My Thoughts on Apple’s Spring Product Event (and What’s Coming Next in 2022)

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I have to say I loved this event. At first, I was a bit disappointed, given Apple spent almost ten minutes talking about the iPhone SE 3, which is the same as the SE 2 with a better processor and 5G – and it’s $30 more. So, in my opinion, things didn’t start well, but Apple managed to turn the tables during the remaining 50 minutes.

The green iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro look astonishing, and I wish they were available when I bought mine back in September.

The iPad Air is impressive. 5G and the M1 chip, and its price is still $599. I’ve seen numerous people complain about it since the iPad Pro is more expensive, and the differences aren’t as big as they used to be. But I think this is good; it means the 2022 iPad Pro will be excellent. More on that later.

Finally, the Mac Studio and the Apple Studio Display. I want to start by saying the M1 Ultra isn’t the biggest processor Apple has worked on, and the company just hinted it could make chips as powerful as it wants them to be. What engineers call “UltraFusion” isn’t anything but a message by the company warning it will continue to destroy Intel and AMD and that the success of the M1 won’t stop there.

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The Apple Studio Display is gorgeous, and I can’t wait to test the speakers that Apple says are “the best they’ve built for a Mac.” But now, let’s talk about what’s coming next.

Mac mini. | 2022

I know many people were expecting one at this event, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. I have good news for you, though, Apple will release it soon.

As I’ve told you, the new Mac mini has been ready to ship for a few weeks, and I think the only reason why Apple didn’t unveil it today is that it wanted to save some Macs for later this year. After all, this was a March event, and it’s not a September event or the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple can’t unveil everything it has prepared now, and I understand that.

The M1 Pro Mac mini will come in a new form factor and replace the Intel version Apple is still selling after today’s event. I expect it to cost around $1,299.

I’ve heard an M2 Mac mini is also in the works, but I believe we will have to wait until September or October for that one. Currently, I don’t have more details about it, but I’ll let you know as soon as my sources tell me more about it.

M2 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro. | 2022

I was expecting the M2 MacBook Air today. Its mass production started in the second week of January, and it should be ready by now, so this is simply another case of Apple delaying the launch of a product that’s prepared to ship.

I believe Apple will announce it in June, during the Worldwide Developers Conference, and it makes sense to unveil the new M2 processor there and the redesigned MacBook Air right after that. 

I won’t get into detail about this new laptop since we’ve already shown you its CAD files, renders, and technical details

The M2 MacBook Pro is another story. Many media outlets assumed Apple would unveil it today, and I kept repeating that my sources didn’t know a thing about it. My sources are the kind of people who would know if Apple has a product ready or not. Just as I predicted, Apple didn’t unveil any MacBook Pros today.

If Apple has plans to release one this year and starts manufacturing it, I’ll let you know. And while I think there will be an M2 MacBook Pro at some point in 2022, I don’t believe its production started early this year. According to my sources, that was the M2 MacBook Air.

Later this week, I’ll have a very interesting exclusive about the Mac roadmap for the next couple of years. Stay tuned.

iPad Pro. | 2022

Today Apple announced the iPad Air 5 would have the M1 chip, and many people suggest this will kill the iPad Pro. That makes sense, the price difference isn’t justified now, and that’s why Apple is completely redesigning the iPad Pro this year. And I have all the details about it, so let me tell you.

Apple is currently testing a new iPad Pro design that transitions to a frosted glass back, the same as in iPhone 13 Pro. This new feature would allow wireless charging and possibly reverse wireless charging. The company is still testing this, so I can’t guarantee it’ll make it to the final product.

There are plans to include the M2 chip inside this new iPad Pro and a mini-LED display for the 11-inch model. Don’t expect Apple to unveil it until late 2022, but trust me when I tell you this device will blow your mind.

People related to the matter told me Apple is working on making the bezels narrower. In addition, there are prototypes with the Face ID system placed horizontally; something users have been asking for lately.

iMac Pro. | 2022

I told you the iMac Pro wasn’t ready and that Apple wasn’t unveiling it at this event. And that’s precisely what happened. But don’t lose hope, I have good news for you. Apple will start developing the iMac Pro relatively soon, and it will have a 27-inch display with mini-LED and ProMotion technology. The company plans to include the M1 Pro and M1 Max inside and possibly the M1 Ultra, but I can’t confirm that yet.

