Well, here we are into the start of a new year!
According to the rumours we may see a fairly busy year of releases this year - mostly in the computer front by the sound of it, and not so much for the iPad’s. After large delays with the iPhone 14 models hopefully later this year in September we’ll see some big changes to the iPhone 15 and better supply levels.
As we start the year afresh, we may even see some announcements later this month or next month. So keep an eye on the news page to keep up to date.
We may also see Apples step into AR/VR with their “Reality Pro” headset in the first half of the year as well if this rumour here is correct.
Hopefully everyone is refreshed after their Christmas and New Year break and starting the year with a bang!
Hoping 2023 to be a good year for all!
Apple update MacBook Pro 14”, 16” and Mac mini
Barely into the start of the month, let alone the year - and Apple have just released some updates to the MacBook Pro 14”, MacBook Pro 16” and the Mac mini.
The MacBook Pro 14” and 16” now have the M2 Pro or M2 Max chip, longer battery life, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, HDMI 2.1 and an option to upgrade to 96GB of RAM. So quite an upgrade for their powerful laptop range. Pricing for the MacBook Pro 14” starting at $3199 and the MacBook Pro 16” starting from $3999.
You can read more information about them here.
The Mac mini now also gains either the M2 or M2 Pro chipset as well. The same great design but with more bang inside, with RAM upgrades to 24GB and larger Solid State Drive (SSD) storage options. They also gained Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3. And a slight price drop now starting from $999.
You can read more information about it here.
Looking to upgrade? Drop me an email or give me a call, as I’m happy to discuss options with you.
Apple re-release the HomePod
After yesterday’s release of updated MacBook Pro’s and Mac mini, Apple have now re-released the HomePod (2nd Generation).
With the same design as the model that was discontinued in March 2021 except being slightly smaller and a little lighter. It also has two less tweeters and microphones compared to the 1st Generation.
It now uses the S7 chip instead of the A8 chip.
It also has a new sensor that can measure temperature and humidity in indoor environments. (This feature is also to be enabled on the HomePod mini via a software update to come shortly.)
You can also pair two of these together to make stereo speakers as well.
Available in Midnight or White and priced at $479
More information is available here.
Apple 2023 “Road Map”
MacRumors has a bit of a write up on what we “possibly” can expect to see released during this year.
So if you’re interested to see what products may be released over the next 12 months, it’s quite an interesting article to read.
Of course, all this may change as only Apple themselves really know - but as a rough guide line if you’re looking to upgrade this may give you some idea of when items may come out.
You can read more here.
Have you considered if your computer stops working or could be down for quite a while?
If your computer crashes or is down for a long period time, or even if it’s going to be away for service work for a while, have you considered the down time this could cause to yourself, your work and/or business?
There is a way that an external drive can be set up beforehand where in these sort of circumstances you can still be up and running relatively easy - even if your computer has to go away for days to be repaired.
It’s a relatively cheap and easy process.
If you would like to find out more about how this can be set up for yourself or your business please feel free to drop me an email or call to discuss.
Be aware of “Fake webpages” advising you need to update.
So there is a bit of a rise on the number of webpages or fake links that will try to trick you into calling a number or clicking a link to “update” some piece of software.
I’ve written a page with a bit more info on it here
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