Reviews - February 1, 2024

‘Navy Blue’ and ‘Emerald’ Could Be Heading to Apple’s Spring 2024 Accessory Refresh

An image has been released that purports to depict some of the potential color options for Apple’s spring 2024 accessories refresh. MacRumors The forums give you a preview of what to expect.

Spring 2024 Apple Watch Band
This information is available to Apple Watch band collectors and MacRumors A forum member known as “mikedop” explained that the Sports Loop device pictured originated in China. mikedop’s source referred to the colors as “navy blue” and “emerald”, but also noted that these names may not be the official titles. Historically, the exact names of Apple’s new color options have often been lost in translation before release.

Apple has been known to prototype roughly twice as many new color options than actually ship, so it’s not yet known whether these options have been approved. Apple’s annual spring refresh of accessory colors will likely launch in early March, along with new iPhone 15 color options.

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iOS 18 could be the ‘biggest’ software update in iPhone history

Apple has big plans for iOS 18, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. In a subscriber-only Q&A section of today’s Power On newsletter, Gurman said iOS 18 has the potential to be the “biggest” software update in iPhone history. He said, “I’ve heard that the new operating system is considered within the company to be one of the biggest iOS updates in the company’s history.”

Apple has sold approximately 200,000 Vision Pro headsets.

Apple has sold more than 200,000 Vision Pro headsets, MacRumors has learned from a source with knowledge of Apple’s sales figures. Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the Vision Pro on January 19th, giving you 10 days to purchase the headset in the US. On Monday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple sold around 160,000 to 180,000 Vision Pro units in 2019.

Kuo: iPhone 16 models will lack significant design changes other than larger displays and capture button

According to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there will be no “significant design changes” to the iPhone 16 models that launch later this year. Kuo also said Apple is unlikely to offer “more comprehensive” generative AI features until the iPhone 17 series launches as early as next year. “Apple is not expected to release a new iPhone model with major design changes.

Apple’s iCloud service is down [Update: Fixed]

Parts of Apple’s iCloud service are currently down, preventing the iCloud.com website from working and iCloud Mail from loading. There are multiple reports on Twitter and other social networks, and Apple’s system status page says some iCloud Mail users may be unable to send, receive, or access messages. Apple’s System Status page also lists iCloud web-related issues.

tvOS 17.4 Code Reference Mysterious homeOS

Code discovered by MacRumors in the first beta of tvOS 17.4 suggests that Apple’s “homeOS” work is continuing behind the scenes. In June 2021, Apple posted two job postings that mentioned homeOS, but removed the term after it was reported in the press. Aside from the first tvOS 17.4 beta, we haven’t seen any trace of homeOS since. Apple’s 2018 HomePod ran a modified version of iOS 11.

Gurman: I think the new iPad and Mac will be released in late March

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple will likely launch new iPad Air, iPad Pro, and MacBook Air models “around the end of March.” In today’s Power On newsletter, he said production of at least the new iPad Pro models and the new 13-inch MacBook Air is progressing well within Apple’s supply chain in Asia. Below, we recap Gurman’s expectations for the new iPad and Mac.