Top Stories: Beats Solo Pro Headphones, Apple Leaks 16-Inch MacBook Pro, $399 ‘iPhone SE 2’ and More

This week saw a new addition to Apple's Beats headphones lineup, while Apple appears to have leaked images of its upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro in the new macOS 10.15.1 betas.

Other top stories this week included rumored $399 pricing for the so-called "iPhone SE 2" coming early next year, the release of iOS 13.1.3, and more, so read on for all of the details!

Apple Introduces $300 Beats Solo Pro Headphones With Noise Cancellation, Unfold-to-Power, and More


Apple this week unveiled new Beats Solo Pro headphones with active noise cancelation, the Apple-designed H1 chip for hands-free "Hey Siri" support, redesigned on-ear cushions for improved comfort, an enhanced acoustic platform for improved sound delivery, the ability to power on the headphones by simply unfolding them, and more.


We've already had a chance to go hands-on with the new headphones, so be sure to check out our early impressions. Beats Solo Pro will be available October 30 in Black, Ivory, Gray, Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Red, with pre-orders available now on Apple.com. Pricing is set at $299.95 in the United States.

16-Inch MacBook Pro Referenced in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta


Icons apparently depicting the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro have been uncovered in the macOS Catalina version 10.15.1 beta, which has been in testing since last week.


The icon looks similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro asset that is included in previous versions of macOS, but with slightly thinner bezels and perhaps a distinct escape key. The notebook is depicted in both Silver and Space Gray, with "16" in both filenames presumably referring to the larger 16-inch display expected for the rumored machine.

iPhone SE 2 Estimated to Start at $399 With Red Color Option


The rumored "iPhone SE 2" will feature an A13 Bionic chip, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB storage options, while 3D Touch will be removed, according to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


Kuo believes the device will launch in the first quarter of 2020 in Space Gray, Silver, and Red colors, adding that pricing will likely start at $399.

Previous reports have suggested the device will resemble the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button.

Apple Releases iOS 13.1.3 With Bug Fixes for Phone, Mail, Health, and More


The fourth update to iOS 13 arrived this week in the form of iOS 13.1.3, which includes bug fixes and improvements related to incoming calls, iCloud backups, Apple Watch pairing and notification syncing, Bluetooth connectivity in vehicles, and more.


Apple also released a companion iPadOS 13.1.3 update with bug fixes and improvements.

And for the Mac, there's a new supplemental update for macOS Catalina that fixes an issue that prevented Setup Assistant from completing, improves installation reliability on Macs with low disk space, and more.

AirPlay 2 Speakers Compared: Sonos Move vs. Bose Portable Home Speaker


Bose and Sonos recently came out with new AirPlay 2-enabled speakers, providing alternatives to Apple's own HomePod speaker.


In our latest video on our YouTube channel, we went hands-on with the Bose Portable Home Speaker and the Sonos Move to see what the speakers have to offer and how they compare to one another.

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PSA: Apple Mail Bugs Can Lead to Data Loss in macOS Catalina


macOS Catalina has suffered from its fair share of bugs and hiccups since its release earlier this month, including with Apple's Mail app.

Specifically, a report this week claimed that when upgrading to macOS Catalina, there is a risk of a large number of emails being incomplete or missing entirely for reasons not entirely clear.

Samsung Admits Major Security Flaw in Galaxy S10 Under-Screen Fingerprint Sensor


A major flaw in Samsung's latest Galaxy S10 and S10+ smartphones has been discovered that basically means any fingerprint can unlock the device with the help of a cheap screen protector.


Responding to the incident, Samsung said it was "aware of the case of S10's malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch."

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Top Stories: macOS Catalina Released, Apple Watch Sleep App, Apple Glasses in 2020?

After lots of attention on iOS and iPadOS 13, not to mention parallel updates for watchOS and tvOS, over the past few weeks, this week was the Mac's turn as we saw the public release of macOS Catalina.

Ming-Chi Kuo also released details on his expectations for Apple product releases in the first half of next year, while Apple itself leaked references to a previously rumored but unreleased Sleep app for Apple Watch. Read on for more on this week's biggest stories!

Apple Releases macOS Catalina: What to Check Out After Upgrading


macOS Catalina is here! We've put together a list of the update's biggest changes and a video walkthrough of features to check out after upgrading. As with any new software version, some users have encountered some bugs and issues, so be sure to keep an eye on the macOS Catalina section in the MacRumors forums.


Apple says iCloud Drive folder sharing, which will allow users to share folders with a private link, has been delayed until the spring.

Apple has also seeded the second beta of iOS 13.2 with new emojis, the option to delete your Siri and Dictation history and opt out of future audio recordings as part of Siri's quality evaluation process, and more.

