Stunning iPhone Leak, iPhone’s COVID-19 Update, New MacBooks Get Windows 10


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Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes new iOS updates for COVID-19 tracking and more, latest iPhone 13 features leaked, macOS going full-screen for iPhone apps, the latest AirPods Max review, Facebook calls out Apple’s privacy guidelines, and Windows 10 heads to your M1 MacBook…

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

Apple Increases Support For COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Apple has taken the unusual step of offering an update to a number of older iPhones outside of a vital security update. As part of the ongoing fight against the coronavirus pandemic, both Apple and Google offered an API to facilitate background contact tracing. This was applied to devices running iOS 14 and later. This update will increase the reach to hardware that ‘maxed out’ with iOS 12.5. Oliver Haslam reports: 

“Previously only available on devices running iOS 14 or newer, this new iOS 12.5 release means people with an iPhone 5s or newer can be notified when they come into contact with someone confirmed to be carrying COVID-19.”

More at iMore. Apple has opened up the feature on these older handsets, but consumers will need to wait for their local, regional, or national app to be update the support:

“iOS 12.5 lets you opt-in to the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system for your iPhone. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority. For more information see”

And An iOS Update For Everyone Else

This isn’t the only iOS update this week, as the main line saw a bump up to 14.3. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system has been carrying a number of bugs and issues, Many have been addressed, as Gordon Kelly lays out, but issues remain:

“Moreover, in the first 24…