Top Stories: iOS 16.2 in mid-December, no new Macs until 2023, and more

Top Stories: iOS 16.2 in mid-December, no new Macs until 2023, and more

Apple’s apparent 2022 final hardware launch is here with the latest Apple TV 4K, as it looks like we won’t see any Mac updates until early next year.

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There’s still quite a bit more on the calendar before the end of the year, including the holiday shopping season and software updates such as iOS 16.2 which will bring a number of new features and improvements when released. in about another month. This week has also seen rumors of future products like the iPhone 15 and iPhone SE 4, so read on for more details on those stories and more!

iOS 16.2 is expected to launch in mid-December with several new features

After seeding the initial betas of iOS 16.2 and associated updates last week, we now have an estimated timeframe for their public release, with Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman indicating that they will launch in mid-December.

The updates will bring a number of new features, including live activity integration for select sports games via the built-in TV app, a new iPhone lock screen sleep widget, new Freeform collaboration app on iPhone, iPad and Mac, and more. .

Gurman: Apple isn’t planning any new Mac releases for the rest of 2022

While earlier rumors had suggested we might see Mac updates before the end of the year, it looks like that’s no longer the case. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says updated Mac models like the MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro won’t appear until at least the first quarter of 2023.

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The assertion lines up with comments from Apple’s CFO Luca Maestri on last week’s earnings conference call, where he said Apple’s “product lineup is set” for the holidays and that Mac sales will see a substantial year-over-year decline in the current quarter.

Kuo: iPhone 15 Pro models will feature solid-state buttons and three Taptic motors

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the volume and power buttons on next year’s iPhone 15 models may no longer be mechanical buttons and may switch to a solid-state design.

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Similar to the Home button on iPhone 7 and later models with Touch ID, the physical clicking of the side buttons on upcoming models can be replaced with haptic feedback using two additional Taptic Motors.

The change would come at the same time as Apple moves to a USB-C port rather than Lightning on next year’s iPhone models, marking the first physical connector change in more than a decade.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review: Faster and more affordable with HDR10+ support and USB-C remote, but largely unchanged

What appears to be Apple’s last product launch of 2022 took place this week with the third-generation Apple TV 4K, and ahead of Friday’s launch, reviews from various media publications and YouTubers hit the web. . We also did our own brief unboxing and hands-on with the new box on launch day.

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The new Apple TV is a modest update, but it offers faster performance, HDR10+ support, a USB-C charging port on the remote, and a thinner and lighter fanless design. More importantly, it comes with a lower price.

Apple hasn’t finalized iPhone SE 4 screen details, 5.7″ to 6.1″ OLED and LCD screens under consideration

Apple’s budget iPhone SE continues to be based on an older design with a Home button and large top and bottom display bezels, but it looks like the next version due in 2024 will come with a significant upgrade. the current 4.7-inch screen.

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Exactly what that upgrade will entail has yet to be settled, however, with display analyst Ross Young claiming this week that Apple is evaluating options that include a 6.1-inch OLED display and a 12-inch LCD. 5.7 inches or 6.1 inches.

Apple is now selling refurbished MacBook Air M2 models

Just months after their launch in July, the M2 MacBook Air models began showing up in Apple’s online store for refurbished products.

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The store offers a discount of around 10% off new prices, and Apple’s refurbished products go through an extensive refurbishing process to make them nearly identical to new units. Refurbished units are also eligible for AppleCare and have the same standard one-year warranty and 14-day return policy.

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