Apple today released new firmware for the Siri Remote designed for the Apple TV, updating the software from version 9M6772 to 10M1103. The software is for the redesigned Siri Remote that was released in May 2021, aka the gray remote with the updated interface. In the Apple TV settings, the new firmware will display as 0x0070, up from 0x0061.
There is no word on what's new with the Apple TV Siri Remote, but it likely includes minor bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple regularly provides firmware updates for its hardware products, though the company does not typically provide details on what's been refreshed.
Apple also does not provide details on how to update the Siri Remote, but the software will be installed over the air automatically through the Apple TV. The updated Siri Remote is available with the latest-generation Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models, plus it is sold on a standalone basis.
Registered developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center and after the appropriate profile is installed, betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.
There's no word yet on what new features or changes might be included in macOS Monterey 12.5, and nothing new was found in the first four betas. It's likely this update focuses on bug fixes and other minor improvements to the operating system.
macOS Monterey 12.5 could be one of the final updates to the macOS Monterey website as Apple is now shifting its focus to macOS Ventura, the next-generation Mac operating system coming this fall.
References to three new M2-based Macs, along with model identifiers for new iPads and Apple Watch models have been found within unspecified Apple code.
With the M1 having made its way into multiple critically-acclaimed Macs, it's not a surprise that the M2 is going to appear in more too. Now, though, a developer has spotted specific references to as-yet unreleased M2 models - and many more Apple devices.
The fifth developer beta for macOS Monterey 12.5 has been released by Apple, providing testers yet another build to try out.
The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.
If you don’t want to wait for the next version of macOS, macOS Ventura, which will be released to the public this autumn, it will soon be possible to download the beta version. In this article we’ll run through what you need to do to get your hands on the beta of the next version of the Mac operating system, how to install it, and what you should bear in mind if you don’t want to end up in a pickle.
The first version of the developer beta of Ventura arrived after the WWDC keynote on June 6, 2022. It is normal for Apple to release the first beta following the keynote so that developers can start work on testing their apps.
Apple released the fifth developer beta on July 5, 2022. The update to the public beta will come soon afterward.
Who can get the macOS beta?
Apple lets developers get their hands on beta versions of its operating system early so that they can make sure that their software works – and so they can use new tools in the next version of the macOS to enhance their own programs ready for launch when the final version of macOS is ready.
But it’s not just developers who get an early look, though. Back at
WWDC 2015 Apple announced that it was going to let members of the public test the upcoming new version of its Mac operating system as part of a free beta program. That means that anyone can get their hands on the new version of macOS before it is released to the general public later in the year.
If you want to get the beta the first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already, is join Apple’s beta programs read this for more information:
How to become an Apple beta tester.
As we explained, there are two types of Apple beta program. One for developers who need to test their apps, and one for members of the public willing to test early versions of Apple’s software.
If you want to be a public beta tester, you can sign up to join the Apple Beta Software Program here. There’s more information on signing up below in the article mentioned above.
If you’re after the beta because you are an Apple Developer you need to go to enrol in the program here. We have more information on signing up in the ‘How to become an Apple beta tester’ article linked above.
Public vs developer preview – what’s the difference?
The public beta is not the same as the beta being released through the developer program, developers tend to receive more frequent updates, including new features not in the public beta.
Is it safe to install the macOS beta?
Before we start, a word of warning…
By its nature, a beta has the potential to be unstable. Therefore it’s not advised that you install it on your Mac if you are relying on it. If you have a second Mac that isn’t mission-critical then install it there. We strongly recommend that you don’t risk all by making it your primary macOS, especially not in the early days of the beta development.
If you don’t have a second Mac there are a couple of ways you could run macOS beta on your Mac without running the risk of losing data or finding your Mac stops working:
Note that we always recommend that you have at least 10% space free on your Mac at any time, so if you don’t have that expect problems!
How to get the macOS Ventura developer beta
Here’s how to download and install a beta version of macOS on your Mac.
If you haven’t yet registered as a developer you need to enroll in the program –
Go to developer.apple.com
Click on Account and log in.
If you aren’t signed up for the Apple Developer program you can do so here: Click on Join the Apple Developer Program and then click on Enroll (top right). Then click on Start Your Enrolment. Enrolment in the Apple Developer Program costs $99.
Once you are enrolled in the Developer Program, click on Discover > macOS > Download and sign in with your developer account or Apple ID.
Click on Install Profile to download the new macOS Ventura Developer Beta Access Utility to your Mac.
Go to Downloads on your Mac and click on the new macOS Developer Beta Access Utility to open it.
Double click on the macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg and the installer will run.
Once the new macOS beta is installed Software Update (in System Preferences) will check to see if there are any updates. Click Update and the latest version will download.
You’ll see a prompt to install Ventura beta, click on Continue.
Agree to the Ts&Cs (more on them below).
How to get the macOS beta if you aren’t a developer
If you aren’t a developer you will have a little longer to wait until the public beta becomes available. We recommend that you wait for the public beta, but, if you want to take your chances and download the macOS beta access utility from a third-party site this is likely to be possible. Doing so is a risky business, though.
Read on for more information about getting hold of the macOS Developer Beta Access Utility.
Last year after the Monterey beta launched various websites were offering the profile required to install the developer beta as a free download. For example, BetaInstaller.com offered the profiles required to download the macOS beta. You might also be able to get the iOS beta from one of these sites – again, we warn against it, but there is more information here.
If you need another reminder of why it’s not a good idea to download the betas this way, here are a couple of reasons to steer clear:
Apple does not support or control these sites and could decide to take legal action against these sites and their users.
We cannot provide any guarantee that the content found on these sites is harmless. Downloading is very much at your own risk.
However, if you’re undeterred in your potentially dangerous mission, here’s what you need to do to install the macOS beta is you aren’t a developer:
Open the website on your Mac and find the link to download the macOS beta profile (on betainstaller.com you’ll find the link here).
Download the profile (you’ll need to confirm on your Mac that you want to allow the download).
Open your Downloads folder and click on the macosDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.DMG file.
Now click on the macosDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg.
A wizard will open indicating that it will guide you through the steps to install the software. Click Continue.
Click Continue again and then Agree to the terms of the software license agreement.
Now click Install.
Enter your password and click on Install Software.
When the installation of the profile is complete open System Preferences on your Mac. And click on Software Update. It will start to check for updates and eventually, you will see the message that MacOS Beta is there to download.
Please note: Beta software is not yet final and may contain errors that lead to crashes or data loss. In addition, apps may stop working because they are not designed for the new macOS. Therefore, you should always back up your data before installing any beta software.
How to get the macOS Ventura public beta
Follow these steps to install the public beta of macOS once it arrives – the safer way!
If you were already running an earlier macOS Public Beta you’ll find the new macOS beta as an upgrade via Software Update. Just click on Upgrade Now. You may have to update to the latest version of your current beta before you can do so.
Before you install the beta make sure you back up your Mac – if you decide to stop using the beta you will need to revert to this backup version.
Click on Sign In and enter your Apple ID and password (or Sign Up if you haven’t yet – in which case return to the section above for those steps).
Click on Enrol Your Devices.
Click on the macOS tab.
You’ll have backed up your Mac, as we advised above, so now click on Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility.
The installer should open automatically, but if not, open the download in your Downloaded items folder, it’s called macOSPublicBetaAccessUtility.dmg. Double click on the dmg file.
Go through the steps to install it, including signing in to the Feedback Assistant.
Once you have downloaded the Beta Access Utility you will be able to download the beta via Software Update (which you can get to by clicking on the Apple logo).
You will either see Software Update prompting you to download the Public Beta, or the Mac App Store will open on the macOS Beta Page. Click on Download and the public beta version will download. You’ll be able to continue to use your Mac while this takes place (it usually takes over half an hour for us).
Once the beta has been downloaded you will see an invitation to install it. When you click to install, your Mac will shut down, so finish what you are doing as your Mac will be out of action for another half hour or so.
Finally, your Mac will restart.
Click on Continue.
Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
How to update macOS beta versions
Once you are running the beta the updates will come through to your Mac automatically, you just need to click to install.
You will receive a notification when the next update to the beta is available.
Updates will be available via System Preferences > Software Update.
Everything else you need to know about beta testing
That covers how to get the betas, but once you have them what can you do, and what should you do? We’ll cover that below.
How to send feedback to Apple
Should you come across an error or a bug you should use the Feedback Assistant app to provide feedback to Apple. Launch the app and follow the appropriate steps, selecting the area about which you’re providing feedback and then any specific sub-area. Then describe your issue in a single sentence, before providing a more detailed description, including any specific steps that reproduce the issue. You’ll also be able to attach other files.
You’ll also have to give permission for the Feedback Assistant app to collect diagnostic information from your Mac.
It won’t always be obvious whether something is a bug or just not as easy to use as you might have hoped. Either way, if your feedback is that something appears to work in an illogical way, Apple will want to know that.
If you are having trouble with a third-party app you can let Apple know by reporting it through the 3rd-party Application Compatibility category in the Feedback Assistant. However, we’d suggest that you also provide feedback to the app’s developer who will no doubt be grateful.
Will I be able to update from macOS beta to the final version?
Beta users will be able to install the final build of the OS on release day without needing to reformat or reinstall.
Can I talk about the beta publicly?
According to Apple and the license agreement all beta testers must agree to, the beta is “Apple confidential information”. By accepting those terms, you agree not to discuss your use of the software with anyone who isn’t also in the Beta Software Program. That means you can’t “blog, post screenshots, tweet, or publicly post information about the public beta software.”
However, you can discuss any information that Apple has publicly disclosed; the company says that information is no longer considered confidential.
How to downgrade from the macOS beta
You can always revert to an earlier version of macOS, though depending on how you back up, it’s not necessarily a painless process.
Apple has distributed the fourth developer beta builds of iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, tvOS 15.6, and watchOS 8.7 to testers.
The fourth developer betas are available for download
The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.
The release of iOS 16 is just a couple of weeks away, but Apple still has plans for iOS 15. Just days after iOS 15.5 arrived, Apple started iOS 15.6 iPadOS 15.6 beta testing. It was first made available to developers on May 18, with the public beta following a day later.
Most of the attention is now on iOS 16, which Apple announced at WWDC in June. With iOS 15.6, we don’t expect major new features–in fact, none have yet been found during the beta testing process. Instead, this appears to be a release primarily focused on bug fixes and security updates.
Update 7/05/22:The fifth beta of iOS 15.6 is now available for developers. The public beta is likely to come within the next day.
iOS 15.6 new features
So far, there haven’t been any significant new features discovered in the iOS 15.6 beta. It seems likely that this release will focus entirely on bug fixes and security updates.
