This week’s best stories: iOS 15 public beta, Apple’s return to work in person, and more


In this week’s featured articles: Apple is stepping up its efforts to get back to work in person, larger iPads in development, more iOS 15 beta news, and more. Read on for all of this week’s best stories and more.

Apple’s return to work plan

Despite employee reaction, Apple is doubling down on its plan to return to work in person starting in September. In a new video this week, Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and personnel, said Apple believes “in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future.” .

“If we take a moment to reflect on our incredible product launches this year, the product and launch execution was built on the years of hard work we did when we were all together in person.”

Apple says remote work decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and all future remote workstations will require management approval.

iOS 15 public beta

Apple officially began public beta testing of iOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey this week. This allows anyone to try out new iPhone features later this year in beta form. iOS 15 brings new features to FaceTime, notifications upgrades, Focus, SharePlay and more.

If you want to sign up for Apple’s public beta testing program, you can do so through Apple’s website here. The new version of Apple’s software won’t be complete until the fall, when it will be released to the public. Testers should still expect performance and stability issues when running the iOS 15 Public Beta on major devices for now.

Larger iPads in Development

Bloomberg Mark Gurman reported this week that Apple is exploring future iPad designs with larger screens. Gurman says any further change in iPad screen size is at least “a few years down the road” and has yet to leave the exploratory stages.

The new iPads could be anywhere from 14 to 16 inches, which is a noticeable increase over the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro. As productivity on iPadOS increases, so does the demand for more screen space to get work done and facilitate multitasking use cases.

Those and the rest of this week’s best stories below.

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