iPhone 12 won’t come with a power adapter or EarPods

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the 2020 iPhone will not come with a USB wall adapter, to offset the high production cost of iPhones with 5G.

We already know there’s a high chance that Apple are killing off EarPods included with the iPhone due later this year, but a new report claims Apple will also be dropping the power adapter from the box too. This change may also come to iPhone SEs sold later this year.

Currently iPhone 11 and SE come with a USB cable, 5W power adapter and EarPods, while the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max come with a USB cable, 18W power adapter and EarPods.

Apple’s production cost appears to be much higher on the iPhone 12 with 5G tech than previous years. The exclusion of the wall adapter and EarPods will also save on shipping cost and reduce e-waste. Around 300,000 tons of e-waste came from in-box chargers last year. Apple will likely either not mention this at the October iPhone event or will combat the move with eco reasons. The removal of EarPods will also boost AirPods sales.

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These latest rumours solidify the claims Apple are working on an AirPower mini. The iPhone 12 event would be a great opportunity to debut this product. This is a step towards the wireless future in store for the iPhone 13, that will potentially come with a magnetic connector, but heavily focus on wireless charging as the way forward.

Don’t believe the headlines saying “no charger in the box”. The iPhone will come with a Lightning to USB cable as it always has. Apple are simply dropping the wall adapter. If you’re upgrading from literally any phone, you’ll almost certainly already have a wall adapter. If not, you can get an 18W adapter for $12.99 that’s likely faster than any you’ve got lying around at home.

Kuo also reports that Apple are developing a 20W fast charger for new iPad models. A 10.8-inch iPad is said to be due later this year, with a 8.5-inch iPad mini due in the first half of 2021.

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Apple Silicon – The big switch – WWDC 2020

What is Apple Silicon and how will it affect the future of the Mac?

Being more of an announcement of plans, there was no public release with this one, but it was still the biggest news of the day.

Apple will be developing their own ARM-based chips, rather than using Intel processors for their Mac computers.

We can expect to see the first systems by the end of the year, with a full transition period of around two-years. Apple made it clear support and building Intel Macs will continue for now, with new Intel Macs in the pipeline.

Apple Silicon marks a huge point in Apple’s history, taking the success of processing power in the iPhone and iPad, and brings it to the Mac. This is done through optimisation with hardware and software both managed by Apple. We can expect Macs with higher performance and lower power consumption leading to better battery life and thermals, allowing Apple to make thinner and quieter laptops than ever. No more will Apple be waiting on Intel to develop faster and smaller processors. The transition period could be messy, but Apple are doing everything in their power to ensure the process is smooth, with all their own apps (including pro apps, such as Logic and Final Cut) immediately ready for the switch and they’re working with companies such as Microsoft and Adobe to ensure popular software such as Office and Creative Cloud are optimized day-one. Xcode, Universal 2 and Rosetta 2 will ensure third-party apps work across Intel and Apple Silicon.

Find details here on all the other big announcements at WWDC 2020.

watchOS 7 – New features announced at WWDC 2020

The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the watchOS 7 update.

Apple Watch gets a few added small features as well as Sleep Tracking.

New watch faces and new compilations from Apple. You can now also add multiple compilations on one watch face, from one third-party app.


Face Sharing lets you share curated watch faces with friends. Discover new curated faces in the App Stores, online or in a message.


Cycling also comes to the watch. This is a great way to get directions without pulling out your phone while on a bike.


Dancing as well as new fitness activities can be tracked and counted towards calories burned, including Core Training, Functional Strength Training and Cooldown.


The Activity app on the iPhone gets a redesign and new name: Fitness.


Sleep lets you set when you want to go to sleep and wakeup. Wind Down minimizes distractions, and dims the displays on your phone and watch to help you sleep. New gentle alarms wake you up with sound of silent taps. Your motion and breaths will be monitored, giving you stats on sleeping patterns over time. Sleep schedule, Wind Down and sleep mode are also available on the iPhone with no watch. Night time was always the time to charge your watch. Apple are now encouring users to charge in the morning.


