This week’s top stories: More Apple Silicon tidbits, Apple Watch redesign rumors, iOS 15, more

In this week’s top stories: iOS 15 device compatibility rumors, Apple Silicon Macs still to come, Apple Watch redesign rumors, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.

2021 Apple Watch

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported this week that Apple has a redesigned Apple Watch in the works for 2021. Details here are still somewhat vague, but Kuo said to expect “innovative health management functions and improved form factor design’ with new models of Apple Watch coming next year.

Apple Silicon Macs still to come

Building on that, Ming-Chi Kuo also reported that reception to the first M1 Macs has been “better than expected” so far. Kuo still expects Apple to have new Apple Silicon Macs in the second half of 2021 with “all-new form factors and industrial designs.”

We also rounded up all of the details and rumors that we’ve seen so far about the future of the Mac, including tidbits on a redesigned iMac, a 14-inch MacBook Pro, and more.

iOS 15 device compatibility rumor

Elsewhere, a new report this week indicated that Apple plans to drop support for the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus with next year’s release of iOS 15. This comes after Apple maintained compatibility with all of those devices this year with iOS 14.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were originally introduced in September of 2015, followed by the iPhone SE in March of 2016. The devices were incredibly popular and have received over four years of software updates from Apple.

Holiday buying guides

Finally, we kicked off our holiday gift guides and buying guides this week at 9to5Mac. So far we’ve offered detailed advice on Apple Watch gifts, AirPods vs AirPods Pro, and more. Plus, all of the latest Black Friday deals.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below.

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November 20, 2020 – iOS 14.2.1 released for iPhone 12, more

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  1. November 20, 2020 – iOS 14.2.1 released for iPhone 12, more
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  4. November 17, 2020 – New MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini reviews
  5. November 16, 2020 – First Apple Silicon benchmark results, more

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Arthur Ware, or @bt_spanky on Instagram, is an Army veteran and Mississippian who discovered Spartan competitions and marathon races after climbing out of a depression with Apple Watch. Here his story and ongoing journey in this episode of 9to5Mac Watch Time. 9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how Apple Watch is affecting their lives. Subscribe now to catch up with each episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re released every two weeks: 🟣 Apple Podcasts | 🟠 Overcast | 🟢 Spotify Sponsored by Calory: Count calories, track macros, water, and all of your food intake directly on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Try it for free. Sponsored by Pillow: Pillow is an all-in-one sleep tracking solution to help you get a better night’s sleep. Download it from the App Store today.

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  3. Jeff Benjamin on Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 5 ahead of new models
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John reviews the M1 Mac mini, and Rambo reviews the iPhone 12 mini. Two “mini products” that turn out to be not very mini in terms of performance. What’s it like using an M1 Mac for tasks like iOS development, and does the iPhone 12 mini feel like a proper flagship phone in 2020? Sponsored by Honeybadger: Exception and uptime monitoring for application developers. Tell them 9to5Mac/Stacktrace sent you and get 30% off for 6 months.  Sponsored by Roborock: Get the Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum and mop in black for $359.99 (Reg. $599). 

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