Beyond the iPhone 14: Five Apple products expected to launch later this year

While iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 are expected to be announced in September as usual, several other Apple products are expected to launch later this year, including new iPad and Mac models, and more.

Beyond the iPhone and Apple Watch, we’ve compiled a list of five Apple products that will likely be unveiled by the end of 2022.

Second-generation AirPods Pro

Apple released the AirPods Pro in October 2019, and nearly three years later, rumors suggest that an update to the wireless headphones is finally on the way.

The second-generation AirPods Pro are expected to launch later this year with several new features, including an H1 chip upgrade that powers features like Active Noise Cancellation, Apple Lossless Audio playback support, updated motion sensors for expanded fitness tracking capabilities, a new charging case that can play sound when lost, a skin detection sensor for better in-ear detection, and more Again.

It is also likely that the charging case of the new AirPods Pro will be water resistant, like the charging case of the third generation AirPods.

Back in 2020, BloombergMark Gurman and Debby Wu have reported that Apple has been testing a more compact design for the new AirPods Pro that would eliminate stems that drop below the earbuds, like Apple’s Beats Studio Buds. However, more recent rumors suggest that the new AirPods Pro won’t have any significant design changes.

A sketchy report that claimed the next AirPods Pro would feature heart rate detection, hearing aid capabilities and a USB-C charging case also seems bogus.

iPad Pro with M2 chip

Gurman also expects Apple to release new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with M2 chips and MagSafe wireless charging support later this year.

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New iPad Pro models will feature the same chassis design as current models, except for new “4-pin connectors” on the top and bottom edges, according to the Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The purpose of these connectors is unclear.

Apple last updated its iPad Pro line in April 2021, with new features including the M1 chip, a Thunderbolt port, 5G support for cellular models, a brighter display on the 12.9 model inches and an improved 12-megapixel front-facing camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature, which helps you stay within the scope of video apps like FaceTime.

Entry-level iPad with USB-C port

Apple is expected to update its entry-level iPad later this year with a new design featuring a larger 10.5-inch display, USB-C port, and flat-edged chassis with a rear camera bump. Other rumored features include an A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for cellular models.

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While the 10th generation iPad is expected to retain a Touch ID home button, rumors suggest the device will no longer have a headphone jack.

Apple launched the 9th generation iPad in September 2021, with key features such as a 10.2-inch display, A13 Bionic chip, improved 12-megapixel front camera with Center Stage support, True Tone and double the basic storage.

Apple TV with A14 chip

Apple plans to launch a new Apple TV with an improved cost structure in the second half of 2022, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s unclear whether Apple plans to pass the cost savings on to customers by lowering the price of the new Apple TV.

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A new Apple TV is in development with an A14 chip and 4GB of RAM, according to Gurman, but it’s unclear if this model is the same one Kuo referred to. Either way, the internal upgrades would result in faster performance over the current Apple TV 4K, which comes with an A12 chip and 3GB of RAM.

Released in April 2021, the current Apple TV 4K starts at $179 with 32GB of storage, while the Apple TV HD remains available for $149. In comparison, there are plenty of streaming sticks from brands like Chromecast and Roku available for between $25 and $100.

Mac Pro with “M2 Extreme” chip

After announcing the Mac Studio at its March 2022 event, Apple announced that an Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro tower would be coming later.

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In 2020, Apple said its transition from Intel processors to Apple silicon chips in the Mac line would take about two years to complete, so the new Mac Pro should be announced by the end of 2022.

The new Mac Pro will feature the “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme” chips, according to Gurman. It’s possible the new Mac Pro will be smaller due to Apple’s move to silicon, but it’s unclear if the desktop computer will see any major design changes from the current Intel model released in December 2019.

The new Mac Pro would be the fastest Mac ever, surpassing the Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra chip.

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