When is the next Apple Event? What to expect from rumoured iPad Pro & Mac Pro M2 reveal

Everything you need to know about the next Apple Event, predicted to take place in October

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The next Apple Event, when the iPad Pro M2 and Mac Pro M2 are rumoured to be revealed, is predicted to happen in October this year. But, based on 7 September 'Far Out' event (where the iPhone 14 series was revealed), which occurred earlier than typical, that October date is of course more fluid in the calendar than ususal.

In 2021 the event took place on 18 October, revealing dramatic redesigns for the MacBook Pro (14- and 16-inch). If it's like-for-like then 2022's date could be Wednesday 19 October. That gives enough of a gap following the release of the all-new iPhone 14 Plus a couple of weeks prior to that date.

You'll most likely be able to watch the event live on Apple's website (opens in new tab), via Apple TV, and on YouTube. As and when we know more information we'll be updating this page with all the latest.

Apple Event October 2022: what to expect?

Apple Event Far Out September 2022

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While nothing is yet concrete, there are a wide number of possible launches at the next Apple event, so here are the most likely to feature... and a few less likely, but still worth discussion.

1. iPad Pro M2?

The Pro ought to be the next iteration of iPad to receive an update. And with iPadOS 16 already revealed in full, a shiny new top-end iPad with the best hardware available would indeed be the ideal way to showcase that. It's nothing but speculation right now though.

2. Mac Mini M2?

The M2 chip was revealed at WWDC 2022, but there was no Mac Mini to take advantage of it. We'd anticipate a very simple update without many changes beyond the processor options. It's been a long time since the Mini has received a meaningful update, although with the Mac Studio now released maybe now's the time for Apple to quietly retire the Mini instead...

3. Apple silicon: M2 Pro / Max / Ultra?

With the earlier M1 architecture, Apple progressed it with Pro, Max and Ultra variants to really ramp up the shared memory and integrated graphics power. M2, which is already on the market, could clearly be advanced in the same way as that, giving a mid-term upgrade year on year for Apple's silicon. It also fits the story of slowly ushering Intel out of the door from Apple's line-up...

4. Mac Pro?

The above neatly segues into the only current Mac product that doesn't offer Apple silicon: the Pro (which is still built on Intel hardware, which isn't really Apple's main message any more). There's surely an opportunity here to bring 'the most powerful Mac ever' to the fore once more, perhaps with an ultra-powerful top-end M2 variant?

5. HomePod 2?

Entirely unrelated to the above ultra-powerful kit, there's scope for an all-new HomePod, with a new design, to arrive ahead of the holiday period. The kind of 'bring the family together' kit for the home, showcasing Siri enhancements for voice perhaps. It's been years since the original HomePod (2017 announcement, 2018 on-sale) so there's room for a follow-up model.

6. Apple VR?

This one's a long shot, really, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill churning. So, will Apple ever release a Virtual Reality (slash Augmented Reality) headset? The thinking is yes, it's just a case of when. Delaying until 2023 could be a more likely turnout, to ensure everything is right and ready for such a major hardware play. Especially in the face of an impending recession. 

Apple Event 2022: what else is coming up?

Tim Cook at Apple Event

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TBC 2023 Apple VR event

There's a lot of rumour about Apple's VR/AR headset being such a special bit of kit that it'll actually receive its very own launch event, no other distractions, to outlay the hardware and software specific to the headset. It was originally thought to happen before 2023, but now there's increasing rumour that that'll be delayed, waiting for the new year to bring forth new hardware. It could be even later than that, though, based on market conditions at the moment. 

MacBook Air M2

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Previous Apple Events: what's happened?

7 September 2022 Apple 'Far Out' Event

This was a bumper show, revealing four iPhones: the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Not content with just that, Apple also went all-in on Apple Watch, with Series 8, SE 2 and Ultra all appearing as a total new diversification of the wearables range. Sound like enough? Nope! There was also AirPods Pro 2 to cap things off. 

6 June 2022 Apple Event

Apple's developer conference, WWDC, nicknamed 'Dub-Dub' by many, spilled the beans on its new M2 silicon, showed us an all-new MacBook Air, and presented a boatload of software features coming in iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13 (Ventura).

8 March 2022 Apple Event

The previous Apple event was on 8th March 2022, where Apple announced a whole host of new products, ranging from the iPhone SE 3, updated iPad Air (5th Gen), new Mac Studio and Studio Display, to a new green colour for the iPhone 13.

18 October 2021 Apple Event

At this event, Apple announced a couple of products with dramatic redesigns. The MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch models stole the show, thanks to their ultra-powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max processors, and stunning mini-LED screens. It also launched the much-improved 3rd version of the AirPods, and announced new funky colours for the HomePod mini.

14 September 2021 Apple Event

Apple announced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, plus the totally redesigned iPad mini 6, and the improved iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen). The Apple Watch Series 7 also brought a subtle redesign with a larger screen.

7 June 2021 WWDC Apple Event

Apple announced updates to the software for all of its products (from Mac to AirPods to iPhone to HomePod) at this event. It also discussed iCloud+, and new plan that includes cloud storage as well as innovative new privacy features for your Apple devices.

20 April 2021 Apple Event

This jam-packed Apple event included the long-awaited AirTags, the iPad Pro (2021) with Apple M1 chip, the 24-inch iMac also with the M1, the new Apple TV 4K (2021), and a fetching new purple hue for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

10 November 2020 Apple Event

At this event, Apple launched the first products made with its own Apple M1 processor: the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) and Mac Mini (M1, 2020). It also revealed the release date of the latest macOS version.

13 October 2020 Apple Event

Lucky for many, this event included the launch of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models, as well as the HomePod mini. As mentioned above, it was unusual for the iPhone to revealed in October, and we don't expect this to repeat.

15 September 2020 Apple Event

This event was big on Apple Watch, with the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE both appearing for the first time. The new-look iPad Air (2020) was also unveiled.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.