2021 may need been the calm earlier than the storm.
Aside from the introduction of some new Apple Silicon Macs, 2021 has been a quiet 12 months for Apple. The brand new iPhones supplied improved cameras and battery life however had been in any other case practically similar to 2020’s fashions. And other than a slight bump in display screen measurement, the brand new Apple Watch is barely distinguishable from its predecessors.
As 2021 attracts to an in depth and we stay up for 2022, it is a protected guess that subsequent 12 months goes to be much more attention-grabbing. So we now have some predictions to share.
We’re not one hundred pc sure of any of the upcoming predictions, in fact—as you realize, Apple is a secretive animal. However as cagey as the corporate will be, it has often been fairly predictable within the Tim Cook dinner period. And there have been extra leaks about Apple’s plans over the previous few years than ever earlier than.
All that mentioned, right here is a few of what we count on to see from Apple over the following 12 months.
The dramatic desktop denouement for the Mac chip transition
The central Apple story of 2021 was certainly one of anticipation. Apple introduced and launched the primary Apple Silicon processors in 2020 and promised a two-year transition from Intel to Apple Silicon throughout the Mac product line.
We noticed in late 2020 what the M1 chip did for Apple’s lower-end Macs, and Apple shared bold claims with us about what we may count on from higher-end laptops just like the MacBook Professional additional down the road.
After which we waited… for months. Apple launched an M1 alternative for the 21.5-inch iMac, however the MacBook Professional and the extra highly effective desktops just like the bigger iMac and the Mac Professional had been what had everybody questioning what to anticipate.
Towards the tip of this 12 months, Apple delivered on its promise with large efficiency within the M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro notebooks. However the 27-inch iMac and the Mac Professional, historically Apple’s most beastly, highly effective machines, are nonetheless on Intel.
Per the two-year roadmap Apple beforehand laid out, that is going to alter in 2022.
You have in all probability learn rumors that Apple will introduce a 30-inch iMac to switch the present Apple Silicon-powered one. The iMac will doubtless have the MacBook Professional’s M1 Professional or M1 Max inside or (much less doubtless) a second-generation successor to these.
As for the Mac Professional, a latest report in The Information claimed that it’ll function a processor that’s within the M1 line (doubtless primarily based on the M1 Max). It’s going to have two dies as an alternative of 1, providing doubtlessly double the cores.
Together with an M1 Professional/M1 Max spec bump to the high-end Mac mini, that might largely finalize the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon. Just a few stragglers, just like the 13-inch MacBook Professional, would stay on Intel.
Additional, Apple is alleged to be engaged on a radical redesign for the MacBook Air with a second-generation entry-level chip, in all probability referred to as the M2. The redesigned gadget may merely be named “MacBook.”
All of those are anticipated in 2022, so it’ll be an enormous 12 months for the Mac.
A serious iPhone redesign
New iPhones will are available 2022—no surprises there, proper? Other than the standard flagship refreshes, we’d see an up to date iPhone SE.
However the huge information will in all probability be a serious redesign to the flagship telephones within the fall. A part of that redesign could be the elimination of the Lightning port.
If Apple hasn’t made the transfer to USB-C on flagship iPhones already, I do not suppose it’ll. 2020’s redesign would have been the time to do it.
That is as a result of I consider (and I’ve no inside information—that is simply my intuition primarily based on masking Apple for the previous few years) that Apple hasn’t moved from Lightning to USB-C as a result of it’ll skip USB-C altogether and go straight to a port-free, wirelessly charging iPhone.
In any other case, count on a continued emphasis on huge screens and higher cameras—two of the three huge issues (alongside battery life) customers most frequently say they need when polled about their smartphone preferences.
It is also doubtless Apple will introduce a substitute for or alternative for Face ID, the face-scanning authentication system that has been within the flagship iPhone since late 2017. Face ID was a good suggestion, and regardless of a considerably rocky begin, it ended up being simply as handy and efficient as Contact ID. However in the end, a world of face masks made it look significantly much less interesting in comparison with any variety of options.