This week in Apple news we found a ton of newly leaked information related to the iPhone 12 series. We now have an idea of what the phones will be called as well as a thorough (but still speculative) specs table.
In other Apple news, we heard about the supposed end of the original HomePod smart speaker, some weird rumors about the Apple smart glasses, Apple’s plans to settle its “batterygate” lawsuit, some news about future Apple TV Plus content, and more!
See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.
The top Apple news stories of the past week:
iPhone 12 names and specs leak: We are relatively certain that the iPhone 12 series will launch in the Fall, but we are still unsure of some details. However, some leaked info from Display Supply Chain Consultants sheds some possible light on the names of the four phones in the series as well as the basic specs. Check out all the info below:
iPhone 12 series might skip wired headphones: Every single iPhone sold since the original has come with a set of wired headphones in the box. That might change this year, though, as rumors suggest Apple could ditch including headphones in an effort to push users to grab wireless AirPods instead. Apple could possibly offer promotional deals for iPhone buyers to further encourage them to buy AirPods.
AirPods Studio reportedly entered production: Speaking of Apple-branded headphones, the expected over-ear AirPods Studio headphones reportedly entered the production phase. It’s very possible we will see these launch this summer or alongside the iPhone 12 series at the very latest.
All signs point to the end of the original HomePod: Apple’s late entry into the smart speaker market — the HomePod — might be on the way out. Best Buy is selling them for a song and Apple employees can allegedly buy 10 of them at 50% off. This likely means the smaller, upgraded HomePod is right around the corner.
Dubious rumors related to Apple’s AR glasses emerge: According to some new rumors, the Apple AR glasses could be called Apple Glass, which is laughable. We don’t think this rumor is true at all, but we figured we’d throw it out there. The idea of Apple co-opting Glass from Google — especially with the negative connotations prevalent with that product — is unlikely to be true.
Judge approves $500 million Apple payment for batterygate: Apple agreed to pay $500 million to settle a lawsuit related to batterygate — the intentional processing slowdown of older iPhones in an effort to lengthen battery life. Now, a judge has approved the idea.
FBI unlocks iPhones in a criminal case: The FBI has repeatedly criticized Apple for the company’s refusal to help the government organization unlock encrypted iPhones to help prosecute criminals. However, the FBI recently admitted it unlocked the iPhone of the perpetrator of a mass shooting at a Naval Air Station in Florida last December. It did this without Apple’s help.
Older shows might be coming to Apple TV Plus: In an effort to bolster its collection, Apple might start buying older television shows to bring them to its premium streaming service. Apple has so far avoided bringing any unoriginal content to Apple TV Plus, but it might need to in order to compete with Netflix, Disney Plus, etc.
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A number of iPhone users are seeing a strange green tint on their devices’ displays for a few seconds after unlocking, and it’s still unclear what’s causing the phenomenon. Based on the complaints posted on Reddit and the MacRumors forum, the most affected devices are the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. However, some iPhone X and XS users seem to be experiencing the issue, as well.
Several users are saying that the green tint only shows up when they have Dark Mode and Night Shift on or if they’re in dark room. Affected users are also reporting that the issue popped up after iOS 13.4 came out, though there are those who’ve only noticed it after upgrading to iOS 13.5. At least one user says the green tint disappeared upon installing iOS 13.5.5, which is currently in beta, so it’s looking more likely that it’s a software issue. We’ve reached out to Apple for a statement and will update you when we hear back — if it is a software issue, then the tech giant is bound to roll out an update that’ll fix it in the future.
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The rescheduled date for the next season of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Season 4, has been leaked. The turnover from Season 3 had been delayed so as to not overshadow or contend with the global protests surrounding racial injustice.
Through data-mining the files of Season 3, per ModernWarzone, Twitter user Geekypastimes discovered that the ending date had been altered from June 2, to June 10. This would mean the change-over will occur at what is a regular time for new Call of Duty updates, in the evening of June 9 if you’re in the US, and in the morning of June 10 if you’re UK and Europe.
Activision and Infinity Ward announced on Twitter that the regularly scheduled next season would be delayed indefinitely on June 2. “Right now it’s time for those speaking up for inequality, justice and change to be seen and heard,” the message reads. “We stand alongside you.” It was expected to roll-out sometime June 3, containing several new weapons and maps, and a new operator. The Galil and Vector are believed to be headed to your arsenal, Scrapyard among the new locations, and one Captain Price to be a playable character.
In light of the current discussions about racial inequality, Infinity Ward has begun taking measures against racism in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and Warzone.
Oppo has been rumored to be developing a smart TV at least since Christmas and we now have some concrete proof of those plans. On its official Weibo page, the company published an infographic celebrating 1 year of commercial 5G efforts in China. We thought that it was 1 November last year when that kicked off, but Oppo may have something else in mind and even so that little discrepancy is beside the point.
Down at the very bottom of the rather long image, there’s a stylized depiction of a TV in a grid of pictured existing products.
Oppo infographic chopped into more easily digestible pieces, TV in last image
Sister company Realme recently released a couple of smart TVs in India powered by Android TV and featuring Google Assistant. Priced very competitively, they could be a soak test before Oppo’s own foray into the field.
Oppo unveiled a set of truly wireless earphones, the Enco W51 the other day. Alongside them, the Oppo Band made a debut as well. Both of these devices are featured there in the infographic next to the TV’s placeholder, but the TV itself is yet to make an appearance.
Meanwhile, Nokia of all companies launched a smart TV as well, two days ago too. Apparently, smartphone companies can’t afford to not be making TVs anymore.
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