In order to download the iOS 15.6 beta, head over to beta.apple.com on the device upon which you wish to run the beta OS. Register for the beta, then download the profile.
After you’ve got the profile, head to Settings > General > VPN and Device Management to activate the profile, which requires restarting your iPhone or iPad. Once it has restarted and the profile is activated, go to General > Software Update to download and install the iOS/iPadOS 15.6 beta.
Registered developers can download the profile for the developer beta by visiting developer.apple.com/download on the device upon which they wish to install the beta.
Apple today seeded the fifth betas of upcoming iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new software coming one week weeks after the release of the fourth betas.
Developers can download iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad.
We don't yet know what might be introduced in iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6, as Apple has now implemented all of the features that were announced as coming in the iOS and iPadOS 15 updates, and work on iOS 15 is likely winding down with iOS 16 approaching.
There were no new features discovered in the first three betas of iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6, suggesting these are updates focusing on bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.
iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 could be some of the last updates to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 as Apple is now working on iOS 16, which is set to be released this fall.
Apple has also seeded the fifth developer betas of tvOS 15.6 and watchOS 8.7.
Estimated delivery times for Apple products show that the Mac and Apple Watch may be the most supply constrained, but the overall impact is still modest, JP Morgan says.
iPhone 13 models
In a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, JP Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee analyzes Apple lead times, or the time it takes for a customer to receive their order after purchase. Lead times aren't always an accurate assessment of demand, but can shed light on supply demand balance.
The latest update for the Chrome browser on the Mac is an important one: According to Google, it includes a critical security fix for an exploit that exists in the wild.
Version 102.0.5005.148 for Windows and Mac includes a fix for CVE-2022-2294, which refers to a heap buffer overflow in WebRTC. The flaw was reported by Jan Vojtesek from the Avast Threat Intelligence team on July 1, and Google says it is aware that an exploit for this flaw already exists in the wild.
According to CWE, heap buffer overflow is a condition “where the buffer that can be overwritten is allocated in the heap portion of memory.” They can generally lead to crashes and other attacks, including putting the program into an infinite loop.
The fix is one of several crucial security patches to arrive for the browser this year. Previously, Google Chrome 100.0.4896.127 patched CVE-2022-1364, which had also been exploited in the wild.
The update, which also includes numerous other security and bug fixes, will roll out over the coming days. You can check for an update by clicking on the Chrome menu in the menu bar, then selecting About Google Chrome.
If you’ve been holding off on a pair of AirPods, it’s never been a better time to buy. Amazon Prime Day will be held Tuesday-Wednesday, July 12-13, and it’s sure to have tons of great deals on AirPods products, from the newest AirPods 2 to deep discounts on the AirPods Pro and Max. Here are the best deals we’ve found so far and be sure to keep checking back as we track the sales all throughout Prime Day.
Prime Day 2022: Best early AirPods deals right now
Amazon already has some excellent deals on AirPods in the U.S.:
Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide
Prime Day 2022: How can I get the best AirPods deals?
While the above deals are going on now, Prime Day officially begins on July 12 at 12 am PT (3 am EDT) in the following countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. We don’t know for sure if sales during Prime Day will be better than the ones now, so if you’re happy with the prices here, you should grab a pair.
The above sales are open to all customers, though Prime members will get free two-day shipping. Once Prime Day begins, most deals will be exclusive for Prime members, so you’ll need to sign in with an active membership to purchase one of the deals. Prime memberships costs $139 / £79 / AUD$59 annually, or $14.99 / £7.99 / AUD$6.99 on a monthly basis. New users can sign up for a 30-day free trial that can be cancelled at any time during the trial window.
A price war has erupted on Apple's upgraded 16-inch MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage, as Amazon and B&H Photo compete for your business leading up to Prime Day.
Save $250 on Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon and B&H.
The $250 cash discount on Apple's current 16-inch MacBook Pro applies to the Space Gray M1 Pro model with a 16-core GPU, 16GB of unified memory and 1TB of storage — double that of the 512GB found in the standard model.
The Mac mini is a great choice because it’s the cheapest Mac you can get and yet it’s also one of the more powerful Macs. If you want a new Mac mini you don’t even have to pay full price – we’ve scoured the web for the best cut-price deals for a Mac mini so you can save money on a new Mac.
With some great discounts available, buying a Mac mini is without a doubt the cheapest way to get a Mac. If you’d like some help to choose the best Mac for you, read our Mac buying guide where we cover all the models.
We are hoping that the Mac mini may soon get the option of an M1 Pro or M1 Max, like the 2021 MacBook Pro has. When this rumoured model arrives it is likely to be a replacement for the Intel-powered Mac mini Apple is still selling, and it will have a higher price than the current M1 Mac mini models. More here: Everything we know about the next Mac mini.
Speaking of the older 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Mac mini that Apple is still selling, this may appeal if you would prefer not to move to Apple’s M1 chips right now. You can distinguish between the two by checking the colour – the Intel model is Space Grey, the M1 model is silver. We look at the M1 Mac mini vs Intel Mac mini in a separate article.
Although from time to time Apple drops the price of its Macs this is quite a rare occurrence: Apple never really offers discounts other than through its official refurbished store.
With that in mind, we recommend that you should visit the Apple Refurbished Store where you can find cut-price Mac mini models. These refurbished models are Mac minis that were returned to Apple, perhaps due to a fault. Apple fully reconditions these models and offers them with a full year’s warranty.
Amazon also has a certified refurbished store for Apple products but we would advise against buying any products that are older than five years – most of the products we see on the Amazon refurbished store are unfortunately very old.
If the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7, is still a little too small for your wrist, you may be in luck: A new report claims that Apple is gearing up to launch an even bigger option with the Series 8 this fall.
Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants claims that Apple will launch a 1.99-inch (5cm) model of the Apple Watch Series 8 alongside the 41mm and 45mm options. That would give the Apple Watch a 50mm option, far bigger than any watch previously released:
Original Apple Watch: 38mm, 42mm
Apple Watch Series 4: 40mm, 44mm
Apple Watch Series 7: 41mm, 45mm
Apple Watch Series 8: 41mm, 45mm, 50mm
A 50mm Apple Watch would be the biggest leap in screen size ever for the Apple Watch, which has previously only increased by 1mm or 2mm. The new watch could start at $449 for the GPS model based on the current pricing for the Apple Watch Series 7. The 41mm model starts at $399 and the 45mm model costs $429.
Apple is also rumored to be releasing a new “rugged” model this fall aimed at extreme athletes. It’s unclear whether this larger model will also have a new case and stronger shock absorption or whether Apple will offer the options on all three models.
The Series 8 watch could also bring a new “flat” design has been rumored for several years. The new display could also be brighter than the Apple Watch Series 7. Among the other rumored features coming to the Apple Watch Series 8 are a new temperature sensor that could detect when the wearer has a fever.
The new Apple Watch will likely launch in September at the iPhone 14 event. For more information and all the latest rumors about the upcoming Apple Watch read our guide to the Apple Watch 8.
With the introduction of the M2 chip, rumors have already started about Apple's next chip launches. Here's when to expect Apple's next Apple Silicon launches.
Apple is now firmly in the second generation of its M2 chip generation, shipping the first devices housing the updated SoC design. So far, it has only brought out the M2, but more are expected to be on the horizon.After practically two years under the first generation, which involved four released variations of the M1 chip, the start of a new cycle raises fresh queries, including what Apple will bring out next and when it will happen.
The Apple Watch Series 8 could have a new larger model coming in at 47mm when it is announced this fall. Here's how that compares to the existing Apple Watch lineup.
The 'Apple Watch Series 8' could have a new larger model
There are numerous case materials, bands, and sizes available across Apple Watch's history, but Apple has kept the device lineup within two size classes. That may change with the "Apple Watch Series 8."
"A Wintel brand vendor pointed out that at a price point of US$1,000-$1,500, the MacBook Air will crowd out other high-end notebooks," the report claims, with "Wintel" referring to Windows laptops powered by Intel processors. The report added that "upgrades to the M2 processor, camera lens, and casing put the slight price increase of the new MacBook Air within an acceptable range for consumers."
Windows laptop makers are also concerned about weakening consumer sentiment driven by inflation and economic downturn, the report claims.
Pricing for the new MacBook Air starts at $1,199 in the United States, with the M2 chip offering up to 18% faster CPU performance and up to 35% faster graphics performance compared to the already impressive M1 chip in the previous model. Apple says the new MacBook Air will be available in July, with an order date expected to be announced soon.
In 2020, Apple announced that the Mac lineup would be transitioning from Intel processors to its own custom-designed silicon chips, with Apple promising industry-leading performance per watt. The transition is now nearly complete, with the only remaining Intel-based Macs sold being a higher-end Mac mini configuration and the Mac Pro tower, both of which are expected to be updated with Apple silicon chips later this year.
Apple silicon has been game changing for the Mac lineup. In 2020, benchmarks revealed that the $999 MacBook Air with an M1 chip outperformed a $2,999 maxed-out Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro. Likewise, the M2 chip is faster than the 8‑core Intel Xeon W processor in the base model Mac Pro tower, which starts at $5,999.
Apple is likely to face further increased chip prices as supplier TSMC contends with additional increased costs, Bloomberg reports.
Japanese chemicals firm Showa Denko K.K. supplies vital chip fabrication materials to TSMC and is now being forced to drastically increase prices on the back of the global chip shortage. Other component makers and material suppliers are making similar moves in the semiconductor industry amid a wider price squeeze.
Showa Denko Chief Financial Officer Hideki Somemiya said "A big theme this year common to all the players in the materials industry is how much cost burden we'd be able to convince customers to share with us. The current market moves require us to ask twice the amount we had previously calculated."
As a key supplier early in the production chain, Showa Denko's price hikes are expected to tighten margins and pressure clients like TSMC to pass on increased costs to their own customers, including Apple. The situation is unlikely to significantly improve until at least 2023, Somemiya told Bloomberg.
In May, Bloombergreported that TSMC was in the process of warning its customers of a considerable price increase. This came after a hefty 20 percent price hike in 2021, which was said to be the most substantial chip price rise in a decade.
Last year, Nikkei Asia warned that Apple could be forced to pass the increased price of chips onto customers. Apple's flagship iPhone models with 64GB of storage have been priced at $999 since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017 and further price rises have yet to hit the iPhone lineup. This year's iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max devices are widely expected to retain the same A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13 lineup, which may be explained by the ongoing supply chain pressures behind Apple's chips.
Tuesday's best deals include a Teamgroup 256GB M.2 SSD for $24, $175 Eufy Smart Lock, a 55-inch Hisense Smart TV for $430, and much more.
