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Apple unveils the new MacBook Air and a slew of software updates, but remains silent on mixed reality glasses

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Apple has unveiled a slew of updates and features for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Macs and Apple TV, while also announcing a new MacBook Air.

However, it hasn’t revealed any further details about its most-anticipated new product, a new breed of ‘mixed reality’ glasses set to open a new era for virtual reality.

New updates for iPhone include “Apple Pay Later,” which allows people to buy something with Apple Pay but split it across four interest-free payments processed by Apple. The move, which puts the company in competition with the likes of Klarna, will initially be rolled out in the US, but is set to roll out to countries like Ireland at a later date.

Another new feature aims to prevent abusive partners from stalking or harassing their victims. The Safety Check feature removes any access granted to an abusive partner, including a reset of privacy permissions and limited messaging and location availability.

Meanwhile, Apple will now automatically make iPhones work with Mac computers as webcams, while new iPhone lock screen options allow for more information and control when a phone is locked. The latter step aims to avoid the temptation to sink into screen time rabbit holes when simply trying to check a news item or the weather.

Apple also announced a new MacBook Air that is lighter and more powerful than the previous model. The new laptop will be based on Apple’s new M2 chip and will be designed more like the recently launched MacBook Pro laptops.

The Apple Watch is also being updated with a feature called Afib History, which will allow doctors to track a patient’s heart condition more closely, although the feature is currently awaiting FDA approval. Another new app for Apple Watch (and iPhone), Medications, will allow people to track medicines, pills, and other health treatments. Apple says the data is shared on the device and won’t be shared without explicit consent.

Apple’s iPads have also received significant software updates, with more multitasking now available for those who want to use the tablets for work.

However, the company has not commented on its most anticipated new product – the new “mixed reality” smart glasses.

The gadget is widely expected to be Apple’s next big thing, with hopes that it could rival some of the company’s greatest inventions over the past two decades.

“Mixed Reality” glasses are said to be intelligent glasses that mix virtual reality with the possibility of other functions.

Apple is believed to be working on features like VR FaceTime for the headset, which is expected to be released early next year.

Apple is expected to launch the device with several apps and services ready to go, and will also make it easier for other software companies to launch apps for its new system, just as it has done for its iPhone App Store.

It is common knowledge that the glasses will have an operating system like an iPhone or an iPad. That should be called RealityOS.

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