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    iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro: What the early rumors say about new features

    iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro: What the early rumors say about new features

    The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups are barely a month old, but the rumor mill is already abuzz with what to expect from the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro next year. As of right now, next year’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are shaping up to be significant upgrades: USB-C, the Dynamic Island for everyone, and much more…

    iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

    Screen sizes

    The iPhone 14 lineup made a big change to the available screen sizes, dropping the 5.4-inch iPhone “mini” option in favor of a new iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.7-inch display. While the iPhone 14 Plus is apparently selling worse than Apple had anticipated, rumors are that the company plans to continue this strategy next year.

    This means that we can expect the iPhone 15 with a 6.1-inch display alongside the iPhone 15 Plus with a 6.7-inch display.


    Display features

    The most significant change to the displays will be the addition of the Dynamic Island for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. Currently, the Dynamic Island is limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Dynamic Island replaces the notch and, instead, opts for two separate display cutouts that are made to look like one by using impressive software integration.

    But while the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will feature the Dynamic Island, they won’t get two other display features that are exclusive to the “Pro” and “Pro Max” models. First, rumors are that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus won’t get Apple’s ProMotion display technology that offers refresh rates of 1Hz all the way up to 120Hz.

    As such, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus also won’t add support for an always-on display, since this feature relies on the ProMotion and LTPO display technology.

    USB-C

    Apple is almost certainly going to switch the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus to USB-C for connectivity, replacing the decade-old Lightning connector. The switchover comes as the European Union implements a new requirement that all smartphones and other devices use a common charging port, which would be USB-C for the time being.


    Camera

    As of right now, the rumors are a bit unclear as to what sort of camera updates to expect from the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. The iPhone 14 added a handful of camera upgrades, including the Photonic Engine for improved processing and a dramatically better front-facing camera.

    We expect Apple to build upon the existing camera hardware next year, either with upgraded camera hardware or new software features. More rumors will emerge over the coming months.


    Performance


    Finally, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to be powered by the A16 Bionic chip that’s currently used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This continues Apple’s strategy of bifurcating iPhone performance between the Pro and non-Pro models, a strategy that first began this year.

    The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max got the latest A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are powered by the A15 – though they do get the 6-core variant from the iPhone 13 Pro.

    iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

    Screen sizes and display features

    What about iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max? We’re expecting fewer changes here in terms of screen sizes and display technology. In fact, as of right now, it seems like things will stay the same.

    This makes sense seeing that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max featured dramatic display upgrades with the addition of the Dynamic Island and always-on display. Instead, it seems like Apple’s focus will be on perfecting these features while also bringing the Dynamic Island down-market to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, as mentioned earlier.

    One small design tweak that we could see is Apple replacing the clicky volume and power buttons with solid-state buttons, similar to when it replaced the physical Home button on the iPhone 7 with a solid-state button instead.

    USB-C

    Just as with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are also expected to make the switch to USB-C. We’re still waiting on some more details here, such as data transfer speeds and charging speeds.

    One more thing to consider is the possibility that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max adopt Thunderbolt connectivity alongside USB-C. This would match the strategy Apple has taken with the iPad lineup, where all latest-generation models have USB-C but the highest-end iPad Pro models also support Thunderbolt.

    Camera

    Initially, it was rumored that the iPhone 15 Pro models would feature a new “8P,” or eight plastic lenses, rear-facing camera. More recent reporting says this might not be the case after all. “8P” here is a reference to the number of elements in the lens. When a manufacturer takes an existing lens design and adds elements, this is generally done to reduce distortion.

    While it doesn’t sound like the iPhone 15 Pro will receive any major camera upgrades, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is a different story. The expectation is that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature a new periscope lens for the first time.

    Periscope lenses rely on a prism that reflects light to multiple internal lenses at 90 degrees to the camera sensor. This allows the length of the lens to be much longer than a telephoto lens, which results in a much better optical zoom. The telephoto lens on the iPhone 14 Pro models only offers 3x optical zoom and 15x digital zoom.

    For comparison’s sake, the Galaxy S22 Ultra from Samsung already has a periscope lens that enables 10x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. One rumor has said Apple may opt for a 5x optical zoom. More specific details for Apple’s implementation of a periscope lens on the iPhone 15 Pro Max are unclear, but ideally, it will bring the iPhone much closer to what’s already offered by Samsung’s flagships.

