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Rumors suggest that Apple still has several new devices that are coming before the end of the year, including a range of Macs and iPads. It's not looking like we're going to get an October event in 2022, but refreshes are coming soon, probably via press release. If you're planning to buy a Mac or an iPad, make sure to check out our list to know what's safe to pick up now and what's not.

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iPad Pro

The iPad Pro was last updated in April 2021, and we're expecting an updated version before the end of 2022. There are no design huge changes that we know of coming, but there are some features worth waiting for.

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Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will get a refresh, but rumors suggest just the 12.9-inch model will have a mini-LED display, despite some information that had indicated Apple could bring the technology to both models.

Apple's updated iPad Pros are expected to use the M2 chip that was first introduced in the new MacBook Air in June, bringing speed and performance improvements. There have also been rumors of wireless charging support, with Apple perhaps adding a new larger glass Apple logo at the back that would allow for MagSafe charging.

Reverse wireless charging is also a possibility with the new iPad Pro models able to charge iPhones, AirPods, and other devices.

Low-Cost iPad

Apple has long offered a low-cost basic iPad that is available at a ~$300 price point, but this year, the cheap iPad is getting some trickle down features that have previously been limited to higher-end iPads.

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Apple is going to refresh the tired old design the low-cost iPad has been using for years, introducing 10.5-inch display with a more modern look featuring flat edges and rounded corners. We've previously seen this design used for the iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro.

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The flat-edged design usually accompanies a bezel-free interface, but rumors right now suggest the iPad will continue to have top and bottom bezels along with a Touch ID Home button, but it remains to be seen if that's true. Apple could opt for the same power button Touch ID design used for the iPad mini and the iPad Air.

With the exception of the low-cost iPad, every iPad uses a USB-C port, and Apple is going to swap Lightning for USB-C with the 10th-generation iPad refresh.

We could also see some improvements to the camera, and a faster chip is a sure thing (likely the A14), but one thing the iPad might lose is the headphone jack. Removing the headphone jack would bring the low-cost iPad in line with the rest of the iPad lineup.

14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro

The M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros came out in October of last year, and we might see new M2 Pro and M2 Max models released before the end of the year. New MacBook Pro models are said to be planned for release as soon as this fall, but there is a chance the timing could be pushed back because of supply constraints that Apple has been dealing with.

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Mac Mini

There hasn't been a Mac mini refresh since 2020 when the M1 chip was added, but Apple doesn't yet plan on discontinuing the desktop machine. A refresh is in the works, and updated Mac mini devices could include M2 and M2 Pro chips.

We're not expecting any design changes, and the highest-end chips will likely be reserved for the Mac Studio, which is like a hybrid of the Mac Pro and the Mac mini.

Apple TV

Apple last updated the Apple TV in April of 2021, and it may be time for a refresh. Rumors suggest that there is a new model with an A14 chip and 4GB RAM in development, and it could be ready to launch before the end of 2022.

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said several times this year that Apple is planning to lower the price of the Apple TV when it's refreshed, but whether that will actually happen remains to be seen.

Bonus: Mac Pro

Since the Mac Pro hasn't been updated since 2019 and doesn't yet use Apple silicon chips it's obvious that now is not a great time to buy. While we did hear some early 2022 rumors suggesting that the Mac Pro could get a refresh before the end of the year, it's now looking like a new Mac Pro isn't coming until 2023.

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While we may have several months to go before the Mac Pro sees an update, we don't recommend buying one right now. You're definitely going to want to wait on Apple to bring its ultra fast Apple silicon chips to its highest-end pro machine.

Rumors suggest that the Mac Pro will use an M2 Ultra, an upgrade to the M1 Ultra first introduced in the Mac Studio, and an even more powerful M2 Extreme chip. The M1 Ultra features up to a 20-core CPU and a 64-core GPU, and the M2 Ultra could be even more powerful.

The M2 Extreme will be Apple's most powerful chip to date, and Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said that the chip could have upwards of 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores.

Wrap Up

Note that this list is based on rumors that we've heard, so it's possible that some of these refreshes could be delayed into 2023. Timing Apple product releases is not always straightforward, but if you can wait on a purchase, it's a good idea to hold off until a new product announcement if you're concerned about having the latest and greatest device.

We have more product release timelines available for every Apple device in our dedicated Buyer's Guide, which is an invaluable resource for Apple fans.

Article Link: Five Apple Products You Should Avoid Buying Right Now
 
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Areosy

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Correct me if I’m wrong but, as someone who has an Apple TV 4K that works fine, doesn’t it seem a little pointless to upgrade to a new one? (Unless you’re a diehard Apple fanboy who needs to have every new product Apple releases.)

