Here’s everything still to come from Apple in 2022


The first half of 2022 was incredibly busy – we saw the introduction of the Mac Studio, the Studio Display, a completely redesigned MacBook Air, and more. Apple also unveiled the next round of software updates, including iOS 16, at WWDC in June.

But Apple’s year is far from over and plenty of announcements to come. Here’s everything we know.

Mac pro

The Apple Silicon transition will continue through 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 about half the size of the current Mac Pro in design.

Apple even teased the launch of the new Mac Pro at its special event in March. Apple VP John Ternus said, “There’s only one product to go: Mac Pro, but that’s for another day.”

Rumor has it that the new Mac Pro will come in 20 or 40 computer core configurations, consisting of 16 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. GPU options are said to include 64-core and 128-core options.

Redesigned iPad Pro

The iPad Pro received a remarkable update in 2021 with a move to the M1 chip for power and a mini LED display in the 12.9-inch. Not long after the 2021 iPad Pro was announced, rumors started circulating 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 allows the iPad Pro to support wireless charging for the first time, as well as reverse wireless charging.

Reverse wireless charging allows you to place a wireless charging compatible device, 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.

More recently, however, 9to5Mac found 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 will support wireless charging.

Another change reportedly coming with the 2022 iPad Pro is an extension of the 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 a release date, iPadOS 16 is expected to be released sometime in October. The current rumor is that the new iPad Pro hardware will also be released around the same time.

iPad 10

In addition to the new high-end iPad Pro, Apple also plans to overhaul its most affordable iPad this year. The 10th-generation iPad is expected to launch this fall and could be the biggest entry-level iPad update in years.

The current ninth-generation iPad features the A13 Bionic chip, but this year’s entry-level iPad will be powered by the A14 Bionic chip. According to sources from 9to5Mac, the 10th generation iPad will accompany the more expensive iPads as it will also support faster 5G networks.

Rumor has it that the new iPad 10 will also switch from Lightning to USB-C for charging and data transfer. The form factor is also expected to be updated with flat bezels similar to iPad Pro, iPad Pro, and iPad mini.

You can learn more about the iPad 10 in our complete roundup here.

iPhone 14

We must not forget the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 is rumored to be a major overhaul of the iPhone range, with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that the range will consist of two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models.

The 2022 iPhone lineup could 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 be the lowest price ever for a large 6.7-inch iPhone, possibly around $900.

While some previous reports have suggested that the iPhone 14 could have a design similar to the iPhone 4, the latest rumors say Apple is planning a more modest redesign instead. In fact, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to look nearly identical to the current iPhone 13.

iPhone 14 Pro production |  Render of iPhone 14 Pro

However, it is rumored that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will disappear the notch.

In place of the notch, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature a new punch + pill-shaped design. It makes sense that Apple would adopt this design with the iPhone 14, with the “punch hole” in which the camera is currently housed in the notch.

The iPhone 14 will also feature dramatic improvements to the front-facing camera, according to Kuo, with autofocus support 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 megapixels, up from the 12-megapixel sensor in iPhone 12.

The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be announced and released sometime in September 2022. While there are rumors of a delay, the latest coverage suggests that everything is on track for a September launch.

Apple Watch Series 8 with new health features

The Apple Watch lineup is also expected to be revised 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 the previously rumored rugged sports version.

In terms of health technologies, the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to add a body temperature sensor, enabling additional health and fitness tracking. Bloomberg has reported that this sensor doesn’t give you your actual body temperature, but rather warns you when your temperature is too high.

A recent leak also shed more light on what to expect from Apple Watch hardware and software. According to the source, Apple Watch Series 8 looks like this:

  • 41mm and 45mm like Series 7 design
  • Aluminum in starlight, midnight, product red and silver
  • Stainless steel in silver, graphite and gold
  • 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 adhesive” for the watch case on the Series 8 compared to the Series 7, which will improve durability.

Apple Watch Pro

Apple Watch Series 8 release date

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 the Apple Watch Pro will be an “evolution of the current rectangular shape”.

One of the most significant changes to the Apple Watch Pro is the materials it is made of. The Apple Watch Pro will reportedly feature a “more durable titanium formulation” as part of Apple’s efforts to make it as rugged as possible. This is equivalent to the Apple Watch Series 8″ not available in titanium.

The Apple Watch Pro is also expected to offer longer battery life. The Apple Watch Pro may also offer exclusive fitness and health tracking features that require longer battery life.

Learn more about the Apple Watch Pro in our full guide here.

AirPods Pro 2

Apple is also reportedly planning to release a new second-generation AirPods Pro in 2022. This announcement comes three years after the first version of AirPods Pro was released.

Initial reporting on AirPods Pro 2 indicated that they would have a more “compact” design that removes the stem protruding from the bottom of the AirPods Pro. However, Apple would have struggled with this redesign and now plans to keep the same form factor.

But many new features are still expected with AirPods Pro 2, including a new charging case design. 52audio shared an image of that new charging case, showing off a slightly new form factor alongside speaker holes on the bottom of the case for Find My.

airpods pro 2 case

There are also a couple of metal holes on the side of the AirPods Pro 2 case, which appear to be designed for a strap to be attached to the case, similar to many third-party accessories that exist today.

Rumor has it that AirPods Pro 2 will also include some new audio quality features. According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, AirPods Pro 2 will be the first of Apple’s AirPods products to support lossless audio playback.

New MacBook Pro updates

Last but not least, Apple also plans to upgrade its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with new chips in them. 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 eventually be pushed to 2023.

Other possibilities

What are you most excited to see from Apple in the next 5 months? Do you have any other predictions? Let us know in the comments!

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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