We’re about two weeks away from WWDC, and Apple is wrapping up work on the current major OS releases with some final updates and getting ready to preview the next major releases.
Meanwhile, rumors are swirling about Apple switching to USB-C not only for future iPhone models but also its ecosystem of accessories currently based on Lightning, while Apple’s AR/VR headsets and more appear to be nearing launch, so read on for more information. Details on these stories and more!
Apple releases iOS 15.5 with Wallet and Podcast updates
After nearly six weeks of beta testing, this week Apple publicly released iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, macOS Monterey 12.4, watchOS 8.6, tvOS 15.5, and the HomePod software version 15.5. Apple has also released an update to Studio Display with webcam improvements.
We’ve compiled a list of everything new in iOS 15.5, including updates for Apple’s Wallet and Podcasts, the safety of communications in the Messages app that’s expanding to more countries, and more.
Apple has already started preparing the next wave of software updates, with the first beta versions of iOS 15.6, iPadOS 15.6, macOS Monterey 12.5, watchOS 8.7, tvOS 15.6, and a HomePod software release 15.6 available. These updates will likely include bug fixes and minor changes.
The first public beta of iOS 16 is expected in July, and it will coincide with the third developer beta
The first public beta of iOS 16 is currently scheduled to be released alongside the third developer beta of iOS 16, according to BloombergMark Gorman.
With previous releases, including iOS 15, the first public beta is compatible with the second developer beta, but Gurman suggested that Apple might be behind schedule with the iOS 16 public beta this year. As always, Apple’s plans remain fluid and subject to change.
Apple previews iOS 16 accessibility features like Apple Watch mirroring
Apple this week previewed new accessibility features that will be available later this year with software updates across the company’s platforms. This likely refers to iOS 16, macOS 13, and other updates that are expected to be announced at WWDC next month.
New accessibility features include Door Detection, Apple Watch Mirroring, new VoiceOver languages, Live Captions on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more.
AirPods, MagSafe Battery Pack, and other Apple accessories are also rumored to switch to USB-C
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed this week that Apple accessories such as AirPods, MagSafe Battery Pack, and Magic Keyboard/Mouse/Trackpad trio will switch to USB-C in the “foreseeable future”.
Kuo shared the prediction days after claiming that Apple planned to release at least one iPhone 15 model with a USB-C port instead of Lightning in 2023, something that EU regulators had been pushing for.
Apple headset is about to finish as the panel is displayed
The long-rumored AR/VR headset appears to be in the final stages of development, with Gurman reporting this week that Apple’s board recently received a demo of the device.
Apple has also ramped up development of software running on the headphones, with the expectation that the platform will be called “RealityOS,” or “rOS” for short, Gurman reports. The handset is expected to be released in 2023.
We’re also hearing rumors of a new HomePod and a newer version of the Apple Studio Display.
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