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.
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
It's a measure of his influence - his ability to put a dent in the universe, as it were - that ten years after his death Steve Jobs continues to inspire fascination and love.
Apple, of course, would not exist without him, and I wouldn't be writing this column each week. But the tech industry in general would be very different without Jobs' inspired ideas, his creativity, his marketing stardust, his fusing of technology with the arts. And of course his totally unreasonable behaviour: the famous "reality distortion field" that bullied the world into being the way he wanted.
The tenth anniversary of Jobs' death falling this week, we posted a number of stories in celebration of his life.
Peter Müller analyses the successes and failures of Apple without Jobs and looks for surviving evidence of the founder's DNA of risk and innovation.
A decade later, says Jason Snell, Jobs is still paving Apple's path to success.
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose." Lucy Hattersley explains Everything you need to know about Steve Jobs in an in-depth profile.
Roman Loyola reminisces about Jobs' 5 most memorable Apple products. And chucks in one one more thing at the end, because it would be disrespectful not to.
Test your knowledge in our quiz about The Life and Times of Steve Jobs.
And in Different Think, our weekly column for counterintuitive opinions, David Price offers a word of acclaim for Tim Cook, whose contributions to Apple have been just as valuable as those of his illustrious predecessor.
Video of the week
But that's quite enough of our words; why don't we hear from the man himself? Many of Jobs' greatest insights and most memorable moments were featured in a short video posted this week on Apple's site. Take a look.
News in brief
Apple started taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 7 yesterday. Need help deciding whether or not to buy one? There are pros and cons. We've got five reasons to buy the Apple Watch 7 and five reasons not to buy the Apple Watch 7 for you to check out before buying.
Last weekend Microsoft announced the launch of Office 2021 for Mac. The much-anticipated standalone (ie non-subscription) version of the software hit the streets on 5 October: you can read our advice on which version is best for you in our Office for Mac buying guide.
Coinciding with the anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, Michael Dell of Dell (promoting his new book) shared a story about how Jobs nearly licensed Mac OS to Dell.
Apple has taken a stand on the environment, notes the Macalope. Shame it's the wrong one.
Do we use technology too much? In an interview this week Tim Cook warned against "endless, mindless scrolling". That's our plans for Saturday night ruined, so thanks a lot Tim.
The iPhone 13 is even faster than Apple claimed. Its A15 Bionic chip offers 62% faster performance than its rival the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, according to the latest tests.
Apple has agreed to pay out $95m to settle a class-action lawsuit, after AppleCare+ customers complained they were being given refurbished devices rather than new ones as replacements. US readers may be able to get a share of the money; visit replacementdevicelawsuit.com to find out. The rest of us will miss out.
Talking of legal troubles, we heard this week that the EU's antitrust regulators intend to charge Apple with anticompetitive behaviour, arguing that the iPhone's NFC chip should be opened up to alternative payment systems such as Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
Apple has an iPad problem, says Dan Moren, and it starts with the iPad Air.
Love iPhones, but hate big things? Waving his extremely tiny hands and glancing longingly at the iPhone SE, 12 mini and 13 mini, Martyn Casserly is here with detailed advice to help you choose the best small iPhone.
Software, bugs & problems
Apple continues its work on iOS 15.1, which will soon bring new features and fixes to iPhones. The latest beta update indicates that the company has started work on a fix for an issue with the Macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Read about what's coming in iOS 15.1.
An unpromising start to this week for Apple's online infrastructure: we reported on a Find My outage the previous weekend which coincided with serious Apple Card problems, including payment errors and concerns about fraud detection. Apple fixed both quite promptly, but it's an embarrassing misstep.
Did you know that there's a quicker way to juice up your iPhone? We offer advice here: What is the fastest way to charge an iPhone?
A software update appears to have brought the AirPods into the Find My network. Previously you could only track them through that app if they were within Bluetooth range; now (we think) you'll be able to get assistance from strangers' devices.
We're continuing to work our way through Apple's autumn releases, with in-depth reviews of both iPads and all four iPhones. Here's where we're at so far:
- iPhone 13 mini review
- iPhone 13 review
- iPhone 13 Pro review
- iPhone 13 Pro Max review
- iPad mini (2021) review
- iPad 10.2in (2021) review
The one that continues to elude us is the Apple Watch Series 7. But with that device finally on sale, we hope to get our hands on samples soon, and to post our thoughts soon after that.
The rumour mill
New MacBook Pros are coming this month, according to well-informed Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.
In what would be a stunning move just 12 months after unveiling its first ever one-terabyte iPhone, Apple is expected to launch a 2TB version of the iPhone 14 in 2022. We're not completely convinced just yet, since the source has a thin track record, but it's a startling claim.
