Apple in 2022

2021 was a time where a lot of things happens, and a lot of things didn't happen. We chronicle Apple moments in 2021 Posted by erwinkarim on 9:49 AM, January 2, 2022 Last updated on 3:15 PM, May 26, 2022 Filed in: apple, chronicle,

2021 was both a year that bring great challenges and great hope. New COVID-19 Delta variant that is both more transmissible and deadly, a new Administration in the USA, introduction of MacBook Pro and the world finally turns again as they finally find a way to live with the virus. Just like in our last article, we would chronicle all the Apple moments in 2022, so this page will grow as the year progresses.


  • Apple retail chief Deirdre O’Brien dissuades employee from creating a union despite multiple Apple Store working towards it - MacRumors
  • Event poster for the WWDC 2022 has been revealed with the tagline “Swiftly Approaching” - suggesting major changes in the Swift language and the respective framework
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook appears in Time Magazine TIME100 List of most influential people - Patently Apple / Time
  • Apple is in talks into buying Electronic Arts - Engadget / MacRumors
  • Apple is reinstating mask-mandate on their stores in the US for employees. At the same time, Apple modifies and delays it return to office plan - MacRumors / New York Times
  • The iPod name is officially retired as Apple announced that Apple will no longer making the iPod Touch and it will basically sell whatever stock that is left in stores. - Apple
  • Apple has launched a lawsuit against Rivos and former engineers over allege trade secret theft. All of the engineers were working on Apple Silicon which eventually become the M1. Apple claims that they siphon out gigabytes of data while working in Apple - AppleInsider/The Verge
  • Apple announced tickets (free) for an in-person developers event at Apple Park on June 6, 2022. Submission are open on May 9 until May 11 and winners are selected randomly and will be announced on May 12. - Apple
  • An article in New York Times covers the reasoning behind Johny Ive, Apple’s long time chief designer, for his own design company. - New York Times


  • After developers complaint, Apple has revise their policy to requiring developers to update their app is the last update for the app is over 3 years old. People has pointed out that some of Apple’s own app has not been updated for over 3 years.
  • For the 2nd Financial Quarter of 2022, Apple made a record breaking $97.3 billion. Services continue to grow to $19.8 billion while iPhone still constitute more than half of Apple revenue at $50.57 billion. Mac sale has a record quarter at $10.43 billion, owing the success of Apple Silicon. - Apple
  • Apple finally launched the Self-Repair Program for the iPhone 12 and 13. According to Apple, the program is currently available only in the United States with plans to roll out worldwide beginning in Europe. To get the ball rolling, Apple launches the self service repair store where you can buy parts and tools officially from Apple. - Apple
  • For Earth Day, Apple is going for the charm offensive.
    • Tim Cook highlighted a tweet showcasing Daisy, a robot that breakdown iPhones into components that will be stripped for recycling
    • Apple is partnering with Applied Environmental Research Foundation to preserve Maharashtra Mangrove forest, located around 60 miles from Mumbai. - Apple
    • Tim Cook also highlights how Apple currently uses recycled materials in their products and plan to go carbon neutral for their production by 2030. As a company, Apple has been carbon neutral since 2020 and plan to push for carbon neutrality for the suppliers by 2030.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook will give a commencement speech at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. - Gallaudet University
  • Wall Street Journal interviews Apple’s SVP of hardware technologies. MacRumors has a very good coverage since the WSJ page is behind a paywall - MacRumors / Wall Street Journal
  • 9to5Mac reported that NYC Apple Store employees has taken steps to unionize. And one of the first demands is a $30 / hour minimum wage. - 9to5Mac
  • Apple unveils the best photos from Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge. They are expected to be use as ads for the iPhone - Apple
    Hidden Gem by Jirasak Panpiansin of Chaiyaphum City, Thailand
  • 9to5Mac unearth an unreleased dual USB-C 35W power adapter in support document. The document was quickly removed after being discovered. - 9to5Mac
  • Apple announced that WWDC 2022 will be held from June 6 to 10. It will be an online-only event and will be available worldwide. Furthermore, a video presentation will also be held at Apple Park on June 6 - Apple
  • MacRumours has a report how a meeting around 5 years ago set the stage for the betterment of the Mac lineup. - MacRumours


