In this week’s top stories: New iPhone 11 details, cheaper HomePod rumors, Apple Card launches to everyone in the U.S., and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
Bloomberg this week published a wide-ranging report detailing Apple’s current product pipeline. The report said that the new iPhone 11 camera technology will allow for much better low light photos, while the iPhone 11 will also include a new “multi angle” Face ID sensor.
One interesting tidbit in the Bloomberg report is that Apple might release a new, cheaper HomePod “as earlier as next year.” This speaker would purportedly feature two tweeters as opposed to seven tweeters like the $300 HomePod. Read our full roundup of the Bloomberg report here.
A separate report this week also claimed that the iPhone 11 will include a USB-C charger in the box. This would mean the iPhone would come with a USB-C charging block, as well as a Lightning to USB-C cable, instead of the the traditional USB-A charging block and cable. This would theoretically mean that the iPhone will finally ship with a fast charger in the box.
Apple Card officially launched to everyone in the United States on Tuesday. After a slow rollout to testers, users can now go into the Wallet app to apply for the card. Apple has also announced that Apple Card now offers 3 percent cashback through Uber and Uber Eats – and that it will add more popular merchants as time progresses.
Last but not least, 9to5Mac exclusively reported on Monday that Apple is planning a $4.99 price for Apple Arcade. The subscription gaming service was originally announced back in March and will go live to users later this fall. In addition the $4.99 price point, Apple Arcade will work with Family Sharing and offer a free trial.
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