    Performance

    The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will continue Apple’s march toward even more powerful Apple Silicon chips. It was first reported last year that Apple would be one of the first companies in the world to adopt a new 3nm process and that we’d see the first of these chips in 2023.

    The latest iPhone 14 Pro models use an A16 chip, which some have referred to as 4nm, but it would be more accurate to say that it’s a die-shrunk 5nm chip.

    Next year’s iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to use the A17 Bionic processor, which will likely be based on the 3nm process. Shrinking the process size leads to a major change in terms of performance as well as efficiency, which could make for significant battery life improvements next year.

    Naming and strategy

    In terms of naming and strategy, Apple reportedly has some changes in store for next year’s iPhone lineup. The company is said to be planning to further differentiate the iPhone 15 Pro from the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This is most evident in the camera upgrades that are rumored, but there are certainly other ways the company could do this too.

    Additionally, there’s been speculation that Apple might rebrand the highest-end iPhone to be the “iPhone 15 Ultra.” This would match what we saw with the Apple Watch this year, with an Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra.

    Ultimately, we’re still in the early days of iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro rumors. We’ll have plenty more over the next year that will help further paint the picture of Apple’s plans.

    iOS 16.2 beta 2: Here’s every new feature and change

    iOS 16.2 beta 2: Here’s every new feature and change

    iOS 16.2 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta 2 have arrived and they include a few notable changes and new features. Apple is targeting a release date in mid-December for these updates, so head below for a roundup of what’s been added with today’s new beta releases.

    iOS 16.2 beta 2 and iPadOS 16.2 beta 2 are currently available to developer beta testers. We’re expecting new updates for public beta testers as soon as later this week. As always, remember that these updates are indeed betas and may have performance issues and other bugs. The new features could also be tweaked or removed altogether as the beta testing progress continues.

    The initial beta release of the iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates included Apple’s new Freefrom collaboration app, updates to the Home app, and more. What’s new in today’s beta 2 releases? Let’s dive in.

    What’s new in iOS 16.2 beta 2?

    • First and foremost, iOS 16.2 includes major new Accessibility features with an all-new Custom Accessibility Mode. This new interface isn’t yet live, but everything is there under-the-hood and we’ve been able to enable it and show off the new design. 
    • iOS 16.2 beta 2 adds a new Medications widget for your iPhone’s Lock Screen with two different size options. This joins the new Sleep widget that was added in the initial iOS 16.2 beta release.
    • There’s a new “More Frequent Updates” toggle for Live Activities:

    • 5G is now available for iPhone users in India for the first time with JIo and Airtel networks. Apple had previously announced this feature last week.
    • There are new animations in the Music app for play/pause and skip forward/backwards.
    • iPadOS 16.2 beta 2 now lets you disable the recent apps strip and dock for both the iPad’s screen and the external display separately, as spotted by Federico Viticci on Twitter.
    • Apple has fixed a bug that previously prevented you from swiping back from the camera on your iPhone’s Lock Screen.

    Spot any changes in today’s release of iOS 16.2 beta 2 or iPadOS 16.2 beta 2? Let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned for our full hands-on coverage with the new releases right here today and throughout the rest of the week.

     

    iOS 16.1 launches today — here’s the new features for your iPhone

    iOS 16.1 launches today — here’s the new features for your iPhone

    In a few hours, iOS 16.1 arrives, as Apple will release a big update to iOS 16 today (October 24).

    This iOS 16.1 update follows the release of iOS 16 in September. That release some big changes to iPhones, including customizable lock screens that now support widgets, new editing tools for Messages and a new Fitness app along with updates to many existing iPhone apps.

    But iOS 16.1 is a major update, as it offers more than refinements and bug fixes. Not only are we getting features that Apple promised with the iOS 16 preview over the summer but held back until now, we're also seeing some new features.

    Delayed features include the new iCloud Shared Photo Library and Live Activities. In addition, we're getting a new Clean Energy charging feature that appeared during the iOS 16.1 beta.

    iOS 16.1 launches alongside the releases of iPadOS 16 and MacOS Ventura. Here is an overview of all the new features and upgrades coming to iPhones with iOS 16.1.

    iCloud Shared Photo Library

    iOS 16.1 brings a new way to share photos with family members and friends. The iCloud Shared Photo Library will be a separate library where users can share photos and videos with up to five more people. Anyone with access to the shared library can share, edit, caption and delete photos. In addition, the Camera app now features a toggle that lets you add photos to the iCloud Shared Photo Library as they're shot.

    iCloud Shared Photo Library was briefly a part of the iOS 16 public beta this summer before Apple postponed the feature to later in the year, presumably to fine tune it. We'll soon see what changes Apple's made to its new take on photo sharing.

