Sam Kohl

Sam Kohl, also known professionally as iupdate, is an American YouTuber and blogger, best known for his Apple-focused videos as well as his podcast, Genius Bar. The name of his YouTube channel was originally iupdateos, which was started in March 2013. As of June 2021, he has over 310 thousand subscribers and over 78 million total video views. Kohl started AppleTrack, a bite-sized Apple blog, in May 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple will finally allow apps to tell you how to sign-up and pay for them…outside of the App Store

The news: In early 2022, Apple plans to allow some apps to direct you off-platform for sign-up and account management…as announced in a new press release. The new changes pertain to “reader,” apps which Apple describes as, “apps provide previously purchased content or content subscriptions for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video” Apps

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Future Apple Watch to get thermometer, partial blood pressure monitoring

The rumor: Apple is planning to add some minor new health features to Apple Watch within the next few years, according to Wall Street Journal (80% accurate, source). According to the report, Apple is planning a thermometer sensor for as soon as next year on the Apple Watch Series 8…but it won’t initially be for

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iPhone 13 satellite features to be emergency focused at first, include new messaging capability

The rumor: Apple’s plans to allow the iPhone 13 to communicate with satellites will generally be focused on emergency situations, according to Mark Gurman (88.8% accurate, via Bloomberg). “The first component, dubbed Emergency Message via Satellite, will let users text emergency services and contacts over a satellite network when there’s no cell signal available. That

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Apple Watch Series 7 mass production delayed due to issues

The rumor: Apple has run into issues producing the new design for Apple Watch Series 7, according to Nikkei Asia (accuracy pending, source) and Mark Gurman (88.8% accurate, via Bloomberg). Nikkei Asia reports that “manufacturers of Apple Watch 7, as the device is expected to be called, began small-scale production last week but encountered critical

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Apple launches iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro service program for sound issues

The news: Apple has introduced a new repair program for owners of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro not hearing sound during phone calls. “Apple has determined that a very small percentage of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro devices may experience sound issues due to a component that might fail on the receiver module.

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UK carrier source code references iPhone 13

The leak: O2, a popular wireless carrier in the UK, has included references to Apple’s unreleased iPhone 13 on their website…ahead of an expected September unveil. Multiple references to “iPhone 13” can be seen on the source code on this page A recent leak claimed to show iPhone 13 as the name of Apple’s next

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Apple Music acquires Primephonic classical music service, promises dedicated app next year

The news: Apple has confirmed their most recent acquisition of Primephonic, which will be shut down on September 7 prior to being integrated into Apple Music next year. Primephonic is “the renowned classical music streaming service that offers an outstanding listening experience with search and browse functionality optimized for classical, premium-quality audio, handpicked expert recommendations,

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iPhone 13 may be able to make calls and send texts with no service

The rumor: Apple is planning to use low-orbit satellites to bring communication to places it has never gone before on iPhone 13, according to Ming-Chi Kuo (76.6% accurate). “We predict that the iPhone 13 hardware specs will support LEO (low Earth orbit) satellite communications. If Apple turns on the software, when iPhone 13 users are

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Apple Watch Series 7 will include new watch faces optimized for larger displays

The rumor: Apple is planning a revamped design and more for the upcoming 2021 Apple Watch models, according to Mark Gurman (88.8% accurate, via Power On). “I’m told that Apple will bundle multiple new watch faces to take advantage of the bigger screen, including an updated Infograph Modular face” Gurman says New 41/45mm sizes are

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‘Apple Glass’ may be Tim Cook’s final product as CEO

The rumor: Apple’s upcoming augmented reality glasses are set to drop around 2025, according to Mark Gurman (88.8% accurate, via Power On). Tim Cook’s final product as the CEO of Apple may be ‘Apple Glass,’ according to the new report…Apple’s car project is still much further off Cook previously suggested the he plans to retire

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Apple’s iPhone 13 may be getting more expensive…here’s why

The rumor: Apple’s upcoming iPhone 13 series may be more expensive than the iPhone 12 due issues with chip production, according to DigiTimes (61% accurate). Per the new report, prices for chip production from TSMC, one of Apple’s manufacturers, could see increases as high as 20% In turn, “Apple is likely to set higher prices

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