In this week’s top stories: iPhone 11 details continue to emerge ahead of Tuesday’s event, Apple Watch sleep tracking revealed, new details on Apple’s AR efforts, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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The iPhone 11 event is officially set for September 10th at 10AM PT, 1PM ET and details about Apple’s announcements continue to emerge. As for the iPhone 11, we got a closer look at some of the rumored design changes this week thanks to continued case leaks. These leaks essentially confirm that the Apple logo will be centered this year.
On Monday, 9to5Mac exclusively reported that Apple is working on sleep tracking for the Apple Watch, that won’t require any special hardware in order to function. The new feature could be announced as early as next week’s event.
The new feature is called “Time in Bed tracking” and will track the user’s quality of sleep using the Apple Watch’s multiple sensors and inputs, including the person’s movement, heart rate, and noises. Data about the user’s quality of sleep will be made available in the Health app and a new Sleep app for the Apple Watch.
Meanwhile, 9to5Mac also reported new details on Apple’s augmented reality efforts, as well as its forthcoming item trackers. The item trackers will be accessible via the “Find My” app on iOS and will pack connectivity including NFC, Bluetooth, a speaker, and more. Read our full report right here.
Lastly, Apple on Friday slammed Google’s Project Zero research team for some of its findings related to iOS security. Apple took issue with many of the claims made by Google, and underscored that iOS security is a top priority. Read the full response here.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
iOS | macOS | tvOS |
- Apple releasing second iOS 13.1 developer beta today
- How to find a lost iPhone, iPad or Mac – even if it’s offline
- Report: Exploit market ‘flooded’ with iOS vulnerabilities, driving down their value
- How to downgrade from the iOS 13.1 beta
- Report says Apple to release new ‘iPhone SE’ with 4.7-inch display in spring 2020
- ‘Apple Glasses’ explained and how iPhone-connected item trackers will work
- Comment: The latest rumor is not the iPhone SE 2 many of us want to see
- iPhone 11 dummy photos in cases give another good sense of what to expect
- Kuo: Key 2020 iPhone upgrades will be all-new design, 5G, and improved cameras
- Purported iPhone 11 benchmark suggests 1 GB additional RAM and modest CPU speed-up
- Walmart stocking iPhone 11 cases ahead of Apple event
- Bloomberg: Apple adding under-display Touch ID to the iPhone as soon as next year, corroborates 2020 cheaper iPhone
Mac + iPad |
- USB4 development complete, here’s what it means for Mac users
- Apple Pro Display XDR alternative from Asus matches many specs, but 4K not 6K
- Redditor turns busted MacBook Pro into a clever Mac + iPad hybrid using Sidecar
Top Apple stories, retail |
- Apple Fifth Avenue’s reimagined glass cube opens soon
- Apple Stores offer September 10 keynote livestreams
- Grand opening: Apple Marunouchi arrives at Tokyo Station
- Expanded Altamonte Springs Apple Store now open
- Bamboo curtain wraps Apple Marunouchi in Tokyo
- Apple and Burberry develop ‘R Message’ chat tool for personalized shopping
Apple Watch |
- Apple Watch sleep tracking revealed: sleep quality, battery management, more
- PSA: Apple Watch sleep-tracking doesn’t need to exhaust your battery
- Apple Watch partner Hermès listing ‘Series 5’ bands, but may be mistake [update: gone]
Apple Card |
- Here’s what a bare metal Apple Card looks like, and how to convert your own
- Is the Apple Card pure titanium? Electron microscope scan reveals all…
- Yep, wood or metal Apple Card cases for up to $900 really are a thing now…
- DOJ asks Apple and Google for personal details of gun scope app users
- Facebook Dating available now, with Secret Crush feature, but concerns raised
- Apple launches all-new Apple Music web app in public beta
- Arlo launches new app for smart cameras, doorbells, and lights but drops Apple TV support
- Is a new Apple TV coming next week?
- Tile is already worried about getting lost after Apple announces its item tracker
- Philips Hue launches new HomeKit Smart Plug and Button, Filament lighting collection, more
- Huawei’s AirPods clones get noise cancellation ahead of Apple
- Everything we know about Apple’s Tile-like item tracking device
- iOS 13: How to connect a PlayStation controller or Xbox game controller to your iPhone and iPad
- Hands-on with Logitech’s new MX Master 3 and Keys: Premium upgrades to a beloved device
- Sonos unveils Move, its first Bluetooth speaker with AirPlay 2, 10-hour battery, more
Top Apple stories, company |
- Apple’s iPhone 11 event kicks off on Tuesday, here’s everything you need to know
- Apple autonomous car spotted with new sensors, possibly all-camera, no LiDAR
- Apple to live stream September 10 iPhone 11 event on YouTube for the first time
- Apple TV+ drama ‘Bastards’ scrapped over concerns about show’s ‘tone of vigilante justice’
- Chinese tariffs could cost you $1,000/year, but Apple helping out for now
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This week’s top videos |
- Hands-on: This 27-inch 4K BenQ Thunderbolt 3 display should pique your interest [Video]
- Poll: Are you excited about Apple Watch sleep tracking? [Video]
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.
- 9to5Mac Daily: September 06, 2019 – Apple Music web app, Apple Pay cryptocurrency
- 9to5Mac Daily: September 05, 2019 – 2020 iPhone, new HomeKit accessories
- 9to5Mac Daily: September 04, 2019 – iPhone SE 2 and Apple TV rumors
- 9to5Mac Daily: September 03, 2019 – Apple Watch sleep tracking exclusive
- 9to5Mac Daily: September 02, 2019 – Apple Watch repair program, Apple’s item tracker
9to5Mac Watch Time |
9to5Mac Watch Time is a brand new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.
In the fifth episode of our new Watch Time podcast, Zac is joined by Ian Blackburn to talk about diving into fitness later in life with the Apple Watch, Ian’s experience with completing IronMan triathlons using Apple Watch, gear to make Apple Watch even smart for cyclists, and much more.
9to5Mac Watch Time is now available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS. Subscribe now to enjoy our teaser trailer and hear new episodes as soon as they drop — starting next week.
Happy Hour Podcast #241 |
Apple’s major September event is officially announced! Does the colorful event invitation have a hidden meaning? Zac and Benjamin also talk upcoming Apple’s Tile tracker competitor and rumors about Apple’s AR/VR headset plans, the possibility of a new Apple TV upgrade, Gui Rambo’s major sleep tracking Apple Watch scoop, and much more!
Stacktrace Podcast #52 |
It’s once again time for John and Rambo to face off in an epic game of Apple Keynote Poker — this time speculating about what Apple might announce at next week’s September Event. Also, Apple AR hardware, more evidence of an “Apple Tag” device, and Apple Watch sleep tracking.
Apple @ Work |
Apple @ Work 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.
- Apple @ Work: Top 3 mistakes Apple IT managers make [Video Webinar]
- Apple @ Work: When to deploy macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13
- Apple @ Work: IoT devices face security problems that must be addressed
- Apple @ Work: Did web apps allow the Mac to flourish in the enterprise?
- Apple @ Work: How Apple could evolve iMessage to be better suited for business use