In this week’s top stories: More rumors about the iPhone 12 and its accessories, benchmarks from the Apple Silicon Mac mini, new iOS 14 tidbits, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
Following similar claims from other sources, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this week that Apple will sell the iPhone 12 at a similar price to the iPhone 12, but will remove in-box accessories including wired EarPods and the charger. As of right now, it’s unclear if Apple will also stop including the Lightning cable in the box.
There are a few benefits for Apple. Removing the in-box charging brick and headphones will dramatically shrink the packaging size. Kuo also suggests that it will help Apple offset the cost of the more expensive 5G components in this year’s iPhone 12.
In other news, The New York Times announced this week that it is completely leaving the Apple News platform, saying that Apple had offered little in the way of direct relationships with readers and little control over the business. The decision is effective immediately, with Times stories no longer appearing alongside other publications in Apple News.
For Apple Card users, this week brought a pair of new promotions. First, you’ll now earn 3% cash back when you pay with Apple Pay at Exxon and Mobil gas stations. Second, new Apple Card sign ups can receive a $50 bonus after they sign up for any Apple service. So for instance, if you sign up for Apple Arcade, you’ll receive a $50 Daily Cash bonus. This also applies to Apple Music subscriptions, App Store purchases, Apple TV+, and more. You can also now pay and manage your Apple Card statements on the web.
Finally, despite the confidentiality clauses in the developer agreement, benchmarks for the Developer Transition Kit have already surfaced on Geekbench. The machines seem to be achieving around 800 on the Geekbench v5 single-core test, and around 2600 on multi-core. For comparison, the entry-level $999 2020 MacBook Air achieves a Geekbench score of 1005 on single-core and 2000 on multi-core. Read more in our full coverage right here.
These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.
- Beta regrets? Here’s how to downgrade from iOS 14 to iOS 13
- Facebook slowly begins rolling out Dark Mode support for iOS
- How to install the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 developer beta
- iOS 14 includes new light and dark mode wallpapers, download here
- Concept shows how Apple could create a ‘glassOS’ based on the iOS 14 interface
- Apple releasing iOS 13.6 beta 3 to developers ahead of CarKey debut, more
- Here’s how Apple’s new Car Key feature works and when you’ll be able to use it
- Hands-on with iOS 14’s Sound Recognition feature that listens for doorbells, smoke alarms, more
- Voice Memos app in iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur adds new Enhance Recording feature, more
- Kuo: Apple will not include earbuds or charger in iPhone 12 box
- New video offers hands-on look at iPhone 12 dummy units in all three rumored sizes
- Comment: Selling an iPhone without a charger would be a step too far
- Reliable leaker backs reports of no charger or EarPods in slim iPhone 12 box
- iPhone 12 production ‘1-2 months behind schedule’; launch plans remain unclear
Apple Watch |
- Apple Watch handwashing detection was years in development; may be more to come
- Don’t want to wait for watchOS 7? Here’s how to start sleep tracking with Apple Watch today
- Doctor says Apple Watch diagnosed his critical heart disease, saved his life
- Apple VP Kevin Lynch talks Apple Watch sleep tracking, focus on ‘helpful and empowering’ data
- First benchmarks surface for Apple’s ARM-based Developer Transition Kit
- New ‘EvilQuest’ Mac ransomware found in pirated apps encrypts users files
- Mac: How to install the macOS Big Sur beta
- Unannounced iMac appears in Geekbench results with 10-core Intel i9 CPU, Radeon Pro 5300 GPU
- When will Apple release a new iMac, and should you buy now or wait?
- Apple promises faster software update installation with macOS Big Sur
- Here’s a first look at the new Control Center and widgets on macOS Big Sur
Top Apple stories, retail |
- COVID-19: Which Apple Stores have reopened?
- 30 more US Apple Stores reclose tomorrow, but why haven’t they all?
- More US Apple Stores reclosing this week including locations in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Utah
- Apple Camp at Home registration now open with free creative Activity Book
- Spotify Premium Duo account launches for couples; Apple Music to follow?
- AnyList explains ten problems with Sign in with Apple; won’t be supporting it
Top Apple stories, company |
- Bloomberg: Apple shifting Apple Arcade strategy, canceling development of some games
- New Apple Card promo offers $50 bonus when you sign up for an Apple service
- Apple News loses New York Times over ‘little control’ and lack of ‘direct relationships’
- Apple launches web portal for Apple Card, pay your bill and view statements online
- Apple allowing Apple Card customers to defer payments due to COVID-19
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This week’s top videos |
- Hands-on with 250+ iOS 14 beta features and changes [Video]
- Hands-on: 85+ new macOS Big Sur changes and features [Video]
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