As you are studying this, I am in all probability sitting on the seaside consuming a mojito, having fun with one of many ultimate weeks of summer season. Once I return, we’ll all be headed into probably the most thrilling 4 months on the Apple calendar. Although largely quiet, the previous week nonetheless provided information and compelling predictions about our favourite know-how firm and what’s to come back. This is a recap of every little thing that went down this week in Apple land.
What’s vital about Sept. 6?
As lately famous on our iPhone 14 prediction web page, we’re nonetheless in all probability a month away from the primary of what is prone to be two Apple fall occasions. That occasion, attainable on Tuesday, Sept. 13, ought to embrace iPhone 14 collection and Apple Watch Sequence 8 reveals, with bulletins about new iPads and Macs following someday in October.
Though Apple might invite some press members to each occasions, because it did for the Worldwide Builders Convention (WWDC) in June, many of the motion might be recorded and streamed worldwide on Apple TV, Twitter, and the Apple web site. This type of setup means Apple can take its good candy time and never even announce the September occasion for just a few extra days.
Assuming Sept. 13 is the iPhone occasion, we will count on an announcement one week earlier on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and the brand new Apple Watch collection ought to start on Friday, Sept. 16, with a Sept. 23 launch date.
Good and unhealthy information about iPhone 14 costs
This week, we obtained some information in regards to the iPhone 14 collection that should not come as a shock. In keeping with Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s anticipated to extend the value of the iPhone 14 Professional collection handsets by round 15%.
At present, within the U.S., the bottom iPhone 13 Professional is $999, whereas the least costly iPhone 13 Professional Max is $1,099. These numbers might rise to about $1,150 and $1,265, respectively. Even with right this moment’s near-record inflation charges in lots of components of the world, these numbers appear extreme. Nonetheless, Apple has by no means elevated the value of the iPhone Professional lineup because the iPhone 11 Professional collection launched in 2019, so I assume it is truthful.
On a extra optimistic notice, the flagship iPhone 14 is not anticipated to function a worth hike. Just like the iPhone 13 (the greatest iPhone at present available on the market) earlier than it, this mannequin ought to begin at $799. Nonetheless, Apple will nonetheless see elevated income on the common iPhone 14 collection because it’s prone to substitute the iPhone mini with an all-new iPhone 14 Max within the lineup. The iPhone 13 mini begins at $699, whereas the brand new Max mannequin is predicted to launch at $899, in keeping with the newest iPhone 14 rumors.
iOS 16: It is getting bizarre
With new iPhones anticipated to launch in just some weeks, we’re almost completed with the iOS 16 beta cycle. Usually, by this time within the course of, Apple has stopped making vital tweaks to the software program updates. And but, iOS 16 developer beta 5 (and iOS 16 public beta 3) stunned us. These betas function the return of a battery indicator quantity on the iPhone House display, which Apple eliminated starting with the iPhone X. Sadly, the early critiques have been combined.
It might show tough to search out any long-term iPhone consumer upset by Apple’s resolution to reverse course and embrace a battery proportion quantity on the iPhone House display. However, sadly, the brand new look is not essentially an excellent one. Due to spacing points, the brand new design is considerably unusual, because it encompasses a battery quantity (not the signal) on prime of the icon.
Right here you may see the distinction between the battery indicator on the iPhone dwelling display and Management Middle:
Some iOS 16 beta testers have additionally stated the brand new battery icon appears to be like odd with particular backgrounds or Darkish mode. I have not run into these points, though I have not completed many assessments to show this.
There’s one ultimate level that is been introduced up in regards to the new iOS 16 battery indicator: Some early customers have reported that it would not work on some iPhone fashions, together with the iPhone 11 Max, iPhone 12 Max, and iPhone 13 mini.
All these considerations are warranted, though it is attainable (even seemingly) that Apple will tweak the brand new design earlier than the official iOS 16 launch, so keep tuned.
Headed out the door …
That is it for me, at the very least for just a few days. To recap, we have heaps to stay up for within the coming months as Apple gears as much as launch a number of new merchandise in addition to the official debut of iOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, watchOS 9, and extra. Some might not be too comfortable in regards to the battery proportion icon, however there are nonetheless plenty of different thrilling updates coming within the new model of iOS that we will all stay up for. Though, possibly the brand new iPhone 14 costs, not a lot.
Anyway, in my absence, you’ll want to keep plugged into iMore for the newest Apple information and pleasure, as at all times.