Updated rumors on the 'Apple Watch Series 6' and 'iPhone 12' releases, iOS 13.7 update is available with built-in exposure notifications, Apple shuts down Epic Games' developer account, and we discuss if Apple's policies on the App Store are making it more like Microsoft — or Facebook.
Rumors continue to leak of a purported Apple announcement next week that could include the new "Apple Watch Series 6" among other devices rumored like the "AirPods Studio", smaller HomePod, refreshed iPads and others.
While we wait for any or all of those, though, iOS 13.7 came out with the coronavirus contact tracing and exposure notifications built-in. Users no longer have to download an app, but the health authorities need to provide Apple with local advice, and initially only a few States participating.
Speaking of COVID-19, the ongoing situation means Apple Stores around the country are fluctuating from open, closed, and storefront service only. We discuss the constantly updated article on AppleInsider which lists all the major stores in the US and their open status.
The status of the ongoing Epic Games versus Apple dispute is that it's, well, ongoing. Both sides are intractable but now Apple has revoked the Epic Games developer account.
In light of this App Store issue, the developer of popular iOS app iA Writer has written a blog post claiming Apple is playing favorites with Facebook. At the same time, Inc.com has suggested that its move to services instead of hardware means Apple is actually becoming more like Facebook.
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Links from the show
- What to expect from the 2020 'Apple Watch Series 6' launch
- Apple rumored to announce 'iPhone 12' in October, Apple Watch and iPad in September
- Apple releases iOS 13.7, iPadOS 13.7 with Exposure Notification update
- Here's where Apple Stores have reopened and closed again around the world
- Apple highlights role of iPad in remote education efforts
- 'AirPods Studio' design and feature details revealed by ongoing Apple research
- Apple 'App economy' generated 300,000 new US jobs amid coronavirus pandemic
- Apple shuts down Epic Games developer account
- Why is Facebook not Paying the Apple Tax? - iA
- No, Apple Isn't the New Microsoft, It's the New Facebook - INC. by Jason Aten
- Mark Zuckerberg claims Apple's App Store charges 'monopoly rents,' stifles innovation
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