We’re less than two months away from WWDC, and rumors about Apple are spreading with increasing frequency. The latest installment includes an overview of upcoming Macs based on the next-generation M2 chipset family, plans for the Apple Watch Series 8 and future models, what might be Apple’s first USB charger with multiple ports, and some software details about iOS 16.
Other news this week included Apple geeks that saw users temporarily unable to update firmware on their studio screens, and plenty of discussion about Meta’s plan to charge nearly 50% of commissions on virtual goods in the metaverse even as it argues against App Store commissions from Apple, and more, so read on for all the details!
Apple has tested at least nine new Macs with four different types of M2 chips
Apple is internally testing several variants of the next-generation M2 chip and the updated Macs that will be equipped with it, according to reports. Bloomberg, citing developer logs. There are “at least” nine new Macs in development that use four different M2 chips to succeed the current M1 chips.
Hardware includes the M2-based MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini, while the more powerful 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and the new Mac Pro use M2 variants such as the M2 Pro and M2 Max and a successor to the existing M1 Ultra In advanced Mac Studio.
New Apple Watch health features will be available this year, but blood pressure and blood sugar sensors are delayed
We’re expecting to see up to three new Apple Watch models later this year, and while it looks like we might get some new health-related features like a body temperature sensor on the most advanced models, the two seem to be the rumored sensors for blood pressure and blood sugar. Not ready in prime time yet.
Some of these features will be combined with the new health-related improvements in iOS 16, which we’re also starting to hear a little about. It looks like we won’t get a significant redesign, but there will be some tweaks to notifications and other aspects.
Apple’s dual USB-C charger allegedly seen in leaked photos
After discovering last week a premature mention of Apple’s 35W dual USB-C charger, we’ve now seen some purported leaked images of the US version of the device, which includes foldable prongs and ports on the side of the charger.
There has been some confusion with the rise of similar chargers from Mophie and fake white-label accessory makers, but it looks like Apple will be getting into the game as well.
Studio screen refresh issue fixed as Apple addresses code signing issue
Over the weekend, users of Apple’s new Studio Display found themselves unable to update the device’s firmware due to an apparent oversight by Apple which left the latest version unsigned by Apple for several days.
When Apple stopped signing iOS 15.4 earlier this month to help keep users on the latest iOS 15.4. for installation. The issue was fixed by Apple on Monday, and users can once again refresh their screens.
Apple says plan for nearly 50% commission on Metaverse purchases ‘hypocrisy of Lays Bare Meta’
While Meta, better known as Facebook, and its founder Mark Zuckerberg have repeatedly criticized Apple’s 15-30% commission on App Store in-app purchases, Meta has revealed that it will take a nearly 50% commission on digital assets in the “metaverse”. “
The revelation immediately sparked comments about Meta’s hypocritical stance on commissions, and Apple wasn’t shy about thinking, saying that it “shows that while they seek to use the Apple platform for free, they are happily taking away from creators and small businesses that use their own.”
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