The top Apple stories this week include reports of new MacBook models on the way, the latest rumored specs and features for iPhone 7, our roundup of features in the cards for iOS 10, and reports that Apple is developing dedicated hardware and a new SDK for Siri. As usual, below we’ve collected all of the handy links to these and our other top stories this week.

Mac |

Our most shared story this week was news that Apple is preparing a thinner MacBook Pro model that includes an OLED screen above the keyboard for contextual function keys and possibly other uses. The new MacBook will come in 13 and 15-inch variations and is expected to arrive by the end of the year, according to the report.

  • Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros w/ OLED screen above keyboard, Touch ID
  • 10 reasons to seriously consider the 2016 Retina MacBook
  • Opinion: What can we expect from the 2016 MacBook Pro, and will it be worth the wait?
  • Opinion: Wouldn’t it be nice if the new MacBook Pro had built in 4G like this patent shows?
  • Poll: Would you prefer an OLED touch bar instead of traditional function keys?
  • 10 tips for new and prospective MacBook owners [Video]

iPhone |

iPhone 7 leaks take second spot, with a few component leaks and purported photos of the device once again popping up in our top stories this week. We also put together a comprehensive look at specs and features expected for Apple’s next flagship.

  • iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s next flagship
  • Latest iPhone 7 Plus component leak shows dual-camera module, new 256GB storage option
  • iPhone 7 case leak indicates a total of 4 speaker grilles, new larger rear camera and flash design
  • Purported photos of iPhone 7  show beveled protruding camera, redesigned antenna…
  • Prototype iPhone 6 with ‘SwitchBoard’ operating system & red Lightning port hits eBay
  • New iPhone 7 schematic images show dual-camera exclusive to Plus model, no Smart Connector
  • iPhone 7 schematics suggest similar dimensions, unlikely front changes on iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 developer beta 1, first tvOS 9.2.2 beta

Siri, iOS 10, & WWDC 2016 |

This week a couple reports claimed that Apple is developing a competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home hardware with a dedicated Wi-Fi speaker of sorts for Siri. One report said a Siri SDK is on the way and likely coming at Apple’s WWDC 2016 developer conference scheduled for next month, although the hardware itself might be delayed until next year according to the reports. And this week we also explored rumored new iPhone and iPad features in the works that are possibilities for the iOS 10 unveiling at WWDC.

  • Report: Apple planning Siri SDK, Amazon Echo hardware competitor
  • iOS 10: Rumored iPhone & iPad features in the cards for WWDC 2016
  • Report: Apple TV could be home for rumored Amazon Echo-like Siri speaker


We move onto some company news, including comments from CEO Tim Cook regarding Apple lacking the expertise to become a mobile carrier, and the latest product and app announcements before finishing with our top videos.

  • Apple hit with dumbest patent troll claims yet: ‘iPhone makes phone calls & sends emails’
  • iPhone maker Foxconn has replaced more than half its workforce with robots since iPhone 6 launch
  • Tim Cook rules out Apple becoming a mobile carrier, saying it lacks the expertise
  • Patent troll VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime & iMessage, increase damages award by $190M
  • As Apple prepares switch to OLED for 2017, suppliers seeing huge jump in orders

New Products & Apps |

  • Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy competitor to Apple Pencil, compatible with iPhone and iPad
  • The UE Roll 2 is this summer’s best Bluetooth speaker, but we don’t recommend you buy it
  • Airmail 3 for Mac brings smart folders, VIPs with iCloud sync, send later, more
  • Review: OtterBox uniVERSE iPhone case integrates popular accessories as modular components
  • Adobe previews upcoming ‘content-aware crop’ Photoshop CC feature

This week’s top videos |

  • 10 reasons to seriously consider the 2016 Retina MacBook
  • All drop-tests should be done this way: iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S7 to the death
  • 10 tips for new and prospective MacBook owners [Video]
  • Review: Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC, a notable step up in build quality and audio fidelity
  • GhostCodes makes it easy to discover new Snapchat users [Video]

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