In this week’s top stories: Apple Card expands financing, a new MacBook Pro GPU, WWDC 2020 expectations, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
Leading off this week, Apple Card officially added new financing options. The financing options vary by product. For example, higher-priced items like the Mac and iPad Pro offer 12-month financing with 0% interest. Cheaper items like AirPods and AirPods Pro offer 6-month financing with 0% interest. Get all of the details here.
Apple also added a pair of new upgrade options for Mac users this week. First, there is a new AMD Radeon Pro 5600M GPU option for build-to-order 16-inch MacBook Pro configurations. This is an $800 option. For Mac Pro, Apple is also now selling an SSD upgrade kit. This lets Mac Pro users change their internal SSD modules if they didn’t opt for the higher-capacity configs when the machine was purchased.
This week also brought some fresh App Store drama ahead of WWDC. Hey, a new subscription email application from the creators of Basecamp, was initially approved for the App Store. However, subsequent updates are being rejected by Apple because you can not sign up for the subscription through Apple’s In-App Purchase system. Phil Schiller is standing firm on the issue, and you can read our coverage here.
9to5Mac reported this week that the Podcasts app in iOS 14 will gain a variety of new features. This includes a new “For You” tab with reccomendations, as well as the ability for podcast creators to offer bonus content to subscribers.
WWDC 2020 officially kicks off on Monday, June 22. What can you expect at the event? We’ve got a full roundup right here that walks through everything to expect, and even what not to expect.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
- Upcoming iPhone CarKey feature described in iOS 13.6 privacy screens
- Exclusive: iOS 14 to include overhauled Podcasts app with ‘For You’, bonus content, more
- Renders imagine iPhone 12 in new navy blue color with iPhone 4-style design
- Battery check leads to discovery of fake AirPods entering the US from China
- Leaked molds and CAD renders show new iPhone 12 design with flat edges
Apple Watch |
- watchOS 7 features: Everything we know ahead of WWDC 2020
- AirPods cannibalized Apple Watch sales, suggests Canalys, but Apple still #1
- Apple Watch fall detection helps save life of 92-year-old farmer after fall from a ladder
- Slo Mo Guys created a great video of the Apple Watch water-ejection system
- Apple officially starts accepting Mac trade-ins at retail stores
- Apple adds new high-end GPU option for 16-inch MacBook Pro, SSD upgrade kit for Mac Pro
- Initial tests show impressive performance gains with new 5600M AMD GPU in 16-inch MacBook Pro
- Users reporting USB 2.0 compatiblity issues with 2020 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air
Top Apple stories, retail |
- COVID-19: Which Apple Stores have reopened?
- Apple will close select US retail stores again due to COVID-19 outbreaks
- US Apple Store reopenings continue this week with over 70 more locations
Apple TV |
- Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now
- Bloomberg outlines what to expect at WWDC, new Apple TV and HomePod coming ‘later this year’
- Hello, Goodbye: App Store rejects previously-approved ‘Hey’ email app from Basecamp
- Phil Schiller says Apple is not considering App Store rule changes as it doubles down on Hey email app
- Comment: Apple is heading into WWDC by insulting developers of free apps
- Hey CEO responds to Apple, says App Store issue is about fundamental ‘lack of choice’ that hurts customer relationships
- Apple Developer app updated ahead of WWDC 2020 with macOS version
Top Apple stories, company |
- What to expect at WWDC 2020: iOS 14, macOS 10.16, an iMac redesign, and more
- Apple launches new 0% Apple Card financing for iPad, Mac, AirPods, and more
- Apple 2020 Back to School promo: Free AirPods with Mac and iPad purchases
- First look at the fun WWDC20 jacket and pins Apple is sending to Swift Challenge winners
Tech Industry |
- All four major carriers reportedly experiencing network disruptions
- Did your city make the list? AT&T expands 5G to 130 new markets ahead of iPhone 12
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This week’s top videos |
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.
- 9to5Mac Daily: June 19, 2020 – Apple’s plans for AR and VR headsets and glasses, more
- 9to5Mac Daily: June 18, 2020 – Mac trade-in program, UK contact tracing app
- 9to5Mac Daily: June 17, 2020 – App Store policies, iPhone 12 rumors
- 9to5Mac Daily: June 16, 2020 – WWDC 2020 details, Apple EU investigation
- 9to5Mac Daily: June 15, 2020 – Apple Card financing, new Mac upgrade options
9to5Mac Watch Time episode #25 |
This week Zac joins the trio at the Apple Watchcast podcast to discuss what to expect from WWDC 2020. This episode includes a portion of the full episode and a special virtual 5K announcement at wwdc.tempo.run.
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9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives. 9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS.
Happy Hour Podcast 282 |
This week Zac and Benjamin preview WWDC 2020, iOS 14, and much more.
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Stacktrace Podcast 088 |
On this special episode of the show, John and Rambo are joined by Ellen Shapiro and Kaya Thomas for the grand WWDC20 Keynote Poker game. Bets, speculations, and discussions around what Apple might release next week at the 2020 edition of WWDC.
Apple @ Work Podcast |
In this episode of the Apple @ Work podcast, Bradley is joined by Adam Vazquez of Heard Podcasts to discuss business podcasts, why now is a great time for brands to start a podcast, and how to get started.
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.
- Making the Grade: MacBook Air is the ideal solution for K-12 deployments
- Apple @ Work: What are the best management options for Ubiquiti networks?
- Making the Grade: Augmented Reality apps to enhance at-home learning
- Making the Grade: How do you choose between iPad, Chromebook, and laptop?
- Making the Grade: Why ‘OS Recovery’ will be a key feature for K-12 iOS deployments
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