New Apple products are expected to be announced at the company’s “Peek Performance” event on March 8, so potential customers should now stop buying at least four Apple devices currently available until the updated models are released.
Based on reports from reliable sources over the past two years, Apple is expected to announce replacements for at least four of its current devices with new models featuring medium to large upgrades at its spring event.
This is supported by regulatory filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, where Apple recently introduced four different devices, including many smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptop models, indicating that these devices will launch soon. .
The second generation iPhone SE is expected to be replaced from 2020 with a new model that is making headlines including 5G connectivity and a faster processor.
According to a range of reports from reliable sources, the third generation iPhone SE is expected to include four major upgrades:
- A15 Bionic chip
- 5G connectivity (both sub-6GHz and mmWave in the US)
- Enhanced Cameras
- Storage options up to 256 GB
iPhone SE design, including black, white and red color options and a 4.7-inch LCD screen, all other aspects are expected to remain the same.
5G connectivity is expected to be the main selling point of the new iPhone SE, with the device set to become Apple’s most affordable 5G iPhone. Currently the cheapest 5G iPhone is the iPhone 12 mini at $599, but iPhone SE would be much cheaper at $399 if it stayed at the same price as the 2020 model.
Furthermore, the A15 Bionic is expected to bring significant performance and efficiency improvements over the A13 chip in the current iPhone SE. The iPhone 13 mini benefited greatly from the A15’s improved efficiency to extend its battery life, so similar improvements to the iPhone SE seem likely.
Display analyst Ross Young said the iPhone SE could be called “iPhone SE Plus” despite it not getting a larger screen. Historically, the “Plus” designation denoted a larger screen size, but Apple could use it to denote a minor update with 5G connectivity to distinguish it from the 2020 version. It can also stick to the standard name iPhone .
It is said that the fourth generation of the iPad Air from 2020 is set to be replaced by a new model that brings internal upgrades, similar to what is expected for the 2022 iPhone SE.
There are five major new features expected for the fifth generation iPad Air:
- A15 Bionic chip (likely to be underclocked like the iPad mini)
- 5G connectivity for cellular models (potentially below 6GHz and 5GHz like iPad mini)
- 12MP Ultra Wide Front Camera
- Theater Center for video calls
- Quad-LED True Tone flash
Although the iPad Air design is expected to remain the same, new color options appear likely for this type of update.
Most of the iPad Air’s fifth generation upgrades bring it in line with the sixth-generation iPad mini that Apple released late last year, suggesting it’ll get the same downgraded version of the A15 chip and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity.
Apple is believed to have been working on a new Mac mini for some time. Apple updated the entry-level Mac mini with the M1 chip in November 2020, but the high-end offering is still the Space Gray model with an Intel processor from 2018. This high-end model is expected to be replaced this year with Apple’s all-new silicon model.
The high-end Mac mini is expected to get its first hardware redesign since 2010, with three notable changes:
- New design with a more compact form factor, ‘mesh’ top surface, and two-tone color options
- iMac 24″ Magnetic Power Connector
- Apple’s silicon chip options, likely including the M1 Pro and M1 Max
According to leaker John Prosser, who co-wrote the alleged design of the new Mac mini last year, the new Mac mini will retain a form factor similar to the current Mac mini, but with an overall reduction in size. The design itself is said to move away from the unibody aluminum chassis in favor of a “plexiglass-like” upper that sits atop an aluminum frame. This new design seems to be very reminiscent of the first generation Apple TV.
The back of the device is said to feature the same ports currently available with the high-end Intel-based Mac mini, including four Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A ports, one Ethernet port, and one HDMI port.
The M1 version of the Mac mini is limited to 16GB of RAM, while the Intel version supports up to 64GB of RAM. The M1 Pro chip supports up to 32GB of RAM and the M1 Max supports up to 64GB, so the new Mac mini is expected to continue to support up to 64GB of RAM.
It’s unclear whether the entry-level Mac mini will also get an upgrade, but with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, it looks likely to get an upgrade to the M2 chip this spring, a similar upgrade to the entry-level Mac mini-based Mac mini. M1 makes sense.
MacBook Pro 13 inch
Apple updated the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro in November 2020 when it debuted its first M1 Macs. It was launched along with the entry-level MacBook Air and the entry-level Mac mini, and all three product lines are scheduled to be updated, but it seems that Apple is planning to update the 13-inch MacBook Pro first.
Unlike the major redesign Apple made for its high-end MacBook Pro models last year, only two changes are expected for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro:
- Apple Silicon chip second generation “M2”
- There may be no Touch Bar
The main feature of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is expected to be the M2 chip. The M2 chip is said to have the same number of computing cores as the M1 chip, but it will run faster and offer nine or 10 graphics cores, up from seven or eight in the M1. There are also likely to be improvements in speed and efficiency, especially if the chip is built on a smaller node.
Most rumors suggest that the 13-inch MacBook Pro won’t see any design changes, and it continues to offer the same chassis with the Touch Bar, a feature that was omitted from the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. However, not all rumors agree that there is a Touch Bar BloombergMark Gorman suggested that Apple remove it from the entry-level MacBook Pro, bringing the device in line with high-end models.
Given its low price, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro isn’t expected to feature a small LED display, ProMotion 120Hz refresh rates, additional ports, MagSafe charging, or any other features that appeared on last year’s high-end models.
Beyond the chip, details about the new MacBook Pro are largely unclear, but there are important questions about how the new entry-level machine will take the middle ground between the new M2 MacBook Air that’s expected to launch later this year and the current high. MacBook Pro expires.