Deals: AirPods Pro Available for $219.99 at Verizon ($30 Off)

Verizon’s popular deal on the AirPods Pro has returned this week, allowing shoppers the chance to get Apple’s Bluetooth headphones for $219.99, down from an original price of $249.99. This remains the lowest price we have ever seen for new AirPods Pro.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

This time, the discount on Verizon has been automatically applied, so all you have to do is add the AirPods Pro to your cart and check out to get the deal. Verizon supports free two day shipping, and some retail stores are offering same-day pick-up for some locations across the United States.

AirPods Pro are Apple’s high-end headphones, with support for Active Noise Cancellation. The AirPods Pro also have overall better sound quality than the AirPods, and custom silicone ear-tips that provide a more snug fit for different ear sizes.

We track sales for every model of the AirPods in our Best AirPods Deals guide, so be sure to bookmark that page while you shop around for the wireless headphones.

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Verizon's popular deal on the AirPods Pro has returned this week, allowing shoppers the chance to get Apple's Bluetooth headphones for $219.99, down from an original price of $249.99. This remains the lowest price we have ever seen for new AirPods Pro.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

This time, the discount on Verizon has been automatically applied, so all you have to do is add the AirPods Pro to your cart and check out to get the deal. Verizon supports free two day shipping, and some retail stores are offering same-day pick-up for some locations across the United States.

$30 OFF
AirPods Pro for $219.99


AirPods Pro are Apple's high-end headphones, with support for Active Noise Cancellation. The AirPods Pro also have overall better sound quality than the AirPods, and custom silicone ear-tips that provide a more snug fit for different ear sizes.

We track sales for every model of the AirPods in our Best AirPods Deals guide, so be sure to bookmark that page while you shop around for the wireless headphones.
Related Roundup: Apple Deals

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Top Stories: iPhone 12 Rumors, Apple’s A12Z-Based Mac mini, Leaked iMac, and More!

With WWDC now behind us, our attention this week largely turned back to rumors, led by increasing claims that Apple controversially won’t be including a power adapter in the box with the iPhone 12. We also saw a few other iPhone 12 rumors, signs of an upcoming iMac update, and some more information on timing of updates for Apple’s smaller iPads.


The other big topic this week was Apple’s Developer Transition Kit, a Mac mini equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip from the iPad Pro. App developers have been signing up for the kits to help them transition their apps to Apple Silicon for future Macs, and we got our first look at how these machines perform even though they will be widely outclassed by the machines that eventually ship to consumers.

Read on below for details on these stories and more!

iPhone 12 Models Reportedly Won’t Include Charger in Box, 20W Power Adapter Will Be Sold Separately

Following a similar report last week, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in to claim that Apple is not planning to include a power adapter in the box with its iPhone 12 models launching later this year. Apple is also said to be eliminating the EarPods earphones that have traditionally been included with new iPhone purchases.


Apple will apparently be offering a new 20-watt fast-charging power adapter as a separate accessory, and removing the current adapter from the iPhone box will save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and allow for more shipping efficiency thanks to smaller boxes. Apple is even surveying recent iPhone buyers in Brazil about what they’ve done with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones, so the company definitely appears to be doing research on the topic.

In other iPhone 12 news, rumors continue to be split as to whether some models will or will not include 120Hz ProMotion displays for a smoother on-screen experience. And finally, the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models are rumored to be able to shoot 4K video at 120 and 240 frames per second, which would allow for great slow-motion footage.

Rosetta 2 Benchmarks Surface From Mac Mini With A12Z Chip

Apple’s Developer Transition Kits to help app creators prepare for the Mac’s transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon have begun arriving in developers’ hands, and while Apple’s terms limit the sharing of information about these Mac mini units equipped with A12Z Bionic chips from the iPad Pro, that hasn’t stopped some individuals from sharing performance benchmarks.


The A12Z-based Mac mini runs programs designed for Intel Macs using a Rosetta 2 translation layer that impacts performance, but Geekbench benchmarks still offer an interesting look at how these systems perform. In fact, these systems run Geekbench via Rosetta 2 faster than Microsoft’s Arm-based Surface Pro X runs an Arm-native version of Geekbench.

Of course, these Developer Transition Kits bear little resemblance to what Apple will eventually ship to consumers, as those future machines will be equipped with much faster chips said to based on the A14 chip coming to this year’s iPhones, and as developers update their apps to support Apple Silicon natively, fewer apps will be subject to the speed hit of Rosetta 2 translation.

Unreleased iMac With 10-Core Comet Lake-S Chip and Radeon Pro 5300 GPU Shows Up in Geekbench

While we didn’t get a hoped-for update to the iMac at WWDC last week, we’re continuing to see evidence that an update is in the works.

MacRumors concept mockup based on redesign rumors

The latest piece of evidence comes from a Geekbench benchmark that appears to come from an unreleased iMac. Notably, the machine appears to be equipped with a 10-core Comet Lake-S processor from Intel and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics processor, both of which have also yet to be officially released.

The iMac is rumored to be one of the first machines to transition to Apple Silicon, but it looks like we could be getting one more generation on Intel chips, and it may include a significant redesign.

Apple Officially Obsoletes First MacBook Pro With a Retina Display

It’s been eight years since Apple first introduced the MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and Apple is finally officially declaring that model to be obsolete.


Owners of the landmark 15-inch notebook will find that Apple is no longer offering service on the machines for any reason, so if you find yourself in need of a new battery or other repair, you’ll need to look for an unofficial repair option or go the do-it-yourself route.

Kuo: Apple to Launch 10.8-Inch iPad Later This Year, 8.5-Inch iPad Mini in 2021

In addition to his predictions for the iPhone 12, Ming-Chi Kuo this week also shared a bit more information on his predictions for Apple’s iPad lineup.


Kuo says that Apple plans to launch a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, followed by a new 8.5-inch iPad in the first half of 2021. He has previously indicated that the new 8.5-inch model will be a larger iPad mini, while there has been some confusion as to whether the 10.8-inch model will be a replacement for the 10.2-inch entry-level iPad or the 10.5-inch iPad Air.

New Mac Ransomware Found in Pirated Mac Apps

There’s a new ‘OSX.ThiefQuest’ Mac ransomware variant that’s spreading through pirated Mac apps, according to a report shared this week by Malwarebytes. The new ransomware was found in pirated downloads for the Little Snitch app found on a Russian forum.


