Spring is in the air
This article is being written while looking out on a scene of the bleakest wintry desolation: gloom, ice, bare trees. At times like this it can soothe the soul to think ahead to warmer days – which is handy, because much of this week has been spent speculating about Apple's preparations for its customary spring event, and the ever-growing backlog of unreleased products we expect to be announced.
We began with indications, via reliable sources in China, that the new iPad Air would make an appearance in the spring, followed by predictions that it would be accompanied by something called the iPhone SE+ 5G. Not terribly snappy, as names go, but a launch that would gladden many hearts. Apple has registered new iPadOS and iOS devices with the Eurasian Economic Commission, too, which usually means something's about to launch.
Sadly, such pleasing news may arrive a little later than usual. Apple generally chooses March as the moment to come out of winter hibernation, as we saw in 2011 and 2012, then 2015 and 2016, and finally in 2018 and 2019. Occasionally, as we saw in 2021, it waits until April. But this year we may have to wait until May. Why? because the new iPhone SE – I'm sorry, the iPhone SE+ 5G – might not come out of production until then.
But cheer up: maybe Apple will announce the iPad Air (and maybe some new AirPods Pro, and who knows, perhaps a new iMac) at an event in March, then slip out the iPhone SE in a press release a month or so later… although that would probably mean the new SE is too boring to merit its own event.
Now turn up the heating, put on a second pair of socks, and think warm thoughts. There's only 99 days until May.
News in brief
The pressure continues to build on Apple's control of the App Store. After recently (and reluctantly) allowing app developers in South Korea to use alternative payment systems, the company this week offered a similar concession in the Netherlands – although only for makers of dating apps specifically. It's not yet clear if Apple's move will be enough to mollify Dutch authorities, which are currently considering their response.
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Software, bugs other issues
At the end of last week, we reported on a bug in Safari 15 that could result in your browsing history and Google ID being leaked; it was so serious that we suggested looking into alternative browsers. Well, there's good news: Apple is fixing it.
Users are complaining about flickering pixels when they use Apple's Thunderbolt Display with M1 Macs. Unfortunately the display is classified as Vintage, which means Apple is unlikely to fix the problem.
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Apple is usually very good at persuading mobile users to update their devices to the latest versions of iOS and iPadOS – but this year the adoption numbers are way down. We explore some of the reasons why.
The rumor mill
A new version of the Mac Pro featured an upgraded M1 Max chipset will be released this year, according to the reliable leaker Dylan DKT.
A cheaper 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M2 chip could land soon.
Apple has patented Back To The Future-style self-lacing shoes. To which we have two questions: how soon and why?
And with that, we're done for this week. If you'd like to get regular roundups, sign up for our newsletters. You can also follow us on Twitter for breaking news stories. See you next Saturday, enjoy your weekend, and stay Appley!