Like they said they would, Apple dropped the first public betas for iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, and more in July. This lets many users try out the software before the official versions launch in 2022.
We also heard some big rumors about the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro this week. Word is it could get a total redesign! On the Mac side, Apple might test a huge new iMac with a 32-inch screen.
And macOS Sonoma could let you use iCloud Keychain with browsers like Chrome and Edge, not just Safari. So I'm going to tell you all these cool new features, big rumors, and much more in this article - so buckle up!
Overview of iOS 17 Beta
The iOS 17 beta introduces several new features and improvements for iPhone users. One of the most notable is a new StandBy mode that disables incoming notifications and dims the Lock Screen when enabled. This helps minimize distractions when you need to focus.
The autocorrect keyboard in iOS 17 is more advanced and offers better predictive text and typing suggestions. Interactivity has also been added to Home Screen widgets, allowing quick actions without opening apps.
Other iOS 17 features include offline use of Apple Maps, allowing navigation and searches even without an internet connection. The beta also adds a "Save to Photos" option when taking full-page screenshots in apps like Safari, Notes, and Maps.
iOS 17 will be released to the public in September, likely alongside the launch of the iPhone 15 lineup. It will be compatible with iPhone XS models and newer.
Rumored Features for iPhone 15 Pro Models
While not confirmed, rumors suggest the iPhone 15 Pro models will include several significant hardware changes in September. These include:
- Switch to USB-C port instead of Lightning
- Customizable new Action button with programmable tap and hold functions
- Titanium frame for improved durability
- Upgraded A17 Bionic chip for faster performance
- Even thinner display bezels for a near-all-screen design
The iPhone 15 Pro Max may also get an upgraded Telephoto lens with periscope technology, allowing up to 6x optical zoom.
iMac News and Rumors
On the Mac side, rumors suggest Apple is testing larger iMac models to replace the recently discontinued 27-inch iMac. One potential size is a 32-inch iMac, Apple's largest all-in-one desktop display.
The iMac Pro was also discontinued, leaving an opening for a new high-end iMac with Apple silicon inside. This new model will likely have a display larger than 27 inches.
macOS Sonoma Changes
The macOS Sonoma beta, like iOS 17, includes some exciting improvements. One of the most useful is support for using iCloud Keychain with third-party browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
Previously, iCloud Keychain password syncing was only available in Safari on the Mac. The beta brings integration with other browsers using the iCloud Passwords extension.
The public betas for iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma give Apple users an early look at the new features and updates this fall. The iOS 17 beta showcases enhancements like StandBy mode, better Maps and screenshots, and productivity improvements.
Rumors point to an exciting iPhone 15 Pro redesign as well. On the Mac side, larger iMacs and iCloud Keychain expansion are anticipated. The public release is expected in September alongside the new iPhone models.