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Revamped, upgraded Siri touted for a big iOS 18 unveiling at WWDC in June

Oliver Haslam | May 11, 2024 9:45 AM CDT

The last few weeks have been full to the brim with rumors of impending AI improvements coming to the iPhone and other Apple platforms. Those improvements have so far revolved around new features coming to existing apps like Messages, Notes, and others. But now a New York Times report hints at a big improvement coming to one aspect of the iPhone that really does need it.

Revamped, upgraded Siri touted for a big iOS 18 unveiling at WWDC in June

Siri has been around since 2011 but it has proven to be lacking in a variety of ways, especially when compared with more modern alternatives like ChatGPT from Open AI and Google's Gemini generative AI. Apple is rumored to be nearing a deal with the former to bring its technology to the iPhone, and now the New York Times claims that the technology will help give Siri a big shot in the arm.

The report claims that Apple has been aiming for Siri improvements since executives Craig Federighi and John Giannandrea spent weeks testing OpenAI's new chatbot, ChatGPT. The executives found that while Siri often struggled to respond to requests properly, and even when it did it could only do it to one request at a time, ChatGPT and similar tools are completely different beasts. Generative AI tools can understand subsequent requests and use the context of the existing conversation when responding.

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Apple's nears deal to bring Open AI's ChatGPT generative AI to IOS 18

Oliver Haslam | May 11, 2024 9:15 AM CDT

All of the rumors ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next month point to some big new AI features coming to the iPhone and other Apple platforms, likely including the Mac and iPad. We've been hearing a lot about what those features might be as well as how they'll actually work, and a new report suggests that Apple might finally have found itself an AI partner to handle some of the more complex AI features.

Apple's nears deal to bring Open AI's ChatGPT generative AI to IOS 18

Previous Bloomberg reports had Apple in discussions with OpenAI about using the generative AI technology behind the popular ChatGPT to power futuristic AI features on the iPhone. The same reports also suggested that Apple was having similar discussions with Google, potentially choosing to use its Gemini chatbot technology instead. Now, Bloomberg has added an update to those reports, saying that Apple now appears to be within touching distance of agreeing a deal with OpenAI.

The report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman cites unnamed sources familiar with the matter when saying that Apple has closed in on an agreement. It's believed that the OpenAI technology could be just part of the AI push that Apple is about to undertake, too.

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The iPhone 16 Pro could have a 20% brighter display than your boring old iPhone 15 Pro

Oliver Haslam | May 10, 2024 1:15 PM CDT

While the iPhone 15 Pro might have only been on sale for a few months, Apple and its supply chain partners are already likely gearing up for what comes next. For Apple, that's thought to be the iPhone 16 Pro and the larger iPhone 16 Pro Max and we've been hearing l;eaks relating to the two phones for a few months now. The latest leak suggests that buyers can look forward to a big display upgrade.

The iPhone 16 Pro could have a 20% brighter display than your boring old iPhone 15 Pro

That leak, which comes via the Weibo leaker known as Instant Digital, suggests that Apple intends to make a change to the display that is used in its best iPhones later this year. The leaker says that the new iPhone 16 Pro models will feature a display that is 20% brighter than the previous models when displaying SDR content. That means that when using the phone normally, using apps, and sending messages, the display will be notably brighter when required. Such a feat would be useful for a variety of situations, not least using the iPhone outside in strong sunshine.

The Weibo post, seen by MacRumors, claims that the iPhone 16 Pro will be capable of a brightness of 1,200 nits when showing SDR content. That's a 20% increase over the iPhone 15 Pro while the peak HDR brightness is expected to remain the same at 1,600 nits. Apple hasn't increased the SDR brightness of the iPhone's display since the iPhone 13 Pro arrived in 2021 so this improvement would be a significant one.