And while we're on the iPhone 14 beat, we know that many of you are looking forward to finally seeing the end of the notch next year - but there's bad news on that score. A leaker this week claimed the iPhone 14 will actually have both a notch and pinhole camera on the front, which really does add insult to injury.
Apple deals of the week
If you're based in the UK or Europe, you have only a couple more days to get free AirPods from Apple as part of its latest Higher Education deal. This year's Back to School sale ends on Monday 11 October. Find out everything you need to know here: Get free AirPods in Apple's Back to School Sale 2021.
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, enjoy your weekend, and stay Appley!
1. Apple 12.9in iPad Pro (2021, M1, 2TB) - Wi-Fi + Cellular
Now: £1903.70 (£245.30 off)
Amazon has nearly £250 off the M1 iPad Pro 12.9in with 5G. With 2TB of storage, it's ideal for anyone dealing with lots of 4K video editing. Currently, the discount is the biggest we can see at the moment.
2. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (256GB)
Now: £961.15 (£237.85 off)
3. Pre-order MacBook Pro 14in (2021) with M1 Pro
Now: Up to £119 off
The brand new 14in MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips has up to £119 off at KRCS!
4. Pre-order MacBook Pro 16in (2021) with M1 Pro
Now: Up to £165 off
The brand new 16in MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips already have a fabulous discount over at KRCS!
5. Apple AirPods Pro (Amazon Renewed)
Now: £169.99 (£49 off)
You can save £49 on a refurbished pair of AirPods Pro on Amazon right now. As an Amazon Renewed device, it'll be just as good as new!
6. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB) - Renewed
Now: £479 (£100 off)
You can save £100 on a refurbished iPhone 12 mini from Amazon. It's backed by the 1-year Amazon Renewed Guarantee and should look and work just like new.
7. Apple 11in iPad Pro (M1, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 256GB) - Refurbished
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £759.97 (£239 off)
Laptops Direct has an incredible £239 discount on the brand new iPad Pro with M1 (Wi-Fi + Cellular).
8. Apple Watch Series 7: Where to Buy
From: Macworld UK
Now: On sale now!
The Apple Watch Series 7 offers a larger, brighter display, slimmer bezels and more. Sales began on 15 October.
9. Apple TV+ (3 months) with Currys Perks
Was: £4.99 per month
Now: Free with membership (Free to sign up to Perks)
Currys' new membership loyalty program, Currys Perks, includes three months of Apple TV+ for free. Sign up to Perks for free.
10. Apple iPhone 12 Pro (256GB) - Refurbished
Now: £699.94 (£499 off)
Now that the iPhone 13 range is out, you can find excellent discounts on the iPhone 12 Pro – but this near-£500 discount on a refurbished 12 Pro is hard to beat.
11. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB) - Refurbished
Now: £479.99 (£99 off with SPOOKY10)
Apple has dropped the price on the iPhone 12 mini (64GB) to £579 – that's £120 cheaper than launch price, but you can get it even cheaper from MusicMagpie when you buy refurbished.
12. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)
Now: £1,117 (£132 off)
An excellent deal, this. Save money on the MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU from Amazon. The discount applies to the Space Grey version, but the gold and silver models are only slightly more expensive.
13. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular) - Refurbished
Now: £479 (£230 off)
Amazon's price on a refurbished iPad Air (4th gen) with 4G connectivity is now £479 – that's £230 off!
14. Apple Education Discount
Now: Up to £280 off Mac, £80 off iPad
Apple's education pricing is available all year round. To be eligible, you just need to prove your status as a current or newly accepted university student, parent buying on behalf of a university student or member of teaching staff at any level. You'll then get up to £280 off a new Mac or up to £80 off a new iPad.
15. Apple iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi only)
From: John Lewis
Now: £689 (£40 off)
It's the same price over at Amazon for this 256GB Wi-Fi only model, but the benefit of John Lewis's offer is that it also comes with a free 2-year guarantee.
16. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2020)
From: BT Shop
Now: £899 (£100 off)
17. Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm, GPS + Cellular) - Refurbished
From: BT Shop
Now: £399 (£110 off)
This refurbished Apple Watch 6 with cellular connectivity has over £110 off as a part of the BT Shop's Big Tech Sale. BT has listed it as returned stock that's still sealed in the box making it an even more appealing deal. See our full coverage.
18. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 256GB
Now: £648.97 (£50.03 off)
Amazon has a decent discount on the M1 Mac mini. If it sells out, you can also find it for £657.66 from the BT Shop.
19. Apple iPhone 13 with free AirPods
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.
20. Apple iPad mini (2021, 6th gen)
Now: £469.42 (£9.58 off)