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Good morning! ☀️ *Tim Cook voice*

Today, we’re discussing the end of #HeatGate, New Macs and iPads potentially incoming, iPhone 16 leaks, and more!

Estimated reading time: 2.5 minutes

📊 Poll

In the last poll, I asked: Did you update to iOS 17?

Here were some of my favorite replies:

No - “I usually don’t upgrade immediately when new iOS is released, I typically wait a few weeks and see how it’s working for everyone else and of course following your videos for possible issues and problems. I then update when I feel that it’s time.”

Yes - “Very cool. Now i just need a spot so i can use the standby mode.. Check-in has been really good for the kids. Can't wait for collab playlists!”

This week: Do you currently use a MacBook or desktop Mac (iMac, Mac mini/Studio/Pro)? More on this later..

Do you use a MacBook or Desktop Mac?

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🔥 #HeatGate Comes to an End

Last week, if you were browsing social media, all you heard about was: “iPhone 15 overheats so much it’s going to explode, OMG Apple is the worst! 😡

Ming Chi Kuo even stated that the issue could lie within the hardware of the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro. He said Apple would need to throttle the performance to fix this issue.

Well, turns out neither of those assumptions were correct…

Apple’s release notes for iOS 17.0.3

Apple released iOS 17.0.3 this week (here’s my video) and it claims to resolve an “issue that may cause iPhone to run warmer than expected.” Key word: iPhone, not iPhone 15 specifically.

Furthermore, Instagram also updated their app on the same day to fix the overheating/battery drain issues that have plagued users since iOS 17 released. Here’s a video about that.

Pair these 2 fixes together and you should have improved battery life and a less “warm” iPhone.

While many speculated that Apple could throttle performance in order to achieve this bug fix, I’ve noticed quite the opposite. My devices (15 Pro Max, 14 Pro Max, 13 Pro) are all running even faster than they were on iOS 17, plus they stay noticeably cooler than before.

This shocked me because I never had issues with overheating, but it made me stop and think… “overheating” is subjective. What’s warm to one person might not be warm to another. Nonetheless, this update made a noticeable change to the heat output on my devices and it is recommended to install for all users.

Has iOS 17.0.3 resolved your overheating issues?

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💻 New Products This Month?

Earlier this year, we heard that Apple would likely be hosting an event in October to unveil new Macs and iPads. But as the year went on, we learned about Apple’s production issues with the M3 chip, and the likelihood of an event dropped.

However, Apple has historically released minor product refreshes (even some major ones) via press release. And that could be what’s in store for us this month, especially after learning that Mac trade-in values have just been adjusted.

According to MacRumors:

Details pertaining to imminent changes to Mac trade-ins provided to MacRumors by a verified source suggest that Apple will likely begin accepting new models for trade-in this month.

Similar changes in June coincided with WWDC, when Apple began accepting trade-ins of the Mac Studio, 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, and 13-inch ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro for credit towards new Apple product purchases. Apple simultaneously launched the 15-inch ‌MacBook Air‌, second-generation ‌Mac Studio‌, and Apple silicon Mac Pro.

As such, it seems plausible that a similar, albeit smaller, expansion of the Macs Apple accepts for trade-in this month may correlate with the launch of at least one new machine around mid-October.

So that is promising. But what Macs could we possibly see in October? We just got new MacBooks, and Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will not launch new M3 MacBook models in 2023.

And rewinding back to July, Mark Gurman said that we could see the announcement of the first Macs with M3 in October. He mentioned that the 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac are all possible.

So with the MacBooks out, that only leaves one possible Mac to launch this month/year: the iMac!

2023 also just so happens to be the 25th anniversary of the iMac! It’s a perfect opportunity for Apple to drop the 24” M3 iMac!

This would be the first iMac refresh since May 2021, since it was skipped during Apple’s M2 phase. So, in theory, this would be a substantial upgrade over the M1 iMac.

So be prepared for more info and if you were considering buying an iMac, hold off for not. Also, don’t be surprised if we see a new iPad on the same day as the new Mac(s), potentially a new iPad Air or iPad mini. The refreshed/redesigned Pro is coming next year.

New iPads?

A new iMac is unlikely to be the only product Apple releases if they do drop a press release refresh later this month. And the only other line of products, aside from the Mac, that have a history of an October-November release are the iPads.

According to 9to5, Apple is working on two new versions of the iPad Air 6th gen, along with the iPad mini 7th gen.

9to5Mac’s sources revealed that Apple still has plans to introduce the iPad mini 7 soon, although the exact timing is still unclear.

When it comes to the iPad Air, Apple may have more ambitious plans for its mid-range tablet. That’s because 9to5Mac’s sources have told us that the company has been experimenting with two new versions of the iPad Air. Codenamed J507 and J508 (also for Wi-Fi and cellular versions), iPad Air 6 is likely to replace iPad Air 5 with a new chip.

So, we might have a more busy October than we were expecting! Stay tuned to see how this shakes out.

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