As you are studying this, I am most likely sitting on the seashore consuming a mojito, having fun with one of many remaining weeks of summer time. After I return, we’ll all be headed into essentially the most thrilling 4 months on the Apple calendar. Although principally quiet, the previous week nonetheless supplied information and compelling predictions about our favourite expertise firm and what’s to return. This is a recap of every thing that went down this week in Apple land.
What’s essential about Sept. 6?
As lately famous on our iPhone 14 prediction web page, we’re nonetheless most likely a month away from the primary of what is more likely to be two Apple fall occasions. That event, attainable on Tuesday, Sept. 13, ought to embody iPhone 14 collection and Apple Watch Collection 8 reveals, with bulletins about new iPads and Macs following someday in October.
Though Apple could invite some press members to each occasions, because it did for the Worldwide Builders Convention (WWDC) in June, a lot of the motion shall be recorded and streamed worldwide on Apple TV, Twitter, and the Apple web site. This sort of setup means Apple can take its good candy time and never even announce the September event for a number of extra days.
Assuming Sept. 13 is the iPhone event, we will count on an announcement one week earlier on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and the brand new Apple Watch collection ought to start on Friday, Sept. 16, with a Sept. 23 launch date.
Good and unhealthy information about iPhone 14 costs
This week, we acquired some information concerning the iPhone 14 collection that should not come as a shock. In line with Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s anticipated to extend the price of the iPhone 14 Professional collection handsets by round 15%.
At the moment, within the U.S., the bottom iPhone 13 Professional is $999, whereas the least costly iPhone 13 Professional Max is $1,099. These numbers might rise to about $1,150 and $1,265, respectively. Even with at the moment’s near-record inflation charges in lots of elements of the world, these numbers appear extreme. Nevertheless, Apple has by no means elevated the price of the iPhone Professional lineup because the iPhone 11 Professional collection launched in 2019, so I suppose it is honest.
On a extra constructive word, the flagship iPhone 14 is not anticipated to function a price hike. Just like the iPhone 13 (the finest iPhone presently in the marketplace) earlier than it, this mannequin ought to begin at $799. Nevertheless, Apple will nonetheless see elevated income on the common iPhone 14 collection because it’s more likely to change the iPhone mini with an all-new iPhone 14 Max within the lineup. The iPhone 13 mini begins at $699, whereas the brand new Max mannequin is anticipated to launch at $899, in response to the newest iPhone 14 rumors.
iOS 16: It is getting bizarre
With new iPhones anticipated to launch in just some weeks, we’re practically completed with the iOS 16 beta cycle. Typically, by this time within the course of, Apple has stopped making important tweaks to the software program updates. And but, iOS 16 developer beta 5 (and (*16*)iOS 16 public beta 3) stunned us. These betas function the return of a battery indicator quantity on the iPhone House display screen, which Apple eliminated starting with the iPhone X. Sadly, the early evaluations have been blended.
It might show tough to search out any long-term iPhone consumer upset by Apple’s choice to reverse course and embody a battery share quantity on the iPhone House display screen. However, sadly, the brand new look is not essentially an ideal one. Due to spacing points, the brand new design is considerably unusual, because it encompasses a battery quantity (not the signal) on high of the icon.
Right here you’ll be able to see the distinction between the battery indicator on the iPhone dwelling display screen and Management Heart:
Some iOS 16 beta testers have additionally mentioned the brand new battery icon seems to be odd with particular backgrounds or Darkish mode. I have not run into these points, though I have not accomplished many checks to show this.
There’s one remaining level that is been introduced up concerning the new iOS 16 battery indicator: Some early customers have reported that it would not work on some iPhone fashions, together with the iPhone 11 Max, iPhone 12 Max, and iPhone 13 mini.
All these considerations are warranted, though it is attainable (even possible) that Apple will tweak the brand new design earlier than the official iOS 16 launch, so keep tuned.
Headed out the door …
That is it for me, a minimum of for a number of days. To recap, we have heaps to look ahead to within the coming months as Apple gears as much as launch a number of new merchandise in addition to the official debut of iOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, watchOS 9, and extra. Some is probably not too glad concerning the battery share icon, however there are nonetheless numerous different thrilling updates coming within the new model of iOS that we will all look ahead to. Though, possibly the brand new iPhone 14 costs, not a lot.
Anyway, in my absence, make sure you keep plugged into iMore for the most recent Apple information and pleasure, as all the time.