Top Stories: Apple’s DIY Repair Program Test, Apple Watch Series 8 Rumor, and More


We’re only a month away from WWDC, and excitement is building with Apple preparing to open a lottery for a limited number of developer spots to attend a visit to Apple Park.

This week, we also had the chance to try out Apple’s new self-service repair program ourselves, as we heard Apple Watch Series 8 rumors, took a closer look at Jony’s departure Ive from Apple, and more, so read below for all the details on these stories and more!

Testing Apple’s Self-Repair Program with an iPhone 12 Mini Battery Fix

Apple recently launched its self-service repair program in the United States, starting with iPhone 12 models, iPhone 13 models, and the third-generation iPhone SE. Under the program, Apple provides customers with select iPhone parts, tools, and manuals to complete the repairs.

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We were curious how the self-service repair program works and how it compares to the simplicity of bringing a product to Apple for repair, so we had MacRumors Videographer Dan Barbera orders a repair kit to replace the battery inside an iPhone 12 mini.

As someone unfamiliar with fixing iPhones, Dan described the process as a “big mistake” – watch the video to find out why.

Apple Watch Series 8 may feature a body temperature sensor

According to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple Watch Series 8 models could be equipped with a body temperature sensor if the underlying algorithms are able to meet Apple’s high standards.

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Kuo said the body temperature sensor was originally planned for the Apple Watch Series 7 last year, but Apple reportedly postponed the feature during development due to dissatisfaction with the algorithms.

Developers can apply for the chance to watch the WWDC 2022 keynote at Apple Park starting May 9

While WWDC will once again be a virtual event this year due to the pandemic, some lucky developers will be able to watch the Keynote and State of the Union videos in person at Apple Park on June 6.

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Participation in the event is free and open to developers and Swift Student Challenge 2022 applicants. Invitations will be awarded through a random selection process, with developers able to submit an application starting May 9.

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5

Apple is expected to announce iOS 16 at WWDC next month, and ahead of time, the company continues to test a minor iOS 15.5 update.

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Apple launched the fourth betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to developers and public beta testers this week, with only minor new features and changes discovered so far. Apple also launched the fourth betas of macOS Monterey 12.4, watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5.

Microsoft Edge overtakes Safari as the world’s second most popular desktop browser

Microsoft Edge has overtaken Apple’s Safari to become the world’s second most popular desktop browser, based on data shared by web analytics service StatCounter. Google Chrome remains in first place.

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As the default Windows 11 browser, Edge’s popularity has grown in recent months, allowing it to overtake Safari usage in April 2022. The ranking represents desktop browser usage only, excluding mobile browsers.

‘After Steve’ examines the tensions that led to Jony Ive’s departure from Apple

Technology journalist Tripp Mickle released a new book about Apple this week called “After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul” which provides insight into the tensions between Apple CEO Tim Cook and the former head of design Jony Ive which ultimately led to Ive’s departure from the company.

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Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who led the teams that created the original iPod and iPhone, also released a book this week called “Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making.”

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