Apple Is Reportedly Working on 15-Inch MacBook Air for 2023 Release, Another 12-Inch Laptop in Progress
Apple plans to expand the lineup of laptops using its new, speedier in-house chips next year, aiming to grab a bigger share of the market, people with knowledge of the matter said.The company is working on a larger MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen for release as early as next spring, said the people, who…
Apple plans to expand the lineup of laptops using its new, speedier in-house chips next year, aiming to grab a bigger share of the market, people with knowledge of the matter said.The company is working on a larger MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen for release as early as next spring, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. This would mark the first model of that size in the MacBook Air’s 14-year history. Apple is also developing what would be its smallest new laptop in years.The new models underscore Apple’s strategy to use homegrown processors to make gains in a market led by Lenovo and HP. The company began splitting from longtime partner Intel in 2020 and announced its latest chip, the M2, at a developers conference earlier this week. Better performance and new designs have helped spur a resurgence for the Mac lineup, which accounts for about 10 percent of Apple’s sales.The 15-inch model under development is a wider version of the 13.6-inch MacBook Air that Apple announced this week. That design, unveiled at the developers event Monday, is thinner than recent models, relies on the M2 chip and abandons the previous wedge-shaped frame. It’s considered to be the biggest overhaul to the MacBook Air since it was introduced by Steve Jobs in 2008.Apple had previously considered a 15-inch variation for this year’s MacBook Air, but shelved those plans to focus on the 13.6-inch version. Still, even that model will take time to reach consumers. Despite the unveiling this week, supply-chain constraints will prevent it from going on sale until July.Apple has also begun work on a new 12-inch laptop and is considering launching it at the end of 2023 or in early 2024. If Apple moves forward with the release, it would represent the company’s smallest laptop since it discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019.A spokesperson for Cupertino, California-based Apple declined to comment on the company’s plans.Apple debuted its last 12-inch laptop in 2015 with a slim frame, but the device was criticised for keyboard failures and sometimes sluggish performance. It’s unclear if the new 12-inch laptop would be a low-end device or a higher-end machine that’s part of the MacBook Pro line, which currently comes in 13.3-inch, 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch sizes.Between 2003 and 2006, Apple also sold a 12-inch version of the PowerBook, the predecessor to the MacBook Pro. And it briefly offered a MacBook Air with an 11.6-inch screen. Apple’s new Mac processors, based on the same architecture as the iPhone and iPad, are designed to let the company boost performance inside of slimmer casings.Apple is also planning new high-end MacBook Pros with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips for as early as the end of 2022, though the release date may slip into early 2023. These new 14-inch and 16-inch models, codenamed J414 and J416, won’t be radically new products beyond offering the speedier chips. Apple is also releasing a new 13-inch MacBook Pro next month with the same M2 chip as the MacBook Air.The M2 Max chip in the next high-end MacBook Pros will include 12 main processing cores and up to 38 graphics cores, up from a maximum of 10 processing cores and 32 graphics cores in the current models. New versions of the Mac mini and a revamped Mac Pro are also in testing within Apple, Bloomberg has reported. And the company is already working on an M3 chip destined for a future iMac and other products.The shift away from Intel chips has been a success for Apple so far, helping boost Mac revenue significantly. The company reported $10.4 billion (roughly Rs. 80,900 crore) in Mac sales during the fiscal second quarter, nearly double the $5.4 billion (roughly Rs. 42,000 crore) it generated in the second quarter of 2020, before Apple made the switch.Apple is also planning to release a larger version of the iPad Pro next year, Bloomberg has reported. The new model will take advantage of new multitasking capabilities included in iPadOS 16. And the company is readying new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros for later this year.© 2022 Bloomberg LP
iOS 16 to New MacBook Air: The Most Exciting Announcements by Apple at WWDC 2022
Apple hosted the WWDC 2022 keynote this week where it announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, and watchOS 9 as expected. Alongside showcasing its new software developments, Apple used the WWDC stage to unveil a new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro as two of its new hardware offerings. Both new MacBook models…