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The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) were proposed by the European Commission in December 2020. Now, collected in a "Digital Services Package," the legislation has been formally adopted by the European Parliament and seeks to address "gatekeeper" big tech companies.
Apple is almost certain to be classified as a "gatekeeper" due to the size of its annual turnover in the EU, its ownership and operation of platforms with a large number of active users, and its "entrenched and durable position" due to how long it has met these criteria, and will therefore be subject to the rules set out in the DMA. Under the DMA, gatekeepers will have to:
Allow users to install apps from third-party app stores and sideload directly from the internet.
Allow developers to offer third-party payment systems in apps and promote offers outside the gatekeeper's platforms.
Allow developers to integrate their apps and digital services directly with those belonging to a gatekeeper. This includes making messaging, voice-calling, and video-calling services interoperable with third-party services upon request.
Give developers access to any hardware feature, such as "near-field communication technology, secure elements and processors, authentication mechanisms, and the software used to control those technologies."
Ensure that all apps are uninstallable and give users the ability to unsubscribe from core platform services under similar conditions to subscription.
Give users the option to change the default voice assistant to a third-party option.
Share data and metrics with developers and competitors, including marketing and advertising performance data.
Set up an independent "compliance function" group to monitor its compliance with EU legislation with an independent senior manager and sufficient authority, resources, and access to management.
Inform the European Commission of their mergers and acquisitions.
The DMA also seeks to ensure that gatekeepers can no longer:
Pre-install certain software applications and require users to use any important default software services such as web browsers.
Require app developers to use certain services or frameworks, including browser engines, payment systems, and identity providers, to be listed in app stores.
Give their own their own products, apps, or services preferential treatment or rank them higher than those of others.
Reuse private data collected during a service for the purposes of another service.
Establish unfair conditions for business users.
The Digital Services Act (DSA), which requires platforms to do more to police the internet for illegal content, has also been approved by the European Parliament.
The DMA says that gatekeepers who ignore the rules will face fines of up to 10 percent of the company's total worldwide annual turnover, or 20 percent in the event of repeated infringements, as well as periodic penalties of up to 5 percent of the company's total worldwide annual turnover. Where gatekeepers perpetrate "systematic infringements," the European Commission will be able to impose additional sanctions, such as obliging a gatekeeper to sell a business or parts of it, including units, assets, intellectual property rights, or brands, or banning a gatekeeper from acquiring any company that provides services in the digital sector.
So far, Apple has heavily resisted attempts by governments to enforce changes to its operating systems and services. For example, Apple simply chose to pay a $5.5 million fine every week for months in the Netherlands instead of obey orders from the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to allow third-party payment systems in Dutch dating apps.
EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager has set up a DMA taskforce, with about 80 officials expected to join, but some lawmakers have called for an even bigger taskforce to counter the power of big tech companies. The Digital Services Package now simply needs to be adopted by the European Council before coming into force in the fall.
Apple has always gone for the minimalist look in anything it makes, and now new documentation suggests it wants to do away with unsightly zippers, clasps, and fasteners and use magnets instead.
Maybe the closest thing Apple will get to making clothing is the recent "Ted Lasso"merchandise, or health-monitoring gloves. But it's definitely looking at ways to make better bags and accessory cases, and the proposals work for all clothes, too.The newly-granted patent "Magnetic fastener," is concerned with replacing all zips because they are just too horrible.
European lawmakers have given the green light to antitrust law changes targeting self-preferencing by Apple and other big tech companies, but there are fears that it will be difficult to enforce the regulations.
Following months of negotiations and over a year and a half after being proposed, the European Parliament has approved the final iterations of the Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act. The legal reforms, which seek to curb the power of tech giants over the rest of the industry, have taken a major step towards becoming European law.Ratified by MEPs on Tuesday, the DMA is a set of rules that cracks down on antitrust behavior, geared towards encouraging competition. The DSA passed with 588 votes in favor, reportsETNews, with only 11 votes against, and 31 abstentions.
Apple has once again adjusted the maximum trade-in values of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac models, lowering the amount customers can receive when trading in their existing devices for one of the company's newer products.
The old and updated iPhone trade-in values can be found below.
iPhone 12 Pro Max: Up to $600, down from $650
iPhone 12 Pro: Up to $500, down from $550
iPhone 12: Up to $400, down from $420
iPhone 12 miin: Up to $300, down from $320
2nd generation iPhone SE: Up to $140, down from $150
iPhone 11 Pro Max: Up to $400, down from $420
iPhone 11 Pro: Up to $300, down from $350
iPhone 11: Up to $230, down from $300
iPhone XS Max: Up to $220, down from $250
iPhone XS: Up to $170, down from $200
iPhone XR: Up to $160, down from $200
iPhone X: Up to $150, down from $170
iPhone 8 Plus: Up to $140, down from $160
iPhone 8: Up to $90, down from $100
iPhone 6s Plus: Up to $40, down from $50
iPhone 6s: Up to $25, down from $30
Apple also updated trade-in values for the Mac, iPad, and Apple Watch, which can be seen below.
iMac Pro: Up to $1350, down from $1500
iMac: Up to $830, down from $850
Mac Pro: Up to $1800, down from $2000
Mac mini: Up to $400, down from $450
iPad Pro: Up to $555, down from $655
iPad Air: Up to $275, down from $290
iPad: Up to $180, down from $190
iPad mini: Up to $185, down from $200
Apple Watch SE: Up to $105, down from $120
Apple Watch Series 5: Up to $115, down from $120
Apple Watch Series 4: Up to $75, down from $85
Apple Watch Series 3: Up to $40, down from $50
As a reminder, the prices listed on Apple's trade-in websites are only estimates. The actual trade-in value will vary depending on device condition. Apple periodically changes trade-in values and more information can be seen on Apple's website.
Apple has been granted a patent that could well hint at a new design direction for the controversial Smart Case that comes with Apple's AirPods Max (via Patently Apple).
When Apple unveiled its $549 high-end AirPods Max headphones last year, the included Smart Case stirred up plenty of online chatter for its odd appearance and poor overall protection when compared to the traditional hard cases that come with other premium headphones.
Apple's much-lampooned case birthed an avalanche of memes, which have irreverently compared it to all sorts of things, from handbags to lingerie, and even body parts. The mixed reception has led many to wonder if Apple will rethink its design in future models, and a newly approved patent may offer a possible idea of where Apple could take things next.
Filed by Apple in June 2017 and approved today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent summarizes various implementations of "Enclosures with flexible magnetic closures and clasps," but the accompanying "merely illustrative" images leave the reader in little doubt about the specific use case Apple has in mind.
In its example for a headphones case, the patent describes a full-coverage two-part housing that opens and closes via a pair of magnetic "mating strips" that run along the seam, and a magnetic clasp at the top. Meanwhile inside, a separator divides a pair of headphone earcups, while a headband can be seen arching over the separator.
The images offer a top and side view of the headphone case, along with a perspective view, and they all look like a much more traditional design compared to the current one-piece folded-over design, which left some reviewers feeling that Apple de-prioritised function in its pursuit of iconic fashion.
As with all patents, this one could well come to nothing, but Apple may well be planning a new version of AirPods Max for the company to include features that it reportedly had to leave out because of development challenges and production issues.
Early rumors indicated the headphones would feature interchangeable headbands, touch pads for controls, and no specific left and right orientation, but these features did not make it into the final product.
It's possible that a future version of the AirPods Max will include the functionality that was left out of the first launch version, but all we know so far is that additional color options are in the works for a future launch.
The forthcoming Stage Manager in macOS Ventura promises to streamline your working in multiple windows, but the current Spaces tries to do that too. Here are the benefits of each.
Two window management tools, both alike in dignity — and in how they are close to great but not quite there. Not yet. There are just the smallest little hiccups and clunks in both Stage Manager and Spaces, but at least those in Stage Manager may get fixed.That's because Stage Manager is in the beta of macOS Ventura and we already know Apple is working on improvements, at least for its iPadOS version. Whereas we've had Spaces for 16 years and it's still only almost great.
Long-time readers of the Macalope’s work will know that a favorite Apple doom scenario of his is the dreaded iPhone production cuts.
The traditional appearance of these cuts is around December when Apple would normally cut back on production after the surge in sales when new models are introduced. But since this is Apple news we’re talking about, it has to be bad. Thus, any production cuts are because nobody likes iPhones.
That’s just science.
Like the Macalope said, these rumors usually come around December, but we live in strange times. Times when Christmas for Apple doomsayers comes in July.
While demand for the next generation iPhone is looking to be high, the hectic supply chain continues to disrupt the market. According to DigiTimes, Apple is cutting iPhone 14 orders by 10%, despite expecting strong demand for its lineup.
Is it really a “cut” if someone can’t supply demand? When you go to the hot dog stand and you say “I’d like one hundred hot dogs!” and Gus, the guy who runs the hot dog stand, says “Oof, I’m sorry, I just can’t make that many hot dogs, even using snouts and ears. I can give you… ninety hot dogs right now. How about that?” Do you then say “WELL! I shall CUT MY ORDER BY 10 PERCENT!”? Gus is going to look at you funny. And he’s done time. He’s seen things.
Hot dogs are one thing, but does Apple think that if people can’t buy an iPhone 14 on day one they’re just going to flip some tables in the Apple Store and go home and never buy an iPhone 14? DigiTimes seems to think so, but DigiTimes thinks a lot of weird things.
One of them being, apparently, that Apple is already “cutting” orders for the iPhone 14. Because not everyone agrees this is a thing.
…analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that “Apple’s slight adjustments for iPhone shipment forecasts (single-digit increase/decrease) are common, including new models before mass productions.”
So, if Apple is changing its orders, it’s probably not by much and it’s perfectly normal.
…“if a supply chain issue causes a significant change in the shipment plan of the new iPhones before mass production, Apple usually postpones the orders instead of cutting them.”
Right?! It’s as if DigiTimes thinks Apple is just going to give up and go sulk in its room for six months instead of take peoples orders and then just make them wait to get the phones… like it does every year.
Kuo is on record as believing that the iPhone 14 will see stronger demand in China compared to the iPhone 13, as certain distributors, retailers and scalpers have already made “the highest prepaid deposit[s] ever” for the new devices. Apple is highly unlikely to sob “Oh, what’s the use?!”, slam its bedroom door and crank up the emo rock even if it’s faced with some supply chain problems.
Plus, that’s the Macalope’s signature move. Everyone knows that.
It’s certainly possible that it might take a little longer to get an iPhone 14, so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about upgrading this year. But it doesn’t look like overall sales are going to be negatively impacted.
At least not until the regular December production cuts come around. Then… whoo… then we’ll know that the iPhone 14 was a flop for sure.
