Keep reading for a summary of everything we’ve heard so far about the potential comeback of these products and the new features and changes to expect.
Apple discontinued the full-size HomePod in March 2021, as the company decided to focus its efforts on the HomePod mini.
The original HomePod was released in February 2018, and it received great reviews for its sound quality, but its starting price of $349 was significantly more expensive than competing smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Even after Apple lowered the price of the HomePod to $299, sales of the speaker remained lackluster, according to estimates.
Since the full-size HomePod was discontinued, the speaker has fetched high prices on eBay and has become something of a collector’s item.
according to BloombergMark Gurman, Apple develops a new HomePod with the same S8 chip that is rumored for the Apple Watch Series 8. Gurman said the new HomePod will be “closer to the original HomePod” than the HomePod mini in terms of size and audio performance, and added that the new HomePod will have an “updated display on the top.” “.
Gurman previously reported that Apple had also considered releasing a device that would combine an Apple TV, HomePod, and FaceTime camera, but details remain scant.
12 inch MacBook
Apple discontinued the ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook in July 2019, coinciding with updates to the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Launched in March 2015, the 12-inch MacBook features a slim and light design that weighs just two pounds. Key features of the 12-inch MacBook included a fanless design, a single USB-C port for data and charging, a new Force Touch control panel, and an innovative battery design that allows a larger battery to fit inside the laptop.
One of the main reasons the 12-inch MacBook was discontinued was that many customers found it weak. The original 12-inch MacBook was equipped with a dual-core 1.1-GHz Intel Core M processor, and while later models even included a Core i7 processor, Intel processors were simply a poor match for the laptop’s thin and light design.
With the move to Apple’s silicon chips in the Mac, the 12-inch MacBook could easily make a comeback. Last month , BloombergMark Gorman reports that Apple was considering releasing a new 12-inch laptop by 2024, but it’s unclear if the laptop will be a MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
Apple discontinued the iMac Pro in March 2021. At the time, Apple said the 27-inch iMac is the preferred choice for the vast majority of professional iMac users, and added that customers who need more performance and scalability can choose the Mac Pro. Apple has since discontinued the 27-inch iMac as well, leaving the colorful 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip as the only all-in-one desktop in the Mac lineup.
Introduced in December 2017, the iMac Pro has not received any substantial hardware updates in its life, resulting in the 27-inch iMac being ultimately faster and more affordable than the standard iMac Pro configuration.
Rumors persist of the iMac Pro returning with Apple’s silicon chips. In his newsletter last month, BloombergThe company’s Mark Gorman said he still believes a larger iMac or iMac Pro is in the works and “could arrive as early as next year”. Based on this time frame, the computer can be powered by the M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets.