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On this week's AppleInsider Podcast, Apple launches its self service repair program, a beta firmware update slightly improves the Studio Display FaceTime camera, Apple Podcasts adds new collections, and there are new iOS and watchOS WWDC rumors.
Apple's new Self Service Repair program is now live. Users can download PDF manuals to repair iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and iPhone SE models, but comparing the cost of parts to AppleCare+, self-repair may be less appealing than users think. Some repairs may require the rental of a 79-pound toolkit that users will need to send back to Apple.
After testing the FaceTime camera update, it's true that there are noticeable improvements to skin tone reproduction and background noise in low-light conditions. However, despite these improvements, we discuss the trade-off of Apple using an ultra-wide camera in the Studio Display instead of a higher-end 12MP lens.
Looking further ahead, reports from Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman claim that upcoming Apple Watch models may support satellite communications. We discuss the likelihood and use case for satellite connectivity on Apple Watch, plus cover new rumors for iOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13.
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Links from the show
- Apple's Self Repair Program vs. Genius Bar: What it costs to fix an iPhone 13
- Self Service Repair - Apple support
- Best Apple Repair Toolkits for iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac
- Right to Repair advocates aren't sold on Apple's Self Service Repair program
- Apple's iPhone repair tool kit that it rents is wheeled and weighs 79 pounds
- Testing Apple's software fix for the Studio Display camera
- Studio Display update 15.5 with webcam fix now available for beta testers
- Apple launches new Darkside, Popped, and tbh Podcasts Collections
- Now Apple Watch may get satellite communications, not just iPhone
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