Hand washing detection automatically starts counting down when it detects the sounds and motion of washing your hands. It will alert your once 20 seconds is up.


watchOS 7 is available on Apple Watch Series 3 and up.

Full list of watchOS 7 features here.

Developer betas are ready to install today, with public betas coming in July. We can expect to see the public release to everyone in the fall. Find details here on all the other big announcements at WWDC 2020.

macOS 11 Big Sur – New features announced at WWDC 2020

The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the macOS 11 Big Sur update.

macOS 10 was publicly released in 2001. Nearly 20 years later, and macOS 11 provides a whole new interface. Almost every aspect macOS has changed in some way, with a new dock, rounded corners everywhere, more transparency, translucent menu bar, more drop shadows, new app icons, new system icons and new sounds. The redesign has received mixed feelings all-round. The entire OS seems to be suited for touch now, which could indicate touch screen Macs or an eventual merger of iOS or macOS in some shape or form. Expect rounded displays coming to Macs in the near future, much like iPhones and iPad Pros.

Control Center comes to the Mac, with toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, music, Dark Mode and more.


Notification Center collates notifications and redesigned widgets in one view.


Messages gets the same updates as iOS, plus enhanced search, easier photo picker, Memoji and message effects.


Maps gets a whole new design, similar to iPad’s.


Safari has new security benefits, including monitoring tracking and letting you know if a saved password has been compromised in a data breach. You can now give extension access for only one day, one website or always on all sites. Customize the start page with a wallpaper and tabs are redesigned.


macOS Big Sur is available on MacBook 2015 and up, MacBook Air 2013 and up, MacBook Pro Late 2013 and up, Mac mini 2014 and up, iMac 2014 and up, iMac Pro (all models), Mac Pro 2013 and up.

Full list of macOS Big Sur features here.

Developer betas are ready to install today, with public betas coming in July. We can expect to see the public release to everyone in the fall. Find details here on all the other big announcements at WWDC 2020.

iPadOS 14 – New features announced at WWDC 2020

The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the iPadOS 14 update.

Similar improvements from iOS 14 come to the iPad too, with features such as compact Siri and calls being even more useful on the bigger screen.

Widgets on the iPad get the same fresh design, but live permanently on the left of the Home Screen.


Sidebar comes to many apps, to provide a better view of the apps entire functionality and allows for easy drag and drop for photos into albums, songs into playlists or files into folders.


Music gets a new fullscreen ‘now playing’ view, with album art, player controls and lyrics.


Search also no longer takes up the whole screen, with a design and functionality similar to Spotlight on the Mac. Pull up the search panel from the Home Screen or any app.


Apple Pencil updates brings Scribble, letting you handwrite in any text field. Circle hardwritten notes to select and paste as text. Shape recognition turns your rough shapes into perfect shapes.


iPadOS 14 is available on iPad Pro (all models), iPad 5th generation and up, iPad mini 4 and up, and iPad Air 2 and up.

Full list of iPadOS 14 features here.

Developer betas are ready to install today, with public betas coming in July. We can expect to see the public release to everyone in the fall. Find details here on all the other big announcements at WWDC 2020.

iOS 14 – New features announced at WWDC 2020

The online-only WWDC showcased some of the impressive software updates Apple have been working on. Here are all the highlights from the iOS 14 update.

iPhone’s newest update shows one of the biggest updates since iOS 7’s huge redesign. It borrows many features we’ve seen on Android, but with their own unique Apple twist. Beyond all the memes, Apple and Android stealing features from each other is a great result for the customer. Tech nerds are going to find plenty of customization options to keep them entertained, but the features won’t get in the way for others.

