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watchOS 10 is the newest version of watchOS, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. Introduced at WWDC in June 2023, watchOS 10 will see a public release in September alongside new Apple Watch models.The watchOS 10 update overhauls the Apple Watch interface with a focus on widgets to get you access to more information at a glance. There are also redesigns to important apps, updated watch faces, new workout features, and more. watchOS 10 adds the Smart Stack, which houses a selection of widgets that display the information you need most. The Apple Watch learns over time which apps you use and when, customizing what you see. At the start of the day, for example, you might see the daily weather, followed by your first event of the day. Smart Stack is easily accessible with a turn of the Digital Crown, and you can flip through all of the available widgets by continuing to scroll.
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Apple in June 2023 refreshed the Mac Pro and added Apple silicon chips, making it the last Mac in the lineup to make the transition away from Intel. All Macs, Mac Pro included, are now equipped with M-series chips, with the Mac Pro adopting the M2 Ultra. The M2 Ultra chip is the same chip that's in the Mac Studio, but the Mac Pro offers a different thermal setup and upgradeability and expansion not available with the Mac Studio. The Mac Pro is designed to be a high-end high-throughput machine that is aimed at pro users. Positioned as Apple's largest desktop machine, the Mac Pro has an Apple-esque stainless steel frame and aluminum housing that offers 360-degree access to the internals of the system. There are optional wheels for movement, and handles are built into the frame to make it easy to reposition. Apple also offers a rack mount upgrade.
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The Mac Studio is the newest Mac in Apple's desktop, positioned as a cross between a Mac mini and a Mac Pro. Designed to look like a taller version of a Mac mini, the Mac Studio is aimed at "studio" professionals, as the name suggests, and it uses Apple's most powerful M-series chips. It is an alternative to the pricier Mac Pro and serves as an option for those who do not need the expandability and flexibility the Mac Pro offers.Apple designed the Mac Studio to provide impressive performance, connectivity, and functionality in a more affordable and compact form than the Mac Pro. Apple refreshed the Mac Studio in June 2023, adding M2 Max and M2 Ultra chip options.Priced starting at $1,999, the more affordable entry-level version of the Mac Studio is equipped with an Apple M2 Max chip that features a 12-core CPU, 30-core GPU (upgradeable to 38-core), 16-core Neural Engine, Media Engine, 400GB/s memory bandwidth, and up to 64GB Unified Memory, and it is the same chip Apple used in the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The more expensive $3,999 model is equipped with a new M2 Ultra chip.
iOS 17 is the newest version of iOS, the operating system that is designed to run on the iPhone. Previewed in June, iOS 17 is in beta testing and is set to see a release in September alongside new iPhones. There are new features for Phone, FaceTime, and Messages, along with small improvements for other apps and an all new app that's coming later this year for journaling.Apple focused on communication, and overhauled the Phone app. You can now create customized Contact Posters that people see when you call them. You can choose a photo or a Memoji, select a font, a font color, and more. Contact Posters are available for the Phone app and also for third-party apps. When someone leaves a voicemail, the Live Voicemail feature shows a real-time transcription of the message on the Lock Screen as the person is speaking. Based on what's being said, you can choose to pick up the phone. Calls marked as spam by carriers will be instantly declined and won't appear as Live Voicemail.
Our Apple Deals roundup is designed to be a one-stop destination for finding a great deal on Apple products like Macs, iPads, and iPhones, or accessories related to Apple products. In the first section of the roundup, you'll find deals on accessories that range from iPhone cases and cables to docks, bags, software, and more. Our weekly deals section is updated regularly, with new deals added as we discover them. We'll be adding and removing deals as they expire, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back often to find some of the best discounts available on Apple accessories. This section will also highlight significant Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch deals, along with our weekly giveaways and app sales.Below our deals section, you will find price comparison charts for all of Apple's Macs and iPads. This is a great tool to use when shopping for a new product because it will allow you to compare the prices from five of the biggest apple resellers: Best Buy, Amazon, MacMall, Adorama, and B&H Photo. It's a useful way to find the lowest price at a glance and keep an eye out for sales. Prices highlighted in green denote significant discounts. When you're looking for a new device, make sure to take a look at our price comparison chart so you make sure you're getting the best possible deal. Come across an amazing deal you'd like to see added to the Buyer's Guide Deals Roundup? Send us an email so we can share the best discounts with all of our MacRumors readers.
Apple's 34th Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place the week of June 5 to June 9, 2023, and it began with a keynote event at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, June 5.As with the 2022 conference, WWDC 2023 is primarily an online event, although select developers, students, and members of the media have been invited to Apple Park on June 5 to watch the keynote and State of the Union presentation and meet with other attendees and Apple employees.Note: See an error in this roundup or want to offer feedback? Send us an email here.
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Apple Vision Pro
Apple Vision Pro is Apple's augmented and virtual reality headset, a device that has been in development for more than a decade. Vision Pro marks the company's first entrance into a new product category since the 2015 Apple Watch, with the device introduced at WWDC 2023 in June. A launch is set for early 2024.While the Apple Vision Pro is definitely a headset, Apple does not use that word when referring to it. Instead, Apple calls it a spatial computer because of its ability to blend digital content with the physical world. Apple Vision Pro is a mixed reality headset that displays augmented reality content overlaid on world around you, and immersive entirely virtual content, but it's worth noting that the headset is not see through. Everything you see is digital. For augmented reality content that does not make your surroundings disappear, Apple uses cameras that map out what's in front of you, translating that into a digital image augmented by virtual elements.
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The Apple TV is Apple's set-top box. The latest Apple TV 4K features the A15 Bionic chip, support for HDR10+, and a Siri Remote with a USB-C port for charging. Apple typically updates the Apple TV infrequently, releasing a new model around every three years.Announced in October 2022, the third-generation Apple TV 4K is the newest and only Apple TV in the company's lineup and is near the start of its product cycle, meaning that now is a good time to buy it.Apple in October 2022 introduced an updated version of the Apple TV 4K, with the A15 Bionic chip and support for HDR10+. It comes alongside a revised Siri Remote with a USB-C port for charging.
Introduced at WWDC 2022, macOS Ventura is the current version of macOS, the operating system that runs on the Mac. macOS Ventura is a significant update that introduces a new multitasking experience, overhauls multiple apps, and adds updated capabilities across the platform. With Stage Manager, Mac users have an all-new way of focusing on a task while leaving other apps at the ready. Stage Manager puts your main app front and center on the desktop, and tucks your other apps at the side for quick access when they're needed. Apps and windows can be grouped together, so you can set up your desktop in the right way for your workflow. Stage Manager integrates with both Mission Control and Spaces, and it's simple to click right back over to the desktop.The new Continuity Camera feature does away with the need for a poor quality built-in Mac camera because it allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac. The iPhone can be positioned on top of the Mac using a stand, and it is designed to connect automatically. There's a Desk View that uses the Ultra Wide lens to show off your desk if you need to demo something, along with Center Stage and Studio Light, an effect that illuminates your face while dimming the background. Handoff expands to FaceTime, allowing you to take calls on the Mac and transfer them seamlessly to the iPhone or vice versa. Messages is getting undo and edit buttons to fix errors in or recall a recently sent iMessage, and there is an option to mark messages as unread. Accidentally deleted messages can be recovered, and there are new collaboration features.
Apple in June 2022 previewed the latest version of the iPad's operating system, iPadOS 16. iPadOS 16 introduces the Weather app on iPad for the first time, a host of new collaboration features, updates to apps like Notes, Mail, and Messages, a series of "pro" features, including an entirely new multitasking experience, full external display support, display zoom, and much more.The Weather app comes to the iPad for the first time in iPadOS 16, offering a new system of forecast modules for more detailed information such as hourly temperature and precipitation over a 10 day period.The Notes app can improve handwritten notes by making words straighter and neater, and users can Scribble with the Apple Pencil while using Dictation for the first time. It is possible to insert shapes like boxes and arrows into the drawing area using a finger or the Apple Pencil, and also add typed text in editable boxes and rotate images within the drawing area. In addition, screenshots can be added to Quick Notes for the first time.Desktop-class apps enable new capabilities optimized for the iPad's display across apps like Calendar, Contacts, Photos, and Mail, with more advanced system elements and interactions, including a consistent undo and redo experience across the system, a redesigned find-and-replace experience, customizable toolbars, and more.
Apple in June 2022 previewed the new version of the iPhone's operating system, iOS 16. iOS 16 introduces redesigned, customizable Lock Screens with widgets, the ability to edit and delete messages, improved Focus modes, an iCloud Shared Photos Library for families, major improvements for apps like Mail, Home, and Wallet, and much more.The Lock Screen is fully redesigned in iOS 16. The new Lock Screen design is highly customizable with a wide range of options for widgets, typefaces, a multilayered effect for images, and animated wallpapers. Users can create multiple different Lock Screens linked to Focus modes.Notifications now roll up from the bottom of the screen to be less invasive. Live Activities help users keep track of current events, such as a workout or a sports game, in real-time directly from the Lock Screen. Focus modes are improved with easier setup, Focus filters, linking to individual Lock Screens and Apple Watch faces, and more configuration options.There are significant updates to the Messages app with the ability to edit or delete messages, mark messages as unread, and start a SharePlay session. Users can now seamlessly hand off FaceTime calls to other devices and an all-new Freeform app provides a platform for collaboration on a digital whiteboard.
Apple is still working on the 2023 iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models, but as is typical with rumors, analysts, leakers, and others with insider information are already looking to the 2024 iPhone 16 lineup. We've been hearing rumors about the iPhone 16 models for quite some time now, so we thought we'd aggregate everything we know in one place to keep an eye on how the rumor cycle evolves. Note that this roundup contains early rumors about the iPhone 16 lineup and there is still plenty of time for Apple to change its plans. Information here should not be interpreted as concrete fact at this early date.
The HomePod is Apple's larger, more expensive speaker, sold as a more robust alternative to the HomePod mini. As it was just released in January 2023, this is a good time to buy the HomePod. Apple discontinued the original HomePod prior to when the second-generation model launched, which makes it difficult to determine how often the speaker might be updated. There are no rumors of a new HomePod on the horizon, so there is no reason to wait. At $299, the HomePod is the speaker to choose if you want the highest-quality sound. The HomePod works with the Home app, serves as a Home Hub, and works with other speakers that support AirPlay 2. To get MacRumors readers the best prices on the HomePod, we have a dedicated HomePod deals guide that highlights the best sales each month.
The HomePod mini is Apple's smallest smart speaker, featuring a round design, the S5 processor, 360-degree audio, and the U1 chip, all for a price tag of $99.Announced in October 2020, the HomePod mini has now been around for some time in Apple's lineup, but the company does not release new HomePod models on a regular schedule. This makes it difficult to speculate on an upgrade timeline for HomePod models, but it seems unlikely that there will be a new HomePod mini model soon, as rumors suggest the earliest a refresh will happen is mid-2024.Given that there are only tentative rumors of a new model with minor upgrades, now is still a good time to buy a HomePod mini. With a $99 price tag, the HomePod mini is priced in line with its competitors, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio.
The third-generation AirPods are Apple's main wireless earbuds, featuring a streamlined design, force sensor controls, Adaptive EQ, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, a MagSafe charging case, and more. Released in October 2021, the third-generation AirPods have been in Apple's product lineup for over a year, but the AirPods are not updated very often.Prior updates have happened in December 2016, March 2019, and October 2021, which means we get a new version approximately every two and a half years. We are getting closer to when the next update might come, and rumors indicate Apple could release a new case with a USB-C charging port in 2023. Aside from the new case, additional features have not been rumored, which means now is still a good time to buy AirPods unless you really want a USB-C charging port. If that's the case, it may be best to wait for an update.With a $179 price tag, AirPods can be more expensive than some of its direct competitors, but it's important to note that the H1 chips inside the AirPods offer a seamless and fully integrated pairing and device-switching experience for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV users, which competitors are unable to match. The H1 chip also enables features like Adaptive EQ and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. This means that when used with Apple devices, AirPods seem to be the best option for earbuds when it comes to features.If you are looking for AirPods with more to offer like in-ear silicone tips and Active Noise Cancellation, there are the AirPods Pro which start at $249. For an even higher fidelity AirPods experience and an over-ear design, there are the AirPods Max which start at $549. On the other hand, if you feel that the third-generation AirPods are too expensive, but you would still like Apple's seamless pairing and device-switching experience, the second-generation AirPods or Beats headphones are also viable options, with prices starting from as little as $69 for Beats Flex.