At various points during the past several years, Apple has been rated the most valuable corporation in the world. And it’s pretty safe to assume that the company didn’t get to that point without being strategic about how it positions its products.
One big part of what’s made Apple so successful is that the company makes sure that it’s got products at every price point. No, it doesn’t compete in the super-budget department when it comes to devices—Apple is happy to leave those low-margin offerings for the likes of Android phones and Dell PCs—but when it does enter a market, it makes sure it always has a solid spread.
Of course, when you’re a company that builds powerful, good-looking devices and values its profit margins, your options are limited somewhat when it comes to making your devices more affordable. Which has led to a key part of Apple’s strategy across all its lineups: in with the old. Apple’s made a science out of retaining older products and selling them at lower prices in order to plug holes in their lineups, and it’s a move that continues to serve the company well.
More recently, this is why the company’s newly released 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar—a laptop whose design dates to the pre-Apple silicon era—just got updated to the M2. And why the M1 MacBook Air is still on sale. And why Apple still sells a Mac mini powered by an Intel chip: it’s all about price. The new MacBook Air is a beautiful, powerful machine, but its redesigned exterior means that it’s expensive to make. Apple’s done well offering a MacBook Air at a $999 price point—there’s a reason that it’s the most popular laptop the company sells.
Until the company can ramp up production enough of its new MacBook Air to replace both the M1 Air and potentially that 13-inch MacBook Pro, expect the old models to hang around—even if they’re being outclassed by newer, shinier ones.
iPhone of the past
When it comes to its flagship product, Apple’s turned the idea of repurposing old devices into an art form. The development of the iPhone SE model was specifically to let the company continue to make older versions of its phones with hardware that it’s already been able to produce inexpensively and in large quantities, allowing it to sell them at a lower price point.
The cheapest phone from the current model year that Apple sells is the iPhone 13 mini, which starts at $699. Cheap, as far as a modern iPhone goes, but hardly in the range of those on a tighter budget. Hence the third-generation SE, which remains a slightly tweaked version of the iPhone that Apple has effectively been selling since 2014—roughly half of the iPhone’s lifetime. That SE starts at just $429, substantially cheaper than the 13 mini, not to mention the larger versions of the 13 series. (Though you can get an iPhone 11 for just $499, albeit with a slower processor and cellular than the newest SE.)
When Apple eventually rolls out a fourth-generation iPhone SE—probably a couple years from now—it will likely transition it over to the modern styling that started with the iPhone X. At that point, that design will be seven years old and it will probably be cheaper for Apple to produce all of its phones in a single design than keep around all the tools and materials to keep building phones from a decade earlier.
Apple Watch and learn
On the Apple Watch side, Apple’s taken an interesting mash-up of these prior two approaches. It’s kept older models of the Watch on sale—notably the five-year-old Apple Watch Series 3, which is available at the very low price of $199 even though it won’t be able to upgrade to this year’s version of watchOS.
But simultaneously, the company has tried the SE approach as well. The Apple Watch SE costs just $80 more than the Series 3 and one has to imagine that Apple very much wanted to get it down to that same price point but was unable to maintain its margins. Given that the SE is basically a slightly retooled Series 4, Apple continues to benefit from its ability to mass produce an older model without having to add in the additional cost of features like the always-on screen, ECG and blood oxygen sensors, and multiple case materials.
Reports are that this year’s Apple Watch will be based around more or less the same processor as that of the last two years, suggesting that the technology has stabilized to the point that the company might be able to finally ditch the Series 3—which it absolutely should. But don’t expect Apple to move away from the strategy of keeping some stragglers in its line-up: the cost-efficiency is just too good.
Comprehensive and user-friendly security in a single package
Step-by-step setup and help easily available
Software can sometimes be slow when open
Clario for the Mac packs a healthy amount of security into one package, offering malware protection, a VPN, ad blocking, and data breach monitoring. The software guides you through its setup and use and offers help if you get into trouble. Whether you’re a novice or advanced user, Clario is an effective and supportive security program.
Price When Reviewed
$107.88 a year (currently $50.00 a year); $4.17 a month for a year or $8.99 billed monthly)
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Clario 1.5 for the Mac bills itself as an antivirus product, but it offers much more beyond basic protection. In addition to both real-time and on-demand malware scanning, the software kicks in ad blocking to clobber popup advertisements and website trackers. A VPN provides a secure tunnel to encrypt your internet connection. A data breach monitor will alert you if your email is caught and potentially exposed in a cyberattack. Plus, the company throws in 24/7 live security support chatting if you ever need a helping hand.
Like most security products, Clario uses a subscription model for payment with two different pricing plans, both of which cover three different devices. Right now Clario has 54% off the usual price of $107.88 / £107.88 a year, so you can pay $50.00 / £50.00 a year (billed at $4.17 / £4.17 a month). If you prefer not to sign up for the whole year you can pay $8.99 / £8.99 a month. The three devices included in the plan can include a combination of Macs and iOS or Android devices. And you can try before you buy with a free and fully functional 7-day trial.
Setting up Clario 1.5 on a Mac is quick and painless. Just download and install the program from the Clario website. After installation, you’re prompted to create an account with Clario or sign into an existing one. The software pops up to explain the features in the product, including the 7-day trial. The program then takes you through the setup process, helping you configure all the key features.
As the first step, you can add your email address to the data breach feature to receive an alert if one of your website accounts is ever detected in a website breach. Second, you’re asked if you want to enable the VPN. As the third step, you’re able to install browser extensions for Safari and Chrome to block popup ads and trackers as well as flag suspicious websites. Finally, you’re asked if you’d like to install the Clario mobile app on your iOS/iPadOS or Android device. Following the setup, Clario deposits you at the dashboard with a notice that you’re fully protected.
I like the way Clario walks you through the entire setup process so you can evaluate the different options and determine which ones you want to enable. This is a welcome change from many products that just dump you into their interface without helping you configure and use the software properly.
With the dashboard on display, you can review all the features as organized into three categories. The Browsing category shows the status of the malicious website and ad blocking as well as the VPN. Select the website and ad blocking to confirm that it’s enabled and view any content already blocked.
Next, the category for Identity monitors your online accounts for breaches, malicious apps that try to steal and compromise your personal data, and suspicious websites that attempt to hijack data filled out in a form. Drilling down through the specific features here tells you if your email address has been caught in any breaches and whether any malicious websites or apps have been discovered.
The Network category lets you view and control the VPN and indicates whether third-party websites are prevented from tracking the sites you visit. The VPN will automatically kick in if Clario detects you using an unprotected network, however, you can manually turn it on for added protection on any network.
Return to the Dashboard to get an overall picture of your security status. Here, you can trigger a quick virus scan, which is actually quite thorough. On my Mac, Clario detected and quarantined the EICAR test file, which is used to check the effectiveness of antivirus programs. In an evaluation from March 2021, AV-Test gave Clario top marks for protection and usability but a low grade for performance. A December 2020 test awarded Clario the highest marks in all three categories.
As you review the different features, Clario offers help along the way. Certain links take you to informative articles and advice on specific areas of security. You can also easily open up a chat session with a Clario support rep if you have any questions or run into any trouble.
The only downside I encountered was in performance. When I was reviewing and tweaking the different features, the program was sometimes slow and would hamper system performance. But with the software fully configured and running in the background, performance was fine. Overall, Clario is an effective and user-friendly security product well worth a spot on your Mac.
Everyone loves their earbuds, even more when they come with their own charging case. Pretty standard these days, but to take advantage of limited everyday carry space, how about an earbud charging case that also wirelessly powers up your smartphone when it’s low? That’s one of the useful touches of the Flux 7 TWS Earbuds, which includes a wireless charging case and power bank.
Of course, the main attraction here is the Flux 7 earbuds themselves. They’re primed for duty as the regular earbuds accompanying your iPhone. To improve your audio experience, the Flux 7s also comes with advanced noise-reduction tech, designed to cut down on unwanted noise intruding into your music. They also come with a voice assistant feature and a sturdy waterproof and sweatproof build that makes them perfect for a trip to the gym.
But the built-in 2000mAh polymer lithium battery in the charger is the major calling card. While that’s enough power to keep going for up to 5 hours in standby mode, it can also deliver a wireless charge to any Qi-enabled smartphone.
Apple's MacBook Air has retained its form-factor for some time, and whether you just bought a M1 model or have an older Intel version, a case is a good way to protect your investment. Here are a few of the best.
We have selected the best cases for the M1 model of MacBook Air, from big names to the highest-rated. These cases will also work with the 2020 model with an Intel processor.
Tech21 13-inch Evo Clear Case for MacBook Air 2020
Rumors have stated the "Apple Watch Series 8" could come in three size classes, with the largest being a 1.99-inch display, which would lead to a device about 2mm taller than the previous model.
Apple Watch Series 8 may have a 1.99-inch display option
Apple has sold the Apple Watch in two sizes since it was released in 2015, with only slight size bumps thanks to shrinking bezels. This may change thanks to a new larger model that could be as large as 47mm.
Whether you're just looking to back up your health data or want to remove it from all your devices and iCloud entirely, this guide will show you how to manage your Health app data.
We spend a lot of time creating data that is stored in various places. Therefore, knowing where and how that data is located is useful, as it gives you insight into how your data may or may not be being used.In the case of Apple health data, you're also given control over where that data is stored and the ability to delete it if you should so choose.
Apple clarifies the iPad's ability to act as a HomeKit Home Hub with iPadOS 16, Belkin announces a new MagSafe charger, and more on this week's episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast
After a footnote on Apple's site left some people believing iPad will soon cease to work as a Home Hub, the company has tried to reassure everyone. As it turns out, the iPad will continue to act as a Home Hub if you want — but it won't get certain performance improvements going forward.
Monday's best deals include iPad and iPad Pro discounts, a $799 Schwinn exercise bike, and much more.
Best deals for July 4
Every day, AppleInsider searches online retailers to find offers and discounts on items including Apple hardware, upgrades, smart TVs, and accessories. We compile the best deals we find into our daily collection, which can help our readers save money.
Apple is rumored to be working on a large-screen iMac Pro revival — using the Apple Silicon M3 chip.Apple is continuing to work on what could end up being a revival, with development of a larger-screened iMac reportedly still underway — and using the Apple Silicon M3 chip.
After years of offering two iMac sizes and downsizing to just one 24-inch iMac, rumors have circulated about Apple making a big-screen counterpart. On Sunday, the rumors were revived, though with the added twist of including the next Apple Silicon chip generation.
Apple is working on an Apple Watch Series 8 model with a larger display, according to DSCC's Ross Young and Haitong International Securities's Jeff Pu.
