MacRumors Roundups

MacRumors Roundups are an overview summary of the all the rumors and expectations about a particular product. With the fast paced nature of the Apple news cycle, it can be difficult for even the most dedicated reader to follow every new development.

The goal of each roundup is to simply answer the question of "What are you expecting" for any given product. That opinion is certain to change over time as new rumors are revealed, and the roundups will be updated regularly to reflect that.

Over time, we hope to ramp up to have more roundups on more topics.

Mac Pro

Apple in December 2019 launched an updated Mac Pro, marking the first new Mac Pro since 2013, when Apple released the cylinder-shaped "trash can" machine that never saw any updates after dual GPUs fell out of favor and focus shifted to more powerful single GPU options.


The new Mac Pro is a high-end high-throughput machine designed for Apple's pro user base. Apple learned from its mistakes and the thermal limitations of the design of the 2013 Mac Pro and the new Mac Pro features a design that's similar to the rectangular 2012 Mac Pro, focusing heavily on upgradeability and expansion.


While the 2019 Mac Pro features a more traditional PC shape than its predecessor, it's still Apple-esque with a stainless steel frame and an aluminum housing that provides 360-degree access to the system. There are also optional wheels.


Handles are built into the frame to make the Mac Pro easy to move around, and it adopts a lattice design that some have likened to a cheese grater. Apple says the lattice pattern maximizes airflow and allows for quiet performance.


iMac Pro

Apple released the iMac Pro in December 2017, but introduced new Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics as a build-to-order upgrade option in March 2019 and increased the maximum RAM to 256GB. Apple in March lowered the pricing of some of the higher-end build-to-order options, dropping the cost of the 64 and 128GB RAM upgrades by $400 and the 2TB and 4TB SSD options by $200 to $400. SSD prices dropped even further in July.


Pricing for the iMac Pro, which is a 27-inch machine, starts at $4,999 and goes up to over $15,000, and the premium price tag should come as no surprise -- this is the most powerful desktop machine Apple has ever built.


The iMac Pro features the same design as the standard iMac, but with an all-flash architecture and a new thermal design that supports an Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores and a top-of-the-line Radeon Pro Vega graphics. Apple is offering 8- to 18-core configurations, with stock 8-core models available to ship immediately and custom 10, 14, and 18-core models available to ship within a couple of weeks.

A dedicated Apple-designed T2 processor integrates the SMC, image signal processor for the camera, audio control, SSD control, a Secure Enclave, and a hardware encryption engine, bringing new functionality to the iMac and ensuring greater security.


Apple Pro Display XDR

Apple stopped making Apple-branded displays after the Apple Thunderbolt Display, which was discontinued in 2016, but in 2019, Apple got back into the display market with the Apple Pro Display XDR, a companion display for the new high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro.


According to Apple, the Apple Pro Display XDR is the world's best pro display. It's priced starting at $4,999, which is expensive, but Apple created it to compete with professional reference displays rather than displays designed for home use purposes. Reference displays are designed to offer superior brightness, color accuracy, and contrast ratio for color grading and evaluation purposes when editing photos and videos.


The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6K Retina display with a 6016 x 3384 resolution, which offers more than 20 million pixels for what Apple says is a super-sharp, high-resolution viewing experience with 40 percent more screen real estate than a Retina 5K display.


Design wise, the Pro Display XDR matches the Mac Pro with the same aluminum enclosure with a lattice pattern that serves as an advanced thermal system. The display uses edge-to-edge glass with a narrow 9mm border, and it is sold alongside a Pro Stand with an "intricately engineered arm" designed to counterbalance the display.


Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 5, released in September 2019, is the newest iteration of the Apple Watch that was first introduced in 2015.


Not a lot is new with the Apple Watch Series 5, and it is identical in design to the Series 4. The exception is the display, which uses a lower power (LTPO) OLED screen that enables an always-on display feature.


To accommodate the new always-on display, Apple created new watch face options that allow you to see the time and your complications at all times without the need to raise your wrist. Watch faces are optimized to preserve battery life, and the screen intelligently dims when the wrist is down thanks to a new ambient light sensor.


Always-on functionality can be disabled either permanently or temporarily if desired for situations like movies, and it also displays constant workout information when the Workout app is in use.


watchOS 6

watchOS 6, released in September 2019, is the latest version of watchOS, the operating system designed to run on the Apple Watch. watchOS 6 follows watchOS 5, the prior version of watchOS.


Like its predecessors, watchOS 6 brings new watch faces, updated apps, new health features, and, for the first time, a dedicated App Store.


Apple has added an App Store you can access right on your wrist, and now that there's an App Store, you don't need your iPhone to download apps. Apps can be downloaded on the Apple Watch independent of the iPhone, something that hasn't previously been possible. You can browse through the App Store app to find apps, or you can use a Siri-voiced based search, or the Scribble app, and all the apps in the Apple Watch App Store can be installed without opening up the iPhone.


New watch faces in watchOS 6 include Modular Compact, Solar Dial, California, Gradient, Numerals Mono, and Numerals Duo, each with a unique look. Some of these faces are limited to newer Apple Watch models.


Apple Deals

Our Apple Deals roundup is designed to be a one-stop destination for finding a great deal on Apple products like Macs, iPads, and iPhones, or accessories related to Apple products. In the first section of the roundup, you'll find deals on accessories that range from iPhone cases and cables to docks, bags, software, and more.


Our weekly deals section is updated regularly, with new deals added as we discover them. We'll be adding and removing deals as they expire, so make sure to bookmark this page and check back often to find some of the best discounts available on Apple accessories. This section will also highlight significant Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch deals, along with our weekly giveaways and app sales.


Below our deals section, you will find price comparison charts for all of Apple's Macs and iPads. This is a great tool to use when shopping for a new product because it will allow you to compare the prices from five of the biggest apple resellers: Best Buy, Amazon, MacMall, Adorama, and B&H Photo. It's a useful way to find the lowest price at a glance and keep an eye out for sales. Prices highlighted in green denote significant discounts. When you're looking for a new device, make sure to take a look at our price comparison chart so you make sure you're getting the best possible deal.


Come across an amazing deal you'd like to see added to the Buyer's Guide Deals Roundup? Send us an email so we can share the best discounts with all of our MacRumors readers.


iPhone 11

Apple on September 10 unveiled the iPhone 11, its new flagship $699 smartphone that offers a range of powerful features at an affordable price tag. Sold alongside the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 11 is going to be the iPhone perfect for most people.


The iPhone 11 succeeds the iPhone XR, and it features a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls a "Liquid Retina HD Display." It features a 1792 x 828 resolution at 326ppi, a 1400:1 contrast ratio, 625 nits max brightness, True Tone support for adjusting the white balance to the ambient lighting, and wide color support for true-to-life colors.


Like the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 does not include 3D Touch, instead using Haptic Touch. Haptic Touch is supported across iOS 13, but it lacks the pressure sensitivity of 3D Touch.


Design wise, the iPhone 11 features a glass body that comes in six different colors: White, Black, Yellow, (PRODUCT)RED, Purple, and Green. The latter two colors are both new in 2019.


iPadOS

iPadOS, released in the fall of 2019, is a version of iOS 13 that's designed to run on Apple's iPads. According to Apple, iPadOS is built on the same foundation as iOS, but with powerful new capabilities included specifically for the larger display of the iPad.


First and foremost, iPadOS includes almost all of the features available in iOS 13, including performance optimizations, a new systemwide Dark Mode, a revamped Photos app, a Find My app, Sign In with Apple, updated Maps, and tons more, so for an overview of the new iOS 13 features, make sure to check out our iOS 13 roundup.


The iPadOS roundup below covers the iPad-specific features that are part of iPadOS, rather than the iOS 13 features available on both platforms.


iPadOS features a new Home screen for the iPad, which shrinks down the app icon size so you can fit more apps on each page. You can also now add Today Widgets from the left side of the screen onto the Home screen itself for easier access to your widgets and at-a-glance info like news headlines, weather, events, and more when your iPad is in landscape mode.


iOS 13

Apple introduced the newest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 13, on June 3 at the keynote event of the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 13 is a huge overhaul to iOS, with a long list of new features.


First up, Apple continued on with its optimization trend introduced in iOS 12, making iOS 13 faster and more efficient than ever. App update times have improved, app launch times are two times faster, app download sizes have been reduced by up to 50 percent, and Face ID is 30 percent faster.


There's a new systemwide Dark Mode option, which changes the entire look of the operating system from light to dark. You can choose either option, or have Dark Mode come on at sunset or on a custom schedule. All native Apple apps feature Dark Mode support, and third-party apps can use Dark Mode APIs to add Dark Mode integration.