Widgets is the big one making the headlines. Widgets come out of the Today View panel and sit in your Home Screen among your apps. They are adjustable in size. Smart Stacks allows you to swipe through multiple widgets in one place. iOS will switch which widget is on display automatically throughout the day. Smart Stacks can be created by dragging one widget on top of another. Widgets from third-party apps will come as developers build their own, hopefully before public release. Customization is still somewhat restricted, with only a few size options and widget placement, sticking to the grid. Apple like to keep you Home Screen organised.


App Library can be found to the right of all app pages. Apple intelligently creates categories of apps with search, Suggestions and Recently Added up top. The categories aren’t customizable, as Apple hopes they can show you what you want, when and where you want it. You’ll find an alphabetical list of all your apps in the search bar. Hiding pages of apps is easy, which could be used to show or hide work or travel apps at an appropriate time.


Picture in Picture comes to the iPhone, allowing you to continue watching FaceTime, YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV+ and more videos while scrolling through your phone.

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Siri gets a redesign, only taking up a small portion of the bottom of the screen, while you can continue doing what you were doing. Results appear at the top like a notification. Siri gives 20x more facts than it did three years ago and you can even ask it to send audio messages.


Calls also don’t take up the fullscreen and gets compacted to the top of the screen.


Home updates will suggest useful Automation settings. Adaptive Lighting will change the colour temperature of your bulbs throughout the day. Activity Zones alerts you only when someone moves in a specific reigon of your security camera. Face Recognition on video cameras and doorbells can notify you when someone it regonises is at the door.


Translate app helps you get by abroad, send messages to foreign speaking friends and translate entire webpages right in your browser. Translate works offline.


Messages get an overhaul. Pinned conversation, stick to the top. Group messages get inline replies and mentions, so you can choose to only be notified when mentioned, much like Slack. New Memoji hair, headwear, face covering, age options and stickers.


Maps update brings a bunch of new features such as Guides for eating, shopping, exploring and more from trust brands such as Lonely Planet, Zagat, Louis Vuitton and AllTrails. Cycling directions shows you bike lanes, paths, steep passages and stairs. Cycling will be available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai and Beijing. EV routing will track you car’s charge, and factors in elevation and weather when suggesting you compatible charging stations along the way. Congestion and Green Zones will show on maps and provide you alternate routing options.


CarPlay now allows you to set wallpapers and supports new categories of apps: parking, EV charging and quick food ordering.


CarKey will come to iOS 13.6, letting you unlock and start your car. You can even turn off your keys remotely if you lose your phone, share access to your car and CarKey will work for up to five hours after your phone dies. Don’t expect to be able to use this feature tomorrow. This will be a slow process of cars trusting and adopting the tech. CarKey will first come to the 2021 BMW 5 Series.


AirPods fireware updates breath new life into all AirPods and AirPods Pro. These sort of updates show the benefits of a controlled ecosystem such as Apple’s.

AirPods Pro gets spacial audio using directional audio filters, based on where you and your device are positioned, to give a surround sound experience from two earbuds. Spacial audio is compatible with 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos.

Automatic switching seemlessly plays audio from the device your using. Watch a film on your iPad, then answer a call of your iPhone without switching manually.


App Clips are smaller, lighter and faster parts of an app. NFC enabled QR codes will show in/on places such as electric scooters, car parks and food recipes. Tap or point your camera at the QR code to download the App Clip to access the essential features, such as paying for parking, without downloading the full app. App Clips are down to other companies to implement the tech to be successful.


Some other features not mentioned on stage include: the stock keyboard now has emoji search, and you can set the default email and browser apps (unfortunately no word on default map or music apps yet). Back Tap is an Accessibility feature that allows you to map a double or triple tap of the back of the phone to actions, such as go to the Home Screen, Lock Screen, mute, notification centre, or use Siri Shortcuts to map it to pretty much anything such as opening the camera or activate Google Assistant. Accessibilty allows enables Sound Recognition that will notify you if it hears a noise it recognises such as a door bell, car horn or fire alarm. This is great for the hard of hearing or it you’ve got your headphones turned up.


iOS 14 is available on iPhone 6s and up, and iPod 7th generation.