In October last year, Young suggested that the Apple Watch Series 8 could come in three display sizes. Now, responding to a query about the rumor on Twitter, Young claims that the additional display size joining the Apple Watch lineup will be 1.99-inches in size diagonally.
Likewise, in a note to investors seen by MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu mentioned that Apple supplier Luxshare will be the "sole supplier" for a "high-end" 2-inch Apple Watch model this year. It seems likely that the 1.99-inch display size presented by Young has simply been rounded up by Pu.
A 1.99-inch Apple Watch display size compares to 1.691-inches on the 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 and 1.901-inches on the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7. The new display size would offer an additional 0.089-inches of space diagonally over the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7, which is almost a five percent increase.
It is possible that the slightly larger display size relates to the rumored redesign for the Apple Watch Series 8 with flat edges. Earlier this year, the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro," who correctly said that the Apple Watch Series 7 would feature a rounded design like the Apple Watch Series 6, claimed that Apple was working on a "flat front glass display" for the Apple Watch Series 8. It seems plausible that an Apple Watch design with flat edges, first raised by leaker Jon Prosser in 2021, would feature a slightly larger flat top surface area, which could explain a five percent display size increase, although this remains speculation.
It is also of note that Young and Pu's claims could also line up with rumors about this year's "rugged" Apple Watch model, which is expected to join the Apple Watch lineup alongside the other Series 8 models. Flagship Apple Watches have historically only ever been offered in two size options, so a third, larger display size could correlate with a new, additional Apple Watch "Explorer Edition" variant, especially if this is also the model to offer a new design with flat edges.
If you are holding out for a new pair of AirPods Pro expected to arrive this fall, you might have to lower your expectations. While we had been hoping for an array of new features and a new design, it’s starting to sound like there may be precious few reasons to upgrade other than battery life.
The latest report from Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman tempers expectations for the new AirPods Pro, suggesting that Apple is so busy developing and producing the Mac chips that other areas of development have taken a back seat, the AirPods Pro being one of them. Just last week we read that next-gen AirPods Pro might not have the long-anticipated “stemless” design, and now they might not get the new health sensors that have been rumored as well.
Among the expected new features for the next AirPods Pro are longer battery life and faster charging due to a new USB-C case. They could also gain lossless audio when listening to Apple Music tracks and other audio enhancements.
As well as Apple’s focus on Mac chip development, Gurman blames “supply bottlenecks” that have also contributed to “slower progress for the iPhone, Apple Watch and even cellular modems.” For example, while the Apple Watch Series 8 may gain the ability to detect if you have a fever, it’s expected to have the same processor as the Series 6.
Gurman explains that the body-temperature detection won’t give on-demand readings as you would expect with a thermometer. Instead, it will alert you if it thinks your body temperature is too high. “The body-temperature feature won’t give you a specific reading—like with a forehead or wrist thermometer—but it should be able to tell if it believes you have a fever,” he wrote.
The new Apple Watch SE will lack this feature. Fever detection could be a major new feature after more than two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Gurman previously reported that the body-temperature sensor could also be used to help women with fertility planning
“Other than the body-temperature reader, other hardware changes will probably be minor,” Gurman states, indicating that the processing power of the chip will be no better than that of the Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 6. However, he does note that there may be a brighter display along with a previously rumored “rugged” version for extreme athletes.
Gurman details some of the reasons why this year’s Apple Watch will not offer any major new features. He notes that Apple’s chip development team has been focused on the Mac chips at the expense of other areas, he also suggests that using the same Watch processor will help Apple keep costs down at a time when the company is being affected by rising inflation, the ongoing chip shortage, and manufacturing delays. Gurman also discusses the lack of new features coming to the second generation AirPods Pro in the same newsletter, as discussed here: Don’t expect much from 2022 AirPods Pro – Gurman.
There’s a new MacBook Air on the way that’s been completely revised, not just on the inside, but for the first time in years, also the outside. The 2022 MacBook Air has a better chip, bigger display and a brand new design. But if you look in the Apple Store you will notice you can still buy the predecessor. Is it worth spending more to get the new model? We look at how the M2 MacBook Air compares to the M1 MacBook Air from 2020, examining how much more powerful the new model is, and whether that extra oomph is worth the premium price.
M2 MacBook Air vs M1: Design
The new Macbook Air is certainly an eye-catcher and stands out clearly from its predecessor. Similar to the updated MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air has gained a brand new design that includes a bigger screen as well as new color finishes. But it still has a similar footprint to the M1 model:
M2 MacBook Air dimensions
0.44in x 11.97in x 8.46in
1.13cm x 30.41cm x 21.5cm
2.7 pounds (1.24 kg)
M1 MacBook Air dimensions
0.16–0.63in x 11.97in x 8.36in
0.41–1.61cm x 30.41cm x 21.24cm
2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)
The width of the two laptops is the same, which makes sense because it allows for a full-size keyboard. The M2 model is a few millimeters deeper to allow for a larger screen and on average, this model is narrower than before – although it’s not tapered so the smallest edge isn’t as slim as it was.
While the tapered design allowed Apple to make a light laptop, it was also a disadvantage, as it meant less space for ports on the outside and limited space on the inside for heat dispersion. Despite the difference in design, however, both models are fanless, which could be a disadvantage to power users.
Rumors that the new MacBook Air was losing its tapered design proved correct, but any hopes that this would mean more ports have been scuppered. The M2 MacBook Air has the same two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports as its predecessor and doesn’t have an HDMI port like the 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new model adds MagSafe for charging to free up a Thunderbolt port, but otherwise, both models are the same: Touch ID, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0.
Another big difference is the color options. The M2 models have a choice of Midnight (bluish-black) and Starlight (pale gold), as well as space gray and silver (which looks slightly paler than the previous shade). The 2020 MacBook Air comes in space gray, silver, and gold.
The other eye-catching difference between the M1 and M2 models is the addition of a notch for the camera. Like the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the M2 MacBook Air has very slim bezels that can’t quite fit the camera. When the notch arrived on the larger MacBook Pro models in 2021 there was some criticism, but if you consider that Apple has added screen space on either side of the notch and made the display taller, you’re not actually losing any space.
M2 MacBook Air vs M1: Display
The display size is the other key difference between the new M1 and M2 MacBook Air. The 2022 model has a 13.6-inch display, compared to the 13.3-inch display on the M1 model. The new model is also brighter:
MacBook Air M2: 13.6 inches, 2560 x 1664, 500 nits brightness
MacBook Air M1: 13.3 inches, 2560 x 1600, 400 nits brightness
The brighter screen brings it into line with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, but places it far below that of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with 1,000 nits of max brightness. It also lacks the ProMotion technology of those models.
The M2 MacBook Air has a Liquid Retina display, rather than the Retina display of the M1 model (and the M2 MacBook Pro). The main difference is that the Liquid Retina display has better contract ratios, support for more colors (a billion, rather than millions), and more pixels per inch. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro go a step further with the superior Liquid Retina XDR display.
Thanks to these changes the display of the M2 MacBook Air isn’t only better than its predecessor—it’s also better than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. In everyday life, however, these differences will rarely be noticeable, although the increased brightness is a plus. The better color representation, on the other hand, will be a benefit for professional design work.
M2 MacBook Air vs M1: Processor, RAM, and battery
Apple currently sells three MacBook Air models: one M1 model and two M2 models. There are also a number of build-to-order options.
MacBook Air M1 with 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage: $1,199/£1,249
In terms of upgrade options, you can add 16GB RAM for $200, 512GB storage ($200), 1TB storage ($400), 2TB storage ($800). The 8-core GPU option is no longer available for this model.
MacBook Air M2 with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB memory, 256GB storage: $1,199/£1,249
In terms of upgrade options, you can add 16GB RAM for $200, 24GB ($400) 512GB storage ($200), 1TB storage ($400), 2TB storage ($800).
MacBook Air M2 with 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB memory, 512GB storage: $1,499/£1,549
In terms of upgrade options, you can add 16GB RAM for $200, 24GB ($400), 1TB storage ($200), 2TB storage ($600).
We’ll look into those components in more detail below:
Like the M1, the M2 has four performance cores and four efficiency cores, for a total of 8 CPU cores, but the efficiency cores have been enhanced and there is a larger cache (16MB rather than 12MB). As a result clock speeds can be faster and you can expect improved multithreaded performance compared to the M1. In our testing, the M2 has an 18 percent faster CPU than the M1.
The new chip doesn’t just mean that the new Macs can accomplish more though, they use less power doing so: Apple promises an increased CPU performance of 18 percent with the same energy consumption thanks to various optimizations.
The higher-end M2 with 10 GPU cores offers a 35 percent more powerful GPU than the M1, based on benchmarks. However, the base model of the M2 Air has a slightly lesser GPU with only 8 GPU cores, so we expect the gains to be less with the $1,199 model.
Another factor aiding the M2’s graphics prowess is the addition of engines specifically for video editing in the M2. Plus Apple claims that the Neural Engine is 40 percent faster than in the M1.
Memory and Storage
While the standard memory offered by both the M1 and M2 MacBook Pro is the same: 8GB Unified Memory, the performance is not the same. According to Apple, the M2 delivers 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1 (100GB/s memory bandwidth) so there should be some noticeable improvements.
But the biggest difference is the amount of memory. Where the M1 MacBook Air tops off at 16GB memory, the M2 MacBook Air can take as much as 24GB. That’s still less than the 32GB of the M1 Pro models, but it’s an improvement and will no doubt please those who were concerned that 16GB wasn’t enough.
As for storage, both the M1 and M2 MacBook Air ship with 256GB as standard and max out at 2TB for up to $800 more.
Webcam and Speakers
The webcam in the M2 supports a resolution of 1080p, which is significantly better than the low-grade 720p FaceTime HD camera in the M1 MacBook Air. That leaves the M1 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro as the only laptops with the old camera.
The speakers have also been updated in the M2 MacBook Air. Instead of relying on a stereo system, the 2022 MacBook Air features four speakers with support for 3D audio, aka Spatial Audio. In addition, the 3.5mm headphone jack offers advanced support for high-impedance headphone.
Power and battery
With a new 67W power supply (sold separately for $20 with the 8-core GPU model, or a free option with the 10-core GPU model) you can quickly charge the M2 MacBook Air to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. The M2 MacBook Air charges via the magnetically attached MagSafe port, so you no longer have to worry about pulling your MacBook off a desk when you stumble over the cable. There’s a 30W USB-C Power Adapter (included with the 8-core GPU M2 and the choice of a more compact 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter (with the 10-core GPU M2).
