Apple in 2022: iPhone 14, new MacBook Air, Apple Watch 8 and more – Toms Guide
For Apple, 2021 is likely over — at least in terms of new hardware announcements. While the AirPods Max arrived unexpectedly on December 15 last year, we’re not expecting a similar Hail Mary move this time around, so all eyes are on 2022.
And 2022 could be a massive year for Apple. Not only are we anticipating the usual refreshes of iPhones, MacBooks and iPads, but the company is tipped to be taking its first step into a whole new product category with the launch of its AR glasses.
Here’s everything we’re expecting from Apple in 2022.
Apple in 2022: iPhones
Apple in 2022: iPhone 14
Given Apple has released a flagship iPhone every year since 2007, nobody seriously expects the company to take a break in 2022. The iPhone 14 is almost certainly going to arrive in September, given that’s when almost every other flagship Apple handset has launched.
But that’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 be arriving in the first quarter of 2022 — possibly March — packing the same Apple A15 Bionic chip that makes the iPhone 13 family fly both in benchmarks and day-to-day use.
Confusingly, it could be called the iPhone SE Plus despite packing 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 rationale here is to promote its 5G credentials — a first for the iPhone SE line.
But for the Apple Watch, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and a ho-hum design could push Apple towards more bold changes to the internals. It’s too early to know for sure what this will entail — the Apple Watch tends to launch alongside flagship iPhones in September — but we have a fascinating early indication that it will involve a whole host of new health sensors.
Earlier this year, Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac transformed into the colorful, M1-powered 24-inch iMac. The 27-inch model, however, retains the old look and Intel chipset. For now.
In 2022, it’s highly likely that the big-screen iMac will get a refresh and one leaker with an extremely strong track record — Dylandkt — believes that it’ll be replaced by something branded as the iMac Pro. “Why will it be called this? To better distinguish this device from the iMac 24,” the leaker with an enviable 75% accuracy rating on AppleTracktweeted. It will apparently feature the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips seen in the new MacBook Pros, and come with an enviable list of specs:
iMac (Pro)Promotion and Mini LedBase model 16gb Ram 512gb StorageM1 Pro and MaxDark bezelsHDMI, SD Card, Usb CSimilar design to iMac 24 and Pro Display XDRStarting price at or over 2000 dollarsEthernet on brick standardFace ID was tested (Not confirmed)1H 2022October 30, 2021
Apple’s modular workstation is due the Apple Silicon treatment, but quite how is a matter of speculation. The current system has 12 DIMM slots for up to 1.5TB of RAM and eight PCIe slots for further expansion. Apple Silicon, meanwhile, is a fully integrated solution with unified 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.
Though, 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 starts at $12,999, it’s safe to say this won’t be the go-to Mac for your average consumer, mind.
Apple in 2022: MacBooks
Apple in 2022: MacBook Air 2022
The MacBook Air 2022 is set to get a bold new look, mimicking the colorful range of 24-inch iMacs available. Rather than adopting the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the laptop is expected to get an upgraded M1 or M2 chip — it is, after all, for lighter work than the Pro Macs.
In truth, things are a little quiet on the iPad front, but it would be a big surprise if the Pro model didn’t see a refresh in the spring. While it could feature the M1 Pro chip as the recent MacBook Pros have, another rumor suggests that the next iPad could benefit from the first 3-nanometer chip, which could boost both performance and efficiency.
It’s very easy to confuse Apple Glasses — rumored Google Glass style eyewear — with the AR headset mentioned above, not least because there’s much crossover of possible patent applications. But for now, Apple Glasses aren’t expected until at least 2023, and given the current chip shortages, you wouldn’t be surprised if they slipped further into the future.
Later Apple devices: Apple Car
The long anticipated Apple Car is still years away, with Bloomberg predicting a 2025 launch. However, the same report suggests the car will ship with no steering wheel or pedals, so even that could be extremely optimistic, given the regulatory headache such a product could cause governments worldwide.