When is the next Apple event? Here's what we know

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CNET 22 July, 2021 - 05:00am 19 views

Apple's WWDC was just last month, but we're already gearing up for the tech giant's fall event. Although we don't know for sure when Apple's fall event will be (the one that should unveil the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch 7, among other things), we speculate it could land sometime in September. 

Apple has had two events in 2021 so far. The first event was in April, where we got a glimpse of new iPad upgrades, colorful iMacs, AirTags trackers, a purple iPhone 12 and more. (Here's everything Apple announced in the spring.) Then, two months later, we had WWDC, where we saw a first look at iOS 15, MacOS Monterey (also known as MacOS 12), WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15. We're expecting quite a bit more from Apple this year including the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3, iPad Mini 6 and a few more upgrades.

If you're curious about more Apple-related dates, check out CNET's guess for the iPhone 13 release date. You can also take a look at our iPhone 13 wish list.

Apple will typically host three to four events in a year with a spring event, summer developers conference and one or two more events in the fall. The fall events are usually scheduled in September and October. The September event tends to feature new iPhone and Apple Watch upgrades, while the October event features Macs and iPads. 

Although Apple has announced its latest iPhone during a September event every year since the iPhone 5 in 2012, Apple saw a change in that pattern in 2020 due to production delays during the coronavirus pandemic. Last year's September Apple event unveiled the Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE and updated iPad models -- but no new iPhone. The company, however, later revealed the iPhone 12 in October. Last year's fall Apple event was also online-only due to the pandemic. A livestream was available through the company's website. 

But this year, Apple is expected to return to its usual schedule. CNET took a deep dive into Apple's event timeline back in 2018 and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis that you can read more about here. Taking a look at the 2021 calendar, the Labor Day rule would mark Sept. 8 as the next Apple event, but we won't know for sure until later. We do know, however, that Apple's likes to hold its fall event on a Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Here's a render of the iPhone 13. We're also expecting the Apple Watch 7, AirPods 3 and new iPad Mini. 

Apple already unveiled a slew of hardware and software upgrades during its previous 2021 events, but there are still a few things we expect the tech giant to announce in the fall. This includes the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, Airods 3, iPad Mini 6, a larger iMac powered by Apple's M1 chip, a more affordable Apple Display, a new MacBook Pro and Mac Pro with a rumored update to Apple's M1 chip. We're also on the lookout for an Apple competitor to Amazon Echo Show, a soundbar with built-in Apple TV and an Apple AR/VR headset

The iPhone 13 is rumored to feature four phones, the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Although there hasn't been any official word on the iPhone 13's release date, we speculate Apple's new iPhone could be coming in September with a new design, upgraded cameras, battery and specs. 

Apple's next-generation wearable could include some new key features like a sleek, flat-edged redesign, improvements in battery life and a possible blood glucose monitoring sensor. The Apple Watch 7 will come with WatchOS 8, which was unveiled at WWDC. 

Apple's new Airpods 3 could looking similar to this concept design by Michael Rieplhuber. 

Apple's AirPods could be getting an update sometime this year, according to an earlier report from Bloomberg. Rumors suggest the AirPods 3 will have similar features to the AirPods Pro like spatial audio support, a shorter stem, interchangeable tips and a smaller charging case.

Other Apple tablets, including the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Pro have already seen updates this year, so that just leaves the iPad Mini. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, a redesign for the iPad Mini "should be a go" for fall 2021. 

Last year, Apple announced that it would be producing its own chip, known as the M1, to power its Mac. Since then, there has been speculation that Apple may soon announce a new version of their processor for the new MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

Apple also previously announced a new iMac powered by the M1 processor, but it was only the smaller 24-inch model. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is working on processor updates for both the Mac Mini and 27-inch iMac. 

Apple may also be working on a more affordable version of its Pro Display XDR that was originally released in 2019. Bloomberg reported in January that Apple was in "early development" of a cheaper monitor. 

We could see some brand new devices from Apple this year. This includes the possibility of an Apple competitor to the Amazon Echo Show that would fuse an entry level iPad with a speaker, a soundbar equipped with built-in Apple TV similar to Roku's soundbar and an Apple AR/VR headset

Until Apple sends its official fall event invitations, all we can do is speculate. But we'll update this story as new hints and rumors come to light. In the meantime, here's how the iPhone 13 could compare to the iPhone 12, whether it's still worth it to buy an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11 and everything coming in iOS 15. Plus, why isn't iPhone SE 3 on this list?

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ZDNet 22 July, 2021 - 08:45am

It seems that a delay in Apple pushing out the iPadOS 14.7 update was responsible also for the delayed publication of the security content of both iOS and iPadOS 14.7.

