Top Stories: Apple Glass and iPhone 12 Rumors, iOS 13.5 Update, and More!

It was another big week for rumors this week, with a flurry of reports about Apple’s augmented reality glasses, the iPhone 12, and Apple’s “AirPods Studio” over-ear headphones. This week also saw the release of iOS 13.5, bringing a number of health-related updates to Apple’s mobile devices.

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Other topics of interest this week included our look at Comply’s replacement foam ear tips for the AirPods Pro, and some signs that existing supplies of the HomePod may be shrinking, suggesting we may be getting closer to the release of an update or a rumored lower-cost model. Read on below and click on the video above for a full recap of this week’s biggest stories!

‘Apple Glass’ Rumored to Start at $499, Support Prescription Lenses, and More

Following last week’s rumor from Ming-Chi Kuo about Apple’s augmented reality glasses potentially launching in 2022, we’ve seen a flurry of new rumors led by a massive report from Jon Prosser sharing quite a few details he’s heard about them.


Prosser says the glasses will be called “Apple Glass” and will start at $499, with prescription lenses available for an additional cost. In line with previous rumors, he says Apple Glass will rely on a paired iPhone for most of its functionality, allowing the glasses themselves to be as slim and light as possible.

According to Prosser’s sources, Apple’s original plans involved unveiling Apple Glass at the annual ‌iPhone‌ event in September or October, but restrictions on in-person gatherings could push the debut back to a March 2021 event. A second report from DigiTimes offers a similar timeline, indicating that “small-volume production” could begin in the first half of next year, with a launch sometime later in the year.

Apple Releases iPadOS and iOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More

Apple this week released iOS 13.5, a major health-related update that brings many features related to the ongoing public health crisis. Most notably, it delivers the COVID-19 Exposure Notification API that will let public health entities build apps to alert users if they’ve been in close proximity to someone who later tests positive for the virus.


iOS 13.5 also makes it easier to unlock a Face ID device while wearing a mask, bringing up the passcode entry screen more quickly when a mask is detected. And for those users spending more time on Group FaceTime, Apple has added an option to turn off the Automatic Prominence feature that enlarges the tile of whoever is speaking. Finally, there’s a new feature that lets your Medical ID information be automatically shared with first responders when placing an emergency call.

There’s also an iPadOS 13.5 update with a subset of the iPhone features, as well as a watchOS 6.2.5 update that brings the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Saudi Arabia and adds new Pride watch faces.

iPhone 12 May Not Come With EarPods in the Box, Apple to Introduce AirPods Promotion in Second Half of 2020

According to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup later this year may not include EarPods wired earphones in the box. While Apple has included wired earphones since the original iPhone in 2007, many users these days don’t use the included earphones, instead opting for their own preferred wired or wireless accessories.


Given the popularity of Apple’s wireless AirPods lineup, the move would likely increase demand for those accessories, and Kuo says Apple will likely offer a “special AirPods promotion” late in the year, although he doesn’t specify what that promotion might be.

In other iPhone 12 news, an extensive report from display analyst Ross Young outlines his expectations for all four iPhone 12 models, ranging from a 2340×1080 5.4-inch display on the smallest one to a 2778×1284 display on the largest 6.7-inch model.

And finally, this week saw perhaps our first significant part leak for the iPhone 12 in the form of the main logic board. The part in question appears to have been manufactured in October 2019, which would make it a relatively early prototype, so we’ll have to see if that’s what ends up in one of the final phone designs.

Smaller, Lower-Priced HomePod Appears Increasingly Closer to Launching

Apple is rumored to have a smaller, lower-priced HomePod on deck for later this year, and there are increasing signs that the new model could be on the horizon.


In addition to Best Buy offering the HomePod on sale for $199.99 this week, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman notes that Apple employees are now able to purchase up to 10 HomePods at a 50 percent discount, up from a limit of two. The larger purchase limit could be part of Apple’s efforts to clear out inventory of the current HomePod ahead of the new model.

Finally, the HomePod was listed as “sold out” on Apple’s online store in the United States last week, although only briefly.

Hands-On With Comply’s Foam Tips for AirPods Pro

Apple’s AirPods Pro ship with silicone tips that fit inside the ears, but people who prefer the tighter or more comfortable fit of foam have been modding their earbuds to add a foam layer. That’s no longer necessary, as well-known earphone tips company Comply is now shipping its foam tips that are compatible with AirPods Pro.