Full list of iOS 14 features here.

Developer betas are ready to install today, with public betas coming in July. We can expect to see the public release to everyone in the fall. Find details here on all the other big announcements at WWDC 2020.

Apple WWDC 2020 Roundup – All the new headline features

WWDC brought along a whole host of new software updates to the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, plus details on the future of the Mac.

Prior to Monday, there were many questions around how Apple would showcase its new software, in the usual live fashion, on stage with an empty audience? Thankfully, Apple decided to go for a well produced and polished, pre-recorded video shot around multiple locations of Apple Campus.

Sadly the online-only WWDC 2020 did not bring any new or updated hardware to the public, but it over delivered on software and details on Apple’s switch to ARM based computers.

It’s been a couple of days since WWDC began and many users have since been diving in to find all the hidden features. Here’s the low-down.

  • iOS
  • iPadOS
  • AirPods
  • watchOS
  • macOS
  • Apple’s transition from Intel to Apple Silicon

iOS 14

iPhone’s newest update shows one of the biggest updates since iOS 7’s huge redesign. It borrows many features we’ve seen on Android, but with their own unique Apple twist. Beyond all the memes, Apple and Android stealing features from each other is a great result for the customer. Tech nerds are going to find plenty of customization options to keep them entertained, but the features won’t get in the way for others.

iOS 14

Widgets is the big one making the headlines. Widgets come out of the Today View panel and sit in your Home Screen among your apps. They are adjustable in size. Smart Stacks allows you to swipe through multiple widgets in one place. iOS will switch which widget is on display automatically throughout the day. Smart Stacks can be created by dragging one widget on top of another. Widgets from third-party apps will come as developers build their own, hopefully before public release. Customization is still somewhat restricted, with only a few size options and widget placement, sticking to the grid. Apple like to keep you Home Screen organised.


App Library can be found to the right of all app pages. Apple intelligently creates categories of apps with search, Suggestions and Recently Added up top. The categories aren’t customizable, as Apple hopes they can show you what you want, when and where you want it. You’ll find an alphabetical list of all your apps in the search bar. Hiding pages of apps is easy, which could be used to show or hide work or travel apps at an appropriate time.


Picture in Picture comes to the iPhone, allowing you to continue watching FaceTime, YouTube, Netflix, Apple TV+ and more videos while scrolling through your phone.

Picture in Picture

Siri gets a redesign, only taking up a small portion of the bottom of the screen, while you can continue doing what you were doing. Results appear at the top like a notification. Siri gives 20x more facts than it did three years ago and you can even ask it to send audio messages.


Calls also don’t take up the fullscreen and gets compacted to the top of the screen.


Home updates will suggest useful Automation settings. Adaptive Lighting will change the colour temperature of your bulbs throughout the day. Activity Zones alerts you only when someone moves in a specific reigon of your security camera. Face Recognition on video cameras and doorbells can notify you when someone it regonises is at the door.


Translate app helps you get by abroad, send messages to foreign speaking friends and translate entire webpages right in your browser. Translate works offline.


Messages get an overhaul. Pinned conversation, stick to the top. Group messages get inline replies and mentions, so you can choose to only be notified when mentioned, much like Slack. New Memoji hair, headwear, face covering, age options and stickers.


Maps update brings a bunch of new features such as Guides for eating, shopping, exploring and more from trust brands such as Lonely Planet, Zagat, Louis Vuitton and AllTrails. Cycling directions shows you bike lanes, paths, steep passages and stairs. Cycling will be available in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai and Beijing. EV routing will track you car’s charge, and factors in elevation and weather when suggesting you compatible charging stations along the way. Congestion and Green Zones will show on maps and provide you alternate routing options.


CarPlay now allows you to set wallpapers and supports new categories of apps: parking, EV charging and quick food ordering.


