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This week: the stage is set… NEW iPhones. NEW Macs… Apple Watches galore. New leaks paint a picture of a MASSIVE hoard of Apple hardware heading our way, and we even have a date. Plus: a new report shares more details than ever on iPhone 11.

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This week's stories

iOS 13 beta asset suggests iPhone 11 Apple event on September 10th

  • Apple has released the latest beta of iOS 13 to developers, and in it is a piece of evidence that may have accidentally outed the date of the upcoming hardware event./li>
  • Buried deep in the code, is an asset called “holdforrelease”. The image is an iOS screenshot, and show shows the date of Tuesday, the 10. Aka, september 10.

Database exposes loads of incoming Apple products

  • Multiple new MacBook, Apple Watch, iPod touch and iPhone models are coming this fall, according to a database that’s so far been very accurate about upcoming products. It belongs to the Eurasian Economic Commission, which become a gold mine for information on Apple computers that are right around the corner.
  • The database lists 11 products that are described as “portable personal computers,” that run macOS Catalina.
  • Four of these models are new, and the rest are updated versions of computers already registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission.
  • The Eurasian Economic Commission lists twelve model numbers of wearables running watchOS 6. These are clearly the Apple Watch Series 5 devices that could launch next month.
  • The EEC database also indicates we’ll receiving two new “media players” which run iOS 13, most likely meaning new iPod Touches.
  • Two dozen smartphone models!
  • In the past, devices have generally debuted a few months after appearing on this agency’s website, so all these newly-listed Apple computer models should be out well before the end of the year

2019 iPhone to bring tougher glass, even better Face ID

  • We weren’t expecting much from the 2019 iPhone lineup. The rumors led us to believe they would be very similar to existing models, but with faster chips and improved cameras.
  • But Reliable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman today reveals that we can also look forward to a more robust design for high-end models that uses unspecified “shatter-resistance technology.”

<New ‘iPhone 11 Pro’ cases make way for … Apple Pencil? ul>

  • Accessory makers are already preparing cases for Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup, including an “iPhone 11 Pro” that will support a brand new Apple Pencil.
  • We’ve heard whispers of Apple Pencil support for the iPhone 11. One analyst promised the upgrade back in July. But this is the first time we’ve seen what might be considered real evidence.
  • A new case from case maker Olixar features a spot in the back to hold an Apple Pencil, but not the version we currently have...
  • “This goes someway to confirming recent rumours that suggest the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be compatible with a new version of the Apple Pencil,” says MobileFun, which obtained these images.
  • Sure, it’s only a case from a third-party accessory maker. But Olixar’s predictions have been right on the money in the past.


Apple Arcade’s cheap price will attract even non-gamers

  • Buried in an API used by the iOS app store is a promotional message that says an Arcade subscription will cost $4.99 a month. A one-month free trial service will also be offered.
  • That’s much lower that predictions. HSBC analysts estimated it will be $12.99. Google’s Stadia Pro service will cost $9.99 a month when it debuts in November.
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