December has been a quiet month on the Apple release front, as it often is (with a few notable exceptions). With so many consumers having already started – or even finished – their Christmas shopping around the beginning of December, it makes little sense for tech companies to post a lot in the last month of the year.
But with a new year comes new hope, and there’s a good chance Apple will start unblocking its product pipes in January. New models of iPhones, iPads, Macs, MacBooks, and AirPods are in the works for an imminent launch, and the company will start releasing fairly soon.
Our suspicion, given past behavior, is that Apple is going again keep things calm in january, and reserve most of its big launches for a spring event – most likely in March or April. But we’ve listed the possibilities below, along with the chances of them occurring.
To see how we came up with our prediction the last time we did one of these, check out our article on new Apple products for December 2021.
A new Mac mini
The theme of this article, and one phrase you’ll read more than once, is “Maybe now, but more likely in the spring”. And that is our prediction for the next Mac mini.
A new mini is definitely on the way, and it was a surprise when it didn’t show up alongside other new Macs at Apple’s event in October, especially since it should focus more. on business users. (Rather than replacing the current mini M1, the next model will be alongside it as a more powerful alternative.)
Writing in late August, knowledgeable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman predicted that the new Mac mini would launch “in the next few months,” which could certainly apply to a January launch, but could just as plausibly apply to an outing in the spring.
It’s all about the timing: when is the right time to launch a pro-oriented Mac mini? If Apple has plenty of other plans to discuss at its March / April event – the iPad Air, MacBook (not Air), and AirPods Pro, let’s say – then it could roll out the Mac mini in January to dump a bit. the bridges.
What we’re saying, basically, is that there is definitely a chance. You can keep up with the latest rumors with our new Mac mini hub.
iPad Air (5th generation)
We have been spoiled with updates to the iPad in 2021, with new versions of the iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Pro. But one name missing from the list was the iPad Air, which was last updated in 2020. It’s overdue for some love in 2022.
It probably won’t happen – join in if you know the words – before a spring event in March or April, both due to the greater publicity at an appropriate event and because the latest iPad reveal was still relatively new: If the Air was that close to preparation, you’d expect Apple to announce it alongside the new iPad mini and 10.2-inch iPad in September.
But, like the Mac mini, the new iPad Air is more likely to appear in January than it was in December, so there’s cause for optimism. Do you want more information? Direct the browser of your choice to our new, regularly updated iPad Air guide.
Odds: 3.5 / 10
MacBook Air (or just MacBook?)
This is a key launch for Apple’s laptop line, which appears to be heading for a major revamp.
If reports are to be believed, the Air is going to be significantly redesigned (including the loss of its characteristic “wedge” shape), given a range of vibrant new colors and a powerful M2 processor, and renamed simply MacBook. It will be bloated to such an extent that, as Samuel Nyberg argued in our Different Think column, the cheaper MacBook Pro will look rather useless.
All of this is expected to happen in the first half of 2022. Of course, the fact that this is such an important launch means it’s less likely to be slipped into a press release: the event of Apple’s spring, or WWDC in June, is more plausible to launch windows. Stay up to date with the latest rumors with our guide to the MacBook Air 2022.
AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
We thought there was an external chance that Apple would incorporate the launch of the second-gen AirPods Pro into its December plans, just as it had done with the AirPods Max a year earlier. The long plan hasn’t taken off, and the wait continues for a follow-up to a popular product released as long as fall 2019.
With the Christmas complications out of the way, the new AirPods Pro are now a much better bet. It’s been a really long time since they launched, leaving them deeply eclipsed by the cheaper and much newer AirPods 3. They need to be updated, and soon.
Our money stays on the spring, but there’s a real chance these will arrive sooner than that. Check out the latest rumors in our AirPods Pro (2022) news hub.
Bigger iMac (or iMac Pro?)
It’s tempting to think of the iMac as one product, but Apple sells two very distinct lines: cheaper models for consumers (right now that means the 24in iMac from April) and focused models on professionals with larger screens. The mainstream line is up to date, but the bigger models are still based on Intel chips and are in dire need of an update.
At the moment, the larger iMac has a 27-inch display, but it is expected to reach 30 or even 32 inches. And Apple will of course add M-class processors – likely the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips from the MacBook Pro. Some experts expect the larger iMac model to be renamed iMac Pro (remember the name?) To reflect its increased power.
Our feeling is that Apple will probably wait until summer to announce the new, larger iMac, or spring at the earliest. A revelation in January is a long shot, we’re afraid of it. You can find more information about this important launch in our new iMac hub.
iPod touch (8th generation)
The mysterious iPod touch update, which we mentioned in our last two prediction articles, continues to push the odds scale down.
In May 2020, we covered reports that a new key was in development and would launch in the fall of 2021. It doesn’t, which obviously makes us doubt the rumor, but it’s possible. that it was delayed rather than canceled.
Last month, we explained that any Apple launch is likely to take place via a press release rather than a special event, as the events of December are nearly unknown. The have There have been a few January events in the past – the original iPad was announced in January 2010, regular readers will remember – but we’re unlikely to get one this year.
For this reason, we find the idea of a Mac Pro launch in January very unconvincing; Many of the products on this list could presumably be released via press release, but not the flagship Mac Pro. The WWDC is a perfect fit for such a machine, but it wasn’t until June.
In the meantime, check out the latest leaks and rumors in our new Mac Pro Rumor Summary.
The highly anticipated 2020 iPhone SE follow-up is expected to land in the first half of 2022, with spring being the most likely launch window. Several reports pointed to March or April 2022.
A change in this apparent timing is of course possible, and we have increased the probability by 0.1 in our December forecast. But Apple is more rigid with its iPhone plans than anything else, and a January launch would be a shock.
Want to know more? Visit our regularly updated iPhone SE (2022) news hub.
Odds: 0.5 / 10
This is how we see January unfolding, but come back towards the end of the month to see if our forecast was warm or not – and to read our forecast for February. Things should start to improve as we head into the spring launch window.
For longer-term speculation, read our guide to all the new Apple products coming in 2022.