As usual, September was a very busy month for Apple. The company released the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 8 and a new Apple Watch SE last week, followed by the Apple Watch Ultra and the new AirPods Pro this week. On the software side, Apple has released iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.
All attention now turns to October and beyond, with rumors suggesting Apple has a lot going on until the end of 2022. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the bigger announcements to expect from Apple later this year.
iPhone 14 Plus launch
While the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max launched on September 16, the iPhone 14 Plus will be available from October 7. Apple hasn’t given a reason for the staggered release, but the iPhone 14 Plus is an all-new option in the lineup and will be the first non-pro model with a large 6.7-inch screen ever sold.
Major new features of the iPhone 14 Plus include car accident detection, upcoming support for emergency satellite messaging in the US and Canada, longer battery life, improved cameras and a more repairable design with a removable glass back panel. . The device is powered by the same A15 Bionic chip with a five-core GPU as in the iPhone 13 Pro.
The only differences between the iPhone 14 Plus and the smaller 6.1-inch iPhone 14 relate to screen size, battery life, weight and price.
iOS 16.1 with live activities and more
Apple said iOS 16.1 will be released later this year. The software update includes several new features for iPhone, such as support for Live Activities in third-party apps, a clean energy charging option in the United States, support for Matter accessories in the Home app, Apple Fitness+ workouts without Apple Watch, and more.
It’s not yet clear whether iOS 16.1 will include features such as iCloud Shared Photo Library and the new Freeform digital whiteboard app, which Apple says will be available later this year. iOS 16.2 is likely to be released in December with all remaining features promised. Apple event in October
Apple often holds an event in October to announce new iPad and Mac models, and this year will likely be no exception. Given how early the September event was this year, the next event could be held in early October, but the timing remains to be seen.
Ahead of the October event, rumors suggest Apple plans to announce new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip, a redesigned entry-level 10th-generation iPad, and at least a few more Macs powered by the M2. series of chips. A new Mac Pro is almost certain by the end of 2022, while new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models are also possible. iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura Release Dates
Apple says iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura will be released to the general public in October. Apple will likely announce the exact release dates for the software updates at the October event or immediately after.
iPadOS 16 was expected to release in September alongside iOS 16, but Apple delayed the software update until October, likely to focus on making improvements to Stage Manager after some users criticized the feature’s various flaws. Apple said the software update will be called iPadOS 16.1 instead of iPadOS 16.0. Apple Music Classic
In August 2021, Apple announced the acquisition of classical music service Primephonic. At the time, Apple said it planned to launch a dedicated classical music app in 2022 that combined Primephonic’s user interface with additional features.
Few details are known about the dedicated Apple Music Classical app or when it might launch, but it should be out soon as 2022 draws to a close.