Top stories: iOS 16.3 release, iPhone 15 Pro rumours, macOS tips and tricks, and more

Following last week’s hardware announcements, this week saw the actual launch of several new products, as well as operating system updates that bring new features and bug fixes to Apple platforms.

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This week we also saw some new rumors about the iPhone 15 lineup and Apple’s upcoming AR/VR headsets, as we shared some tips to help you get the most out of your macOS experience, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!

Everything new in iOS 16.3 for your iPhone

iOS 16.3 was released to the public this week after about six weeks of beta testing. The software update is relatively minor, but there are still some new features and changes coming to the iPhone, so be sure to check out our list of everything new in iOS 16.3.

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Apple also released iPadOS 16.3, macOS 13.2, watchOS 9.3, tvOS 16.3, and HomePod software version 16.3 this week with new features on iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod.

The iPhone 15 Pro is rumored to feature ultra-thin curved bezels

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 Pro models will feature ultra-thin curved bezels around the display, according to a leaker known as ShrimpApplePro.

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The slimmer bezels are said to be similar to those on the Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 8. The display glass and rumored titanium frame are expected to lie flat on the iPhone 15 Pro.

Several reports this week also indicated that iPhone 15 models will support faster Wi-Fi 6E, but that will apparently be limited to Pro models.

Some newer MacBook Pro and Mac Mini models have slower SSD speeds than older models

While the new Mac mini with the M2 chip has a lower starting price of $599, the base model with 256GB of storage has slower SSD read and write speeds compared to the equivalent previous-generation model. The same goes for the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with 512GB of storage.

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The problem occurs because some newer Mac configurations have fewer NAND storage chips than older models.

10 macOS tips to increase your productivity

When it comes to working on your Mac, there are so many handy time-saving tricks hidden in macOS that there’s a good chance you’re missing at least one or two. Here are 10 quick tips, any one of which could be key to boosting your productivity.

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The list assumes you’re using a Mac with the latest macOS Ventura software, but most of these tips work on older versions of the operating system as well.

Apple’s mixed reality headset will feature an iOS-like interface, advanced hand tracking and more

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman this week shared an in-depth article explaining how Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset will work.

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Gurman said key features of Apple’s earbuds will include advanced hand and eye tracking, an iOS-like software interface with a grid of apps, a Digital Crown-like control knob, and more. He also said that the headphones will be able to serve as an external display for a Mac.

A separate report by Wayne Ma of The Information claims that users will be able to create AR apps for the device simply by using Siri with no coding knowledge required.

Apple adjusts trade-in values ​​for iPhone, Mac and more

After announcing the new Mac and HomePod models last week, Apple adjusted its trade-in values ​​for select devices, including the iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and Android smartphones. iPad trade-in values ​​did not change this time.

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In particular, iPhone trade-in values ​​dropped as low as $80. Check out our comparison of Apple’s new vs. old trade-in values ​​to see how much your device is worth today.

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