Apple Pay

Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payments service. As with the Apple Watch, Apple has adopted the Apple symbol "" followed by "Pay" for the service's name, though the company also refers to it as "Apple Pay."


Available since October 20, 2014, Apple Pay is designed to allow iPhone 6, 6s, 6, 7, 8, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, 8 Plus, SE, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max users in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, Russia, China, Macau, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UAE, Brazil, Ukraine, Norway, Poland, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Hungary, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Belarus to make payments for goods and services with their iPhones in retail stores using an NFC chip built into their iPhones.


With the Apple Watch, Apple Pay also extends to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s. To use Apple Pay with one of these devices, a paired Apple Watch is required to make the payment. This is made possible through the NFC chip included in the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch can also make payments when paired with newer iPhones, so you don't need to pull your phone out to use the payments service.


Apple Pay also lets users make one-tap purchases within apps that have adopted the Apple Pay API, and it is available on the web on devices running iOS 10 or macOS Sierra or later. Devices capable of using Apple Pay within iOS apps or on the web include the iPhone 6 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 3 and later, iPad Pro models, and Macs with Touch ID. All of these devices feature Touch ID or Face ID and contain an NFC controller where the "Secure Element" of Apple Pay is located, keeping customer information private.


HomePod

HomePod, which Apple worked on for years ahead of its 2017 debut, is designed to reinvent the way music is enjoyed in the home, and, according to Apple, it does something that no other company has managed to do -- combines a smart speaker with incredible sound.


To differentiate the HomePod from competing products like the Google Home and the Amazon Echo, Apple focused heavily on audio quality. HomePod is just under seven inches tall, but Apple has packed a lot of technology into the device's body. It features a 7 tweeter array, with each tweeter outfitted with its own driver, and an Apple-designed 4-inch upward-facing woofer for crisp, clear, distortion free sound even at loud volumes.


We think we can do a lot to make this experience much better. Just like we did with portable music, we want to reinvent home music. -- Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller


The internal components in HomePod are controlled by an A8 chip, making it much more powerful than competing smart speakers. HomePod is equipped with spatial awareness, allowing it to intelligently analyze a room and adjust accordingly for the best possible sound. Included touch controls at the top of the device allow for simple navigation, and there's 1GB of RAM.


macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina, aka macOS 10.15, is the newest version of the operating system that runs on the Mac. macOS Catalina's name was inspired by Santa Catalina Island, popularly known as Catalina and one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California.


In macOS Catalina, Apple has eliminated the iTunes app that's been a staple of the Mac operating system since 2001. iTunes was split into three apps: Music, Podcasts, and TV.


The new apps are similar in function to iTunes now, but are split up by feature. You can still manage your devices in Catalina, but it's now done through the Finder rather than through an app. Syncing media can be done using the Apple TV, Podcasts, or Music apps.


In the Music app, there's full access to the music library, just like in iTunes, regardless of whether the songs were purchased or ripped from a CD. The iTunes Music Store is included in the Music app, and you can access Apple Music content, too.


tvOS 13

The fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TVs run an operating system called tvOS, which was built from the ground up to provide a simple, easy-to-navigate television watching experience on Apple's set-top box. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-centric design that's controlled through a touch-based remote or an iOS/watchOS app, and Siri voice commands.


tvOS features a full App Store for downloading a range of different apps and games that can be used on the Apple TV, along with several built-in apps, much like iOS. Built-in apps include Photos for accessing your Photo Library on the Apple TV, Apple Music, Podcasts, and Apple TV, an app that aggregates TV and movie content from a wide range of different sources.


The Apple TV app also provides Channels, letting you subscribe to and watch content from a variety of services without having to open up a third-party app, and this fall, it will house Apple TV+.


Siri integration is a key part of tvOS, allowing users to search for specific content via voice for quicker content access, and there are useful features to make television watching simpler, like single sign-on or zero sign-on for more quickly signing into third-party apps that require authentication with your cable credentials.


iPhone 12

We're many months away from the launch of the 2020 iPhones, which are expected in September 2020, but there are already multiple rumors about the upcoming devices.


We're expecting the 2020 iPhones to be called the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro if Apple follows the same naming scheme it used for the 2019 iPhone lineup.


The 2020 iPhones will feature major updates, introducing some of the first design changes that we've seen since the iPhone X was released in 2017. We're expecting four iPhones in three display sizes which could come in at 5.4, 6.7, and 6.1 inches (x2).


Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end OLED devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag. All iPhones in 2020 are expected to feature OLED displays regardless of price.


Apple TV

Code found in an internal build of iOS 13 references a new Apple TV 11,1 model, suggesting Apple is working on an updated Apple TV. Little is known about the new device, but it could feature an A12 processor. There's no word on when we can expect a release, but alongside Apple TV+ would have been an opportune time. That didn't happen, so it's not likely a new Apple TV is coming in 2019, but we could perhaps see an updated model in 2019. At this point in time, we've heard no rumors about the device.


Apple in 2018 was rumored to be considering a lower-cost Apple TV dongle similar to the Amazon Fire Stick or Google Chromecast. The device would be available at a lower price than the current Apple TV set-top boxes, and it would be able to be plugged into the back of a television set, but it's not yet clear if it is a project that Apple has continued to work on.


In September of 2017, Apple introduced the Apple TV 4K, its first update to the set-top box since 2015. There are two key technologies at the heart of the new Apple TV: 4K and HDR, both of which bring cinematic quality to everything you watch on the new box.


4K support brings incredible detail to the Apple TV with four times the number of pixels as HD. 4K resolution is defined as 3840 x 2160, while HD is 1920 x 1080. While the 4K Apple TV offers improved resolution, its support for high dynamic range (HDR) is perhaps even more important. HDR brings richer, more vibrant colors and supports a wider range of colors.


AirPods 2

Apple in March 2019 overhauled the AirPods and introduced the first ever update with a handful of useful new features that make the Apple-designed earbuds better than ever. AirPods now support hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality, allowing users to control volume and swap songs through voice commands, so there's no longer a need to tap on the AirPods with a finger to activate Siri in this version.


The updated AirPods are equipped with an updated H1 chip, which replaces the W1 chip and brings connectivity improvements. AirPods connect more quickly to your devices for an even more hassle-free experience, and switching between devices while listening to music is now two times faster. The H1 chip in the second-generation AirPods supports Bluetooth 5.0, which should bring better range.


AirPods pair up with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac, and thanks to the H1 chip, you can easily switch between Apple devices. AirPods also pair with Android phones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices using traditional Bluetooth pairing methods.


Apple's newest AirPods come with an optional Wireless Charging Case that enables Qi-based wireless charging. You can get the new AirPods without the charging case for $159, with the Charging Case for $199, or you can buy just the Charging Case for your existing AirPods for $79.


CarPlay

CarPlay, at its core, is Apple's way of bringing iOS to in-car infotainment systems and dashboards. It's designed to display information from the iPhone on a car's built-in infotainment unit, giving drivers a safe way to make phone calls, send text messages, listen to music, and access Maps -- all of the things a driver might want to do with an iPhone while driving a car.


When connected to an in-dash system via the iPhone's Lightning port or wirelessly in some cars, CarPlay gives the user in-car access to information stored on the iPhone, like contacts for phone calls and messages, music playlists and controls, Maps, calendar events, and more. Because CarPlay pulls its information from the iPhone, there's virtually no setup involved.


Many automobile manufacturers have been building CarPlay support into cars since 2015, but there's also a way to get CarPlay in existing vehicles -- many aftermarket in-dash systems from companies like Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood, and Alpine are compatible with CarPlay and are readily available at reasonable prices. More than 400 vehicles manufactured from 2016 on include CarPlay, and additional manufacturers are coming out with CarPlay support all the time.


CarPlay is designed to be hands-free, introducing as little driver distraction as possible, and for that reason, it is voice-based and reliant on Apple's personal assistant Siri. Siri is used to perform a range of actions in the car, like placing phone calls, getting directions, sending and reading text messages, playing music, accessing apps, and more.


iPhone SE 2

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is working on a new low-cost iPhone that is set to be released during the first half of 2020, perhaps in March 2020, with Apple aiming to bring up-to-date technology to customers at a lower price point.


Kuo has been referring to this device as an "iPhone SE 2" due to its expected price point of $399, which would be in line with the original iPhone SE, but in reality, it's unlikely Apple is going to release an iPhone with the "iPhone SE 2" name. There's no concrete word on what it will be named when it's released, but one rumor from Japanese site Mac Otakara has suggested it could be called the "iPhone 9."



Calling the iPhone an iPhone SE 2 brings to mind the iPhone 5-style design of the iPhone SE with its small 4-inch display, but this new iPhone is expected to look more like an iPhone 8 than anything else. In fact, based on the rumors we've heard, this new device is going to be an updated iPhone 8.


iPhone 9

Apple in 2017 released the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, skipping over the iPhone 9 entirely. In 2018, Apple released the XS, XS Max, and XR, and in 2019, Apple released the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, with no sign of the iPhone 9.


