Here’s what else to expect from Apple later this year


Here's what else to expect from Apple later this year

As usual, September was a very busy month for Apple. The company released the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 8, and a new Apple Watch SE last week, followed by the Apple Watch Ultra and new AirPods Pro this week. On the software side, Apple has released iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

All attention is now on October and beyond, with rumors suggesting that Apple still has much on its way until the end of 2022. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the bigger announcements to expect from Apple later this year.

Launch of the iPhone 14 Plus

While the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max launched on September 16th, the iPhone 14 Plus will be available from October 7th. Apple hasn’t given a reason for the staggered release, but the iPhone 14 Plus is a brand new option in the lineup and will be the first non-Pro model with a large 6.7-inch display ever sold.

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Key new features of the iPhone 14 Plus include car accident detection, upcoming satellite emergency SMS support in the US and Canada, longer battery life, improved cameras, and a more repairable design with a removable back glass. The device is powered by the same A15 Bionic chip with a five-core GPU as in the iPhone 13 Pro.

The only differences between the iPhone 14 Plus and the smaller 6.1-inch iPhone 14 relate to screen size, battery life, weight, and price.

iOS 16.1 with Live Activity and more

Apple said iOS 16.1 will be released later this year. The software update will include several new features for the iPhone, such as These include support for Live Activity in third-party apps, a Clean Energy Charging option in the US, support for Matter accessories in the Home app, Apple Fitness+ workouts without an Apple Watch, and more.

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It’s not yet clear if iOS 16.1 will include features like the iCloud Shared Photo Library and the new Freeform digital whiteboard app, which Apple says will be available later this year. iOS 16.2 will likely be released in December with all the remaining features promised.

Apple event in October

Apple often hosts an October event to announce new iPad and Mac models, and this year is likely to be no exception. Given the early September event this year, the next event could take place in early October, but the timing remains to be seen.

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Rumors suggest Apple plans to announce new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip, a redesigned entry-level 10th-gen iPad, and at least a few more Macs with the M2 chip line for the October event. A new Mac Pro is almost certain by the end of 2022, and new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models are also possible.

Release dates for iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura

Apple says iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura will be released to the general public in October. Apple is likely to announce the exact release dates for the software updates either during its October event or immediately after.

iPad 16 stage manager

iPadOS 16 was supposed to be released in September alongside iOS 16, but Apple delayed the software update until October, likely to focus on improvements to the Stage Manager after some users criticized the feature’s various flaws. Apple said the software update will be called iPadOS 16.1 instead of iPadOS 16.0.

Apple Music Classic

In August 2021, Apple announced the acquisition of the classic music service Primephonic. At the time, Apple said it planned to launch a dedicated classical music app in 2022 that would combine Primephonic’s user interface with additional features.

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Few details are known about the dedicated Apple Music Classical app or its potential launch, but it should be available soon as 2022 draws to a close.

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