Top Stories: 30-Inch iMac Rumor, iCloud+ Price Increase, and More

Apple's Vision Pro headset made the big splash at WWDC last month, but the company clearly has a lot more in its pipeline as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman this week outlined well over a dozen products coming over the next year or so.

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In other Apple news this week, iCloud+ subscribers in many countries will be seeing a price increase, while we took deeper dives into some of the major watchOS 10 changes and the new interactive widgets in macOS Sonoma, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!

Apple Product Roadmap 2023–24: Over 15 New Devices in Development

Apple is working on at least a dozen new devices set to launch between late 2023 and early 2024, according to an updated product roadmap shared by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman explained that Apple is planning to launch two Apple Watch Series 9 models and a second-generation Apple Watch Ultra alongside the iPhone 15 lineup this fall. He also listed various M3 Macs in the pipeline and said that Apple has started early work on a larger iMac with over a 30-inch display.

Apple Reportedly Developing Larger iMac With Over 30-Inch Display

Apple is in the early stages of developing a new iMac with over a 30-inch display, according to Gurman. He said this iMac remains "further out," suggesting that it might be at least a year or two away from launching.

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Excluding refurbished models, the iMac is currently only available in a 24-inch size, as Apple discontinued the Intel-based 27-inch iMac and iMac Pro over the last few years. Despite occasional rumors about the iMac Pro making a comeback, there is still no larger iMac with Apple silicon available.

Apple Hikes iCloud+ Subscription Prices in Many Countries Around the World

Apple has increased the price of iCloud storage in many countries around the world, including the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and others.

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The price hikes apply to the 50GB, 200GB, and 2TB storage plans for iCloud. All paid ‌iCloud‌+ storage plans include additional features like ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay, Hide My Email, and Custom Email Domains.

watchOS 10: Top Five New Features

watchOS 10 is one of the biggest software updates ever for the Apple Watch. In a recent post and YouTube video, we highlighted five of the top new features introduced with watchOS 10, including the Smart Stack, which lets you scroll through widgets.

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watchOS 10 will be released later this year for the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer, and the update is currently available in beta for users with an Apple developer account.

Here's How Interactive Widgets Work in macOS Sonoma

In macOS Sonoma, Apple has changed the widgets landscape. No longer do widgets have to be hidden offscreen and largely forgotten in the Notifications Center panel. Now they live right on your desktop – and they're interactive, too.

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In a recent blog post, we explained how interactive widgets work in macOS Sonoma. The software update is currently in beta and will be released later this year.

iPhone 13 Pro vs. 15 Pro: What to Expect if You've Waited to Upgrade

While year-over-year iPhone upgrades are not always significant, new features begin to stack up over multiple generations. For this reason, the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro will be a notable upgrade for those who still have a two-year-old iPhone 13 Pro.

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Here's what to expect from the iPhone 15 Pro if you still have an iPhone 13 Pro. We have also shared comparisons to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro.

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Top Rated Comments

Mac Fly (film) Avatar
12 months ago

A new 30 inch iMac that is mostly all screen and smaller than the 27 inch model would be great. Perhaps it needs to be a bit thicker to get rid of ugly bottom of screen wide bezel. I think it would knock sales out of the park.
The iMac chin isn’t ugly and is a way to bring the bottom of the iMac screen higher off the desk and closer to the sitter’s eye level while retaining a tidier look of the whole computer being lower down, and also where the speakers can more readily bounce and be amplified off the desk surface.

To fix the iMac I’d give it height as well as tilt adjustment. The body needs to be thicker to house more voluminous speaker chambers and to allow for better airflow for cooling: none of this silly ultra-thin iMac nonsense.

Another area of obvious improvement would be a real collection of ports. Depth ensures this is no problem. And I’d like them to copy the Mac Studio setup with SD Card and two USB-C ports located front-side in addition to all the rear ports, which should include Ethernet built into the iMac (AIO should not have a power brick). Some USB-A included would be nice too.

Another possibility which should but likely won’t happen are front-firing speakers.

Personal request: the return of great wired peripherals from Apple. 99% of people are better off with wired desktop peripherals. They may not be as sexy but functionally they are much better and require no batteries.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
realeric Avatar
12 months ago
Killing photo stream and increasing icloud+ price. That’s cook’s Apple.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Boomish69 Avatar
12 months ago
Unbelievable, how can any company put up your subscription with no notification! I’ve received nothing yet I see my subscription has gone up 25%..Thanks Apple.. I’ll be pulling all none essential stuff back off iCloud & switching to Amazon cloud pics for sync, it’s convenient to have but not vital. I have other backups already.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
12 months ago

The iMac chin isn’t ugly and is a way to bring the bottom of the iMac screen higher off the desk and closer to the sitter’s eye level while retaining a tidier look of the whole computer being lower down, and also where the speakers can more readily bounce and be amplified off the desk surface.

To fix the iMac I’d give it height as well as tilt adjustment. The body needs to be thicker to house more voluminous speaker chambers and to allow for better airflow for cooling: none of silly ultra-thin iMac nonsense.

Another area of obvious improvement would be a real collection of ports. Depth ensures this is no problem. And I’d like them to copy the Mac Studio setup with SD Card and two USB-C ports located front-side in addition to all the rear ports, which should include Ethernet built into the iMac (AIO should not have a power brick). Some USB-A included would be nice too.

Another possibility which should but likely won’t happen are front-firing speakers.

Personal request: the return of great wired peripherals from Apple. 99% of people are better off with wired desktop peripherals. They may not be as sexy but functionally they are much better and require no batteries.
These suggestions are all too practical for today’s Apple. I don’t know what happened with the MacBook Pro. I think they did the right thing making it slightly heavier in exchange for more functionality. They seem to have taken the opposite tactic with their desktop computers, ironically. Except the Studio. So maybe this indicates that today’s Apple actually agrees with you but it’s taking time to get through the pipeline.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
12 months ago

Not to mention removing interest-free financing in Canada. Cook's getting greedy
That wasn't Apple's fault, that was the company that was doing the actual financing.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hajime Avatar
12 months ago

That's also how Cook turned Apple into this Apple

https://www.macrumors.com/2023/06/30/apple-market-cap-hits-3-trillion-again/

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That's also how Cook turned Apple into a Walmart.

Slowing down the storage of all base models of M2-series to make people to pay for the upgrade is very unprofessional.

Looking forward to his stepping down. Do we have to wait for at least three more years?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)