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3D printing for Apple iPhone 15, new Magic Keyboard for iPad

Allegedly, Apple wants to 3D print the iPhone 15 series to improve production and bring a new Magic Keyboard for the iPad.
Apple iPhone 15

Apple has finally (involuntarily) decided to switch from the Lightning connector to USB-C on its iPhones. This change has been delayed for years but can no longer be postponed due to EU directives. According to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, the Californians also want to use 3D printers for the Apple iPhone 15 series to improve device production. In addition, the company is working on a new Magic Keyboard for the iPad, which should be reminiscent of a notebook keyboard. After all, iOS 17 should be almost ready.

Apple’s transition to the USB-C port

With the switch from Lightning to USB-C connectors for iPhones, users can finally use a single charging cable for iPhones, MacBooks and iPads. It also increases data transfer speeds and compatibility with non-Apple chargers. Gurman says the new iPhones will also come with a USB-C cable. However, Apple has also been promoting wireless charging options such as MagSafe for the past two years.

However, to ensure a smooth transition, Apple also produces Lightning to USB-C adapters. Despite the included USB-C cable, you’ll probably have to buy your own charger.

3D printing for device production

Apple is also currently researching 3D printing technology to speed up device production and reduce waste. 3D printing cases allows Apple to use high-quality metals like stainless steel and titanium more efficiently, which should start with the Apple Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2. In the future, Apple could also 3D print iPhones and iPads.

New Magic Keyboard for iPad

Apple also plans to release a revamped Magic Keyboard for the iPad. The keyboard will have a larger trackpad and an aluminum top case, which should contribute to a high-quality design and a more stable housing. A USB-C connection is also used here.

14 inch iPad

Although Apple has been thinking about introducing a 14-inch iPad, there seem to be no concrete plans at the moment. However, the transition to OLED displays and the M3 chipset already means higher costs and technical challenges. Therefore, the first iPad Pro models with larger displays are expected to reach 13 inches in 2024.

iOS 17

Apple is currently approaching the final version of iOS 17 with several betas. The software will celebrate its premiere on the iPhone 15 series. iPadOS 17.0 will likely launch at the same time as iOS 17.0, contrary to Apple’s previous schedules.

The launch event for the Apple iPhone 15 begins on September 12, 2023 at 10:00 am PST (7:00 pm CEST).


Toni Hobrecht
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