Apple Spring Event: XR headphones, Mac Pro, new HomePod, and more

Apple Spring Event: XR headphones, Mac Pro, new HomePod, and more

Apple only held one event in the second half of 2022: its iPhone 14 launch show. That meant a bunch of expected devices, from Macs to mixed reality headsets, never saw the day. But that could soon change.

That’s because rumors have swirled that Apple is planning an extravagant product this spring where it will unveil a host of new devices to the world. If that’s true, what should we expect to see? Well, you’ve come to the right place to find out, as we’ve rounded up all the latest rumors here. Wondering what’s next on Apple’s 2023 calendar? Keep reading to find out.

Mixed reality headset

Apple AR/VR Headset Rendering Ian Zelbo

After years of delay, rumors surrounding Apple’s mixed reality headset are gaining momentum. With the launch of the Meta Quest Pro and the announcement of the HTC Vive XR Elite, now is a good time for Apple to enter the fray. And just in time, it looks like Apple is planning to reveal the secret. long-awaited device in the spring or possibly just before its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

The device is expected to come with a plethora of impressive specs, including high-resolution displays, hand and eye tracking capabilities, a wide range of cameras, and a much lighter design than its competitors.

Considering all this technology, a price tag of around $2,000 to $3,000 has been suggested. That would be pricey, but not too surprising given the niche and demanding audience the device apparently targets.

14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro

An Apple MacBook Pro 14 is open on a table.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

Apple has a history of releasing new MacBook Pro models in the fall, but it broke the cycle in 2022 and released no Macs in the last quarter of the year for the first time since 2000. means new versions of the The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros are late.

It would be odd to see these devices updated in the spring, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Apple for example revamped the 13-inch MacBook Pro in May 2020, but it was done via a press release. Launching new MacBook Pros at a spring event, though? It’s almost unheard of. Still, with these devices due for an upgrade and with ongoing rumours, we can’t rule it out.

However, before you get too excited, media outlet DigiTimes claimed that the upcoming MacBook Pro models have once again been delayed. The post didn’t give an expected release date for the laptops, or how serious the delay is, and it has a mixed track record for Apple rumors. Still, it’s worth bearing in mind that the MacBook Pro isn’t nailed down for the spring event just yet.

Either way, we don’t expect huge changes for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. They’ll get new chips – the M2 Pro and M2 Max – but don’t expect much more. Things like chassis design changes and improved display feel likely won’t materialize soon after the latest redesign.

Apple Silicone Mac Pro

Almost every Mac has at least one model powered by an Apple silicon chip, with the exception of the Mac Pro. We know a new version is coming because Apple admitted it at its Peek Performance event in March 2021. However, since that show was nearly a year ago, the Mac Pro upgrade must be imminent.

That means it’s almost a certainty for the rumored spring event. Still, after waiting so long, this might be a disappointing device. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has discontinued its M2 Extreme chip designed specifically for the Mac Pro and will instead use an M2 Ultra chip, which means the Mac Pro won’t be much more powerful than the Mac Studio. Without upgradable memory or a new chassis design either, the Mac Pro will be a tough sell given its exorbitant price tag.

15-inch MacBook Air

MacBook Air screen on a table.

Apple hasn’t strayed from the familiar MacBook Air formula of 11-inch or 13-inch sizes. That may soon change, however, as there are strong rumors that Apple has a bigger 15 inch model in preparation.

Specifically, the 15-inch MacBook Air will supposedly have a 15.5-inch display, according to industry analyst Ross Young. Most other details are shrouded in mystery for now, but we expect the device to be very similar to the existing 13-inch MacBook Air in almost every way.

That means we should expect the same chassis design, the same (only bigger) screen, and the same M2 chip. There’s a chance the 15-inch model will get an M2 Pro chip, but that’s still up in the air (sorry). Rumors indicate that it will arrive later in the year, but you never know – depending on the chip used, this could change.

Mac mini M2

Apple Mac Mini M1 sitting on a desk.
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While the Mac Pro has yet to transition to Apple’s silicon chips, the Mac mini is in a kind of halfway state. It has Apple silicon models equipped with the M1 chip, of course, but there is always a version carrying a Very outdated Intel processor. It’s just weird.

Fortunately, there are strong rumors that Apple will fix this at the spring event by updating the Mac mini to the M2 and M2 Pro chips. This means that Intel’s anachronistic model will eventually be abandoned.

The rumors are a bit uncertain about what we can expect. While Gurman and Apple leaker Jon Prosser claimed a new design was in the works, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the chassis will remain the same.

Other than news of the M2, rumors about any other aspect of the Mac mini have been rare. That might suggest this will be a small, iterative update – so don’t be surprised if it gets new chips and not much else.

New 27 inch screen

The Mac Studio and Studio Display at Apple's Peek Performance event.

When Apple launched the Mac Studio, it also revealed a companion monitor called Studio Display. While it’s certainly impressive, it lacks a few features that would really take it to the next level. This could change during the spring event.

Young thinks Apple has a new monitor up its sleeve that will feature both mini-LED and ProMotion technologies. These features are missing from both the Studio Display and the much more expensive Pro Display XDR, and could make the new monitor an irresistible prospect for its target audience.

HomePod 2

Apple Homepod
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The original HomePod was a decent piece of kit, but it had one glaring problem: it was too expensive. Or rather, there was no cheaper option until the HomePod mini was released two years later. Apple seemed to have ditched the larger HomePod when it was discontinued in 2021, but rumors have it that it’s going to make a comeback at the supposed spring event.

According to Kuo, the HomePod 2 will adopt a form factor similar to the first model. Gurman also chimed in, saying not to expect “anything revolutionary”. Still, he thinks the device will be refreshed this year, with a new touchscreen, the S8 chip from the Apple Watch Series 8, and a lower price. That last point alone might be enough to give him a better run than the first time around.

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