Other news included rumors of new iPhones, iPads and AirPods, the release of a new iOS 13 public beta, and a significant issue with the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch. Read on for all the details of the week's top stories.
Apple launches 2019 MacBook Air and New Entry-Level 1
3 "Touchline and Touch ID MacBook Pro
This week, Apple launched its annual Back to School campaign and offers free Beats headphones with the purchase of new Mac or iPad models for qualifying students and teachers for a limited period.
As part of their feedback to Apple, Apple also introduced a new MacBook Air with a True Tone display and a lower $ 1,099 starting price, as well as a new 1300-inch MacBook Pro input level of 13 inches with a faster 8th generation Intel Core processors, a touchline, touch ID, and more.
Both the new MacBook Air base and the 13-inch MacBook Pro base have the same butterfly keyboards as the 2019 MacBook Pro models, including an "up-to-date" material for better reliability. Early references show some good speed gains for the new MacBook Pro, while iFixit has done one of its traditional teardowns to see what's inside.
Apple has also dropped the prices of several high-end storage upgrade options across the Mac series.
Apple excludes 12-inch MacBook
In addition to refreshing MacBook Air and the lower 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple stopped its ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook.
Introduced in March 2015, the 12-inch MacBook has not been updated since June 2017. Over time, it became increasingly unclear whether the notebook had a future in Apple's product range, especially after the MacBook Air was reviewed last year with a similar design.
Apple also no longer sells a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar to the disappointment of those who prefer a physical Esc key.
Apple temporarily disables the Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch due to security issues back-up
Apple has suddenly disabled the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch because of an error that could allow users to cancel others.
Apple said it had just become aware of the vulnerability and immediately disabled the app while it was operating as quickly as possible. Apple is not aware of the use of the vulnerability to a customer.
Problem reminiscent of a serious Group FaceTime bug discovered early this year that could allow callers to hear recipient's sound without accepting the call. At least in this case, Apple has taken faster action.
Four new iPhone models are expected by 2020, possibly one with full screen ID and no notch
We're probably just two months away from a trio of new iPhones in 2019, but rumors are already looking forward to 2020 and even 2021.
A new JPMorgan report predicts four new iPhones next year, including higher than 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches models and a new lower model with no 5G support or an OLED display.
The well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested that 2020 iPhones have slimmer notches as well, while a sketchier rumor from China suggests that both Notch and Face ID could be completely removed on at least a 2020 iPhone and on all new iPhones within 2021 – full screen touch ID instead?
We got some 2019 iPhone rumors this week, including leaked logic board photos and another report of 3D Touch go away.
Apple Listings Five New iPad Models Running iPadOS in the Eurasian Database
New iPads may be on the horizon, based on the Apple regulations uncovered in the Eurasian Economic Commission database this week.
A recent rumor suggested that mass production of a new 10.2-inch iPad was set to start this month, so a launch could be close. The 10.2-inch model is expected to replace the cheap 9.7-inch iPad.
In the future, there are rumors of two new iPad Pro models that go into mass production between the end of 2019 and early 2020, while a sketchier rumor requires a collapsible iPad with 5G support already next year.
Apple publishes other publications graced by iOS 13 and iPadOS
This week has seen a wave of software updates, including other publications being burdened by iOS 13 and iPadOS and a revised third developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS.
There is also a sixth and hopefully final beta of iOS 12.4. This update is expected to include support for the Apple card, which is likely to start soon. Finally, Apple launched new developer beta of MacOS 10.14.6 and watchOS 5.3, which should be publicly launched with iOS 12.4.
Water Resistance AirPods 3, Expected to Launch Later this Year
Apple will release third generation AirPods with water resistance and possibly a new design at the end of 2019, a new reputation proposed this week. Other reports say they also want noise interruptions.
Earlier this year, the renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that two new AirPods models are likely to enter mass production between the end of 2019 and early 2020, with a "brand new form factor" – and a higher price.
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