We picked up a pair of the new Comply Foam Tips for ‌AirPods Pro, which come as a set of three pairs for $25,‌ and tested them out in our latest YouTube video to see how they fit and whether they’re an improvement over the silicone tips that the ‌AirPods Pro‌ ship with.

Apple’s ‘AirPods Studio’ Over-Ear Headphones Have Reportedly Kicked Off Production

We’ve been hearing quite a bit recently about Apple’s long-rumored over-ear headphones, said to be called “AirPods Studio,” and it looks like a launch may be coming in the relatively near future.


Rumors have generally suggested a summer or fall launch for ‌AirPods Studio‌, with a report earlier this week claiming that suppliers in Vietnam will begin shipments to Apple in June or July, but a new report from DigiTimes indicates that production on the new headphones is already underway.

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Apple’s ‘AirPods Studio’ Over-Ear Headphones Have Reportedly Kicked Off Production

We’ve been hearing quite a bit recently about Apple’s long-rumored over-ear headphones, said to be called “AirPods Studio,” and it looks like a launch may be coming in the relatively near future.

Artist mockup based on Beats Studio3

Rumors have generally suggested a summer or fall launch for ‌AirPods Studio‌, with a report earlier this week claiming that suppliers in Vietnam will begin shipments to Apple in June or July, but a new report from Taiwanese site DigiTimes indicates that production on the new headphones is already underway.

As Apple is likely to accelerate dropping its wired earphones, the vendor will resume normal shipments for AirPods 2 in the second half of the year and its new over-ear headphones, dubbed ‌AirPods Studio‌, has also kicked off production, all securing growth momentum for rigid-flex boards suppliers for the devices, including Unitech Printed Circuit Board and Compeq Manufacturing, the sources said.

The mention comes in a larger story about circuit board suppliers for the whole ‌AirPods‌ lineup and doesn’t include any further details on the ‌AirPods Studio‌, but it certainly looks like a launch is coming sooner rather than later.

Apple’s virtual Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off exactly one month from today, could be a good opportunity to introduce the new headphones, although they are not necessarily a developer-focused product and so Apple may opt for a separate launch so as to not distract from the focus of the event.

Among the ‌AirPods Studio‌ details revealed in recent rumors are a $349 price point matching the Beats Studio3 pricing, a pair of models in premium leather-like and more breathable fitness-friendly fabrics, ear and headband padding that attaches magnetically for easy swapping, and embedded sensors for head and neck detection and automatically routing left and right audio channels to the appropriate earcups regardless of which way the headphones are worn.

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Memorial Day Deals: Shop the Best Apple Accessory Sales From Twelve South, eBay, Anker, Mophie, and More

We’re now just a few days away from Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, and numerous retailers have opened up discounts in celebration of the holiday. This includes sales on helpful Apple-related accessories like Anker’s portable batteries, Beats headphones at eBay, Incase and Incipio’s protective iPad and iPhone cases, Mophie’s iPhone battery cases, JBL’s Bluetooth speakers, and much more.

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Anker

There are a few sales on Anker products on Amazon this week, offering savings on wireless chargers, portable batteries, and a Bluetooth speaker. Some of these sales will expire on Sunday, May 24, so be sure to head to Amazon to check out the discounts soon.


Also note that these don’t require a coupon code, although you will need to clip the on-page coupon for the Bluetooth speaker discount. You can find all of the Anker accessories on sale in the list below.

Best Buy

This week, Best Buy is discounting Apple’s HomePod smart speaker to $199.99, down from $299.99. This $100 discount remains one of the best that we’ve tracked for a new HomePod, and definitely worth checking out if you’ve been shopping for the smart speaker.

eBay

eBay is offering 20 percent off this Memorial Day, with a coupon that lets you save on select home and garden, tech, and fashion products. You can shop through all of these categories on eBay and then enter the coupon code PICK2SAVE before May 25 to see the savings.


You’ll have to spend $50 minimum to use the code, and the maximum you can get taken off is $100. The code can be used up to two times. In the tech category you’ll find deals on AirPods, Jabra headphones, Nintendo Switch Lite, Apple Watch, Beats headphones, and more.

Twelve South

Twelve South has a series of discounts on its most popular accessories this Memorial Day. You can find each sale on this landing page, and we’ve listed them all below. These deals will last through Monday, May 25.

