Even in years like 2020 and 2021, nothing stops Apple from creating and launching new products at a series of events. In 2021 there were four such events: a spring event on 20 April, WWDC on 7 June, the iPhone launch event on 14 September, and a Mac launch on 18 October. In 2020 we even had an additional event in November.
So far in 2022 Apple has held one event – the
Peak Performance spring Apple Event on 8 March at which it launched a new iPhone SE, iPad Air, the Mac Studio and Studio Display. The first keynote of 2022 is history, and now we have a date for the second.
Read on to find out what events and new product launches Apple might have in store for the rest of 2022.
When is Apple’s next event?
- WWDC 2022 will kick off with a keynote on Monday 6 June.
What happens at an Apple Keynote?
In a typical year there are normally up to four Apple events at which the company unveils its latest products and plans during a keynote address in front of a large crowd.
In a less typical year, like 2020 and 2021, Apple doesn’t invite people to events, but it makes no less of an impact by inviting everyone to join it in an online broadcast.
For WWDC in 2022 there will be a limited audience of students and developers at Apple’s Theater, but everything will still be broadcast in the same format it has been for the past couple of years – rather than being filmed in front of the audience.
Apple usually holds four such events a year, but some years there will be no spring event and other years Apple will skip the October event. Based on previous years, you can expect Apple’s year to look something like this:
- March/April (often includes iPads)
- June (WWDC – mostly software, sometimes high-end/pro hardware)
- September (iPhones and Apple Watches)
- October (iPads and consumer-focused Macs)
What time will the next Apple event start?
Apple’s events usually start at 10am in California, which is 6pm UK time.
Here’s what that translates to in the countries where most of our readers live.
- UK: at 6pm (GMT/BST)
- Europe:at 7pm (CET/CEST)
- US: at 10am (PST/PDT), 11am (MST/MDT), noon (CST/CDT), 1pm (EST)
- Canada: at 10am (PST/PDT), 11am (MST/MST), noon (CST/CDT), 1pm (EST/EDT), 2pm (AST/ADT)
- India: at 10.30pm (IST/IST)
- Australia: next day at 2am (AWST), 4.30am (ACST/ACDT), 5am (AEST/AEDT)
Apple events usually last between one and two hours.
WWDC 2022 event
- Monday 6 June – confirmed
The date for WWDC 2022 is no surprise – it is what we forecast based on the usual timing for WWDC. With the exception of 2020 the conference has been held in the first week of June, with one or two exceptions. Here are the dates at which WWDC has kicked off in previous years. The event is a week long and the keynote is always on the Monday.
2021: 7 June
2020: 22 June
2019: 3 June
2018: 4 June
2017: 5 June
2016: 13 June
2015: 8 June
It might seem a long way in the future, but we are already hearing about products that could launch at WWDC 2022, including:
new iMac Pro. Apple has
discontinued the 27in iMac model (at least for now) but there are plenty of rumours that a new iMac Pro is coming. Many will be hoping for an iMac Pro with
M1 Ultra at WWDC.
- Apple will undoubtedly have its work cut out upgrading the Mac Pro – assuming that it keeps it in the line up. The Mac Pro needs to be customisable and upgradable if it is to meet the demands of the market it is designed for. Plus it should trump the already impressive Mac Studio with M1 Ultra. We can’t wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve with the
Mac Pro in 2022.
- The release of the Mac Studio makes the future of the remaining Intel Mac mini uncertain, but is still possible that Apple will replace the Intel version of the Mac mini with a Mac mini powered by the M1 Pro or M1 Max. It not, an
M2 Mac mini is expected by the end of the year.
- There are also lots of rumours indicating that a new-look
MacBook Air with M2 chip is in the works at Apple. We could see this alongside a new
13in MacBook Pro with M2.
- We will obviously hear about the next versions of Apple’s operating systems – the WWDC event is heavily focused on these updates. So expect to hear all about
macOS 13 and
iOS 16 and when they will launch.
September 2022 iPhone event
- Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 September 2022 – predicted.
Who knows what autumn 2022 could bring, but Apple has launched a new iPhone in the September of practically every year in the past decade, so a new iPhone seems almost certain for September.
2020 was an exception to that rule – with the iPhone launch in October, but the company still held a September event. Apple clearly likes to hold September events.
On that basis, if you want to pencil in a potential date for an iPhone launch – or at least a September event – based on the dates Apple has held previous September events took place on we predict Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 September 2022.
2021: Tuesday 14 September
2020: Tuesday 15 September (Not an iPhone event)
2019: Tuesday 10 September
2018: Wednesday 12 September
2017: Tuesday 12 September
2016: Wednesday 7 September
2015: Wednesday 9 September
2014: Tuesday 9 September
2013: Tuesday 10 September
2012: Wednesday 12 September
As for what will launch:
iPhone 14 seems like a safe bet. In 2022 the line up is expected to consist of two medium size iPhones and two large iPhones. There will not be a mini iPhone in 2022, apparently.
Apple Watch 8 is also likely to launch. Maybe in 2022 we will see the Apple Watch redesign that was rumoured for 2021, but never appeared. Read:
Why Apple Watch 7 didn’t match the leaks: Prosser’s conspiracy theory.
- Apple launched new AirPods in October 2021, but there are
new AirPods Pro coming in 2022, according to rumours. The iPhone event seems most likely.
October 2022 Mac event
- Tuesday 12 October 2022 – predicted
In 2020 October saw Apple unveil the iPhone 12. It was an unusual year though and normally the iPhone would have made its premiere in September. October is usually the month when Apple announces new Macs and new iPads.
Wondering what date to pencil in for 2022? The October events of the past have (or haven’t) taken place on the following dates, so we anticipate an event on Tuesday 12 or Wednesday 13 October.
2021: Monday 18 October
2020: Tuesday 13 October
2019: no event
2018: Tuesday 30 October
2017: no event
2016: Thursday 27 October
2015: no event
2014: Thursday 16 October
2013: Tuesday 22 October
2012: Tuesday 23 October
2011: Tuesday 4 October
What will Apple launch in October 2022?
- November 2022 will mark exactly two years since the arrival of the first M1 Mac, and as Apple said that it would complete its transition of Macs from Intel to its own silicon within two years. We hope that Apple will have launched M-series chips in all its Macs, but if it hasn’t by this point you can be sure to see them at this autumn event.
- We could also see the iPad Pro gain an M2 chip at this event, although we expect to see that in Macs first. Read about the
2022 iPad Pro.