Apple's leather cases for iPhone 13 Pro: Hands on and first impressions

Apple’s supremely soft leather cases have once again been updated for the latest batch of iPhones. Ahead of the iPhone 13 release, we go hands-on with all the new colors.

Size and fit

While Apple offers all colors of its leather case in variations for the iPhone 13 mini,iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, we’ll be looking at the iPhone 13 Pro model.

We’ve stressed this already in our hands-on with Apple’s silicone cases, but we’ll repeat it again here. Unlike with iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro cases are not interchangeable.

iPhone 13 Pro case on iPhone 13 dummy unit

iPhone 13 Pro case on iPhone 13 dummy unit

As the iPhone 13 Pro has a significantly larger camera module, iPhone 13 cases will not fit inside. While iPhone 13 Pro cases will fit on the iPhone 13, there will be notable empty space around the camera bump.

Design and new colors

Just as Apple didn’t massively alter the design of its signature silicone case, the leather cases have remained unchanged as well. That doesn’t stop them from being one of our favorites, however.

Apple's leather case

Apple’s leather case

The experience of the leather case is above that of the silicone case, including the packaging. Whereas the silicone case is put inside a thin box with a sticker seal, the leather case has a thicker box without a sticker.

Instead, it has an all-paper locking mechanism that pops open and closed. It’s a small detail, but Apple does differentiate between the quality levels.

The anodized metal buttons on Apple's leather case

The anodized metal buttons on Apple’s leather case

The case itself has a rigid interior with very soft leather on the outside, and an Apple logo embossed into the center of the back. Along the sides, the buttons are anodized pieces of aluminum that are color-matched to the cases themselves.

The inside of Apple's leather case

The inside of Apple’s leather case

On the inside is a gentle microfiber lining that will prevent any scratches to your phone. You can also see a circle on the inside, indicative of the case’s support for MagSafe.

Dark Cherry case

Dark Cherry leather case

The new seasonal colors for iPhone 13 are Golden Brown, Dark Cherry, Sequoia Green, Midnight, and Wisteria.

Available now

Despite iPhone 13 not releasing until September 24, Apple’s new leather cases — and silicone cases — are available to order now. You can find them on Amazon for $59.99.

Amazon's $299 iPad 9th Gen, $459 iPad mini 6 deals cement price war with Walmart

Matching the lowest prices we’ve seen on Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad (9th Generation) and iPad mini 6, Amazon is knocking $30 to $40 off preorders. Prices start at just $299.

2021 iPad savings

As we reported earlier this week, Walmart initiated the price war by dropping Apple’s newly announced iPad 9th Generation to $299 and Amazon has now matched the $30 discount on the 64GB, Wi-model. Looking for additional storage space or Wi-Fi + Cellular functionality? Check out the best 2021 iPad prices in our Price Guide.

iPad mini 6 also discounted

Amazon is also matching Walmart’s $40 price cut on the brand-new iPad mini 6, which offers second-generation Apple Pencil 2 support and USB-C charging. Now on sale for $459.99 at Amazon, this preorder price drop delivers the cheapest iPad mini 6 price we’ve seen since the new model was announced on Sept. 14.

Plus, deals on the latest Apple hardware

Cheap Apple Prices

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Resellers are also running specials iPhone, iPad and Mac hardware that will not only deliver the lowest prices on many of the items, but also throw in bonus savings on accessories, software and more. Here are just a few of the deals running this week:

Best Deals Sept. 18 – WD Elements 14TB for $270, 128GB DDR4 for $460, more!

Friday’s best deals include a 32:9 43.8-inch Sceptre IPS monitor, 14TB of external WD Elements storage for $270, 128GB of G.Skill DDR4 memory for $460, and more!

Shopping online for the best discounts and deals can be an annoying and challenging task. So rather than sifting through miles of advertisements, check out this list of sales we’ve hand-picked just for the AppleInsider audience.

You’ll find more than just Apple products here. Each section is organized by product type or brand and can contain anything from furniture to iPhone cases.

If an item is out of stock, it may still be able to be ordered for delivery at a later date. These deals won’t last long, so act fast for anything that might be of interest to you.

Deals are added every day, throughout the day.

