Headlines: iOS 16.4 beta, iPhone 15 rumours, headset lag and more

Apple news and rumors continue to circulate, with new reports emerging this week about the iPhone 15 range, a rumored 15-inch MacBook Air and Apple’s AR/VR headset.

This week also saw the release of iOS 16.3.1 with some bug fixes and security updates, while Apple started a new round of beta testing with iOS 16.4 and its versions with some significant changes, so read on below for all the details!

Everything new in iOS 16.4: emoji characters, web push notifications, easier beta installation and more

More than three weeks after releasing iOS 16.3 and associated updates to the public, Apple has finally started making its next batch of beta versions available for testing. iOS 16.4 comes with a host of new features and improvements like new emoji characters, support for web push notifications, updates to the Podcasts app, and more.

Along with iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4, Apple also made the early betas of macOS Ventura 13.3, watchOS 9.4, and tvOS 16.4 available to developers, and a public release for everyone should come in a month or two.

The iPhone 15 Pro is again said to have ultra-thin bezels like the Apple Watch

A recent iPhone 15 rumor reiterates claims that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models will feature ultra-thin display bezels similar to those on recent Apple Watch models. The bezels can also curve down at the edges of the device, although the display itself remains flat.

A new set of renders of the rumored iPhone 15 Pro based on a case maker’s leak backs claims of thinner bezels, showing a slightly thinner overall design but with a thicker camera hump. A leaked photo also appears to show the device’s USB-C connector, which will replace Lightning.

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The 15-inch MacBook Air is rumored to launch in April when display production begins

We’ve been hearing about a potential 15-inch MacBook Air model for a few months, and a recent rumor suggests it could launch in the relatively near future.

Apple’s supply chain partners have started producing display panels for the new model, according to display analyst Ross Young, while DigiTimes claims the machine will launch next quarter and will feature Apple’s M2 chip.

Apple postpones AR/VR headset debut to June

With Apple’s internal timeline for launching its long-rumored AR/VR headset pushed back multiple times, it looks like it’s been delayed yet again. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the company now plans to show it for the first time at WWDC in June, rather than an April event.

Apple had planned to give the headset a high-profile reveal at an event in April before giving more detailed information to developers at its developer conference, but it now seems the launch will happen all at once in June due to ongoing issues with both hardware and software. Apple is reportedly still aiming to launch the headset before the end of the year.

Apple releases iOS 16.3.1 with iCloud Fix, Crash Detection tweaks and more

Ahead of the iOS 16.4 beta, Apple released an iOS 16.3.1 update to all users this week, which includes a handful of bug fixes for iCloud settings, Siri requests in Find My, and Crash Detection on iPhone 14 models, as well as a few important security updates.

One of the security fixes in iOS 16.3.1 and macOS Ventura 13.2.1 is important because it addresses a vulnerability that may have been actively exploited.

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