Apple reportedly still readying MacBooks and AirPods for 2021 launch

16-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch vs. Air
16-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch vs. Air (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple is still planning on releasing new AirPods before the year's end.
  • A new report also claims the rumored MacBooks refresh is on course for 2021.

Apple still plans to get plenty of new products out of the door before the end of the year, but it isn't just iPhones and Apple Watches that we should be looking out for, according to a new report. In fact, new AirPods and MacBooks are also coming according to Economic Daily News.

We've previously heard that Apple intends to ship new MacBook Pro notebooks before the end of the year with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman backing that up. This new report continues that, saying that moves are already underway to make sure that the required capacity is available to get devices manufactured in time for launch.

Via Google Translate:

The legal person further pointed out that New Nikko will cooperate with the new Macbook and AirPods products in the near future to fully increase the capacity utilization rate, which is expected to drive the strengthening of operations in the second half of the year. increase.

The report doesn't specifically say MacBook Pro, but with rumors already pointing to a 16-inch Apple silicon MacBook Pro refresh, I'm not sure what else it could be talking about. Whatever the plan, the report believes that MacBook shipments will be pushed to 23 million this year thanks to the various refreshes we've seen.

It's a similar story with the AirPods, too. AirPods Pro aren't expected to receive a refresh any time soon, while AirPods have been rumored to get their day in the sun for months now.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.