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New iPhone 16 dummy unit leak shows off its refreshed camera design and more

Oliver Haslam | May 10, 2024 1:00 PM CDT

With the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus having not been around all that long, you might be surprised to learn that plans are already afoot to replace them in the lineup. But you probably shouldn't be, Apple gets the ball rolling well ahead of the expected September release date and that means that we tend to start seeing more and more leaks the closer we get to September. The latest leak comes via a post on the X social network that appears to show an iPhone 16 dummy unit in all its pink glory, including the expected camera redesign.

New iPhone 16 dummy unit leak shows off its refreshed camera design and more

The dummy unit was shared to the X social network by Jon Rettinger and it definitely appears to be the real deal. The unit has the same pill-shaped camera layout change that previous rumors have told us to expect as well as the color-infused back glass that looks so good on the current iPhone 15 models.

The most obvious change that we see in the photo shared by Rettinger is that new camera system, with Apple ditching the familiar diagonal layout in favor of a more vertical one. It's similar to the iPhone X and iPhone XS layout, but the change is about more than nostalgia.

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Analysts expect an iPad Pro sales slowdown despite new models, here's why

Oliver Haslam | May 10, 2024 12:45 PM CDT

Apple announced the new iPad Pro with a superfast M4 chip earlier this week as well as what is reportedly the best display money can buy in terms of a tablet. The OLED displays are incredibly bright, but despite that in combination with the new chip, the analysts at TrendForce aren't expecting any big sales boost. In fact, they think that Apple could have to deal with a slowdown in sales instead.

Analysts expect an iPad Pro sales slowdown despite new models, here's why

That's according to a TrendForce report picked up by 9to5Mac that suggests Apple will sell between 4.5 million and 5 million iPad Pro tablets this year. That represents a year-on-year fall in demand, but the report suggests that there are a couple of good reasons why people might not flock to the new tablet.

At the top of the list is price. The new iPad Pro models are $200 more costly than the ones that they replaced, thanks in part to the increased costs incurred by the OLED display and that M4 silicon. Couple that with the fact that buyers will need a new Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil Pro to make the most out of their new tablet and it won't take long for that order to get very expensive indeed.

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Apple's new 13-inch M2 iPad Air has a brighter display than its smaller 11-inch sibling

Oliver Haslam | May 10, 2024 11:45 AM CDT

When Apple announced the new 6th-generation iPad Air earlier this week it updated the existing 11-inch model and then added a whole new 13-inch model for good measure. We expected that beyond the new display size the two iPads would be identical, but as it turns out, that isn't the case at all. In fact, that 13-inch display isn't just bigger, it's also 20% brighter than the display used in the 11-inch iPad Air.

Apple's new 13-inch M2 iPad Air has a brighter display than its smaller 11-inch sibling

The news was first spotted by YouTuber Saran of the SaranByte channel and then picked up by MacRumors. The information itself comes from Apple's tech specs for the two devices, and it's confirmed that the 13-inch display is indeed brighter than the 11-inch one.

The figures themselves confirm that the peak SDR brightness for the 11-inch iPad Air is 500 nits whereas the peak SDR brightness for the 13-inch model is 600 nits. The change isn't a huge one, but it's notable and an interesting statistic given the fact that we don't know what. Our guess would be that the two displays are produced by two different manufacturers - likely LG Display and Samsung Display - and that's where the different capabilities come from.

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Apple to bring AI-powered summarization an audio transcription to iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Oliver Haslam | May 10, 2024 11:30 AM CDT

Apple is expected to make big improvements to its AI capabilities when it announces a slew of big new software updates at the WWDC event on June 10 and while Apple hasn't confirmed anything so far, we're starting to see more and more leaks surrounding what new features users can look forward to.

Apple to bring AI-powered summarization an audio transcription to iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Reports have so far suggested that while there will be upgrades to Siri, some AI features will be baked into apps like Safari, Messages, and Mail. Those features will help people do everyday tasks more effectively, and the latest report suggests that new AI-powered audio summarization features will be included.

