In this week’s top stories: The iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 arrive, iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 are released to the public, hope for AirPower continues, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.

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Following their unveil last week, the Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone XS officially launched to consumers on Friday, September 21st. Despite some concerns about shipping delays, most pre-order customers received their devices on time and Apple celebrated the launch day festivities around the world.

This week also marked the release of iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 to the public. The updates bring a slew of improvements to their respective devices, including performance boosts, Screen Time, notification enhancements, and much more on iPhone.

On Tuesday, Apple released the first developer beat of iOS 12.1 – and we quickly discovered a pair of hints at new iPads in the update. First off, we noticed support for Memoji syncing – allowing users to sync their Memoji designs between an iPad and iPhone.

Perhaps most notably, though, iOS 12.1 includes mention of a new ‘iPad2018Fall’ device. Apple is widely expected to hold an October event to unveil new iPad Pro models and Macs, and iOS 12.1 only adds more fuel to that fire.

Last but not least, the iPhone XS packaging suggests that AirPower isn’t dead after all. Included in the “getting started guide” is mention of AirPower, while iOS 12.1 shows that development of Apple’s charging mat is ongoing.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below…

iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |

iPhone |

iPad & Mac |

Apple Watch |

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This week’s top videos |

9to5Mac Daily |

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Also listen to: Download #72, featuring Zac Hall.

Happy Hour Podcast #191 |

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss iPhone and Apple Watch orders, early reviews for the new products, the giant HomePod update that adds a few essential features, the best features of newly released iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12, and all the hardware secrets contained in iOS 12.1 beta.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Making The Grade |

Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

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