Apple generates a lot of news, and it can be hard to keep up. If your mind was on other things this week, our Saturday morning roundup of Apple-related headlines will bring you up to date.

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Apple attacked over 'government spyware'

Last week Apple announced that it will soon begin scanning photos uploaded to iCloud for child sexual abuse material. Cybersecurity and privacy experts met the announcement with scepticism, with many warning of potential abuse of this system: specifically, they say it could encourage oppressive governments to ask Apple to police other types of illegal content.

Apple says it will refuse such requests. Still, this change, which will arrive in iOS 15, marks a shift in the company's privacy policy, and triggered numerous (mostly negative) follow-up stories this week.

At the start of the week the CEO of Epic Games - who has some history with Apple - attacked the company for installing what he described as "government spyware", and this set the tone for the coverage that was to follow. Fortunately the Macalope is here to talk you through the facts, fiction, and fantasy of the situation - be concerned, not histrionic, advises our horned columnist - and Michael Simon offers detailed FAQs.

Video of the week

In response to the stories above, Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet Beauchamp to discuss Apple's privacy rules and why security experts are concerned about potential misuse of the firm's new surveillance tool.

News in brief

Apple's lawyers celebrated a victory this week that saved the company a cool $308.5m. That was the size of the damages levied in March this year for patent infringement, but District Judge Rodney Gilstrap disagreed, ruling that plaintiff Personalized Media Communications deliberately delayed its patent applications in order to milk technology companies for more money.

Fans of Apple's legal department shouldn't celebrate too much, however, because the firm was forced to accept a settlement this week after its claims of copyright infringement against Corellium were struck down on grounds of "fair use". The firms thus avoid a trial, which would have begun next week.

Following recent criticisms of its demand that employees return to the office, Apple has again come under the spotlight over its HR practices. The firm's "people department" has repeatedly blocked internal pay surveys intended to determine if claims of equal pay for equal work hold up, an approach that critics say may violate US worker protections.

David Price argues that iPhone numbering needs to stop, in Different Think, our regular Tuesday column.

A survey has found that 44% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to the iPhone 13, which is a small increase on the equivalent figure for the iPhone 12 last year. We have a slight quibble with the methodology, which is explained in the linked article.

Eddy Cue's got a new job title, and it offers a hint about Apple's new priorities as a company.

Apple's TV+ streaming service has reportedly made its first series cancellation. Songwriting drama Little Voice has not been renewed for a second season.

There's a crack in the iPhone foundation and it could get a lot worse, warns Jason Snell.

Software, bugs & problems

Frustrated that you've not been able to run Windows 11 on your Mac? Cheer up: the newly announced version 17.0 of Parallels Desktop is up to the challenge.

This was a very rough week for the makers of 1Password, the (previously) popular password-management Mac app. Version 7 of the software, which has gone into Early Access testing, sees a switch to Electron, and users are not happy about this decision.

A bug in iOS 14 has been spotted: it prevents the Full Page Screenshot function from working if Safari is launched from a folder.

iOS 15 will fix lens flare automatically, it's emerged.

The rumour mill

A colourful, completely redesigned MacBook Air is on the way, says the respected pundit Ming-Chi Kuo. This machine will be launched in mid-2022, he reckons.

The iPhone 13 will cost the same as the iPhone 12, and feature a new Portrait Mode for video.

More developments in the slow-burn drama that is Apple's Project Titan, also known as the Apple Car. The company has spoken to several Korean components manufacturers, says a source, who adds that "without partnerships with Korean vendors, Apple won't be able to complete its electric vehicle business plan".

New MacBook Pro models in both 14in and 16in screen sizes have now entered mass production, according to sources in the supply chain. Apple is reportedly aiming to reach production of 800,000 units a month by the end of November.

Samsung is preparing OLED screens for a new iPad Air, but don't get too excited: it won't launch until next year.

Video of the week (part II)

The semiconductor shortage has wreaked havoc on manufacturers, and Apple will soon feel the pinch. In the company's Q3 earnings call, chief executive Tim Cook said supply constraints around "legacy nodes" - including chips for the display, ports and audio, not the A- and M-series processors that Apple designs for its devices - will affect iPhone sales.

In the video embedded below, Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis discuss how the chip shortage will affect Apple, why Apple is considering using its own chips in monitors and other revelations from the earnings call.

Apple deals of the week

I've embedded a list of the best current Apple deals below, but other than that, we're done for this week. See you next Saturday, and stay Appley!

