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This week in Apple: iPhone 11 USB-C charger, Apple Pencil support, and Arcade

We have some new rumors about Apple Arcade as well as some new iPhone 11 tidbits.

Published onAugust 23, 2019

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The big Apple news this week has to do with Apple Arcade. New details on the video game subscription service leaked to the internet, so we know much more about it than we did before.

We also have some new rumors related to the upcoming iPhone 11 line (including possible Apple Pencil support), a few rumors on details surrounding Apple TV Plus, and more!

See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest!

The top Apple news stories of the past week:

    • The iPhone 11 line could come with USB-C chargers: The most recent batch of iPad Pros have both a USB-C port on the bottom of the device as well as a charger that connects via a USB-C cable. It looks likely that the iPhone 11 series will adopt one of these ports: the one on the charger. Unfortunately, the iPhone itself will still have a Lightning connector. Maybe next year!
    • The iPhone 11 could have a Chinese-made OLED panel: For years, Apple has relied on Samsung for iPhone OLED panels. However, it appears a Chinese company called BOE will provide at least some OLED panels for the upcoming line of iPhones. Look out, Samsung, there’s some new competition.
    • iPhone 11 case-maker posits that new phones will support Apple Pencil: You might finally be able to use the Apple Pencil on the next iPhone. The Pencil — which only works on iPads at the moment — would bring some Galaxy Note-like abilities to the iPhone if this rumor is true.
    • Unfortunately, iPhone not projected to sell as well going forward: According to Strategy Analytics, the iPhone upgrade cycle — that is, how long a customer holds onto an iPhone before upgrading — is slowing and will continue to slow. The reason? Perceived lack of innovation. Ouch.
    • New Apple Arcade details leaked: Things are ramping up for Apple’s game-streaming service Apple Arcade. According to new rumors, we can expect a $4.99-per-month price as well as over 100 games available at launch. We also know that Apple employees are testing Arcade internally and even have some images of what the interface could look like.
    • New Apple TV Plus details leaked, too: Not only did we learn a bunch about Apple Arcade, but we also know a lot more about Apple TV Plus, the company’s streaming video service. We already knew that Apple was spending a lot on original content, but we now have information to suggest that spending is topping out at a whopping $6 billion. Wow. Apple TV Plus could launch in November with a $9.99-per-month price tag.

Thinking about making the switch?

If you are currently an Apple user 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.

How to switch from iPhone to Android: Sync your contacts, photos, and more!
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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.

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