The Most Exciting Apple Products Released in 2022Reading Time: 3 minutes
Apple released several new products in 2022, but here we list some of the best ones.
While we agree that Apple products can sometimes be too expensive, we must commend the innovation and features that Apple brings to each iteration.
Therefore, we expect nothing less than extraordinary every time Apple announces an event. We were curious throughout the year, and Apple did not disappoint.
So, here’s a quick roundup of the most exciting Apple products released in 2022.
6. iPad Air 5 With M1 Chip
Released in March 2022, the iPad Air 5 with the M1 chip is one of the value-for-money products from Apple this year. This fifth generation of the popular iPad Air lineup brought an incredible performance boost, all thanks to the same processor from the more expensive iPad Pro lineup that came out in 2021.
Thanks to the addition of the M1 chip, the iPad Air is one of the select models that support the all-new Stage Manager feature in iPadOS 16.
In addition, though there was no design overhaul, the iPad Air 5 accommodated a better front camera with Center Stage. With Wi-Fi 6 support, 5G connectivity, and a more powerful USB-C port, the iPad Air 5 became an excellent choice for students and professionals.
5. AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
The AirPods Pro (2nd generation), a worthy successor to the original AirPods Pro, deserves mention when we list the best products Apple launched in 2022. Apple introduced several features, including upgrades to Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode.
Apple also focused on providing a more convenient user experience. The introduction of XS-sized ear tips, as well as touch-based volume controls, is something users love. In addition, the new charging case with Find My integration and enhanced battery life are features that make AirPods Pro (2nd generation) a great choice.
4. M2 MacBook Air
Announced in June 2022, the M2 MacBook Air is one of the best laptops you can buy from Apple. But, of course, the star of the show was the M2 chip, the second generation of Apple silicon processors. In addition to this added performance, the M2 MacBook Air also packs a 1080p HD camera and MagSafe charging support.
More importantly, the M2 MacBook has a thin and light design, but it did not stop Apple from increasing its battery life to up to 20 hours. So, in many ways, the current MacBook Air is a balanced MacBook that users have demanded for years.
3. iPhone 14 Pro
Even though it launched alongside a disappointing iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Pro is one of the best Apple products that came out in 2022. Making the Pro variant more distinctive, iPhone 14 Pro introduced Dynamic Island—a cut-out that not only houses Face ID hardware but also expands as you interact with your iPhone.
In terms of hardware, the A16 Bionic chip is a substantial improvement, while the robust 48MP primary camera with added low-light photography capabilities is a huge leap for Apple. In addition, the 2,000 nits display, Emergency SOS via satellite connectivity, and Crash Detection makes it a superb choice for many.
However, Apple’s decision to remove the physical SIM tray for US models of iPhone 14 Pro was controversial.
2. Apple Watch Ultra
Many users have always wanted a more rugged, powerful, and feature-rich Apple Watch. In 2022, Apple delivered something greater: the Apple Watch Ultra. Built for adventurists, explorers, and sports enthusiasts, Apple Watch Ultra packs many additional resources, starting with a whopping battery life of up to 36 hours.
The OLED screen protected by sapphire crystal reaches a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits, and the built-in microphones enhance sound quality like never before. As you can guess, the Apple Watch Ultra offers improved ruggedness, making it an excellent choice for diving and other adventure sports.
While we believe the Apple Watch Ultra isn’t for everyone, this variant has an increasing user base.
1. Mac Studio
The Mac Studio is arguably the best product Apple released in 2022. In March 2022, Apple launched this super-compact yet insanely powerful desktop computer, and professionals love what it offers. The Mac Studio bridged the gap between the Mac mini and higher-end devices like the Mac Pro and iMac Pro. It might as well be one of the most cost-effective Mac devices in the premium segment.
Mac Studio uses M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips, designed for maximum performance. It can be configured with up to 128GB of unified memory (on M1 Ultra systems) and 8TB of SSD storage. Despite the compact design, the Mac Studio does not compromise connectivity options. You get up to six Thunderbolt 4-enabled USB-C ports and an SD card slot, among others.
Although we think the base version of Mac Studio is enough for most people, you can upgrade as you wish, especially if money is not a concern.
Here’s to More Apple Products in 2023
Looking at this list, you know Apple had a good run this year. And if you want to invest in a high-quality Apple product, you have more than a couple of options. You may also consider gifting some of them to your family this holiday season.
That said, we’re excited to see what Apple has in store for 2023. We’re expecting upgraded MacBooks, the iPhone 15 lineup, and possibly an all-new mixed-reality headset, which could mark Apple’s entry into the VR space.