Apple VR, iPhone 14, and iMessage controversy – An exclusive interview with Rene Ritchie

On this special episode of the AppleInsider podcast, we interview Apple pundit Rene Ritchie and discuss the Apple VR headset, what he hopes to see in future versions of iPhone, and whether iMessage lock-in is Apple’s problem.

Rene Ritchie has been covering Apple since 2008 and is now an independent journalist creating in-depth videos on YouTube. We kick off the show discussing how Apple could differentiate its VR headset from competitors while leveraging services like Fitness+ and Apple Arcade.Lossless audio could be coming to the next version of AirPods Pro but would require new wireless technologies to provide enough bandwidth. We discuss future audio technologies and whether Apple would still support Bluetooth wireless in AirPods.

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South China Morning Post:
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
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Reuters:
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