Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 9 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 9 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming a week and a half after Apple released the fourth beta to developers.



To install ‌‌watchOS 9‌, developers will need to download the configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once installed, ‌watchOS 8‌ can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software update. To update to new software, an Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌iPhone‌‌.

‌watchOS 9‌ introduces four new watch faces, including Lunar, Playtime, Metropolitan, and Astronomy, plus it includes updates to some existing watch faces and complications. The ECG app now supports AFib History for tracking how long a person has been in atrial fibrillation.

The sleep tracking feature now includes sleep stages, letting the Apple Watch track when users are in REM, Core, or Deep sleep, and Apple has added a Medications app. The Medications app lets users manage and track their medications, vitamins, and supplements, with reminders when it’s time to take them.

Updates to the Workout app add custom workouts and improvements for runners, triathletes, and swimmers. Fitness+ workouts now support streaming to certain third-party TVs for those who don’t have an Apple TV, and notifications have been redesigned to be less obtrusive when the watch’s screen is active.

Other new features include a CallKit API that allows VOIP calls to be answered on Apple Watch, Apple Watch Mirroring for controlling the Apple Watch with an ‌iPhone‌, Quick Actions for doing more with a double pinch gesture, and updates to the Reminders and Calendar apps.

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Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of tvOS 16 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming tvOS 16 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming a little over a week after Apple seeded the fourth beta of tvOS 16 to developers.



Developers can download the new tvOS 16 beta by downloading a profile onto the Apple TV using Xcode.

tvOS 16 enables cross-device connectivity, a feature that allows developers to integrate ‌Apple TV‌ apps with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch apps to unlock new experiences on the TV. Apple has also improved how multiple user profiles work in tvOS 16 by adding a shared keychain, so users won’t need to sign in and choose their profile when launching an ‌Apple TV‌ app.

Game controller support has been expanded to the Nintendo Joy-Cons and Pro Controller, and HDR10+ support is available in the tvOS 16 ‌Apple TV‌ app. With tvOS 16, the ‌Apple TV‌ will support Matter, an upcoming standard that will improve interoperability between smart home accessories from different companies.

Apple has also seeded a new beta of the HomePod 16 software.

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Beyond iPhone 14: Five Apple Products Expected to Launch Later This Year

While the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 are expected to be announced in September as usual, there are several more Apple products rumored to launch later this year, including new iPad and Mac models and more.



Beyond the iPhone and Apple Watch, we’ve put together a list of five Apple products that are most likely to be unveiled by the end of 2022.

Second-Generation AirPods Pro

Apple released the AirPods Pro in October 2019, and nearly three years later, rumors suggest an update to the wireless headphones is finally imminent.

The second-generation AirPods Pro are widely expected to launch later this year with several new features, including an upgrade to the H1 chip that powers features like active noise cancellation, support for Apple Lossless audio playback, updated motion sensors for expanded fitness tracking capabilities, a new charging case that can emit a sound when lost, a skin-detect sensor for improved in-ear detection, and more.

It is also likely that the charging case for the new AirPods Pro will be water resistant, like the third-generation AirPods charging case.

Back in 2020, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu reported that Apple tested a more compact design for the new AirPods Pro that would eliminate the stems that drop below the earbuds, similar to Apple’s Beats Studio Buds. However, more recent rumors suggest that the new AirPods Pro will not have any significant design changes.

A sketchy report that claimed the next AirPods Pro would feature heart rate detection, hearing aid capabilities, and a USB-C charging case also appears to be false.

iPad Pro With M2 Chip

Gurman also expects Apple to release new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with M2 chips and support for MagSafe wireless charging later this year.



The new iPad Pro models will feature the same chassis design as the current models, with the exception of new “4-pin connectors” on the top and bottom edges, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The purpose of these connectors is unclear.

Apple last updated its iPad Pro line in April 2021, with new features including the M1 chip, a Thunderbolt port, 5G support for cellular models, a brighter display on the 12.9-inch model, and an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature, which helps keep you within the frame in video apps like FaceTime.

Entry-Level iPad With USB-C Port

Apple is expected to update its entry-level iPad later this year with a new design consisting of a larger 10.5-inch display, a USB-C port, and a flat-edged chassis with a rear camera bump. Other rumored features include an A14 Bionic chip and 5G support for cellular models.



While the 10th-generation iPad is expected to retain a Touch ID home button, rumors suggest the device will no longer have a headphone jack.

Apple released the 9th-generation iPad in September 2021, with key features including a 10.2-inch display, an A13 Bionic chip, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for the Center Stage feature, True Tone, and double the base storage.

Apple TV With A14 Chip

Apple plans to launch a new Apple TV with an improved cost structure in the second half of 2022, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s unclear if Apple plans to pass on the cost savings to customers by lowering the price of the new Apple TV.



A new Apple TV is in development with an A14 chip and 4GB of RAM, according to Gurman, but it’s unclear if this model is the same one that Kuo referred to. Either way, the internal upgrades would result in faster performance compared to the current Apple TV 4K, which is equipped with an A12 chip and 3GB of RAM.

