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We’re now less than 24 hours away from Apple’s highly anticipated WWDC 2014 keynote. Beginning at 10 AM PST tomorrow, Tim Cook and other executives will take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to give us all a glimpse of the company’s future.

We don’t know exactly what’s going to be talked about, outside of new versions of OS X and iOS, but the rumor mill has provided us with a bevy of possibilities. So, as we do every year, we’ve put together a roundup of all the things we’re expecting Apple to announce…

The following information is based on a large collection of rumors, reports and screenshot leaks we’ve collected over the past several months. Most of it comes from reliable sources, like 9to5Mac’s oft-accurate Mark Gurman, but other stuff comes from analyst predictions, developer tool evidence, and general speculation. So keep this in mind as you read through the roundup.

OS X 10.10

Given that last year’s OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) only introduced minor changes, OS X 10.10 is expected be a significant update. Possibly named ‘Yosemite,’ after the famous California national park, 10.10 is believed to bring about an iOS 7-type redesign and a number of new features. The task is reportedly so big, that iOS engineers have been called upon to help.

New Look

iOS 7-inspired OS X concept by 

iOS 7-inspired OS X concept by Andrew Ambrosino

Reports indicate that OS X 10.10 will bring Apple’s desktop OS more in line with its mobile platform. Just like the iOS 7 update, this year’s OS X release is said to feature an extremely flat design, with larger empty spaces, sharper corners and more defined icons. Some folks might even be shocked initially with the new look, but as with iOS 7, they’ll get used to it.

New Features

We actually haven’t seen much in the way of new 10.10 features, but it’s not very hard to speculate. Apple has long been rumored to be working on a full version of Siri for the Mac, and hopes are high that we will finally see an iOS-compatible version of AirDrop. Additionally, apps like Maps and Mail could use some improvements, and Safari always seems to get some love. In fact, with OS X getting such a big makeover, it’s likely that all stock apps will see various changes.


If Apple follows its previous strategy—and we have no reason to believe it won’t—we should see a developer preview of OS X 10.10 released tomorrow. Typically, these releases are only available to registered Mac developers, but Apple launched a program earlier this year allowing all Mac users to download OS X betas, so it’s possible everyone will be able to check it out. The public version should be ready for release by September or October.

iOS 8

Unlike OS X, iOS received a major visual makeover last year with iOS 7, so iOS 8 is not expected to feature many design changes. Instead, it’s likely that Apple has simply polished existing UI elements, and spent a majority of its time working on new apps and features.

New Features

Maps improvements – the Maps app is expected to receive several enhancements in iOS 8, including improved mapping data and better labeling of airports, train stations and other points of interest. A new public transit feature is also said to be in the cards—a major missing feature in the Maps app up to this point—with transit direction data for several major cities around the globe.

Inter-app communication – Apple has reportedly built a new developer API that would allow apps to share data. For example, a photo editing app would be able to push an edited photo to Instagram or Facebook. This feature has been often requested by both devs and users, so here’s hoping Apple finally answers the calls.

Split-screen multitasking – a notable [potential] iOS 8 feature that surfaced in the run-up to WWDC this year is split-screen multitasking. Designed specifically for the larger iPad, the feature allows two apps to run side-by-side while in landscape mode, as well as share links and other data between them. It’s believed that this and some other major features rumored for iOS 8 may not be ready by the fall, and thus may or may not get stage time tomorrow.

Split-screen multitasking concept by Sam Beckett

VoLTE support – currently, phone calls made on LTE-enabled iPhones are still made over old 3G technology, but that could change in iOS 8 with the addition of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) support. The tech allows users to place high quality phone calls, and several major carriers have pledged to support it.

Song ID – rumor has it that Apple has been working on a song identification feature in conjunction with audio ID veteran Shazam for iOS 8. The feature will be integrated into Siri, and respond to ‘what song is this’ queries with metadata on the currently playing track track, and a link to purchase it in iTunes.

iTunes – Apple has long-been rumored to be working on high definition audio, and some folks think it’s finally ready to introduce hi-res music into iTunes. Additionally, it’s believed that the company is heavily considering breaking out iTunes Radio into its own standalone app, as a way to improve its visibility and increase usage.

New apps

Healthbook – according to an extensive report from 9to5Mac, iOS 8 will bring about a new app called Healthbook. Designed largely after Apple’s Passbook, the app will serve as a bank for various points of health and fitness data. It’ll be capable of pulling information from various third-party apps and hardware accessories, and assumably Apple’s long-rumored iWatch.

