Apple's had a busy year, to say the least. In just the past two
months alone, we got a new iPhone and Apple Watch, a redesigned iPad mini, and an overhauled MacBook Pro, but while the hardware
releases are probably done, there's still plenty of software and
services to roll out. And who knows, we've been surprised by sudden
hardware releases in the past (like the sudden December drop of
AirPods Max last year). With a company as secretive as Apple, you
never really know for sure what to expect.
That said, we pay attention to rumors and release dates, and
these are all the things we think Apple will release in
Black Friday deals
If you want to save some money on Apple gear, you probably want
to wait. Apple has had four-day shopping events
(from Friday to Monday) every year for the past few years with bonus gift cards on
most purchases, and will probably do so again this year. As always,
we'll track the best Apple Black Friday deals for you all month
Rumored new products
October saw Apple ship the new MacBook Pro and third-generation AirPods, along with the
previously-announced Apple Watch Series 7. We think that's all the
hardware Apple has in store for us this year, but it's possible
that there is a surprise over the next four weeks.
Mac mini: The only piece of kit Apple hasn't
released this year that was rumored to be on the way is a new Mac mini model, with an updated design,
more ports, and the new M1 Pro or M1 Max processors. We heard strong
rumors that it would arrive at the Unleashed event, so it's
possible Apple has one more Mac surprise up its sleeve. More
likely, however, is that it arrives next year, perhaps in the
spring or summer along with a new larger iMac.
AirPods Max: It's been nearly a year since
Apple launched its luxury over-the-ear AirPods, and while we're not
expecting a new model just yet, we've heard rumors that new colors could be on the way. That would give
Apple's most expensive AirPods a boost just as the holiday shopping
season kicks into high gear.
Apps and software
In late October Apple finally released MacOS Monterey, along
with iOS and iPadOS 15.1. Beta-testing has already begun on the
next OS versions, which will likely be released in November.
iOS 15.2: Apple has already begun its beta test
of iOS 15.2, which adds the App Privacy Report
feature and may yet gain other features before release.
iPadOS 15.2: This update will add App Privacy
Report, but we're still waiting on the killer Universal Control
feature that works in conjunction with macOS Monterey, too.
macOS 12.1: MacOS 12 Monterey finally released
on October 25 and the first beta for 12.1 is already here. It brings
SharePlay, but what is arguably its best feature, Universal Control, is still missing. Apple's
says it's coming later this fall, but we don't expect it to arrive
Apple is releasing its fitness subscription service to
15 additional countries on November 3, bringing
the total number of available countries to 21. The new countries
are Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy,
Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain,
Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
The service will still feature only English audio, but with
subtitles in Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German,
Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
October didn't have the big Apple TV+ releases that September
did, but there are some pretty big-name shows and movies dropping
Check our list of upcoming AppleTV+ shows, series, and
movies for everything on the horizon.
Dr. Brain: Apple TV+ is launching in South
Korea on November 4, and its first Korean-language series Dr. Brain
premieres with it. A brain scientist is obsessed with discovering
new ways to access memories and consciousness. When his family dies
in an accident, he accesses memories from his wife's brain to
figure out what really happened
Finch: Apple's second big Tom Hanks-led movie
comes on November 5 (the first was Greyhound). Hanks plays a robotics engineer who
survives an apocalyptic event in his underground bunker with his
dog, Goodyear. After a decade creating a world of his own in his
bunker, he makes a robot to take care of his dog when he's no
Dickinson (season 3): The final season of this
somewhat comedic, highly stylized coming-of-age story about Emily
Dickinson premieres on November 5. Producer Alena Smith says the
show was always envisioned as a three-season origin story of
America's greatest female poet.
Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show: Jack McBrayer
stars in this live-action children's television show about
kindness, imagination, and creativity. It's sort of a Mr. Roger's
Neighborhood thing, and premieres on November 5.
The Shrink Next Door: Based on a popular
podcast, this is a dark comedy inspired by true events. Charming
doctor Dr. Isaac Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) slowly takes over the life
of his patient Martin Markowitz (Will Ferrell). The show is an
eight-part limited series, which premieres on November 12.
Snoopy in Space (season 2): Another 12 short
animated episodes produced in conjunction with NASA, as Snoopy and
other Peanuts stars search for life in space. All 12 episodes will
be available on November 12.
The Line: This four-part documentary series
streams on November 19. It features independently reported accounts
of US Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was charged with committing
war crimes before ultimately being acquitted on all but one count:
for posing in a photo with a corpse.
Harriet the Spy: A new animated series based on
the very popular and much-loved children's books of the same name.
It stars Beanie Feldstein and Jane Lynch and premieres on November
Apple releases new games to Apple Arcade on Fridays, but not
every Friday is marked by a new game or significant
update. Check our Apple Arcade FAQ for a full list of Apple
Arcade games and more details on the service. Many games are
released with no forewarning, but you'll often see a couple of
projects listed in the Coming Soon section. Some have release
dates, but most seem to launch by surprise. Games with a + at the
end are titles that have already been released in the App Store but
are just getting a new version (without ads or microtransactions)
in Apple Arcade.
Here are the titles in the Coming Soon section, some of which
should launch in November:
Transformers: Tactical Arena: A real-time PvP
combat arena game in the Transformers universe.
Galaga Wars+: A modernized update of the
classic Galaga arcade game. Galaga Wars was first released on the
App Store in 2016.
Kingdom Rush Frontiers TD+: The second
installment in the popular Kingdom Rush series of tower defense
games. First released in the App Store in 2013.
LEGO Star Wars: Castaways: A cooperative
adventure for up to four players. Create your own Star Wars LEGO
minifig and adventure with your friends. Apple says to expect this
one on November 19.
Apple One Premier: On November 3, Apple One Premier will expand to 17 new
countries: Austria, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany,
Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal,
Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Arab
Emirates. Apple One Premier offers Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple
Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $30 a