Top Stories: Apple launches credentials in Wallet app, iFixit tears down Mac Studio, 15-inch MacBook in 2023?

Reactions to the new Mac Studio and Studio Display continue to pour in now that users have finally gotten the products into their hands, but we’re also seeing other news and rumors intensifying as we look to what’s to come next. this year and beyond.

Big news this week was the long-awaited launch of digital driver’s licenses on the iPhone and Apple Watch. The feature is only available in one US state so far, but more are coming soon. Otherwise, this week has seen a bunch of rumors about future updates to Apple’s laptop and iPhone lineups, and a potential new option on how to pay for your Apple products, so read on for all the details !

Apple Launches Digital Driver’s License Feature for iPhone in Arizona, More States Coming Soon

Apple announced this week that Arizona residents can now add their driver’s license or ID card to the Wallet app on iPhone and Apple Watch, providing a convenient, contactless way to view proof of identity or age. The feature requires an iPhone 8 or later running iOS 15.4, or an Apple Watch Series 4 or later running watchOS 8.4 or later.

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Arizona is the first US state to support IDs in the Wallet app, and 11 other states have committed to offering this feature.

After adding a driver’s license or ID to the Wallet app, users can simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch on an ID reader at select TSA security checkpoints at select airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International. The feature is secured by Face ID or Touch ID.

iFixit demolishes Mac Studio and Studio Display

Repair website iFixit has shared a new video in which it disassembles Apple’s new Mac Studio and its companion Studio Display.

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iFixit is still working on its more detailed traditional teardowns, but the video provides some interesting details about the ‌Mac Studio‌, including that same-capacity storage replacements are possible.

As for the Studio Display, it was discovered this week that the monitor comes equipped with 64GB of storage and is running a full version of iOS 15.4.

For more on Mac Studio and Studio Display, check out the most recent episode of The MacRumors Showwith special guest Rene Ritchie.

Larger 15-inch MacBook expected in 2023

Apple is developing a larger 15-inch MacBook that could be released in 2023, according to research shared by Display Supply Chain Consultants. Tracking information says the screen will be 15.2-inches, but it won’t feature 120Hz mini-LED or ProMotion technology and possibly not, and sources have differed on whether it will be marketed as a than MacBook Air or something else.

MacBook Air 15 Flat Feature
In its newsletter last year, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said Apple was considering building a 15-inch MacBook Air, but decided not to go ahead with the “next-gen” idea, suggesting the rumored 2022 MacBook Air with an M2 chip will remain a 13 inch mockup.

Apple’s Studio Display vs. LG’s UltraFine 5K Display

When Apple unveiled the Studio Display earlier this month, it immediately drew comparisons to LG’s UltraFine 5K display released in 2016.

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Both displays feature a 27-inch screen size with 5K resolution, but the Studio Display has a $300 higher starting price, so we decided to compare the two displays to see which is better. value for money.

Watch our Apple Studio Display vs. LG UltraFine 5K Display video to see the winner.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max schematics leaked

While we’re still likely just under six months away from Apple unveiling its so-called “iPhone 14” lineup, leaked schematics have revealed potential details about the upcoming Pro models.

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Specifically, the schematics show that the ‘iPhone 14 Pro’ and ‘iPhone 14 Pro Max’ could feature a larger rear camera bump and a slightly thicker overall design compared to the iPhone 13 Pro models.

Further, it was said this week that the iPhone 15 Pro models could feature an under-display Face ID system developed by Samsung.

Apple Developer Materials Subscription Service for iPhone and Other Devices

Apple is developing a hardware subscription service that would allow customers to “subscribe” and receive an iPhone or other Apple device as part of their subscription, according to Bloombergis Mark Gurman.

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Apple is reportedly aiming to make the process of buying an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ “equivalent” to buying ‌iCloud‌ storage or paying for an Apple Music subscription, with customers able to subscribe to the hardware with their Apple ID and their App Store account.

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