Apple Said to Launch Augmented Reality Headset in Mid 2020


Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo is back with yet more predictions this week, this time noting that Apple plans to release an augmented reality headset in the second quarter of 2020, aka March-June.


Interestingly, Kuo suggested that Apple may release multiple headsets in collaboration with third-party brands, although it remains to be seen exactly what he means by that. If the mid 2020 timeframe is right, we'll soon find out.

iPhone SE 2, iPad Pro With 3D Sensing, and MacBook With Scissor Keyboard Also Expected in 2020


In addition to an augmented reality headset, Kuo also expects Apple to release a so-called "iPhone SE 2" as well as iPad Pro models with 3D sensing rear cameras in the first quarter of 2020.


The "iPhone SE 2" is widely rumored to be similar to the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display with bezels and a Touch ID home button, but with a faster A13 Bionic chip and 3GB of RAM, up from 2GB in the iPhone SE.

Last, Kuo believes an unspecified "MacBook" with a scissor mechanism keyboard will launch in the second quarter of 2020. It is unclear if this refers to the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design and scissor keyboard that Kuo previously said would launch by the end of 2019.

Camera Comparison: iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+


Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+, the company's newest flagship device, was unveiled just a month ahead of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and it's one of the main competitors to Apple's latest smartphones.


Both have triple-lens camera setups, so on our YouTube channel this week, we compared the camera quality of the iPhone 11 Pro Max with that of the Galaxy Note 10+ to see if one has an edge over another.

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Apple Accidentally Mentions a Sleep App for Apple Watch


An eagle-eyed MacRumors reader this week discovered a reference to an unreleased Sleep app for the Apple Watch in an App Store screenshot for the existing Alarms app on the Apple Watch.


"Set your Bedtime and wake up in the Sleep app," said the since-removed screenshot.

Last month, MacRumors reported that the Sleep app will serve two functions on the Apple Watch, including sleep tracking and an extension of the iPhone's Bedtime Mode for getting better sleep.

16-Inch MacBook Pro May Ship With 96W USB-C Power Adapter


Apple may be readying a 96W USB-C power adapter for the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to information received by the Chinese-language sibling website of ChargerLAB.


Apple previously confirmed that its upcoming Pro Display XDR will be capable of up to 96W pass-through charging, which is more power than necessary for any portable device that Apple currently ships. Thus, perhaps the higher-power charger is for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Top Stories: iOS 13.2 Beta, AirPods Leak, ‘iPhone SE 2’ in 2020, and More

This week saw quite a few leaks and rumors, including Apple itself leaking an icon of what appears to be next-generation AirPods with ear tips that would presumably assist with rumored noise cancelation capabilities. We also heard rumors about an "iPhone SE 2" that would actually be more like an updated iPhone 8 and future high-end iPad and MacBook models equipped with Mini-LED displays.

Read on for a look at this week's biggest news, including our thoughts on a potential October media event and what Apple might introduce at one.

iOS 13.2 Beta Released With Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 and 11 Pro


Apple's wave of software updates continued this week with the release of the first iOS 13.2 beta for developers and public testers. With it brings Apple's promised Deep Fusion camera feature for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, which takes advantage of machine learning techniques for even better pixel-by-pixel optimization of photos.


Apple also seeded the Golden Master of macOS Catalina to developers, which is equivalent to the final version of the operating system that will be released for all compatible Macs soon, as well as the second beta of watchOS 6.1 and the first beta of tvOS 13.2.

For users who aren't on the beta track, Apple has released iOS 13.1.2 with several bug fixes and improvements.

iOS 13.2 Beta Includes Icon Depicting New AirPods Design


In the first beta of iOS 13.2, MacRumors has discovered an icon depicting in-ear AirPods, lending credence to rumors that Apple plans to release a new version of the wireless earphones with active noise cancelation and a new design later this year.


We've also rounded up everything else that is new in the first iOS 13.2 beta, including the return of "Announce Messages with Siri" for AirPods and select Beats headphones, a new "Transfer to HomePod" feature for media, HomeKit grouping, and more.

'iPhone SE 2' With Similar Design as iPhone 8, A13 Chip, and 3GB RAM Expected in Early 2020


Apple plans to release a so-called "iPhone SE 2" with a similar design as the iPhone 8 in early 2020, but with a faster A13 chip and an extra, third GB of RAM, according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


Kuo is at least the fourth source that expects a new lower-cost iPhone to launch early next year. Earlier reports claimed the device will have a 4.7-inch display like the iPhone 8, so it might not be the 4-inch smartphone that some are hoping for. Touch ID is also expected instead of Face ID.

High-End iPad and MacBook With Mini-LED Displays Said to Launch Between Late 2020 and Mid 2021


A new iPhone SE wasn't the only prediction to come from Ming-Chi Kuo this week.

