Official: iPhone 12 Releasing Event, “Hi, Speed” on October 13
In this week’s Apple stock news, Apple launched iPhone 12, together with HomePod mini, and Apple’s new MagSafe line of accessories on the “Hi, Speed” event on Tuesday, October 13.
On this year’s new iPhone released event, Apple debut four versions of iPhone 12, iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max indicating a big move into 5G market. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple likely will ship 50 million 5G iPhones, which would make it the second biggest 5G vendor in 2020. By comparison, Samsung shipped more than 6.7 million Galaxy 5G smartphones last year, after its first 5G phones hit the market in May 2019.
Other than the 5G technique, iPhone 12 use 100 percent environmentally recycled magnets which means Apple will no longer include Lightning headphones or power adapters in the box. iPhone 12 Pro is also equipped with new design, better cameras, LiDAR, including both HDR Pro and Dolby Vision HDR recording functions.
Aside from the new iPhone, Apple’s newest addition to the HomePod lineup — the HomePod mini is also introduced at the event. This diminutive speaker serves as a budget-friendly alternative to Apple’s higher-end HomePod but still provides a high-quality listening experience. The low price point could also encourage users to purchase more than one HomePod mini, and allow buyers to take advantage of the new Intercom feature for true stereo sound.
Apple Releases Tenth Beta of macOS Big Sur to Developers
On October 14, Apple seeded the tenth beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the ninth beta.
The macOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and once the appropriate profile is installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.
macOS Big Sur introduces a refreshed design to the Mac operating system. Important improvements include a new customizable Control Center that mirrors the Control Center on iOS devices, a redesigned notification center with iOS-style widgets, and some refinement on website tabs, Maps app, and message functions.
New Apple News – Lawsuit Alleges Apple Blocking Cloud Gaming Apps to Stifle Apple Arcade Competition
According to AppleInsider, a new piece of Apple news about lawsuit alleges that Apple enjoys monopoly power in the iOS mobile gaming marketplace, and exhibits anticompetitive behavior to keep it that way. The plaintiff in the case, New Jersey man John Pistacchio claims to be paying “supra-competitive prices” for Apple Arcade as a result of the company’s alleged anticompetitive behavior.
The lawsuit suggests that Apple exerts monopoly power over the iOS App Store by requiring developers to follow its app guidelines and by prohibiting third-party app stores. It also claims that developers and app publishers are “powerless to constrain” Apple’s conduct by refusing to publish apps on iOS.
The complaint goes on to claim that Apple exhibits anticompetitive behavior to maintain its monopoly status in iOS subscription-based gaming services.
Disney Brings Soundtracks, Radio Stations and Playlists to Apple Music
According to AppleInsider, on October 9, Disney Music Group has landed on a special Apple Music channel. Hosted on the channel is classic soundtracks, new radio stations, and over 30 playlists, spanning Disney animated and live-action features. The current playlists include a playlist featuring Disney instrumental music, a Disney workout playlist, a Disney Sing-Along collection, among others.
The launch also includes a Disney Hits Radio on the Apple Music Hits radio station and exclusive interviews with Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony award-winning composer Alan Menkin, Grammy Award-winner Christina Aguilera, and many of the musical voices behind your favorite Disney characters.