New OS releases drop support for older devices

New OS releases mean that some of older devices are left behind. This is true for iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 Ventura.

iOS 16 will not be available for iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and original iPhone SE.

iPadOS 16 will be provided for:

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (5th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

watchOS 9 leaves Apple Watch Series 3 behind. Which is a bit strange since Series 3 are still sold by Apple as entry-level model.

macOS 13 Ventura also drops support for several older Macs. Currently supported are:

  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • ‌iMac‌ Pro
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)
  • MacBook (2017 and later)

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Apple announces new Mac dedicated for Android Studio ;) and it is even called Studio

Apple has finally launched the rumored Mac Studio. The new Mac comes with a wide variety of ports. These include 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports, 10GB Ethernet port, 2 USB-A ports, HDMI port, and pro audio jack. Additionally, ports on the front include two USB-C ports with 10GB/s USB-C 3 data transfer for the M1 Max variant and Thunderbolt 4 for the M1 Ultra one.

Yes new M1 Ultra chip is also here:

The new M1 Ultra uses the company’s UltraFusion architecture, effectively fusing two separate M1 Max chips into a single SoC, offering 128GB of unified memory. The M1 Ultra packs 114 billion transistors and features 800GB/s of memory bandwidth and 2.5TB/s interprocessor bandwidth. The M1 Ultra is a 20-core processor with 16 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores. It has a 32 core Neural engine and a 64-core GPU to power through even the most demanding tasks.

Weekend good reads for Apple developers, issue #15

Good reads for the weekend. Here are some great articles to read.

And that's it, have a nice weekend!

Apple releases first macOS 12.2 Monterey beta

Just after release of macOS 12.1 Monterey Apple publishes first beta of macOS 12.2.

Notable change in new beta is rewrite of Apple Music app. It is now uses native controls instead of web-like experience.

Some reports are attributing this to internal Apple framework called JET which should allow porting of web apps to use native controls on macOS.

Also Apple Silicon Mac users report smoother scrolling in Safari.

Beta download: Beta Software Download

Release notes: macOS Monterey 12.2 Beta Release Notes (release notes do not show any changes for this beta)

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Apple Silicon Macs are quickly taking enterprise share

Jamf report shows quick adoption of Apple Silicon Macs in enterprise.

In just one year, Jamf customers have deployed one million Macs powered by a chip in the M1 family. Nearly three quarters (74%) of Jamf customers have at least one Mac with M1 managed, with MacBook Air being the most popular model.

Jamf press release

Jamf press release: Jamf Announces it Has Helped Customers Deploy One Million Macs Powered by the M1 Family of Chips

Reference: Apple Silicon Macs seeing quick uptake among enterprise users, Jamf reveals

Amazon EC2 now offers M1 Mac mini

Amazon adds M1 Mac minis to EC2 service for faster build times.

The new instances will be available in two regions (US West – Oregon and US East – North Virginia) for $0.6498 per hour, with support for discounts through AWS’ Savings Plans, too. AWS promises that these new machines offer a “60% better price performance over the x86-based EC2 Mac instances for iPhone and Mac app build workloads.”

TechCrunch

AWS News Blog: Use New Amazon EC2 M1 Mac Instances to Build & Test Apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV

Reference: Amazon's EC2 Service to Offer M1 Mac Mini Instances for Faster Build Times,
AWS brings M1 Mac minis to its cloud