As we approach the highly anticipated WWDC 2023, there’s a lot to look forward to from Apple. From the expected unveiling of iOS 17 to the latest updates on iPhone 15, there’s a lot of buzz in the tech world. Here, I will provide a comprehensive overview of what we can expect from Apple in the coming weeks, including updates on their own modems, new promotions, and more.
Apple’s Own Modems
Apple is reportedly planning to manufacture its own modems in collaboration with Broadcom. This major deal with Broadcom, a leading manufacturer of Wi-Fi modems and other wireless connectivity components, could potentially lead to better connectivity for Apple devices. This shift towards self-manufacturing could mean that Apple is looking to create a modem that outperforms those of Intel and Qualcomm, its previous suppliers. However, it’s likely that we won’t see these new modems for a couple of years.
Apple Card Promotion
Apple Card users may have noticed a new promotion in the Wallet app. This promotion allows users to share up to $125 with their family. By adding a person, each person gives you $25 up to five people. However, this promotion is only valid when the added person spends $25 in their first 30 days. This promotion may not be available in all regions or countries, but it’s worth checking out if you’re an Apple Card user.
Apple Car Key Support for Mercedes
Mercedes is the latest car manufacturer to offer support for Apple Car Key with the launch of their new E-class sedan. This feature allows users to use their phone as the key without a separate app, making it more convenient and streamlined. This feature is already available for other car brands such as Kia, Hyundai, and BMW, and we can expect to see it in more cars in the future.
New Gmail App for Mac
For those who have been looking for a Gmail app that works well on Mac, there’s a new one called Mime Stream. This app, developed by Apple engineer Neil Javeri, recently exited beta and is now available for use. Users can try it for 14 days, after which there’s an annual plan. The app uses Gmail’s API and has been praised as one of the best email clients for Gmail.
Twitter’s New Video Feature
Twitter is reportedly working on adding a major feature to its platform for video. This feature, including playback speed, captions, and more, could rival YouTube. It’s an interesting development for content creators and consumers alike, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves.
Apple Discounts and Deals
Apple has begun offering the M2 Mac Mini refurbished on their website, providing a slight discount for those interested in this model. Other deals include discounts on the Apple Pencil 2, AirPods Pro 2, and the 11-inch iPad Pro. These deals offer great opportunities for those looking to upgrade their Apple devices.
The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2023 is just one week away. This event, which starts at 1 pm Eastern Time on June 5th, will showcase all new software and hardware from Apple. We can expect to see iOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS 14, TV OS 14, HomePod OS 14, and possibly Reality OS or XR OS. There’s also speculation about new MacBook Airs, a Mac Pro, and a new VR headset, dubbed the Reality Pro.
Swift Student Challenge
In the lead-up to WWDC, Apple has started sending gifts to those who applied for the Swift Student Challenge. These gifts include AirPods Pro 2, a sweatshirt, and some pins. The Swift Student Challenge is a great opportunity for young developers to showcase their skills and potentially attend WWDC.
Apple recently released iOS 16.5 and iOS 16.6 beta 1. However, some issues have been reported with iOS 16.5, particularly with different adapters. As a result, we may see an iOS 16.5.1 update soon to address these issues. Similarly, there have been issues reported with the green tint on watchOS 9.5. We can expect Apple to remedy these issues swiftly.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 Updates
According to Charger Labs, the iPhone 15 will support MagSafe and the new Qi 2 wireless charging standard. This will allow for 15 watts of wireless charging without MagSafe. The iPhone 15 is expected to have rounded-off edges, a new volume rocker, and possibly no SIM card tray in the US.
On the other hand, rumors about iPhone 16 have already started circulating. Multiple sources suggest that Apple plans to introduce slightly larger displays on the iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max. The iPhone 16 models are also said to have vertical camera layouts instead of diagonal, possibly to make room for more sensors.
At WWDC, we’re expecting a 15-inch MacBook Air. There’s also speculation about more Macs that weren’t initially expected. According to Mark German, Apple will start allowing trade-ins of three recent Macs towards new products on June 5th, the day of WWDC. These include the Mac Studio M2, MacBook Airs, and the M2 13-inch MacBook Pro. This could hint at replacements for these models.
Apple’s Reality Pro Headset
Apple’s Reality Pro headset is one of the most anticipated products expected to be unveiled at WWDC. While little is known about the headset, Apple has filed trademarks for names relating to the new VR headset, including XR Pro, Reality Pro, and Real OS. Apple has also invited VR journalists to WWDC 2023, further hinting at the unveiling of the headset.
As we approach WWDC 2023, there’s a lot to look forward to from Apple. From the unveiling of iOS 17 to the latest updates on iPhone 15 and the expected unveiling of Apple’s Reality Pro headset, there’s a lot of buzz in the tech world. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the event.