Announced in December 2020, the AirPods Max have now been in Apple's product lineup for nearly three years, but the company does not release new AirPods models on a regular basis or particularly often. Apple has only debuted one generation of the AirPods Max headphones so far, which makes it difficult to speculate on an upgrade cycle timeline, but there could be a new model in 2024.Given that there have not yet been any concrete signs of new AirPods Max headphones or distinct rumors around what an upgraded model could feature, now is still an okay time to buy AirPods Max depending on your circumstances.With a $549 price tag, AirPods Max are much more expensive than its direct competitors. For example, the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, which both offer a similar feature set to the AirPods Max, cost $349 and $379 respectively.
The second-generation AirPods Pro are Apple's premium in-ear wireless earbuds, offering a range of features including precision finding, touch volume controls, and more. Released in September 2022, the second-generation AirPods Pro are still relatively new in Apple's product lineup and the company does not release new AirPods models often.Apple has now debuted six different versions of the AirPods, giving a sign of how often AirPods are updated. Apple released new AirPods Pro in October 2019 and September 2022, indicating that the company updates the product around every three years - a time frame that aligns with the other AirPods models. This means that it is unlikely that there will be new AirPods Pro soon.With this in mind, and given that there have not yet been any concrete signs of new AirPods or notable rumors around what an upgraded model could feature, now is a good time to buy AirPods Pro.With a $249 price tag, AirPods can be more expensive than some of its direct competitors, but it's important to note that the H2 chips inside the AirPods offer a seamless and fully integrated pairing and device-switching experience for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV users, which competitors are unable to match. The H2 chips also enable features like Adaptive EQ and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. This means that when used with Apple devices, AirPods seem to be the best option for earbuds when it comes to features.
watchOS 9 is the current version of the watchOS operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, replacing watchOS 8 upon its release in September 2022. watchOS 9 was previewed at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The watchOS 9 update features design improvements, new watch faces, and new apps, with a particular focus on updated health and fitness capabilities. There are four new watch faces that are available. Lunar depicts the relationship between the Gregorian calendar and various lunar calendars, while Playtime features fun, animated and personified numbers created in collaboration with artist Joi Fulton. Metropolitan is a classic type-driven watch face with a style that changes as the digital crown is turned, and Astronomy is a revamped version of the original astronomy watch face with a remastered design and new star map and cloud data. Several existing watch faces have design updates as well. Utility, Simple, and Activity Analog have enhanced and modernized complications available, and Modular and X-Large feature background color editing. The Portraits watch face adds depth effect to more photos, including cats, dogs, and landscapes, and the Focus mode feature can now be associated with a specific watch face, so if you're in a "work" mode, you can set it to a watch face different from what it might be in "personal" Focus mode.
MacBook Pro 14 & 16"
The 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models offer the M2 Pro and M2 Max chips for a high level of performance, with mini-LED displays, MagSafe fast charging, a range of ports, and more.Announced in January 2023, the MacBook Pro is brand new. The previous MacBook Pro models with chips from the M1 family were released in October 2021, but before that, Apple updated the MacBook Pro roughly annually. It is unlikely that there will be a new model anytime soon, and there are no rumors about new models with M3 Pro and M3 Max chips, so now is a very good time to buy a MacBook Pro.Priced starting at $1,999 for the 14-inch model, the MacBook Pro offers a range of high-end features. If you don't need such a high level of performance, a wide range of ports, or features like the mini-LED display, there is the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro for $1,299.If you're considering a MacBook Pro, we have a dedicated Deals guide that lists the best prices and discounts that we've seen this month.
MacBook Pro 13"
The 13-inch MacBook Pro offers the same M2 chip as the redesigned MacBook Air, but with active cooling and additional features like the Touch Bar.Announced in June 2022, the MacBook Pro is midway through its product cycle. The previous, M1-based MacBook Pro was released in November 2020, but before that, Apple updated the MacBook Pro annually. It doesn't look like there will be a new model soon, and we'll likely be waiting until the M3 chip series comes out in 2024. Given that there have not yet been concrete signs of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, now is still a good time to buy the MacBook Pro.Priced starting at $1,299, the M2 MacBook Pro is $100 more than the M2 MacBook Air that was released at the same time. If you do not need the M2 Macbook Pro's added performance and features, it will be worth opting for the M2 MacBook save money and get the latest design. Alternatively, if you need even more performance and additional features, there is the the $1,999 14-inch MacBook Pro, which features the M2 Pro chip.If you're considering a MacBook Pro, we have a dedicated Deals guide that lists the best prices and discounts that we've seen this month.
The MacBook Air is Apple's most portable laptop model and offers an all-new slim design. The device features a 13.6-inch LCD display, MagSafe, the M2 chip, up to 24GB of memory, and more, and is available in a range of color options.Announced in June 2022, the MacBook Air is the lightest Mac in Apple's lineup. The previous, M1-based MacBook Air was released in November 2020, but before that, Apple updated the MacBook Air annually. It is possible that there will be a new 13-inch model in late 2023 or early 2024, and there are also rumors of Apple introducing a 15-inch model as soon as WWDC in June. If you're interested in a larger MacBook Air, you should wait for the 15-inch model.Priced starting at $1,199, the M2 MacBook Air is $200 more expensive than the previous M1-based MacBook Air from late 2020, which continues to be available from Apple. If you do not need the M2 Macbook Air's added performance and design improvements, it will be worth opting for the 2020 model to save money. Alternatively, if you need even more performance and additional features, there is the $1,299 M2 MacBook Pro or the $1,999 M2 Pro MacBook Pro.If you're considering a MacBook Air, we have a dedicated Deals guide that lists the best prices and discounts that we've seen this month.
The iPhone SE is Apple's least expensive iPhone, starting at $429. The device offers an affordable entry point to the iPhone lineup, with many important features such as a powerful A-series chip, a high-quality camera with 4K video recording, Haptic Touch, wireless charging, water and dust resistance, and more. The current model added the A15 Bionic chip from the iPhone 13, 5G connectivity, an upgraded rear camera with more advanced computational photography capabilities, improved battery life, and stronger glass.Announced in March 2022, the iPhone SE is midway through its product cycle and it is still a good time to buy. Apple waited around three years to update the original iPhone SE before the 2020 model was released, leaving another two years before launching the current model. We aren't expecting a new iPhone SE in the near future.We aren't expecting a new iPhone SE in the near future, but it is worth noting that there are rumors that a new model is in the works with a larger display, and the device could come in 2024. Overall, now is still a good time to buy the iPhone SE and most customers should not wait for a new model to launch.The iPhone SE is Apple's most inexpensive iPhone, but for budget-conscious users who are looking for a device with more to offer, there is the iPhone 12, which costs $599. For this added expense, the iPhone 12 offers a larger, OLED display with an all-screen design, Face ID, a better front-facing camera, a rear Ultra Wide camera, Night mode, and a more modern design.
iPhone 15 Pro
Apple in 2023 will continue on with its four iPhone lineup, debuting an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. As with the iPhone 14 Pro models, the iPhone 15 Pro models will have features that are not available in the more affordable iPhone 15 devices. This roundup highlights everything that we know about the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max based on circulating rumors. The iPhone 15 Pro is expected to measure in at 6.1 inches, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be 6.7 inches, identical to the iPhone 14 Pro models. So far, it looks like the iPhone 15 Pro models will have an updated design, with Apple introducing thinner, curved bezels and a new titanium chassis. Apple is also expected to add a redesigned "mute" button that could actually serve as an Action button similar to the Action button on the Apple Watch Ultra. The mute button will replace the current mute switch.An upgraded 3-nanometer A17 chip will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, with the iPhone 15 models using the same A16 chip that's in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. All iPhone 15 models will feature the Dynamic Island and will also transition from Lightning to USB-C, but the iPhone 15 Pro lineup will include an upgraded USB-C port that features USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds.
Apple in September 2022 released the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models, but we've been hearing rumors about the iPhone 15 since well before the latest iPhones became available for purchase. The iPhone 15 is still several months away, but it's hard for Apple to keep secrets about the iPhone lineup because there are so many different suppliers involved, some of whom end up leaking information. We are expecting a total of four iPhone 15 models in the same sizes as the iPhone 14 models, including two 6.1-inch iPhones and two 6.7-inch iPhones. One of the 6.1-inch iPhones will be the standard iPhone 15, while one of the 6.7-inch models will be an iPhone 15 "Plus." The other 6.1 and 6.7-inch iPhones will be higher-end and more expensive "Pro" models.As with the iPhone 14 lineup, the best features will be reserved for the iPhone 15 Pro models to make the extra cost worth it. Rumors so far suggest we can expect a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port on all of the iPhone 15 models, and the Dynamic Island is going to be available for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus in addition to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. That means Apple will be doing away with the notch that it has used since the iPhone X for the flagship iPhone lineup for a sleeker, less intrusive design.
The iPad mini is Apple's smallest tablet device and the latest model features a slim-bezeled design, the A15 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, Apple Pencil 2 support, and more.Announced in September 2021, the iPad mini is one of the oldest iPads in Apple's lineup and it is about approaching the end of its product cycle. Apple does not seem to update the iPad mini regularly, leaving up to two and a half years between upgrades. A new model is expected in early 2024, so while this version is 18 months old, we aren't expecting a refresh in the near future and it is still an okay time to buy for most people. That said, those who prefer to purchase newer devices may want to exercise caution before buying the iPad mini.While the iPad mini is Apple's smallest iPad for those who want features like an all-screen design and USB-C in the most portable form factor, users who are looking for a more affordable option should consider the ninth-generation iPad. Starting at $329, the iPad offers many iPad mini features, such as Touch ID and Center Stage, but at a lower price that balances functionality and affordability.On the other hand, for an iPad with a larger display, there is the $459 10th-generation iPad or $599 iPad Air. The iPad Air features a Smart Connector on its rear to connect to keyboard cases and its larger, 10.9-inch display is better for productivity tasks and media consumption.
The iPad Air is Apple's mid-range tablet, offering many key iPad features such as a USB-C port and Touch ID for prices starting at $599. The current model includes the M1 chip from the previous-generation MacBook Pro, an upgraded front-facing camera with Center Stage, and a range of color options.Announced in March 2022, the iPad Air is now among the older iPads in Apple's lineup and it is likely midway through its product cycle. Apple does not seem to update the iPad Air regularly, leaving up to two and a half years between upgrades, and there are no immediate signs of a new model. This means that now is still a good time to buy the iPad Air and most customers should not wait for a new model to launch. We are not expecting a new iPad Air until 2024.The iPad Air is Apple's middle option in the iPad lineup, but for those who want a smaller tablet, there is the iPad mini, which still offers almost all of the iPad Air's features, but in a much more portable form factor. Users who are looking for a more affordable option should consider the tenth-generation iPad. Starting at $449, the iPad offers many iPad Air features, such as Touch ID and a Retina display, but at a lower price that balances functionality and affordability.On the other hand, for iPad models with a larger, more advanced display and high-end features, there is the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro takes the iPad Air's features to the next level, adding up to 16GB of memory, an Ultra Wide camera and a LiDAR scanner, Face ID, ProMotion, a mini-LED display panel on the 12.9-inch model, and more.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are Apple's prior-generation iPhones from 2021, and they are a year older than the flagship iPhone 14 models. You'll save $100 choosing the iPhone 13 over the iPhone 14, but it's probably not worth it, with one exception.If you want a smaller 5.4-inch iPhone, the iPhone 13 mini is the only option. Apple changed device sizes with the iPhone 14 lineup, and does not offer a 5.4-inch iPhone 14. Compared to the iPhone 14, the iPhone 13 lacks Emergency Sos via Satellite and Crash Detection, two important safety features that are worth upgrading for. It also has slightly lower battery life and less advanced camera technology.If you're looking to get a good deal on an iPhone, we track all of the best iPhone sales on both iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models.
