9to5Mac Happy Hour 414: 2022 Apple Year in Review

9to5Mac Happy Hour 414: 2022 Apple Year in Review

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Benjamin and Zac review the year in Apple news, discussing all the major stories from the last twelve months, including reflecting on all the new 2022 hardware products, from the Mac Studio in March through to the iPhone 14 lineup in the fall. Happy New Year everyone!

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January

  • AAPL hits $3 trillion market cap, Apple now first company to reach milestone valuation
    • AAPL lost a trillion dollars this year as iPhone shipments forecasted to drop into 2023
  • iPhone 14 Pro now rumored to feature ‘hole + pill design’ instead of notch
  • iOS 15.4 enables Face ID support while wearing a mask, no Apple Watch required
  • Cisco exec turned Apple comms VP departs after less than a year, Kristin Huguet to take over

February

  • Apple tackling AirTag stalking concerns with these changes to Find My network
  • Apple announces new Tap to Pay feature that turns iPhones into contactless payment terminals
    • Square bringing Tap to Pay on iPhone support to its POS app later this year

March

  • iPhone SE 3 tidbits: Lacks MagSafe and Ceramic Shield technologies, IP67, no 5G mmWave
  • Apple unveils iPad Air 5 with M1 chip, purple color option, more
  • Apple details highest-end processor with M1 Ultra, combining M1 Max chips
  • Apple announces new ‘Mac Studio’ desktop computer powered by M1 Ultra chip with expanded I/O
  • Apple announces new $1599 27-inch 5K Apple Studio Display, featuring Center Stage webcam
    • Apple’s Studio Display’s poor webcam quality is not a software bug after all
  • Apple teases Apple Silicon Mac Pro at end of March event
  • CODA wins Best Picture: Apple becomes first streaming service to get Oscars top prize

April

  • MLB talks Friday Night Baseball on TV+: ‘Apple reaches into every single home’
  • Apple Self Service Repair store now available, allowing customers to repair their own iPhones for the first time

May

  • Apple discontinues iPod touch, ending 20 year run of iconic ‘iPod’ brand
  • iPod touch now removed from Apple website as old URL redirects users to Apple Support
  • Now obsolete, the iPod touch was once the gateway to the iOS ecosystem
  • iPod In Memoriam

June

  • WWDC 2022 News Hub and Live Blog: iOS 16, macOS 13, new MacBook Air, more
  • Apple announces exclusive streaming deal for all Major League Soccer games, separate subscription required
  • Apple again updates App Store guidelines to comply with Dutch government requirements

July

  • Jony Ive is no longer an Apple consultant, says report
    • Jony Ive LoveFrom contract was likely only ever a PR fiction; ending it means nothing
  • M2 MacBook Air reviews are in: New era, all-day battery, same base storage concern as MacBook Pro
    • M2 MacBook Air takes performance hit with slower SSD on base model

August

  • Apple expanding App Store ads from search to ‘Today’ tab and more
    • Apple temporarily halts showing ads for gambling apps on App Store product pages following developer complaints

September

  • iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max: Top features available on both large screen models
  • AirPods Pro 2 have everything you need – but there’s one feature Apple hid
  • Hands-on: Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra
    • Apple Watch Series 8: Hands-on with the new Hermès Lucky Horse face

October

  • Apple announces new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M2 chip, Apple Pencil hover feature
  • Apple debuts all-new iPad 10: Larger display, four colors, landscape front camera, more
  • Apple TV 4K officially launches; delays and shortages impacting availability

November

  • Apple warns iPhone 14 Pro availability is limited as COVID-19 restrictions close supply chain factories in China
    • iPhone 14 Pro shortage could hit 6M units following unrest and resignations
  • Apple-backed Matter smart home standard officially launches as iOS 16.1 adds support

December

  • Apple reveals new karaoke-like ‘Apple Music Sing’ feature launching this month
  • Apple debuts Advanced Data Protection to bring end-to-end encryption to Messages in iCloud, Photos, device backups, much more

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