1. Apple iPhone 13 with free AirPods

From: Virgin

Now: From £34 per month

Grab the brand new iPhone 13 and bag a free pair of Apple AirPods while you're at it! We're separately looking at where to buy the iPhone 13 and the best pre-order offers.

2. Apple iPhone 13

From: KRCS

Was: £779

Now: £771.21  (£7.79 off)

The brand new iPhone 13 already has near £8 off. Here are all the places to buy the iPhone 13 right now.

3. Apple 10.2in iPad (9th gen, 2021) - 64GB

From: KRCS

Was: £319

Now: £312.62  (£6.38 off)

It's not a big discount, but considering the 9th gen iPad only released this month, it's a welcome discount from KRCS.

4. Apple iPad mini (2021, 6th gen) - 64GB

From: KRCS

Was: £479

Now: £469.42  (£9.58 off)

KRCS already has nearly £10 off the iPad mini 6. You'll find a similar price from Laptops Direct as well

5. Apple iPad Pro 10.5in (256GB, Wi-Fi only)

From: Apple Refurbished Store

Was: £679

Now: £489  (£190 off)

The 10.5in iPad Pro with 256GB storage has £190 off from the Apple Refurbished Store, which means its exactly like buying new. If you prefer greater storage, there's also £230 off the Wi-Fi + Cellular model with 512GB.

6. Apple iPhone 13, 13 Pro/Pro Max & 13 mini

From: Macworld UK

Now: Where to Buy & Best Deals

The latest iPhone is now available to buy as of 24 September. Here are all the places you can buy one today and at the best price.

7. Apple iPad 10.2 (9th gen): Out Now!

From: Macworld UK

Now: Where to Buy & Best Prices

The 10.2in Apple iPad just got upgraded with a new A13 Bionic chip and double the storage. Here's where you can buy one.

8. Apple iPad mini (6th generation):Out Now!

From: Macworld UK

Now: Where to Buy & Best Prices

The iPad mini just had a mighty upgrade with a larger display, 5G connectivity, and a robust A15 Bionic chip. And you can buy one today.

9. Apple Watch Series 7: Where to Pre-Order

From: Macworld UK

Now: Tracking the best pre-order deals

The Apple Watch Series 7 offers a larger, brighter display, slimmer bezels and more, and it's out soon.

10. Apple iPad (2021, 9th gen)

From: KRCS

Was: £319

Now: £312.62  (£6.38 off)

KRCS already has money off the brand new iPad! You can save nearly £12 on the top spec version with cellular.

11. Apple iPad 10.2in (2020, 32GB)

From: AO

Was: £329

Now: £299  (£30 off)

Last year's iPad (8th gen) now has an incredible £30 off from AO and Very.

12. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (256GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £1,199

Now: £999  (£200 off)

This is the biggest discount we've ever seen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. You can thank the launch of the iPhone 13 range for that.

13. Apple iPhone 11 Pro (64GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £999

Now: £899  (£100 off)

Now that the iPhone 13 has launched, you can save £100 on the 64GB iPhone 11 Pro.

14. Apple 13in MacBook Pro, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2020)

From: Apple Refurbished Store

Was: £1,299

Now: £1,099  (£200 off)

Save £200 on a refurbished M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB storage. As an Apple Certified Refurbished MacBook you can be certain that it will indistinguishable from new! See our full guide on where to buy a refurbished MacBook or Mac.

15. Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm, Cellular)

From: Amazon

Was: £509

Now: £409  (£100 off)

Save £100 on the 44mm Watch 6 with cellular connectivity!

16. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £699

Now: £579  (£130 off)

Amazon and Laptops Direct both have £130 off 64GB iPhone 12 mini.

17. Apple AirPods Max

From: Laptops Direct

Was: £549

Now: £449  (£100 off)

This £100 saving on the AirPods Max is the biggest we've seen to date.

18. Apple Apple TV 4K 2021

From: Currys/PC World

Was: £169

Now: £159  (£10 off)

Right now Currys/PCWorld, AO.com and John Lewis have £10 off the 32GB 4K Apple TV (2021). You can also get £10 off the 64GB model at Currys/PCWorld, KRCS and John Lewis.

19. Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 11in)

From: Amazon

Was: £749

Now: £718.98  (£30 off)

A handy saving on Apple's exceptionally powerful M1-equipped iPad Pro for 2021. If this drops out of stock at Amazon, or you want the Space Grey finish, you can get £15 off from KRCS.

20. Apple iPhone 11 (64GB) - Refurbished

From: 4Gadgets

Was: £599

Now: £399.99  (£199 off)

Save nearly £200 on the iPhone 11 from 4Gadgets. This handset is marked in "Excellent" condition.