We’re less than two months away from WWDC and Apple-related rumors are surfacing with increasing frequency. The latest batch includes a look at upcoming Macs based on the next-gen M2 chip family, plans for the Apple Watch Series 8 and future models, what could be Apple’s first USB charger with multiple ports and a few software details on iOS 16.
Other news this week included an Apple error that saw users temporarily unable to update firmware on their Studio displays, much talk of Meta’s plan to take almost 50% commission on virtual goods in the metaverse, even though it opposes Apple App Store commissions, and more, so read on for all the details!
Apple is testing at least nine new Macs with four different M2 chip variants
Apple is internally testing several variants of the next-gen M2 chip and updated Macs that will feature it, reports Bloomberg, citing developer diaries. There are “at least” nine new Macs in development that use four different M2 chips as successors to the current M1 chips.
The machines include M2-based MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini models, while more powerful 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and a new Mac Pro will use M2 variants such as the M2 Pro and M2 Max. and a successor to the M1 Ultra currently found in the high-end Mac Studio.
New Apple Watch health features coming this year, but blood pressure and glucose sensors delayed
We expect 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 older models. more advanced, some long-rumored blood pressure and glucose sensors don’t seem ready for prime time just yet.
Some of these features will be rolled into new health-related improvements in iOS 16, which we’re also starting to hear a bit about. It looks like we won’t get a significant overhaul, but there will be some tweaks to notifications and other aspects.
Apple’s dual-port USB-C charger was reportedly shown in leaked images
Following the discovery last week of premature mention of an upcoming 35W dual USB-C charger from Apple, we have now seen allegedly leaked images of the US version of the device, which includes pins and foldable ports on the side of the charger.
There’s been a bit of confusion as similar chargers from Mophie and counterfeit white-label accessory makers are also surfacing, but it looks like Apple will get in on the game as well.
Studio display update issue resolved as Apple fixes 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 that left the latest version unavailable. signed by Apple for several days.
When Apple stopped signing iOS 15.4 earlier this month to help users stay on the latest iOS 15.4.1 update, it seems the company forgot that no 15.4.1 update was available for the Studio Display, leaving no current version authorized by Apple for installation. The issue was resolved by Apple on Monday and users can update their screens again.
Apple says nearly 50% commission plan on Metaverse purchases ‘lays meta hypocrisy bare’
While Meta, better known as Facebook, and its founder Mark Zuckerberg have repeatedly criticized Apple’s 15-30% commissions on in-app purchases from the App Store, Meta has revealed that it will levy a almost 50% commission on digital assets in its “metaverse”. “
The revelation immediately prompted comments about Meta’s hypocritical stance on commissions, and Apple was quick to weigh in, saying it “shows that if they’re looking to use Apple’s platform for free, they take welcome creators and small businesses to use theirs.”
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