Healthbook app concept by 9to5Mac

Healthbook app concept by 9to5Mac

Preview and Text Edit – additionally, Apple is said to be developing new Preview and Text Edit apps for iOS 8. They’d act as mobile counterparts for the two Mac apps of the same name, and serve as a way to view documents saved from them in iCloud.


Similar to OS X 10.10, past behaviors suggest we will see an iOS 8 beta released tomorrow. Again it’s typically for registered developers only, and we’ve seen no evidence that this has changed for iOS. A public version should be ready to launch alongside the iPhone 6, which is expected to be announced sometime in September.

Hardware and more

Steve Jobs’ iPhone 4 introduction was the last major product unveiling to happen at WWDC (or I guess you could count the Retina MacBook Pro in 2012), but Apple typically has refreshed hardware on hand. Last year the company took the wraps off of new MacBook Airs, AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules, and offered a sneak preview at the redesigned Mac Pro. There’s no telling what it has in store for this year’s keynote, but here are a few things that could be in the cards.

iWatch – Apple’s long rumored smartwatch project is believed to be nearing completion, which means it could see an introduction at WWDC. We’ve heard various conflicting reports about the iWatch and what it will look like, but the consensus is that it will be capable of tracking various types of health and fitness data, and play nice with the iPhone for things like notifications and alerts.

iWatch concept by

iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton

Apple TV – it’s been over two years since Apple last updated its popular set top box, and it now feels noticeably outdated compared to the competition. Rumored features for the refreshed ATV include Siri integration, a TV tuner and support for apps and games, so the developer conference would serve as a great jumping off point.

12-inch Retina MacBook – according to multiple reports, Apple is working on a hybrid laptop of sorts, combining the portability of the MacBook Air and productivity of the MacBook Pro in one sleek 12-inch Retina-covered package. This particular product seems more likely for a fall unveiling, but it’s certainly worth mentioning here in case it makes it on stage tomorrow. 

Mac mini – like the Apple TV, the current Mac mini is getting a bit long in the tooth. It’s last refresh was in October of 2012, and Apple introducing an updated version tomorrow would fit in with typical WWDC affair.

Other stuff – With Apple being such a secretive resource-rich company, the ‘and more’ category could literally include anything. But based on reports, there are a few possibilities more likely than others. For starters, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are expected to be in the audience at the keynote, and it’s very possible that they could get called up on stage to talk about their recent acquisition. Also, Apple is said to be working on a ‘smart home’ platform, which would unify connected accessories like the Nest thermostat and Philips Hue lighting system much like Apple’s MFI (or made for iPhone) program, and WWDC seems like the perfect place to introduce it.

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Everything We Expect From Apple’s September Product Blitz

With just a few days left until Apple’s big reveal on Tuesday, speculation as to what the company may or may not announce has pretty much approached fever pitch. Without further ado, this is what we expect at Apple’s landmark September 12 Steve Jobs Theater event.

But first, Andrew has a little video for you guys to enjoy.

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New iPhones

This is the easiest thing in the world to guess because Apple usually unveils new phones in September, barring a few exceptions. Aside from the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus device with LCD screens and updated internals, most of the rumors revolve around the so-called tenth anniversary iPhone (the original iPhone debuted in 2007).

Image: Danny Winget

Here are some of the key features we think are coming to iPhone 8:

New design—The device is said to be thoroughly redesigned around an almost fullscreen face without any form of a physical Home button out the front, with a glass backside to optimize wireless charging performance and prevent overheating.

OLED display—With deeper blacks, higher contrast and increased pixel count, the iPhone 8 screen won’t just look sharper but will also consume less power because OLED pixels are illuminated individually and don’t require a power-hungry backlight like LCD technology. We’re also hoping for the iPad Pro’s True Tone screen feature and ProMotion technology for double the refresh rate at 120Hz.

Inductive charging—While we don’t expect a true wireless charging (the technology just isn’t there yet), iPhone 8 should have inductive charging like Apple Watch. You should be able to charge your iPhone via any Qi-compatible charging mat at about half the speed of the latest Qi 1.2 standard because the inductive charging module will apparently use a slower charging profile running at 7.5W.

