The past couple of years might have been overshadowed somewhat by the Coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn't stopped Apple from overhauling most of its product range, including getting more than half way thorough transitioning the Mac from Intel to its own processors with the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max making a great first impression.
We've seen Apple launch new AirPods, the HomePod mini in a set of fun colours, a new collection of iPhones, improved iPads, and an update to the Apple Watch. But there is more to come in 2022.
In this article we take a look at what we expect Apple to launch in 2022. We've investigated every rumour and trend we could find to bring you our predictions. Read on to find out what could be in store.
Apple revealed in June 2020 that it would be transitioning all its Macs from Intel processors to its own silicon within two years. Apple's already updated many of its machines, including the MacBook Air, Mac mini, 24in iMac, the 13in MacBook Pro, 14in MacBook Pro, and 16in MacBook Pro models.
That leaves the following Macs in need of an M-series update, plus there are rumours that suggest that the second generation of the already launched M1 Macs could be in the works.
We run through the Macs likely to see an update in 2022 below:
Apple is said to be working on a new, more powerful, Mac mini that will replace the Intel-powered Mac mini model that Apple kept in the line up.
This new "more powerful version of the Mac mini" will feature the same chip as the new MacBook Pro, according to a Bloomberg report discussed here: Apple to overhaul entire Mac line up.
We're just surprised that Apple didn't launch this update alongside the 14in and 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max. But perhaps we will see it alongside the update to the 27in iMac.
Read more about the New Mac mini.
When? WWDC: June 2022
The smaller iMac saw a big update in April 2021, with a new colourful design and a larger screen. But what of the larger iMac?
It's likely that the 27in iMac will be succeeded by a model with a larger screen - 30in or 32in. It may also get a similar redesign to the 24in model, although the colour options may be different.
Read about the 32in iMac in our news round up.
When? WWDC: June 2022
As for the Mac Pro: work is said to be underway on the Apple Silicon Mac Pro, with 32-core CPU and up to 128-Core GPU. If Apple decides to use WWDC to show off it's pro-focused desktop Macs with M-series chips we might see the new Mac Pro at the same time.
The big question is what would this M-series chip be called? With M1 Pro and M1 Max that doesn't really leave a name that could be considered even more powerful. Unless Apple called it M Power. Or the Mac Pro Max Pro. Maybe not.
When? WWDC: June 2022
The MacBook Air is said to be getting a redesign and this could include a selection of iMac like colours.
A 2022 launch seems more likely for this new machine, perhaps we could see it alongside the iMac and Mac mini? But we may have a longer wait.
When? Autumn 2022
We've already got an M1 chip in the iPad Pro in 2021, what else can we expect to see?
Apple updated nearly all its iPads in 2021, except for the iPad Air. Right now the cheaper iPad and iPad mini look like much better options than the iPad Air - with more powerful chips and FaceTime camera improvements - so it's high time that the iPad Air got an update. Could we see an M1 chip in the iPad Air?
When? Spring 2022
There are already rumours about the next iPhone. We are hearing that there will be no more iPhone mini - instead there will be a larger non-Pro iPhone to match the Pro Max. We expect that all models will get the 120Hz refresh rate that was only available on the Pro models this year, an even smaller notch also seems likely, as do and camera improvements.
Read more in our iPhone 14 rumour round up.
When: September 2022
Apple Watch 8
There were lots of rumours about a brand new design for the Apple Watch in 2021, but when it launched no such redesign was apparent. There is a theory that Apple changed it's plans at the last minute when the new design was found to cause problems. Perhaps 2022 will bring the redesigned Apple Watch everyone was expecting in 2021.
When: September 2022
Amid news that a new high-res audio subscription option will be coming to Apple Music in June 2021, it's time for Apple to improve the capabilities of some of its audio products.
Apple updated the AirPods - one of its most popular products - in October 2021. That leaves the AirPods Pro (last updated in October 2019) in need of some attention.
When? Spring 20212
HomePod with screen
This might not arrive in 2022, but we do hope there is some truth in the rumours that Apple is working on a HomePod with a screen. We've always said that a screen would make the HomePod infinitely more usable, but perhaps we are the only ones who hate having to talk to our speaker.
A screen would extend the uses of the HomePod beyond audio into visual - so you could watch podcasts and news reports and YouTube videos, but most usefully communicate via FaceTime.
Read: HomePod with screen rumours.
If Apple was never to innovate away from the products it makes right now it could be left behind as technology progresses. It's no surprise therefore that the company is working on various new areas.
We think this might just be an evolution of the Apple TV, but there are reports claiming that Apple wants to sell a games console that would compete with the Switch.
Read about these Apple games console rumours.
The rumours suggest that we could see Apple's AR - or Mixed Reality product in 2022, so maybe Apple will finally show off something at WWDC in an attempt to get developers to design apps for the new device(s).
The Apple Car was the hot rumour of 2016, but it's since emerged that Apple has scaled back its ambitions on this front but something is definitely happening in the motoring field. The company is said to have had up to 1,000 developers working on the so-called Project Titan, and to have set up various different front companies, including Faraday Futures and Sixty Eight Research.
At one point industry chatter suggested 2020 as a possible date for a launch: that clearly didn't happen, but it seems that there is something going on, the question is what?
When? 2025 or never