Don’t Waste Your Money on These Apple Products: December 2022 Edition

Apple Store entrance.

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It’s been a busy year for Apple, with the company updating pretty much everything from Iphonethe Professional AirPodsthe Apple Watchand iPad and iPad Pro.

So many new things to be excited to discover, all ready to drain your wallet during the holiday season.

That said, there are still Apple products that you should avoid, either because they are about to be refreshed or they won’t be updated as Apple is phasing them out.

Remember, 2023 is coming and a whole new update cycle awaits us.

Shopping tips: Don’t put off buying Apple stuff until the last minute. already have buzz about the shortage of iPhone 14 Proand I doubt that things will get better in the coming weeks.

Also: Apple’s worst product is now one of its best

List of “Naughty”:

  • Small iPad: Over a year old, it’s hard to justify the $500 starting price here, unless you really want the smaller form factor for something specific (like a drone) drive or use as a video monitor).
  • iMac 24 inch: 18 months is a long time in tech, and the M1 chip was dropped by M2, so that’s a lot of money to pay for a Mac that could be refreshed as early as 2023.
  • Mac Mini: The first Mac M1 and I hope it fits a M2 upgrade early 2023. I’ll avoid it until then.
  • MacBook Pro M1 14 and 16 inch: Now that the M2 chip has landed, it is safe to say that these laptops are currently on loan and will likely be refreshed in early 2023.
  • Mac Pro: With the transition to Apple Silicon underway, this great currency investment just doesn’t make sense at this point. Avoid this critical period unless you really have to replace a broken machine.

Also: Apple iPad Pro 2022 M2 is my copilot (drone)

List of “Beautiful”:

Apple MacBook Air 2022 laptop with M2 . chip

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Apple’s latest MacBook Air supports M2 It’s the powerhouse of a laptop, delivering significant performance gains over the old Intel-powered MacBook Air, such as 15x faster video editing — (yes, video editing on MacBook Air! ) — and 18 hours all day of battery life.

Review: Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022): Sleeker, faster – and more expensive

  • 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with 500+ nit brightness, P3 wide color and support for 1 billion colors
  • Next Generation M2 8-Core CPU with 8-Core GPU and 8GB Unified Memory
  • Up to 18 hours battery life
  • FaceTime HD 1080p camera, three-mic array, and quad-speaker audio system with Spatial Audio
  • MacBook Air has a MagSafe charging port, two Thunderbolt ports, and a headphone jack
  • Weighs only 2.7 pounds

AirPods Pro 2nd Generation

On hand Airpods Pro 2.

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Apple’s best AirPods got so much better! The AirPods Pro second generation is a major upgrade over the previous model and puts the 2nd generation AirPods Pro ahead of the competition.

  • Active noise cancellation reduces unwanted background noise.
  • Adaptive Transparency allows outside sound in while reducing loud ambient noise.
  • Personalized spatial sound with dynamic head tracking locations that sound around you.
  • Multiple ear tips (XS, S, M, L).
  • Touch controls let you swipe to adjust volume, tap to navigate media playback, answer or end calls, and long-press to switch between listening modes.
  • Sweat and water resistant for AirPods Pro and charging case.
  • MagSafe charging case with speaker.
  • The case has a lanyard loop.

Also: Apple AirPods Pro 2nd generation: 6 tips and tricks | See our review

Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Ultra on wrist

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This is Apple Watch that I’ve always wanted. Bigger, brighter screen, better waterproof, more space on screen for complex functions and exciting new features for explorers.

Also: Why the Apple Watch Ultra has been my favorite Apple product for years

  • Rugged and efficient, built to meet the needs of endurance athletes, outdoor adventurers and watersports enthusiasts — with a dedicated strap for each.
  • Up to 36 hours of battery life, plus all the Apple Watch features to keep you healthy, safe, and connected.
  • 49mm corrosion resistant titanium case. The Digital Crown is larger and the buttons are easier to reach.
  • 100m water resistant. Customizable Action Buttons for instant physical control over multiple functions.
  • The always-on Retina display is easy to see, even in direct sunlight.
  • Precise dual frequency GPS to calculate accuracy, distance, route and speed.
  • Advanced health sensors give you insights into your health. Autumn detection and Detect the problem can automatically connect you to emergency services in the event of a major fall or car crash. Hold the Action button to activate a siren that can be heard up to 600 feet away.

Note that the orange strap gets dirty very quickly… mine looks very worn already. You should also check it out Nomad Band Options for Apple Watch Ultra.

Review: I put the Apple Watch Ultra over a Tough Mudder


Airtag handle.


Blow your opponent away, Apple AirTags It is the perfect gift for someone who often loses their belongings. You can add them in your luggage, your bike, your remote controlor even your move box – the possibilities are endless.

Also: How to Hide Apple AirTag on Your Bike (and Why You Should)

Well-built, powerful, and with replaceable batteries, these will make losing keys or wallets a thing of the past.

Also: This helps you find your AirTag in the dark


A young woman using a Mac Studio desktop computer to edit video.

Image: Apples

So much power in a small box. In fact, this is a workstation with a form factor not much larger than the Mac Mini.

You can choose between the M1 Max and M1 Ultra (unless you’re dealing with extremely high GPU workloads you should be fine with the M1 Max products) and can spend anything from $2,000 to $4,000 on this hardware.

Also: 6 best Macs

Combined with Studio monitorThis is a total beast of a system.

Remember that while this is a powerhouse, the M1 chips are on loan as we move into the era of the M2.

iPhone SE

iPhone SE 3rd generation


A budget iPhone with a bunch of great features:

  • 4.7 inch Retina display.
  • 5G.
  • Fast A15 Bionic processor.
  • Great camera.
  • Touch ID biometrics.

At this price, this is a great bang for the buck iPhone!

Review: Apple iPhone SE (2022)


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