Apple hosted the WWDC 2022 keynote this week where it announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, and watchOS 9 as expected. Alongside showcasing its new software developments, Apple used the WWDC stage to unveil a new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro as two of its new hardware offerings. Both new MacBook models are powered by the company’s M2 chip. Between the two models, the new MacBook Air — aka MacBook Air (2022) — carries an all-new design that brings it closer to the MacBook Pro family.Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital Host Akhil Arora speaks with Executive Editor Jamshed Avari and Reviews Editor Roydon Cerejo to talk about WWDC 2022 and its key announcements.The biggest announcement of this year’s WWDC keynote is iOS 16. The new operating system for the iPhone comes with a revamped Lock Screen that supports widgets and customisations. Apple has also redesigned the way we get notifications on the Lock Screen on iOS 16, to ensure that users get a clear view of their personalised screen while getting new alerts.Alongside the new Lock Screen that has got long-due cosmetic changes, iOS 16 carries a new Messages app that has the ability to edit or even unsend a sent message. Apple has also brought iCloud Shared Photo Library feature to let users share photos with their family members seamlessly. But as of now, it’s impossible to say if this new addition will get much attention, given it can be confusing for many to know how to best use it.The iOS 16 update will also bring a feature called Visual Look Up, that will allow users to tap and hold on the subject in an image to lift it from the background, and use it in apps including Messages. Apple said that the feature can recognise birds, insects, and statues, among others. This particular addition would make it easier for users to clear background from their images, without requiring them to use a third-party app. It’s only possible on iPhones with A12 Bionic and later though.In addition to iOS 16, Apple showcased macOS Ventura as its next software release for Mac devices. The new operating system carries features including a Stage Manager, which is designed to enhance multitasking by allowing users to easily switch between apps and windows from a new side panel.The new macOS release also comes with a feature called Continuity Camera that lets MacBook consumers use an iPhone as the webcam. And with Desk View, you can use the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone to show not just what’s in the front of the MacBook (aka you), but also its bottom (aka the keyboard).Exact details on how the Continuity Camera will be deployed are yet to be revealed. Apple has also not made it clear whether the feature will be limited to the rear camera of the iPhone or can also work using its selfie camera.This year’s WWDC also brought the MacBook Air (2022) and 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) as two new hardware offerings. While the new MacBook Pro model has the same design of its existing siblings, the new MacBook Air carries a fresh design that brings a display notch and replaces the earlier wedge-style frame with a flat one.Apple also introduced the M2 chip that is coming first on the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The new chip comes as the successor to the M1 chip, and not as an upgrade to the M1 Pro or M1 Ultra. However, some customers may get confused between choosing the M2 and M1 Pro — given these have been unveiled just a few months apart.The M2-based MacBook Air (2022) is notably a more expensive model over its M1 counterpart that was introduced in 2020. The new model starts at Rs. 1,19,900, while the existing MacBook Air is available from Rs. 92,900.At the keynote, Apple also showcased watchOS 9 with new workout improvements, watch faces and features including Sleep Stages and the Medications app. The company also announced iPadOS 16 as its new operating system for the iPad. It brings Stage Manager to the iPad Pro models to enhance multitasking and make them work in line with MacBooks.We discuss more on watchOS 9 and iPadOS 16, as well as some titbits of this year’s WWDC. You can listen to all this by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.If you are new to our site, you can find the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital on your favourite platform — be it Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Gaana, JioSaavn, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.Don’t forget to follow the Gadgets 360 podcast wherever you’re listening. Please also rate us and leave a review.New Orbital episodes release every Friday — this week is an exception, due to the WWDC keynote. So, make sure to tune in each week.
