Apple News Roundup: 12.9-inch iPad, iPods, iOS Betas, Apple Pay UK, Lark health app, Pixelmator updated
Apple has been busy lately with a lot of new products and updates. Here are some of the highlights from the past week:
12.9-inch iPad: According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple is working on a larger version of its iPad tablet with a 12.9-inch display. The device is expected to launch in early 2024 and target the education and enterprise markets. The report also claims that Apple is developing a new version of its iPad mini with a larger screen and thinner bezels.
iPods: Apple has quietly discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, leaving only the iPod touch as the sole survivor of its iconic music player line. The iPod touch has also received a price cut and now starts at $199 for 32GB of storage. The iPod touch is the only iOS device that still has a headphone jack and a home button.
iOS Betas: Apple has released the fourth beta versions of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to developers and public testers. The new updates include features such as App Privacy Report, Digital Legacy, Hide My Email, Communication Safety, and more. Apple has also released the first beta of watchOS 8.3 with support for new languages and regions.
Apple Pay UK: Apple has expanded its contactless payment service to more banks and retailers in the UK. Customers of Barclays, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ulster Bank, and Santander can now use Apple Pay to make purchases with their iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple Pay is also accepted at more than 250,000 locations across the UK, including Boots, Costa Coffee, Marks & Spencer, Nando's, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, and Transport for London.
Lark health app: Lark is a new app that uses artificial intelligence to help users manage their health and wellness. The app acts as a personal coach that tracks users' sleep, activity, nutrition, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. It also provides personalized feedback and guidance based on users' goals and preferences. Lark is compatible with Apple HealthKit and works with devices such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, and various smart scales and blood pressure monitors.
Pixelmator updated: Pixelmator is a popular photo editing app for Mac and iOS devices. The app has received a major update that adds support for M1 Macs, macOS Monterey features such as Shortcuts and Live Text, and iOS 15 features such as Focus mode and Quick Note. Pixelmator also introduces a new ML Crop feature that uses machine learning to automatically crop photos to the best composition.
These are some of the latest news from Apple. Stay tuned for more updates on your favorite products and services from the Cupertino company.
In addition to these news, Apple has also announced some upcoming events and releases. Here are some of the things to look forward to in the near future:
Apple Music Voice Plan: Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription option that lets users access Apple Music using only their voice. For $4.99 per month, users can ask Siri to play any song, artist, album, playlist, or genre from the Apple Music catalog. The plan also includes access to Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country radio stations. The plan is available in 17 countries and regions, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and India.
AirPods 3: AirPods 3 are the latest generation of Apple's wireless earbuds. The new AirPods feature a similar design to the AirPods Pro, with shorter stems and interchangeable ear tips. They also have improved sound quality, adaptive EQ, spatial audio, and longer battery life. The AirPods 3 cost $179 and are compatible with MagSafe and Qi wireless charging.
MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch: MacBook Pro 14-inch and 16-inch are the new flagship laptops from Apple. They feature the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which offer up to 10 times faster performance than the previous Intel-based models. They also have a redesigned chassis, a mini-LED display with ProMotion technology, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a HDMI port, an SD card slot, a MagSafe 3 port, and a Touch Bar with a physical escape key. The MacBook Pro 14-inch starts at $1,999 and the MacBook Pro 16-inch starts at $2,499.
Apple Event: Apple is expected to hold another event in November or December to unveil more products and services. Rumors suggest that Apple may announce a new iMac with a larger screen and M1 chip, a new Mac mini with M1X chip, a new Apple Watch SE with a larger display and faster processor, a new HomePod mini with UWB support, and a new Apple TV with an A15 chip and improved remote.
These are some of the upcoming announcements from Apple. Stay tuned for more coverage on your favorite products and services from the Cupertino company. aa16f39245