Along with the ransom activity, the malware may also install a keylogger for monitoring keystrokes, but what the malware does with the functionality is unknown. Malware in general and ransomware in particular are relatively rare on the Mac platform, so it’s interesting to see this example surface and gain some insight into what it does.

The New York Times Ends Apple News Partnership and Pulls All Articles

The New York Times this week announced that it is pulling out of Apple News, as the service does not “align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers.”


While The New York Times has never been a part of the Apple News+ subscription program, the newspaper’s articles will no longer show up in the ‌Apple News‌ app at all. The news site says that Apple has given it “little in the way of direct relationships with readers” and “little control over the business.” Rather than allowing its articles on ‌Apple News‌, The New York Times wants to drive readers to its own website and app.

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With WWDC now behind us, our attention this week largely turned back to rumors, led by increasing claims that Apple controversially won't be including a power adapter in the box with the iPhone 12. We also saw a few other iPhone 12 rumors, signs of an upcoming iMac update, and some more information on timing of updates for Apple's smaller iPads.


The other big topic this week was Apple's Developer Transition Kit, a Mac mini equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip from the iPad Pro. App developers have been signing up for the kits to help them transition their apps to Apple Silicon for future Macs, and we got our first look at how these machines perform even though they will be widely outclassed by the machines that eventually ship to consumers.

Read on below for details on these stories and more!

iPhone 12 Models Reportedly Won't Include Charger in Box, 20W Power Adapter Will Be Sold Separately


Following a similar report last week, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also weighed in to claim that Apple is not planning to include a power adapter in the box with its iPhone 12 models launching later this year. Apple is also said to be eliminating the EarPods earphones that have traditionally been included with new iPhone purchases.


Apple will apparently be offering a new 20-watt fast-charging power adapter as a separate accessory, and removing the current adapter from the iPhone box will save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and allow for more shipping efficiency thanks to smaller boxes. Apple is even surveying recent iPhone buyers in Brazil about what they've done with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones, so the company definitely appears to be doing research on the topic.

In other iPhone 12 news, rumors continue to be split as to whether some models will or will not include 120Hz ProMotion displays for a smoother on-screen experience. And finally, the higher-end iPhone 12 Pro models are rumored to be able to shoot 4K video at 120 and 240 frames per second, which would allow for great slow-motion footage.

Rosetta 2 Benchmarks Surface From Mac Mini With A12Z Chip


Apple's Developer Transition Kits to help app creators prepare for the Mac's transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon have begun arriving in developers' hands, and while Apple's terms limit the sharing of information about these Mac mini units equipped with A12Z Bionic chips from the iPad Pro, that hasn't stopped some individuals from sharing performance benchmarks.


The A12Z-based Mac mini runs programs designed for Intel Macs using a Rosetta 2 translation layer that impacts performance, but Geekbench benchmarks still offer an interesting look at how these systems perform. In fact, these systems run Geekbench via Rosetta 2 faster than Microsoft's Arm-based Surface Pro X runs an Arm-native version of Geekbench.

Of course, these Developer Transition Kits bear little resemblance to what Apple will eventually ship to consumers, as those future machines will be equipped with much faster chips said to based on the A14 chip coming to this year's iPhones, and as developers update their apps to support Apple Silicon natively, fewer apps will be subject to the speed hit of Rosetta 2 translation.

Unreleased iMac With 10-Core Comet Lake-S Chip and Radeon Pro 5300 GPU Shows Up in Geekbench


While we didn't get a hoped-for update to the iMac at WWDC last week, we're continuing to see evidence that an update is in the works.

MacRumors concept mockup based on redesign rumors

The latest piece of evidence comes from a Geekbench benchmark that appears to come from an unreleased iMac. Notably, the machine appears to be equipped with a 10-core Comet Lake-S processor from Intel and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300 graphics processor, both of which have also yet to be officially released.

The iMac is rumored to be one of the first machines to transition to Apple Silicon, but it looks like we could be getting one more generation on Intel chips, and it may include a significant redesign.

Apple Officially Obsoletes First MacBook Pro With a Retina Display


It's been eight years since Apple first introduced the MacBook Pro with a Retina display, and Apple is finally officially declaring that model to be obsolete.


Owners of the landmark 15-inch notebook will find that Apple is no longer offering service on the machines for any reason, so if you find yourself in need of a new battery or other repair, you'll need to look for an unofficial repair option or go the do-it-yourself route.

Kuo: Apple to Launch 10.8-Inch iPad Later This Year, 8.5-Inch iPad Mini in 2021


In addition to his predictions for the iPhone 12, Ming-Chi Kuo this week also shared a bit more information on his predictions for Apple's iPad lineup.


Kuo says that Apple plans to launch a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, followed by a new 8.5-inch iPad in the first half of 2021. He has previously indicated that the new 8.5-inch model will be a larger iPad mini, while there has been some confusion as to whether the 10.8-inch model will be a replacement for the 10.2-inch entry-level iPad or the 10.5-inch iPad Air.

New Mac Ransomware Found in Pirated Mac Apps


There's a new 'OSX.ThiefQuest' Mac ransomware variant that's spreading through pirated Mac apps, according to a report shared this week by Malwarebytes. The new ransomware was found in pirated downloads for the Little Snitch app found on a Russian forum.


Along with the ransom activity, the malware may also install a keylogger for monitoring keystrokes, but what the malware does with the functionality is unknown. Malware in general and ransomware in particular are relatively rare on the Mac platform, so it's interesting to see this example surface and gain some insight into what it does.

The New York Times Ends Apple News Partnership and Pulls All Articles


The New York Times this week announced that it is pulling out of Apple News, as the service does not "align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers."


While The New York Times has never been a part of the Apple News+ subscription program, the newspaper's articles will no longer show up in the ‌Apple News‌ app at all. The news site says that Apple has given it "little in the way of direct relationships with readers" and "little control over the business." Rather than allowing its articles on ‌Apple News‌, The New York Times wants to drive readers to its own website and app.

MacRumors Newsletter


Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.

So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter!
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Apple Survey Asks iPhone Users What They Do With Old Power Adapters

Amid multiple reports that Apple will no longer include a power adapter in its iPhone boxes starting with the iPhone 12 later this year, it appears Apple is surveying recent ‌iPhone‌ buyers to ask about what they’ve done with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones.

