Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs are about to get an upgrade. On announce its next generation of more affordable iPhones, the , with faster chips and possibly (or two).
All told, the event promises to be an interesting start to the company’s annual upgrade cycle, setting a tone for expected phone and computer upgrades later this year.
Apple’s online-only event will be March 8 at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST and March 9 at 5 a.m. AEDT. (Get your coffee ready, Australia.)
You’ll be able to stream Apple’s event straight from the company’s website. We’ll also be following along here at CNET, where you can get all the details as well as our expert analysis as the event is happening.
Products we expect: iPhone SE 3, new iPads, Macs
Each year Apple unveils a collection of hardware (and software) upgrades, and 2022 is expected to be no different. Although the next Apple event is set for March, many of the company’s products may not arrive until later this year. In fact, Bloomberg reported in January that Apple may show off “” in the fall.
Here’s everything we’re expecting (or hoping) to get from Apple in 2022.
iPhone SE 3
Apple showed off its revamped iPhone SE in the spring of 2020, but last year the petite iPhone was a no-show. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts, one for 2022 and the other for 2023. The 2022 model with 3GB of memory, while the 2023 model is said to sport 4GB of memory and a bigger display, according to the analyst. The phone is said to feature an LCD display, 5G support, a retro design and Face ID, as well.
If you can’t wait until later this year for the new iPhone SE, check out CNET’s review of the 2020 iPhone SE. Plus, ?
New iPad Pro, iPad Air and entry-level iPad
Apple is planning towith a new design and wireless charging support, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. He speculates Apple could upgrade the iPad Air and entry-level iPad in 2022, as well. The new iPad Air could even arrive , alongside the iPhone SE 3.
Faster Mini Mac
In 2020, Apple unveiled its. But now that the tech giant has taken the wraps off its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, when will we see a faster Mac Mini? Gurman speculates that a new, more powerful Mac Mini model could be coming in the near future. Versions with Apple’s M1 Pro and rumored M2 chips are said to .
Waiting in the wings
Beyond Apple’s March event, we’re expecting Apple to announce a series of upgrades this year to its existing product lineup. What various rumors don’t appear to agree on is whether Apple will expand into a new product category this year, like its long-rumored head-mounted displays.
With that in mind, here’s everything else we’re watching for.
Midrange Apple display
Apple may also be working on a more affordable version of itsthat was originally released in 2019 for just under $5,000 (not including the $1,000 stand). Bloomberg reported in January that a cheaper Apple monitor was in “ .”
Updated 27-inch iMac, MacBook Air and Mac Pro
Apple previously announced, but it was only the smaller 24-inch model. Bloomberg has reported that for the 27-inch iMac.
Theand MacBook Air could also be due for an upgrade. The 2020 MacBook Air was the first to sport Apple’s M1 chip. Now it’s rumored the MacBook Air could get a redesign and the new rumored M2 chip this year.
Apple released itslast September, and the smartphone’s successor, the iPhone 14, is likely to make an appearance in the fall. The iPhone 14 is , and could house under-display Touch ID. (Here are .)
Apple Watch Series 8
Apple has announced a new version of its popular Apple Watch every year since the launch of the original in 2014. Gurman predicts Apple could unwrap three new Apple watch models in 2022 with a new Apple Watch SE, an updated standard version, possibly called the, and a more durable model for extreme sports athletes (and people who want to look like extreme sports athletes).
AirPods Pro 2
Apple could also be working on an updated version of the AirPods Pro. The first iteration of the higher-end earbuds debuted in 2019, and Kuo predicts the AirPods Pro 2 will launch in the fourth quarter of 2022 with a new design and chip.
New devices: Apple AR/VR headset and more
We may see some other brand-new devices from Apple, if not this year then some time in the future. This includes a possiblethat would fuse an entry-level iPad with a speaker, a similar to , an , and an .
If you’re looking for more about the latest Apple-related rumors, check out CNET’s roundups for the, , , , , and . Plus, will we get ?