This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, we discuss the launch of Apple’s self-service repair program, a beta firmware update that improves the Studio Display FaceTime camera, the addition of new collections to Apple Podcasts, and new WWDC iOS and watchOS rumours.
As of today, Apple’s self-service repair program is available. iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone SE repair manuals are available in PDF format for users to download, but when compared to the cost of AppleCare+, self-repair may be less attractive than users think. Some fixes may necessitate the rental of a 79-pound toolkit, which customers must return to Apple.
There’s a new firmware update for Studio Display owners this week, too. The update is included in the latest beta of macOS 12.4
True, the FaceTime camera update has made noticeable improvements to skin tone reproduction and background noise in low-light conditions after testing it out. But despite these enhancements, we still talk about Apple’s decision to use an ultra-wide camera instead of a higher-end 12MP lens in the Studio Display.
According to reports by Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman, upcoming Apple Watch models may be able to communicate via satellite. We discuss the likelihood and potential applications of satellite connectivity on the Apple Watch, as well as new rumours for iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13 operating systems.