New Apple products are expected to be announced at the company’s “Peek Performance” event on March 8, so potential customers should now wait to purchase at least four currently available Apple devices until the updated models launch. day.
Based on reports from trusted sources over the past two years, Apple is expected to announce the replacement of at least four of its current devices with new models featuring moderate to major upgrades at its spring event.
This is supported by regulatory filings in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) database, where Apple recently submitted four different devices, including various models of smartphones, tablets, desktops and laptops, indicating that these devices will be launched shortly.
The second-generation iPhone SE from 2020 is expected to be replaced by a new model that’s grabbing headlines with features like 5G connectivity and a faster processor.
According to a series of reports from trusted sources, the third-generation iPhone SE is expected to feature four major upgrades:
- A15 bionic chip
- 5G connectivity (both sub-6GHz and mmWave in the US)
- Improved cameras
- Storage options up to 256 GB
The design of the iPhone SE, including its black, white, and red color options and 4.7-inch LCD screen, and all other aspects should 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. Apple’s currently cheapest 5G iPhone is the $599 iPhone 12 mini, but the iPhone SE will be significantly cheaper at $399 if it stays the same price as the 2020 model.
Additionally, the A15 Bionic is expected to bring substantial improvements in performance and efficiency over the A13 chip in the current iPhone SE. The iPhone 13 mini benefited greatly from the improved efficiency of the A15 to extend its battery life, so similar improvements for the iPhone SE seem likely.
Display analyst Ross Young said the iPhone SE could be called “iPhone SE Plus” even though it doesn’t get a bigger screen. Historically, the “Plus” naming denoted a larger screen size, but Apple might use it to denote a minor update with 5G connectivity to differentiate it from the 2020 version. It might also stick with the name standard iPhone SE.
The 2020 fourth-generation iPad Air is expected to be replaced by a new model that brings internal upgrades, similar to what’s expected for the 2022 iPhone SE.
Five major new features are expected for the fifth-generation iPad Air:
- A15 Bionic chip (potentially downclocked like iPad mini)
- 5G connectivity for cellular models (potentially sub-6GHz 5G only like iPad mini)
- 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera
- Center stage for video calls
- Quad-LED True Tone Flash
Although the design of the iPad Air should remain the same, new color options seem likely for this type of refresh.
Most fifth-generation iPad Air upgrades bring it in line with the sixth-generation iPad mini that Apple launched late last year, suggesting it will get the same downclocked 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 top-end offering remains the Space Gray model with an Intel processor from 2018. It’s this top-end model that should be replaced this year. with a brand new Apple silicone model.
The high-end Mac mini is set to receive the first machine redesign since 2010, with three notable changes:
- New design with a more compact form factor, “plexiglass” top and two-tone color options
- 24-inch iMac Magnetic Power Connector
- Apple silicon chip options, likely including M1 Pro and M1 Max
According to leaker Jon Prosser, who shared renders of the alleged new Mac mini design last year, the new Mac mini will retain a similar form factor to the current Mac mini, but with an overall reduction in size. The design itself is said to move away from the unibody aluminum case in favor of a “plexiglass-like” top that sits above an aluminum frame. This new design seems strongly reminiscent of the first generation Apple TV.
The rear 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, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port.
The M1 version of the Mac mini is limited to 16 GB of RAM, while the Intel version supports up to 64 GB 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 should continue to offer support for up to 64GB of RAM.
It’s unclear if the entry-level Mac mini will also get an upgrade, but with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip looking likely to get an upgrade to the M2 chip this spring, a similar upgrade for the entry-level M1-based Mac mini seems plausible.
13-inch MacBook Pro
Apple last refreshed the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro in November 2020 when it debuted in the first M1 Macs. It launched alongside the entry-level MacBook Air and Mac mini, and all three product lines are due for an update, but Apple appears to be planning to update the 13-inch MacBook Pro first.
Unlike the major overhaul Apple gave to its high-end MacBook Pro models last year, only two changes are expected for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro:
- Second generation Apple “M2” silicon chip
- Potentially 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 compute cores as the M1 chip, but it will run faster and offer nine or 10 graphics cores, compared to seven or eight in the M1. It’s also likely that there will be speed and efficiency improvements, especially if the chip is built on a smaller node.
Most rumors suggest the 13-inch MacBook Pro won’t see any design changes, continuing to feature the same chassis with a Touch Bar, a feature that was dropped from the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Not all rumors agree on the presence of the Touch Bar, however, as Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman suggested that Apple pull it out of the entry-level MacBook Pro, bringing the machine in line with the high-end models.
Given its lower price, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro isn’t expected to feature a mini-LED display, 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate, extra ports, MagSafe charging, or any other features bundled with models. high end last year.
Beyond its chip, details about the new MacBook Pro are largely unclear, but there are significant questions about how the new entry-level machine will take the middle ground between the new M2 MacBook Air which is expected to launch later this year and the current high-end MacBook Pro.