Welcome to our weekly collection of all the Apple news you’ve missed this week, in a simple bite-sized roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, but it’s also great if you want to read it over lunch or dinner.
WWDC’s profitable freebies
Just a few days away with WWDC – the main presentation will begin at 10 a.m. PT on Monday – we’re excited to hear what Apple has in store for our iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Macs. And for once we don’t have to worry about wallets. Apple is often accused of overpaying for its products, but the annual operating system updates are free, adding a raft of new features to existing products at no cost to you. There was a time when a new OS came with a medium-sized price tag ($ 20), but such practices would make a small difference in today’s market.
See what we’ve got in the last batch of OS updates or in point updates in the months ahead, without being asked to pay for the privilege. Thanks to iOS 15, iPhone handsets were able to get a major overhaul of live text and maps, weather, wallet and facetime in SharePlay, Focus, text search and images all the way back to the 6’s. MacOS Monterey, even available on some 2013 Macs, also brings a plethora of SharePlay and Focus, along with Quick Note, Universal Control (finally), and other handy changes. Even older Apple Watch Series 3 has made it to the list of WatchOS 8 and its new face and health features, redesigned apps and (limited) on-device Siri commands.
Apple, of course, is not a charity, and does not offer these free upgrades from the heart of Craig Federichi. One way to see this is that the constantly evolving and improved user experience means happy users who can stick with the platform for the next generation of premium hardware. Another is that increasingly complex and demanding software means you Need Buy new hardware to keep it running smoothly.
Sometimes it seems that Apple only has a tendency to add new features to it. And at the moment it is noteworthy that in no way will all the new features be as welcome as the old hardware as I suggested above. iOS 16’s always-on-screen, for example, is expected to be available only on the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. While serving as both a carrot and a stick for the hardware upgrade cycle, Apple’s free OS updates are an important part of the company’s money-making machine.
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Podcast of the week
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Software updates, bugs and other issues
iOS 16 is on the way, but Apple hasn’t updated iOS 15 yet.
With WWDC is just a few days awayApple has released the second MacOS Monterey 12.5 beta
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