In an average year, Apple holds three to four events. There’s usually a spring event in March, the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, a September event that’s focused on iPhone and Apple Watch, and sometimes an October event if there are iPads or Macs expected in the fall.
Apple’s spring event is just around the corner, and is rumored to feature a 5G iPhone SE among several product launches. Here’s what you can expect to see during Apple’s first event of 2022.
Note that the product launch information in this guide is based on rumors and estimates, and actual launch timelines could vary.
When will it be?
Apple hasn’t sent out invites yet, so we don’t have an official date for the spring event. However, Apple events are usually held on Tuesdays, and the Spring events tend to land sometime in March.
According to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, Apple is planning to hold this year’s spring event on Tuesday, March 8.
What to expect?
Apple is rumored to be developing a new version of the iPhone SE with 5G and an upgraded processor, with a release expected in the first half of 2022. The iPhone SE will look similar to the current version, which has an iPhone 8 design. It will continue to offer a Touch ID home button with thick bezels, and 5G will be the main selling point. It is expected to be priced similarly to the current iPhone SE.
Apple is developing a fifth-generation iPad Air that will be similar to the sixth-generation iPad mini. It’s expected to feature an A15 Bionic chip, 5G connectivity for cellular models, and a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage support. It will look similar to the current iPad Air, offering a single-lens rear camera, a 10.9-inch LCD display, a USB-C port, a Touch ID power button, and various color options. It could come in the first half of the year, perhaps at a spring event.
Apple is developing a high-end version of the Mac mini, which will feature additional ports and a more powerful Apple silicon chip. It will include an improved version of the M1 chip with a 10-core CPU that has eight high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores, plus 16-core or 32-core GPU options. The Apple silicon chip will support up to 64GB RAM and four Thunderbolt ports. Like the upcoming 27-inch iMac, the new Mac mini models are expected to use M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
Much like the Mac mini, the updated MacBook Air is anticipated to undergo a significant redesign. The most obvious is a color change, with the 24-inch iMac possibly inspiring that front, as speculated since mid-2021.
13-Inch MacBook Pro
A reliable source with links to Apple’s supply chain has suggested that Apple will introduce a refreshed version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro that’s equipped with an updated M2 chip at the March event. The machine is said to continue to feature the same design as the current MacBook Pro, including a Touch Bar. It will not feature a notch or ProMotion display technology.
What’s Not Coming?
Aside from the iPhone 14, Apple is also expected to debut a selection of other products later in the year. These include a new iPad Pro, a redesigned M2 MacBook Air, the 27-inch iMac, the Mac Pro, a new AirPods Pro, and a refresh to the Apple Watch SE alongside a new ruggedized Apple Watch option. These are rumored to be rolled out from summer through fall, starting with WWDC in June.