Apple doesn’t often participate in major industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals to a theater (or computer screen) to hear about the latest products and services. Apple calls these “special events” and streams them online to its millions of fans.
Even in years like 2020 and 2021, nothing is stopping Apple from creating and launching new products at a series of events. In 2021, there were four such events: a spring event on April 20, WWDC on June 7, the iPhone launch event on September 14, and a Mac launch on October 18. In 2020 we even had an extra event in November.
So far, Apple has held two events in 2022. First up was the Peak Performance Spring Apple Event on March 8, where it launched a new iPhone SE, iPad Air, the Mac Studio and Studio Display. Apple’s second event of 2022 was the WWDC keynote introducing macOS Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, the M2 MacBook Air, and M2 MacBook Pro.
Follow WWDC’s announcements by watching the event’s stream below:
Read on to find out what events and new product launches Apple has in store for the rest of 2022.
When is Apple’s next event?
iPhone 14 event in September – date to be determined
What Happens at an Apple Keynote?
Apple used to hold live events where the company would unveil its latest products and plans during a keynote address to a large audience.
After the pandemic, Apple doesn’t tend to invite people to events, but it’s no less impressive by inviting everyone to participate in an online broadcast.
Apple usually holds four such events a year, but some years there will be no spring event and other years Apple will skip the October event. Based on previous years, you can expect Apple’s year to look something like this:
March/April (often including iPads)
June (WWDC – mostly software, sometimes high-end/pro hardware)
September (iPhones and Apple Watches)
October (iPads and consumer-facing Macs)
What time does the next Apple event start?
Apple’s events usually start at 10 a.m. at Apple’s headquarters in California, which is 1 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. UK time†
Here’s what that means in the countries where most of our readers live:
Australia: next day at 1 AM (AWST/AWDT), 2:30 AM (ACST/ACDT), 3 AM (AEST/AEDT)
New Zealand: next day at 5am (NZST/NZDT)
Apple events usually last between one and two hours.
September 2022 iPhone Event
Probably Tuesday 13 September or Wednesday 14 September
Who knows what the fall of 2022 might bring, but Apple has launched a new iPhone almost every September for the past decade, so a new iPhone by September seems almost certain.
2020 was an exception to that rule — with the iPhone launching in October, but the company still held an event in September. Apple clearly loves events in September.
On that basis, if you want to pin a possible date for an iPhone launch — or at least an event in September — based on the dates Apple has held previous events in September, we’re predicting either Tuesday, September 13, or Wednesday, September 14, 2022.
2021: Tuesday 14 September
2020: Tuesday, September 15 (no iPhone event)
2019: Tuesday, September 10
2018: Wednesday September 12
2017: Tuesday September 12
2016: Wednesday 7 September
2015: Wednesday 9 September
2014: Tuesday 9 September
2013: Tuesday September 10
2012: Wednesday September 12
What will Apple launch at the September 2022 event?
The iPhone 14 seems like a safe bet. In 2022, the lineup is expected to consist of two medium iPhones and two large iPhones. Apparently there will be no mini-iPhone in 2022.
Apple Watch 8 is also likely to launch. Perhaps in 2022 we’ll see the Apple Watch redesign that was rumored to be for 2021 but never showed up. Read: Why Apple Watch 7 Didn’t Match the Leaks: Prosser’s Conspiracy Theory.
Apple launched new AirPods in October 2021, but new AirPods Pro are rumored to be arriving in 2022. The iPhone event seems the most likely.
October 2022 Mac Event
Tuesday, October 12, 2022 – forecast
In October 2020, Apple unveiled the iPhone 12. However, it was an unusual year and normally the iPhone would premiere in September. October is usually the month when Apple announces new Macs and new iPads.
Wondering what date to sign for 2022? Past October events have (or have not) occurred on the following dates, so we expect an event on either Tuesday, October 12 or Wednesday, October 13.
2021: Monday October 18
2020: Tuesday 12 October
2019: No event
2018: Tuesday 30 October
2017: No event
2016: Thursday 27 October
2015: No event
2014: Thursday October 16
2013: Tuesday October 22
2012: Tuesday October 23
2011: Tuesday October 4
What will Apple launch in October 2022?
November 2022 marks exactly two years since the arrival of the first M1 Mac, and Apple said it would complete the transition of Intel’s Macs to its own silicon within two years. We hope Apple has launched M-series chips in all of its Macs, but if they haven’t already, you can definitely see them at this fall event.
We are still waiting for:
A new iMac Pro. Apple has discontinued the 27-inch iMac model (at least for now), but there are plenty of rumors of a new iMac Pro on the way. Many are hoping for an iMac Pro with M1 Ultra at WWDC.
Apple will no doubt have trouble upgrading the Mac Pro — assuming it keeps it in the lineup. The Mac Pro must be adaptable and upgradeable to meet the demands of the market for which it was designed. Plus, it should top the already impressive Mac Studio with M1 Ultra. We can’t wait to see what Apple has in store with the Mac Pro in 2022.
The release of the Mac Studio makes the future of the remaining Intel Mac mini uncertain, but it’s still possible that Apple will replace the Intel version of the Mac mini with a Mac mini powered by the M1 Pro or M1 Max. If not, an M2 Mac mini is expected by the end of the year.
We could also see the iPad Pro get an M2 chip at this event, although we expect that in Macs first. Read more about the 2022 iPad Pro.
Spring 2023 event
We don’t know when Apple will hold its first event in 2023, but here’s when the last ten spring events took place:
2022: Tuesday, March 8 (virtual event)
2021: Tuesday 20 April (virtual event)
2020: No event in March due to COVID-19 lockdown, but iPhone SE launched on April 24
2019: Monday 25 March
2018: Tuesday 27 March
2017: No event in March
2016: Monday March 21
2015: Monday 9 March
2014: No event in March
2013: No event in March
2012: Wednesday 7 March
2011:Wednesday 2 March
2010: Thursday April 8 (there was also an event in January that year)
What will Apple launch in the spring of 2023?
We’ll be better able to predict what’s coming in Spring 2023 once we know what Apple won’t launch in Fall or 2022, but new iPads are usually a safe bet and maybe something with music or TV.
WWDC 2023 event
It’s a safe bet that WWDC23 will take place in early June 2023. With the exception of 2020, the conference took place in the first week of June, with one or two exceptions. These are the dates on which WWDC kicked off in previous years. The event lasts for a week and the keynote is always on Monday.
Here’s when the last ten WWDC events took place:
WWDC 2022: June 6-10
WWDC 2021: June 7-11
WWDC 2020: June 22-26
WWDC 2019: June 3-7
WWDC 2018: June 4-8
WWDC 2017: June 5-9
WWDC 2016: June 13-17
WWDC 2015: June 8-12
WWDC 2014: June 2-6
WWDC 2013: June 10-14
WWDC 2012: June 11-15
What will Apple launch at WWDC23?
Apple always unveils its new operating systems at WWDC, so that means iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17.
New hardware sometimes shows up at WWDC, too, and it’s usually the stuff developers want, which are “Pro” model Macs. However, it was new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models that were announced at WWDC 2022.