Screenshot via Twitter user @bedabb_

Apple’s surveys typically cover numerous aspects of its products, but Brazilian Twitter user @Gunstaxl recently noted (via 9to5Mac) that the ‌iPhone‌ survey he received included several questions about how he uses the charger, including one specifically addressing the fate of the charger that was included with his previous ‌iPhone‌, an iPhone XR.

We found one other recent mention of this survey, from fellow Brazilian Twitter user @bedabb_, so it looks like Apple’s survey may be limited to that country. In this second case, Apple asked about the charger that came with the user’s previous ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus.

Among the possible answers to Apple’s question about the fate of the previous charger:

  • Gave it to a family member or friend
  • Recycled it
  • Lost or misplaced it
  • No longer working or not working well
  • Still using it at home
  • Still using it outside of my home (e.g., work, school, other location)
  • Still have it, but don’t use it
  • Sold it or traded it in with the ‌iPhone‌

While still only a rumor at this point, the idea of Apple removing the power adapter from the ‌iPhone‌ box has certainly generated controversy, although removing the adapter will save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and allow for more shipping efficiency. Many users already have numerous adapters from previous ‌iPhone‌ and iPad purchases, while some may prefer other charging solutions such as multi-port chargers or wireless chargers.

Apple appears to be preparing its own 20-watt fast-charging adapter that would be sold as a separate accessory, an upgrade over the 18-watt adapter that currently ships in the box with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Pro and is also available on a standalone basis.
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Amid multiple reports that Apple will no longer include a power adapter in its iPhone boxes starting with the iPhone 12 later this year, it appears Apple is surveying recent ‌iPhone‌ buyers to ask about what they've done with the power adapters that came with their previous iPhones.

Screenshot via Twitter user @bedabb_

Apple's surveys typically cover numerous aspects of its products, but Brazilian Twitter user @Gunstaxl recently noted (via 9to5Mac) that the ‌iPhone‌ survey he received included several questions about how he uses the charger, including one specifically addressing the fate of the charger that was included with his previous ‌iPhone‌, an iPhone XR.

We found one other recent mention of this survey, from fellow Brazilian Twitter user @bedabb_, so it looks like Apple's survey may be limited to that country. In this second case, Apple asked about the charger that came with the user's previous ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus.

Among the possible answers to Apple's question about the fate of the previous charger:
  • Gave it to a family member or friend

  • Recycled it

  • Lost or misplaced it

  • No longer working or not working well

  • Still using it at home

  • Still using it outside of my home (e.g., work, school, other location)

  • Still have it, but don't use it

  • Sold it or traded it in with the ‌iPhone‌

While still only a rumor at this point, the idea of Apple removing the power adapter from the ‌iPhone‌ box has certainly generated controversy, although removing the adapter will save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and allow for more shipping efficiency. Many users already have numerous adapters from previous ‌iPhone‌ and iPad purchases, while some may prefer other charging solutions such as multi-port chargers or wireless chargers.

Apple appears to be preparing its own 20-watt fast-charging adapter that would be sold as a separate accessory, an upgrade over the 18-watt adapter that currently ships in the box with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Pro and is also available on a standalone basis.
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Apple Launches Website for Paying Apple Card Bills Online

Apple today launched a website that’s designed to allow Apple Card holders to check their balances, view statements, and make ‌Apple Card‌ payments online.


The card.apple.com website lets ‌Apple Card‌ holders sign in with their Apple IDs. The website features a payments section that shows card balance front and center, along with the next scheduled payment date, and total card limits.


Monthly statements can be viewed and downloaded through another section of the website, while Settings allows users to add a bank account, manage scheduled payments, or see their Mastercard network benefits. A support section of the website provides access to an ‌Apple Card‌ web user guide and a phone number that customers can call to get help.

All of these functions were previously available in the Wallet app, but having online access to ‌Apple Card‌ tools is useful for those who prefer managing their credit cards from their computers rather than their iPhones. It also allows ‌Apple Card‌ to be used without the need to own an iPhone or an iPad for the first time, which is a major change.

Apple is also now allowing new ‌Apple Card‌ applicants to apply directly from the Apple.com website using any browser when purchasing a product using the ‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installments option, a feature which previously required the Apple Store app or a Safari web browser. To reflect the new changes today, Apple is sending out emails to customers letting them know about updates to their customer agreements.

We made some changes to your ‌Apple Card‌ that are now part of your Customer Agreement. We are summarizing these changes below.

More Ways to Manage Your Account. We’ve added the ability to access and manage ‌Apple Card‌ online. You can use card.apple.com to make, schedule, or cancel payments; check your available credit; view Monthly Statements; and review your ‌Apple Card‌ Customer Agreement, APR, and other rate information.

Using ‌Apple Card‌ Without ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Now that it’s possible to use ‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installments without an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, we changed the ‌Apple Card‌ Customer Agreement to explain this experience. This is detailed in the section entitled, Using Your Account Without a Required Device.

Daily Cash. We added information about: (i) how you may earn bonus Daily Cash at select merchants, and (ii) how Daily Cash Adjustments as a result of a return or credit can be charged as one or more Transactions to your Account, reflected on your Monthly Statements.

‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installments. We are changing how you can accept the terms of your monthly repayment amount for an ‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installment. This does not change how we calculate your Minimum Payment Due.

Software Updates. In order to ensure complete access to your Account and that you receive required updates, we ask that you please update to the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, or macOS on the devices you use with ‌Apple Card‌.

Other Changes. We made clarifications, formatting corrections, and other minor changes.

Except for these changes, the rest of your ‌Apple Card‌ Customer Agreement remains as is.

As highlighted yesterday, Apple is running a promotion for new ‌Apple Card‌ users at the current time, providing $50 Daily Cash when the ‌Apple Card‌ is first used to pay for an Apple service like an App Store purchase, Apple Arcade, or Apple Music.

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Apple today launched a website that's designed to allow Apple Card holders to check their balances, view statements, and make ‌Apple Card‌ payments online.


The card.apple.com website lets ‌Apple Card‌ holders sign in with their Apple IDs. The website features a payments section that shows card balance front and center, along with the next scheduled payment date, and total card limits.


