Comments

madmin Avatar
18 weeks ago
erm what about the affordable Apple monitor with all the ports including ethernet ?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Waytrix Avatar
18 weeks ago
I'm "okay" with magsafe but I love that I can plug just one usb-c cable in from my monitor to charge and also utilize said monitor. I hope I can still charge through usb-c if I want to. Just yet another cable to lug around. I was down to two cables (thanks iPhone and Airpods Lightning port) and I don't want to go back to to three (iPad cable).
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aston441 Avatar
18 weeks ago
Bring back the 12” MacBook!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
richinaus Avatar
18 weeks ago
This event is hopefully going to provide some clarity on the pro directions of Apple and the GPU potential.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclo Avatar
18 weeks ago

That pic of the MacBook Pro has a usb A slot, but that’s not mentioned in the article. What gives?
So we made multiple renders of the MacBook Pro before we had detailed information on the ports. I used the wrong image, and I've swapped it out now. To clarify, we aren't expecting USB-A ports. Sorry for any confusion.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tagbert Avatar
18 weeks ago

Why anyone would believe or entertain anything MacRumors, AppleInsider, 9to5Mac or any other outlet writes after the largest botch of writing articles of what Apple devices will be designed like or what new devices will feature spec wise is beyond me.

For almost a year readers endured articles that pushed baseless claims of designs etc, to only be proving wrong. You all are an absolute desperate joke!
Editors ought to be fired!
You do understand that this is a “rumors” site. Until products are actually released, all we have to go on are rumors. Sometimes those rumors are accurate and sometimes they aren’t. This is not editors getting facts wrong.

Whether because of massive disruption to the manufacturing piplines playing havoc with companies product release plans or Apple seeding misinformation to identify and discredit leakers, the rumors recently have been more off than usual.

In contrast, we have probably gotten too used to very accurate rumors in recent years. In the past, Apple could surprise us with product releases, but as the rumors got more accurate, people complained that we already new what was going to be announced (while still reading every rumor article ahead of the launches.). This time we were surprised. That’s not a bad thing.

Reading rumors is a little game we play with Apple where Apple tries to keep things secret and we look for peaks behind the curtain. Sometimes we win, sometimes Apple wins the game. It’s your choice to play or not.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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