In this week’s top stories: iPhone 11 rumors start to trickle in, CES 2018 brings HomeKit and AirPlay 2 accessories, IKEA plans new smart blinds, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest stories.

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CES 2019 took place this week in Las Vegas and there were several notable announcements for Apple fans. A handful of new HomeKit accessories were showcased, including HomeKit-compatible door bells.

AirPlay 2 was also a focus this year, with Vizio, Samsung, Sony, and LG all announcing that they would be adding AirPlay 2 support to their TVs. Samsung also added a dedicated app for accessing iTunes TV shows and Movies.

Read all of our CES 2019 coverage in our full guide right here.

In addition to CES 2019, this week also saw an influx of iPhone 11 rumors. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Apple is plotting three new iPhones for 2019. The new models include one with a triple-lens camera setup, as well as an iPhone XR followup with a dual-lens camera.

Tim Cook sat down with CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Tuesday to talk about Apple’s plans for 2019. The Apple CEO called reports that the iPhone XR is failing “bologna.” He also teased that Apple has new services coming in 2019 and said that Apple’s “greatest contribution to mankind” will be in the health sector.

Lastly, Brydge this week made its MacBook-stye iPad Pro keyboards available for pre-order. These keyboards offer an aluminum finish and are versatile for typing, content consumption, and more.

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

CES 2019 |

iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |

iPhone |

Mac + iPad |

Apple Watch |

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Accessories |

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This week’s top videos |

Happy Hour Podcast #207 |

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple TV and the new zero sign-on feature in tvOS 12, iCloud Photos and managing limited storage, a possible preview at how the iPhone 11 camera system will appear, CES 2019 and the wave of new AirPlay 2 and HomeKit TVs, the changing proposition of the Apple TV, and much more CES 2019 news.

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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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