Apple might revisit the lost name in 2020, using it for the rumored low-cost 4.7-inch iPhone that's expected to be released in the first half of the year.



Japanese site Mac Otakara heard from an "informed source" that Apple will be naming its upcoming iPhone the "iPhone 9," though it remains to be seen if that will happen because calling it "iPhone 9" might make it less appealing to consumers when there are already iPhone 11 models available.


iPad Pro

Apple in October 2018 overhauled its iPad Pro lineup, introducing revamped 11 and 12.9-inch tablets that adopt an iPhone XS-style design with an edge-to-edge display, slim bezels, and no Home button.


With no Home button for navigation or biometric authentication, the iPad Pro features a TrueDepth camera system with Face ID to replace Touch ID. Face ID on the iPad Pro works in both portrait and landscape orientation.


The 11-inch model replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offering more display in a body that's the same size. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the same 12.9-inch display but in a smaller body with 25 percent less volume. Both of the new iPad Pro models are super thin at 5.9mm, with Apple eliminating the headphone jack.


Design wise, the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models feature a reimagined aluminum chassis featuring flat, rounded edges reminiscent of the iPhone SE, which wrap around the new Liquid Retina display. Apple says the new iPad Pro models feature its most advanced display ever with wide color support, True Tone for adjusting to the ambient light, and ProMotion 120Hz refresh technology.


MacBook Pro

Apple in November 2019 replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model, just a few months after refreshing the MacBook Pro in May and July of 2019.


The new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a larger 16-inch Retina display, slimmer bezels, an updated keyboard with a scissor mechanism instead of a butterfly mechanism, up to 64GB RAM, up to 8TB of storage, and AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series graphics cards.


Apple is continuing to sell the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro models that were updated earlier this year, so the lineup now consists of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro features a 3072x1920 resolution and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi.


The Touch Bar and the Retina display of all MacBook Pro models feature support for True Tone functionality that adjusts white balance to match ambient lighting, and other display features such as wide color support are included.


iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, first released in 2017, are no longer flagship Apple devices, having been replaced by the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max and earlier iPhones. Apple is, however, continuing to sell the iPhone 8 models as a low cost option right alongside the newer models.


Priced starting at $449 for a 64GB iPhone 8 or $549 for an iPhone 8 Plus, the two older iPhones are more affordable than the $699 iPhone 11, the $999 iPhone 11 Pro, and the $1099 iPhone 11 Pro Max.



The iPhone 8 models do not feature the edge-to-edge design introduced in newer iPhones instead offering a Touch ID Home button and thick top and bottom bezels in a 4.7 or 5.5-inch body. There is no TrueDepth camera system for Face ID, but wireless charging is supported.


iPhone XR

The iPhone XR, introduced on September 12, 2018, is a lower-cost device that's being sold alongside the newer iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The iPhone XR and even older iPhone 8 represent options for budget-conscious consumers who don't want or need Apple's latest technology.


Apple's goal with the iPhone XR, originally priced starting at $749 and now sold starting at $599, was to reach as many customers as possible with its latest technology at the time, so the iPhone XR adopted many features from the iPhone XS and XS Max while also compromising in some areas to keep costs down.


The iPhone XR features a precision-machined 7000 Series aerospace-grade aluminum frame that wraps around an all-glass enclosure with the same durable glass used in the more expensive iPhone XS. Apple designed the iPhone XR in six colors: white, black, blue, coral, yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED.



iPhone 11 Pro

Apple on September 10 unveiled its newest flagship iPhones, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which are being sold alongside the iPhone 11. Apple says that the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a new "Pro" moniker because the two devices are designed for users who want the very best smartphone that's available.


Both new iPhones feature Super Retina XDR OLED displays, with the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro offering a 2426 x 1125 resolution and the 6.5-inch iPhone offering a 2688 x 1242 resolution.


The new phones feature HDR support, a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and 800 nits max brightness (1200 for HDR). True Tone is included for matching the white balance of the display to the ambient lighting in the room to make it easier on the eyes, as is wide color for more vivid, true-to-life colors.


3D Touch has been eliminated in the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, with Apple instead outfitting the new devices with a similar Haptic Touch feature. Haptic Touch is supported across iOS 13, but it lacks the pressure sensitivity of 3D Touch.


AirPods Pro

Apple in October 2019 debuted the AirPods Pro, an updated higher-end version of its existing AirPods with an updated design, noise cancellation technology, better sound, and a more expensive $249 price tag.


Apple says that with the AirPods Pro, the company is taking the magic of the AirPods "even further," with the AirPods Pro to be sold alongside the lower cost AirPods 2.


The AirPods Pro look similar to the original AirPods, but feature a wider front to accommodate silicone tips for comfort, fit, and noise cancellation purposes. Tips come in three sizes to fit different ears.


Though we heard rumors suggesting AirPods Pro might come in multiple colors, Apple is offering them only in white, much like the original AirPods.


Apple Glasses

Apple has been exploring virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for more than 10 years based on patent filings, but with virtual and augmented reality exploding in popularity with the launch of ARKit, Apple's dabbling is growing more serious and could lead to an actual dedicated AR/VR product in the not-too-distant future.


Apple is rumored to have a secret research unit comprising hundreds of employees working on AR and VR, exploring ways the emerging technologies could be used in future Apple products. VR/AR hiring has ramped up and Apple has acquired multiple AR/VR companies, suggesting something is afoot in Cupertino.


Apple has been rumored to be working on multiple virtual and augmented reality headset prototypes as engineers search for the "most compelling application" for such a device.



MacBook Air

Apple in July 2019 refreshed the MacBook Air, which was initially redesigned in October 2018. There were no major changes to the MacBook Air, but the update brings a lower price tag, an updated display with True Tone, some minor SSD changes, and a new butterfly keyboard that uses the same updated materials as the 2019 MacBook Pro.


The MacBook Air continues to be equipped with a Retina display with slimmer, less distracting black bezels that better match the slimmer bezels of the MacBook Pro.


With more than 4 million pixels and a resolution of 2560x1600, the MacBook Air's display offers 48 percent more color than pre-2018 models for more lifelike images. At the top of the display, there's a FaceTime HD camera and a three microphone array for better sound. New in 2019 is a True Tone display that matches the white balance of the monitor to the ambient lighting in the room to make for a more natural viewing experience.



iPad

Apple's seventh-generation iPad, introduced in September 2019, is an iterative update to the sixth-generation low-cost iPad, but with a new display size and support for new accessories.


The seventh-generation iPad continues to be positioned as an affordable entry-level tablet for educational institutions and those on a budget, with prices that start at $329 or $299 for EDU customers.


Compared to the sixth-generation iPad, the major difference in the seventh-generation model is the larger 10.2-inch display, which offers more viewing area than the previous 9.7-inch display.


The 10.2-inch display has a resolution of 2160 x 1620 with 264 pixels per inch and it offers nearly 3.5 million pixels along with 500 nits brightness.


iPad Air

Apple in March 2019 resurrected its long dead iPad Air line with the introduction of a brand new $499 10.5-inch iPad Air that serves as a middle-tier iPad option between the lower-end $329 9.7-inch iPad and the higher-end $799 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.


The tagline for the new iPad Air is "power isn't just for the pros," which is fitting because while the iPad Air shares some features with the iPad Pro models, it doesn't have all of the pro-oriented bells and whistles in order to keep costs lower.



Apple's iPad Air features the same thin and light enclosure that was used for the now-discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which it replaces. At just 6.1mm thick and with a weight of a pound, it's portable and lightweight. It is available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray with either 64 or 256GB of storage.


iPod touch

Apple in May of 2019 refreshed the iPod touch for the first time in several years, bringing improved processors that make the device faster than before.


The 2019 seventh-generation iPod touch has no new design features and continues to look the same as the prior sixth-generation model, with an aluminum shell, 4-inch display, and body that features a Home button but no Touch ID fingerprint sensor.


With the updated A10 Fusion chip inside (first used in the iPhone 7), the new iPod touch offers improved gameplay, support for Group FaceTime, and augmented reality capabilities.


Apple is offering the new iPod touch in Pink, (PRODUCT)RED, Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and Blue, the same colors available for the sixth-generation iPod touch.


iPhone XS

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, introduced on September 12, 2018, are Apple's two current flagship iPhones, featuring the most advanced technology Apple has introduced in an iPhone. The two iPhones were discontinued on September 10, 2019, when Apple introduced the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max devices, but some resellers may still continue to offer the XS and XS Max for sale at discounted prices.