First introduced in 2020, the iPhone 12 is nearly three years old. It is only worth considering if you are looking for an affordable iPhone option but are not a fan of the Touch ID feature of the lower-cost iPhone SE. Priced starting at $599, the iPhone 12 is Apple's cheapest iPhone with Face ID and the all-display notch design. It is two years behind the current flagship iPhone 14 models and has a slower chip than the prior-generation iPhone 13. If you want the latest iPhone, don't go with the iPhone 12, but if you just need something affordable with Face ID, it's a good pick. The iPhone 12 will likely be discontinued in 2023 with the release of the iPhone 15 models, and the iPhone 13 will drop in price, so it may be worth waiting for that upgrade if you're not in imminent need of a new phone. Apple introduced the iPhone 12 on October 13, 2020. It has since been succeeded by the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 lineups. Apple continues to sell the iPhone 12 at a discounted price, while the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini has been discontinued entirely. It may still be available from the refurbished store and from third-party retailers.
The iPad Pro is Apple's high-end tablet computer. The latest iPad Pro models introduced the M2 chip, Apple Pencil hover, ProRes video recording, Bluetooth 5.3, and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, adding to existing features like the Thunderbolt port, a Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display on the larger model, and up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. Apple typically updates the iPad Pro every 12 to 18 months.There are two different iPad Pro models currently available. One has an 11-inch LED Liquid Retina display and a price starting at $799, while the other has a better 12.9-inch mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display and a price starting at $1,099.Announced in October of 2022, the M2 iPad Pros are midway through their product cycle, meaning that now is still a good time to buy. We are not expecting an update to the iPad Pro until 2024, so unless you want to wait over a year, this is the time to buy.
The iPad is Apple's most affordable and most popular tablet, and the 10th-generation model features the A14 Bionic chip, an all-new design with flat sides and a range of color options, a larger display, a USB-C port, and more, but it does come with a price increase compared to the previous generation and now starts at $449.Introduced in October 2022, the 10th-generation iPad is midway through its product cycle and could be refreshed as soon as late 2023. Apple often refreshes the iPad on an annual basis, but there's no word yet on whether we'll get a new one this year. With the all-new design and A14 chip, the 2022 iPad is a tablet that's going to last for years, so if you need a tablet now and don't want to wait, it's still a good time to purchase.For those looking for something cheaper, the ninth-generation iPad from September 2021 remains on sale for $329 -- $120 less than the tenth-generation iPad. This device sports an older design with a smaller display, a Lightning port, and the A13 Bionic chip.The iPad is Apple's most inexpensive iPad model for those who want a balance of features and affordability, but users looking for a smaller iPad with better specifications should consider the iPad mini, which starts at $499. On the other hand, for an iPad with better specifications, there is the $599 iPad Air, which offers the M1 chip, features like Stage Manager, and improved display technologies.
The iMac features the same M1 chip as devices like the 2020 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini, and is now Apple's only remaining all-in-one computer, available in a range of color options.Announced in April 2021, the iMac is among the oldest Macs in Apple's lineup. Apple usually refreshes the iMac every one to two years, and the 24-inch iMac could see an update as soon as this fall. As there is a new iMac rumored to be in the works that could be released before the end of the year, it is no longer a good time to buy the iMac. Those who like to have the latest technology should plan to wait for a refresh, especially given the age of the current M1 Mac. Apple was rumored to be working on a "Pro" update to the 27-inch Intel iMac, with the larger machine set to be sold alongside the 24-inch iMac, but Apple in March 2022 discontinued the 27-inch iMac in favor of the Mac Studio and Studio Display.It is possible that Apple is still working on a larger-screened version of the iMac, but it is now questionable whether such a machine would be positioned as an "iMac Pro" and how it would fit into the current Mac lineup. Rumors are mixed on whether Apple is developing a larger-screened version of the iMac at all, so the company's plans are unclear at this time.
At its core, CarPlay is Apple's way of bringing iOS to in-car infotainment systems and dashboards. It's designed to display information from the iPhone on a car's built-in infotainment unit, giving drivers a safe way to make phone calls, send text messages, listen to music, and access Maps -- all of the things a driver might want to do with an iPhone while driving a car.When connected to an in-dash system via the iPhone's Lightning port or wirelessly in some cars, CarPlay gives the user in-car access to information stored on the iPhone, like contacts for phone calls and messages, music playlists and controls, Maps for navigation, calendar events, and more. Because CarPlay pulls its information from the iPhone, there's virtually no setup involved. Automobile manufacturers have been building CarPlay support into cars since 2015, but there's also a way to get CarPlay in existing vehicles -- many aftermarket in-dash systems from companies like Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, and Alpine are compatible with CarPlay and are readily available at reasonable prices. Porsche has even created an aftermarket system for Porsche models dating as far back as the 1960s. More than 800 models in the United States offer CarPlay, which covers most car manufacturers.CarPlay is designed to be hands-free, introducing as little driver distraction as possible, and for that reason, it is voice-based and reliant on Apple's personal assistant Siri. Siri is used to perform a range of actions in the car, like placing phone calls, getting directions, sending and reading text messages, playing music, accessing apps, and more.
Apple Watch Series 8
Released in September 2022, the Apple Watch Series 8 is nine months old, and Apple is due to refresh the Apple Watch in September 2023. For that reason, you may want to hold off on buying the Apple Watch Series 8 if you prefer to have the latest technology.The main Apple Watch line is refreshed every year like clockwork, so we know that a Series 9 model is coming. It's okay to buy the Series 8 right now as long as you don't mind that a new version will be released in a matter of months. Apple's Series 8 is the middle-tier Apple Watch. If you want something more affordable, it's best to check out the Apple Watch SE. If you can wear a larger watch, want the top-of-the-line features, or do a lot of outdoor activities, you will want to check out the Apple Watch Ultra. Announced in September 2022, the Apple Watch Series 8 is the newest iteration of the Apple Watch that originally came out in 2015, and it replaces the prior-generation Apple Watch Series 7.
Apple Watch SE
Refreshed in September 2022, the Apple Watch SE is Apple's most affordable Apple Watch option. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the Apple Watch Series 8 or the Apple Watch Ultra, as it lacks temperature sensing, ECG functionality, and blood oxygen monitoring, but it otherwise provides all key Apple Watch functionality. Apple has not historically refreshed the Apple Watch SE on an annual basis, so it is not clear if a new model is coming in 2023. With that in mind, now is still a good time to buy the Apple Watch SE if you're looking for watch that offers a good balance between functionality and price. Alongside the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple in September 2022 introduced a new version of the lower-cost Apple Watch SE for those who are looking for a more affordable, fitness-focused Apple Watch option that has all of the essential Apple Watch functionality at a lower price point. The second-generation Apple Watch SE is almost identical to the Series 6, and it does not feature the new design that was introduced with the Series 7. It also lacks some health sensors, and it does not include ECG, blood oxygen, or temperature sensing functionality as those health features require hardware components that Apple did not include in the Apple Watch SE in order to keep costs down.
Apple Studio Display
The 2022 Studio Display is Apple's latest standalone display, offering a high-resolution 5K LCD display with a built-in camera, speaker system, and microphone array, in a slim, aluminum design. The Studio Display starts at $1,599, and was released alongside the $1,999 Mac Studio.The Studio Display is the newest external display in Apple's lineup and is early in is product cycle. Since it is an entirely new display product line and there have been no previous models, we have no indication of how long Apple could wait to update it. Now is a a good time to buy the Studio Display and customers should not wait for a replacement model to launch.The Studio Display is Apple's most affordable external display, but for a larger, more advanced display, there is the Pro Display XDR, which starts at $4,999. If the $1,599 is beyond your budget, you will need to look for an external display from another brand since the Studio Display is currently Apple's lowest-cost display.Introduced in March 2022, the Studio Display is Apple's first monitor since the 2019 Pro Display XDR, and the first lower-priced display option since the 2016 discontinuation of the Thunderbolt Display.
Apple Pro Display XDR
The 2019 Pro Display XDR is Apple's high-end standalone display, offering a high-resolution 6K display that can compete with reference monitors. The Pro Display XDR is the oldest external display in Apple's lineup and is likely reaching the end of its product cycle. Since it is an entirely new display product line and there have been no previous models, we have no firm indications of how long Apple could wait to update it. As the display is four years old, now is probably not a good time to buy the Pro Display XDR and most customers will want to wait for a replacement model to launch.Apple is believed to be working on several new display options, including an updated version of the Pro Display XDR with an Apple Silicon chip, but launch timing is unclear.For those who find the Pro Display XDR to be too expensive, there is the Studio Display, Apple's most affordable external display, which starts at $1,599 and comes with a stand, which may be more appropriate for some customers.Apple stopped making Apple-branded displays after the Apple Thunderbolt Display, which was discontinued in 2016, but in 2019, Apple got back into the display market starting with the Apple Pro Display XDR, a companion display for the high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro.
Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payments service. As with the Apple Watch, Apple has adopted the Apple symbol "" followed by "Pay" for the service's name, though the company also refers to it as "Apple Pay."Available since October 20, 2014, Apple Pay is designed to allow iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch users in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Russia, China, Macau, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UAE, Brazil, Ukraine, Norway, Poland, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Austria, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Hungary, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Belarus, Serbia, Mexico, Israel, Qatar, Chile, Bahrain, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Moldova, and South Korea to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones in retail stores using an NFC chip built into their iPhones.Apple Pay also lets users make one-tap purchases within apps that have adopted the Apple Pay API, and it is available on the web on devices running iOS 10 or macOS Sierra or later. Devices capable of using Apple Pay within iOS apps or on the web include the iPhone 6 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 3 and later, iPad Pro models, and Macs with Touch ID. All of these devices feature Touch ID or Face ID and contain an NFC controller where the "Secure Element" of Apple Pay is located, keeping customer information private. In 2017, Apple enabled person-to-person Apple Pay payments through the Messages app on the iPhone and Apple Watch. Using Apple Cash, you can send money to friends or family in the United States. Apple in August also introduced its own credit card, the Apple Card, which has unique perks and benefits and offers deep integration with Apple Pay and the Wallet app.
In 2014, Apple began working on "Project Titan," with more than 1,000 car experts and engineers developing an electric vehicle with limited self-driving capabilities at a secret location near the company's Cupertino headquarters.The Apple Car project has shifted and changed multiple times over the course of the last several years due to internal strife and leadership issues, but development is on track. Though 2016 rumors suggested Apple had shelved plans for a car, by 2020, it was back on. In 2022, it was revealed that Apple's plan for a fully autonomous vehicle was not going to work out, with the project scaled back. Apple is now rumored to be working on a semi-autonomous self-driving vehicle that will be able to drive on its own on highways, but will require manual driving in emergency situations and when on city roads. Apple originally planned to have a vehicle with no steering wheel or pedals, but the design will now more closely resemble a traditional vehicle.Apple's AI and machine learning chief John Giannandrea is heading up the Apple Car project, and Kevin Lynch, known for his work on the Apple Watch, has also joined the Car team and it said to be largely responsible for Apple's push toward an autonomous vehicle. Under Lynch's leadership, Apple scaled back the car project to something that would be feasible for launching this decade.
Introduced in January 2023, the latest Mac mini models are less than a year old, which means now is a good time to buy. If you're looking for an affordable desktop machine, the Mac mini is a good pick. For those who need more power, check out the 2022 Mac Studio or hold out for the Mac Pro, which is expected to get an update later in 2023. The Mac mini is equipped with the same M2 and M2 Pro chips used in the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. Apple refreshes the Mac mini every few years, and there are no rumors of a new model on the horizon at this time. If you're trying to decide if you should upgrade to the new Mac mini, or need help choosing between the Mac mini and Mac Studio, we have helpful buyer's guides, plus an up-to-date guide on where to get the best Mac mini deals. Apple in January 2023 introduced two new Mac mini models to replace the previous-generation models with M1 and Intel chips. The new Mac mini models use M2 and M2 Pro chips, with Apple eliminating Intel processors from the Mac mini lineup.
