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What to expect from Apple in the second half of 2022?

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Apple’s WWDC 2022 was jam-packed with announcements, including iOS 16 with the new lock screen, two new MacBooks with the second-generation M-series chip, and a major update for the Watch. With the software-focused event now out of the way, Apple’s attention has now turned to launch a number of hardware products, including the iPhone 14 series, new M2-powered Macs and MacBooks, AirPods Pro 2, three new Apple Watch models, and much more. Here’s everything you should expect from Apple in the second half of 2022:

M2-powered Macs

Apple executive announcing M2 chip Source: Apple

For the first time in a while, Apple launched new hardware products at WWDC. While the company didn’t unveil the first AR/VR Mixed Reality headset we’re all expecting, it did launch the all-new MacBook Air and the new MacBook Pro with the new M2 chipset. The new M2 chip brings a lot of improvements. Popular Apple leaker Mark Gurman now claims that Apple has more M2-powered Macs in the pipeline. These include:

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  • M2 Mac mini
  • M2 Pro Mac mini
  • M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro
  • M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Mac Pro

The 2022 Mac mini is said to sport an all-new look that will match the design language that Apple has been trying to implement across the Mac lineup. It will be available in two CPU options: M2 and M2 Pro. In addition, new variants of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro will also be introduced with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips. Apple could also (finally) update the Mac Pro with Apple Silicon chips this year, as per Gurman.

And oh, for those wondering about the improvements M2 brings over the first-generation M1, here’s how the new Apple M2 chip fares against the Apple M1.

iPhone 14 Series

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Source: Pocketnow, Illustration by Roland Udvarlaki

Like every other year, Apple will also launch the new iPhone series, probably called the iPhone 14 series, later this fall. Thanks to the leaked information, we already have a pretty good idea about how Apple’s 2022 flagship smartphone is shaping up to be. The Pro models, specifically, are said to be getting some huge upgrades over the last generation. Features such as a 48MP primary camerapunch hole + pill-shaped cutout in the front, and even the new A16 Bionic chipset, are likely coming to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models only.

On the other hand, it seems that Apple is planning only minor upgrades for the two non-Pro iPhone 14 models. First of all, the company is expected to drop the mini model in favor of the new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max model this year. The mini iPhone series has just not worked out for Apple, with the sales of both iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini quite underwhelming. However, other than the new 6.7-inch model, no major upgrades are expected. The two non-Pro iPhone 14 models will reportedly feature the same A14 Bionic chipset, notch, and display as the last year’s iPhone 13 series. You can read more about the iPhone 14 series — the features and advancements it will bring — right here.

Three New Apple Watch Models

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Apple Watch is one of the best smartwatches out there, and the company continuously works to improve it even further. The company is rumored to announce three new Apple Watch models later this year, namely the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch SE 2, and Apple Watch Rugged Edition. Leaker Jon Prosser claims that Apple Watch Series 8 will come with the flat-edge design Apple Watch Series 7 was expected to launch with.

However, those looking for a performance upgrade would be disappointed. Mark Gurman claims that even though the Apple Watch Series 8 will come with the company’s new S8 processor, it will have the same specifications as the S7, which had the same specifications as the S6 chipset. In simple terms, Apple will be using the same chipset for the third time, albeit its new name.

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Talking about the upcoming Apple Watch SE 2, Gurman says that it will have the same design and display as the currently available Apple Watch SE. But there will be major upgrades in the chipset department as the Watch SE 2 will feature the same S8 chip as the Series 8. Since the Apple Watch Series 3 doesn’t support watchOS 9, Apple will most likely discontinue the model, and in turn, the 2020 SE will become the mid-tier option.

iPads

According to Gurman, Apple will launch new high-end and low-end iPad models this year. The new 10th generation basic iPad will come with a number of major improvements over the last generation, including a bigger display and USB-C support. It will be powered by the Apple A14 Bionic processor and will support a lot more accessories in comparison to the previous model thanks to the new powerful connector.

Apple will also launch new iPad Pro models alongside the new basic iPad. The new iPad Pro models will only be a minor update over the previous generation and the main highlight of the new models will be the second-generation M2 chip. Other than that, the design, display, and camera are expected to remain the same. If you are interested in knowing more about the upcoming Pro model iPads, check out our guide covering every leak, news, and rumor about the iPad Pro 2022.

AirPods

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Apple introduced third-generation AirPods last year. While we’re not expecting Apple to launch AirPods 4 this fall, many leakers and rumors have suggested that the Cupertino-giant will release AirPods Pro 2 in the second half of 2022. Various reports have suggested that the second-generation AirPods Pro will bring a number of major improvements over the current-gen, including an all-new new design, lossless audio support, and health sensors.

Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the AirPods Pro 2 would look closer to Beats Fit Pro, with the in-ear wingtip design and no stem. Popular AirPods leaker 52Audio claims that the AirPods Pro 2’s health-tracking features will include heart rate monitoring and a Hearing Aid mode that would allow users to use the earphones for sound enhancement.

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The code of AirPods Max beta firmware, spotted by 9to5Mac, has also hinted that the AirPods Pro 2 will feature the next generation of the H1 chip and Bluetooth 5.2, allowing for better audio quality and lossless streaming. Other features of the second-generation AirPods Pro include improved Find My integration and USB-C fast charging support. There is no word on the release date or price yet, but we expect Apple to release the next-gen wireless earphones sometime this fall.

HomePod and Apple TV

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While Apple didn’t talk about Apple TV or HomePod during the WWDC 2022 keynote, Gurman claims that the company is working on nice upgrades for both the products. The new Apple TV 4K, with codename J255, is in the works and will be powered by the A14 Bionic processor. It will come with an additional gigabyte of RAM that could come in handy for the new gaming capabilities that Apple has introduced in tvOS 16.

Talking about the HomePod, Gurman says that Apple will be launching a new model in the second half of 2022 — though it could also be pushed to early 2023. It will run on the same S8 chip as the Apple Watch Series 8 and will come with a design similar to the original HomePod. It will feature an all-new display on the top that could also support multi-touch functionality.

Which Apple product are you excited about the most? Let us know in the comments section below!

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The new Apple iPad models might be less Pro

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iPadOS 16 Stage Manager on the iPad Source: Pocketnow

Earlier this week, display analyst Ross Young revealed that Apple has been working on a new iPad model with a massive 14.1-inch display. In addition to the 14-inch iPad, some reports have also reports revealed that Apple will be updating the baseline iPad with new internals and a slightly bigger display soon. We now have some new information about the upcoming iPad models that suggest that they may not be the Pro-grade devices we’re expecting them to be.

Starting off with the 14-inch iPad model, Young earlier predicted that the 14-inch iPad model would be a part of the Pro lineup given its display size. He reported that it would come with a mini LED display and support for up to a 120Hz refresh rate. He has, however, since revised his prediction, saying that the 14-inch iPad will be a part of the standard iPad lineup and not the Pro — though there is still confusion about the name it will carry. It will not feature a mini LED display, nor it will come with support for the ProMotion (120Hz refresh rate) display.

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Young, in a tweet to his Super Followers, said that the 14-inch iPad will not feature mini LEDs after all. Instead, the upcoming iPad will feature the regular LED edge lightning seen on iPad Air and iPad mini. This, however, feels a bit confusing — wouldn’t the power users be looking for the biggest screen and all the high-end features?

The target market for a 14-inch iPad would (mostly) be the creators who would want to take advantage of the huge canvas. Those buyers would also be looking at the M1 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But, the lack of mini LED and ProMotion could drive people away as both of these features are available on the 12.9-inch Pro model. Also, while announcing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple said that it added mini LED to the iPad as it wanted creators to have the largest canvas and a color-accurate display. So why would the company want the bigger display of the 14-inch iPad to not have Liquid Retina XDR?

It seems that the exclusion of mini LEDs on the large iPad might be a forced decision and could be due to supply chain issues. All the products with mini LED displays are facing shipment delays. Adding another (huge) iPad would only complex the situation.

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On the other hand, the upcoming entry-level iPad is also said to gain some features, but still not enough to make it a Pro-grade device. According to the report from 9to5Mac, the upcoming 10th generation iPad will feature the A14 Bionic chip — the same chip used in the iPhone 12 series — which will also bring support for 5G networks. In addition, it will also gain USB-C connectivity for the first time.

The report also claims that the device will ship with a slightly bigger 10.5-inch display as opposed to the 10.2-inch on the current one. There’s no word on the body redesign, but I would be really surprised to see if there is no design change, given that the iPad is said to ship with a new screen and port. Talking about the port, the USB-C port on the iPad will open up the device to a whole new world.

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Users will be able to enjoy faster transfer speeds, and the port will even allow users to connect a wider variety of peripherals with the device. The addition of 5G, as well as the A14 Bionic, will improve the performance of the device by quite a margin. While upgrades like USB-C and the faster A14 Bionic chip feel like a step forward, the entry-level iPad still won’t be the device many users would be looking to buy — especially after the iPadOS 16 update.

