9to5Mac: 77.2% accurate

184 rumors

Rating: 3 out of 5.

An exclusives titan with an excellent track record, 9to5Mac consistently shares what Apple is working on…and usually in great detail.

Rumor accuracy

Rumor list

  • Green = True
  • Red = False
  • Yellow = Pending

2020

September 17

  • First look at magnetic wireless charger, link

September 12

  • iOS 14 references “Apple One” name and bundle, link

July 24

  • Face ID coming to future Macs, link

May 23

  • Apple making catalyst version of Messages app (so iOS features come to Mac), link
    • Coming in the next version of macOS

May 11

  • AirPods Studio details:
    • “Neck detection” automatically plays/pauses music depending on their position, link
    • Ear identification will route left/right audio channels to the proper ears, regardless of how you put the headphones on
    • Noise cancellation
    • Transparency Mode
    • Equalizer unlocked after pairing
      • “Low, medium and high frequency adjustments available”

iOS 14 code leaks: March 8, 2020-present

  • Blood oxygen monitoring found for new Apple Watch, link
  • Apple over-ear headphones design revealed in icon, link
  • Apple Watch Series 6/watchOS 7 update:
    • Share watch faces, link
    • No 3rd-party watch faces
    • New “Infograph Pro” watch face with tachymeter
    • New “International” watch face, link
    • iCloud shared album watch faces
    • Parent iPhone can pair multiple child watches
    • Kids mode tweaks move ring calories to move time, link
      • Rewards for playing sports or going outside
    • ‘SchoolTime’ allows parents to manage when apps and complications can be used
    • Sleep tracking with goals
    • New sleep mode CC toggle
    • New Noise detection CC toggle
    • Apps are no longer based on extensions of iPhone apps
  • iOS 14 update:
    • Advanced, system-wide cursor support, link
      • Pointer disappears after a few seconds of inactivity
      • Two-finger tap = right click
      • Tap-to-click toggle
      • Next Apple keyboard will feature a trackpad
        • Two new models
        • Keyboard situated above trackpad
        • Gestures to switch between apps, link
    • New AR app provides real-world AR experiences, link
      • Apple Store and Starbucks integration
      • Experiences start by scanning QR code
    • HomeKit upgrades:
      • Night Shift for lights: “ability to automatically adjust light color temperature throughout the day,” link
      • Face recognition for HomeKit Secure Video
        • Notifications based on who is recognized
      • “New permanent audio output option for Apple TV”
    • Home screen list view, link
      • Unread notifications sorting
      • Recently used sorting
      • Siri smart suggestions
    • New accessibility features:
      • Alarms, sirens, crying babies and more can alert iPhone users with hearing loss, link
      • Camera can detect hand gestures
      • New audio accommodations for improved EarPods/AirPods tuning
      • Run on-device audiogram
    • Wallpapers:
      • New organizational categories:
        • “Earth & Moon”
        • “Flowers”
      • 3rd party wallpaper integration
    • Apple Maps:
      • More details about Apple Stores:
        • “Hardware repair availability,” link
        • Check Genius Bar availability
        • Show if store offers trade-in credit
        • New highlights for:
          • Couples’ seating
          • Children discount
          • Private rooms
          • IMAX movie theaters
    • Find My:
      • Alert if someone doesn’t arrive somewhere as expected, link
        • Also notifications if someone leaves somewhere early
      • “Headset mode”
      • “AR mode” to find items more easily
    • CarKey:
      • Apple working with BMW as partner, link
      • Two versions:
        • Passive unlock via iPhone in pocket
        • Place iPhone near the vehicle
    • Podcasts:
      • Introduction of “For You” tab, link
      • “New user profile should let you follow your friends on Apple Podcasts to see what they’re listening to.”
      • Support for bonus content in-app
    • Clips allow for instant apps, link
      • Access via QR code
    • #shotoniphone challenges integrated in Photos app
    • Apple Pay to support AliPay
    • CarPlay wallpaper support
    • Safari getting native translation option, link
      • Processed by neural engine
      • Works inside other apps like App Store
    • Safari in iPadOS 14 gets proper Apple Pencil support with markup
    • No call recording feature, link

April 7, 2020

  • Apple’s Beats brand is here to stay (no plan for a phase-out), link

April 2, 2020

iPhone 9 (SE):

  • Launch imminent: as soon as April 3, 2020, link
  • “iPhone SE” is official name
  • Colors:
    • White
    • Black
    • PRODUCT (Red)
  • Cases:
    • Black silicone
    • White silicone
    • Red leather
    • Black leather
    • Midnight blue leather
  • Storage capacities:
    • 64GB
    • 128GB
    • 256GB

March 16, 2020

  • iPhone 9 (SE):
    • Larger 5.5-inch version in development, link
    • A13 chip
    • Solid-state home button
    • Scan NFC tags in the background

March 10, 2020

  • 2020 iPad Pro:
    • Triple lens camera array, link
      • Wide angle
      • Ultra wide angle
      • Telephoto
    • ToF 3D sensor
  • iPhone 9 (SE):
    • Touch ID
    • Express transit support
  • New Apple TV:
    • New remote
    • New guided workouts app
  • AirTags:
    • Able to be set up in bulk
    • Replaceable battery
    • Locate via augmented reality
    • Play sound to be located

