As we roll into the latter half of January, we begin to hear more about a potential spring Apple event that is likely to take place in March or April. There are a number of potential announcements on the deck, so an event would be a great opportunity for Apple to get them all out there.
We’ve also gone back and forth on some iPhone 14 rumors, and we’ve taken a look at a number of rumored Apple products that are a little further down the road. Read on below for details on all these stories and more!
New iPad Air, Macs and iPhone SE with 5G are likely to be announced at the Apple Event this spring
Apple plans to hold a spring event to announce a new iPhone SE with 5G support and other hardware, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. The event is likely to take place in March or April, he said.
In addition to a new iPhone SE, other products rumored to be announced at the event include a fifth generation iPad Air with similar features as the new iPad mini, a redesigned 27-inch iMac with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and a high – end Mac mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.
Earlier this week, Apple entered several unreleased iPhone and iPad model numbers into a regulatory database. These applications are likely for new iPhone SE and iPad Air models as a minimum.
Apple says the possibility of staying on iOS 14 with security updates should always be temporary
When iOS 15 was released in September, Apple allowed users to stay on iOS 14 and continue to receive security updates, but as MacRygter reported last week, this is no longer an option.
Apple has since informed Ars Technica that the ability to stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates was always meant to be temporary. Users now need to update to iOS 15 to continue receiving security updates.
The U.S. Senate panel approves antitrust laws that would allow page loading
This week, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, which means it will now go to the Senate floor for a vote, and that could have major consequences for Apple.
The bill will require major changes to the App Store if adopted in its current incarnation. For example, it would allow side-loading of apps outside the App Store on the iPhone and iPad. In a letter this week, Apple warned that page loading would expose customers to “malware, ransomware and scams.”
ProMotion Display is now expected to remain exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro models
iPhone 13 Pro models have ProMotion, which allows the screen to have a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz for smoother content and scrolling. The refresh rate can also go as low as 10Hz to preserve battery life depending on the type of content on the screen.
While there were rumors that ProMotion might be extended to all iPhone 14 models, display industry consultant Ross Young claimed this week that the feature will remain exclusive to the Pro models.
Six rumored Apple products you’ll hardly see this year
Much has been said about what consumers could see from Apple in 2022, but the company is also working on a handful of rumor products that are not expected to be revealed for at least 12 more months, and in some cases much longer.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of six rumors about Apple products that are unlikely to launch this year, including a hybrid Apple TV / HomePod device.
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