    Live Activities for third party apps 

    Here's another feature that Apple showed off earlier in the year but kept out of the iOS 16 release (though its absence was planned all along to give app makers time to work on adding support). Live Activities are interactive notifications that stay up to date on the lock screen. Think sports scores, delivery status reports and other activities that you'd monitor from your phone's lock screen.

    iOS 16.1 opens the feature to third-party apps, so expect a lot of app updates on Monday that include Live Activities alerts.

    Live Activities aren't limited to the lock screen if you have an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max. On those phones, Live Activities will join other alerts and notifications in the Dynamic Island that replaced the iPhone's notch.

    Clean Energy Charging 

    Included with the Battery settings in iOS 16.1, Clean Energy Charging is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of your iPhone by optimizing charging times for when the energy grid is using cleaner energy sources. This feature will only be available for U.S. users. Apple first promised the feature in September.

    Apple Fitness Plus 

    Once iOS 16.1 arrives, Apple Fitness Plus will now be available to iPhones even without an Apple Watch. That's in keeping with Apple's earlier move to add the Fitness app to iOS 16 regardless of whether you owned one of the company's watches or not.

    During workouts, users without the Apple Watch will not be able to see real-time metrics, like heart rate and calories burned. Instead, they'll see estimated calories burned (based on information provided in the Fitness app).

    Anyone running iOS 16.1 in one of the 21 countries where Apple's fitness subscription service is offered will be able to access all of Apple Fitness Plus featuring more than 3,000 studio-style workouts and meditations.

    Apple Card and Wallet changes

    Apple Card users will be able to open a “high-yield” savings account from Goldman Sachs with iOS 16.1. You can then manage that account from the Wallet app and get Daily Cash cashback rewards automatically deposited into it, with no fees, no minimum deposits and no minimum balance requirements.

    As promised during the iOS 16 preview, Apple’s Wallet app will also allow people to safely share keys like car, hotel room and others with friends and family using messaging apps like Messages and even Whatsapp, though that feature requires support from car makers and hotels.

    Reachability Support for Dynamic Island 

    We noted the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro models when talking about Live Activities. iOS 16.1 brings another improvement for that specific feature — reachability support. Basically, iOS 16.1 will make it easier to access the Dynamic Island with one hand. You can enable the feature within Settings.

    Apple announces new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M2 chip, new 10th generation iPad

    Apple announces new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with M2 chip, new 10th generation iPad

    Apple today unveiled the new generation of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, powered by the latest M2 Apple Silicon chips. The M2 chip made its debut in the 2022 MacBook Air and 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro, and this update brings that same performance to Apple’s lineup of pro tablets as well.

    Alongside the M2 performance boost, the iPad Pros can now detect when the Apple Pencil is hovering above the display. This means UI elements can expand and respond as the user approaches the screen with the stylus.

    Apple says the M2’s 8-core CPU is up to fifteen percent faster than the M1 CPU. The GPU is up to 35 percent faster. The M2 chip also allows the iPad Pro to capture ProPres video for the first time.

    The new iPad Pro also bring faster Wi-Fi networking, with support for the latest Wi-Fi 6E standards. This means downloads can be up to 2x faster when connecting to a 6E network. Cellular models now support more 5G bands for better worldwide coverage.

    With the new hovering feature, the iPad will notice when the Apple Pencil is hovering above the screen. This means user interface elements can bounce in readiness of a committed user interaction. For instance, a Scribble text field expands as the Pencil approaches the display. This hovering feature will also be available to third-party apps via a new API.

    The hovering feature does not require a new generation of Apple Pencil, and the existing compatible Apple Pencil for iPad Pro (the second-generation model) is still on sale for $129.

    The new 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1099. These are the same prices as the previous generation. The new iPad models can be ordered today, with first deliveries arriving October 26.

    The iPad Pro isn’t the only device getting an update today. Apple has also announced an all-new version of its most affordable iPad. The new 10th generation iPad features an all-new design with an A14 Bionic chip inside, alongside USB-C for charging and 5G connectivity for the first time.

