In this week’s top stories: iOS 14.3 released to everyone, Apple vs Facebook, new features for the Apple Watch, additional AirPods Max tidbits, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.

AirPods Max

Apple’s new AirPods Max over-ear headphones are officially available. Over the last week, we’ve learned more about the headphones, including the controversial Smart Case. Nonetheless, AirPods Max are back-ordered until well into 2021, and availability at Apple Stores is starting to dry up.

For the Smart Case, Apple published a new support document that makes more details clear about the battery life ramifications of not using it. When you place AirPods Max in the Smart Case, they go into low power mode immediately and into ultra-low power mode after 18 hours. When not in the smart case, they go into low power mode after 5 minutes, then into ultra low power after 72 hours.

iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2

Apple this week released iOS 14.3 to the general public, bringing new features such as ProRAW support on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. iOS 14.3 also makes it easier to set custom app icons thanks to the ability to run shortcuts from the Home screen without launching the Shortcuts app first.

watchOS 7.2 was also released to the public, and it includes support for new Cardio Fitness notifications. You can learn more about this new feature in our full coverage right here.

Finally, iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 also bring support for Apple Fitness+, Apple’s new subscription service that offers a library of on-demand workouts across 10 different categories. Here’s how to get started with the new service .

Apple Silicon rumors

This week also brought the introduction of the first developer and public betas of iOS 14.4. The update appears to focus primarily on bug fixes and performance improvements, but it also includes new features for HomePod mini.

With iOS 14.4 and a new HomePod mini beta, the $99 smart speaker now includes a much-improved Handoff experience. Check out it in our hands-on video right here.

Holiday buying guides

Finally, we continue to offer holiday gift guides and buying guides at 9to5Mac. So far we’ve offered detailed advice on Apple Watch gifts, AirPods vs AirPods Pro, and more.

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watchOS 8

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iOS 15

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iPadOS 15

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macOS Monterey

Here’s how to install the macOS Monterey developer beta Apple exec goes in-depth on Shortcuts for Mac in ‘Mac Power Users’ podcast interview Hands-on: macOS 12 brings new ‘Object Capture’ API for creating 3D models using iPhone camera macOS Monterey enhances iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs with full-screen video, Apple Pay, more

tvOS

Apple details how Spatial Audio works on Apple TV with tvOS 15 Comment: Apple almost forgot about tvOS 15, but here’s everything new Apple announces updates to tvOS: SharePlay, “Hey Siri”, more

Swift/xCode

Apple engineer talks new Swift features and more in podcast interview following WWDC21 Apple to begin releasing AirPods Pro firmware betas to developers Potential evidence of updated Intel-powered Mac Pro surfaces in Xcode beta tvOS 15 lets you sign in to apps using Face ID on your iPhone

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