About the Author

Benjamin Mayo

@bzamayo

Follow Benjamin on Twitter to keep up with his latest projects. Benjamin blogs about Apple news and rumors, and posts insightful product and app reviews. Read his work on 9to5Mac and his personal blog.

Benjamin Mayo also creates apps for iOS as a professional indie developer and contractor; more details here. Email to discuss making your iOS project.

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August 5

In a left-field rumor, EverythingApplePro is reporting that Chinese accessory manufacturers believe that the iPhone 12 will include an intriguing new set of internal magnets.

The iPad Pro is packed full of magnets that aids attachment of the Magic Keyboard. For the iPhone 12, the utility is not immediately clear. As the new ring of magnets is positioned in the chassis in the same place as the wireless charging coil, it is speculated that Apple might be working on a new wireless charging mat to which the iPhone 12 could automatically snap.

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August 4

Apple has today updated the iMac with a few tech spec bumps. Although the rumored redesign did not come to pass, Apple has updated the 27-inch models with new 10th-generation Intel CPUs, a higher-resolution 1080p webcam.

Apple has also standardized SSDs across the lineup for fast internal storage, finally adding the Apple T2 chip. The 21.5-inch iMac also gets the SSD chip, with Fusion Drive as a build-to-order option.

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Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …

August 2

Apple TV+ is now available on American Airlines for free. The airline and Apple are partnering to give customers more options for passing the time whilst in the air.

As first reported by The Points Guy, Apple TV+ content is now available on American Airline entertainment systems. The exact roster of shows varies per flight, and American Airlines will mix up the offerings every few months, but it currently includes Apple’s flagship originals like The Morning Show and Defending Jacob.

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July 31

Apple impressed investors last night with strong quarterly earnings, reporting its best June quarter ever, despite the global economic uncertainty as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt daily life worldwide.

AAPL stock opened today at ~$409, a new all-time high for the company, and up 6.5% from market close yesterday. Apple made headlines in August 2018 for becoming the first public company to hit $1 trillion market cap, and it is now well on its way to becoming the first public company to cross the $2 trillion mark.

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We haven’t much about this year’s hardware update to the Apple Watch so far. A report from Digitimes today suggests that Apple has made a manufacturing deal with supplier ASE Technology, as it prepares up the production lines for Apple Watch Series 6.

Most notably, the report claims that the Watch will include a blood oxygen sensor for the first time. 9to5Mac previously found evidence of forthcoming blood oxygen monitoring support in an early build of watchOS 7.

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July 30

As part of the big tech monopoly judicial hearing yesterday, the court has released many pages of documentation to support its claims against Apple’s alleged monopolistic App Store practices. One of these emails shines a light on Apple’s dealing with Amazon.

During the proceedings, Apple CEO Tim Cook said they treat every developer the same, but the details of the Amazon Prime Video deal seems to fly in the face of that …

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July 29

Read Tim Cook’s full opening statement to today’s antitrust committee

The CEOs of the four big tech titans will meet with the House Judiciary Committee later today, as part of an ongoing investigation into possible anticompetitive behaviour. For Apple, this centers on its monopolistic control over the App Store. Apple has submitted Tim Cook’s prepared opening statement in full, which you can read here ahead of the session.

Pushing back from the coronavirus-fuelled slump at the start of the year, Apple’s iPhone was the fastest growing smartphone brand in China in Q2, according to data from Counterpoint Research.

The resilience of the iPhone 11 popularity and the launch of the new iPhone SE saw Apple sell about 7.4 millions from April to June, up 32% year over year. Rival Huawei sold 36.6 million units there, up 14%.

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July 24

Apple Maps reminding travellers of CDC coronavirus self-isolation guidance

As spotted by Kyle Seth Gray, Apple Maps is sending out push notifications to travelers to remind them of the recommended self-isolation guidance following an international trip.

July 23

Apple TV+ orders new thriller series ‘Shining Girls’ starring Elisabeth Moss

Apple today announced it has ordered a new thriller series for Apple TV+ called ‘Shining Girls’. The show will star Elisabeth Moss, who you might recognize as the actress who plays the lead role in popular drama series The Handmaids Tale. The series is based off a best-selling novel of the same name.

Twitter leaker @L0vetodream today posted photos of the purported iPhone 12 Lightning to USB-C cable, featuring a new braided cord design. The account originally said, on July 14th, that the next iPhone would come with the new braided cable.

The latest rumors indicate that Apple will stop including the power adapter and earbuds in new iPhone boxes, but seemingly it is upgrading the quality of the cable. Just like the Apple Watch, we believe the iPhone 12 will come with just the Lightning to USB-C charge cable, with Apple clearly expecting most users to already have plenty of chargers to plug into.

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iPhone Game Controller: Rotor Riot offers a streamlined mobile gameplay experience

With the launch of Apple Arcade, the number of great games to play on iPhone and iPad has increased dramatically. And the vast majority of Apple Arcade titles work best with a gamepad connected. The Rotor Riot is probably the best third-party option for an on-the-go MFi game controller.

You can get the Rotor Riot from Amazon, or from the Apple Store.

July 22

There is now a way for security researchers to gain (legal) access to unlocked iPhone test devices which do not have the usual protections surrounding arbitrary code execution and other defences. Access to ‘rooted’ hardware enables security researchers to inspect core parts of the operating system more easily, which helps to track down exploits in the kernel and other low-level areas of the iOS operating system. Apple announced its plans to do this almost a year ago.

Researchers can apply to get this special hardware here. As you might expect, Apple will only let applicants who have a previous history of tracking down security bugs in its platforms apply.

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The modern Apple TV features a very controversial remote. The Apple TV and Apple TV 4K use a trackpad-centric input method that inspires joy and causes frustration alike.

Whether you like it or hate it, what you might not know is there are actually many different ways to control the Apple TV. So if you don’t like the Siri Remote, one of these options might make you happy.

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July 21

Kuo: iPhone 12 to feature improved autofocus, periscope camera lens coming in 2022

In a new report today, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo details Apple’s plans for its iPhone camera suppliers. Kuo believes that Semco and Sunny Optical (the ‘best’ Korean and Chinese lens suppliers respectively) are joining the iPhone supply chain this year.

July 17

Joining a wider industry shift, Apple announced that it is working to replace exclusionary language in its developer documentation and APIs with alternative terminology.

Renaming things takes time and effort as large parts of infrastructure have to migrate in response. For third-party developers in the App Store, Apple will be changing the names of APIs used in their code where appropriate, which will also necessitate engineering work to migrate.

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July 16

Latest Pixelmator Pro update makes it easy to draw text around a path

The Pixelmator team today launches its latest free update, Pixelmator Pro 1.7. The hero feature of this release is the addition of curved text options. It is now super simple to draw text along a curve, or any freeform path.

How to subscribe to Apple’s free daily news podcast

This week, we saw the release of iOS 13.6 and the new audio tab for Apple News+ subscribers. At the same time, Apple also launched the Apple News Daily podcast, a daily update of top stories, which is available for everyone for free.

July 15

In 2016, Apple was ordered to pay 13 billion euros to Ireland as repayment for back taxes at a rate that the EU deemed was illegal. Both Apple and Ireland appealed the judgment.

Four years on, the first round of legal battles have come to a conclusion today: the EU court rejected the ruling which essentially means Ireland and Apple won. However, the EU commission will almost certainly appeal. A final decision on a corporate judgment of this scale will take many, many, years to resolve.

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