In this week’s top stories: The latest rumors on the iPhone 12, new emoji coming with iOS 14.2, a major expansion of HomeKit and AirPlay 2, and debunking an iOS 14 conspiracy theory. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.
Apple this week released the second developer and public betas of iOS 14.2. In addition to the previously known changes in iOS 14.2, the second beta also includes new emoji for users to choose from. In total, there are 117 new emoji coming to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users this year, with different skin tone options, new gender-inclusive options, and many others.
Check out all of the new emoji coming in iOS 14.2 in our full coverage right here.
In other news, iOS 14.2 also includes yet another indication that the iPhone 12 will ship without EarPods in the box. iOS has a radio frequency exposure disclaimer within the Settings app that includes safety warnings for users. In iOS 14.2, that warning has been updated to reference only “headphones” instead of “supplied headphones.” This is another small but notable piece of evidence that Apple could ditch the EarPods and wall charger with the iPhone 12 this year.
Roku announced that it will add support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2 platforms later this year. Roku says that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality will come to “select 4K Roku” later this year. Roku’s announcement is particularly notable because of the company’s popular lineup of set-top boxes that don’t require smart TV capabilities. More details are available in our detailed coverage.
Last but not least, a conspiracy theory being spread on Facebook and other social media platforms this week claims that iOS 14 widgets are actually serving as key loggers and stealing your iPhone data. This is unequivocally not true, and there are technical limitations and protections in place. Learn more in our full debunk right here
iOS 14 |
- Apple releases iOS 14.0.1 with bug fixes for widgets, default app settings, more
- iOS 14: How to stop your AirPods automatically switching from iPhone to iPad
- PSA: No, iOS 14 widgets can’t secretly steal private info with your keyboard
- Apple releases iOS 14.2 beta 2, macOS Big Sur beta 9, and more to developers
- iOS 14.2 beta 2 adds new emoji including bubble tea, a transgender flag, ninjas, and more
- Apple releases second public beta of iOS 14.2 with new emoji and more
- Feature Request: Offer more iOS themes than just Light and Dark
- How to set up Apple Cash Family in iOS 14
- Everything we know about the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 production at full-tilt: 24H operation, mandatory overtime, no holidays
- iOS 14.2 beta removes mention of included earbuds in iPhone box ahead of iPhone 12
Apple Watch |
- Apple Watch Series 3 users complain of random reboots, other bugs after updating to watchOS 7
- Apple Watch Series 3 vs Apple Watch SE: Which should you buy?
- Masimo escalates Apple Watch lawsuit after Series 6 debuts with blood oxygen sensor
- PSA: watchOS 7.1 beta doesn’t include new watch faces and Blood Oxygen app yet [U: Fixed]
iPad and Mac |
- Apple releases latest macOS Big Sur public beta
- Supply chain report affirms 12.9-inch iPad Pro with miniLED screen
- Craig Federighi explains how the Apple Pencil Scribble feature in iPadOS 14 was developed
Top Apple stories, retail |
- COVID-19: Which Apple Stores have reopened?
- The Apple Store online is now available in India
- Today at Apple and Girls Who Code hosting virtual Sisterhood Story Sessions in October
- QR codes bring helpful context to the Apple Store experience
- These iOS 14 apps offer home screen widgets, App Clips, and much more
- Hands-on: Widgetsmith brings ultra-customizable widgets to your iOS 14 home screen
- How to give your iOS 14 home screen a custom aesthetic with unique app icons
- Smart Tasks app lets you easily organize your entire week, now with iOS 14 home screen widgets
- Sticky Widgets lets you put a virtual Post-It on your iPhone home screen
Apple TV |
- Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now
- [Update: PlayStation too] Report: Apple working with Microsoft to bring Apple TV app to Xbox consoles
- Apple TV+ acquires movie rights to ‘Cherry’ with Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo for $40 million
- iPad Air 4 benchmark results emerge on the web as Apple reportedly prepares A14 Apple TV
Top Apple stories, company |
- Judge expects Epic vs. Apple trial in July 2021, says Epic was ‘not honest’ with its tactics
- Apple updates Leadership webpage to add Greg Joswiak, change Phil Schiller’s title to Apple Fellow
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This week’s top videos |
- Hands-on with iOS 14.2 beta 2 changes and features [Video]
- Hands-on with the top 10 watchOS 7 features for Apple Watch [Video]
- Review: Corsair TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 Dock [Video]
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