New AirPods Pro and redesigned iPad Pro. Apple recently launched the iPhone 13 series and the iPad mini, and now a new report has claimed that the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to launch the new MacBook Pros and AirPods next year.
The latest issue of Power On, Gurman’s weekly newsletter, claimed that 2022 would be an exciting year for hardware redesigns from Apple, reports MacRumors.
Gurman expects Apple to announce new AirPods Pro earbuds, a redesigned iPad Pro, redesigned MacBook Air, a new M-series Mac Pro tower computer, three new Apple Watch models, and more.
New AirPods Pro and redesigned iPad Pro
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Apple 2021 lineup might not have seemed such a significant hardware upgrade, but it looks like next year will see a big jump. In his latest issue of the ‘Power On’ newsletter, he has suggested that 2022 could be a year full of significant hardware redesigns for the US-based company.
According to him, Apple is expected to launch redesigned AirPods Pro, a new MacBook Air, and an iPad Pro next year, along with a redesigned Mac Pro. The newsletter also talks about how the Apple Watch in 2022 could come with three models next time.
The new products will be highly anticipated as significant updates like the AirPods 3 were not a part of the Apple September 14 event. Additionally, we could also get a look at Apple’s highly anticipated MR (Mixed Reality) glasses next year, Gurman suggests.
“2022 is certain to be a stronger showing, with as many as three new Apple Watch models, a major iPhone upgrade, revamped Mac Pros and MacBook Airs with Apple Silicon, new AirPods Pro earbuds, and an updated iPad Pro design. Oh, and don’t forget a potential preview of Apple’s future mixed-reality headset,” he wrote.
What more is coming next year?
Some more ‘rumored’ devices may be on the way, but not until a few more years. These include the Apple TV/HomePod combo, authentic AR glasses from the brand, and even a foldable iPhone, though all of this is still in the works, and Gurman warns that none of this is likely to make its way to the market in 2022.
Apple launched the iPhone 13 series, the Apple Watch Series 7, a new iPad mini, and a refresh of the standard iPad earlier this month at its September 14 event. You can read all about those products here.
As we noted this time, the iPhones and Apple Watch Series 7 were not a drastic generation leap, though they all come with some updated features. Gurman is hinting that the iPhone series next year will have more to offer, which other analysts have also talked about.
Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo had said in a note back in April reported by AppleInsider that the 2022 iPhones will come with an upgrade to the camera sensor and make the jump to the 48MP camera. They could also come with 8K recording capabilities, and he added that Apple would likely ditch the ‘mini’ version.
The Bottom Line
In addition, Apple may launch a mixed-reality headset that combines augmented reality and virtual reality features in 2022.
Based on previous rumors, the new AirPods models are expected to feature a unique design that resembles the shape of the current-generation AirPods Pro, notably featuring shorter stems on the earbuds themselves.
However, the AirPods 3 are not expected to feature active noise cancellation features — that will remain exclusive to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
AirPods 3 are expected to support head-tracking Spatial Audio, however, which lines up neatly with the release of iOS 15 that enhances Dolby Atmos music with the head-tracking effect in addition to video content.