It’s almost there! Apple’s annual September event is just around the corner, although it will certainly look a little different this year and may not include one of the key products we expect to see every year at this time.
This week there were also new rumors about iPhone 12 launch plans, new developments in the dispute between Apple and Epic Games, and a rumor about the chip destined for the first Apple silicon-based Mac.
Read on below for all the details about next Tuesday’s event and more!
Apple has announced that only digital events will take place on September 15th
Apple announced Tuesday that it would host a digital-only media event on Tuesday, September 15, which will be streamed from the company’s Apple Park headquarters.
While September is the traditional time for Apple’s iPhone event, reliable sources suggest that we will NOT see the iPhone 12 series launch at the event next week. Instead, with the slogan “Time Flies”, the event will mainly focus on new Apple Watch and iPad models. For more information, see our full rundown of what to expect at the event.
Apple’s event page includes an animated augmented reality logo that you can place in the real world, while just prior to announcing the event, Twitter brought out a custom hash flag Apple icon for users of the hashtag #appleevent.
DigiTimes: 6.1-inch iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro launch first
If the iPhone 12 doesn’t come next week, when can we expect it? Apple has announced that the new iPhones will hit the market “a few weeks later” than usual, so another event is likely in early October.
But even then, it is said that the four new iPhone 12 models will be introduced in stages due to delivery bottlenecks. Most reports have suggested that the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models would hit the market first, the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Models a little later, but a new report claims it will be the two 6.1-inch models. Inch models (a regular and a pro) start first.
Regardless of the exact timing, airlines are beginning preparations for the launch, and Apple is slated to begin mass production of the new models later this month.
One of the main features of the iPhone 12 series is 5G support, but not all models offer the same types of 5G support. So read our guide on mmWave vs. Sub-6GHz 5G to learn more about the differences.
Epic Games asks Court to allow Fortnite back on the App Store
Yes, the war between Apple and Epic Games rages on. Epic asked a court last weekend to force Apple to restore Epic’s developer account and put Fortnite back on the App Store. Epic says it “likely will suffer irreparable damage” if Fortnite is kept off the App Store.
Apple says the situation was caused by Epic itself, and Apple has filed a counterclaim for breach of contract. Apple says Epic engaged in “willful, audacious, and unlawful conduct,” which means “nothing more than a fundamental disagreement about money.”
That obviously didn’t go well with Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, who shared a Twitter thread arguing that Apple has “lost sight of the founding principles of the technology industry” and that the rights of users and developers are the basis for action and lawsuits from Epic.
A14X chip for the first Apple Silicon Mac and the new iPad Pro for mass production in the fourth quarter
Apple has announced that its first Macs with processors developed by Apple will hit the market before the end of the year. An A14X chip destined for both the first Apple Silicon Mac and an updated iPad Pro will go into production in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a new report.
According to an earlier rumor, the first Apple Silicon Mac will be a revitalized 12-inch MacBook with 15-20 hours of battery life, based on TSMC’s latest 5-nanometer chip process for maximum efficiency.
Images of the prototype Apple Watch in an iPod Nano security case shared online
Apple has been known to disguise its prototypes to make it difficult to identify them. Some new photos show how long Apple hid the Apple Watch before it debuted.
The photos show the Apple Watch hidden in a protective case that resembles an iPod nano. This is reasonable considering that in the days before the Apple Watch, some iPod nano owners wore their devices as wristwatches with third-party cases.
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