Top Stories: iOS 17 Public Beta, iPhone 15 Pro Rumors, and More

As promised for the month of July, Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, and related updates, opening up testing to a wider range of users ahead of their official releases later this year.

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Other big stories this week included the latest rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro coming up in just a couple of months, a massive new iMac model in Apple's product pipeline, and a significant new feature for macOS Sonoma with the ability to use iCloud Keychain on various third-party browsers. Read on for all the details on these stories and more!

iOS 17 Public Beta Now Available

Apple this week released the first public beta of iOS 17. The upcoming software update includes several new features and changes, including a StandBy mode when an iPhone is charging in a landscape position, improved autocorrect, interactive Home Screen widgets, the ability to download sections of Apple Maps for offline use, and more.

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Not interested in the beta? iOS 17 should be released to the public in September, alongside the launch of iPhone 15 models. The software update is compatible with the iPhone XS and newer.

Check out our in-depth iOS 17 roundup to learn more about the update.

iPhone 15 Pro's Top Rumored Features: USB-C Port, Titanium, and More

Key new features rumored for iPhone 15 Pro models include a USB-C port, a customizable Action button, a titanium frame, a faster A17 Bionic chip manufactured with TSMC's latest 3nm process, and thinner bezels around the display. The higher-end Pro Max model is also expected to feature an upgraded Telephoto lens with periscope technology for up to 6x optical zoom.

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Keep tabs on our iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro roundups for additional rumors leading up to the launch of the devices.

iOS 17 Adds New 'Save to Photos' Option for Full-Page Screenshots

The latest iOS 17 developer beta and the first public beta include a new "Save to Photos" option that allows you to save full-page screenshots in apps like Safari, Notes, and Maps to your iPhone's photo library.

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It was already possible to save full-page screenshots as a PDF in the Files app, but the added option of saving them to the Photos app will make it easier to share full-page screenshots in iMessage conversations and on social media.

Larger iMac With Around 32-Inch Display in Early Testing

Apple is experimenting with larger iMacs, including a model with around a 32-inch display, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. However, he said these iMacs are still in early development.

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Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac and iMac Pro, and has yet to launch a larger-screen iMac with an Apple silicon chip as a replacement, so a 32-inch iMac would be a much-awaited addition to the Mac lineup if it ever launches.

Also make sure to check out the latest episode of The MacRumors Show, where Dan and Hartley discuss rumors and expectations for the M3 iMac models.

macOS Sonoma Brings Apple Password Manager to Third-Party Browsers Like Chrome

Starting with macOS Sonoma, it is possible to use iCloud Keychain with third-party web browsers, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

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Apple already offered this functionality on Windows with the iCloud Passwords extension for Chrome since 2021, and now the feature is built into macOS Sonoma, which will be released later this year. The first public beta of macOS Sonoma was made available earlier this week.

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Top Rated Comments

jfeathe Avatar
10 months ago

Feedback/info on the PB of 17?
Not good. I had a massive memory issue on my 12 pro where I got an iPhone full alert despite having 40% of my storage available. Had to emergency delete a bunch of apps just to get my phone in a workable condition and even then my safari favorites and wallpaper got wiped.

Otherwise, glitches abound. Battery life is dismal, the text bar in messages disappears regularly, and there are no quality of life improvements to be seen. Any changes I’ve seen are purely visual and don’t actual speed up or improve usage. Siri is still hopelessly crippled in its capabilities.

One noticeable and welcome improvement is autocorrect. It’s extremely well done.

Only place to go is up which they will need to do quickly to get ready by September.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
10 months ago

As promised for the month of July, Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, and related updates, opening up testing to a wider range of users ahead of their official releases later this year.
Always interested to see how the first publc beta reception fares against what was introduced at Junes WWDC each year. It indicates how much is needed to be accomplished by Sept from all the PB participants opinions/reports. :)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
10 months ago
If they did Thunderbolt, that would make the jump to USB-C worth it
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Akrapovic Avatar
10 months ago

Feedback/info on the PB of 17?
Uses a lot of battery and the widgets are a bit broken.

I would avoid for now.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soyazul Avatar
10 months ago
For me, 2024 will be a year for opening the wallet. I go for:
- 16" MacBook Pro M3 Max (quite loaded)
- iPhone 15 Pro Max 512GB
- A Monitor
- A good fast big external storage solution.

Also hoping and wish that game developers use the game porting toolkit
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SoldOnApple Avatar
10 months ago

If they did Thunderbolt, that would make the jump to USB-C worth it
Would certainly help justify getting the 1TB version, or 2TB if they make that an option for the 15 Pro, for quickly getting off massive 4k Pro Res videos.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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