The first half of 2022 was incredibly busy, with the introduction of Mac Studio, Studio Display, a completely redesigned MacBook Air, and more. Apple also unveiled its next round of software updates, including iOS 16, at WWDC in June.
But Apple’s year is far from over, and there are still plenty of announcements to come. Here is everything we know.
Apple Silicon’s transition will continue into the rest of 2022, and this could be the year the transition is complete. 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.
Apple even teased the launch of the new Mac Pro during its special event in March. Apple Vice President John Ternus said, “That leaves just one more product: Mac Pro, but that’s for another day.”
The new Mac Pro is rumored to come in 20 or 40 compute core configurations, made up of 16 or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. GPU options would reportedly include 64-core and 128-core options.
Redesigned iPad Pro
The iPad Pro got a notable upgrade in 2021 with a transition to the M1 chip for power, as well as a 12.9-inch mini-LED display. Not long after the iPad Pro 2021 was announced, rumors began to circulate 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 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, like an iPhone or AirPods, on the back of the iPad Pro to recharge that device. Power would be shared from the iPad Pro to the other device.
More recently, however, 9to5Mac has learned that Apple has scaled back its plans for an iPad Pro redesign. Instead of an all-glass back, the company is planning a larger glass Apple logo that supports 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 the release date, iPadOS 16 is expected to launch sometime in October. The current rumor is that the new iPad Pro hardware will also launch at the same time.
In addition to the new high-end iPad Pro, Apple also plans to refresh its more affordable iPad this year. The 10th-generation iPad is expected to launch this fall and could be the biggest update to the entry-level iPad in years.
The current 9th-generation iPad features the A13 Bionic chip, but this year’s entry-level iPad will be powered by the A14 Bionic chip. According to 9to5Mac sources, the 10th generation iPad will join the more expensive iPads as it will also bring support for faster 5G networks.
The new iPad 10 is also rumored to switch to USB-C from Lightning for charging and data transfer. The form factor is also expected to be upgraded with flat edges similar to the iPad Pro, iPad Pro, and iPad mini.
You can learn more about the iPad 10 in our full roundup here.
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 will consist of two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models. inches.
The 2022 iPhone lineup might look like this in terms of trade 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 around $900.
While some earlier 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. In fact, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to look nearly identical to the current iPhone 13.
However, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are rumored to ditch the notch.
Instead of the notch, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature a new pill-shaped + perforated design. It makes sense for Apple to adopt this design with the iPhone 14, with the “hole punch” that houses the camera currently sitting in the notch.
The iPhone 14 will also include dramatic front-facing camera improvements, according to Kuo, with support for autofocus for the first time. As for the rear camera, Kuo says that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixels, an increase over the 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced and launch sometime in September 2022. While there have been rumors of a delay, the latest reports suggest that everything is on schedule for a September release.
Apple Watch Series 8 with new health features
The Apple Watch lineup is also expected to be overhauled in 2022. Kuo has reported that Apple will launch three new Apple Watch models in fall 2022, including a new high-end Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, and the Apple Watch Series 8. Rugged sports version previously rumored.
In terms of health technologies, the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to add a body temperature sensor, allowing for additional health and fitness tracking. Bloomberg has reported that this sensor will not give you your actual body temperature, but instead will alert you when your temperature is elevated.
A recent leak also shed more light on what to expect from the Apple Watch hardware and software. According to the source, Apple Watch Series 8 will look like this:
- 41mm and 45mm like Series 7 design
- Aluminum in starlight, midnight, red and silver product.
- Stainless steel in silver, graphite and gold.
- There is no titanium model in this version.
Apple also reportedly has a new watch face for the Apple Watch Series 8. The hardware is also expected to use a “stronger glue” for the watch case on the Series 8 compared to the Series 7, which will improve durability.
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But the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE aren’t the only new watches coming in September: Apple is also working on a new Apple Watch Pro model.
Reports suggest that the Apple Watch Pro will be an “evolution of the current rectangular shape.”
One of the key changes to the Apple Watch Pro will be the materials it’s made from. The Apple Watch Pro will reportedly feature a “more durable titanium formulation” as part of Apple’s efforts to make it as durable as possible. This lines up with the Apple Watch Series 8 No being available in titanium.
The Apple Watch Pro is also expected to offer longer battery life. The Apple Watch Pro could also offer unique health and fitness tracking features that require longer battery life.
Learn more about the Apple Watch Pro right here in our full guide.
AirPods Pro 2
Apple is also reportedly planning new second-generation AirPods Pro for release in 2022. This announcement will come three years after the release of the first version of AirPods Pro.
Initial reports about the AirPods Pro 2 indicated that they would feature a “more compact” design that eliminates the stem that currently protrudes from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. However, Apple is said to have had issues with this redesign and now plans to keep the same form factor.
But the AirPods Pro 2 are still expected to include many new features, including a new design for the charging case. 52audio shared an image of that new charging case, showing a slightly new form factor along with the speaker holes at the bottom of the case for Find My.
There are also a pair of metal holes on the side of the AirPods Pro 2’s case, which appear to be designed to allow you to attach a strap to the case, similar to many third-party accessories out there today.
The AirPods Pro 2 are also rumored to come with some new features related to audio quality. According to trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AirPods Pro 2 will be the first of Apple’s AirPods products to offer support for lossless audio playback.
New MacBook Pro updates
Last but not least, Apple is also planning to update its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with new chips inside. The MacBook Pro just got a major overhaul last year, so this year’s update is expected to focus solely on spec improvements.
Bloomberg has reported that new versions of the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are expected this fall. However, this update could finally be delayed until 2023.
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