Apple Product Roadmap 2024

As we come to a close to 2023, we look forward to what Apple will bring to 2024. Posted by erwinkarim on 11:17 AM, December 15, 2023 Last updated on 6:11 PM, January 11, 2024 Filed in: product roadmap, apple, 2024,

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Apple 2024 Product Roadmap

We have a dedicated page to track those announcements and expectations, do read them from time to time. From the looks of it, Apple isn’t going to change much in terms of their playbook, because after all, they make more than a billion dollars a week using that playbook.

2023 was a very eventful year for Apple. From the surprise release of new Macs in January, bringing USB-C to iPhone, and the creation of a new computing paradigm, spatial computing, aka Vision Pro. We see what 2024 will bring for Apple and the rest of us.

Major Themes

The major theme that Apple will undoubtedly push for 2024 undoubtedly will be spatial computing. They have planted the seeds in 2023 and will sow it for 2024. First by introducing the product itself, Vision Pro, although no one can buy it, thus creating the buzz. Second, by adding ecosystem features you’ll need a Vision Pro to use it, like allowing recording spatial videos on the iPhone, but needing a Vision Pro to view the video. And 3rd, by announcing a new family of M3 chips that of course going to power the Vision Pro.

Apple is looking for new markets to dominate. Right now, the iPhone is what paying Apple’s rent like how Windows and Office paid for Microsoft’s rent in the 90s and 00s. Microsoft evolved and Azure, a cloud computing platform, is now the main revenue driver for Microsoft, so Apple will try to create a new revenue stream via spatial computing.

After setting up the main theme of the year, Apple will cruise along to ensure nothing will rock the boat. Of course, there will be challengers that will try to rock the moat like Google pushing for RCS or someone that has a hacky way of doing things like Beeper Mini. And you can expect a multi-trillion dollar company like Apple will take all its power to stop it.

Apple Events

As it has become a tradition now, Apple will make a major announcement through a media event for every season of the year. The most important season of course is Fall where they will unveil the iPhone just in time for the all important holiday shopping season, but there’s a lot of build up to reach the climax.

* Will be periodically updated based on latest info
Season Month Expected items to be showcased* Actual Event Date What actually happened.
Spring January or March M3 on Mac Mini, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, possibly iPad Air. Vision Pro officially released with M3 chip. New iPhone colors in March January 8 Vision Pro availability. Press release only.
Summer June Apple ecosystem preview. Major focus on spatial computing. Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M3 Ultra. Possible M3 Extreme?
Fall September iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro, Apple Watch Series 10, and AirPods updates.
Winter October M4 family unveiled. Updated MacBook Pro. Lower cost Apple Vision as October surprise.

Product Update

Q1: New M3 Macs, Vision Pro officially launched.

Vision Pro should be released in Q1 2024. Expected tweaks will be the M3 chip instead of the M2 which was introduced in WWDC '23

The M3 will come to the rest of Macs and iPads like the Mac Mini.

We expect Apple to officially sell the Vision Pro with some tweaks. The M2 that was introduced in WWDC will obviously updated to the newer M3 chip because the M3 is energy efficient and obviously more powerful than the M2. The M3, despite being the base chip in the M3 family, has more computing power than the M1 Max.

We expect Apple to expand the M3 family to run on updated MacBook Air and Mac Mini. Apple might update the iPad family at this point to run the M3 chip.

Q2: WWDC, M3 Ultra, Spatial computing updates, Apple’s push to gaming

In WWDC, expect Apple will push more on spatial computing.

Mac Studio should be updated in with the M3 Ultra. Maybe Apple will finally put the often rumored M3 Ultra on the Mac Pro?

Apple traditionally hosts the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in June at Apple HQ and this year will be no different. I expect that Apple will push more features in the spatial computing area to make Vision Pro the product that you want to get.

We should get the updated Mac Studio and Mac Pro with the M3 Ultra chip. No word if we are going to get the often rumored M3 Extreme chip that would be a Mac Pro exclusive.

Apple has been trying to make gaming on Apple a thing. They are quite successful with mobile gaming (a 30% cut on every transaction sure help it) and there’s a great possibility to push it on other platforms like Mac and Apple TV.

Q3: iPhone event

September will always be that iPhone event for Apple. Expect iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro and other accessories updates.

Maybe we get lossless update on the AirPods Max?

September is the most important event for Apple because it will showcase Apple’s most important product: the iPhone. And we expect a lot of iPhone 15 Pro features like the larger camera sensor, the A17 Pro chip will eventually go to the base iPhone 16. The iPhone 16 Pro will continually be honed to be a professional tool with better cameras, more sensors, and more exotic materials.

We also expect other products that are centered around the iPhone like the Apple Watch, the AirPods will be updated in this event.

Q4: M4 family, Macs update, October surprise?

Apple should unveil the M4 family for the October surprise.

October will be the final push for Apple before the holiday shopping season begins. Here Apple will update Apple Silicon with the M4 family which will be on the MacBook Pros. The iPads might be updated at this event or in January.

Since 2024 will be an election year, will there be an October surprise? Since Apple started the spatial computing fight with the Vision Pro, I expect that Apple will launch a lower-end version of the Vision product. After all, the biggest hurdle of the Vision Pro is the high barrier of entry at $3,500. Apple will have to eventually bring down the product to a $2,000 level to make it more mass-appeal.

We have a dedicated page to track those announcements and expectations, do read them from time to time. From the looks of it, Apple isn’t going to change much in terms of their playbook, because after all, they make more than a billion dollars a week using that playbook.

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