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On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we take a look forward at all of Apple's biggest rumored announcements for 2024.


2024 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Apple, likely kicking off with the launch of the Vision Pro headset around February. Redesigned iPad Pro models with larger display and OLED technology, the M3 chip, and new accessories are expected to follow in March, as well as next-generation iPad Air models with a new, 12.9-inch size option. watchOS 11, iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, visionOS 2, and tvOS 18 will likely be previewed in June at WWDC, potentially alongside the M3 Ultra Mac Studio. A refreshed Apple TV 4K with a faster chip could also launch in the first half of the year.


September will likely see the introduction of the iPhone 16, featuring Spatial Video capture and the Action button, and the iPhone 16 Pro, touting larger displays, a 48-megapixel Ultra Wide camera, and a new "Capture button." The "Apple Watch X," fourth-generation AirPods, and refreshed AirPods Max with USB-C are also expected to emerge around September.

Apple could close out the year with the seventh-generation iPad mini, the 11th-generation iPad, and a new Mac mini with the M3 and M3 Pro chips. We could also see new MacBook Pros with M4 series chips, but the timing of these devices is more unclear.

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jhwalker

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It’s a valid complaint, arguably more important for audio quality than woo-woo hi-res audio (which the Apple TV also doesn’t support).
I just want it to pass through whatever audio is available to the limit of the HDMI interface, not arbitrarily resample everything to one particular sampling rate.

Right now, I use a NUC as an endpoint for Roon, and it simply passes through what it receives from Roon - I'd like the AppleTV to be able to do the same - acting as an endpoint to Roon would be even better ;)
 

subjonas

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Of the rumored products, I’d be at least somewhat interested in:
- AirPod Max if it supports wireless lossless and wired hi-res lossless
- Apple Watch if it has significantly better health metrics
- significantly larger iPad Pro
- Vision Pro
 

needsomecoffee

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Come on Guys. Below is a list of PHOELD benefits. Universal Display delivered it, but how can Apple not make this a huge benefit for watches, pads, phones, even screens given UD will license. I guess Apple may not access this tech, but they cannot be that stupid. It is kinda nerdy, but if you want to talk about 2024 include these nearly across-the-product-line benefits from a real tech breakthru:

  • Record-breaking energy efficiencies
  • Vibrant colors
  • Long operating lifetimes
  • Thermal stability for manufacturing use
  • Manufacturing versatility
  • Environmental-friendliness
Link:
 

Andres Cantu

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We’ve been hearing about the same thing since at least 2018.

I’ll believe the results, if any, until I see them.
 

Realityck

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Discussed at time point 46:22, they felt the AirPods Max as the worst Apple product you can buy for the money for 2024.

Would be nice if its sequel arrives with a reduced price, given the original was introduced Dec 8, 2020.
 

sjsharksfan12

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I would love just an update and refresh of the entire IOS system, not just TVOS. It's been the same thing for at least a decade now? Might be a nice time for a refresh.
 

lowkey

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M3 MacBook Air
M3/M3Pro Mac Mini
M3Pro/Max Mac Studio
M3 Ultra Mac Pro if they surprise us.
Updated phone, iPad,watch.
I’d be surprised if the AirPod Max got updated, just because Apple like to string those side project products out as long as they can (like HomePod)
 

Aries79

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I believe we will see the MacStudio and MacPro M3 before next WWDC, likely by Easter.

The MacMini and MacBook Air M3 may come just in time for the Back to School season.
 

The Game 161

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OLED ipad pro will be great. Content should be even better on this device. going to cost more but ipads for me is mainly content but will still upgrade for this.
 

Star Brood

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Much higher bitrate for 4k streams to make it closer to 4K Blu Ray.

Multiple accounts on iOS/iPadOS just like on OSX and TVOS.

Apple Pencil support for iPhone.

A cheap iPhone again; still waiting to see what the third SE model looks like.

A cheaper entry-level MacBook. Talking about <=600 here as the base price.

The ability for an iPhone or iPad to run OS X when connected to a docking station that is technically competent. To not use the battery at all in this mode except to charge until it's full.
 

Realityck

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Much higher bitrate for 4k streams to make it closer to 4K Blu Ray.
During covid streamers reduced the bitrate to allow more sessions to run on servers. This also allows ISPs not to see people approaching their data caps a lot of the times. I see none of the current streamers being even close to the max bit rate of a blu ray. 32 Mbps is the max for iTunes, and MoviesaAnywhere (USA) 4K movie streamed content. It's a lot lower for Disney+ and Netflix 4K content. They optimized the compression better so they could remain at that bitrate level.

Hard to get them to go back higher for most services, its a way to reduce their server operational costs.

4K Blu-ray = 50 GB at 72 or 92 Mbit/s, and 66 GB and 100 GB at 92, 123, or 144 Mbit/s)
Blu-ray = 40 Mbit/s
DVD's = 9.8 Mbit/s
 
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pappl

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I expect so many half baked services to get good:

- Apple Arcade: My expectations were some kind of GeforceNOW cloud gaming. I got 8bit style games not worth playing even on the toilet.
Comparison: For 10 bucks/month i get GeforceNOW on MacOS / PC / iPad and can play ANY AAA game from my current Steam / GOG / Epic library in highest settings. I even save more on no high end hardware investment and no high energy costs, because my low end Macbook plays it easily/idling on my external monitor.

- Fitness+: My expectations was doing fitness together with my kids and my elderly mother. I'm in EU so nobody except me can understand what they are saying. Why only English audio for US costumers and still charge the full price for non english speaking customers? Are you serious?

- AppleTV: My expectations was a better Netflix. Hardware is great, but there is almost no new content in comparison and quality is same. Why? It's not even cheaper than Netflix or other streaming services.

- Apple News: Not in EU, not part of AppleOne. Thanks for nothing.

- Apple Music: I like it, but why can't i play my own playlist on any of our family shared HomePods at home by asking Siri to play playlist XY. This is insane.

- Apple Home(kit): I was expecting a better Alexa. Wrong. Can't set recurring reminders on Homepods, can't set any spoken alerts (e.g. announce when window sensor is more than 20 minutes open). Shortcuts integration is very basic, why?
2 of 4 Homepods were stuck in configuring after first setup. Had to hard reset and update these devices manually from HomepodOS 14.x to 17 to make them work. Failed start.
Then HomepodOS 17.0 was very bugged. Even had to change router settings (Multicast on / Airtime fairness off / IGMP snooping on / lock to 5GHz Wifi) to make them stream music stable. Help or advice only on reddit. This was a bad experience for me. Now the Homepods are working, except playing user playlists, but it was a bumpy road.

- iCloud: There were so many sync bugs with iOS 16-17. Didn't sync all services (contacts, contact details, photos started syncing again even if disabled,...) Had to log out of iCloud and log in again to make it sync again. It was a nightmare for me to find this fix and i don't understand why bugs like this occur.

:mad:
 
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Realityck

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- AppleTV: My expectations was a better Netflix. Hardware is great, but there is almost no new content in comparison and quality is same. Why? It's not even cheaper than Netflix or other streaming services.
You mean Apple TV+. Given all the DC warners movies now on Netflix rotation, Apple has no chance of even being a minor player at the moment. I don’t expect anyone to partner with them. Disney is working to migrate Hulu to Disney + as Comcast gets their first check for buying their share outstanding.
 
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