But now that iPadOS has been released, we have the full picture… and yes, you need to update, and do it promptly.

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We already knew that the Wi-Fi bug that could cause denial of service was addressed, but there are over two dozen more bugs fixed in these releases.

For example, there are four WebKit bugs, three of which could cause a malicious webpage to run code.

The Measure app -- do you even use that app? -- has seven vulnerabilities fixed, and there's also a fix for a Find My bug that may allow a malicious application to access Find My data.

This is a pretty big set of bugfixes, on top of the items listed in the release notes:

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iPhone 13 colors: every shade rumored for the upcoming iPhone range

TechRadar 22 July, 2021 - 05:48am

Some of the colors of the rainbow

We’re expecting it to be a similar story with the iPhone 13 range, and while none of the colors have yet been confirmed, some have been rumored. You’ll find details of those below, along with which models might be offered in each shade.

We’ve also included some colors that haven’t specifically been rumored, but that we think we’re quite likely to see. And whenever we hear anything new about iPhone 13 colors we’ll be sure to update this guide, so check back soon.

Matte black looks to be the most likely of the rumored colors so far, with multiple sources suggesting it’s in the works. We’ve even seen an Apple patent focused on the shade.

According to some sources, the matte black shade will be more of a very dark grey than actual black, and it might have a metallic look to it. That said, we've elsewhere heard that it will be near-black.

Plus, the most recent leak about this color described it simply as 'black' with no mention of it being matte. So while we're almost certain at this point that a black shade is in the works, we're less clear on how it will actually look.

A much more unlikely rumored shade that we’ve heard about is rose pink. A Twitter account for a phone shop called @PengPhones tweeted that this color would be available for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but we’re not convinced.

For one thing, the source doesn’t have much of a track record, for another, they shared it alongside an older concept color render from Instagrammer Ali Sayed Ali (uncredited and possibly meant to be passed off as the real deal), and finally Apple doesn’t tend to use these sorts of colors for its Pro models.

If there is a rose pink color, according to this source it will land in December, which is later than the expected iPhone 13 range launch timing of September, but perhaps this shade would land later.

If it does, and if it really does make it to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, then we’d expect the iPhone 13 Pro would get it too. But more likely it would be a shade for the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini, and more likely than that we won’t see it at all.

While we're not sold on rose pink, we've more recently heard that there could be a rose gold shade planned for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

This would apparently be very pale, which sounds more in keeping with the understated colors Apple usually uses for the Pro range. 

This claim also comes from a more reputable source, so we're more convinced that we might see a rose gold shade. That said, so far only one source has mentioned it, so we'd still certainly take this with a pinch of salt.

Some of the same sources as the matte black rumor also claim that Apple is working on an orange (or possibly bronze) iPhone 13 Pro. However, this is apparently far less likely to make it beyond the prototype stage, so we wouldn’t count on seeing it.

That said, rumors of a sunset gold iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have more recently appeared, and this is described as being a bronze color, so maybe we will see it after all. Certainly, bronze seems more in keeping with the Pro stylings than orange would.

You can get the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in a silver shade, and it's possible that color will continue for the iPhone 13 Pro range, with one source saying as much.

Until we hear this from more sources we'd take it with a pinch of salt, but it's definitely believable.

Peng Phones followed up its rose pink claim with another tweet saying that the iPhone 13 Pro Max would launch in a purple edition in November.

This again was accompanied by an uncredited image from Ali Sayed Ali (among several other concept images from SuperSaf), and again given the lack of track record we’re not convinced – especially as the account claimed in a slightly earlier tweet that this shade would land at some point in 2022 - but you never know.

The above colors are the only ones that we’ve heard rumored so far, but there’s a good chance that Apple will also release black and white versions of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, given that the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 11 are all available in those shades.

Similarly, Apple’s Pro models have all launched in gold and silver shades, so it’s likely those will continue for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max - with rumors pointing to silver, sunset gold and rose gold all being offered.

Some combination of green, blue, purple and red shades may also be offered on the non-Pro models, as they were all available for the iPhone 12, and mostly available for the iPhone 11.

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iOS 15: Here are the devices that support Find My when turned off

9to5Mac 21 July, 2021 - 05:36pm

One of the most exciting features of iOS 15, which was announced at WWDC 2021 in June, is definitely the Find My tracking when the device is completely turned off. However, not every device is compatible with this feature. Read on as we detail which Apple devices support Find My when turned off with iOS 15.

With iOS 13, Apple has implemented a new version of its Find My network that works offline. It uses Bluetooth technology to send the location of a lost device to other Apple devices nearby. This way, users can see the location of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch even when it’s not connected to the internet.

