Top Stories: What’s New in iOS 16 Beta 2, M2 MacBook Pro Review and More

Apple rolled out its second developer betas of iOS 16, macOS Ventura, and related operating system updates this week, with some initial tweaks compared to the first beta. We should see the first public betas in a few weeks around the same time as the third developer betas, which will provide much broader access to the updates.

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This week also saw the launch of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s first Mac with an M2 chip, as well as the annual Back to School promotion for education customers, so read on for all the details on these stories and Lake!

iOS 16 Beta 2 released with new features

Apple this week sent the second beta of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to developers for testing, and there are several new features and changes, including new background colors on the lock screen, iCloud backups over LTE, improved filtering in the Messages- app and more.

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We’ve put together a list of everything new in iOS 16 beta 2 for a complete rundown of added features and changes.

Apple has also seeded the second developer betas of macOS Ventura, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16. After updating to watchOS 9, Apple says Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 models will be recalibrated to more accurately estimate maximum battery capacity.

13-inch M2 MacBook Pro Reviews: Faster Performance, But Consider Waiting For New MacBook Air

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a faster M2 chip launched Friday and is available in Apple stores now. Beforehand, early reviews of the notebook were shared by some YouTube and media outlets, providing a hands-on look at the performance gains.

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While the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is up to 20% faster than the previous model, most reviews recommend waiting for the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip to launch next month.

The MacRumors Show: Ian Zelbo Talks iPhone 14 Pro and Apple Watch Series 8 Design Rumors

Ian Zelbo, graphic designer of Apple concepts, has joined us The MacRumors show podcast this week to discuss what to expect from the design of the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple’s long-rumored mixed-reality AR/VR headset.

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Apple Launches 2022 Back to School Offer: Up to $150 Gift Card with Mac or iPad

As rumored, Apple launched its annual Back to School promotion on Friday for students in the US, Canada and several Asian countries.

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While last year’s version of the promotion offered students a free pair of second-generation AirPods with the purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad model, this year’s promotion for customers in the US and Canada includes a $50 gift card. 150 with the purchase of a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac model, or a $100 gift card with the purchase of a new iPad Pro or iPad Air.

New Siri Remote for Apple TV referenced in iOS 16 Beta

The first two betas of iOS 16 contain code-level references to what appears to be a new and unreleased version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.

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One of the references is for a “SiriRemote4”, which doesn’t match an existing Siri Remote, leading to the possibility that it could be a new Siri Remote for a future Apple TV – perhaps the cheaper model rumored to be in the second half. half of 2022?

iOS 16 allows iPhone users to bypass CAPTCHAs in supported apps and websites

Tapping traffic light images or deciphering squiggly text to prove you’re human will soon be a much less common nuisance for Apple users, as iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura allow CAPTCHAs in supported apps and websites. bypass.

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In the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 betas, the nifty new feature can be found in the Settings app under Apple ID > Password & Security > Automatic Verification.

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