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Alleged AirPods Pro 2 charging case CAD renders leak

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AirPods Pro 2 CAD render
AirPods Pro 2's charging case CAD renders show speaker holes and a lanyard attachment hole.
Photo: Andrew O'Hara

CAD renders supposedly of the AirPods Pro 2 charging case appeared online Friday, revealing some changes potentially coming to Apple’s noise-canceling earbuds. They show an opening for a lanyard attachment as well as speaker holes that could make misplaced AirPods Pro easier to locate.

Apple might announce the second-gen AirPods Pro alongside the iPhone 14 at its Far Out event on September 7.

Last-minute intel on iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Pro [The CultCast]

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The CultCast podcast: This is the last time you'll hear us talking about what iPhone 14 might look like.
This is the last time you'll hear us talking about what iPhone 14 might look like.
Image: Cult of Mac (iPhone 14 Pro render by Ian Zelbo)

This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: Last-minute leaks indicate iPhone 14 Pro might not suffer the indignity of the “pillhole.” And that’s not the end of the revelations and guesswork prior to Apple’s Far Out event next Wednesday.

Also on The CultCast:

  • Soon, all your Apple devices will talk to satellites.
  • Apple Watch Pro is all about the battery life so it can keep pace with endurance athletes.
  • AI-generated art is getting really good — and really creepy!

Listen to this week’s episode of The CultCast in the Podcasts app or your favorite podcast app. (Be sure to subscribe and leave us a review if you like it!) Or watch the video livestream, embedded below.

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Get a jump on the Apple event with iPhone 14 Plus concept video

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Get a jump on the Apple event with iPhone 14 Plus concept video
The iPhone 14 Plus will supposedly be as big as the Pro Max but with a smaller price.
Screenshot: Hacker 34

Those who just can’t wait until the September 7 Apple event can tide themselves over with a concept video of one of the hottest products expected to be on the agenda. The iPhone 14 Plus will allegedly have the same size screen as the Pro Max, but at a much lower price.

Watch a video concept of the upcoming device in action.

iPhone 14 Pro screen cutouts might not look as expected [Updated]

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iPhone 14 Pro screen cutout might not look as expected
Instead of two screen cutouts, iPhone 14 Pro might have a single wide one.
Mockup: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Leaks about the “pill and hole” design of the iPhone 14 Pro models started months ago, but Apple still might have a surprise up its sleeve. A new report indicates that software will merge the two display cutouts into one.

Note that this is not a hardware change – the screen between the two cutouts will be darkened in software so they appear to be combined.

iPhone 14 Pro ultra-wide camera might surprise with its low-light performance

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Why the iPhone 14 looks like the iPhone 12
iPhone 14 Pro could be a beast in the camera department.
Concept render: souta

Apple could use a bigger ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 14 Pro models. Apart from a significant jump in component cost, the bigger sensor should help improve low-light image quality.

The company is already rumored to use a larger 48MP primary camera on the Pro iPhones this year.

Just how ‘far out’ will Apple’s Sept. 7 event be? [The CultCast]

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The CultCast podast: Are we going to get a big bang out of Apple's September 7 event?
Are we going to get a big bang out of Apple's September 7 event?
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This week on Cult of Mac’s podcast: What does Apple’s star-studded September 7 event invite mean? Some of the speculation is pretty “far out,” but Erfon thinks he has the answer.

Also on The CultCast:

  • The M2 MacBook Air humiliates a pricier Dell laptop.
  • Shazam still works like magic (and somehow Apple didn’t screw it up).
  • Zombie cinema-subscription service MoviePass is coming back from the dead!
  • Don’t miss Best Buy’s killer freebie: three months of Apple TV+, for new and returning subscribers.

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Apple’s ‘far out’ event invite hints at iPhone 14 features

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Apple's 'far out' invite hints at iPhone 14 features
What does this say to you?
Image: Apple

People love to examine Apple’s event invites looking for hints of what will be unveiled. The starry invitation to the September 7 Far Out event that went out Wednesday might drop a clue to one or more long-rumored features finally coming to the iPhone 14.

And, of course, we’ve seen some deliberately silly suggestions for what the image and theme are hinting at.

Or the Apple logo made out of stars could be simply a cool-looking image. (There are new wallpapers for those who think so.)

How to see the AR Easter egg hidden in Apple’s September event invite

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How to see the AR Easter egg hidden in Apple’s spring event invite
Have some augmented-reality fun with the invitation to the Apple fall event.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Concealed in Wednesday’s invite to the Apple early fall event is an augmented reality Easter egg. It’s not just cool – it might be a hint of what to expect.

The graphic for the September 7 “Far Out” event shows the Apple logo made of stars. The AR version is a 3D orb filled with stars floating in space.

Far out: Apple’s Sept. 7 iPhone event is on and in person

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Far out: Apple’s Sept. 7 iPhone event is on and in person
The date's no surprise, but we weren't so sure about the "in person" part.
Image: Apple

Apple sent out invitations Wednesday to a “far out” event scheduled for September 7. There’s nothing in the invite to indicate what’s on the agenda, but this will almost certainly be the debut of the iPhone 14 lineup and Apple Watch Series 8.

Unlike such events for the past couple of years, members of the tech press are being invited to attend in person.

For details of what’s likely on the agenda, check out our rundown of everything Apple is expected to announce at the “Far Out” event.