Macs, iPads, and a big new iOS update–here’s what’s coming from Apple in March


February was an unusually big month for Apple this year because it all started with the release of Apple Vision Pro–the first major new product in a new category for Apple in a decade.

March should be another big month, with a significant new iOS release (especially for those in the EU) and possibly new Macs and iPads as well. Here’s what we think is coming from Apple in March.

New hardware releases: March event with new Macs, iPads, and more?

We’ve long heard that Apple is targeting March for several important new product releases—possibly at its first event of the year. The M3 MacBook Air (in both 13- and 15-inch varieties) should be on the way but don’t expect much more than an upgrade from the M2 to the M3 processor. The laptops will probably get Wi-Fi 6E support but we don’t expect any other changes.

The iPad lineup gets shaken up a little more. First, the iPad Air is expected to get two major new changes: the first is the availability of a new 12.9-inch model, and the second is a bump to the M2 processor. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 are also expected.

The iPad Pro will get even more changes. The new models will sport M3 processors, new OLED displays, and a slimmer design. The camera is rumored to be moved to the top edge when held horizontally (landscape), and there’s a rumor of a new redesigned Magic Keyboard. There might even be some sort of MagSafe charging system, though it’s unclear if this refers to the iPad-style MagSafe connector or the iPhone one.

Apple may introduce these products at an event in March—some years have them and some don’t. The March events of years past have been in the 2nd, 3rd, and last week of the month. There was even a spring event in April one year, but that was due to pandemic-related delays.

We haven’t heard of the imminent release of other products like AirPods, HomePods, Apple TV, or even an iPhone SE (which usually releases in the spring). But Apple is fond of introducing a new iPhone color in the spring, so it wouldn’t surprise us a new shade for the iPhone 15.

Apps and software updates

Apple has until March 6 to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, which requires the company to allow apps to be distributed through avenues outside the App Store and to allow apps to accept payment processors other than Apple’s for digital goods and services, among other things. All that is coming in iOS 17.4, which just got a release candidate at the end of February. Expect the iOS 17.4 release (and associated iPadOS, tvOS, and macOS updates) to drop on March 4 or 5.

iOS 17.4: ALong with the EU changes, this release also includes new emojis, virtual card numbers for Apple Cash accounts, transcripts in Podcasts, and more.

tvOS 17.4: Apple was going to introduce SharePlay for Apple Music in this release, but pulled it during the beta process. It’s unclear if it will return in the final release.

macOS 14.4: This release adds the new emoji as you’ll find in iOS and iPadOS 17.4, along with the improved iMessage security system. It will likely launch in mid-March


Apple TV+

Here are the shows, series, and movies we expect to release on Apple TV+ in TK. If you want to know what’s coming later, check our full guide to upcoming Apple TV+ content.

The Completely Made-up Adventures of Dick Turpin: Together with his gang of lovable rogues, Turpin rides the highs and lows of his new endeavors, including a brush with celebrity, all whilst trying to escape the clutches of the thief-taker. March 1

Napoleon: A big historical action epic film about Napoleon Bonaparte, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Ridley Scott. March 1

The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy (season 2): The seven-part second season of the country-hopping travel series follows Levy as he makes his way from the very north of Europe to the very south.  March 15

Manhunt: A limited series true crime story about the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. March 15

Palm Royale: A 10-episode comedy series. Set in 1969, it’s based on the true story of Maxine Simmons as she attempts to secure her place in Palm Beach high society. March 20

Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (season 2): With big changes affecting the Rock, the Fraggles, Doozers, and Gorgs, they will be forced to confront their past and celebrate their interdependence as they move through challenges together with hope, silliness and brand new songs, all while dancing their cares away … down at Fraggle Rock. March 29

Apple Arcade

Apple releases new games to Apple Arcade on the first Thursday of the month. That means March 7 for this month’s releases. Check our Apple Arcade FAQ for a full list of Apple Arcade games and more details on the service.

The Battle of Polytopia+: The unique turn-based strategy game from 2016 comes to Apple Arcade.

Bloons TD Battles 2+: Head-to-head tower defense battles.

Crayola Adventures: Story-telling adventure and minigames with lots of creative tools.

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