In this week’s top stories: It was a big week here at 9to5Mac as we exclusively reported numerous details about what to expect from iOS 14, watchOS 7, new Apple Watch models, and much more. Read on as we roundup everything we reported this week.
watchOS 7 |
We kicked things off with the news that Apple is developing the ability for Apple Watch to detect blood oxygen levels for the first time. This is based on code from iOS 14 that was seen by 9to5Mac.
We also expect Apple Watch Series 6 to include a new Infograph Pro watch face, SchoolTime features, sleep tracking and much more.
- Apple Watch blood oxygen detection feature found in iOS 14 code snippet
- Apple Watch Series 6 and watchOS 7 to include ‘Infograph Pro’ with tachymeter, SchoolTime and kids mode, sleep tracking, more
- watchOS 7 to include new ‘International’ Apple Watch face with multiple country flags
iOS 14 |
We then opened the floodgates for iOS 14, reporting numerous new features that are in development for this year’s updates.
Perhaps most notably, Apple is developing sophisticated mouse cursor support for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. This includes things like support for multiple pointers, gestures, and much more. Apple is also developing a new augmented reality application for iOS that it’s testing with Apple Stores and Starbucks.
HomeKit will also gain new features in iOS 14, based on leaked code seen by 9to5Mac. Apple is developing new face recognition features for HomeKit cameras, enhancements to Apple TV audio, and Night Shift for lights. Meanwhile, the iOS Home screen might even change this year, with Apple developing a new list view option.
- Sophisticated mouse cursor support coming to iOS 14, new iPad Smart Keyboard models with trackpad
- Apple developing new augmented reality app for iOS 14, testing Apple Store and Starbucks partnership
- HomeKit in iOS 14: Face recognition, Apple TV audio, Night Shift for lights
- iOS 14 to include new homescreen list view option with Siri suggestions and more
- iOS 14: Major accessibility features, Alipay Apple Pay, wallpaper app integration, more
tvOS 14 |
For Apple TV, code indicates that Apple is developing a new workouts application codenamed “Seymour.” This application would allow users to download workouts and be coached directly from their Apple TV. It would also tie in with Apple Watch for fitness tracking and Apple Music for audio.
- Apple developing workouts application for Apple TV with Apple Music and Apple Watch integration
- iOS 14: New permanent audio output option for Apple TV boxes
Last but not least, iOS 14 code confirms many of the new features we expect for the iPhone 9 and updated iPad Pro models. There’s also evidence that Apple is developing a new remote for the Apple TV, but it’s unclear if this will be a dramatic redesign or an iterative update based on the Siri Remote.
iOS 14 also reveals our first look at Apple’s upcoming high-end over-ear headphones with AirPods features.
- iOS 14 icon leak reveals first look at Apple’s high-end, over-ear headphones with AirPods features
- iOS 14 reveals iPhone 9 and updated iPad Pro details, new Apple TV remote, AirTags, more
More of this week’s top stories below.
- Apple allowing Apple Card customers to skip March payment without interest due to coronavirus
- Apple announces WWDC 2020 coming in June as an ‘online experience’
- Apple responds to COVID-19 by closing all stores outside of China until March 27
- Apple giving retail and hourly workers unlimited sick leave for coronavirus-like symptoms
- Apple News launches Coronavirus Special Coverage with curated stories and resources
- How to work from home effectively during the coronavirus outbreak
- Apple closes all retail stores in Italy until further notice due to coronavirus pandemic
- WWDC cancellation seems inevitable as Santa Clara County bans mass gatherings
- Analyst expects 5G iPhone and iPhone SE 2 launch delays as coronavirus disruption continues
- How to clean and sanitize your Mac, keyboard, mouse, other devices with Apple’s updated guidance
- White House officials call on Apple and other tech companies to help fight coronavirus
- Apple employee at Ireland campus tests positive for coronavirus, company deep cleaning all offices
- WSJ: Apple’s shift to remote working faces glitches due to secrecy, unclear guidelines
- iPhone can do whaaaat? New Apple Store displays invite you to learn
- Elon Musk knocks Apple’s recent iOS software quality, says it ‘broke my email system’
- Apple releasing fifth developer beta of iOS 13.4 and more today
- Apple’s latest Shot on iPhone ad is a 5 hour one-take video through the Hermitage museum
- Kuo expects first ARM Macs as soon as Q4 2020, major MacBook chassis redesign coming in 2021
- Kuo: New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with new scissor switch keyboard launching by June
Apple Watch |
- Oppo officially unveils its first smartwatch with its own ‘signature design’ that may just be a tad familiar
- Apple releasing watchOS 6.2 beta 5 to developers today
- Things task manager now works with multiple Apple Watches, no iPhone required
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This week’s top videos |
- Back to the Mac 017: Mac hardware is healthy again [Video]
- iOS 14 Leaks: Advanced iPad mouse / trackpad support!
9to5Mac Daily |
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- 9to5Mac Daily: March 12, 2020 – New MacBook rumors, watchOS 7
- 9to5Mac Daily: March 11, 2020 – iOS 14 Home screen and HomeKit features
- 9to5Mac Daily: March 10, 2020 – iOS 14 leaks detail cursor support and a new AR app
- 9to5Mac Daily: March 09, 2020 – iOS 14 leak reveals Apple Watch features and more
9to5Mac Watch Time episode #17 |
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Stacktrace Podcast 074 |
Welcome to the first episode in a new mini-series about indie app development, featuring special guests from around the community! Besides your regular updates on the world of Apple (this time with a huge number of leaks and info about iOS 14 and new products), and what John and Rambo are up to, you’ll get to hear how three indie developers come up with ideas and organize the pre-production around their apps.
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Apple @ Work and Making the Grade |
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 hundreds of Macs and hundreds 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 Podcast: Past, present, and future of identity in the enterprise
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- Making the Grade: How to get AirPlay 2 in the classroom without the expense of an Apple TV
- Apple @ Work: Here’s how Apple TV has quietly become a robust digital signage solution
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