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Top Stories: M4 Mac Roadmap Leaked, New iPads in Second Week of May, and More

Top Stories: M4 Mac Roadmap Leaked, New iPads in Second Week of May, and More

Apple’s hardware roadmap was in the news this week, with things hopefully firming up for a launch of updated iPad Pro and iPad Air models next month while we look ahead to the other iPad models and a full lineup of M4-based Macs arriving starting later this year. We also heard some fresh rumors about iOS 18, due to be unveiled at WWDC in a couple of months, while we took a look at how things are going with the iPhone 15 Pro now that it’s halfway through its flagship lifecycle, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more! Macs to Get AI-Focused M4 Chips Starting in Late 2024 Apple plans to release its first Macs with the M4 series of chips in late 2024, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. The report says that the MacBook Pro and iMac lines will be the first to be updated with the M4 series of chips later this year, while other models like the MacBook Air, Mac mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro …

Top Stories: iOS 18’s Generative AI Features to Rely on Google?, Latest on New iPads, and More

Top Stories: iOS 18’s Generative AI Features to Rely on Google?, Latest on New iPads, and More

We’re getting closer to the launch of new iPad Pro and iPad Air models, while rumors about iOS 18 are continuing to ramp up with this week’s surprise revelation that Apple has been talking to Google and others about potentially helping power the generative AI features expected to be a major part of this year’s update. Other news this week saw the release of iOS 17.4.1 and iPadOS 17.4.1 updates with bug fixes, but we’re still awaiting an update to address some of the problems introduced in macOS 14.4 earlier this month. We’ve also been continuing to keep our eye on the iPhone 16 lineup due in September and upcoming AirPods updates, so read on for details on all of these stories! iOS 18: Apple in Talks With Google to Bring Gemini AI Features to iPhone Apple is in active discussions with Google to license some of its Gemini generative AI technology for the iPhone starting as early as iOS 18 later this year, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Apple has also been talking to …

Top Stories: iPhone Apps via Web in EU, iOS 17.4.1 Coming Soon, and More

Top Stories: iPhone Apps via Web in EU, iOS 17.4.1 Coming Soon, and More

Apple news and rumors settled down a bit this week following the launch of the M3 MacBook Air, but there was still plenty to talk about including Apple’s ongoing changes to satisfy the EU’s Digital Markets Act and signs of an upcoming iOS update likely to address some bugs. We’re also looking forward to new iPad Pro and iPad Air models coming in the next few weeks or so, plus the iPhone 16 lineup later this year, so read on for the latest on these stories and more! Apple Announces Ability to Download iPhone Apps From Websites in EU Apple this week announced that iPhone users in the EU will soon be able to download apps directly from the websites of eligible developers. Apple says web distribution will be available in a software update that will be released “later this spring,” which likely refers to iOS 17.5. Apple already added support for alternative app marketplaces on the iPhone in the EU with iOS 17.4, released earlier this month. These changes are a result of the …

Top Stories: New MacBook Air, iOS 17.4 Released, and More

Top Stories: New MacBook Air, iOS 17.4 Released, and More

We heard some last-minute rumblings that an Apple product launch might be coming this week, and indeed it did with the debut of new MacBook Air models based on Apple’s M3 chip. Alongside the new MacBook Air, we got the usual spring refresh with new Apple Watch band and iPhone case colors, while this week also saw the release of iOS 17.4 and related operating system updates, so read on below for details on these stories and more! Apple Announces New MacBook Air Models With M3 Chip Apple this week updated the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air with several new features, including the M3 chip for faster performance, Wi-Fi 6E support, expanded external display support, an anti-fingerprint seal on the Midnight finish, and microphone improvements. The new MacBook Air models became available to order immediately after the announcement on Monday, with a launch following on Friday, March 8. Apple has discontinued the 13-inch MacBook Air with the M1 chip and the 15-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip as part of this refresh, while the …

Top Stories: Apple Car Canceled, iOS 17.4 Release Notes, and More

Top Stories: Apple Car Canceled, iOS 17.4 Release Notes, and More

Apple shocked the world this week by canceling its long-running electric vehicle project into which it invested billions of dollars over the past decade. Rumors indicated the project had been struggling for years, but to see it officially end up on the chopping block is still quite startling. Other news and rumors this week included the pending release of iOS 17.4 and the significant changes for EU users that come along with it, rumors about device support for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 later this year, and more, so read on below for all the details! Apple Cancels Electric Car Project Apple this week reportedly canceled its long-rumored electric vehicle project after years of setbacks. The report said that some employees on the team will shift to working on generative AI, which is expected to be a tentpole feature of iOS 18, while others may be laid off. Following the news, we shared a detailed recap of the Apple Car’s history dating back to the project’s inception around 2014, including some of the challenges faced. …

