But Apple’s year is not over yet, and there are still many announcements ahead of us. Here’s everything we know.
The Apple Silicon transition will continue until the end of 2022 – and that could be the year that the transition will be completed. According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning a new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon. This machine may 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 a special event in March. Apple vice president John Ternus said, “We only have one more product left: the Mac Pro, but it’s for a different day.”
The new Mac Pro is said to be available in configurations with 20 or 40 compute cores, consisting of 16 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-performance cores. GPU options would reportedly include 64-core and 128-core options.
Redesigned iPad Pro
The iPad Pro received a notable update in 2021 with the transition to the M1 chip for power, as well as a 12.9-inch mini-LED display. Soon after the announcement of the iPad Pro 2021, rumors began circulating about what to expect from the next-generation model.
Bloomberg announced 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 device compatible with wireless charging, 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.
However, 9to5Mac recently found out that Apple had curtailed its plans to redesign the iPad Pro. Instead of an all-glass back, the company plans a larger glass Apple logo to support wireless charging.
Another change that is rumored to come with the iPad Pro 2022 is the extension of mini-LED display technology to the 11-inch iPad Pro for the first time; is a display technology that first appeared on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021.
As for the release date, iPadOS 16 is expected to be released in October. The current rumor is that the new iPad Pro hardware will also be released at the same time.
In addition to the new high-end iPad Pro, Apple also plans to revise its cheapest iPad this year. The 10th-gen iPad is expected to launch this fall and could be the biggest entry-level iPad upgrade in years.
The current ninth-generation iPad is equipped with 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 more expensive iPads as it will also provide support for faster 5G networks.
The new iPad 10 is said to also switch to USB-C from Lightning for charging and data transfer. The aspect ratio is also expected to be updated with flat edges similar to the iPad Pro, iPad Pro, and iPad mini.
You can learn more about the iPad 10 in our full overview here.
We cannot forget about the iPhone 14. Rumor has it that the iPhone 14 will be a major change to the iPhone lineup, and the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that it will consist of two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models.
The 2022 iPhone line may look something 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 around $ 900.
While some previous reports suggested the iPhone 14 might have a design similar to the iPhone 4, recent rumors say 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.
However, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are rumored to ditch the notch.
Instead of a notch, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are to have a new punch + pill-shaped design. Apple makes sense to apply this design to the iPhone 14, with a “punch” housing the camera that is now in the cutout.
According to Kuo, the iPhone 14 will also include radical improvements to the front camera, which will support autofocus for the first time. As for the rear camera, Kuo says the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixel, an increase over the 12-megapixel sensor on the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 14 offer is expected to be announced and released in September 2022. While rumors of the delay have surfaced, the latest reports suggest everything is on schedule ahead of the September premiere.
Apple Watch Series 8 with new health features
The Apple Watch offering is also expected to be rebuilt in 2022. Kuo announced that in the fall of 2022, Apple will release three new Apple Watch models, including the new high-end Apple Watch Series 8, the new Apple Watch SE, and the rumored rugged sports version.
When it comes to health technologies, Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to add a body temperature sensor, which will allow additional health and fitness tracking. Bloomberg reported that this sensor does not give actual body temperature, but will alert you when the temperature is elevated.
The recent leak has also shed more light on what to expect from Apple Watch hardware and software. According to the source, Apple Watch Series 8 will look like this:
- 41mm and 45mm as series 7 design
- Aluminum in starlight, midnight, red and silver
- 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 “stronger glue” for the watch case in the Series 8 compared to the Series 7, which will improve durability.
Apple Watch Pro
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 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 is made of. The Apple Watch Pro will reportedly include a “more durable formula of titanium” as part of Apple’s efforts to make it as durable as possible. It fits Apple Watch Series 8 no available in titanium.
Apple Watch Pro is also expected to offer longer battery life. Apple Watch Pro may also offer exclusive fitness and health tracking features that require more battery life.
Find out more about the Apple Watch Pro here in our full guide.
AirPods Pro 2
Apple also reportedly plans to launch the new second-generation AirPods Pro in 2022. This announcement will come three years after the release of the first version of the AirPods Pro.
Initial reports of the AirPods Pro 2 indicated they would have a “more compact” design that removes the stalk that is currently sticking out of the bottom of the AirPods Pro. However, Apple is said to have had issues with this redesign and now plans to keep the aspect ratio the same.
But there are still many new features expected with the AirPods Pro 2, including a new charging case design. 52audio shared an image of this new charging case, showing off a slightly new shape next to the speaker openings on the bottom of the case for Find My.
There are also a pair of metal holes on the side of the AirPods Pro 2 case, which appear to be designed to allow a strap to be attached to the case, like many third-party accessories that exist today.
The AirPods Pro 2 are also said to have new features related to sound quality. According to credible Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 will be the first Apple AirPods product to offer lossless audio playback support.
New MacBook Pro Updates
Finally, Apple also plans to upgrade its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with new layouts inside. The MacBook Pro just underwent a major overhaul last year, so this year’s update is set to focus solely on spec enhancements.
Bloomberg announced that new versions of the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets are expected this fall. However, this update could eventually be postponed to 2023.
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