Monthly statements can be viewed and downloaded through another section of the website, while Settings allows users to add a bank account, manage scheduled payments, or see their Mastercard network benefits. A support section of the website provides access to an ‌Apple Card‌ web user guide and a phone number that customers can call to get help.

All of these functions were previously available in the Wallet app, but having online access to ‌Apple Card‌ tools is useful for those who prefer managing their credit cards from their computers rather than their iPhones. It also allows ‌Apple Card‌ to be used without the need to own an iPhone or an iPad for the first time, which is a major change.

Apple is also now allowing new ‌Apple Card‌ applicants to apply directly from the Apple.com website using any browser when purchasing a product using the ‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installments option, a feature which previously required the Apple Store app or a Safari web browser. To reflect the new changes today, Apple is sending out emails to customers letting them know about updates to their customer agreements.
We made some changes to your ‌Apple Card‌ that are now part of your Customer Agreement. We are summarizing these changes below.

More Ways to Manage Your Account. We've added the ability to access and manage ‌Apple Card‌ online. You can use card.apple.com to make, schedule, or cancel payments; check your available credit; view Monthly Statements; and review your ‌Apple Card‌ Customer Agreement, APR, and other rate information.

Using ‌Apple Card‌ Without ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Now that it's possible to use ‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installments without an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, we changed the ‌Apple Card‌ Customer Agreement to explain this experience. This is detailed in the section entitled, Using Your Account Without a Required Device.

Daily Cash. We added information about: (i) how you may earn bonus Daily Cash at select merchants, and (ii) how Daily Cash Adjustments as a result of a return or credit can be charged as one or more Transactions to your Account, reflected on your Monthly Statements.

‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installments. We are changing how you can accept the terms of your monthly repayment amount for an ‌Apple Card‌ Monthly Installment. This does not change how we calculate your Minimum Payment Due.

Software Updates. In order to ensure complete access to your Account and that you receive required updates, we ask that you please update to the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, or macOS on the devices you use with ‌Apple Card‌.

Other Changes. We made clarifications, formatting corrections, and other minor changes.

Except for these changes, the rest of your ‌Apple Card‌ Customer Agreement remains as is.
As highlighted yesterday, Apple is running a promotion for new ‌Apple Card‌ users at the current time, providing $50 Daily Cash when the ‌Apple Card‌ is first used to pay for an Apple service like an App Store purchase, Apple Arcade, or Apple Music.
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Display Analyst Once Again Says No 120Hz ProMotion Display Coming to iPhone 12 Pro

Apple’s iPhone 12 models will not feature an upgraded 120Hz ProMotion display, according to display analyst Ross Young. Young previously said that Apple would not implement ProMotion technology until it adopted low-power LTPO display technology, a move Apple is not expected to make until 2021.


In a tweet shared this morning, Young said that the none of his contacts have been able to corroborate rumors that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models will feature 120Hz displays, with his sources instead indicating 120Hz technology will be coming in the 2021 iPhone refresh.

None of our contacts could corroborate ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models as 120Hz. They told us 2021. So, they are off our latest 120Hz list.. pic.twitter.com/uTQ7uinMUQ

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) July 1, 2020

There’s been a lot of back and forth on the ProMotion display rumors, with some leakers suggesting 120Hz support is in the works. These rumors kicked off in 2019 when leaker “Ice Universe” said that Apple was considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate for at least one ‌iPhone‌ in 2020.

Taiwanese site DigiTimes has also said that Apple is planning to release an ‌iPhone‌ with a 120Hz display, as have leakers Max Weinbach and Jon Prosser.

Young, who has display expertise, has maintained that Apple will implement ProMotion in 2021 alongside the adoption of low-power LTPO displays which will allow for a variable refresh rate that preserves battery life. Adding a ProMotion display to the ‌iPhone‌ without the technology could result in undesirable battery drain, though it’s worth noting the iPad Pro uses ProMotion without LTPO.

Last week, Ice Universe again claimed that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max models will offer displays capable of refresh rates up to 120Hz. “A reliable source, if there is no accident, ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max have basically determined the maximum 120Hz refresh rate,” he said.

There’s also an accessibility setting in iOS 14 that appears to limit the frame rate of the ‌iPhone‌ to 60 frames per second, which could be indicative that future iPhones will support higher frame rates. The setting does not show up for all beta users, however, and could be a bug.

ProMotion technology on the ‌iPad Pro‌ is able to dynamically adjust the display to the movement of content, resulting in more fluid scrolling, smoother motion, and improved responsiveness. The frame rate changes based on the content on the screen, preserving battery life.

Given the mixed rumors about ProMotion display technology, we may not know for sure if the new iPhones will have the feature until their debut this fall. Current rumors suggest Apple will unveil the new iPhones in September, but a launch for some or all models could be delayed until October or November.

Related Roundup: iPhone 12

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Apple's iPhone 12 models will not feature an upgraded 120Hz ProMotion display, according to display analyst Ross Young. Young previously said that Apple would not implement ProMotion technology until it adopted low-power LTPO display technology, a move Apple is not expected to make until 2021.


In a tweet shared this morning, Young said that the none of his contacts have been able to corroborate rumors that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models will feature 120Hz displays, with his sources instead indicating 120Hz technology will be coming in the 2021 iPhone refresh.


There's been a lot of back and forth on the ProMotion display rumors, with some leakers suggesting 120Hz support is in the works. These rumors kicked off in 2019 when leaker "Ice Universe" said that Apple was considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate for at least one ‌iPhone‌ in 2020.

Taiwanese site DigiTimes has also said that Apple is planning to release an ‌iPhone‌ with a 120Hz display, as have leakers Max Weinbach and Jon Prosser.

Young, who has display expertise, has maintained that Apple will implement ProMotion in 2021 alongside the adoption of low-power LTPO displays which will allow for a variable refresh rate that preserves battery life. Adding a ProMotion display to the ‌iPhone‌ without the technology could result in undesirable battery drain, though it's worth noting the iPad Pro uses ProMotion without LTPO.

Last week, Ice Universe again claimed that the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max models will offer displays capable of refresh rates up to 120Hz. "A reliable source, if there is no accident, ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro and ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max have basically determined the maximum 120Hz refresh rate," he said.

