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Meta’s next Quest VR headset gets an October launch date


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TL;DR

  • Mark Zuckerberg appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast for an interview.
  • In the interview, Zuckerberg confirms his company’s next VR headset will launch this October.
  • Based on how the product was described, it’s believed the headset will be Meta’s high-end headset codenamed “Project Cambria.”

Since it was first teased last year at Meta’s Connect conference, we’ve been getting drip-fed information about the company’s high-end VR headset codenamed “Project Cambria.” Mark Zuckerberg has now confirmed that his company plans on releasing its next VR headset this October.

On a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Zuckerberg made an appearance at the former Fear Factor host’s studio. During the interview, Zuckerberg revealed that Meta’s next headset will be released in October.

“For the next device that’s coming out in October, there’s a few big features,” said Zuckerberg. Meta’s CEO then proceeded to talk about the device’s face tracking ability, allowing users to make eye contact, facial expressions, and more and have that translate to their avatar in real time.

As of this moment, no other headset on the market offers full face tracking like this. HTC does offer an accessory for its Vive headsets, but that only enables partial face tracking.

Although he doesn’t explicitly mention the name Project Cambria, how the device is described throughout the interview matches up with what is currently known about the headset. This includes a high-resolution screen, internal sensors for eye tracking, and sophisticated passthrough augmented reality.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Project Cambria may go by the name Meta Quest Pro. If the headset Zuckerberg is talking about is indeed the Meta Quest Pro, then the price of the headset coming out in October will be more expensive than the Quest 2, even after the Quest 2’s recent price hike.

Project Cambria is expected to be significantly more expensive than $800 according to UploadVR. This means its target audience is likely more for enthusiasts and developers. However, both Project Cambria and Quest 2 will sell along side each other and Meta will likely release a new generation of the more affordable Quest 2 in the near future.



Apple Bağdat Caddesi opens Friday, October 22, in Istanbul





Tech Talks Digest: October 20 – Discover


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Welcome to the Tech Talks Digest, where you can find everything you might want to know about our latest developer event. Tech Talks runs from October 25 to December 17, and features live sessions and one-to-one conversations where you can learn more about our latest technologies, ask questions, and get guidance from Apple experts.

We’re excited to kick off Tech Talks with you on October 25. In the meantime, check out an overview of the event, learn how to register for sessions and office hours, and check out a few upcoming sessions that you won’t want to miss. We’ll publish a new digest every two weeks with the latest updates — stay tuned!

Explore the schedule

You can currently browse and register for all Tech Talks activities taking place October 25 to November 5. We release new sessions and appointments for one-to-one office hours every two weeks, so check back on November 1 for the next round of activities.


Note: To register for sessions or request office hour appointments, you must be a current member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program.


Get notified about new activities and your appointment requests by opting in to push notifications in the Apple Developer app or signing up for email notifications. To enable push notifications, visit the Account tab in the Apple Developer app. To enable email notifications, sign in to your developer account, open the top-right menu, and click Email Settings.

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Explore Tech Talks sessions

Whether you want to know more about a technology released at WWDC or chat with the teams responsible for your favorite features, our live sessions can help you connect with Apple experts worldwide to get your questions answered. All Tech Talks sessions feature a live presentation to help you integrate the latest technologies into your apps followed by a Q&A or a roundtable. Note that sessions have limited capacity to make sure we can provide a great experience for live attendees and answer as many questions as possible.

In addition to offering activities in English broadcast live from Cupertino, we’re also offering certain sessions in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish in local time zones.

Apply for office hour appointments

With office hours, we’re opening our virtual doors to connect with you for a one-on-one conversation. You can request appointments by topic, depending on your needs. Connect with our Design Evangelism team for UI reviews and design considerations, talk with a member of our Technology Evangelism about APIs and implementation, discuss your app with our App Review team, troubleshoot with Developer Technical Support, get help with app distribution from the App Store Connect team, or simply connect with us to provide feedback.

Don’t miss: A conversation with SwiftUI engineering

Hang out with some of the minds behind SwiftUI and learn how your bug reports can help improve Apple frameworks and APIs. Technology evangelist Betsy Langowski joins members of the SwiftUI engineering team to showcase some of the latest improvements to SwiftUI, explore the life cycle of a bug report, and answer your questions.

This session will be presented in English live from Cupertino on October 25 at 1 p.m. PDT.




A conversation with SwiftUI Engineering

Session spotlight: Get started with in-app events

You’ll soon be able to publish your in-app events on the App Store: Learn more about this feature and how to make the most of it in a session delivered by members of the App Store team. Discover recommendations, tips, and best practices for helping people discover content or events within your app.

This session will be presented in English live from Cupertino multiple times starting November 2 at 9 a.m. PDT.




