Top Stories: Testing Apple's DIY Repair Program, Apple Watch Series 8 Rumor, and More

We're only a month away from WWDC, and excitement is building with Apple preparing to open up a lottery for a limited number of developer spots to attend a viewing at Apple Park.

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This week, we also got a chance to try out Apple's new Self Service Repair program for ourselves, while we heard rumors about the Apple Watch Series 8, got a closer look inside Jony Ive's departure from Apple, and more, so read on below for all of the details on these stories and more!

Testing Out Apple's Self Repair Program With an iPhone 12 Mini Battery Fix

Apple recently launched its Self Service Repair program in the United States, starting with iPhone 12 models, iPhone 13 models, and the third-generation iPhone SE. As part of the program, Apple offers select iPhone parts, tools, and manuals to customers to complete repairs.

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We were curious how the Self Service Repair program works and how it compares to the simplicity of bringing a product in to Apple for repair, so we had MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera order a repair kit to replace the battery inside an iPhone 12 mini.

As someone unfamiliar with repairing iPhones, Dan described the process as a "big mistake" — watch the video to find out why.

Apple Watch Series 8 May Feature Body Temperature Sensor

Apple Watch Series 8 models might feature a body temperature sensor if the underlying algorithms are able to meet Apple's high standards, according to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo said the body temperature sensor was originally planned for the Apple Watch Series 7 last year, but Apple allegedly postponed the feature during development due to the algorithms being unsatisfactory.

Developers Can Apply for Chance to Watch WWDC 2022 Keynote at Apple Park Starting May 9

While WWDC will be a virtual event again this year due to the pandemic, some lucky developers will be able to watch the Keynote and State of the Union videos in person at Apple Park on June 6.

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Attending the event is free and open to developers and 2022 Swift Student Challenge applicants. Invitations will be allocated through a random selection process, with developers able to submit a request to attend starting May 9.

Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5

Apple is expected to announce iOS 16 at WWDC next month, and ahead of time, the company continues to test a minor iOS 15.5 update.

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Apple this week seeded the fourth betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to developers and public beta testers, with only minor new features and changes discovered so far. Apple also seeded the fourth betas of macOS Monterey 12.4, watchOS 8.6, and tvOS 15.5.

Microsoft Edge Overtakes Safari as World's Second Most Popular Desktop Browser

Microsoft Edge has overtaken Apple's Safari to become the world's second most popular desktop browser, based on data shared by web analytics service StatCounter. Google Chrome remains in first place.

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As the default Windows 11 browser, the popularity of Edge has crept up in recent months, allowing it to surpass Safari in usage as of April 2022. The rankings represent desktop browser usage only, with mobile browsers excluded.

'After Steve' Examines the Tensions That Led to Jony Ive's Departure From Apple

Technology reporter Tripp Mickle released a new book on Apple this week titled "After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul" which provides a look at the tensions between Apple's CEO Tim Cook and former design chief Jony Ive that ultimately led to Ive's departure from the company.

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Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who led the teams that created the original iPod and iPhone, also released a book this week titled "Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making."

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Top Rated Comments

BGPL Avatar
27 months ago
It would be nice if Apple Watch would give information on skin temperature, blood oxygen levels and heart rate variability. Also, more detailed info on my sleep. This would prevent me from having to get a whoop subscription and would be useful to most people, even if you don't do interval training.
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camelphace Avatar
27 months ago
Safari is lame. I use Brave. How many people use alternate browsers other than Safari?
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44267547 Avatar
27 months ago

If Steve had a choice between Cook and Ive he’d choose Ive without hesitation.
There’s no foundation to your post and it’s also making a claim without basis. You yourself cannot speak for Steve Jobs mindset, who you never knew and what his intentions were. To be blunt, your post is at best a ‘tabloid afterthought’.
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Karma*Police Avatar
27 months ago
If Steve had a choice between Cook and Ive he’d choose Ive without hesitation. I guess Steve making Jony Ive the most powerful person in the company didn’t quite pan out that way.
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jz0309 Avatar
27 months ago

If Steve had a choice between Cook and Ive he’d choose Ive without hesitation. I guess Steve making Jony Ive the most powerful person in the company didn’t quite pan out that way.
what part of history did you not read about? Steve made Cook CEO ... time to move on
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Realityck Avatar
27 months ago

We're only a month away from WWDC, and excitement is building with Apple preparing to open up a lottery for a limited number of developer spots to attend a viewing at Apple Park.

Apple is expected to announce iOS 16 at WWDC next month, and ahead of time, the company continues to test a minor iOS 15.5 update.
There are three topics that everyone is wondering about.

* iOS/iPadOS 16
* MacOS 13
* Mac Pro utilizing AS processing

If we are lucky all three will be present at WWDC 2022 or at least a sneak peak on the Mac Pro for allowing us to see what the future will be like. iOS/ipadOS 16 is constraining how far Apple can say iPads are computers, no matter how great the iPad redesigns are. MacOS 13 needs to bridge current MacOS limitations to enable more native software that is lacking in some categories that make use of graphics. We will certainly see Apple pushing AR Creation Tools this year. The details of making a Mac Pro that is not intel based has all of us wondering what is possible that the Mac Studio couldn't demonstrate. Just 30 days from now till we get more insight where we stand for this coming year.
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