Every new Apple release that’s coming in February 2021

Apple started 2021 the way it finished 2020: with a bang. While we haven’t gotten any hardware releases in 2021 yet, Apple had a fantastic start to the year, announcing a record-breaking quarter with a whopping $111 billion dollars in revenue on the backs of double-digit growth in every product category. It also outlined the ways it would be using its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, including the building of the Propel Center, “a “first-of-its-kind global innovation and learning hub,” in Atlanta.

But now that the calendar’s changed to February, here are all of the products, software updates, TV shows, and releases Apple is planning for the month, along with a few things we hope to see before March.

New products

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple announced last week that a new limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6 will be available throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. The watch is the space gray aluminum model with “Black Unity” inscribed on the back and paired with a special-edition black-red-and-green sport band that “pays homage to the rich tradition and craft of quilting in the Black community and celebrates the colors of the Pan-African flag.” It’s the first time Apple has offered a special-edition Apple Watch that didn’t cost $10,000 and is almost certain to be a collector’s item.

Black Unity Sport Band

If you don’t want to spend $399 on a new Apple Watch, the Black Unity Sport Band is available separately. Apple will begin selling the band in February, but it will be available throughout 2021. Like the Pride Band released last year, the Black Unity band is hand-assembled from individual pieces of black, red, and green fluoroelastomer so no two bands will be alike. It will sell for $49.

Apps and software updates

IOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5

Apple only just released iOS 14.4 at the end of January, but it shouldn’t be long before the first beta of iOS 14.5 arrives. Apple already teased a major new feature that targets ad tracking that should appear in the developer beta when it arrives in the first or second week of February, followed by the public beta shortly afterward.

macOS Big Sur 11.2

Big Sur 11.2 is already on its third beta, so it’s likely to be released to the general public in February. There aren’t any new features to speak of, but it should squash any bugs plaguing your new M1 Mac. Of note, the update will also deactivate the exclusion list that allows Apple’s own apps to bypass third-party firewalls and VPN programs.

iCloud Passwords Chrome extension

In late January, Apple updated its iCloud for Windows 10 app with some bug fixes and interface changes, but there’s one feature that wasn’t quite ready for launch: iCloud Passwords. inside the “Passwords” section in the app, there’s a new toggle to access your iCloud keychain, but it’s not yet functional. Rather, it prompts you to download the iCloud Passwords extension for Chrome, which isn’t available yet. But we expect it any day now.


Apple TV+

The Snoopy Show

Apple’s newest Peanuts property, The Snoopy Show, lands on February 5 with a series of episodes consisting of three seven-minute cartoons, according to Deadline. The entire season will likely land all at once based on Apple’s prior kids’ releases on Apple TV+.