Top News: Stage Manager Extends to Old iPad Pro Models, No Apple October Event?

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Top News: Stage Manager Extends to Old iPad Pro Models, No Apple October Event?

While we’re expecting a follow-up Apple event in October focused on Mac and iPad announcements, it’s unlikely we’ll get another event. On the other hand, pending updates in that product segment can be considered small enough to be announced through press releases.

That’s not all bad news, however, with Apple announcing that it will be expanding the on-device version of the upcoming Stage Manager feature to older iPad Pro models rather than limiting it to the M1-based model. Other news and rumors this week include a possible “iPhone 15 Ultra” next year, a look at the camera performance on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and more, so read on below for all the details on this story and more!

Apple Extends Stage Manager to Old iPad Pro Models

Apple made a surprise announcement this week that Stage Manager is expanding to older iPad Pro models with the A12X and A12Z chips released in 2018 and 2020. The multitasking feature is available to test on those models in the latest iPadOS 16.1 beta.

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Stage Manager will not have external display support on older iPad Pro models, limiting its versatility. Apple has also delayed external display support for the feature on iPad models with the M1 chip — this feature will be re-implemented in a software update later this year.

We share our first impressions of Stage Manager on the 2018 iPad Pro in a recent video on our YouTube channel.

Gurman: Apple May Not Have an October Event

In his latest newsletter, BloombergMark Gurman said another Apple Event in October “seems unlikely.” Instead, he believes Apple is more likely to announce its remaining 2022 products through press releases, updates to its website, and media briefings.

Tim Cook Apple Event

Apple often holds October events focused on the new Macs and iPads, but Gurman believes that the new versions of the iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini with the M2 series of chips may not be enough for another iPhone-style keynote.

iPhone 15 ‘Ultra’ Could Replace Pro Max Model Next Year

Another tidbit mentioned in this week’s Gurman newsletter is that the iPhone 14 Pro Max might be replaced by the newly named iPhone 15 Ultra next year.

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The branding of the iPhone 15 Ultra makes sense given that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed that Apple plans to further differentiate the Pro and Pro Max models in its iPhone lineup by making more features exclusive to the high-end models going forward.

iPhone 14 Pro Shows Live Sports Scores on Dynamic Island on iOS 16.1

Earlier this month, Apple announced that iOS 16.1 would enable a new Live Activity feature that allows iPhone users to stay up-to-date with things happening in real time, like sports games or food delivery orders, right from the Lock Screen.

iPhone 14 Pro Sports Dynamic Island Score

On iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, Live Activity is also integrated with Dynamic Island, making it easy to see live sports scores at a glance for MLB, NBA, and Premier League matches. iOS 16.1 will be released to all users later this year.

Camera Comparison: iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max introduce some major improvements in camera technology, adding a 48-megapixel lens and low-light enhancements across all lenses with the new Photonic Engine. We’ve spent the last week working on an in-depth comparison pitting the new iPhone 14 Pro Max against the previous generation iPhone 13 Pro Max to see how much better the iPhone 14 Pro Max is.

iphone 14 max camera comparison

Based on our testing, the iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max camera is a definite improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max camera, but the new feature for most people will only be used occasionally, not every day. If you already have an iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max, it might not be worth upgrading just for the camera alone, but of course there are other features to consider such as Dynamic Island, always-on display technology, Emergency SOS via Satellite, and Crash Detection.

10 Things AirPods Pro 2 Tells About AirPods Max 2

After releasing the second generation AirPods Pro, AirPods Max is the oldest current generation product in the AirPods lineup.

AirPods Max 2022 Color

With new features like the H2 chip and Adaptive Transparency, the second-generation AirPods Pro‌ may provide some of the best indications of what to expect from the second-generation AirPods Max‌. We’ve rounded up 10 potential features of the AirPods Max 2 in total.

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