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In what was simultaneously a surprise and not a surprise, Apple this week announced it has discontinued the iPod touch after almost 15 years and seven generations, bringing the entire iPod lineup to an end.

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Other news this week saw rumors about both the iPhone 14 Pro (slightly larger displays!) and iPhone 15 (USB-C instead of Lightning?), as well as a report that Apple is planning to launch the AirPods Max in new colors later this year, so read on for details on these stories and more!

Apple Discontinues iPod Touch

Apple this week announced that it is discontinuing the iPod touch, which remains available while supplies last. The device is already listed as "sold out" on Apple's online store in the United States, and inventory is quickly depleting in other countries and at third-party resellers as well.

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First introduced in October 2001, the iPod was one of Apple's most iconic products, but the device's discontinuation became inevitable over time given the wide array of Apple products that can play music, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod mini, and more.

The End of an Era: What Was Your Favorite iPod?

With the last iPod now discontinued, it's the end of an era. iPod models released over the years included the original iPod (later known as the iPod classic), iPod mini, iPod photo, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch.

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What was your favorite iPod model? Let us know in the MacRumors forums and be sure to share any photos of your iPod collection.

iPhone 14 Pro Models Rumored to Feature Slightly Larger Screen Sizes

Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will feature marginally larger screen sizes compared to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to display industry consultant Ross Young.

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Young said the screen size differences are due to the iPhone 14 Pro models having slightly narrower bezels around the display compared to iPhone 13 Pro models and a new pill-and-hole design replacing the notch.

iPhone 15 Rumored to Switch From Lightning to USB-C

Apple plans to release at least one new iPhone 15 model with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman concurs that USB-C iPhones are in testing and that Apple is also planning an adapter that will let them work with current Lightning-based accessories.

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If this rumor proves to be true, we'll still have to wait a while for the first USB-C iPhone. Kuo expects the Lightning connector to stick around for the iPhone 14 lineup launching later this year, with the switch to USB-C expected to occur with the iPhone 15 in 2023. Gurman similarly says the switch won't happen until 2023 at the earliest.

New AirPods Max Colors Reportedly in the Works

Apple plans to release its high-end AirPods Max headphones in new colors in the future, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

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Released in December 2020, the AirPods Max are currently available in five colors, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink. It's unclear which new colors would be introduced.

Gurman said Apple also plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro in the fall.

Five Things You Still Can't Do With a MacBook Pro

In October 2021, Apple released redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, a wide range of ports, and more.

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While the new models have crowd-pleasing features, we've put together a list of five things you still can't do with a MacBook Pro, such as take advantage of SD cards with faster UHS-III speeds. Check out the full list to see which features and capabilities are still missing.

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BGPL

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I just got a fourth gen iPad Air, and let me tell you how nice it is to have a USB-C port on an Apple product. I am almost down to one cable type for the whole house, and most of them charge at 18 watts.
 

Freeangel1

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they fix those 5 things you can't do with a MacBook and I'll be ready to buy. I think they are ALL important items missing.

Maybe when the M2 Pro or M2 Max version comes out?
 

surfzen21

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they fix those 5 things you can't do with a MacBook and I'll be ready to buy. I think they are ALL important items missing.

Maybe when the M2 Pro or M2 Max version comes out?
Wifi 6e is the only one that would be nice. The rest dont matter, at least for me.

4k at 120hz is available through thunderbolt so also making it available through hdmi is almost redundant.

Slower SD card slot. Not a huge deal unless your transferring gigs of data to and from it a day.

As far as an Ethernet port goes, its a portable devise with wifi. This really isnt a gaming machine so I dont see the benefit of ethernet port over wifi.

I wouldnt want a cell connection for my laptop but I can see why it would be nice for some people.
 

schneeland

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I know this isn’t as popular an opinion, but I love the iPhone mini and will be sad to see it pulled from the lineup.
I personally also like the size of the Mini a lot and find it sad that it's pulled from the line-up (IMO 5-5.5" are a good compromise between one-hand operation and having enough space on the screen).
That being said, maybe Apple still needs to figure out the right formula for the Mini to reach more people (maybe it could use slightly older tech and be cheaper, so it sits a bit more in the middle between the SE and the regular iPhone).
 

