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This week in Apple: New iPhone 12 concept renders, AR headset rumors ramp up
This week in Apple news we saw some new concept renders of the iPhone 12 (see above). These renders are not at all official — they are based on industry rumors we’ve heard thus far as well as the current crop of iPhones. They look pretty good (and realistic) to us, though.
Elsewhere, we saw some new rumors related to the upcoming Apple AR headset, some sexism problems with the Apple Card, some news about the Apple Watch Series 6, some rumors about Apple service bundling, and much more!
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
- New concept renders of the iPhone 12 look pretty good (albeit boring): The folks over at Phone Arena just posted some concept images of what the iPhone 12 could look like. The device allegedly could abandon the rounded look of current iPhones and instead go back to the squared-off edges of the iPhone 4. It looks pretty good to us, but also looks like another boring iPhone X-style clone. Not much innovation here.
- Apple Watch Series 6 model rumors: According to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple Watch Series 6 could feature faster performance (naturally), increased water resistance, and faster wireless data speeds for both Bluetooth and cellular connections. The Series 6 model is expected to drop in 2020.
- Apple’s rumored AR headset pushed back, but AR features coming soon: According to multiple sources, it’s not expected that Apple will launch its AR headset next year, as originally claimed. Instead, the AR headset could land in 2022 and then a new, sleeker model could land in 2023. Before then, new iPads and iPhones could introduce AR features and tools to get people primed for the introduction of the headset.
- The various Apple services could get bundled: If you currently subscribe to Apple Music, Apple News Plus, and Apple TV Plus, you might not need to for long. A rumor suggests that, as early as 2020, Apple could bundle all three services together into one “Apple Prime” subscription. Apple News Plus could sure use the assist.
- Vaping apps removed from Apple App Store: In a not-so-surprising move, Apple today removed all vaping-related apps from the App Store. The company is taking a stand against the health dangers vaping presents. The big question is, though: will Google follow suit on the Play Store?
- Goldman Sachs responds to claims of sexism in Apple Card applications: Apple’s partner for the Apple Card, Goldman Sachs, is facing criticism due to a perceived bias in credit limits offered to men as compared to women. Goldman Sachs denied the allegations but did offer to reevaluate any credit limits (but you need to ask for one).
- Phil Schiller makes some obtuse comments about Chromebooks: During an interview with CNET about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s Phil Schiller said that Google’s Chromebooks won’t be fully successful in classroom settings. This is a very strange thing to say.
- Apple will fix macOS email bug that drops encryption: A bug in the Mail app on macOS apparently isn’t quite as encrypted as originally thought. Apple has promised that it will fix the bug that leaves certain aspects of emails unencrypted.
Thinking about making the switch?
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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.
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