Released in September 2022, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are Apple's current flagship iPhones, sold alongside the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Now is not the best time to buy an iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus because new iPhone 15 models will come out in September 2023. Those who prefer to buy at release will want to hold out until the newest models come out later this year. If you just need an updated phone, don't want to wait, and aren't bothered by not having the latest bells and whistles, the iPhone 14 is an iPhone that will last for many years to come. For many people, the best time to buy is when you need a new device. The iPhone 14 is Apple's smaller iPhone at 6.1 inches, while the iPhone 14 Plus offers the same feature set in a 6.7-inch form factor. We'd encourage anyone looking for the newest technology and the highest-end phone to check out the iPhone 14 Pro or wait for the next-generation iPhone 15 Pro. The iPhone 14 offers a good balance between functionality, longevity, and price, but if cost is the major factor for you, Apple also offers the $429 iPhone SE with older technology and the prior-generation iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini with pricing starting at $599.Choosing an iPhone is a major decision, so we have some buyer's guides that walk you through choosing the best device for you, and you'll also want to check out our iPhone deals post to get the best prices.
iPhone 14 Pro
Released in September 2022, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are Apple's newest iPhones, sold alongside the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. Now is not the best time to buy an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max because the iPhone 15 Pro is coming in September 2023. If having the newest technology is important to you, wait to buy an iPhone. The iPhone 15 Pro models will feature upgraded camera technology, USB-C charging, and a faster A-series chip, all of which is worth holding out for. If you're not interested in the latest technology, now is an okay time to buy, but you may want to instead opt for the iPhone 14 to save some money. It doesn't have the Dynamic Island and the camera isn't quite as good, but it is several hundred dollars cheaper. Choosing an iPhone is a major decision, so we have some buyer's guides that walk you through choosing the best device for you, and you'll also want to check out our iPhone deals post to get the best prices. Announced on September 7, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are Apple's new high-end flagship smartphones, being sold alongside the lower-cost iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The iPhone 14 Pro models are much more feature rich than the iPhone 14 models, offering camera technology improvements, better display capabilities, a faster A16 chip, and more.
Apple Watch Ultra
Apple in September 2022 introduced the Apple Watch Ultra, a high-end version of the Apple Watch that's been in development for years now. Designed to compete with more expensive fitness-focused smart watches from companies like Garmin, the Apple Watch Ultra is aimed at sports enthusiasts and athletes that need more battery life and more sport-specific performance from of their devices. Apple says the Apple Watch Ultra was built for endurance, exploration, and adventure, and it is the largest Apple Watch to date at 49mm, which is 4mm larger than the 45mm Apple Watch Series 8 that it's being sold alongside. The Apple Watch Ultra features the first redesign we've seen in years with a lightweight aerospace-grade titanium body, flat sapphire crystal face, a larger diameter and deeper grooved Digital Crown, a housing for the side button and an extra physical button on the left side called the Action button. At up to 2000 nits, the Apple Watch Ultra is the brightest Apple Watch to date, so it is easy to see in sunlight. The Action button is designed in international orange to make it noticeable in the dark and under water, and it's customizable so it can activate Workouts, mark segments, set Compass Waypoints, and more.
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iPhone 13 Pro
Introduced on September 14, 2021, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max were Apple's flagship iPhones for 2021, but have since been replaced by the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple has discontinued the iPhone 13 Pro models and is no longer selling them, but they may be available on its refurbished site and from third-party retailers while supplies last. The 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro is the successor to the iPhone 12 Pro, while the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max is the replacement for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Both of the new iPhone 13 Pro models are nearly identical in design to the iPhone 12 Pro models, featuring flat edges, a stainless steel frame, a textured matte glass back, and a slight increase in thickness (7.65mm). The iPhone 13 Pro models are available in Silver, Gold, Sierra Blue, Graphite, and Alpine Green. Both of the new models feature OLED Super Retina XDR Displays that support ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates ranging from 10Hz up to 120Hz, much like the iPad Pro models. The displays are up to 25 percent brighter outdoors.The iPhone 13 Pro has a 2532x1170 resolution with 460 pixels per inch, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 2778x1284 resolution with 458 pixels per inch. Both iPhones feature 1200 nits max brightness for HDR, along with True Tone to match the color temperature of the display to the ambient light, Wide Color for rich, vivid hues, and Haptic Touch for feedback.
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Apple's 33nd Worldwide Developers Conference was a digital-only event for the third year in a row, though Apple did hold an in-person viewing event for a select number of developers and members of the media.The virtual WWDC event kicked off on June 6, and it was free for everyone. The online event gave developers around the world access to future versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, as well as the opportunity to engage with Apple engineers through sessions and labs.Apple's keynote event took place on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The event was streamed directly from Apple Park and can be replayed on Apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple Developer website, the Apple TV app on the Apple TV, or YouTube.
Apple Black Friday
Black Friday, which takes place on November 25 in 2022, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. During the event, retailers across the country drop their prices on thousands of items, hoping to lure shoppers to their stores and websites.Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and in recent years, retailers have offered some fantastic deals. We'll be gathering up a list of all the retailers, both online and in-store, offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, HomePod mini, Beats headphones, AirPods, Apple accessories, software, and more.This roundup will be updated often as Black Friday approaches. We'll highlight the very best deals that are being offered this year so MacRumors readers know where to go for the best discounts. If you spot a good deal or have a site offering a Black Friday discount, make sure to send us an email at email@example.com.It's important to note that many of the Black Friday deals we'll be listing below will be limited, especially those that are "doorbusters," or specific sales designed to draw people into a store. These kinds of deals tend to go quickly as stores have a limited amount of supply, so in some cases, it's best to take advantage of a deal as early as possible.
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Apple in June 2021 introduced iPadOS 15, which went on to be released on September 20, 2021. iPadOS 15 introduced a new Home Screen design with integrated widgets and the App Library, system-wide fast note-taking with Quick Note, new features for FaceTime calls, a redesigned Safari experience, new tools to reduce distractions, and more.Multitasking was redesigned in iPadOS 15 with a new multitasking menu at the top of apps, letting users enter Split View or Slide Over more easily, quick access to the Home Screen when using Split View, a new shelf allows for easier multitasking with apps that have multiple windows, and more, making it easier to work with multiple apps at once.Users can now place widgets among apps on the iPad's Home Screen pages, and there is a new, bigger widget option. Apple is also bringing the App Library to the iPad for effortless organization of apps, accessible directly from the dock.Quick Note is a new iPad feature that offers a fast and easy way to take notes anywhere across the system. Users can bring up Quick Note anywhere to jot down a thought and add links, providing an easy way to get back to exactly what they were looking at. In the Notes app, there are new Tags, a Tag Browser, and tag-based Smart Folders. Shared notes now feature mentions to notify collaborators and an Activity view.
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macOS 12 Monterey, unveiled in June 2021 at WWDC, is a previous version macOS that was released on October 25, 2021. Compared to macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey is a smaller update, but there are still many notable new features that improve the Mac experience.Universal Control is perhaps one of the biggest updates, allowing a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard to be used across multiple Macs and also the iPad for moving content between devices. There's also a new AirPlay to Mac option for AirPlaying movies, games, photos, and more from the iPhone or iPad to the Mac, plus the Mac can be used as a speaker for multiroom audio.Safari has an optional new tab bar design that better blends into the background and Tab Groups for grouping your open tabs together to make it easy to swap between different tasks without having to lose your open tabs. Tab Groups sync across all of your devices and can be shared.FaceTime supports spatial audio so voices sound like they're coming from where the person is positioned on the screen, and Voice Isolation cuts out background noise. There's also a Wide Spectrum sound mode for when there are multiple call participants in the same room. Portrait Mode blurs out the background behind you, much like the iPhone photos feature.
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Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 in September 2019, and it was available as a low-cost option for several years after that, but the iPhone 11 has since been discontinued and it is no longer available from Apple.The iPhone 11 succeeded the iPhone XR, and it features a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls a "Liquid Retina HD Display." It features a 1792 x 828 resolution at 326ppi, a 1400:1 contrast ratio, 625 nits max brightness, True Tone support for adjusting the white balance to the ambient lighting, and wide color support for true-to-life colors. Like the iPhone XR before it and other recent iPhone models, the iPhone 11 does not include 3D Touch, instead using Haptic Touch. Haptic Touch is supported across iOS, but it lacks the pressure sensitivity of the 3D Touch feature Apple previously supported.Design wise, the iPhone 11 features a glass body that comes in six different colors: White, Black, Yellow, (PRODUCT)RED, Purple, and Green.
Apple in May 2019 refreshed the handheld non-cellular iPod touch for the first time in several years, introducing an improved processor that makes the device faster than before. In May 2022, Apple announced that was discontinuing the iPod touch, saying that its capabilities are now available across Apple's product lineup. It completely sold out just days later.The 2019 seventh-generation iPod touch had no new design features and continued to look the same as the sixth-generation model, with an aluminum shell, 4-inch display, and body that featured a Home button but no Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Unlike most Apple products, there was no biometric unlocking mechanism in the iPod touch so a passcode is required.With the A10 Fusion chip, which was first used in the 2016 iPhone 7, the 2019 iPod touch offered improved gameplay, support for Group FaceTime, and augmented reality capabilities.Apple offered the last iPod touch in Pink, (PRODUCT)RED, Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Blue, the same colors available for the previous, sixth-generation iPod touch.
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Apple in June 2021 introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 15, which was released on September 20, 2021. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.Notifications have been redesigned in iOS 15, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps. To reduce distraction, a notification summary collects notifications together for delivery at an appropriate time and arranges notifications by priority.Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what a user wishes to focus on at a certain time. When a user's Focus is blocking incoming notifications, their status will be displayed to others in Messages. iOS will suggest a Focus for different occasions, such as work hours or winding down for bed, using on-device intelligence, but users can also create a custom Focus. When a Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to other Apple devices.Safari features a completely new design. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and give more focus to a webpage's content. There is a new, compact tab bar that floats at the bottom of the screen so users can easily swipe between tabs. Tab Groups allow users to save tabs and easily access them at any time across devices. There is also a customizable start page and web extensions for the first time.
watchOS 8 is the newest version of the watchOS operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. It was previewed at WWDC in June, and was released to the public on September 20, 2021. The watchOS 8 update introduces new features to help users stay healthy, active, and connected to friends and family, with most of the new additions serving as extensions of changes added in iOS 15. There are several improvements to Wallet, including Ultra Wideband support for digital car keys, and new digital keys for unlocking doors at home, the office, and hotel rooms. All of these new key features work with the Apple Watch's tap to unlock feature. In some states, users will be able to add their driver's license or state ID to Wallet, and select TSA checkpoints will begin accepting digital IDs.The Home app has been overhauled to make it easier to get to HomeKit accessories and scenes as needed, with status updates for thermostats, light bulbs, and other accessories. HomeKit devices can be controlled by room, and those with HomeKit-enabled cameras can now see who is at the door right on the wrist. For Intercom users, there's a quick tap feature for getting in touch with everyone in the home.
macOS Catalina, aka macOS 10.15, is an older version of the operating system that runs on the Mac. macOS Catalina's name was inspired by Santa Catalina Island, popularly known as Catalina and one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. macOS Catalina preceded macOS Big Sur.In macOS Catalina, Apple has eliminated the iTunes app that's been a staple of the Mac operating system since 2001. iTunes was split into three apps: Music, Podcasts, and TV.The new apps are similar in function to iTunes now, but are split up by feature. You can still manage your devices in Catalina, but it's now done through the Finder rather than through an app. Syncing media can be done using the Apple TV, Podcasts, or Music apps. In the Music app, there's full access to the music library, just like in iTunes, regardless of whether the songs were purchased or ripped from a CD. The iTunes Music Store is included in the Music app, and you can access Apple Music content, too.
