November 29, 2020

Apple news: Late-October iPhone reveal, bigger battery rumors, and more

We also got a new rumored release timeframe for the second-gen AirPods Pro.

Black iPhone 11 Pro on a gray iPad Pro

This week in Apple news, Apple is reportedly eyeing a late-October release for its 2020 iPhones. COVID-19 could be the reason for the delay. Speaking of rumored release dates, a new rumor suggests Apple could launch its second-gen AirPods Pro in the second half of 2021. This conflicts with previous rumors that set the release timeframe for H1 2022.

Also, according to new filings, the iPhone 12 Pro might actually have a bigger battery than expected. Hooray!

See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.


The top Apple news stories of the past week:

  • Apple eyeing a late-October release for 2020 iPhones: According to new rumors, Apple isn’t planning on launching the next iPhones until the end of October 2020, citing COVID-19-related delays.
  • iPhone 12 Pro to have bigger battery than expected? According to new certification filings, the iPhone 12 Pro might actually have a 2,815mAh battery, as opposed to the previously rumored 2,775mAh cell. A small upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless.
  • Second-gen AirPods Pro to launch H2 2021: According to (admittedly sketchy) sources, Apple could launch the second-gen AirPods Pro in H2 2021. This report slightly conflicts with previous rumors, which put the new earbuds’ release date at early 2022.
  • Face ID could be coming to the Mac: 9to5Mac found references to Apple’s TrueDepth camera in MacOS Big Sur, suggesting Face ID could be in the works for future Mac devices.
  • Patent suggests Apple Glasses could turn any surface into a touch interface: Apple continues to file new patents for its rumored Apple Glasses. The latest patent hints that Apple would use infrared heat mapping to detect when a user touches a surface, essentially turning any surface into a touch interface.
  • iPhone fans may have to wait until 2022 to get periscope cameras: A reliable analyst claims Apple is planning to add periscope cameras to its iPhones, but not until 2022. In other words, don’t expect the iPhone 12 to sport those sensors.
  • Your next iPhone might be made in India: Apple is utilizing Foxconn’s India plants to manufacturer the iPhone 11. This is part of a broader push from Apple to become more competitive in the country.
  • The iPhone SE is the highlight of the grim US smartphone market: US smartphone sales plunged 25% in the second quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the iPhone SE was a rare bright spot. About 26% of iPhone SE buyers came from Android devices.
  • Apple co-founder sues YouTube over bitcoin scams: Steve Wozniak has fallen victim to YouTube’s bitcoin giveaway scams, and now he’s suing. He claims the company has ignored repeated requests to take down the fraudulent giveaways.
  • OnePlus Nord vs iPhone SE: The iPhone SE is one of the most value-focused phones of 2020, and now it has competition in with the OnePlus Nord. Which should you buy?

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Pixel 4 XL vs iPhone 11 Pro Max cameras

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