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Apple Pencil 3 rumors, Parallels for  M1 Macs, more

By Chance Miller

April 15, 2021

Apple Pencil 3

According to a leak on Weibo, Apple is preparing to launch a new third generation of Apple Pencil, seemingly as part of its April “Spring Loaded” event. The Weibo account, UnclePan, has been pretty accurate in the past.


The third-generation Apple Pencil was supposedly revealed in a photo shared to Twitter last month. However, the accessory was hard to tell apart from the previous gen aside from the fact the casing appeared to use a glossy rather than matte finish.

Earth Day Promotion

Apple has announced its latest Apple Pay promotion, this time in celebration of Earth Day. Apple says that from now through Earth Day, which is April 22, it will donate $1 to Conservation International for every Apple Pay transaction made on Apple’s website, through the Apple Store app, or in Apple Stores.


Now through April 22, Apple will donate $1 for every purchase made with Apple Pay on apple.com, through the Apple Store app, or at an Apple Store. Donations are limited to a maximum of $1 million. The donation goes to Conservation International.

Parallels 16.5

M1 Mac users now have a new way to virtualize Windows on their machines. Parallels has officially released Parallels Desktop 16.5 today with native support for Apple Silicon, enabling users to run the Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview on M1 Macs.


Parallels says that over 100,000 M1 Mac users tested the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16.5 using Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM Insider Previews. These beta testers also tested “tens of thousands of different Intel-based applications” in virtualization.

Apple Event April 20

Apple has announced the first Apple event of the year for April 20, and it will be completely virtual. At this event, Apple is likely to announce new iPad Pro models, AirTags, and more. The event will be streamed live from Apple Park starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.