For Apple, 2021 is likely to be over – at least in terms of announcements of new hardware. While the AirPods Max arrived unexpectedly on December 15 last year, we do not expect a similar Hail Mary move this time around, so all eyes are on 2022.
And 2022 could be a huge year for Apple. Not only do we expect the usual refreshments of iPhones, MacBooks and iPads, but the company is expected to take its first step into a whole new product category with the launch of its AR glasses.
Here is everything we expect from Apple in 2022.
Apple in 2022: iPhones
Apple i 2022: iPhone 14
Since Apple has been releasing a flagship iPhone every year since 2007, no one seriously expects the company to take a break in 2022. The iPhone 14 will almost certainly arrive in September, as almost all other Apple flagship handsets have been launched.
It’s early days in terms of what to expect, but delicious Jon Prosser gave us an early look at the expected shape of the iPhone 14 Pro, with the notch finally removed and a new titanium frame. Said notch will reportedly lives on with the regular iPhone 14, which also apparently gets its own super-sized 6.7-inch ‘Max’ variant. The Mini – a long-standing sales disappointment for Apple – will apparently not be revived 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 said to arrive in the first quarter of 2022 – possibly March – and pack the same Apple A15 Bionic chip that will make the iPhone 13 family fly both in benchmarks and daily use.
Confusingly, it could 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 previously used the word “Plus” to denote larger screens, the reason here is to promote its 5G credentials – a first for the iPhone SE line.
Apple i 2022: Apple Watch
Apple i 2022: Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch Series 8 will, according to the first leak based on CAD files, look like the Apple Watch 7 … which in turn resembled the previous six generations of the Apple Watch.
But for the Apple Watch, it’s what’s inside that counts, and a ho-hum design can push Apple toward more bold changes to the interior. It’s too early to know for sure what this will mean – the Apple Watch tends to launch alongside flagship iPhones in September – but we have a fascinating early indication that it will involve a host of new health sensors.
Back in May, SEC documents showed that Apple is the largest customer of a company called Rockley Photonics, which happens to specialize in medical sensors for measuring everything from blood pressure to alcohol levels. At the time, the CEO said he expected the technology would arrive in consumer products by 2022, which is extremely exciting – especially given the long-standing rumors that Apple will one day hope to make diabetics’ lives easier with non-invasive blood glucose measurements .
Apple in 2022: Macs
Apple i 2022: iMac 2022
Earlier this year, Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac was transformed into the colorful, M1-powered 24-inch iMac. However, the 27-inch model retains the old look and Intel chipset. For now.
In 2022, it’s highly likely that the iMac with large screen will get a refresh, and a sleek one with an extremely strong track record – Dylandkt – believes it will be replaced by something branded as the iMac Pro. “Why should it be called that? To better distinguish this device from the iMac 24,” the delicious with an enviable 75% accuracy rating on AppleTrack tweeted. It will apparently have the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips seen in the new MacBook Pros, and comes with an enviable list of specs:
iMac (Pro) Promotion and Mini LedBase model 16gb Ram 512gb StorageM1 Pro and MaxDark bezelsHDMI, SD card, Usb CS-like design for iMac 24 and Pro Display XDRStart price of or over $ 2000 Ethernet on brick standardFace ID was tested (Not confirmed)October 30, 2021
Apple i 2022: Mac mini 2022
The Mac mini is less sure of a refresh, but the sleek LeaksApplePro expects a new model to come next year that may get the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for super users. If it does, it will likely have more ports and a new, slimmer design.
Apple in 2022: Mac Pro
Apple’s modular workstation is due to the Apple Silicon processing, but how is that a matter of speculation. The current system has 12 DIMM slots for up to 1.5 TB of RAM and eight PCIe slots for further expansion. Apple Silicon, meanwhile, is a fully integrated solution with integrated memory and integrated graphics. So it’s entirely possible that whatever Apple does with the Mac Pro will look very different from the current model or the company’s other M1-powered devices.
Although, as a Bloomberg report notes, a future Apple Silicon chip could have as many as 40 cores – 30 more than the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and 12 more than the current top-end Mac Pro with its 28-core Intel Xeon W processor. Given said machine starting at $ 12,999, it is safe to say that this will not be the preferred Mac for your average consumer.
Apple in 2022: MacBooks
Apple i 2022: MacBook Air 2022
The MacBook Air 2022 is ready for a bold new look that mimics the colorful range of available 24-inch iMacs. Instead of adopting the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the laptop is expected to get an upgraded M1 or M2 chip – after all, it’s for easier work than the Pro Macs.
Like the new MacBook Pro, it will reportedly get MagSafe charging back and may have a mini-LED screen, but probably not with a notch.
Apple in 2022: iPad
Apple i 2022: iPad Pro 2022
In reality, things are a bit quiet on the iPad front, but it would be a big surprise if the Pro model did not see a refresh in the spring. While it could have the M1 Pro chip that the latest MacBook Pros have, another rumor suggests that the next iPad may benefit from the first 3-nanometer chip, which can increase both performance and efficiency.
Apple in 2022: AirPods
Apple in 2022: AirPods Pro 2
AirPods Pro 2 is set to appear in the third quarter of 2022, according to the regular delicious FrontTron.
What can this offer compared to the first generation of Pro AirPods? A refined design with a shorter stem and probably a boost for noise reduction. There are also several built-in sensors to help with training tracking. All this will be necessary to separate it from the new AirPods 3, which apart from lacking ANC has strayed into AirPods Pro territory.
Apple in 2022: AR
Apple in 2022: Apple AR and VR headsets
This is one for the ‘maybe’ pile, but rumor has it that 2022 will see the first generation of Apple’s AR headsets. This is a big deal, as reports suggest that Apple sees such wearables as replacing the iPhone in the next decade.
The first generation of the Apple Mixed Reality headset will apparently offer similar computing power as the M1 chipset on Macs and may have two 4K micro OLED screens. In other words, it will probably not be cheap. While Ming-Chi Kuo says it will be a standalone product, others say it will require an iPhone or Mac, just as the first generation Apple Watch did.
2023 or later
Later Apple devices: Apple glasses
It’s very easy to confuse Apple Glasses – rumors in Google Glass style glasses – with the AR headset mentioned above, not least because there is a lot of crossing of possible patent applications. But so far, Apple Glasses are not expected until at least 2023, and given the current chip shortage, you would not 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 that the car will be shipped without a steering wheel or pedals, so even that could be extremely optimistic given the regulatory headache that a such product can cause governments all over the world.
Later Apple devices: iPhone SE with large screen
While next year’s low-cost handset may be called the iPhone SE Plus, the actual plus size SE is years away, according to analyst Ross Young, who predicts an ETA of 2024 for the big screen on a budget.
Later Apple devices: iPhone Flip
Apple’s first foldable phone, rumored to be called the iPhone Flip, will almost certainly not compete with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Ming-Chi Kuo, Jon Prosser and Mark Gurman all believe that 2023 is the earliest we will see it, with the latter suggesting that it is still two to three years away.