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Monday April 22

07:29
iPad Air Stock Running Low Ahead of New Model...

Retail stock of the current iPad Air is starting to dwindle ahead of the widely anticipated arrival of new models early next month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.

Citing sources at multiple retail stores in the latest "Power On" newsletter, Gurman said that inventory levels of the ‌iPad Air‌ are diminishing in Apple stores, a typical indicator that new versions are soon to be released. Unlike the ‌iPad Air‌, the iPad Pro apparently remains abundantly available, which suggests that Apple might be planning to sell through its current stock even after...

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07:24
Best Buy Takes $100 Off Every Model of the 13-Inch...

Best Buy today is taking $100 off across the entire 13-inch M3 MacBook Air lineup, starting at $999.00 for the 256GB model. For every version of the laptop these are all-time low prices, and they're available in all four colors of Midnight, Silver, Space Gray, and Starlight.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

In addition to the entry-level 256GB laptop, Best Buy also has the 8GB RAM/512GB SSD 13-inch M3 MacBook Air for $1,199.00 and the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD model for $1,399.00. Both of these are also $100 discounts and record low prices on the just-released M3 MacBook Air.

$100 OFF13-inch M3 MacBook Air (256GB) for $999.00...

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07:02
Apple kills off troubled FineWoven line, report...

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Apple’s much-maligned range of FineWoven accessories, made of an imitation-leather material for environmental reasons, has now been completely killed off, according to a new report. The same source indicates that the company intends to replace FineWoven with another leather-replacement material, but hopefully one which suffers from fewer problems.

Twitter/X user Kosutami, a tech leaker who has posted some accurate rumors in the past, posted Sunday that “FineWoven has gone… Since its durability were bad,” and that production of the cases has now ceased.

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06:45
Apple acquires Parisian start-up Datakalab, which...

According to French business magazine Challenges, Apple has scooped up the Parisian start-up Datakalab, a company that specializes in in algorithm compression and artificial intelligence (AI) image analysis.

The article says the transaction was completed in December. Info on the money involved hasn’t been disclosed. Datakalanbl is based in Paris, France. Here’s how the company is described: Operator of a neuromarketing system intended to analyze and decrypt consumer emotions. The company’s neuroscientific and artificial intelligence-powered tools measure consumers’ emotions to optimize customer knowledge and fuel brands’ transformation and innovation strategies, enabling users with embedded computer vision that is fast, cost-effective, and precise.

Challenges says the acquisition was reported to the European Commission earlier this month. The...

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06:45
Apple acquires Parisian start-up Datakalab, which...

According to French business magazine Challenges, Apple has scooped up the Parisian start-up Datakalab, a company that specializes in in algorithm compression and artificial intelligence (AI) image analysis.

The article says the transaction was completed in December. Info on the money involved hasn’t been disclosed. Datakalanbl is based in Paris, France. Here’s how the company is described: Operator of a neuromarketing system intended to analyze and decrypt consumer emotions. The company’s neuroscientific and artificial intelligence-powered tools measure consumers’ emotions to optimize customer knowledge and fuel brands’ transformation and innovation strategies, enabling users with embedded computer vision that is fast, cost-effective, and precise.

Challenges says the acquisition was reported to the European Commission earlier this month. The...

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06:45
Apple acquires Parisian start-up Datakalab, which...

According to French business magazine Challenges, Apple has scooped up the Parisian start-up Datakalab, a company that specializes in in algorithm compression and artificial intelligence (AI) image analysis.

The article says the transaction was completed in December. Info on the money involved hasn’t been disclosed. Datakalanbl is based in Paris, France. Here’s how the company is described: Operator of a neuromarketing system intended to analyze and decrypt consumer emotions. The company’s neuroscientific and artificial intelligence-powered tools measure consumers’ emotions to optimize customer knowledge and fuel brands’ transformation and innovation strategies, enabling users with embedded computer vision that is fast, cost-effective, and precise.

Challenges says the acquisition was reported to the European Commission earlier this month. The...

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06:40
Report: Apple acquires French startup behind AI and...

Apple has reportedly acquired Datakalab, a Paris, France-based startup specializing in artificial intelligence compression and computer vision technology. According to French business magazine Challenges, the acquisition was finalized in December.

Datakalab described itself as “experts in low power, runtime efficient, and deep learning algorithms” that work on device.

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05:45
Rumor: iPhone 16 could ditch physical buttons after...

Rumors that Apple is hoping to switch a future iPhone model from physical to capacitive buttons persist. Now, a new supply chain report suggests that Apple has placed a supply chain order for a new capacitive button system that will replace the physical buttons on the iPhone 16.

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05:08
Apple Orders Capacitive Button Components Allegedly...

Apple has ordered a large number of capacitative button components from a Taiwan supplier that are allegedly for use in the upcoming iPhone 16 series, claims a new report out of Asia.

Image credit: Unbox Therapy

According to the Economic Daily News, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering won the order, which is said to include system-in-a-package (SIP) modules that will be used to integrate capcative components with two Taptic Engine motors, one on either side of the iPhone.

The claim in the report is that Apple will replace the existing physical buttons on both sides of the iPhone 15 with capacitive versions that will provide ‌iPhone 16‌ users with haptic feedback. The latter type of button detects pressure and...

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04:48
Apple Events 2024: Apple’s event plans

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Apple doesn’t participate in big industry-wide events such as CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds its own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals to Apple Park to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these ‘events,’ and streams them live online to millions of watchers.

In 2023 there were three such events: WWDC in June, the Wonderlust iPhone event in September and Apple’s second fall event on October 30 (or October 31 if you weren’t in the U.S.). Similarly, in 2022 Apple held three events: a spring event on March 8, WWDC on June 6, and the iPhone 14 launch on September 7. In other years Apple has held four events though. Will Apple hold four events in 2024?

Read on to find out what events and new Apple product launches the...

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04:45
Ukraine Asks Apple To Withdraw Gambling Apps From...

Ukraine Asks Apple To Withdraw Gambling Apps From the App Store

It’s been more than two years since the Russian-Ukrainian war started. Well, technically, it started over a decade ago, but its latest and most impactful part started more than two years ago, in February 2022.  After these tough times, Ukraine seems to face a different and rather unexpected problem with the army. According to President […]

This post Ukraine Asks Apple To Withdraw Gambling Apps From the App Store appeared first on The Mac Observer

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04:30
Best laptop stands for Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook...

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Apple’s MacBooks are great, but—as with all laptops—using one isn’t that great for your back or neck.

Continual bowing of the head to see a screen can lead to a stiff neck and what doctors call spinal stenosis, which can compress blood vessels and displace nerves—cutting off blood supply to the brain. That’s not a good thing.

Your screen should be at a comfortable height that doesn’t make you bend your neck down to see it. Try to make sure your eyes are in line with the screen while sitting with a straight back. This also helps when making video calls, so the other people aren’t staring up your nostrils.

Using a laptop stand also makes using a separate keyboard and mouse much easier. See our roundups of the best Mac keyboards and...

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04:22
iPhone 16 to Feature Capacitive Buttons With Haptic...

iPhone 16 to Feature Capacitive Buttons With Haptic Feedback

The iPhone 16 buttons won’t be mechanical, and will feature a haptic system similar to the iPhone SE’s Touch ID, according to a report. Prior to the announcement of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, there was a lot of speculation about Apple replacing its mechanical buttons with haptic-responsive ones. However, the company reportedly […]

This post iPhone 16 to Feature Capacitive Buttons With Haptic Feedback appeared first on The Mac Observer

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04:15
Fjällräven High Coast Foldsack 24 review:...

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At a glanceExpert's Rating
Pros

  • Universal use
  • Large selection of colors
  • Very good workmanship
  • Recycled material
  • Very light and can be folded flat
  • Robust, dirt-resistant base

Cons

  • Hook on the lid slips out easily
  • No padding in the laptop compartment

Our Verdict

We really liked the High Coast Foldsack 24 as an everyday backpack. Fresh colors, slim, light, and flexible to use. The workmanship is excellent and the price is reasonable.

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04:12
Apple may be considering making a new iPhone wallet...

Apple may be considering making a new iPhone wallet case as evidenced by a new patent filing (number US 20240127011 AI) for “techniques for managing physical cards stored in a physical wallet.”

About the patent filing

The patent filing involves techniques for managing (e.g., tracking or detecting the presence or absence of) physical cards (e.g., identification cards, credit cards, etc.) stored in a physical wallet. In particular, the embodiments set forth both (1) a smart wallet configured to manage the physical cards stored therein, as well as (2) a smart card configured to be inserted into a traditional wallet and to manage the physical cards stored therein.

The wallet could be incorporated into an iPhone case or offered as a standalone attachment. It would also work with Apple’s Find My feature to help locate a missing wallet or iPhone.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “This Application sets forth...

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04:12
Apple may be considering making a new iPhone wallet...

Apple may be considering making a new iPhone wallet case as evidenced by a new patent filing (number US 20240127011 AI) for “techniques for managing physical cards stored in a physical wallet.”

About the patent filing

The patent filing involves techniques for managing (e.g., tracking or detecting the presence or absence of) physical cards (e.g., identification cards, credit cards, etc.) stored in a physical wallet. In particular, the embodiments set forth both (1) a smart wallet configured to manage the physical cards stored therein, as well as (2) a smart card configured to be inserted into a traditional wallet and to manage the physical cards stored therein.

The wallet could be incorporated into an iPhone case or offered as a standalone attachment. It would also work with Apple’s Find My feature to help locate a missing wallet or iPhone.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “This Application sets forth...

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04:12
Apple may be considering making a new iPhone wallet...

Apple may be considering making a new iPhone wallet case as evidenced by a new patent filing (number US 20240127011 AI) for “techniques for managing physical cards stored in a physical wallet.”

About the patent filing

The patent filing involves techniques for managing (e.g., tracking or detecting the presence or absence of) physical cards (e.g., identification cards, credit cards, etc.) stored in a physical wallet. In particular, the embodiments set forth both (1) a smart wallet configured to manage the physical cards stored therein, as well as (2) a smart card configured to be inserted into a traditional wallet and to manage the physical cards stored therein.

The wallet could be incorporated into an iPhone case or offered as a standalone attachment. It would also work with Apple’s Find My feature to help locate a missing wallet or iPhone.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “This Application sets forth...

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04:11
Apple TV+’s ‘Argylle’ bombed at the box office, but...

“Fallout,” the Prime Video adaptation of the post-apocalyptic video game franchise, has claimed the top spot on Reelgood’s weekly top 10 overall movies and TV shows for April 11-April 17. Following closely at No. 2 is Apple TV+’s “Argylle,” which bombed at the box office, but seems to be a hit on streaming. 

Ranked third through fifth are “The Zone of Interest ,” “Poor Things,” and “Ripley,” while “Shōgun” and “Oppenheimer” secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 is Apple TV+’s “Sugar” followed by French legal drama “Anatomy of a Fall” at No. 9, and “A Gentleman in Moscow” at No. 10. On the top 10 list of streaming shows, “Sugar” is number four, while Apple TV+’s “Franklin” comes in at seventh.

Reelgood Streaming Charts monitor...

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04:11
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wants gambling...

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked Apple to remove gambling apps for the App Store, reports The MacObserver.

He says gambling is causing morale and security risks within the ranks of the country’s military. For this reason, he’s banned gambling activities within the country’s military and has Apple and Google to remove gambling apps from respectable app stores. 

The MacObserver says the decision follows a petition filed by Ukrainian serviceman Pavlo Petrychenko, who lost his life in battle on April 15. Petrychenko’s petition revealed the alarming trend of soldiers resorting to gambling, risking their earnings, and even pawning military equipment to cover gambling debts. 

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04:11
Apple TV+’s ‘Argylle’ bombed at the box office, but...

“Fallout,” the Prime Video adaptation of the post-apocalyptic video game franchise, has claimed the top spot on Reelgood’s weekly top 10 overall movies and TV shows for April 11-April 17. Following closely at No. 2 is Apple TV+’s “Argylle,” which bombed at the box office, but seems to be a hit on streaming. 

Ranked third through fifth are “The Zone of Interest ,” “Poor Things,” and “Ripley,” while “Shōgun” and “Oppenheimer” secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 is Apple TV+’s “Sugar” followed by French legal drama “Anatomy of a Fall” at No. 9, and “A Gentleman in Moscow” at No. 10. On the top 10 list of streaming shows, “Sugar” is number four, while Apple TV+’s “Franklin” comes in at seventh.

Reelgood Streaming Charts monitor...

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04:11
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wants gambling...

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked Apple to remove gambling apps for the App Store, reports The MacObserver.

He says gambling is causing morale and security risks within the ranks of the country’s military. For this reason, he’s banned gambling activities within the country’s military and has Apple and Google to remove gambling apps from respectable app stores. 

The MacObserver says the decision follows a petition filed by Ukrainian serviceman Pavlo Petrychenko, who lost his life in battle on April 15. Petrychenko’s petition revealed the alarming trend of soldiers resorting to gambling, risking their earnings, and even pawning military equipment to cover gambling debts. 

The post Ukraine...

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04:11
Apple TV+’s ‘Argylle’ bombed at the box office, but...