The M2 MacBook Air has a larger battery than its predecessor: a 52.6-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery rather than the 49.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery of the previous generation. Coupled with Apple’s claims that the M2 means the 2022 MacBook Air is more power efficient might lead you to suppose that the new MacBook Air would have better battery life, but Apple states that battery life is the same 18 hours.
M2 MacBook Air vs M1: Price
If you are considering buying a MacBook Air right now there are three models to choose from: the original M1 MacBook Air with a 7-core GPU for $999/£999, a new M2 MacBook Air with an 8-core GPU for $1,199/£1,249, and a top-of-the-range M2 MacBook Air with 10-core GPU for $1,499/£1,549.
The new model offers a M2 processor with more GPU cores, a bigger screen, and a brand new design for just $200 more than the M1 model. This looks like a great deal. However, that viewpoint depends on where in the world you are based. Outside the US the price comparisons aren’t quite so favourable (in the UK there’s a £250 difference, in Europe a €300 difference, and in Australia a AU$400 difference).
In the US the new model also looks like an excellent deal in comparison to the one it replaces: at $1,199 it replaces a M1 MacBook Air model that previously cost $1,249. However, elsewhere in the world the price of the M2 model is either the same as before, or more than it was. In the UK the price remains at £1,249, in Europe the price is €100 more at €1,499, while in Australia it’s now up AU$50 at AU$1,899. Obviously currency-based price fluctuations are to be expected during these uncertain economic times, but it does mean that the decision of whether something is a good price or not is very much relative to where you live.
It should also be noted that where this M1 MacBook Air with 8-core GPU had a 512GB SSD, the M2 MacBook Air that has taken its place only offers a 256GB SSD, which may be reflected in Apple’s price reduction, at least in the US.
M1 vs M2 MacBook Air: Our recommendation
The MacBook Air with M2 is in many respects a significant improvement over its predecessor. It offers better performance, a more modern design, an improved display, and some smaller but notable improvements.
If you are one of those users who use the MacBook primarily for everyday tasks, such as surfing the web, reading emails or watching videos, you should consider whether the new design is worth it compared to the cheaper $999/£999 M1 MacBook Air. A M1 Macbook Air will be able to handle all these tasks without any problems.
But if you do more with your MacBook or use it for professional applications such as video editing or photo editing, the M2 MacBook Air is definitely worth the extra money compared to its predecessor. In fact, if your budget allows, we recommend jumping to the higher-end model with a 10-core GPU for the extra storage and better graphics. And as always, you should buy as much memory as you can afford
The M1 MacBook Air is definitely a good machine even at more than a year and a half old, but you’ll be much happier with the newer MacBook Air in a year or two.
Apple is still working on an iMac with a larger display and a more powerful chip aimed at the professional market, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.
In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman suggested that Apple is working on at least two iMac models, likely using the "M3" series of chips. Gurman says that Apple will likely launch an updated 24-inch iMac featuring the standard M3 chip in 2023 and is continuing work on a high-end iMac model:
I also still believe that Apple is working on a larger-screened iMac aimed at the professional market. I'd imagine this will use a variation of the M3 chip, likely an M3 Pro and M3 Max. That would match the chips inside of the MacBook Pro. I don't think the combination of a Mac Studio or Mac mini plus an Apple Studio Display cuts it for many pro users who want more screen real estate.
In March 2021, Apple discontinued the iMac Pro, and in March 2022, it discontinued the 27-inch Intel-based version of the iMac, leaving the 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip as the only remaining iMac model. For now, Apple has effectively replaced the 27-inch iMac with the Mac Studio and its matching Studio Display and some sources claim that there is no high-end iMac in development, but Gurman is among the pundits claiming that a more powerful, larger iMac is still on the way.
A 24-inch iMac with the M2 chip has been missing from Gurman's forecast of upcoming M2 Macs on Apple's product road map, which includes new Mac mini models with M2 and M2 Pro chips, new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, and a new Mac Pro tower with M2 Ultra and "M2 Extreme" chips. Gurman expects an updated 24-inch iMac to be among the first M3 series of Macs, which will include an updated 13-inch MacBook Air, an all-new 15-inch MacBook Air, and potentially a new 12-inch notebook that is "still in early development."
Gurman previously said that the launch of the new high-end iMac "won't be anytime soon," and use of M3 series chips would indicate that may not emerge until 2023 at the earliest. The M3 family of chips are expected to be built on TSMC's 3nm technology, unlike the M1 and M2, which are built using a 5nm process. The more advanced manufacturing process is expected to bring significant performance and efficiency improvements.
If your iPhone or iPad is misbehaving and initial solutions are not working, a full reset may be necessary. Taking your device back to how it was out of the box can often help resolve issues like constant crashing, freezing or other serious problems.
It’s something of a nuclear option, though, so before you take this route we’d recommend restarting or force-restarting your device as these will leave your data and settings intact. Another option is to ensure that the version of iOS or iPadOS on your device is up to date, as the problem might be caused by an issue that has since been patched by Apple. We explain how to do this in our how to update iOS guide.
Of course, if you’re selling your iPhone (or passing it down to a family member or friend) it’s absolutely vital that you delete all the sensitive data stored on it. If not, an unscrupulous buyer could gain access to your social media profiles, financial information and even your personal photos and videos.
As with any activity that deletes date, we’d recommend that you back up your iPhone or iPad before you attempt resetting the device. After your device has been wiped you will be able to download your data from your backup.
How to reset an iPhone
We’ll concentrate on iPhone for this tutorial, but the steps should be the same for iPad. There are two ways to erase your iPhone or iPad, one is useful if you just want to erase everything and then recover the data from a backup, the other is useful if you are moving to a new device and selling or passing on the one you are erasing.
To factory-reset an iPhone follow these steps (after backing up your device).
Go to Settings.
Tap on General.
Choose Transfer or Reset iPhone.
The iPhone will alert you to what will be deleted, including Apps and Data, your Apple ID, Find My will no longer be connected to the device, and all your Apple Wallet details will be removed. This is your cue to back up any of this data (if you don’t have a back up we run though how to do that here: How to back up an iPhone or iPad.) You will also find options for backing up this information if you follow the Prepare for New iPhone steps below.
If you are happy that you have a backup, or don’t need the data being referred to, select Erase All Content and Settings.
Enter the Passcode for the iPhone and the process will begin.
If you want help backing your data up to iCloud and want to make sure you cover all the important steps that you should make when selling your old device, you can make use of the Prepare for New iPhone instructions, which will walk you through the process.
Go to Settings.
Tap on General.
Choose Transfer or Reset iPhone.
Tap on Get Started.
Log in with your Apple ID if requested.
On the next page you’ll see all the data that will be deleted, with the options Continue or Not Now at the bottom.
Tap Continue to complete the process (after confirming your Apple ID again).
How to reset an iPhone if you’ve forgotten your password or passcode
During the process for resetting you iPhone your passcode will be requested, you may also need to use the password associated with your Apple ID. This is a problem if you have forgotten it.
There is a workaround if you have forgotten your passcode, but remember your Apple ID password:
On the Lock Screen, enter a passcode several times until you get a Security Lockout with a warning to try again later.
You’ll see Erase iPhone (or iPad) at the bottom of the screen. Tap on that.
Tap Erase iPhone/iPad and then tap it again to confirm.
You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID password to sign out of your Apple ID on this device. This will allow you to reset the device and turns off activation lock.
Tap Erase iPhone/iPad when prompted again to permanently delete all your apps and data and reset the device.
After a few minutes, your iPhone or iPad will restart and you’ll be at the setup screen, as if it was a new device you just took out of the box. For obvious security reasons, there’s no way to reset your iPhone after a lost passcode without erasing all your apps and data. It would provide an exploitable loop for bad actors to get around the passcode timeouts and such. But as long as you back up your iPhone regularly (either via iCloud or with a connection to your computer) it shouldn’t be too onerous to start over.
Resetting without a password used to require plugging into a computer via USB, entering recovery mode…it was a whole process. The good news is, Apple made this a lot easier as of iOS 15.2 (and iPadOS 15.2). So, if your device is running that version or later you can follow the steps below (otherwise click on the link above to reset via a computer). If you have forgotten your Apple ID password read this for help: How to reset Apple ID if you forgot the password.
How to restore an iPhone
If, having erased the content of the phone, you intend to keep using it, you can restore the content to your phone from your backup – assuming you have one, if not check out the section below. Here’s to recover your iPhone or iPad data:
…via iCloud backup
With the factory reset completed you’ll need to go through the setup of your iPhone again from the beginning:
Follow the onscreen instructions until you reach the page with the headings ‘Apps & Data’.
Here you’ll see four different options from which you should select Restore from iCloud Backup.Sign into your iCloud account then select the backup you want to restore.
You may be prompted to sign into various apps that you’ve already purchased, but other than that the process should now be pretty much automatic.
Obviously this could take a while if you have large backups or a slow internet connection, so don’t attempt this if you’re in a hurry. When the backup is completed your iPhone will reboot, and then it will start the larger job of downloading all of your apps.
…via Finder or iTunes backup
Depending on the version of macOS you’re running, you’ll either be able to use Finder (macOS Mojave and later) or iTunes (macOS Catalina or earlier) to restore a backup.
Connect your iPhone to the Mac or PC.
In the Finder window (or iTunes) you should see your device listed in the left column. Select it, then click on Restore Backup.
Choose the backup you want to use, then click Restore.
The process should now automatically install the backup on your device.
What to do if you didn’t back up your iPhone before you wiped it
If you didn’t backup your iPhone or iPad first, it’s likely that you won’t be able to retrieve data once you have deleted it.
The data on an iOS device is automatically encrypted, and wiping the device destroys the encryption key, making it more or less impossible to get anything back when it’s been fully erased and reset without access to a backup.
In an emergency you could try speaking to
someone at an Apple Genius Bar, but it’s a long shot to say the least. (This applies to a full erase/reset, mind you – in other circumstances, such as data corruption, a malfunctioning device and so on, the experts may be able to help.) This also reinforces our frequent advice to back up regularly.
If you’re worried that your iPhone or iPad wasn’t backed up, don’t give up hope: there’s a chance there may be a backup of which you’re unaware.
To find out if you’re backing up to iCloud follow these steps:
Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
Now tap on Manage Storage. Here you should see an entry called Backups with the amount of data it’s taking up displayed to the right of the name.
Tap this and you’ll see all of the various backups for your iOS/iPadOS devices.
Find the most recent back up you have and tap on it.
One of the backups should say that it is This iPhone or This iPad. Tap on that and you can see what is, and isn’t being backed up. You can basically turn things on and off so that they don’t take up your full free 5GB iCloud allocation, or you can pay a few dollars/pounds a month for more storage.