Incase

Incase has a 20 percent off sitewide sale going on through Memorial Day on May 25. Just use the coupon code THANKS20 during the checkout screen and you’ll see the markdown on Incase’s products. The company offers a wide variety of cases, bags, and other accessories for Apple devices like the AirPods Pro, MacBook Pro, and iPad.

Mophie

On Zagg.com, you’ll find a series of discounts across a number of products, reaching up to 30 percent off these accessories. Discounts start with Mophie’s Juice Pack Air battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X. These cases are each running for $29.95, down from an original price of $99.95.


You can also save on Mophie’s portable batteries, like the Powerstation XXL for $39.95, down from $99.95. This accessory provides 20,000 mAh of battery power to help power up your iPhone or iPad while you’re traveling.

Other devices on sale include Mophie’s wireless chargers, Invisible Shield’s screen protectors, iFrogz and Braven’s Bluetooth headphones, and Zagg’s iPad keyboards. Shop every product on sale across the Zagg brands right here.

JBL

The Harman and JBL family of audio products have a big Memorial Day sale this year, offering 15 to 50 percent off select devices. This includes speakers like the JBL Flip 5 for $99.95, down from $119.95; the JBL Link Music for $79.95, down from $119.95; and the JBL Pulse 4 for $199.95, down from $249.95.


There are also a few Bluetooth headphones being discounted, like the JBL Endurane DIVE for $49.95, down from $89.95. For truly wireless headphones, JBL sells the JBL Tune 120TWS for $79.95, down from $99.95. Be sure to visit the retailer’s website to check out all of the Memorial Day discounts, and get free two day shipping on select items.

Scosche

Scosche is offering its customers 30 percent off sitewide and free shipping through May 31. You can use the coupon code HOMEBOUND at the checkout screen to get this offer, and it’s only valid on regularly priced items.

Satechi

Satechi is offering 15 percent off your purchase on Satechi.net through May 25 with the coupon code MEMORIAL. If you spend over $100 on the retailer’s website, you can take 20 percent off your purchase with the code MEMORIAL20.

Miscellaneous

  • Adorama – Save on digital cameras, camera gimbals, computers, and more.
  • Belkin – Save on iPhone docks, wireless chargers, HomeKit accessories, and more.
  • Bose – Save on Bose headphones and speakers.
  • Gazelle – Save up to 30 percent on used smartphones.
  • Incipio – Save 30 percent sitewide on iPhone cases with code WEEKEND30.
  • Moment – Save $20 on Moment’s Variable ND Filters.
  • Pad & Quill – Shop discounted leather cases for iPad, iPhone, and MacBook.
  • Sena Cases – Get 20 percent off sitewide with code CONGRATS20.
  • Target – Save on electronics like Beats headphones, UE speakers, and more.

Keep up with all of this week’s best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup.

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Jon Prosser Claims Apple is Working on ‘Steve Jobs Heritage Edition’ AR Glasses, Gurman Calls Rumor ‘Complete Fiction’

Apple is working on a limited-edition version of its augmented reality smart glasses that’s designed to look like the round, frameless glasses that Steve Jobs was famous for wearing, according to Jon Prosser.


Prosser, who runs YouTube show Front Page Tech and who has been sharing a flood of Apple rumors in recent weeks, mentioned the detail in Cult of Mac‘s latest Cultcast podcast.

Prosser says that the “Steve Jobs Heritage” edition version of the “Apple Glass” smart glasses that Apple is working on will be similar to the gold Apple Watch that was available when the ‌Apple Watch‌ first launched.

“They’re also working on a prototype, a Steve Jobs Heritage Edition,” Prosser said. “Similar to how we had an ‌Apple Watch‌ Edition, like that ridiculous $10,000 gold one when it first came out.” Prosser went on to call the glasses “Some like like tribute to Steve Jobs, obviously just like a pure marketing ploy at this point.”

According to Prosser, Apple’s smart glasses will come in a range of styles, with the “Heritage Edition” positioned as a limited time special version. He said he doesn’t know what material the heritage version will be made from, nor how much it will cost.

Prosser also said that he has seen a prototype version of the smart glasses (the non-limited edition model) and called them “sleek as hell,” similar to a pair of classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers or the glasses that Apple CEO Tim Cook wears.

