Everything new coming from Apple in August 2021

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Macworld 30 July, 2021 - 11:05am 71 views

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That doesn’t mean there will be no releases! With so many services and big software releases in beta, Apple still has some stuff going on in August. Here are all the things we expect Apple to release over the course of the month.

We don’t expect any new hardware releases at all in August. But then, we didn’t expect anything in July either, and Apple surprise-launched the MagSafe Battery Pack in the middle of the month. So you can never be too sure.

In recent months, Apple has released its new 24-inch iMac, iPad Pro, an updated Apple TV 4K, and AirTag. Everyone expected Apple to announce new higher-end MacBook Pros and a Mac mini with updated Apple Silicon (perhaps the M1X chip) at WWDC in June. That didn’t happen, and now we don’t know what is coming up next or when it’s coming.

Apple still has a lot of stuff coming this year—new iPhones and Apple Watches, of course, but also new Macs, and maybe new AirPods, iPad mini, and more. We have a rundown of everything still to come in 2021, but based on the latest rumors, we shouldn’t expect anything until September. So while it’s possible that AirPods or a new iPad could pop up randomly on Apple.com in August, it should be a quiet month until the major launches kick off in September.

Apple released iOS 14.7 on July 19, and a small 14.7.1 bugfix and security update a week later. There have been no iOS 14.8 beta releases, nor macOS 11.6 or any other point-release. Unless something unusual pops up, it’s likely that the iOS 14 branch will effectively end (barring important security releases) and the next big software release will be iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8 this fall. Those are likely to be released in September.

Through the month of August we can probably expect one or two major beta updates along the way. Apple is busy fixing bugs, tuning performance, and polishing the user experience. If you use any of these betas, be sure to use the Feedback app to report bugs and usability feedback!

We expect one or two updates to the Public Beta of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 in August as development wraps up ahead of the fall launch, so you’ll be able to try out Apple’s fall operating systems before release. We don’t recommend running it on a mission-critical device.

Apple’s latest version of macOS entered Public Beta on July 1, just a day after iOS and iPadOS. It’s got a bunch of new features and should follow the same update cadence as the other OSes.

There’s not nearly as much new stuff in tvOS 15 as in iOS or macOS, but it’s still got some useful new stuff like using FaceID or TouchID to sign in to apps, Spatial Audio support with AirPods, and all the new SharePlay stuff.

If you’re running the Public Beta of iOS 15, why not run the watchOS 8 beta as well? It’s got a handful of new features and redesigned apps, and the more testing it gets (and the more you report problems in the Feedback app), the more stable and reliable it will be when it launches this fall.

For the last few years, Apple has celebrated the anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service in August with a host of features across its services. There hasn’t been an announcement yet this year (it will likely come around the last week of August), but if past years are anything to go by, this is what you can expect: National Park Foundation charity donations, free content on the TV app celebrating National Parks, a playlist on Apple Music, an App Store collection, and an activity challenge for Apple Watch.

There are lots of Apple TV+ shows coming this fall, with September being the biggest month for new releases. But there’s stuff to look forward to in August, too! Check our list of upcoming AppleTV+ shows, series, and movies for everything on the horizon.

Physical: The dark comedy starring Rose Byrne concludes its first season on August 6.

Ted Lasso: The second season continues with episodes 3 through 6.

Mr. Corman: A dark comedy about a school teacher whose dreams remain unfulfilled. Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, stars in, and produces. Premieres August 6.

CODA: A coming-of-age story about a high school senior who is the only hearing person in her deaf family and is torn between holding together that unit or seeking her own dreams. Premieres August 13.

See: The second season of Apple’s big-budget action-adventure series starring Jason Momoa adds a new cast member: Dave Bautista. Premieres August 27.

Apple releases new games to Apple Arcade on Fridays, but not every Friday is marked by a new game or significant update. Check our Apple Arcade FAQ for a full list of Apple Arcade games and more details on the service. Many games are released with no forewarning, but you’ll often see a couple of projects listed in the Coming Soon section.

It looks like Apple Arcade releases are finally starting to pick up the pace a little, thanks in part to Apple’s new policy change whereby existing App Store games can find their way to Arcade with a “+” on the end (and maybe a few tweaks) Here’s what we see on the Coming Soon list:

Super Stickman Golf 3+: First released in 2016, this revival features all the paid content from the original game.

Monster Hunter Stories+: Not to be confused the new Switch game Monster Hunter Stories 2, this game was first released to the App Store in 2018 as a mobile version of the Nintendo 3DS game.

