With 2021 nearing a close, it's time to start looking ahead to
the Apple releases we're expecting in 2022. And according to the
latest report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, there's an awful lot to
look forward to.
In his latest Power On Newsletter, Gurman outlines what he
expects from the Mac in 2022, and it's nothing short of a complete
overhaul of the entire line. According to the well-connected
reporter, Apple will be completing its transition to its own
silicon and updating the M1 Macs released in 2020.
Here's what he
expects to see:
MacBook Air: Apple has long been rumoured to be
releasing a dramatic overhaul of its cheapest laptop, with
an M2 processor and iMac-inspired colors. It's been rumoured to
release in the first half of 2022 and could include similar
stylings to the 14-inch MacBook Pro, including a notch, possibly
with white bezels and keyboard.
27-inch iMac: Apple's high-end iMac is one of
the few remaining Intel Macs worth considering (though only after a
steep discount) due to its 27-inch 5K display and bevy of ports. We
expect the Apple silicon revamp to take its cues from the
24-inch iMac released earlier this year but with a pro palette
(black bezels and space gray). It will also likely feature the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, more RAM, and higher
Mac mini: Both of Apple's Mac mini models will
be due for a revamp in 2022. First there's the higher-end Intel model that will likely get the
M1 Pro and M1 Max treatment with more ports and a streamlined
design. Also likely is a new version of the entry level Mac mini
with an M2 chip.
13-inch MacBook Pro: We were wondering if Apple
would just abandon the 13-inch MacBook Pro after introducing the 14-inch notebook this past October, but Gurman
says Apple is indeed planning on updating the smaller model too
with an M2 processor. We assume it'll get small bezels and a notch,
but we haven't heard any rumours about it.
Mac Pro: Apple's highest-end Mac is the most
interesting of the new models planned for 2022. We've heard rumours
of a half-height Mac Pro and dual-die chips with 40
cores, but there's a lot we don't know. We expect the machine to
arrive late in the year, possibly with a sneak peek at WWDC.
Along with the new Macs, Gurman also expects new AirPods Pro
earbuds and Apple Watch SE, as well as the launch of Apple's first