The iPhone SE 3, a new iPad Air, and Macs are expected to be unveiled during Apple’s “Peek Performance” event on March 8.
Apple is expected to release new iPhones, iPads, and Macs. On March 8, Apple is likely to unveil its next series of more cheap iPhones, including the 5G-compatible iPhone SE 3, as well as quicker iPads and potentially a Mac computer (or two).
Overall, the event promises to be a cheerful start to the company’s annual upgrade cycle, laying the groundwork for planned phone and computer improvements later this year.
Apple will have an online-only event on March 8 at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. UK, and 5 a.m. AEDT. (Australia, get your coffee ready.)
The Apple event will be streamed live via the company’s website. CNET also covers the event live, where you can get all the information as well as our expert analysis as it unfolds.
Products we expect: iPhone SE 3, new iPads, Macs
Apple releases plenty of hardware and software upgrades every year, and 2022 is slated to be no exception. Despite the fact that Apple’s next event is scheduled for next week, many of the company’s goods are unlikely to be released until later this year. Indeed, Bloomberg predicted in January that Apple could unveil “the broadest range of new hardware items in the company’s history” in the fall.
Here’s what we’re anticipating (or hoping for) from Apple in 2022.
iPhone SE 3
The redesigned iPhone SE was unveiled in the spring of 2020, although the small iPhone was absent last year. Apple could be working on two iPhone SE models, one for 2022 and the other for 2023, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to the expert, the 2022 iPhone SE 3 could come in March with 3GB of memory, while the 2023 model would have 4GB of memory and a larger display. According to reports, the phone will include an LCD display, 5G compatibility, a retro style, and a Face ID.
New iPad Pro, iPad Air, and entry-level iPad
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is going to refresh the iPad Pro with a new design and wireless charging functionality. Apple may also upgrade the iPad Air and entry-level iPad in 2022, according to him. The next iPad Air, along with the iPhone SE 3, might arrive as early as March 8.
Faster Mini Mac
Apple will release its Mac Mini with the M1 processor in 2020. But, now that Apple has shown its M1 Pro and M1 Max CPUs, when can we expect a speedier Mac Mini? According to Gurman, a new, more powerful Mac Mini model could be released soon. Apple’s M1 Pro and speculated M2 CPUs are expected to be released as early as March 8, or later in May or June.
Waiting in the wings
We expect Apple to unveil a succession of updates to its existing product lines this year, in addition to its March event. Various rumors disagree about whether Apple would enter a new product category this year, such as its long-rumored head-mounted displays.
With that in mind, here’s what else we’re keeping an eye on.
Midrange Apple display
Apple could possibly be working on a more inexpensive version of its Pro Display XDR, which retailed for just under $5,000 (without the $1,000 stand) when it was first debuted in 2019. A cheaper Apple monitor was in “early development,” according to Bloomberg in January.
The 27-inch iMac, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro have all been updated
Apple had already revealed a new M1-powered iMac, but it was only the smaller 24-inch variant. Apple is working on processing improvements for the 27-inch iMac, according to Bloomberg.
Upgrades to the Mac Pro and MacBook Air are also possible. Apple’s M1 processor was originally seen in the 2020 MacBook Air. It’s now rumored that the MacBook Air will be redesigned, including the new speculated M2 chip.
The iPhone 13 lineup was announced in September, and the iPhone 14 is expected to be released in the fall. The iPhone 14 is said to be the first iPhone without a notch and to include Touch ID under the display.
Apple Watch Series 8
Since its introduction in 2014, Apple has released a new version of its popular Apple Watch every year. Apple might unveil three new Apple Watch models in 2022, according to Gurman, including a redesigned Apple Watch SE, an improved regular version, potentially dubbed the Apple Watch Series 8, and a more robust model for extreme sports enthusiasts (and people who want to look like extreme sports athletes).
AirPods Pro 2
Apple may be working on a new version of the AirPods Pro as well. The AirPods Pro 2 will appear in the fourth quarter of 2022, with a new design and processor, according to Kuo. The initial edition of the higher-end earbuds debuted in 2019, and Kuo expects the AirPods Pro 2 will debut in the fourth quarter of 2022 with a new design and chip.
New devices: Apple AR/VR headset and more
Apple may release several brand-new smartphones, if not this year, then in the future. This might include an Apple Echo Show competitor that combines an entry-level iPad with a speaker, a soundbar with built-in Apple TV akin to Roku’s soundbar, an Apple augmented or virtual reality headset, Apple Glasses, and an Apple Car.