In this week’s top stories: iOS 14 home screen redesign and feature rumors, Apple designs a custom Face Shield, new iOS 13.4.1 release, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

Apple continued its work to help those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic this week. Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed in a video this week that Apple has sourced and donated over 20 million masks to healthcare workers and has also designed a custom Face Shield that it’s shipping to those workers.

This week also brought a handful of new iPhone 12 leaks. One image claimed to reportedly show the iPhone 12 with a smaller notch, an iPhone 4-style body redesign, and home screen widgets. Another leaked image purportedly showcases the iPhone 12 Pro with a new camera array on the back featuring a LiDAR Scanner.

Elsewhere, Apple released iOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4.1, watchOS 6.2.1, and a supplemental macOS 10.15.4 update to the public this week. These updates include bug fixes and performance improvements related to FaceTime, USB-C performance, and much more.

9to5Mac has learned that Apple is in the process of acquiring a California-based virtual reality company called NextVR. The acquisition is expected to be valued around $100 million, and a shell company formed this year that’s believed to be Apple is hiring most of the engineers who develop the product. Read our full coverage here.

Lastly, you may have seen reports this week that Apple is looking to “phase out” the Beats hardware brand. As it turns out, this is not actually the case. 9to5Mac can report that this is not a strategy that Apple plans to pursue. The strategy is not one that should be viewed as being on the table for the company.

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

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