Apple testing 9″ foldable
According to information shared today by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has no plans to release a folding iPhone until 2025 at the earliest. But that isn’t stopping the company from testing foldable technology. Kuo claims that the tech giant is actively testing a 9″ foldable device. The purpose is to gain more insight into the primary technologies as part of the research and development process. But it isn’t expected that this will become a shipping product.
The AppleTLDR take
The information shared by Kuo recently seems more and more imprecise. I’d take this information with a huge pinch of salt. Many notable figures in the Apple rumours community including Jon Prosser, have diminished their track record recently with inaccurate rumours. Perhaps they’re being fed bad information. Or Apple has finally ‘doubled down’ on secrecy as promised by CEO Tim Cook.
Apple releases bug fixes for iOS, MacOS and more
Last night Apple released updates for most of its major platforms. Each update included important bug fixes and security updates:
- iOS 15.4.1 fixes issues in which battery drain could occur faster than normal, Braille devices lose connection over bluetooth, and MFI hearing aids disconnect from 3rd party apps
- macOS Monterrey 12.3.1 fixes issues in which game controllers disconnect without warning over bluetooh and external displays refuse to turn on when connected over USB-C
- HomePod 15.4.1 resolves an issue in which HomeKit enabled devices did not respond with Siri voice commands
- watchOS 8.5.1 provides security and bug fixes although Apple did not specify further
Notably, iOS 15.4.1 provides an urgent fix for a kernel exploit in which apps could be allowed to execute arbitrary code.
New MacBook Air arriving in the second half of 2022
Supporting previous rumours, Digitimes shared a new report today regarding the next-generation MacBook Air. As first shared by MacRumors, Digitimes reiterated claims that the next MacBook Air will arrive in the second half of 2022.
It’s worth noting that Digitimes doesn’t have a very reliable track record on Apple rumours. But given all of the other reports we’ve seen from other outlets regarding the MacBook Air, this report simply provides further confirmation.
Apple’s MacBook series are high-end consumer devices, but can also be regarded as a business notebook model as they are favored by many companies or office workers, the sources indicated, adding that hot sales of MacBook Pro released in late 2021 have lingered into the first quarter of 2022, with shipment volumes higher than expected, and new MacBook Air set for launch in the second half of the year is expected to add further sales momentum.Digittimes via MacRumors