The well-known analyst also expects Apple to release high-end iPad and MacBook models with Mini-LED-backlit displays between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.


Kuo believes one of Apple's suppliers will be Epistar, the largest LED manufacturer in Taiwan. Just this week, without getting specific, Epistar's president revealed that some of the company's clients are working on products with Mini-LED backlighting systems. One of those clients could certainly be Apple.

Mini-LED displays would have many of the same advantages as OLED displays on the latest iPhones, such as high contrast.

iPadOS Tips and Tricks: Gestures, Home Screen Tweaks, Keyboard Options, and More


In one of our latest videos over on our YouTube channel, we go over some must-know iPadOS tips and tricks that are useful to those who have recently updated and want to get more familiar with the changes.


Tips and tricks range from quick screenshots and a floating keyboard to new gestures for selecting text and cutting, copying, and pasting.

We also went hands-on with an iPad Pro dummy unit this week, showing off what the next-generation version of the device might look like if equipped with a triple-lens rear camera like the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max as rumored. Rumors are rather unclear, however, on whether such a camera system could come in a refresh as soon as this month or if might not be until next year.

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Apple in October: 16-Inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro Refresh, New Apple TV, and More?


With last month's iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 event in the rearview mirror, and several more Apple products in the rumor mill, we can now look ahead to what might come later this month.


There certainly appears to be enough on Apple's slate for an October media event, with rumors of a 16-inch MacBook Pro, an iPad Pro refresh, a new Apple TV, new AirPods, and possibly even the "Apple Tags" if they are ready.

In our article, we explain why Tuesday, October 29 would be a fitting date for a potential Apple event this month.

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Top Stories: iPhone 11, Apple Watch Series 5, iOS 13, and Apple Arcade Released

Apple's massive launch week has come to a close, with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Apple Watch Series 5 all debuting on Friday. And as if that wasn't enough, Thursday saw the release of iOS 13, watchOS 6, and Apple Arcade on the software side.

Read on below for a recap of this week's biggest stories about these launches and more!

Hands-On With the New iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max


Friday was the big launch day for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, and we went hands-on with a couple of the new devices to share a few early impressions. Also make sure to check out our roundup of early media reviews.


Customers around the world lined up at Apple retail stores or waited patiently for deliveries to get their hands on Apple's latest devices.

Apple Watch Series 5 Review Roundup: Always-On Display Was Much Awaited, But Little Else Warrants Upgrading From Series 4 Models


In addition to the new iPhones, Apple's latest Apple Watch launched this week, and based on early media reviews, most people are happy with the long-awaited always-on display, but little else is new with the latest models.


Other features include a new built-in compass, an expanded 32GB of internal storage, international emergency calling on cellular models, and new ceramic and lighter-weight titanium finishes.

Be aware that Apple Watch bands with magnets like the Milanese Loop may cause interference with the new compass.

iOS 13 Released: Here Are the Best New Features


Apple this week widely released iOS 13 for all compatible iPhone and iPod touch devices. Update now by going to Settings > General > Software Update and then be sure to watch our video walkthrough of all the best new features and improvements now available. And if you want to cut right to the chase, check out our video sharing eight tips on what to try out and set up first after you upgrade.


watchOS 6 has also been widely released, bringing a dedicated App Store and more to the Apple Watch Series 3 and newer. The update will be available for Series 1 and Series 2 models later this fall.

Looking ahead, Apple has revised the release date of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS to Tuesday, September 24. In the meantime, Apple has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 13.1 to developers for testing, including builds for the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple Arcade Now Widely Available With 1-Month Free Trial


Coinciding with the release of iOS 13, Apple's subscription-based gaming service Apple Arcade is also now widely available in over 150 countries.


In the United States, pricing is set at $4.99 per month, with a one-month free trial available. With Family Sharing, a family of up to six members can access Apple Arcade with a single subscription.

Apple Arcade launched with access to dozens of games and more being added nearly every day, with no ads or in-app purchases. In addition to iOS, the service will be made available on macOS and tvOS within the coming weeks. Read our Apple Arcade guide for more details.

iPad Pro With Triple-Lens Camera System's 'Final Design' Possibly Revealed


In line with the iPhone 11 Pro models, rumors suggest Apple may extend a triple-lens rear camera system to the iPad Pro soon.

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This week, we got our first look at what is said to be the "final design" of the triple-lens camera system coming to the iPad Pro, courtesy of a dummy model shared on leaker Sonny Dickson's website.

The triple-lens iPad Pro is rumored to launch in October, but a separate report claims that an iPad Pro with a 3D sensing rear camera will be released in March 2020, so there is some confusion right now surrounding timing.