While I know its mass production will start at some point in Q3 2022, I have no idea of when Apple will unveil it, and it will either be in late 2022 or early 2023. It all depends on the supply chain, and ultimately, on Apple’s board of directors. I assume they will transmit this decision to the employees at some point in Q3 2022, so I should have a more precise date by then. Stay tuned. 

iMac. | 2022

I’ve seen this question all over the internet recently. What about the iMac? Well, let me tell you. Apple is currently readying an M2 24-inch iMac that could be released as soon as June during the Worldwide Developers Conference. According to several people related to the matter, this new iMac would keep the current design, display size, and technology. The only notable difference would be an improved M2 chip and a better speaker system.

I don’t expect the starting price to vary. At least a new color is in the works, and I don’t expect new accessories. Its mass production should start in the coming months, so I’ll have more details then.

Mac Pro. | 2022

Apple referred to the next Mac Pro during the event as “for another day.” That means it is coming this year; I can guarantee you that.

As I told you, the Mac Studio isn’t a Mac Pro replacement, but a device pros can use while Apple continues developing and improving the first Apple Silicon Mac Pro. 

The people at Apple needed to let people know that they don’t see this as a Mac Pro replacement, and that’s why Apple explicitly mentioned the Mac Pro during the event. The company never talks about unreleased products, but they had to this time.

As far as I know, the Mac Pro mass production should start at some point in August, although this date could vary. I expect Apple to unveil this device in September or October.

People related to the matter suggest Apple could include up to 128 GPU cores and 40 CPU cores inside this machine. This device will be the most powerful computer that has ever existed at a consumer level. You can’t imagine what this Mac Pro will be capable of doing.

It will be expensive and won’t be targeted at the general public, but it will probably be the most sold computer at that price point. 

Intel and AMD can’t compete with this. That’s the truth right now. And while I hope they manage to launch a product that can compete with Apple Silicon, I can’t ignore the fact that they’ve been laughing at Apple for years because of its dependence on them. The Cupertino-based company was working on their computer processors, and now Tim Cook is the one laughing.

AR/VR Headset. | 2022

I don’t know where, but I read somewhere that Apple could announce the headset during this event. That didn’t happen, and it was evident that it wouldn’t.

The headset runs on an entirely different operating system, realityOS, and Apple wasn’t going to unveil it during a March event. This will happen during the Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple could unveil the AR/VR headset, making the most sense.

After talking with people related to the matter, I expect Apple to announce this new device alongside realityOS in June.

I also expect the company to lend developer kits to developers who wish to release an app compatible with realityOS and give them until September to have their apps ready before the device launches.

It won’t cost less than $1,999, and there won’t be a lot of stock, so if you want to buy one, make sure to pre-order it as soon as possible. While I expect it will be unveiled in June and released to the market in September or October, I don’t know when Apple will start taking pre-orders.

One last thing about it, all of the information Apple gathers from this headset will go straight to the development of the Apple Glass, a product that the company wants to announce in 2024.

AirPods Pro 2. | 2022

I’ve been asked dozens of times if Apple would unveil the AirPods Pro 2 during this event. Especially since the invite seemed to reference music in some way, but I told you it wasn’t happening.

As I’ve previously mentioned, I don’t expect Apple to announce the AirPods Pro 2 until September or October at the earliest.

These earbuds will be excellent, but we will have to wait a bit longer.

Instead of Bluetooth, they will have their own protocol to avoid this technology’s limitations, so their sound will be better than the current AirPods Pro.

People familiar with the matter suggest they will have no stems, and the battery life won’t improve by much. They will cost around $279, including enhanced Active Noise Cancellation and the same silicone ear tips. 

I think this event was good, and what’s coming next from Apple is exciting, so stay tuned for more information on this topic as soon as this week.

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts about this event and about all the products Apple plans to unveil this year. I hope you found this article helpful. As always, have a fantastic day.

[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]

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