    Head below for the full details on the iPad 10 and everything you need to know…

    iPad 10 details:

    • Ultra Wide 12MP front camera located along the landscape edge of iPad
    • New 10.9-inch display with 2360×1640-pixel resolution, nearly 4 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and True Tone technology
    • Touch ID in the top button
    • Four new colors: blue, pink, yellow, and silver
    • New Magic Keyboard Folio with click-anywhere trackpad and a versatile two-piece design
    • 64GB and 256GB configurations
    • 5G support
    • USB-C

    Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

    “We’re so excited to bring the completely redesigned iPad to our most advanced iPad lineup ever,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With a large 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, powerful A14 Bionic chip, a first-ever landscape front camera, fast wireless connectivity, USB-C, and support for incredible accessories like the new Magic Keyboard Folio, the new iPad delivers more value, more versatility — and is simply more fun.”

    The new iPad 10 starts at $449, an increase from the previous $329 starting price. Available to order starting today, with availability in stores beginning Wednesday, October 26

    USB-C iPhone: The latest news and what to expect

    USB-C iPhone: The latest news and what to expect

    A USB-C iPhone may have once seemed impossible, but the latest rumors suggest it’s actually coming sooner than you may think. Amid regulatory pushback and limitations of the Lightning connector, the first USB-C iPhone could be released as soon as 2023. Head below for the latest details on what we know so far.

    Regulatory pressure

    There are a number of reasons why Apple seems to have shifted its tune on releasing a USB-C iPhone. One thing that’s hard to overlook, however, is looming legislation around the world.

    After multiple years of back and forth, the European Union officially reached an agreement for a “common charging port” standard. Starting in 2024, all smartphones sold within the 27 countries of the EU will be required to use USB-C for charging. This includes the iPhone and even peripheral accessories like AirPods.

    Just a few weeks after the EU agreed on its legislation, lawmakers in the United States voiced their support. Many called on the US to pass something similar. Senator Elizabeth Warren renewed this call in a post on Twitter today, saying:

    Consumers shouldn’t have to keep buying new chargers all the time for different devices. We can clear things up with uniform standards—for less expense, less hassle, and less waste.

    In early October, the legislation in the EU was formally adopted following a full vote of the European Parliament. The law was passed with an overwhelming majority, with 602 votes in favor, 13 against, and 8 abstentions. Under the law, there are exemptions for products that are too small offer a USB-C port.

    The legislation will next need to be approved by the European Council, then published in the EU Official Journal. Any products that went on sale prior to this will be exempt from the requirement, but it is expected to go into effect prior to the launch of the iPhone 16 in 2024.

    Apple has pushed back against legislation that would make a USB-C iPhone mandatory. The company argues that such laws stifle innovation and actually lead to more environmental waste.

    Will Apple release a USB-C iPhone?

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first predicted in 2019 that Apple would release a port-less iPhone as soon as 2021, but that didn’t come to fruition. It’s easy to see why – wireless technologies simply aren’t reliable or powerful enough to completely replace a connector like Lightning or USB-C. Charging speeds aren’t as fast, data transfer is slow and unreliable, and consumer adoption just isn’t there yet.

    A port-less iPhone is still in the works and is something being internally tested at Apple, but we wouldn’t expect to see it launch to the public this year or next year.

    The Lightning connector is also starting to show its age. When it was first unveiled in 2012 with the iPhone 5, Apple’s Phil Schiller touted that it would be the “modern connector for the next decade.” It’s been a decade since that announcement, and it’s clear that Lightning is falling behind USB-C in things like charging speeds and data transfer speeds.

    Apple is rumored to boost Lightning data transfer rates to USB 3.0 starting with the iPhone 14 Pro this fall, but USB-C still leads way.

    So that leads us to where we are today. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in May that the iPhone 15, coming in 2023, will feature a USB-C port for charging and data transfer. This report was eventually corroborated by Bloomberg, which also said that the iPhone 15 may switch to a USB-C port next year.

    A USB-C iPhone is sure to make many consumers happy, particularly those who already own an iPad or Mac that also uses USB-C. That being said, with the sheer number of iPhone users, Apple will undoubtedly face criticism for changing the iPhone’s charging connector — even if a switch to USB-C is ultimately the right decision.