While we’re still waiting for a potential Apple event in April, we received confirmation of another upcoming Apple event this week, WWDC 2021, which returns to its usual time frame for early June, but remains in a virtual format similar to last year’s edition.
Other Apple news and rumors this week included a report on future iPhone SE models, a crazy Apple archive showing an iPhone with the same metal grid design as the latest Mac Pro, and some new changes to the latest iOS 14.5 beta that we are patiently waiting for on public release. Read on for details on these stories and more from the past week!
Apple announces Digital WWDC 2021 event in June
Apple announced this week that the annual World Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place from June 7 to June 11. For the second year in a row, the conference will be held in an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One benefit of keeping WWDC 2021 digital is that access is free for all developers, with sessions and other content to be shared on the Apple Developer website and in the updated Apple Developer app. By comparison, Apple has historically required developers to purchase a $ 1,599 ticket to attend WWDC in person, and only after winning a lottery to participate.
As usual, Apple says that WWDC 2021 will look at the future of the software platforms, which will probably consist of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15. There is always a chance for a hardware message or two also on WWDC, for example redesigned MacBook Pro and iMac models with Apple Silicon.
Now through April 18, Apple is accepting submissions for its annual Swift Student Challenge, a code competition that commissions students to create an interactive scene in the Swift Playgrounds app. Winners will receive exclusive WWDC 2021 outerwear, a custom stick set and a one-year membership in the Apple Developer Program.
All in all, WWDC is always one of the most exciting weeks in the Apple world for both developers and users, and we get a thorough coverage of the conference as it unfolds!
Next iPhone SE with 4.7-inch screen, 2023 version, with hole holes in full screen
The third-generation iPhone SE, which is rumored to launch in the first half of 2022, will have the same 4.7-inch screen as the current version, according to display industry analyst Ross Young.
Young said he also hears that a 2023 model of iPhone SE may include a so-called “hole punch” design like some Samsung smartphones, which will result in an almost full-screen, notch-free design with only a small hole for the front camera. It is unclear where the Face ID sensors will be located with such a design if Apple continues to offer Face ID, but there are no fingerprints and face recognition systems for smartphones under the screen. In fact, Touch ID is rumored below the screen for at least some iPhone 13 models.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said that the “hole punch” screen will debut on at least some advanced iPhone models from 2022, so it is likely that the design will be extended to the iPhone SE the following year.
iOS 14.5 adds new Siri voices, no longer defaults for women
The sixth beta of iOS 14.5 released this week adds two new Siri voices for the English language, and introduces a new setup option that lets people choose their preferred voice for Siri, which is currently standard for a female voice in the US .
“This is a continuation of Apple’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and products and services designed to better reflect the diversity of the world we live in,” Apple said in a statement regarding the change.
Apple has also announced that iOS 14.5 will calibrate maximum battery capacity and maximum performance on iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models to handle inaccurate estimates of battery health reporting for some users. Apple said the error did not reflect a problem with the health of the actual battery.
iOS 14.5 has been in beta testing since February 1 and is packed with new features, such as the ability to unlock an iPhone with an Apple Watch while wearing a mask, support for 5G in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models, new Waze- like features in Apple Maps, new emoji, AirPlay 2 streaming for Apple Fitness + workouts and much more. Apple previously said that the software update will be released for all compatible devices in early spring.
Apple is researching the Mac Pro’s Cheese Grater ‘Design for other devices such as the iPhone
Apple is considering extending the 2019 Mac Pro’s distinctive “cheese grits” grid design to other devices, including the iPhone and a “Mac Pro” “trash” style, according to a recent patent application.
Apple introduced the innovative milled grid pattern on the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR in 2019, which is created by machining a spherical range in the inner and outer surfaces of aluminum. The result is a light lattice pattern that maximizes airflow while creating an extremely rigid structure.
While patent filings usually all include and cannot be considered solid evidence of Apple’s plans for actual consumer hardware, they can provide an interesting insight into the company’s research areas.
Bitcoin Scam app approved by Apple Robs iPhone user for $ 600,000+
A scam bitcoin app designed to look like a real app was accepted by Apple’s App Store review team and ended up costing an iPhone user 17.1 bitcoin, or upwards of $ 600,000 at the time of the theft, according to Washington Post.
In a statement, Apple said in “limited cases” when criminals deceive their users, the company is taking “swift action” to prevent similar violations in the future.
“User trust is the foundation of why we created the App Store, and we’ve only expanded that commitment in recent years,” said Apple. “Study after investigation has shown that App Store is the most secure app market in the world, and we work continuously to maintain that standard and to strengthen App Store’s protection.”
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