Apple is already off to a busy start to 2022 by announcing the new Mac Studio, Studio Display, and more. However, there’s still plenty to come during the rest of the year, including the company’s latest round of new Macs amid the Apple Silicon transition, the iPhone 14, and more.
Apple products coming in 2022
MacBook Air redesign details
The completely revamped MacBook Air is one of the most awaited new products on the way from Apple. The new MacBook Air is rumored to feature a flat-edged design, ditching the iconic tapered design that’s slimmer at the front and thicker at the back.
Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also reported that the 2022 MacBook Air will come in additional colors, similar to those of the 24-inch iMac. Also similar to the iMac, the new MacBook Air will have white frames and a white keyboard. There are also rumors that the MacBook Air could feature a similar notch to the new MacBook Pro, but it’s unclear if this will actually pay off.
Finally, in terms of processor power, the new MacBook Air is said to be the first Mac powered by the next-generation M2 chip. Bloomberg You mentioned that the M2 processor will have the same number of computing cores as the M1 but run faster.
The new MacBook Air (or just “MacBook”) is said to be released sometime in the middle of 2022. It’s said to be “slightly” more expensive than the current MacBook Air, which starts at $999.
In related news, Apple is also working on a new entry-level MacBook Pro powered by the same M2 chip.
Apple Silicon Mac Pro confirmed
Unsurprisingly, Apple’s Silicon transition will also run into 2022 – which could be the year the transition is complete. to me BloombergApple is planning a new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon. This device could be about half the size of the current Mac Pro in terms of design.
Apple even teased the launch of the new Mac Pro during its March event. “That leaves only one product to work: the Mac Pro, but that’s for another day,” said Apple Vice President John Ternus.
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. The GPU options will reportedly include 64-core and 128-core options.
The new iMac (but no 27-inch version)
While Apple introduced the all-new 24-inch iMac in April of 2021, fans of the larger 27-inch iMac are still waiting for them. In fact, the 27-inch iMac was removed from sale after the launch of the new Mac Studio and Studio Display.
While Apple has been rumored to be working on a 27-inch iMac powered by Apple Silicon, 9to5Mac I recently exclusively mentioned that there is no 27-inch iMac in the pipeline for the near term. While the company could certainly launch one in the future, we’re not expecting that any time soon.
However, Apple is working on a new version of the 24-inch color iMac powered by the new M2 chip. This device is expected to be launched later in 2022.
iPad Pro redesign
The iPad Pro got a notable update in 2021 with the move to the M1 chip for power as well as a tiny 12.9-inch LED display. Soon after the 2021 iPad Pro was announced, rumors started circulating about what to expect from the next generation model.
Bloomberg You mentioned that Apple is developing a redesigned iPad Pro with a glass back. This change will allow the iPad Pro to support wireless charging for the first time, as well as reverse wireless charging.
Reverse wireless charging allows you to place a wireless charging compatible device, such as iPhone or AirPods, on the back of your iPad Pro to recharge that device. Power will be shared from the iPad Pro to the other device.
Recently, however, 9to5Mac I learned that Apple has scaled back its plans to redesign the iPad Pro. Instead of an all-glass back, the company is planning a larger glass Apple logo that would support wireless charging.
Another change said to come with the 2022 iPad Pro is the expansion of small LED display technology to the 11-inch iPad Pro for the first time. This is the display technology that debuted in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021.
As for the release date, Apple got into the rhythm of launching new iPad Pro models during the first half of the year, usually in the spring.
iPhone 14 without cutting 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 that the lineup will consist of two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models.
The iPhone 2022 lineup could 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.
While some previous reports suggested the iPhone 14 could feature a design similar to the iPhone 4, the latest rumor has it that Apple is planning a more modest redesign instead. In fact, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to look almost identical to the current iPhone 13.
Instead of a notch, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature a new bead + hole design. It only makes sense that Apple would adopt this design with the iPhone 14, with a “hole” for the camera currently in the notch.
The iPhone 14 will also include significant improvements to the front camera, according to Kuo, with auto focus support for the first time. In terms of the rear camera, Kuo says the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48MP, up from the iPhone 12’s 12MP sensor.
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced and released sometime in September 2022.
Apple Watch Series 8 with new health features
The Apple Watch range is also expected to be overhauled in 2022. Kuo has reported that Apple will release three new Apple Watch models in fall 2022, including the new high-end Apple Watch Series 8, the new Apple Watch SE, and 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 for more details on what to expect from the Apple Watch Series 8 and other models coming in 2022.
AirPods Pro 2 with new design and features
Apple is also reportedly planning to release the second generation of AirPods Pro in 2022. The AirPods Pro 2 are expected to feature a new focus on health and fitness tracking technologies, as well as an all-new design. Apple’s Kevin Lynch VP mentioned the ability to use AirPods to “get different data” for health monitoring in an interview last year.
Bloomberg It mentioned that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a “straighter” design that removes the stem that protrudes the stream from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. This may be similar to the Amazon Echo buds, which feature a completely round stemless design that rests inside the user’s ear.
These changes, however, are not guaranteed. Apple is said to have had challenges removing the stem of the AirPods Pro while still including features like transparency mode, H1 chip, and noise cancellation. As such, Apple may be settling on a less ambitious redesign of the AirPods Pro.
Others: iOS 16, AR/VR, and more
These are just the major new products we expect from Apple in 2022. There are many other possibilities on the table, including frequent updates to the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, new accessories, and more. Apple is also expected to announce its latest round of software updates – including iOS 16 – at WWDC in June.
While 2022 is expected to be the year of Apple’s AR/VR headset, recent rumors say that Apple was forced to delay that launch until 2023 due to design and software issues. Apple may still give a preview of the headset this year, but a release seems out of the question.
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