We continued to hear a lot about Apple’s plans for its Mac lineup this week, including word of a high-end redirected MacBook Air and the return of an SD card slot as part of an upcoming MacBook Pro redesign. It also appears that Apple is working on Face ID for Mac, but it will not feature in the originally planned iMac this year.
This week also saw rumors about the iPhone 13 that Apple is getting a small notch, and Apple is set to deliver a set of operating system updates, including iOS 14.4 and MacOS 11.2, as all of the updated versions of the release Developer versions were sent to developers other testers this week. Read on for details on all these stories from last week!
Apple working on ‘Thinner and lighter’ high-end MacBook Air with Mascaf may launch in second half of 2021
Last Friday, after a batch of rumors, BloombergThis week Mark Gurman came out with a new report which shared some more information on Apple’s product plan. Most notably, Gurman says that Apple is working on a thinner and lighter MacBook Air that could be launched next year or sometime later this year. The new MacBook Air will feature an updated Apple silicon chip, MagSafe charging, and perhaps a smaller body that will enable the display bezel to shrink.
The redesigned MacBook Air is said to be a high-end model, which will be sold alongside cheaper models that continue to use the current design. Apple reportedly considered making a 15-inch version of the MacBook Air to go with the popular 13-inch size, but opted not to go ahead with the model, at least for the next generation.
iPhone 13 rumored to have small notch, sensor-shift camera stabilization on all models
Apple plans to combine various Face ID components into one module for at least a small run on the iPhone 13 model. Digitimes.
The same report claimed that Apple plans to expand sensor-shift optical image stabilization across the entire iPhone 13 lineup compared to only the iPhone 12 Pro Max among current models. The technology also stabilizes the camera’s sensors instead of individual lenses for greater image stabilization. Coupled with a larger sensor, users can expect better photo quality.
Earlier this month, DigiTimes reported that the LiDAR scanner would also be expanded throughout the iPhone 13 lineup, while the mmWave 5G is expected to be available on iPhone 13 models sold outside the United States.
Face ID for iMac possibly pushed back on second iteration of upcoming redesign
Gurman also shared that while Apple was working on developing Face ID technology for its Mac lineup and was planning to introduce it in the iMac that came into discussion last week, Apple did not include it in the initial version Have decided to do.
In addition, he says Apple has tested offering cellular connectivity to its Mac lineup, but it doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon.
Next for MacBook Pro Feature SD Card Reader
The redesigned MacBook Pro model also works, as reported Bloomberg Last week, and one of that initial reports was tidbits that the new designs would include more ports than the current model.
This week’s report expands a bit on that claim, specifically claiming that the new MacBook Pro model will include the return of the SD card slot, allowing photographers and other users of the popular removable storage standard to put the card directly into their Mac. It will be easy to use. Without the need for a separate card reader.
IOS 14.4 Release Candidate Now Available
Apple this week released the release candidate versions of iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 for developers and public beta testers. This version should mirror the final release of software updates coming soon.
iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 are relatively minor updates. Apple’s release notes confirm that iOS 14.4 offers a notification for when the new, genuine Apple camera is not verified on the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max Can be done, and many others are to fix bugs in computer programs or systems. The update also enhances handoff functionality with the HomePod Mini.
Apple has also tested testing candidate versions of macOS 11.2, watchOS 7.3, and TVOS 14.4. All software updates should be released to the public in the near future.
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