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ESPN, ABC News apps to end third-generation Apple TV support in October


The ESPN and ABC News apps will stop supporting the third-generation Apple TV beginning in early October, according to a message shown within the apps.

Starting Oct. 4, 2021, the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC News apps will no longer be available on the older Apple TV set-top boxes. An in-app message directs users to continue using the apps on Apple TV 4K, iPhone, or iPad, or via AirPlay.

According to Appleosophy, some features of the apps are already losing support. The live-streaming feature in the ABC News apps, for example, appears to have gone offline as of Thursday morning. Users can still watch on-demand content or video clips, however.

Streaming services are continuing to cut off support to the third-generation Apple TV, which was first released in 2012. CBS All Access discontinued service in March, while YouTube stopped supporting it later in 2021. Fox Now has also ended support.

However, it’s still possible to view some modern streaming services using the third-generation Apple TV. Paramount+, which replaced CBS All Access, is still available to view on the model through Apple TV Channels.

Apple does not support the third-generation Apple TV with tvOS updates including new features since it was updated for the Apple TV+ service, but it does occasionally issue updates incorporating security and bug fixes.



New iPhones, new HomePod mini, and record-breaking Mac sales — October 2020 in review


It was the month we’d been waiting for, as the new iPhone 12 range was finally announced, and then was eventually shipped. Or half of it, anyway.

Announced on October 13, Apple’s new iPhone launch had very much that was unlike any previous year. That started with how the launch was done with another supremely well made video — seriously, the Emmys should add a category for Best Performance by a Tech Executive in a Launch Promotional Series or Mini-Series.

Then this time Apple launched four new iPhones instead of three. And perhaps most significantly in these coronavirus times, it carefully altered the usual mix of features and price.

While the new iPhones, together with the iPhone SE and how Apple retains last year’s iPhone 11 Pro, the company has again got a phone for just about every price point. What’s different is that the whole iPhone 12 range offers features that might previously have been reserved for the higher-end Pro models.

They all have 5G, they now all lack a power adapter and earbuds, and all have the new Ceramic Shield on their front display glass. Speaking of which, there are tiny differences between those displays, but every model has an OLED Super Retina XDR display.

All four new iPhones have the same design, too, which brings the iPad Pro’s flat edges to the phones. This has been so popular that Apple’s got to be wondering what it can do with the iPhone 13 to keep up.

With choice comes complexity

In making the new iPhone 12 range affordable, at least with some models, yet keeping major features across every phone, Apple has made it both simple and hard to choose what to buy. If you were brand new to the iPhone at all, you could now just buy any of them and be sure of getting an extremely good phone.

That’s great, and it’s especially great for the entry-level iPhone 12 model, but it means a lot more head-scratching if you’re comparing the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 12 Pro.

Things are easier with the iPhone 12 mini, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, although neither was actually available in October. The iPhone 12 mini is smaller than this year’s iPhone SE, yet it contains a bigger screen.

It’s also the lowest-cost iPhone 12, even though many would’ve paid more to get the small form factor. So that could make it even more appealing than the iPhone 12 or the iPhone 12 Pro.

Similarly, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is going to have the best cameras, and significantly better than the rest.

That does make these two iPhone 12 models the right choice for many people, but during October 2020 when they weren’t available, they made that buying choice harder.

Or rather, it’s made the specifics of the buying choice harder, as it made the overall decision to buy a new iPhone more attractive. And in October 2020, we learned just exactly how appealing it is.

A billion pockets, y’all

The analyst firm with the odd name but the good track record, Above Avalon, announced in October that it appears over a billion people are now using an iPhone. And that’s now as in right now, today, this moment.

So it’s not that Apple has sold a billion of them — we know it long blew past that number — but rather that at this moment, there are a billion people with an iPhone in their hand.

You can say that Android is more successful, and many people do, including Apple in its many 2020 legal cases. But there are countless different Android phones coming from myriad companies.

There’s only one Apple, and a billion iPhones.

Steve Jobs with the first iPhone ever seen in public. There are rather more of them today.

Steve Jobs with the first iPhone ever seen in public. There are rather more of them today.

This year, that’s at least in part down to how we reportedly have a deeper emotional connection to our Apple devices than most people do to most other companies. Surveyed specifically to see how brands were faring during the COVID-19 pandemic, MBLM asked people about emotional fulfillment from firms.

Apple came first overall. Using only results from men, Apple came second to Amazon, however as well as the top spot in total, it was also top of women’s votes and those of millennials.

Separately, research firm Piper Sandler claimed this month that 86% of teenage respondents to its survey said that they have an iPhone. Then 89% said they intend to buy one.

Finally, the iPad Air 4 ships

There are also quite a few iPads out there, and it does rather look as if those numbers are going to swell because of the iPad Air 4. Apple announced it in September but, quite unusually, both kept us waiting and didn’t specify a release date beyond next month.

