Apple updates TestFlight app to support Apple Glass apps, iOS 17 public beta release, Apple offer “Back to School” in the UAE, Siri support for Hindi-English language mix, new feature in screenshot and SIM cards in IOS 17 update, accusations between Twitter and Meta because of Thread, iPhone 15 Pro in blue, and other exciting news on the sidelines…

News on the sidelines Week Mar 5 - Mar 11

Apple releases iOS and macOS security updates to fix an actively exploited vulnerability

Apple has issued rapid security response fixes for iPhone and iPad users for iOS and iPadOS 16.5.1 updates, in addition to the macOS Ventura 13.4.1 update. These updates are intended to provide security fixes without requiring a full software update. The updates address a WebKit vulnerability that is being actively exploited. Users are encouraged to update their devices as soon as possible.

The installation process is quick, taking only a few minutes to download the update and restart the device. After installing the Rapid Security Response update, users will see an updated version of the software. Clicking on the version in the About section of Settings will display information about the installed operating system version and the quick security response update. It is also possible to disable Rapid Security Response updates on both iPhone and Mac devices.

Apple Vision Pro glasses will come with a faster DRAM chip

According to The Korea Herald, the Apple Vision Pro will use a custom type of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) to support the R1 input processing chip.

Apple glasses consist of two main chips: M2 processor Responsible for content processing and operating the VisionOS operating system, and R1 chip That processes data from 12 cameras, five sensors, and six microphones. The R1 chip quickly streams images to displays, providing virtually lag-free viewing.

To meet the high-speed requirements of the R1 chip, Apple will reportedly integrate a 1Gb low-latency DRAM chip from SK hynix. The DRAM chip will use a packaging method called Fan-Out chip-level encapsulation, which allows for twice the processing speed when combined with the R1 chipset. The Apple Vision Pro is expected to be available for purchase early next year, with Chinese manufacturer Luxshare initially assembling the device. However, manufacturing issues with Micro-OLED screens and curved lenses may limit production to less than 400 units in 2024, according to reports.

Apple reports earnings for the third quarter of 2023 on August 3

Apple announced that it will disclose its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023 on Thursday, August 3. On the conference call, Tim Cook and Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri will discuss the results with analysts.

During the quarter, which ran from April 2 to July 1, Apple introduced three new Mac models: the 15-inch MacBook Air, updated Mac Studio, and updated Mac Pro. In addition, the company launched an Apple Card savings account exclusively in the United States.

Although Apple hasn't provided specific revenue guidance since the pandemic began, analysts expect average revenue of about $81.5 billion for the quarter. This estimate indicates a decrease of about 2% compared to the $83 billion in revenue recorded in the same quarter of the previous year.

On a recent earnings call, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said regarding Apple's performance for the current quarter, and said, "Assuming the macroeconomic outlook remains stable, we expect our revenue for the June quarter to be similar to that for the March quarter."

Apple is promoting long battery life and collision detection in two new ads on the iPhone 14

Apple shared two new ads on its YouTube channel, one promoting the long battery life of the iPhone 14 Plus and the other using the iPhone 14 Pro to highlight the collision detection feature.

The first one-minute ad, “Battery for Miles,” depicts a man slowly driving a tractor pulling a giant pumpkin down a long road, and in front of the driver is an iPhone 14 Plus running on Apple Maps, which tells him “102 miles away, keep going.” Straight line". After the man raises his eyebrow briefly, the slogan appears: “Our longest battery life ever. Relax, it's iPhone 14 Plus.”

In the second ad, "Crash Test", a slow-motion car crash test is performed in an aircraft hangar.

The iPhone 14 Pro is mounted on the dashboard with a screen that says, "Looks like you've been in an accident." Then the tagline reads: "Collision Detection can sense a severe car crash and automatically call 911. Relax, it's iPhone 14 Pro."

At this time, those interested in buying a new iPhone should wait for the iPhone 15 series, to take advantage of new features and technologies, including a dynamic island for all models, USB-C instead of Lightning, a periscope lens, and more.

The iMac is larger with a 32-inch screen

Apple is currently experimenting with larger iMacs, one of which is expected to have a screen size of approximately 32 inches. But it's still in the early stages of development, and it's expected that it won't be released until late 2024 or possibly sometime in 2025.

Previously, it was reported that Apple was working on a larger iMac with a screen size of more than 30 inches. It is now confirming that the screen size will be similar to the Apple Pro Display XDR, which is 32 inches and was launched in December 2019 with 6K Retina resolution and starts at $4999.

