WWDC is fast approaching, and while we know things will be different with this very first all-digital event, there is still a lot to wait for. Apple will be delivering a keynote address from Apple Park where we will see the usual introductions of the next major updates to Apple’s operating system, and I hope we will also have some hardware news.
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We are starting to see intriguing rumors for WWDC, including the possibility of a redesigned iMac and the likely start of Apple transitioning from its Mac lineup of Intel processors to its own custom chips. This week has also seen news on the iOS beta front, Apple stock performance and the iPhone 12 production schedule, so read below and check out our video above for all the details!
- New iMac with iPad Pro Design Language and thin glasses apparently at WWDC
- Apple to announce Arm-based Mac plans at WWDC, transition away from Intel to start in 2021
- Apple Planning Apple Card Funding Options for Non-iPhone Devices
- Apple launches second beta of iOS and iPadOS 13.6
- Apple becomes first US company to reach $ 1.5 trillion in market value
- IPhone 12 production to start in July
- iPhone 4 is 10 years old: “Stop me if you have already seen it”
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New iMac with iPad Pro Design Language and thin glasses apparently at WWDC
WWDC is just over a week away, and new rumors indicate that we may see important updates for the iMac at the event. According to late Sonny Dickson, Apple will use WWDC speech to introduce a redesigned iMac with “iPad Pro design language” and much thinner bezels around the screen similar to Pro Display XDR.
According to Dickson, the iMac will join the rest of the Mac lineup by including Apple’s custom T2 chip to integrate several security controller functions. Dickson also says the iMac will include AMD’s Navi graphics processors and move to full SSD storage, eliminating the hybrid Fusion Drive configuration seen on current low-cost configurations.
Apple has long quoted extensive delivery estimates for the 27-inch iMac, but it is unclear whether this is due to a component shortage or an upcoming update. Either way, it’s best to wait for WWDC if you’re currently on the market for an iMac.
Apple has officially announced part of its calendar for the first digital-only WWDC, which will start with the traditional keynote broadcast from Apple Park at 10:00 a.m.Pacific time on Monday, June 22.
Apple to announce Arm-based Mac plans at WWDC, transition away from Intel to start in 2021
There are rumors that Apple has been looking to move its Mac line of Intel processors to its own custom Arm-based chips for years, and it looks like it is finally about to happen.
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple plans to announce the start of this transition to WWDC later this month, giving developers several months to start preparing before the launch of the first Arm-based Macs in 2021.
Apple’s first Arm-based Mac chip would be based on the upcoming iPhone A14 chip and includes 12 processor cores: eight high performance cores and four high efficiency cores. Chips with an even higher number of cores based on the iPhone A15 chips would follow in the future. A rumor this week says that Apple could begin its Arm transition with a revived 12-inch MacBook.
For more details on what Intel’s transition to custom Arm chips would mean for Apple, see our overview guide.
Apple Planning Apple Card Funding Options for Non-iPhone Devices
Apple card users in the U.S. have been able to take advantage of convenient interest-free payment plans for iPhone purchases, and it looks like they will soon have the option of similar plans for many other Apple products as well.
Tim Cook briefly mentioned the company’s plans during Apple’s April 30 revenue call, but the latest details indicate that it will be valid on a wide range of products, including iPads, Macs, AirPods and other accessories, customers with up to 12 months to pay before interest is due.
Apple launches second beta of iOS and iPadOS 13.6
Apple launched another curve in its iOS beta test cycle, renaming iOS 13.5.5 to iOS 13.6 alongside the release of the second beta version.
We will see iOS 14 very soon at WWDC, but that won’t be released until September, so iOS 13.6 will provide additional new features and updates to Tide users.
Among the changes found in the latest beta version of iOS 13.6 are a new toggle to define whether available iOS updates are automatically downloaded, a new Symptoms section in the Health app, and a new feature that saves your reading position in an article in Apple News.
Meanwhile, Apple stopped signing iOS 13.5 after iOS 13.5.1 was released last week. iOS 13.5.1 has fixed a vulnerability that allows devices from earlier versions of iOS to be jailbroken, and Apple’s decision to stop signing iOS 13.5 means that users will not be able to downgrade their devices if they have already updated to iOS 13.5.1 or later.
Apple becomes first US company to reach $ 1.5 trillion in market value
After a steady recovery from its lows at the end of March in the wake of the global health crisis, Apple’s share price last week hit its first historic record since late January.
In the middle of this week, Apple became the first US company to reach a market value of $ 1.5 trillion when it exceeded $ 350 per share before declining later in the week amid more downturns. off the market.
Apple had previously become the first trillion-dollar company in August 2018, and Amazon, Microsoft, and Google’s parent company Alphabet have since joined Apple to reach this milestone.
IPhone 12 production to start in July
Amid fears that Apple will have to delay the launch of at least some iPhone 12 models due to delays due to the impact of coronaviruses on development phases, a new report says that production on the iPhone 12 range is expected to start in July.
Apple not being able to send its usual teams to China to carry out prototyping and development, the company would have been able to strengthen its teams based in China to do the work, with the second phase of technical validation and test ending at the end of this month.
However, we still don’t know when we can expect the iPhone 12 to be available. Apple usually hosts its annual iPhone event in early September, with availability after a week and a half later, although some models have been pushed back to October or even early November in recent years.
Meanwhile, Apple has registered nine numbers of unpublished iPhone models with the Eurasian Economic Commission, which likely correspond to various iPhone 12 models. There is also a newly registered Mac that could be the rumor that the iMac would be launched at WWDC.
iPhone 4 is 10 years old: “Stop me if you have already seen it”
This week marked the 10th anniversary of Steve Jobs’s introduction of iPhone 4 and FaceTime during WWDC 2010’s opening speech in San Francisco.
The introduction was remarkable due to the fact that the iPhone 4 had leaked several months earlier after an Apple employee left a prototype in a bar in Redwood City, California, near the company’s headquarters .
The iPhone 4 was the first with a high-resolution Retina display, and it featured a whole new design with a glass and stainless steel monocoque with square edges. This year’s iPhone 12 is rumored to wear a similar design after many years of rounded edges dating back to the iPhone 6.
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