The leakers revealed many of the best features of the iPhone 14 lineup along with some concerns. But after already leaking a telling upgrade, a new error from Apple has accidentally leaked other upgrades that millions of iPhone and iPad users will benefit from.
The blunder was spotted by 9to5Mac while digging through the source code of Apple’s new iOS 15.5 beta. Although this is the latest publicly available iPhone software, the Apple code refers to enhanced Focus and News functionality for “a device with newer software”, as well as exclusive upgrades that do not are “no longer fully supported on older devices”.
In the 9to5Mac notes, the strings of code not only shed light on Apple’s upcoming plans (and a Focus mode overhaul, in particular, would be massive for an increasingly distracted society), but also a range of product reductions with the company ready to untie another generation of older iPhones and iPads. iOS 15/iPadOS 15 currently supports iPhone 6S (2015) and newer and iPad Mini 4 (2015) and newer, so owners of these devices may be forced to upgrade this year.
Additionally, Apple’s code ties into leaks from respected Bloomberg Apple writer Mark Gurman, who claims there will be “pretty significant improvement [of iOS/iPadOS] across the board,” including a long-awaited overhaul of notifications. As is Apple tradition, you can also expect many of these features to be exclusive to the new iPhone 14 lineup – again something that’s hinted at in the new code references.
I wouldn’t expect relationships to end here. Apple has consistently laid out its own plans through the inclusion of futuristic source code in iOS releases and with the first beta of iOS 16 due to arrive in June, expect the floodgates to open.
And they might need it. The current narrative sees the iPhone 14 lineup as somewhat outdated with leaks revealing that the standard model will be virtually identical to the iPhone 13 (even in terms of performance), while the Pro models have a new split-hole dual punch-hole display. and higher prices.
Yes, the lineup’s oversized new cameras will turn heads, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple “accidentally” leak additional iPhone 14 features in the iOS 16 beta code to heighten the excitement.
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