Apple’s March “Peek Performance” Event: What to Expect

Apple is set for its first live streaming event of 2022 on Tuesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. ET. The company sent invitation emails to the press for the event titled “Peek Performance”, and rumors suggest that Apple will announce a new third-generation iPhone SE with 5G.

The iPad Air could also get a new spec upgrade at the event, with updates to both 5G and an A15 Bionic processor, similar to last year’s iPad Mini. Another rumor suggests that an Apple Silicon “M2” upgrade could be coming along with a redesigned MacBook Air. New Macs, including a Mac Mini with an M1 Pro/M1 Max processor upgrade, could also be shown, and new iMac and Mac Pro hardware is said to be in the works, but likely to appear later in the year. Whatever the case may be, we may see at least one of these new Macs on March 8.

That’s not all Apple could announce on Tuesday, so get your anticipation up for the Apple event by reading all the rumors and details below.

The iPhone SE 2 of 2020 could receive a 5G update
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iPhone SE 3 with 5G

The upcoming third-generation iPhone SE is expected to succeed the 2020 model as the new budget iPhone option. The first iPhone SE came out in 2016 and was available for four years, which means the SE lineup is poised for a faster change of pace.

According to trusted analyst and leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 will likely pack the latest A15 Bionic chip, millimeter-wave 5G, 64GB base storage with 128GB/256GB options, and retain the original design and colors. current model. Kuo shared the information via Twitter on a verified account that has remained silent until now.

The 2020 iPhone SE offered surprisingly good value with the latest chipset at the time, but battery life was never the star of the show. Now that US carriers only want 5G phones on their shelves, battery life on a new iPhone SE would be a bigger concern, especially if the form factor remains the same. The current iPhone SE body models the iPhone 8, but its aged design language dates back to 2014 with the iPhone 6.

It’s also possible that the iPhone SE borrows the form factor of the iPhone 13 Mini. Due to lower-than-expected sales reports of the iPhone 12 Mini, it is rumored that the iPhone 13 Mini could be Apple’s last flagship compact phone. But just as the iPhone SE of 2016 kept the compact design of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone SE of 2020 copied the smaller design of the iPhone 8, the iPhone SE could become the new home of the Mini.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but don’t expect to see a drop to the $399 starting price. 5G modems are still expensive, so a 64GB storage option makes sense if the price stays the same. Touch ID would also keep costs down if the design is kept.

The iPad Air 2020 and the new iPad Mini have the same design and shape as the iPad Pro

iPad Air is expected to get 5G and a new processor
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A breath of fresh iPad Air

iPad Air received an iPad Pro-style redesign in 2020: it has flat edges, slim bezels, Apple Pencil 2 support, USB-C, and a new Touch ID sleep/wake button. But the still-new design is already lagging behind: Last year’s iPad Mini followed the design of the iPad Air but improved it with the latest A15 Bionic processor and 5G data options (albeit only below 6GHz and without waveform support). millimeters).

So it makes sense for Apple to launch an updated iPad Air with the latest A15 Bionic processor and with a 5G option, and perhaps take center stage as well. And while FaceID would welcome it, don’t expect any other changes.

The new MacBook Air with the M1 chip

Can you tell if this is the Intel or M1 MacBook Air? Hopefully, you’ll find out soon with the announcement of a redesigned MacBook Air M2.
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MacBook Air redesigned and with a new M2 processor

Apple may announce a new MacBook Air with a new M2 chip at this event. The current MacBook Air design dates back to 2018 and was a testbed for the debut of Apple’s M1 chip in 2020.

We reviewed the current MacBook Air with M1 as one of the best laptops you could buy in 2020, scoring less than perfect just because of the less-than-stellar webcam.

But now it’s 2022 and we’ve got freshly updated MacBook Pro designs with better displays and a better camera that you can expect the MacBook Air to follow soon. It might even come with a notch.

Get the most out of M1 Mac desktops

A new Mac Mini was rumored to be arriving late last year, but it never turned up. Right now, the only way to harness the power of the latest M1 Pro and M1 Max chips is in the latest MacBook Pro models. A new Mac Mini with the latest processor options would change that.

The current Mac Mini design dates back to 2010, and was made to be large enough to fit an optical drive. So it’s about time we got a new Mac Mini chassis, but if we don’t, hopefully we’ll at least get a “Pro” looking space gray finish again. We might even see the Mac Mini split into a Pro option and a Standard option that comes with a new M2 processor.

Right now, there’s only one iMac option with M1 processors, but it only has a 24-inch display option. If we don’t see bigger new iMacs on Tuesday, we could see them later in the year. The iMac Pro was also discontinued a year ago, so it would be an interesting surprise, although there have been no leaks in the supply chain to indicate that a new version is imminent. There’s also the Mac Pro that doesn’t have the M1 option yet, and while it’s rumored to be in the works, don’t wait any longer on Tuesday.

Apple TV and more shows and movies

The last time Apple held an event in March was in 2019, a live presentation that showcased new premium Apple services like Apple TV Plus. Three years later, it’s entirely possible that Apple could showcase new TV shows or movies like it did last September.

One more thing?

some speculation of the Apple event invitation title meaning “Peek Performance” points to the word “Peek” as the name of a VR/AR product. While Apple’s long-rumored headphone product isn’t expected to be ready until 2023, perhaps there’s a chance Apple could surprise and delight, but don’t expect to see an Apple Car anytime soon. term.

Apple is also expected to release some software updates: iOS 15.4 which may allow your Face ID-enabled iPhone to unlock while wearing a skin and also an update to macOS Monterey plus iPad OS 15.4 which will finally allow iPad to Mac to go through the Universal Control function.

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