2021 was a busy year for Apple, with the company launching many category-defining products, including a M1-powered iPad Pro, a brand new iPad mini, a new line of MacBook Pros, iPhone 13 Series and more. It looks like 2022 will be even more exciting for Apple fans as the Cupertino giant has several promising products in the works, including new Mac Pros, a redesigned MacBook Air, a VR headset, and more.
According to the reliable Apple tipster Mark Gurman (via Bloomberg) Apple is working on some new Mac Pro models with the new one M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips that debuted in the MacBook Pro range last year. The range includes a smaller Mac Pro with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores, a large-screen iMac Pro, and a brand new Mac mini, with Apple slated to complete its transition to its own silicon from Intel as early as June.
Next up, the report talks about “the biggest MacBook Air redesign in product history,” an updated entry-level MacBook Pro and a redesigned iPad Pro with wireless charging support. Previous reports claimed that the 2022 MacBook Air will have a white keyboard, more ports, and multiple color options similar to the M1-powered iMacs.
On the smartphone side, Gurman believes Apple will launch a 5G version of the iPhone SE in the first half of the year, with the new iPhone 14 series coming out in the fall as usual. In the meantime, the Apple Watch Series 8, a new Watch SE model and a robust version for extreme athletes are also in the works. The last few years Apple Watch Series 7 seemed a bit disappointing in terms of design and features so it will be interesting to see what Apple has in store for us on the smartwatch front this year.
Elsewhere, Gurman says Apple plans to launch a new external monitor that will be about half the price of the current Pro Display XDR.
Finally, the report notes that Apple may also launch its first virtual reality headset, codenamed the N301, this year. Originally planned for 2020, Apple postponed the start to WWDC 2021 – which did not happen either. Now the company is reportedly targeting WWDC 2022 to finally unveil the rumored VR headset. The headset should also support some AR functions and run under rOS with the code name Oak.
Featured Image: MacBook Air 2022 Leaked Rendering (by Jon Prosser)