Top Stories: iOS 17 and watchOS 10 Rumors, When to Expect a New iMac, and More
WWDC is now just two months away, and we're starting to hear a bit more about what we might see with upcoming iOS 17 and watchOS 10 updates that should be unveiled during the keynote.
This week also saw the release of an iOS 16.4.1 bug fix update, another rumor about Apple's timeline for transitioning some of its Mac notebooks to OLED display technology, and a curious Bitcoin-related discovery in macOS, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!
iOS 17 Rumored to Feature 'Major' Changes to iPhone's Control Center
iOS 17 will feature "major" changes to Control Center on the iPhone, according to a MacRumors Forums member with a proven track record.
Control Center was introduced with iOS 7 nearly a decade ago and has looked largely the same since iOS 11 was released. The menu provides iPhone users with convenient access to controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, display brightness, volume, and many other system functions.
It was also claimed that iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 would drop support for the iPhone X, first-generation iPad Pro models, and some other devices, but this rumor was later disputed.
Is a New iMac Coming in 2023? What We Know So Far
Apple released the 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip and a colorful ultra-thin design in April 2021. Later this month, it will have been two years since the all-in-one desktop computer was last updated.
Rumors suggest that a new 24-inch iMac with an M3 chip could be released later this year. We've put together a guide covering the latest rumors about the next iMac, including new features and changes to expect.
watchOS 10 to Feature 'Notable Changes' for Apple Watch
The upcoming watchOS 10 update for the Apple Watch will include "notable changes" to the user interface, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.
Apple is expected to announce watchOS 10 during the WWDC 2023 keynote on June 5, alongside iOS 17, macOS 14, and other new software. On the hardware side of things, Gurman said only modest upgrades are planned for the next Apple Watch models coming later this year.
Apple Releases iOS 16.4.1 With Fixes For Siri Response Issues and Other Bugs
A parallel macOS Ventura 13.3.1 update with fixes for the emoji issue and a bug with the feature that allows you to automatically unlock your Mac while wearing an Apple Watch. Both the iOS and macOS updates also address a pair of security vulnerabilities that Apple says may have been actively exploited, so be sure to update your devices.
Apple Has Included Bitcoin Whitepaper in Every Version of macOS Since 2018
In every version of macOS that has shipped since 2018, Apple has included the original Bitcoin whitepaper by Satoshi Nakamoto within the filesystem, and no one seems to know why.
Anyone with a Mac running macOS Mojave or later can see the PDF for themselves by typing this command into Terminal. The document provides an overview of Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer electronic cash system.
14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pros Reportedly Not Getting OLED Displays Until 2026
Apple is unlikely to release high-end MacBook Pro models with OLED displays until 2026, according to display industry analyst Ross Young.
In the meantime, Young said Apple plans to release a 13.4-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display as early as next year. The switch from LCD to OLED technology would allow for increased brightness, improved contrast ratio, and decreased power consumption for longer battery life.
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