Top Stories: iOS 16 Public Beta, M2 MacBook Air Launch and more

If you’ve been waiting for the past month to try out iOS 16 and all of Apple’s other upcoming operating system updates without needing a developer account, now is your chance as Apple has launched public betas for all updates.

Top Stories July 16, 2022
This week also saw the launch of the redesigned M2 MacBook Air, the official end of the collaboration between Apple and Jony Ive, and a few special guests on our podcast, so read on for details on all of these!

Apple releases iOS 16 free public beta

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 16, allowing anyone with an iPhone 8 or later to try the software update for free. iOS 16 includes many new features, from a customizable lock screen to the ability to edit or cancel iMessages and more.

iOS 16 public beta feature

We’ve put together a guide explaining how to install the iOS 16 public beta for those who want to test the update. For those who choose to wait, iOS 16 should be released to all users in September.

Apple has also released public betas for iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod software version 16.

iOS 16 Public Beta: Seven new iPhone features to try

With the iOS 16 public beta now available, we’ve compiled a list of seven new features worth trying on your iPhone.

iOS 16 preview

The main new feature of iOS 16 is the ability to customize the lock screen with layered wallpapers, custom date and time fonts, and widgets, but our list includes six other useful new features that improve the overall experience when using an iPhone.

M2 MacBook Air reviews: “Apple’s near-perfect Mac”

The new MacBook Air with the M2 chip has finally arrived. Ahead, the first reviews of the new MacBook Air were shared by some media outlets and YouTube channels, which gave a closer look at the redesigned notebook in action.

MacBook Air M2 Chip Purple Function

One of the reviews described the new MacBook Air as “Apple’s near-perfect Mac.” Note, however, that the base model with 256GB of storage has slower SSD speeds in benchmarks than the corresponding previous-gen model.

The MacRumors Show: Ross Young talks iPad and Mac

One of the latest episodes of The MacRumors Show Podcast with special guest Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants and a well-known source of information on future Apple products.

The MacRumors Show

Young opened up about some of his biggest leaks on Apple’s plans for next year and beyond, including a mini-LED version of the Studio Display with ProMotion support and a larger 14-inch iPad model in 2023.

Later in the week, we caught up with Justine Ezarik (“iJustine”) about her earlier impressions of the M1 MacBook Air, having already spent about a week with it. She shared her impressions of the design and specs, as well as how good it is for everyday use.

iOS 16 Hidden Features You May Not Know

In a recent video on our YouTube channel, we highlighted some hidden or less prominent features of iOS 16 that you might not know.

Hidden features of iOS 16

If you have iOS 16 beta installed on your iPhone or are just curious about what’s new, be sure to watch the video to see 10 useful features and improvements of the update in more detail.

Apple ends partnership with former design chief Jony Ive

The New York Times This week reported that Apple and its former design chief Jony Ive have mutually agreed not to renew their collaboration deal, marking the end of a 30-year partnership.

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I’ve played a key role in designing some of Apple’s most iconic products including the iPhone, iPod, iPad and Apple Watch. Ive has been a consultant to Apple through his design firm LoveFrom since 2019.

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