If you don’t see a backup from the device you were hoping to recover, but you do have backups of other devices (perhaps you have an iPad backup, but not an iPhone backup) you should be able to recover some of your data simply because once you link your iPhone to your iCloud account the shared data should be available on your iPhone.
Now switch the slider beside iCloud Backup to on (green).
Tap Back Up Now. It may take a while, so bear in mind that your iPhone needs to be plugged in for the whole time.
If the backup is going to take ages you can reduce the amount of data being backed up. For example, you may think that some of the apps don’t need to be backed up; after all, you will be able to download them again from the App Store as you already own them. But note that the data may include saved data for games, and other settings and preferences you would prefer not to lose.
There you have it. A quick guide on resetting your iPhone and then restoring it once more. Of course, if you’re moving on from that older device and fancy something newer, be sure to read our
best iPhone deals roundup to see if you can save some money in the process.
A photo you want to upload or print for some purpose might be considered too “low resolution” to meet the needs of a site, printing, or online photo service. What options do you have? You can change an image’s resolution to solve the problem.
There are two aspects of a digital image that are often described as “resolution”:
The dimensions of the image in pixels, such as 3,024 by 4,032 for a modern iPhone photo. Each pixel represents information captured, a sample of the hue and light intensity that passed through a lens onto a camera sensor element.
The pixel density, or dots or pixels per inch (dpi, ppi), which maps pixels against a preferred display size. (You can also map per centimeter, of course.) Most images are captured at 72 ppi, which makes an iPhone image with the above dimensions 42 by 56 inches (107 by 142 cm) if printed or displayed at 72 ppi.
In many cases, the right amount of information is in the image and you don’t need to modify that. Instead, you need to modify the scale so that it maps in a way a website, printer driver, or service accepts it. For instance, printer software might recommend 300 ppi from an input image to produce a 6-color or 8-color 1,200 dpi ink-jet print. (Because screen pixels represent millions or even billions of colors, and because printer dots can only reproduce a few colors—as few as black plus cyan, magenta, and yellow on an inexpensive ink jet—higher printer-dot density is required to simulate the color of the original.)
You can change the density in the built-in Preview app in macOS:
Open your image.
Choose File > Duplicate or hold down Option and choose File > Save As to work on a copy of the image.
Choose Tools > Adjust Size.
Uncheck “Resample Image,” which changes the data of the file.
Enter the new Resolution figure, such as 300 ppi.
With inches (or cm or mm) selected for the popup menu in Width and Height, you can preview the revised unit dimensions after you enter the new resolution figure. Click OK.
Save the image.
If you need more image data than is present in a file, typically because you cropped an image, you can resize in Preview. The results will often look blurry when zoomed in at 100% because Preview can’t add new information where it doesn’t exist. It can only fill in new pixels that average adjoining ones.
To “upscale” an image, follow steps 1 to 4 above, and then:
Make sure Resample image is checked.
Either enter a new dimension in units (inches, cm, or mm) or a new pixel width or height. (With “Scale proportionally” checked, Preview automatically resizes the other dimension in proportion to the image ratio, avoiding you having to calculate that).
Save the image.
In step 2 above, you might change both resolution and unit dimensions if you know the output size and required resolution. For instance, change Resolution to 300 and Width to 12 inches for a 12-inch-wide print, and Preview calculates that it will need to upscale the image by 119 percent.
Higher-end photo-editing software includes more sophisticated upscaling routines. Adobe Photoshop offers several through a popup menu that lets you pick and preview based on the kind of image you’re resizing. You might choose one algorithm for a screen capture or high-contrast image and another for a well-lit outdoor shot.
You can also turn to software that incorporates machine-learning artificial-intelligence scaling that can intelligently take patterns in images to smooth and fill in enlargements to look more realistic. You can’t add information from a void, but algorithms can remove hard edges and pixelization while smoothing out tones, particularly on faces.
AI options include features found in newer versions of Adobe Lightroom (Enhance) and Photoshop (Neural Filters); both apps are part of an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. You can also look to standalone apps or Photoshop plug-ins, like ON1 Resize AI ($79.99) and Topaz Gigapixel AI ($99.99).
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The offer, first spotted by Michael Burkhardt on Twitter, has been available since June 22 and allows first-time Apple Music Student Plan subscribers to order a pair of Beats Flex earphones for free after paying for the first month's subscription.
After 30 days of the subscription, eligible students will receive an email from Apple with instructions to order the Beats Flex earphones for free. Subscribers may be given the option to redeem earphones in a color of their choice, but Apple may also send whatever is available depending on stock levels.
The Beats Flex offer is only available in the United States and the United Kingdom, cannot be combined with other Apple Music offers, and cannot be used by anyone who has previously subscribed to Apple Music. The offer is available for a "limited time" with no further details on when it may end. See Apple's terms and conditions for more information.
While past rumors have indicated the upcoming second-generation AirPods Pro will feature a built-in heart rate and body temperature sensor, Bloomberg'sMark Gurman has cast doubt on those rumors turning out to be true, saying instead such a feature is unlikely to come anytime soon.
"Over the past few months, there have been rumors about this year's model gaining the ability to determine a wearer's heart rate or body temperature. I'm told that neither feature is likely to arrive in the 2022 upgrade," Gurman writes in his latest Power On newsletter. Gurman adds that both features have been explored within Apple and could arrive someday.
Just last month, a rumor from 52Audio said that the AirPods Pro 2 would be able to measure heart rate and body temperature from within the ear. That same report said the AirPods Pro 2 would feature USB-C, an updated H1 chip, and Find My functionality. It remains to be seen if other aspects of the report will turn out to be accurate.
Apple has not given the AirPods Pro any updates since its launch in 2019 other than a new MagSafe charging case last fall. Apple is widely expected to announce a new version of the AirPods Pro later this year, possibly around the time it launches the iPhone 14 and new Apple Watch models this fall.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is on the guest list for this year's Sun Valley Conference, which begins Wednesday in the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, according to Deadline. Known as "summer camp for billionaires," the conference allows tech and media moguls to negotiate deals between leisure activities like golfing and whitewater rafting.
Cook (center) at the 2016 Sun Valley Conference (via Bloomberg News)
Cook has attended the retreat several times over the years, often alongside Apple's services chief Eddy Cue, but it has yet to be confirmed if he will be present this year. Apple's negotiations have typically been kept under wraps, but the conference provides the company with an opportunity to secure media deals for services like Apple TV+.
Other tech CEOs invited this year include Tesla's Elon Musk, Meta's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Andy Jassy, and Alphabet's Sundar Pichai, the report claims.
Hosted by investment bank Allen & Company, the conference has served as a catalyst for some major deals in the media industry, ranging from Disney acquiring ABC in 1995 to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' purchasing The Washington Post in 2013. This year's event reportedly takes place from July 5 through July 9, with private discussions to begin July 6.
The upcoming Apple Watch Series 8 will be able to tell a wearer if it believes they have a fever due to a higher than normal body temperature thanks to a new built-in sensor, according to Bloomberg's reliable Mark Gurman.
Writing in the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman says that the Apple Watch Series 8 will feature a new body temperature sensor, given that the sensor passes Apple's internal testing.
Gurman notes, however, that he believes the sensor is "a go" for both the standard Series 8 and a new "rugged model" designed for athletes. Unlike a traditional dedicated thermometer, the Apple Watch will not give users a direct reading of their current body temperature but will instead directly alert users if it believes they have a fever.
You can expect some new health-tracking features in this year's Apple Watch. In April, I reported that Apple has been aiming to add body-temperature detection to its Series 8 model, assuming the capability passes muster during internal testing. I now believe the feature is a go for both the standard Apple Watch Series 8 and a new rugged edition that's aimed at extreme sports athletes.
In January, Gurman said that internal chatter of a body temperature sensor for the Apple Watch Series 8 had slowed down. Since then, enthusiasm for the feature has apparently increased within Apple, helping push development forward. Apple has frequently added new sensors and health capabilities to the Apple Watch, with the last addition being the blood oxygen sensor in the Apple Watch Series 6.
Besides the new body temperature sensor, the Apple Watch Series 8 is expected to maintain the same design as the Apple Watch Series 7, including the same processor as the Series 6 and 7. Gurman today noted that the Apple Watch Series 8 might include updated displays in the higher-end models.
The M2 MacBook Pro has started making its way into customers' hands and we're learning more about how it performs in a variety of situations, but all eyes are really on the upcoming M2 MacBook Air which has seen a complete redesign and should be arriving in a couple of weeks.
Other top stories this week included a host of product rumors including additional M2 and even M3 Macs, an updated Apple TV, and a revived HomePod, so make sure to read on below for all the details on these stories and more!
Apple Plans to Launch MacBook Air With M2 Chip on July 15
Apple previously announced that the new MacBook Air would be available in July, but did not provide a specific date.
The new MacBook Air has been redesigned with a larger 13.6-inch display, a notch, a flatter appearance, and new Starlight and Midnight color options. The notebook features MagSafe 3 charging, an upgraded 1080p camera, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a Magic Keyboard with physical Fn keys, a Touch ID button, and more.
Pricing starts at $1,199 in the United States, while the previous MacBook Air remains available for $999.
Base 13-Inch MacBook Pro With M2 Chip Has Significantly Slower SSD Speeds Than Previous Model
YouTube channels such as Max Tech and Created Tech tested the 256GB model with Blackmagic's Disk Speed Test app and real-world tests and found that the SSD's read and write speeds are around 50% and 30% slower, respectively, compared to the previous model.
M2 Pro Mac Mini, New Apple TV With A14 Chip, and More Rumored to Be in Development
Gurman listed several other new Apple products in the works, including a new Apple TV with an A14 chip and an increased 4GB of RAM. Most of the products are expected to launch between late 2022 and mid 2023.
New Version of Original HomePod to Return Next Year
Gurman said the new HomePod will be closer to the original model in terms of size and audio performance, as opposed to being a new HomePod mini. He also said the new HomePod will feature an updated display on the top of the speaker, potentially with multi-touch functionality.
Video Comparison: M2 MacBook Pro vs. M1 MacBook Pro
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.
Apple in iOS 15 introduced Focus mode, an expansion of Do Not Disturb that allows you to set up different permissions for apps, contacts, and more depending on what you're doing. You can have separate tasks for when you're at work, when you're studying, when you're at home, and more.
In iOS 16, coming as a public beta in July and a full release likely in September, Apple has improved Focus with new features, and this guide covers everything that you need to know about using Focuses in iOS 16.
Improved Focus Setup
Setting up a Focus is more straightforward than it was before, with a new personalized setup experience for each Focus that you create.
Apple used to drop you right into a confusing array of options for doing things like allowing people and apps for notifications, but now there's an explainer that lets you know how all the Focus features work, and a streamlined process for selecting your options.