Both of the iPhones look similar to the iPhone X, but in addition to the 5.8-inch model, there's also now a larger 6.5-inch model. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature the sharpest OLED displays and highest pixel density of any Apple device, with support for Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and Wide Color.


iPhone XS Max, the 6.5-inch iPhone, is the largest display Apple has offered, but in a body that's the size of the iPhone 8 Plus. According to Apple, the iPhone XS and XS Max have the most durable glass ever in a smartphone with improved scratch resistance.


Like the iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature stainless steel frames and glass bodies that support wireless charging, along with edge-to-edge displays and a TrueDepth Camera System for Face ID.


iMac

Apple refreshed its iMac lineup on March 19, 2019 after a two-year wait, introducing 8th and 9th-generation Coffee Lake processors and upgraded Radeon Pro Vega graphics options for significant performance improvements over 2017 models. Apple's tagline for this update, is, in fact "freaking powerful."


The 2019 iMac update was a spec refresh only, and there were no design changes or external updates. The 21.5 and 27-inch 4K and 5K iMacs continue to use the same "ultra-thin" slim-bodied design that was first introduced in 2012.


There were also no updates to the display, which was refreshed in 2017 with what Apple said at the time was the "Best Mac display ever" offering 500 nits brightness and 10-bit dithering for accurate reproduction of up to a billion colors.


Apple's 21.5-inch iMacs have been updated with Intel's 8th-generation chips with up to 6 cores at the high end, while the highest-end 27-inch iMacs feature Intel's 9th-generation chips with up to 8 cores.


Apple Car

Starting in 2014, Apple began working on "Project Titan," with upwards of 1,000 employees working on developing an electric vehicle at a secret location near its Cupertino headquarters. Internal strife, leadership issues, and other problems impacted the car project, with rumors suggesting Apple in 2016 shelved plans for a car for foreseeable future.


Apple laid off hundreds of employees who were working on the project, and under the leadership of Bob Mansfield, Apple is said to have transitioned to building an autonomous driving system rather than a full car, which could potentially be used in the cars of various partner companies.


Though multiple rumors have suggested Apple has shifted its focus to autonomous driving software rather than a full-on car, the August 2018 rehiring of Tesla engineer Doug Field has led to speculation that Apple may again be exploring a car option.


Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also believes that Apple is still working on an Apple Car that will launch between 2023 and 2025. Kuo believes the car will be Apple's "next star product" with Apple able to offer "better integration of hardware, software and services" than potential competitors in the automotive market, with Apple-designed chips manufactured by TSMC.


Mac mini

Apple in October 2018 updated the Mac mini for the first time since 2014, introducing entirely overhauled internals with upgrade options suitable for the company's pro user base.


Now in Space Gray instead of Silver, the Mac mini looks like the previous-generation version with a flat, square-shaped 1.4-inch thick 7.7-inch wide aluminum unibody enclosure. Apple says that the new Mac mini is made from an Apple-designed aluminum alloy that's made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.



For the first time, the Mac mini uses a quad-core processor for the base model instead of dual-core, with 6-core desktop-class processor options also available. The Mac mini is equipped with Intel's latest 8th-Generation Intel chips with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630.


iPad mini 5

Apple in March 2019 refreshed the iPad mini, introducing the fifth-generation version four years after the release of the iPad mini 4. Prior to the update, it wasn't clear if Apple was going to keep the 7.9-inch tablet around, but it now has a solid place in the company's iPad lineup.


The $399 iPad mini 5 is almost identical to the 10.5-inch iPad Air that was released alongside it, with the exception of screen size. The iPad mini is Apple's smallest tablet with a 2048 x 1536 7.9-inch Retina display.


Compared to the prior iPad mini, the updated version has new display technology like True Tone for adjusting the white balance to match the ambient lighting of the room and wide color support for more vivid, true-to-life colors. The display is 25 percent brighter than the display of the iPad mini 4.


There are no design changes compared to the previous iPad mini. There are thick bezels at the top and bottom of the iPad mini 5, along with slimmer side bezels. It's 6.1mm thick, identical to the iPad Air, thinner than the iPad, and thicker than the iPad Pro.


Apple Stores

Apple has grown to become the most valuable company in the world. It now has millions of customers around the world visiting its retail stores every day, and many of its earliest locations, particularly those in shopping malls, are too small and narrow to accommodate the increased foot traffic.


Moreover, since opening its first retail store in 2001, Apple's product lineup has expanded well beyond the Mac and iPod to include the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and other devices and accessories. In most stores, for example, Apple has at least one table dedicated to Apple Watch try-ons and demos.


For those reasons combined, and to play a bigger role in the community, Apple is in the process of renovating dozens of its retail stores in the United States and around the world. Many of the locations have expanded by adding a floor or taking over adjacent storefronts, while some stores have relocated entirely. Apple sometimes sets up a smaller temporary pop-up shop near affected locations until renovations are completed.


Apple's next-generation store design, spearheaded by design chief Jony Ive and departing retail chief Angela Ahrendts, can also be seen in all new stores opened since around mid 2015. The new look often includes wide, open spaces with some combination of indoor trees, touch-sensitive sequoia wood tables and shelves for displaying products, large 6K resolution video screens for product marketing and community events, and light boxes spanning the length of the ceiling.


iPhone XT

iPhone XT is one possible name that Apple could use for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Apple's 2019 iPhones, expected in September of 2019, will follow the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.


With the current XR and XS naming scheme it's not yet clear what Apple will call its 2019 iPhone lineup, but as XT follows XS, it's one possible choice that Apple might go with, and a naming option that we heard from an unverified source that claimed to have knowledge of Apple's device plans.


Because we don't have any insight into Apple's naming plans at this time, our official roundup for the next-generation iPhones can be found under the "2019 iPhones" label, available here.


For rumors on what we're expecting to see in the new iPhones coming in 2019, make sure to check out the 2019 iPhones roundup.


iPhone XI

iPhone XI is one possible name that Apple could use for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Apple's 2019 iPhones, expected in September of 2019, will follow the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.


With the current XR and XS naming scheme it's not yet clear what Apple will call its 2019 iPhone lineup, but as XI follows X, we believe it's one choice Apple might go with.


Because we don't have any insight into Apple's naming plans at this time, our official roundup for the next-generation iPhones can be found under the "2019 iPhones" label, available here.


For rumors on what we're expecting to see in the new iPhones coming in 2019, make sure to check out the 2019 iPhones roundup.



Archived Roundups

Apple Black Friday

Black Friday, which takes place on November 29th in 2019, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. During the event, retailers across the country drop their prices on thousands of items, hoping to lure shoppers to their stores.


Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and in recent years, retailers have offered some fantastic deals. We're gathering up a list of all the retailers, both online and in-store, offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, AirPods, Beats headphones, Apple accessories, software, and more.


This roundup will be updated on a daily basis as Black Friday approaches. We'll highlight the very best deals that are being offered this year so MacRumors readers know where to go for the best discounts. If you spot a good deal or have a site offering a Black Friday discount, make sure to send us an email at tips@macrumors.com.


With Black Friday sales starting earlier and earlier every year, you'll want to keep an eye on this roundup throughout the month of November, as we'll also be highlighting a range of pre-Black Friday discounts.


macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave, introduced at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, is the latest version of the operating system that runs on Apple's Macs. Inspired by the desert at night, macOS Mojave is the first Mac update in several years not to use a mountain-themed name, with its new moniker representing the visual changes made to the software.


The standout feature in macOS Mojave is a system-wide Dark Mode, which extends beyond just the dock and the menu bar to full windows and apps, with native apps like Mail, Calendar, iTunes, Xcode, and more adopting the dark theme. Dark Mode is, of course, an optional feature, so users who prefer a lighter look can continue to use the light mode.


A Dynamic Desktop option introduces wallpapers that subtly change throughout the day, while Desktop Stacks organize all your desktop files into neat piles arranged by type, date, or tag. Finder has been revamped with a Gallery View for previewing files one by one, and a Finder Sidebar offers up file information at a glance.


Contextual, customizable Quick Actions within Finder let you interact with files and do things like rotate photos or edit files without leaving the Finder interface, and a revamped Quick Look view integrates Markup, providing another way to make simple, quick edits to your files.


Siri Speaker

Apple's much-rumored Siri-based speaker, HomePod, was unveiled at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. HomePod is Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, but Apple's speaker is unique because of its focus on superior sound quality.


While Siri is baked into HomePod for answering queries, accessing Apple Music, and controlling HomeKit devices, it's not the sole feature the product is built on. HomePod has a lot more to offer. For full details on Apple's speaker, make sure to check out our dedicated HomePod roundup.


tvOS 12

The fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TVs run an operating system called tvOS, which was built from the ground up to provide a simple, easy-to-navigate television watching experience. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-centric design that's controlled through the touch-based remote and Siri voice commands.


tvOS features a full App Store for downloading a range of different apps and games that can be used on the Apple TV, along with several built-in apps, much like iOS. Built-in apps include Photos for accessing your Photo Library on the Apple TV, Apple Music, Podcasts, Computers for Home Sharing, and TV, an app that aggregates TV and movie content from a wide range of apps.