The report, via AppleInsider, cites people familiar with the matter when reporting that Apple is working on such features including greatly enhanced audio subscription capabilities for its various software platforms. The iPhone's iOS 18, iPad's iPadOS 18, and Mac's macOS 15 updates are expected to be those that benefit from the new AI initiative.

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New M4 iPad Pro benchmarks confirm it's faster than your M3 Max MacBook Pro

Oliver Haslam | May 10, 2024 10:45 AM CDT

When Apple announced the M4 iPad Pro earlier this week we were already expecting the tablet to be the fastest that Apple had ever offered, and it doesn't look like we are going to be disappointed. But early benchmarks confirm that while the iPad Pro is the fastest yet, it's also competing with Apple's high-end MacBook Pro as well.

New M4 iPad Pro benchmarks confirm it's faster than your M3 Max MacBook Pro

In fact, the M4 chip used in the iPad Pro is so fast that its single-core performance is faster than the M3 Max found in Apple's very best laptops, while the multi-core performance is comparable to that of the M2 Max that was used in the previous generation MacBook Pro.

This is all based on new Geekbench results that have been spotted and shared by MacRumors, and it makes for interesting reading. The 10-core version of the M4 chip which is found in the 1TB and 2TB iPad Pro managed an average single-core score of 3,695 while it managed an average multi-core score of 14,550 across a total of 10 different benchmarks. It's those figures that put the MacBook Pro to the sword; the M3 Max manages 3,128 in single-core performance while the M2 Max scores 14,800 in multi-core tests. The M3 Max manages a much improved multi-core score of 10,957 however, so there's no suggestion that the M4 can compete with that just yet. We can expect good things from future M4 Pro and M4 Max chips, though.

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Apple apologies for new iPad Pro ad that 'missed the mark' and pulls it from airing on TV

Kosta Andreadis | May 10, 2024 2:36 AM CDT

Apple recently announced its new iPad Pro line-up, powered by its new M4 chip and sporting the company's first groundbreaking OLED display, which pushed the technology's brightness to new heights. It's also the thinnest device in the company's history, with the 13-inch variant featuring a thickness of just 5.1mm - incredible.

Apple apologies for new iPad Pro ad that 'missed the mark' and pulls it from airing on TV

And it seems that the display and thickness drove the inspiration and message behind Apple's latest ad for the new iPad Pro. "Meet the new iPad Pro," Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a social media post debuting the ad. "The thinnest product we've ever created, the most advanced display we've ever produced, with the incredible power of the M4 chip. Just imagine all the things it'll be used to create."

However, to try to sell the device's thin profile and creative capabilities, whoever Apple put in charge of the ad decided that it would be a good idea to take a treasure trove of iconic art-driven technology and gear from history and put them in one of those flattening machines, completely destroying them.

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The iPhone's big new iOS 18 AI features will be powered by data centers running Apple silicon

Oliver Haslam | May 9, 2024 1:15 PM CDT

There have been a lot of rumors and reports of late that claim Apple is going to bring some big much-needed AI-powered features to the iPhone when iOS 18 is released later this year and while we've heard that those features will run on-device, others will require a server. Those cloud servers will allow Apple to handle more complex tasks, including generative AI workflows, and a new report now suggests that the servers will run Apple's own custom chips.

The iPhone's big new iOS 18 AI features will be powered by data centers running Apple silicon

We've been hearing more and more about Apple's plans to put its own chips into servers of late, and it's a plan that makes sense. Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads all use custom-designed chips that are built by TSMC and it's proven to be a real boon for the company. More control means that Apple has a better lock on power usage and performance, and it can tailor chips to specific needs as well. In the case of servers, it's suggested Apple will produce chips that can run AI-related workflows particularly well.

There was previously no timeline for when the Apple-designed chips would be used, but a new Bloomberg report by Mark Gurman suggests that Apple will have its in-house server chips ready soon enough to power the cloud component for the iOS 18 AI push.

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