CarKey will come to iOS 13.6, letting you unlock and start your car. You can even turn off your keys remotely if you lose your phone, share access to your car and CarKey will work for up to five hours after your phone dies. Don’t expect to be able to use this feature tomorrow. This will be a slow process of cars trusting and adopting the tech. CarKey will first come to the 2021 BMW 5 Series.


AirPods fireware updates breath new life into all AirPods and AirPods Pro. These sort of updates show the benefits of a controlled ecosystem such as Apple’s.

AirPods Pro gets spacial audio using directional audio filters, based on where you and your device are positioned, to give a surround sound experience from two earbuds. Spacial audio is compatible with 5.1, 7.1 and Dolby Atmos.

Automatic switching seemlessly plays audio from the device your using. Watch a film on your iPad, then answer a call of your iPhone without switching manually.


App Clips are smaller, lighter and faster parts of an app. NFC enabled QR codes will show in/on places such as electric scooters, car parks and food recipes. Tap or point your camera at the QR code to download the App Clip to access the essential features, such as paying for parking, without downloading the full app. App Clips are down to other companies to implement the tech to be successful.


Some other features not mentioned on stage include: the stock keyboard now has emoji search, and you can set the default email and browser apps (unfortunately no word on default map or music apps yet). Back Tap is an Accessibility feature that allows you to map a double or triple tap of the back of the phone to actions, such as go to the Home Screen, Lock Screen, mute, notification centre, or use Siri Shortcuts to map it to pretty much anything such as opening the camera or activate Google Assistant. Accessibilty allows enables Sound Recognition that will notify you if it hears a noise it recognises such as a door bell, car horn or fire alarm. This is great for the hard of hearing or it you’ve got your headphones turned up.


iOS 14 is available on iPhone 6s and up, and iPod 7th generation.

Full list of iOS 14 features here.


iPadOS 14

Similar improvements come to the iPad too, with features such as compact Siri and calls being even more useful on the bigger screen.


Widgets on the iPad get the same fresh design, but live permanently on the left of the Home Screen.


Sidebar comes to many apps, to provide a better view of the apps entire functionality and allows for easy drag and drop for photos into albums, songs into playlists or files into folders.


Music gets a new fullscreen ‘now playing’ view, with album art, player controls and lyrics.


Search also no longer takes up the whole screen, with a design and functionality similar to Spotlight on the Mac. Pull up the search panel from the Home Screen or any app.


Apple Pencil updates brings Scribble, letting you handwrite in any text field. Circle hardwritten notes to select and paste as text. Shape recognition turns your rough shapes into perfect shapes.


iPadOS 14 is available on iPad Pro (all models), iPad 5th generation and up, iPad mini 4 and up, and iPad Air 2 and up.

Full list of iPadOS 14 features here.


watchOS 7

Apple Watch gets a few added small features as well as Sleep Tracking.


New watch faces and new compilations from Apple. You can now also add multiple compilations on one watch face, from one third-party app.


Face Sharing lets you share curated watch faces with friends. Discover new curated faces in the App Stores, online or in a message.


Cycling also comes to the watch. This is a great way to get directions without pulling out your phone while on a bike.


Dancing as well as new fitness activities can be tracked and counted towards calories burned, including Core Training, Functional Strength Training and Cooldown.


The Activity app on the iPhone gets a redesign and new name: Fitness.


Sleep lets you set when you want to go to sleep and wakeup. Wind Down minimizes distractions, and dims the displays on your phone and watch to help you sleep. New gentle alarms wake you up with sound of silent taps. Your motion and breaths will be monitored, giving you stats on sleeping patterns over time. Sleep schedule, Wind Down and sleep mode are also available on the iPhone with no watch. Night time was always the time to charge your watch. Apple are now encouring users to charge in the morning.


Hand washing detection automatically starts counting down when it detects the sounds and motion of washing your hands. It will alert your once 20 seconds is up.


watchOS 7 is available on Apple Watch Series 3 and up.

