Top Stories: iPhone 15 Rumors, iOS 16.2 Beta 2 Changes, and More

Things are starting to wind down for 2022, though we're not quite there yet with a few more items still on Apple's plate including iOS 16.2, which is proceeding through beta testing with some new features and tweaks.

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Looking further into the future, we're expecting plenty of news for 2023 with the iPhone 15 naturally being the flagship launch for the year, and we're already hearing a decent amount about what to expect from it, so read on for details on these stories and more!

8 Features Rumored for the iPhone 15 Coming in 2023

There's almost a year to go until we get new iPhone 15 models in September 2023, but we've been hearing rumors about potential features and changes for months now, including a USB-C port and more. We've rounded up eight features rumored for the iPhone 15 so far.

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A familiar lineup of devices is expected next year, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Rumors suggest the Pro Max model could be named the iPhone 15 Ultra instead as Apple further distinguishes its highest-end smartphone.

Check out our comprehensive iPhone 15 roundup for even more details.

Everything New in iOS 16.2 Beta 2 for iPhone

Apple this week seeded the second beta of iOS 16.2 to developers and public beta testers. As usual, there are a handful of changes in the latest beta, including 5G support in India and a Medications widget.

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iOS 16.2 also features Apple's new whiteboard app Freeform, new Home app architecture, Live Activities for select sports games via the Apple TV app, unintentional Emergency SOS call reporting, and more.

Apple also released iOS 16.1.1 with bug fixes.

Apple Working On Shorter Siri Trigger Phrase

Apple plans to drop "Hey" from the "Hey Siri" trigger phrase within the next few years, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Users would simply say "Siri" followed by a command.

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"While that might seem like a small change, making the switch is a technical challenge that requires a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering work," said Gurman, in the latest edition of his newsletter.

15 Tips to Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer

iPhone battery life has improved over the years, but there are still some situations where you may be away from a charger for a prolonged period and need your device to last as long as possible.

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We've put together a list of 15 useful tips for maximizing iPhone battery life, ranging from turning off Background App Refresh to adjusting Mail app settings and more. Of course, enabling Low Power Mode also helps.

The MacRumors Show: John Gruber Talks macOS Ventura and Upcoming Macs

John Gruber of Daring Fireball joined us on this week's episode of The MacRumors Show podcast to discuss everything Mac and macOS Ventura.

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Apple Still Has These Five Things Coming Before 2022 Ends

Apple recently indicated that its product lineup is "set" heading into the holiday shopping season, suggesting that there won't be any new Macs or other devices announced through the remainder of 2022. Nonetheless, there are still at least five notable items on Apple's agenda to expect before the end of the year.

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Looking ahead, we recently shared a list of six major products to expect from Apple in 2023.

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Top Rated Comments

ILoveCalvinCool Avatar
19 months ago
I almost upgraded from an 8 to a 14 until I realized I'd be stuck with Lightning for years to come. Now I'm just waiting for the 15 and USB-C for no other reason other than that.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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19 months ago

Oh look, the nasty Apple pundit obsessed with politics. This Guy is a total clown. Used to be a great read, but
He went crazy during the Trump years.
There are 3 clowns on the pic, which one you're talking about?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Juicy Box Avatar
19 months ago

I don’t know about changing the iPhone name to ultra sounds meh
I really don’t like Apple’s product and marketing names lately.

Apple TV, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV app, is just confusing for even some Apple enthusiasts on the forum, so probably even worse for the non-techies. Lost count how many people on the forum made comments about not needing a new ATV because they already have ATV built into their Smart TV.

The “Pro” is overused for Apple products, and when it comes to the M1 Max Macs, it just sounds ridiculous when spoken out loud.

The iPad “Air” kind of lost its meaning.

Ultra might as well be a thing.

I am just waiting for the Mac Pro replacement, the M3 Ultra Max Pro Mac Pro….Air.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleEnthusiast1995 Avatar
19 months ago
Apple desperately needs SKU Optimization, unless the goal is to deceive and confuse customers.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sasparilla Avatar
19 months ago
Have to say, this is the biggest story for Apple lately that I've seen:

If this is true (they did testing apparently) - the amount of damage to Apple's brand and bottom line is hard to estimate (with Apple getting so many Android users to shift over to iOS over the last 5 years and perceived privacy in comparison being a huge part of that).

"The suit (''), filed Thursday in California federal court, comes days after Gizmodo exclusively reported ('') on research into how multiple iPhone apps send Apple analytics data, regardless of whether the iPhone Analytics privacy setting is turned on or off. The problem was spotted by two independent researchers at the software company Mysk, who found that the Apple App Store sends the company exhaustive information about nearly everything a user does in the app, despite a privacy setting, iPhone Analytics, which claims to "disable the sharing of Device Analytics altogether" when switched off." The problem persisted across Apple Music, Apple TV, Books, and Stocks.

We've all watched, with increasing uneasiness, Apple embracing the services / advertising angle hoping it doesn't lead them down the sewer hole of becoming a lower end version of Google - cause its always more profits the more you exploit the user's trust (i.e. its not going to get better - beyond the CEO having a moment and throwing it all out). The sad thing is beyond doing a ROM yourself over on an Android phone for crazy privacy, Apple was it for the normal user on this end.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CrzySxyCl Avatar
19 months ago
With the eventual name changes, it would make sense to me to rename the AirPods Max to AirPods Ultra. For some reason that makes more sense. Or am I just crazy?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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