Apple is a company that loves events, and why wouldn't it? It gives the company the perfect place to showcase its upcoming products, and the livestreams are watched by thousands around the world.

2021 was a busy year for the company; Apple’s Spring Loaded event revealed the new iPad Pro, Apple TV 4K and 24in iMac in April, we got our first look at the latest updates to Apple's various operating systems at WWDC in June, we saw the reveal of new iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch at the company's September event and October brought the reveal of the redesigned MacBook Pro range.

Yeah, it was a busy year. And guess what? We expect much the same this year too.  

When will the next Apple event take place? What should you expect? Here’s all you need to know about Apple’s upcoming event schedule.

When is the next Apple event taking place?

Following Apple's October 2021 event, which saw the release of the 14in and 16in MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the company is rumoured to be holding another event in the Spring of 2022. 

While details around the event itself are slim right now, Apple tends to host its first event of the year sometime in March or April, and rumours suggest that'll be the case this year. In fact, some analysts and leakers have gone a step further by predicting what we'll be seeing on the day too.  

What will Apple announce at its Spring 2022 event?

If leaks and rumours are anything to go by, Apple could kick 2022 off with a bang. 

While the iPad Pro has had a sporadic update schedule over the years, Apple seems to have settled on a yearly Spring update for its top-end iPad range - it launched the 2020 range in March, and April 2021 saw the reveal of the M1-enabled iPad Pro.

It's possible that the trend will continue with the iPad Pro (2022) range, which is believed to launch sometime in Spring 2022 with Mini-LED on the 11in model, a slight redesign to accommodate wireless charging and upgraded internals among the features outlined by leakers. 

However, more recent leaks suggest release could be delayed until the autumn/fall, so the jury is out on whether we'll see the iPad Pro range this early on in the year. 

Regardless, it's not the only iPad rumoured to make an appearance at the Spring 2022 event. Whispers suggest we could see the reveal of the iPad Air 5 (2022), bringing the 10.9in tablet in line with the updated iPad mini with upgraded internals, optional 5G connectivity and a 12Mp ultrawide front-facing camera supporting Apple's Center Stage tech. 

There are also whispers that we could see a new Mac Mini at the Spring event too, sporting an updated design and upgraded processing power, but it's unclear whether it'll replace the existing models or if it'll be added as a high-end option. Expect M1 Pro and M1 Max configurations to match the MacBook Pro range. 

Lastly, it's rumoured that Apple will announce the third-generation iPhone SE at its Spring event - but those hoping for an iPhone 11-esque design will be disappointed. It's rumoured to sport the same general shape and dimensions as its predecessor, but with a bump in spec and the introduction of 5G connectivity to make it competitive in 2022. 

Upcoming Apple events

Apple tends to host events at the same time every year, making it a little easier to predict when certain products might launch. Although 2020 did admittedly break away from the standard schedule due to COVID-19, we imagine Apple will return to its standard product release schedule from this point.

WWDC 2022

Apple's yearly developer conference takes place in early June in Paulo Alto, California, although it has been an online-only affair for the past few years. Regardless of whether it's digital or in-person, the company reveals its next big software updates for its product range, meaning we'll get our first look at iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16 and macOS 14.

It's also allegedly where Apple wanted to originally showcase its upcoming AR/VR headset, but rumours suggest the date has been pushed back amid development issues. 

September 2022 event

Months after the reveal of the latest software updates, Apple will release new hardware for it to run on. Apple tends to release iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches in September, which means the likely reveal of the iPhone 14 range alongside a new entry-level iPad and the Apple Watch Series 8

October 2022 event

Apple tends to round off the year with an event in October (or sometimes November) that focuses on Mac updates. It's likely where we'll get our first look at the Apple Silicon-enabled Mac Pro, and if it isn't revealed beforehand, it's likely when Apple will launch the redesigned large iMac to match the refreshed 24in model.

Apple also likes to release AirPods at the end of the year, and it fits with the vague rumoured release schedule for the AirPods Pro 2, so it's possible that we could see the second-gen Pro buds too.

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