iPhone 12 Confirmed, iOS 14 Secrets Exposed, Goodbye MacBook Air

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes confirmation of the iPhone 12, a surprising new iPhone 12, the long slow goodbye of the MacBook Air, a review of the new iPad, the secrets of iOS 14, iOS 13 is retired, how Apple measures your wrist, and Apple’s Swift arrives on Windows 10.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

Apple Confirms iPhone 12 Launch Plans

It could be closer than we thought. In a leaked video from UK network EE, the company’s CEO praises the team for their preparations, before Apple’s Eddy Cue pushing the Apple One subscription bundles EE will be selling. Gordon Kelly reports:

“Marc Allera,

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Apple face mask created by iPhone design team shown in new video

  • Apple developed a face mask for employees that has three layers to filter particles and includes flaps for protecting the nose and chin, Bloomberg previously reported.
  • A new video provides a closer look at the mask’s appearance and fit.
  • The Apple Face Mask also comes with a piece for connecting the two ear straps behind the head for a tighter fit.
  • The face mask is said to have been designed by Apple’s engineering and design teams, the same groups working on products like the iPhone and the iPad.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple’s special face mask for employees was created by the same teams that work on its products. Now, a new video provides a glimpse of how Apple’s mask looks and fits.

The YouTube channel Unbox Therapy on Thursday published a video detailing every aspect of Apple’s mask, from how it’s packaged to how it fits

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Prepare for the ‘iPhone 12 mini,’ suggest recent leaks

We’re expecting Apple to announce four new iPhones later this year, and signs and portents increasingly suggest that the smallest will be named the iPhone 12 mini — a title new to the iPhone range but with a solid Apple heritage. Past and present mini Apple products include the iPod mini, iPad mini, and Mac mini. So it might be time for a mini iPhone, too.

The name was mentioned earlier this week by established leaker @L0vetodream, who suggested that the four new iPhones would be called the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Now another leaker, @duanrui1205, has shared images showing Apple’s “silicone case stickers,” complete with names and hand-labeled screen sizes. They match previous rumors for sizes and specs, with the line-up as follows:

  • Apple iPhone 12 mini — 5.4-inch screen
  • Apple iPhone 12 — 6.1-inch screen (the same
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What’s in the iPhone 12? Wall Street analysts give us their predictions

Apple users are still awaiting the unveiling of the iPhone 12, after the tech giant introduced only new iPads, Apple Watches and a new services bundle at its virtual event last week.



a person sitting at a table in front of a building: BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 31: Thai visitors look out the large windows at Apple Central World on the stores opening day on July 31, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Apple's second, and largest, retail location opened today at the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.Ê Crowds lined up in socially distanced queues after being temperature scanned upon entry to the area. Using contact tracing applications and allowing only 30 visitors in at a time, Apple Central World, provided a safe environment to allow product fans to experience their new retail location. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)


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BANGKOK, THAILAND – JULY 31: Thai visitors look out the large windows at Apple Central World on the stores opening day on July 31, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Apple’s second, and largest, retail location opened today at the Central World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.Ê Crowds lined up in socially distanced queues after being temperature scanned upon entry to the area. Using contact tracing applications and allowing only 30 visitors in at a time, Apple Central World, provided a safe environment to allow product fans to experience their new retail location. (Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Wall Street analysts are betting that Apple will hold another event to introduce the next iPhone in coming

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PayPal and Square Could Gain as EU Mulls iPhone Payments Rules

PayPal  (PYPL) – Get Report and Square  (SQ) – Get Report could be among the winners as the EU’s antitrust regulator mulls rules that could end Apple Pay’s monopoly on iPhone tap-to-pay services.

Following reports to the effect, the European Commission says it’s thinking about enacting rules that would give payment services a right of access to “infrastructure” such as the NFC chips placed within smartphones. These chips enable tap-to-pay services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay (formerly known as Android Pay).

