It was a big week for software this week, with Apple launching a new round of betas for its operating systems with many tweaks and changes in iOS 14.5 and related updates. We also saw the official release of macOS 11.2, which followed last week’s release of iOS 14.4.
In other news, we got some important new rumors about Apple’s VR headset project and Apple Car, while on our iPhone channel we put the iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra head-to-head in a blind camera test. Read on for details on these stories and more below!
iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 Beta released with many new features
Apple this week saw the first beta versions of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 for developers and public beta testers. These updates are packed with new features for iPhone and iPad users, including the ability to unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask, 5G support in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models, support for it latest PS5 and Xbox Series X controllers, AirPlay 2 streaming for Apple Fitness + and more.
We have shared a practical video about unlocking an iPhone with Apple Watch, which is a welcome solution to the fact that Face ID does not work properly with masks. We’ve also rounded up everything new in the first iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 beta, including hidden code-level changes.
Apple later released a revised version of the first iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 beta with minor repairs.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Released with bug fixes for Bluetooth, external monitors, iCloud Drive and more
This week saw the release of macOS 11.2, which improves Bluetooth reliability and addresses several bugs, including an issue where external monitors may display a black screen when connected to an M1-based Mac mini using an HDMI to DVI converter .
Note that some users still have other external display issues on macOS 11.2.
The release of macOS 11.2 was quickly followed by the first beta version of macOS 11.3, which introduces more customization options in Safari, adds enhanced sorting options in the Reminders app, enhances the Warranty Coverage Support tab in the About This Mac menu, allows stereo-paired HomePods to is set as the default audio output for a Mac and more.
Other beta releases released this week include watchOS 7.4 and tvOS 14.5.
Blind camera comparison video: iPhone 12 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung debuted in January with its latest flagship smartphone series, which includes the Galaxy S21 Ultra, a direct competitor to the iPhone 12 Pro Max that Apple introduced in October. In our latest YouTube video, we pitted the two smartphones against each other for a comparison of blind cameras.
The idea is to look at the pictures and decide which aesthetic you prefer – “A” or “B” – before we uncover which camera is which at the end of the video. Share your choices in the comments section.
Apple’s Mixed Reality headset is said to have 8K screens, $ 3000 price tag and more
There are many rumors that Apple is working on a virtual reality headset, and a report from The Information’s Alex Heath and Wayne Ma this week outlined several potential features and other details.
The report claimed that the headset will be equipped with more than a dozen cameras for tracking hand gestures, along with two ultra-high-resolution 8K screens and advanced eye tracking technology. The cameras will be able to send real-world video through the visor and show it to the user, providing a “mixed reality effect” that is a step beyond virtual reality.
The report also claimed that the headset will have replaceable headbands, with one with spatial sound technology such as AirPods Pro for a surround sound-like experience, and another that provides extra battery life on the go. Similar to AirPods Max replacement ear pads, it is possible that headbands will also be offered in a variety of colors.
Apple has internally discussed the pricing of the headset around $ 3,000, according to the report. This award will certainly make Apple’s headset an exclusive niche product, with the company apparently having an internal goal of delivering just 250,000 units of the headset in the first year it was released. Several reports have said that the headset will be released in 2022 at the earliest.
Apple is reportedly planning to invest $ 3.6 billion in Kia for Apple car production
There continue to be many rumors surrounding the so-called Apple Car, with a partnership between Apple and the Korean carmaker Hyundai, which looks increasingly likely based on a couple of reports this week.
The first report came from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that Apple’s electric vehicle chassis will be based on Hyundai’s E-GMP battery electric vehicle platform (BEV), which can provide a range of over 300 miles, acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour in as little as 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 160 miles per hour, up to 80% charge within 18 minutes and more.
Another report from Korea claimed that Apple plans to invest the equivalent of $ 3.6 billion in the Hyundai subsidiary Kia as part of a planned production partnership between the two companies that will see Kia build Apple Cars at its US facility in Georgia.
It is believed that Apple Car is still years away from being released, with estimates from 2024 until 2028.
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