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watchOS 6, released in September 2019, is the current version of the operating system designed to run on the Apple Watch Series 1 and later. Like its predecessors, watchOS 6 brings new watch faces, refreshed apps, updated health features, and, for the first time, a dedicated App Store.Apple added an App Store you can access right on your wrist, and since there's an App Store, you don't need your iPhone to download apps. Apps can be downloaded on the Apple Watch independent of the iPhone, which wasn't previously possible. You can browse through the App Store app to find apps, or you can use a Siri-voiced based search, or the Scribble app, and all the apps in the Apple Watch App Store can be installed without opening up the iPhone. New watch faces in watchOS 6 include Modular Compact, Solar Dial, California, Gradient, Numerals Mono, and Numerals Duo, and each one has a unique look. Some of these faces are limited to newer Apple Watch models, however, and aren't available on older models.There's a Noise app that's designed to measure the noise level of the environment you're in, and it's able to send a notification if the sound is loud enough to result in damage to your hearing. Notifications are sent whenever the decibel level reaches or exceeds 90 decibels so you can protect your ears.
macOS Big Sur
macOS Big Sur is the prior version of macOS, and it has been replaced with macOS 12 Monterey. Apple introduced the biggest design update to macOS since the introduction of Mac OS X with macOS Big Sur, overhauling everything from the curvature of window corners to colors and dock icon designs. The revamped look was designed to feel both fresh and familiar at the same time.Windows have a lighter appearance for a cleaner look with additional translucency and rounded edges, the Dock is more translucent, app icons have a new uniform squircle shape, menu bars in apps have been redesigned to make them less obtrusive and better able to blend in with your content, system sounds have been entirely redone, and there are new symbols in toolbars, sidebars, and controls to provide clarity and consistency across apps. Buttons and controls for apps now appear when needed and disappear when not in use to provide more focus on content, and the customizable menu bar offers access to a customizable Control Center that houses Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop controls, keyboard brightness, Do Not Disturb, Dark Mode, sound level, and more. The Notification Center has been redesigned with more interactive notifications grouped by app and iOS-style widgets that can be customized in three different sizes. An updated design for core apps provides better organization for multiple open windows and makes it easier to interact with apps.
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Introduced in June 2020, watchOS 7 is the previous version of the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, and was released to the public on September 16, 2020.watchOS 7 was a huge update that brought a number of notable health, fitness, and style features to the Apple Watch. First up, there was a new Face Sharing feature to share your watch faces and install watch faces shared by other people, in apps, in Messages, on websites, and more.Apple introduced several new watch faces including Chronograph Pro with a tachymeter, a Memoji face, a Stripes face with customizable colors, a GMT face that shows multiple time zones, and more. There were also updates for some existing watch faces like Photos and X-Large. Apps can also offer multiple complications, so you can better customize your Apple Watch face to your needs.watchOS 7 included a new Sleep app that offers sleep tracking capabilities, providing sleep analysis in an easy-to-read chart. The Apple Watch uses the accelerometer to detect subtle movements associated with breathing, so it knows if you're asleep or awake.
iPhone 12 Pro
Apple discontinued the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max in September 2021, replacing them with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. With the launch of the new iPhones, Apple is no longer offering the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max for sale, but it may still be available from third-party vendors. Apple on October 13, 2020 unveiled the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, were sold alongside the more affordably priced iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. Apple heavily emphasized the "Pro" aspect of the new iPhone 12 Pro models, suggesting the more expensive iPhones "push the boundaries of innovation" for the people who "want the absolute most out of their iPhones."Available in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch size options, the two new Pro models feature full-screen Super Retina XDR displays that are edge-to-edge with the exception of the Face ID notch.The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro has a resolution of 2532 x 1170 with 460 pixels per inch, while the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max has a resolution of 2778 x 1284 and a 458 ppi. The displays offer HDR support with 1200 nits peak brightness, Wide Color, Haptic Touch, and True Tone, all features that have been introduced over the years.
Apple's 32nd Worldwide Developers Conference was a digital-only event for the second year in a row, with no physical gathering in California due to the ongoing global health crisis.The virtual WWDC event kicked off on June 7, and it was free for everyone. The online event gave developers around the world access to future versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, as well as the opportunity to engage with Apple engineers through sessions and labs.Apple's keynote event took place on Monday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The event was streamed directly from Apple Park and can be replayed on Apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple Developer website, the Apple TV app on the Apple TV, or YouTube.Apple provided a full digital WWDC experience with online keynote, a Platforms State of the Union for developers, technical and design-focused engineering sessions, Apple Developer Forums with Apple engineer participation, and one-on-one developer labs. Apple also hosted its annual Swift Student Challenge, with winners receiving WWDC-themed outerwear, pins, and a one-year membership to the Apple Developer Program.
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Apple's 31st Worldwide Developers Conference was a digital-only event in 2020, with no physical gathering in California due to the ongoing global health crisis. The virtual WWDC event kicked off on June 22, and it was free for everyone. The online event allowed millions of developers to get access to future versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, as well as engage with Apple engineers through engineering sessions, one-on-one lab appointments, and the revamped Apple Developer Forums.Apple's keynote event took place on Monday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The event was streamed directly from Apple Park and can be replayed on Apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple Developer website, the Apple TV app on the Apple TV, or YouTube.
The iPhone XR, introduced on September 12, 2018, was sold alongside more expensive iPhones up until 2021, when it was discontinued by Apple. The iPhone XR is no longer available and it has been replaced by the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 models.The iPhone XR features a precision-machined 7000 Series aerospace-grade aluminum frame that wraps around an all-glass enclosure with the same durable glass used in the more expensive iPhone XS. Apple designed the iPhone XR in six colors: white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED. With the glass body, Qi-based wireless charging is supported, and the device features IP67 water resistance for keeping it safe from splashes and spills. iPhone XR features a larger display than the previous-generation iPhone 8 Plus, but in a smaller body that falls between the 5.8-inch iPhone XS and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max it was introduced alongside.
Apple in June 2020 introduced iPadOS 14, the version of iOS 14 that's designed to run on iPads. Apple in 2019 split iOS and iPadOS into separate updates with the aim of developing features exclusive to the larger display of the iPad. iPadOS 14 includes almost all of the same features available in iOS 14 such as the redesigned interfaces for Siri and incoming calls, widget redesigns, updated Maps app, changes to Messages, and more, so for a complete look at the new iPad features, make sure to check out our iOS 14 roundup. Our iPadOS roundup covers features that are new in iPadOS 14 and exclusive to the iPad, and won't be found in the iOS 14 roundup or on the iPhone. iOS 14 got a new Home Screen and a feature that lets widgets be pulled from the Today Center and placed among apps, but that feature was not extended to iPadOS. The iPadOS interface looks largely the same, but widgets have been redesigned in the Today Center.
Apple in June 2020 introduced a new version of its iOS operating system, iOS 14, which was released on September 16, 2020. iOS 14 was one of Apple's biggest iOS updates to date, introducing Home screen design changes, major new features, updates for existing apps, Siri improvements, and many other tweaks that streamline the iOS interface. First and foremost, iOS 14 brings a redesigned Home Screen that includes support for widgets for the first time. Widgets can be dragged from the Today view right onto the Home Screen, and can be pinned in different sizes.With a Smart Stack feature, the iPhone can use on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity. Each Home Screen page can display widgets customized for work, travel, sports, and more. The Today section where widgets are housed has also been redesigned, and there's a widgets gallery where users can choose new widgets from apps and customize those widgets.Swiping all the way to the end of the app pages on an iPhone opens the new App Library, which is an interface that shows all of the apps on your iPhone to see everything at a glance. Apps are organized into your folder system, but there are also Apple-created folders like Suggestions and Apple Arcade that intelligently surface apps. New app downloads can be added to your Home Screen or kept in the App Library to keep your Home Screen cleaner.
tvOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, offering a an easy-to-navigate television watching experience on Apple's set-top box. With a full App Store, tvOS supports downloading a range of different apps and games that can be used on the Apple TV, and the interface design puts content front and center. Get to what you want to watch using Siri commands, the Apple Remote, or the Remote app on iPhone and Apple Watch.tvOS includes several built-in apps like Photos for accessing your Photo Library, Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV, an app that aggregates TV and movie content from tons of sources, including the Apple TV+ streaming service. Channels are included in the Apple TV app, so you can subscribe to and watch content from paid services without having to open up a third-party app.
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iPhone 11 Pro
The iPhone 11 Pro came out in September 2019, and while Apple continued to sell the regular iPhone 11 alongside the iPhone 12 lineup introduced in September 2020, the iPhone 11 Pro was discontinued. Our previous iPhone 11 Pro roundup is archived below.Apple on September 10, 2019, unveiled its latest flagship iPhones, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which are being sold alongside the more affordable and less feature rich iPhone 11. Apple says that the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a new "Pro" moniker because the two devices are designed for users who want the very best smartphone that's available. Both new iPhones feature Super Retina XDR OLED displays, with the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro offering a 2426 x 1125 resolution and the 6.5-inch iPhone offering a 2688 x 1242 resolution. The new phones include HDR support, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 800 nits max brightness (1200 for HDR). True Tone is included for matching the white balance of the display to the ambient lighting in the room to make it easier on the eyes, as is wide color for more vivid, true-to-life colors.
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Apple in March confirmed that the iMac Pro has been discontinued, with no additional updates or refreshes planned going forward. iMac Pro stock was available as long as supplies lasted, with Apple officially discontinuing the iMac Pro on March 19.The iMac Pro has been removed from Apple's website and is no longer available for purchase, though there are some refurbished models available for those who are still looking for one of the now-discontinued machines.Apple first released the iMac Pro in December 2017, and then did not provide any significant updates beyond minor hardware tweaks. With the iMac Pro being discontinued, Apple recommends that those who need a "pro" level desktop machine check out the current 27-inch iMac.Apple is also developing an Apple silicon version of the iMac that's rumored to be coming in 2021. The new machine is said to feature a complete design overhaul with slimmer bezels and a look that's similar to the Pro Display XDR.
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Apple introduced the newest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 13, on June 3 at the keynote event of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 13 marks a huge overhaul to iOS, offering up a long list of new features. First up, Apple continued on with its optimization trend introduced in iOS 12, making iOS 13 faster and more efficient than ever. App update times have improved, app launch times are two times faster, app download sizes have been reduced by up to 50 percent, and Face ID is 30 percent faster. There's a new systemwide Dark Mode option, which changes the entire look of the operating system from light to dark. You can choose either option, or have Dark Mode come on at sunset or on a custom schedule. All native Apple apps feature Dark Mode support, and third-party apps can use Dark Mode APIs to add Dark Mode integration.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, introduced on September 12, 2018, were Apple's two current flagship iPhones, but have since been replaced with newer models. The two iPhones were discontinued on September 10, 2019, when Apple introduced the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max devices, but some resellers may still continue to offer the XS and XS Max for sale at discounted prices.Both of the iPhones look similar to the iPhone X, but in addition to the 5.8-inch model, there's also now a larger 6.5-inch model. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature the sharpest OLED displays and highest pixel density of any Apple device, with support for Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and Wide Color. iPhone XS Max, the 6.5-inch iPhone, is the largest display Apple has offered, but in a body that's the size of the iPhone 8 Plus. According to Apple, the iPhone XS and XS Max have the most durable glass ever in a smartphone with improved scratch resistance. Like the iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature stainless steel frames and glass bodies that support wireless charging, along with edge-to-edge displays and a TrueDepth Camera System for Face ID.
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Apple in 2017 released the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, skipping over the iPhone 9 entirely. In 2018, Apple released the XS, XS Max, and XR, and in 2019, Apple released the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, with no sign of the iPhone 9. Apple might revisit the lost name in 2020, using it for the rumored low-cost 4.7-inch iPhone that's expected to be released in the first half of the year. Japanese site Mac Otakara heard from an "informed source" that Apple will be naming its upcoming iPhone the "iPhone 9," though it remains to be seen if that will happen because calling it "iPhone 9" might make it less appealing to consumers when there are already iPhone 11 models available.
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iPhone XT is one possible name that Apple could use for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Apple's 2019 iPhones, expected in September of 2019, will follow the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.With the current XR and XS naming scheme it's not yet clear what Apple will call its 2019 iPhone lineup, but as XT follows XS, it's one possible choice that Apple might go with, and a naming option that we heard from an unverified source that claimed to have knowledge of Apple's device plans. Because we don't have any insight into Apple's naming plans at this time, our official roundup for the next-generation iPhones can be found under the "2019 iPhones" label, available here. For rumors on what we're expecting to see in the new iPhones coming in 2019, make sure to check out the 2019 iPhones roundup.
iPhone XI is one possible name that Apple could use for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Apple's 2019 iPhones, expected in September of 2019, will follow the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.With the current XR and XS naming scheme it's not yet clear what Apple will call its 2019 iPhone lineup, but as XI follows X, we believe it's one choice Apple might go with. Because we don't have any insight into Apple's naming plans at this time, our official roundup for the next-generation iPhones can be found under the "2019 iPhones" label, available here. For rumors on what we're expecting to see in the new iPhones coming in 2019, make sure to check out the 2019 iPhones roundup.