Super Leap Day: An original Arcade title, this is one of those one-button autoscrolling running games. The hook here is a new challenge level every day.

wurdweb: An original Arcade title, this word-puzzler will feel familiar to Scrabble fans.

Tetris Beat: A cross between Tetris and a rhythm game, with 18 licensed tracks and new tracks added monthly.

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iOS 15 Public Beta 4: Safari has changed yet again

Macworld 30 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Every year, Apple releases major updates for its iPhone and iPad operating systems in the fall. For months before that, it releases beta test versions for developers and the public. They’re often incomplete and buggy, but it can be exciting to try out everything before it gets pushed out to a billion devices in the fall. We highly recommend you do not run this beta on a critical device. Yes, you can downgrade back to iOS or iPadOS 14, but it’s not a fast and easy process, and you may lose some of the information that you haven’t backed up or saved in the cloud. We also recommend you backup your iPhone or iPad before you get started. If you want to know all about the new features coming to your iPhone and iPad this fall, check out our iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 guides.

Besides, beta testing is a good way to help find bugs and problems and results in a more stable release this fall. Just use the Feedback app to submit bug reports. If you’re interested in running the iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 beta, here’s how you get it.

Apple continues to fine-tune its Safari redesign, though the tab/URL bar is still on the bottom. You’ll now find a share button and reload button on the bar, and you can Show Bookmarks by long-pressing the URL bar.

iPadOS 15 now has the same Safari tweaks as macOS, with an option in Settings to place tabs on a separate bar.

MagSafe Battery Pack support is added in Beta 4, bringing it in line with iOS 14.7.

Shortcuts have a new action available to them: Return to Home Screen.

You can now choose whether to share your Focus status with someone in Messages on a person-by-person basis.

It couldn’t be easier to enter the public beta program. Simply head to beta.apple.com and tap “Sign up.” You need to do this on the device upon which you wish to run the beta. You’ll be asked to sign in with your Apple ID, agree to terms of service, and then download a beta profile.

Once you download the beta profile, you need to activate it.

Open Settings, then tap General. Scroll down to Profile and select it. You can then tap on the iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 beta software profile and choose to activate it.

Note that the Developer Beta is available right away, but Apple says the Public Beta won’t begin until July.

Once you’ve registered, downloaded the profile, and activated it, you’re ready to download the beta.

Open Settings, then General, then Software Update. You should see that the iOS or iPadOS 15 public beta is available for download—if you don’t see it, make sure the profile is activated and installed. It can take a few minutes for the beta to show up after installing the profile, so don’t be in too big a hurry.

Once you have the profile installed, you will continue to get beta updates throughout the beta program. Every time a new public beta release is available, you will automatically receive it, or can go to Settings > Software Update to download it manually. There’s no need to re-download or activate the profile.

If you’re a registered developer (which costs $99/yr, go here to enroll), you can download beta releases a little earlier than the general public. Apple often makes a developer beta release available for iOS and iPadOS immediately during its WWDC conference in June, with the first Public Beta release following a few weeks later. Subsequent updates are much closer together: developers usually get the update just a day before the public release, if that.

That initial developer beta is often very sketchy, so we highly recommend you back up your device first, and don’t run it on your primary device!

Once you’ve registered your Apple ID as a developer, head to developer.apple.com/download/ using the iPhone or iPad upon which you wish to run the beta. You’ll have to sign in, and then you can download and install the beta profile from that page.

Then, activate the profile by opening Settings, then General, then scrolling down to the bottom to tap on Profile. You may have to restart your device, but then the beta should show up in General > Software Updates for you to download and install.

If you want to stop receiving beta updates, that’s easy enough. Just remove the profile and you won’t get any more beta releases—you’ll just stay on the one you have. Once the final public release of iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 is made available in the fall, your device will download that, and you’ll be on the regular public non-beta release schedule.

Simply removing the profile will stop you from getting further beta releases, but it doesn’t get you back to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14. To do that, you need to put your iPhone or iPad in recovery mode, connect it to your Mac or PC, and then use Finder (or iTunes on PC) to download the current regular iOS version and restore your device. This will reset it to a fresh out-of-the-box state. We told you to back up anything important and not to run the beta on a critical device!

You can run iOS 15 on any iPhone that runs iOS 14, and iPadOS 15 runs on any iPad that is compatible with iPadOS 14.

Here’s the list of supported iPhones for iOS 15:

And here’s the list of supported iPads for iPadOS 15:

Own an iPhone or iPad? Here's why you should update your device now

USA TODAY 30 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Apple just released a new update for iPhones and iPads. Here's why you should considering updating your devices as soon as possible.