“Fallout,” the Prime Video adaptation of the post-apocalyptic video game franchise, has claimed the top spot on Reelgood’s weekly top 10 overall movies and TV shows for April 11-April 17. Following closely at No. 2 is Apple TV+’s “Argylle,” which bombed at the box office, but seems to be a hit on streaming. 

Ranked third through fifth are “The Zone of Interest ,” “Poor Things,” and “Ripley,” while “Shōgun” and “Oppenheimer” secured the sixth and seventh positions, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 10 is Apple TV+’s “Sugar” followed by French legal drama “Anatomy of a Fall” at No. 9, and “A Gentleman in Moscow” at No. 10. On the top 10 list of streaming shows, “Sugar” is number four, while Apple TV+’s “Franklin” comes in at seventh.

Reelgood Streaming Charts monitor...

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04:11
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wants gambling...

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked Apple to remove gambling apps for the App Store, reports The MacObserver.

He says gambling is causing morale and security risks within the ranks of the country’s military. For this reason, he’s banned gambling activities within the country’s military and has Apple and Google to remove gambling apps from respectable app stores. 

The MacObserver says the decision follows a petition filed by Ukrainian serviceman Pavlo Petrychenko, who lost his life in battle on April 15. Petrychenko’s petition revealed the alarming trend of soldiers resorting to gambling, risking their earnings, and even pawning military equipment to cover gambling debts. 

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04:07
Apple patent filing involves ‘Fitness and Social...

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 22

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From AppleInsider: Senator Elizabeth Warren has posted a call for Apple’s “stranglehold monopoly” on the smartphone market to be broken up, despite the iPhone peaking at only half the US population.

° From iMore: Provenance, a multi-system emulator, is in the works for iPhone, following Apple’s recent App Store rule change.

° From Cult of Mac: This Apple Watch Series X concept will make you want it now.

° From...

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 22

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From AppleInsider: Senator Elizabeth Warren has posted a call for Apple’s “stranglehold monopoly” on the smartphone market to be broken up, despite the iPhone peaking at only half the US population.

° From iMore: Provenance, a multi-system emulator, is in the works for iPhone, following Apple’s recent App Store rule change.

° From Cult of Mac: This Apple Watch Series X concept will make you want it now.

° From...

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 22

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From AppleInsider: Senator Elizabeth Warren has posted a call for Apple’s “stranglehold monopoly” on the smartphone market to be broken up, despite the iPhone peaking at only half the US population.

° From iMore: Provenance, a multi-system emulator, is in the works for iPhone, following Apple’s recent App Store rule change.

° From Cult of Mac: This Apple Watch Series X concept will make you want it now.

° From...

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03:55
Apple Watch Users With WatchOS 10 Reportedly Facing...

Apple Watch Users With WatchOS 10 Reportedly Facing Extreme Battery Life and Draining Issues

Apple Watch users are reporting significantly reduced battery life after updating to watchOS 10, with some models draining as quickly as 4-5 hours. The issue appears to be affecting users across various Apple Watch models, including Series 4, 5, 7, and even the as new as Series 9. While some users have found relief with […]

This post Apple Watch Users With WatchOS 10 Reportedly Facing Extreme Battery Life and Draining Issues appeared first on The Mac Observer

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03:30
Why does Apple want to destroy everything good about...

Macworld

Welcome to our weekly Apple Breakfast column, which includes all the Apple news you missed last week in a handy bite-sized roundup. We call it Apple Breakfast because we think it goes great with a morning cup of coffee or tea, but it’s cool if you want to give it a read during lunch or dinner hours too.

Air quality

Interesting developments in the iPad rumorsphere, where the theory emerged last week that the next iPad Air, already expected to get a massive 12.9-inch display, will also enjoy an upgrade from LED to mini-LED screen technology. That’s what you currently get from the iPad Pro, and should deliver excellent power efficiency and improved image quality. Good news, right?

Wrong.

It’s always been understood that the Pro models are where you go to get the very best hardware Apple can offer....

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03:20
Customers Are Losing Interest in Apple Vision Pro...

Customers Are Losing Interest in Apple Vision Pro Ahead of International Launch

People seem to be losing interest in Apple Vision Pro, Apple’s mixed reality headset. The company announced it during WWDC 2023, and it became available in the United States in February of this year. Since then, people could go in-store to try a demo, as well as buy them in person and online. Now, Bloomberg‘s […]

This post Customers Are Losing Interest in Apple Vision Pro Ahead of International Launch appeared first on The Mac Observer

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03:10
Best wireless headphones for iPhone

Macworld

Wireless headphones are essentially the standard now, with Bluetooth being convenient and the sound quality difference to wired not being that noticeable to typical people (we realize audiophiles ‘know’).

The market is huge, but here are the best wireless earbuds we’ve tested for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Macs. If you do want a wired connection some of these do offer it in addition to Bluetooth, but we also have a round-up of the best wired headphones and a comparison of over-ear headphones read our comparison of AirPods Max vs other over-ear headphones.

Updated April 2024 with Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 4 review.

Best headphones and earbuds for iPhone

1. Bose...

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03:00
Rumor: Apple stops production of FineWoven...

Sometimes you’ve got to throw in the towel on an accessory. Per a post on X (formerly Twitter), noted leaker “Kosutami” has cited that Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories due to its poor durability. The company may move to another non-leather material for its premium accessories in the future. Kosutami has offered accurate […]

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02:12
Apple Vision Pro Customer Interest Dying Down at...

Apple Vision Pro, Apple's $3,500 spatial computing device, appears to be following a pattern familiar to the AR/VR headset industry – initial enthusiasm giving way to a significant dip in sustained interest and usage.

Since its debut in the U.S. in February 2024, excitement for the ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ has noticeably cooled, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Writing in his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman reports a marked decline in the demand for retail demos and sales, based on the Apple Stores he has spoken to:

Demand for demos is way down. People who do book appointments often don't show up, and sales — at least at some locations — have gone from a couple of units a day to...

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01:56
Google Chrome’s Quick Delete Feature Will Soon Be...

Google Chrome’s Quick Delete Feature Will Soon Be Available on iOS

Google Chrome seems to be working on expanding the “quick delete” feature for iOS users. The quick delete feature is already available on Android, allowing you to delete all browsing data from the last 15 minutes. A flag named “Quick Delete for iOS” is being added, which suggests the development of this feature for iPhones, […]

This post Google Chrome’s Quick Delete Feature Will Soon Be Available on iOS appeared first on The Mac Observer

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01:42
Accessory Maker is Already Selling Cases for the...

Accessory Maker is Already Selling Cases for the Much Rumored 12.9″ iPad Air

Rumors about the imminent launch of new iPads have been swirling, mainly because it’s been a while since Apple last updated its iPad lineup. One of the most talked-about rumors is the introduction of a larger iPad Air for the first time, and some accessory makers are already ahead of the game, offering cases for […]

This post Accessory Maker is Already Selling Cases for the Much Rumored 12.9″ iPad Air appeared first on The Mac Observer

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01:00
Become bilingual with help from Babbel Language...

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Developed by over 100 expert linguists and academics from Yale University and the City University of New York, Babbel focuses on helping users learn practical conversational skills in a new language. Just select from one of Babbel’s 14 languages to begin, and study your new tongue with lessons ranging from 10 to 15 minutes.

Discover how to ask for directions, order food, hail a cab, and more in your chosen new language. You can develop a precise accent with help from...

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Sunday April 21

19:51
Accessory maker now selling cases for rumored 12.9-...

There have been many rumors about the launch of new iPads soon given that it has been over a year since Apple last updated its tablet lineup. As the company is rumored to introduce a larger iPad Air for the first time, accessory makers are already selling cases for the yet-to-be-released 12.9-inch iPad Air.

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12:37
Security Bite: Cybercriminals take advantage of...

At this year’s annual hacking conference, Black Hat Asia, a team of security researchers revealed how cybercriminals are sneakily using stolen credit cards and Apple Store Online’s ‘Someone else will pick it up’ option in a scheme that has stolen over $400,000 in just two years.

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12:20
Here’s why Roborock’s next-gen S8 Max will change...

If you have kids, pets, or simply want the luxury of immaculately clean floors without having to do the work yourself, then look no farther than Roborock’s next-gen S8 MaxV Ultra – the industry’s most technologically advanced robot mop and vacuum system. It’s no surprise Roborock has recently taken the number one spot for robotic vacuum sales worldwide of any brand. Designed to revolutionize the way you clean your home, it comes fully decked with enhanced suction power, advanced robotic intelligence, and an innovative self-maintenance feature with heated washing and drying and dirt detection. A true tech marvel in the home cleaning space.

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11:54
Apple Halts Production of FineWoven Accessories Amid...

Apple Halts Production of FineWoven Accessories Amid Criticism Over Poor Durability

When Apple launched the iPhone 15 in September last year, they introduced a new material for their accessories: FineWoven. Apple decided not to use leather in their products, so they replaced it with this synthetic material made of “durable micro-twill”.  The issue is that many users have complained about the poor condition of their products […]

This post Apple Halts Production of FineWoven Accessories Amid Criticism Over Poor Durability appeared first on The Mac Observer

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10:31
Apple To Skip M3 Mac mini to Launch M4 Version

Apple To Skip M3 Mac mini to Launch M4 Version

The Mac mini is Apple’s entry-level computer. It’s a compact device, with a wide range of ports, discreet, quiet, and it’s well priced. It’s true that you have to connect it to a display, and it comes without a mouse and keyboard, but in the end it’s an entry-level device. It was among the first […]

This post Apple To Skip M3 Mac mini to Launch M4 Version appeared first on The Mac Observer

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07:38
LeBron James Leaks New Beats Pill Speaker

LeBron James Leaks New Beats Pill Speaker

In 2014, Apple acquired the audio company Beats for 3 billion dollars. It is to date the largest amount of money ever spent by Apple on an acquisition of this kind. Since then, the company has launched several products, the latest being the Beats Studio Pro. Now, LeBron James has been spotted with a Beats […]

This post LeBron James Leaks New Beats Pill Speaker appeared first on The Mac Observer

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07:29
Rumor: Apple ends production of FineWoven cases and...

Apple launched its range of and Apple Watch bands last fall to much fanfare, as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the leather accessories. However, buyers quickly complained the material was prone to attracting dirt, scuffs and other durability issues. FineWoven also simply felt far less premium than the leather lineup it replaced, albeit Apple charging the same prices.

According to Twitter leaker Kosutami, Apple is giving up on the effort and the production lines for FineWoven are being shuttered. The company will probably try again with a different leather alternative option, .

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06:03
Apple Reportedly Stops Production of FineWoven...

Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories, according to the Apple leaker and prototype collector known as "Kosutami."

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Kosutami explained that Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories due to its poor durability. The company may move to another non-leather material for its premium accessories in the future.

Kosutami has revealed accurate information about FineWoven accessories in the past. The leaker unveiled Apple's plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands made of a "woven fabric material" over a month before they debuted, as well as matching iPhone cases. Kosutami also revealed the very...

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05:35
Gurman: Apple Working on On-Device LLM for...

Apple is developing its own large language model (LLM) that runs on-device to prioritize speed and privacy, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.

Writing in his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman said that Apple's LLM underpins upcoming generative AI features. "All indications" apparently suggests that it will run entirely on-device, rather than via the cloud like most existing AI services.

Since they will run on-device, Apple's AI tools may be less capable in certain instances than its direct cloud-based rivals, but Gurman suggested that the company could "fill in the gaps" by licensing technology from Google and other AI service providers. Last month, Gurman reported that Apple was in discussions with Google to integrate its Gemini AI...

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05:18
Gurman: iOS 18 AI features to be powered by ‘...

As indicated by much of the research material Apple has been publishing in recent months, the company is investing heavily in all sorts of artificial intelligence technologies. Apple will announce its AI strategy in June at WWDC, as part of iOS 18 and its other new OS versions.

In the latest Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman says to expect the new iPhone AI features to be powered entirely by an offline, on-device, large language model developed by Apple. You can expect Apple will tout the privacy and speed benefits of this approach.

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05:16
Apple Likely Planning to Skip M3 Mac Mini for M4...

Apple is likely to skip an M3 version of the Mac mini in favor of a bigger update with M4 chips toward the end of the year, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that he does not expect Apple to refresh the ‌Mac mini‌ with M3 chips. Apple last updated the ‌Mac mini‌ with the M2 and ‌M2‌ Pro chips in January 2023. Other new features included two extra Thunderbolt 4 ports and an HDMI 2.1 port for ‌M2‌ Pro configurations, Wi-Fi 6E support with a compatible router, and Bluetooth 5.3.

Gurman previously said that Apple is planning to release new ‌Mac mini‌ models with M4 and...

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05:13
iPhone 16 Pro Camera: Three Improvements Coming This...

iPhone 16 Pro Camera: Three Improvements Coming This Year

If all goes according to schedule, Apple will launch the new iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro in September. It doesn’t look like these models will be groundbreaking. Rather, it seems that the important thing this year will be the software we’ll see at WWDC on June 10, and the iPhone will simply get a […]

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03:00
This nifty color-sensing gadget is the style aid...

