Apple has already had a busy start to 2022 with the announcement of the new Mac Studio, Studio Display, and more. However, there’s still plenty to come throughout the year, including the company’s latest round of new Macs as part of the Apple Silicon transition, iPhone 14, and more.
One of Apple’s most anticipated new products is a completely redesigned MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air is rumored to feature a flat-edged design, ditching the iconic tapered design which is thinner at the front and thicker towards the back.
Bloomberg reported that the M2 processor will have the same number of compute cores as the M1 but will run faster.
The new MacBook Air (or potentially just “MacBook”) is due out in mid-2022. It will be
would be “slightly” more expensive than the current MacBook Air, which starts at $999.
In related news, Apple is
also works on a new entry-level MacBook Pro powered by the same M2 chip. Apple Silicon Mac Pro confirmed
Unsurprisingly, the Apple Silicon transition will also continue through 2022 – and could be the year the transition is complete. According to
, Apple is planning a new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon. This machine could be about half the size of the current Mac Pro in terms of design. Bloomberg
Apple even teased the launch of the new Mac Pro at its special event in March. Apple Vice President John Ternus said, “There’s only one product left: the Mac Pro, but that’s for another day.”
The new Mac Pro is rumored to be available in 20 or 40 compute core configurations, consisting of 16 high-performance cores or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. GPU options would include 64 and 128 core options.
New iMac (but no 27-inch version)
While Apple introduced the all-new 24-inch iMac in April 2021, fans of the larger 27-inch iMac are still waiting. In fact, the 27-inch iMac was pulled from sale following the launch of the new Mac Studio and Studio Display.
While Apple was once said to be working on a 27-inch iMac powered by Apple Silicon,
9to5Mac exclusively recently reported that there is no 27-inch iMac in the near-term pipeline. While the company could certainly launch one in the future, we don’t expect it anytime soon.
That being said, Apple is working a
new version of the colorful 24-inch iMac powered by the new M2 chip. This machine should be released a little later in 2022. Redesigned iPad Pro
The iPad Pro received 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. Shortly after the 2021 iPad Pro was announced, rumors started circulating about what to expect from the next-gen model.
that Apple is developing a redesigned iPad Pro with a glass back. This change would allow the iPad Pro to support wireless charging for the first time, as well as reverse wireless charging. Bloomberg reported
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 charge that device. The power would be shared from the iPad Pro to the other device.
More recently, however,
its plans for an iPad Pro redesign. Instead of an all-glass back, the company is planning a larger glass Apple logo that would support wireless charging. 9to5Mac learned that Apple has reduced
Another change that would come with the 2022 iPad Pro is an extension of mini-LED display technology to the 11-inch iPad Pro for the first time. This is the display technology that first appeared on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021.
As for the release date, Apple has started a cadence of launching new iPad Pro models during the first half of the year, usually in the spring.
iPhone 14 without notch details
And, of course, we can’t forget the
iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 is rumored to be a major overhaul of the iPhone lineup, with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting the lineup to consist of two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch models.
The 2022 iPhone lineup might look like this in terms of marketing names: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Kuo says the iPhone 14 Max will represent the lowest price ever for a large 6.7-inch iPhone, potentially at around $900.
some previous reports suggested that the iPhone 14 could feature a design similar to the iPhone 4, the latest rumors say that Apple is planning a more modest redesign instead. In fact, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max should look almost identical to the current iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, however, are expected to ditch the notch. Kuo says the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48 megapixels, an increase over the 12 megapixel sensor of the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced and released in September 2022.
Apple Watch Series 8 with new health features
The Apple Watch line is also expected to be revamped in 2022. Kuo announced that Apple will release three new Apple Watch models in fall 2022, including a new premium Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, and the
previously announced robust sports version.
In terms of health technologies, the Apple Watch Series 8 should add a
body temperature sensorallowing for additional health and fitness tracking. AirPods Pro 2 with a new design and new features
Apple also plans to release new second-generation AirPods Pro in 2022. These AirPods Pro 2 are expected to emphasize health and fitness tracking technologies, as well as an all-new design. Kevin Lynch, Vice President of Apple
even mentioned the possibility of using AirPods to “generate different data” for health monitoring during an interview last year.
that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a “more compact” design that removes the stem that protrudes from the bottom stream of the AirPods Pro. It might look like Bloomberg reported the Amazon Echo buds, which feature a stemless design that is completely round and sits inside the user’s ear.
However, these changes are not guaranteed. Apple reportedly struggled to remove the AirPods Pro stem while including features like Transparency Mode, H1 chip, and noise cancellation. As such, Apple could settle for a less ambitious redesign of the AirPods Pro.
Other: iOS 16, AR/VR, and more
These are just the major new products we expect from Apple in 2022. There are many more possibilities on the table, including iterative updates to the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, new accessories, and more. Again. Apple is also expected to announce its latest round of software updates, including
iOS16 – to WWDC in June.
While 2022 is set to be the year of Apple’s AR/VR headset, more recent rumors say Apple has been
forced to postpone this launch to 2023 due to design and software issues. It’s still possible that Apple will preview the headset this year, but a release is apparently out of the question.
What are you most looking forward to seeing from Apple in 2022? Let us know in the comments!
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