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Top Stories: iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, New iPad, and More

Apple's biggest product unveiling of the year is now in our rear-view mirror, with the company taking the wraps off of new iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad models while also prepping for the launch of its new Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

Pre-orders for all of the new devices are now underway, and we're looking forward to next Thursday's release of iOS 13 and watchOS 6, followed the next day by the new iPhone and Apple Watch models. Read on for more details on Apple's announcements from this week!

Everything Apple Announced at This Week's iPhone Event in Just Seven Minutes


Apple's highly anticipated September media event on Tuesday saw the company unveil its latest iPhone and Apple Watch models, as well as an updated entry-level iPad. We also got final details on the upcoming Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ subscription services.


While there were quite a few announcements at the event, we didn't quite get everything we were hoping for, perhaps setting the stage for an October event where we could see Mac and iPad Pro updates, as well as the Tile-like item tracker Apple has been working on.

Make sure to check out our recap video summing everything up in just seven minutes, as well as links to all of our news stories from the event.

Apple Announces iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max With Triple-Lens Rear Camera and Midnight Green Color


The successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max debuted as the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and as expected, both sizes come with triple-lens rear cameras for improved photo and video capabilities.


The devices are available in four colors including a new Midnight Green, and they come with a more durable textured matte glass back and improved water resistance. An improved Super Retina XDR display and A13 Bionic chip drive performance gains, while the new iPhones also get four to five additional hours of battery life compared to their predecessors. The also now come with a faster 18-watt USB-C power adapter in the box.

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max became available for pre-order on Friday at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and they will officially launch on Friday, September 20. Pre-order supplies started to sell out fairly quickly, however, so those ordering now may have to wait until after Friday to receive their phones.

Apple Unveils iPhone 11 With Dual-Lens Rear Camera, Six New Colors, Dolby Atmos, and More


Apple's lowest-cost new iPhone is the iPhone 11, the successor to last year's iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 includes a number of upgrades such as a dual-lens rear camera, six new colors, an A13 Bionic chip, and Dolby Atmos sound.


Camera upgrades include a dual-lens rear camera with 12-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel ultra-wide lenses, a Night Mode for capturing ultra low-light photos, and Smart HDR.

The iPhone 11 starts at $699, which is $50 less than the iPhone XR, and as with the iPhone 11 Pro, pre-orders kicked off at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 13 ahead of availability on Friday, September 20.

Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 5 With Always-On Retina Display and New Titanium Case Option


The Apple Watch Series 5 comes with new titanium and ceramic case options as rumored, but one big change remained a surprise until it was announced: an always-on display.


Other improvements include a built-in compass and an updated Maps app for improved navigation, as well as support for international emergency calls on cellular models. The new Apple Watch Studio also lets you customize your watch with whichever casing and band combination you prefer.

Apple Watch Series 5 is available for pre-order now ahead of a September 20 launch, starting at $399 for GPS models and $499 for cellular models, although launch-day deliveries of some models are no longer available. Apple Watch Series 3 models also remain available starting at just $199.

Apple Unveils New Low-Cost 10.2-inch iPad Starting at $329


In line with last-minute rumors, Apple at this week's event revealed a new 7th-generation iPad, bringing updated specs including a larger 10.2-inch display, an A10 Fusion chip, and a Smart Connector for attaching a Smart Keyboard.


The new iPad is priced starting at $329 ($299 for education customers) with pre-orders available now ahead of a September 30 launch date.

Apple to Release iOS 13 on September 19, iOS 13.1 and iPadOS on September 30


Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro on September 20, Apple announced that it will be releasing iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19. iPad support will not be included, however, with Apple quickly following iOS 13 with an iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 release on September 30.


For Apple Watch owners, watchOS 6 will be launching for Series 3 and newer on September 19, with Series 1 and Series 2 following later in the fall. As for macOS Catalina, Apple says it will be launching in October.

Apple's upcoming subscription services also received launch dates, with Apple Arcade launching September 19 for $4.99/month for the whole family, with a one-month free trial. Apple TV+ will launch on November 1, also priced at $4.99/month with a seven-day free trial. Users will, however, receive a free year of Apple TV+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

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Top Stories: Apple’s iPhone Event and Last-Minute Rumors, Free Apple Watch Screen Repairs, and More

It's almost here: Apple's annual iPhone event! We've been hearing rumors about the 2019 iPhones essentially since the 2018 models were announced, and we're finally about to see what Apple has to show off. We expect plenty more announcements beyond the new iPhones, so buckle up for Tuesday.

In the lead-up to the event, this week saw a host of rumors about Apple Watch sleep tracking, an upcoming Apple TV update, and more. We're even hearing about Touch ID potentially coming back to the iPhone in the next year or two. And if you've got an aluminum Series 2 or Series 3 Apple Watch and the screen has cracked, Apple may fix it for you free of charge. Read on for all of this week's top stories!