Siri integration is a key part of tvOS, allowing users to search for specific content via voice for quicker content access, and there are useful features to make television watching simpler, like single sign-on or zero sign-on for more quickly signing into third-party apps that require authentication with your cable credentials.


Apple adds new features and introduces new versions of tvOS on a regular basis, but tvOS updates have historically been smaller in scale than updates for iOS, macOS, and watchOS. Since its 2015 debut, tvOS has seen few changes to its overall design and layout, but a few new features have launched.


iPhone X

The iPhone X, pronounced "iPhone 10," was introduced at Apple's September 2017 event as a classic "One more thing..." addition to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus product lineup. The iPhone X has since been replaced by the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and Apple has discontinued the device to focus on the newer iPhones.


Apple's aim with the iPhone X was to create an iPhone that's all display, blurring the line between physical object and experience. The 5.8-inch front screen melts into a highly polished curved-edge stainless steel band encircling a durable all-glass body available in two pearlescent finishes: Space Gray and Silver. Both feature a black front panel.



The edge-to-edge top-to-bottom Super Retina display adopts OLED technology for true-to-life colors, deep blacks, and a million-to-one contrast ratio. It features a 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458 pixels per inch. It supports HDR, wide color, 3D Touch, and True Tone for adjusting the white balance of the display to match the ambient lighting.


iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, first released in 2016, are no longer flagship Apple devices, having been replaced by the iPhone 8, iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


Apple stopped selling the iPhone 7 on September 10, 2019, following the debut of the new 2019 iPhone lineup.


Priced starting at $449 for a 64GB iPhone 7 or $569 for an iPhone 7 Plus, the two older iPhones are more affordable than the $599 iPhone 8, the $699 iPhone 8 Plus, $749 iPhone XR, the $999 iPhone XS, and the $1099 iPhone XS Max.


As of September 2017, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been replaced by the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. Apple is still selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as lower-cost devices starting at $449, but the two iPhones are no longer the company's flagship smartphones.


watchOS 5

Introduced at the 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, watchOS 5 is the current publicly available version of watchOS, the operating system that's designed to run on the Apple Watch. With watchOS 5, Apple focused on introducing new ways for you to stay active and connected to the world around you. watchOS 5 was replaced with watchOS 6 on September 19, 2019 and it is no longer the newest version of watchOS.


The headline feature in watchOS 5 is a Walkie-Talkie app, which introduces a new way to communicate on the watch by merging real-time voice conversations with the spontaneity of messaging. The Walkie-Talkie app works like a traditional Walkie-Talkie, with press-to-talk communication with your friends and family.


To motivate you to work out, watchOS 5 brings a new Competition option that lets you challenge your friends to a seven-day competition to see who can earn the most activity points. Regular progress reports let you know where you and your friends stand, with the winner receiving a special award.


Several new workout types have been added, including Yoga and Hiking, while Outdoor Runs have gained support for rolling mile pace, custom pace alert, and cadence for better tracking capabilities.


iOS 12

Apple iOS 12, the current publicly available version of iOS, on June 4, 2018 at the keynote event of the Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 12 is set to be replaced with iOS 13, which is currently being beta tested, in September 2019.


With iOS 12, Apple doubled down on performance, working from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads faster and more responsive. Apple has made improvements on devices both old and new, and iOS 12 has been designed to run on all devices able to run iOS 11.


With Apple's performance improvements, apps launch faster, the keyboard appears faster, and the Camera is quicker to open. Apple has also optimized the system when it's under load, making iOS devices faster when you need performance the most.



2019 iPhones


Apple's 2019 iPhone announcement is happening now. Follow our live coverage. This roundup will be updated shortly after the full announcement.


In 2019, Apple is expected to continue offering iPhones in multiple sizes and at multiple price points to provide customers with choice. 2018 brought the iPhone XS (5.8 inches), the iPhone XS Max (6.5 inches), and the iPhone XR (6.1 inches). The two XS devices have higher price tags starting at $999, while the XR is priced starting at $749.


We're expecting a similar lineup in 2019, perhaps with a continuation of both the iPhone XS and XR devices, with rumors suggesting we'll see 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED iPhones along with a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. We don't yet know what Apple will call the new iPhones, but iPhone XI or iPhone 11 are possibilities for the iPhone XS successors. Given that naming is up in the air, we're going to be referring to the upcoming iPhones as the "2019 iPhones" for now.


MacBook

Apple in July 2019 discontinued the MacBook, and stopped selling the 2017 model. The MacBook has been replaced with the new, more affordable MacBook Air. Apple's Mac lineup has been simplified, with the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro now the sole notebooks the company sells.


Apple introduced the second update to its ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook on June 5, 2017, debuting new machines with faster processors, better graphics, faster SSDs, and support for up to 16GB RAM. Aside from these internal changes and the addition of a revamped keyboard, the MacBooks are identical to previous-generation 2016 models.


First introduced in March of 2015, the MacBook is Apple's newest Mac product line, distinct from the existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups. The MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac to date with terraced battery technology and a fanless design enabled by a low-power Core M processor.



WWDC 2019

Every year, Apple holds a Worldwide Developers Conference near its Cupertino campus in California to give thousands of developers from around the world a chance to meet up with Apple engineers and attend valuable workshops and software development sessions.


For many years, WWDC was hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, but starting in 2017, Apple moved to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, where this year's conference was also held. WWDC 2019 took place from Monday, June 3 to Friday, June 7.


Apple kicks off each conference with a keynote on the first day, where the company makes major announcements and sets the stage for the rest of the week. Media invites for the June 3 keynote event went out on May 22.


Keynote events typically offer a look at upcoming products and provide the first details on new operating systems, though in some years there are no hardware announcements and the focus of the event is software.


iOS 8 Features

While our main iOS 8 roundup focused on the major changes announced by Apple, this iOS 8 roundup highlights some of the more interesting but smaller additions and refinements made to Apple's mobile operating system throughout its lifespan between September 2014 and September 2015.


Apple released iOS 8 to the public on September 17, 2014, two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Prior to the public launch, the software went through five developer betas before a golden master was released on September 9.


The final version of iOS 8 was iOS 8.4.1, a minor update that introduced security improvements and bug fixes. Prior to iOS 8.4.1, Apple introduced iOS 8.4, which brought a revamped Music app and support for the new Apple Music service.


Revamped Music app - iOS 8.4 introduces a new look for the Music app with a revamped design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It also offers a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for "Now Playing," global search capabilities that make it easier to search from anywhere within the Music app, and access to the new on-demand streaming music service and Beats 1 radio.


iPhone 6 Rumors

iPhone 6 Announced!: See details in our Live Coverage on MacRumors.com.


Apple's new iPhone 6 devices will be introduced at a September 9 media event at the Flint Center, the same location where Apple debuted the original Mac 30 years ago. An overwhelming number of iPhone 6 rumors and part leaks have given us a near-complete look at the two devices ahead of their launch.


With the iPhone 5, Apple increased the screen size of the device from 3.5 inches to 4 inches, and with the iPhone 6, the phone's display is going to grow even larger. Though Apple experimented with a range of screen sizes, the company settled on 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches for its two devices, which will bring the next iPhone in line with competing Android and Windows phones that have adopted larger displays.


Over the course of the last several years, consumer preference has shifted towards bigger screens, and Apple is now prepared to meet consumer demand for larger devices.


WWDC 2018

The 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference focused solely on software, with no hardware announcements included in the event. Apple introduced new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, officially debuting iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5.



With iOS 12, Apple doubled down on performance, working from top to bottom to make iPhones and iPads faster and more responsive. Apple has made improvements on devices both old and new, and iOS 12 has been designed to run on all devices able to run iOS 11.


With Apple's performance improvements, apps launch faster, the keyboard appears faster, and the Camera is quicker to open. Apple has also optimized the system when it's under load, making iOS devices faster when you need performance the most.


AirPort

Apple in April of 2018 announced that it has officially ended development on its AirPort line of products.


We're discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last," said an Apple spokesperson.


Apple will not manufacture additional AirPort Express, Extreme, and Time Capsule products, but existing inventory was available until it sold out in November 2018.


Apple will be providing service and parts for the current-generation AirPort Base Stations for the next five years, and the company is sharing several support documents to assist customers who are transitioning away from the AirPort products.


macOS High Sierra

Apple introduced macOS High Sierra at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in June. macOS High Sierra, as the name suggests, is a follow-up to macOS Sierra and is largely designed to improve on macOS Sierra through major under-the-hood updates and a handful of outward-facing changes.


