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“Top 5 eagerly awaited Apple products in the upcoming roadmap”

Prepare yourself for an influx of Apple products spanning from now until 2027.

“Top 5 eagerly awaited Apple products in the upcoming roadmap”

For those who thrive on organization and foresight, the recent unveiling of what appears to be an Apple product roadmap outlining potential device releases until 2027 must have felt like a breath of fresh air. Even if you don’t meticulously plan your schedule around Tim Cook’s announcements, having insight into upcoming Apple products allows for better financial planning and anticipation for what’s to come after the Apple Vision Pro.

Granted, the legitimacy of the leaked roadmap, originating from Samsung Securities, a South Korean financial services firm, might raise eyebrows. Yet, considering the stakes, it’s reasonable to assume that their predictions are grounded in thorough research and analysis.

For someone like me, having a tentative schedule of Apple’s product launches is invaluable. It aids in planning work commitments and, let’s be honest, adds a layer of excitement to discussions about the tech giant’s future releases.
Naturally, when it comes to discussing upcoming products, some are inherently more captivating than others. While I offer my apologies to those eagerly anticipating the rumored OLED MacBook slated for 2026, let’s delve into the five items outlined on the Apple roadmap that personally capture my attention, starting from the least thrilling and building up to the most exciting.

5. Apple’s low-end XR headset, 2026

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Essentially, “XR” denotes mixed reality, so what we’re discussing here is essentially an introductory version of the Apple Vision Pro, catering to individuals who aren’t quite prepared to invest $3,499 in a spatial computing headset. Speculation suggests that Apple is striving to slash costs by $2,000, potentially reducing the expenditure to the equivalent of two iPhone Pro models instead of the current four.

Undoubtedly, I’m curious to learn the potential pricing of an Apple Vision Pro Lite—perhaps it could be dubbed the Apple Vision Non-Pro? However, what intrigues me more is the prospect of which features might be omitted, whether due to cost-saving measures or feedback from early adopters of the Vision Pro prompting the company to reconsider certain elements for future iterations.

My colleague, Mark Spoonauer, has spent a month exploring the capabilities of the Vision Pro and finds it to be an excellent device for passively consuming media, albeit less conducive to enhancing productivity in its current form. I’m keen to see if Apple embraces this aspect for the more affordable Apple Vision Pro or if it continues to emphasize productivity features by the time the Lite edition of the headset hits the market.

4. A triple 48MP camera array, 2025
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If you’ve been following the latest iPhone 16 rumors, you’ve likely heard about the anticipated tetraprism telephoto lens expected to debut on the iPhone 16 Pro, akin to the one introduced in the iPhone 15 Pro Max last fall. This upgrade means both upcoming Pro models will boast an impressive 5x zoom capability. While this is undoubtedly exciting news from Apple, many enthusiasts are eager to know what other innovations are on the horizon.

According to insights gleaned from the product roadmap, the 2025 iPhones are slated to feature rear camera arrays composed entirely of 48MP sensors. Currently, the main cameras on all four iPhone 15 models are 12MP, alongside 12MP ultrawide lenses and 12MP telephoto cameras on the Pro models. It’s anticipated that these will be upgraded to 48MP sensors in 2025, barring any earlier enhancements to the ultrawide camera in the iPhone 16 Pro.

It’s likely that this triple 48MP camera setup will initially be exclusive to the iPhone 17 Pro models, as Apple typically reserves major upgrades for its Pro line before integrating them into the standard iPhone lineup. Nevertheless, Apple’s consistent track record suggests that such advancements will eventually become available across the board, maintaining the company’s position as a leader in the realm of smartphone photography.

3. AR glasses. 2027

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I must admit, I’ve been somewhat skeptical about the idea of headsets, which is why the Apple Vision Pro hasn’t quite managed to captivate me yet. (That, and I’m still waiting to understand the essential purpose that Apple’s current headset serves.) However, I find myself significantly more drawn to the concept of mixed reality glasses, which overlay information onto the real world right in front of you.

Some of the most impressive VR/AR demonstrations I’ve experienced have involved AR glasses. In these scenarios, instructions for repair projects materialize in front of your eyes, even as your hands are occupied with the task at hand. Whenever I visit a new city, I often wish for overlays that point out points of interest as I observe my surroundings, without having to constantly glance at my phone screen.

AR glasses have the potential to fulfill both of these desires, and it seems that’s precisely what Apple has in mind with its long-rumored Apple Glasses project. According to Samsung Securities’ roadmap, we can expect to see the results of this endeavor in 2027, with glasses featuring 1.4-inch RGD microOLED or microLED displays. While the technical specifications are of some interest, I’m far more intrigued by the possibilities these glasses will unlock for users. (And given the price of the Vision Pro, pricing is certainly an area of curiosity as well.)

2. iPhone SE 4, 2025
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I’ll admit it—I’m a bit of a phone enthusiast. And as someone who closely follows the smartphone market, I’m particularly intrigued by how Apple will fare in a more competitive midrange segment, especially with the likes of Google, Samsung, and OnePlus offering formidable devices.

The buzz surrounding the iPhone SE 4 has been hard to ignore. It’s been widely speculated that when it finally debuts, it will adopt the sleeker, more modern design seen in the iPhone 11. While I’ve expressed doubts in the past about whether this move might be too little or too late, I’m open to revising my opinion if the next iPhone manages to introduce features like night mode or even a second camera lens. After all, even midrange phone users might want to capture spatial video, and that typically requires two rear cameras.

1. Foldable iPhone, 2026

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There seems to be a consensus emerging: a foldable iPhone is on the horizon. However, the exact timing remains a topic of debate, with Samsung Securities suggesting a 2026 release and another report hinting at early 2027 for the debut of the iPhone Flip (or whatever moniker Apple ultimately settles on). Suffice it to say, the anticipated launch date is still up in the air.

Nevertheless, one thing that remains certain is the intrigue surrounding how Apple’s rumored foldable device will fit into the ever-expanding landscape of foldable phones. Being first to market isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for success—after all, Apple wasn’t the pioneer in the smartphone arena, yet the iPhone revolutionized the industry.

Apple’s success in that instance stemmed from its ability to create a smartphone that surpassed all others. However, replicating such a feat in 2026 might prove challenging, as competitors will have had ample time to refine their offerings like the Galaxy Folds and OnePlus Opens.

What I’m eager to see from Apple is the introduction of a feature that renders foldable phones indispensable—a feature that prompts us to question why we ever hesitated to embrace foldable technology in the first place.

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