Now with iOS 15, Apple has gone one step further and finally allowed powered-off devices to be tracked through the Find My network. Not only that, but the company says that devices running iOS 15 can be located even after a full restore. The only way to disable Find My now is by removing the iCloud account of the device’s original owner.

Unfortunately, due to technology limitations, only some iPhone models can be located when turned off. You can check the full list below:

This new feature is based on Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, which is part of Apple’s U1 chip. Only iPhone 11 and newer models (except for the second-generation iPhone SE) have the U1 chip, so that is why only these devices will work with Find My even when turned off. Apple Watch Series 6 also has the U1 chip, but the feature is exclusive to iPhones so far.

If you have an older iPhone or even any iPad model, you will still be able to use Find My when your device is offline but not completely turned off. Here’s how the new feature is presented in the Settings for an iPhone with a U1 chip compared to other devices, both running iOS 15:

According to Apple, supported devices can also be located through Find My when in Power Reserve Mode. In other words, tracking works even if your iPhone runs out of battery, just like Express Transit with Apple Pay. It’s almost as if this feature turns your iPhone into an AirTag.

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Crazy MagSafe ‘iStorage’ adds a snap-on physical drive to increase the storage on your iPhone

Yanko Design 21 July, 2021 - 05:30pm

Sure, a MagSafe battery pack is nice, but how about some extra MagSafe storage for my iPhone’s camera roll?

Everyone knows those pesky iCloud fees can be an absolute bummer. Yes, Apple makes it very certain that you’re getting a whole lot of functionality for the price, but what if I just want to bump up my phone’s storage because I’m busy clicking selfies and taking videos on my iPhone? Designer Abdelrahman Shaapan has an idea – Magsafe Storage. Designed to resemble Apple’s newly launched MagSafe Battery Pack (although Abdel came up with this design all the way back in May), the iStorage is a nifty wireless drive that lets you add extra storage to your phone in literally a snap.

To most people, it would seem quite unlike Apple to release a product that competes with one of its other services, but then again, the iPad is constantly pitched against the MacBook by being referred to as the laptop reinvented. For a while, the AirPods and the Beats by Dre constantly competed with each other too. Similarly, the iStorage is ‘somewhat’ a competitor to Apple’s iCloud service… although it’s purpose-built to work as more of an offline-only storage system. Snap it on, and the iPhone’s internal memory instantly gets a boost. You can back your phone up to the iStorage, or just transfer heavy files to it, like a wireless pen-drive.

How would the iStorage even work in theory? Clearly, the MagSafe is built just for hooking accessories to the iPhone and chargers to the wireless-charging coil. How would the iStorage even transfer data? Well, even though Abdelrahman’s iStorage is just a fan-made concept, the real device could easily communicate with the iPhone or any other Apple device using AirDrop protocols. The snap-on feature would probably be just something of a convenience, but I could easily imagine the iStorage as being Apple’s own hard-drive… something that the company hasn’t really ever worked on.

What’s really remarkable about Abdelrahman’s concept is that it also comes in a splash of colors to match your phone. He’s been rather clever in matching the iStorage’s colors with the current iPhone 12 palette, including the new purple color-way as well as Apple’s signature Project RED edition.

While there’s absolutely no chance that Apple’s working on something like this, it’s fun to see what designers come up with. More often than not, they’re indicative of what the consumer actually wants… and I’m pretty sure no consumer wants to pay recurring cloud-storage fees!

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Apple releases iPadOS 14.7 to the public with Home app upgrades and more

9to5Mac 21 July, 2021 - 12:17pm

Two days after releasing iOS 14.7 to the public, Apple today has released iPadOS 14.7 as well. This update includes enhancements to the Podcasts app, bug fixes for Apple Music, and more.

It’s rare for Apple to split up iOS and iPadOS releases, but that’s what happened this week. On Monday, iOS 14.7 was released to the public after beta testing, but iPadOS 14.7 was nowhere to be found.

In addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, iPadOS 14.7 also includes a new timer management feature for HomePod users for the Home application. This allows you to set and among timers using the Home app on your iPhone and iPad.

Here are the full release notes for iPadOS 14.7:

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Impact: Joining a malicious Wi-Fi network may result in a denial of service or arbitrary code execution

Description: This issue was addressed with improved checks.

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During the beta testing process, it was discovered that the bug was no longer functional, and Apple's notes make it clear that the issue has been addressed.

The iOS and iPadOS 14.7 updates also address a number of other security vulnerabilities related to audio files, Find My, PDFs, web images, and more, so all ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users should update to the new iOS 14.7 updates as soon as possible.

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