The year usually starts off quite slowly for Apple releases. New
products are typically not revealed or released until March or
April, and we don't see anything to suggest that 2022 will be
different. That leaves software and services to carry the weight in
the early months, and most of the big software releases tend to be
big features that were announced in the prior year but weren't part
of the initial big iOS or macOS release in the fall.
That's the situation we find ourselves in as we start 2022.
There isn't much to look forward to for new hardware (yet) and the
software and services releases are not exactly barn burners. Here's
what we expect from Apple in January 2022.
Rumored new products
The rumor mill is buzzing about some possible spring releases,
like a new iPhone SE and MacBook Air. But none of them is expected to be
announced in January (or February for that matter).
In other words, don't expect any new hardware products to launch
in January and possibly not until spring. In 2021, Apple's first
hardware release wasn't until its Spring Loaded event on April 20,
so it could be a long wait.
Quarterly earnings report
Apple's first fiscal quarter of 2022 ended on December 31, and
Apple will likely announce the results of the three-month period
beginning October 1, 2021, in late January. Apple reported its
year-ago first-quarter results on Jan 27, 2021, with record revenue of $111.4 billion and is
expected to eclipse that number.
Apps and software
Apple released iOS 15.2 and macOS 12.1 in December and quickly
began beta-testing the next updates. We think those will probably
leave beta and enter general release in January.
iOS 15.3: The third point release of iOS 15 doesn't have any
obvious new features in its first beta release, so it might be just
bug fixes and security updates.
iPadOS 15.3: As with iOS 15.3, there are no
obvious new features in the early betas, but we're hoping that
Apple adds Universal Control before release.
macOS 12.2: We're still waiting on that awesome
Universal Control feature, which isn't evident in the first beta
releases of macOS 12.2. But there are new Music and TV apps
that use AppKit views instead of web views, making them far faster
and more responsive.
There wasn't a lot of new stuff on Apple TV+ in December, but things pick up a little bit in January,
especially if you care about content for kids.
El Deafo: A three-part animated series for kids
and families that follows a child named Cece as she loses her
hearing and finds her inner superhero. Premieres on January 7.
Wild Things: Siegfried and Roy: Emmy
Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Steven Leckart goes behind
the velvet curtain to reveal shocking moments, surprising details,
and hidden truths about two men who were lionized by millions of
fans, lampooned by the media, criticized by animal welfare
advocates, and endlessly scrutinized by the public. Premieres on
The Tragedy of Macbeth: This drama is the
latest film by celebrated director Joel Coen, starring Denzel
Washington and Francis McDormand. Premieres on January 14.
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock: After producing
a few shorts (Fraggle Rock: Rock On!), Apple has struck a
deal with the Jim Henson Company to produce a full reboot of the
classic kids' show. Premieres on January 21.
Servant (season 3): The third season of this
psychological thriller series produced by M. Night Shyamalan.
Premieres on January 21.
The Afterparty: A comedy murder-mystery set in
a high school reunion afterparty. Each of the eight episodes will
feature a retelling of the same night told through a different
character's perspective, each with its own unique visual format and
film genre to match the teller's personality. Premieres on January
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 January.
Spades: Card Game+: The popular card game on
mobile, with online multiplayer support.
Hearts: Card Game+: Just like the Spades game,
but it's Hearts!
Crashlands+: A fighting and crafting action-RPG
first released to the App Store in 2016.
Nickelodeon Extreme Tennis: Play wacky action
tennis with characters from popular Nickelodeon shows, like
Spongebob, Arnold, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.