The first half of 2022 has been extraordinarily busy — we saw the launch of the Mac Studio, Studio Display, a completely redesigned MacBook Air, and more. Apple also released 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 make. That’s all we know.
The transition to Apple Silicon will continue through the rest of 2022 — which could be the year the transition is complete. According to Bloomberg, Apple is planning to launch a new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon. In terms of design, this machine is likely to be about half the size of the current Mac Pro.
Apple even teased the launch of the new Mac Pro at a special event in March. “What’s left is another product: the Mac Pro, but that’s another day,” said John Ternus, Apple’s vice president.
The new Mac Pros are rumored to have 20 or 40 compute core configurations, consisting of 16 or 32 high-performance cores and 4 or 8 high-efficiency cores. According to reports, GPU options will include 64-core and 128-core options.
Redesigned iPad Pro
The iPad Pro gets a notable update for 2021, transitioning to M1 chip power and a 12.9-inch mini-LED display. Shortly after the 2021 iPad Pro’s release, rumors began to circulate about what to expect from the next-gen model.
Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on 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 lets you place a wireless charging-compatible device (like your iPhone or AirPods) on the back of your iPad Pro to charge the device. Power will be shared from the iPad Pro to the other device.
However, 9to5Mac recently learned that Apple has scaled back plans to redesign the iPad Pro. The company is planning a larger glass Apple logo instead of a fully glass back to support wireless charging.
Another change reported for the 2022 iPad Pro is the expansion of mini-LED display technology to the 11-inch iPad Pro for the first time. This is the display technology that will first appear on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021.
As for the release date, iPadOS 16 is expected to be released sometime in October. The current rumor is that new iPad Pro hardware will also be released around the same time.
In addition to the new high-end iPad Pro, Apple is also planning an overhaul of its most affordable iPad this year. Expected to launch this fall, the 10th-generation iPad could be the biggest update to the entry-level iPad in years.
The current ninth-generation iPad uses the A13 Bionic chip, but this year’s entry-level iPad will use the A14 Bionic chip. According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the 10th-generation iPad will join the more expensive iPads, as it will also provide support for faster 5G networks.
There are also rumors that the new iPad 10 will switch from Lightning to USB-C for charging and data transfer. The form factor is also expected to be updated to be similar to the flat edges of the iPad Pro, iPad Pro and iPad mini.
You can learn more about the iPad 10 in our full roundup.
We can’t forget the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 is rumored to be a major overhaul of the iPhone lineup, which analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts will include two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models.
In terms of marketing names, the 2022 iPhone lineup could look like this: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Kuo said the iPhone 14 Max would represent the lowest price ever for a large 6.7-inch iPhone, likely around $900.
While some early reports suggested the iPhone 14 could have a similar design to the iPhone 4, the latest rumor suggests that Apple is planning a more modest redesign. In fact, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to look almost identical to the current iPhone 13.
However, rumor has it that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will ditch the notch.
Instead of bangs, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature a new punch-hole + pill-shaped design. It makes sense for Apple to go with this design on the iPhone 14, with the “punch hole” housing the camera that’s currently in the notch.
According to Kuo, the iPhone 14 will also include significant improvements to the front-facing camera, supporting autofocus for the first time. In terms of rear cameras, Kuo said the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixels, an increase from the 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 14 series is expected to be announced and released sometime in September 2022. While there have been rumors of a delayed launch, the latest reports suggest that everything is on schedule for a September release.
Apple Watch Series 8 has new health features
The Apple Watch lineup is also expected to get an overhaul in 2022. Kuo has reported that Apple will release three new Apple Watch models in the fall of 2022, including a new high-end Apple Watch Series 8, a new Apple Watch SE, and a previously rumored rugged sports version.
In terms of health technology, the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to add a body temperature sensor for additional health and fitness tracking. Bloomberg reports that the sensor won’t give you your actual body temperature, but will alert you when your body temperature rises.
A recent leak also shed more light on what to expect from Apple Watch hardware and software. According to sources, the Apple Watch Series 8 will look like this:
- 41mm and 45mm similar to Series 7 design
- Aluminium in Starlight, Midnight, Product Red and Silver
- Silver, Graphite and Gold Stainless Steel
- There are no titanium models in this release
Apple has also reportedly introduced new watch faces for the Apple Watch Series 8. The hardware is also expected to use “stronger glue” on the Series 8’s case compared to the Series 7, which should improve durability.
Apple Watch Pro
But the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE aren’t the only new watches coming out this September — Apple is also working on a new Apple Watch Pro model.
The report claims that the Apple Watch Pro will be an “evolution of the current rectangular shape.”
One of the major changes to the Apple Watch Pro will be its manufacturing materials. The Apple Watch Pro will reportedly feature a “more durable titanium formula,” as part of Apple’s efforts to make it as strong as possible.This is consistent with the Apple Watch Series 8 no Available in titanium.
The Apple Watch Pro is also expected to offer longer battery life. Apple Watch Pro also offers exclusive features for fitness and health tracking that require longer battery life.
Learn more about the Apple Watch Pro in our full guide.
AirPods Pro 2
Apple is also reportedly planning to release a new second-generation AirPods Pro in 2022. The news comes three years after the release of the first version of the AirPods Pro.
Preliminary reports of the AirPods Pro 2 suggest that they will feature a “more compact” design, eliminating the stem that currently protrudes from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. However, Apple is said to have been working on this redesign and is now planning to keep the same form factor.
But the AirPods Pro 2 are still expected to come with many new features, including a new design for the charging case. 52audio shared images of the new charging case, showing a slightly new form factor next to the speaker holes on the bottom of the Find My charging case.
The AirPods Pro 2 case also has a pair of metal holes on the sides, seemingly to allow you to attach the strap to the case, similar to many third-party accessories that exist today.
The AirPods Pro 2 are also rumored to come with some new features related to sound quality. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the AirPods Pro 2 will be the first in Apple’s AirPods lineup to support lossless audio playback.
New MacBook Pro Update
Last but not least, Apple is also planning to upgrade its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with new chips inside. The MacBook Pro just got an overhaul last year, so this year’s update is expected to focus solely on spec improvements.
Bloomberg According to reports, a new version of the MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips is expected to launch as soon as this fall. However, this update may eventually be delayed until 2023.
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