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Rumors about a potential Apple event are starting to heat up as we're getting close to the time of year when Apple frequently hosts an event, so stay tuned for more information on that front in the coming days and weeks.

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This week also saw Apple confirm it has discontinued both the iMac Pro and the original HomePod, while rumors are continuing to look forward to new Apple silicon MacBook Pro models later this year, a mixed reality headset in 2022, augmented reality glasses by 2025, and maybe even some sort of augmented reality contact lenses by the 2030s. Read on below for details on these stories and more!

Next Apple Event Rumored for March 23

March is a common month of the year for Apple to announce new or updated products, and this year will likely be no exception.

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A reliable Chinese leaker known as "Kang" this week said an Apple Event is planned for Tuesday, March 23, with potential new products including Apple's long-awaited AirTags item trackers, a new iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display, third-generation AirPods, and a new Apple TV. A wildcard possibility is a redesigned iMac with an Apple silicon chip.

If the rumor is accurate, Apple should officially announce the event early next week. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event will surely be another virtual affair with a prerecorded video from Apple Park.

Apple Confirms iMac Pro Will Be Discontinued When Supplies Run Out, Recommends 27-Inch iMac

After adding a "while supplies last" notice to its iMac Pro product page and removing all upgrade options for the computer late last week, Apple confirmed to MacRumors that the iMac Pro will be discontinued when supplies run out. The computer remains available for now, but delivery estimates are several weeks out.

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Apple said the latest 27-inch iMac introduced in August is the preferred choice for the vast majority of pro iMac users, and said customers who need even more performance and expandability can choose the Mac Pro. Of course, it may be worth exercising patience, as rumors suggest that Apple is working on a redesigned iMac with an Apple silicon chip for release this year and performance should be quite impressive.

Apple previously confirmed that its transition to Apple silicon across Macs will be completed by around June 2022.

Apple Discontinues Full-Sized HomePod to Focus on HomePod Mini

The iMac Pro wasn't the only Apple product to be discontinued over the past week, with Apple also announcing that it has discontinued the original HomePod, with orders only available while supplies last. Apple says it will focus its efforts on the smaller and cheaper HomePod mini, which was launched last November.

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Apple had hoped that the ‌HomePod‌'s high-quality sound would give it an edge over competing products, but sales of the ‌HomePod‌ have always been lackluster with so many more affordable options on the market. Apple has been selling the ‌HomePod‌ for $299, but it was originally priced at $350. The ‌HomePod mini‌ is available for $99.

Should You Buy a Super Cheap Refurbished iPhone From Amazon?

Amazon maintains lists of its best selling products, and right now, the best-selling smartphone that's available from Amazon is an Amazon "Renewed" iPhone 8, which is frequently priced below $200.

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That's super cheap for an ‌iPhone‌, and cheaper than Apple's own refurbished price for the same device, so in our latest YouTube video, we picked up one of these Amazon Renewed iPhones to see if it's worth the savings.

Amazon's "Renewed" devices are all pre-owned and are not Apple certified, but Amazon says they've been professionally "inspected, tested, and cleaned" by Amazon-qualified suppliers. Note that the iPhones come from various third-party suppliers and are not necessarily provided direct by Amazon.

Two New Apple Silicon MacBooks Expected to Enter Mass Production in Second Half of 2021

Apple is planning redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by Apple silicon for release in the second half of 2021, according to well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and a Nikkei Asia report this week lent credence to that timeframe.

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In a report focused on Apple slashing iPhone 12 mini orders from suppliers, the publication briefly noted that Apple has pushed back mass production of the two new MacBooks from May or June until the second half of the year. The report refers to the notebooks as "MacBooks," but it is likely this is referring to the upcoming MacBook Pro models.

The second half of the year begins in July, so there should be ample time for Apple's suppliers to ramp up production for a launch later in the year.

Kuo expects the new MacBook Pro models to feature brighter displays with Mini-LED backlighting, a new design with a flat-edged top and bottom, an HDMI port and SD card reader, classic MagSafe charging with a magnetic power cable, and physical function keys instead of the Touch Bar.

Kuo: Apple to Launch Mixed Reality Headset in Mid 2022 and Augmented Reality Glasses by 2025

Apple plans to release its long-rumored mixed reality AR/VR headset "in mid-2022," followed by augmented reality glasses by 2025, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this week.

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Kuo also looked far into the future and predicted that Apple will launch "contact lenses" at some point after 2030. He said this product will bring electronics from the era of "visible computing" to "invisible computing," but there is "no visibility" for this product yet and he offered no further details.

Apple is highly committed to AR/VR technologies, according to Kuo, who has a "positive view" about Apple's future in the space.

Apple Accuses Former Employee of Stealing Trade Secrets and Leaking Them to Media

Apple this filed a lawsuit against Simon Lancaster, a former employee who allegedly used his position within the company to steal "sensitive trade secret information" from Apple that was then leaked to a journalist and published in rumor articles.