What to Expect at Apple's September 2019 Event: New iPhones, Apple Watch Models, Services Updates and More


We're just a few days away from Apple's annual iPhone media event, so we've put together a guide highlighting everything we think we'll see and a few things we may or may not see. The new iPhone is always the star of the show, but we can also expect new Apple Watch models, final details on all of Apple's upcoming software updates, perhaps more information on services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, and maybe a few more things.


And of course, tune in on Tuesday when we'll have full coverage of the event, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

Apple Watch Sleep Tracking, Schooltime Mode, and More Revealed in Leaked iOS 13 Code


An internal build of iOS 13 obtained by MacRumors has led to several leaks ahead of Apple's special event next week, including details about Apple Watch sleep tracking, a new Schooltime mode coming to watchOS, and software related to a head-mounted augmented reality display — possibly "Apple Glasses."


It's unclear if all or any of these things will be ready for Apple's keynote, which takes place Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will have in-depth coverage of the event, complete with a live blog on our website and live tweets via @MacRumorsLive.

New Apple TV With A12 Chip and 'One More Thing' Teased Ahead of Next Week's Apple Event


Apple is widely expected to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models at its event next week, and last-minute rumors suggest there could be a new Apple TV with an A12 chip as well, although the timing is unclear.


Meanwhile, an anonymous Twitter account with a reliable track record has teased "one more thing," the iconic phrase used by Steve Jobs when he surprised the crowd with one more product or announcement. What could the "one more thing" be this time around? We'll have to wait and see...

iPhone With Both Face ID and Touch ID Under Display and New 'iPhone SE' Expected in 2020–2021


Bloomberg this week claimed Apple plans to release a new iPhone with both Face ID and under-display Touch ID in 2020 or 2021. This lines up with a prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


The fingerprint scanner would be embedded in the display, enabling users to unlock the iPhone by placing a finger almost anywhere on the screen, and it would complement rather than replace Face ID. This would give users the convenience of two biometric authentication options.

The same report said Apple also plans to release a new low-cost iPhone SE successor as early as the first half of 2020 with iPhone 8-esque features like a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button.

Potential Benchmark for iPhone XR Successor Shows 4GB RAM, Moderate Performance Gains


Apple is widely expected to unveil three new iPhones next week, including a 6.1-inch model that succeeds the current iPhone XR.


A potential benchmark for this device surfaced this week that suggests the device will have 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB, and moderate performance gains as a result of a faster A13 chip.

Apple Launches Screen Replacement Program for Aluminum Series 2 and Series 3 Apple Watch Models


Apple has found that under "very rare circumstances," a crack may form along the edge of the screen in aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 models. This includes both 38mm and 42mm sizes.


Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the screen on eligible Apple Watch units that exhibit this type of crack, free of charge.

Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - September 2019


Apps designed for the Mac don't often receive as much attention as apps made for iPhones and iPads, so over on our YouTube channel this week, we have shared a new video highlighting five useful and interesting Mac apps worth checking out.


This month's picks include apps for revamping your dock, discovering new music, making GIFs, annotating and managing screenshots, and more.

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Top Stories: Apple’s iPhone Event and Last-Minute Rumors, Free Apple Watch Screen Repairs, and More

It's almost here: Apple's annual iPhone event! We've been hearing rumors about the 2019 iPhones essentially since the 2018 models were announced, and we're finally about to see what Apple has to show off. We expect plenty more announcements beyond the new iPhones, so buckle up for Tuesday.

In the lead-up to the event, this week saw a host of rumors about Apple Watch sleep tracking, an upcoming Apple TV update, and more. We're even hearing about Touch ID potentially coming back to the iPhone in the next year or two. And if you've got an aluminum Series 2 or Series 3 Apple Watch and the screen has cracked, Apple may fix it for you free of charge. Read on for all of this week's top stories!

What to Expect at Apple's September 2019 Event: New iPhones, Apple Watch Models, Services Updates and More


We're just a few days away from Apple's annual iPhone media event, so we've put together a guide highlighting everything we think we'll see and a few things we may or may not see. The new iPhone is always the star of the show, but we can also expect new Apple Watch models, final details on all of Apple's upcoming software updates, perhaps more information on services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, and maybe a few more things.


And of course, tune in on Tuesday when we'll have full coverage of the event, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

Apple Watch Sleep Tracking, Schooltime Mode, and More Revealed in Leaked iOS 13 Code


An internal build of iOS 13 obtained by MacRumors has led to several leaks ahead of Apple's special event next week, including details about Apple Watch sleep tracking, a new Schooltime mode coming to watchOS, and software related to a head-mounted augmented reality display — possibly "Apple Glasses."