There's also an accessibility setting in iOS 14 that appears to limit the frame rate of the ‌iPhone‌ to 60 frames per second, which could be indicative that future iPhones will support higher frame rates. The setting does not show up for all beta users, however, and could be a bug.

ProMotion technology on the ‌iPad Pro‌ is able to dynamically adjust the display to the movement of content, resulting in more fluid scrolling, smoother motion, and improved responsiveness. The frame rate changes based on the content on the screen, preserving battery life.

Given the mixed rumors about ProMotion display technology, we may not know for sure if the new iPhones will have the feature until their debut this fall. Current rumors suggest Apple will unveil the new iPhones in September, but a launch for some or all models could be delayed until October or November.
Related Roundup: iPhone 12

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Fourth of July Deals: Save on Apple Devices and Accessories Including HomePod, Anker Products, and More

This weekend is the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, and as the celebration approaches many of the most popular Apple-related product and accessory sites have introduced notable discounts. You’ll find all of the best Fourth of July Apple deals in the lists below, and note that many of the sales will last through Saturday, July 4, unless otherwise stated.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Anker

Anker’s newest Amazon sale includes discounts on wall chargers, wireless chargers, and accessories including eufy’s robotic vacuums and the Nebula Apollo Mini Projector. Each of these discounts will expire on Sunday, July 5.

Wall Chargers

Wireless Charger

Miscellaneous

OWC

OWC has a new Firecracker 2020 event, including over 70 discounts on various accessories and Apple devices. The standout markdown during this sale is a new HomePod (White) for $207.60, down from $299.00.


This isn’t quite the lowest we’ve ever seen for a new HomePod, which has previously been down to $197, but as of now OWC’s discount is one of the best online. You’ll get this HomePod in bulk packaging with an OWC warranty, but otherwise it is a brand new device.

eBay

eBay has a 20 percent off coupon code for its shoppers this Fourth of July. By entering the code PLUS20 you can save on select home and garden, tech, pool, sporting goods, and more through July 6. This discount is capped at a max of $100 taken off your order.


eBay’s tech and home section includes a wide arrange of products, including JBL speakers, Dyson fans and vacuums, iPhones, MacBooks, 4K TV sets, and much more. Be sure to head to eBay’s tech section to browse before the coupon expires. Shoppers should note that it can be used twice.

Adorama

Adorama’s Fourth of July sale is mainly focusing on discounts on cameras and photography equipment. You can save on the Canon Ivy Cliq Instant Camera Printer ($59.00), the GoPro HERO8 ($299.00), and the Canon VIXIA Waterproof Camcorder ($249.00). Visit Adorama’s website for the full list, and note that this sale will expire on Sunday, July 5.

B&H Photo

B&H Photo has a wide variety of discounts going on this Fourth of July. You can save on a previous-generation iPad Pro, Western Digital external hard drive, AirPods Pro, various computer monitors, and more. We’ve collected a few of these sales below.

Hyper

Accessory brand Hyper has a few discounts on its USB-C hubs for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro. These devices start at $39.99 and include savings of up to $20 off. Hyper’s sales also include savings on wireless chargers, Lightning cables, and more. You can see all of the discounts on the company’s website.

Bose

Bose is offering a few special offers on its wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers this week. You can also get free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, with free return shipping.

JBL

JBL’s Independence Day sale includes between 10 and 50 percent off Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones. You can get the popular JBL Pulse 4 for $149.95, down from $249.95 [also available at Amazon], or the JBL Tune 120TWS headphones for $79.95, down from $99.95.


The rest of the sale includes savings on loudspeakers and other portable Bluetooth speakers, so be sure to visit JBL’s website before the deals expire.

Speck

At Speck you can get 20 percent off sitewide through July 4 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Free shipping is available on orders placed in the United States. There are some exclusions, including cases for the 2020 iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, Presidio Perfect Clear Series cases, and any products already on sale.

Miscellaneous

  • Belkin – Save on iPhone docks, smart plugs, wireless chargers, and more.
  • Incipio – Save on cases for the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and more.
  • Newegg – Save up to 40 percent on computer accessories.
  • Pad & Quill – Shop the new Summer Clearance event with discounts on iPhone, MacBook, and iPad cases.
  • Scosche – Save on car mounts for iPhone and more.
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This weekend is the Fourth of July holiday in the United States, and as the celebration approaches many of the most popular Apple-related product and accessory sites have introduced notable discounts. You'll find all of the best Fourth of July Apple deals in the lists below, and note that many of the sales will last through Saturday, July 4, unless otherwise stated.

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Anker


Anker's newest Amazon sale includes discounts on wall chargers, wireless chargers, and accessories including eufy's robotic vacuums and the Nebula Apollo Mini Projector. Each of these discounts will expire on Sunday, July 5.

Wall Chargers


Wireless Charger


Miscellaneous


OWC


OWC has a new Firecracker 2020 event, including over 70 discounts on various accessories and Apple devices. The standout markdown during this sale is a new HomePod (White) for $207.60, down from $299.00.


This isn't quite the lowest we've ever seen for a new HomePod, which has previously been down to $197, but as of now OWC's discount is one of the best online. You'll get this HomePod in bulk packaging with an OWC warranty, but otherwise it is a brand new device.

eBay


eBay has a 20 percent off coupon code for its shoppers this Fourth of July. By entering the code PLUS20 you can save on select home and garden, tech, pool, sporting goods, and more through July 6. This discount is capped at a max of $100 taken off your order.


eBay's tech and home section includes a wide arrange of products, including JBL speakers, Dyson fans and vacuums, iPhones, MacBooks, 4K TV sets, and much more. Be sure to head to eBay's tech section to browse before the coupon expires. Shoppers should note that it can be used twice.

Adorama


Adorama's Fourth of July sale is mainly focusing on discounts on cameras and photography equipment. You can save on the Canon Ivy Cliq Instant Camera Printer ($59.00), the GoPro HERO8 ($299.00), and the Canon VIXIA Waterproof Camcorder ($249.00). Visit Adorama's website for the full list, and note that this sale will expire on Sunday, July 5.

B&H Photo


B&H Photo has a wide variety of discounts going on this Fourth of July. You can save on a previous-generation iPad Pro, Western Digital external hard drive, AirPods Pro, various computer monitors, and more. We've collected a few of these sales below.




