If you are planning to purchase a new iPhone SE or looking for a replacement for the aging iPad, hold off until Apple refreshes its lineup. Apple is expected to announce replacements for at least four of its current devices with new models featuring moderate to major upgrades at its spring event.
- The Intel-powered Mac mini is rumoured to be in line for a makeover, with Apple expected to show off a high-end model with its custom M1 Pro/Mac silicon at the much-hyped ‘Peek Performance’ event.
- A new Mac mini with a brand new design and more ports, along with a faster processor would naturally fit the needs of professional users. So it might be worthwhile holding out on buying one until we get a clearer idea of how Apple wants to position the soon-to-be-announced Mac mini. We will have to wait and see if it arrives on March 8.
13-inch MacBook Pro M1
- Don’t think of buying a 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 processor right now. Once a powerhouse, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lost its appeal when Apple decided to launch the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros last fall. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the 13-inch MacBook Pro might not be upgraded at all, and there is a reason why Apple would want to discontinue the device with an “outdated design form factor.”
- It’s still a great device, but feels less powerful compared to the 14-inch MacBook Pro. In fact, there is a growing perception among the creator community that the 13-inch MacBook Pro is a confusing proposition from Apple.
iPad Air 4
- This year’s iPad Air could get minor upgrades to keep the popular iPad relevant in the premium tablet landscape. Improvements to the iPad Air 5 could include a faster A15 Bionic chipset, 5G support, a 12MP wide-angle lens, and a center stage camera feature for video calls.
- It’s not clear if the next iPad Air would get an OLED display as rumoured for months. These hardware changes will make iPad Air a better device. Keep this in mind before you rush and buy the existing iPad Air 4.
iPhone SE 2020
- It does seem like the third-generation iPhone SE could get some serious attention, though, even if the rumoured “affordable budget iPhone” looks more or less the same. It is said that the next-generation iPhone SE will look like last-generation model but with a possibility of 5G support and an ultra-fast A15 Bionic chipset.
- Even then, the next iPhone SE could add a lot of value to those who want an iPhone at a slightly lower price point. Mind you, the iPhone SE has always been positioned as a “budget” option and so far Apple has refrained from calling it a “low-cost” iPhone. With the new iPhone SE landing soon, so unless you need to replace one urgently, best to hold off for the time being.