Top stories: iPhone 15 Pro pricing, new iOS 16.4 Beta, Siri vs ChatGPT, and more

Apple’s high-end iPhone models have started at $999 in the US since they were first launched in 2017 with the iPhone X, but could this be the year when the starting price sees an increase?

Top news March 18, 2023
This week also saw more rumors about Apple’s upcoming headset, the company’s explorations into the burgeoning AI industry as well as the release of a new round of beta updates, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!

The iPhone 15 Pro is expected to see its first price increase since the iPhone X.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models may be more expensive than the current models.

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In a research note this week, technology analyst Jeff Bowe said he believes the iPhone 15 Pro models will see a price increase due to several rumored hardware upgrades, including a titanium frame, solid-state buttons with additional Taptic Engines for haptic feedback, camera improvements, and increased battery life. RAM, USB-C port and more.

The higher/Pro level iPhone has started at $999 since the iPhone X was released in 2017.

Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook asked to launch a headset despite designers’ desire to wait for augmented reality glasses

Apple is widely expected to announce its long-rumored AR/VR headset at WWDC in June after several years of development.

the financial times This week I reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook agreed to launch the headset even though some of the company’s designers would rather wait for a pair of lightweight augmented reality glasses. The current headset is expected to be a larger device with a head strap.

Fourth beta release from Apple Seeds for iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4

The fourth beta of iOS 16.4 is out for developers and public beta testers this week. Apple says the update will be released in the spring.

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iOS 16.4 includes a handful of new features and changes, including support for push notifications from websites, improvements to the Podcasts app, new emoji options, and a new way to install beta software that will make it harder to get the iOS 17 developer beta for free.

Refurbished iPhone 13 models are now available at the US Apple Store

Apple this week began selling refurbished iPhone 13 models through its online store in the US for the first time since the devices launched in 2021.

iPhone 13 refurbished from Apple
All four models are listed on the revamped store, including the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, but availability changes over time. Devices are discounted by more than 15% compared to new original Apple prices.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in yellow were launched this week

Yes, it’s just a new color, but the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are now available in yellow following Apple’s announcement earlier this month.

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The launch of a new color brings some renewed interest to the iPhone 14 series, which launched in September 2022. There are no other changes to the hardware other than yellow, so consider waiting for the iPhone 15 later this year if you’re interested. New features.

Apple engineers are reportedly exploring ChatGPT-like AI despite Siri’s design flaws

Amid the rise of AI-powered chatbots like ChatGPT, a report released this week from New York times He claims that Apple engineers have been testing the concepts of language generation recently.

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separate report from 9to5Mac This week also highlighted Siri-related language creation code in tvOS for the Apple TV, but it’s unclear exactly what Apple’s plans for this rapidly developing technology are.

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