According to the latest report, after releasing iOS 15.5 RC and macOS 12.4 RC for developers, Apple also provided Studio Display “iOS 15.5” RC (release candidate) version before the official release, the version number is (19F77). This update improves the image quality captured by the built-in webcam.
Moreover, the latest Studio Display firmware update “improves camera adjustments, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing.” This update comes after multiple complaints from users who were disappointed by the Studio Display’s poor webcam quality, showing washed-out, noisy images.
After these adjustments, Studio Display users were able to notice some improvements in image quality, now with more natural colors and improved clarity. However, since the ultra-wide-angle lens sensor is so small, even a software fix isn’t enough to make images look super good.
As of now, Studio Display Firmware 15.5 RC is only available for beta testers. However, Apple has confirmed that once the update is made available to the public, it will be available as separate software – so users won’t need to install macOS Monterey 12.4 before updating the Studio Display firmware.
Apple’s iOS 16 public beta may be delayed until July
According to the latest report, Apple will officially release major updates to iOS 16 and other operating systems at its WWDC 2022 developer conference on June 6, but a new report from Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman claims that iOS 16’s first public beta will launch a little later than usual.
Gurman said in a tweet that this year’s iOS 16 beta release schedule is a bit different. According to the reporter, Apple plans to launch the first public beta and third developer beta of iOS 16 in July. In previous years, the first public beta of a new iOS version was launched alongside the second developer beta.
The reason, Gurman said, is that the current build is a bit more buggy. Therefore, Apple engineers need more time to make the iOS 16 beta stable enough. However, he also mentioned that the situation may change.
It’s worth noting that new iOS developer betas are typically compiled days or even weeks before the official release. This means that now Apple may have completed the first beta version of iOS 16, which will be available to developers shortly after next month’s WWDC 2022 event.
According to recent rumors, iOS 16 is expected to bring major improvements to notifications and bring a new interface to iPad OS multitasking. As for watchOS 9, another report from Gurman suggests that the update will bring “significant upgrades to activity and health tracking.” He also believes that most watch interfaces will be redesigned to take advantage of the larger Apple Watch Series 7 screen.
Apple starts to use the Tap to Pay feature in Apple Park
In February this year, Apple announced a new system called “Tap to Pay on iPhone “, which allows individuals to make contactless payments, using only their iPhone as a payment terminal. With the feature turned on, users can conduct contactless transactions simply by placing their NFC iPhone or bank card on the receiving device’s phone.
It’s important to point out that the iPhone has supported contactless payments since Apple Pay launched in 2014. The new Tap to Pay feature focuses on receiving payments, no additional hardware is required to accept contactless payments, just an iPhone X S or a newer iPhone is all it takes into a mobile credit card machine.
The “Tap to Pay on iPhone” feature is not yet available to consumers, but businesses can use it through Shopify and Adyen’s point-of-sale commerce platforms. There has been some speculation that Tap to Pay will be supported in Apple Pay Cash in iOS 16, allowing iPhone users to send money to each other simply by holding their phones together.
For many years in Apple retail stores, employees have been able to accept Apple Pay payments through their mobile phones by attaching a special accessory to the iPhone. With Tap to Pay built into the iPhone system, these accessories are theoretically no longer needed.
As evidenced by a new video leaking online, Apple has begun using the Tap to Pay feature in Apple Park, where a customer completes a transaction at the Apple Park Visitor Center by simply leaning two iPhones against each other. Pay together.
It is normal for the Apple Park Visitor Center to serve as a testing ground for new changes in Apple retail stores in the future, and we look forward to the Tap to Pay feature being rolled out as soon as possible.
Apple iPhone’s supplier Pegatron alerts of coronavirus lockdown
According to the latest report, Apple’s assembly partner Pegatron said production at a Shanghai factory was affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, a warning that could hurt the manufacturing of iPhones and other products.
The coronavirus lockdown has created problems for manufacturers in China, and many of Apple’s assembly partners are struggling to keep operations as smooth as possible despite lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere. One supplier, Pegatron, confirmed that it was working to deal with the situation.
Moreover, Pegatron said production of communications equipment and consumer electronics will decline this quarter due to the coronavirus lockdown. But Pegatron did not say how much production would fall.
The announcement comes a month after Pegatron suspends operations at its Shanghai and Kunshan factories, drastically slashing output at its only two manufacturing bases in China.
Furthermore, Pegatron assembles 20 to 30 percent of all iPhone models, but it’s unclear whether the latest announcement means Apple-related production will take a hit, or if it will have a bigger impact on other Pegatron customers.
Apple is well-prepared for the impact of disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said on an April financial results call that revenue in the June quarter was likely to fall by $4 billion to $8 billion year over year due to coronavirus lockdowns and supply constraints.