In this week’s top stories: iOS 13.6 released to everyone, Apple faces a steep penalty from Samsung, a brief look at new emoji coming this year, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

As iOS 14 beta testing continues, Apple also this week released iOS 13.6 to the general public. The update brings improvements to Apple News, Car Key support, and more.

Car Key is a new feature that locks and unlocks users’ cars via their iPhone or Apple Watch and starts the car when the iPhone is placed in the car’s smartphone tray. You can also share access to other people via iMessage and put certain restrictions such as speed limits in place.

iOS 13.6 also brings a variety of improvements to Apple News. Leading the way here is a new audio stories feature that offers audio versions of the best stories from ‌Apple News‌, as well as a daily audio news briefing created by ‌Apple News‌ editors.

In honor of World Emoji Day on Friday, Apple previewed a selection of some of the new emoji characters coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch later this year. The new emoji coming this fall include a ninja, a boomerang, a coin, and more. You can see them for yourself right here.

In other news, a report this week indicated that Apple might include a new braided Lightning to USB-C cable in the iPhone 12 box this year. The new reinforced Lightning cable could shift attention away from Apple not including the USB wall charger in the box, and solve one of the longest-running complaints about iPhone charger durability.

Finally, Apple is reportedly facing a penalty from Samsung for selling too few iPhones. Apple has reportedly made a one-time payment of $950 million to Samsung for not buying OLED displays at the agreed level. You can find the details here.

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

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