Apple is set for its first livestream event of 2022 on Tuesday, March 8 at 1:00 PM ET. The company has emailed press invites to the event titled “Peek Performance,” with rumors strongly suggesting that Apple will announce a new third-generation iPhone SE with 5G.
The iPad Air may also get another spec bump update at the event, with upgrades to both 5G and an A15 Bionic processor, similar to last year’s iPad Mini. Another rumor suggests an Apple Silicon “M2” upgrade is coming alongside a redesigned MacBook Air. New Macs, including a Mac Mini with an M1 Pro/M1 Max processor update, could also get a showing, and new iMac and Mac Pro hardware are said to be in the works — but those are likely to arrive later in the year. to appear. Whatever the case, we should be able to see at least one of these new Macs on March 8.
That’s not all Apple would be announcing on Tuesday, so set your expectations for the Apple event by reading all the rumors and details below.
iPhone SE 3 with 5G
The upcoming third-generation iPhone SE is expected to succeed the 2020 model as the new budget-friendly iPhone option. The first iPhone SE came out in 2016 and remained available for four years, meaning the SE line is ready for a faster change of pace.
According to reliable analyst and leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 will likely feature the latest A15 Bionic chip, 5G with millimeter wave, 64GB base storage with 128GB/256GB options, and keep the design and colors of the current model. Kuo the information shared via Twitter on a verified account that has remained silent so far.
Some predictions for the upcoming new iPhone SE:— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 4, 2022
1. Mass production on March 22.
2. Estimated shipments of 25-30 million units in 2022.
3. Storage: 64/128/256GB.
4. A15 & 5G support (mmW & Sub-6 GHz).
5. Casing: white, black and red.
6. Similar form factor design to current SE.
The 2020 iPhone SE offered a shockingly good price with the then latest chipset, but battery life was never the star of the show. With US carriers only wanting phones with 5G on their shelves, battery life in a new iPhone SE would be a bigger concern, especially if the form factor stays the same. The current iPhone SE case models the iPhone 8, but the outdated design language dates all the way back to 2014 with the iPhone 6.
It’s also possible that the iPhone SE could borrow the form factor of the iPhone 13 Mini. Due to reports of less-than-expected sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 13 Mini is rumored to be Apple’s last compact pair of headphones. But just as the 2016 iPhone SE continued the compact design of the iPhone 5s and the 2020 iPhone SE copied the smaller iPhone 8 design, the iPhone SE could become the new home for the Mini.
There’s no word on price yet, but don’t expect a drop in the starting price of $399.5. 5G modems are still expensive, so a 64GB entry-level storage option makes sense to keep the price intact. Touch ID would also keep costs down if the design remains.
A breath of fresh air iPad Air
The iPad Air got an iPad Pro-style redesign in 2020: it got flat bezels, thin bezels, Apple Pencil 2 support, USB-C, and a new Touch ID sleep/wake button. But the still fresh design is already lagging: last year’s iPad Mini followed the design of the iPad Air, but improved it with the latest A15 Bionic processor and 5G data options (though only sub-6GHz and no millimeter wave support).
So it makes sense for Apple to roll out an updated iPad Air with the latest A15 Bionic processor and with a 5G option — and maybe central as well. And while FaceID would be welcome, don’t expect any other changes.
MacBook Air redesigned and with a new M2 processor
Apple may announce a new MacBook Air with a new M2 chip at this event. The current MacBook Air design dates back to 2018 and was a test bed for the debut of the Apple M1 chip in 2020.
We rated the current MacBook Air with M1 as one of the best laptops you could buy in 2020, with a score that wasn’t perfect just because of its less-than-stellar webcam.
But it’s now 2022 and we have new MacBook Pro designs with better displays and a better camera that you can expect the MacBook Air to follow soon. It may even come with a notch.
Max out on M1 Mac desktops
A new Mac Mini was rumored to be coming late last year, but it never showed up. Right now, the only way to harness the power of the latest M1 Pro and M1 Max chips is in the latest MacBook Pro models. A new Mac Mini with the latest processor options would change that.
The current design of the Mac Mini dates back to 2010, and was made to be just big enough for an optical drive. So it’s about time we got a new Mac Mini chassis, but if we don’t, hopefully we’ll get a “Pro” look again in a space gray finish. We might even see Mac Mini split into a pro option and a standard option that comes with a new M2 processor.
Right now there is only one iMac option with M1 processors, but it only has a 24-inch screen option. If we don’t see new larger iMacs by Tuesday, we may see them later in the year. The iMac Pro was also discontinued a year ago, so that would be an interesting surprise, although there haven’t been any supply chain leaks that would indicate a new version is imminent. There’s also the Mac Pro that doesn’t have an M1 option yet – and while it’s rumored to be in the works, don’t hold your breath on Tuesday.
Apple TV plus more shows and movies
The last time Apple held an event in March was in 2019, a live presentation showcasing new premium Apple services such as Apple TV Plus. Three years later, it’s entirely possible that Apple would present new TV shows or movies like it did last September.
One more thing?
some speculation of the meaning of Apple’s event invitation title “Peek Performance” refers to the word “Peek” as the name of a VR / AR product. While Apple’s long-trumped headset product isn’t expected to be ready until 2023, there’s a chance Apple could surprise and delight — just don’t expect to see an Apple Car anytime soon.
Apple is also expected to release some software updates: iOS 15.4 that will allow you to unlock your Face ID-compatible iPhone while wearing a mask, and also a macOS Monterey plus iPad OS 15.4 update that will finally bring the iPad to Mac to the Universal Control function can traverse.
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