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How to watch Apple Time Flies event: iPhone 12 rumors, iOS update, more

Published: 15/Sep/2020 12:34

by Andy Williams

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Apple’s virtual ‘Time Flies’ event starts today, September 15, with some big announcements expected. Here’s everything you need to know.

Apple will be hosting its Time Flies event on YouTube. The stream (embedded below) is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM (PT) / 1:00 PM (ET) / 6:00 PM (BST) on September 15.

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The virtual event is set to work in a similar capacity to Apple’s WWDC 2020 that took place in June 2020.

Should their June event act as a benchmark of what to expect, the broadcast will likely showcase some of Apple’s finest innovations live from the Steve Jobs Theater.

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iPhone 12?

Apple were tipped to announce the highly anticipated iPhone 12 range during their September 15 event. But a report from Bloomberg suggests that the technology giant will instead be dedicating an entirely separate conference to their flagship handset.

What to expect at Apple Event

So, with a new iPhone reveal seemingly off the cards, what exactly can we expect from Apple’s September event? Well, per Bloomberg’s report, Apple is preparing both high-end and low-end Apple Watches, alongside a sleeker-looking iPad with an edge-to-edge display.

The company is also working on a smaller HomePod and are considering venturing into the over-ear headphone market, following the success of their AirPods. Apple’s rumored Series 6 Watch was confirmed by Guilherme Rambo, who spotted the keyword in the metadata of the YouTube stream.

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No iPhone news is expected at the Time Flies Apple event.

On top of an all-new iPad, Apple Watch enthusiasts are expecting to see more health and fitness adaptations offered in the new series of watches. A watchOS 7 leak from 9to5Mac suggests that the Apple Watch Series 6 range will come with the capability to read oxygen saturation levels.

This comes as Apple continues to push the boundaries of their Watch’s health monitoring potential. While the hardware will be capable out of the box, it will require up-to-date software to perform such extensive tasks.

And indeed, Apple’s iOS 14, watchOS 7, iPadOS 14, macOS 11 Big Sur and tvOS 14 are all expected to have their official release dates confirmed as part of the event. Of course, all of the above is entirely speculation, so be sure to tune in on September 15 to find out exactly what Apple has up their sleeve.

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EA removes FIFA 21 ad selling loot boxes to children after backlash

Published: 1/Oct/2020 5:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 5:47

by Bill Cooney

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September 30 update (9:30pm PT): EA has pulled the advertisement from all toy magazines, including the one shown in Smyths, promoting buying FIFA points in the lead-up to FIFA 21.

They have also apologized for not upholding their “responsibility we take for the experience of our younger players.”

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“We take very seriously the responsibilities we have when marketing EA games and experiences in channels seen by children,” they told Eurogamer in a statement.

Earlier: EA is under fire after users on the internet posted pictures of advertisements for FIFA 21 in-game purchases placed inside a children’s toy magazine.

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It’s that time of year again, the air is getting cooler, the holidays are fast approaching, and there’s a new FIFA game about to come out on October 6.

In the year 2020 it’s not strange at all to see ads for video games amongst other kinds of toys in your usual holiday catalogs (if you don’t already do all your shopping online). However ads for in-game transactions and not the games themselves are becoming more and more common, and people don’t seem to be too thrilled with the idea.

On Sept. 26 A Twitter account by the name of AllFifamistakes posted a picture from one of the latest in-store magazines for UK company Smyths Toys. The ad, for FIFA’s popular Ultimate Team mode, lists four steps for players to play FUT, with the second being “use FIFA points to open packs.”

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As any good FUT player knows, FIFA Points are the digital currency that is used specifically for that mode to unlock player packs, which are basically random loot boxes containing player cards and other upgrades.

Enough arguments have been made for and against loot boxes being a form of gambling than we could list in a series of articles, but they are one of the most unpopular features in modern-day gaming, and seen as a way for companies to keep cashing in on consumers after the fork out the sticker price just to play the game.

The fact that it’s in a toy magazine where a kid will most likely see it and bother his or her parent about buying them FIFA Points for some player packs is what seems to have ticked most people off, with some accusing EA of promoting gambling to their younger fans. However, this isn’t even the first FIFA game to employ such marketing tactics.

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As you can see above, EA SPORTS has been advertising using FIFA Points to open packs as part of their “four steps to FUT success” for at least a year now, with the exact same wording appearing on adverts for FIFA 20 back around holiday season 2019.

Like gambling itself, it doesn’t seem as though loot boxes will be going away any time soon no matter how unpopular they may be, but people obviously aren’t too fond of ads for them being waved under kids’ noses.

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