For Apple, 2021 is probably over, at least in terms of new hardware announcements. While the AirPods Max unexpectedly arrived on December 15 of last year, we don’t expect a similar move from Hail Mary this time around, so all eyes are on 2022.
And 2022 could be a huge year for Apple. Not only are we anticipating the usual updates to iPhones, MacBooks, and iPads, but the company is set to take its first steps into a whole new product category with the launch of its AR glasses.
Here’s everything we expect from Apple in 2022.
Apple in 2022: iPhones
Apple in 2022: iPhone 14
Given that Apple has released a flagship iPhone every year since 2007, no one seriously expects the company to take a hiatus in 2022. The iPhone 14 will almost certainly arrive in September, given that nearly every other handset is Apple flagships have been launched.
What to expect is just the start, but leaker Jon Prosser gave us a glimpse of the expected shape of the iPhone 14 Pro, with the notch finally removed and a new titanium frame. Said notch will be would live with the standard iPhone 14, which will also apparently get its own tall 6.7-inch ‘Max’ variant. The mini – a long-standing disappointment for Apple – apparently won’t be relaunched for a third year.
Apple in 2022: iPhone SE 3
But it’s still a long way off, and before that, Apple will apparently have a treat for its fans on a budget. The iPhone SE 3 is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2022 – possibly in March – containing the same Apple A15 Bionic chip that is flying the iPhone 13 family in both benchmarks and everyday use.
Confusingly, it might be called the iPhone SE Plus despite having the same 4.7-inch screen size and iPhone 8-like design as its 2020 predecessor (Home button and all). While Apple has used the word “Plus” to refer to larger screens in the past, the rationale here is to promote its 5G credentials – a first for the iPhone SE line.
Apple in 2022: Apple Watch
Apple in 2022: Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch Series 8 will, according to the first CAD-based leak, look a bit like the Apple Watch 7 … which in turn looked like the previous six generations of Apple Watch.
But for the Apple Watch, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, and a ho-hum design could push Apple to make some bolder changes on the inside. It’s too early to know for sure what that will entail – the Apple Watch tends to launch alongside flagship iPhones in September – but we have a fascinating first indication that it will involve a whole slew of new health sensors.
In May, SEC documents showed Apple was the biggest customer of a company called Rockley Photonics, which specializes in medical sensors to measure everything from blood pressure to alcohol. At the time, the CEO said he expected the technology to hit consumer products in 2022, which is hugely exciting, especially given long-standing rumors that Apple is hoping to someday facilitate. the lives of diabetics with non-invasive blood sugar measurements.
Note that we also hear that Apple may launch three new Apple Watches in 2022, which will include an Apple Watch SE 2 and possibly a new rugged Apple Watch targeting outdoor enthusiasts. This information comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and his Power On newsletter.
Apple in 2022: Macs
Apple in 2022: iMac 2022
Earlier this year, Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac morphed into a colorful, M1-powered 24-inch iMac. The 27-inch model, however, retains the old look and the Intel chipset. For the moment.
In 2022, it’s highly likely that the big-screen iMac will get a refresh and a leaker with an extremely strong track record – Dylandkt – believes it will be replaced by something branded like the iMac Pro. “Why will he be called that?” To better distinguish this device from the iMac 24 “, the leaker with an enviable accuracy rate of 75% on AppleTrack tweeted. It will apparently feature the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips seen in the new MacBook Pros, and will come with an enviable list of specs:
iMac (Pro) Promotion and model Mini LedBase 16 GB Ram 512 GB StorageM1 Pro and MaxDark bezelsHDMI, SD card, Usb CSDesign similar to iMac 24 and Pro Display XDRStarting price at or more than 2000 dollarsEthernet on standard brickFace ID has been tested (No confirmed) 1H 2022October 30, 2021
Apple in 2022: Mac mini 2022
The Mac mini is less sure of a refresh, but the LeaksApplePro leaker reckons that a new model will arrive next year, possibly getting the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for power users. If that happens, it will likely feature more ports and a new, slimmer design.
