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Apple's 2021 was excellent, but 2022 could be epic

Added 10-25-21 06:15:05am EST - “Apple is gearing up to launch a slew of redesigned products in 2022, including the iPhone, MacBook Air, and iMac.” - Macworld.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Macworld.com: “Apple's 2021 was excellent, but 2022 could be epic”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Now that Apple’s Mac event has come and gone, we’ve probably seen the last of Apple’s 2021 releases. It’s been a great year, with a redesigned iMac, iPad mini, and MacBook Pro, the launch of AirTag, and a bunch of impressive updates. But 2022 could be even better, with several rumored products ready to launch. Here’s what we’re expecting in the new year.

Like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Mac mini was one of the first Macs to get an M1 processor in late 2020, but there’s still an Intel model available for sale. But now for long. We’re expecting the higher-end Mac mini to arrive in 2022 with a new design and faster processor. According to reports, it’s going to have the same M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that power the new MacBook Pros, along with a new thinner design. It’ll also reportedly have four Thunderbolt ports, 32GB or 64GB of RAM, and a magnetic power cable like the 24-inch iMac. We also assume it’ll have the same USB-A ports and HDMI ports that are on the current Mac mini, which could make it one of the best desktop machines around.

The most anticipated new release of 2022 is the redesigned MacBook Air, which could be is expected to bring a major redesign, with a faster M2 processor, better display (possibly mini-LED with a notch but no ProMotion), and a variety of colors to match the 24-inch iMac. Additionally, the inside bezels might be white to match the iMac as well, which we’re sure would be a polarizing feature. We’re not sure if it would be a replacement for the existing MacBooks Air or if Apple would continue to sell the M1 model as an affordable alternative to a new MacBook or if this new model will replace the 13-inch MacBook Pro at the $1,299 price, but we can’t wait to see what the iBook 2.0 brings in 2022.

Apple still sells an Intel version of its high-end iMac, but like the Mac mini, it’s not going to be around for much longer. Following the 24-inch iMac and the new MacBook Pro, we’re expecting a bigger-screen iMac—possibly as big as 32 inches—to arrive in 2022 with similar stylings to the M1 model. Reports say it’ll have a faster chip (likely the M1 Pro and M1 Max), along with RAM (up to 64GB), and extra ports—basically an Apple silicon version of the iMac Pro. Hopefully still in Space Gray with black bezels. We expect it to land in mid-2022, possibly at or around WWDC.

It’ll be two years since the revamped iPhone SE arrived with an A13 Bionic processor and a better camera, and we’re expected to get a new one in 2022. Most rumors say it’ll look the same as the current model, with a 4.8-inch display and a home button, but with upgraded specs, including an A15 chip and 5G, making it a veritable powerhouse at the low-end of Apple’s iPhone lineup. We hope it’ll have a better camera as well. We expect it to launch around the same time as the first iPhone SE, right in the middle of the iPhone 13’s cycle.

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