The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are beautiful machines inside and
out, but compared to the iPhone and iPad, they're not all that
colorful. For years, Apple has only offered plain color choices of
silver, space gray, and gold for its laptops, leaving people to
turn to stickers and skins to add some flair or personality.
That might not be necessary for 2022. Apple is rumored to be
releasing a new MacBook Air that comes in an array of
colors similar to the iMac. Choosing between actual colors rather
than shades of gray would give the MacBook an identity it hasn't
had in years and compel more people to keep their MacBook
While Facebook has already announced that the Oculus Quest will
be rebranded as Meta Quest, but the VR headset
maker is going to have more pressure on it in 2022 than a name
change. Rumors are swirling that Apple is planning to launch its own AR/VR headset in 2022, which
will be Facebook's highest-profile competitor.
Granted, Apple's headset is rumored to cost way more than $299–p
erhaps twice as much as HTC's pricey Vive–and will likely have
limited developer support at the start, but like the original
iPhone, Facebook/Meta would be unwise to ignore it. Even if Apple's
headset isn't a direct competitor to Meta Quest at the start, it
will quickly evolve and no doubt become the gold standard in the
category, like the iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Apple Watch.
Apple Watch cases
Apple Watch cases aren't nearly as popular as iPhone cases, but the ones that are available
have a harder time selling after the Series 8 arrives. Rumor has it
that Apple will be launching a new rugged option for the 2022 Apple Watch, which will reportedly be
geared toward extreme athletes.
The Apple Watch Series 7 is already dust- and water-resistant
with a thicker front crystal that has a sturdier shape more
resistant to cracks. We're not exactly sure what a rugged Apple
Watch will look like, but we'll bet they'll make the current crop
look a lot bulkier than they do now.
When Apple launched the iPhone 12 mini, it was supposed to mark
a triumphant return for small phones. For years, people had griped
about bigger screens and clung to their iPhone SE in defiance of
giant phones like the iPhone XS Max.
Except it didn't actually sell as well as Apple hoped. Reports
estimate the iPhone 12 mini performed extremely poorly compared to
the other models, so much so that Apple is expected to ax the model
when the iPhone 14 arrives in the fall. It's likely that
the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini stick around for a while, so
small phone lovers will have options, but the clock is ticking on
phones you can comfortably use with one hand. And even the iPhone
SE is expected to grow with the third-generation model. So enjoy
your small phone while you still can.
This one's something of a longshot, but Apple is reportedly
working on a HomePod with an iPad-sized screen to act as a
smart hub for the home. Rumors are somewhat scattered, but it's the
one thing that's very much missing from Apple's home lineup.
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We know many people with Echo Shows in their homes for the main reason
that they're cheap and work well with Apple's ecosystem. But if
Apple releases its own HomePod with a display, that tide would
quickly change. Apple's Home integration with iOS is actually quite
good and a HomePod with an integrated display could be the device
we've been waiting for.