Wayfarers from Ray-Ban

Both lenses have displays, and there are no “projector” components, with Prosser describing Apple as using in-display technology. They’re “made to look like glasses” without cameras and other tech “all over the place.” At launch, Apple glasses will be similar to the original ‌Apple Watch‌ – a product that will be simple to start out with, but will evolve over time.

Earlier this week, Prosser claimed that Apple’s smart glasses will be called as “Apple Glass,” despite the fact that Google already used the “Glass” name for Google Glass years ago. The glasses will reportedly be priced starting at $499, and will be available with prescription lenses for an additional fee.

Prosser said that Apple was planning to unveil the glasses as a “One More Thing” surprise at the iPhone event in the fall, but the announcement could be pushed back to a March 2021 event due to the global health crisis.

It’s worth noting that Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has called all of Prosser’s smart glasses leaks “complete fiction.”


Full details are available in the Cultcast podcast, with the relevant information starting at about 57 minutes into the show.


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iPhone’s HEIC Format Causing Some Students to Fail AP Exams, Here’s How to Fix It

Some high school students taking their AP exams online have run into serious trouble with the HEIC image format on the iPhone and the iPad, which does not work with the website the AP College Board uses to accept tests.


As outlined by The Verge, AP exams taken by high school students in the United States have a written component, and the exam requires students to take and upload a photo of their written responses.

Some high schoolers who used an ‌iPhone‌ to upload the photo ran into problems with the HEIC format, which would not upload and caused the students to fail the exam. There are thousands of students who will now need to retake their AP exams, and they’re unhappy that the College Board did not anticipate the error before some of the exams were conducted.

The College Board has now provided express instructions to students, letting them know to swap over to a JPEG format on their devices or to convert an HEIC image to JPEG before submitting it. Here are the College Board’s instructions:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to Camera and tap it.
  3. Tap on the Formats option.
  4. Select “Most Compatible.”

With the Most Compatible option selected, photos will always be saved as JPEGs instead of in the HEIC file format.

Alternatively, students who have already saved exam photos as HEIC can convert them to JPEGs by mailing the photos to themselves using the Mail app on an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌, which the College Board says is the most reliable way to ensure a file conversion.

The College Board also plans to allow some students who run into issues submitting their tests to provide the images through email, and as mentioned above, the Mail app will do image conversions automatically. This is an option only for future exams, with students who already failed still required to retake the tests.

Apple has been using the HEIC image format since the 2017 release of iOS 11 because HEIC images are smaller than JPEGs, but the HEIC format has not been widely adopted by websites and internet services. Some newer Android smartphones also use the HEIC format.

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Apple Looking to Buy Exclusive Original Podcasts to Compete With Spotify and Promote Apple TV+

Apple is working on original podcasts that will be exclusive to the Podcasts app, and is searching for an executive to lead its podcast efforts, reports Bloomberg.


Earlier this year, Bloomberg suggested Apple was developing original podcasts focused on TV shows and movies from its Apple TV+ streaming service, using the podcasts as a way to promote ‌Apple TV‌+, but it appears Apple is also planning to purchase original content.

Apple will focus on audio spinoffs of existing movies and programs on ‌Apple TV‌+, but is also seeking to purchase original programs that could potentially be adapted into future TV+ content. Apple is said to be searching for an executive to lead its original podcasting work. The new hire will report to Ben Cave, Apple’s head of podcasting.

Apple is also said to have asked some producers working on podcasts to provide versions of their podcasts without advertisements, an effort separate from its work on original content.

Apple Music competitor Spotify has been focusing heavily on podcasts over the course of the last year, aiming to challenge Apple’s dominance in the podcasting sphere. Apple’s Podcasts app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac have long been the go-to listening choice for Apple customers.

Spotify has been working on original podcast content and has purchased several well-known podcasts. Spotify in February 2019, for example, purchased Gimlet Media, known for podcasts like “Reply All” and “Homecoming.” Just this week, Spotify scored exclusive rights to popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” which will see all of the podcasts made available exclusively through Spotify.

According to podcast producers that spoke to Bloomberg, Apple is just “dipping its toe” into original podcast content and has not yet made a massive leap into original podcast content like Spotify.

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Apple’s Augmented Reality Glasses Again Rumored for 2021 Launch

Apple’s rumored augmented reality glasses will launch in 2021, with “small-volume” production expected to start in the first half of the year, according to paywalled information shared by DigiTimes.