Macworld

Whether your profession is in the creative industry or you’re a DIY-er working on a passion project or repainting your walls, you’ve likely needed a reliable method of matching colors. Fortunately, you can get precise color matches for upholstery, paint colors, and more with this color-matching sensor.

The Nix Mini 2 is a fantastic tool for anyone who works with color, allowing users to color match accurately and on the go. It’s now only $59.97 (reg. $99) through April 21. 

This device has a highly calibrated sensor that can...

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02:44
How To Use Delta Emulator and Play Nintendo Games on...

How To Use Delta Emulator and Play Nintendo Games on iOS

Gamers, your time is here: the Delta emulator app is now available for iOS, and with it arrives a wealth of emulation and features. This expansive app hosts an impressive selection of classic video game consoles, providing the ability to play thousands of retro games on your iPhone. Below, I’ll show you everything you need […]

This post How To Use Delta Emulator and Play Nintendo Games on iOS appeared first on The Mac Observer

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01:00
Control D blocks online threats, ads, and more for...

Macworld

When it comes to web security, we’re really all looking for the same thing: a one-stop solution that keeps all of your internet access secure and protected across all of your household-connected devices. And if these tools helped your digital workspace run smoother and more efficiently, that certainly wouldn’t hurt either.

With Control D, you can enjoy a more secure and ad-free browsing experience. A Some Control 5-year plan is now only $34.97 (reg. $120) and protects up to 10 devices in your household.

Control D starts...

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Saturday April 20

16:26
LeBron James Spotted With Unreleased Beats Pill...

Ahead of tonight's NBA playoff game, the Los Angeles Lakers posted an Instagram reel showing superstar LeBron James arriving at Ball Arena in Denver carrying what appears to be an unreleased version of the Pill speaker from Apple's Beats brand.

The original Beats Pill was a wireless Bluetooth speaker introduced in 2012 prior to Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics. It received a few updates in its first several years on the market, with the final revision being a redesigned Pill+ with a Lightning connector introduced under Apple's ownership in 2015.

The Pill+ remained on the market for a number of years in that form before being quietly discontinued in early 2022.

Based on today's video, it appears the Pill may soon be making a comeback,...

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11:02
Dolphin explains why its GameCube and Wii emulator...

Apple recently changed its policy to allow game emulators on the App Store. Delta, one of the essential emulation apps, skyrocketed to the top of the App Store overnight. Another popular emulator called Dolphin, however, is still facing a policy road block.

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08:09
Best Buy's Big iPad Sale Has $100 Off iPad Mini...

Best Buy is back with a new sale on Apple iPads, including some of the best prices we've ever seen on iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air. Additionally, we're still tracking a great deal on the 13-inch M2 MacBook Air, which is $150 off right now at Best Buy.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

10th Gen iPad

Best Buy has the 64GB Wi-Fi 10th generation iPad at $349.00, which is an all-time low price at $100 off. You'll find every model of the 10th generation iPad on sale at a record low price during this sale. This includes all Wi-Fi and cellular tablets, in all colors.

$100 OFF64GB Wi-Fi iPad for $349.00

$100 OFF256GB Wi-Fi iPad for $499.00

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06:00
9to5Mac Overtime 015: Respect the mute switch

Jeff and Fernando talk about AltStore launching in the EU, the Delta Nintendo Emulator officially arriving in the App Store, iOS 17.5 beta changes and features, the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Air with mini LED display, iPad Magic Keyboard conjecture, flying with Apple Vision Pro, and NAB 2024. It’s a jam-packed, fun-filled show, don’t miss it!

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06:00
Top Stories: Nintendo Emulators on App Store, Two...

It was a big week for retro gaming fans, as iPhone users are starting to reap the rewards of Apple's recent change to allow retro game emulators on the App Store.

This week also saw a new iOS 17.5 beta that will support web-based app distribution in the EU, the debut of the first hotels to allow for direct AirPlay streaming to room TVs, a fresh rumor about the impending iPad Air update, and more details on the sequence of Apple's M4-based Mac updates starting later this year, so read on below for all the details on these stories and more!

Delta Game Emulator Now Available From App Store on iPhone

A few weeks after Apple updated its App Review Guidelines to allow retro game console emulator apps, the popular Nintendo emulator Delta is now available in the App Store. Delta can...

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04:13
Apple Announced the 24-Inch iMac Three Years Ago...

Today marks the three-year anniversary of Apple's announcement of the 24-inch iMac, a transformative redesign featuring the first integration of Apple silicon in the product line.

Apple unveiled the new 24-inch ‌iMac‌ on April 20, 2021, almost nine years after the previous ‌iMac‌ redesign debuted. It replaced both the 21.5-inch and the 27-inch Intel iMacs, and represented a recommitment to the long-standing desktop product line.

The highly anticipated redesign offers a much thinner and more compact body compared to its predecessors, available in an array of vibrant colors reminiscent of the original iMacs released in the late 1990s. The 24-inch 4.5K Retina display boasts 11.3 million pixels and support for 1 billion colors.

The new model was not only notable for its updated design but also as the inaugural ‌iMac‌ to incorporate Apple silicon, one of the last Macs to make the transition away from Intel....

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04:02
Top Apple-related stories this week (April 15-19)

Here are the top Apple-related articles at Apple World Today for the week of April 15-19.

° Counterpoint Research says that Apple’s entry will spur sales of the GenAI smartphone market.

° Samsung has recaptured the top spot in global smartphone sales from Apple after losing it the previous year. 

° Japan plans to raise fines for “app store monopolies” such as Apple to 20% of sales.

° Upcoming iPads are expected to spur the sales of tablets with OLED displays.

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04:02
Top Apple-related stories this week (April 15-19)

Here are the top Apple-related articles at Apple World Today for the week of April 15-19.

° Counterpoint Research says that Apple’s entry will spur sales of the GenAI smartphone market.

° Samsung has recaptured the top spot in global smartphone sales from Apple after losing it the previous year. 

° Japan plans to raise fines for “app store monopolies” such as Apple to 20% of sales.

° Upcoming iPads are expected to spur the sales of tablets with OLED displays.

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04:02
Top Apple-related stories this week (April 15-19)

Here are the top Apple-related articles at Apple World Today for the week of April 15-19.

° Counterpoint Research says that Apple’s entry will spur sales of the GenAI smartphone market.

° Samsung has recaptured the top spot in global smartphone sales from Apple after losing it the previous year. 

° Japan plans to raise fines for “app store monopolies” such as Apple to 20% of sales.

° Upcoming iPads are expected to spur the sales of tablets with OLED displays.

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04:02
Top Apple-related stories this week (April 15-19)

Here are the top Apple-related articles at Apple World Today for the week of April 15-19.

° Counterpoint Research says that Apple’s entry will spur sales of the GenAI smartphone market.

° Samsung has recaptured the top spot in global smartphone sales from Apple after losing it the previous year. 

° Japan plans to raise fines for “app store monopolies” such as Apple to 20% of sales.

° Upcoming iPads are expected to spur the sales of tablets with OLED displays.

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04:00
Apple @ Work: If your company isn’t using Nudge, it’...

Apple @ Work is exclusively brought to you by Mosyle, the only Apple Unified Platform. Mosyle is the only solution that integrates in a single professional-grade platform all the solutions necessary to seamlessly and automatically deploy, manage & protect Apple devices at work. Over 45,000 organizations trust Mosyle to make millions of Apple devices work-ready with no effort and at an affordable cost. Request your EXTENDED TRIAL today and understand why Mosyle is everything you need to work with Apple.

Security concerns keep every IT professional up at night. Even for Apple admins, you’re just one zero-day exploit away from a nightmare. Equally concerning is having your fleet out of compliance with their organization’s IT policies for macOS...

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03:54
Apple Vision Pro Used During Surgery to Assist...

Apple Vision Pro Used During Surgery to Assist Doctor in Brazil

Apple announced Vision Pro during WWDC23, and later launched it in the U.S. in February 2024. Furthermore, Tim Cook recently confirmed their arrival in China, and rumors suggest a launch in other countries such as Canada, France or the UK by the end of 2024. Since then, we’ve seen different approaches to the Vision Pro […]

This post Apple Vision Pro Used During Surgery to Assist Doctor in Brazil appeared first on The Mac Observer

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03:00
Streamline your project management needs with...

Macworld

Good project management is an art, and one that can be enhanced with productivity-enhancing tools. For effective project management for managers and team members alike, consider investing in Microsoft Project Professional 2021.

Project is Microsoft’s popular project management software (4.4-star rated by Capterra and GetApp!), offering aid for managers to predict project outcomes, synchronization with other Microsoft platforms, and more. Now, lifetime access to Project Professional 2021 is only $19.97 (reg. $249...

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01:57
M4 MacBook Pro Lineup: Here’s What We Know

M4 MacBook Pro Lineup: Here’s What We Know

Since Apple announced in 2020 its transition to in-house computer chips, the company has already launched three generations. This year we expect to see the fourth: the M4 series. According to some reports, Apple will unveil the first Macs with this new processor by the end of 2024, including new M4 MacBook Pro models. Last […]

This post M4 MacBook Pro Lineup: Here’s What We Know appeared first on The Mac Observer

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01:01
The best iPhone 15 cases [2024 Update #3 – Second...

Our latest roundup of the best iPhone 15 cases is now ready to move into 2024 with all of the newest releases. While the certainly weren’t as popular as Apple would have hoped, there are plenty of notable options from other brands stepping up to offer everything from thin minimalism to luxurious genuine leather and everything in between. We have now updated this roundup with some new brands as well as additional releases that have cropped up over the last month or so. Head below for a closer look at the best iPhone 15 cases for 2024. 

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01:00
The best iPad stands

Macworld

There’s nothing like having the convenience of hands-free use of your iPad. Whether you’re in the kitchen, streaming a film, or working at your desk, a stand becomes an essential tablet accessory.

Of course, those using their iPad for work may also want to pair the iPad with a keyboard—we have tested the best iPad keyboards for you).

An iPad stand will help your posture and viewing comfort, or make typing or using a stylus much easier.

We’ve rounded up some of the best iPad stands out there for every budget–from the lightweight and portable, to the adjustable, to the ones that just look great, and one that will turn your iPad into a desktop workstation.

Some are basic, some are stylish or super-bendy, one comes with an array of handy ports, and one looks like a cuddly toy.

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01:00
This simple backup software for Windows devices can...

Macworld

Data is important and valuable to your life in more ways than you might know. Whether it be old pictures or important work documents that could prove valuable in the future, ensuring your files and other media are safe with a verified solution is reasonably common modern-day practice. To save on one of the best, hop on this deal. 

Through April 21, you can get a lifetime subscription to AOMEI Backupper for less than $25. Designed to be a complete and easy-to-use backup software for Windows PCs, it can...

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00:00
How to find out what devices are logged into your...

Macworld

Want to know every device that’s logged into your iCloud account? It’s a breeze to find out–and may assuage any fears you have that someone has tapped into your accounts. In these uncertain times, the Mac 911 mailbox routinely hears from readers who worry that something is up. You can put at least one fear to rest by checking that iCloud device list. (Most recently, someone wondered if an unknown party was inserting entries into the Reading List.)

Nobody can gain access to any of your iCloud information without physical access to your devices, the ability to log in with your account information at iCloud.com (for limited kinds of data) or iCloud for Windows (even more limited), or by logging in to an Apple device with your Apple ID.

If someone logs in using anything but an Apple device:

  • If your Apple ID has two-factor authentication enabled (most accounts do) they must obtain the verification code...
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Friday April 19

15:02
Apple's M4 MacBook Pro Lineup: What to Expect

Apple is planning to refresh the MacBook Pro with M4 chips starting in late 2024, and this guide aggregates everything that we know about Apple's M4 MacBook Pro plans.

M4 Update

Apple built the M3 chip on a new 3-nanometer process, and we are not expecting a node change for the M4. It too will be a 3-nanometer chip, but Apple supplier TSMC could introduce updates that make it more efficient and faster.

New artificial intelligence capabilities are rumored for Apple's upcoming products, and so the M4 will focus on AI. Apple wants to improve performance for AI functionality, and rumors suggest that the M4 (and the A18 chips for iPhone) will have an upgraded Neural Engine with "significantly" more cores.

The M3 chips all have a 16-core...

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13:55
9to5Mac Daily: April 19, 2024 – The Humane AI Pin...

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

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12:45
Apple Vision Pro used to assist doctor during...

Since the launch of Apple Vision Pro, we’ve seen some examples of surgeons using the headset to assist them during procedures. Now an orthopedic doctor in Brazil has used a Vision Pro to successfully operate on a patient with a rotator cuff tear.

more…

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12:36
UPDATE: We're investigating reports of an issue...

Incident began at 2024-04-19 14:12 (times are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)).

Our Engineering team has identified the root cause of the issue and rolled back a recent change.

Our engineers are taking additional repair actions for the rollback to take effect for the impacted customers.

We do not have an ETA for mitigation at this point.

We will provide more information by Friday, 2024-04-19 14:00 US/Pacific.

Affected products: Google Calendar

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12:36
UPDATE: We're investigating reports of an issue...

Incident began at 2024-04-19 14:12 (times are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)).

