2021 may be coming to an end, but Apple’s year is far from over. Over the next few months, Apple is getting ready to launch some of its most anticipated products of the year as attention shifts from iPhone to Mac. Let’s look at what Apple has released so far, what’s yet to come, and what we can expect to see in 2022.
Published in 2021 so far
Apple TV 4K
iPad Pro (11-inch / 12.9-inch)
iPad (ninth generation)
Apple Watch Series 7
iPhone 13 / iPhone 13 Pro
Still coming in 2021
14-inch / 16-inch MacBook Pro
We’re heard rumors of a redesigned MacBook Pro for almost a year, but it finally looks like it’s coming a week now. Here’s what we expect: Two sizes (14 inches and 16 inches), slimmer edges, a mini-LED display, M1X chip, HDMI, SD card reader, four Thunderbolt ports and the return of MagSafe. We’m not sure what that means for the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, but we expect the new models to launch in late October or early November.
Like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac mini was one of the first Macs to get an M1 processor in late 2020, and almost a year later we hear that Apple plans to release another one. According to reports, it will be a high-end machine with the same M1X chip in the new MacBook Pros and a new thinner design. It will also have four Thunderbolt ports, 32GB or 64GB of RAM and a magnetic power cable like the 24-inch iMac. We’ve heard the recent rumors that the Mac mini may have been hit by production delays, so don’t be surprised if it slips to early 2022.
AirPods (3rd generation)
We have given up trying to figure out when Apple is going to launch new AirPods, but they are reportedly ready to go. Based on the leaks and rumors, they were supposed to arrive at the iPhone 13 event, but were never shown. Seemingly accurate pictures leaked out months ago showing a pair of earplugs that look a lot like AirPods Pro with shorter stems and a tight ear fit. Recent rumors say they will not get noise reduction, which will continue to be a Pro feature. We’re not sure if the AirPods will arrive as part of the Mac event or on their own, but we still expect them to launch before the end of the year.
Coming in 2022
With 2022 just around the corner, Apple already has big plans for new products in the new year. The most anticipated new release is a redesigned one MacBook Air, which is expected to bring a major redesign with a better chip, mini-LED display and a range of colors to match the 24-inch iMac. In addition, the inside can also be white to match the iMac. We’m not sure if that would be a replacement for the existing model, or if Apple would continue to sell the M1 model as an affordable alternative, but we can not wait to see what iBook 2.0 brings in the beginning of 2022
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Apple is still selling an Intel version of its high-end iMac, but we do not expect it to be long for this world. After the 24-inch iMac made its debut in 2021, we expect a larger screen iMac– possibly as large as 32 inches – to arrive in 2022 with similar stylings to the M1 model, but with a faster chip, more RAM and more ports – basically an Apple silicon version of the iMac Pro. Hopefully still in Space Gray. We expect it to land in mid-2022, possibly at or around WWDC.
Also in 2022, we hope to get a new one iPhone SE. While it is expected to look the same as the current model, with a 4.8-inch screen and a home button, we hear that it will have an A15 chip and 5G, making it a veritable powerhouse at the low end of Apple’s iPhone stand in line. We hope it also gets a better camera. We have not heard much about a solid release date, but the current model was released in the spring.
Speaking of the iPhone, the iPhone 14 lands also in 2022, possibly with a brand new design that dumps the notch, at least on the Pro models. It is also expected to have a better camera as always with a rumored periscope lens to enhance the telephoto camera. It could also bring a new titanium finish and a cheaper Max model. We expect the iPhone 14 to arrive in September. Also in September will be Apple Watch Series 8, which is likely to bring the redesign we did not get with the Series 7. Apple became rumored to release a new Apple Watch with a square flat design and better battery life.
Finally, Apple is likely to launch a new pier off AirPods Pro earphones with a stem-free design and improved fitness features.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard to replace the drive. He’s still waiting for it to come back in style tbh.