Introduced on June 5, 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 11 is the next-generation version of iOS. As Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage at WWDC, the update takes the best and most advanced operating system and turns it up to 11. iOS 11 introduces subtle design changes to interface elements throughout the operating system. Text is bolder, apps like Calculator and Phone have a new look, and the Lock screen and Control Center have been entirely redesigned.The Control Center is customizable and there are options to include a wider range of settings. It's no longer split across multiple screens, and 3D Touch integration has expanded, so you can do more without needing to open the Settings app.
The 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was Apple's biggest event in years, with the company introducing both new software platforms and a range of new hardware products. iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and watchOS 4 were introduced, along with new iPad Pro models, new MacBooks, new MacBook Pro models, and new iMacs.iOS 11 introduces some system-wide design changes, with Apple focusing on bolder fonts, borderless buttons, new animations, and other small visual tweaks. Some interface elements were totally overhauled, including the Control Center, which now takes up a single page, has an entirely new look, and offers new customization options. The Lock Screen and the Notification Center have been merged together and are now one entity, so pulling down to access Notification Center also now brings up the Lock Screen.
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Apple launched two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, in September of 2014. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple's Apple Pay payment system.The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus originally came in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities. The iPhone 6 pricing started at $199 on contract or $649 without contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus pricing started at $299 on contract or $749 without contract. With the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in September 2015, Apple reduced prices on the older iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models by $100 and eliminated Gold as a color option. Only Silver and Space Gray remain available.While both models include the same 64-bit A8 chip and the same general design, there are several differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus also has three major differentiating factors: optical image stabilization for the camera, and a longer battery life, and an iPad-style landscape mode that displays more content on the screen.Though the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, both phones got some major camera improvements in form of sensor upgrades, improved tone mapping, better noise reduction, and new "Focus Pixel" technology, which improves the phone's ability to select autofocus points. For videos, there's a new 240fps slo-mo option, along with support for shooting in 1080p at 60fps. The front-facing camera was also upgraded, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in more light and new burst mode capabilities.
The fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TVs run an operating system called tvOS, which was built from the ground up to provide a simple, easy-to-navigate television watching experience on Apple's set-top box. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-centric design that's controlled through a touch-based remote or an iOS/watchOS app, and Siri voice commands. tvOS features a full App Store for downloading a range of different apps and games that can be used on the Apple TV, along with several built-in apps, much like iOS. Built-in apps include Photos for accessing your Photo Library on the Apple TV, Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV, an app that aggregates TV and movie content from a wide range of different sources.The Apple TV app also provides Channels, letting you subscribe to and watch content from a variety of services without having to open up a third-party app, and it is the home of Apple TV+, Apple's streaming service that offers original TV shows and movies. Siri integration is a key part of tvOS, allowing users to search for specific content via voice for quicker content access, and there are useful features to make television watching simpler, like single sign-on or zero sign-on for more quickly signing into third-party apps that require authentication with your cable credentials.
Apple iOS 12, the current publicly available version of iOS, on June 4, 2018 at the keynote event of the Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 12 is set to be replaced with iOS 13, which is currently being beta tested, in September 2019.With iOS 12, Apple doubled down on performance, working from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads faster and more responsive. Apple has made improvements on devices both old and new, and iOS 12 has been designed to run on all devices able to run iOS 11. With Apple's performance improvements, apps launch faster, the keyboard appears faster, and the Camera is quicker to open. Apple has also optimized the system when it's under load, making iOS devices faster when you need performance the most.
Every year, Apple holds a Worldwide Developers Conference near its Cupertino campus in California to give thousands of developers from around the world a chance to meet up with Apple engineers and attend valuable workshops and software development sessions. For many years, WWDC was hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, but starting in 2017, Apple moved to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, where this year's conference was also held. WWDC 2019 took place from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7. Apple kicks off each conference with a keynote on the first day, where the company makes major announcements and sets the stage for the rest of the week. Media invites for the June 3 keynote event went out on May 22.Keynote events typically offer a look at upcoming products and provide the first details on new operating systems, though in some years there are no hardware announcements and the focus of the event is software.
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iOS 8 was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2014 and launched to the public on September 17, 2014. The release for existing devices came two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.Improved integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, is a major focal point of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Apple introduced several new "Continuity" features that are designed to connect the iPhone, iPad, and Mac "like never before."AirDrop, Apple's peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, now works between iOS and Mac devices. Handoff, a newly introduced feature, works on the same sharing principles and lets users start a task on one device and instantly pick it up on another. Along with sharing tasks with Handoff, iPads and Macs can both place and answer phone calls using the iPhone as a relay. Using this same functionality, Macs and iPads are able to receive SMS messages via the Messages app, which was previous limited to iMessages on those platforms.
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The 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference focused solely on software, with no hardware announcements included in the event. Apple introduced new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, officially debuting iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.With iOS 12, Apple doubled down on performance, working from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads faster and more responsive. Apple has made improvements on devices both old and new, and iOS 12 has been designed to run on all devices able to run iOS 11. With Apple's performance improvements, apps launch faster, the keyboard appears faster, and the Camera is quicker to open. Apple has also optimized the system when it's under load, making iOS devices faster when you need performance the most.
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Apple unveiled iOS 10, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, on June 13, 2016, releasing it to the public exactly three months later on September 13. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 10 is the "biggest release ever" for iOS users, with major updates for a wide variety of apps, services, and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Center, and more.iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There's a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications. Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp. Messages has been overhauled with new features like background animations, bubble effects, rich links, and Digital Touch, the sketching feature first introduced on the Apple Watch, allowing users to create drawings and annotate photos and videos. Handwritten notes, hidden "invisible ink" messages, quick "Tapback" replies, and bigger emoji are new in Messages, and there's even a predictive emoji feature that suggests words that can be replaced with emoji.
Apple just completed their 2014 keynote address at WWDC and introduced a number of new features in both OS X and iOS. A full transcript of the event is available, as well as a video stream of the keynote address.Apple today announced the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. The sequel to last year's OS X Mavericks, Yosemite includes a user interface redesign, as well as major new features focusing on seamless integration between Mac and iOS devices, a new cloud storage system called iCloud Drive, as well as the ability to make phone calls and send text messages through an iPhone.
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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, first released in 2016, are no longer flagship Apple devices, having been replaced by the iPhone 8, iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.Apple stopped selling the iPhone 7 on September 10, 2019, following the debut of the new 2019 iPhone lineup.Priced starting at $449 for a 64GB iPhone 7 or $569 for an iPhone 7 Plus, the two older iPhones are more affordable than the $599 iPhone 8, the $699 iPhone 8 Plus, $749 iPhone XR, the $999 iPhone XS, and the $1099 iPhone XS Max. As of September 2017, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been replaced by the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. Apple is still selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as lower-cost devices starting at $449, but the two iPhones are no longer the company's flagship smartphones.
iPadOS, released in the fall of 2019, is a version of iOS 13 that's designed to run on Apple's iPads. According to Apple, iPadOS is built on the same foundation as iOS, but with powerful new capabilities created for the larger display of the iPad. First and foremost, iPadOS includes almost all of the features available in iOS 13, such as performance optimizations, a new systemwide Dark Mode, a revamped Photos app, a Find My app, Sign In with Apple, updated Maps, and tons more, so for an overview of the new iOS 13 features, make sure to check out our iOS 13 roundup.The iPadOS roundup below highlights the iPad-specific features that are part of iPadOS, rather than the iOS 13 features available on both platforms. iPadOS features a new Home screen for the iPad, which shrinks down the app icon size so you can fit more apps on each page. You can also now add Today Widgets from the left side of the screen onto the Home screen itself for easier access to your widgets and at-a-glance info like news headlines, weather, events, and more when your iPad is in landscape mode.
Apple revealed iOS 7 during the WWDC keynote on June 10, 2013, featuring a brand new design and a number of new features. iOS 7 launched publicly on September 18, 2013. Users can obtain the update either by connecting their devices to iTunes and clicking the "Check for Update" button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update. iOS 7 is available as a free upgrade for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch (16GB/32GB/64GB) and the iPad 2, iPad with Retina display (third- and fourth-generation), and iPad mini. iOS 7 will come pre-installed on the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices. Owners of the iPhone 5s will also find several new features that are specific to that device. These include: 64-bit support, Touch ID fingerprint sensing, Camera image stabilization, Burst Mode and Slow-Mo video.iOS updates are generally recommended for all users, but in the past, users of older hardware have found that performance of the latest iOS versions on their devices can be sluggish. If you are on older iPhone hardware (iPhone 4), you may want to wait to see how iOS 7 runs on your device. Our discussion forums are a good resource for specific questions/answers, and we've also gathered some tips to help users discover less well-known features. Over time, we expect new apps and updates will start requiring iOS 7 to take advantage of the new features and interface.iOS 7 was designed to be compatible with all existing iOS 6 apps, and user testing has found this to generally be true. If you rely on a specific "mission critical" app, it would still be prudent to make sure that that app runs before upgrading.
Apple in April 2020 launched a new low-cost iPhone, the 2020 iPhone SE, as a replacement for the iPhone 8. Despite the name, the iPhone SE features the same design as the iPhone 8 but with upgraded internals that include the same A13 chip as the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. The iPhone SE is priced starting at $399, and with its debut, Apple has discontinued the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. For more on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our iPhone SE roundup.Introduced on September 12, 2017, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus represented a "huge step forward for the iPhone," according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The two devices "improve on everything we love about iPhone" with overhauled internals and a tweaked design, but the changes introduced were not as dramatic as the changes brought to the iPhone X, launched alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus mix a little bit of the iPhone X with a little bit of the previous-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The overall design is the same as previous-generation devices, but the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus adopted glass bodies sandwiched in a a matching aluminum frame. Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 continued to include Touch ID Home button and thick bezels at the top and bottom of the display.
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Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote for 2015 was held on Monday, June 8, with the company introducing the next versions of its iOS, OS X, and watchOS operating systems, as well as an all-new Apple Music streaming service. A full transcript of our live blog coverage of the event remains available, and Apple has shared a video stream for on-demand viewing.The next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, was introduced at the keynote event with developer access starting immediately, to be followed by a public beta in July and public availability in the fall, mostly likely in the September timeframe when Apple typically introduces its new iPhone hardware.iOS 9's biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we're where we need to be at the right time. Siri and search improvements drive those new capabilities, with other improvements including transit directions for Maps in select cities, a much more robust Notes app, a new News app, and Apple Pay enhancements such as support for store-brand cards and rewards programs.
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At WWDC 2016, the focus was on software. While no new hardware was unveiled, Apple announced major new updates to iOS, the newly renamed macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There's a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications. Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.
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The "iPhone 5se" was the name rumored for Apple's 4-inch iPhone before it launched on March 21, 2016 as the "iPhone SE." The iPhone SE combines the body of the iPhone 5s with many of the internals of the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, resulting in a powerful but compact device. For details on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our full iPhone SE roundup.The information remaining in the iPhone 5se roundup reflects the rumors that circulated about the 4-inch iPhone before its debut.Since the launch of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September of 2014, there have been rumors suggesting Apple plans to introduce a new 4-inch device aimed at those who want something both more affordable and smaller in size. Despite rumors, no new device materialized in 2015, but as of 2016, rumors have ramped up and it appears a new 4-inch iPhone will launch in March of 2016 at an event to be held on the 21st.
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Apple's 2019 iPhone announcement is happening now. Follow our live coverage. This roundup will be updated shortly after the full announcement. In 2019, Apple is expected to continue offering iPhones in multiple sizes and at multiple price points to provide customers with choice. 2018 brought the iPhone XS (5.8 inches), the iPhone XS Max (6.5 inches), and the iPhone XR (6.1 inches). The two XS devices have higher price tags starting at $999, while the XR is priced starting at $749. We're expecting a similar lineup in 2019, perhaps with a continuation of both the iPhone XS and XR devices, with rumors suggesting we'll see 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones along with a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. We don't yet know what Apple will call the new iPhones, but iPhone XI or iPhone 11 are possibilities for the iPhone XS successors. Given that naming is up in the air, we're going to be referring to the upcoming iPhones as the "2019 iPhones" for now.
