It’s Christmas Eve, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of news and rumors from Apple over the past few days, as we’ve heard details about Apple’s plans for the Mac Pro, iPhone SE, and more.
In other news, Apple detailed changes it made in some recent AirTags firmware updates, while the company appears to have retired a new Home app architecture it began offering to users running iOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1. Read on below for details on these stories and more!
New Mac Pro under review, but “M2 Extreme” chip likely to be dropped
Apple continues to test an all-new Mac Pro with an M2 Ultra chip, but the company has likely scrapped plans to offer a higher-end “M2 Extreme” chip, they say Bloombergis Mark Gurman.
According to Gurman, the Mac Pro will be available with the M2 Ultra chip, with a CPU of up to 24 cores, a GPU of up to 76 cores, and at least 192GB of RAM. As with the current Mac Pro, he expects the new model to remain expandable with additional memory, storage, and more.
The current Intel-based Mac Pro was released in December 2019 and starts at $5,999 in the US. Subject to further delays, the new model is expected to be launched in 2023.
Latest rumors for every Mac: When to expect new models
In addition to the Mac Pro, several other Macs are expected to be updated over the next year. For example, new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are expected to be launched in early 2023. A new Mac mini with M2 chips is also rumored.
This week we rounded up the latest rumors for every Mac Apple is selling, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro.
Apple said to cancel or postpone iPhone SE 4
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to either stop or postpone mass production of the fourth-generation iPhone SE.
Kuo originally expected the next iPhone SE to launch in 2024, but he said those plans are likely to change as shipments of mid-to-low-end iPhone models, such as the third-generation iPhone SE, pick up , consistently below expectations. iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 14 Plus.
Apple is retiring the iOS 16.2 option to upgrade to the new home architecture
One of the major new features of iOS 16.2 is the ability to upgrade to a new Home app architecture. Though Apple didn’t share specific details about the changes, the company said the upgrade offers “improved performance and reliability” for HomeKit accessories.
After some users who updated the Home app complained about technical issues, Apple seems to have removed the option to update the Home app for now.
Apple reveals what’s new in the latest AirTag firmware updates
Apple recently released two firmware updates for its AirTag accessories, and the company has since detailed what’s new in the updates.
One of the firmware updates introduces some features Apple promised earlier this year to prevent AirTags from being used for stalking purposes. The other update fixes an issue where the AirTag’s accelerometer would not activate in some scenarios.
The “garbage can” Mac Pro: reminder of one of Apple’s most controversial designs
This week marked the ninth anniversary of Apple’s release of the so-called “garbage can” Mac Pro, which provided an opportunity to reflect on one of Apple’s most controversial hardware designs.
While the “trash can” Mac Pro had a beautiful design, it wasn’t modular, leading to complaints from professional users over the years about its lack of upgradability. The computer was discontinued in 2019.
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