  • Apple launched the Apple Business Essential program in USA. It allows for a business owner to easily manage their Apple devices and services. Pricing starts from $2.99 for a single device to $24.99 for 3 devices/user, 24/7 support, 2TB storage, onsite and 2 repair credits. - Apple
  • An Apple TV+ production, the film CODA won Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor in the 94th Academy Awards.
  • More stories about Apple engineers are being poached that Apple drops $200k bonus on select employee for encouragement to stay within Apple - MacRumours
  • Arizona has become the first state in the United State to integrate Digital ID in Apple Wallet. It is expected Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and territory of Puerto Rico will join Arizona. - Apple
  • A news report by Daily Mail has said that Apple managed to save $6.5 billion by removing the charger and EarPods from new iPhones
  • There are reports that Apple internal systems are suffering an outage, which affects from services like TV+ to their retail operations
  • Apple release new minor software updates to almost every platform
    • macOS 12.3 - Universal Control, Spatial Audio Dynamic Head Tracking
    • iPadOS 15.4 and iOS 15.4 - Unlock with mask FaceID; New Emoji, Universal Control
    • watchOS 8.5 - AppleTV purchase notification; irregular Heart Rhythm notification
    • HomePod Software 15.4 - captive Wi-Fi
    • tvOS 15.4 - captive Wi-Fi
  • City of Shenzhen, China, which is a key technology hub in the country is under lockdown due to increasing COVID-19 cases. This situation forces Apple suppliers such as FOXCONN to suspend operations. - Nikkei Asia
  • Apple release a few ads that showcase the power of the Apple ecosystem and also the new M1 Ultra
    • Apple technologies for business use showcasing the ‘team’ - ‘Escape from work’
    • Showcasing the M1 Ultra with developers from other companise
  • Apple unveils a few products in their ‘peek performance’ showcase. Here are the highlights
    • Green is now a color option on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro
    • iPhone SE has been updated. Basically the same chasis as the iPhone SE 3 but internals has been updated. A15 chip, 5G (no mmWave), bigger battery, and better camera
    • iPad Air has been updated. M1 chip (8 cores), faster USB-C (Thunderbolt?) but basically the same design from last year
    • New Apple Silicon: M1 Ultra. This sits above the M1 Max with up to 20 cores CPU (16 performance, 4 efficient), 32 Core Neural Engine, and Up to 64 Core Graphic processor. Both are fused together using UltraFusion with around 2.5 TB/s processor-to-processor bandwidth, so it would look like a single CPU to the OS.
    • New Mac: Mac Studio. Basically a Mac Mini Pro. Footprint like the current Mac Mini but taller, like stacking two and a half Mac Mini. M1 Max or M1 Ultra. Up to 128 GB of unified memory. 10 GB ethernet port. 4x Thunderbolt 4 ports, 2x USB-A, 1x HDMI and headphone jack at the back. 2x USB-C or Thunderbolt 4 ports in the front with SDXC Slot in front.

    • New Display: Studio Display. 5k 27-inch monitor. Six Speakers with spatial audio. Front facing camera with Center Stage feature. 600 nits max brightness. A13 chip (which is faster than a lot of android phones). Comes with a stand. Options for a better stand and nano texture glass to reduce glare.
    • 27-inch iMac is discontinued
  • Apple has set April 11 as a deadline for employees to come back to office. - Bloomberg
  • Apple has quietly launched the Apple event with the theme “Peek Performance” which will go live at 8th March (Tuesday) 1000 PST.
  • Apple halts device sales in Russia in response to invasion of Ukraine - Arstechnica
    • Scene of the aftermath include people getting stuck at the Moscow metro because Apple Pay and Google Pay doesn’t work and someone breaking an iPad as a protest.


  • Tim Cook commemorates Steve Jobs 67th birthday about how we should use time wisely and making the world a better place.
  • Hostage situation in Apple Store Amsterdam ended with suspect in custody. - Bloomberg
  • Apple Original Films has received six prestigious Academy Awards nominations from two films: “CODA” and “Tragedy of Macbeth”. “CODA” received three nominations including Best Picture while “Tragedy of Macbeth” receive three nominations including Best Actor by Denzel Washington - Apple
  • Apple release a short film which shot on the iPhone 13 Pro: Life is but a Dream
  • Washington Post reports that some Apple Store in USA are quietly working to unioinize - Washtingon Post/MacRumors
  • Apple introduced Tap to Pay on iPhone, where merchants can accept payment from Apple Pay or credit cards by just using the iPhone. No terminals, point of sales, just the iPhone. According to press release, the service will be available “later this year” - Apple
  • Apple and Boardcom manage to convice the US Court of Appeals to reject a jury verdict that require them to pay $1.1 billion in damages to Caltech for infringing Wi-Fi patents owned by Caltech. - Macrumours / Reuters
  • MKBHD tweet about iMessage bubble will show up correctly in Google Messages (in Beta). This could point to Apple and Google reaching a deal to have a communications standard like RCS


  • Apple Q1 results are in and it’s another record quarter for Apple. It made $123.9 billion between September 25th to December 25th or $15,588 per second. Services continue to be a main driver of growth with 23% increase year-on-year. iPhone continues to be Apple’s major money maker with $71.6 billions in sales and services in distant second. - Apple
  • For Black History Month in the United State, Apple is spotlighting Black business and amplifying Black Voice - Apple
    • Apple Music - new theme called Music is Healing
    • Apple Fitness+ - new workouts around Black History Month
    • Apple Watch - special edition Apple Watch Black Unity Solo Loop. The special edition watch includes the Unity Lights Watch Face and designed with 2D ray-tracing. Each pixel in the watch is determined by the light source that is suppose to hit it.
  • For the Chinese New Lunar Year, Apple release new short film ‘The Comeback’ with behind the scene action with director Zhang Meng
  • Apple celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day by making a tribute on its website and a quote by him
  • As Apple focus on becoming carbon neural by 2030, its suppliers are struggling to catch up as Apple is trying to enforce the goal not only on Apple itself but in the entire supply chain from resource extraction to getting things to customer’s hands - MacRumors
  • 15 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone and it basically changed the course of human history. Apple alumni, key personnel and journalist commerate the launch that changed everything.
  • Apple become the first public company to hit $3 trillion in market capitalization. - New York Times
  • Apple introduces a Special Lunar Year of the Tiger AirPods Pro in select Asian markets.
  • On the first ads of the year, Apple would like you to imagine being in emergency situations without your Apple Watch.

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