The finish line is in sight! Apple’s annual iPhone event will likely only take place in a week or so, and all eyes will be on the company as it unveils the next iteration of its most popular product line. Hopefully we’ll also see the next-gen Apple Watch and maybe even new AirPods.
Other news this week saw Apple make a few more changes to its App Store policies in response to a Japanese investigation and delay the rollout of its controversial child safety features that have raised privacy concerns. Read on for more details on these stories and more!
IPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything The Rumors Say We Can Expect
The schedule has moved to September and that means Apple’s annual iPhone event is just around the corner. In advance, we’ve put together a detailed list of expected iPhone 13 features, along with a list of five iPhone 13 rumors that you might have missed.
Apple has yet to announce a date for its iPhone event, but the safe bet is Tuesday, September 14. It’s likely that Apple Watch Series 7 models will be unveiled at the same event, and we have more details on what to expect from this device and more below.
iPhone 13 Satellite Communication Rumor Disputed
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that the iPhone 13 was “likely” to support low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication, a feature he said would allow users to iPhone to make calls and send messages when cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity is not available. , but the rumor has since been disputed by some subject matter experts.
BloombergMark Gurman’s Mark Gurman later provided new details on what satellite capabilities might mean for future iPhones, but he says the feature is unlikely to launch this year.
What to expect from the Apple Watch Series 7
The next generation Apple Watch is probably only a few weeks away, and rumors suggest it will be a notable upgrade, with a new design, larger screen sizes, a new option. color, etc. Here’s what to expect from the Apple Watch Series 7!
Apple is also reportedly working on several new health features for the Apple Watch, but most if not all of the features are expected to launch in 2022 or later.
Apple will allow apps like Netflix and Spotify to provide links for account signups outside of the App Store
Apple announced this week that starting in early 2022, it will allow “reader” app developers to include an in-app link to their website for users to create or manage an account. “Reader” applications allow a user to access previously purchased content or subscription content for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music and video, according to Apple, such as Netflix, Spotify and the Amazon Kindle app.
While the change is a step in the right direction towards a fairer App Store, some developers believe it is not enough.
Apple delays rollout of controversial child safety features to make improvements
Apple delayed the rollout of child safety features announced last month this week following negative comments, the company said today. Planned features include scanning users’ iCloud photo libraries for child sexual abuse material (CSAM), communication security to alert children and their parents when receiving or sending sexually explicit photos, and extensive CSAM advice in Siri and Search.
Apple has confirmed that feedback from customers, nonprofit and advocacy groups, researchers and others on the plans has caused the delay to give the company time to make improvements.
Apple’s next AR / VR headset will require connection to iPhone
For years, Apple has been said to be working on an AR / VR headset, and a report this week claimed that it will need to be connected wirelessly to an iPhone or other Apple device to unlock full functionality – like at the beginning of the Apple Watch.
The report offers new details on the Apple-designed chip and other features we can expect from the headset, which is expected to launch in 2022 or later.
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