With macOS High Sierra, Apple says it's focusing on the fundamentals: data, video, and graphics. High Sierra is about deep technologies that provide a platform for future innovation while also introducing new technologies to make the Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive.


A more modern file system, Apple File System (APFS), is the new default in macOS High Sierra. APFS is safe, secure, and optimized for modern storage systems like solid state drives. It introduces features like native encryption, safe document saves, stable snapshots, and crash protection. APFS is ultra responsive and brings major performance improvements for Macs.


High Sierra includes High Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC, aka H.265), which preserves better detail and color while also introducing much improved compression compared to H.264. HEVC software encoding is available for all Macs in High Sierra, but newer models include HEVC hardware acceleration.


iPhone 6s

Apple announced its ninth-generation iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, at a media event in San Francisco, California on September 9, 2015. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can be summed up beautifully with a single quote from Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones."


Available with the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina displays, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have the same exterior design as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but much of the hardware inside, from the camera to the processor, is new and improved. Core technologies like the touchscreen and the vibration engine have been updated, and the devices are even constructed from a new material.


The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are made from a 7000 Series aluminum alloy, which is stronger and more durable than the 6000 series used in the previous-generation iPhones. Apple's also updated the devices with stronger glass, made using a dual ion exchange process. One of the biggest changes is the introduction of a new aluminum finish in Rose Gold, which accompanies the traditional Silver, Space Gray, and Gold color options.


A second-generation Touch ID module makes fingerprint detection twice as fast, and the 64-bit A9 processor in the two devices is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at GPU tasks than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A built-in M9 motion coprocessor enables new features, such as always-on "Hey Siri" functionality.


iOS 11

Introduced on June 5, 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 11 is the next-generation version of iOS. As Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage at WWDC, the update takes the best and most advanced operating system and turns it up to 11.


iOS 11 introduces subtle design changes to interface elements throughout the operating system. Text is bolder, apps like Calculator and Phone have a new look, and the Lock screen and Control Center have been entirely redesigned.


The Control Center is customizable and there are options to include a wider range of settings. It's no longer split across multiple screens, and 3D Touch integration has expanded, so you can do more without needing to open the Settings app.



watchOS 4

watchOS 4 is the publicly available version of watchOS, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch. watchOS 4 was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2017, and it will be followed by watchOS 5 in fall 2018. In watchOS 4, Apple has focused on introducing a more personalized Apple Watch experience and improving what people love most about the Apple Watch, bringing new Activity, Music, and Workout features.


There are three new watch faces in watchOS 4, including a new Siri watch face that offers up dynamic, personalized information that changes based on the time of day. It takes into account your daily routine, the apps you use, and when you use them to predict what you'll want to see next. Other watch faces include a photo-based Kaleidoscope face and a new Toy Story face starring Jessie, Woody, and Buzz Lightyear.



With watchOS 4, Apple wants to better motivate you to close your Activity rings, so there are new notifications when you're close to meeting a goal, more exciting animations when you reach your target, and personalized monthly fitness challenges based on your own Activity history.


WWDC 2017

The 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote was Apple's biggest event in years, with the company introducing both new software platforms and a range of new hardware products. iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and watchOS 4 were introduced, along with new iPad Pro models, new MacBooks, new MacBook Pro models, and new iMacs.



iOS 11 introduces some system-wide design changes, with Apple focusing on bolder fonts, borderless buttons, new animations, and other small visual tweaks. Some interface elements were totally overhauled, including the Control Center, which now takes up a single page, has an entirely new look, and offers new customization options.


The Lock Screen and the Notification Center have been merged together and are now one entity, so pulling down to access Notification Center also now brings up the Lock Screen.


Apple Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday, which takes place on November 27th in 2017, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. It follows Black Friday, and marks another day of major sales both online and in retail stores. Retailers across the country drop prices on thousands of items on Cyber Monday, and in some cases, the sales last for an entire week.


Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and in recent years, retailers have offered some fantastic deals both on Black Friday and on Cyber Monday. We're gathering up a list of all the retailers, both online and in-store, offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, Beats headphones, Apple accessories, software, and more.



Our Black Friday deals can be found in our dedicated Black Friday roundup, while this Cyber Monday roundup focuses on deals that will be available starting on November 27. Black Friday's focus is often in-store sales, while Cyber Monday primarily highlights deals you can get online without leaving the house.


macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra, the next-generation Mac operating system, was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016 and launched to the public on September 20, 2016. Apple chose to do away with the OS X name in favor of the new "macOS" name to bring the Mac operating system in line with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.


The main new feature in macOS Sierra is Siri integration, bringing Apple's personal assistant to the Mac for the first time. Siri offers many of the same capabilities available on iOS, along with Mac-specific functionality like the ability to search through documents to quickly find files.


There's also an option to pin Siri search results to the Today section of the Notification Center or to add them to documents to provide up to date information at a glance. Siri can also do things like search through Photos, set reminders, initiate FaceTime calls, and more.


In Photos, computer vision and new deep learning algorithms allow the app to recognize people, places, and things in images using facial, object, and scene recognition, using the information to group images into intelligent collections and enable powerful search capabilities. A new "Memories" tab creates curated collections of past photos to resurface old memories, and there's a new "Places" album for displaying all photos on a world map.


iOS 10

Apple unveiled iOS 10, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, on June 13, 2016, releasing it to the public exactly three months later on September 13. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 10 is the "biggest release ever" for iOS users, with major updates for a wide variety of apps, services, and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Center, and more.


iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There's a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications.


Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.


Messages has been overhauled with new features like background animations, bubble effects, rich links, and Digital Touch, the sketching feature first introduced on the Apple Watch, allowing users to create drawings and annotate photos and videos. Handwritten notes, hidden "invisible ink" messages, quick "Tapback" replies, and bigger emoji are new in Messages, and there's even a predictive emoji feature that suggests words that can be replaced with emoji.


tvOS 10

tvOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple TV, taking iOS-style design elements and translating them to an interface made for the larger screen of a television set. tvOS is designed to put content front and center, with a familiar app-centric design that's easy to navigate through the touch-based remote and Siri voice commands.


tvOS, like iOS, features a full App Store that allows users to choose apps to install on the device. The App Store features content-based apps like Netflix and Hulu, but it also features games, weather, educational options, photo viewing apps, music apps, and more.


Since the fourth-generation Apple TV launched in October of 2015, Apple has been steadily updating tvOS with new features like Bluetooth keyboard support, dictation support, and more, and on June 13, 2016, Apple unveiled the latest version of the tvOS operating system -- tvOS 10.


tvOS 10 builds on the initial tvOS features, introducing improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, Single Sign-On authentication, and a dedicated Apple TV Remote app for iOS devices.


watchOS 3

The latest version of the watchOS operating system, watchOS 3, was first introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016, and was made available to the public on September 13, 2016. watchOS 3 is a significant update to the operating system, introducing new apps, new watch faces, and impressive performance improvements.


watchOS 3 introduces a Dock that houses a user's favorite and recently used apps so they're easier to access. Favorite Apple Watch apps saved to the Dock are kept up to date and are able to launch instantly, cutting down on app loading times.


Navigation has been improved, with left and right swipes now used to change the watch face. A revamped Control Center with more information is available when swiping upwards on the Apple Watch screen.


Activity sharing is new in watchOS 3, allowing Apple Watch owners to share their workout and activity information with friends to compete and stay motivated. New activity-based Smart Replies in the app are available to communicate with friends and family over activity achievements.


iPod shuffle

On July 27, 2017, Apple removed the iPod shuffle from its website and online store, marking its discontinuation after twelve and a half years on the market in various forms. With the simultaneous discontinuation of the iPod nano, the iOS-based iPod touch is the only remaining device in the iPod family.


At the time of its discontinuation, the iPod shuffle was available in six colors in a single 2 GB capacity priced at $49.


Apple's iPod shuffle went through several design changes since its introduction in January 2005, with the final form factor having been introduced in September 2010. Priced at $49 and offering 2 GB of storage, the only changes made to the device over the subsequent years were in color options.



iPod nano

On July 27, 2017, Apple removed the iPod nano from its website and online store, marking its discontinuation after almost twelve years on the market in various form factors. With the simultaneous discontinuation of the iPod shuffle, the iOS-based iPod touch is the only remaining device in the iPod family.


At the time of its discontinuation, the iPod nano was available in six colors in a single 16 GB capacity priced at $149.