iOS 16 Won’t Reach iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, Original iPhone SE; Apple Watch Series 3 Not Eligible for watchOS 9
iOS 16 will not make its way to the iPhone models that are older than the iPhone 8, Apple has confirmed following the announcement of its new iOS release. This simply means that if you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, or the original iPhone SE, you will not be able to experience iOS 16.…
iOS 16 will not make its way to the iPhone models that are older than the iPhone 8, Apple has confirmed following the announcement of its new iOS release. This simply means that if you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, or the original iPhone SE, you will not be able to experience iOS 16. Similarly, Apple has silently removed the Apple Watch Series 8 from the list of compatible Apple Watch models for watchOS 9. Both the new iOS and watchOS releases — alongside iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura — will be available for testing under public betas in July and will be released as free software updates for eligible hardware later this year.As mentioned on the iOS 16 Preview site, the new software is not compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the original iPhone SE. The list of compatible models for the iOS 16 update, instead, starts with the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2020). The iPhone 8, which debuted in 2017, is the oldest model in the list of eligible devices for iOS 16.The iPhone 6s series was launched back in 2015, while the iPhone 7 models and the iPhone SE came in 2016.However, despite being dated, all these models received iOS 15 last year. This is unlike how various Android smartphone makers treat their existing users as they often pull software update support for their older models. Nevertheless, companies including Google and Samsung have started making a change on that front by promising to seed software upgrades for up to four years and security updates for up to five years to their select models.The list of devices that are ineligible to receive iOS 16 also includes the iPod touch (7th generation) — the last-generation iPod. The iPod touch (7th generation) debuted relatively later in May 2019.Similar to the iOS update, Apple has confirmed on its website that the Apple Watch Series 3 will not receive the watchOS 9 update. The particular model was launched in 2017 and received watchOS 8 last year.With the Apple Watch Series 3 becoming ineligible for the update, the Apple Watch Series 4 has become the oldest model in the Apple Watch family to receive watchOS 9.If you own any of the dated Apple devices, you are now forced by the Cupertino company to upgrade to a newer hardware to get the latest software experience. But nonetheless, Apple is expected to continue to provide security updates to some of the devices that are ineligible to receive the latest software.Separately, Apple announced at its WWDC 2022 keynote on Monday that public beta releases of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura will be available to users for testing in July. Exact release dates are yet to be revealed, though.Before giving the new software versions as public betas, Apple has released its new iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS Ventura for developers who have signed up for the Apple Developer Program. The company has brought the first developer preview tvOS 9, without any pomp and show.
Apple iPad Pro 2022 May Get 14.1-Inch Display, M2 Chip With 16GB RAM: Report
Apple iPad Pro 2022 lineup is expected to include at least one model that will sport a 14.1-inch display, powered by M2 SoC and 16GB of RAM, as per a report. The Cupertino-based company recently unveiled the MacBook Air (2022) and the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) with its latest M2 chipset under the hood, at…
Apple iPad Pro 2022 lineup is expected to include at least one model that will sport a 14.1-inch display, powered by M2 SoC and 16GB of RAM, as per a report. The Cupertino-based company recently unveiled the MacBook Air (2022) and the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) with its latest M2 chipset under the hood, at WWDC 2022. The upcoming iPad model will go against the likes of the Samsung Tab S8 Ultra that features a 14.6-inch, and octa-core SoC — most likely Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, paired with up to 16GB of RAM.Citing multiple generally reliable leakers, industry pundits, and insiders, a report by PhoneArena claims that at least one model of the iPad Pro 2022 lineup will have Apple’s latest M2 chip. As per the company, Apple says that its new chipset offers 18 percent improved CPU performance and 35 percent GPU performance over its predecessor and is 1.9 times faster (CPU) and 2.3 times faster (GPU) compared to competing 10-core processors.Apple recently launched laptops powered by the latest CPUs.Furthermore, the processor is said to be paired with 16GB of ‘base’ RAM, a minimum of 512GB internal storage, and a 14.1-inch display. Other storage options could include 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB models.Although the information on the specifications of this rumoured model is scarce, it looks like Apple will go all out to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. Samsung’s offering features a 14.6-inch WQXGA+ (2,960×1,848 pixels) Super AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core SoC, paired with up to 16GB of RAM. However, it gets up to 512GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 1TB) — nowhere near the claimed 4TB iPad Pro 2022 model that could be offered by Apple.