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Apple event: our (really realistic) product predictions for March 8

And just like that, the next Apple event, titled “Peek Performance”, has been confirmed for next Tuesday, March 8. And the internet inevitably gets carried away with its product predictions. From Apple Glasses to the legendary foldable iPhone, there are some cute suggestions that do the trick. But if we go by the last few years, it might not be too hard to guess what is really coming.

From the colorful new MacBook Air to the game-changing AirPods, there are plenty of products we’re really hoping to see. And then there are the almost sure bets, including a new iPad and an entry-level iPhone. Here’s what we think could make the difference – and if you don’t feel like the wait, check out the best Apple deals available right here and now.

iPhone SE 3

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Although we probably won’t see the iPhone 14 until September, rumors about the successor to Apple’s budget smartphone have been picking up steam lately. But if you’re hoping for a complete overhaul (we’d like to see an iPhone 12 mini-inspired SE), this might not be your year.

Leaks suggest the SE 3 will retain the same rather dated design, complete with a home button and huge bezels. But the internals will see a huge upgrade, including the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13. It could also be the first iPhone SE to get 5G support.

iPad Air 5

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We loved the iPad Air 4 when it was released in 2020, and even wondered if it made the iPad Pro somewhat irrelevant. That edge-to-edge display and Apple Pencil 2 support brought the Air up to date, and it could get even better this spring.

The new tablet is rumored to adopt the same dual-camera setup as the iPad Pro, along with the A15 chip. But again, we’re not expecting a new design – and that gorgeous LED display probably won’t make the switch from Pro to Air this time around.

Airpods Pro 2

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With the basic AirPods having an all-new design and the impressive high-end AirPods Max arriving in the last 12 months, the poor old AirPods Pro are starting to look a bit dated. But if new leaks are to be believed, the pros are next for a refresh.

According to a new patent, the company is working on an all-new audio transmission technology, which could eventually replace Bluetooth to enable super high-quality sound. Not only that, but the design is also set to change, with rumors suggesting that the iconic upper may soon be gone to make way for a more bud-like design.

MacBook Pro 2022

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Apple only recently updated the MacBook Pro, giving the high-end laptop new ports, more power and, of course, some notch. And now all eyes are on the Pro’s little sibling, which has languished without a design update for what feels like decades. But if rumors are to be believed, change could be in the air in 2022.

Much like the 2021 iMac, the MacBook Air is rumored to come in a series of fun new colors, reminiscent of the iBook days of yore. Elsewhere, we’ve heard that the MacBook Air could feature some groundbreaking display tech. Apple leakers have suggested that the Air will have a Mini LED display, a technology that Apple already introduced in this year’s iPad Pro 12.9, offering very high brightness and contrast.

And then there are the ports. Apple users rejoiced when the company, with its tail between its legs, reintroduced MagSafe, HDMI and more to the MacBook Pro this month. And if the rumors are to be believed, they are also returning to the Air. It might finally be time to say goodbye to Apple’s self-imposed dongle dystopia.

Apple virtual reality headset

Alright, this one is the joker. But could the name “Peek Performance” suggest that Apple is about to give us a glimpse of something really new? We’ve heard a lot about the helmet, including that it could go into mass production this year.

So what do we know about the helmet? says Bloomberg the device will be similar in size to the Quest 2 and will be able to track hand movements for features such as a virtual keyboard. The headphones are said to have a fabric exterior (perhaps similar to the AirPods Max?) and, rather unusually for Apple, a built-in fan.

But perhaps the most impressive details concern the internal components. Apple is reportedly testing “some of its most advanced and powerful chips,” including some that dwarf even the incredible M1 chip. Although we don’t know exactly how Apple intends to use the device, if it contains an even better chip than its high for laptops, could the company intend that this new creation become our main device?

Time will tell what Apple plans to announce next week, but if you don’t feel like hanging around to find out, there are plenty of awesome MacBook Pro and iPhone 13 deals to get you under the hood. tooth while waiting.

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