3D sensing—Both cameras will be accompanied by depth-sensing sensors based on infrared light invisible to the human eye, capable of scanning objects in 3D even in low-light environments. We’re expecting this to be used for facial scanning and unlocking, Apple Pay, 3D selfies, improved augmented reality tracking and more.

A11 chip—We can guarantee that the next iPhone will use a faster Apple-designed chip, like all prior iPhones. Because it will have dual-lens camera out the back, the phone should have at lest 3GB of RAM like iPhone 7 Plus.

Better cameras—The selfie camera out the front could receive a major upgrade with 4K video capture at 60FPS and increased resolution. The rear cameras should stay at 12 megapixels, but expect super-fast laser autofocus (courtesy of the new 3D sensor), optical image stabilization on the telephoto lens and other upgrades resulting in better low-light photos and prettier images. The rear camera system should also capture 4K video at twice the frame rate.

Storage—Apple is rumored to double the current storage tiers to 64GB/256GB/512GB. While 512GB of storage on a phone sounds like an overkill, 64 gigabytes in the baseline storage should be just about enough for average users.

New name—It’s unclear if Apple will stick to its current naming scheme or brand the OLED iPhone as iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Edition or some such. If it’s not going to be called iPhone 8, then the iPhone 7s/Plus updates may be marketed as iPhone 8/Plus.

High price—Though the top-of-the-line iPhone 7 Plus model retails for almost $1,000, the baseline 64GB OLED iPhone is said to start at that price. If you need more storage, expect to pay a $100 more for each storage increment.

Aside from the aforementioned goodies, Apple may surprise us with a one more thing, a feature no one saw coming.

Image: Marques Brownlee

If we had to make an educated guess, we’d say that perhaps the company would build on the tremendous ARKit momentum by previewing a dedicated augmented reality glasses for iPhone 8, which is rumored to arrive in 2023.

Apple Watch Series 3

The next Apple Watch won’t look radically different than Series 1 or Series 2, and we don’t expect it to get any thinner. That’s because Apple will add LTE connectivity, meaning it will have to squeeze more chips in an already tiny device. The band mechanism should not change in Apple Watch Series 3 so all your existing straps should work like a charm.

While Apple Watch Series 3 might lack cellular phone calling at launch, this feature should be added later via a software update. Aside from cellular connectivity, expect increased dust and water protection, a faster Apple-designed S3 chip, updated display and touch technologies and maybe some new casing materials and color options.

What to not expect from Apple Watch Series 3: a FaceTime camera.

4K Apple TV

The fourth-generation Apple TV was released two years ago and it’s now overdue for update.

The biggest news should be a major resolution boost to support 4K video output and several wide color video standards such as HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Vision to make it compatible with a wide range of HDR-certified television sets.

Like wide color photography on the iPhone 7 series, HDR video brings higher contrast and a richer set of colors capable of reproducing finer detail than the traditional HD (1080p) standard. Apple is actually catching up to competition here because even Google’s Chromecast supports 4K while other media streamers, like Roku, also support HDR video.

The upcoming tvOS 11 software update packs in only a few minor improvements, but Tim Cook hinted at WWDC 2023 that we’ll be hearing ”a lot more about Apple TV later this year”. What exactly that might entail is anyone’s guess, but we like to think that Apple may have a few surprises up its sleeve (for what it’s worth, Siri Remote is now on a serious backorder in many countries).

For instance, the next Apple TV could also sport an all-new form factor, built-in Microsoft Kinect-like motion sensors and beefier graphics with a lot faster CPU with more RAM (to support console-quality gaming in 4K), but don’t quote us on that.

OS release dates

New iOS updates always drop ahead of new iPhones and this time should be no different.

That doesn’t mean all OS updates will release simultaneously: iOS 11 and watchOS 4 should hit on the same day (because Apple Watch requires a paired iPhone), but tvOS 11 and macOS High Sierra could arrive at a later date, especially if we’re looking at another event in October dedicated to the next Apple TV and maybe some new Macs (Mac mini, anyone?).

Your predictions?

As always, your guess is as good as ours and your opinion does matter.

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Image: Tim Cook speaks during the September 2023 media event in San Francisco, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Apple’s Wwdc — Few Surprises, Few Innovations

The keynote — the company’s first marquee event since CEO Steve Jobs took a medical leave in early 2009 — actually played out more like a MacWorld keynote than a WWDC keynote, from when the company announced products at the show. And since the start of the year, its product announcements have been minimal.