Apple to roll out AR glasses in 2021

Apple is expected to roll out its augmented reality glasses in 2021, according to sources at related suppliers, which are gearing up to kick off small-volume production for the device in the first half of the year.

The full report will not be published until tomorrow and the brief excerpt offers no further information, but it comes on the heels of an extensive report earlier this week from Front Page Tech host Jon Prosser detailing what he has heard about the glasses.

Prosser says the glasses will be called “Apple Glass” and start at $499, with prescription lenses available for an additional cost. In line with previous rumors, he says Apple Glass will rely on a paired iPhone for most of its functionality, allowing the glasses themselves to be as slim and light as possible.

According to Prosser’s sources, Apple’s original plans involved unveiling Apple Glass at the annual ‌iPhone‌ event in September or October, but restrictions on in-person gatherings could push the debut back to a March 2021 event. Either way, Apple was said to be targeting a late 2021 or early 2022 launch, which lines up with today’s report from DigiTimes.

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Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More

Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.5, major updates that come more than a month after the launch of iOS and iPadOS 13.4.1. iOS 13.5 is a major health-related update that brings many features related to the ongoing public health crisis.


The iOS and ‌‌‌iPadOS‌‌‌ 13.5 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple has also released iOS 12.4.7 for older devices, with the update bringing security fixes.

The iOS 13.5 update introduces the Exposure Notification API created by Apple and Google, which is designed to allow public health authorities to create COVID-19 contact tracing apps with the aim of slowing the spread of the virus.

Exposure Notification is a behind-the-scenes Bluetooth-based API that will be incorporated into apps created by public health authorities in each country. It does not work without an accompanying app installed, but Apple has added details about Exposure Logging in the Privacy section of the Settings app.


There is an Exposure Logging toggle that will let users opt out of participating in COVID-19 exposure notifications if a COVID-19 app is installed, and the section will provide details on which public health app a user has downloaded.

iOS 13.5 lays the groundwork for Exposure Notifications, and now that the update has been released to the public, health apps from governments and health authorities will be able to be released. So far, more than 22 countries have signed up to participate, and apps that use the API should be coming in the near future. From Apple and Google:

What we’ve built is not an app — rather public health agencies will incorporate the API into their own apps that people install. Our technology is designed to make these apps work better. Each user gets to decide whether or not to opt-in to Exposure Notifications; the system does not collect or use location from the device; and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is up to them whether or not to report that in the public health app. User adoption is key to success and we believe that these strong privacy protections are also the best way to encourage use of these apps.

Today, this technology is in the hands of public health agencies across the world who will take the lead and we will continue to support their efforts.

Apps that take advantage of the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API will use Bluetooth to communicate with the smartphones of the people around you, and you will be provided with notifications should you come into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 that chooses to share that information. Google and Apple have focused heavily on privacy with the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API, and full details on how ‌Exposure Notification‌ works can be found in our guide.


In addition to creating a foundation for apps to use the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API, iOS (and ‌iPadOS‌) 13.5 make it easier to unlock an iPhone or iPad with a passcode when wearing a mask, due to the large number of people that are regularly wearing face coverings.


With the update, the passcode interface is displayed more quickly when an iOS device detects that a user is wearing a mask that obscures the face after the person swipes up, so it’s quicker getting into an ‌iPhone‌ using a passcode than before.

Apple has tweaked Group FaceTime, adding a new toggle to disable the feature that automatically enlarges the tile of the person who is speaking. By default, Group FaceTime features a dynamic view with a tile for each person in the conversation, and the person speaking has a larger tile while the tiles representing the other people fade into the background.


A new “Automatic Prominence” section in the ‌FaceTime‌ part of the Settings app allows the shifting tile sizes to be disabled, displaying all of the people in a Group ‌FaceTime‌ chat in a grid with equal-sized windows regardless who of speaking. A tile can be enlarged with a tap.


There’s a new feature in iOS 13.5 for sharing Medical ID information automatically with emergency dispatchers when placing an emergency call. A toggle lets this feature be turned on or off, and there’s also a new toggle in the Health app for showing Medical ID info on the Lock screen when an ‌iPhone‌ is locked.


For Apple Music, there’s a new feature that lets ‌Apple Music‌ songs be shared directly to Instagram Stories. Tapping the Share button on a song in ‌‌Apple Music‌‌ creates a story with a song title, album name, and animated background, but there’s no way to get to ‌‌Apple Music‌‌ from the shared information.


