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    Weekly Applesutra Wrap-Up: iOS 15.4 & Other Beta Updates with Universal Control, Unlisted Apps on iOS & More

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    Kshitija Agrawal
    Kshitija Agrawal Jan 31, 2022

    Apple’s gearing up for their first Apple event of the year in spring; naturally, there are quite a few rumours and leaks going around. Because we know how hard it can be to keep up with everything Apple all week, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know to get caught up. Go on, have a look. From leaks and rumours to news and more, check out our weekly Apple recap below for everything you might have missed last week in Apple news.

    Universal Control Is Finally Coming (With More New Features)

    Beta updates for iOS & iPadOS 15.4 and macOS 12.3 are here, bringing big features like universal control (finally), Face ID with Mask, 37 new emojis, and more! While iOS and iPadOS bring new features, macOS also brings some bad news. If you’ve updated to the beta, you’ll face compatibility issues with Dropbox and OneDrive on your Mac.

    Move Over Face ID, It’s Time for Ear ID

    Apple has recently filed a new patent that might just paint a future where AirPods have biometric protection. Makes sense! Right now, basically anyone could pick up your AirPods and access everything from sensitive calls to Siri-read notifications.

    Unlisted Apps on App Store

    You know how you can unlist YouTube videos while posting so only people who have the link can access them? Well, Apple’s doing that, but with apps. Developers can now distribute their apps on iOS through direct links on the App Store without listing them publicly. Cool, right?

    Apple Music’s Got Neil Young

    If you follow music like I do, you probably know that there’s something of a row going on with Spotify over Joe Rogan spreading COVID-19 misinformation on his podcast. After Neil Young pulled his music from Spotify, saying it’s either “Rogan or Young”, Apple Music is playfully trolling the platform by pushing notifications and displaying the message “Neil Lives Here” to users under the Browse tab. Following his example, Joni Mitchell has also since removed her discography. And of course, Apple Music didn’t lose the chance to display the same “Joni Lives Here” message for her!

    Apple’s Week in Rumours

    What are we looking at in the future? Here’s some recent leaks and rumours to get you going.

    • According to Bloomberg, Apple might be building a feature to let iPhones act as contactless credit cards, likely through NFC technology.
    • Apple might release an eSIM-only iPhone 14 variant, alongside the usual eSIM and physical SIM combination.
    • A leaker says Apple will release a new Mac Mini with M1 Pro and M1 Max, 5G iPhone SE, and a new iPad Air during its spring event. An iMac Pro is also possible.
    • Another rumour suggests that the upcoming iMac Pro might include a chip that’s even faster than the M1 Max.

    Applesutra Last Week

    Catch up with what we covered last week on Applesutra.

    1. Too Long Didn’t Read? This Law Might Actually Make Apple (& Others’) T&Cs Readable!
    2. The Martyrdom of a Hashtag: #iPhone Doesn’t Exist on Instagram
    3. Despite Supply Constraints, Apple Reports All-Time Records in Revenue During Q1 2022 Earnings Call

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