Top 6 Rumored Apple Products You’re Unlikely to See This Year

Much has been said about what Apple might release in 2022, but the company is also working on a few rumoured products that aren’t expected to be unveiled for at least another year, and in some cases much longer.

Top 6 Rumored Apple Products

Of course, that’s assuming they’re ever released. Apple is working on a number of potential products, some of which will never see the light of day. With that in mind, this article summarises what we believe Apple is working on in the long run, as well as when these products might be released.

1. iPads With Larger Displays

According to Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, Apple is working on larger iPad models with larger displays than the current crop in its product lineup.

iPad More Than 12

Apple’s largest iPads in recent years have been the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and while both sizes meet most people’s needs, there are arguments for Apple to offer tablets with even more screen real estate.

While most users may have ergonomic issues with holding an iPad larger than 12.9-inches for an extended period of time, a larger display mounted on a table would provide a massive sweeping canvas for creative designers and digital artists to work on (think Microsoft Surface Studio). It would also bring the iPad’s screen dimensions closer to those of Apple’s latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, potentially allowing the iPad to adopt more Mac-like features.

To make such a display feasible, Apple would most likely need to make significant software changes to iPadOS, such as in the area of multitasking. This, along with other roadblocks, suggests to Gurman that larger iPads are unlikely to be released in 2022, but rather sometime later.

2. Apple Glasses

Apple AR Mock Orange 1

Apple is rumoured to be working on at least two AR/VR projects, including a mixed reality headset and a pair of sleeker augmented reality glasses, which has raised some questions about the company’s intentions in this space.

The AR/VR headset will most likely be a high-end device, and while it will be lighter than existing VR devices, it will not be portable. According to Bloomberg, it offers users a “all-encompassing 3-D digital environment” designed for gaming, media consumption, and communication.

The AR smart glasses, on the other hand, are said to resemble regular glasses but will offer a mobile-first, optical see-through AR experience. Apple is said to be collaborating with TSMC to develop “ultra-advanced” micro OLED displays less than one inch in size for the lenses, which will feature displays that can be interacted with using gestures, and Apple will offer the glasses as an iPhone accessory, allowing them to be used with the iPhone.

apple glasses concept macrumors

As of now, most reports indicate that Apple will unveil its mixed reality headset first, possibly as early as this year, though recent rumours have dampened expectations for a 2022 release. Rumors about the release date of Apple’s AR glasses are more contradictory. Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, has suggested 2025, which is much later than Apple’s original plan to launch them in 2023. According to Bloomberg, they are still “years away” and in the early stages of development.

3. Apple TV With Integrated Speaker and FaceTime Camera

HomePod With Screen

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is working on a combined Apple TV and HomePod-style speaker with an integrated camera to enable video calls through a connected television set.

Aside from the obvious potential for FaceTime calls, the device’s other capabilities are said to include standard Apple TV features such as video viewing and gaming, as well as integrated smart speaker functions such as music playback and Siri voice control.

The device is still thought to be in the early stages of development in Apple’s labs. If it makes it to the production stage, we’re unlikely to see it before the end of the year. Apple updated the Apple TV 4K in April 2021, and the device is updated infrequently, with a new model released every three years.

However, the rumoured new device would be a much more significant advancement in the Apple TV product line, and it could always sit alongside the current Apple TV set-top box to solidify the company’s broader home and audio strategy.

4. HomePod Speaker With Display Mounted on Robotic Arm

HomePod G4 Feature

Apple is said to be investigating the possibility of a high-end HomePod speaker with an iPad-style display connected via a robotic arm that tracks and follows users around a room.

Apple is said to be developing the device in order to compete with existing speakers with screens, such as Amazon’s Echo 10, which has a tablet connected to a robotic arm and uses facial recognition to keep users in the frame during calls.

This is probably the least likely of all the rumoured products on our list to ever see the light of day. According to Bloomberg, the speaker should be considered a “concept” at this time because it is still in its early stages of development.

Add to that the fact that Apple discontinued the original HomePod last year in order to focus on the HomePod mini, which has been far more popular since its release in 2020 due to its lower price.

5. Apple Car

vanarama apple car concept

Apple’s plan to launch a self-driving vehicle, codenamed “Project Titan,” has seen plenty of twists and turns in the intervening years, and the Apple Car has encountered several speed bumps on its development journey.
Vanarama’s “Apple Car” concept

Almost since its inception, Apple’s work on an autonomous vehicle has been plagued by managerial changes, shifts in focus, and hiring issues, and it appeared at one point that Apple was shifting its focus to developing the underlying technology for autonomous vehicles rather than actually building an automobile of its own.

However, the Apple Car project is moving forward under the leadership of John Giannandrea, Apple’s AI and machine learning chief, with the ambitious goal of producing an autonomous electric vehicle that does not require human intervention, which no other car manufacturer has been able to achieve.

Apple is now in the process of sourcing components, negotiating with suppliers, and finalising agreements with manufacturing partners. Apple reportedly plans to release a self-driving car by 2025, but even that target date may prove too ambitious, so don’t expect anything for a few years.

6. iPhone With Face ID Under Display

iPhone 14 Mock Pill

Despite initial iPhone 14 rumours to the contrary, Apple’s plan to move Face ID under the iPhone display and replace the notch with a single camera cutout appears to have been delayed this year.

Early rumours suggested that Apple would use a hole-punch design with Face ID moved completely beneath the display, but later it was rumoured that a pill-shaped cutout would be used instead.

According to display industry consultant Ross Young, iPhone 14 Pro models will have both hole-punch and pill-shaped cutouts near the top of the display. Young believes the hole is for the Face ID dot projector, while the pill-shaped cutout is for the front camera and an infrared camera for Face ID.

Young believes that the infrared camera will not be relocated beneath the display until 2023 or 2024, implying that Face ID will be reserved for the iPhone 15 Pro and later. Young’s belief is consistent with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s long-term prediction that Face ID will not be moved under the display until 2023.

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