Full list of watchOS 7 features here.


macOS 11 Big Sur

macOS 10 was publicly released in 2001. Nearly 20 years later, and macOS 11 provides a whole new interface. Almost every aspect macOS has changed in some way, with a new dock, rounded corners everywhere, more transparency, translucent menu bar, more drop shadows, new app icons, new system icons and new sounds. The redesign has received mixed feelings all-round. The entire OS seems to be suited for touch now, which could indicate touch screen Macs or an eventual merger of iOS or macOS in some shape or form. Expect rounded displays coming to Macs in the near future, much like iPhones and iPad Pros.


Control Center comes to the Mac, with toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, music, Dark Mode and more.


Notification Center collates notifications and redesigned widgets in one view.


Messages gets the same updates as iOS, plus enhanced search, easier photo picker, Memoji and message effects.


Maps gets a whole new design, similar to iPad’s.


Safari has new security benefits, including monitoring tracking and letting you know if a saved password has been compromised in a data breach. You can now give extension access for only one day, one website or always on all sites. Customize the start page with a wallpaper and tabs are redesigned.


macOS Big Sur is available on MacBook 2015 and up, MacBook Air 2013 and up, MacBook Pro Late 2013 and up, Mac mini 2014 and up, iMac 2014 and up, iMac Pro (all models), Mac Pro 2013 and up.

Full list of macOS Big Sur features here.


Apple Silicon

Being more of an announcement of plans, there was no public release with this one, but it was still the biggest news of the day.

Apple will be developing their own ARM-based chips, rather than using Intel processors for their Mac computers.

We can expect to see the first systems by the end of the year, with a full transition period of around two-years. Apple made it clear support and building Intel Macs will continue for now, with new Intel Macs in the pipeline.

Apple Silicon marks a huge point in Apple’s history, taking the success of processing power in the iPhone and iPad, and brings it to the Mac. This is done through optimisation with hardware and software both managed by Apple. We can expect Macs with higher performance and lower power consumption leading to better battery life and thermals, allowing Apple to make thinner and quieter laptops than ever. No more will Apple be waiting on Intel to develop faster and smaller processors. The transition period could be messy, but Apple are doing everything in their power to ensure the process is smooth, with all their own apps (including pro apps, such as Logic and Final Cut) immediately ready for the switch and they’re working with companies such as Microsoft and Adobe to ensure popular software such as Office and Creative Cloud are optimized day-one. Xcode, Universal 2 and Rosetta 2 will ensure third-party apps work across Intel and Apple Silicon.


Developer betas are ready to install today, with public betas coming in July. We can expect to see the public release to everyone in the fall. There’s more coming to WWDC for developers through the week. Watch the full conference here:

Apple working with other companies? HomePod to add non-Apple music services

Apple are famous for many things and one of the most notorious is how unwilling they are to work with competitors, so their HomePod news was a surprise.

Apple’s WWDC event last week saw some interesting reveals from new devices to tech updates. Whilst some announcements saw them cut off partners to go their own routes, it looks like their HomePod speaker is getting democratised with third-party music services.

When Apple released their entry onto the smart speaker market back in 2018, already dominated by Amazon and others, it was notable that the speaker would only stream music from their own Apple Music service. This wasn’t really a surprise as Apple are notoriously insular when it comes to supporting/working with competitors.

A screen at the WWDC event however showed an Apple HomePod captioned with the announcement ‘third-party music services. They haven’t announced which services from the many popular streamers they’ll allow to work on a HomePod. It will be most interesting to see whether they include their primary rival: Spotify.

Earlier this year leaks suggested that Apple will release a sequel to the HomePod speaker later this year. Rumours also suggest that a HomePod Mini will come to the market as a cheaper, smaller alternative.

