iPhone 14 Without Notch, MacBook Air With M2 and More Coming in 2022: Gurman
Gurman said he expects Apple to do away with the display notch in favour of a hole-punch cutout for the FaceTime camera on at least some iPhone 14 series phones — likely the higher-end Pro and Pro Max offerings.
This is consistent with the reports we’ve seen so far, and we’re already starting to notice iPhone 14 concepts without a hole-punch camera.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in April that the 2022 lineup of iPhones will not include a ‘mini’ model, so the base iPhone 14 will likely be the only variant still left with a notch in the display.
According to Gurman, Apple is also working on a MacBook Air refresh with a new M2 chip under the hood that will be “marginally faster” than its predecessor’s M1 SoC.
Apple will presumably follow the same recipe it did with the M1 line of chips, fitting the 2022 MacBook Air with the base M2 chip and reserving more powerful “Pro” and “Max” variants for other products.
The possibility of a new MacBook Air is corroborated by reports from Kuo and others, who have speculated the new notebook could feature several colour options and enter mass production sometime in the third quarter.
Gurman expects the Cupertino, California-based tech giant to round out its line of Apple Silicon-powered Macs this year and complete its transition from Intel chips with a new Mac Pro and a larger iMac. He said the upcoming Mac Pro could feature a new SoC designed in-house by Apple with up to 40 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores.
The Bloomberg reporter also believes we could potentially be looking at the launch of an entirely new product line from Apple this year — the tech giant’s long-rumoured mixed reality headset.
Apple also has plans for a new Mac mini, an iPhone SE refresh with 5G that could be even more likely if the ‘mini’ is discontinued, an iPad Pro with wireless charging support, a rugged version of the Apple Watch, and more in 2022, said Gurman.