Our Engineering team has identified the root cause of the issue and rolled back a recent change.

Our engineers are taking additional repair actions for the rollback to take effect for the impacted customers.

We do not have an ETA for mitigation at this point.

We will provide more information by Friday, 2024-04-19 14:00 US/Pacific.

Affected products: Google Chat

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11:44
Provenance emulator coming to the App Store with...

Apple surprised everyone earlier this month with a change to the App Store guidelines that now allows retro game console emulator apps for its platforms, including iOS and tvOS. Following the success of Delta, the developers behind Provenance have now confirmed that they will soon release it on the App Store, bringing PlayStation emulation to iPhone and iPad users.

more…

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11:40
Apple Studio Display vs Samsung ViewFinity S9 [U]

A year and a half after Apple launched its Studio Display, Samsung released a direct competitor with its ViewFinity S9 5K monitor. With many of the same features as Studio Display plus some beyond, it’s an interesting alternative. Follow along for how Studio Display vs Samsung ViewFinity S9 stack up.

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11:34
Apple Watch Ultra 2 Now Available on Apple's...

Apple today began selling certified refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 models in the U.S. for the first time since the device was released in September.

As of writing, refurbished Ultra 2 models with the Blue, Orange, or White...

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11:29
Tap-To-Pay Coming Soon to Europe: Regulators To...

Tap-To-Pay Coming Soon to Europe: Regulators To Approve Apple’s Plan Next Month

One of the steps Apple took in Europe to avoid further antitrust investigations was to make its NFC chips open to third parties. Apple did this with the release of iOS 17.4. This is something that isn’t available in any other country in the world. Now regulators could approve Apple’s plan and authorize this feature […]

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11:02
One of macOS 15’s big new features might be a...

Macworld

Following a report that the Notes app will offer new math-based features, AppleInsider reports that the Calculator app will get a major overhaul in macOS 15. Apple is expected to debit macOS 15 at its Worldwide Developers Conference 2024 in June.

The changes to the macOS Calculator include:

  • A redesign that resembles the iOS Calculator app. While the macOS Calculator app has a similar layour and color scheme as the iOS Calculator...
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11:00
HomeKit Weekly: WELOVE releases the first Matter-...

Air purifiers are fantastic products to have in your home to ensure that your air is clean, and having them in HomeKit makes them even better. There are several on the market today, but WELOVE (part of the AiDot family) has just released the first Matter enabled Air Purifier so you can add it to the smart home platform of your choice.

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10:57
UPDATE: We're investigating reports of an issue...

Incident began at 2024-04-19 14:12 (times are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)).

Engineering team potentially identified the root cause and working on mitigation.

We do not have an ETA for mitigation at this point.

Affected products: Gmail

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10:54
Apple removes messaging, social apps from the App...

Apple has removed the popular messaging and social media apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal (a subscription is required to read the entire article) says this is the latest example of censorship demands on the iPhone seller in the company’s second-biggest market. However, Apple told 9to5Mac that the Cyberspace Administration of China cites national security concerns for their request.

“We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree,” says Apple. “The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns. These apps...

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10:54
Apple removes messaging, social apps from the App...

Apple has removed the popular messaging and social media apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal (a subscription is required to read the entire article) says this is the latest example of censorship demands on the iPhone seller in the company’s second-biggest market. However, Apple told 9to5Mac that the Cyberspace Administration of China cites national security concerns for their request.

“We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree,” says Apple. “The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns. These apps...

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10:54
Apple removes messaging, social apps from the App...

Apple has removed the popular messaging and social media apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal (a subscription is required to read the entire article) says this is the latest example of censorship demands on the iPhone seller in the company’s second-biggest market. However, Apple told 9to5Mac that the Cyberspace Administration of China cites national security concerns for their request.

“We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree,” says Apple. “The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns. These apps...

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10:54
Apple removes messaging, social apps from the App...

Apple has removed the popular messaging and social media apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government.

The Wall Street Journal (a subscription is required to read the entire article) says this is the latest example of censorship demands on the iPhone seller in the company’s second-biggest market. However, Apple told 9to5Mac that the Cyberspace Administration of China cites national security concerns for their request.

“We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree,” says Apple. “The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns. These apps...

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10:45
EU antitrust to approve Apple’s offer to open up its...

Apple’s offer to open its tap-and-go mobile payments system to rivals is set to be approved by European Union (EU) antitrust regulators as soon as next month after it tweaked some of the terms, according to Reuters.

Apple’s bid to settle the four-year investigation “would help it dodge a finding of wrongdoing and stave off a potential hefty fine that could be as much as 10% of its global annual turnover,” the article adds. Apple’s tap-and-go technology is NFC and allows for contactless payments with mobile wallets.

In April 2022 the EU accused Apple of breaking EU law by unfairly blocking third-party access to the iPhone’s NFC payment tech. The tech supposedly “unfairly blocks groups such as PayPal and leading banks from accessing its mobile wallet system.”

The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states that...

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10:45
EU antitrust to approve Apple’s offer to open up its...

Apple’s offer to open its tap-and-go mobile payments system to rivals is set to be approved by European Union (EU) antitrust regulators as soon as next month after it tweaked some of the terms, according to Reuters.

Apple’s bid to settle the four-year investigation “would help it dodge a finding of wrongdoing and stave off a potential hefty fine that could be as much as 10% of its global annual turnover,” the article adds. Apple’s tap-and-go technology is NFC and allows for contactless payments with mobile wallets.

In April 2022 the EU accused Apple of breaking EU law by unfairly blocking third-party access to the iPhone’s NFC payment tech. The tech supposedly “unfairly blocks groups such as PayPal and leading banks from accessing its mobile wallet system.”

The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states that...

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10:45
EU antitrust to approve Apple’s offer to open up its...

Apple’s offer to open its tap-and-go mobile payments system to rivals is set to be approved by European Union (EU) antitrust regulators as soon as next month after it tweaked some of the terms, according to Reuters.

Apple’s bid to settle the four-year investigation “would help it dodge a finding of wrongdoing and stave off a potential hefty fine that could be as much as 10% of its global annual turnover,” the article adds. Apple’s tap-and-go technology is NFC and allows for contactless payments with mobile wallets.

In April 2022 the EU accused Apple of breaking EU law by unfairly blocking third-party access to the iPhone’s NFC payment tech. The tech supposedly “unfairly blocks groups such as PayPal and leading banks from accessing its mobile wallet system.”

The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states that...

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10:45
EU antitrust to approve Apple’s offer to open up its...

Apple’s offer to open its tap-and-go mobile payments system to rivals is set to be approved by European Union (EU) antitrust regulators as soon as next month after it tweaked some of the terms, according to Reuters.

Apple’s bid to settle the four-year investigation “would help it dodge a finding of wrongdoing and stave off a potential hefty fine that could be as much as 10% of its global annual turnover,” the article adds. Apple’s tap-and-go technology is NFC and allows for contactless payments with mobile wallets.

In April 2022 the EU accused Apple of breaking EU law by unfairly blocking third-party access to the iPhone’s NFC payment tech. The tech supposedly “unfairly blocks groups such as PayPal and leading banks from accessing its mobile wallet system.”

The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states that...

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10:42
Emulator for PlayStation, Wii, SEGA Genesis, and...

Emulator for PlayStation, Wii, SEGA Genesis, and More Coming to the App Store Soon

A few days ago Apple announced a change in the App Store policies to allow developers to submit emulators. Something that used to be unthinkable is now a reality. And the best thing is that many studios and developers are already working on it. That’s the case of Provenance or Delta. The lead developer of […]

This post Emulator for PlayStation, Wii, SEGA Genesis, and More Coming to the App Store Soon appeared first on The Mac Observer

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10:20
Apple Pulls WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads...

Apple on late Thursday into Friday removed the popular messaging and social media apps WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Threads from its App Store in China at the request of the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In a statement shared with several media outlets, Apple said China's national internet regulator ordered the removal of the apps from the App Store in the country due to unspecified "national security concerns." Apple said it is "obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree."

Apple has complied with similar App Store removal orders from the Chinese government in the past for apps related to VPNs, news, and more.Tags: App...

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10:18
Xbox users can now redeem a 3-month free trial of...

For a limited time, Microsoft is partnering with Apple to offer Xbox owners a free 3-month trial of Apple TV+, Apple’s video streaming service. To redeem the offer, simply open the TV app on your Xbox console.

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10:07
EU to approve Apple’s iPhone NFC chip policy changes...

The EU commission is set to approve Apple’s previously-announced policy changes regarding access to the NFC chip on the iPhone, with the view of increasing competition in the contactless payments market. The commission’s decision will be officially announced in the coming weeks, via Reuters.

With these changes, apps will be allowed to become the default wallet app that appears when users double-click the side button or hold their phone near a payment terminal. However, the relaxation of policy only applies to apps available inside the European Union, not worldwide.

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10:04
European Regulators Will Soon Approve Apple's...

As part of the changes introduced in Europe in iOS 17.4, Apple gave third-party payment apps and banks direct access to the NFC chip, allowing for non-Apple Pay tap-to-pay payment options. The European Commission is set to approve Apple's plan to open up tap-and-go mobile payments "as soon as next month," according to Reuters.

With NFC access, banks and third-party payment apps can offer contactless payments directly on the iPhone without having to use the Wallet app or Apple Pay. This feature is available in the European Economic Area, and it lets EU users set a default non-Apple wallet app and default contactless payment provider that activates at tap-...

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09:47
Huawei’s next smartwatch looks like a blatant Apple...

Huawei this week revealed its super interesting new flagship smartphone, but around the corner still is the new “Watch Fit 3,” which does nothing to hide the fact that it’s a clear clone of the Apple Watch.

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09:31
The MacRumors Show: AI Macs With M4 Chips

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we discuss the latest AI consumer technology and Apple's rumored plans to bring major AI-focused hardware enhancements to the Mac later this year.

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We talk through the response to Humane's AI Pin and its widely acknowledged deficiencies, such as its limited utility, subpar camera performance, and steep price point. We also take a look at the Rabbit R1, another AI device that prompts us to question the necessity of such hardware when similar functionalities could potentially be achieved with existing smartphones....

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09:31
How to find and delete duplicate files on Mac

Macworld

If your Mac is starting to run slow the first thing to check is if you are running low on space. It’s generally advised that you should have 10% of your total space free on your Mac for the most optimum working. If you are down to your last few gigabytes then it’s time to do some housework and grab yourself some space back. 

Over time, a Mac is likely to accumulate a large collection of duplicate files that take up this valuable space so that’s a good place to start. However, finding and deleting them can be time-consuming if you do it one by one, so in this article, we show you quicker ways to cleanse your system of these delinquent doppelgängers.

Why do I have duplicate files?

In most cases these will be mistaken downloads (caused by clicking on a link twice), Mail and Messages attachments, a convoluted filing system, a bad habit of dragging things to your desktop, or a number of other possibilities....

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09:23
MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone 15 Pro From GRID...

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with GRID Studio to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a 256GB iPhone 15 Pro. GRID Studio is a company dedicated to taking old, retired Apple devices and giving them new life in the form of art.

To celebrate Earth Day, GRID Studio is hosting a special deal on one of its most popular products, offering the GRID 4 for just $99. The GRID 4 features a disassembled iPhone 4, with all of the components skillfully arranged to give a look back at Apple's history.

The ‌iPhone‌ 4 is one of Apple's most notable designs, because it introduced the first major design update after the original ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPhone‌ 3G, and ‌iPhone‌ 3GS. It featured an all-new look with squared edges that felt decidedly modern at the...

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09:12
Want the best 16-inch MacBook Pro deal? Get this M2...

Macworld

The 16-inch M3 MacBook Pro may be Apple’s fastest laptop, but other than a new color and a slightly faster chip, there isn’t much to get excited about. So when we see a fantastic deal on the M2 mode, we’re going to let you know: Official Apple reseller Expercom (via Amazon) is selling the 16-inch M2 Pro MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM for $1,999, a savings of $500 and the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

Compared to the M3 Pro model, you’re getting a slightly slower M2 Pro chip with a 12‑core CPU and 19‑core GP with this MacBook Pro—and that’s really it. Otherwise, the machines are identical, with the same...

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08:51
24-inch M3 iMac starts from $1,199, plus Anker...

Friday’s best deals come headlined by Apple’s new 24-inch M3 iMac, which starts from $1,199. It comes joined by the 9to5-favorite Anker MagGo Cube 15W MagSafe Charger at $112 and Satechi’s new USB-C Dual Dock Stand for MacBooks at $120. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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08:29
PlayStation, GameCube, Wii, and SEGA Emulator for...

The lead developer of the multi-emulator app Provenance has told iMore that his team is working towards releasing the app on the App Store, but he did not provide a timeframe. Provenance is a frontend for many existing emulators, and it would allow iPhone and Apple TV users to emulate games released for a wide variety of classic game consoles, including the original PlayStation, GameCube, Wii, SEGA Genesis, Atari 2600, and others.

Apple has so far approved emulators on the App Store for older Nintendo consoles and the Commodore 64. For example, Riley Testut's popular...

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08:28
Cops Can Make You Unlock Your iPhone, but There’s a...

