We’re still waiting for the Mac Pro that’s been promised in 2019 and updated iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models that may or may not come before the end of the year, so there’s still lots to look forward to. Read on for all of the details on this week’s debuts and what’s still in Apple’s pipeline.
Apple Releases AirPods Pro
Apple this week treated us with all-new AirPods Pro with several improvements over regular AirPods, including active noise cancellation, IPX4-rated water and sweat resistance, and improved sound quality. Be sure to read our AirPods vs. AirPods Pro feature comparison and check out our hands-on video!
AirPods Pro sport an in-ear design with three sizes of silicone ear tips, complete with a vent system for improved comfort. A new Ear Tip Fit Test feature located in Settings Bluetooth on an iPhone or iPad can help determine which size ear tips are best for you.
AirPods Pro are priced at $249 with a wireless charging case and have been available to order since October 30. Apple Store pickup is also available. For more details, read our in-depth AirPods Pro roundup.
Hands-On With the New Apple TV+ Streaming Service
Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming service has finally launched, and we went hands-on to get an idea of what it’s like. Apple TV+ is available across a host of platforms, and while the catalog is still awfully light, Apple is offering a number of ways to try out the service at little or no cost.
Everybody gets a free one-week trial, while customers who have purchased a new Apple devices since September 10 get an entire year’s worth of free Apple TV+. Students with Apple Music subscriptions also get free access, while those who need to pay can opt for a $4.99 monthly subscription or a $49.99 annual plan.
iOS 13.2 is Out With New Emoji, Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, Siri Privacy Options, and More
Apple this week released iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 for the iPhone and iPad, respectively, with several new features like new emoji, Deep Fusion image processing for the iPhone 11 lineup, new Siri privacy options, AirPods Pro support, and more.
iOS 13.2 led to a few leaks this week, including a potential “AirTags” name for Apple’s rumored Tile-like item trackers as well as Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11 lineup.
Other software updates released this week include macOS Catalina 10.15.1, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and a revised 13.2.1 update for the HomePod that hopefully shouldn’t brick the speaker anymore.
Apple’s Rumored Tile-Like Item Trackers May Be Named ‘AirTags’
This week, based on an iOS 13.2 code discovery, we learned that Apple may be planning to call its rumored Tile-like item trackers “AirTags.”
A mockup of what AirTags could look like
MacRumors then came across some potential signs of Apple acquiring the rights to the “AirTag” trademark from a…