Apple announced the iPadOS 16 update with a bunch of major features, including the all-new way to multitask called Stage Manager. However, as per Apple, the main requirement to support the Stage Manager feature is the Apple M1 chip. The company says that only the M-series chip can deliver the performance required by the Stage Manager, and so the feature is not supported on iPads with its A-series chips.

The inclusion of the A14 Bionic chipset on the 10th Gen iPad would mean that the feature will not be supported on the entry-level iPad. This could turn away a lot of users. Apple is creating a new way to use the iPad with iPadOS 16, and if you’re a customer looking to buy a new iPad and you come to know that your iPad won’t support the latest (and fancy) new feature, won’t it drive the buyers away? Would you be interested in buying an iPad that doesn’t support the Stage Manager feature? Or a 14-inch iPad that lacks the mini LED and ProMotion display? Let us know in the comments section below!


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Why is Stage Manager available only on iPads with M1 chip?

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Apple demo showcasing stage manager on iPadOS 16 Source: Apple

Apple hosted its WWDC event last week. The company introduced a number of new features to the iPad with the introduction of iPadOS 16. The new iPadOS 16 software update brings improvements to messages, collaboration tools, an all-new Weather app, a customizable toolbar, and much more. But, one of the key highlights of the new iPad operating system, that Apple executive Craig Federighi also took time demoing, is the new Stage Manager feature. It, however, appears that the Stage Manager feature will not be available on most iPads as it is limited to only the models with the M1 chip. Here’s the reason why Apple has left out the Stage Manager feature on iPads without an M-series chip.

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What is Stage Manager?

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Stage Manager is an all-new way of managing windows and full-screen apps on iPadOS. Apple says that Stage Manager is an entirely new multitasking experience that makes organizing apps, switching between tasks, and managing windows a fluid experience. Using Stage Manager, you can resize apps into overlapping windows, drag and drop windows from the side, open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps, and even use eight apps at the same time using an external monitor.

Unfortunately, it appears that Stage Manager will only be available on iPad models that are powered by the Apple M-series processors. This means that only the latest iPad Pro and the iPad Air 5th Gen will get the new Stage Manager feature. On the other hand, iPad Air 4th Gen and all the other iPads released with A-series chips will not receive the new feature. Apple has explained why only the recently released iPad models support the new Stage Manager feature.

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Why is Stage Manager limited to iPads with an M1 chip?

Apple demo showcasing stage manager on iPadOS 16 Source: Apple

In a statement to Rene Ritchie earlier this week, Apple SVP of software engineering, Craig Federighi, explained that Stage Manager requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O to work. All of these — the required specifications — are available only on iPads with the M1 chip, according to Apple.

Following this, in an interview with TechCrunch, Federighi reiterated that the M1 chip ensures that all apps being used in Stage Manager are “instantaneously responsive.”

It’s only the M1 iPads that combined the high DRAM capacity with very high capacity, high-performance NAND that allows our virtual memory swap to be super fast. Now that we’re letting you have up to four apps on a panel plus another four – up to eight apps to be instantaneously responsive and have plenty of memory, we just don’t have that ability on the other systems

— Craig Federighi

“We really designed Stage Manager to take full advantage [of the M1 chip],” said Federighi. “If you look at the way the apps tilt and shadow and how they animate in and out. To do that at super-high frame rates, across very large displays and multiple displays, requires the peak of graphics performance that no one else can deliver.”

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an image showing an ipad connected to an external display and the use of Stage Manager Source: Apple

“When you put all this together, we can’t deliver the full Stage Manager experience on any lesser system,” he added. “I mean, we would love to make it available everywhere we can. But this is what it requires. This is the experience we’re going to carry into the future. We didn’t want to constrain our design to something lesser, we’re setting the benchmark for the future.”

It seems that Apple could have brought a slightly toned-down version of Stage Manager to the iPad with A-series chips, but Federighi says that the company is setting the benchmark for future products and has decided to go the other way.

Even though Stage Manager is limited to iPads with an M1 chip, it doesn’t mean they will miss out on other iPadOS 16 features. Features such as Collaboration in apps like Safari, Pages, and Keynote, the ability to schedule and undo send emails, Shared Photo Library, improvements to the Messages app, and other features will be available on all the iPadOS 16 compatible models.


Stage Manager could prove to be the multi-tasking and windowing experience we were all looking forward to, but it appears that it will only be available to only a niche set of iPad users and most of the consumers will not be able to enjoy the new feature. What are your thoughts on the iPadOS 16 update? Is your iPad compatible with the Stage Manager feature? If yes, have you used the feature on your iPad? Let us know in the comments section below!

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