In what was more of a surprise than a surprise, Apple announced this week that it has discontinued the iPod touch after nearly 15 years and seven generations, ending the entire iPod lineup.
Other news this week saw rumors of both the iPhone 14 Pro (slightly larger screens!) and the iPhone 15 (USB-C instead of Lightning?), as well as a report that Apple plans to release AirPods Max in new colors later. public, so read on for details on these stories and more!
Apple discontinues iPod Touch
Apple announced this week that it will discontinue the iPod touch, which remains available while supplies last. The device is already listed as “sold out” on the Apple online store in the US, and the stock is running out fast in other countries and at third-party distributors as well.
First introduced in October 2001, the iPod was one of Apple’s most popular products, but discontinuation of the device became inevitable over time due to the wide range of Apple products that can play music, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod mini, and more.
End of an era: What’s your favorite iPod?
With the last iPod now discontinued, it’s the end of an era. iPod models released over the years have included the original iPod (later known as iPod classic), iPod mini, iPod photo, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch.
What is your favorite iPod model? Let us know at Mac rumors Forums and be sure to share any photos of your iPod collection.
iPhone 14 Pro models are rumored to feature slightly larger screen sizes
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will feature marginally larger screen sizes than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to screen industry consultant Ross Young.
Young said the differences in screen size are due to the iPhone 14 Pro models having slightly narrower bezels around the screen compared to the iPhone 13 Pro models and a new perforation and notch design that replaces the notch.
iPhone 15 is rumored to switch from Lightning to USB-C
Apple plans to release at least a new iPhone 15 model with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. BloombergMark Gorman agrees that USB-C iPhones are in testing and that Apple is also planning an adapter that will allow it to work with existing Lightning-based accessories.
If this rumor proves true, we still have to wait for a while for the first USB-C iPhone. Kuo expects the Lightning connector to continue in the iPhone 14 lineup launched later this year, and the switch to USB-C is expected with the iPhone 15 in 2023. Likewise, Gurman says the switch won’t happen until 2023 at the earliest. .
New AirPods Max colors have been reported in the works
Apple plans to release high-end AirPods Max headphones in new colors in the future, according to BloombergMark Gorman.
AirPods Max was introduced in December 2020, and is currently available in five colors, including grey, silver, cyan, green and pink. It is unclear what new colors will be introduced.
Gorman said that Apple also plans to release the second generation of AirPods Pro in the fall.
Five things you still can’t do with your MacBook Pro
In October 2021, Apple released redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, a wide range of ports, and more.
While the new models have crowd-pleasing features, we’ve put together a list of five things you still can’t do with your MacBook Pro, like taking advantage of SD cards at faster UHS-III speeds. Check out the full list to see what features and capabilities are still missing.
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