Currently, the only computer available from Apple is the 24-inch iMac, which was released in April 2021 with the M1 chip. An updated model with a faster M3 chip is expected to launch early next year. The M3 chip is expected to come with a 3nm manufacturing precision, which leads to significant improvements in performance and enhanced energy efficiency compared to the current one, which is manufactured using 5nm technology.

It is expected that the iPhone 15 Pro will come in blue

According to a reliable source, the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models will come in a unique dark blue color with a gray gradient. The color is similar to the blue used in the iPhone 12 Pro models, but appears darker and grayer. Rumors have surfaced of a dark red color, but blue has been seen on prototype devices of the iPhone 15 Pro, which indicates that it may be the final color choice. Other rumored colors include baby pink, baby blue, and green.

The design of the secondary head strap for Apple Glasses is not finalized yet

Members of the press who tested Apple Glass were able to use an optional over-the-head strap that provides additional comfort and security. This bar is not mentioned in Apple's marketing materials, but has been featured in promotional videos. Secondary belt added; Because individuals with small heads had difficulty wearing glasses for long periods. But the design of the belt is still under development. Apple is considering making shoulder bags for the glasses' battery; Because some customers may not have pockets. Apple also plans to outsource the manufacture of external screen protectors, and Apple has built alerts into the system that recommend against wearing glasses during a brisk walk or run.

Twitter accuses Meta of stealing employees to build porridge

Twitter has accused Meta of illegally using Twitter's trade secrets and intellectual property. Twitter claims that Meta hired former Twitter employees with access to confidential information, and used it to quickly develop Thread. Twitter demands Meta stop using its trade secrets, and warns of potential legal action. While Twitter did not target other similar social networks such as Bluesky and Mastodo, Thread gained huge popularity due to its association with Instagram. In response, Meta denies that any former Twitter employees are on the Thread team.

Latest iOS 17 beta includes Save to Photos option for full-page screenshot, better dual SIM support

Apple introduced a new feature in the latest versions of iOS 17 to the public and developers, as well as iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, that allows users to save full-page screenshots as image files within supported apps. This feature provides additional flexibility, as users can now choose to save screenshots directly to their Photos app. Previously, in the iOS 16 update, users had the option to save an entire page or pass the content as a PDF document in apps like Safari, Notes, and Maps.

This feature has existed in Android devices for a while, and iPhone users had to rely on third-party applications such as Tailor to achieve the same function.

In addition, TechCrunch has discovered another noteworthy addition in the iOS 17 update. Users will benefit from improved dual SIM support, including the ability to sort messages based on SIM, assign separate ringtones to each card, and select the SIM when returning a call from unknown.

Miscellaneous news

◉ Apple launched public beta versions to update iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, and added new features for Indian users, represented in the ability to ask Siri questions in a mixture of English and Hindi, in addition to other Indian languages ​​such as Telugu, Punjabi, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil, and this is because Indians are often They often communicate in a mixture of languages. In addition to other features specific to Indians.

◉ Apple announced the launch of the Tap to Pay service or click to pay on the iPhone in the United Kingdom, allowing independent sellers and small merchants and large merchants in the country to use the iPhone as a means of payment.

◉ Apple launches the annual “Back to School” offer in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Higher education students and teachers can get Apple Gift Cards, AirPods, or an Apple Pencil with select Mac and iPad purchases. Gift cards are available in many European countries, while AirPods and Apple Pencil are free with the purchase of certain devices in other countries, including the UAE. Education discounts and AppleCare Plus at 20% off are also offered. Verification is required, and the offer lasts until October 23, 2023.

◉ The upcoming macOS Sonoma update allows Mac users to use Apple's Password Manager with browsers like Google Chrome and Edge, so passwords and one-time codes will autofill from iCloud Keychain when using browsers other than Safari.

◉ Apple launched the first public beta for iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17 updates.

◉ Apple launched an online store within the Chinese application WeChat, which has more than 1.2 billion users, allowing users of the popular messaging platform to purchase Apple products. The move reflects Apple's strategy of leveraging social media platforms to expand its sales in China, as consumers are increasingly using these platforms to shop. In addition to WeChat, Apple already has a presence in Alibaba's Tmall marketplace and partners with as an official distributor. Despite the decline in total smartphone sales in China, Apple managed to increase its market share and sales in the country during the first quarter of the year, outperforming the market trend.

◉ Apple has updated an app TestFlight To support apps designed for the first beta version of VisionOS, which means developers may soon be able to use TestFlight to test apps designed for the Apple Vision Pro.

This is not all the news that is on the sidelines, but we have brought you the most important of them, and it is not necessary for the non-specialist to occupy himself with all the incoming and outgoing. And help you with it, and if it robbed you of your life and got busy with it, there is no need for it.


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