Apple almost never releases major new hardware in January, yet last month it released the Mac mini with M2 and M2 Pro, the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max, and a new full-size HomePod, which started to be dispatched on Friday February 3rd. , and is already out of stock.
Apple has also released significant operating system updates: Apple has released iOS 16.3 (and iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS…all operating systems that stay in sync with iOS) and macOS Ventura 13.2. This sort of thing isn’t at all unusual for January, but it’s odd that beta versions of any upcoming OS updates haven’t started right away. In fact, as we kick off in February, there’s still no sign of an iOS 16.4 or macOS 13.3 beta.
The latest rumors about Apple’s “Reality Pro” AR/VR headset suggest a possible unveiling at a spring event, with availability later in the year. Since Apple’s spring events almost always take place in March, and February is a shorter month anyway, we really don’t expect many to come out in February. There will be a handful of new Apple TV+ shows and Apple Arcade games, and maybe a small OS bug fix point release, but nothing big should happen until March.
Rumored New Hardware
The new Mac mini and MacBook Pro arrived in January without much warning or fanfare. So although we don’t actually to wait for Apple to release anything in February, we could always be surprised.
There are still plenty of products we expect Apple to release in 2023, but only a few have a chance of releasing before WWDC in June. These include a iMac updated with M2 processor or a second-generation AirPods Max with H2 chip and improved sound quality. THE mac studio should move from M1 Max and Ultra to M2 (with Wi-Fi 6E and HDMI 2.1). We really don’t think any of them are coming in February – and a new rumor suggests the Mac Studio could be sticking with an M1 for another year – but Apple could still surprise us by looking to wipe out the updates. smaller days before what could be his biggest event in years.
Almost everything else coming from Apple this year, including an Apple Silicon Mac Pro, second-generation Pro Display XDR, iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, possibly a new iPad, and more. are almost certainly destined to release in the second. half of 2023.
Apps and software updates
Apple released iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 (and their contemporaries: iPadOS 16.3, tvOS 16.3, and watchOS 9.3) on January 23. Usually, we’d see the first developer betas of iOS 16.4 and macOS 13.3 the very next day, but we didn’t. ‘t. In fact, two weeks later, there’s still no sign of them.
So while beta testing for the next major updates will likely begin, the final builds will almost certainly arrive in March, perhaps to coincide with the spring event.
iOS 16.3.1: With the iOS 16.4 beta appearing to arrive late, Apple may release a small “point release” to fix bugs and security updates. Some sites have claimed to see an iOS 16.3.1 in their server logs, suggesting that Apple may be testing such a thing.
macOS 13.2.1: To accompany the iOS 16.3.1 security update release (if it happens), Apple will likely release a similar macOS version that contains many of the same security updates.
Here are the shows, series and movies we plan to stream on Apple TV+ in TK. If you want to know what’s coming next, check out our full guide to upcoming Apple TV+ content.
Pinecone and Pony (season 2): Kate Beaton’s beloved book comes to life in this animated series. As a warrior in training, Pinecone fears no challenge. Luckily, Pony always makes sure Pinecone never gets in over her head. Released February 3
Dear Edward: A 12-year-old boy becomes the sole survivor of a plane crash. As he and others affected by tragedy try to make sense of what happened, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed. Released February 3
Hello tomorrow!: Set in a retro-future world, “Hello Tomorrow!” revolves around a group of street vendors peddling moon timeshares. February 17
Sharper : No one is what they seem in Sharper, a neo-noir thriller of secrets and lies, set in New York City’s bedrooms, bars and boardrooms. Characters compete for wealth and power in a high-stakes game of ambition, greed, lust and jealousy that will keep audiences guessing until the last moment. February 17
The reluctant traveler: The eight-episode series follows Eugene Levy as he visits some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing destinations. February 23
Connection: A thriller exploring how the mistakes of our past have the potential to destroy our future, combining action with an unpredictable multi-layered plot where “espionage and political intrigue play out against a passionate and enduring love story” . February 24
Apple releases new games to Apple Arcade on Fridays, but not every Friday has a new game or a major update. See our Apple Arcade FAQ for a full list of Apple Arcade games and more service details. Some games release without notice, but you’ll often see multiple projects listed in the Coming Soon section.
Castle Crumble: Destroy castles in this physics-based puzzler. Released February 3
Riptide GP: Renegade+: A rocket pilot originally launched on the App Store in 2016. February 10
Farm side: A new farming simulation. Build your dream farm without in-app purchases or ads! February 17
Lifeline+: This text-based adventure took the mobile gaming world by storm for a minute, when it was initially released in 2015. February 24