This week saw a good mix of Apple news and rumors including the release of iOS 16.5 and related software updates, as well as Beats Studio Buds+ and early announcements of Apple’s upcoming accessibility features.
On the rumor front, we’ve heard more about what we should expect to see with the iPhone 15 lineup and the M3 family of Mac and iPad chips due later this year, but the biggest focus in the run-up to WWDC in a few weeks is Apple’s handset, so read on for a spin. Get all the details on these stories and more!
Apple releases iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 with a Sports tab in Apple News, bug fixes, and more
After nearly two months of beta testing, Apple this week released iOS 16.5 to the public, introducing some sports-related improvements to Apple News, a new Pride Celebration background, and several bug fixes.
It’s a relatively minor update as iOS 16 finishes before the iOS 17 presentation at WWDC next month, but we’ll see at least one iOS 16 update to guide us to the public release of iOS 17 in September as Apple seeded the initial betas of iOS 16.6 and related updates. for testing.
Along with iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5, we also saw macOS Ventura 13.4, watchOS 9.5, tvOS 16.5 with multiple display for MLB and MLS, and HomePod software release 16.5.
The capabilities of the Apple headset are said to exceed those of competing devices
With an introduction at WWDC just a few weeks away, rumors are swirling about Apple’s AR/VR headset, with a recent report from The Wall Street Journal Claiming that its capabilities will “far outpace” those of competing devices.
Other reports are more cautious, however, with bloomberg It reported that senior Apple executives including Tim Cook and Craig Federighi had largely maintained their distance from the product during its development, which calls into question whether Apple itself is entirely behind it.
Beats Studio Buds+ offer improved performance and a transparent design option for $169.99
In one of the poorest secrets that has seen multiple leaks over the past couple of months, Apple’s Beats brand this week introduced the Beats Studio Buds+ headphones.
The new $170 earphones offer improved performance, better battery life, and an eye-catching new translucent color option compared to their predecessors. It’s available now in the US, Canada, and China, with launches in other countries in the coming months.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are rumored to feature a 48MP camera like the Pro models
While the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max received an updated 48MP main camera last year, the less expensive iPhone 14 and 14 Plus didn’t get the same upgrade. It looks like these cheaper options may catch up this year, however, as a new report claims that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will get a 48MP camera.
For the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, these devices may see the rear camera design rearranged to accommodate the higher-magnification periscope camera that will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Apple tests ‘M3 Pro’ chip for MacBook Pro with 12-core CPU and 18-core GPU
Apple’s M3 chips for the Mac and iPad won’t be coming until later this year, however bloombergThe company’s Mark Gurman shared some details on what to expect for the “M3 Pro” chip that will likely make its way into the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and other devices.
According to Gurman, the M3 Pro will have a 12-core CPU, an 18-core GPU, and up to 36GB of memory. This comes from a 10-core CPU, a 16-core CPU, and up to 32GB of memory on the current M2 Pro chip.
Apple previews iOS 17 accessibility features ahead of WWDC
This week, Apple previewed a wide range of new accessibility features for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that are set to arrive later this year, likely as part of iOS 17 and macOS 14.
New features include Assistive Access to distill iPhone and iPad apps down to their core features for maximum interface simplicity, Orientation & Speak in the Magnifier app to automatically read text labels from the real world out loud as the user points at them, and Personal Voice to allow those at risk of losing their ability to speak to create a digital sound that looks like them, and much more.
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