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This week in Apple: Leaked iPhone 12 panels, release delay, new iMacs, and more!
This week in Apple news we got a look at what appears to be a display panel for an iPhone 12 device. While which specific model it might be designed for is unclear, it does match up with rumors we’ve seen thus far related to the front of the upcoming smartphones.
In other Apple news, we heard a rumor related to an imminent launch of some new iMacs, some display news regarding LG’s involvement with the new iPhones, a few new Apple patents, and some news related to how Apple’s services are doing financially.
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- Alleged iPhone display panels leak: On Chinese microblogging site Weibo, a user shared what appears to be iPhone 12 display panels in their pre-installed state. The panels look about as we’d expect, although the notch isn’t as small as we were thinking it might be. MacRumors has all the photos and info on how these could be legit.
- OLED panels from LG will be on more iPhones than ever: Samsung is expected to provide the majority of the OLED panels on iPhones this year (as usual), but LG is reportedly stepping up big time. According to Nikkei Asian Review, LG is expected to produce five times as many OLED panels for Apple as it did in previous years. This increase in demand is due to the rumor that every iPhone 12 model could feature an OLED display.
- Apple confirms iPhone 12 release delay: Yesterday, during Apple’s quarterly earnings call, the company confirmed that the release of the next batch of iPhones will be delayed by at least a few weeks. We assume this means the launch will happen on time (early September) but you won’t be able to buy the phones until later than usual. October, maybe?
- New iMacs could be on the way: According to serial leaker Jon Prosser, Apple could launch some new iMacs as soon as next month. Prosser didn’t give much info on the supposed home computers, but he did mention that there likely won’t be a big redesign. As such, this could be a simple press release announcement from Apple with little fanfare.
- Patent suggests possible dual-iPad hybrid laptop: A recently unearthed Apple patent suggests the company is at least toying with the idea of combing two iPads together to make an all-screen clamshell laptop. A simple connector would attach the two tablets together. However, just because this patent exists doesn’t mean it will become a real product. Still cool, though!
- Bone-conducting AirPods? Maybe: Speaking of Apple patents, Apple Insider also discovered a patent for what appears to be a hybrid system for bone-conducting AirPods. You would still have buds in your ears but the bone-conducting element would enhance the sound from those buds. It sounds crazy, but it would be pretty cool.
- Code hints at Face ID coming to Macs: Thanks to some Big Sur code sleuthing from 9to5Mac, we now know that Apple might be toying with the idea of bringing Face ID to its computers. Windows users already have face authentication services in certain laptops and PCs, but Apple’s Face ID is probably the most secure of the systems out there. We’ll need to wait and see how this pans out.
- Tim Cook testifies in US antitrust hearing: On Wednesday, Apple’s CEO delivered a prepared statement to the United States House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee in order to defend accusations that Apple is monopolistic and abuses its powers over the App Store. You can read our take on this here.
- Investors aren’t so happy with Apple’s services: A report detailing how investors perceive Apple’s services paints a bleak picture for the Cupertino company. Apparently, investors aren’t too happy with how Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, etc., are doing now that they’ve had a few quarters to breathe.
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