Gurman still expects new MacBook Pros and AirPods to be announced by the end of 2021, but he doesn’t foresee any other big product launches until 2022. Looking ahead to next year Gurman said Apple plans to debut several products, including new AirPods Pro, a redesigned iPad Pro, a revamped Mac Pro tower with Apple silicon, a redesigned MacBook Air with Apple silicon, as many as three new Apple Watch models, and more.
Gurman and reporting partner Debby Wu have previously reported that the new AirPods Pro will boast new motion sensors for fitness tracking and that Apple has also tested a smaller design that eliminates the stems below the earbuds.
The pair also said Apple is testing a new glass back offering wireless charging and the ability to charge AirPods by placing them on the back of the iPad Pro.
As for other products, Gurman says 2022 could be the year Apple offers a peek at its much-rumored mixed-reality headset that combines augmented reality and virtual reality features. He still believes that Apple’s “true AR glasses” are probably still between two and four years away.
Gurman says Apple is working on satellite features for future iPhones, which would allow users to send text messages and file emergency reports in areas without cellular service.