In this week’s top stories: More iOS 13 bug fixes, what improvements to expect with iOS 14, iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases, a December Apple event, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

Apple this week released iOS 13.2.3 and iPadOS 13.2.3 to the public. The update continues to make improvements to iOS 13 performance, and includes further enhancements to background app downloading, the Mail app, and more. Find the full release notes in our coverage here.

On Wednesday, Apple released new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. These cases include a new physical camera button for easily opening the Camera app, and then taking photos and videos. The cases are available to order now for $129.

Apple has officially broken ground on its new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. The campus will be 3 million square feet in size and initially home 5,000 employees with the capacity to grow to 15,000 employees. This new campus is expected to open in 2022.

Tim Cook also traveled to Austin this week to tour the existing Flextronics plant where the Mac Pro has been assembled since 2013. President Trump joined Cook on this tour, with the Apple CEO thanking him for making the United States investments possible.

A report from Bloomberg has offered new details on Apple’s development process for iOS 14. In an effort to prevent the update from being as buggy and unstable as iOS 13 has been, Apple is reportedly implementing a new system that will make it easier for engineers to test and remove features throughout the development process.

Last but not least, Apple announced this week that it will hold a special evening on December 2. The invite for the event features a a golden App Store logo, with the tagline “loved by millions, created by the best.” Apple says the event will honor its favorite apps and games of 2019.

This means you shouldn’t expect a focus on new hardware products. Instead, the December 2 date of the event lines up with when Apple usually announces its app of the year, game of the year, and other top charts

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