The biggest news story of this week by far was the release of the iOS 14 beta to the public. Announced at WWDC, iOS 14 has been in the hands of developers for a couple of weeks. Now, all iOS users (with the right precautions) can access the iOS 14 beta to try if for themselves. Apple also kicked off its Back To School promotion, which this year features AirPods, not Beats, for the first time. And, there was some exciting news about Apple's future AR products...
iOS 14 beta
The iOS 14 public beta is now available. Beta software isn't to be trifled with, as it can often contain bugs you wouldn't expect to find on a final version of the software. We recommend you use the public betas with caution and wait for the final release if you depend on your devices. With that being said, this is the first chance for regular iOS users to try out some of the new features of iOS 14, including those shiny new Home Screen Widgets.
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Tim Cook's testimony
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iPhone 12, all OLED, no charger.
Reiterating previous reports, Nikkei Asian Review says that the iPhone 12 will feature OLED displays across the board, and the reports that Apple will drop the charger from the box are indeed correct. Another analyst says that, despite these omissions, the iPhone 12 is still going to go up in price.
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Apple tax ruling
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Back to School
Apple launched its Back to School promo in Europe and Asia, offering students the chance to score a free pair of AirPods for the first time with the purchase of a new Mac or iPad.
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HomePod mini fans in Mexico and Taiwan can now place their orders
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