Apple in 2022: Mac Pro
Apple’s modular workstation is due to Apple Silicon treatment, but that’s entirely a matter of speculation. The current system has 12 DIMM slots for up to 1.5TB of RAM and eight PCIe slots for further expansion. Apple Silicon, on the other hand, is a fully integrated solution with unified memory and integrated graphics. So it’s entirely possible that whatever Apple does with the Mac Pro is very different from the current model or the company’s other M1 devices.
However, as a report from Bloomberg notes, a future Apple Silicon chip could have up to 40 cores – 30 more than the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and 12 more than the current high-end Mac Pro with its Intel Xeon. W with 28 cores. processor. Considering that this machine starts at $ 12,999, it’s safe to say this won’t be the Mac of choice for your average consumer, beware.
Apple in 2022: MacBooks
Apple in 2022: MacBook Air 2022
The MacBook Air 2022 is expected to have a bold new look, mimicking the colorful array of 24-inch iMacs available. Rather than adopting the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the laptop should receive an upgraded M1 or M2 chip – after all, this is a lighter job than the Pro Macs.
Like the new MacBook Pro, MagSafe would charge and may or may not feature a mini-LED display, but probably not with a notch.
Apple in 2022: iPad
Apple in 2022: iPad Pro 2022
In truth, things are a bit quiet on the iPad front, but it would be a big surprise if the Pro model didn’t see a spring refresh. While it might feature the M1 Pro chip like the recent MacBook Pros, another rumor suggests that the next iPad might benefit from the first 3-nanometer chip, which could improve both performance and efficiency.
Apple in 2022: AirPods
Apple in 2022: AirPods Pro 2
The AirPods Pro 2 are expected to appear in the third quarter of 2022, according to regular frontTron leaker.
What could this offer compared to the first generation AirPods Pro? A sleek design with a shorter shank and possibly a noise canceling boost. There is also talk of more built-in sensors to facilitate fitness tracking. All of this will be necessary to differentiate it from the new AirPods 3, which apart from the lack of ANC has strayed into AirPods Pro territory.
Apple in 2022: RA
Apple in 2022: Apple AR and VR headset
That’s one for the “maybe” stack, but rumor has it that 2022 will see Apple’s first generation AR headset. That’s a big deal, as reports suggest Apple is seeing these portable devices as the iPhone’s replacement for the next decade or so.
The first generation of the Apple Mixed Reality headset will apparently offer similar computing power to Macs’ M1 chipset and may feature two micro OLED 4K displays. In other words, it probably won’t be cheap. While Ming-Chi Kuo says it will be a standalone product, others say it will require an iPhone or Mac, just like the first-generation Apple Watch.
A report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple’s new mixed reality headset will have three great features: gaming, media consumption, and communication. “Games should be a priority for the machine, especially since it will have multiple processors, a fan, very high-resolution displays and its own App Store,” writes Gurman.
2023 or later
Later Apple devices: Apple glasses
Apple Glasses – rumored Google Glass-style glasses – are very easy to confuse with the aforementioned AR headset, not least because there are a lot of possible patent application crossovers. But for now, Apple glasses aren’t expected until at least 2023, and given the current chip shortage, you wouldn’t be surprised if they slipped further into the future.
Later Apple devices: Apple Car
The long-awaited Apple Car is still years away, with Bloomberg predicting a launch in 2025. However, the same report suggests the car will ship without a steering wheel or pedals, so even that could be extremely optimistic, given the regulatory headache. that such a product could cause to governments around the world.
Later Apple devices: the big screen iPhone SE
While next year’s low-cost handset might be called the iPhone SE Plus, the actual plus-sized SE is years away, according to analyst Ross Young, who is forecasting a 2024 ETA for a large screen with a. limited budget.
Newer Apple devices: iPhone Flip
Apple’s first foldable phone, which would be called the iPhone Flip, certainly won’t compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Ming-Chi Kuo, Jon Prosser, and Mark Gurman all think 2023 is the earliest date we’ll see him, the latter suggesting it’s still two or three years away.