Computers, monitors, and accessories

Laptops, desktops, computers, and tablets

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Deals still going on:

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  • HP 11-inch Touch Screen Chromebook Qualcomm Snapdragon 8GB Memory 64GB eMMC, was $599 now $399
  • Samsung 15-inch Galaxy Book Pro with Intel Core i5 512GB SSD Mystic Blue, was $1,099.99 now $349.99
  • Trigkey Green G1 Mini PC – Intel J4125 processor – 8GB Memory – 128GB M.2 SATA SSD storage, was $248.00 now $208 with the on-page coupon

Computer parts

$100 off AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

New today:

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Deals still going on:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-Core 32-Thread Desktop Processor, was $829 now $729 with promo code EMC2AZ9A652
  • Cooler Master AMD Wraith Ripper ThreadRipper TR4 CPU Cooler, was $134.99 now $29.99 after mail-in rebate
  • Phanteks Glacier One 240MP D-RGB AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, was $129.99 now $99.99 with mail-in rebate
  • XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900XT 16GB GDDR6, was $1,799.99 now $1,699.99

Computer Storage

New today:

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  • WD Black 2TB NVMe SSD, was $529.99 now $339.99

Deals still going on:

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  • Samsung 2TB 870 QVO Internal SSD, was $229.99 now $181.25
  • Samsung 2TB 970 EVO Plus M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive SSD, was $499.99 now $249.99
  • SanDisk 128GB Ultra Dual Drive Go USB Type-C / USB Flash Drive, was $74.99 now $23.99
  • Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive with Rescue Data Recovery Services, was $134.99 now $102.00
  • Team Group 1TB CX2 Classic 2.5″ Solid State Drive, was $88.99 now $76.99
  • WD 1TB BLACK SN850 M.2 2280 NVMe Gaming PCIe Gen 4 x4 Internal SSD, was $229.99 now $179.99
  • WD 6TB My Book USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, was $249.99 now $129.99
  • WD 5TB Easystore External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive – Black, was $179.99 now $109.99 at Best Buy and Ebay

Computer RAM and Computer Memory

Neo Forza FAYE 16GB RAM for only $54.99

Neo Forza FAYE 16GB RAM for only $54.99

New today:

  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200, was $102.99 now $77.99
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 128GB (4x32GB) DDR4 2666, was $519.99 now $459.99

Deals still going on:

  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro SL 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 3600, was $229.99 now $159.99
  • G.Skill 32GB (2x16GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 3200, was $139.99 now $127.99
  • Neo Forza 16GB (2x8GB) Faye DDR4 3600 Desktop RAM Kit, was $82.99 now $54.99 with promo code EMC2AZ9A644

Monitors and monitor accessories

New today:

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Deals still going on:

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  • AOC 32-inch FHD 75Hz Adaptive Sync Curved Gaming Monitor C32V3H, was $224.99 now $199.99
  • Asus 27-inch VG278Q 1080p 144Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor, was $249.99 now $209.99 with mail-in rebate
  • BenQ 27-inch Mobiuz 1080p 144Hz IPS LED Gaming Monitor with Eye-Care (EX2710), was $299.99 now $189.99 after mail-in rebate
  • Gigabyte 27-inch M27Q, was $359.99 now $299.99
  • LG 27-inch 2560×1440 IPS Monitor w/ USB Type-C (27QN880-B) and Ergo Stand, was $449.99 now $319.99
  • LG 27-inch 4K UHD 5ms 60Hz IPS monitor, was $449.99 now $396.99
  • MSI 34-inch Optix Ultra Wide QHD Monitor, was $429.99 now $379.99
  • Samsung 34-inch 3440×1440 75Hz UltraWide VA Monitor LS34J552WQNXZA, was $399.99 now $279

Razer Last Chance to shop and other deals (US only)

Computer accessories

Deals still going on:

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  • Logitech Brio 4K Ultra HD Webcam, was $199.99 now $165.31
  • Logitech G PRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, was $129.99 now $99.99
  • Logitech G815 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Tactile), was $196.03 now $169.99
  • Logitech G903 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse W/ Hero 25K Sensor, was $149.99 now $99.99
  • Razer Kiyo Pro Streaming Webcam, was $199.99 now $169.99
  • Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset – Mercury White, was $49.99 now $35.99
  • Wacom PTH660 Intuos Pro Digital Graphic Drawing Tablet, was $379.95 now $299.95

Computer Programs and Computer Applications

Deals still going on:

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  • Microsoft 365 Personal 12 month auto-renewing subscription with a $15 Amazon gift card, was $84.99 now $58.99

Networking

Deals still going on:

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TV, TV accessories, and TV speakers

Televisions and Projectors

Deals still going on:

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Hisense ULED TVs
  • 50-inch U6G 4K ULED Quantum HDR Smart TV (2021), was $699.99 now $499.99 and get a 4-year Accidental Extended Warranty
  • 55-inch U6G 4K ULED Quantum HDR Smart TV (2021), was $799.99 now $549.99 and get a 4-year Accidental Extended Warranty
  • 65-inch ULED 4K Premium Quantum Dot 65U6G, was $849.99 now $699.99
  • 75-Inch Hisense ULED Quantum Dot QLED Series Android 4K Smart TV, was $1,499.99 now $1,148
LG OLED TV Deals
  • LG 48-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1196.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 55-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1296.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
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  • LG 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV, was $2499.99 now $2096.99 and get a $200 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 65-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $1999.99 now $1,796.99 and get a $50 Visa Gift Card
  • LG 77-inch 4K HDR Smart OLED TV, was $3199.99 now $2,796.99 and get a $100 Visa Gift Card
Sony 4K TV Deals
  • Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR65X90J, was $1,599.99 now $1,498
  • Sony 65-inch X90J TV BRAVIA XR Full Array LED 4K Ultra HD, was $1,599.99 now $1,498
  • Sony 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Full Array LED Smart TV XR75X90J, was $2,399.99 now $2,098

TV Accessories

Deals still going on:

  • Amazon Fire TV Blaster, was $34.99 now $19.99
  • Roku Ultra LT 4K HDR Streaming Device, was $79 now $49

Smart Products

Deals still going on:

  • eufy Security Solo IndoorCam, was $51.99 now $46.99 with on-page coupon
  • CostCo Members only: Google Nest Learning Thermostat with Nest Temperature Sensor, was $250 now $190
  • Kasa Smart 2K Security Indoor Camera with 2-Way Audio and Night Vision works with Alexa & Google Home, was $44.99 now $35.99
  • Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip and Surge Protector HS300, was $79.99 now $49.99 with on-page coupon
  • Kasa Smart Plug 4-Pack – White, was $29.99 now $21.99
  • LIFX A19 Mini Day and Dusk White Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb – 4 pack, was $79.96 now $59.96

Charging and other power products

Deals still going on:

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  • Anker 18W USB C Nano Charger Wall PD Charger Power Adapter PIQ 3.0 Fast Charging, was $14.99 now $11.99
  • Samsung Wireless Fast Charger 2.0 Duo Pad, was $99.99 now $22.99

Deals still going on:

  • Coleshome 39-inch Student Writing Desk Two-Tone Design, was $79.99 now $29.99
  • Coredy R750 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $320.99 now $191.24
  • Coredy L900 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, was $519.99 now $341.99 with on page coupon
  • Ecovacs Deebot N8 Pro+ Robot Vacuum and Mop Cleaner with Auto-Empty Station, was $799.99 now $559.99 with promo code ECOROBOT559 and on-page coupon
  • Flexispot Standing Desk Converter 30 inch, was $129.99 now $109.99 with on-page coupon
  • LG CordZero Bagless Cordless Stick Vacuum, was $699.99 now $449.99
  • ODK Height Adjustable Standing Desk 48-inch x 24-inch, was $298.99 now $148 with on-page coupon
  • ODK Height Adjustable Standing Desk 55-inch x 24-inch, was $359.99 now $199.99 with on-page coupon
  • Pilot 8-Pack FriXion Erasable & Refillable Gel Ink Stick Pens (Assorted Colors), was $21.04 now $7.25
  • Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers, was $19.99 now $14.42

Headphones, Ear Buds, and Speakers

$105 for Refurbished Beats Studio Buds

$105 for Refurbished Beats Studio Buds

New today:

Deals still going on:

  • Beats by Dr. Dre Studio Buds Black Totally Wireless Noise Cancelling In Ear, was $149 refurbished $105
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990 250 Ohm Pro Studio Mixing and Mastering Open-Back Headphones, was $179 now $159
  • JBL Studio 520 Dual 4″ Center Channel Speaker, was $349.95 now $99.99
  • JBL Studio 590 Floorstanding Speaker, was $999.95 now $499.99
  • JBL Sub 550P 10″ Powered Subwoofer, was $599.95 now $199.99
  • Sony SSCS5 3-way 3-driver Bookshelf Speaker System Pair, was $219.99 now $168
  • Sony ZX Series Wired On-Ear Headphones – White, was $19.99 now $9.99
  • Sony Truly Wireless Sports In-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones – WFSP800N/B, was $199.99 refurbished $49.99
  • Wharfedale Diamond 11 Series Standard Center Channel Speaker, was $129 now $99

