I don’t usually report on rumors—especially Apple rumors—but this report comes from a trusted source and offers a nice peek at 2022.
After swooning over all the products that Apple shipped in 2021, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman made the following predictions for 2022 based on the internal information he’s received:
iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 will allegedly drop the notch, finally, and go with an in-display hole-punch front-facing camera like every other smartphone on earth. (Knowing Apple, only the Pro models will get this design.)
iPhone SE. The third-generation iPhone SE will launch in the first half of the year with 5G.
Apple Watch. Apple plans three sets of Apple Watch models for 2022, a new low-end SE, a Series 8, and a new ruggedized version for extreme-sports enthusiasts.
MacBook Air. Gurman expects Apple to release “the biggest MacBook Air redesign in the product’s history.” This will allegedly include iPad Air-like color choices and a less tapered, MacBook Pro-like design.
MacBook Pro. Apple will update its entry-level MacBook Pro, which is currently still stuck on the original M1 chipset and the old design.
iPad Pro. A new iPad Pro with wireless charging is on the way, but Gurman doesn’t know if Apple will stick with the older M1 or wait for the M2 to release the update.
Pro Mac desktops. Apple will ship a “bevy” of new pro Mac desktops based on the M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max chipsets that Apple first shipped in the 2021 MacBook Pros. The model selection will allegedly include a smaller Mac Pro with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores, a new Mac mini, and an iMac Pro.
Mac displays. Gurman says he’s “hoping” that Apple’s next “external monitor,” which he predicts will cost about half the price of the Pro Display XDR, will launch in 2022.
Virtual reality headset. Originally planned for 2020 and running a new OS called rOS, Apple’s virtual reality headset could finally launch this year. It’s “the holy grail,” Gurman claims, whatever that means.
Finally, Gurman expects Apple to announce that it has finished its transition from Intel chips as early as June at WWDC 2022. That’s not unexpected, but wasn’t Apple going to release a few Intel-based Macs before the transition was completed?