- Despite launching three new Mac devices with their own proprietary ARM-based M1 chip, the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini, the computers look identical to their Intel counterparts.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an often-trusted KGI Securities analyst, Apple is gearing up to redesign its MacBook and Apple Watch lineup in the second half of 2021. It’s unclear whether the M1-powered Mac mini will get a redesign as well.
Beyond stating that a new design is coming, Kuo doesn’t go into more detail about Apple’s upcoming M1 Mac and the Apple Watch’s cosmetic change. It makes sense for Apple to finally change the look of the Apple Watch given that, in addition to reducing its bezels with the launch of the Apple Watch Series 5, it features almost the same design since its launch in 2015.
Kuo also claims that Apple is seeing better-than-expected demand for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, and weaker sales of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. On the iPad side, Kuo says the new iPad Air is selling well and that 5G and mini-LED displays will hit Apple’s line of tablets in 2021.
On a less positive note for Apple, Kuo says AirPod shipments are lower than initially estimated, representing a decline of five to 10 percent year-over-year. Finally, Kuo says that Apple’s often-rumored AirPods 3s have been delayed from an early 2021 release to an April-June launch window.