Every big Apple event is a source of excitement for the company's fans and the tech world at large, with everyone wondering when the next big Apple event will be. While Apple famously plays things close to the vest and hasn't revealed future dates or products, we do have a solid idea of what to expect based on what Apple's done in the past, and leaks and rumours.
The next Apple Event is likely to be in March or April 2022, with Apple having held an event in one of these two months for most of the last few years – and some product leaks strongly hinting that en event is coming soon. We expect this Apple Spring Event to include the launch of the new iPad Air 2022, iPhone SE 5G and the new MacBook Air 2022 with a new design.
We also expect the Apple Event after that to the keynote at WWDC 2022 – Apple's yearly developer conference. Apple uses this event to announce the big software updates for the year, including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and more.
In this guide, we'll tell you which products to expect at the upcoming Apple Events based on the leaks and rumours so far. We've also got mini recaps of all the recent events that have happened, so you know the full context of Apple's schedule.
We'll update the list whenever we get more official or rumoured information about events, of course, and we'll let you know whether an event actually is officially scheduled by Apple or whether it's just expectation.
Apple Event Spring 2022: what to expect
1. iPad Air (2022)
The iPad Air is the only iPad not to have been updated within the last year, so it's a dead cert for a refresh at the next event, likely bringing a faster processor and new Centre Stage front camera to match all the other iPads. A new iPad model has leaked in a regulator's database, indicating that the product is pretty much ready to go – ready for a spring event.
2. iPhone SE 5G
The rumours about the iPhone SE 3 are that it'll be pretty much the same – including the same design – but with a newer processor and the addition of 5G connectivity. This also leaked in the regulatory database, so looks sure for an announcement in the next few months.
3. 27-inch 'iMac Pro'
The 27-inch iMac is just about the last remaining Mac that doesn't have the M1 processor in (the Mac Pro also still uses Intel, but that's a special case). Now that the more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips have been unveiled for high-end users, we expect a larger iMac to appear soon that includes these processors.
4. Mac Mini 'Pro'
This is a bit of a push, but there's always been rumours that Apple would bring its higher-power chips to the Mac Mini as well, making the small desktop a real pocket rocket for creatives. If one appears, it makes sense to launch it alongside the new iMac.
5. MacBook Air (2022)
This really depends on how far Apple has gotten with its chip development, but we may know a lot about them already. The design and construction was claimed to have leaked last year, showing that the next MacBook Air would be thinner than ever, with a funky new colourful design. But we suspect that Apple won't launch this machine until the M2 chip is ready – a true successor to what's in the current MacBook Air (M1, 2020) – and it seems unlikely to launch an M2 chip at the same time as it's still launching products based on the M1 (see: above). However, rumours have often pointed to a spring launch for this product, so we're including here as a matter of due diligence!
Apple Event 2021: what else is coming up
June 2022 WWDC Apple Event
Apple holds its big developer conference in June every year, and we expect that to stay true in 2022. At this event, it will reveal the big features for the next updates to iOS, watchOS, macOS, iPadOS and tvOS. Recently, hardware hasn't appeared at these events, though don't rule it out – especially if it's something developers will need to learn more about, such as plans for a new Mac Pro based on Apple's chips, a new HomePod with a screen, or the much-vaunted Apple AR/VR headset.
September 2022 Apple Event
September is iPhone season! This is where we'll learn about the iPhone 14, and its many variations. We'd also expect the Apple Watch Series 8 to appear here, and probably some other products, though lots will be held for an October event instead. Speaking of which…
October/November 2022 Apple Event
Apple usually holds an event closer to Christmas as well as its iPhone event, and this is where we expect to see Apple AirPods Pro 2, and (most likely) the next MacBook Air appear, probably along with a new iPad Pro, using the same chip as the new MacBook Air.
Apple Events: what we've had recently
18 October 2021 Apple Event
At this event, Apple announced a couple of products with dramatic redesigns. The MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models stole the show, thanks to their ultra-powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, and stunning mini-LED screens. It also launched the much-improved 3rd version of the AirPods, and announced new funky colours for the HomePod mini.
14 September 2021 Apple Event
Apple announced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, plus the totally redesigned iPad mini 6, and the improved iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen). The Apple Watch Series 7 also brought a subtle redesign with a larger screen.
7 June 2021 WWDC Apple Event
Apple announced updates to the software for all of its products (from Mac to AirPods to iPhone to HomePod) at this event. It also discussed iCloud+, and new plan that includes cloud storage as well as innovative new privacy features for your Apple devices.
20 April 2021 Apple Event
This jam-packed Apple event included the long-awaited AirTags, the iPad Pro (2021) with Apple M1 chip, the 24-inch iMac also with the M1, the new Apple TV 4K (2021), and a fetching new purple hue for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.
10 November 2020 Apple Event
At this event, Apple launched the first products made with its own Apple M1 processor: the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) and Mac Mini (M1, 2020). It also revealed the release date of the latest macOS version.
13 October 2020 Apple Event
Lucky for many, this event included the launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, as well as the HomePod mini. As mentioned above, it was unusual for the iPhone to revealed in October, and we don't expect this to repeat.
15 September 2020 Apple Event