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While the summer months following WWDC are often a relatively quiet time of the year for Apple, there are still some notable items on the agenda through July. Below, we've rounded up six things to expect from Apple over the next six weeks or so.

Public Betas of iOS 16 and More

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As part of WWDC 2022, Apple announced that public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod software version 16 will be released at some point in July, allowing members of Apple's free Beta Software Program to test out the software updates before they are released to all users later this year.

The first betas of each update are already available to developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 per year.

New MacBook Air Launch

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Apple said the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip will be available in July, but the company has yet to announce exactly when orders will begin. Pricing will start at $1,199 in the United States, and the MacBook Air with the M1 chip remains available for $999.

The new MacBook Air has been redesigned with a larger 13.6-inch display, a notch, flatter edges, and new Starlight and Midnight color options alongside Space Gray and Silver. The notebook also features MagSafe charging, an upgraded 1080p camera, and more.

Apple says the M2 chip has an 18% faster CPU, a 35% faster GPU, and a 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip. With the M2 chip, the MacBook Air can now be configured with up to 24GB of unified memory, compared to a max of 16GB with the M1 chip. Like the previous model, the new MacBook Air can be configured with up to a 2TB SSD.

Back to School Promotion

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Apple's annual Back to School promotion typically launches in June or July in the United States, Canada, and select other countries. Last year, the U.S. promotion began on June 17 and offered qualifying students and educators free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model, as well as 20% off AppleCare+ plans.

For 2022, it appears likely that Apple will once again offer free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model.

Apple's Third Quarter Earnings Call

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Apple has yet to announce a date for its third quarter earnings results, but they are typically released in late July each year. As usual, the earnings report will be followed by a conference call where Apple's CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri will discuss the financial results, and there's always a chance they reveal some interesting tidbits of information.

WWDC 2022 "Behind the Design" Interviews

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Starting June 27, Apple will be sharing a series of interviews with the creators of apps that won 2022 Apple Design Awards. "Go behind the design and learn about our winners' creative process, challenges, and how they brought their bold and distinctive ideas to life," says Apple. A full schedule of interviews is available on Apple's website.

Apple Camp

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Apple Camp is returning to Apple Store locations around the world this summer, with sessions taking place each week from June 20 through August 31. The free program, designed for kids ages 8 to 12 and their guardians, will consist of two-hour sessions in stores and outdoors in which kids use products like the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create their own digital comic book about protecting and celebrating the planet.

Parents and guardians can register for Apple Camp on Apple's website.

Article Link: What to Expect From Apple Through July: iOS 16 Public Beta, New MacBook Air, Back to School Promotion, and More
 
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avichou

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if i get it right,the brand new expensive mba m2 will be available for purchase during the back to school promotion ?
 

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I am looking forward to the M2 MBA shipments increasing the Mac percentage of the market. Also want to hear from perspectives that try out the Public Betas of iPadOS 16 and Ventura what they encounter as issues.
 
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MICHAELSD

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I was disappointed by the lack of the iconic tapered design on the new MacBook Air until I learned that it was miraculously only .44” thick.
 
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I was disappointed by the lack of the iconic tapered design on the new MacBook Air until I learned that it was miraculously only .44” thick.
My math might be off, but it seems the new MBA is slightly larger by volume. MBA M1's volume is about 39.5 cubic inches, whereas M2's is 44.6 cubic inches.

I personally dig the wedge-shape MBA, which helps me quickly tell which side is the the front, and its gentler slope lessens the front side's corner sharply cutting into my wrists.

That said, the new shape allows it accommodate a larger battery (battery life rating remains the same, probably due to the screen being a bit larger) and probably more balanced weight distribution.
 

MICHAELSD

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My math might be off, but it seems the new MBA is slightly larger by volume. MBA M1's volume is about 39.5 cubic inches, whereas M2's is 44.6 cubic inches.

I personally dig the wedge-shape MBA, which helps me quickly tell which side is the the front, and its gentler slope lessens the front side's corner sharply cutting into my wrists.

That said, the new shape allows it accommodate a larger battery (battery life rating remains the same, probably due to the screen being a bit larger) and probably more balanced weight distribution.

A wedge shape is definitely the more practical design choice. The taper is iconic and defines the MacBook Air design for me. That being said, I haven’t owned one so I can see the downsides in day-to-day usage.

I had hoped that one day I could replace my 15” MacBook Pro with a more powerful MacBook Air, and that day has come with M1/M2. Adding a flicker-free OLED display would seal the deal.
 

erikkfi

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Really looking forward to the start of M2 pre-orders. Those shipping estimates are going to slip to October FAST.
 

Freeangel1

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then the rest of the year after July and the release of the MBA, slow and boring. and empty.
 

wood1208

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I think new M2 Macbook Air will easily take over, replace new M2 Macbook for low cost GOTO Mac laptop for many MAC lovers.
 
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rp2011

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I love the new lock screen on iOS16. A very simple thing, but that's the biggest thing I'ver noticed. It feels like this is the way it always should have been. Feels so much more modern.
 

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I think new M2 Macbook Air will easily take over, replace new M2 Macbook for low cost GOTO Mac laptop for many MAC lovers.
I don’t know… it’s hard to justify the 20% premium over the M1 Air for the audience it targets. Its target audience won’t notice a difference in speed or battery life… just a screen that’s a tad bigger and a camera that’s a tad better.

And in today’s market where credit card debt is rising and savings are shrinking thanks to the massive inflation we’re experiencing, people will notice the 20% savings.
 
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Shirasaki

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I don’t know… it’s hard to justify the 20% premium over the M1 Air for the audience it targets. Its target audience won’t notice a difference in speed or battery life… just a screen that’s a tad bigger and a camera that’s a tad better.

And in today’s market where credit card debt is rising and savings are shrinking thanks to the massive inflation we’re experiencing, people will notice the 20% savings.
Unfortunately, at the same time, major Apple customers are those that don’t care about inflation at all and can afford yearly upgrade easily. People with budget in mind would pick used Mac or PC instead, which covers a wider lower price range.

This means, Apple can easily afford a 20% price increase for several years before things go out of control with minimal justification.
 

Chester Stone

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No, not quiet at all! They update the betas every 2 weeks, and there's tons of dialogue between the company's engineers and developers, both in bug reports and developer tech sessions. 🤔

It often feels like the editors of this site just read the big media stories and Prosser/Kuo rumors.. hence why they never get original news. There's a lot going on in developing and updating these OSs in time for the fall release, along with developer previews like you see in on-stage hardware demos. Developers create the future -- don't be a news reporter that just follows behind. C'mon Joe & Juli, get with the program! 🙄
 
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