Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to host its first production event for 2022 on Tuesday, March 8, and the company is expected to launch a slew of new devices, including the first low-cost iPhone with 5G connectivity. We could even see a new Mac running on Apple’s excellent M1 chip.
The big show will, again, be held remotely from the Apple campus in Cupertino, which means I don’t get any free cakes. But it’s still supposed to offer some interesting new hardware.
Here’s what to expect from Apple’s show.
for 5G iPhone SE
Apple’s iPhone SE is the company’s entry-level iPhone. The current version starts at just $399 and features an A13 chip, a 4.7-inch screen, a single camera lens on the back, and the company’s own Touch ID fingerprint sensor. For comparison, the iPhone 13 mini starts at $699 and has Apple’s latest generation A15 processor, a 5.4-inch screen, a dual-camera setup, and the Face ID facial recognition sensor.
The new iPhone SE, according to Bloomberg’s soothsayer Mark German, is expected to have the same look and feel as the current SE, which means you’re a fan of the old iPhone’s edge-to-edge screenless design. Apple’s current iPhones, you’re in luck. It could also mean that the new phone carries last-generation Touch ID, which is a boon for people who don’t like Apple’s Face ID.
Inside, the iPhone will get a new processor and there will be a new camera on the back.
But the biggest advance in the SE will be the 5G antenna. This would make Apple’s iPhone SE less expensive with 5G and ensure that the company’s entire new line of phones is 5G capable.
The iPhone is still the most important product in Apple’s product catalog. The phone generated $71.6 billion of the company’s total revenue of $123.9 billion in the first quarter.
And while the company will likely prefer selling high-end iPhones like the 13 Pro, sales of the SE still mean new or returning users who can subscribe to Apple services and buy iPhone accessories like AirPods.
New iPad Air and Mac
In addition to the new iPhone SE, Apple is expected to launch a new iPad Air, also with 5G capabilities and a new processor, and a new Mac running on a copy of the Apple M1 processor. Apple last updated the iPad Air in 2020, so it’ll be nice to see the slate gets a little more horsepower. The Air is also one of the last iPads to get 5G connectivity, which means you’ll be able to stream 4K movies on the go and download your music in no time.
The iPad is one of the few Apple products that have been hit hard by the global chip shortage. In the first quarter, the segment generated $7.2 billion in revenue, down from the first quarter of 2021, when it generated $8.4 billion. Part of the problem was taking apart Apple’s custom processors for the iPad and dropping them into the all-important iPhone.
With chip shortages expected to last until 2023, and possibly longer given the crisis in Ukraine and its impact on neon gas used to make chips, there is no guarantee that iPad sales will not be affected again.
Then there’s the new Mac that Apple is set to release. Although not much is known about this model, Apple has been slowly replacing Intel-based Macs with Macs running on its own M1 processors. The change improved not only performance on the company’s computers, but also battery life.
So, naturally, we expect Apple to release a new version of the M2 chips sometime in 2022. It is also said that Apple will introduce its first augmented/virtual reality headset later this year. And of course, you can expect a new iPhone lineup, more Apple Watches, and more Macs.
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