Apple News Roundup June 2022: a product launch event, important end of life announcement, and charger news from the EU.
Apple News Roundup June 2022
Lots of Apple Bytes this month. Apple launched several new products at their developer event June. There’s a handsome new 13 inch MacBook Pro with the new M2 processor that starts at $1699 with 256GB storage. More details about the new 13″ MacBook Pro here. Apple also released their new operating system Mac OS 13 Ventura.
Big End Of Life Announcement for Intel chip products
Apple announced a long list of products that will not support the new Mac OS 13. Included are products that were sold until very recently.
The complete list of “dropped compatibility” Mac OS products:
- iMac (2015-2016)
- MacBook (2016)
- MacBook Air (2015-2017)
- MacBook Pro (2015-2016)
- Mac mini (2014)
- Mac Pro (2013)
Apple also previewed iOS16 which they are expected to release in the fall. Apple also released a shorter list of products that won’t support iOS 16:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 7
- iPhone SE (first generation)
Apple has clearly dropped their previous policy of long term support for their older products. If you’re planning to purchase Mac products this year I would recommend careful planning . You want to make sure you’re investing in a computer that will be supported at least five years. More on How Apple’s fall OS updates should make you think hard about your next purchase here.
EU strikes Lightning
EU is forcing all manufacturers of all mobile phones, tablets and cameras to use standard USB-C charging effective in 2024. Their goal to cut back charging cable e-waste. US lawmakers are pushing for similar legislation.
I wouldn’t be buying a lot lightning cables right now. Also I would wait until Apple releases USB-C charging iThingys before buying. Unless you want to add to your Lightning cables to your 30pin cables.
Update: Brazil is now considering a proposal to mandate USB-C chargers for all smartphones.