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WWDC is quickly approaching, and that means rumors are starting to ramp up including the possibility that we might see the long-rumored MacBook Pro redesign at the keynote. This week also saw rumors about future updates to the AirPods and AirPods Pro, as well as a redesigned Mac mini.

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In other news, Apple has released iOS 14.6 with new features like Apple Card Family and podcast subscriptions as it prepares to launch Apple Music support for lossless audio and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos next month. We also took a look at the mini-LED display on the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so read on for the details on these stories and more!

New MacBook Pro Models Coming at WWDC, Suggests Leaker

Apple this week shared its WWDC 2021 schedule, starting with a virtual keynote on Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. The annual developers conference typically has a software focus, with Apple expected to introduce iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15.

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That said, there is always the chance of a hardware announcement or two. According to leaker Jon Prosser, Apple plans to introduce at least one new MacBook Pro model at WWDC, as the company continues its transition from Intel processors to custom Apple silicon.

Apple Releases iOS 14.6 With Apple Card Family, Podcast Subscriptions, and More

iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 are now available, adding support for new Apple Card Family and Apple Podcasts Subscriptions features. Apple Card holders will be able to combine credit limits and form one co-owned account starting in July.

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We've put together a list of everything new in iOS 14.6. Apple has also released macOS 11.4 this week with an important security fix, along with watchOS 7.5 and tvOS 14.6.

AirPods Pro 2 With Fitness Tracking Coming in 2022, AirPods 3 With 'Pro' Design to Launch Later This Year

Apple is preparing to launch third-generation AirPods this year, and plans to release second-generation AirPods Pro next year, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The next AirPods should look more like the current AirPods Pro with shorter stems, while the 2022 AirPods Pro are rumored to lose their stems entirely and feature some new motion sensors for fitness tracking.

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Gurman also says Apple is continuing to work on its device that combines the functions of a HomePod and Apple TV with a screen for FaceTime calls. Finally, he says that while Apple isn't yet working on an update to its high-end AirPods Max headphones, it is considering offering them in new colors.

See the Dramatic Improvement Mini-LED Brings to the M1 iPad Pro's Display

One of the headline new features of the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the Liquid Retina XDR display, which has a mini-LED backlighting system for higher brightness, improved contrast ratio, and deeper blacks.

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On our YouTube channel, we shared a video comparing the displays on the new iPad Pro and the previous-generation model, providing a closer look at the dramatic improvements offered by the mini-LED technology.

High-End Mac Mini Said to Feature Thinner Design With 'Plexiglass' Top and More

Apple is rumored to be working on a higher-end Mac mini powered by an improved iteration of the M1 chip, and leaker Jon Prosser this week claimed that the computer will feature a thinner design with a plexiglass top, similar to the original Apple TV box from 2007.

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Renders offer a closer look at what the new Mac mini could look like, and reveal other potential new features, including a magnetic power port, in line with the new iMac.

Samsung Pokes Fun at iPhone 12 Pro Max's Lack of 100x Digital Zoom in New Ad

Your phone upgrade "shouldn't be a downgrade," according to Samsung's latest ad, which mocks the iPhone 12 Pro Max camera's lack of 100x zoom, a feature available on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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It's worth noting that 100x zoom on the Galaxy S21 Ultra refers to digital zoom, meaning some blurriness is to be expected when zooming in significantly. In terms of optical zoom, which preserves image quality, the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers up to 2.5x zoom and the Galaxy S21 Ultra has up to 10x zoom.

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Article Link: Top Stories: New MacBook Pro at WWDC?, iOS 14.6 Released, AirPods Rumors
 
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Miha_v

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Excited and curious how new MBP redesign will look like (and i'm not even planning on buying a new laptop) ?
 

jonnysods

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Same here! My current 13” rMBP 2018 is almost oh hardisk space and it’s incredibly sluggish- that with pretty much most bloat apps removed and I can’t use my synology drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and several email accounts
OneDrive struggles in the fastest Macs!

I had my 2019 MBP stolen, and I really don’t want an Intel so I bought a refurbished M1 MBA but with not much monitor support and a few other things I want a new 16!
 

Juicy Box

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I am hoping we hear something about a new Apple TV, maybe the rumored gaming-focused ATV, as the recent update with the A12 was pretty underwhelming.

Reminds me of the Late 2014 Mac Mini compared to the Late 2012. Newer, but not much of an upgrade.
 

randyoo

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It's worth noting that 100x zoom on the Galaxy S21 Ultra refers to digital zoom, meaning some blurriness is to be expected when zooming in significantly.
Why stop at 100x, Samsung? Since you're really just cropping, why not just offer to zoom all the way to individual pixels? 1000x zoom!

 

vkp

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Same here! My current 13” rMBP 2018 is almost oh hardisk space and it’s incredibly sluggish- that with pretty much most bloat apps removed and I can’t use my synology drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and several email accounts
My 2016 and 2017 experiences with macbooks were so awful (with work impact particularly) that I switched to PC. Am watching this but after being so badly burned I am at best on the fence. Man did they ruin a good product. tbc
 

medazinol

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Anyone else here hope to see them add an ethernet port to the power adapter on the new MacBook Pros like they did on the new iMac?
 

nsayer

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Personally, I won't look forward to a new MBP until there's a real, released path to running Windows programs in a VM (x86 emulation on ARM Windows would be fine). I have some stuff I have no choice but to run, and I don't want to have to have dedicated hardware for it.

Parallels has allowed me to see a proof of concept that's just fine. But that's pre-release software twice over.
 
My 2016 and 2017 experiences with macbooks were so awful (with work impact particularly) that I switched to PC. Am watching this but after being so badly burned I am at best on the fence. Man did they ruin a good product. tbc
I’m sorry to hear that. May I ask how they were awful experiences I love my current rmbp just wish I had got a 15” and larger hdd. In fact, I got an iPad Pro 12.9 with the new magic keyboard last year and tbh I rarely use it / maybe for reading and browsing internet
For anything work related
At home I use my iMac with a triple display and I’m the office or lab I use my mbp
 
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