Cops Can Make You Unlock Your iPhone, but There’s a Catch

Can cops force you to unlock your phone? Well, it depends on how you lock it. If you use a password or passcode to lock your device, police can’t make you unlock it. However, if you use biometrics such as Face ID or Touch ID, police can force you to unlock it.  Something similar happened […]

This post Cops Can Make You Unlock Your iPhone, but There’s a Catch appeared first on The Mac Observer

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08:15
Review: BLUETTI's New SwapSolar Ecosystem...

BLUETTI, a company known for its portable power stations and associated accessories, is currently running an Indiegogo campaign for its new SwapSolar ecosystem of app-enabled products. The launch products in the SwapSolar family include a high-capacity power station with removable hot-swappable batteries plus a multifunction portable cooler. Together, they can keep your perishables cool for up to six days while completely off the grid, or essentially indefinitely with occasional access to power.

The crowdfunding campaign for the SwapSolar campaign is drawing to a close in just a few days with over $1.1 million pledged by backers, and I've been testing out both main products in the lineup to see how they work, including their app integration that lets you keep tabs on the accessories and make adjustments right from your...

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07:29
Want to do more with AirPods Pro 2? Try these 5...

Apple delivered a solid update to its best wireless earbuds with the launch of . Apple has since turned it up to 11 with five more features added to gen-two AirPods Pro.

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07:28
Best Apple Deals of the Week: Get $60 Off Apple...

This week's best Apple deals include low prices on AirPods and Apple Watch SE, as well as great deals on Anker, Jackery, and Samsung products.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

AirPods Pro 2

  • What's the deal? Get $60 off AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C and more audio deals
  • Where can I get it? Amazon
  • Where can I find the original deal? Right here

$40 OFFAirPods 2 for $89.00

$60 OFFAirPods Pro 2 (USB-C) for $189.00

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07:18
Apple to Overhaul Calculator on macOS 15 With Math...

Apple to Overhaul Calculator on macOS 15 With Math Notes, Real-Time Currency Exchange, and More

The Calculator app is one of the most fundamental ones in macOS. Although there’s still no version for iPad, it seems that Apple continues to focus on improving it in its other operating systems. According to AppleInsider, the company is reportedly readying an overhaul of its macOS app. We should be able to see it […]

This post Apple to Overhaul Calculator on macOS 15 With Math Notes, Real-Time Currency Exchange, and More appeared first on The Mac Observer

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07:13
iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 16: 15+ Rumored Upgrades...

After over a year of reports, there are now more than a dozen specific rumors about the features and improvements set to be offered by the two non-Pro iPhone 16 models later in 2024.

All of the changes the ‌iPhone 16‌ models are expected to feature compared to their direct forerunners are listed below, using information from a range of reliable sources that we have previously covered. We will update this article as more rumors emerge in the coming months.

This guide focuses on the iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone 16‌, but to learn about how we are expecting the iPhone 16 Pro to improve on the iPhone 15 Pro,...

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07:00
Apple Removes WhatsApp, Threads and Telegram From...

China ordered Apple to remove some of the world's most popular chat messaging apps from its app store in the country, the latest example of censorship demands on the iPhone seller in the company's second-biggest market. WSJ: Meta's WhatsApp and Threads as well as messaging platforms Signal, Telegram and Line were taken off the Chinese App Store Friday [non-paywalled link]. Apple said it was told to remove certain apps because of national security concerns, without specifying which. "We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.

These messaging apps, which allow users to exchange messages and share files individually and in big groups, combined have more than three billion users globally. They can only be accessed in China through virtual private networks that take users outside China's Great Firewall, but are still commonly used. Beijing has often viewed such platforms with caution,...

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06:25
macOS 15 Rumored to Feature Revamped Calculator App

Apple will debut a major revamp of the Calculator app in macOS 15 later this year, according to AppleInsider.

The overhauled version of the Calculator app for Mac will reportedly feature:

  • An enhanced unit conversion system located in the main user interface, including for currency conversion with up-to-date exchange rates.
  • "Math Notes" to allow the Notes app to communicate with the Calculator app in mathematical notation, also coming to iOS 18.
  • A history tape in the sidebar to show previous calculations, likely accessible via a dedicated button on the top left, which also provides options to toggle between all three calculator views: Basic,...
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06:10
Netflix subscribers hit 270M – but company won’t...

The number of Netflix subscribers increased by 9.3M last quarter, to hit 270M globally – way higher than analysts had expected. However, the company says that it won’t (normally) reveal subscriber numbers in future …

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06:02
Surprising report claims the iPhone 17 Plus will...

Macworld

Since the first iPhone launched with a 3.5-inch screen back in 2007, Apple has followed a path of slow but steady increase, from the 4-inch iPhone 5 in 2012 to the 6.7-inch 15 Pro Max last year. But one reliable analyst has predicted that next year, one iPhone’s screen will get smaller.

Ross Young, an analyst who specializes in the displays supply chain and has an enviable track record, this week released a report (via 9to5Mac) in which he makes the startling claim that the iPhone 17 Plus will...

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05:48
Best wired headphones for iPhone and iPad

Macworld

Now that the iPhone’s port is USB-C there is a whole new world of wired headphones available for iPhones.

If you have one of the iPhone 15 generation handsets, or a recently purchased iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad mini or iPad 10th-genertion then at the base of your device is a UBC-C port, rather than Apple’s Lightning port. This is good news if you are on the hunt for a pair of headphones with a wired connection because you now don’t need an adaptor to use USB-C headphones.

There are a number of benefits to using USB-C headphones. Wired connections (generally) deliver better audio quality because the audio doesn’t need to be compressed as much as with wireless, so near-lossless audio can be possible. However, you should still expect expensive, high-quality wireless headphones to sound better than a pair of cheap USB-C headphones. You can only get true lossless playback with a wired connection. The only issue really...

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05:39
Cops were allowed to force a suspect to use...

Police officers were allowed to force a suspect to use his thumbprint to unlock his phone, according to a federal court ruling.

However, it said the issue was a finely-judged one, and its ruling should not be interpreted to mean that this is lawful in all circumstances …

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05:06
3 Ways To Delete Favorite Songs Playlist on Apple...

3 Ways To Delete Favorite Songs Playlist on Apple Music

Apple Music automatically compiles all your Favorite Songs in a single playlist, which you can’t delete from your library. Most people are indifferent to it. If you regularly use Music, however, you might feel annoyed that the app suggests it so often. Luckily, there are some unofficial yet effective workarounds—here’s what you can do. How […]

This post 3 Ways To Delete Favorite Songs Playlist on Apple Music appeared first on The Mac Observer

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04:48
Best Buy Vision Pro app lets you see TVs, furniture...

A new Best Buy Vision Pro app uses augmented reality to let you see how things like big-screen TVs, furniture, kitchen appliances, and more would look in your home.

Once you find something you like, you can also buy it from within Vision Pro by opening the product page in Safari and completing the purchase there …

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04:48
Remember Tim Cook Staring Down ‘Mother Nature’ at...

Remember Tim Cook Staring Down ‘Mother Nature’ at iPhone 15 Launch? It’s Paying Off

Apple released its 2024 Environmental Progress Report this week. The report shows progress towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral across its entire value chain by 2030. The report comes after a memorable scene during the iPhone 15 launch, during which actress Octavia Spencer portrayed Mother Nature, holding Apple accountable for its environmental impact. Apple’s […]

This post Remember Tim Cook Staring Down ‘Mother Nature’ at iPhone 15 Launch? It’s Paying Off appeared first on The Mac Observer

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04:17
Elizabeth Warren on green texts: Apple is ruining...

Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted a somewhat bizarre one-minute video in which she says that green texts are “ruining relationships” and that this is “just one of the dirty tactics that Apple uses to keep a stranglehold on the smartphone market.”

Warren uses the to-camera piece to voice her support for the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against Apple, but has chosen a rather peculiar argument to do so …

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04:12
Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more...

Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more resistant to oil and debris as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number US 11961688 B2) for a “Keycap Particle Evacuation Structure.”

About the patent

The patent relates generally to keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices. More particularly, the present embodiments relate to keycap particle evacuation structures for use with keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices.

In the patent Apple notes that recent advances in portable computing have also led to thinner, more compact devices (e.g., laptops and removable keyboards) that are often stored in travel luggage, briefcases, backpacks, duffle bags, or purses. The portability (and associated transportation/storage) of such devices increases the likelihood of contact between the keys of the keyboard and the display while the notebook computer is closed and the display screen is positioned adjacent to the top surfaces of the keycaps.

When...

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04:12
Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more...

Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more resistant to oil and debris as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number US 11961688 B2) for a “Keycap Particle Evacuation Structure.”

About the patent

The patent relates generally to keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices. More particularly, the present embodiments relate to keycap particle evacuation structures for use with keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices.

In the patent Apple notes that recent advances in portable computing have also led to thinner, more compact devices (e.g., laptops and removable keyboards) that are often stored in travel luggage, briefcases, backpacks, duffle bags, or purses. The portability (and associated transportation/storage) of such devices increases the likelihood of contact between the keys of the keyboard and the display while the notebook computer is closed and the display screen is positioned adjacent to the top surfaces of the keycaps.

When...

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04:12
Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more...

Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more resistant to oil and debris as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number US 11961688 B2) for a “Keycap Particle Evacuation Structure.”

About the patent

The patent relates generally to keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices. More particularly, the present embodiments relate to keycap particle evacuation structures for use with keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices.

In the patent Apple notes that recent advances in portable computing have also led to thinner, more compact devices (e.g., laptops and removable keyboards) that are often stored in travel luggage, briefcases, backpacks, duffle bags, or purses. The portability (and associated transportation/storage) of such devices increases the likelihood of contact between the keys of the keyboard and the display while the notebook computer is closed and the display screen is positioned adjacent to the top surfaces of the keycaps.

When...

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04:12
Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more...

Apple wants to make Mac laptop keyboards more resistant to oil and debris as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number US 11961688 B2) for a “Keycap Particle Evacuation Structure.”

About the patent

The patent relates generally to keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices. More particularly, the present embodiments relate to keycap particle evacuation structures for use with keyboards and key mechanisms for electronic devices.

In the patent Apple notes that recent advances in portable computing have also led to thinner, more compact devices (e.g., laptops and removable keyboards) that are often stored in travel luggage, briefcases, backpacks, duffle bags, or purses. The portability (and associated transportation/storage) of such devices increases the likelihood of contact between the keys of the keyboard and the display while the notebook computer is closed and the display screen is positioned adjacent to the top surfaces of the keycaps.

When...

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04:02
Eunice Bae joins cast of Apple TV+’s ‘Your Friends...

Eunice Bae (“Fallout,” “Special Ops: Lioness)” has landed the final series-regular role in the Jon Hamm-led series Y”our Friends & Neighbors” for Apple TV+, reports Deadline. Details regarding her character are under wraps.

As previously announced, Hamm leads the cast, which also includes Amanda Peet, Olivia Munn, Lena Hall, Hoon Lee, Mark Tallman, Aimee Carrero, Isabel Gravitt, Donovan Colan, Sandrine Holt, and Corbin Bergen.

Here’s how “Your Friends and Neighbors” is described: Hamm stars as Coop, a recently divorced hedge fund manager who, after being fired, resorts to stealing from the wealthy residents in his tony upstate New York suburb in order to keep his family’s lifestyle afloat. These petty crimes begin to reinvigorate him until he breaks into the wrong house at the wrong time.

About Apple TV+

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04:02
Eunice Bae joins cast of Apple TV+’s ‘Your Friends...

Eunice Bae (“Fallout,” “Special Ops: Lioness)” has landed the final series-regular role in the Jon Hamm-led series Y”our Friends & Neighbors” for Apple TV+, reports Deadline. Details regarding her character are under wraps.

As previously announced, Hamm leads the cast, which also includes Amanda Peet, Olivia Munn, Lena Hall, Hoon Lee, Mark Tallman, Aimee Carrero, Isabel Gravitt, Donovan Colan, Sandrine Holt, and Corbin Bergen.

Here’s how “Your Friends and Neighbors” is described: Hamm stars as Coop, a recently divorced hedge fund manager who, after being fired, resorts to stealing from the wealthy residents in his tony upstate New York suburb in order to keep his family’s lifestyle afloat. These petty crimes begin to reinvigorate him until he breaks into the wrong house at the wrong time.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available...

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04:02
Eunice Bae joins cast of Apple TV+’s ‘Your Friends...

Eunice Bae (“Fallout,” “Special Ops: Lioness)” has landed the final series-regular role in the Jon Hamm-led series Y”our Friends & Neighbors” for Apple TV+, reports Deadline. Details regarding her character are under wraps.

As previously announced, Hamm leads the cast, which also includes Amanda Peet, Olivia Munn, Lena Hall, Hoon Lee, Mark Tallman, Aimee Carrero, Isabel Gravitt, Donovan Colan, Sandrine Holt, and Corbin Bergen.

Here’s how “Your Friends and Neighbors” is described: Hamm stars as Coop, a recently divorced hedge fund manager who, after being fired, resorts to stealing from the wealthy residents in his tony upstate New York suburb in order to keep his family’s lifestyle afloat. These petty crimes begin to reinvigorate him until he breaks into the wrong house at the wrong time.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available...