The update patches two security vulnerabilities that affect the Mail app on the ‌iPhone‌ and the ‌iPad‌. One of the vulnerabilities allowed an attacker to remotely infect an iOS device by sending emails that consume a significant amount of memory, while another allowed remote code executions.

There are additional bug fixes and features included, as outlined in Apple’s release notes:

iOS 13.5 speeds up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces the ‌Exposure Notification‌ API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities. This update also introduces an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls and includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Face ID and Passcode
– Simplified unlock process for devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask
– Passcode field automatically presented after swiping up from the bottom of the Lock screen when you are wearing a face mask
– Also works when authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID

‌Exposure Notification‌
– ‌Exposure Notification‌ API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities

‌FaceTime‌
– Option to control automatic prominence on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks

Emergency Services
– Option to automatically share health and other essential information from your Medical ID with emergency services when you place an emergency call (US only)

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
– Fixes an issue where users may see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites
– Addresses an issue in the share sheet where suggestions and actions may not load

Apple has separate release notes for ‌iPadOS‌:

‌iPadOS‌ 13.5 speeds up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls. This update includes bug fixes and other improvements.

Face ID and Passcode
– Simplified unlock process for devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask
– Passcode field automatically presented after swiping up from the bottom of the Lock screen when you are wearing a face mask
– Also works when authenticating with the ‌App Store‌, Apple Books, ‌Apple Pay‌, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID

‌FaceTime‌
– Option to control automatic prominence on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
– Fixes an issue where users may see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites
– Addresses an issue in the share sheet where suggestions and actions may not load
– Resolves security issues, including some that could lead to unexpected memory corruption or stability issues with the Mail app

iOS 13.5 could be one of the last updates to the iOS 13 operating system as Apple prepares to shift its focus to iOS 14. Apple will unveil ‌iOS 14‌ on June 22, when its virtual WWDC event kicks off.

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Powerbeats Pro Leaked in Four New Colors, Release Expected in Early June

iOS 14 Leak Shows Off Apple-Branded QR Codes Found in ‘Gobi’ AR App

A leaked version of the iOS 14 update has been circulating for a few months, giving us an idea of what Apple is working on behind the scenes for the new update.
Details about iOS 14 have been trickling out, and today, Josh Constine (formerly of TechCrunch) has shared leaked Apple QR codes, details about Apple’s work on an AR app, and sounds for the upcoming Apple Tags in his Moving Product…

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When to Expect New AirPods, Including Rumored ‘Studio’ and ‘X’ Models

Rumors suggest that Apple plans to expand its AirPods lineup with two new models later this year, including high-end, over-ear “AirPods Studio” and in-ear “AirPods X” with a BeatsX-like design for running and exercising. This would be followed by refreshes to both the regular AirPods and the AirPods Pro in 2021.



Here is where rumors stand:

  • AirPods Studio — Summer or Fall 2020: Apple plans to release high-end over-ear headphones with noise cancellation this year, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that mass production of the headphones will begin in mid 2020, with shipments to Apple reportedly set to begin in June or July. The headphones will be named AirPods Studio and retail for $349, according to Jon Prosser, host of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech. Prosser said the headphones could be announced at WWDC 2020, which kicks off June 22.

  • AirPods X — Fall 2020: Last month, Prosser claimed that Apple was planning to release so-called “AirPods X” around September or October with a BeatsX-like design for running and exercising. Kuo acknowledged this rumor, noting that any new AirPods model coming in the second half of 2020 is “more likely to be the new Beats model.”

  • AirPods — Spring 2021: Third-generation AirPods will enter mass production in the first half of 2021, according to Kuo, suggesting that the regular AirPods will not be refreshed until next year. Kuo expects internal design changes, but he did not indicate if there will be any external changes. The original AirPods launched in December 2016, followed by a second-generation refresh in March 2019.
  • AirPods Pro — Fall 2021: Second-generation AirPods Pro will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, according to Kuo, suggesting that a refresh is well over a year away. No further details are known. The current AirPods Pro launched at the end of October 2019.

Keep track of our various AirPods roundups linked below for the latest rumors.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, AirPods Pro, AirPods Studio
Buyer’s Guide: AirPods (Neutral), AirPods Pro (Buy Now)

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