Welcome again to the top of one other thrilling week on the earth of Apple information. We’re simply at first of August, however as an entire, we’re already previous the midway level in 2021 — fairly nuts. Critically, time has been flying by, hasn’t it? Or is it simply me?
Apple’s fall occasion is quick approaching, which positively means it is virtually iPhone 13 time. However that is not all that the autumn normally holds. No, this yr, we’re additionally anticipating model new, redesigned AirPods, and naturally, Apple Watch Sequence 7.
With AirPods, it has been rumored quite a few instances this yr that we’ll be seeing a giant redesign, so do not be stunned if that is what we get. In spite of everything, the AirPods have not had any vital adjustments to its design because it was launched again in 2016, so it is lengthy overdue, actually. All rumors level to an AirPods Professional-like redesign, with shorter stems and even silicone ear ideas for a greater match (let’s face it, the common AirPods at the moment match terribly, at the least for me). Nonetheless, do not count on the AirPods to get Lively Noise Cancellation — they nonetheless should have a promoting level for the Execs, proper? There have been additionally rumors about well being options coming to AirPods, although I personally suppose that is most likely much less seemingly for normal AirPods and extra for the Execs after they get an overhaul. Regardless, I am excited to see a revamped AirPods design this yr, although I am positively nonetheless going to carry out for AirPods Professional 2 only for the higher function set (ANC all day, every single day, child!)
So far as the Apple Watch Sequence 7, this yr might be an thrilling one for the Watch, extra so than the iPhone 13 itself. In accordance with the rumors swirling round, the Sequence 7 could also be getting a model new case design, bringing it extra in step with the remainder of Apple’s lineup with the iPhone 12, iPad Professional and iPad Air and even the iMac (2021) with the flat edges and squared-off designs. Oh, and presumably new colours, together with a recent, minty inexperienced (sure, please!)
I am actually curious if this can come to fruition, although — would a model new case design make all earlier bands incompatible? I imply, it is onerous to inform from these Sequence 7 idea renders I preserve seeing, however it may. In that case, that will be unhappy, as I might want to purchase all new bands, and I might be not sure of what to do with my earlier assortment. However maybe Apple can determine a method to make a brand new case whereas not rendering all of these previous bands out of date. Who is aware of? I assume we’ll discover out in a couple of extra weeks.
The opposite rumor that I’ve heard this week, which I am not too glad about, is the opportunity of the Sequence 7 getting a longer-lasting battery as an alternative of recent well being sensors. Apparently, the opportunity of new sensors, similar to for blood glucose monitoring, could also be delayed till 2022. If that is so, I will be fairly bummed out, as blood glucose monitoring is among the options that I am eagerly awaiting to see in an Apple Watch. Nonetheless, it would not shock me as a result of the know-how for noninvasive glucose monitoring is probably not perfected simply but. Regardless, I nonetheless plan to choose up a Sequence 7 this yr, simply because the battery on my Sequence 5 has been lower than stellar today. Plus, once more, if it should have a brand new design and colours, I am up for a change. Little doubt it’ll turn out to be the subsequent greatest Apple Watch.
Talking of change, Mark Gurman at Bloomberg claims that the subsequent MacBook Air shall be coming subsequent yr, and it’ll carry again MagSafe. I’ve actually been considering getting a brand new MacBook Air to switch my ageing 2018 one, particularly since I’ve but to personal an M1 Mac myself. If this report is true, I’m keen to attend for the subsequent iteration of Apple’s most reasonably priced laptop computer as a result of I completely cherished the MagSafe system on the previous laptops. The magnetic chargers had been a lot simpler to plug in since they hooked up magnetically and did not want me to fumble round with USB-C. Plus, when you’re round others, you did not want to fret about folks dragging your pc to the bottom in the event that they tripped on the cable, which was a lifesaver. Hopefully, this comes true, and at which level, signal me up!
And as we get nearer to September, that additionally means iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15. An fascinating improvement within the newest iOS 15 betas appears to be that the notorious iPhone lens flare impact could also be going bye-bye. Truthfully, it is a tiny factor, however I am glad that it is occurring — I usually discover that little inexperienced lens flare in quite a lot of my photographs, and it bothers me loads. So if this stays in place for the ultimate launch, then huzzah! I do not must be like J.J. Abrams and add lens flare to all the pieces.
In any case, till subsequent time!
- Christine Romero-Chan