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04:02
Eunice Bae joins cast of Apple TV+’s ‘Your Friends...

Eunice Bae (“Fallout,” “Special Ops: Lioness)” has landed the final series-regular role in the Jon Hamm-led series Y”our Friends & Neighbors” for Apple TV+, reports Deadline. Details regarding her character are under wraps.

As previously announced, Hamm leads the cast, which also includes Amanda Peet, Olivia Munn, Lena Hall, Hoon Lee, Mark Tallman, Aimee Carrero, Isabel Gravitt, Donovan Colan, Sandrine Holt, and Corbin Bergen.

Here’s how “Your Friends and Neighbors” is described: Hamm stars as Coop, a recently divorced hedge fund manager who, after being fired, resorts to stealing from the wealthy residents in his tony upstate New York suburb in order to keep his family’s lifestyle afloat. These petty crimes begin to reinvigorate him until he breaks into the wrong house at the wrong time.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available...

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04:01
New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products...

Elgato has announced Neo, a hardware line that “merges high-end performance with plug-and-play simplicity.”

In total, Neo has introduced five new products—a microphone, webcam, LED light, capture card, and Stream Deck. The company says all five are designed to make activities like video calls and livestreams easier, working seamlessly on almost any system, including laptops and iPads. 

Prices range from US$89.99 to $119.99. You can find details about the lineup here.

The post New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products Announced by Elgato appeared first on MacTech.com.

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04:01
New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products...

Elgato has announced Neo, a hardware line that “merges high-end performance with plug-and-play simplicity.”

In total, Neo has introduced five new products—a microphone, webcam, LED light, capture card, and Stream Deck. The company says all five are designed to make activities like video calls and livestreams easier, working seamlessly on almost any system, including laptops and iPads. 

Prices range from US$89.99 to $119.99. You can find details about the lineup here.

The post New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products Announced by Elgato appeared first on MacTech.com.

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04:01
New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products...

Elgato has announced Neo, a hardware line that “merges high-end performance with plug-and-play simplicity.”

In total, Neo has introduced five new products—a microphone, webcam, LED light, capture card, and Stream Deck. The company says all five are designed to make activities like video calls and livestreams easier, working seamlessly on almost any system, including laptops and iPads. 

Prices range from US$89.99 to $119.99. You can find details about the lineup here.

The post New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products Announced by Elgato appeared first on MacTech.com.

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04:01
New Stream Deck and Wave Mic Among Five Products...

Elgato has announced Neo, a hardware line that “merges high-end performance with plug-and-play simplicity.”

In total, Neo has introduced five new products—a microphone, webcam, LED light, capture card, and Stream Deck. The company says all five are designed to make activities like video calls and livestreams easier, working seamlessly on almost any system, including laptops and iPads. 

Prices range from US$89.99 to $119.99. You can find details about the lineup here.

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 19

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From 9to5Mac: Almost 100,000 iPhones which Apple paid a contractor to scrap were instead stolen and shipped off to China, according to an in-depth report.

° From TechCrunch: A crypto wallet maker’s warning about an iMessage bug sounds like a false alarm.

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 19

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From 9to5Mac: Almost 100,000 iPhones which Apple paid a contractor to scrap were instead stolen and shipped off to China, according to an in-depth report.

° From TechCrunch: A crypto wallet maker’s warning about an iMessage bug sounds like a false alarm.

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 19

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From 9to5Mac: Almost 100,000 iPhones which Apple paid a contractor to scrap were instead stolen and shipped off to China, according to an in-depth report.

° From TechCrunch: A crypto wallet maker’s warning about an iMessage bug sounds like a false alarm.

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04:00
News items you should check out: April 19

Since I can’t cover everything, here are some recommended articles you should check out:

° From 9to5Mac: Almost 100,000 iPhones which Apple paid a contractor to scrap were instead stolen and shipped off to China, according to an in-depth report.

° From TechCrunch: A crypto wallet maker’s warning about an iMessage bug sounds like a false alarm.

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03:30
The Humane AI Pin has no future as long as the Apple...

Macworld

Negative criticism is fun, as Anton Ego so wisely observed. And I had a lot of fun this week watching Marques Brownlee’s polite demolition of the Humane AI pin, which he described as “the worst product I’ve ever reviewed.” Not just a solution in search of a problem, but a future in search of a present.

Humane’s product, a chunky AI-powered pin that sits on your lapel and operates by voice and gesture rather than possessing any kind of screen, is riddled with problems. Some of these feel like temporary issues that will be ironed out in version 2.0, such as battery life, mild overheating, and slow query response times. Others are more fundamental: will a projector interface coupled with gesture controls ever match...

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03:15
IHG announces that more than 60 U.S. properties will...

If you’re looking for hotels with AirPlay-compatible TVs in the room, IHG is starting to cover the bases on this. IHG Hotels and Resorts announced on Thursday that more than 60 of its properties in North America will allow guests to connect their iPhone or iPad to the in-room TV. This will allow guests to […]

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03:13
Apple Time Machine review

Macworld

At a glance
Pros

  • Reliable, easy to set up, and good at working behind the scenes to create backup archives
  • Easy to migrate Time Machine data over to new Macs as needed
  • Good level of encryption-based security for backup data

Cons

  • Almost exclusively local backups rather than cloud-based backups
  • Limited backup scheduling options
  • Restore interface can be confusing

Our Verdict

Time Machine remains an outstanding solution for local backups on your Mac, but backups require an external drive, no cloud backups here.

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03:12
Apple’s Alternative App Store Implementation Sparks...

Apple’s Alternative App Store Implementation Sparks Developer Backlash

The arrival of AltStore, the first officially sanctioned third-party app store in the European Union, has been met with a wave of criticism directed not at AltStore itself, but at Apple’s implementation of the system. Developers are expressing frustration with the user experience, citing excessive complexity and a slew of technical issues. According to a […]

This post Apple’s Alternative App Store Implementation Sparks Developer Backlash appeared first on The Mac Observer

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03:02
Fix: AirPods Pro 2 Connected to Samsung TV With No...

Fix: AirPods Pro 2 Connected to Samsung TV With No Sound

Is there no sound coming from your AirPods Pro 2 despite having a stable Bluetooth connection with your Samsung TV? Troubleshooting two devices at once is tedious. If you just want to zone out and watch your shows, follow these solutions—they address the most likely causes behind this issue. How To Fix AirPods Pro 2 […]

This post Fix: AirPods Pro 2 Connected to Samsung TV With No Sound appeared first on The Mac Observer

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03:00
Turn data into diagrams with Microsoft Visio...

Macworld

Any professional knows that data is critical. However, what may be more important is breaking down large or complex data sets into a manner that other collaborators or colleagues can understand. Microsoft offers top-rated diagramming tools in Microsoft Visio Professional 2021, and through April 22, lifetime access is only $19.97 (reg. $249).

In addition to the shape and tool library from the standard edition of Visio, the Professional version adds a broader library that can be expanded with online...

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03:00
Rumor: Apple to incorporate similar or identical...

Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Air is rumored to be equipped with a mini-LED display that could be similar or identical to that of the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro, according to Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants. Per Young, the move to mini-LED technology for the 12.9-inch model would provide increased brightness for HDR […]

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01:09
Best Buy Envision App for Apple Vision Pro Lets You...

Best Buy Envision App for Apple Vision Pro Lets You Shop Using Augmented Reality

Online shopping has been available for nearly half a century, but it saw a major spike during the pandemic across the world. Of course, it’s sometimes tough to rely on e-commerce because you can’t see the products in person, but with augmented reality, things might get a little easier for everyone. Personally, I have relied […]

This post Best Buy Envision App for Apple Vision Pro Lets You Shop Using Augmented Reality appeared first on The Mac Observer

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01:00
This lifetime license to the Jott AI text and speech...

Macworld

Efficiency and clarity in digital communication are essential, no matter what your business. So, it only stands to reason that having the tools to support those efforts could be a game changer. Jott Pro is an AI-powered image extractor, transcriber, and more, and through April 21, a lifetime license is currently on sale for only $34.97 (reg. $199).

This user-friendly tool has many features that can streamline everyday tasks for work, home, or school. Use it to seamlessly ...

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00:10
HomePods Could Get a Touch Display According to New...

HomePods Could Get a Touch Display According to New Leak

Rumors suggest that Apple is revamping its HomePod speaker with a proper touchscreen LCD display. A leaked image on X from Apple product collector Kosutami shows a component that appears to be the top part of the new HomePod, featuring a large curved glass panel. This leak coincides with previous rumors suggesting Apple has been […]

This post HomePods Could Get a Touch Display According to New Leak appeared first on The Mac Observer

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00:06
Apple Forced to Pull WhatsApp and Threads from China...

Apple Forced to Pull WhatsApp and Threads from China App Store

Apple has taken down Meta-owned popular apps, WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China, citing government orders, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Apple explains that it did so to comply with China’s internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration, due to national security concerns. “We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where […]

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Thursday April 18

18:47
Apple pulls WhatsApp and Threads from App Store in...

Apple has removed two Meta apps from the App Store in China, reportedly at the request of the Chinese government. Both WhatsApp and Threads have been made unavailable in the App Store, preventing new installs for the messaging and social apps.

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17:09
Apple Studios announces participants for its...

Apple Studios has announced the three participants selected for its inaugural Directors Program, described as an inclusive, new initiative focused on expanding opportunities for mid-career directors across the U.S., reports Deadline

Maureen Bharoocha, Yoko Okumura and Marshall Tyler were chosen to participate in the six-month program which offers masterclasses focused on building and sustaining a career as a working episodic director. The program also will feature discussions with seasoned industry professionals focusing on the craft and business of directing, opportunities to participate as shadowing directors on Apple Studios series, and a “one-of-a-kind experience” in Apple Park tailored to inspire innovation and creativity.

Apple Studios isan American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. It specializes in developing...

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17:09
Apple Studios announces participants for its...

Apple Studios has announced the three participants selected for its inaugural Directors Program, described as an inclusive, new initiative focused on expanding opportunities for mid-career directors across the U.S., reports Deadline

Maureen Bharoocha, Yoko Okumura and Marshall Tyler were chosen to participate in the six-month program which offers masterclasses focused on building and sustaining a career as a working episodic director. The program also will feature discussions with seasoned industry professionals focusing on the craft and business of directing, opportunities to participate as shadowing directors on Apple Studios series, and a “one-of-a-kind experience” in Apple Park tailored to inspire innovation and creativity.

Apple Studios isan American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. It specializes in developing...

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17:09
Apple Studios announces participants for its...

Apple Studios has announced the three participants selected for its inaugural Directors Program, described as an inclusive, new initiative focused on expanding opportunities for mid-career directors across the U.S., reports Deadline

Maureen Bharoocha, Yoko Okumura and Marshall Tyler were chosen to participate in the six-month program which offers masterclasses focused on building and sustaining a career as a working episodic director. The program also will feature discussions with seasoned industry professionals focusing on the craft and business of directing, opportunities to participate as shadowing directors on Apple Studios series, and a “one-of-a-kind experience” in Apple Park tailored to inspire innovation and creativity.

Apple Studios isan American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. It specializes in developing...

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17:09
Apple Studios announces participants for its...

Apple Studios has announced the three participants selected for its inaugural Directors Program, described as an inclusive, new initiative focused on expanding opportunities for mid-career directors across the U.S., reports Deadline

Maureen Bharoocha, Yoko Okumura and Marshall Tyler were chosen to participate in the six-month program which offers masterclasses focused on building and sustaining a career as a working episodic director. The program also will feature discussions with seasoned industry professionals focusing on the craft and business of directing, opportunities to participate as shadowing directors on Apple Studios series, and a “one-of-a-kind experience” in Apple Park tailored to inspire innovation and creativity.

Apple Studios isan American film and television production company that is a subsidiary of Apple Inc. It specializes in developing...

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17:04
Best Buy launches new AR tech exploration app for...

Best Buy has announced a new way for its customers can explore, discover and bring new technology to life in their own living space. Best Buy Envision is an app exclusively available on the Apple Vision Pro that helps users plan their ultimate home technology setup.

The app uses augmented reality (AR) to help you preview 3D models of Best Buy products. That means while wearing Apple Vision Pro, you can see 3D images of how a variety of different products will look and feel in your space before you buy them. It includes big screen TVs, large and small appliances, fitness equipment, and furniture.

To use the app, you just put on your Vision Pro, open the Best Buy Envision app and scroll through hundreds of options to see them appear digitally, right in front your eyes, in your physical space. Once you find the right option, you can access product ratings and...

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17:04
Best Buy launches new AR tech exploration app for...

Best Buy has announced a new way for its customers can explore, discover and bring new technology to life in their own living space. Best Buy Envision is an app exclusively available on the Apple Vision Pro that helps users plan their ultimate home technology setup.

The app uses augmented reality (AR) to help you preview 3D models of Best Buy products. That means while wearing Apple Vision Pro, you can see 3D images of how a variety of different products will look and feel in your space before you buy them. It includes big screen TVs, large and small appliances, fitness equipment, and furniture.

