Apple generates a lot of news, and it can be hard to keep up. If your mind was on other things this week, our roundup of Apple-related headlines will bring you up to date.
Spring event is back on!
This week's biggest leak came from Siri! Apple's voice activated virtual assistant started spilling the beans late Monday. When people asked Hey Siri when is the next Apple Event some got this response:
Siri obviously has good inside sources at Apple because it was correct. On Tuesday 13 April Apple announced that the next Apple event will take place on 20 April 2021, at 10am California time/6pm UK time. For all the details read How to watch the Apple Spring Loaded event and to get the lowdown on what to expect read What Apple will launch at the spring event.
We're also hopeful that we will finally see the long rumoured AirTags, a new Apple Pencil, and new iPhone cases that are apparently coming in amethyst, pistachio, and capri. Plus a Weibo leaker is claiming that Apple is ready to launch new AirPods after all.
The only thing stopping us from getting terribly excited about the event is the fact that iPads just aren't all that exciting. David Price ponders why it is that after more than a decade the tablet has never attained the widespread appeal of the smartphone in The iPad is so good it's boring.
News in brief
This week's news wasn't all about the announcement that there will be an Apple Event on 20 April. We also heard from Parallels who announced that version 16.5 of Parallels Desktop for Mac will run the ARM version of Windows on the M1 Macs. Somewhat related to this is news that Linux will soon get official support for M1 Macs.
Another interesting snippet: Apple ruled out iMessage for Android because it would 'hurt us'.
And if you have ever wondered why the iPad has no calculator you'll be surprised at the answer.
Bugs & problems
It won't be long until iOS 14.5 and macOS 11.3 are with us. Apple released the 8th beta of both operating systems during the week, indicating that the final version will be launching soon.
If you are curious to know what new features will be coming in the new versions of Apple's operating systems read our guide to what's in iOS 14.5 and what's in macOS 11.3. Both updates will bring lots of new features as well as bug fixes and security enhancements.
The rumour mill
One of our favourite rumours this week was about two new products that Apple is said to be working on: a hybrid HomePod/Apple TV and HomePod/iPad product. Coming from the well connected Mark Gurman from Bloomberg there is likely to be some credibility to these rumours.
There was the usual flood of rumours about the 2021 iPhone (which we'll refer to as the iPhone 13 even though it will probably be the iPhone 12s).
Indian website Mysmartprice, published renders of the iPhone 13 showing how the cameras in the front and rear of the new iPhone could be positioned, read: Big camera changes coming for iPhone 13. Another Indian website, 91Mobiles, also published a group of renders of the new iPhone series coming later this year. Those renders show how how Apple has reduced the notch size by moving the speaker used for phone calls above the notch.
It's not just the 2021 iPhone getting attention though. There were claims that the 2022 iPhone range will not include a mini model - read: Apple is 'killing off the iPhone mini'. Plus outspoken analyst Ming Chi-Kuo shared some predictions about the 2022 model: he says it will have 8K video and a 48MP camera.
Kuo also had some information to share relating to the 2023 iPhone, which he says will have no notch because the Face ID gubbins will be buried below the screen.
If you are wondering exactly who these people are who spread these rumours about Apple - and whether you should believe them - read: The people behind the Apple leaks.
And that's it for this week. Stay Appley!