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October 13, 2020, 4:00 PM

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple debuts $999 6.1" iPhone 12 Pro and $1,099 6.7" iPhone 12 Pro Max with flat-edge design, 5G, LiDAR, three rear cameras with 5x zoom, and 128GB base storage  —  Apple today unveiled the new 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max at its pre-recorded “Hi, Speed” digital event.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple unveils iPhone 12 with 6.1" OLED display and 460ppi, A14, thinner and lighter design, 5G, improved durability, and five colors options, starting at $699  —  The right iPhone for most people gets a new design, OLED screen, and 5G  —  It might be happening a bit later than usual, but Apple has just announced the iPhone 12.
Apple:
iPhone 12 pre-orders start on October 16, shipping on October 23, while iPhone 12 mini pre-orders begin November 6, shipping on November 13  —  iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini introduce a beautiful new design packed with innovative features, including A14 Bionic, an advanced dual-camera system …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple announces the $699 iPhone 12 mini with 5.4-inch OLED display, five colors, and similar specs to the iPhone 12  —  The iPhone mini has arrived  —  Apple is announcing a new iPhone 12 mini today.  It's the first time Apple has used the “mini” moniker on its iPhone line …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple announces MagSafe for iPhone 12, letting users magnetically attach chargers, wallets, and other accessories  —  The magnetic charging brand is back  —  Apple has revived its MagSafe charging brand with a twist: it's no longer for its MacBook line but instead for the new iPhone 12 line.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple debuts HomePod mini with spherical design, S5 chip, fabric mesh exterior, black and white options, a small screen on top; pre-orders start Nov. 6 from $99  —  Apple finally offers an entry-level HomePod  —  Apple has announced a new version of its HomePod smart speaker …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple debuts Intercom, letting users quickly talk across their HomePod speakers, similar to Alexa's “announce” feature  —  Apple today introduced a new feature designed for use with its HomePod speakers, including its just-introduced HomePod Mini: Intercom.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger gets a visual update, custom reactions, chat themes, and more, as cross-app communication between Instagram and FB rolls out to North America  —  Facebook Messenger is getting a visual update and a number of new features, including support for chat themes, custom reactions, and soon, selfie stickers and vanish mode.
CNBC:
Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies  —  - Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WordPress debuts a tool that can take blog posts, including accompanying images and videos, and post them as Twitter threads automatically  —  Earlier this year, WordPress .com introduced an easier way to post your Twitter threads, also known as tweetstorms, to your blog with the introduction of “unroll” option for Twitter embeds.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces $49 Beats Flex earbuds with USB-C, longer battery life, and Apple's W1 chip, replacing the BeatsX, available from October 21  —  BeatsX wireless headphones landed three years ago as the first Beats product to feature Apple's W1 chip and Lightning charging port like the original AirPods.
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Netflix has stopped offering its 30-day free trial across all markets  —  It's either you're all in or you're all out with Netflix as the streaming giant has removed their free trial.  —  As first spotted by Phil Swann, the streamer is no longer giving users a chance to try the service for free.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Surface Laptop Go review: solid design, fast, excellent keyboard and trackpad, but very low screen resolution, 8GB RAM limit, and max 256GB storage  —  It's hard not to love the Surface Laptop Go at first sight.  Microsoft took the basic style of its Laptop line, shrunk it down, and created an adorable sibling with a 12.4-inch screen.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Microsoft announces that it is working with several nonprofits and advocacy organizations to make AI systems more inclusive of people with disabilities  —  AI-based tools like computer vision and voice interfaces have the potential to be life-changing for people with disabilities …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook says its new policy that bans the denial or distortion of the Holocaust does not apply to other genocides, such as the Armenian or Rwandan genocides  —  Facebook Inc. will ban posts that deny the Holocaust in a reversal of a long-held and controversial policy.
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