In this week’s top stories: Everything Apple will announce in October, Apple Watch Series 4 Nike+ hits store shelves, iOS 12.1 includes 70+ new emoji, and more. Read on for this week’s top Apple news.
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Two weeks after the release of the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Nike+ hit store shelves this week. The device includes two main differences in comparison to the aluminum Apple Watch Series 4: exclusive Nike+ watch faces and a new reflective Sport Loop band. Read everything there is to know about Apple Watch Nike+ here.
Bloomberg Businessweek this week published an extensive report detailing how Chinese spy chips were found in servers of major U.S. tech companies, including Apple. Apple, however, has vehemently denied the report, issuing a handful of strong-worded statements and a press release ‘What Businessweek got wrong about Apple.’
Apple released the second beta of iOS 12.1 to developers and public beta testers this week. The update, perhaps most notably for the average consumer, includes 70 new emoji. The new emoji options include red hair, lobster, softball, bagel, and many more.
As for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, a pair of detailed tests emerged this week offering closer looks at key features. DxOMark is calling the iPhone XS camera “one of the best mobile cameras” following its extensive testing.
Meanwhile, Consumer Reports testing shows that one of the biggest improvements for the iPhone XS is battery life, with the device averaging battery life even better than what Apple claimed.
Last but not least, 9to5Mac’s Zac Hall shared his full Apple Watch Series 4 review, highlighting the beautiful new design, as well as the invisible features that make it such a substantial upgrade from the Series 3. Read the full review here.
These and the rest of this week’s top Apple news stories below…
iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |
- What’s the best email app for macOS?
- Second iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1 developer betas now available
- iOS 12.1 comes with 70 new emoji including red hair, lobster, softball, bagel, more
- With iOS 12.1, the phone emoji finally loses the home button to reflect modern iPhone design
- Fantastical updated for Siri Shortcuts, iPhone XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4
- iPhone XS Max: 7 first impressions after a week with Apple’s 6.5-inch flagship
- iPhone XS camera ranked #2 by DxOMark: ‘one of the best mobile cameras’
- Filmmaker says iPhone XS sensor and image processing makes low-light video ‘voodoo’ good
- Consumer Reports: Most notable iPhone XS improvement is battery life, but Note 9 is still #1
- Tests show how the Intel-powered iPhone XS compares to Qualcomm devices & more
- iPhone XS sales stronger than last year’s lineup, but iPhone 7 remains #1, suggest analytics
- Apple shows off photos shared by iPhone XS owners [Gallery]
- Photography experts behind Halide camera app explain iPhone XS advancements, skin smoothing, more
- Analyst survey suggests more iPhone upgraders than expected plan to buy XS/Max
- Some iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max units not charging automatically when power cable is plugged in
iPad & Mac |
- Apple preventing third-party iMac Pro & 2018 MacBook Pro repairs, internal document says
- iFixit says independent Mac repair is alive and well – at least for now
Apple Watch |
- Review: Apple Watch Series 4 — beautiful design, invisible features
- Apple Watch Series 4: A big leap for the Digital Crown
- Customizing the Infograph face on Apple Watch Series 4
- [Update: Apple Store stock and unboxing] Apple Watch Nike+ hits stores Friday with new face and reflective band
Tech Industry |
- As Apple preps new iPad Pros & low-cost MacBook, Microsoft unveils latest Surface products
- Student of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s $13,000 ‘Woz U’ coding program says ‘it’s broken’
- Facebook hopes to revive its ‘Nearby Friends’ location sharing feature w/ new Snapchat-like interface
- Tile smart trackers now feature replaceable batteries, increased range
- Ahead of T-Mobile/Sprint town hall meeting, union rally set to prevent job losses
- T-Mobile LTE tops list of US carriers for fastest data speeds
Top Apple news, retail |
- Apple Carrousel du Louvre closing permanently on October 27th
- Amazing Apple Park LEGO model features entire campus in stunning detail with 85,000 pieces
- Remembering Apple’s discontinued Print Products with one final photo book
- Apple and The Big Draw collaborate to bring special art sessions to stores in seven cities across the world
- Apple stores will participate in EU Code Week with over 2000 Today at Apple sessions
Top Apple news, company |
- October Apple expectations: Redesigned iPad Pro, Mac lineup refresh, iPhone XR, more
- Apple strongly refutes report that it found Chinese ‘spy’ chips in iCloud servers
- Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card
- First known case of law enforcement requiring suspect to unlock their iPhone using Face ID
- Apple cuts BeatsX pricing & color options, but they’re still cheaper elsewhere
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This week’s top videos |
- How to master macOS Mojave screenshots [Video]
- Hands-on: iOS 12.1 beta 2 changes and features [Video]
9to5Mac Daily |
Listen to a recap of the top Apple news 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.
Happy Hour Podcast #193 |
This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the Apple Watch Series 4 review process and the latest thinking on the new model, a new student ID card feature in Wallet on iOS 12 and watchOS 5, new features coming in iOS 12.1, an issue with Dolby Atmos and HDMI-CEC on Apple TV 4K, and the state of Marzipan apps on macOS Mojave. Listen for the top Apple news of the week.
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.
- Making The Grade: It’s hypocritical for Apple to promote privacy while not offering a G-Suite alternative
- Making The Grade: Is Apple’s K-12 device management strategy wrong?
- Making The Grade: Passive notifications on Apple Watch make it ideal for teachers
- Making The Grade: iOS 12 and macOS Mojave update strategy for IT
- Making The Grade: BYOD should be avoided, and here are three reasons why
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