Smartphones for All

Apple’s announcements today underscore the company’s plans to expand its scope as a smartphone maker. NPD Group data puts Apple as the number two smartphone maker today, second to Research in Motion; surely, the company has its eyes set on that top spot.

“We want to reach even more customers,” noted Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller, who led the presentation in Jobs’s absence, during the keynote.

To achieve that end, Apple reduced the current 8GB iPhone 3G to $99, half the price it sold for when it was first introduced last year. “There really has never been a smartphone at this price,” says Schiller. That price was long-rumored; now, it’s confirmed.

Certainly, never a smartphone that’s held wide appeal has carried that price tag. In our database, the iPhone’s new price ties the Nokia E71x for the least expensive smartphone we’ve seen (street price, not including rebates). Though that phone has a reasonable degree of usability, it can’t compare to the simplicity and sexy “It Phone” factor of the iPhone.

You may need that extra space: Two of the big features for iPhone 3G S are the camera (upgraded to 3.0 megapixels), and the inclusion of video recording (finally) at 640 by 480 pixel resolution, 30 frames per second.

Modest Hardware Boost

As such, it’s easy to point to most of the iPhone 3G S’s improvements being in software and not hardware. Some, like the addition of white balance controls on the camera, are obvious. Others, like the inclusion of voice control, for example, are less so: Apple didn’t indicate this feature would be available on earlier generation iPhones, but it also didn’t say what specifically in the new hardware enables this feature.

Apple does claim a speed boost from the iPhone 3G to iPhone 3G S. According to Apple’s benchmarks, messaging will be more than twice as fast, loading Sim City 2.4x as fast, and loading the The New York Times’ home page 2.9 times as fast. Battery life improvements point to factors other than the hardware, as well. (3G S talk time, sadly, remains the same as the 3G, but data over Wi-Fi, for example, can muster an additional three hours on the iPhone 3G S as compared with the iPhone 3G-and Wi-Fi battery improvements could be due to a new chipset, or to a new software stack for the existing chipset).

Apple: Standing Still, But Reaching Deep

It was surprising to see the iPhone 3G S’s hardware be outwardly identical to its predecessor. At a time when competitors are making headlines with fresh designs, Apple instead appears to be marching in place. Recent rumors indicate this could be part of Apple’s long-term strategy, a strategy that could prove a mistake over time.

The announced features in iPhone 3G S are a modest upgrade, not a must-have upgrade — which in turn keeps users from considering a new handset purchase. Thus far, Apple has conditioned users to look forward to dramatic hardware improvements once a year. While the iPhone 3G remains a pleasing device, nearly as much as a year ago, that doesn’t mean the hardware didn’t have room to evolve. That Apple hasn’t innovated and improved upon its existing hardware and design leaves room for others to ratchet up the competition. And, it also opens room for speculation that innovation may stall without Jobs at the helm.

Where Apple continues to hit it out of the park, though, is its App Store. As of April, more than 1 billion apps have been downloaded, and more than 50,000 are available for download. The competing App Store numbers remain modest and negligible by comparison.

The App Store juggernaut may well be the reason Apple feels it can rest easy for the moment, but Apple will have to tread carefully to keep the iPhone from becoming less an innovation and more a presumption and commodity among mainstream consumers.

What To Expect From 5G And 5G Smartphones In 2023

5G on a global scale

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A number of new countries roll out their first 5G networks in 2023. This includes Japan and a number of other nations in Europe, South East Asia, and South America. Korea, Japan, and parts of Europe are expected to begin mmWave adoption at some point in 2023, although expect limited availability. This is likely to be the network rollout formula over the next few years; coverage starts in the sub-6GHz and low bands before mmWave boosts speeds in large metropolitan areas.

Qualcomm’s expectation for global 5G deployment at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2023.

However, it likely won’t be until 2023 or later that India, the world’s second-largest phone market, begins its 5G rollout. Furthermore, most of the world’s 5G networks won’t kickstart mmWave rollouts until 2023 or later. 5G Standalone networking is also still several years away for most of the world. This means consumers will continue to see 5G coverage drop in and out when moving into 4G-only areas. Not forgetting the other behind the scenes benefits of Standalone networks.