Tech and gadgets

Deals still going on:

  • Amazon Music subscribers get 6 months of Disney+ FREE
  • Anycubic Photon Mono X Resin 3D Printer, was $899.99 now $609.99 with on-page coupon
  • Cricut Maker Machine – Champagne, was $399.99 now $299.99
  • Cricut Maker Machine + Essentials Bundle – Champagne, was $533.42 now $349.99 and Access Subscribers pay only $314.99
  • DJI Mavic Mini Combo Drone, was $499 now $399
  • GoPro HERO7 Black + Extra Battery + Super Suit Dive Housing Case, was $350.99 now $249.99
  • Renogy 50W Portable Solar Panel Charger Foldable E.Flex, was $139.99 now $89.99

eBay 20% off tech, home, and luxe

  • Fitbit Versa Quartz Movement Digital Dial Unisex Watches FB504, was $169.95 open box $104.63 with promo code SAVE4FALL
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  • Justice League (Blu-ray), was $14.99 now $7.20 with promo code SAVE4FALL
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Video games, toys, and games

Disney Frozen 2 No-Floor Dome Tent for only $10

Disney Frozen 2 No-Floor Dome Tent for only $10

Deals still going on:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition – PlayStation 5, was $59.99 now $29.88
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition – Xbox One, was $59.99 now $29.99
  • Dark Souls: The Board Game, was $119.95 now $70.70
  • Demon Souls (PlayStation 5), was $69.99 now $49.94
  • Disney Frozen 2 No-Floor Dome Tent, was $24.99 now $10.00
  • Hard Place, now FREE
  • Leisure Suit Larry 5 – Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, was $4.49 now FREE
  • Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller (Carbon Black), was $59.99 now $49.99
  • Overwatch (PC), was $39.99 now with promo code STILLGOTIT
  • Quake II RTX is free on GOG.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4), was $59.88 now $19.99
  • Resident Evil Village/Resident Evil 8 Steam Key, was $79.99 now $33.36
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo Switch, was $59.99 now $45.99

Movies

Deals still going on:

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  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital), was $25.99 now $11.48
  • Terminator Genisys (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99
  • Terminator Genisys (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99
  • Tomb Raider (2018) (4K UHD), was $14.99 now $4.99

Apple products and Accessories

Apple products and Apple accessory products

Deals still going on:

  • Apple AirPods Pro, was $249 refurbished $179
  • Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad – Silver, was $129 now $111.05
  • Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe, was $59 now $49.55
  • Apple MagSafe Charger at Daily Steals, was $39.99 now $31.99
  • Apple MagSafe Charger at Amazon, was $39.99 now $27.14
  • Apple M1 Mac mini 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM, was $699 open box $589
  • Logitech Slim Folio Pro Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th gen) – Graphite, was $129.99 now $89.99
  • OtterBox Style Folio Wallet for MagSafe – iPhone 12 mini – Black, was $49.95 now $24.95

iPhone Cases

Deals still going on:

iPhone 12 Pro
  • Apple Leather Case with MagSafe – (Product) RED, was $59 now $49.99
  • Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe – (Product) RED, was $49 now $34
iPhone 11 cases
  • Apple Silicone Case, was $39 now $13.99

New iPad mini deliveries slip to October 19

Potential owners of the new iPad mini will have to wait until October at the earliest to get their order, with the online Apple Store seeing deliveries slip to October 19.

Following Tuesday’s unveiling of the redesigned iPad mini, Apple put the latest model up for sale, with availability in stores and online starting from September 24. It appears that late buyers of the model will now have to wait a while before being able get their hands on the device.

According to the online Apple Store at the time of publication, the iPad mini will deliver to customers in the United States from October 19 at the earliest. As more people buy the iPad mini, it is almost certain that the date will slip later into October, with the very real possibility of reaching November.

While deliveries are already stretching into October, it appears the same cannot be said about in-store pickup. AppleInsider checks show it is still possible to acquire an iPad mini on September 24 at Apple Store outlets.

The new iPad mini has an edge-to-edge 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, while retaining Touch ID by shifting it to a corner button. Inside is an A15 Bionic Chip, with the tablet also having a 12-megapixel rear camera, 12-megapixel FaceTime camera with Center Stage support, and the ability to use the Apple Pencil 2.

The model starts from $499 for the 64GB and Wi-Fi model, $649 with 5G cellular.