Apple's much-rumored Siri-based speaker, HomePod, was unveiled at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. HomePod is Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, but Apple's speaker is unique because of its focus on superior sound quality. While Siri is baked into HomePod for answering queries, accessing Apple Music, and controlling HomeKit devices, it's not the sole feature the product is built on. HomePod has a lot more to offer. For full details on Apple's speaker, make sure to check out our dedicated HomePod roundup.
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iPad Air 2
Apple's original iPad Air was impressively thin, measuring in at just 7.5mm, similar to the pencil that it was compared to in an array of advertisements. On October 16, 2014, Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, which is significantly thinner at just 6.1mm thick.Aside from its thinner body, the iPad Air 2 retains the same general design elements of the original iPad Air, but it has gained some impressive under-the-hood improvements. For one, the tablet now comes with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor first introduced in the iPhone 5s, and it also includes an upgraded A8X processor that's faster than the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and 2GB of RAM. There's an M8 motion coprocessor as well, which pulls in data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and a new barometer.Using a laminated gapless display let Apple shed bulk from the iPad Air 2 while also improving its screen, offering enhanced contrast and more vibrant colors. Apple also added an anti-reflective screen coating that cuts down on up to 56 percent of glare.The iPad Air 2 has gained an 8-megapixel rear camera that includes an Apple-designed image signal processor, an f/2.4 aperture, and support for 1080p HD video. For the first time, the iPad can capture large panoramas of up to 43 megapixels, it can capture 720p 120FPS Slo-mo video, it has time-lapse video capabilities, and it can take burst mode photos.
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Apple Watch Announced!: See details in our Live Coverage on MacRumors.com. Apple has been rumored to be working on its "iWatch" smart watch since late 2012, but the company has begun accelerating work on the project as it tries to expand its family of mobile devices to the wrist. Apple has already started work on trademarking the name in a number of countries in preparation for an introduction reportedly taking place September 9 alongside the iPhone 6. Apple has confirmed the event date, but not whether the iWatch will be introduced at that time.Because we don't yet know what an Apple iWatch will look like, the photos we've included in the roundup are either mockups or existing non-Apple products. For example, the red watch at the top of the page is the Lunatik iPod nano watch.
The iPhone 5s is the same size and design as the current iPhone 5 but features improved specifications and is available in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. The iPhone 5s uses a 64-bit A7 processor which is as twice as fast as the previous generation. The new device also incorporates a "Touch ID" capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the home button that's capable of scanning sub-epidermal skin layers. Touch ID can be used to unlock an iPhone and authorize iTunes purchases. The rear camera in the iPhone 5s has a new 5-element lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that is 15% larger than the current iPhone 5, as well as a dual-LED "True Tone" flash that will adapt to the existing lighting to provide better colors and more accurate skin tones. Other new camera features include Burst Mode, capable of capturing 10 pictures per second and automatically selecting the best shot, and Slo-Mo 720p video capture at 120 frames per second.Apple launched the iPhone 5s in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK on September 20, 2013. In the U.S., the iPhone 5s costs $199, $299, and $399 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models respectively with a 2-year contract. Non-contract, unlocked SIM free devices are available for $649/$749/$849. Pricing for other individual countries is available on Apple's online store.
OS X Mavericks
OS X 10.9 Mavericks introduces a number of new features aimed at extending both battery life and responsiveness. Apple has promised 200 changes in Mavericks, including both minor cosmetic updates and major performance enhancements. The new operating system was released just after Apple's October 22, 2013 media event and is a free upgrade from the Mac App Store for all OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard users.Mavericks has several new features developed for power users, with enhanced multi-monitor support and expanded finder capabilities. All users will experience improved power usage, a new iCloud Keychain function for secure cross-device passwords, and better Safari performance.A new iBooks app and a new Maps app are both bundled into Mavericks, allowing users to read books and access maps within native apps for the first time. While Mavericks has not gotten the same drastic visual overhaul found in iOS 7, a number of skeuomorphic elements introduced with Mountain Lion have been removed.
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iPhone 6 Rumors
iPhone 6 Announced!: See details in our Live Coverage on MacRumors.com.Apple's new iPhone 6 devices will be introduced at a September 9 media event at the Flint Center, the same location where Apple debuted the original Mac 30 years ago. An overwhelming number of iPhone 6 rumors and part leaks have given us a near-complete look at the two devices ahead of their launch.With the iPhone 5, Apple increased the screen size of the device from 3.5 inches to 4 inches, and with the iPhone 6, the phone's display is going to grow even larger. Though Apple experimented with a range of screen sizes, the company settled on 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches for its two devices, which will bring the next iPhone in line with competing Android and Windows phones that have adopted larger displays.Over the course of the last several years, consumer preference has shifted towards bigger screens, and Apple is now prepared to meet consumer demand for larger devices.
iOS 8 Features
While our main iOS 8 roundup focused on the major changes announced by Apple, this iOS 8 roundup highlights some of the more interesting but smaller additions and refinements made to Apple's mobile operating system throughout its lifespan between September 2014 and September 2015.Apple released iOS 8 to the public on September 17, 2014, two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Prior to the public launch, the software went through five developer betas before a golden master was released on September 9.The final version of iOS 8 was iOS 8.4.1, a minor update that introduced security improvements and bug fixes. Prior to iOS 8.4.1, Apple introduced iOS 8.4, which brought a revamped Music app and support for the new Apple Music service.Revamped Music app - iOS 8.4 introduces a new look for the Music app with a revamped design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It also offers a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for "Now Playing," global search capabilities that make it easier to search from anywhere within the Music app, and access to the new on-demand streaming music service and Beats 1 radio.
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Apple in July 2019 discontinued the MacBook, and stopped selling the 2017 model. The MacBook has been replaced with the new, more affordable MacBook Air. Apple's Mac lineup has been simplified, with the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro now the sole notebooks the company sells. Apple introduced the second update to its ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook on June 5, 2017, debuting new machines with faster processors, better graphics, faster SSDs, and support for up to 16GB RAM. Aside from these internal changes and the addition of a revamped keyboard, the MacBooks are identical to previous-generation 2016 models.First introduced in March of 2015, the MacBook is Apple's newest Mac product line, distinct from the existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups. The MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac to date with terraced battery technology and a fanless design enabled by a low-power Core M processor.
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Apple announced its ninth-generation iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, at a media event in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2015. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can be summed up beautifully with a single quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones."Available with the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina displays, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have the same exterior design as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but much of the hardware inside, from the camera to the processor, is new and improved. Core technologies like the touchscreen and the vibration engine have been updated, and the devices are even constructed from a new material. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are made from a 7000 Series aluminum alloy, which is stronger and more durable than the 6000 series used in the previous-generation iPhones. Apple's also updated the devices with stronger glass, made using a dual ion exchange process. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a new aluminum finish in Rose Gold, which accompanies the traditional Silver, Space Gray, and Gold color options. A second-generation Touch ID module makes fingerprint detection twice as fast, and the 64-bit A9 processor in the two devices is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at GPU tasks than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A built-in M9 motion coprocessor enables new features, such as always-on "Hey Siri" functionality.
'Steve Jobs' Movie
On October 24, 2011, just weeks after former Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer, Walter Isaacson released his best-selling biography, "Steve Jobs." The book was crafted from more than forty interviews Isaacson had with Jobs over the course of two years, and it provided a deep, introspective look into the life of the man responsible for turning Apple into the world's most valuable company. It also provided an honest look at Jobs -- Isaacson conducted over a hundred interviews with Jobs' family members, friends, colleagues, competitors, and enemies -- giving the clearest picture yet of the kind of man that Steve Jobs was. Before Isaacson even published the book, Sony, knowing that it would be an undeniable hit, acquired the rights to produce a movie based on the biography, and that's the basis for the "Steve Jobs" film.A lot of big names are attached to the movie, which is said to be a serious drama that covers three of Jobs' product launch events. Aaron Sorkin, famous for writing "The West Wing," "Newsroom," "Moneyball," and "The Social Network," wrote the screenplay, and Danny Boyle, known for films like "127 Hours" and "Slumdog Millionaire," will direct.
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iOS 9 is Apple's newest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad, released to the public on September 16, 2015. iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements. iOS 9's biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we're where we need to be at the right time. Siri is at the heart of the changes, and the personal assistant is now able to create contextual reminders and search through photos and videos in new ways. Swiping right from the home screen also brings up a new screen that houses "Siri Suggestions," putting favorite contacts and apps right at your fingertips, along with nearby restaurant and location information and important news. Deeper search capabilities can bring up results like sports scores, videos, and content from third-party apps, and you can even do simple conversions and calculations using the search tools on your iPhone or iPad.
The iPhone 5c is essentially a repackaged iPhone 5 with a new plastic enclosure. The new device is available in five different colors -- green, yellow, blue, white, and pink.The phone uses the same A6 processor and rear-facing camera as the iPhone 5, but does contain a few upgraded parts -- such as an improved front-facing FaceTime camera and support for more wireless LTE bands.The new iPhone 5c starts at $99 (with 2 year contract) in the U.S. and is now available for order from Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Retail stores, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target are also offering the iPhone 5c, and many have been discounting the price of the 16 GB model to $50 or less with a two-year contract.On Friday, October 25, Apple launched the iPhone 5c in 35 additional countries, including Russia, Spain, and Mexico, and a third wave launch took place on November 1. The iPhone 5c is now available in more than 60 countries, online, via Apple resellers, or through brick and mortar Apple Stores.
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OS X El Capitan
OS X 10.11 El Capitan, released on September 30, 2015, is the next iteration of OS X, building on the features and design changes introduced with OS X Yosemite. OS X El Capitan might seem like a strange name, but it's meant to highlight the OS's position as an update that brings under-the-hood improvements and refinements to OS X Yosemite. In real life, El Capitan is one of the most popular rock formations and landmarks located within Yosemite National Park. The "El Capitan" name for OS X 10.11 reflects a long-running OS X naming scheme that's used to denote updates that are refinements to previous updates, following in the footsteps of Leopard/Snow Leopard and Lion/Mountain Lion. With El Capitan, Apple focused on two major areas: user experience and performance. Improvements to window management, apps, and Spotlight search enhance the way we use our Macs, while under-the-hood additions like Metal graphics technology make everyday activities like launching apps faster.
watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, much like iOS runs on iPhones and iPads and OS X runs on Macs. While watchOS has taken design cues from iOS 8 and iOS 9, it's been built from the ground up for the Apple Watch, with features and apps that take advantage of the hardware in the wrist-worn device. Apps like Activity and Workout read data from the accelerometer and the heart rate sensor, while communication features let users send sketches, heartbeats, and animated emoji. Notifications are sent from the iPhone and delivered with small haptic taps on the wrist, while Glances offer up quick tidbits of information that can be digested in just a few seconds. Introduced at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, watchOS 2 brings a lot of important functionality to the Apple Watch. Most of what's included is aimed at developers, but the new tools developers have to work with offer better third-party apps and Apple Watch interactions for all of us. watchOS 2 introduces support for native apps, which means apps are able to run entirely on the Apple Watch without relying on the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the device's built-in heart rate sensor, Taptic Engine, accelerometer, and microphone, and build third-party complications to display information on the watch face. As of June 2016, all new Apple Watch apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built using the watchOS 2 SDK.
macOS Sierra, the next-generation Mac operating system, was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016 and launched to the public on September 20, 2016. Apple chose to do away with the OS X name in favor of the new "macOS" name to bring the Mac operating system in line with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The main new feature in macOS Sierra is Siri integration, bringing Apple's personal assistant to the Mac for the first time. Siri offers many of the same capabilities available on iOS, along with Mac-specific functionality like the ability to search through documents to quickly find files. There's also an option to pin Siri search results to the Today section of the Notification Center or to add them to documents to provide up to date information at a glance. Siri can also do things like search through Photos, set reminders, initiate FaceTime calls, and more. In Photos, computer vision and new deep learning algorithms allow the app to recognize people, places, and things in images using facial, object, and scene recognition, using the information to group images into intelligent collections and enable powerful search capabilities. A new "Memories" tab creates curated collections of past photos to resurface old memories, and there's a new "Places" album for displaying all photos on a world map.