To use the app, you just put on your Vision Pro, open the Best Buy Envision app and scroll through hundreds of options to see them appear digitally, right in front your eyes, in your physical space. Once you find the right option, you can access product ratings and...

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17:04
Best Buy launches new AR tech exploration app for...

Best Buy has announced a new way for its customers can explore, discover and bring new technology to life in their own living space. Best Buy Envision is an app exclusively available on the Apple Vision Pro that helps users plan their ultimate home technology setup.

The app uses augmented reality (AR) to help you preview 3D models of Best Buy products. That means while wearing Apple Vision Pro, you can see 3D images of how a variety of different products will look and feel in your space before you buy them. It includes big screen TVs, large and small appliances, fitness equipment, and furniture.

To use the app, you just put on your Vision Pro, open the Best Buy Envision app and scroll through hundreds of options to see them appear digitally, right in front your eyes, in your physical space. Once you find the right option, you can access product ratings and...

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17:04
Best Buy launches new AR tech exploration app for...

Best Buy has announced a new way for its customers can explore, discover and bring new technology to life in their own living space. Best Buy Envision is an app exclusively available on the Apple Vision Pro that helps users plan their ultimate home technology setup.

The app uses augmented reality (AR) to help you preview 3D models of Best Buy products. That means while wearing Apple Vision Pro, you can see 3D images of how a variety of different products will look and feel in your space before you buy them. It includes big screen TVs, large and small appliances, fitness equipment, and furniture.

To use the app, you just put on your Vision Pro, open the Best Buy Envision app and scroll through hundreds of options to see them appear digitally, right in front your eyes, in your physical space. Once you find the right option, you can access product ratings and...

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17:00
Apple TV+ wins rights to adapt upcoming novel, ‘Long...

In a competitive situation, Apple has acquired the rights to Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s upcoming novel “Long Island Compromise”to develop as a series for Apple TV+.

As reported by Deadline, just like she did with the FX adaptation of her debut novel, “Fleishman Is In Trouble,” Brodesser-Akner will writeLong Island Compromise,” which she will executive produce with Richard Plepler through his Apple-based Eden Productions, as well “Fleishman Is In Trouble” executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly of Timberman/Beverly Productions and Susannah Grant.

Here’s how the novel is described: Long Island Compromise is set nearly forty years after a wealthy businessman was kidnapped and brutalized before his family paid ransom for his release. It examines the lasting impact of the ordeal on the man, his wife and their three grown children and...

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17:00
Apple TV+ wins rights to adapt upcoming novel, ‘Long...

In a competitive situation, Apple has acquired the rights to Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s upcoming novel “Long Island Compromise”to develop as a series for Apple TV+.

As reported by Deadline, just like she did with the FX adaptation of her debut novel, “Fleishman Is In Trouble,” Brodesser-Akner will writeLong Island Compromise,” which she will executive produce with Richard Plepler through his Apple-based Eden Productions, as well “Fleishman Is In Trouble” executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly of Timberman/Beverly Productions and Susannah Grant.

Here’s how the novel is described: Long Island Compromise is set nearly forty years after a wealthy businessman was kidnapped and brutalized before his family paid ransom for his release. It examines the lasting impact of the ordeal on the man, his wife and their three grown children and...

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17:00
Apple TV+ wins rights to adapt upcoming novel, ‘Long...

In a competitive situation, Apple has acquired the rights to Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s upcoming novel “Long Island Compromise”to develop as a series for Apple TV+.

As reported by Deadline, just like she did with the FX adaptation of her debut novel, “Fleishman Is In Trouble,” Brodesser-Akner will writeLong Island Compromise,” which she will executive produce with Richard Plepler through his Apple-based Eden Productions, as well “Fleishman Is In Trouble” executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly of Timberman/Beverly Productions and Susannah Grant.

Here’s how the novel is described: Long Island Compromise is set nearly forty years after a wealthy businessman was kidnapped and brutalized before his family paid ransom for his release. It examines the lasting impact of the ordeal on the man, his wife and their three grown children and...

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17:00
Apple TV+ wins rights to adapt upcoming novel, ‘Long...

In a competitive situation, Apple has acquired the rights to Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s upcoming novel “Long Island Compromise”to develop as a series for Apple TV+.

As reported by Deadline, just like she did with the FX adaptation of her debut novel, “Fleishman Is In Trouble,” Brodesser-Akner will writeLong Island Compromise,” which she will executive produce with Richard Plepler through his Apple-based Eden Productions, as well “Fleishman Is In Trouble” executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly of Timberman/Beverly Productions and Susannah Grant.

Here’s how the novel is described: Long Island Compromise is set nearly forty years after a wealthy businessman was kidnapped and brutalized before his family paid ransom for his release. It examines the lasting impact of the ordeal on the man, his wife and their three grown children and...

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16:13
HomePod with LCD display again corroborated by...

Apple is rumored to be working on a new HomePod with a touchscreen LCD display on top, and we’ve already seen some images of this unreleased device floating around the web. Now Apple product collector Kosutami is back with a new image showing another part of one of these HomePod prototypes with a display.

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15:18
New Adobe Express app with Firefly AI now available...

Adobe on Thursday officially launched its new Adobe Express app with Firefly AI for iOS and Android. This version of the app has been available to beta testers for some time, and can now be downloaded by anyone. Read on as we detail everything that’s new with the Adobe Express update.

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15:09
Best Buy Launches Apple Vision Pro App for...

Best Buy today announced the launch of a new "Envision" app designed for the Apple Vision Pro headset. Envision is designed to allow Best Buy customers to explore different products and see how those products look in their own living spaces.

According to Best Buy, the Envision app is meant to help consumers plan their "ultimate home technology setup." 3D models of Best Buy products are included, so users can see them from all angles and get an idea of the space they take up. The app includes big screen TVs, large and small appliances, computers, furniture, fitness equipment, and more.

There are hundreds of items to scroll through and preview, along with access to product ratings and pricing. Listings can be opened up in Safari on the Vision Pro to make purchases on the Best Buy website.

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14:06
Alleged HomePod Display Component Again Shown Off in...

Another image of an alleged screen component designed for a HomePod with a display was today shared by Kosutami, a source that has in the past shown off ‌HomePod‌ components and abandoned Apple prototypes.

The image shows a circular, glossy glass piece that would be located at the top of a ‌HomePod‌ that has the same design as the current standard size ‌HomePod‌. The component would replace the current touch/waveform interface, and in the past, Kosutami has suggested that the LCD display is slightly curved.

New picture of the (might be upcoming one) HomePod with display.
Glossy, sick, just imagine.#Apple #appleinternal (B720)...

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12:31
Mac Desk Accessories Worth Checking Out

Every year or two, MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera shares a desk tour featuring the Mac-centric products that he uses to record and edit his videos for the site. Today, Dan is sharing an updated 2024 desk video, highlighting desk accessories that might be worth checking out for your own setup.

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  • Uplift Desk - Dan uses an Uplift Standing desk, priced starting at $569. Uplift makes all kinds of accessories for its desks, from drawers to hammocks. Dan has a motion board for increasing movement, microphone arm, and headphone holder.
  • Alti Wireless Charging Desk Mat - The $130 Alti Wireless Charging Desk Mat has a built-in Qi wireless...
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12:17
Apple Store in Downtown Montréal Reportedly Moving...

Apple is preparing to move its retail store on Saint-Catherine Street in Montréal, Québec, according to Canadian newspaper La Presse.

The current Apple Sainte-Catherine store

The report cites three sources who said Apple will be opening a new retail store in a 125-year-old heritage building located at 1255 Saint-Catherine Street, which would be less than 100 meters away from the company's current store on the street. Apple's contractors are said to be in the process of completing major renovations to the building, which has been vacant for a few years after clothing retailer Ardene left the space.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman last year reported that Apple was considering...

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11:56
9to5Mac Daily: April 18, 2024 – M4 Macs timeline,...

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

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11:23
AirPlay hotel support is finally available–for only...

Macworld

Watching what you want to watch on a hotel TV can be frustrating, especially now that so much of TV is dominated by streaming services. Customers rejoiced when Apple announced the iOS 17 feature at WWDC last summer that hotels would soon support AirPlay in a secure fashion on their hotel TVs, but the feature has taken quite a while to actually roll out.

Starting today, anyone with iOS 17.3 or later can use AirPlay at up to 60 select IHG hotels...

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11:08
Review: Astropad Rock Paper Pencil v2, the pen-on-...

Last year Astropad launched its impressive Rock Paper Pencil kit for iPad that delivers a reusable/removable matte screen protector plus a ballpoint-style Apple Pencil tip for a real pen-on-paper experience. This year the company delivered Rock Paper Pencil v2 with a NanoCling border, flat profile, improved Apple Pencil tip, and more. Here’s what I think after testing out the improved version.

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11:03
Colorado privacy law first to safeguard brain...

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On Wednesday, Colorado expanded the scope of its privacy law initially designed to protect biometric data like fingerprints or face images to become first in the nation to also shield sensitive neural data.

That could stop companies from hoarding brain activity data without residents realizing the risks. The New York Times reported that neural data is increasingly being collected and sold nationwide. And after a...

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10:30
Delta takes flight: Apple-approved Nintendo emulator...

Enlarge / That is in no way what the Z button looks like or where it goes...

Apple's decision earlier this month to open the iOS App Store to generic retro game emulators is already bearing fruit. Delta launched Wednesday as one of the first officially approved iOS apps to emulate Nintendo consoles from the NES through the N64 and the Game Boy through the Nintendo DS (though unofficial options have snuck through in the past).

Delta is an outgrowth of developer Riley Testut's...

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10:05
You can finally play checkers on Apple Vision Pro

Game Room is one of the best experiences on Apple Vision Pro, especially with newly introduced spatial Personas. The latest update to the Apple Arcade game introduces one of the most popular classics: checkers.

more…

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09:47
Apple Watch fall detection helps rescue cyclist...

Apple Watch is a must-have accessory for every cyclist. That’s become time and again it has proven critical for helping cyclists after a crash. Eric Zollinger from New York is the latest wearer to know firsthand.

more…

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09:40
Upcoming 12.9-Inch iPad Air Might Have Same Screen...

Upcoming 12.9-Inch iPad Air Might Have Same Screen as the Current Larger iPad Pro

The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Air, scheduled to launch alongside the 2024 iPad Pro in the second week of May, could ditch LCD in favor of a new mini-LED display, according to a new report. The report, shared by analyst Ross Young, who is generally right about these developments, especially in display tech, shared details about the changes […]

This post Upcoming 12.9-Inch iPad Air Might Have Same Screen as the Current Larger iPad Pro appeared first on The Mac Observer

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09:22
Own a piece of Apple history for under $200 with...

Macworld

While every iPhone release generates tons of excitement, there are only a couple that were truly historic. And now you can own one for a fraction of its original MSRP: Amazon’s Woot is selling Grade A Refurbished iPhone X for as low as $180 in this rare sale.

The iPhone X was released in 2017 alongside the iPhone 8 as a complete re-imagining of the handset. Where all other models had a home button and giant bezels around the screen, the iPhone X...

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09:22
A New App Signals at Apple Vision Pro’s Imminent...

A New App Signals at Apple Vision Pro’s Imminent Launch in China

The release of a 3D shopping app specifically made for the headset by a major retailer suggests that the Apple Vision Pro will soon be available in China. As of right now, the Apple Vision Pro is exclusive to the US, but the rumor mill suggests it will be global before WWDC 2024. China appears […]

This post A New App Signals at Apple Vision Pro’s Imminent Launch in China appeared first on The Mac Observer

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09:12
Report: New 12.9-inch iPad Air to have the same high...

Macworld

We’re expecting Apple to unveil a new set of iPads during the first week of May. A new report on Thursday may provide a peek into what could be in store, and it says a lot about what the company is doing with its iPad lineup.

Analyst Ross Young posted on X (subscription required) that, “The upcoming 12.9″ iPad Air has a MiniLED display,” which is the same display technology used by the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Young states that Apple is using leftover supply from production of that Pro model since it is expected to...

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09:01
How to reset an Apple ID if you forgot the password

Macworld

iPhone and Mac users have to enter Apple ID details so frequently–when buying an app, accessing iCloud email or other services, updating an OS–that you wouldn’t think we’d forget our passwords. But we do.

Perhaps you got confused when Apple made you change to a new password; perhaps you picked one that was just too complicated to remember. (Here’s how to choose a strong password.) Whatever the reason, forgetting the password to your Apple ID account can be a serious pain, so we’re going to explain how to reset it.

Before we get started, let’s quickly cover two slightly different scenarios. First, your password might not be working because it’s been locked by Apple for security reasons; perhaps an attempt has been made to hack it. Should this happen to you, try this tutorial:...

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09:00
How to turn off iPhone WiFi auto-join for public and...

Have you noticed your iPhone jump onto a WiFi network when you’re away from home without asking first? Or maybe you want to check what networks your iPhone is auto-joining? Follow along for how to turn off iPhone WiFi auto-join for public and carrier networks.

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08:58
Meta working on travel mode for using Quest headsets...