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Apple kicked off its second annual all-virtual developer conference with a keynote that outlined new updates to its software for iPhones and other devices but included no major product announcements. (June 8) AP Domestic

Keep putting off that latest software update for your iPhone or iPad? You might want to do it soon.

Apple recently rolled out iOS 14.7.1, the latest version of the tech giant's mobile operating system powering iPhones. There's a similar update for iPadOS as well, called iPadOS 14.7.1.

Apple says the iPhone update fixes an issue where models with Touch ID can't unlock a paired Apple Watch when you use the "Unlock with iPhone" feature.

It also includes a security update to fix an issue they say has been "actively exploited."  Apple says the issue – flagged by an anonymous researcher –is tied to memory corruption, and could lead to a situation where an application "may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges."

As tech site LifeHacker explains, the issue "allows malicious apps installed on the device to gain elevated privileges and execute arbitrary code attacks."

Apple says the update is available for the following devices:

Users can start an update on their iPhone or iPad by going to Settings, then General, then Software Update. 

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Apple sets a profit record of $21.7 BILLION after iPhone sales during the quarter rose 50%

Daily Mail 30 July, 2021 - 12:00am

By Afp and Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

Apple on Tuesday set a new profit record, with its quarterly earnings nearly doubling to $21.7billion - thanks largely to iPhone sales and digital services.

Revenue surged 36 per cent from a year ago to $81.4billion, the best ever for the tech titan's fiscal third quarter.

The results, the best in the company's 45-year history, are a triumph for Tim Cook, the chief executive. 

Apple is on pace for its best fiscal year ever, with a projected profit of $86billion for the 12-month period ending in September, according to an average forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet. 

That would be about 51 percent better than last year's record and way above the 11 per cent prediction made by several analysts. 

'This quarter, our teams built on a period of unmatched innovation by sharing powerful new products with our users, at a time when using technology to connect people everywhere has never been more important,' he said.

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, on Tuesday celebrated the best quarterly results in the company's 45-year history. Apple is on pace for its best fiscal year ever, with a projected profit of $86billion for the 12-month period ending in September

An Apple iPhone 12 is seen next to a MacBook Pro. Sales of iPhones were up 50 percent in the three months to June

Apple's share price has soared 463 percent in value in the past five years

Apple shares were little changed in after-market trading following the results, which were stronger than most forecasts.

The California giant said revenue from iPhone sales jumped some 50 percent and posted increases for its increasingly important services such as digital payments and music.

Sales from iPhones rose 50 percent to $39.6billion during the April-to-June period compared with a year earlier. 

The increase was down to the well-received iPhone 12 series, and the 5G connectivity. 

'Our record June quarter operating performance included new revenue records in each of our geographic segments, double-digit growth in each of our product categories, and a new all-time high for our installed base of active devices,' said chief financial officer Luca Maestri.

The results come with Apple and other tech giants facing heightened pressure from antitrust enforcers around the world for their dominance of key economic sectors, which has increased during the pandemic.

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Apple posts a record June quarter thanks to iPhone sales

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Apple (AAPL) Stock Price and Forecast: Three, four or five reasons why Apple is falling after results

FXStreet 29 July, 2021 - 06:09am

Apple stock continues to disappoint despite posting strong results on Tuesday after the market closed. It is a case of deja vu for Apple stock, which also fell despite reporting strong Q2 earnings back in late April.

Apple released Q3 2021 results just after the close on Tuesday, July 27. Earnings per share (EPS) were $1.30 versus the $1.00 Wall Street estimate. Revenue was $81.4 billion versus the $72.9 billion estimate. Apple reported Q3 iPhone revenue of $39.6 billion, up from $26.4 billion a year earlier. Apple stock (AAPL) had a little pop just on the release of the numbers, but this swiftly turned around and the stock fell about 1%.

The move continued during the main session on Wednesday with Apple closing just over 1% lower. This is despite some big tech peers rising in the same session. Google (GOOGL) also reported strong numbers and beat estimates. GOOGL shares rallied strongly, closing up over 3% on Wednesday at all-time highs. Why the difference? 

The numbers were good, out-of-the-park-style good. Beating EPS by 30% usually satisfies investors, but we live in a different world. If stocks continually beat expectations, which is what is happening, then investors expect the unexpected. Earnings are expected to beat and beat well. Q2 earnings for AAPL stock beat by 40%, but the stock slid from $137 to $122 in the days after the release. 

Three reasons why this time may be the same as last time for Apple stock and it falls after beating estimates:

1. Apple failed to break the psychological $150 resistance, and the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) has crossed into a bearish signal.