The latest version of the watchOS operating system, watchOS 3, was first introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016, and was made available to the public on September 13, 2016. watchOS 3 is a significant update to the operating system, introducing new apps, new watch faces, and impressive performance improvements.watchOS 3 introduces a Dock that houses a user's favorite and recently used apps so they're easier to access. Favorite Apple Watch apps saved to the Dock are kept up to date and are able to launch instantly, cutting down on app loading times. Navigation has been improved, with left and right swipes now used to change the watch face. A revamped Control Center with more information is available when swiping upwards on the Apple Watch screen. Activity sharing is new in watchOS 3, allowing Apple Watch owners to share their workout and activity information with friends to compete and stay motivated. New activity-based Smart Replies in the app are available to communicate with friends and family over activity achievements.
tvOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple TV, taking iOS-style design elements and translating them to an interface made for the larger screen of a television set. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-centric design that's easy to navigate through the touch-based remote and Siri voice commands. tvOS, like iOS, features a full App Store that allows users to choose apps to install on the device. The App Store features content-based apps like Netflix and Hulu, but it also features games, weather, educational options, photo viewing apps, music apps, and more. Since the fourth-generation Apple TV launched in October of 2015, Apple has been steadily updating tvOS with new features like Bluetooth keyboard support, dictation support, and more, and on June 13, 2016, Apple unveiled the latest version of the tvOS operating system -- tvOS 10.tvOS 10 builds on the initial tvOS features, introducing improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, Single Sign-On authentication, and a dedicated Apple TV Remote app for iOS devices.
macOS High Sierra
Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. macOS High Sierra, as the name suggests, is a follow-up to macOS Sierra and is largely designed to improve on macOS Sierra through major under-the-hood updates and a handful of outward-facing changes. With macOS High Sierra, Apple says it's focusing on the fundamentals: data, video, and graphics. High Sierra is about deep technologies that provide a platform for future innovation while also introducing new technologies to make the Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive. A more modern file system, Apple File System (APFS), is the new default in macOS High Sierra. APFS is safe, secure, and optimized for modern storage systems like solid state drives. It introduces features like native encryption, safe document saves, stable snapshots, and crash protection. APFS is ultra responsive and brings major performance improvements for Macs.High Sierra includes High Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC, aka H.265), which preserves better detail and color while also introducing much improved compression compared to H.264. HEVC software encoding is available for all Macs in High Sierra, but newer models include HEVC hardware acceleration.
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watchOS 4 is the publicly available version of watchOS, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4 was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2017, and it will be followed by watchOS 5 in fall 2018. In watchOS 4, Apple has focused on introducing a more personalized Apple Watch experience and improving what people love most about the Apple Watch, bringing new Activity, Music, and Workout features.There are three new watch faces in watchOS 4, including a new Siri watch face that offers up dynamic, personalized information that changes based on the time of day. It takes into account your daily routine, the apps you use, and when you use them to predict what you'll want to see next. Other watch faces include a photo-based Kaleidoscope face and a new Toy Story face starring Jessie, Woody, and Buzz Lightyear. With watchOS 4, Apple wants to better motivate you to close your Activity rings, so there are new notifications when you're close to meeting a goal, more exciting animations when you reach your target, and personalized monthly fitness challenges based on your own Activity history.
The iPhone X, pronounced "iPhone 10," was introduced at Apple's September 2017 event as a classic "One more thing..." addition to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus product lineup. The iPhone X has since been replaced by the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and Apple has discontinued the device to focus on the newer iPhones.Apple's aim with the iPhone X was to create an iPhone that's all display, blurring the line between physical object and experience. The 5.8-inch front screen melts into a highly polished curved-edge stainless steel band encircling a durable all-glass body available in two pearlescent finishes: Space Gray and Silver. Both feature a black front panel.The edge-to-edge top-to-bottom Super Retina display adopts OLED technology for true-to-life colors, deep blacks, and a million-to-one contrast ratio. It features a 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch. It supports HDR, wide color, 3D Touch, and True Tone for adjusting the white balance of the display to match the ambient lighting.
macOS Mojave, introduced at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, is the latest version of the operating system that runs on Apple's Macs. Inspired by the desert at night, macOS Mojave is the first Mac update in several years not to use a mountain-themed name, with its new moniker representing the visual changes made to the software. The standout feature in macOS Mojave is a system-wide Dark Mode, which extends beyond just the dock and the menu bar to full windows and apps, with native apps like Mail, Calendar, iTunes, Xcode, and more adopting the dark theme. Dark Mode is, of course, an optional feature, so users who prefer a lighter look can continue to use the light mode. A Dynamic Desktop option introduces wallpapers that subtly change throughout the day, while Desktop Stacks organize all your desktop files into neat piles arranged by type, date, or tag. Finder has been revamped with a Gallery View for previewing files one by one, and a Finder Sidebar offers up file information at a glance. Contextual, customizable Quick Actions within Finder let you interact with files and do things like rotate photos or edit files without leaving the Finder interface, and a revamped Quick Look view integrates Markup, providing another way to make simple, quick edits to your files.
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Introduced at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, watchOS 5 is the current publicly available version of watchOS, the operating system that's designed to run on the Apple Watch. With watchOS 5, Apple focused on introducing new ways for you to stay active and connected to the world around you. watchOS 5 was replaced with watchOS 6 on September 19, 2019 and it is no longer the newest version of watchOS.The headline feature in watchOS 5 is a Walkie-Talkie app, which introduces a new way to communicate on the watch by merging real-time voice conversations with the spontaneity of messaging. The Walkie-Talkie app works like a traditional Walkie-Talkie, with press-to-talk communication with your friends and family.To motivate you to work out, watchOS 5 brings a new Competition option that lets you challenge your friends to a seven-day competition to see who can earn the most activity points. Regular progress reports let you know where you and your friends stand, with the winner receiving a special award. Several new workout types have been added, including Yoga and Hiking, while Outdoor Runs have gained support for rolling mile pace, custom pace alert, and cadence for better tracking capabilities.
The fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TVs run an operating system called tvOS, which was built from the ground up to provide a simple, easy-to-navigate television watching experience. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-centric design that's controlled through the touch-based remote and Siri voice commands. tvOS features a full App Store for downloading a range of different apps and games that can be used on the Apple TV, along with several built-in apps, much like iOS. Built-in apps include Photos for accessing your Photo Library on the Apple TV, Apple Music, Podcasts, Computers for Home Sharing, and TV, an app that aggregates TV and movie content from a wide range of apps. Siri integration is a key part of tvOS, allowing users to search for specific content via voice for quicker content access, and there are useful features to make television watching simpler, like single sign-on or zero sign-on for more quickly signing into third-party apps that require authentication with your cable credentials. Apple adds new features and introduces new versions of tvOS on a regular basis, but tvOS updates have historically been smaller in scale than updates for iOS, macOS, and watchOS. Since its 2015 debut, tvOS has seen few changes to its overall design and layout, but a few new features have launched.
Apple in April of 2018 announced that it has officially ended development on its AirPort line of products. We're discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last," said an Apple spokesperson. Apple will not manufacture additional AirPort Express, Extreme, and Time Capsule products, but existing inventory was available until it sold out in November 2018.Apple will be providing service and parts for the current-generation AirPort Base Stations for the next five years, and the company is sharing several support documents to assist customers who are transitioning away from the AirPort products.
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Apple Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday, which takes place on November 27th in 2017, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. It follows Black Friday, and marks another day of major sales both online and in retail stores. Retailers across the country drop prices on thousands of items on Cyber Monday, and in some cases, the sales last for an entire week.Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and in recent years, retailers have offered some fantastic deals both on Black Friday and on Cyber Monday. We're gathering up a list of all the retailers, both online and in-store, offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, Beats headphones, Apple accessories, software, and more.Our Black Friday deals can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup, while this Cyber Monday roundup focuses on deals that will be available starting on November 27. Black Friday's focus is often in-store sales, while Cyber Monday primarily highlights deals you can get online without leaving the house.
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On July 27, 2017, Apple removed the iPod shuffle from its website and online store, marking its discontinuation after twelve and a half years on the market in various forms. With the simultaneous discontinuation of the iPod nano, the iOS-based iPod touch is the only remaining device in the iPod family.At the time of its discontinuation, the iPod shuffle was available in six colors in a single 2 GB capacity priced at $49.Apple's iPod shuffle went through several design changes since its introduction in January 2005, with the final form factor having been introduced in September 2010. Priced at $49 and offering 2 GB of storage, the only changes made to the device over the subsequent years were in color options.
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On July 27, 2017, Apple removed the iPod nano from its website and online store, marking its discontinuation after almost twelve years on the market in various form factors. With the simultaneous discontinuation of the iPod shuffle, the iOS-based iPod touch is the only remaining device in the iPod family.At the time of its discontinuation, the iPod nano was available in six colors in a single 16 GB capacity priced at $149.Perhaps more than any other iPod product, the iPod nano was the subject of significant experimentation by Apple, with the company trying out a number of different form factors based on a click wheel interface before moving to an iPod shuffle-shaped design centered around a multi-touch screen and eventually settling on a design more like a miniature iPod touch with the final seventh-generation models released in October 2012.
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The iPod classic was the direct descendent of Apple's original iPod released in 2001 and offers the traditional click wheel interface introduced nearly a decade ago on the iPod mini before making its way into the fourth-generation iPod. With the iPod classic lacking iOS and touchscreen support, the device's main function over its last few years was to provide customers with an iPod product option offering significant amounts of storage for their music collections. The final version of the iPod classic contained a 160 GB traditional hard drive, offering significantly more capacity than the 64 GB of flash memory found in the high-end iPod touch. With the iPhone starting to offer a maximum of 128 GB of storage with the iPhone 5 and 6 Plus, however, Apple discontinued the iPod classic on September 9, 2014, five years to the day after its final update.The final generation of the iPod classic was introduced in September 2009, and while the product's demise was rumored a number of times over the years, the product lasted a full five years with silver and black color options at a $249 price point before being discontinued.Back in early 2011, Toshiba introduced a 220 GB 1.8-inch hard drive that could have allowed Apple to increase the capacity of the iPod classic, and tightening supplies very soon after led to speculation that the device could see an update or discontinuation. By September 2011, Apple had removed its click wheel iPod games from the iTunes Store. No such games had been added to the store since February 2009, but the complete removal of the games section from the iTunes Store fueled rumors that the iPod classic would soon be discontinued. Ultimately, however, it was not until 2014 that the iPod classic was finally retired from Apple's lineup.
OS X Yosemite
Apple released OS X Yosemite to the public on October 16, 2014, following a media event that saw the unveiling of new iPads, a new Retina iMac, and a new Mac mini. It was succeeded by OS X El Capitan on September 30, 2015.OS X Yosemite was made available through the Mac App Store at no cost. Prospective users needed 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, along with Snow Leopard at a minimum as Mac App Store access was required.Originally unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, Yosemite went through several months of beta testing before it saw its public release. Apple also launched a public beta for OS X Yosemite for the first time, allowing more than a million users to test the software before its release.OS X Yosemite introduced a number of visual changes, including a flatter, more modern look that emphasizes translucency, streamlined toolbars, and smarter controls.
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OS X 10.12
OS X 10.12 was expected to be the name of the 2016 Mac operating system update, following OS X 10.11, but Apple opted to change the name of its Mac operating system to "macOS" to bring it in line with tvOS, iOS, and watchOS.What was once OS X 10.12 is now known as "macOS Sierra," set to be released to the public in the fall of 2016. Full details on macOS Sierra, which includes new features like Siri integration and automatic Mac unlocking, can be found in our dedicated macOS Sierra Roundup.
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The "iPhone 6c" was one of the early names rumored for Apple's 4-inch iPhone before it launched on March 21, 2016 as the "iPhone SE." The iPhone SE combines the body of the iPhone 5s with many of the internals of the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, resulting in a powerful but compact device.For details on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our full iPhone SE roundup.
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