Apple News Update: July 2024

Nigel Dixon-Fyle

Apple has been active this summer with the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) alongside several updates across its product lines. Apple continues to innovate and update its ecosystem, bringing exciting new features and technologies to its users. This month, the spotlight is on the launch of Apple Intelligence, the reclassification of older products, and intriguing future plans for AirPods.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

Apple Intelligence: A New Frontier

Apple Intelligence is set to be one of the most significant technological advancements from Apple this year. Available to beta testers this summer and to the public this fall as part of iOS 18, macOS Sequoia, and iPadOS 18, this technology introduces a range of powerful new features. However, not all devices capable of running these software updates will support Apple Intelligence.

Credit: Apple
Supported Devices at Launch
  • iPhones: iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • Macs: M3 MacBook Air, M2 MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Air, M3 MacBook Pro, M2 MacBook Pro, M1 MacBook Pro, M3 iMac, M1 iMac, M2 Mac mini, M1 Mac mini, M2 Mac Studio, M1 Mac Studio, M2 Mac Pro
  • iPads: M4 iPad Pro, M2 iPad Pro, M1 iPad Pro, M2 iPad Air, M1 iPad Air
  • Device limitations: Apple Intelligence will not support Vision Pro, Apple Watch, or HomePod. NOTE: future software updates may expand compatibility.
Key Apple Intelligence Features
  1. Image Tools: Create original images through typed descriptions, remove unwanted objects, and more.
  2. Enhanced Siri: New capabilities like on-screen awareness, context awareness, and ChatGPT integration.
  3. Language Tools: Analyze writing, offer revisions, proofread, and prioritize content like notifications and emails.

Reclassification of Older Devices

Apple has reclassified the iPhone X, first-generation HomePod, and original AirPods as “vintage” products. These items are no longer available for sale and will receive limited support for repairs based on parts availability.

  • iPhone X: Launched in 2017, this model was notable for its edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID, and A11 Bionic chip.
  • HomePod: Released in 2018, the HomePod was designed for high-quality audio and integrated closely with Apple’s ecosystem.
  • AirPods: Debuted in 2016, the original AirPods revolutionized the wireless earphone market with seamless Apple device integration.

These products will eventually be classified as “obsolete,” ending all support from Apple Stores and authorized service providers.

iphone x, Homepod, and Airpods. credit: Apple.

Future AirPods with Cameras and iPhone 16 Max Design

Apple plans to incorporate infrared cameras into AirPods by 2026, aiming to enhance spatial audio experiences. These cameras will track environmental changes, potentially offering richer audio-visual interactions, especially when used with devices like Vision Pro.

As the Fall 2024 nears, more rumored iPhone 16 family leaks are surfacing. TF cannot confirm the veracity of these plans, but speculation is fun as iOS 18 and Apple Intelligence launches loom. Here are the 5 biggest *changes* rumored that iPhone 16 Pro Max might see.

credit: macrumors/Youtube

TF Summary: What’s Next

Apple continues to push its technology as Apple Intelligence poised to bring ecosystem advancements that bridge hardware and software. The reclassification of older devices encourages users to transition to newer, more secure, and capable hardware. Enhancements to AirPods and iPhone, like built-in cameras and health sensors, demonstrate how Apple entices users — periphery, new, or dedicated — to join its ranks. The tech giant’s ability to integrate cutting-edge technology into everyday devices continues to set it apart from its competitors.

Stay tuned to TF as Apple rolls out these innovations that promise to enhance product-user experiences.

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By Nigel Dixon-Fyle "Automotive Enthusiast"
Nigel Dixon-Fyle is an Editor-at-Large for TechFyle. His background in engineering, telecommunications, consulting and product development inspired him to launch TechFyle (TF). Nigel implemented technologies that support business practices across a variety of industries and verticals. He enjoys the convergence of technology and anything – autos, phones, computers, or day-to-day services. However, Nigel also recognizes not everything is good in absolutes. Technology has its pros and cons. TF supports this exploration and nuance.
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