I feel like this is just Apple trying to get more people into the ecosystem.
 

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Hope the iPad mini gets a little refresh too, specially on the base storage department. And yeah, I think the Apple TV is still a good product to buy right now.
 
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GalileoSeven

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Ehh….broke down and scored an iPad 9 on Monday. The only thing that could’ve possibly made me wait is if the next iteration got the same screen/panel as the Air. Otherwise, the processor and possible headphone jack changes are of no consequence (the speed/performance when web browsing and working in pages is pretty snappy, have a pair of AirPods Pro too)
 
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zachz

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I bought a 16" M1 MBP recently. My previous MBP was from 2015 and I hope I can use this mac as long as the last one.
Me too, sold my 2020 iPad Pro because of Apple confirming it won't get stage manager, and the day after I sold it they reversed course. The day after the return period closed for my 16" MBP, it went from "caution" to "do not buy" -- not having luck here...

That being said, this thing is such a beast that even if I did wait for the M2 version, it would still be overkill and make no noticeable difference to me. This is forcing me to not "want to want" the newest Apple product, and to not wait off on a device if I need one now!
 

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Mac Pro would be the very last generation that uses Intel and allows for Windows. Could imagine them being snapped up if given a discount.

I’d like to think the next M-series MP would keep the same design and just use the Ultra or Extreme chips rather than an entirely new design, especially given it pairs so well with the XDR.
 

IamTimCook

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Correct me if I’m wrong but, as someone who has an Apple TV 4K that works fine, doesn’t it seem a little pointless to upgrade to a new one? (Unless you’re a diehard Apple fanboy who needs to have every new product Apple releases.)

There are some apps out there like Zwift that needs more power than what the current ATV can produce. Current Gen doesn't allow enough Bluetooth connections; Zwift can need up to 4 connection (Kicr Power, Heart rate, Cadence, Speed) leaving other devices disconnected, like the remote. Current Gen can't handle Zwift graphics at full setting in 1080p and definitely not 4K.
So yes, those that use Apple TV for more than browsing Netflix need an update. ATV is so much more than a streaming device. :)

"– Zwift doesn’t render in more than 1080p on Apple TV (despite the Apple TV 4K output support)
– Zwift has historically been limited by 2 concurrent Bluetooth sensors on Apple TV (an Apple limitation
– Apple TV supports Bluetooth connections, but not ANT+ connections
– Apple TV users can use the Zwift companion app to pair more than 2 sensors using their phone instead

The main reason people want more than two sensors, is that it allows them to connect something like the Sterzo Smart for steering, or, depending on their trainer, allows them to connect a heart rate sensor alongside a trainer that doesn’t broadcast cadence. Also, it allows people to use a heart rate sensor + trainer+ separate power meter.

The biggest question people have had is whether or not the two concurrent connection limitation is still there, and at present, yes, that limitation remains:"


 
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Wags

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Correct me if I’m wrong but, as someone who has an Apple TV 4K that works fine, doesn’t it seem a little pointless to upgrade to a new one? (Unless you’re a diehard Apple fanboy who needs to have every new product Apple releases.)

I feel like this is just Apple trying to get more people into the ecosystem.
Was 3 years between last up date. That seems ridiculous. AirPods Pro. 1000 days.
 

Realityck

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14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro

The M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pros came out in October of last year, and we might see new M2 Pro and M2 Max models released before the end of the year. New MacBook Pro models are said to be planned for release as soon as this fall, but there is a chance the timing could be pushed back because of supply constraints that Apple has been dealing with.
I consider this rumor as wishful thinking. The 14/16" MBPs are barely a year old, and because someone thinks Apple should be immediately updating it to a M2 Pro if they exist even yet. The reasonable party would ask what is currently lacking with these models that they need to be updated instead of numerous other Mac products like a updated Mac mini, maybe a larger iMac, heck go for it all with a Mac Pro. I just don't think Apple needs to investigate how to sell more laptops when desktops are so few choices.
 
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Juicy Box

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Correct me if I’m wrong but, as someone who has an Apple TV 4K that works fine, doesn’t it seem a little pointless to upgrade to a new one? (Unless you’re a diehard Apple fanboy who needs to have every new product Apple releases.)

I feel like this is just Apple trying to get more people into the ecosystem.
If you are using it just for streaming, you are probably right.

The very few that use it for gaming, the rumored A14 chip would be a decent upgrade.


The A12 and the second generation Apple TV 4K wasn’t really an improvement over the A10X in the previous model, at least for real world GPU performance.

But, if all one is using it for is streaming movies on Netflix, even the A8 in the ATV4 is more than adequate, at least for 1080p.
 
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