The holidays are clearly over, with the Apple rumor mill back in full swing as we hit the middle of January. This week has seen a range of short- and long-term rumors from Apple’s mixed reality headset, Apple Silicon Mac Pro, iPhone 15, and iOS 17 later this year, to new technology likely coming to Apple devices. over the next several years.
We covered a lot of the latest rumors on this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show, so be sure to stay tuned for more there after reading below for an overview!
The iPhone 15 Pro is now widely rumored to feature a titanium frame
It’s been a very busy time for Apple product rumors this week, starting with bloombergMark Gurman confirmed that the iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a titanium frame, compared to the current stainless steel frame. Titanium is also used in the Apple Watch Ultra.
The iPhone 15 Pro models are also expected to feature solid-state volume and power buttons with haptic feedback.
Gurman added that Dynamic Island will be available on all four iPhone 15 models launching later this year, display industry analyst Ross Young claimed last year. Currently, the feature is exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Apple is reportedly working on touchscreen Macs, including the MacBook Pro with an OLED screen
Despite years of resistance, Apple is working on adding touchscreens to future Macs, according to Gurman. His report claimed that the new MacBook Pro with an OLED screen could be the first Mac to support touch input like the iPhone or iPad.
Apple has repeatedly rejected the idea of a touchscreen Mac over the years, so this would be a huge reversal in the company’s philosophy if it went ahead with those plans.
iOS 17 is rumored to have ‘fewer major changes than originally planned’
While we’re still about five months away from Apple revealing iOS 17 at WWDC in June, a report this week claimed that the software update may have “fewer significant changes than originally planned.”
The report stated that Apple’s focus on the “xrOS” operating system for its upcoming AR/VR headsets had pulled resources from the iPhone software. As of now, here’s everything we know so far about iOS 17.
Apple’s “Reality Pro” headset is said to debut before WWDC, and ship in the fall
Apple’s long-awaited AR/VR headset is expected to be announced this spring and become available for purchase later in the year. Rumors suggest that the headset could be called “Reality Pro”.
Meanwhile, more references to “xrOS” and “Reality OS” have been discovered in the upcoming Apple Devices app for Windows. Apple is expected to provide more details about the headset’s operating system at WWDC.
The new Mac Pro with M2 Ultra Chip may launch this spring alongside macOS 13.3
The long-awaited Mac Pro with Apple silicon could be announced this spring, with the launch of the computer possibly tied to macOS 13.3.
The new Mac Pro is expected to have Apple’s new M2 Ultra chip, but the high-end “M2 Extreme” chip has been cancelled. It looks like the high-end desktop tower will have the same design as the 2019 model, but it lacks user-upgradeable RAM this time around.
Apple to design custom displays, starting with MicroLED for the Apple Watch Ultra
Apple reportedly plans to design and develop its own displays for in-house devices, starting with a microLED display for a new version of the Apple Watch Ultra in 2024. The displays will still be made by a third-party supplier, with LG on board.
While the Apple Watch Ultra is expected to shift away from OLED technology, another rumor this week suggested that MacBooks will start switching to OLED next year.
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