Apple has announced its first event of 2022 on Tuesday, March 8 at 10:00 AM PST and 1:00 PM EST. And they put a name for the event that is "Peak Performance". From the name, we can assume that the products that'll be launched will have new internals with no visual changes. The event will be held in the same virtual format that Apple's been doing since the COVID outbreak. Let's briefly discuss the main items that we can definitely expect to see at Apple's peak performance event.
What to expect
First of all, Apple will reveal its budget iPhone as the next iPhone SE. The 2022 iPhone SE is going to look just like the 2020 iPhone SE with no design changes. Apple's current iPhone SE is designed after the iPhone 8 featuring large top and bottom bezels, a Touch ID home button, and a 4.7-inch LCD display. The iPhone SE is and will continue to be the only iPhone that Apple offers with Touch ID instead of Face ID. Wireless charging will continue to be supported but there are not likely to be any other notable changes to battery life or camera. The current iPhone SE is available in black, white, and red colors. And very similar color options could be seen for this new model with no design changes. The updates to the iPhone SE are all going to be internal. Apple may provide a faster chip and the iPhone SE could get the same A15 Bionic chipset that's currently used in Apple's high-end smartphones like iPhone 13 for increased performance. Sources also confirmed that this phone will get 5G connectivity. iPhone SE 2022 will be Apple's most affordable 5G offering potentially coming in at the same starting price from the iPhone SE in 2020 which is around the US $399.
iPad AIR Update
There'll also be a new version of the iPad Air launching in the "Peak Performance" event. But like the iPhone SE, there are going to be no design changes that are expected. The next-generation iPad Air will continue to look like the current one though there's a possibility of some new color options. The iPad Air comes in space gray, silver, rose gold, green and blue. Now rumors suggest that much of the iPad Air update will focus on bringing the device in line with the 6th generation iPad mini which was just released last Fall. So it's expected to get an updated A15 Chipset which Apple added to the iPad mini after introducing it. Apple will finally add 5G connectivity to the new iPad Air cellular versions. So, the updated devices will work with faster 5G networks. The iPad Air will also feature mostly internal changes but it could get the same updated 12-megapixel Ultra wide front-facing camera that will give us support for the center stage which is a feature that was first introduced in the iPad Pro and the iPad mini 6. We can also expect a rear camera with the same single-lens setup though Quad-LED true tone flash could be added to that back camera.
The new Mac Studio
This event is entirely virtual. Apple will be live streaming it on March 8th on the Apple events website, YouTube, and the Apple TV app.