Predictions: Apple products that will be discontinued in 2022

Some are obvious, and others less so.

Every year, Apple discontinues a swathe of products, and 2022 will be no exception.

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This is a normal process for tech companies, so knowing ahead of time helps for two reasons: you can avoid buying products that will discontinued, and you will be aware if your own devices are headed for end-of-life.

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A good way to predict what will be discontinued in 2022 is to look at what was discontinued in 2021. 

Here's a list of 2021's discontinued tech:

  • iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • iPhone XR
  • iPad 8th-gen
  • iPad mini 5th-gen
  • 21.5-inch iMac
  • iMac Pro
  • HomePod
  • Apple TV 4K 1st-gen
  • Beats EP/Solo Pro/Powerbeats 3

Some of these were to be expected to make room for new generations (iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch). It's logical, but some of the others were interesting -- especially the HomePod, 21.5-inch iMac, and the iMac Pro. These point to a shift of priorities at Apple.

So, what should we expect Apple to discontinue in 2022?

Here are my predictions:

  • iPhones 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, and 12: These will be superseded by new iPhones in September.
  • Apple Watch Series 7: Will be superseded by a new Apple Watch.
  • iPhone SE: At almost two years old, this is heading towards the end of the line.
  • iPad Air 4th-gen: By September 2022, this will be two years old and ripe for dropping.
  • iMac 27-inch: This will get the M1 Apple Silicon treatment.
  • Mac Pro: This will also get the M1 Apple Silicon treatment.
  • AirPods Pro: Released in October 2019, these have had a good run; I'm expecting an updated version to land this year.
  • iPod touch 7th-gen: Released in May 2019, this thing is now a complete dinosaur. I fully expect Apple to kill the iPod touch once the current one is discontinued, as it's hard to see it being a viable product now.

As usual, it looks like it's going to be a big year for Apple updates. Stay tuned.

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