πŸ“² Confirmed design changes in the iPhone 16 line-up πŸ€”

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Hey Geeks! Dhvanesh here, your friendly neighborhood Apple enthusiast and editor-in-chief of iGeeksBlog+.

In this edition, we're thrilled to share some tantalising leaks and insights from the world of Apple. From the highly anticipated iPhone 16's confirmed design changes to whispers of personal robotics as Apple's next skunk-works project, the excitement is palpable.

Additionally, prepare for a glimpse into the future with leaks suggesting a visionOS-like redesign for iOS 18 and a significant AI boost expected in macOS 15. Stay tuned for more updates as WWDC 2024 is just around the corner.

In this issue, you'll find:

πŸ’‘ 4 Things To Know This Week

βš™οΈ 3 Hacks You Should Try This Week

πŸ”Œ MageSafe Monday

πŸ“² 3 Apps You Should Download This Week

πŸ–ΌοΈ Wallpaper of The Week

πŸ’‘ 4 Things To Know This Week

πŸ”₯ New iPhone 16 leak confirms design changes across the lineup link​

There's been a flurry of leaks recently about the upcoming iPhone 16 lineup, and here's a breakdown of the latest info:

  • All iPhone 16 models might get an Action Button replacing the mute switch and the volume buttons on the left.
  • A mysterious new button appears on the right, possibly a camera shutter button or a disguised SIM tray.
  • Expect a design change for the camera bump: the iPhone 16/Plus will have a new design, and the iPhone 16 Pro/Max will have a tweaked square layout.

πŸ€– Apple is working on personal robotics as the next skunk-works project link​

  • Apple is exploring personal robotics with a mobile robot that can follow users around their homes and a table-top robotic device with a moving display.
  • The table-top robotic device seems to be further along in development and could mimic head movements and lock on to a single person during a video call.
  • Apple is facing challenges of affordability and getting executive approval but there are signs that the project is moving forward.

πŸ₯½ iOS 18 design leak promises the visionOS-like redesign everyone wants link​

  • Shiny Update Ahead? Leaked Image Hints at Glassy Redesign for iOS 18: Get ready for a possible shimmer on your iPhone! A leaked image suggests iOS 18 might adopt a new, glassy design aesthetic inspired by the Apple Vision Pro. Think sleek buttons with reflective edges for a more premium look.
  • Subtle Shift or Big Makeover? While the leak hints at a visual refresh, it's important to note it's unconfirmed. Rumors suggest a more substantial redesign could be coming, but Bloomberg claims it won't be a complete overhaul of the current iOS design.
  • WWDC Holds the Key: The official reveal will be held at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

πŸ€– macOS 15 will get a big AI boost: what to expect at WWDC 2024 link​

Apple's big developer conference, WWDC, is coming up, and there's a lot of buzz about artificial intelligence (AI) making a big splash on both macOS and iOS. Here's a quick rundown of what to expect:

  • Siri Gets a Superpower Boost: Apple's assistant is in for a major upgrade, with rumors of a billion-dollar investment in AI and the potential for features like generating creative text formats.
  • AI Across Your Mac: Look out for AI-powered features in your favorite apps. iWork might get smarter with auto-completion and summarization tools, while Apple Music could curate custom playlists just for you.
  • Xcode Gets an AI Edge: Developers Rejoice! New tools in Xcode might use AI to predict and write code blocks, saving you time and frustration.
  • Accessibility Features Get a Tune-up: Apple is committed to making its products accessible to everyone. Expect improvements to features like Voice Shortcuts and Live Speech, which will make it easier to interact with your Mac.

βš™οΈ 3 Hacks You Should Try This Week

πŸ’» 5 killer hacks of macOS Sonoma link​

macOS Sonoma dropped 6 months back. But did you catch these new killer features when you upgraded?

  • Turn any webpage into an app: Ditch browser tabs! Just add the webpage to your Dock for easy access like a regular app.
  • Emoji party!: Stuck for the right emoji? Press Control + Command + Space and get suggestions based on your last word.
  • Beef up your desktop: Add interactive widgets directly from your iPhone, even without the corresponding app installed. Plus, enjoy stunning slow-motion screen savers from around the world.

