If you needed any more proof that we were supposed to get a spring Apple event, Wednesday’s unexpected hardware launches via a pair of press releases and an Apple website refresh probably have you covered. We got a new dual-camera iPad Pro with a laser scanner (a first for Apple), a faster MacBook Air with scissor keys, a new pair of Powerbeats with “Hey Siri” and 3 additional hours of battery life, refreshed Apple Watch bands for the spring and other tidbits.

Welcome to a new installment of iDownloadBlog’s Editor’s Desk weekly column in which we round up various stories that were published on the site from March 16 through 22.

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Our weekly recap follows right ahead.

Weekly recap: March 16-22, 2020

Let’s Talk iOS: Sunshine and puppy dogs

Episode #335 of iDownloadBlog’s “Let’s Talk iOS” podcast discusses WWDC 2020’s new online format and analyzes all the leaks that surfaced recently, including new capabilities coming to the Messages app, Apple Pencil, the iOS Home screen and much more.

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Wallpapers: 2020 iPad Pro and digital paint

This week’s collection packs two very different sets of wallpapers for your Apple devices.

Submit images for consideration to Jim Gresham via @jim_gresham

The first featured collection includes the entire set of Apple’s advertising wallpapers for the just-announced 2020 iPad Pro models — in iPad, iPhone and desktop resolutions.

Our second wallpaper pack is focused on abstract digital paint wallpapers for iPhone that pop in contrasting colors, making an awesome addition to either your Lock or Home screen.

Deals and discounts

Apple news and rumors

Here are the week’s most important Apple stories that we’ve covered:

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Tips, tricks and fresh tutorials to master your devices

Learn something new with our tutorials, tips and tricks for your Apple world:

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Apps, games and new updates to unwind

Check out the following new and updated apps, games and related news:

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Accessories for your Apple world

We covered the following accessories this week:

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Jailbreak tweaks for your pwned iPhone

We covered the following jailbreak tweaks this week:

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Your favorites?

Your favorite picks from this week’s roundup? Let us know in the comments down below!

Image: Apple’s new iPad Pro, seen sitting on my desk through augmented reality