Despite countless rumors pegging its release to every day you can think of in the month, Apple practically slipped it out in the end. Pre-orders began on October 16, exactly 31 days after announcement, and alongside the rather more hyped iPhone 12.

Just as with the iPhone 12, though, the iPad Air 4 came with issues that affected buying decisions — although this time, all for the good. Over and over, reviewers, testers, and customers were coming to the conclusion that the iPad Air was the best iPad to buy.

It’s such a good combination of features, and price, that it has become hard to see why many people would buy the 11-inch iPad Pro. Bringing the same design, very similar features, and better performance meant Apple was again offering far more than usual in the lower-priced option.

Which is also a fair description of the one other hardware product Apple revealed this month. The HomePod mini had us all wanting one, and then when it was announced at $99, we all wanted more than one.

Before anyone has even got one to test, the HomePod mini has somehow become much more desirable than the original, full-size HomePod.

Not everyone loves Apple

October may have seen surveys saying we love Apple devices, and it may have seen Apple earning incredible amounts of our money even before we could buy the HomePod mini. Yet it was also a month where the company continued to be rather battered by criticism.

The now tedious Apple versus Epic Games dispute has continued with neither side offering much of a new level, and Facebook continued trying to make itself appear to be the poor underdog.

This time, “No Discovered Security Breaches in 0 Days” Facebook was arguing against the ad-tracking block that Apple keeps saying it’s going to add to iOS 14. Facebook wasn’t alone this month, as a coalition of publishers and advertisers in France lobbied their government to investigate Apple over unfair competition.

They maintain that every advertiser except Apple will require users to positively elect to allow ad tracking. Apple says yes, but no, because it doesn’t sell its ad-tracking data to anyone else, so you can’t really say it’s the same thing.

October also saw the House Judiciary decide that Apple has monopoly-like power with the App Store. Apple objected “vehemently,” saying that, “our company does not have a dominant market share in any category where we do business.”

Or rather, Apple and its current management team objected. Ex-App Store manager Philip Shoemaker said that Apple had always used the App Store as “a weapon against competitors.”

The House’s examination of Apple — along with big tech firms such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook — was this month just one of the worldwide pressures facing the company. The EU in particular has Apple on what’s being called a “hit list” of tech companies that it wants to apply stricter rules to.

That said, the EU’s chief antitrust executive, Margrethe Vestager, is one of the voices speaking out against breaking up large technology firms. She’s pursuing the plan to implement these more stringent trading and taxation rules, and thinks breaking firms up is a remedy with potentially unintended consequences.

One area we’re looking at for consequences is how Apple may be affected by the Department of Justice deciding to sue Google. The DOJ argues that Google paying Apple billions every year to keep being the default search engine on iOS is a problem.

When 5G isn’t 5G

Talking of worldwide consequences that, if not unintended, were at least not predicted, it was during this month that we really learned how not all 5G is created equal. If you’re in America, it’s likely that you’re still waiting for mmWave 5G, basically the version that has all the speed everyone promises in 5G.

If you’re outside the US, you might be waiting, you might not, but you may as well whistle for mmWave 5G — if you want an iPhone. While it’s hardly Apple’s fault that 5G availability isn’t better, it is entirely Apple’s fault that it has reserved mmWave for only US iPhones.

Then even in the US, there were reports that Dual SIM users wouldn’t get 5G on either of their lines. That may or may not be true, and it may be that Apple can fix it with an update.

None of this seemed to stop many of us from buying the new Apple devices. Around the world, customers lined up outside Apple Stores, and those of us waiting on deliveries soon found that demand was so high that we were going to be waiting a lot longer.

A look into the future

All of which accounts for Apple’s earnings call, where the company revealed that it had earned more than expected this quarter. At $64.7 billion, that’s more than analysts predicted — but repeatedly, Apple said that the figures were better than their own internal estimates.

That probably didn’t include sales in China, which the earnings call tried hard to skip over as quickly as it could. However, it did include what turned out to be a record for Mac sales.

During the last quarter, Apple sold $8 billion worth of Macs. “[This] was an all-time high for Mac in the history of the company. And not just by a little bit, by $1.6 billion, so it was a substantial difference.”

Tim Cook kept using the word “bullish” like he’d just learned it, and maybe that’s why he also took the unusual step of speaking more about the future — even if only ever so slightly.

“Without giving away too much, I can tell you that this year has a few more exciting things in store,” he said.

He didn’t sound as if he were talking of things we already know about, such as Apple Silicon — and certainly didn’t drop any hint about the now expected A14T processor from Apple.

Nor did he seem to mean the MagSafe duo charger that’s been announced but isn’t shipping yet. He didn’t sound as if he were talking about Apple Fitness+, which perhaps some of us are covering our ears over and don’t wish to discuss at this time.

