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© Provided by CNET Apple unveiled new MacBook Pro models for 2021, but there are some things we’re still waiting on. Screenshot/CNET

Apple showed off a wide collection of new products at its October “Unleashed” event. The company took the wraps off its updated MacBook Pro laptops powered by new M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips. The new laptops come in 14-inch and 16-inch options and sport HDMI, SD card and MagSafe ports, but no Touch Bar. Apple also unveiled the AirPods 3, new HomePod Mini colors and a $5 voice-only plan for Apple Music. We also got a release date for MacOS Monterey, which we can expect to be generally released on Oct. 25. 

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Leaked images of the possible 3rd-generation AirPods.

Besides the most recent October event, Apple has hosted three other events in 2021. In April, Apple unveiled new iPad upgrades, colorful iMacs, AirTags trackers, a purple iPhone 12 and more. (Here’s everything Apple announced in the spring.) Two months later, the company held the annual WWDC developers event, where we saw a first look at iOS 15, MacOS Monterey, WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15. Then in September, Apple unwrapped its Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6, updated entry-level iPad and iPhone 13 lineup with standard, Mini, Pro and Pro Max models. (Here’s how the iPhone 13 versions compare.) 

But what didn’t Apple announce? Here’s a list of products we’ve been waiting for, including (admittedly) some that are more rumor-mill wishcasting than imminent or expected releases. Still, while we didn’t think all of them would make their debut at Apple’s recent launch, we could see some for a future Apple event. 

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© Provided by CNET Apple announced its new MacBook Pro models on Oct. 18. Apple

Midrange Apple display

Apple will sell you its 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR for a boatload of money (it starts at just under $5,000, and that’s without it’s nearly $1,000 stand). But owners of Mac Minis (and, the Thunderbolt-equipped iPad Pro) are still waiting for something that’s a little more affordable. 

Mac Pro M1

We waited years to get Apple’s revamped high-end desktop computer, the Mac Pro. Now it looks like we’ll need to wait even longer for an upgraded version of that computer powered by Apple’s Intel alternatives. 

Faster Mini Mac 

Last year, Apple unveiled its Mac Mini with the M1 chip. But now that the tech giant has taken the wraps off its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, when will we see a faster Mac Mini? Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously speculated in August that a new, more powerful Mac Mini could be coming in the “next several months.” 

iPhone SE 3

Apple showed off its revamped iPhone SE in the spring of 2020, but this year the petite iPhone was a no-show. According to a research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 will likely make its debut in the first half of 2022. Other rumors suggest the new budget-friendly iPhone could sport a LCD display, 5G support, a retro design and Face ID. 

Apple AR or VR headset

OK, no one seriously expected this long-rumored product to be unveiled at the latest event. But this is the sort of thing — like the Apple silicon chips last year — that Apple could conceivably outline months ahead of its release in order to line up developer support. Add an Apple AR or VR headset to the rumor mill for now, but: Don’t hold your breath for it either.

iMac throwback: Apple’s candy-colored history, from 1999 to 2021

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1/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Hello, new iMacs! Check out the new colorful designs, and then we’ll take a look back at the splashes of color Apple first brought to the 1999 iMacs, following the computer’s debut in 1998 with just a single color.
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2/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET From left to right: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue and silver.
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3/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET This is called pink on Apple’s website. To me it feels a bit more… tomato? The two-tone nature of these designs makes them a little trickier to name, no doubt.
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4/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Complete with a desktop background to match!
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5/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The back and rim are done in a darker tone, while the front, the keyboard and the stand appear to be a lighter shade. The colors are named after how they appear on the lighter front panel, hence the red version is called “pink.”
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6/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET These cheerful colors are just what the doctor ordered for 2021.
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7/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET You can get a Magic Mouse to match your new iMac.
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8/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET And don’t forget the Trackpad. No, you can’t buy these separately, yet.
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9/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The very first iMac was introduced in 1998 in Bondi blue, a color named after Bondi Beach, a popular surfing spot… get it? ‘Cause you can surf the web on this thing.
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10/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET On Jan. 5, 1999, Apple’s Steve Jobs (interim CEO at the time) introduced five new colors of the iMac at MacWorld in San Francisco.
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11/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The five new colors were fruit-themed: blueberry, grape, tangerine, lime and strawberry.
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12/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET “Collect all five?” One was definitely enough for the average computer user in the late ’90s. Ads for the computers had text such as “No Artificial Colors” and “iCandy.”
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13/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Here’s a grape-colored iMac DV (for “digital video”).
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14/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Here they are for sale in Japan. Keep in mind this was a few years before Apple launched its own stores.
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15/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Strawberry, as photographed by Stephen Hackett, a collector who ultimately came into possession of all 13 versions.
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16/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Here you can see the front, back and side views of the blueberry model. It’s amazing how much more they can fit in a ridiculously thin form these days compared with the early computers.
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17/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Lime.
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18/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET You can get a Magic Mouse to match your new iMac.
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19/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Members of the media photographed and filmed the new Apple Computer iMac Special Edition after Apple interim CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs introduced it in Cupertino, California, on Oct. 5, 1999. These days you would be lost in a sea of hundreds of journalists all trying to get that shot.
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20/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The Special Edition featured a clear “graphite” enclosure that was glossy and translucent instead of the hazier colored plastic of the other colors.
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21/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Apple unveiled another handful of new iMac colors on July 19, 2000. From left to right these are: indigo, ruby, sage, graphite and snow. (That followed an October 1999 update). The machine was credited with helping Apple rebound from years of declining market share.
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22/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Indigo.
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23/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET The color for this one’s called snow. I guess Apple had to have something for the anti-color minimalist of the early aughts.
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24/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Ruby.
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25/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Ah, sage. Gosh, this looks like a familiar shade, doesn’t it? Reminds me of the recent iPhones. Everything old is new again!
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26/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET Ruby and sage were later replaced with two limited-edition designs including this one, blue dalmation.
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27/27 SLIDES © Provided by CNET This flower power pattern was the other limited-edition design.

Apple Glasses 

Another long rumored device is the Apple Glasses. We may still have some time until the smart glasses make an appearance as Gurman speculates we’ll see them in 2023, at the earliest. 

Apple Car

Although we have yet to see the Apple Car, rumors from earlier this year say the project is still alive and well. But the Apple Car, also known as Project Titan, is not forecast to make its debut until 2024, according to a December Reuters report. 

Apple Echo Show competitor

After Apple discontinued its HomePod, rumor was that the company had been at work on an Amazon Echo Show competitor that would fuse an entry-level iPad with a speaker. Details remain vague, and it’s unclear when such a product might be released. But given that the new iPad Pro includes an ultrawide camera and the Center Stage feature, which can dynamically pan and zoom in on multiple people speaking in a shot, Apple could pull something together without needing the articulating arm on the Echo Show 10.

Apple soundbar with built-in Apple TV

Another rumored product that makes a lot of sense for Apple to create is a soundbar for your TV that has an Apple TV “box” integrated into it. Roku already offers several soundbars with its smart TV apps built in, and Apple could easily ring the register on larger and more sonically capable models. In addition to amping up the sound from your TV, this sort of TV speaker combo could potentially allow you to stream audio to a set of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max and use Apple’s spatial audio virtual-surround feature without disturbing others in your household. 

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