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Apple Vision Pro Returns ➝

Mark Gurman:

In speaking to more than a dozen people who have returned the Vision Pro over the past week, I’ve heard some similar reasons:

  • The device is simply too heavy, too cumbersome to manage, headache-inducing and uncomfortable.
  • The current lack of applications and video content doesn’t justify the price.
  • The work features don’t make people more productive than just using a normal external monitor with a Mac — and they’re difficult to use for long periods.
  • The displays have too much glare, the field of view is too narrow, and the device causes eyestrain and vision problems.
  • The product can make users feel isolated from family and friends. Meaningful shared experiences don’t yet exist, and the Vision Pro can’t easily be passed around to others because of the need for a precise fit.

I’m unconvinced that many of these concerns will be addressed in future iterations of the Vision Pro. Perhaps I’ll look back at this and feel foolish, but I don’t think VR/AR is the next big thing. And I’m not sure it ever will be.

(Via John Spurlock.)

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Dropping ‘Hey’ From ‘Hey Siri’ ➝

Mark Gurman, writing on Twitter:

One item I haven’t mentioned in a while has been a major project to drop the “Hey” from “Hey Siri.” I’d look out for that possibility next week.

I’ve already disabled “Hey Siri” on all of my devices because the only time I ever invoke it is accidental. I can’t imagine this change improving the situation.

➝ Source: twitter.com

iOS 17 Sideloading and USB-C in iPhone 15 ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

iOS 17 will cause some noise beyond WWDC itself. Apple is working to overhaul the software to open up the iPhone to sideloading — the downloading of apps outside of its official store — to comply with new European regulations by next year.

If the rumors are true, Apple may be announcing an iPhone with USB-C at the same event that they’ll be releasing a version of iOS with official sideloading support.

Our pocket computers will soon be a bit more like actual computers. And I’m really glad this is an upgrade year for me.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Apple Testing iPhones With USB-C Ports ➝

“People with knowledge of the situation” is a pretty loose citation, but Mark Gurman’s track record is pretty darn good. Along with what feels like everyone else on the planet, I would love to see the iPhone move to USB-C. Lightning is a better connector in a lot of ways, but having a single cable type for all of my devices would be so much nicer.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Apple Rumored to Be Aiming for Fully Autonomous Car ➝

How many years have we had these rumors? It’s starting to feel like the Apple television rumors from fifteen years ago that just never materialized into a product.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Apple Readies Mac Upgrades With Faster Chips ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple has also been working on a more powerful version of the Mac mini (code name J374) with the same chip as the next MacBook Pro. It’s expected to have four ports versus the pair available on the current low-end version and to sit above the current entry-level M1 Mac Mini. Apple could delay or cancel the new mini’s launch — as it has in the past — but eventually the company will likely replace the Intel-equipped version it now sells.

The “get out of jail free” caveat bugs me a bit, but hopefully that’s more Bloomberg hedging than Gurman’s sources indicating that the Mini might not ship.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Apple Plans Redesigned iMac, New Mac Pro, Smaller Mac Pro, Cheaper Monitor ➝

Mark Gurman, on the smaller Mac Pro:

The second version, however, will use Apple’s own processors and be less than half the size of the current Mac Pro. The design will feature a mostly aluminum exterior and could invoke nostalgia for the Power Mac G4 Cube, a short-lived smaller version of the Power Mac, an earlier iteration of the Mac Pro.

It’s just a rumor. And there isn’t much to go on aside from it being smaller than the current Mac Pro. But if it’s also lower cost — in the realm of the entry-level 2010-era Mac Pro — I’m going to be very interested.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

Apple Considering Letting Users Change Default Email App and Browser on iOS ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

The technology giant is discussing whether to let users choose third-party web browser and mail applications as their default options on Apple’s mobile devices, replacing the company’s Safari browser and Mail app, according to people familiar with the matter.

This is a huge step in the right direction. And I wouldn’t mind them giving developers the ability to release web browsers with their own rendering engines as well.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com