Perhaps he did mean all of this, though. What he definitely did not mean was Apple One — because he had already specifically announced that the bundle would just squeak into the month on the very last day.



Apple reveals new AirPods Pro, available October 30



AirPods Pro join the existing AirPods line in delivering an unparalleled wireless audio experience. Each model uses advanced technology to reinvent how people listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. The magical setup experience customers love with today’s AirPods extends to AirPods Pro. By opening the charging case near an iOS or iPadOS device and giving it a simple tap, AirPods Pro are immediately paired to all the devices signed into a user’s iCloud account, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPod touch.

All-New Design

AirPods revolutionized the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design, and now AirPods Pro take it even further with a new class of lightweight, in-ear headphones engineered for comfort and fit. Each earbud comes with three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear, providing both a comfortable fit and a superior seal — a critical factor in delivering immersive sound. To further maximize comfort, AirPods Pro use an innovative vent system to equalize pressure, minimizing the discomfort common in other in-ear designs. AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant, making them perfect for active lifestyles.1



Supposed leaked Apple document reveals ‘iPhone 11’ branding, OS release dates, new iPads in October, more


A supposedly leaked internal document reveals a wealth of information regarding Apple’s fall product lineup, including the names and release timelines of new iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad models, operating system release dates and more.

iPhone 11 Leak

Source: AppleBeta2019 via Twitter

The allegedly leaked paper, titled “Apple Software Development Resources,” was created for perusal by Apple employees, the company’s engineering team, retailers and contractors. Twitter account “AppleBeta2019,” which has in the past provided accurate information regarding beta versions of Apple’s various operating systems, reportedly obtained what is referenced as a “September newsletter” by a contractor on Tuesday.

AppleInsider has reviewed the 10-page document in its entirety and while the information is compelling, certain details are inconsistent with previously confirmed leaks. As such, we are unable to vouch for the note’s authenticity and offer the following merely for purposes of discussion.

According to the resource, Apple will announce three new iPhones this fall, dubbed “iPhone 11,” “iPhone 11 Pro” and “iPhone 11 Pro Max,” branding that corresponds to previously reported internal identifiers “N104,” “D42” and “D43,” respectively. Apple’s alleged naming scheme would more closely align the company’s mid-tier LCD iPhone model with high-end OLED variants.

Each of the new handsets are said to ship with iOS 13.1.0 standard, a beta version of which was seeded for testing last week. Whether the first batch of devices will come with iOS 13.1 pre-installed is unclear, as the document goes on to say the new phones will receive a security patch designated iOS 13.0.1 as their first over-the-air update sometime in October.

Wording in the publication hints at a Sept. 27 launch date for Apple’s new iPhone 11 series, with users supposedly able to gain access to iOS 13 on Sept. 23. A subsequent security patch is slated for release in the days following, while iOS 13.1 will be available for public consumption in October.

The quoted timeline is unconventional for Apple, which typically unveils new iPhones at an event on Tuesday, initiates preorders that Friday and commences deliveries and brick-and-mortar sales a week later. A next-generation version of iOS, in this case iOS 13, is pushed out to owners of legacy hardware the Monday after preorders go live. If Apple holds to that schedule, and the document is legitimate, this year’s iPhone lineup will hit store shelves on Friday, Sept. 27. Alternatively, the new phones could arrive on Sept. 20, before iOS 13 is issued to the public.

In either case, the document points to a release schedule atypical of Apple’s usual patterns.

As for Apple Watch, four new models are tipped for unveiling at a special media event on Sept. 10, with a launch presumably coinciding with iPhone. Specifically, model numbers A2156, A2157, A2092 and A2093 will ship with watchOS 6. An expected watchOS 6.1 is due in October.

Two new iPad models identified as A2068 and A2198 are pegged to ship in October, potentially signaling an announcement concurrent to that of iPhone next week. Alternatively, Apple could hold a separate event for the tablets’ unveiling as it did with the third-generation iPad Pro in 2018. The document suggests A2068 will be marketed as an entry-level iPad, while model number A2198 will be an iPad Pro successor. Both are expected to ship with iPadOS 13 pending a stable release of iPadOS 13.0.1.

Interestingly, the document says iPadOS 13.0.1 beta compatibility will initially be limited to the forthcoming iPad Pro, with lesser models not able to access the software until subsequent beta versions are released.

Finally, macOS 10.15 Catalina is pegged for release in alongside iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 on Sept. 23.

Apple is widely expected to unveil its latest iPhone and Apple Watch hardware at special event at Apple Park on Sept. 10. AppleInsider will provide full coverage of the announcements.

Updated with corrected release timelines and clarification regarding initial availability of iOS 13.1.