AirPods 3 release timing, iPhone popularity & more on This Week in Apple

In this week’s episode of “This Week in Apple,” we talk about Apple’s iPhone 13 event, which phone may be most popular, and what other Apple products we may be seeing soon.

Keep up with the last seven days of Apple News

Each week, AppleInsider posts many stories about Apple, its products, rumors and speculation, and information about related vendors and other firms. Our weekend video series “This Week in Apple” condenses down the week’s stories into an easy-to-digest video recap.

Along with a summary of the week, we offer insight and analysis about the key events and what has transpired since the reports were initially published.

Sources for featured stories are below if you want to take a closer look at the events.

Apple event week keeps us busy

Needless to say, the headlining news this week was Apple’s California Streaming event where we saw the new iPad mini, iPhone 13, iPad, and Apple Watch Series 7 announced.

We’ve made multiple comparisons of Apple’s newest products throughout the week to highlight all the new features.

Despite the event only occurring a few days ago, most of Apple’s new gear is already available to order. Both iPad and iPad mini went up for preorder shortly after the event while iPhone 13 went on sale on Friday. The iPad, as well as the new iPhones, will hit customer hands on September 24.

We polled our readers to see what phone they picked up, and on a very unscientific level, the iPhone 13 Pro Max was the early winner. This is backed up by seeing the shipping dates already beginning to slip well into October.

Other news this week were new rumors that both the M1X MacBook Pros as well as the third-gen AirPods would be soon making their debuts, despite not being at Apple’s first September event of 2021.

News

Rumors

Apple touts iPhone 13 filmmaking prowess with Twitter 'hashflag'

Apple on Friday introduced a Twitter “hashflag” to promote the filmmaking capabilities of its new iPhone 13 series, a feature lineup made possible through improved hardware and software enhancements.

The rather verbose “HollywoodInYourPocket” hashflag debuted on Friday in a promotional tweet from Apple’s official account, meaning it does not currently appear on the company’s main feed.

Featuring a clapperboard embellished with an Apple logo, the hashflag takes a cue from Apple’s “California Streaming” event where the company introduced a slate of new iPhone 13 camera features.

Along with across-the-board camera hardware upgrades, Apple is bringing a new “Cinematic mode” to both iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro handsets. Mimicking professional videography techniques, the technology uses machine learning algorithms to automatically shift focus to people, pets and objects, adding a depth effect for cinema-style shots. “Cinema mode” can anticipate when another subject enters the frame and users can manually adjust focus after footage is captured.

The new feature, enabled by Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, is shown off in a video embedded in Apple’s tweet.

According to researcher Jane Manchun Wong’s Hashflag Browser, “HollywoodInYourPocket” should remain active through Dec. 17, giving iPhone 13 users plenty of time to shoot and share their own “Cinematic mode” content.

Hashflags.io first spotted the new icon.

Goldman Sachs honors 3% Daily Cash for Apple Card holders impacted by iPhone 13 preorder issue

Some Apple Card customers eager to get their hands on the latest iPhone 13 were driven to use an alternative form of payment when preorders went live on Friday due to a now resolved iPhone Upgrade Program problem.

Apple’s preorder mechanism hit a snag early this morning when some iPhone Upgrade Program members reported that they were unable to complete their iPhone 13 preorder purchase with Apple Card.

A number of customers impacted by the issue resorted to placing the charge on a different credit card, forfeiting Apple Card’s 3% Daily Cash benefit. Following complaints posted to various social media platforms, it appears that Goldman Sachs is making the situation right.

AppleInsider can confirm that Apple’s banking partner will honor Apple Card’s cash back incentive for customers who use a different card to bypass the iPhone Upgrade Program snafu.

One reader who contacted Goldman was initially told that the bank could not rectify the situation. In a subsequent exchange, however, Goldman said that any Apple Card holder who was unable to make an iPhone Upgrade Program purchase, and consequently used a different card, will be eligible to receive 3% Daily Cash.

AppleInsider confirmed the statement with a Goldman Sachs Apple Card representative.

Those impacted by the issue will be sent an email containing details on how to obtain the benefit that can run close to $55 for iPhone Upgrade Program payments on a 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max. While not yet confirmed, Apple Card holders might have to change the credit card on file with Citizens Bank, the financial institution handling loans for the iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple rolls out AppleCare+ extensions to France, Italy and Spain

Apple is expanding availability of an AppleCare+ option that allows device users to extend their warranty beyond the typical coverage period.

