The MacRumors guide to upcoming products is designed to provide an overview of everything that we're expecting to see from Apple, both in the near and more distant future. Dates listed are not always concrete, but are based on the most recent rumors and information that we have.
We're updating the guide on a regular basis, so it will be the go-to place to see every Apple product that's on the horizon at a glance. For more detail on the rumors we've heard about each upcoming item, make sure to click on the links to visit our roundups.
First Half of 2022
Apple has several products in the works for 2022, and a handful of them are expected to launch in the first half of 2022.
Apple is rumored to be developing a new version of the iPhone SE with 5G and an upgraded processor, with a release expected in the first half of 2022. The iPhone SE will look similar to the current version, which has an iPhone 8 design. It will continue to offer a Touch ID home button with thick bezels, and 5G will be the main selling point. It is expected to be priced similarly to the current iPhone SE.
Apple is developing a fifth-generation iPad Air that will be similar to the sixth-generation iPad mini. It's expected to feature an A15 Bionic chip, 5G connectivity for cellular models, and a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support. It will look similar to the current iPad Air, offering a single-lens rear camera, a 10.9-inch LCD display, a USB-C port, a Touch ID power button, and various color options. It could come in the first half of the year, perhaps at a spring event.
Apple is working on a 27-inch iMac that will be sold alongside the 24-inch model, and this iMac could be called the "iMac Pro." It is expected to feature a Pro Display XDR-like design, a 27-inch mini-LED display with ProMotion technology, and M1 Pro/M1 Max chips. Rumors suggest it will launch in the spring of 2022.
Apple is developing a high-end version of the Mac mini, which will feature additional ports and a more powerful Apple silicon chip. It will include an improved version of the M1 chip with a 10-core CPU that has eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, plus 16-core or 32-core GPU options. The Apple silicon chip will support up to 64GB RAM and four Thunderbolt ports.
Apple is developing a thinner and lighter version of the MacBook Air that will have thinner bezels than the current model. The bezels and the keyboard will be an off-white color, and the chassis will not have a wedge shape. The machine will feature a mini-LED display, MagSafe charging technology and USB-C ports for connecting external devices, but it won't have an HDMI port or an SD card slot. It will include a faster version of the M1 chip with the same number of computing cores as the M1 (eight). The new Apple silicon chip will support better graphics with nine or 10 GPU cores instead of the seven or eight in the current M1 MacBook Air. The MacBook Air could see a launch in mid-2022.
Apple is rumored to be refreshing the iPad Pro in 2022, and the 11-inch model could get the same mini-LED display introduced in the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro. A glass back that would allow for wireless charging is also a possibility, as is a reverse wireless charging feature that would let the iPad Pro charge devices like the AirPods.
Apple holds its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June every year, and 2022 will be no exception. Apple uses the event to unveil the next-generation software that's coming out in the fall.
This year, we're expecting iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13, though we haven't yet heard rumors on what to expect from these updates.
We're expecting four iPhone 14 models in 2022, including the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. There will be no 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini.
The iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to feature a "hole-punch" design that does away with the notch for a larger display area. The front-facing camera will be located in a small cutout, and Face ID hardware will be in a second pill-shaped cutout. Other possible features include a titanium frame for the Pro models, camera improvements, a faster A16 chip, and a faster 5G modem.
The Apple Watch Series 8 could get new health features that include temperature sensing, and sleep apnea detection, and more advanced features like blood glucose monitoring and blood pressure measurements are a possibility, though may not be coming until a later date.
The Series 8 could include car crash detection, and there is expected to be a rugged model that will better hold up to extreme usage. Along with the Series 8, we're expecting an Apple Watch SE to come at the same time.
Apple is working on augmented/virtual reality headset that is rumored to feature a dedicated high-end display, built-in processor, and an "rOS" or reality operating system. Input will be via touch panels, voice activation, and hand gestures, and it's said to have a high price point at around $3,000. The AR/VR headset could come at the end of 2022, but Apple is facing development issues so it could be pushed to 2023.
Apple is working on a new version of the AirPods Pro with a more compact design and a new wireless chip. The design is said to eliminate the short stem that sticks out from the bottom, resulting in a more rounded shape closer in design to competing wire-free earbuds from Google and Samsung.
Products With Unknown Release Dates
- Low-Cost iPad - Apple is working on a new version of the low-cost iPad, which is expected to include an updated A-series chip.
- 13-inch MacBook Pro - The next-generation version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro could include an M2 chip. It's expected sometime in the second half of the year.
- Mac Pro - Apple is working on two versions of the Mac Pro, one of which features a redesigned chassis that's smaller in size, and one of which will continue to feature the same design as the current Mac Pro. The redesigned Mac Pro models will feature high-end Apple silicon chip options with 20 or 40 computing cores, made up of 16 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores, along with 64 or 128 core GPUs. The Mac Pro that's not getting a redesign will use high-end Intel chips.
- Apple Display - Apple is working on an updated version of the Pro Display XDR and other lower-cost Apple-branded display options that are expected to be sold alongside it. Apple could release a 24-inch display, a 27-inch display, and a 32-inch Pro Display XDR successor, and these display options could come out at some point in 2022.
Further in the Future
- Foldable iPhone - Apple is allegedly working on a foldable iPhone that might be between 7.5 and 8 inches, with a launch date slated for 2023 at the earliest.
- Apple Car - There have been a lot of twists and turns in the saga of Apple's electric car development, but reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is still planning on a full autonomous vehicle rather than just an autonomous car software offering, with a launch to happen between 2023 and 2025.
2021 Product Refreshes and Announcements
We have a list of all the products that Apple released in 2021, which can be a good indicator of the release timelines of 2022 products.
- April 2021 - M1 iPad Pro
- April 2021 - M1 iMac
- April 2021 - AirTag
- April 2021 - Apple TV 4K
- April 2021 - Podcast subscriptions
- May 2021 - Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos
- June 2021 - macOS 12 Monterey (Announced)
- July 2021 - MagSafe Battery Pack
- September 2021 - iPhone 13 models
- September 2021 - iPhone 13 Pro models
- September 2021 - iPad mini 6
- September 2021 - Ninth-generation iPad
- September 2021 - Apple Watch Series 7 (Announced)
- September 2021 - iOS 15
- September 2021 - iPadOS 15
- September 2021 - watchOS 8
- September 2021 - tvOS 15
- October 2021 - AirPods 3
- October 2021 - 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro
- November 2021 - Beats Fit Pro
- November 2021 - New HomePod mini colors
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