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This week in Apple: iOS 14 might finally have widgets, iPhone 12 notch rumors
This week in Apple news we saw a sketchy set of leaked designs that suggest the iPhone 12 series could have a much smaller display notch than we’ve seen on previous models since the iPhone X. The notch looks similar to those found on certain Android phones of yesteryear.
In other Apple news, we heard about a new feature that could be coming to iOS 14 that Android users have enjoyed for years, more rumors about the upcoming Apple-branded over-ear headphones, the success of Apple Music, and more.
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- The iPhone notch might shrink a bit: The notch at the top of the newer models of iPhones isn’t likely to go away with this year’s iPhone 12, but it might at least get a bit smaller. According to alleged designs leaked on Twitter, the iPhone 12 notch could look more like the one on top of the Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6, and other Android phones from 2018. See the image at the top of this article for the leaked notch design.
- There might finally be widgets on iPhones: Beta code within iOS suggests that the next version of the iPhone operating system might finally allow users to place moveable home screen widgets. This is something Android’s had since, well, forever. iOS 14 could also allow for more wallpaper customizations.
- iPhones might also get a way to test apps without installing them: Once again, according to leaked code related to iOS 14, iPhone users might soon have the ability to try out certain apps from the Apple App Store without needing to install them first.
- New Apple and Beats headphones coming this year, probably: Apple-branded over-ear headphones might land at WWDC in June, according to new rumors. Something called “AirPods X” might land in the Fall, possibly alongside the iPhone 12 lineup.
- Teens love iPhones, like, a lot: According to new data from Piper Sandler’s semi-annual teen survey, the overwhelming majority of teens in the United States have an iPhone and plan on their next phone also being an iPhone. We’re talking more than 80% on both counts. Ouch.
- You can watch some Apple TV Plus content for free: To help people cope with stay-at-home orders, Apple has made some of its exclusive Apple TV Plus content free for anyone to stream. Read more about it here.
- Apple Music is clearly a runaway success: Apple Music was the second-most-used music streaming service in 2019, with Spotify being the biggest. Considering how late Apple was to the music streaming game, that’s quite the accomplishment.
Thinking about making the switch?
If you are reading this Apple news article on an iOS device and thinking about making the switch to Android, we have multiple articles and guides that can help you with that process. Despite how it might seem, moving from iOS to Android is easier than ever, and many of the services and systems on iOS have similar or even the same counterparts on Android.
The best place to start would be our guide on how to switch from iPhone to Android, which goes over all the basics. We also have more specific guides, such as how to transfer your calendar from iPhone to Android. We also have app guides that will give you the best alternatives to iOS staples, such as our list of best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.
If you’re looking for a great Android device to replace your iPhone, consult our list of the best Android smartphones available now.