Top Stories: Last-Minute iPhone 13 Rumors, Apple Announces App Store Changes, and More

The finish line is in sight! Apple's annual iPhone event is likely just a week or so away and all eyes will be on the company as it unveils the next version of its most popular product line. With any luck, we'll also see the next-generation Apple Watch and perhaps even some new AirPods.

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Other news this week saw Apple making some more changes to its App Store policies in response to a Japanese investigation and delaying the rollout of its controversial child safety features that raised privacy concerns. Read on for details on these stories and more!

iPhone 13 Feature Breakdown: Everything Rumors Say We Can Expect

The calendar has turned to September and that means Apple's annual iPhone event is likely just around the corner. Ahead of time, we've put together a detailed breakdown of the iPhone 13's expected features, as well as a list of five iPhone 13 rumors you may have missed.

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Apple has yet to announce a date for its iPhone event, but the safe bet is on Tuesday, September 14. It's likely that Apple Watch Series 7 models will be unveiled at the same event, and we've got more details on what to expect from that device and more below.

iPhone 13 Satellite Communication Rumor Disputed

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said the iPhone 13 was "likely" to support Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communication, a feature that he said would allow iPhone users to make calls and send messages when cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity is unavailable, but the rumor has since been disputed by some experts in the field.

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Bloomberg's Mark Gurman later provided new details on what the satellite capabilities could mean for future iPhones, but he says the feature is unlikely to launch this year.

What to Expect From the Apple Watch Series 7

The next-generation Apple Watch is likely just weeks away, and rumors suggest it will be a notable upgrade, complete with a new design, larger display sizes, a new color option, and more. Here is what to expect from the Apple Watch Series 7!

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Apple is also reported to be working on several new health features for the Apple Watch, but most if not all of the features are expected to launch in 2022 or later.

Apple to Let Apps Like Netflix and Spotify Offer Links for Account Sign Ups Outside of the App Store

Apple this week announced that, starting in early 2022, it will allow developers of "reader" apps to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage an account. "Reader" apps allow a user to access previously purchased content or subscription-based content for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video, according to Apple, such as Netflix, Spotify, and the Amazon Kindle app.

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While the change is a step in the right direction towards a fairer App Store, some developers think it isn't enough.

Apple Delays Rollout of Controversial Child Safety Features to Make Improvements

Apple this week delayed the rollout of the child safety features that it announced last month following negative feedback, the company has today announced. The planned features include scanning users' iCloud Photos libraries for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), Communication Safety to warn children and their parents when receiving or sending sexually explicit photos, and expanded CSAM guidance in Siri and Search.

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Apple confirmed that feedback from customers, non-profit and advocacy groups, researchers, and others about the plans has prompted the delay to give the company time to make improvements.

Apple's Upcoming AR/VR Headset to Require Connection to iPhone

For years, Apple has been rumored to be working on an AR/VR headset, and a report this week claimed that it will need to be wirelessly tethered to an iPhone or another Apple device to unlock full functionality — similar to the early days of the Apple Watch.

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The report offers new details on the Apple-designed chip and other features we can expect from the headset, which is expected to launch in 2022 or later.

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Top Rated Comments

scgf Avatar
13 weeks ago

Satellite functionality would be a good “belt and suspenders” feature
Hah! Never heard that phrase before. In the UK we say 'belt and braces'. Suspenders here are the things that hold a woman's stockings up - but then you probably don't use the word 'stockings' for this item of hosiery either! The differences between the US and British English are always interesting!
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TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
13 weeks ago
This was a very long week. Glad it’s finally September. Best month of the year is finally here.

Highly expecting the invites to go out for iPhone event on Tuesday, September 07, 2021 at 10:00AM PST.

Happy Labor Day weekend yall (People in the USA). ??
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BlueCreek Avatar
13 weeks ago
Would really like to know when the iPhone announcement is, my iPhone X is on its last legs, 5 hour battery life, green screen, no longer charges via lightning cable and I can fry an egg on it.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shasterball Avatar
13 weeks ago
Is it not odd that we still do not have a rumored date for the new product announcements?

EDIT: errr, we do. Time for more coffee.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
13 weeks ago
Recap:
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- Delay of csam scanning
- ability to post links in app store

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- no satellite

We’ll see who the winners and losers of rumor roulette will be in a few short days.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ajfahey Avatar
13 weeks ago

Is it not odd that we still do not have a rumored date for the new product announcements?

EDIT: errr, we do. Time for more coffee.
A rumored date for rumored products.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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