Top news: iOS 16 Beta 4, ‘Apple Watch Pro’ Rumors, and more

We’re probably about six weeks away from revealing the iPhone 14 lineup and Apple continues to refine the iOS 16 update that will be released alongside the new hardware, so we’re seeing a number of tweaks as it moves through the beta testing period.

This week also saw some rumors about a rugged “Apple Watch Pro” planned for release later this year, as well as some prototypes that Apple has been testing for a larger, redesigned iMac, so read on for all the details on these stories and more. !

What’s new in iOS 16 Beta 4 for lock screen, iMessage, and more

Apple this week released the fourth beta of iOS 16 with a few new features and changes for the iPhone. Apple also released a second public beta version similar to iOS 16.

Editable Message Thumbs on iPhone 13 1

The latest beta has a few updates to edit iMessage, Mail app, CarPlay, lock screen notification settings, and more, so be sure to check out our summary of what’s new in iOS 16 beta 4.

Apple also released the fourth developer beta and second public beta versions of iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 for testing.

Apple replaces the last remaining Intel-made component in the M2 MacBook Air

Apple is currently in a two-year transition from Intel processors to its own custom-built chips in Macs, and now Apple has completely abandoned Intel with the latest MacBook Air.

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Cancellations of the new MacBook Air with an M2 chip earlier this month revealed that Apple has replaced the last Intel-supplied component of this Mac — the Thunderbolt port controllers — with its own custom solution.

Titanium ‘Apple Watch Pro’ could signal the end of Apple Watch release

The larger Apple Watch Series 8 model expected to be launched later this year is rumored to feature a durable titanium case, raising questions about the future of the current Apple Watch version.

Apple Watch Series 7 Titanium

Given that the Apple Watch Edition already has a titanium case, it’s possible that the Edition model will be discontinued, or the rugged new Apple Watch could become the new Edition model for the Series 8 range.

Hands-on comparison: Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE

Google last week launched the Pixel 6a, a $449 budget smartphone designed to compete with more affordable smartphones like Apple’s latest iPhone SE, which starts at $429.

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We chose the Pixel 6a to see how it lives up to the third generation iPhone SE in terms of design, performance and camera technology.

Five Apple products are rumored to switch to USB-C

While the iPhone still uses the Lightning connector for now, Apple has moved many of its devices to USB-C in recent years.

iPhone 15 to switch from Lightning to USB C in 2023 is a no-share feature

Apple now offers USB-C ports on every new Mac it sells, along with all but the entry-level model, Studio Display and Pro Display XDR, and a few other products.

What’s Next? Here are five other Apple products rumored to be switching to USB-C.

Apple allegedly built a prototype of a redesigned 27-inch iMac with an M1 Max chip and a black finish

Apple allegedly built at least three larger iMac models with Apple silicon chips last year, including a redesigned 27-inch iMac in black and the same M1 Max chip used in the MacBook Pro.

iMac Pro 2022 27 & 24 iMac

Rumors suggest that Apple is still planning to release a new, larger iMac or iMac Pro, but not until 2023 or 2024, so it seems unlikely that prototypes with the M1 series of chips from last year will be released to the public.

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