2021 iOS Predictions: New iPad Pros, less drama

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It was the perfect of instances, it was the worst of instances. Okay, for many of us 2020 wasn’t the perfect of instances. However on the iOS entrance, Apple undoubtedly appeared to be in a feast-or-famine mode.

The corporate launched 5 new iPhone fashions (did you neglect the second-generation iPhone SE?), and there was a serious iPad Air revision that mainly turned it right into a low-end iPad Professional. The iPad Professional acquired an underwhelming replace—however a tremendous new accent within the Magic Keyboard for iPad!

There was extra to cheer than boo within the iPhone and iPad world in 2020, and that places it just about forward of a lot of the world. However can 2021 ship one thing higher? It’s time for some predictions.

Fortunate quantity 13

The final two years have seen Apple increment the iPhone’s title by a single quantity, going to iPhone 11 after which iPhone 12. This could usually make me sure that an iPhone 13 was on the horizon, moderately than an iPhone 12S. However we dwell in a world the place some buildings don’t label their thirteenth ground because the thirteenth ground due to… boogins? Dangerous mojo? Superstition, that’s the world.

Will an iPhone 13 ever exist? I can’t see Apple leaping over it and going straight to 14, and Apple can’t tread water by including letters to the tip of the iPhone 12 ceaselessly. My cash is on Apple calling it the iPhone 13, making a joke about superstitions on the product roll-out, and transferring on as common.

After a serious exterior design refresh with the iPhone 12, I anticipate Apple to go away issues be in 2021. The brand new iPhone will look roughly like the present fashions, albeit with some new colours, some textural variations, and possibly a smaller “notch” for the TrueDepth digicam stack.

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The Lightning port on the iPhone will dwell at the least one other yr.

It looks like it’s most likely going to be one other yr or two earlier than Apple tries its hand at a folding iPhone, however I wouldn’t be shocked if we acquired a”portless” iPhone created by omitting the Lightning port. If it occurs, Apple would most likely revise the MagSafe connector launched this yr to additionally assist information transfers and toss one within the field. But when I needed to predict—and I do, that’s why I’m right here—I’d guess that the much-rumored portless iPhone received’t occur in 2021. Why power your self to incorporate a MagSafe charger when you possibly can promote them as profitable add-ons?

In case you wager on Apple rolling some digicam enhancements into the brand new iPhone you’ll by no means go broke. I’m certain the subsequent iPhone cameras will probably be higher, greater, extra able to capturing stills and video, you title it. The sensor stabilization characteristic launched this yr within the iPhone 12 Professional Max may discover its manner all the way down to the iPhone Professional. And I do predict that Apple will maintain rolling super-high-end options into the Professional Max.


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