UPDATED 15:11 EDT / JANUARY 24 2022

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Report: Apple will debut more than a dozen new hardware products in the fall

Apple Inc. is preparing to introduce the “widest array of new hardware products in its history” this year, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. 

Alongside the next generation of its flagship iPhone series, Apple is expected to debut a redesigned MacBook Air laptop, an iPad Pro tablet with wireless charging features and multiple desktop computers. In the wearables market, meanwhile, the company is believed to be working on several updates to the Apple Watch. The iPhone maker is reportedly preparing more than a dozen new products in total.

Apple is expected to announce the new hardware this fall. The company usually holds its fall product events in September and October.

The main highlight of Apple’s 2022 new product lineup, the upcoming iPhone 14 series, is believed to include three devices: the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and top-end iPhone 14 Pro Max. The smartphones will reportedly feature a new chip dubbed the A16 that is set to be made using either a three-nanometer or a four-nanometer manufacturing process.

Alongside the next-generation iPhone 14 series, Apple is reported to be working on an updated version of its existing, entry-level iPhone SE. The main improvement over the current version of the device: support for the high-speed 5G network standard, which should lead to faster wireless connections for users.

Apple’s laptop lineup looks likely to receive an update as well. According to Bloomberg, Apple plans to ship an enhanced version of the MacBook Air, which was credited with propelling the company’s Mac business to record revenues of $9.17 billion last quarter. The current version of the laptop features Apple’s internally designed M1 processor. 

Earlier reports suggest that the next-generation MacBook Air will include a newer iteration of Apple’s system-on-chip set to be known as the M2. The M2 is described as “marginally faster” than its predecessor. The chip features an eight-core CPU like the M1, but reportedly includes a more advanced graphics card with up to 10 cores. 

On the occasion, Apple is also expected to refresh the silicon in several of its desktop computers. The company’s Mac Pro desktop tower series currently uses Intel Corp. central processing units. This fall, the iPhone maker reportedly plans to debut an overhauled Mac Pro that will swap Intel silicon for a custom chip featuring an 40-core CPU and a 128-core graphics card.

The iMac desktop series is similarly expected to be refreshed with a new system featuring an Apple-designed chip. Few details are available about the new system. However, reports suggest that it’s a high-end device and will become the flagship product in the iMac series.

Though Apple’s Mac business reached record revenues of $9.18 billion last quarter, that was up only 1.6% from a year earlier, which is significantly less than the 29% overall revenue growth rate that the company posted. The new computers could potentially boost the business’ growth.

Among the other new products Apple reportedly plans to debut this fall is a new iPad Pro with wireless charging features, an updated iPad air and several improved versions of the Mac mini. It’s also believed that three different Apple Watch smartwatches could join the devices that the company introduces. The company is said to be developing an updated version of the standard Apple Watch, an entry-level SE edition and a ruggedized version.

Photo: Apple

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