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August is rapidly drawing to close, which means Apple's annual iPhone launch event is right around the corner. iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 rumors are continuing to circulate, and we're also hearing about Mac updates likely coming a bit later.


Apple is also finishing up work on its upcoming software updates like iOS 15, with some late-addition features starting to go live in beta while others have been pushed back a bit. Finally, this week saw a $100 million class action lawsuit settlement that will see Apple provide payments to small developers while the company makes a few other minor changes and commitments with its App Store policies, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!

iPhone 13 Said to Go on Sale September 17

We're likely just a few weeks away from Apple unveiling its iPhone 13 lineup, and this week saw several last-minute rumors about what we can expect from the next-generation devices.


First, it was reported that an under-screen Touch ID fingerprint scanner did not make the cut for iPhone 13 models, despite being tested. It was subsequently reported that iPhone 13 models will become available to pre-order on Friday, September 17 in select countries, which makes an event on Tuesday, September 14 and an iPhone release on Friday, September 24 appear most likely.

September is just around the corner, so be sure to catch up on the latest rumors with our iPhone 13 roundup.

Apple Watch Series 7 Rumored to Come in Larger 41mm and 45mm Sizes

Alongside the iPhone 13, we'll likely see the introduction of Apple Watch Series 7 models, which will reportedly come in larger 41mm and 45mm sizes.

These larger sizes would be part of an overall redesign of the Apple Watch this year with slimmer bezels around the display and flatter edges. The next Apple Watch is also rumored to have a new green color option and it could also feature new health and fitness capabilities.

Next-Generation 14-Inch and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Said to Have Equal Performance

Apple is widely rumored to be planning new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by a faster version of the M1 chip, and rumor has it that both sizes of the notebook will have equal performance, suggesting that they will use the same chip.


Other features expected include the return of an HDMI port and SD card reader, flatter edges, physical Fn keys instead of the Touch Bar, a magnetic power cable, and more.

Redesigned 'M1X' Mac Mini With Additional Ports Expected to Launch in the 'Next Several Months'

While the Mac mini was already updated with the M1 chip in November 2020, rumor has it that a higher-end version of the desktop computer is in the works, as the transition to Apple silicon continues.


According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple plans to launch a redesigned Mac mini with a so-called "M1X" chip and additional ports compared to the current model at some point in the "next several months."

Apple Pays $100 Million to Settle Developer Lawsuit and Agrees to Multiple App Store Changes

Apple has announced plans to make several changes to the App Store in order to settle a class-action lawsuit that was brought against Apple by developers in the United States.


Under the terms of the deal, Apple will let developers use communication methods like email to tell customers about payment methods available outside of iOS apps, and it will expand the price points that developers can offer for apps, in-app purchases, and subscriptions. Apple also plans to create a $100 million "fund" for small developers as part of the settlement, and it will release annual transparency reports on the app review process.

iCloud+'s New Custom Email Domain Feature Now Available in Beta

Starting with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, users with a paid iCloud+ storage plan can personalize their iCloud email address with a custom domain name, such as, and the feature is now available to users in beta.


For those who missed the announcement back at WWDC in June, iCloud+ is Apple's new branding for paid iCloud storage combined with new features like Hide My Email and iCloud Private Relay, the latter of which is now labeled as a beta feature.

Apple Watch Used to Steal $500,000

An Apple Watch was reportedly used by a crew of robbers to steal $500,000 in cash in New York last year.


The report claimed that in January 2020, a group of seven robbers hid a cellular Apple Watch under the bumper of a car they believed belonged to a wealthy drug-runner to track the vehicle's location and steal the cash.

Apple announced its AirTag tracking accessory just four months later, but the robbers have already been caught.

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macrumors 68020
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
Why we have a summary of some 14”/16” MBP rumors, along with larger Mac Mini, then fail to discuss what missing which is a noticeable delay of MacOS 12 beta progress, it’s last release beta 5 was Aug 11th.

That’s not indicative of anything Mac coming in September compared to progress of iOS/iPadOS/WatchOS, with tvOS being just updated to maintain parity. All those saw a beta 7 this week.


macrumors newbie
Nov 30, 2020
I wanted to buy a new iPhone, a new Watch and especially a new Macbook, but now they can keep their products if they really continue with that backdoor spy story. Won’t buy anything from Apple anymore.


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Wondering if the future "upgraded" Mac mini will become the Mac Pro junior? Looking at the guessing of port numbers and capability, it could be a viable replacement for my 2013 trash can Mac Pro. It has the 3.5 Ghz 6 core Intel Xeon E5 processor, the D500 series AMD videos cards driving two Apple 27" thunderbolt displays, 2 TB SSD from OWC and 128GB of OWC ram. It was end user upgradeable over time to these higher memory and larger SSD capabilities.

It would great to see two (or more) video screens supported, 32GB of ram (or more) and a 2TB (or more) SSD along with four USB-C ports and a couple of USB-A ports. It is unfortunately a given that both the memory and the SSD are "welded" in place so no future upgrade path except to buy a completely new box.

Planned obsolesce just for future sales is really sad because perfectly functional systems end up in a polluting land fills in some under privileged country where the try to salvage parts.

I think those with enough power and or $$$$ have been able to hack most systems despite the polite denials of the manufacturers. A really determined search effort across the WWW will gather pieces here and there to make a composite of an individulal that would be scary to comprehend. Too many humans are the "in charge" controls and we are the weak link in most security systems..
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 29, 2015
I wanted to buy a new iPhone, a new Watch and especially a new Macbook, but now they can keep their products if they really continue with that backdoor spy story. Won’t buy anything from Apple anymore
I doubt, Apple will be impressed by us few, who do resist, but it is indeed the opportunity to show our concerns regarding the development, by NOT running into the stores and NOT updating our devices.

I myself have never been that underwhelmed of their new products as I am now. It is not the new gadgets that count, but the activity Apple is showing. I am even thinking to buy a new iPhone 12 (iOS 14...) now - need a replacement for a spare number.

...who knows.


macrumors newbie
Aug 28, 2021
The amount of us that read rumors sites and actually pay attention to what's going on is so miniscule. The masses will not even know they're being spied on. Maybe it will become a big main stream news story... or maybe it won't. Only time will tell.


macrumors member
Jun 15, 2012
What I don’t get is they got caught for stealing money. But the drug guy didn’t? What’s a “drug-runner”? Isn’t that the same as drug dealer and isn’t that also incredibly illegal?
Just because the robbers "believed" he was a drug-runner doesn't mean the cops have a case against him. Still needs to get caught doing something illegal.
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macrumors 65816
Sep 22, 2014
Just because the robbers "believed" he was a drug-runner doesn't mean the cops have a case against him. Still needs to get caught doing something illegal.
Fair point, jumping the gun.
Curious to see an aftermath of this, if any, because having around $500K in something that isn’t an armored bank van or similar can spawn quite the imaginative questions and answers.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 2, 2016
So tired of the same rumors over and over again...
IN the past, Apple increased the price $300 extra for the touchstrip in MacBooks Pro. Now that Apple is removing the strip, I guess the price will be lower... 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 :p
Another failed attempt at lame innovation.
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