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We're less than two months out from WWDC, and Apple-related rumors are surfacing with increasing frequency. The latest batch includes an overview of upcoming Macs based on the next-generation M2 chip family, plans for the Apple Watch Series 8 and future models, what might be Apple's first USB charger with multiple ports, and a few software details about iOS 16.

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Other news this week included an Apple goof that saw users temporarily unable to update the firmware on their Studio Displays, lots of discussion about Meta's plan to take nearly 50% commissions on virtual goods in the metaverse even as it argues against Apple's App Store commissions, and more, so read on for all of the details!

Apple Testing at Least Nine New Macs With Four Different M2 Chip Variants

Apple is internally testing several variants of the next-generation M2 chip and the updated Macs that will be equipped with them, reports Bloomberg, citing developer logs. There are "at least" nine new Macs in development that use four different M2 chips that are successors to the current M1 chips.

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The machines include M2-based MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models, while more powerful 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and a new Mac Pro will use M2 variants such as the M2 Pro and M2 Max and a successor to the M1 Ultra currently found in the high-end Mac Studio.

New Apple Watch Health Features Coming This Year, but Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Sensors Delayed

We're expecting to see as many as three new Apple Watch models later this year, and while it looks like we may be getting some new health-related features such as a body temperature sensor on the most advanced models, a couple of long-rumored sensors for blood pressure and blood sugar don't appear to be ready for prime time yet.

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Some of those features will be integrated with new health-related enhancements in iOS 16, which we're also starting to hear a bit about. It sounds like we won't be getting a significant redesign, but there will be some tweaks to notifications and other aspects.

Apple's Rumored Dual USB-C Port Charger Allegedly Shown in Leaked Images

Following last week's discovery of a premature mention of an upcoming 35W dual USB-C charger from Apple, we've now seen some alleged leaked images of the U.S. version of the device, which includes foldable prongs and ports on the side of the charger.

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There's been a bit of confusion as similar chargers from Mophie and white-label knockoff accessory makers are also surfacing, but it looks like Apple will also be getting into the game.

Studio Display Update Issue Fixed as Apple Addresses Code-Signing Issue

Over the weekend, users of Apple's new Studio Display found themselves unable to update the firmware of the device due to an apparent oversight by Apple which left the latest version unsigned by Apple for several days.

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When Apple stopped signing iOS 15.4 earlier this month to help keep users on the latest iOS 15.4.1 update, it appears the company forgot there was no 15.4.1 update available for the Studio Display, leaving no current version authorized by Apple for installation. The issue was resolved by Apple on Monday, and users are once again able to update their displays.

Apple Says Plan for Nearly 50% Commission on Metaverse Purchases 'Lays Bare Meta's Hypocrisy'

While Meta, better known as Facebook, and founder Mark Zuckerberg have repeatedly slammed Apple's 15–30% commissions on App Store in-app purchases, Meta has revealed that it will be taking a nearly 50% commission on digital assets in its "metaverse."

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The revelation immediately sparked comments about Meta's hypocritical stance on commissions, and Apple wasn't shy about weighing in, saying that it "goes to show that while they seek to use Apple's platform for free, they happily take from the creators and small businesses that use their own."

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Sciomar

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I'm really looking forward to the progress made with m2 processors, this could be the year I make the jump to full Apple ecosystem. ? I was hoping the blood sugar monitors would come to fruition with this next watch, having family with diabetes this would've been a great present.
 

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For the record the dual port charger plug leak from Apple was an Apple document leak. The Belkin product design is another dual port charger plug. Apple one still possibly on the way.
 
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Boil

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I'll wait on the Apple Charger Studio with a Steve Austin chip

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Wow, blast from the past… I haven’t thought of that show in ages! Love the mock-up. ?

Most will think it is a reference to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the pro wrestler...

But the six ports should be a clue, just pretend each port cost one million dollars...?

Ah, 1973...! ;^p

Kids these days, "What's a summer rerun?"
 

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Studio Display Update Issue Fixed as Apple Addresses Code-Signing Issue

Over the weekend, users of Apple's new Studio Display found themselves unable to update the firmware of the device due to an apparent oversight by Apple which left the latest version unsigned by Apple for several days.

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When Apple stopped signing iOS 15.4 earlier this month to help keep users on the latest iOS 15.4.1 update, it appears the company forgot there was no 15.4.1 update available for the Studio Display, leaving no current version authorized by Apple for installation. The issue was resolved by Apple on Monday, and users are once again able to update their displays.

there are signing windows for a Display?

I get it has an A-series chip and all, but still

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That feels real gross to me
 

phrehdd

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Most will think it is a reference to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the pro wrestler...

But the six ports should be a clue, just pretend each port cost one million dollars...?

Ah, 1973...! ;^p

Kids these days, "What's a summer rerun?"
I thought 6 mill man but when I saw "what" I had to laugh.
 
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Not a good week for Zucks. Between this and him complaining that one person shouldn't control a social media platform like Twitter, he is really working to further his image as the default meme for hypocrisy.
 

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Now if we could just get USB-C on the iPhone everything would be perfect.
That would be much appreciated, but I already made the move. I bought FOUR 20W USB-C Power Adapters (#SaveThePlanet) because I travel between two locations on weekly basis, and one additional USB-C cable for iPaP and Lighting cable for iPhP (#SaveThePlanet).
After they release USB-C iPhone the two lighting cables will go straight to the bin and will render other USB-C Power Adapters redundant (I rarely charge both devices at once, but also didn’t like the idea of switching cables on the bricks every time I wanted to charge either device). But then, there will be the need for lighting to charge the AirPods… and Apple TV remote 😆.
 

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The biggest complaint I have on most power blocks is they are outlet hogs! I have a bunch of old MacBook Pro cables that I retained as the systems were recycled, mainly for Airport Express cords, and now use them on the Apple Power Blocks that will use them. So many of the Apple, and other manufacturer blocks are just too darn big to coexist in a USB charger outlet world. And they aren't just too tall blocking USB ports from above, but block them when in the upper outlet. BOO!!! Either make them smaller, or keep allowing them to be converted to a corded unit, please. I don't have the space to add a second outlet just for power blocks. It defeats the purpose of using a receptacle with USB ports if they are blocked with a charger.
 
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