πŸ“‡ How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on iPhone link​

  • Learn how to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on your iPhone by adding phonetic spellings in your contacts.
  • Use specific commands to correct Siri's pronunciation and improve your experience with virtual assistants.

πŸ”“ How to Automatically Toggle iPhone Orientation Lock for Specific Apps link​

  • Let's learn to make iOS automatically toggle the iPhone Orientation Lock for certain apps.
  • Certain apps, such as YouTube or the Photos app, work better with the Orientation Lock disabled but switching it on and off manually can be inconvenient.
  • The solution is to create a personal automation in the Shortcuts app that will enable and disable Orientation Lock for specific apps automatically.

πŸ”Œ MagSafe Monday

πŸ”‹Snap Phone Tripod Stand MOVAS​

The Phone Stand That Does It All

Here's what you'll love about the MOVAS:

  • Versatile and Adjustable: The Snap Phone Tripod Stand MOVAS can be easily adjusted to fit your needs. It can unfold to an impressive 8 inches in height, and the phone can be switched between horizontal and vertical mode for finding the best angle.
  • Three Viewing Modes: The tripod uses strong magnets and a hinge mechanism to allow for three adjustable modes: Floating Mode, Vlogging Mode, and Stand Mode. It also folds into a selfie grip, making it perfect for capturing photos and videos on the go.
  • Durable and Sustainable: The MOVAS stand is made from MOVAS-E Series vegan leather, which is designed to be soft, durable, sustainable, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly.
  • Record Life: This versatile stand folds easily into a selfie grip, so you're always ready to snap a photo or record a video. Whether you're documenting your daily adventures or capturing a special occasion, the MOVASβ„’ is there to help you get the perfect shot.

πŸ“² 3 Apps You Should Download This Week

1️⃣ App Lock link​

  • Lock & Hide Apps with Ease: Secure your iPhone apps with Face ID/Touch ID or hide them completely. App Lock simplifies app security using your device's built-in Screen Time features.
  • Organized Locking & Batch Actions: No more app hunting! Lock or hide multiple apps at once by category (e.g., lock all banking apps).
  • Faster Lock & Stronger Security: Skip time limits! App Lock instantly secures apps and requires both biometrics and a PIN for access. It even offers advanced security options.

2️⃣ Tide Guide: Charts & Tables link​

  • Tide Guide is a thoughtfully designed tide and marine weather conditions tracker. With helpful Live Activities and powerful interactive widgets, it’s ideal for surfers, boaters, beach lovers, and anyone interested in the tides.
  • What you will love is accessing key information on the Apple Watch. Tide Guide’s comprehensive global maps, detailed weather forecasts, and dynamic charts are easy to glimpse from your watch - and look gorgeous.
  • Here's a quick tip for you to catch every stunning sunset or seasonal supermoon: Use Tide Guide’s solunar data. The app tracks the lunar calendar and can display detailed solunar times, such as nautical dawn or dusk.

3️⃣ Bacon - The Game link​

  • What would you do with a frying pan, an endless supply of bacon, and a burning desire to flip those strips onto something? In Bacon – The Game, you’ll have a blast flinging sizzling meat at just the right angle to stick the landing on all sorts of absurd objects.
  • What you may love is the boundless creativity. Hundreds of levels pose delightfully deranged targets – including a T. rex, a toilet, and philosopher Francis Bacon – and the game stretches its challenging physics-based play in equally clever ways. Want to baconise the moon? You’ll have to contend with low gravity, which sends strips floating into space.
  • A quick tip for you is that nailing targets is all about timing, not power. If you’re over- or undershooting, try changing the spot where the bacon drops in or flipping it a bit sooner (or later). If all else fails, just skip to the next shot.

πŸ–ΌοΈ Wallpaper of The Week

Perhaps your temporary break from the bean has backfired, brewing a storm of coffee-themed wallpapers!

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