With the Silence Notifications section, you can choose the apps and the people that are able to contact you when a Focus is turned on, and Apple has added options to allow or silence notifications from select people, which wasn't an option previously. With iOS 15, you could only choose allowed apps and allowed people, rather than specific people and apps to silence.
Note: Silence lists are only available on devices running iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. Devices running iOS 15 and earlier cannot access silence lists.
Apple walks you through choosing who to allow calls from as well, plus you can go through the customize screens interface, set Focus schedules, and add filters to block out certain email inboxes in Mail, Safari Tab Groups, and more, which we outline in the sections below.
With iOS 16, you can customize everything about your Focus, including what the Home Screen, Lock Screen, and Apple Watch face look like. You can select from any of the Lock Screens that you've created, linking it to a Focus mode. You can also create a new Lock Screen from the Gallery.
For the Home Screen customization, you can select any one of your existing app pages to serve as your main Home Screen for the Focus mode. So if you want to create a Home Screen with specific apps for a Focus, you'll first need to set up an app page by rearranging your apps.
As for the Apple Watch, if you are an Apple Watch owner, you can select one of your Apple Watch faces to activate on your wrist for a specific Focus mode.
If you've set up a custom Lock Screen, Home Screen, or Apple Watch face for your Focus and change your mind, just tap on the "-" symbol to clear it.
Linked Lock Screens and Focus Modes
You can create custom Lock Screens in iOS 16, and each Lock Screen can be associated with a different Focus. That means you can set a Lock Screen to coincide with a Focus, giving your phone a different look throughout the day.
If you have a work focus, for example, you can set up a Lock Screen with the style and widgets that are useful for your job, and then when at home, you can have an entirely different setup.
To associate a Focus with a Lock Screen, open up the Lock Screen interface by long pressing on an unlocked iPhone's Lock Screen, scroll to the Lock Screen of your choice, and then tap on "Focus" to choose which Focus mode to associate the Lock Screen with.
After that, the Lock Screen will have a little icon at the bottom that lets you know which Focus it is linked to. Then, to activate the Focus, you can just swap over to that Lock Screen, so it's super easy to change Focus modes.
Note that you can also go through this setup process in the Focus section of the Settings app. Just open it up, select the Focus you want to use for a Lock Screen, and choose the "Customize Screens" option that's described up above.
Lock Screen and Home Page Suggestions
When you're creating a Focus, Apple says that iOS can suggest Lock Screens for the Focus option, like a photo Lock Screen when you're home, and a more data-central set of options for when you're at work. Apple also offers suggestions for Home Screen pages that have the apps and widgets that are most relevant to the Focus you're selecting.
Focus Filters are an entirely new feature in iOS 16. With this option, you can choose to filter out content within apps, displaying a specific Mail account or Calendar, if you have multiple. When you use a Focus with a filter set, the app with the filter will only show what you've selected, hiding everything else.
Here's what you can filter out with Focus Filters:
Calendar - If you have different calendars set up for work and family, you can associate just one calendar with a Focus so you see only relevant events when that Focus is activated.
Mail - You can choose any of your Mail accounts to associate with a Focus, and with this activated, when you're in that Focus, the Mail app will only show the accounts you've selected. It's useful if you want to filter out personal emails while working, and vice versa.
Messages - The Messages app can be set to hide all messages except for the messages from the People list that you created for the particular Focus mode. So if you have a "Personal" Focus that filters out all contacts from work, you won't see their messages in the Messages app with the Personal Focus turned on.
Safari - Safari can be set to only show a specific Tab Group when a Focus is turned on. You'll need to set up the Tab Group ahead of time in the Safari app.
Dark Mode - You can choose Dark mode or Light mode for a Focus.
Low Power Mode - You can opt to have Low Power mode activated or deactivated with a Focus.
Focus Filter API
Apple made a Focus Filter API for developers so third-party apps can allow the same specific filtering options within a Focus as Apple's own app. If you use a third-party email app, for example, you'll be able to select a mailbox to show within that app provided the developer adds the Focus Filter API.
Apple has made it easier to control whether apps can let people know that you have a Focus activated and are silencing notifications. With the "Focus Status" section, you can choose which Focus modes are permitted to share that you have your notifications silenced.
You can block a Focus mode from sharing that information, so people won't be informed that your notifications are off if they try to message you. This was possible to set in iOS 15, but in iOS 16, it's simpler to get to and manage.
Silence and Allow Lists
As mentioned up above, Silence and Allow lists are available in the Focus app in iOS 16, which may be one of the most notable quality of life improvements. Rather than just selecting people or apps that are allowed to notify you, you can also select people or apps that are not allowed to notify you with a specific Focus.
If you wanted to block out a specific person or app prior to iOS 16, there was no easy way to do so because you could only allow contacts and apps. For example, if you wanted to block out just the Messages app in iOS 15 while leaving everything else accessible, you would have to "allow" every other app. That's not the case in iOS 16, as you can choose apps (or people) to silence.
TikTok is working on a plan to better safeguard the data of its U.S. users, the company said in an open letter [PDF] to several U.S. Senators that have expressed concern that the China-based app is a national security risk.
Shared by The New York Times, the letter outlines a multi-pronged undertaking called "Project Texas," aimed at strengthening data security. TikTok says that 100 percent of U.S. user data is stored in an Oracle cloud environment located in the U.S., and it is working with Oracle on more advanced data security controls that will be finalized "in the near future."
TikTok is planning to delete U.S. data from its servers and store information with Oracle exclusively. The company says all data sharing outside of the United States will be pursuant to "protocols and terms approved by the U.S. government."
The broad goal for Project Texas is to help build trust with users and key stakeholders by improving our systems and controls, but it is also to make substantive progress toward compliance with a final agreement with the U.S. Government that will fully safeguard user data and U.S. national security interests. We have not spoken publicly about these plans out of respect for the confidentiality of the engagement with the U.S. Government, but circumstances now require that we share some of that information publicly to clear up the errors and misconceptions in the article and some ongoing concerns related to other aspects of our business.
Concerns over TikTok have heightened over the last two weeks following a BuzzFeed News report that suggested TikTok engineers in China had access to the data of U.S. users between September 2021 and January 2022. "Everything is seen in China," said one TikTok employee in recordings reviewed by BuzzFeed, with the recordings also referencing a "Master Admin" engineer in China who "has access to everything."
Given the concerns over U.S. data access, the United States Federal Communications Commission earlier this week asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores because of a "pattern of surreptitious data practices."
TikTok in its letter confirmed that some China-based employees are indeed able to access data from U.S. TikTok users, "subject to a series of robust cybersecurity controls" overseen by a U.S.-based security team. TikTok says that it has an internal data classification system and approval process in place that assign levels of access based on the sensitivity of the data. It will work with the Biden Administration going forward to continue to limit data access.
In response to a question on why TikTok does not plan to block all U.S. user data from the view of employees in China, TikTok said that "certain China-based employees will have access to a narrow, non-sensitive set of TikTok U.S. user data" in order to ensure global interoperability. Employees will also be able to develop the TikTok video recommendation algorithm using U.S. data, though training of the algorithm will be limited to Oracle's servers.
TikTok promises that access will be "very limited" and will not include "private TikTok U.S. user information." TikTok says that it has not been asked to provide data to the Chinese government, and would not provide data if the CCP requested information.
Apple and Google have not as of yet responded to the FCC's request to remove the TikTok app from their app stores.
Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is to be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House today announced.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the United States' highest civilian honor, presented to individuals "who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors."
President Biden has long said that America can be defined by one word: possibilities. These seventeen Americans demonstrate the power of possibilities and embody the soul of the nation – hard work, perseverance, and faith. They have overcome significant obstacles to achieve impressive accomplishments in the arts and sciences, dedicated their lives to advocating for the most vulnerable among us, and acted with bravery to drive change in their communities – and across the world – while blazing trails for generations to come.
Steve Jobs (d. 2011) was the co-founder, chief executive, and chair of Apple, Inc., CEO of Pixar and held a leading role at the Walt Disney Company. His vision, imagination and creativity led to inventions that have, and continue to, change the way the world communicates, as well as transforming the computer, music, film and wireless industries.
The presidential honor for Jobs comes alongside sixteen other recipients, including Simone Biles, Sister Simone Campbell, Julieta García, Gabrielle Giffords, Fred Gray, Father Alexander Karloutsos, Khizr Khan, Sandra Lindsay, John McCain (posthumous), Diane Nash, Megan Rapinoe, Alan Simpson, Richard Trumka (posthumous), Wilma Vaught, Denzel Washington, and Raúl Yzaguirre. The awards will be presented at the White House on Thursday, July 7.
Monday is Independence Day in the U.S., and stores and online retailers nationwide are celebrating with deals on a wide variety of products. Of particular note for Apple fans, Amazon has several good deals on Apple products, while third-party accessories are also on sale at various retailers.
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Belkin is offering 15% off select chargers and earbuds with discount code 4JULY2022.
Sonos is offering 15%–40% off a variety of refurbished speakers. All refurbished Sonos products come with the same one-year warranty as brand-new units and come in "pristine" packaging with all manuals and accessories.
Brydge is currently running a sale on several models of iPad keyboards, MacBook docks, cases, cables, and more, including extra deep discounts on open-box units.
Satechi is running a summer sale with discounts on several USB-C hubs chargers, and more.
Twelve South has discounted a broad array of its Apple-focused accessories including stands, BookBook cases, AirFly, and more.
eBay is offering an extra 20% off a variety of tech, home, and other products with discount code JULYSAVINGS (max discount $250).
Hyper is taking 20% off select USB-C hubs, battery packs, and more with discount code JULY2022, while other products are up to 50% off.
Anker has a "Power Deals" promotion going on right now that offers up to 30% off of various chargers, power strips, cables, and more. Many of the deals are also available through Amazon.
Apple today increased the price of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models in Japan by up to 25 percent.
The price hikes, first reported by Nikkei Asia, have been triggered by a fall in the value of the yen and a widening interest rate gap between Japan and the United States.
The iPhone 13 previously started at 98,800 yen (~$730) in Japan, but now costs 117,800 yen (~$870), an increase of almost 20 percent. The latest iPhone SE with 64GB of storage now costs 5,000 yen (~$37) more than before at 62,800 yen (~$464). The 128GB iPhone 13 Pro now costs 22,000 yen (~$162) more than before at 144,800 yen (~$1,069).
Apple raised the prices of Macs in Japan last month by over 10 percent alongside the launch of the M2 MacBook Pro, so no Mac product lines were further increased in price today, although iPad and iPad Air models increased by 10,000 yen (~$74) each.