Apple is preparing to organize its first event of the year: “peek performance”.
The cryptic name is likely a reference to speed upgrades due to a product line. But it offers few clues as to what those products might actually be.
Apple’s spring events can also be harder to predict, given that unlike the September event and its iPhones, nothing is regularly scheduled to launch in March. In recent years, the spring event has brought new iMacs, iPads, iPhones in different colors and even no products at all, such as at a 2019 event which saw it reveal services such as Apple TV+.
Thankfully, however, there have been plenty of leaks about new products, and the rumors mean it’s possible to know with some confidence what Apple might be about to announce.
Here’s everything expected for the event, which will be held live from the Apple Park campus on Tuesday at 10 a.m. local Pacific time.
iPhone SE 3
The iPhone SE has become a favorite in recent years. The previous two versions put newer internal chips in an older design and cheaper price that proved popular with people who don’t want to shell out for the latest flagship.
It should happen again this year. The SE 3 is rumored to feature 5G and an updated processor – while retaining the existing design, which resembles an iPhone 8 and includes the physical home button that has otherwise disappeared in recent years.
The new phone should remain at the same price. Apple could save the old one for an even more economical option, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Updated versions of computers from Apple have become a staple of recent events. That’s largely because Apple actively shifted its computers from Intel chips to its own — a move that mostly happened, with only a few outliers.
Some of these outliers might finally get their upgrades to Apple’s own chips. This is most likely a Mac Mini that could include the M1 Pro and M1 Max updates that came on the refreshed MacBook Pros late last year.
There could also be a large version of the iMac. The 27-inch version of the iMac has yet to be updated to Apple Silicon and is still in the lineup – so it could also get its own Pro or Max chip update.
Apple could also update some of the existing entry-level MacBook Pro and Air to a newer version of its chips, possibly known as the M2 – none of which have been updated since becoming the first to include Apple Silicon in 2020. That might be saved for later in the year, though.
There could also be an update to the iPad Air – which would be the 5th generation. If nothing else, that would see it upgraded to the specs of the existing iPad Mini, which is far more powerful for now.
The upgrades would include an updated A15 processor, the addition of 5G, better sound, and the Center Stage feature that first rolled out with the recently updated iPad Pro.
Apple has an update to iOS 15 in the works, numbered 15.4. It’s been in beta for a while, but hasn’t released to general release yet.
This update includes a whole variety of features: Face ID without using a mask and new, less gendered voices for Siri made headlines on their own.
Apple may choose to reveal more about this update at the event, including a (presumably imminent) release date.