While we expected a follow-up event from Apple in October focused on Mac and iPad announcements, it looks like we might not get another event after all. Instead, pending updates in these product segments could be considered minor enough to be announced via press releases.
That wasn’t bad news, however, with Apple announcing that it would be extending an on-device version of the upcoming Stage Manager feature to older iPad Pro models rather than limiting it to M1-based models. Other news and rumors this week included the possibility of an “iPhone 15 Ultra” next year, a look at camera performance on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and more, so read on below. for all the details on these stories and more!
Apple extends Stage Manager to older iPad Pro models
Apple made the surprise announcement this week that Stage Manager is expanding to older iPad Pro models with the A12X and A12Z chips released in 2018 and 2020. Multitasking functionality is available to test on these models in the latest beta. ‘iPadOS 16.1.
Stage Manager will not have external display support on older iPad Pro models, which will limit its versatility. Apple has also delayed external display support for the feature on iPad models with the M1 chip – it will be reimplemented in a software update later this year.
We shared our first impressions of Stage Manager on a 2018 iPad Pro in a recent video on our YouTube channel.
Gurman: Apple may not hold an event in October
In its latest newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said another Apple event in October “seems unlikely”. Instead, he thinks Apple is more likely to announce its remaining 2022 products through press releases, updates to its website and press briefings.
Apple often hosts an October event focused on new Macs and iPads, but Gurman thinks the new versions of the iPad Pro, MacBook Pro and Mac mini with the M2 series of chips might not be enough for another keynote. iPhone-style.
iPhone 15 ‘Ultra’ could replace Pro Max model next year
Another piece of information mentioned in Gurman’s newsletter this week was that the iPhone 14 Pro Max might be replaced by a newly named iPhone 15 Ultra next year.
The iPhone 15 Ultra branding could make sense given that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed that Apple plans to further differentiate the Pro and Pro Max models in its iPhone lineup by creating more features exclusive to the model. more upscale in the future.
iPhone 14 Pro features live sports scores in Dynamic Island on iOS 16.1
Earlier this month, Apple announced that iOS 16.1 will enable a new Live Activities feature that lets iPhone users stay up to date with what’s happening in real time, like a sports game or a food delivery order, right from the lock screen.
On iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Live Activities also integrates with Dynamic Island, making it easy to view live sports scores at a glance for MLB, NBA and the Premier League. iOS 16.1 will be available to all users later this year.
Camera Comparison: iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light improvements across all lenses with the new Photonics Engine. We’ve spent the last week working on an in-depth comparison that pits the new iPhone 14 Pro Max against the previous generation iPhone 13 Pro Max to see just how much better the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be.
Based on our testing, the iPhone 14 Pro Max cameras are a definite improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro Max cameras, but the new features for most people will only be used occasionally rather than daily. If you already have an iPhone 13 Pro Max, it’s probably not worth upgrading just for the camera, but there are of course other features to consider like Dynamic Island, the always-on display tech on, satellite emergency SOS and collision detection. .
10 things the AirPods Pro 2 tell us about the AirPods Max 2
When the second-generation AirPods Pro were released, the AirPods Max became the oldest current-generation product in the AirPods lineup.
With new features like the H2 chip and Adaptive Transparency, the second-generation AirPods Pro may provide some of the best guidance yet on what to expect from the second-generation AirPods Max. We’ve rounded up 10 potential AirPods Max 2 features in total.
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