Hyper


Accessory brand Hyper has a few discounts on its USB-C hubs for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro. These devices start at $39.99 and include savings of up to $20 off. Hyper's sales also include savings on wireless chargers, Lightning cables, and more. You can see all of the discounts on the company's website.

Bose


Bose is offering a few special offers on its wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers this week. You can also get free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, with free return shipping.



JBL


JBL's Independence Day sale includes between 10 and 50 percent off Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones. You can get the popular JBL Pulse 4 for $149.95, down from $249.95 [also available at Amazon], or the JBL Tune 120TWS headphones for $79.95, down from $99.95.


The rest of the sale includes savings on loudspeakers and other portable Bluetooth speakers, so be sure to visit JBL's website before the deals expire.

Speck


At Speck you can get 20 percent off sitewide through July 4 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Free shipping is available on orders placed in the United States. There are some exclusions, including cases for the 2020 iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, Presidio Perfect Clear Series cases, and any products already on sale.

Miscellaneous


  • Belkin - Save on iPhone docks, smart plugs, wireless chargers, and more.

  • Incipio - Save on cases for the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, and more.

  • Newegg - Save up to 40 percent on computer accessories.

  • Pad & Quill - Shop the new Summer Clearance event with discounts on iPhone, MacBook, and iPad cases.

  • Scosche - Save on car mounts for iPhone and more.
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Leaker: Future iPhone Models to Come in ‘Exquisite’ Thinner Box

Leaker L0vetodream this morning posted a tweet corroborating recent rumors that Apple’s “iPhone 12” lineup won’t come with EarPods or a charger in the box, adding that this will also eventually apply to the existing second-generation iPhone SE.


L0vetodream also claims that future iPhone packaging will be “thinner” and “exquisite,” which would make sense if Apple’s handsets are set to come in lieu of a bulky power adapter and EarPods case. Apple is already renowned for its svelte, economical packaging, and slimming down its ‌iPhone‌ boxes would cut down on waste and shipping costs.

The lack of a charger and EarPods lines up with predictions made by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and analysts at Barclays last week. Apple is expected to release a separate new 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for iPhones and end production of its existing 5W and 18W power adapters later this year.

in my dream, the new IPhone will not come with the charger and earphone , this even applying to SE2. The new packaging box become thinner, and Exquisite.

— 有没有搞措 (@L0vetodream) July 1, 2020

The form factor of the new 20W power adapter is said to be similar to the 18W version, with USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging. Kuo also expects that Apple will stop including a 5W power adapter with the current second-generation ‌iPhone SE‌ later this year.

Barclays still expects Apple to include a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box as the only accessory included with the “‌iPhone 12‌,” which is expected to come in four models: One new 5.4-inch device, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch handset.

Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch ‌‌iPhone‌‌ and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end OLED devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag.

Related Roundups: iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 12
Buyer’s Guide: iPhone SE (Buy Now)

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Leaker L0vetodream this morning posted a tweet corroborating recent rumors that Apple's "iPhone 12" lineup won't come with EarPods or a charger in the box, adding that this will also eventually apply to the existing second-generation iPhone SE.


L0vetodream also claims that future iPhone packaging will be "thinner" and "exquisite," which would make sense if Apple's handsets are set to come in lieu of a bulky power adapter and EarPods case. Apple is already renowned for its svelte, economical packaging, and slimming down its ‌iPhone‌ boxes would cut down on waste and shipping costs.

The lack of a charger and EarPods lines up with predictions made by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and analysts at Barclays last week. Apple is expected to release a separate new 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for iPhones and end production of its existing 5W and 18W power adapters later this year.


The form factor of the new 20W power adapter is said to be similar to the 18W version, with USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging. Kuo also expects that Apple will stop including a 5W power adapter with the current second-generation ‌iPhone SE‌ later this year.

Barclays still expects Apple to include a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box as the only accessory included with the "‌iPhone 12‌," which is expected to come in four models: One new 5.4-inch device, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch handset.

Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch ‌‌iPhone‌‌ and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end OLED devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag.
Related Roundups: iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 12
Buyer's Guide: iPhone SE (Buy Now)

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Hands-On With watchOS 7’s Sleep Tracking, Watch Face Sharing and Handwashing Monitor

watchOS 7, introduced last week and available for developers, is a significant update that introduces useful new Apple Watch features like sleep tracking and watch face sharing.

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We went hands-on with ‌watchOS 7‌ in our latest YouTube video to give MacRumors readers a preview of what’s coming when the update launches later this year.

Apple still isn’t allowing custom watch faces, but it did add more flexibility in ‌watchOS 7‌. Multiple complications from a single app can be used on your watch face, so if you wanted to do something like set up a surfing themed watch face with info on swells, water temperature, and more all taken from one app, you can do so.


There are several Apple-created complications to add to the ‌Apple Watch‌ in ‌watchOS 7‌ for accessing Shortcuts, the Camera Remote app, Moon phases, Sleep Tracking, and the World Clock.

There’s also a new feature that allows for watch face sharing, so you can create useful watch faces and share them with friends and family over apps like Mail and Messages, or with a broader audience on the web. Apple also plans to highlight useful watch faces in the App Store.

Apple added a new Chronograph Pro watch face with a tachymeter, plus tweaked a few others. The Photos face supports color filters and the X-Large face works with complications.

Sleep Tracking lets the ‌Apple Watch‌ be worn at night to track how much sleep you’re getting, with sleep habits over time visible in the Health app on the iPhone. The ‌Apple Watch‌’s sleep tracking doesn’t provide detailed data on metrics like deep sleep or light sleep, but it does come alongside Sleep Mode, Wind Down, and alarm features to maximize how much sleep you’re getting.


Sleep Mode turns the ‌Apple Watch‌’s display off and activates Do Not Disturb while you’re asleep, and it can be set to come on automatically based on the sleep schedule programmed into the watch. Wind Down works with your own pre-bedtime preferences and can do things like suggest that you open a meditation app or turn down the lights as you get ready to sleep. In the morning, the ‌Apple Watch‌ can wake you up with a haptic alarm, greeting you in the morning with a weather report.

To make sure you have enough battery, the ‌Apple Watch‌ provides notifications when it needs to be charged above 30 percent before bedtime, and if you’re charging in the morning while you get ready for the day, you’ll see an alert on your phone letting you know when the ‌Apple Watch‌ has a full charge.