Forget about 4G flagships

Affordable 5G smartphones arrive just in time

5G smartphones are currently some of the most expensive handsets on the market. That will change this year, thanks to more affordable 5G chipsets and components. The Snapdragon 765, Exynos 980, and MediaTek Dimensity 1000 5G SoCs offer integrated 5G capabilities and will likely end up in handsets in the $500-$600 range.

There is an important distinction between these chipsets though. Only the Snapdragon 765 supports mmWave frequency bands. The MediaTek and Samsung chips only support sub-6GHz. Mid-range 5G handsets may have very different radio capabilities and therefore data speeds when compared to flagship 5G smartphones sporting mmWave antennas. Qualcomm is attempting to simplify 5G mmWave handset development with its new modular components. However, with most 5G markets only offering sub-6GHz in 2023, it won’t be surprising if affordable handsets omit mmWave technology.

Many of the major mid-tier smartphone vendors have already announced plans for affordable 5G smartphones. Names include Nokia, Motorola, OPPO, and Xiaomi, and we could well see something more affordable from Samsung as well.

Should I buy a 5G smartphone in 2023?

Whether or not to upgrade to a 5G smartphone is a difficult question. If you’re in need of an upgrade urgently, then it’s a close call between sticking with today’s excellent 4G handsets or leaping in with an early 5G model, warts and all. If not, waiting to see what 2023’s upcoming flagships have on offer is a safer bet. Not only will you have more choice, but 5G phones with the latest chipsets will be more battery efficient and hopefully less expensive to boot.

mmWave will be slightly more common globally, but sub-6Ghz will remain the most common 5G technology.

The other half of the question is whether you can even benefit from 5G yet anyway? With coverage remaining spotty even in 5G designated metropolitan areas, you shouldn’t be in a rush to grab a new phone just for faster data. It’s also worth checking your carrier’s plans for mmWave deployment before stumping up the cash for a compatible phone.

Read next: Here are all the US cities with 5G coverage

With more and more phones offering 5G by default, even at more affordable price points, upgrading in 2023 will offer you a level of future-proofing for the years to come.

Trying Today At Apple’s New App Prototyping With Keynote Session

Some of my favorite WWDC presentations over the past few years have been those that focused on thoughtful UI design and prototyping, so when I heard that the same topics would be the focus of new Today at Apple sessions, I was curious to try one out myself.

Apple’s SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts announced the new sessions last Friday in a tweet following the wrap-up of WWDC 2023 in San Jose. Today at Apple is a series of daily, creative programs held for free at all of Apple’s stores. The program rolled out globally just a little over a year ago. 

The new prototyping sessions and similar Teacher Tuesday program quietly began this week in a small number of retail stores, and will continue to expand in coming days. One of the first sessions was held on Thursday afternoon at Apple Mayfair in Wauwatosa, which I attended with my younger brother. Since the event listing had only recently been added to the calendar, we had the session to ourselves. 

Gathering around the Forum tables near the back of the store, we were given iPad Pros and Apple Pencils to work with. The Creative leading our session, Christian, asked about any previous experience with the tools we might have. As a middle school student, my brother was familiar with Keynote for presentations, and I had watched the related WWDC talks, but neither of us have built any apps ourselves. I was curious how prototyping would translate to the iPad, since I had seen it accomplished only with the macOS version of Keynote. 

We began by discussing a graphic similar to one shown at the “Fake It Till You Make It” WWDC session that outlines the prototyping cycle of making mockups, showing others, and learning from the feedback you receive. By making design a priority at the beginning of the development process, you end up with a better user experience. 

In a competitive landscape of dedicated prototyping tools from big and small names alike, Keynote is surprisingly robust. Christian noted that even the current Keynote app was prototyped in an earlier version of the software. Compared to other tools I’ve used, Keynote has a much more approachable learning curve. Anyone familiar with creating a presentation will already know how to use it. Plus, it’s available for free on every iPhone, iPad, Mac, and on the web.

I was relieved to see that Apple had created a template with a suggested food ordering app to prototype, because neither my brother nor I were prepared with an idea to work on. If you come in with your app plan already in mind, you’ll be a step ahead. We began on a blank slide by simply sketching out design ideas with an Apple Pencil.

My design prototype and Apple’s template.

Outside of brief testing at Apple stores in the past, this was my first chance to really experience sketching with the Pencil. It was surprisingly fun. One frustration shared between all of us was the inability to select objects in Keynote with the Pencil. Perhaps coincidentally, an update to Keynote rolled out the same afternoon that added the feature. 

