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Apple Working On New Device That Will Allow Stores To Update Unopened iPhones – News18

Curated By: Shaurya Sharma

Last Updated: October 16, 2023, 07:30 IST

Cupertino, California, USA

Apple may start offering iPhones with latest updates installed.

Apple is developing a “pad-like” device that can wirelessly update the iPhone inside their boxes and later power them down, Bloomberg has reported.

We have often seen phones being shipped and sold without the latest available software update, and of course, this consumes time during or after the setup—be it iPhones or Android devices. Not only does the overall process become lengthy, but it also makes it less ideal for someone who wants to use their phone right away—without any of the initial software bugs. But now, Apple seems to be working on fixing this situation.

According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is developing a “pad-like” device that can store packaged iPhones on top of it. It would wirelessly update the phones inside the box and later power them down—all while keeping the phone’s packaging and seals intact.

Notably, in the recent past, Apple itself had to address issues with the iPhone 15 Pro’s iOS 17 version, which could cause the phone to overheat. However, a patch, iOS 17.0.1, was released to resolve these heating concerns for the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Pro. In such situations, Apple’s purported updating pad device—or whatever Apple might internally call it (as it is not a consumer-facing product), could prove to be quite useful.

Gurman says that this device could begin rolling out across Apple Stores before the end of the year. However, it’s possible that we may never hear about such a device being present with Apple—as it could be something employees use behind closed doors; rather than being consumer-facing.

With that said, if this does happen, it would certainly provide a better experience for consumers buying new iPhones because it would allow them to unbox iPhones with the latest software pre-installed. 

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