Top Stories: Apple Sports App, iMessage Security Upgrade, and More

Top Stories: Apple Sports App, iMessage Security Upgrade, and More

This week saw the surprise release of a new Apple Sports app for tracking sports scores across a number of leagues, while we learned more about features coming soon in iOS 17.4. We also saw more rumors about AirPods updates coming later this year, and Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models have hit Apple’s refurbished products store at a nice discount, so read on for all the details on these stories and more! ‘Apple Sports’ App Announced With Personalized Scoreboards and More Apple this week released a new Apple Sports app for the iPhone that shows scores, stats, standings, upcoming games, betting odds, and more for a variety of leagues, such as the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, Premier League, and the NFL when its next season begins. For ongoing games, the app also displays real-time play-by-play information. We went hands-on with the app, which has a very basic interface with scoreboards you can personalize by following your favorite teams and leagues. In an interview, Apple’s services chief and noted sports enthusiast Eddy Cue said the app’s …

Top Stories: iPhone 16 and iOS 18 Rumors, New Macs and iPads Coming Soon, and More

Top Stories: iPhone 16 and iOS 18 Rumors, New Macs and iPads Coming Soon, and More

Apple’s next set of product releases is likely coming up quickly, with a number of Mac and iPad updates reportedly set for next month. Major changes to iOS are coming to residents of the European Union around the same time, while rumors continue to circulate about a potential HomePod with a full display. Other news this week included fresh rumors about the iPhone 16 lineup and iOS 18 coming later in the year, while Apple is investigating reports of screen-related issues on the latest Apple Watch models, so read on below for all the details! New MacBook Airs and iPads, iOS 17.4, and More Expected Next Month Now that Apple has launched its Vision Pro headset, attention has shifted towards what is next on the company’s agenda. As usual, March should be a busy time for Apple, as the company is expected to release new MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and iPad Air models during the month. In a recent press release, Apple also confirmed that the iOS 17.4 update for the iPhone will be released …

Top Stories: Apple Vision Pro Launch Recap, iOS 17.4 Beta Features, and More

Top Stories: Apple Vision Pro Launch Recap, iOS 17.4 Beta Features, and More

Apple Vision Pro has been out for a week, so regular users are starting to get settled in with the new device and sharing their thoughts on it while teardown experts have been digging into the hardware. Beyond all the news surrounding Apple’s long-anticipated headset, this week also saw more progress on iOS 17.4 and related operating system updates expected to launch next month, fresh iPhone 16 rumors, and more, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more! Apple Vision Pro Apps to Check Out Following the launch of Apple’s new Vision Pro headset on Friday, we shared an in-depth list of apps optimized for the visionOS operating system, from both larger and smaller developers. Apple announced that over 600 apps have been optimized for visionOS so far, and our list highlights many notable ones, while we’ve also shared a video looking at ten of our favorites. Vision Pro is also compatible with more than one million iPad and iPhone apps. iFixit Shares Apple Vision Pro Teardown Repair website iFixit …

Top Stories: Apple Vision Pro Launch, Next-Generation CarPlay Features, and More

Top Stories: Apple Vision Pro Launch, Next-Generation CarPlay Features, and More

Apple Vision Pro is here! Apple’s “spatial computing” headset has officially launched, and we’ve got all the details on the ground-breaking new device for both early adopters and those just looking for more information as Apple takes in first step into what it believes is the future of computing. While the Apple Vision Pro launch was the biggest news of the week, it certainly wasn’t the only topic making waves as Apple is continuing work on iOS 17.4 with a host of changes to how the app ecosystem will work in the European Union, we received word that iOS 18 coming later this year could be a massive update, and more, so read on below for more! Apple Vision Pro Launches: ‘The Era of Spatial Computing Has Arrived’ After years of rumors, the Apple Vision Pro has finally launched, at least in the United States. In-store launches began at 8:00 a.m. Friday, with pre-order deliveries also happening the same day. Apple has shared a wealth of information alongside the launch, and we’ve rounded up quite …

Top Stories: Major iOS 17.4 Changes, MacBook and iPad Updates, and More

Top Stories: Major iOS 17.4 Changes, MacBook and iPad Updates, and More

Huge news this week for iOS users in the European Union, with major changes to Apple’s policies coming with iOS 17.4 related to alternative app stores, default browsers, NFC payment options, and more. This week also saw the public release of iOS 17.3 with several new features, rumors about upcoming hardware, the end of an era for Apple retail, and more, so read on below for all the details! iOS 17.4 Introduces Alternative App Marketplaces With No Commission in EU Apple this week seeded the first developer beta of iOS 17.4, and it comes alongside significant changes, particularly for users in the European Union to comply with the Digital Markets Act that goes into effect in early March. Most notably, iOS 17.4 will allow EU users to install apps from marketplaces other than the App Store. Apple will not charge a commission on purchases for these apps, but there will be a per-install Core Technology Fee. Other changes coming as part of iOS 17.4 include worldwide support for game streaming apps, allowing EU users to …