Top stories: iPhone 15 Pro prices, new iOS 16.4 Beta, Siri vs. ChatGPT and more

Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone models have been starting at $999 in the US since they first launched in 2017 with the iPhone X, but could this finally be the year the starting price goes up?

This week also saw more rumors about Apple’s upcoming headsets, the company’s research into the burgeoning AI industry, and the release of another round of beta updates, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!

The price of the iPhone 15 Pro is predicted to rise for the first time since the iPhone X

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models may be more expensive than the current models.

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Technology analyst Jeff Pu said in a research note this week that he believes prices for the iPhone 15 Pro models will rise due to several rumored hardware upgrades, including a titanium frame, solid-state buttons with additional taptic motors for haptic feedback, and camera improvements. , increased RAM, USB-C port and more.

The higher-end/Pro-level iPhone has started at $999 since the iPhone X was released in 2017.

Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook orders headset launch despite designers wanting to wait for AR glasses

Apple is expected to unveil the long-rumored AR/VR headset at WWDC in June after several years of development.

The Financial Times this week reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook approved the launch of the headset, even though some of the company’s designers wanted to wait for lightweight AR glasses. The current headset is expected to be a bulkier device with a head strap.

Apple Seeds offers the fourth beta version of iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4

The fourth beta version of iOS 16.4 was released to developers and public beta testers this week. Apple says the update will be released in the spring.

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iOS 16.4 includes a handful of new features and changes, including support for website push notifications, improvements to the Podcasts app, new emoji options, and a new way to install beta software that makes it harder to get the iOS 17 developer beta for free.

Refurbished iPhone 13 models now available at Apple’s US store

Apple this week began selling refurbished iPhone 13 models through its online store in the US for the first time since the devices launched in 2021.

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All four models are listed in the refurbished store, including the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, but availability varies over time. The devices are over 15% off Apple’s original brand new pricing.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus in yellow were released this week

Yes, it’s just a new color, but the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are now available in a yellow finish following Apple’s announcement earlier this month.

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The launch of the new color brings new attention to the iPhone 14 series, which was launched in September 2022. There are no other changes to the devices besides the yellow finish, so consider waiting for the iPhone 15 later this year if you are interested in the new features.

Apple engineers are said to be exploring AI like ChatGPT despite Siri’s design flaws

Amid the rise of AI-powered chatbots like ChatGPT, this week’s report New York Times claims that Apple engineers have recently tested the concepts of creating languages.

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A separate report from 9-5Mac this week also highlighted Siri-related language generation code in Apple TV’s tvOS, but it’s unclear what Apple plans for this rapidly evolving technology.

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