Today I learned two things. First, apparently Meta Quest headsets don’t work on planes? I guess Apple knew to prioritize that feature for Vision Pro. And second, support is reportedly on the way. Add this to the list of ways competition from Vision Pro is making a better product.

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08:48
Thursday’s best deals have 12.9-inch iPad Pro from $...

A spring refresh may be around the corner, but in the meantime, you can save on Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pros from $1,029. It comes joined by a chance to save $265 on a stainless steel Apple Watch Series 9 and the first discount on Anker’s new . Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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08:16
AirPlay Now Available in 60+ IHG Hotels in North...

If you stay in one of the 60+ appropriately equipped hotels on your next trip, you may be able to use AirPlay from your iPhone or iPad to share content with the big-screen TV in your room.

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08:16
Best password managers for Mac and iPhone

Macworld

You probably have a lot of online accounts, and in order to remember your login details you are quite likely to reuse those same few passwords over and over again. Perhaps you even have a document with them all in. It’s perfectly understandable, but definitely not safe.

We know that it’s important to use an original password for each account and update them on a regular basis, but it can be a Herculean task trying to retain that information in our heads. This is made even more challenging with different sites requiring specific mixtures of characters: this one demands at least two symbols and no capitals, while that one requires a mixture of cases and a minimum length. And then you have to change yet another password and feel like crying!

That’s where password manager apps come in. They allow users to create one master password, after which the app takes care of logging into all other accounts. They even make...

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08:14
Apple Cut a Deal to Scrap Usable iPhones That Later...

Apple Cut a Deal to Scrap Usable iPhones That Later Found New Homes in Asia

Whenever you’re on the hunt for a new iPhone (while owning one), you have many offers, including an option to trade in your current phone for a discount while purchasing another. Have you ever wondered what happens to these iPhones? The thing is, many of these devices function perfectly well and could remain usable for […]

This post Apple Cut a Deal to Scrap Usable iPhones That Later Found New Homes in Asia appeared first on The Mac Observer

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08:09
Review: Razer launches new Kishi Ultra USB-C...

Razer has now unlocked the god-tier of mobile gaming. The company today is launching its latest smartphone controller grip for iPhone 15 and Android handsets. On top of just fully embracing USB-C, the new Razer Kishi Ultra steps up to deliver a more premium experience actually geared towards gamers with support for even larger devices like iPad mini 6. But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg for why this is .

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08:00
Apple published a new Press Release
07:41
12.9-inch iPad Air will use same display technology...

Ross Young of DSCC has great news for potential 12.9-inch iPad Air buyers. According to Young, the newly introduced larger iPad Air will use the same display technology as the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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07:37
12.9-Inch iPad Air Now Rumored to Feature Mini-LED...

The rumored 12.9-inch iPad Air that is expected to be announced in May will be equipped with a mini-LED display like the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro, according to Ross Young, CEO of research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants. The existing 10.9-inch iPad Air is equipped with a standard LCD panel, and the move to mini-LED technology for the 12.9-inch model would provide increased brightness for HDR content, deeper blacks, and more.

Young revealed this information in a post shared on social media platform X today. He said the 12.9-inch iPad Air will be using leftover mini-LED display panels from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and he touted lower power consumption as another benefit.

Given...

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07:37
Apple's 13-Inch M2 MacBook Air Hits Record Low...

Best Buy today has every model of the 2022 13-inch MacBook Air available for $150 off, matching previous all-time low prices on the notebooks. These prices are available to all shoppers and do not require a My Best Buy Plus/Total membership.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

The 256GB model is on sale for $849.00 and the 512GB model is available for $1,049.00. These deals beat the previous prices we tracked earlier in the year by about $50.

$150 OFF13-inch M2 MacBook Air (256GB) for $849.00

$150 OFF13-inch M2 MacBook Air (512GB) for $1,049.00

You can get both models in all four colors: Starlight,...

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07:30
Smart MagSafe wallet could alert you if you leave a...

A smart MagSafe wallet could alert you if you leave a card behind after using it in a store, thanks to a simple approach described in a new Apple patent application.

The wallet could also better protect you against accidentally losing cards when carrying only one or two cards …

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07:24
iOS 18: What I want from Siri + AI

Apple will reveal its AI cards on June 10 at WWDC, and Siri is surely going to be a key component. Generally, people want Siri to get good. You can’t just replace Siri intelligence with generative AI, however, but the two technologies make a powerful combination. What I want to see from an AI-infused Siri is actually simple.

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07:19
Should Apple Kill Siri and Start Over?

Few features have promised to revolutionize the way we interact with our Apple devices as much as Siri, the company's ubiquitous virtual assistant. Launched in 2011, Siri was introduced as heralding a new era in human-computer interaction, offering an intuitive voice-controlled interface for accessing information, scheduling appointments, sending messages, and much more. The vision was grand: A personal assistant in your pocket, capable of understanding and acting upon a wide array of voice commands with ease and accuracy. So what happened?

Enthusiasm for Siri has undeniably waned in the intervening years. Despite regular updates and improvements from Apple, Siri has struggled to keep pace with its advancing rivals, and in an era of generative AI chatbots and large language models, Siri's failings have only been magnified. Issues ranging from misinterpreted commands to limited contextual understanding have not only hindered Siri's usability but have also led to an almost...

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07:04
Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 Units Are Now...

Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 Units Are Now Available in China

China has become the first and only place where Apple is selling refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 units directly to customers. The refurbished versions have a 15% price reduction compared to equivalent brand-new ones. Apple rigorously tests, inspects, cleans, and repackages all refurbished products to guarantee optimal functionality and quality.  Additionally, they come with a […]

This post Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 Units Are Now Available in China appeared first on The Mac Observer

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07:00
Best smart scales with iPhone sync for Apple’s...

Whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds and track your weight for other purposes, smart scales that sync data to the iPhone can be a fun and useful way to keep an eye your status.

If you want to easily collect your weight and other measurement data in the Health app on iPhone and iPad (new with iPadOS 17), the trick is to find a scale that works with HealthKit.

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06:58
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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06:56
US-made chips will cost Apple more, despite govt...

Apple has pledged to buy US-made chips once TSMC’s Arizona plants come online, but the company may have to pay more for them.

TSMC’s chief exec has said that it plans to charge customers more for chips made outside of Taiwan, due to the higher production costs …

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06:31
Mac sales grew 2% globally year-over-year in the...

Global personal computer (PC) shipments grew around 3% year-over-year (YoY) in quarter one (Q1) of 2024 after eight consecutive quarters of declines due to demand slowdown and inventory correction, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research. And there’s good news for Apple.

The tech giant sold five million Macs in Q1 of 2024 compared to sales of 4.9 million in Q1 of 2023. That’s annual growth of 2%. Counterpoint says the Mac’s growth “was resilient, with the 2% growth mainly supported by M3 base models.”

Apple is fourth among global PC makers. Ahead of it are Lenovo, HP, and Dell. And note that Counterpoint doesn’t count iPads as PCs: if it did, obviously, Apple’s market share would be bigger.

Counterpoint says the PC shipment growth in Q1 2024 came on a relatively low base in Q1 2023. The coming quarters of 2024 will see sequential shipment...

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06:31
Mac sales grew 2% globally year-over-year in the...

Global personal computer (PC) shipments grew around 3% year-over-year (YoY) in quarter one (Q1) of 2024 after eight consecutive quarters of declines due to demand slowdown and inventory correction, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research. And there’s good news for Apple.

The tech giant sold five million Macs in Q1 of 2024 compared to sales of 4.9 million in Q1 of 2023. That’s annual growth of 2%. Counterpoint says the Mac’s growth “was resilient, with the 2% growth mainly supported by M3 base models.”

Apple is fourth among global PC makers. Ahead of it are Lenovo, HP, and Dell. And note that Counterpoint doesn’t count iPads as PCs: if it did, obviously, Apple’s market share would be bigger.

Counterpoint says the PC shipment growth in Q1 2024 came on a relatively low base in Q1 2023. The coming quarters of 2024 will see sequential shipment...

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06:31
Mac sales grew 2% globally year-over-year in the...

Global personal computer (PC) shipments grew around 3% year-over-year (YoY) in quarter one (Q1) of 2024 after eight consecutive quarters of declines due to demand slowdown and inventory correction, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research. And there’s good news for Apple.

The tech giant sold five million Macs in Q1 of 2024 compared to sales of 4.9 million in Q1 of 2023. That’s annual growth of 2%. Counterpoint says the Mac’s growth “was resilient, with the 2% growth mainly supported by M3 base models.”

Apple is fourth among global PC makers. Ahead of it are Lenovo, HP, and Dell. And note that Counterpoint doesn’t count iPads as PCs: if it did, obviously, Apple’s market share would be bigger.

Counterpoint says the PC shipment growth in Q1 2024 came on a relatively low base in Q1 2023. The coming quarters of 2024 will see sequential shipment...

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06:31
Mac sales grew 2% globally year-over-year in the...

Global personal computer (PC) shipments grew around 3% year-over-year (YoY) in quarter one (Q1) of 2024 after eight consecutive quarters of declines due to demand slowdown and inventory correction, according to the latest data from Counterpoint Research. And there’s good news for Apple.

The tech giant sold five million Macs in Q1 of 2024 compared to sales of 4.9 million in Q1 of 2023. That’s annual growth of 2%. Counterpoint says the Mac’s growth “was resilient, with the 2% growth mainly supported by M3 base models.”

Apple is fourth among global PC makers. Ahead of it are Lenovo, HP, and Dell. And note that Counterpoint doesn’t count iPads as PCs: if it did, obviously, Apple’s market share would be bigger.

Counterpoint says the PC shipment growth in Q1 2024 came on a relatively low base in Q1 2023. The coming quarters of 2024 will see sequential shipment...

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06:11
AirPlay streaming launches today on TVs at IHG...

Beginning today, more than sixty IHG Hotels & Resorts locations will support the new iOS 17 AirPlay feature, allowing guests to easily stream to the TV in their hotel with no additional hardware required.

Just like you would stream to an Apple TV at home, guests are able to seamlessly select their hotel TV as the AirPlay output to watch videos, view photos and stream music from their iPhone or iPad.

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Join me on the wonderful trip down the inspiration rabbit hole; much as Palworld seemingly “borrowed” many aspects from the hit Pokemon franchise, it is time for the heavily armed animal survival to also spawn some illegitimate children as Helio... | Read more »
PUBG Mobile teams up with global phenome...
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Embark into the frozen tundra of certain...
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MoreFun Studios has announced Season 4,...
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Top Mobile Game Discounts
Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below... | Read more »
Marvel Future Fight celebrates nine year...
Announced alongside an advertising image I can only assume was aimed squarely at myself with the prominent Deadpool and Odin featured on it, Netmarble has revealed their celebrations for the 9th anniversary of Marvel Future Fight. The Countdown... | Read more »

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Every model of Apple’s 13-inch M3 MacBook Air...
Best Buy has Apple 13″ MacBook Airs with M3 CPUs in stock and on sale today for $100 off MSRP. Prices start at $999. Their prices are the lowest currently available for new 13″ M3 MacBook Airs among... Read more
Sunday Sale: Apple iPad Magic Keyboards for 1...
Walmart has Apple Magic Keyboards for 12.9″ iPad Pros, in Black, on sale for $150 off MSRP on their online store. Sale price for online orders only, in-store price may vary. Order online and choose... Read more
Apple Watch Ultra 2 now available at Apple fo...
Apple has, for the first time, begun offering Certified Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra 2 models in their online store for $679, or $120 off MSRP. Each Watch includes Apple’s standard one-year warranty... Read more
AT&T has the iPhone 14 on sale for only $...
AT&T has the 128GB Apple iPhone 14 available for only $5.99 per month for new and existing customers when you activate unlimited service and use AT&T’s 36 month installment plan. The fine... Read more
Amazon is offering a $100 discount on every M...
Amazon is offering a $100 instant discount on each configuration of Apple’s new 13″ M3 MacBook Air, in Midnight, this weekend. These are the lowest prices currently available for new 13″ M3 MacBook... Read more
You can save $300-$480 on a 14-inch M3 Pro/Ma...
Apple has 14″ M3 Pro and M3 Max MacBook Pros in stock today and available, Certified Refurbished, starting at $1699 and ranging up to $480 off MSRP. Each model features a new outer case, shipping is... Read more
24-inch M1 iMacs available at Apple starting...
Apple has clearance M1 iMacs available in their Certified Refurbished store starting at $1049 and ranging up to $300 off original MSRP. Each iMac is in like-new condition and comes with Apple’s... Read more
Walmart continues to offer $699 13-inch M1 Ma...
Walmart continues to offer new Apple 13″ M1 MacBook Airs (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) online for $699, $300 off original MSRP, in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold colors. These are new MacBook for sale by... Read more
B&H has 13-inch M2 MacBook Airs with 16GB...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Airs with M2 CPUs, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of storage in stock and on sale for $1099, $100 off Apple’s MSRP for this configuration. Free 1-2 day delivery is available... Read more
14-inch M3 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM avail...
Apple has the 14″ M3 MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, Certified Refurbished, available for $300 off MSRP. Each MacBook Pro features a new outer case, shipping is free, and an Apple 1-... Read more

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