Top Stories: M1X MacBook Pro by November, iOS 15 Beta 6, Apple's Secret Double Agent
We're rapidly approaching Apple's busy product launch season, and rumors are continuing to fly. It sounds like Apple has enough products in the pipeline that it'll need to hold multiple virtual events before the end of the year to introduce them all, so get ready for a flurry of activity over the next few months.
Other news this week included a fresh round of betas for iOS 15 and most of the associated operating system updates, reducing the update interval to one week as Apple finalizes things ahead of an expected September public launch. We also saw an interesting story of a "double agent" in the Apple leaker community, confirmation of a never-released "iPhone nano" thanks to an old email from Steve Jobs, and more.
Multiple Apple Events Expected This Fall, M1X MacBook Pros by November
With summer coming to an end, Apple's busy fall season will soon be upon us. It was reported this week that Apple plans to hold multiple events this fall, with several new products expected to be announced, ranging from iPhone 13 models in September to highly-anticipated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with a so-called "M1X" chip by November.
Another report has indicated we could even see multiple events within the same month of September. Regardless of the timing, Apple's events will likely remain virtual due to continued health and safety measures, with a live stream available on its website and YouTube for customers to watch around the world.
Everything New in iOS 15 Beta 6: SharePlay Disabled, Safari Redesigned and More
In the release notes for the betas, Apple revealed that SharePlay has been postponed beyond the initial public release of iOS 15. Apple said the feature will now be enabled in a future software update later this year.
Apple Secretly Had a 'Double Agent' in the iPhone Leaker Community
For more than a year, a member of an online community leaking internal Apple information was actually serving as a "double agent" for Apple by secretly providing the company with information about other leakers, according to a report this week.
The individual advertised internal Apple information and stolen devices for sale on platforms like Twitter and Discord. However, unbeknownst to other members of the community, he was secretly emailing Apple information about others.
Steve Jobs Email Reveals Apple Considered Launching an 'iPhone Nano'
In a 2010 email surfaced in the Epic Games v. Apple trial, the late Steve Jobs listed an "iPhone nano" as a product on the company's roadmap.
The device likely would have been a smaller, lower-priced version of the iPhone 4, but Apple never released such a product. In fact, it wasn't until 2014 that Apple started offering its latest iPhone model in multiple sizes with the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple Watch Series 7 Renders Reveal New Design With Flat Edges and Larger Display
In line with information shared by leaker Jon Prosser earlier this year, new renders of the alleged Apple Watch Series 7 have surfaced, revealing a new design with flat edges and a larger display. This would be the first significant design change to the Apple Watch since the Series 4 was released in 2018.
Apple is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 7 at a September event alongside the iPhone 13 lineup. iPhone 13 Pro models could be available with up to 1TB of internal storage.
Future MacBook Could Feature Removable Key That Works as a Mouse
Apple is researching a MacBook keyboard that features a removable key that can be used as a mouse, according to a newly published patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The key would contain a sensor allowing it to be used as a pointing device, providing MacBook users with an additional option beyond the built-in trackpad for input without needing to carry around a separate mouse.
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