The latest rumors suggest that Apple will launch a new iPad Pro and iPad mini 6 in March, but it looks like the company will be offering a few new products for April as well. Mac Otakara’s supply chain sources have informed the site that Apple is currently working on the AirPods Pro 2 and iPhone SE 3 for a spring release.
Details are pretty slim on the ground for both, but there is a bit more detail for the AirPods Pro 2, which the site says will have a new charging case with dimensions of 21 x 46 x 54mm. For comparison, the current AirPods Pro charging case measures 21 x 45.2 x 60.6mm, so that’s a small but noticeable difference.
This could indicate a change in the design of the headphones themselves, and this is what has been suggested previously. In October, it was reported that the AirPods 2 would drop the rod and mimic a rounder, ear-filling design closer to the Amazon Echo Buds and Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus.
The report pointed out that the design changes weren’t final due to the difficulties of packing AirPods Pro’s internal components into a smaller package, and the barely altered height of the case suggests the rods may remain in one form. or another – unless Apple plans to have one they sit differently when charging.
Then there’s the iPhone SE 3, but sadly the only new information here is that it’s due out in April, with no clues on design or internal specs. Still, that in itself is hugely encouraging, given the four-year gap between the first iPhone SE in 2016 and last year’s follow-up.
Interestingly, this flies in the face of what we’ve previously heard from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicted that a new iPhone SE wouldn’t emerge until the second half of the year, but may -being Apple reacts to rumors of low sales numbers for the company’s other small handset, the iPhone 12 mini.
Another alternative is that the two sources may be arguing against the grain, with Kuo referring to a real iPhone SE 3 and Mac Otakara discussing the iPhone SE Plus, a larger entry-level handset based on the frame. of the iPhone 8 Plus.
Either way, it looks like Apple is planning a dense spring release schedule, and that’s before we reach the company’s Global Developer Conference in June, where new hardware sometimes emerges. With a surge of releases at the end of 2020, including new Apple Watches, MacBook M1s, and AirPods Max, it looks like Ming-Chi Kuo was right, and the company has come to grips with supply chain issues related to Covid-19 which pushed the iPhone 12 back a few weeks.