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Apple Wanted Normalcy by September. Covid Had Other Plans

The 2019 iPhone launch in New York.

The 2019 iPhone launch in New York.

Photographer: Mark Abramson/Bloomberg

This week: A Covid resurgence delays Apple’s plan to return, a few days with the MagSafe Battery Pack, Apple Watch software chief expands his role, and AirPods get new software.

Apple Inc. clearly had plans to mark this fall, the all-important iPhone launch and sales season, as its official return to a post-pandemic world. But new strains of Covid-19 and increasing case numbers in many parts of the world will put that on hold.