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Top Stories: iOS 17.1 Coming Soon, iPhone 16 Pro Rumors, and More


We’re now more than a month past the big iPhone 15 introduction, but things are still chugging along with Apple news and rumors, led by the iOS 17.1 and related updates that will be bringing some changes later this month.

There have also been a number of new rumors about the iPhone 16 and the Mac lineup, while we had a couple of special guests on the most recent episodes of The MacRumors Show, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more!

iOS 17.1 to Launch by October 24

Apple this week made the third beta of iOS 17.1 available to developers and public beta testers. The main change in this beta is tweaked behavior for the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro models.

iOS 17.1 is expected to be released to the public later this month alongside watchOS 10.1 and more. We’ve put together a list of eight new features and changes included in the software update. Notably, there is a tweak to cellular performance for the iPhone 12 in France due to a regulatory ruling, and regulators there have revealed that the update will be made available to the public by October 24.

iPhone 16 Pro Expected to Support Faster ‘5G Advanced’

The next-generation iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will be equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon X75 modem for faster and more power efficient 5G, according to tech analyst Jeff Pu. However, he expects the lower-end iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus models to stick with the Snapdragon X70.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon X75 modem supports the latest “5G Advanced” standard, which is described as “the next phase of 5G” and an “evolution towards 6G.”

Will Apple Release New Macs Soon? Here’s What the Latest Rumors Say

Apple often releases new Macs in the fall, but whether that will happen this year is far from certain. It’s the second week of October now, and there is still no sign that Apple will be hosting an event this month.

To help clear things up, this week we recapped all of the latest rumors about Macs. The next big feature expected for Macs is the M3 chip, which is expected to be a 3nm chip like the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro models.

Things are constantly changing, of course, and even since that recap a new rumor has surfaced claiming we could see updated iMac models with M2 and M2 Pro chips in the near future.

The MacRumors Show: Former Apple Executive Mike Bell Talks AirPort, CarPlay, and More

Last week, we had YouTuber and content creator Sara Dietschy joining Dan and Hartley on The MacRumors Show to discuss some of her favorite Apple accessories and more, while former Apple executive Mike Bell made an appearance this week to talk about some of his projects during his time at Apple, his current work at Lucid Motors, and more.

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Apple Releases New Firmware for AirPods Pro 2

Apple this week introduced new firmware for both the AirPods Pro 2 with Lightning port and the ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 with USB-C port. The new firmware is 6A303, up from the 6A301 update that was released in September.

Apple’s release notes only mention unspecified bug fixes and other improvements, so we don’t know details on what’s new, but there are likely some refinements to new ‌AirPods Pro‌ 2 features added in iOS 17 such as Adaptive Audio, Conversation Awareness, and Personalized Volume.

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