Top Stories: Titanium iPhone 15 Pro, Touchscreen Macs, iOS 17 Expectations, and More
The holidays are clearly over, with Apple rumors back in full swing as we hit the middle of January. This week saw a number of short-term and long-term rumors ranging from Apple’s mixed reality headset, Apple Mac Pro silicon, iPhone 15 and iOS 17 later this year to new technology that could come to Apple devices in a few years upcoming .
We covered a lot of the latest rumors on this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, so be sure to tune in for more there after reading below for a recap!
The iPhone 15 Pro is now widely rumored to have a Titanium frame
It’s been a busy time for Apple product rumors this week, starting with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman confirming that the iPhone 15 Pro models will have a titanium frame, compared to a stainless steel frame currently. Titanium is also used for the Apple Watch Ultra.
The iPhone 15 Pro models are also expected to have solid-state volume and power buttons with haptic feedback.
Gurman added that Dynamic Island will be available on all four iPhone 15 models to be launched later this year, as display industry analyst Ross Young claimed last year. Currently, the feature is exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apple is said to be working on touchscreen Macs, including the MacBook Pro with an OLED display
Despite years of resistance, Apple is working on adding touchscreens to future Macs, according to Gurman. His report claimed that a new MacBook Pro with an OLED display could be the first Mac to support touch input like an iPhone or iPad.
Apple has repeatedly dismissed the idea of a touchscreen Mac over the years, so this would be a big change in philosophy for the company if it moves forward with these plans.
iOS 17 Will Reportedly Have ‘Fewer Big Changes Than Originally Planned’
While we’re still about five months away from Apple unveiling iOS 17 at WWDC in June, a report this week claimed that the software update may have “fewer big changes than originally planned.”
The report said Apple’s focus on the “xrOS” operating system for its upcoming AR/VR headset has pulled resources away from iPhone software. So far, here’s everything we know so far about iOS 17.
Apple’s ‘Reality Pro’ headset is expected to debut before WWDC, ship in the fall
Apple’s highly anticipated AR/VR headset is expected to be announced this spring and become available for purchase later in the year. Rumors suggest that the headset may be called “Reality Pro”.
Meanwhile, more references to “xrOS” and “Reality OS” were revealed in the upcoming Apple Devices app for Windows. Apple is expected to provide more details about the operating system of the headset at WWDC.
The new Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra chip could launch this spring alongside macOS 13.3
Apple’s long-awaited Mac Pro with silicon could be announced this spring, with the launch of the computer potentially tied to macOS 13.3.
The new Mac Pro is expected to feature Apple’s new M2 Ultra chip, but a higher-end “M2 Extreme” chip has reportedly been cancelled. The high-end desktop tower will apparently have the same design as the 2019 model, but this time there’s no user-upgradable RAM.
Apple will design custom displays, starting with MicroLED for the Apple Watch Ultra
Apple reportedly plans to fully design and develop its own displays for devices in-house, starting with a microLED display for a new version of the Apple Watch Ultra in 2024. The displays will still be manufactured by an outside supplier, with LG reportedly that it is on board.
While the Apple Watch Ultra is expected to move away from OLED technology, another rumor this week indicated that MacBooks will begin switching to OLED next year.
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