Sam Kohl

Sam Kohl, also known professionally as iupdate, is an American YouTuber and blogger, best known for his Apple-focused videos as well as his podcast, Genius Bar. The name of his YouTube channel was originally iupdateos, which was started in March 2013. As of June 2021, he has over 310 thousand subscribers and over 78 million total video views. Kohl started AppleTrack, a bite-sized Apple blog, in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oh no. This is Apple’s horrible new notch for iPhone 14.

The rumor: Apple is nixing the notch in favor of a dual-cutout design, according to Ross Young (100% accurate). On iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple is apparently planning to place 2 cutouts in the display for the camera and Face ID array…rather than a larger single cutout to house them both

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Apple releases iOS/iPadOS 15.2.1 update with bug fixes

The news: Apple’s first software update of 2022, iOS 15.2.1, is now rolling out to compatible devices. What’s new, according to Apple’s release notes… (via 9to5Mac) Messages may not load photos sent using an iCloud Link Third-party CarPlay apps may not respond to input Our take: Looks like a pair of minor fixes here, but

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Apple discontinues Beats Pill+ speaker and now doesn’t sell any Bluetooth speakers

The news: Apple’s first cancelation of 2022 has been the quite removal of the outdated Beats Pill+ speaker, as first spotted by 9to5Mac. The speaker, which launched in 2015, is no longer available for sale from Apple or Beats…even though the companies haven’t publicly made a statement about the product’s future yet With this being

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Apple’s VR headset won’t help you live in the metaverse

The rumor: Apple’s entry into the virtual reality headset market will be a stark departure from their competition, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On). “I’ve been told pretty directly that the idea of a completely virtual world where users can escape to — like they can in Meta Platforms/Facebook’s vision of the

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Apple holding March/April event to launch new iPhone SE

The rumor: Apple is planning to hold their first virtual event of the year in the Spring, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On). “Apple’s first virtual event of 2022 is coming up in just a few short months and is likely to take place in either March or April, I’m told” Gurman

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This may be the iPhone 14’s all-new “notch”

The rumor: Apple’s smaller notch introduced on iPhone 13 may be short-lived, according to Dylandkt (77.5% accurate). Apple is planning to replace the notch with a “pill shaped” cutout with the camera and Face ID hardware placed under the display for the first time An image of what the the pill-shaped design could look like

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Apple Books+ could launch later this year

The rumor: Apple may be launching an audiobooks subscription service later this year, according to The Economist (not yet tracked, via 9to5Mac). The new report suggests that Apple could be expanding their services empire to audiobooks sometime in 2022…but not additional details were provided by The Economist Apple’s services currently include Apple Music, Apple TV+,

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2023 iPhones again rumored to include 10x zoom periscope lens

The rumor: Apple is working on the biggest upgrade yet for their telephoto zoom lens, according to Jeff Pu (53.3% accurate, via MacRumors). At least one new iPhone releasing in 2023 is said to include this new 10x zoom lens that will allow users to optically zoom without losing quality We first heard about a

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Apple’s M2 chip will have 8-core CPU with improved GPU

The rumor: The follow-up to Apple’s game-changing M1 chip will be a minor upgrade, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On). “From what I’m hearing, the M2 will be a marginally faster version of the M1 chip from late 2020. I’d expect the same overall CPU core count—4 high-performance cores and 4 energy-efficient

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Apple’s next external display is said to cost around $2,499

The rumor: Apple is making a new monitor that still won’t be affordable for most, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On). Gurman reports that Apple is working on a new external display that is “destined to be about half the price of the Pro Display XDR,” Apple’s flagship monitor that currently retails

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All Macs will have Apple Silicon by June 2022 (rumor)

The rumor: Apple will complete their transition to Apple Silicon within the next six months, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On). “I’d expect Apple to finish its transition to its own silicon from Intel chips as early as June at WWDC 2022. That includes a smaller Mac Pro with up to 40

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