In this week’s top stories: Ming-Chi Kuo details the 2020 and 2021 iPhones, Apple reveals its 2019 App Store awards, Peloton launches an Apple Watch app, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
Apple this week officially revealed its best of 2019 awards on the App Store. In conjunction with this, the company held a small private event in New York City to honor the winning developers. Spectre Camera was crowned the iPhone app of the year, while Flow by Moleskine took home top on honors the iPad. Find details on all of the winners here.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was out with two notable investor reports this week. First off, Kuo said that Apple will release a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini LED display technology at the end of 2020.
Kuo has said that Apple is interested in adopting mini LED screen panels as they offer a rich wide color gamut, high contrast ratios, high dynamic range, and localized dimming. What does mini LED mean for you? Read our explanation of the technology here.
Meanwhile, Kuo on Thursday detailed what to expect from the 2020 and 2021 iPhone lineups. The wide-ranging report detailed that Apple plans to introduce five new iPhones in 2020, with the primary differences between each model being camera technology. In 2021, Kuo reports that Apple will release an “iPhone SE 2 Plus” with Touch ID in the power button, as well as a high-end iPhone without Lightning connectivity.
Read our full coverage of Kuo’s report for all of the details.
In other news, Peloton released its first app for Apple Watch this week. The Peloton App for Apple Watch allows you to track your heart rate in all workouts and your pace and distance during indoor runs. The Peloton app taps into the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor, which integrates with Peloton’s workouts, allowing you to see how hard you’re working within the different zones.
Last but not least, Apple announced on Saturday that the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR will be available to order on December 10. The new Mac Pro starts at $5,999 while the Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
iOS | tvOS |
- Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS updated with several new features
- Apple blocks downgrades to iOS 13.2.2 as updates continue to fix bugs and performance issues
- Spotify update brings Sleep Timer feature for iOS users starting today
- Craigslist gets official iPhone app 11 years after the App Store launched
- Apple admits iPhone 11 Pro still collects location data even when told not to
- No Face ID required: Apple Pay Express Mode now available for the London Underground, here’s how to set it up
- Analyst expects Apple to split flagship iPhone releases into separate summer and fall launches, starting 2021
- BMW will no longer require a subscription to use CarPlay in some cars
- Kuo: Four new OLED iPhones in 2020, iPhone without Lightning port in 2021
Apple Watch |
- Apple Watch Siri awkwardly interrupts on-air meteorologist and contradicts his forecast
- Chirp 2 for Apple Watch brings infinite Twitter timeline, major speed boost on watchOS 6, more
- Peloton launches official Apple Watch app for viewing workout data
- Suspected thieves jailed after owner pinged stolen Apple Watch to locate it
- Nomad debuts versatile new leather ‘Active Straps’ for Apple Watch
- OtterBox’s first Apple Watch case gets full launch after Apple Store exclusive [25% off deal]
iPad & Mac |
- New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR orders start on December 10, Apple announces
- MacBook Pro Diary: A forced repair leading to a rethink about my next Mac
- MacBook Pro Diary: A third failure, and a potentially radical solution
- Kuo: Apple releasing 12.9-inch iPad and 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini LED in late 2020
- What is mini LED and what could it mean for iPad and MacBook?
- New to the 16-inch MacBook Pro? These accessories are essential for professionals
- Apple forced to face class action lawsuit over problematic butterfly keyboards
- Is your 13-inch MacBook Pro shutting down randomly? Here’s the fix
- Opinion: The butterfly keyboard class action lawsuit deserves to succeed
Top Apple stories, retail |
- Apple’s latest store design comes to Canada at Toronto Eaton Centre December 14
- Today at Apple upgrades begin at Sydney Apple Store January 5
- San Mateo’s Apple Hillsdale reopening in North Block December 7
- Japan’s 10th Apple Store opens December 14 in Kawasaki
Apple 2019 awards |
- Here’s what happened at today’s Apple special ‘event’ in New York
- Apple announces best App Store apps and games of 2019 following private New York City event
- Apple launches Apple Music Awards, will live stream Billie Eilish performance at Steve Jobs Theater
- How to live stream Billie Eilish’s Apple Music Awards concert at Steve Jobs Theater
Tech Industry |
- How to visualize your Apple Music Replay and Spotify Wrapped year in review stats
- Plex officially launches new streaming service with catalog of free movies and TV shows
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Top Apple stories, company |
- AirPlay 2 cracked, will allow multiroom play to non-supported speakers
- Comment: What can Apple do with HomeKit to catch Alexa in 2020?
- Apple buys rights to Billie Eilish documentary, will appear on TV+ rather than Apple Music
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This week’s top videos |
- Which iPhone should I buy? Comparing Apple’s current smartphone lineup [Video]
- Hands-on: an awesome Mac mini hub from Satechi [Video]
- 16-inch MacBook Pro review — a great keyboard is just the start [Video]
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- 9to5Mac Daily: December 05, 2019 – 2020 and 2021 iPhone rumors
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 04, 2019 – iPhone 11 Pro location data, more
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 03, 2019 – Apple crowns the best apps and games of 2019
- 9to5Mac Daily: December 02, 2019 – Apple Pay Express Transit, Mini LED iPad + MacBook
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Happy Hour Podcast #254 |
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