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Three days until iPhone 13

There’s no point being coy about this: the biggest event of Apple’s year happens this week and all the evidence suggests it’s going to be a doozy.

Yep, the invites have gone out – and the invites have been scanned for clues – and we’re all set for a blockbusting iPhone event on Tuesday.

No promises for guessing that the centrepiece of the festivities will be the iPhone 13 (accompanied by the 13 mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max – by referring to “New Phone #1” and so on in an FCC filing Apple has pretty much confirmed that it will launch four new models). Last-minute leaks and rumours this week revealed speed benchmarks (it’s the fastest in the world), battery-life improvements, new colour options and MagSafe cases for the new phones.

But we’re also optimistic that the Apple Watch Series 7 will appear alongside the iPhone 13: the device’s biggest problem has been solved, and it’s back on track.

And there’s a decent chance that we’ll be getting new AirPods as well: after all, it’s been two and a half years since the standard AirPods were last updated.

The event starts at 10am PDT on Tuesday 14 September, which translates to 6pm UK time. Here’s how to watch the event live, and remember to hit Macworld.co.uk on the night for expert analysis of the announcements as they come in. It’s going to be big, and wow, there’s a lot of links in this section.

iPhone 13 event invitation

iPhone 13 event invitation

Video of the week

As discussed above, Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ event takes place on Tuesday, and the company is expected to announce the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 and maybe new AirPods. Potential new iPhone features include the ability to photograph stars at night, an always-on display and portrait mode videos.

In the video embedded below, Macworld Executive Editor Michael Simon and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis join Juliet Beauchamp to discuss what’s expected at the event.






News in brief

A price hike is coming for new iPhones, iPads and MacBooks released this year and next year, as a result of the global chip shortage.

Following up on our ‘App Store under siege’ analysis in last week’s Apple Breakfast, Anders Lundberg reports that the App Store’s under pressure and Apple is cracking.

A landmark ruling in the Apple vs Epic legal dispute, meanwhile, could change the App Store forever.

In Different Think, our regular Tuesday column for controversial opinions, Martyn Casserly asks Apple to kindly stop messing with his health.

A Chinese company wants to ban the iPhone for patent infringement. Xiao iRobot wants Apple to stop manufacturing, selling and exporting iPhones with Siri, which is the subject of a patent dispute dating back 10 years.

Apple TV+ gets its fair share of criticism, but this week it got an unexpected pat on the back: a report has found that it’s the best streaming service for user privacy.

Software, bugs & problems

Apple has delayed the rollout of its CSAM photo scanning plan, following widespread criticism. Human rights organisations around the world pointed out that the “child protection” approach, while well-intentioned, could infringe on users’ privacy and create a surveillance tool.

iOS 15’s beta tweaks show Apple is finally listening, says the Macalope – just like it always has.

WhatsApp is planning a selective privacy feature, based on a new feature in the app’s latest iOS beta. The feature lets you show your Last Seen status to some contacts and not to others.

The rumour mill

The iPad 8 is sold out, offering a clear hint that the new generation of iPads will be here soon.

Apple has been granted a patent for a curved iMac with the computer, screen, keyboard and trackpad all built into a single piece of glass. Here’s what it could look like:

Curved iMac patent

Curved iMac patent

The Apple Car project appears to be in jeopardy, following the news that Doug Field, the project leader, has left Apple and moved to Ford. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has called this “the largest setback in a history filled with setbacks for Apple’s car project”.

Leaker Jon Prosser (aka Prosstradamus) pointedly chose the week in which Apple sent out invitations to this year’s iPhone unveiling to drop a big reveal about next year’s model. Tim Cook is unlikely to send him a Christmas card. Here’s what the iPhone 14 will look like, Prosser reckons:

iPhone 14 leak by Front Page Tech

iPhone 14 leak by Front Page Tech

Image courtesy of Front Page Tech.

Simon Lohmann, however, fears that these images may prove embarrassing for Prosser in the long run. Perhaps because they turn out to be inaccurate; perhaps because of the seemingly malicious timing with which they have been released.

Roman Loyola lists six ways Apple is planning to radically transform the MacBook Pro.

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, enjoy the iPhone event on Tuesday, and stay Appley!

1. 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.

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

From: Amazon

Was: £509

Now: £409  (£100 off)

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

3. Apple iPhone 12 mini (64GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £699

Now: £579  (£130 off)

4. 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.

5. Apple Apple TV 4K 2021

From: Currys/PC World

Was: £169

Now: £159  (£10 off)

6. 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.

7. 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. 

8. Apple iPhone X (refurbished) with 30GB data

From: Mobiles.co.uk

Was: £26 per month

Now: £21 per month  (£120 cashback)

Grab a refurbished iPhone X from Mobiles.co.uk with a solid 30GB of data on Vodafone for just £21 per month with no upfront costs.

9. Apple MacBook Air, 512GB, M1 (2020)

From: Amazon

Was: £1249

Now: £1099.97  (£149 off)

If you don’t mind waiting, there’s an incredible £149 discount on the M1 MacBook Air available right now on Amazon.

10. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB, Cellular)

From: Amazon

Was: £709

Now: £549.40  (£159.60 off)

It might not top the £230 off deal from Prime Day, but this is still a top deal on the iPad Air with cellular connectivity.

11. Apple iPhone 8 (64GB, refurbished)

From: MusicMagpie

Was: £174.99

Now: £157.80  (10% off)

MusicMagpie has one of the cheapest prices for a refurbished iPhone 8. It’s backed with a 1-year warranty for additional peace of mind.

12. Norton 360 Deluxe

From: Amazon

Was: £79.99

Now: £11.49  (£68.50 off)

Save on Norton 360 Deluxe 2021 from Amazon, as a part of its End of Summer Sale. It typically costs £84.99 per year if you go directly to Norton, though is reduced to £34.99 for the first year.

13. Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm) – Renewed

From: Amazon

Was: £479

Now: £360  (£119 off)

14. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Ultimate Bundle

From: Virgin Media

Now: £75 per month  (with iPad Air 4, AirPods Pro and 40mm Watch 6)

Virgin’s ultimate iPhone 12 Pro bundle doesn’t have any upfront costs. 

15. Apple Back to School Sale

From: Apple Education Discount

Now: Up to £280 off Mac, £80 off iPad  (with free AirPods)

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 along with a free pair of AirPods. Here’s what you need to know.

16. Apple iPhone SE (2020) with unlimited data

From: Mobiles.co.uk

Now: £22.99 per month

17. Apple iPhone 12 (64GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £799

Now: £679  (£120 off)

18. Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 12.9in) – Wi-Fi + Cellular

From: Amazon

Was: £1149

Now: £1099  (£50 off)

Amazon has a decent discount on the M1 iPad Pro 12.9in (128GB) with 5G. If it sells out, get it at a similar price from the BT Shop.

19. Apple Music

From: O2

Was: £9.99 per month

Now: Free up to 6 months on O2  (up to £59.94 off)

New and existing O2 customers can get up to 6 months of Apple Music on eligible plans – whether that’s on SIM-only, device, phone contracts!

20. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2021, M1, 128GB)

From: BT Shop

Was: £749

Now: £717.45  (£31 off)