The announcement arrives three months after the EC said it’s probing Apple’s  (AAPL) – Get Report App Store and Apple Pay policies.

In the case of Apple Pay, the EC said in June that it was concerned about Apple Pay being the only tap-to-pay solution allowed on iOS and iPadOS devices. The agency also said it was probing alleged restrictions on

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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming platform coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac

At Amazon’s release event on Thursday afternoon, the company announced the Luna cloud gaming platform, which the company promises will arrive at launch on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Amazon says that the service will be browser-based, utilizing web apps for streaming. It also appears to be roughly the same technology base that Microsoft’s Xcloud streaming service uses, utilizing H.265 streams to a user’s device, and returning only user inputs.

Subscribers will be allowed to play Luna games on two devices simultaneously. Resolution will ultimately be 4K at 60 frames per second on what Amazon calls “select titles.” All games at launch, and most games afterward will stream at 1080p at 60 frames per second.

More than 100 games will be available at launch, and the company has also announced a partnership with a dedicated Ubisoft gaming channel. Amazon and Ubisoft say that the channel will “will have access to

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Apple leaker confirms Oct. 13 ‘iPhone 12’ event, Pro models arriving later

The “iPhone 12” will be announced at an Apple Event on October 13 according to prolific leaker Jon Prosser, aligning with earlier rumors.

Apple is expected to announce the “iPhone 12” lineup at an event sometime in October, and all speculation points to October 13. Jon Prosser has added that his sources line up with the leaked date provided to AppleInsider.

Prosser details again that the event will take place on October 13 with pre-orders opening on October 16, just as the AppleInsider source had said. He also included that the “iPhone 12 mini” and “iPhone 12 Max” would arrive in stores on October 23.

A follow up tweet noted that the “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max” would likely be shown at the event, but not launch until sometime in November.

The pro models are likely delayed due to more complex part orders and the

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iPhone 12 should steal iPad Air’s new Touch ID — it’s perfect for COVID-19 times

Apple ‘s new iPad Air relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the novel coronavirus pandemic. 



a close up of a keyboard: Apple's new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad. CNET


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Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad. CNET

Last week, Apple unveiled its newest gadgets , including an updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air that integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet. The move makes it easier for you to unlock the device while you’re wearing a mask and allows Apple to include a larger screen in its tablet without relying on Face ID to unlock the device. To get Apple’s face-unlocking technology in an iPad, users have to opt

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What Investors Should Expect Of The iPhone 12

Apple’s September product refresh event has come and gone, and with it hopes that the iPhone 12 could be unveiled this month. Investors, however, continue to eagerly anticipate news on this front. I believe that Apple’s stock would benefit from the iPhone being announced as soon as possible.

I discussed the importance of a 5G-ready smartphone a few months ago. The graph below helps to illustrate why the “supercycle” could breathe life into a maturing market. Today, I look at what experts and analysts know (or claim to know) about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12.

What to expect of the iPhone 12

  • It is anyone’s guess when the new phone will be announced – consensus suggests October. But no one will know the date for sure until Apple sends out the save-the-date invitation.
  • Apple could be the high-end provider of 5G smartphones. At least this is what Raymond James’ analyst Chris
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How Galaxy Note 20’s massive camera compares to iPhone 11’s

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s camera is a huge part of the phone — literally and figuratively. With a 5x optical zoom , 108-megapixel sensor and 8K recording, it’s no surprise that Samsung is looking to win over photographers and videographers alike. But how does it compare to the iPhone 11 Pro Max? Though it came out last year, the iPhone is still one of the best phones for photos and video recording.



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To see which of the two had the best camera , I tested both phones when it came to zooming, low-light pictures, video and more. The phones are working with similar hardware — both have three rear cameras with an ultra-wide, regular wide and telephoto lens. And while some categories look to have a clear winner (the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, for example, immediately has the zooming advantage with its 5x optical zoom

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