The MacRumors Show: New AirTag, iPad, and Apple Watch Rumors

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we talk through the latest rumors about the next-generation AirTag, iPad Air, iPad mini, Apple Watch, and Apple Watch Ultra.


Firstly, we react to the rumor that the second-generation ‌AirTag‌ is set to hit mass production in the fourth quarter of next year, taking a look at how we use AirTags and what a new model could offer. We also discuss the latest reports about the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini.

We look at the new color options and features reportedly coming to the Apple Watch Series 9 and second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, Apple's plan to progressively reduce the bezels of the iPhone and ‌iPad‌, our first smartphones, and our feelings about watchOS 10 as we approach its official release.

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If you haven't already listened to the previous episode of The MacRumors Show, catch up with our discussion on how we would make changes to Apple's product lines in an attempt to make them simpler and more consumer-friendly.

Subscribe to ‌The MacRumors Show‌ for more episodes, where we discuss some of the topical news breaking here on MacRumors, often joined by exciting guests like Andru Edwards, Kevin Nether, Arnold Kim, Ben Sullins, Mark Gurman, Marcus Kane, Christopher Lawley, Frank McShan, David Lewis, Tyler Stalman, Jon Prosser, Sam Kohl, Quinn Nelson, John Gruber, Federico Viticci, Sara Dietschy, Luke Miani, Thomas Frank, Jonathan Morrison, iJustine, Ross Young, Ian Zelbo, Jon Rettinger, and Rene Ritchie. You can also head over to The MacRumors Show forum thread to engage with us directly. Remember to rate and review the show, and let us know what subjects you would like the podcast to cover in the future.

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Top Rated Comments

1800AirTAG Avatar
11 months ago
Real question. I have seen snippets of these videos, some good, some great, others just meh (to me).
I don't know how you decide what topics to discuss or guests to invite, but have you ever considered making a poll and dedicating one video a month, or whatever frequency you decide, to macrumors members' popular vote?

I would be much more enticed to watch it if it were a topic I was interested in vs. what seems to be random based on the latest rumors, and when rumors are slow, it's very random.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crawfish963 Avatar
11 months ago
Product line is watered down. Consilidate. iPad mini with promotion, iPad Air, iPad Pro.

MacBook Air in 13”/15”, MacBook Pro in 14” and 16”

And the base watch is a no-buy 2nd year in a row. Might as well get a gen 7 still.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FrietVanPiet Avatar
11 months ago

AirTag live tracking would be great.
That would fundamentally change the nature product, since that would require an active cellular and gps connection. Both cannot function long on a tiny battery.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SoldOnApple Avatar
11 months ago
I always get the cheapest aluminium Apple Watch but am seriously considering the stainless steel after seeing how much better the stainless steel gold looks than the aluminium gold. You only live once, may as well get the nicer looking watch.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
11 months ago

Product line is watered down. Consilidate. iPad mini with promotion, iPad Air, iPad Pro.

MacBook Air in 13”/15”, MacBook Pro in 14” and 16”

And the base watch is a no-buy 2nd year in a row. Might as well get a gen 7 still.
Absolutely right. ProMotion across the board except for maybe a base model iPad to be as cheap as possible for education.

Still happily using an S7 and only tempted by the Ultra but it’s too big.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)