In this week’s top stories: Apple opens many more retail stores in the United States and other countries, a jailbreak for iOS 13.5, macOS Catalina 10.15.5 released for everyone, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

Following last week’s release of iOS 13.5, Apple this week released macOS Catalina 10.15.5 to the public. The biggest change here is a new Battery Health Management feature that aims to reduce the chemical aging of a MacBook’s battery and extend its lifespan, but without comprising battery life.

For example, if your MacBook is left plugged in most of the time, the Battery Health Management feature will kick-in to stop your MacBook from charging to full capacity.

Elsewhere, new data from research firm Omdia this week indicated that the iPhone 11 has become the world’s most popular smartphone. According to data, Apple shipped 19.5 million iPhone 11 units during the first quarter of this year — which is 6 million units higher than the iPhone XR shipped during Q1 2019.

The unc0ver team has released a new tool that can patch “every signed iOS version on every device,” enabling a jailbreak on all Apple devices. That means devices such as the iPhone 11, iPhone SE, and the 2020 iPad Pro can be jailbroken even if they are running iOS 13.5, which is the latest version of iOS available. Check out our full coverage here for more information.

Last but not least this week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple is planning a new version of the Messages app for Mac based on Catalyst. In other words, this means Apple will bring the same Messages app from iOS and iPadOS to the Mac. This would include some of the missing effects and features currently available on iPhone and iPad, but not Mac.

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

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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.

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Zac is joined once again by special guest David Smith (@_DavidSmith) to discuss key opportunities for Apple’s upcoming watchOS 7 software update for Apple Watch, David’s personal fitness journey and a recent milestone, and much more.

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Happy Hour Podcast 279 |

This week Zac and Benjamin discuss the state of Apple Stores during the global pandemic, updates to Apple’s Exposure Notifications API, macOS 10.15.5 and new battery features, new details about Messages for Mac on macOS 10.16, loads of Apple TV+ developments, and much more.

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What could an iPhone without any ports look like, and is it likely that Apple would ever adopt USB-C for the iPhone? Also, Mac development, using multiple programming languages, sharing utilities between projects, and much more.

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In this episode of the Apple @ Work podcast, Bradley is joined by Lindsey Koshansky of Locus Health to discuss at-home patient monitoring with iPad, improving patient satisfaction, and the future of healthcare.

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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.

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