New Mac coming with iPhone SE and iPad Air in March - report

  • 21/02/2022
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Analyst Mark Gurman is expecting more upgrades and new silicon chips in 2022. Photo credit: Getty Images

Rumours around an Apple media event at the beginning of March are gathering pace, with one analyst expecting "at least one new Mac that day".

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who writes the Power On newsletter, reports the next phase of Apple replacing Intel chips with its own silicon will shift into "high gear" this year.

That's likely to kick off on March 8, US time, when it's believed the company will hold its first media event of 2022.

"The presentation is likely to focus on the 5G iPhone SE and iPad Air, but I'm told to expect at least one new Mac that day," Gurman wrote.

"Recent filings support the idea that a new Mac is coming soon. Apple has listed three new Mac models, with at least one of them labelled as a laptop, in the database of the Russian equivalent of the FCC," he wrote, referring to the US's Federal Communications Commission.

They'll just be part of a larger upgrade to several Mac models based on what Gurman expects to be a new M2 chip, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that were released last year and new "super-powered" versions of the M1 Max.

However Gurman thinks it's unlikely the March release will be the rumoured new iMac Pro just yet.

"Given that two of the oldest Apple Silicon Macs in the lineup today are the entry-level MacBook Pro and Mac mini, I'd guess that those models will be next to be upgraded," he wrote.

The replacement for the Intel-based 27-inch iMac could come as early as May, however.

According to his sources, Apple is already planning a new round of Mac released in May or June at its developers' conference - and with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips already available, that could be the perfect time to release the rumoured 27-inch iMac Pro model.

There could also be a new MacBook Air at the same time, Gurman said.

The new iPhone SE is expected to be similar in size to the current version of the phone, despite early rumours suggesting Apple was looking at a new larger 5.7 to 6.1 inch screen.

The biggest change is likely to be 5G capabilities, most analysts agree, with camera capabilities upgraded with a new sensor and the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the current iPhone 13 range.