After sharing ideas, we moved on to the next slides, where Apple had built a canvas for building our design with provided UI elements and objects built in to Keynote. The display was divided into three sections: a screenshot of the iOS Messages app for reference, a blank iPhone X-sized rectangle, and a sandbox full of icons, text, and UI elements. By duplicating these elements and manipulating their placement, we spent the next 25 minutes or so building a few of the screens in our app.

Apple’s design kit for Keynote.

This part of the process really hinged on the availability of so many accurate and properly formatted UI elements to reuse. These assets aren’t available in Keynote’s default shape library. Fortunately, Apple recently updated their Design Resources for iOS 12 to include a kit built specifically for prototyping in Keynote. We weren’t told about this in the session, but it’s something I’d highly recommend downloading.

After building our designs, we simulated real app interactions by linking shapes and objects to other slides. Afterward, we presented our in-progress concepts. During this time, many of the store’s other employees stopped by to check out the session, curious to see what it was all about. Christian explained that Apple is trying to fill out their range of sessions offered on app development and design, and recommended other programs that dive into the basics of programming with Swift.

My brother’s early sketches and design prototype.

Going into the session already familiar with the prototyping process, I assumed that I wouldn’t learn anything new, and that an hour would be way too much time to cover the topic. By the end, I was secretly hoping for “just five more minutes!” to tweak my icons or try a new layout – I was having a lot of fun! The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil feel like the natural combination for prototyping, too. It makes the most sense to design and preview your apps on the same type of display you’ll be using them on, and I never felt hampered by Keynote’s feature set on iOS.

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This Week In Apple: Wwdc Keynote, Ios 14, Imac And Homepod Rumors, And More


This week in Apple news we heard a lot about new software for many of the Apple products available today. That’s because this week was the kick-off of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), so we learned about new features coming to the next generations of Apple’s operating systems.

While this week was dominated by WWDC, there were other things happening in the world of Apple. In other Apple news, we heard about a new iMac coming very soon, Apple giving a bit more power to developers with products on the App Store, new info related to a possible new HomePod, and more!

See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.

The top Apple news stories of the past week:

All sorts of announcements at WWDC: The WWDC 2023 keynote happened on Monday. During that event, Apple announced so many new features for its various operating systems that it took nearly 3,000 words for us to cover it all. You can read our full summary here.

iOS 14 gets lots of Android features: The upcoming version of iOS 14 will incorporate many new features — well, new to iPhone users, anyway. Android users are already used to most of them, including home screen widgets, changing default apps, the App Library, picture-in-picture mode, and more.

New iMac on the way, but with Intel processor: According to frequent Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, we can expect a new iMac at the end of this year with an all-new design. The design is likely to be very reminiscent of the iPad Pro design. However, the iMac will likely not come with the just-announced Apple silicon and instead come with an Intel chipset.

iPhone 12 series might not have a charger in the box: Although we are very, very skeptical of this rumor, analysts at Barclays have suggested that at least some of the upcoming phones in the iPhone 12 series will ship without headphones or a charger in the box. Instead, there will only be a Lightning-to-USB cable. We are totally on board with the no-headphones bit, but no charger? We don’t buy it.

Apple offering more tools for developers to fight back: With the recent high-profile news related to Apple’s handling of email app Hey, it appears the bad PR is changing the company’s tune. Now, Apple will give more power to developers to challenge App Store guidelines as well as air their grievances over what some call a monopolistic enterprise.

More fuel added to the new HomePod fire: Apple still hasn’t introduced a follow-up to its lone smart speaker, the HomePod. However, it is now inviting some people to test new HomePod software. Usually, HomePod software is tested internally, so this is an interesting development that could suggest a new addition to the HomePod line is on the way.

iOS 14 exposes TikTok’s access to clipboards: Thanks to a new privacy feature in iOS 14 that alerts users when apps access their clipboard contents, we now know that TikTok has been accessing users’ clipboards for a long time. TikTok claims this was to prevent spammy behavior, although it very quickly removed access after getting caught.

Apple begins re-closing US stores, because viruses don’t just stop: Over the past few weeks, Apple had started re-opening many of its US-based stores, even with all the data pointing to the COVID-19 pandemic being far from over. Now, Apple is re-closing some of the stores it just re-opened, including many of the Florida and Texas locations.

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