It's unclear if all or any of these things will be ready for Apple's keynote, which takes place Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will have in-depth coverage of the event, complete with a live blog on our website and live tweets via @MacRumorsLive.

New Apple TV With A12 Chip and 'One More Thing' Teased Ahead of Next Week's Apple Event


Apple is widely expected to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models at its event next week, and last-minute rumors suggest there could be a new Apple TV with an A12 chip as well, although the timing is unclear.


Meanwhile, an anonymous Twitter account with a reliable track record has teased "one more thing," the iconic phrase used by Steve Jobs when he surprised the crowd with one more product or announcement. What could the "one more thing" be this time around? We'll have to wait and see...

iPhone With Both Face ID and Touch ID Under Display and New 'iPhone SE' Expected in 2020–2021


Bloomberg this week claimed Apple plans to release a new iPhone with both Face ID and under-display Touch ID in 2020 or 2021. This lines up with a prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


The fingerprint scanner would be embedded in the display, enabling users to unlock the iPhone by placing a finger almost anywhere on the screen, and it would complement rather than replace Face ID. This would give users the convenience of two biometric authentication options.

The same report said Apple also plans to release a new low-cost iPhone SE successor as early as the first half of 2020 with iPhone 8-esque features like a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button.

Potential Benchmark for iPhone XR Successor Shows 4GB RAM, Moderate Performance Gains


Apple is widely expected to unveil three new iPhones next week, including a 6.1-inch model that succeeds the current iPhone XR.


A potential benchmark for this device surfaced this week that suggests the device will have 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB, and moderate performance gains as a result of a faster A13 chip.

Apple Launches Screen Replacement Program for Aluminum Series 2 and Series 3 Apple Watch Models


Apple has found that under "very rare circumstances," a crack may form along the edge of the screen in aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 models. This includes both 38mm and 42mm sizes.


Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the screen on eligible Apple Watch units that exhibit this type of crack, free of charge.

Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - September 2019


Apps designed for the Mac don't often receive as much attention as apps made for iPhones and iPads, so over on our YouTube channel this week, we have shared a new video highlighting five useful and interesting Mac apps worth checking out.


This month's picks include apps for revamping your dock, discovering new music, making GIFs, annotating and managing screenshots, and more.

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Top Stories: iPhone Event on September 10, iOS 13.1 Beta, Exclusive Details on Apple’s Tile Competitor

It's finally official: Apple's iPhone media event will be held on September 10 at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park!

That was the biggest news of the week, but there was much more including a surprise release of the first iOS 13.1 beta even as iOS 13.0 has yet to be released, exclusive details on Apple's Tile competitor for tagging and locating physical items from your iPhone, privacy-related changes to Apple's quality control program for Siri, and more, so check out all of this week's most important stories below.

Save the Date: Apple's Next Event is September 10th


Apple on Thursday invited the media to a special event on Tuesday, September 10 at Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. At the keynote, scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific Time, the company is widely expected to introduce new iPhone and Apple Watch models.


We may also hear more details and pricing for Apple's two new services launching in the fall, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. There are also rumors about a 16-inch MacBook Pro, an iPad Pro refresh, and a 10.2-inch iPad, but these products could be held for an October event.

MacRumors will have live coverage of the keynote as it unfolds on our website and @MacRumorsLive on Twitter.

Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 13.1


Surprise! Apple this week seeded the first beta of iOS 13.1 to developers and public beta testers before iOS 13 has even been officially released.


This has allowed Apple to push back some iOS 13 features until iOS 13.1, like ETA sharing in Apple Maps, a new Audio Sharing feature, and Shortcuts automations. iOS 13 will still be released first in mid September, while iOS 13.1 should be available to all users by October.

Apple has also released iOS 12.4.1 with a jailbreak fix and seeded the latest betas of macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. And if you're still running macOS Mojave, there is a new Supplemental Update this week.

Exclusive: Apple's Tile Competitor Will Include 'Items' Tab in iOS 13's Find My App and Much More


Apple has been rumored to be planning to compete with Tile and announce a small Bluetooth beacon device. This beacon could be attached to personal items such as keys, purses, or wallets so that the owner could find them even when out of range of the items.


MacRumors has discovered an ARKit "star" image in the Find My app bundle that hints at the possibility of Apple's beacon incorporating augmented reality to find lost devices or items, similar to the Pixie Tracker. Apple may also allow these beacon devices to be "leashed" to an iOS or watchOS device so that the user would be notified when a beacon device is out of range of an iOS or watchOS device.

Taking things further, MacRumors was able to learn more about the beacon and how it will integrate with the new Find My app, discovering a number of images and other tidbits of information within an internal build of iOS 13.