Released in April 2021, the current Apple TV 4K starts at $179 with 32GB of storage, while the Apple TV HD remains available for $149. By comparison, there are many streaming sticks from brands like Chromecast and Roku available for between $25 and $100.

Mac Pro With “M2 Extreme” Chip

After announcing the Mac Studio at its March 2022 event, Apple teased that an Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro tower was coming later.



Back in 2020, Apple said its transition from Intel processors to Apple silicon chips across the Mac lineup would take around two years to be completed, so the new Mac Pro is expected to be announced by the end of 2022.

The new Mac Pro will be equipped with “M2 Ultra” and “M2 Extreme” chips, according to Gurman. It’s possible the new Mac Pro will be smaller due to the switch to Apple silicon, but it’s unclear if the desktop computer will have any major design changes compared to the current Intel-based model released in December 2019.

The new Mac Pro would be the fastest Mac ever, topping the Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra chip.

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Ice Universe: Xiaomi will unveil the Mix Fold 2 on August 11

The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 is coming sooner than expected – it will be unveiled on August 11 (a day after Samsung’s foldables), according to leakster Ice Universe. Normally Xiaomi teases new launches weeks in advance, so this is a bit of a surprise. The date is probably no coincidence – Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun will deliver his third annual lecture on the 11th. “I want to talk about something different: everyone encounters setbacks and failures in the process of growing up, how I got out of the trough in life, and what life insights I gained,” wrote the CEO. Anyway, several leaksters including Ice…

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Apple’s Mixed-Reality Headset Again Rumored to Feature Micro-OLED Internal Displays and Standard OLED External Indicator Display

Apple’s long-rumored mixed-reality headset will feature separate internal and external displays that use different display technologies, according to The Elec.

Concept render based on purported leaked information by Ian Zelbo

As stated in the original Korean language report, Apple’s first-generation mixed-reality headset will feature an OLED on silicon (OLEDoS), also known as micro-OLED, display supplied by Sony and a standard OLED external “indicator” display supplied by LG Display. The English language version of the report appears to have been incorrectly translated to state that LG’s micro-OLED technology rather than standard OLED would be used on the first-generation headset.

In January, display analyst Ross Young was first to claim that Apple’s headset will feature an outer display. Since then, rumors about Apple’s display supply chain for its first headset have coalesced with Young’s forecast.

Micro-OLED can deliver ultra-high resolutions despite its small size, making it ideal for virtual-reality applications. The more advanced display technology is not required on the exterior of the headset since it is expected to simply serve as an indicator display, meaning that regular OLED technology is sufficient.

The report reiterated that for the second-generation Apple headset, LG hopes to supply the main micro-OLED display in addition to the outer display, with the company now believed to be developing its OLEDoS technology with equipment from Sunic System. LG effectively hopes to take Apple’s main micro-OLED display orders from Sony. This is also said to be in Apple’s interests since Sony will indirectly compete with Apple’s headset with its own PlayStation VR headsets.

Late last year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple was already working on the second-generation version of its headset, aiming to offer a more lightweight design, an improved battery system, and better performance thanks to a faster processor. Kuo said that the shipment schedule for the second-generation headset resides in the second half of 2024, around two years after mass production on the first-generation model is rumored to begin.

Kuo believes that Apple’s first-generation headset will be unveiled at an event as soon as January 2023. The headset is rumored to feature a lightweight design, two 4K micro-OLED displays, 15 optical modules, two main processors, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, eye tracking, object tracking and hand gesture controls, and more. The device’s approximate price point is as yet unclear, but some reports indicate that it could cost around $3,000.

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Realme Watch 3 Pro teaser with large AMOLED display

Realme confirmed that the 9i will launch in India on August 18 last week and has now started teasing the Realme Watch 3 Pro. Does that mean that the watch is coming on the 18th too? Maybe, the official site just says “coming soon”. The teasers show front and side views of the watch, which confirm that it will stick with a rectangular design. One major change compared to the Watch 2 Pro from last year is the switch to an AMOLED display. A large AMOLED display, specifically, though it is not clear how large. The 2 Pro had a 1.75” IPS LCD, while the new Realme Watch 3 has a slightly…

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Deals: Get Up to $50 Off Magic Keyboard for iPad (From $249) and Apple Pencil 2 ($99) on Amazon

Amazon is kicking off the week with the return of an all-time low price on the Apple Pencil 2, available for $99.00, down from $129.00. The accessory is in stock today on Amazon and has an estimated delivery day of August 10 for Prime members.

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The last time we tracked this price on the Apple Pencil 2 was earlier in the summer; otherwise this record low deal has been rare throughout 2022.

The Apple Pencil 2 is compatible with the following iPads: iPad mini (6th generation), iPad Air (4th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd, 4th, and 5th generations), and 11-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generations). The second generation Apple Pencil can also magnetically attach and pair to the iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air.



Additionally, Amazon is taking $50 off Apple’s Magic Keyboards for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. You can get the 11-inch model for $249.00, down from $299, and the 12.9-inch model for $299.00, down from $349.00.

Both sales represent second-best prices on the accessories, but it’s been a few months since we tracked all-time low deals. This makes Amazon’s markdowns a great opportunity to buy the devices at a discount for back to school shoppers.

Keep up with all of this week’s best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.

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