Perhaps more than any other iPod product, the iPod nano was the subject of significant experimentation by Apple, with the company trying out a number of different form factors based on a click wheel interface before moving to an iPod shuffle-shaped design centered around a multi-touch screen and eventually settling on a design more like a miniature iPod touch with the final seventh-generation models released in October 2012.



iPad Air 2

Apple's original iPad Air was impressively thin, measuring in at just 7.5mm, similar to the pencil that it was compared to in an array of advertisements. On October 16, 2014, Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, which is significantly thinner at just 6.1mm thick.


Aside from its thinner body, the iPad Air 2 retains the same general design elements of the original iPad Air, but it has gained some impressive under-the-hood improvements. For one, the tablet now comes with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor first introduced in the iPhone 5s, and it also includes an upgraded A8X processor that's faster than the A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and 2GB of RAM. There's an M8 motion coprocessor as well, which pulls in data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and a new barometer.


Using a laminated gapless display let Apple shed bulk from the iPad Air 2 while also improving its screen, offering enhanced contrast and more vibrant colors. Apple also added an anti-reflective screen coating that cuts down on up to 56 percent of glare.


The iPad Air 2 has gained an 8-megapixel rear camera that includes an Apple-designed image signal processor, an f/2.4 aperture, and support for 1080p HD video. For the first time, the iPad can capture large panoramas of up to 43 megapixels, it can capture 720p 120FPS Slo-mo video, it has time-lapse video capabilities, and it can take burst mode photos.


WWDC 2016

At WWDC 2016, the focus was on software. While no new hardware was unveiled, Apple announced major new updates to iOS, the newly renamed macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.



iOS 10 features a redesigned Lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Center. There's a redesigned Control Center, also with support for 3D Touch, and a new Raise to Wake feature wakes up the screen without bypassing notifications.


Siri can do a lot more in iOS 10, thanks to a Siri SDK that allows developers to build Siri support into their apps. You can now ask Siri to do things like summon an Uber or send a message in WhatsApp.


OS X El Capitan

OS X 10.11 El Capitan, released on September 30, 2015, is the next iteration of OS X, building on the features and design changes introduced with OS X Yosemite. OS X El Capitan might seem like a strange name, but it's meant to highlight the OS's position as an update that brings under-the-hood improvements and refinements to OS X Yosemite.


In real life, El Capitan is one of the most popular rock formations and landmarks located within Yosemite National Park. The "El Capitan" name for OS X 10.11 reflects a long-running OS X naming scheme that's used to denote updates that are refinements to previous updates, following in the footsteps of Leopard/Snow Leopard and Lion/Mountain Lion.


With El Capitan, Apple focused on two major areas: user experience and performance. Improvements to window management, apps, and Spotlight search enhance the way we use our Macs, while under-the-hood additions like Metal graphics technology make everyday activities like launching apps faster.



iPhone 6

Apple launched two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, in September of 2014. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple's Apple Pay payment system.


The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus originally came in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities. The iPhone 6 pricing started at $199 on contract or $649 without contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus pricing started at $299 on contract or $749 without contract. With the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in September 2015, Apple reduced prices on the older iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models by $100 and eliminated Gold as a color option. Only Silver and Space Gray remain available.


While both models include the same 64-bit A8 chip and the same general design, there are several differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus also has three major differentiating factors: optical image stabilization for the camera, and a longer battery life, and an iPad-style landscape mode that displays more content on the screen.


Though the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, both phones got some major camera improvements in form of sensor upgrades, improved tone mapping, better noise reduction, and new "Focus Pixel" technology, which improves the phone's ability to select autofocus points. For videos, there's a new 240fps slo-mo option, along with support for shooting in 1080p at 60fps. The front-facing camera was also upgraded, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in more light and new burst mode capabilities.


iOS 9

iOS 9 is Apple's newest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad, released to the public on September 16, 2015. iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements.


iOS 9's biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we're where we need to be at the right time.


Siri is at the heart of the changes, and the personal assistant is now able to create contextual reminders and search through photos and videos in new ways. Swiping right from the home screen also brings up a new screen that houses "Siri Suggestions," putting favorite contacts and apps right at your fingertips, along with nearby restaurant and location information and important news.


Deeper search capabilities can bring up results like sports scores, videos, and content from third-party apps, and you can even do simple conversions and calculations using the search tools on your iPhone or iPad.


watchOS 2

watchOS is the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, much like iOS runs on iPhones and iPads and OS X runs on Macs. While watchOS has taken design cues from iOS 8 and iOS 9, it's been built from the ground up for the Apple Watch, with features and apps that take advantage of the hardware in the wrist-worn device.


Apps like Activity and Workout read data from the accelerometer and the heart rate sensor, while communication features let users send sketches, heartbeats, and animated emoji. Notifications are sent from the iPhone and delivered with small haptic taps on the wrist, while Glances offer up quick tidbits of information that can be digested in just a few seconds.


Introduced at the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, watchOS 2 brings a lot of important functionality to the Apple Watch. Most of what's included is aimed at developers, but the new tools developers have to work with offer better third-party apps and Apple Watch interactions for all of us.


watchOS 2 introduces support for native apps, which means apps are able to run entirely on the Apple Watch without relying on the iPhone. It also allows developers to access the device's built-in heart rate sensor, Taptic Engine, accelerometer, and microphone, and build third-party complications to display information on the watch face. As of June 2016, all new Apple Watch apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built using the watchOS 2 SDK.


iWatch Rumors

Apple Watch Announced!: See details in our Live Coverage on MacRumors.com.




Apple has been rumored to be working on its "iWatch" smart watch since late 2012, but the company has begun accelerating work on the project as it tries to expand its family of mobile devices to the wrist. Apple has already started work on trademarking the name in a number of countries in preparation for an introduction reportedly taking place September 9 alongside the iPhone 6. Apple has confirmed the event date, but not whether the iWatch will be introduced at that time.


Because we don't yet know what an Apple iWatch will look like, the photos we've included in the roundup are either mockups or existing non-Apple products. For example, the red watch at the top of the page is the Lunatik iPod nano watch.


iPod classic

The iPod classic was the direct descendent of Apple's original iPod released in 2001 and offers the traditional click wheel interface introduced nearly a decade ago on the iPod mini before making its way into the fourth-generation iPod. With the iPod classic lacking iOS and touchscreen support, the device's main function over its last few years was to provide customers with an iPod product option offering significant amounts of storage for their music collections. The final version of the iPod classic contained a 160 GB traditional hard drive, offering significantly more capacity than the 64 GB of flash memory found in the high-end iPod touch. With the iPhone starting to offer a maximum of 128 GB of storage with the iPhone 5 and 6 Plus, however, Apple discontinued the iPod classic on September 9, 2014, five years to the day after its final update.


The final generation of the iPod classic was introduced in September 2009, and while the product's demise was rumored a number of times over the years, the product lasted a full five years with silver and black color options at a $249 price point before being discontinued.



Back in early 2011, Toshiba introduced a 220 GB 1.8-inch hard drive that could have allowed Apple to increase the capacity of the iPod classic, and tightening supplies very soon after led to speculation that the device could see an update or discontinuation. By September 2011, Apple had removed its click wheel iPod games from the iTunes Store. No such games had been added to the store since February 2009, but the complete removal of the games section from the iTunes Store fueled rumors that the iPod classic would soon be discontinued. Ultimately, however, it was not until 2014 that the iPod classic was finally retired from Apple's lineup.


iOS 8

iOS 8 was unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2014 and launched to the public on September 17, 2014. The release for existing devices came two days ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


Improved integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, is a major focal point of both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. Apple introduced several new "Continuity" features that are designed to connect the iPhone, iPad, and Mac "like never before."


AirDrop, Apple's peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, now works between iOS and Mac devices. Handoff, a newly introduced feature, works on the same sharing principles and lets users start a task on one device and instantly pick it up on another.


Along with sharing tasks with Handoff, iPads and Macs can both place and answer phone calls using the iPhone as a relay. Using this same functionality, Macs and iPads are able to receive SMS messages via the Messages app, which was previous limited to iMessages on those platforms.


OS X Yosemite

Apple released OS X Yosemite to the public on October 16, 2014, following a media event that saw the unveiling of new iPads, a new Retina iMac, and a new Mac mini. It was succeeded by OS X El Capitan on September 30, 2015.


OS X Yosemite was made available through the Mac App Store at no cost. Prospective users needed 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, along with Snow Leopard at a minimum as Mac App Store access was required.


Originally unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2, 2014, Yosemite went through several months of beta testing before it saw its public release. Apple also launched a public beta for OS X Yosemite for the first time, allowing more than a million users to test the software before its release.


OS X Yosemite introduced a number of visual changes, including a flatter, more modern look that emphasizes translucency, streamlined toolbars, and smarter controls.


OS X 10.12

OS X 10.12 was expected to be the name of the 2016 Mac operating system update, following OS X 10.11, but Apple opted to change the name of its Mac operating system to "macOS" to bring it in line with tvOS, iOS, and watchOS.



