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This week in Apple: WWDC keynote, iOS 14, iMac and HomePod rumors, and more
This week in Apple news we heard a lot about new software for many of the Apple products available today. That’s because this week was the kick-off of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), so we learned about new features coming to the next generations of Apple’s operating systems.
While this week was dominated by WWDC, there were other things happening in the world of Apple. In other Apple news, we heard about a new iMac coming very soon, Apple giving a bit more power to developers with products on the App Store, new info related to a possible new HomePod, and more!
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- All sorts of announcements at WWDC: The WWDC 2020 keynote happened on Monday. During that event, Apple announced so many new features for its various operating systems that it took nearly 3,000 words for us to cover it all. You can read our full summary here.
- iOS 14 gets lots of Android features: The upcoming version of iOS 14 will incorporate many new features — well, new to iPhone users, anyway. Android users are already used to most of them, including home screen widgets, changing default apps, the App Library, picture-in-picture mode, and more.
- New iMac on the way, but with Intel processor: According to frequent Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, we can expect a new iMac at the end of this year with an all-new design. The design is likely to be very reminiscent of the iPad Pro design. However, the iMac will likely not come with the just-announced Apple silicon and instead come with an Intel chipset.
- iPhone 12 series might not have a charger in the box: Although we are very, very skeptical of this rumor, analysts at Barclays have suggested that at least some of the upcoming phones in the iPhone 12 series will ship without headphones or a charger in the box. Instead, there will only be a Lightning-to-USB cable. We are totally on board with the no-headphones bit, but no charger? We don’t buy it.
- Apple offering more tools for developers to fight back: With the recent high-profile news related to Apple’s handling of email app Hey, it appears the bad PR is changing the company’s tune. Now, Apple will give more power to developers to challenge App Store guidelines as well as air their grievances over what some call a monopolistic enterprise.
- More fuel added to the new HomePod fire: Apple still hasn’t introduced a follow-up to its lone smart speaker, the HomePod. However, it is now inviting some people to test new HomePod software. Usually, HomePod software is tested internally, so this is an interesting development that could suggest a new addition to the HomePod line is on the way.
- iOS 14 exposes TikTok’s access to clipboards: Thanks to a new privacy feature in iOS 14 that alerts users when apps access their clipboard contents, we now know that TikTok has been accessing users’ clipboards for a long time. TikTok claims this was to prevent spammy behavior, although it very quickly removed access after getting caught.
- Apple begins re-closing US stores, because viruses don’t just stop: Over the past few weeks, Apple had started re-opening many of its US-based stores, even with all the data pointing to the COVID-19 pandemic being far from over. Now, Apple is re-closing some of the stores it just re-opened, including many of the Florida and Texas locations.
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.
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