We’re only two weeks away from WWDC, and Apple is working on the current major OS build with some final updates and getting ready to preview the upcoming major one.
Meanwhile, rumors are swirling that Apple is switching to USB-C not only for future iPhone models, but also for its accessory ecosystem that’s currently based on Lightning, while Apple’s AR/VR headsets and Many are on the way. Launch, so keep reading for the details of these stories and more!
Apple releases iOS 15.5 with Wallet and Podcasts updates
After nearly six weeks of beta testing, this week Apple publicly released iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS Monterey 12.4, watchOS 8.6, tvOS 15.5 and HomePod software version 15.5. Apple also released a software update for Studio Display with improvements to the webcam.
We’ve compiled a list of everything new in iOS 15.5, including updates to Apple’s Wallet and Podcasts apps, communication security in the Messages app, and expansion to more countries, and more.
Apple has begun preparing its next wave of software updates with the first beta versions of iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, macOS Monterey 12.5, watchOS 8.7, tvOS 15.6, and HomePod software version 15.6. These updates are likely to include bug fixes and minor changes.
The first public beta of iOS 16, scheduled for July, will coincide with the third beta for developers
The first public beta of iOS 16 is about to launch alongside the third developer beta of iOS 16 bloombergThis is Mark Gurman.
As with previous releases, including iOS 15, the first public beta coincided with the second developer beta, but Gurman suggested that Apple may be behind schedule with the iOS 16 public beta this year. As always, Apple’s plans are still fluid and subject to change.
Apple Introduces iOS 16 Accessibility Features Like Apple Watch Mirroring
This week, Apple previewed new accessibility features that will be available with a software update later this year across all of the company’s platforms. This most likely refers to iOS 16, macOS 13, and other updates to be announced at WWDC next month.
New accessibility features include door detection, Apple Watch mirroring, new VoiceOver languages, Live Caption on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and more.
AirPods, MagSafe battery packs and other Apple accessories also support USB-C . rumored to switch to
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed this week that Apple accessories like AirPods, MagSafe battery packs, and the Magic Keyboard/mouse/trackpad trio will switch to USB-C “in the future.”
Kuo shared this prediction days after claiming that Apple plans to launch at least one iPhone 15 model with a USB-C port instead of Lightning in 2023, something EU regulators are pushing. Huh.
Apple headphones are about to be completed as soon as we get the demo on board
Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset appears to be in the final stages of development, as Gurman reported this week after Apple’s board of directors recently received a demo of the device.
According to Gurman’s report, Apple has also accelerated development of software running on the headset, calling the platform “RealityOS” or “ROS”. The headphones are expected to launch in 2023.
We’ve also heard rumors of a new HomePod and a higher-end version of the Apple Studio Display.
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