What was once OS X 10.12 is now known as "macOS Sierra," set to be released to the public in the fall of 2016. Full details on macOS Sierra, which includes new features like Siri integration and automatic Mac unlocking, can be found in our dedicated macOS Sierra Roundup.


iPhone 5se

The "iPhone 5se" was the name rumored for Apple's 4-inch iPhone before it launched on March 21, 2016 as the "iPhone SE." The iPhone SE combines the body of the iPhone 5s with many of the internals of the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, resulting in a powerful but compact device. For details on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our full iPhone SE roundup.



The information remaining in the iPhone 5se roundup reflects the rumors that circulated about the 4-inch iPhone before its debut.


Since the launch of the 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September of 2014, there have been rumors suggesting Apple plans to introduce a new 4-inch device aimed at those who want something both more affordable and smaller in size. Despite rumors, no new device materialized in 2015, but as of 2016, rumors have ramped up and it appears a new 4-inch iPhone will launch in March of 2016 at an event to be held on the 21st.


iPhone 6c

The "iPhone 6c" was one of the early names rumored for Apple's 4-inch iPhone before it launched on March 21, 2016 as the "iPhone SE." The iPhone SE combines the body of the iPhone 5s with many of the internals of the iPhone 6s, such as the A9 processor and 12-megapixel camera, resulting in a powerful but compact device.



For details on the iPhone SE, make sure to check out our full iPhone SE roundup.


WWDC 2015

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote for 2015 was held on Monday, June 8, with the company introducing the next versions of its iOS, OS X, and watchOS operating systems, as well as an all-new Apple Music streaming service. A full transcript of our live blog coverage of the event remains available, and Apple has shared a video stream for on-demand viewing.


The next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, was introduced at the keynote event with developer access starting immediately, to be followed by a public beta in July and public availability in the fall, mostly likely in the September timeframe when Apple typically introduces its new iPhone hardware.



iOS 9's biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we're where we need to be at the right time. Siri and search improvements drive those new capabilities, with other improvements including transit directions for Maps in select cities, a much more robust Notes app, a new News app, and Apple Pay enhancements such as support for store-brand cards and rewards programs.


'Steve Jobs' Movie

On October 24, 2011, just weeks after former Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer, Walter Isaacson released his best-selling biography, "Steve Jobs." The book was crafted from more than forty interviews Isaacson had with Jobs over the course of two years, and it provided a deep, introspective look into the life of the man responsible for turning Apple into the world's most valuable company.


It also provided an honest look at Jobs -- Isaacson conducted over a hundred interviews with Jobs' family members, friends, colleagues, competitors, and enemies -- giving the clearest picture yet of the kind of man that Steve Jobs was.


Before Isaacson even published the book, Sony, knowing that it would be an undeniable hit, acquired the rights to produce a movie based on the biography, and that's the basis for the "Steve Jobs" film.


A lot of big names are attached to the movie, which is said to be a serious drama that covers three of Jobs' product launch events. Aaron Sorkin, famous for writing "The West Wing," "Newsroom," "Moneyball," and "The Social Network," wrote the screenplay, and Danny Boyle, known for films like "127 Hours" and "Slumdog Millionaire," will direct.


WWDC 2014

Apple just completed their 2014 keynote address at WWDC and introduced a number of new features in both OS X and iOS. A full transcript of the event is available, as well as a video stream of the keynote address.



Apple today announced the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. The sequel to last year's OS X Mavericks, Yosemite includes a user interface redesign, as well as major new features focusing on seamless integration between Mac and iOS devices, a new cloud storage system called iCloud Drive, as well as the ability to make phone calls and send text messages through an iPhone.


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Black Friday 2013

Black Friday, which takes place on November 29 this year, is a major shopping holiday in the United States. During the event, retailers around the country drop their prices on thousands of items, hoping to lure shoppers to their stores.


Apple products on the cheap are highly desired, and this year, retailers are offering some fantastic deals. We’ve gathered up a list of all the retailers offering discounts on iPhones, iPads, iPods, MacBooks, and more. Each entry lists the item and the savings off of the price that the store normally sells the product for.


As it is still early, we are expecting additional information on other notable Black Friday sales to surface, from retailers like Apple. We will continue to update this roundup to add deals as they become available.


The best deals thus far are from the major retailers, as seen in the chart below (which includes gift cards). Target is offering the best price on the iPad Air at $379 ($479+$100 gift card) while Walmart has a $199 iPad mini available. Walmart also has the best deals on both the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c. It remains unclear which stores might offer the Retina iPad mini, but if Target has stock on hand, they will be available for $399 with a $75 gift card. Make sure to check out our detailed guides on where to get the best prices on Apple's lineup of iPads and Macs.


OS X Mavericks

OS X 10.9 Mavericks introduces a number of new features aimed at extending both battery life and responsiveness. Apple has promised 200 changes in Mavericks, including both minor cosmetic updates and major performance enhancements. The new operating system was released just after Apple's October 22, 2013 media event and is a free upgrade from the Mac App Store for all OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard users.



Mavericks has several new features developed for power users, with enhanced multi-monitor support and expanded finder capabilities. All users will experience improved power usage, a new iCloud Keychain function for secure cross-device passwords, and better Safari performance.


A new iBooks app and a new Maps app are both bundled into Mavericks, allowing users to read books and access maps within native apps for the first time. While Mavericks has not gotten the same drastic visual overhaul found in iOS 7, a number of skeuomorphic elements introduced with Mountain Lion have been removed.


iOS 7

Apple revealed iOS 7 during the WWDC keynote on June 10, 2013, featuring a brand new design and a number of new features. iOS 7 launched publicly on September 18, 2013. Users can obtain the update either by connecting their devices to iTunes and clicking the "Check for Update" button or checking for over-the-air updates on their devices via Settings -> General -> Software Update.


iOS 7 is available as a free upgrade for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch (16GB/32GB/64GB) and the iPad 2, iPad with Retina display (third- and fourth-generation), and iPad mini. iOS 7 will come pre-installed on the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices. Owners of the iPhone 5s will also find several new features that are specific to that device. These include: 64-bit support, Touch ID fingerprint sensing, Camera image stablization, Burst Mode and Slow-Mo video.


iOS updates are generally recommended for all users, but in the past, users of older hardware have found that performance of the latest iOS versions on their devices can be sluggish. If you are on older iPhone hardware (iPhone 4), you may want to wait to see how will iOS 7 runs on your device. Our discussion forums are a good resource for specific questions/answers, and we've also gathered some tips to help users discover less well-known features. Over time, we expect new apps and updates will start requiring iOS 7 to take advantage of the new features and interface.


iOS 7 was designed to be compatible with all existing iOS 6 apps, and user testing has found this to generally be true. If you rely on a specific "mission critical" app, it would still be prudent to make sure that that app runs before upgrading.


iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5c is essentially a repackaged iPhone 5 with a new plastic enclosure. The new device is available in five different colors -- green, yellow, blue, white, and pink.


The phone uses the same A6 processor and rear-facing camera as the iPhone 5, but does contain a few upgraded parts -- such as an improved front-facing FaceTime camera and support for more wireless LTE bands.


The new iPhone 5c starts at $99 (with 2 year contract) in the U.S. and is now available for order from Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. Retail stores, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target are also offering the iPhone 5c, and many have been discounting the price of the 16 GB model to $50 or less with a two-year contract.


On Friday, October 25, Apple launched the iPhone 5c in 35 additional countries, including Russia, Spain, and Mexico, and a third wave launch took place on November 1. The iPhone 5c is now available in more than 60 countries, online, via Apple resellers, or through brick and mortar Apple Stores.


iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s is the same size and design as the current iPhone 5 but features improved specifications and is available in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray.


The iPhone 5s uses a 64-bit A7 processor which is as twice as fast as the previous generation. The new device also incorporates a "Touch ID" capacitive fingerprint sensor built into the home button that's capable of scanning sub-epidermal skin layers. Touch ID can be used to unlock an iPhone and authorize iTunes purchases.


The rear camera in the iPhone 5s has a new 5-element lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a sensor that is 15% larger than the current iPhone 5, as well as a dual-LED "True Tone" flash that will adapt to the existing lighting to provide better colors and more accurate skin tones. Other new camera features include Burst Mode, capable of capturing 10 pictures per second and automatically selecting the best shot, and Slo-Mo 720p video capture at 120 frames per second.


Apple launched the iPhone 5s in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK on September 20, 2013. In the U.S., the iPhone 5s costs $199, $299, and $399 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models respectively with a 2-year contract. Non-contract, unlocked SIM free devices are available for $649/$749/$849. Pricing for other individual countries is available on Apple's online store.