Big news: Final Cut Pro for iPad, iOS 16.5 next week, and more

We got a big surprise this week when Apple introduced Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for the iPad, while Apple’s next batch of OS updates is imminent.

Other news this week included rumors of an Apple Watch Series 9 release later this year and the launch of the iPhone 16 lineup in 2024, while Beats appears to have some upgraded over-ear headphones as well, so read on for all the details. About these stories and more!

Apple announces Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad

Apple shared some big news this week: Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are finally coming to the iPad. The apps will be available on iPadOS starting May 23 for $4.99 per month or $49 per year.

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Final Cut Pro will be available for iPads with the M1 chip or later, and Logic Pro will be available for iPads with the A12 Bionic chip or later. Both apps will require iPadOS 16.4 or later.

“With a powerful suite of intuitive tools designed for portability and performance and a touch-first interface for the iPad, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro deliver the ultimate mobile studio,” said Apple.

Apple unveils the 2023 Pride Band, launching later this month

This week, Apple unveiled a new Pride Edition Sport Band for the Apple Watch, accompanied by a matching iPhone watch face and back.

Apple Watch Pride Edition Band 2023 feature
Inspired by the LGBTQ+ community, the band will be available to order on and in the Apple Store app beginning May 23, and in Apple Store locations beginning May 24.

The band is priced at $49 and is available for Apple Watch Series 3 and later.

Apple confirms the release of iOS 16.5 next week with these new features

Apple has confirmed that iOS 16.5 and watchOS 9.5 will be released to the public next week. Software updates have been in beta testing since late March, and Apple released release candidates for these updates as well as macOS 13.4 and tvOS 16.5 to beta testers this week.

iOS 16
iOS 16.5 includes a new Pride Celebration wallpaper, a Sports tab in the Apple News app, and bug fixes for Spotlight, CarPlay, and Screen Time. The update is generally minor, which isn’t surprising given that Apple will announce iOS 17 at WWDC next month.

Apple Watch Series 9 features an updated processor based on the A15 chip

The upcoming Apple Watch Series 9 will finally include a new processor based on the A15 chip that was first used in the iPhone 13 models, according to information he shared. bloombergMark Gorman.

Apple Watch Series 8 Trio
In terms of performance, Apple watches have already used the same processor since the S6 chip debuted in the Series 6 in 2020. With watchOS 10 rumored to be a major update, a faster chip for the Series 9 would make sense.

The iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max feature larger screens, measuring 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches

The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models that will be launched in 2024 will feature larger display sizes at 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches, respectively, according to high-resolution display industry analyst Ross Young.

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In comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens, respectively, and these sizes are not expected to change with the launch of the iPhone 15 Pro models later this year.

Apple is working on new Beats Studio Pro headphones

Apple is working on new “Beats Studio Pro” headphones, according to code in the macOS Ventura 13.4 Release Candidate.

Beats Studio Pro
The Beats Studio Pro is likely to be a remake of the Beats Studio3 headphones launched in 2017. Potential new features may include a Lightning or USB-C port for charging, Transparency mode, improved active noise cancellation, and more.

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