Apple Leaks Surprise Upgrades In New iPhone Release

05/17 Update below. This post was originally published on May 14

Leakers have already revealed Apple’s controversial iPhone 14 release strategy, and now Apple itself has accidentally exposed its next big hardware upgrades.

In his popular Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that code in Apple’s second iOS 15.5 beta release refers to the company’s next generation of unannounced Macs. And they are coming a lot sooner than you think.

05/16 Update: Gurman has now leaked further details of Apple’s upcoming iOS software. Writing in his latest Power On newsletter, he reveals that iOS 16 — Apple’s next generation of iOS, which will launch in conjunction with the company’s iPhone 14 range of smartphones — contains “major changes across the system”.

Gurman states that these include an array of “fresh Apple apps” as well as, intriguingly, “new ways of interacting” with the operating system. The first of these is well overdue with a number of Apple’s core iOS apps starting to look long in the tooth. But it is the latter which excites most.

Gurman offers no details, but with Google recently rolling out its ‘Look and Talk’ feature to its Nest Hub smart devices, I wonder if Apple may be working on something similar. Look to Talk uses facial recognition to see when you are looking at the device and eliminating the need for the clunky “Ok/Hey Google” command. Google warns results may be hit and miss, but iPhones (with their vastly superior Face ID recognition) should be far superior at this task and Siri desperately needs a win after falling far behind Google Assistant and Alexa in recent years.

05/17 Update: respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shed further light on Apple’s hardware plans today, revealing that Apple is pressing on with its plans to develop a foldable iPhone. And, in typical Apple style, it is very different to anything we have seen in the so-called ‘follables’ space before.

Kuo states that Apple is currently testing a new Electronic Paper Display (EPD) made by E Ink for the cover screen on a foldable iPhone/iPad hybrid device. Unlike most EPD displays, which are…