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When is the next Apple event? Next year could bring the iPhone SE 3 and more


When will Apple host another launch event? We’ll have to wait and see what rumors say. 

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Apple revealed the AirPods 3 and new MacBook Pro laptops powered by M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips on Monday at its October “Unleashed” event, alongside more HomePod Mini colors and a $5 voice-only plan for Apple Music. We also got a release date for MacOS Monterey, which we can expect to be available on Oct. 25. But now that the tech giant’s October event came to a close, what’s next for Apple and when can we expect another launch event? 

There hasn’t been any rumors about the next Apple event yet, but the tech giant usually hosts three to four events each year. This includes a spring event, summer developer conference and one or two more events in the fall. With the most recent launch being Apple’s fourth event of 2021, it’s likely we won’t see another event from the tech giant until 2022. 

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Prior to Apple’s October launch event, the company hosted three other events in 2021. The first event was in April, where we saw new iPad upgrades, colorful iMacs, AirTags trackers, a purple iPhone 12 and more. (Here’s everything Apple announced in the spring.) Then, two months later, it held the annual WWDC developers event, where we saw a first look at iOS 15, MacOS Monterey, WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15

We then saw a third event from Apple in September where the company unveiled its new iPhone 13 lineup alongside the Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and updated entry-level iPad. The iPhone 13 lineup mirrors last year’s iPhone 12 collection with standard, Mini, Pro and Pro Max versions. The updated iPhone runs on iOS 15 and features a few camera upgrades, upped storage, a new A15 Bionic processor and more. (Here’s how you can buy the iPhone 13 now.) 

But when is the next Apple event? Will we see the iPhone SE 3 or a more affordable Apple display next year? Faster Mac Mini? Read on for everything we know so far, including which products Apple could unveil. We’ll update this story as new information becomes available.

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When is the next Apple event? We will likely have to wait until next year

Since Apple’s October event was its fourth launch this year, it’s likely we won’t see Apple host another event until the spring of 2022.

Apple typically hosts three to four events every year, usually including a spring event, a summer developer conference and one or two more events in the fall. The fall events are often held in September and October and tends to feature new iPhones and Apple Watch upgrades, while the October event typically features new Macs and iPads. 

With that history in mind, the next Apple event is likely to take place in the spring of 2022, perhaps in March or April. However, it’s also possible that whatever products or announcements the company has ready next spring will be announced without the hoopla of a live event, in which case we’re looking at June for Apple’s annual WWDC.

Apple’s event pattern slightly shifted in 2020 due to production delays during the pandemic. Last year’s September Apple event unveiled the Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE and updated iPad models — but no new iPhone. The company later revealed the iPhone 12 in October. Last year’s Apple event, and subsequent events this year, were also online-only due to the pandemic. A livestream was available as usual through the company’s website. As the pandemic continues to affect many, we’ll have to wait and see if Apple will return for an in-person event next year or continue to be virtual-only. 

Apple Macbook M1 and M1 Pro 14-inch or 16-inch 2021 announcements Oct 18

Apple revealed new MacBook Pro models at its most recent event.


New products we expect: iPhone SE 3, faster Mac Mini and more

Apple already unveiled a slew of hardware and software upgrades in 2021, including the AirPods 3, iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, and new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops. But, there are still a few things we expect the tech giant to announce at its next event. We hope to see the iPhone SE 3, a more affordable Apple display and faster Mac Mini. We’re also on the lookout for a few long rumored devices like an Apple competitor to the Amazon Echo Show smart display, a soundbar with a built-in Apple TV and possibly an Apple AR/VR headset. 

iPhone SE 3

Apple showed off its revamped iPhone SE in the spring of 2020, but this year the petite iPhone was a no-show. According to a research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 will likely make its debut in the first half of 2022. Other rumors suggest the new budget-friendly iPhone could sport an LCD display, 5G support, a retro design and Face ID. 

If you can’t wait until next year for the new iPhone SE, check out CNET’s review of the 2020 iPhone SE. And does it still make sense to buy an iPhone SE in 2021

Apple iPhone SE, shown above, could be getting an update soon. 


Midrange Apple display

Apple may also be working on a more affordable version of its Pro Display XDR that was originally released in 2019 for just under $5,000 (not including the $1,000 stand). Bloomberg reported in January that a cheaper Apple monitor was in “early development.” 

Faster Mini Mac 

Last year, Apple unveiled its Mac Mini with the M1 chip. But now that the tech giant has taken the wraps off its M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, when will we see a faster Mac Mini? Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously speculated in August that a new, more powerful Mac Mini could be coming in the “next several months.” 

Updated 27-inch iMac

Apple previously announced a new iMac powered by the M1 processor, but it was only the smaller 24-inch model. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is working on processor updates for the 27-inch iMac. 

iPhone 14

Apple released its iPhone 13 lineup in September, but the smartphone’s successor, the iPhone 14, is likely to make an appearance in the fall of 2022. The iPhone 14 is rumored to finally ditch the notched display, and could house under-display Touch ID, as well. (Here are all the iPhone 14 rumors we’ve heard so far.)

New devices: Echo Show competitor, soundbar with Apple TV, AR/VR headset and more

We could still see some brand-new devices from Apple if not next year, then some time in the future. This includes a possible Apple competitor to the Amazon Echo Show that would fuse an entry-level iPad with a speaker, a soundbar equipped with built-in Apple TV similar to Roku’s soundbar, an Apple augmented or virtual reality headset, Apple Glasses and an Apple Car

If you’re looking for more about the latest from Apple, you can take a look at everything that was announced at the latest event. You can also check out how the iPhone 13 compares with the iPhone 12, the main difference between each iPhone 13 model, whether it’s still worth it to buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, and everything to know about iOS 15.

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