March 9, 2020

  • Powerbeats 4 official video, link

February 26, 2020

  • Full over-the-air (OTA) recovery coming to iOS devices, link

February 6, 2020

  • tvOS 13.4 beta code suggests new Apple TV 4K inbound, link

February 5, 2020

  • New CarKey feature in iOS 13.4 beta allows for “unlocking, driving and sharing NFC car keys,” link

January 13, 2020

  • “Pro Mode” for MacBooks: “Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase”, link

2019

December 10, 2019

Powerbeats 4 earbuds:

  • In development, link
  • ‘Hey Siri’ support
  • W1 chip
  • Lower-end option

September 2, 2019

Apple Watch Sleep tracking revealed:

  • Doesn’t require new hardware, link
  • Announced as early as September 2018 event
  • “Track movement, heart rate and noises” throughout the night
  • Battery reminders to charge Apple Watch before bed

August 19, 2019

Apple Arcade:

  • $4.99/month, link
  • 1 month free trial

July 23, 2019

2019 iPhone 11:

  • 3 new models, link
  • Same respective screen resolutions
  • A13 chip
  • Lightning port
  • iPhone XS and XS Max successor OLED
  • iPhone XR successor LCD
  • New Taptic Engine
  • No 3D Touch
  • 5.8/6.5-inch models have 3 cameras
  • The triple camera setup looks like the mockups
    • Third camera lens will be wide-angle
    • Smart Frame allows users to gain perspective by adjusting crop in post
      • Extra perspective is deleted after a while
  • Front-facing camera can record 120fps video

May 28, 2019

iOS 13 leaks:

  • Dark mode can be enabled in Settings or via a CC toggle, link
    • Only change on home screen is darker dock
    • New wallpapers that work better with dark mode
    • True black background
  • Refreshed screenshot UI on iPhone and iPad
    • Expanded, draggable tool tray on iPad
  • Redesigned Reminders app uses “SF UI” font
    • “Today, Scheduled, Flagged” and “All” boxes
  • Find My Friends and Find My iPhone getting combined into new “Find My” app
    • Radar icon first look

April 19, 2019

macOS 10.15:

  • Siri Shortcuts coming, link
    • Shortcuts app also likely coming
  • Screen Time
    • New panel in system preferences
  • New Apple ID management panel in System Preferences
  • iMessage effects coming, like “confetti, lasers and fireworks” (added in macOS Big Sur)

April 15, 2019

iOS 13:

  • Dark mode, link
  • iPad apps can have multiple windows
    • Each window can contain detachable cards that can be moved around the display
    • These cards can be staked on top of each other with visible depth
  • Undo/redo revamped on iPad, with new standard gesture being a 3-finger tap: swipe left for undo and right for redo
  • Safari on iPad better at automatically suggesting the desktop versions of sites like YouTube
  • Font management debuting profile-free in Settings
  • Updated Mail app can sort messages into searchable categories like “marketing, purchases, travel and ‘not important’”
    • Read later queue coming
  • iCloud collaboration like in iWork suite coming to third party apps
  • New table/collection view gestures
  • Redesigned Reminders app
    • Also coming to Mac
  • New volume heads-up display (HUD)
  • ‘Hey Siri’ rejects more sounds like a crying baby
  • Better multilingual keyboard dictation support
  • Additional in-app printing settings

April 10, 2019

New standalone apps in macOS10.15:

  • Music, link
  • Podcasts
  • TV apps
  • Major redesign of Books
  • iTunes app will remain

March 25, 2019

  • iOS 12.2 includes Powerbeats Pro official video, link

January 25, 2019

  • Images provide glimpse at Apple News magazine subscription service, link

January 24, 2019

  • iOS 12.2 supports ‘Hey Siri’ setup for AirPods, link

2018

December 7, 2018

  • iPhone XS Smart Battery Case first look, link

December 6, 2018

  • Apple preparing new Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, link

October 28, 2018

  • New icon shows new iPad Pro in most official detail yet, link

October 10, 2018

New 2018 iPad Pro specs:

  • A12X processor, link
  • Edge-to-edge display with no home button or notch
  • Face ID will work in portrait and landscape, but not upside down
  • 4KHDR output support for external monitors
  • New version of the Apple Pencil coming
    • Paired via proximity to the device
  • New magnetic connector placed on rear

September 20, 2018

  • iOS 12.1 code shows Apple continuing work on AirPower, link

September 18, 2018

  • iCloud syncing for Memoji in the works, link
  • ‘iPad2018Fall’ referenced in iOS 12.1 release, link

August 30, 2018

  • iPhone XS official images, link
  • Apple Watch Series 4 official images, link

August 1, 2018

  • iOS 12 beta 5 icon reveals iPad with all-screen design and slim bezels, no home button, link

July 30, 2018

  • Apple adding native phone call support to HomePod, link
  • iOS 12 beta 5 teases dual-SIM support for future iPhones, link

May 29, 2018

  • New Apple Watch pride face available at Monday’s WWDC, link