On Saturday, I wrote about a rumor that parts for the iPad Air are about to head into production this quarter. While that’s good news, this does mean that the new Air won’t be out this summer. It takes time to get all of those components produced, assembled and shipped. However, if a well-known hardware leaker is right, Apple may be ready to offer a few other items in the near future.
That most cryptic of leakers is @L0vetodream and he believes that Apple is preparing to make a move:
in my dream some products are ready to ship
— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) July 18, 2020
Like I said- cryptic. But if you’ve been following this person for any length of time, then you know how to read between the lines a bit. In this case, it looks like Apple is about to announce and ship some brand new hardware.
Part of the fun with this leaker is that you have plenty of blanks to fill in for yourself. We aren’t told what hardware is coming. It looks pretty certain that it won’t be the iPad Air, but how about the AirTags that have been rumored forever? Surely they are ready by now. If go by the Find My code, they’ve probably been ready for a long time now.
There was a rumor in early June that Apple’s coming AirPods Studio headphones were ready for firmware to be flashed into boards. That is one of the last steps before hardware is ready to be boxed and shipped. If this rumor was on the money, then the Studio should be ready and waiting. Right now sounds like as good a time as any for them to show up.
What else? Maybe an iMac refresh with thinner bezels? Could there be an AirPower that actually works now? Jon Prosser’s been talking about that for a while. I’m not sure if all four are safe bets, but I think at least two sound likely. With none of these being blockbuster products, three out of the four certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
The point is, there are plenty of devices that sound like good candidates to fill the void between now and the arrival of the iPhones. And now we wait for Apple, because you never know when a press release for a device like any of these will drop.