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Apple AirPower replacement might come in large and small sizes

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Apple might be prepping a smaller wireless charger to go with the rumored multi-device version.
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Apple will release a single-device wireless charging pad in addition to the larger, multi-device mat rumored to be much like the doomed AirPower, according to an unconfirmed report Sunday.

The latest rumors come a year after Apple canceled the AirPower wireless charger the company announced in 2017 without ever releasing it.

Apple Music chief takes over Beats headphones

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There’s a new boss of Beats, an Apple product line of top-tier headphones, some aimed at runners.
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The head of Apple Music is apparently assuming an additional role. Oliver Schusser is reportedly going to take charge of the company’s Beats line of high-end headphones, while also remaining at the helm of Apple’s music-streaming service.

Apple also took the opportunity to refute a recent unconfirmed report that it’s phasing out Beats.

Apple readies new headphones, AirPods X; plans to ‘phase out Beats’

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Is this the beginning of the end for the Beats brand?
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Apple is readying new over-ear headphones and “AirPods X” for 2020 as it plans to slowly “phase out Beats,” a tipster claimed Tuesday.

We could see the company’s new over-ear headphones during the online-only Worldwide Developers Conference this June. However, the company’s sportier take on AirPods is expected to come in the fall. Currently, Apple is supposedly working to clear out Beats inventory.

Low-priced ‘iPhone SE’ reportedly near imminent release

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The iPhone SE update is launching soon.
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After months of waiting, the successor to the iPhone SE is allegedly ready to launch any day now.

Apple is supposedly ready to accept orders for its new entry-level iPhone “as soon as tomorrow” according to a new report from 9to5Mac that claims if the launch doesn’t happen on Friday, it will be “very soon.”

CarKey screenshots show how drivers will start their cars via Wallet app

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Here's how you'll interface with CarKey.
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A new CarKey feature for iOS 14 will let drivers start up compatible vehicles from their iPhone or Apple Watch, using a digital car key in their Wallet app. Leaked screenshots that appeared on Twitter this week show what the user interface might look like.

Tapping on the digital car key in the Wallet app will reveal the car model and automaker. It also offers the ability to share your key with another person. And an Express Mode works without requiring Face ID or your passcode.

watchOS 7 might bring shareable Apple Watch faces, improvements for parents

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Got an Apple Watch face you really like? Soon you might be able to easily share it with a friend.
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A leak from inside Apple indicates the next watchOS version will allow users to share Watch faces. In addition, parents allegedly will be able to set “Schooltime” limits, restricting what a child’s Apple Watch can do during certain hours.

Other changes coming in watchOS 7 have come to light as well.

Apple preps 14.1-inch MacBook Pro with mini-LED display

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The smallest MacBook Pro is about to get a big upgrade.
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Apple plans to make an aggressive push adding mini-LED displays to its products in 2020, according to one of the most reliable Apple analysts in the game.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his forecast for Apple’s mini-LED product roadmap Tuesday, saying that the company is working on four more mini-LED products than we originally knew about — including a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro.

iPad Pro with triple-lens camera looks increasingly likely

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This Pad & Quill leather folio is ready when/if Apple builds more lenses into the next iPad Pro’s rear-facing cameras.
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A well-known accessory maker unveiled a case that’s apparently designed for a 2020 iPad Pro with a dual- or even triple-lens camera like the ones in the iPhone 11 series. There’s no such tablet, but rumors say one is coming soon.

iPhone 12 might sport super-fast new type of Wi-Fi

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iPhone 12 might include a short-range wireless networking standard about 40 times faster than Wi-Fi 6.
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The iPhone 12 will include an ultra-quick version of Wi-Fi, if an unconfirmed report is correct. This could enormously increase the data transfer speeds of this handset, even outstripping some versions of Ethernet.

Target employees leak inventory listings for new AirPods, Apple TV, iPod touch and more

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Are these soon-to-be-released Apple products, supposedly uncovered by Target employees?
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Unnamed Target retail store employees are sharing details of what some believe are soon-to-be-released Apple updates using purported images of product listings from the companies retail inventory system.

The supposed new products include Apple AirPods X Generation, a 10.5-inch iPad, a new generation Apple TV, a new iPod touch and a series of new Apple Watch bands. 

Low-end AirPods rumor gains traction yet remains ‘lite’ on credible details

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These AirPods Pro are full-strength.
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Tossed into the swirl of rumors and reports about coronavirus and its impact on Apple production is an alleged new entry to the AirPods lineup called “AirPods Pro Lite.”

The quotes bookending the product name are because no one is sure what to make of what is essentially a rumor first reported by a Chinese website with a mixed record for accuracy.

In the last few days, reports have surfaced in DigiTimes of a second “lite” version supplier, giving further credence to the various reports.

Apple is ‘likely to stick’ to plans for a September iPhone event

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Yes, we will get our iPhone event in September. According to a supply chain rumor, that is!
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Despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, Apple is going to “stick to its plans” for an iPhone event in September, according to a new report.

That is despite the fact that another report today claims that orders for the five-nanometer A14 chips for the iPhone 12 are likely to be 50-60% higher than for last year’s iPhone chips. In other words, the next-gen iPhones face both increased demand and, for now, reduced supply.

Good news about iOS 14 compatibility leaks out

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iOS 14 will reportedly run on many older iPhone models
Older models like the iPhone 6S Plus will reportedly get an iOS 14 upgrade.
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iOS 14 almost certainly won’t be unveiled before June, but information leaking out of Apple indicates this next version will offer very wide compatibility for current devices.

News about iPadOS 14 compatibility isn’t quite as good.

Apple could debut iPhone SE successor as soon as March

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Apple could debut iPhone SE successor as soon as March
Are you excited about Apple's follow-up to the iPhone SE?
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Apple’s forthcoming low-cost iPhone, often referred to as the iPhone SE 2 or (confusingly) the iPhone 9, is set to enter mass production in February, Bloomberg claims. The news outlet claims that Apple could unveil the iPhone SE 2 “as early as March.”

Production on the new handset is reportedly being split between regular Apple contract manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron.

iPhone SE 2 could sport a frosted glass back

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Apple boots smelter and refiners in crackdown on conflict minerals
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The latest detail leaking out on a hotly-anticipated low-cost iPhone indicate this handset — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 – will have a back of frosted glass.

Quite a bit of other information about this model has come to light, including its dimensions. Which is not surprising, considering it’s rumored to launch in about two months.

Pricey 5G parts won’t bring price hike to 2020 iPhones

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The 2020 iPhone lineup can't come soon enough.
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Apple’s highly anticipated addition of 5G modems to the 2020 iPhone lineup may not end up costing customers extra after all.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that his supply chain sources indicate that the four 5G-capable 2020 iPhone models will be priced similar to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, even though 5G components are more expensive.