Will Apple hold an event in March this year? It all depends on the Reality Pro headset
Over the past few years, Apple has set a general trend by holding its first special event of the year in March or April. It’s only January, but rumors already suggest that Apple has a number of different announcements in store for the first half of the year.
Is Apple planning an event in March this year? That remains to be seen, but here’s what might be announced if it does… and it may all depend on the fate of one product.
History of the Apple March event
There are two Apple events per year viz fundamentally Guaranteed: WWDC in June and a special event in September, usually for that year’s iPhone announcements. In addition to these two events, Apple regularly hosts a spring event in March or April, as well as a fall event in October or November.
Here’s a quick overview of Apple’s recent event history for Spring:
- March 8, 2022: “Peak Performance” event featuring the new iPhone SE, Mac Studio, Studio Display and more.
- April 20, 2021: The “Spring Loaded” event showcases the new 24-inch iMac, AirTag, iPad Pro and more.
- March 25, 2019: The “It’s Showtime” event focuses on services including Apple Card, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade.
- March 27, 2018: “Let’s go for a ride” event in Chicago focused on education and the iPad.
Except for 2020, which was a year when Apple events were most affected by COVID-19, Apple has made its spring events a regular. Considering all the possible announcements that we have coming up, we believe an Apple event in March or April this year is very likely.
Apple AR/VR headsets
The elephant in the room right now is Apple’s long-awaited and highly anticipated augmented reality/virtual reality headset. Apple is directing a lot of resources into this project, and after several delays, it looks like we are finally approaching an announcement.
Bloomberg recently announced that Apple plans to announce AR/VR headsets this spring. The company hopes to make an announcement ahead of WWDC, which takes place in June. Apple had originally hoped to announce the device in January, but again delays prevented that from happening.
While Apple’s headset is expected to be announced this spring, it won’t go on sale to consumers until late fall 2023. Apple announces the device ahead of time to gather feedback and give developers time to plan the new device. . interesting Way, Bloomberg Apple said it has seeded several developers with its initial headset units.
The first version of Apple’s AR/VR headset, potentially dubbed “Reality Pro”, was not meant to be a consumer product. It will feature a similar design to other headsets on the market, using a headband with a built-in speaker. Ming-Chi Actu, however, thinks Apple’s design will make the headset heavier than others on the market.
Apple’s headset will of course offer impressive hardware from a technological point of view. The Reality Pro is expected to feature a 4K micro LED display for each eye, an outward-facing display that shows the user’s facial expressions to others, up to a dozen cameras and other sensors, all driven by the M2 chip.
It will also connect other products in the Apple ecosystem. For example, Apple will rely heavily on AirPods for audio transmission, using the H2 chip from the latest AirPods Pro models.
Finally, Apple’s headphones are expected to be expensive, with rumors suggesting they could start at around $3,000. This is, again, due to “ultra-premium chassis components and materials such as aluminum, glass and carbon fiber.”
New MacBook Pros
The reality headset will be the star of Apple’s event this spring, but there are other possibilities. First, we’re still waiting for Apple to update the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips inside.
These machines have been rumored since last fall, but have continued to experience delays. The current update is expected to be announced this spring, though a last-minute delay isn’t out of the question.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros will be nearly identical to the previous generation, originally announced in 2021. The only updates are internal, with increased performance, thanks to the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
Mac Pro with Apple Silicon
The transition from Intel to Apple Silicon has been fairly complete, but there’s one machine we’re still waiting on: the Mac Pro. At last year’s March event, Apple head John Ternus said the Mac Pro with Apple Silicon was an announcement “for another day”. However, that day had not yet come.
Recently, BloombergMark Gurman reports that Apple aims to introduce the Apple Silicon Mac Pro this spring. The new Mac Pro tested within Apple runs macOS 13.3, which is expected to be released in the spring.
Mac Pro with Apple Silicon will retain the same design as current Intel models. The focus is on scalability in SSD size, GPU, and networking capabilities. However, users won’t be able to increase the amount of RAM inside, as Apple Silicon’s architecture requires that all memory be tied to the M2 chip itself.
Mac Pro with Apple Silicon can be configured with M2 Ultra inside. Apple originally planned an “M2 Extreme” chip that would essentially be two fused M2 Ultra chips, but this was canceled due to cost and manufacturing complexities.
More Mac M2 Upgrades
Besides the new Mac Pro, there are several other possible Macs theoretically upgraded to use M2 processors, including 24-inch iMac and Mac mini. Bloomberg reports that the 24-inch iMac likely won’t be updated until the M3 chip is ready later this year or in 2024.
The Mac mini should get an update, not least because Apple is still selling Intel-backed versions. Netcost-security.fr reports that the new M2 Mac mini has the internal code name J473. There’s also a Mac mini in development with the M2 Pro chip, codenamed J474, with eight performance cores and four efficiency cores. The latter will likely replace the Intel models still being sold today.
New iPhone color
Another possibility is a new color for the iPhone lineup. Last year, Apple announced two new green colors for the iPhone 13 at its March event. In 2021, Apple released the iPhone 12 in a new purple color at its April event.
There are no rumors about new iPhone colors for this year yet. For context, last year’s green iPhone 13 update only leaked at the last minute.
I’m pretty confident in my prediction that Apple will be holding a spring event this year, whether it’s March or April. The only thing that will change is if the Reality Pro headset faces additional delays.
If the Reality Pro headset gets delayed or if Apple cancels plans to announce it before WWDC in June, the chances of the spring event drop drastically. The Mac Pro will be interesting, but it’s a niche product. All other M2 Mac updates will be recurring and specific updates. That’s not enough to guarantee a full event.
If Apple holds an event in March or April for the announcement of the Reality Pro headset, expect the company to hold an event like we haven’t seen in years. Apple is betting big on an AR/VR headset, and it’s going to want as much attention on advertising as possible. I’m talking about the hype at the iPhone level. Whether the product itself ends up generating as much hype remains to be seen.
What do you think? Will Apple be holding an event in March or April? is it okay finally will be the year the Reality Pro headset will be announced? Let us know on our social networks.
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