Announced in an updated support document, users in France, Italy and Spain might be able to purchase additional coverage if they paid upfront for an AppleCare+ plan for iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The new plan renews on a monthly basis and plan coverage may continue beyond 24 or 36 months until canceled.

Previously, the extended coverage options were limited to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Owners must purchase new coverage within 30 days of their original plan’s termination date. Apple notes that extensions are automatically renewed until canceled, with the company stating that it can end coverage in certain cases including instances in which service parts are no longer available. Prior written notice will be provided in such cases.

The expansion is the latest change to Apple’s warranty service. In April, Apple began to allow Mac owners in U.S. to keep their AppleCare+ plan active beyond three years, and in August introduced an option by which new owners can purchase a plan as an annual subscription.

AppleCare+ offers coverage beyond Apple’s standard one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of technical support. The service extends hardware repair coverage and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage every 12 months, each subject to a service fee.

Apple CEO Tim Cook addresses workplace issues, pay equity, more in all-hands meeting

Apple CEO Tim Cook fielded questions regarding pressing employee relations topics in an all-hands meeting on Friday, and while he acknowledged certain issues, some workers were not placated by his answers.

Cook, along with SVP of Retail and People Deirdre O’Brien, addressed a range of subjects from pay equity to Texas’ new abortion law in a meeting broadcast to employees around the world, reports The New York Times.

Activist employees told the publication that Cook answered only two of a number of questions they wanted to ask. The report fails to detail what those two questions were, but notes the Apple chief did comment on pay equity, at least in part.

The company regularly assesses compensation practices to ensure employees are paid fairly, Cook and O’Brien said, according to the report.

“When we find any gaps at all, which sometimes we do, we close them,” O’Brien said.

The answer echoes a statement O’Brien offered to employees earlier this month when she said Apple had reached pay equity.

Cook on Friday also said Apple is investigating whether it can help the legal fight challenging Texas’ abortion law, adding that the company’s medical insurance will assist employees who need to travel to other states because of the new legislation. The company said much the same in an internal memo issued late last night.

It appears that Cook declined to answer certain questions submitted by employees, including at least one from #AppleToo coordinator Janneke Parrish. Parrish wanted clarity on concrete steps Apple had taken to ensure pay gaps were resolved and there was more representation in leadership from women and minorities, the report said.

“With the answers Tim gave today, we weren’t heard,” Parrish said.

Apple in a statement to The New York Times said it is “deeply committed” to fostering a positive and inclusive workplace.

“We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters,” the company said.

Today’s meeting comes amid unrest from within Apple’s ranks. Current and former employees created the #AppleToo movement to collect and share stories illustrating workplace harassment, sexism, racism, inequity and other serious allegations that have fallen on deaf ears. Hundreds of accounts have been submitted so far.

Last week, Ashley Gjovik, who spoke out publicly on unaddressed workplace issues, was fired for allegedly leaking confidential material. The termination is now being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board as a potential retaliatory action.

The report goes on to recount Apple employees’ recent history of organizing, activity that was in part facilitated by the introduction of Slack.

Photo reveals Apple's plastic wrap-free iPhone 13 packaging

As part of new environmental efforts announced on Tuesday, Apple said it will cut down on the material used in iPhone 13’s packaging by removing the outer plastic wrap that typically enshrines the device in its box.

Apple’s new packaging process was apparently revealed ahead of wide availability in an image posted to Twitter by leaker “DuanRui” on Thursday.

The photo shows an iPhone 13 box sealed with a sticker that integrates a pull tab to keep the box secure until ready to be opened. It appears that the protective label attaches to an inside section of the box top and the outer area of the box bottom.

This solution effectively keeps the box securely closed during transit and acts as a tamper-evident seal.

Apple has applied a similar tear-away system to its first-party accessories for years, with plastic stickers first appearing on small items like cables and later Apple Watch bands. Paper-based labels like the one used on iPhone 13’s packaging are typically reserved for larger accessories with two-part rigid boxes.

According to Apple, the switch away from plastic wrap will avoid 600 metric tons of waste, presumably over the device’s lifetime. The company has committed to removing plastic from its packaging by 2025.

Apple highlights other environmentally friendly aspects of iPhone 13 on its website, noting the handset uses 100% recycled rare earth elements in magnets, 100% recycled tin in the solder of its main logic board and battery management unit, 100% recycled gold in the plating of the main logic board and camera wire, and upcycled plastic water bottles for the dielectric material that composes iPhone’s antenna lines.