Apple Apologizes Over Siri Privacy Concerns, Will Resume Grading Program in Fall With Several Changes


Apple has apologized over privacy concerns that arose after it was reported that contractors hired by the company frequently heard confidential information while listening to anonymized Siri audio recordings for quality evaluation purposes — aka grading.


After swiftly suspending its grading program and conducting a review of its policies, Apple says it will resume the evaluation process in the fall on an opt-in basis only and with improved privacy measures, including no longer retaining audio recordings.

Apple employees will still review anonymized, computer-generated transcripts of Siri interactions regardless of a customer's opt-in status, with the only way to avoid this being to disable Siri entirely.

Apple to Allow Independent Repair Shops to Service Out-of-Warranty iPhones With Genuine Parts


Apple is launching a new program that will provide independent repair businesses with the same Apple genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and diagnostics as Apple Authorized Service Providers, starting in the United States.


The program will allow independent repair shops to offer out-of-warranty service for iPhones, such as display and battery replacements, but there is no mention of in-warranty repairs or any other devices at this time. Apple has set up a new page on its website where repair businesses can learn more and apply.

macOS Catalina Tips and Tricks Worth Knowing


macOS Catalina should be released by the end of September, and ahead of time, we have highlighted some lesser-known features, tips, and tricks for the update over on our YouTube channel.


As a refresher, be sure to watch our macOS Catalina hands-on video from June, which provides a detailed overview of major new features.

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Apple Shelves 'Walkie-Talkie' Feature for iPhone-to-iPhone Messaging Without Wi-Fi or Cellular


A recent report claimed that Apple has shelved plans for a "walkie-talkie" feature that would have allowed iPhone users to communicate with each other in areas without cellular coverage, such as while hiking.


The feature would have allowed messaging without Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity, instead relying on the 900 MHz radio spectrum. The technology apparently relied on Intel modems, though, and Apple is widely expected to switch back to Qualcomm modems in iPhones starting in 2020.

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Top Stories: Apple Card Launch, Titanium Apple Watch, iPhone and HomePod Rumors

Following a couple of weeks of trickling out early invitations, Apple this week launched Apple Card for all U.S. customers, offering broad access to the new digital and physical credit card issued in partnership with Goldman Sachs.

This week also saw a host of rumors and leaks, including details on Apple's upcoming iPhones, word of updates for the MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, AirPods, and HomePod, and a leak suggesting the Apple Watch Series 5 may come with options for ceramic and titanium cases.

Check out our wrap-up below for more details on those stories and more from the past week!

Apple Card Launches in United States


Following five months of waiting and a limited rollout earlier in August, the Apple Card is finally available for all qualifying customers in the United States. iPhone users aged 18 or older can apply for the card in the Wallet app by tapping on the plus icon in the top-right corner, and if approved, begin using the digital version of the card within minutes.


Once approved, customers can then order a physical, titanium Apple Card for purchases at stores that do not accept contactless payments. Apple has even shared cleaning instructions for the card — keep it away from leather wallets and denim jeans apparently!

Apple also announced that more merchants will begin offering 3% Daily Cash, starting with Uber and Uber Eats.

2019 iPhones With Multi-Angle Face ID and Cheaper HomePod as Early as 2020


While it has yet to be announced, we're likely under three weeks away from Apple's traditional September event, where the company is widely expected to unveil new iPhone and Apple Watch models.


Ahead of time, Bloomberg has outlined several expectations for the devices, including 2019 iPhones having improved water and shatter resistance and multi-angle Face ID that even works flat on a table.

The report also calls for a 16-inch MacBook Pro with slimmer bezels, an iPad Pro refresh, and a new 10.2-inch iPad later this year, as well as higher-priced AirPods with water resistance and noise cancelation and a cheaper HomePod with fewer tweeters as early as 2020.

Tuesday, September 10 is the predicted date of Apple's event.

New Ceramic and Titanium Apple Watch Models Uncovered in watchOS 6 Beta


Just days after respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo assured that new Apple Watch models will launch later this year, four unreleased model numbers were filed with the Eurasian Economic Commission.


The new Apple Watch lineup will likely include new titanium and ceramic models based on leaked assets discovered in the watchOS 6 beta.

The new Apple Watch models, and likely new bands, are expected to be unveiled alongside new iPhones in September.

Apple Arcade Will Likely Cost $4.99 Per Month, Six Games Leaked in Hands-On Video


Apple Arcade is set to launch this fall, providing iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV users with access to a library of over 100 games on a subscription basis, with no ads or additional in-app purchases.


9to5Mac recently managed to gain access to an internal early access program for Apple Arcade, intended for Apple employees, leading to leaks such as the service's likely $4.99 per month price with a free one-month trial and a hands-on preview of six games that will be available to subscribers.