Apple are yet to confirm or deny these rumours – many were expecting to see them announced at the WWDC event but we only heard of a few updates coming to the existing HomePod, including third-party music service support.

iPhone Fold, iPhone 12, AirPower, VR Gaming Headset and more Apple leaks

New leak, rumours and predictions around a foldable iPhone, the iPhone 12, AirPower, Apple VR gaming headset and more.

As with all info on leaks, predictions and rumours, none of the below is confirmed by Apple, so take it all with a pinch of salt. Infomation comes from Apple analysits Jon Prosser and Max Weinbach, with images from Concept Creator and Apple_iDesigner via EverythingApplePro.

We’re under an hour away from WWDC 2020, watch it live here. Here we’ll see updates to Apple software, news on ARM processors in Macs and potentially new hardware updates. iOS 14 is expected to change its naming structure to iPhoneOS, which will put it more in line with the rest of the lineup: iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS. iPod Touches may also get the naming update, with iPodOS.


iPhone Fold

Information regarding Apple developing a foldable iPhone has circulated since 2016 when patents emerged showing phones with hinges, foldable batteries and foldable display technology.

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Prosser claims the iPhone will have two separate panels on a hinge rather than a truely foldable display, three displays (two inside and one outside), rounded stainless steel edge (as on the iPhone 11 Pro, and no notch, with only a small forehead on the outer display housing Face ID.

No word on time frame yet, but regarding the success or lack thereof from Samsung and Motorola’s early effort, we’ll likely have quite some time to wait until the tech is ready. There is little demand around the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip or new Razr as the technology shown is still in its infancy and expensive. Apple are often late to the game with new features, but they have a tendency to finalize the tech first.


iPhone 12

Some more information around the iPhone 12 to add to the ever growing list.

CAD designs have supposedly been shared with case manufacturers, which confirm earlier rumours of the display sizes. 120Hz displays in the iPhone 12 has been a question mark for quite some time now, the latest info suggests we should see it come to iPhone 12 Pros, using the same ProMotion name already in the iPad Pro. To make up for the lack of EarPods in the next versions of iPhone, we may see Apple include a budget model of AirPods in a future iPhone (unlikely iPhone 12).

We are still expecting a debut of the new iPhones in early October.


AirPower

Apple’s wireless charging pad AirPower was officially cancelled last year, but we may see Apple develop something similar soon. AirPower Mini will reportedly be a smaller varient of their earlier design, suitable for one device.


More

We recently reported on Apple’s plans for augmented-reality glasses, seemingly a more stylish version of Google Glass. The latest news on these suggests we won’t see these until 2023, however may see some virtual-reality hardware as soon as 2021.

Rumours say the headset will be an independent unit with high resolution displays and cinematic speakers, untethered by a computer or phone. The main input control will be via Siri, with the design said to be reminicent of the HTV Vive. Little else is currently known about this device.

Apple VR Headset

CarKey may be feature we see in a later version of iOS 13. This will allow you to unlock your car with your phone and Face ID, Touch ID or a code.

Apple Podcasts to get Apple Music-like features with iOS 14

With WWDC 2020 and iOS 14’s announcement just around the corner, new rumours point towards updates to Apple Podcasts bringing personalized recommendations.

Apple are due to take to the stage next Monday 22nd June, where among other things they will announce iOS 14 and the many new updates to the iPhone’s software. One of the apps thought to be updated is Apple Podcasts.

Apple Podcasts in iOS 14 will likely bring personalized suggestion similar to the ‘For You’ section of Apple Music. This will provide you with podcasts you may like based on what you already listen to. This is a feature we’ve seen for a while on services such as Spotify Podcasts, and is a much appriciated recommendation feature, rather than scrolling through charts or word-of-mouth.

Creators will also be able to offer ‘bonus content’ for each podcast, similar to that offered when buying a movie in Apple TV. Apple Podcasts may also allow you to create public profiles and follow friends to see what they’re subscribed and listening to.

We’ll know for sure what’s coming to Apple Podcasts, iOS 14 and more on Monday 22nd June at WWDC 2020.