What Apple Has in Store for 2024: A Comprehensive Overview
2024 is shaping up to be a history-making year for Apple, with several major releases expected across different product categories.
Apple plans to launch Vision Pro, a spatial computing headset, in early 2024 in the United States, with a global release later in the year. Priced at $3,499, it’s currently in mass production and expected to launch in February. Vision Pro represents a significant step in Apple’s technology offerings.
iPad Lineup Overhaul
2024 will witness a major overhaul of the iPad lineup. A new 12.9-inch iPad Air is expected, marking the first time the iPad Air will be available in two sizes. The iPad Air will transition from the M1 to the M2 chip. Additionally, the iPad Pro series will switch to OLED display technology and will be available in 11-inch and 13-inch screen sizes. The new models will also feature the latest M3 processors, with a price increase due to the use of advanced OLED panels.
New Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 3
Alongside the new iPad Pro models, a redesigned Magic Keyboard and a new version of the Apple Pencil are anticipated. The new Apple Pencil is rumored to have interchangeable magnetically attached tips.
iPad mini and iPad 10
Updates to the base model iPad and the iPad mini are expected later in 2024. The new models will likely feature A16 processors and represent the discontinuation of the iPad 9, the last model with a Home button and Lightning port.
At WWDC 2024, Apple is expected to launch new software platforms including iOS 18, iPadOS 18, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, macOS 15, and visionOS 2. iOS 18 is set to feature new AI capabilities and support for RCS, enhancing iPhone-Android text interactions.
iPhone 16 Series
The iPhone 16 lineup will include larger displays for the Pro models and new features like a dedicated capture button for spatial video, upgraded cameras, and possibly a new Action button.
Apple is rumored to be working on the “Apple Watch X,” potentially the biggest redesign since its launch, focusing on a thinner profile and a new magnetic system for attaching bands.
Apple’s transition to the M3 chip will continue with new versions of the MacBook Air, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro expected. The timing of these releases remains uncertain.
Major updates are planned for the entry-level AirPods and a minor update for the AirPods Max, mainly switching to USB-C for charging.
Other Potential Releases
Apple might introduce new AirPods Pro with health tracking features, a new Apple TV, updated HomePod with a screen, and expanded lineup of external displays, although the timeline for these releases is not clear.