Sleep tracking battery drain isn’t too bad, and in our experience it drained about 30 percent throughout the night, something that Apple may be able to improve over the beta testing period.

Along with sleep tracking, Apple introduced a new handwashing monitoring feature that helps people wash their hands for the recommended 20 second duration. When the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and the sound of running water, it starts up a 20 second countdown.


Apple renamed the “Activity” app to “Fitness” in ‌watchOS 7‌ and added new workouts that include Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cool Downs, and it provides more data post workout.

iOS 14 features like cycling directions for bike riders and EV routes for electric vehicle owners have been added, Siri can offer spoken translations, ‌Siri‌ requests are now faster with on-device dictation, and there are new hearing health features to better protect your hearing when listening to music.

‌watchOS 7‌ is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple plans to release a ‌watchOS 7‌ beta for public beta testers for the first time. watchOS software can’t be downgraded, so when the public beta software releases, beta testers will still want to use caution before installing.

After a few months of beta testing to work out bugs and streamline new features, ‌watchOS 7‌ will see a public release this fall alongside ‌iOS 14‌.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6, watchOS 7
Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)

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watchOS 7, introduced last week and available for developers, is a significant update that introduces useful new Apple Watch features like sleep tracking and watch face sharing.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

We went hands-on with ‌watchOS 7‌ in our latest YouTube video to give MacRumors readers a preview of what's coming when the update launches later this year.

Apple still isn't allowing custom watch faces, but it did add more flexibility in ‌watchOS 7‌. Multiple complications from a single app can be used on your watch face, so if you wanted to do something like set up a surfing themed watch face with info on swells, water temperature, and more all taken from one app, you can do so.


There are several Apple-created complications to add to the ‌Apple Watch‌ in ‌watchOS 7‌ for accessing Shortcuts, the Camera Remote app, Moon phases, Sleep Tracking, and the World Clock.

There's also a new feature that allows for watch face sharing, so you can create useful watch faces and share them with friends and family over apps like Mail and Messages, or with a broader audience on the web. Apple also plans to highlight useful watch faces in the App Store.

Apple added a new Chronograph Pro watch face with a tachymeter, plus tweaked a few others. The Photos face supports color filters and the X-Large face works with complications.

Sleep Tracking lets the ‌Apple Watch‌ be worn at night to track how much sleep you're getting, with sleep habits over time visible in the Health app on the iPhone. The ‌Apple Watch‌'s sleep tracking doesn't provide detailed data on metrics like deep sleep or light sleep, but it does come alongside Sleep Mode, Wind Down, and alarm features to maximize how much sleep you're getting.


Sleep Mode turns the ‌Apple Watch‌'s display off and activates Do Not Disturb while you're asleep, and it can be set to come on automatically based on the sleep schedule programmed into the watch. Wind Down works with your own pre-bedtime preferences and can do things like suggest that you open a meditation app or turn down the lights as you get ready to sleep. In the morning, the ‌Apple Watch‌ can wake you up with a haptic alarm, greeting you in the morning with a weather report.

To make sure you have enough battery, the ‌Apple Watch‌ provides notifications when it needs to be charged above 30 percent before bedtime, and if you're charging in the morning while you get ready for the day, you'll see an alert on your phone letting you know when the ‌Apple Watch‌ has a full charge.

Sleep tracking battery drain isn't too bad, and in our experience it drained about 30 percent throughout the night, something that Apple may be able to improve over the beta testing period.

Along with sleep tracking, Apple introduced a new handwashing monitoring feature that helps people wash their hands for the recommended 20 second duration. When the ‌Apple Watch‌ detects handwashing motions and the sound of running water, it starts up a 20 second countdown.


Apple renamed the "Activity" app to "Fitness" in ‌watchOS 7‌ and added new workouts that include Dance, Functional Strength Training, Core Training, and Cool Downs, and it provides more data post workout.

iOS 14 features like cycling directions for bike riders and EV routes for electric vehicle owners have been added, Siri can offer spoken translations, ‌Siri‌ requests are now faster with on-device dictation, and there are new hearing health features to better protect your hearing when listening to music.

‌watchOS 7‌ is limited to developers at the current time, but Apple plans to release a ‌watchOS 7‌ beta for public beta testers for the first time. watchOS software can't be downgraded, so when the public beta software releases, beta testers will still want to use caution before installing.

After a few months of beta testing to work out bugs and streamline new features, ‌watchOS 7‌ will see a public release this fall alongside ‌iOS 14‌.
Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6, watchOS 7
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)

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Apple Canceling Some Apple Arcade Game Contracts to Focus on Hit Games That Will Draw Subscribers

Apple is shifting its Apple Arcade strategy and canceling contracts for some games while pursuing titles that it thinks will help it better retain subscribers, reports Bloomberg.


Apple earlier this year ended contracts with multiple game studios and let them know about its new approach to choosing games for the service. Some upcoming games Apple had planned to support didn’t have a high enough level of “engagement” as Apple is now looking for games that will “keep users hooked.”

In one call, Apple highlighted Grindstone as the type of game that it wants to see on the platform. Grindstone is a multi-level match-3 puzzle game.

So far, no ‌Apple Arcade‌ games have become major hits, and there’s no word on how well ‌Apple Arcade‌ is doing. Some developers have speculated that Apple’s strategy change indicates subscriber growth is weaker than expected, and Apple also recently began offering some people a second free trial month, which perhaps suggests that users aren’t remaining subscribers for a long enough period of time.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Apple said that its vision has always been to try to “grow and evolve the ‌Apple Arcade‌ catalog” and that it has always planned to make changes to the game lineup based on feedback from subscribers.

“‌Apple Arcade‌ has redefined what a gaming service can be, putting unlimited play at the fingertips of subscribers and their families across all their Apple devices,” Apple said in a statement. “We are proud to have launched the first-ever mobile game subscription service that now features more than 120 games, many of which are award-winning and widely celebrated for their artistry and gameplay. The vision has always been to grow and evolve the ‌Apple Arcade‌ catalog, and we can’t wait for our users to try the games developers are working on now.”

Apple unveiled ‌Apple Arcade‌ in September 2019, pricing it at $4.99 per month. ‌Apple Arcade‌ games are available to all members of a family at that price point, and contain no ads or in-app purchases.

