Apple’s March 8 event: How to watch and what to expect

Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs are about to get upgraded. At On March 8, the company is expected announces its next generation of more affordable iPhones, the 5G-enabled iPhone SE 3more iPad upgraded with faster chips and possibly a Mac computer (or two).

All told, the event promises to be an exciting start to the company’s annual upgrade cycle, setting the tone for expected phone and computer upgrades later this year.


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Apple’s online-only event will take place March 8 at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. UK, and March 9 at 5 a.m. AEDT. (Make your coffee, Australia.)

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Apple’s next event is scheduled for March 8.

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You will be able to stream Apple’s event directly from the company’s website. We’ll also be following here at CNET, where you can get all the details plus our expert analysis as the event unfolds.

Products we expect: iPhone SE 3, new iPads, Macs

Every year, Apple unveils a collection of hardware and software upgrades, and 2022 should be no different. Although the next Apple event is scheduled for next week, many of the company’s products may not be introduced until the end of the year. In fact, Bloomberg reported in January that Apple may show “the widest range of new hardware products in its history” in autumn.

Here’s everything we expect (or hope) to get from Apple in 2022.

iPhone SE 3

Apple introduced its revamped iPhone SE in spring 2020, but last year the tiny iPhone was a no-show. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple could be working on two iPhone SE modelsone for 2022 and the other for 2023. The 2022 The iPhone SE 3 could arrive in March with 3GB of memory, while the 2023 model is expected to sport 4GB of memory and a larger screen, according to the analyst. The phone is said to feature an LCD display, 5G support, retro design and Face ID.

If you can’t wait until later this year for the new iPhone SE, check out CNET’s review of the iPhone SE 2020. Plus, is it still a good idea to buy an iPhone SE in 2022?

The Apple iPhone SE, pictured above, may soon get an update.

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New iPad Pro, iPad Air and entry-level iPad

Apple plans to update iPad Pro with a new design and wireless charging support, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. He speculates that Apple might also upgrade the iPad Air and entry-level iPad in 2022. The new iPad Air might even be coming from March 8alongside the iPhone SE 3.

Faster Mini Mac

In 2020, Apple unveiled its Mac Mini with the M1 chip. But now that the tech giant has unveiled its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, when will we see a faster Mac Mini? Gurman speculates that a new, more powerful Mac Mini model may be coming in the near future. Versions with Apple’s M1 Pro and rumored M2 chips rumored start as early as March 8, or later in May or June.

Waiting in the wings

Beyond Apple’s March event, we expect Apple to announce a series of upgrades to its existing product lineup this year. What various rumors don’t seem to agree on is whether Apple will expand into a new product category this year, like its long-running head-mounted displays.

With that in mind, here’s everything we’re watching.

Mid-range Apple display

Apple could also be working on a more affordable version of its Pro XDR Display, which was originally released in 2019 for just under $5,000 (not including the $1,000 stand). Bloomberg reported in January that a cheaper Apple monitor was in “early development.”

Updated 27-inch iMac, MacBook Air and Mac Pro

Apple previously announced a new iMac powered by the M1 processor, but that was just the smaller 24-inch model. Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on processor updates for the 27-inch iMac.

the Mac Pro and MacBook Air could also be upgraded. The 2020 MacBook Air was the first to sport Apple’s M1 chip. Now it’s rumored that the MacBook Air could get a redesign and the new M2 chip this year.

MacBook Pro 2021

Apple launched new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, pictured above, in 2021.

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iPhone 14

Apple released its iPhone 13 range last September, and the smartphone’s successor, the iPhone 14, is expected to appear in the fall. The iPhone 14 is rumor finally wants to ditch the notched screen, and could host Touch ID under-display. (Here is all the iPhone 14 rumors we’ve heard so far.)

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple has announced a new version of its popular Apple Watch every year since the original launched in 2014. Gurman predicts that Apple could unbox three new Apple Watch models in 2022 with a new Apple Watch SE, an updated standard version. day, perhaps called the Apple Watch Series 8and a more durable model for extreme sports athletes (and people who want to look like extreme sports athletes).

Airpods Pro 2

Apple could also be working on an updated version of the AirPods Pro. The first iteration of the high-end headphones debuted in 2019, and Kuo predicts the AirPods Pro 2 will launch in Q4 2022 with a new design and chip.

New devices: Apple AR/VR headset and more

We may see other brand new devices from Apple, if not this year, in the future. This includes a possible Apple competitor at the Amazon Echo Show that would merge an entry-level iPad with a speaker, a sound bar equipped with integrated Apple TV similar to The Roku soundbara Apple augmented or virtual reality headset, apple glasses And one apple car.

If you want to know more about the latest Apple-related rumors, check out CNET’s rumor summaries on the iPhone 14, iPhone SE 3, Apple Watch 8, Mac Pro, Macbook Pro, iMac and Upcoming iPads. Also, will we get a foldable iPhone?

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