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Lancaster worked at Apple for more than a decade, using his seniority to attend internal meetings and access documents that Apple says were "outside the scope of his job's responsibilities." Details he obtained were published in media articles that "cited a 'source' at Apple."

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macsareveryinteresting

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RIP iMac Pro and soon the big boy HomePod. I can also see why they are taking the iMac Pro away. Nobody wanted to buy it because of how expensive it was. it was Pro but it was just too expensive. I'm also looking forward to the new Apple Silicon MacBooks. And maybe AirPods 3 depending on how good they are and if they get a new chip. and they aren't crazy expensive like the AirPods Max.
 
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anthogag

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I hope MacRumors is not publishing misleading information about Apple "discontinuing the HomePod". Does "discontinuing" mean a new one is coming.

HomePod probably doesn't sell more because when it came out it was perceived as limited. For example, it couldn't connect to third-party services like Spotify. The HomePod should connect to everything, whatever the user wants.

I bought a HomePod today based on MacRumors saying it is discontinued. I will not buy a HomePod mini because I listen to music every day. I want the better speaker.
 
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Apple_Robert

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AirPods 3rd Gen design is locked. Looking forward to hearing the new updates.

And they’ll only sell HomePod mini? I’m sure they have something to replace the original HomePod.
For now, it appears the mini is the front runner. Apple may build out different models of the mini but, I don't think you will see the full size HomePod again, especially at the original price. Apple priced themselves out of the HomePod market at $399, in my opinion.
 
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Freida

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Nothing about Macrumors. Its on Apple's own website. Game over for Homepod!

I hope MacRumors is not publishing misleading information about Apple "discontinuing the HomePod". Does "discontinuing" mean a new one is coming.

HomePod probably doesn't sell more because when it came out it was perceived as limited. For example, it couldn't connect to third-party services like Spotify. The HomePod should connect to everything, whatever the user wants.

I bought a HomePod today based on MacRumors saying it is discontinued. I will not buy a HomePod mini because I listen to music every day. I want the better speaker.
 

Realityck

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RIP iMac Pro and soon the big boy HomePod. I can also see why they are taking the iMac Pro away. Nobody wanted to buy it because of how expensive it was. it was Pro but it was just too expensive.
iMac Pro was specifically made to offer the fastest Intel processors, now that the next iMacs will be Apple Silicone based there is no need of that model.
 
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Samuel Sosa

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I’ve given up all hope of a redesigned iMac. Had a 2012 iMac sold it 3 years later because no SSD option was available. Decided to go for MacBook Pro/big monitor setup since 2015. And then they took away ports🤦🏻‍♂️ Dawn of the Dongles. Now they want to put the ports back. Apple your giving me whiplash. Hopefully now that they are building their own processors they can get their product design up to date
 

V.K.

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The HomePod is awesome, especially as speakers for Apple TV. They will upgrade it.
Nope. If they were going to do that they would not stop selling the old one before the new one is out. That's what Apple always did with products they were planning to upgrade. I don't believe there have been any exceptions in the last 10 years and probably longer. Large HomePod is dead.
 

turbineseaplane

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They are going to sell a metric TON of AirPods 3

Like 8 pairs just in a small circle of people I know.

We're all still rocking OG's from late 2016 and they are nearly toast.
 

Realityck

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Redesigned ARM based iMac for Easter? Santa Tim is coming early!
Not much chance of that, you won't have a stealth announcement out of the blue to announce the next iMacs and 14/16" MacBook Pros. That would represent a very well rehearsed full presentation online like WWDC. That is coming sometime in June 2021.

There was some early rumors concerning a M1 based 21" iMac coming this early. But that is not the Apple Silicon you want to use for more powerful desktops with discrete GPU's currently shipping.
 

c5z

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Not surprising with the HomePod. I own four of them and paid $199 for each of them. Their regular price was way too high.

yup. $199 was the perfect price. I own 7 and absolutely love them. Wish they released a HomePod Sub though.
I also have two minis and love them for the bedroom, but they don’t pack even 1/5th the punch.
 
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eMacKilla

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I was going to buy a new iPad Air but I guess I’ll wait to see what this new iPad Pro has going for it.
 

Zen_Arcade

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For now, it appears the mini is the front runner. Apple may build out different models of the mini but, I don't think you will see the full size HomePod again, especially at the original price. Apple priced themselves out of the HomePod market at $399, in my opinion.
I think you're exactly correct. The Homepod should have been $199, not $349/$299. Its sound is competitive, but not leaps and bounds better or worse than others.
 

Apple_Robert

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I think you're exactly correct. The Homepod should have been $199, not $349/$299. Its sound is competitive, but not leaps and bounds better or worse than others.
I think the sweet spot for many people (including myself) would have been $150.00. As it is, I have been happy with my minis thus far. If I see a HomePod at that price point or cheaper, I may get one just to see what it sounds like compared to the mini.
 
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