Apple TV+ is also set to launch this fall, with a new report claiming Apple plans to launch the streaming video service by November. Apple is said to be considering a price of $9.99 per month. Meanwhile, we've uncovered evidence to suggest offline viewing and multiple streams might be supported.

iOS 13 and iPadOS Beta 8 Released


Apple has seeded the eighth beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS to developers for testing, as well as the corresponding seventh beta for public beta testers.


Not a whole lot is new in the latest beta, as Apple has reached the later stages of testing, but here are Apple's detailed release notes. iOS 13 and iPadOS will be widely released to all users in September.

Apple has also seeded the sixth beta of macOS Catalina and the eighth beta of watchOS 6. There was no new tvOS beta this week.

Hands-On With CarPlay in iOS 13: Everything That's New!


In one of our latest YouTube videos, we went hands-on with CarPlay in iOS 13, providing a closer look at several new changes to the platform.


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There's a new side-by-side dashboard, for example, that displays the Maps app, Shortcuts, Siri suggestions, Now Playing for music, and upcoming Calendar events all at a glance, which is convenient.

Trump Says Tim Cook Made 'Good Case' That Tariffs Would Put Apple at Disadvantage With Samsung


U.S. President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook met for dinner last week, and Trump has since told reporters that Cook made a "very compelling argument" that tariffs on Chinese imports could put Apple at a disadvantage with rival Samsung.


The U.S. plans to impose an additional 10 percent tariff on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports on September 1, but last week it delayed the tariff to December 15 for products including the iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks.

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Top Stories: ‘iPhone 11 Pro’ Rumors, iOS 13 Beta 7, Apple Card Hands-On

We're just a few weeks away from the unveiling of this year's iPhone lineup as well as the official release of iOS 13 and Apple's other new operating system versions, and we're continuing to hear hardware rumors as Apple tidies up its software.

Apple Card continues to roll out to more users in the U.S., while there's a new controversy over Apple preventing users of its latest iPhones with batteries replaced outside of authorized sales channels from seeing battery health information. As always, read on for a full recap of the biggest stories from this week.

'iPhone 11 Pro' Rumored to Be Name of High-End 2019 iPhone


Apple is widely expected to unveil a trio of new iPhones next month, and ahead of time, an anonymous Twitter account with a proven track record has suggested that at least one of the models will have "Pro" within its name, such as "iPhone Pro" or "iPhone 11 Pro."


This year's iPhone lineup is expected to include two higher-end 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch OLED models and one lower-end 6.1-inch LCD model. Rumored features include triple-lens rear cameras on the higher-end models, larger batteries, two-way charging of AirPods, and more.

Read our 2019 iPhones roundup for a recap of all rumors to date.

Apple Releases iOS 13 Beta 7


Apple has seeded the seventh betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to developers for testing. As usual, we are highlighting any new features and changes that we discover in the latest betas.


Apple has also seeded the seventh developer betas of watchOS 6 and tvOS 13. Corresponding public betas, excluding watchOS, have also been released.

Hands-On With Apple Card


In a YouTube video this week, we highlighted the Apple Card sign up process, how it works, what it looks like, and how the titanium card feels in person for those who haven't yet had a chance to sign up.


Apple Card began rolling out earlier this month to a limited number of users who signed up to be notified, with a wider launch to follow later this month. Apple has shared details on how Apple Card applications are evaluated.

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2019 iPhones Might Not Have 'iPhone' Branding on the Back


This year's iPhones won't have "iPhone" branding on the back of the devices, according to a long list of leaks from an alleged Foxconn employee.


On a Chinese Q&A website, the person also claimed that at least one of the new iPhones will be available in an all-new dark green color with a matte appearance, in line with a few previous rumors.

This information has not been confirmed and could certainly be faked, so this falls into the "sketchy rumor" category for now.

Triple-Lens Rear Cameras Rumored for Next iPad Pro Range, Dual-Lens for New Entry-Level iPad


In addition to the iPhone, a report this week claimed that Apple plans to add a triple-lens rear camera to the next 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


Meanwhile, the rumored 10.2-inch iPad is said to feature a dual-lens rear camera array like the iPhone XS series. This model is expected to succeed the low-cost 9.7-inch iPad in Apple's tablet lineup.

Reports are conflicting about whether the next iPad Pro models will be released in the fall, like last year, or in spring 2020.

Apple on iPhone Battery Locking Issue: We Want to Make Sure Battery Replacement is Done Properly


Apple has confirmed that it introduced a feature last year on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR that notifies customers if iOS is unable to verify that a new, genuine battery was installed by a certified technician following repair.


While repair website iFixit described the feature as a "dormant software lock," Apple has responded by saying "we take the safety of our customers very seriously and want to make sure any battery replacement is done properly." Apple also says the notification does not impact the ability to use an iPhone after an unauthorized repair.

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