October draws to a close with plenty to talk about in terms of new hardware and software releases from Apple, while we also look ahead to iOS 16.2 and future hardware.
Read all the details on everything Apple has released this week below, including our first hands-on look at Apple’s new iPads, plus a rumored Apple’s biggest iPad and more!
Release of iOS 16.1: here are all the news
It’s been a busy week for Apple software-wise, as the company released iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura with a long list of new features for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
We’ve rounded up everything new in iOS 16.1, including Live Activity support in third-party apps (check out our app list), iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter accessory support, and more. .
As for hardware, new iPad Pro models and a redesigned 10th generation iPad launched this week after being announced last week. We’ve shared a hands-on preview of both devices on our YouTube channel. The new Apple TV 4K will launch on Friday, November 4.
Apple releases iPadOS 16 with Stage Manager and more
iPadOS 16 was finally released this week after more than four months of beta testing. One of the key new features in the update is Stage Manager, which allows multiple apps to be used in overlapping windows for improved multitasking.
Unfortunately, Stage Manager was criticized as a “poorly tested” feature with a “confused constellation of missing features, bugs, and confusing interactions”.
macOS Ventura: 50 new features and changes to discover
Following the release of macOS Ventura, we have shared a list of 50 new features and changes to check out in the software update.
macOS Ventura is a major update that introduces a new multitasking experience on Mac with Stage Manager, revises several stock apps like Mail and Messages, adds support for using an iPhone as a Mac webcam with a newly released Belkin accessory, and more.
Apple is rumored to launch a larger 16-inch iPad next year
Apple is developing a larger 16-inch iPad that it hopes to release in Q4 2023, according to a report this week. It would be the largest iPad model ever, surpassing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The oversized iPad would have the same screen size as the 16-inch MacBook Pro, giving users a much larger canvas to work with. Apple was also rumored to be planning a 14-inch iPad Pro.
Apple admits it will have to comply with the EU and switch the iPhone to USB-C
In an interview this week with tech journalist Joanna Stern, Apple’s chief marketing officer Greg Joswiak admitted that the company will have to “comply” with a European law requiring devices like the iPhone to adopt USB- C as common charging port from 2024.
Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi also joined in the discussion, which touched on the lack of iMessage on Android and many other topics.
All New in iOS 16.2 Beta: Freeform App and More
Shortly after the release of iOS 16.1, Apple made the first beta version of iOS 16.2 available to developers and public beta testers with even more new features.
iOS 16.2 will include Apple’s new Freeform digital whiteboard app, unintended emergency SOS call reporting, new lock screen sleep widget, new Home app architecture, integration live activity for select sports games in the Apple TV app, and more.
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