It’s Christmas Eve, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been plenty of Apple news and rumors in recent days, as we hear details about Apple’s plans for the Mac Pro, iPhone SE and more.
In other news, Apple detailed changes to AirTags in several recent software updates, while the company appears to have pushed back on the new Home app architecture that began rolling out to users with iOS 16.2 and macOS Ventura 13.1. Read below for details on these stories and more!
The new Mac Pro is in testing, but the “M2 Extreme” chip is likely to be scrapped
Apple continues to test the all-new Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra chip, but the company has reportedly given up on offering the top-of-the-line “M2 Extreme” chip. BloombergMark Gurman.
Gurman said the Mac Pro M2 Ultra chip will be available with a 24-core CPU, 76-core GPU and at least 192GB of RAM. Like 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. Barring any further delays, the new model is expected to launch in 2023.
Latest Rumors for All Macs: When to Expect New Models
Beyond the Mac Pro, several other Mac updates are expected next year. For example, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are expected to be released in early 2023. New Mac mini M2 chips are also rumored.
This week, we rounded up the latest rumors about every Mac Apple sells, including the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro.
Apple has announced that it has canceled or delayed the iPhone SE 4
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to either cancel or delay mass production of the fourth-generation iPhone SE.
Kuo originally expected the next iPhone SE to be released in 2024, but he said those plans are likely to change due to lower-than-expected shipments of mid- and low-end iPhone models such as the third-generation iPhone SE. iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 14 Plus.
Apple is rolling out an iOS 16.2 variant to transition to the new Home architecture
One of the major new features of iOS 16.2 is the ability to switch to a new Home app architecture. While Apple didn’t share details on exactly what the changes are, the company said the update offers “improved performance and reliability” for HomeKit accessories.
After some users who updated the Home app complained of technical issues, it looks like Apple has removed the option to update the Home app for the time being.
Apple will reveal what the new AirTag software updates are
Apple recently released two software updates for its AirTag accessory, and since then the company has revealed what the new updates are.
One software update brings some of the features Apple promised earlier this year to prevent AirTag from being used for tracking purposes. Another update fixes an issue with the AirTag accelerator not activating in some scenarios.
“Trashcan” Mac Pro: A look back at one of Apple’s most controversial designs
This week marked the ninth anniversary of Apple releasing the so-called “trash can” Mac Pro, giving us a chance to reflect on one of Apple’s most controversial hardware designs.
Although the “trash can” Mac Pro had a nice design, it wasn’t modular, which led to complaints from professional users over the years about its lack of upgrades. The computer was discontinued in 2019.
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