Want to catch up on last week’s Apple news? That’s what we’re here for! Applesutra’s weekly Apple news recap series, posted every Monday, will help you catch up to all the latest Apple news, rumours, and updates. This week’s recap features the iOS 14.7 update, the release of lossless music and spatial audio in India, and more.
So, sit tight and read on. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple last week.
Software Updates for Apple Operating Systems
Apple last week released iOS and iPadOS 14.7, macOS 11.5, watchOS 7.6, and tvOS 14.7. The new iOS update brings support for the MagSafe Battery Pack, alongside bug fixes and important security improvements.
The macOS update also includes some important fixes for known vulnerabilities, and the watchOS update brings support for the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to more regions. If you haven’t updated your devices yet, then we’d recommend at least updating your iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks as soon as possible!
Apple Users’ Security in Question
This week has not been kind to Apple when it comes to public opinion on the security of Apple devices. For one, the Pegasus Project revealed that the famed iPhone security leaves much to be desired when it comes to protecting users from complex, targeted attacks. The project revealed a zero-click zero-day iMessage exploit that users are to this day vulnerable to.
Moreover, as Apple products’ market share continues to grow, the gap between Apple and other brands is decreasing. Take, for example, “XLoader”, a modified strain of malware that’s common on Windows, that can now also target macOS.
Apple Music Gets Lossless and Spatial Audio
The much-awaited Lossless mode and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos have finally come to Indian Apple Music users! You can now listen to Apple Music’s entire catalogue in lossless and high-resolution lossless. However, the highlight of this rollout is spatial audio, which promises a more immersive and theatre-like audio experience to listeners. Check out our article on it to know more!
16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Chip?
A German user noticed that the German Apple website for some reason referred to a 16-inch MacBook Pro equipped with the M1 chip. “Now with a new M1 chip,” read the online description, and many are taking this to mean that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be updated with the M1 chip sometime soon. So… was it a leak? An error? Who knows!
New Update for Apple’s Safari Technology Preview Browser
Apple released a new update for its experimental browser, Safari Technology Preview, where the company tests features for future Safari updates. This update includes 128 bug fixes and performance improvements, such as a streamlined tab bar, Quick Notes support, support for Safari extensions, and more. The update is available compatible with both macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey.
Apple’s Week in Rumours
What are we looking at in the future? Here are some recent leaks and rumours to get you going.
- We’ve got gold, we’ve got rose gold, and a new rumour says we might get a bronze gold on the upcoming iPhone 13.
- iPhone SE 3 might be coming to us as soon as 2022, and it looks set to include 5G compatibility.
- Apple might be testing out a new external display with an A13 chip and Neural Engine, according to 9to5Mac.
- We might also be seeing an A15 chip and USB-C in the rumoured redesigned iPad mini, alongside a magnetic Smart Connector.
- iPhone 13 could feature an always-on screen much like the Apple Watch.
- Mass production of the AirPods 3 might kick off in August!
- According to Ming-Chi Kuo, we can expect a new MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch Mini-LED display around mid-2022.
Applesutra Last Week
Catch up with what we covered last week on Applesutra.
- Lossless & Spatial Audio Come to Apple Music India! Here’s How to Enable Them Now
- An OLED iPad: The Day Will Come, But Probably Not Soon
- Is Your iPhone As Safe As You Think? What Pegasus & the Zero-Click iMessage Exploit Tell Us
- How to Join WhatsApp Group Calls While They’re Still Going On: There’s Finally A Way!
- Apple Warns: Don’t Use Hydrogen Peroxide for Cleaning Your Apple Products
Missed out on more than just last week? Read the previous weekly recap here!
See you next week!