Top Stories: New iOS 16.1 Features, iPhone USB-C Confirmed, and More


October draws to a close with plenty to talk about in terms of new hardware and software releases from Apple, while we also look ahead to iOS 16.2 and future hardware.

Read all the details on everything Apple has released this week below, including our first hands-on look at Apple’s new iPads, plus a rumored Apple’s biggest iPad and more!

Release of iOS 16.1: here are all the news

It’s been a busy week for Apple software-wise, as the company released iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura with a long list of new features for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

We have rounded up everything new in iOS 16.1including support for live activities in third-party apps (check out our app list), iCloud Shared Photo Library, Matter accessory support, and more.

As for hardware, new iPad Pro models and a redesigned 10th generation iPad launched this week after being announced last week. We shared a discover both devices on our YouTube channel. The new Apple TV 4K will launch on Friday, November 4.

Apple releases iPadOS 16 with Stage Manager and more

iPadOS 16 was finally released this week after more than four months of beta testing. One of the key new features in the update is Stage Manager, which allows multiple apps to be used in overlapping windows for improved multitasking.

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Unfortunately, Stage Manager has been criticized as a “poorly tested” feature with a “confusing constellation of missing features, bugs, and confusing interactions”.

macOS Ventura: 50 new features and changes to discover

Following the release of macOS Ventura, we have shared a list of 50 new features and changes to check out in the software update.

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macOS Ventura‌ is a major update that introduces a new multitasking experience on Mac with Stage Manager, revises several stock apps like Mail and Messages, adds support for using an iPhone as a Mac’s webcam with a new Belkin accessoryand more.

Apple is rumored to launch a larger 16-inch iPad next year

Apple is develop a larger 16-inch iPad which it hopes to release in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to a report this week. It would be the largest iPad model ever, surpassing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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The oversized iPad would have the same screen size as the 16-inch MacBook Pro, giving users a much bigger canvas to work with. It has already been said that Apple is also plans a 14-inch iPad Pro.

Apple admits it will have to comply with the EU and switch the iPhone to USB-C

In an interview this week with technology journalist Joanna Stern, Apple’s chief marketing officer, Greg Joswiak, admitted that the company will have to “comply” with an EU law forcing devices like the iPhone to adopt USB-C as a common charging port from 2024.

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Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi also took part in the discussion, which addressed the lack of iMessage on Android and many other topics.

All New in iOS 16.2 Beta: Freeform App and More

Shortly after the release of iOS 16.1, Apple made the first beta version of iOS 16.2 available to developers and public beta testers with even more new features.

iOS 16.2 will include Freeform, Apple’s new digital whiteboard appreports of unintended emergency SOS calls, new lock screen sleep widget, new Home app architecture, live activity integration for some sports games in the Apple app TV, and more.

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