Realityck

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Apple Discontinues iPod Touch

Apple this week announced that it is discontinuing the iPod touch, which remains available while supplies last. The device is already listed as "sold out" on Apple's online store in the United States, and inventory is quickly depleting in other countries and at third-party resellers as well.

First introduced in October 2001, the iPod was one of Apple's most iconic products, but the device's discontinuation became inevitable over time given the wide array of Apple products that can play music, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod mini, and more.

New AirPods Max Colors Reportedly in the Works

Apple plans to release its high-end AirPods Max headphones in new colors in the future, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Released in December 2020, the AirPods Max are currently available in five colors, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink. It's unclear which new colors would be introduced.

Gurman said Apple also plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro in the fall.
The iPod line was done in by technology advances. So many iPhone/iPad choices that readily eclipse the need for a WiFi iPod touch. But it will forever be in Apple Fans hearts. It allowed you to have a large music collection on the go, listening to it on external amplified speakers or earphones. I really like the Apple Stores 15 years ago, today its kinda boring with whats offered, far from times we all see in stores a large collection of 3rd party devices to use for audio playback.

I am anxious to see if Apple Music using Dolby Atmos can leap beyond the few earphones/headphones that Apple/Beats makes. I own two examples of the improved internal speakers that really sound nice (24" iMac/MBP), and it would be super if Apple could expand what we can use that is discussed at WWDC in regards to iOS 16 and MacOS 13 Mammoth. :cool:
 
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4jasontv

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I personally also like the size of the Mini a lot and find it sad that it's pulled from the line-up (IMO 5-5.5" are a good compromise between one-hand operation and having enough space on the screen).
That being said, maybe Apple still needs to figure out the right formula for the Mini to reach more people (maybe it could use slightly older tech and be cheaper, so it sits a bit more in the middle between the SE and the regular iPhone).
I hope they go the other direction and build a flagship mini. I love the size but would prefer the higher end build and features.

Since this started with iPods, let’s recall our history. Maybe we will get an iPhone Nano.
 

bassexpander

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The Mini will still be around as a used phone for easily 4 to 5 years. If you really want one, you can get one -- and cheap! The 12 Mini goes for under $300 used, now. It's a steal, if you like the form factor and don't mind charging over lunch. The 13 is currently maybe $125 more used, where I live.
 

doctor-don

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Still using an iPod Photo which is attached to my iHome radio/alarm clock. I had to replace its swollen battery several years ago because the pressure was preventing the controls from working.
My iPod Nano is used with my car's radio system. The 2014 iPod Classic 160gb is used to store my songs.
The iPod Touch 64gb still functions, but it has a short battery life. Amazon is selling only refurbs / renewed iPod Touch - 5 of them.
Somewhere, maybe after macOS 10.14, my Music / iTunes no longer will recognize the iPods, so I cannot add to their libraries. Anyone with a suggestion to access the libraries would be appreciated.
 

ackmondual

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Favorite iPod is tied between the Classic and Touch...

Classic was great in the 00s and 10s b/c I can listen to my large collection of music while driving, and while on travel. I did occasionally pop in CDs, but this was convenient in terms of access, and having all your music on there (MP3s had much smaller footprints). Having a headphone jack is still nice! I still have a Classic, but it hasn't been set up yet since I hardly travel much these days

Touch was great b/c it was my first foray into iOS. I did A LOT of iOS gaming from the IpT3 to when between the 6th and 7th gens were released (the 4" screen size and not updating the hardware caught up). I still have my IpT5 (five), but it's mostly a glorified calculator, alarm, and flashlight. I keep it b/c it's very slim (takes up very little space in my pocked), and my iPads (1st gen Air from 2013, and the 9th gen from 2021) still use the lightning connector so that's already covered.
 
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