Apple had a remarkably busy 2021, announcing its latest round of new Macs amid the Apple Silicon transitioning, the new iPhone 13, long-awaited AirTag item tracker, and much more. Looking ahead to 2022, there are even more new devices on the way across all of Apple’s major product categories — and even the potential for an all-new product category.
One of the most hotly-anticipated new products on the way from Apple is a completely revamped MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air is rumored to feature a flat-edged design, ditching the iconic tapering design that is slimmer at the front and gets thicker towards the back.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also reported that the 2022 MacBook Air will come in additional colors, similar to the colors of the 24-inch iMac. Also similar to the iMac, the new MacBook Air will reportedly feature white bezels and a white keyboard. There are also rumors that the MacBook Air could feature a notch similar to the new MacBook Pro, but it’s unclear if this will actually come to fruition.
Finally in terms of processor power, the new MacBook Air will reportedly be the first Mac powered by the next-generation M2 chip. Bloomberg has reported that the M2 processor will have the same number of computing cores as the M1 but run faster.
The new MacBook Air (or potentially just “MacBook”) is reportedly slated for a release sometime in mid-2022. It will reportedly be “slightly” more expensive than the current MacBook Air, which starts at $999.
Mac mini and Mac Pro
Unsurprisingly, the Apple Silicon transition will also continue into 2022 — and could be the year that the transition is completed. According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning a new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon. This machine could be around half the size of the current Mac Pro in terms of design.
The new Mac Pro is rumored to come in 20 or 40 computing core configurations, made up of 16 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. GPU options would reportedly include 64-core and 128-core options.
Meanwhile, Apple is also reportedly planning a new so-called “Mac mini Pro” with a new-generation of industrial design. Jon Prosser has reported that the new Mac mini will feature a new external chassis with a “plexiglass-like” reflective surface on the top, in an otherwise aluminum enclosure.
While Apple introduced the all-new 24-inch iMac in April of 2021, fans of the larger 27-inch iMac are still waiting. In fact, the 27-inch iMac is one of the few Intel-powered machines still available in Apple’s Mac lineup today.
As such, Apple is widely expected to debut a new 27-inch iMac powered by Apple Silicon in 2022. The new iMac is likely to feature a high-end Apple Silicon chip on the inside, while rumors also indicate miniLED display and ProMotion technology will come to the iMac for the first time.
Rumors have indicated that the iMac will feature a base model configuration of 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, just like the new MacBook Pro. Ports on the new iMac will reportedly include an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and multiple USB-C/Thunderbolt connections.
The iPad Pro got a notable update in 2021 with a transition to the M1 chip for power as well as a mini-LED display in the 12.9-inch. Not long after the 2021 iPad Pro was announced, rumors started circulating about what to expect from the next-generation model.
Bloomberg has reported that Apple is developing a redesigned iPad Pro with a glass back. This change would allow for the iPad Pro to support wireless charging for the first time, as well as reverse wireless charging. Reverse wireless charging would allow you to place a wireless charging-compatible device, such as an iPhone or AirPods, on the back of the iPad Pro to recharge that device. The power would be shared from the iPad Pro to the other device.
More recently, however, 9to5Mac learned that Apple has scaled back its plans for an iPad Pro redesign. Instead of a completely glass back, the company is planning a larger glass Apple logo that would support wireless charging.
Another change reportedly coming with the 2022 iPad Pro is an expansion of mini-LED display technology to the 11-inch iPad Pro for the first time. This is the display technology that first came to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021.
As for a release date, Apple has gotten into a cadence of releasing new iPad Pro models during the first half of the year, usually in the spring.
iPad Air 5
In addition to a new iPad Pro, Apple is also reportedly planning a new fifth-generation iPad Air that could be released as soon as this spring. The new iPad Air is said to feature an A15 Bionic chip on the inside, an upgraded 12MP ultra-wide front-facing camera (with Center Stage support), and 5G connectivity.
iPhone SE 3
Moving on to the iPhone, the first new iPhone we expect from Apple in 2022 is a new third-generation iPhone SE. This iPhone SE 3 is expected to be similar to the current iPhone SE, but with the addition of an A15 chip on the side and 5G connectivity.
In fact, one analyst even believes that the iPhone SE 3 with 5G could turn a billion Android users into switchers.
While rumors have suggested that Apple is also working on some sort of iPhone SE Plus with a larger display, this isn’t expected in 2022. The iPhone SE 3, however, is expected to come sometime during the first half of the year with an A15 chip and 5G support. A more radical update to the iPhone SE could be on the table for 2023.
And, of course, we can’t forget the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 is rumored to be a major overhaul to the iPhone lineup, with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that the lineup will consist of two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models.
The 2022 iPhone lineup could look something like this in terms of marketing names: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Kuo says that the iPhone 14 Max will represent the lowest price ever for a large 6.7-inch iPhone, potentially at around $900.
Leaker Jon Prosser has also corroborated these changes, and indicated that the iPhone 14 will feature a design similar to the iPhone 4.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature a new hole-punch design. If the punch-hole design sounds familiar, that’s because it’s currently used on many high-end Android flagships. It makes sense for Apple to adopt this design with the iPhone 14, with the “punch-hole” housing the camera that’s currently located in the notch.
The iPhone 14 will also include dramatic improvements to the front-facing camera, according to Kuo. In terms of the rear camera, Kuo says the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixels, an increase from the 12-megapixel sensor in iPhone 12.
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced and released sometime in September of 2022.
Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch lineup is also expected to be overhauled in 2022. Kuo has reported that Apple will release three new Apple Watch models in the fall of 2022, including a new high-end Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, and the previously-rumored rugged sports version.
In terms of health technologies, the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to add a body temperature sensor, enabling additional health and fitness tracking.
Unfortunately, we’re still waiting on more details about what to expect from the Apple Watch Series 8 and other models coming in 2022.
AirPods Pro 2
Apple is also reportedly planning new second-generation AirPods Pro for release in 2022. These AirPods Pro 2 are expected to feature a new focus on health tracking and fitness technologies, as well as an all-new design. Apple VP Kevin Lynch even mentioned the possibility of using AirPods to “father different data” for health monitoring in an interview in June.
Bloomberg has reported that the second-gen AirPods Pro will feature a “more compact” design that removes the stem that current sticks out from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. This could be similar to the Amazon Echo buds, which feature a stem-less design that is completely round and rests inside the user’s ear.
These changes, however, are not guaranteed. Apple is said to have faced challenges removing the AirPods Pro stem while also still including features like transparency mode, the H1 chip, and noise cancellations. As such, Apple might settle on a less ambitious redesign of the AirPods Pro.
Last but not least, 2022 will also reportedly be the year that Apple releases the first iteration of its long-rumored AR/VR headset…maybe. Apple is reportedly working on a high-end Apple Headset with a pair of 8K displays and performance that is on par with the M1 Pro chip used in the newest MacBook Pros.
Bloomberg recently reported, however, that Apple has faced some hardware and software issues with the development of this headset. Particularly, the headset is reportedly overheating issues as well as issues related to the cameras and software.
These production bumps could ultimately derail Apple’s plans to announce the headset in 2022. The company had reportedly hopped to announce the product as soon as WWDC in June, but now it’s possible the announcement and release is pushed to 2023.
These are just the major new products we expect from Apple in 2022. There are many other possibilities on the table, including iterative updates to the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, new accessories, and much more.
What are you most excited to see from Apple in 2022? Let us know down in the comments!
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