Apple's last hardware launch of 2022 is here with the latest Apple TV 4K, as it looks like we won't see any Mac updates until early next year.
However, there's a bit more on the calendar before the end of the year, including the holiday shopping season and software updates like iOS 16.2, which will bring a host of new features and improvements when it's released. There have been rumors this week about upcoming products like the iPhone 15 and iPhone SE 4, so read on for more details on those stories and more!
iOS 16.2 is expected to launch in mid-December with several new features
After deploying the first beta versions of iOS 16.2 and related updates last week, we now have an approximate time frame for their public release. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says they will launch in mid-December.
The updates bring several new features, including live streaming integration for select sports games through the built-in TV app, a new iPhone Lock sleep widget, a new Freeform Collaboration app for iPhone, iPad and Mac, and more a lot. .
Gurman: Apple is not planning any new Mac releases for the rest of 2022.
While previous rumors suggested we could see Mac updates before the end of the year, that's no longer the case. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says updated Mac models like the MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro won't appear until at least the first quarter of 2023.
This statement is consistent with comments made by Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Matri during last week's earnings call, where he said that "Apple's product mix is ready for the holidays" and that Mac sales are currently on the decline. . Compared to the previous quarter. year.
Kuo: iPhone 15 Pro models with solid-state buttons and three haptic motors
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, next year's iPhone 15 models may switch to a solid-state design for the volume and power buttons instead of mechanical buttons.
Unlike the Home button on the iPhone 7 and later Touch ID models, the physical click of the side buttons may be replaced by haptic feedback with two additional haptic motors in future models.
The change comes at the same time that Apple is switching to a USB-C connector instead of Lightning in next year's iPhone models, marking the first physical connector change in more than a decade.
Apple TV 4K 2022 review: Faster and more affordable with HDR10+ support and USB-C remote, but fundamentally unchanged
Apple's final product launch for 2022 took place this week with the third-generation Apple TV 4K, and reviews from various media outlets and YouTubers flooded the web ahead of Friday's launch. We also had a short and cozy run with the new box on opening day.
The new Apple TV is a modest upgrade, but it offers faster performance, HDR10+ support, a USB-C charging remote, and a thinner and lighter fanless design. Above all, it has a low price.
Apple has yet to test the iPhone SE 4's 5.7-6.1-inch OLED and LCD screens.
Apple's budget iPhone SE is still based on an old design with a home button and large top and bottom bezels, but the next version expected in 2024 looks to have a significant upgrade over the current 4.7-inch screen.
Display analyst Ross Young said this week that Apple is considering options that include a 6.1-inch OLED display and a 6.5-inch LCD in 5-inch, 7-inch or 6.1-inch sizes. .
Apple is now selling refurbished MacBook Air M2 models.
A few months after its launch in July, the M2 MacBook Air models started showing up on Apple's revamped online store.
The store offers 10% off new prices, and Apple's refurbished products go through an extensive upgrade process to make them look like new devices. Refurbished devices are eligible for AppleCare and have the same standard one-year warranty and 14-day return policy.
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