Since ‌Apple Arcade‌ launched, Apple has added new games on a near-weekly basis, and there are now more than 120 titles available. Apple has funded work on many games that have been created for ‌Apple Arcade‌, spending between $1 million and $5 million on several titles so far.

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Apple is shifting its Apple Arcade strategy and canceling contracts for some games while pursuing titles that it thinks will help it better retain subscribers, reports Bloomberg.


Apple earlier this year ended contracts with multiple game studios and let them know about its new approach to choosing games for the service. Some upcoming games Apple had planned to support didn't have a high enough level of "engagement" as Apple is now looking for games that will "keep users hooked."

In one call, Apple highlighted Grindstone as the type of game that it wants to see on the platform. Grindstone is a multi-level match-3 puzzle game.


So far, no ‌Apple Arcade‌ games have become major hits, and there's no word on how well ‌Apple Arcade‌ is doing. Some developers have speculated that Apple's strategy change indicates subscriber growth is weaker than expected, and Apple also recently began offering some people a second free trial month, which perhaps suggests that users aren't remaining subscribers for a long enough period of time.

In a statement to Bloomberg, Apple said that its vision has always been to try to "grow and evolve the ‌Apple Arcade‌ catalog" and that it has always planned to make changes to the game lineup based on feedback from subscribers.
"‌Apple Arcade‌ has redefined what a gaming service can be, putting unlimited play at the fingertips of subscribers and their families across all their Apple devices," Apple said in a statement. "We are proud to have launched the first-ever mobile game subscription service that now features more than 120 games, many of which are award-winning and widely celebrated for their artistry and gameplay. The vision has always been to grow and evolve the ‌Apple Arcade‌ catalog, and we can't wait for our users to try the games developers are working on now."
Apple unveiled ‌Apple Arcade‌ in September 2019, pricing it at $4.99 per month. ‌Apple Arcade‌ games are available to all members of a family at that price point, and contain no ads or in-app purchases.

Since ‌Apple Arcade‌ launched, Apple has added new games on a near-weekly basis, and there are now more than 120 titles available. Apple has funded work on many games that have been created for ‌Apple Arcade‌, spending between $1 million and $5 million on several titles so far.
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Apple Seeds Third Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates to developers, three weeks after seeding the second betas and over a month after releasing iOS/‌iPadOS‌ 13.5 with Exposure Notification API, Face ID updates, Group FaceTime changes, and more.


iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. Note that Apple changed the version number of this beta with the second beta update. The first beta that was released was iOS 13.5.5.

The iOS 13.6 update adds a toggle for customizing software updates, providing users with more granular control over the downloading and installing of new software. iOS users can decide if their iPhone or iPad should automatically download iOS updates when connected to WiFi, and when those updates should be installed.


There’s a Download iOS Updates toggle for turning automatic downloads on or off over WiFi and an Install iOS Updates toggle for installing software updates overnight as an ‌‌iPhone‌‌ charges. The new feature will be a welcome change for those who do not want their iPhones to automatically download new software.

In the Health app, there’s a new “Symptoms” section that allows users to add symptoms of various illnesses, choosing from options like body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea, and more.


Health app users are able to add symptom data through the Health app by tapping on the “Add Data” option, providing a way to track and log various illness-related symptoms over time and to share that information with doctors.

iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an ‌iPhone‌ or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.


Car Key needs to be implemented by car manufacturers to function, and BMW is one of Apple’s first partners. BMW’s Digital Key for ‌iPhone‌ feature will let ‌iPhone‌ owners tap to unlock their vehicles, start the car by placing the ‌iPhone‌ in the smartphone tray, place limitations on young drivers, and share keys with up to five other users.

In the Apple News app, iOS 13.6 adds a feature that’s designed to save your place in an article when you start reading something and then exit out of the article or the app.

Though the feature is not live yet, iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 include signs of a new Apple News+ Audio feature, which will see Apple offering some news stories in an audio capacity.


Apple has been working with publishers to garner permission to create audio versions of some stories. Apple also plans to offer a recap of the day’s top stories for subscribers to listen to.

Code in ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 also suggests Apple is working on keyboard shortcuts that will allow users who have a Magic Keyboard or other attached keyboard to adjust the brightness level of the keys, but it’s not clear if this will be a feature included in the update.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates to developers, three weeks after seeding the second betas and over a month after releasing iOS/‌iPadOS‌ 13.5 with Exposure Notification API, Face ID updates, Group FaceTime changes, and more.


iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. Note that Apple changed the version number of this beta with the second beta update. The first beta that was released was iOS 13.5.5.

The iOS 13.6 update adds a toggle for customizing software updates, providing users with more granular control over the downloading and installing of new software. iOS users can decide if their iPhone or iPad should automatically download iOS updates when connected to WiFi, and when those updates should be installed.


There's a Download iOS Updates toggle for turning automatic downloads on or off over WiFi and an Install iOS Updates toggle for installing software updates overnight as an ‌‌iPhone‌‌ charges. The new feature will be a welcome change for those who do not want their iPhones to automatically download new software.

In the Health app, there's a new "Symptoms" section that allows users to add symptoms of various illnesses, choosing from options like body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea, and more.


Health app users are able to add symptom data through the Health app by tapping on the "Add Data" option, providing a way to track and log various illness-related symptoms over time and to share that information with doctors.

iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an ‌iPhone‌ or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.


Car Key needs to be implemented by car manufacturers to function, and BMW is one of Apple's first partners. BMW's Digital Key for ‌iPhone‌ feature will let ‌iPhone‌ owners tap to unlock their vehicles, start the car by placing the ‌iPhone‌ in the smartphone tray, place limitations on young drivers, and share keys with up to five other users.

In the Apple News app, iOS 13.6 adds a feature that's designed to save your place in an article when you start reading something and then exit out of the article or the app.

Though the feature is not live yet, iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 include signs of a new Apple News+ Audio feature, which will see Apple offering some news stories in an audio capacity.


Apple has been working with publishers to garner permission to create audio versions of some stories. Apple also plans to offer a recap of the day's top stories for subscribers to listen to.

Code in ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 also suggests Apple is working on keyboard shortcuts that will allow users who have a Magic Keyboard or other attached keyboard to adjust the brightness level of the keys, but it's not clear if this will be a feature included in the update.
Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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