2. Apple walloped earnings, but it has done this before, and the stock has fallen. The premarket and regular session move gives us some clue that all is not well with bulls.

3. On the conference call Apple mentioned supply constraints for the iPhone and iPad in Q4 and also guides for that quarter growth to be lower.

4. An extra bonus reason, Apple stock has put in place a perfectly clean double top just shy of psychological resistance at $150. This is not good from a technical view.

5. Another bonus is the bearish divergence in the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and the share price. Apple put in the double top on July 15 and 26. However, the RSI peaked for the first top and then diverged.

The first short-term support was the 9-day moving average at $146.59. This has been broken now, and the 21-day was tested but held so far. $141.67 is the low from July 19, and that now becomes the next target/support. The volume profile shows us clearly that if Apple breaks this $141.67 the move should accelerate as there is no volume to support the price and Apple is on to retrace to $135 and likely $133.80 as that is the high volume area. 

Below that, Apple is likely to find support in the mid $120s as this is the area with the highest volume. The 200-day moving average supports the price further here. This is where Apple shares have retreateed to numerous times and regrouped. 

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EUR/USD is trading above 1.1850, hitting the highest in two weeks. The dollar is falling across the board after the Fed refrained from pre-announcing tapering and sees inflation as transitory. US GDP and German CPI are awaited.

GBP/USD is trading above 1.40, extending its gains after the Fed seemed reluctant to taper bond buys. The EU's suspension of legal action over the NI protocol supports sterling. UK scraps quarantine rules for fully vaccinated EU, US travelers.

GBP/USD is trading above 1.40, extending its gains after the Fed seemed reluctant to taper bond buys. The EU's suspension of legal action over the NI protocol supports sterling. UK scraps quarantine rules for fully vaccinated EU, US travelers.

Gold price has accelerated its advance and hits fresh weekly highs at $1819, closing in on the critical 200-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at $1821.

Bitcoin price is setting the stage for a pullback after a 40% upswing. Ethereum price is following BTC but might undergo consolidation. Ripple price defies its run-up, suggesting a minor correction might be enough before another rally begins.

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Apple Q3 Earnings Preview: New iPhone Demand Expected To Fuel Sales | Investing.com

Investing.com 26 July, 2021 - 07:44pm

When Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reports its latest earnings later today, investors are confident the iPhone-maker will again exceed expectations and produce another blockbuster quarter.

In anticipation, its stock has reached new highs after a sluggish start to 2021. Shares closed yesterday at $148.99, after a 15% jump year-to-date. Since the March dip in 2020, Apple shares have delivered more than 150% return to investors.

What’s keeping that rally alive are signs that demand for the California-based tech giant’s flagship smartphones continues to remain strong. Bloomberg reported earlier this month that Apple had asked suppliers to build as many as 90 million next-generation iPhones this year, a sharp increase from its 2020 smartphone shipments.

The company has maintained a consistent level in recent years of roughly 75 million units for the initial run for the launch of a new device through the end of the year. The upgraded forecast for 2021, according to the report, would suggest the company anticipates its first iPhone launch since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines will unlock additional demand. The next generation of iPhones will be Apple’s second with 5G capabilities, a key enticement pushing users to upgrade.

If that happens, it will further strengthen a bullish case for Apple stock that has been built on expectations that the company is entering another “super cycle,” for its new iPhone models, where millions of existing users would upgrade aging smartphones. The latest iPhone has the capability of accessing the next-generation 5G cellular network, which promises faster internet speeds.

For Apple revenue to continue growing, it’s critical to keep its innovation machine active, by introducing new gadgets and upgrades to its existing products. Indeed, the latest information from the company, as well as media sources, suggests the company has many exciting upgrades in the works.

Apple is planning to launch new MacBook Pro laptops with custom Apple chips, Apple Watches with updated display, a redesigned iPad mini and an entry-tier iPad.

Despite this optimism, some in the analyst community remain conservative in their consensus estimates for the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings release later today. The Street is calling for revenue of $73.26 billion and EPS of $1.01.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, in a recent note, raised her price target for Apple heading into the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings report, saying the recent jump for the stock has not fully priced in a strong iPhone launch later in the year.

“While share price performance post-earnings may be more muted given Apple’s recent outperformance, we are buyers heading into the iPhone 13 launch in September.”

Her new price target for Apple stock is $166 per share, representing an 11% upside from the current level.

Apple earnings may continue to benefit from strong demand for its new iPhone models and other upgrades the company is planning for its popular products. Apple shares could move higher if the company exceeds expectations, especially when the consensus estimates remain quite conservative.

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