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This week’s top stories: WWDC21 expectations, iPad rumors, AirTag update, more

In this week’s top stories: WWDC 2021 expectations, MacBook Pro refresh rumors, AirTag software update, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories and more.

WWDC 2021

We’re just one day away from the beginning of WWDC 2021. Things kick off tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET with Apple’s special event keynote. During this keynote, we expect the introduction of iOS 15, watchOS 8, and much more.

You can find our full roundup of what to expect at WWDC 2021 this year right here.

AirTag update

Apple this week rolled out its firmware update to AirTag users. The update is focused on improving the privacy provisions in place for the item tracker.

With this firmware update, an AirTag will now play a sound after it has been separated from its owner at a random time within an interval of eight hours and 24 hours. At launch, AirTag played a sound after being separated from its owner for longer than three days.

The company is also developing an app for Android users that will alert them to an AirTag potentially moving with them. The app will also detect other Find My-enabled accessories.

iPad rumors

A monster new report from Bloomberg this week indicated that Apple is currently developing a redesigned iPad Pro for release in 2022. This redesign will purportedly introduce a new glass back that enables wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

Apple is also reportedly working on a redesigned iPad mini. The company also continues to develop a spiritual successor to its AirPower failed charging mat.

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

iOS |

iPhone |

Apple Watch |

Apple TV |

Mac |

iPad |

AirTag |

Apple Stores |

AAPL Company |

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This week’s top videos |

9to5Mac Daily |

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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  • 9to5Mac Daily: June 04, 2021 – iPad Pro redesign, AirTag update
  • 9to5Mac Daily: June 03, 2021 – Apple’s hybrid work plan, more
  • 9to5Mac Daily: June 02, 2021 – Apple Car, iPhone 13 battery increase
  • 9to5Mac Daily: June 01, 2021 – MacBook Pro rumors, Apple Watch Series 3
  • 9to5Mac Daily: May 31, 2021 – iPhone 13 production, more

9to5Mac Happy Hour Podcast |

This week on Happy Hour 9to5Mac’s Benjamin and Zac explore this week’s news including the delay of Podcasts Subscriptions, AirTags stalking, Apple’s new remote work policies for employees, and the ‘homeOS’ job listing. They then get hyped for WWDC next week.

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Stacktrace Podcast |

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Apple @ Work Podcast |

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