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There is a lot to look forward to in the coming months

Source: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

August is among us, believe it or not. Really, it seems that time has flown by this year. Personally, it’s a bit scary for me as I have a little one on the way, and I’ll be taking my first steps into the wonderful world of parenthood in just a few more months. It’s honestly a bit stressful but also exciting. We’re only a month away from the new iPhones anyway, so let’s get right to the point.

Unfortunately, with the way things have gone, it’s less and less likely that we’ll have an iPhone 13 event in person in September. With COVID-19 still with a Delta variant and cases on the rise, it looks like we’ll have to do another virtual event this year as even Apple is delaying getting employees back to offices. Honestly, even though virtual events work really well, I still miss the excitement of in-person events. I enjoyed watching all my Twitter friends and colleagues online posting photos of meeting Tim Cook and other Apple executives, and even just watching the photos and how-to videos of the new products. Also, live performances always had some nice moments as well as some embarrassing ones, but it’s the atmosphere that I miss. Sigh, maybe next year? Who knows by now. But at least with virtual events, no one is missing anything, really, so I guess that’s a decent trade-off.

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A recent report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman this week was about how Face ID could reach Macs, as well as all iPhones and iPads in a few years. This is exciting news because I have wanted this for a while. Ever since Apple brought Face ID with the iPhone X, I always thought this would make a lot of sense on something like a computer. Instead, we continue to use Touch ID on Macs and most iPads. While I understand that Touch ID has come in handy while on the go with face masks, it is less likely that you will have the mask on while using an iPad or your favorite MacBook. Again, Face ID is still a few years away on everything, according to the report, but it’s something I’ll be looking forward to.

And I know the hottest news right now is the iPhone 13, but that doesn’t stop the rumors that the iPhone 14 might get a titanium chassis upgrade. I mean, currently the iPhone 12 uses aluminum, and the iPhone 12 Pro has stainless steel, so titanium would definitely be a great upgrade. In fact, I prefer titanium (it’s what the case of my Apple Watch Series 5 is made of) because it seems to be very light and quite durable, at least in my experience. My best Apple Watch, which I have owned for over two years, is virtually scratch-free, although I often bump my wrist on things. So yeah sign me up for a titanium iPhone 14, but I’d like to know what colors are coming, more colorful options for the Pro line, Apple please!

Moving on to the older brother of the iPhone, it seems that the next iPad Air might have more similar features than the Pro, while the iPad mini 6 may not have a major redesign after all. Based on this rumor, the fifth-generation iPad Air may be seeing an upgrade with a dual-lens camera system, LiDAR, and a 4-speaker audio system. Of course, this is expected with the huge redesign that the iPad Air 4 had last year, which made it look much more like an iPad Pro on the surface. But if it’s true that the iPad mini 6, and possibly the base iPad model, aren’t going to get a redesign to make it look more like the rest of the line, that’s disappointing, especially for mini-fans. I mean, those models still look like the originals, and it gets outdated when you compare it to the Air and Pro line, isn’t it time for a change? I guess we will have to wait and see.

In Mac terms, it seems like those who have been waiting for a bigger iMac with M1 will have to wait a bit longer because it may not be ready until next year. This is supposed to be the iMac model that replaces the 27-inch iMac (2020) (which I bought and am using at the moment) with a possibly larger screen. While this news is another disappointment, it makes sense, given the shortage of components in the industry right now. Honestly, it definitely wouldn’t have lasted – I was working on an old 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2013 before my iMac, and it was pretty much in its late stages at the time. There’s no way I could have held out another year for a large iMac!

Speaking of Intel-based Macs, it seems like Apple isn’t completely leaving us in the dust. The fourth beta version of macOS Monterey offers Live Text support for Intel Macs, which was originally going to be an exclusive feature for the Mac M1. While this is just a feature, it can be a good sign of things, and at least Apple is giving Intel users some respect, in a way. Hopefully, this is not the only feature that was previously only M1 and that may be available for Intel Mac. I don’t expect everybody feature, but maybe one more before the public release would be nice. After all, I want my 27-inch iMac to last a good few years, you know?

And since we are approaching fall, this also means that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are right around the corner. A code has been found within iOS 15 that suggests a new verification system when adding ID cards to the Wallet app. It will have a similar setup to Face ID, so it’s not just about taking a photo of your face. This is exciting, because again, I’ve been waiting for digital ID cards for a long time, and it’s good to see that they’re finally coming to fruition, although availability depends on where you live. This new verification method should help convince the skeptics who thought this could encourage fraud; Although nothing is perfect, it is a step in the right direction. I can’t wait to see where this is going and hopefully get to try this sooner rather than later.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Until next time.

- Christine Romero-chan

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