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Saturday March 6

12:22
Two Patents were fulfilled last week as the Mac Pro Tower...

Over the years Patently Apple has covered many patents from Apple for things like store designs, fixtures, furniture and shelving, tables and flooring, Apple Store glass doors, and more. This week the U.S. Patent Office published two of Apple's patents covering their Mac Pro tower and Beats Headphones packaging systems.

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07:39
Apple Finally Reveals that one of their Foldable Display P...

This week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Google has Filed for a Foldable Device Patent Describing a Flip Phone, a Dual Display Tablet and a Multi-Display Book-Like Device." We had noted in the report that this was the year we're to see Microsoft's Surface Neo come to market. It's a dual display tablet that doubles as a notebook with a slip over magnetic keyboard. On Thursday USPTO published an Apple patent that finally revealed that one of their long standing patents on a continuous display folded in two is now focused on being a laptop. It's the first time Apple focused their patent on this.

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07:33
Apple Confirms iMac Pro Will Be Discontinued When Supplies...

Apple on late Friday evening added a "while supplies last" notice to its iMac Pro product page worldwide, and removed all upgrade options for the computer, leaving only the standard configuration available to order for now.

We've since confirmed with Apple that when supplies run out, the iMac Pro will no longer be available whatsoever. Apple says the latest 27-inch iMac introduced in August is the preferred choice for the vast majority of pro iMac users, and said customers who need even more performance and expandability can choose the Mac Pro.

The latest 27-inch iMac features a 5K display with True Tone and a nano-texture glass option, up to a 10-core 10th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to 128GB of RAM, up to 8TB of storage, up to AMD...

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06:00
Top Stories: iPhone 13 Leaks, OLED iPads and Macs, New Air...

iPhone rumors are heating up, with noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week releasing a wide-ranging report outlining his expectations for the iPhone lineup over the next three years.

This week also saw rumors about OLED displays potentially coming to iPad and Mac starting next year, increasing signs of AirTags functionality in iOS 14.5 betas, and more, so check out all of the details below!

iPhone 13 Rumors: Smaller Notch and Larger Batteries, 120Hz Display for Pro Models, and More

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week shared a lengthy list of expectations for future iPhones over the next few years.

Kuo said this year's iPhone 13 lineup will consist of the same four models as the iPhone 12 lineup, all with a smaller notch, larger batteries, Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60 modem with 5G...

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05:35
Apple has been Granted 16 Design Patents covering the iPho...

On Friday Apple was granted 16 design patents in Hong Kong covering the iPhone Wallet with MagSafe and a series of iPhone Home Screen Graphical User Interfaces for widgets, edit pages and more. Our report also covers a few new Registered Trademarks granted to Apple by the U.S. Trademark Office late last month.

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Friday March 5

22:14
iMac Pro No Longer Custom Configurable, Available 'Wh...

Apple appears to be on the verge of discontinuing the iMac Pro, with the store page for the high-end all-in-one Mac including a "While supplies last" tagline and only the base model with no custom configurations available for purchase.

The ‌iMac Pro‌ launched in December 2017, and while there have been a few tweaks to the available configurations over the years, it has received no substantial hardware updates over its lifetime. As a result, we have been recommending for some time that users not purchase the ‌iMac Pro‌ as a high-end standard iMac currently offers a better value.

There have been a few rumors of an updated ‌iMac Pro‌ over the years, including from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo...

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17:21
Review: OWC's Envoy Pro FX is an Ultra Fast, Expensiv...

A few months ago, OWC introduced the Envoy Pro FX, a portable SSD storage drive that is described as "the fastest, most compatible drive ever." I take a closer look at the Envoy Pro FX and its capabilities in my review below.

Key Features

  • Wide compatibility: The drive can be connected to a wide range of devices with Thunderbolt 3/4 or USB-C ports, such as the latest Mac, iPad Pro, and iPad Air models, as well as PCs and Microsoft Surface devices. There is also a USB-A adapter attached to the Thunderbolt cable included in the box.
  • Very fast speeds: Thunderbolt 3/4 compatibility allows for very fast read/write speeds up to an advertised 2,800 MB/s. I test speeds below.
  • Bus-powered: The drive is powered by the device it is connected to, not a power supply.
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13:25
Apple's Upcoming iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack

Apple is working on a MagSafe-compatible battery pack for the iPhone 12, which unlike prior Smart Battery Cases for earlier iPhones, will attach to the ‌iPhone 12‌ models with magnets.

The battery pack will be easy to pop on and off the iPhone, and because it will be easily removable, it won't be as bulky or as awkward as prior Apple-designed battery options. The MagSafe battery pack isn't out yet, but this guide covers everything we've heard about it so far.

Current Rumors

Signs of a MagSafe battery pack were first spotted in code in the iOS 14.5 beta, which had a reference to an unannounced "battery pack." The name was notable because there is no current product that Apple calls a battery pack, as prior Apple-designed battery options were referred to as Smart Battery...

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11:09
MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Apple Watch Series 6 and Band F...

For this week's giveaway we've teamed up with BluShark to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an aluminum Apple Watch Series 6 and a BluShark Apple Watch Band. One lucky reader will win the watch, and two others will get $100 gift cards to spend on BluShark Apple Watch bands.

BluShark has a huge range of Apple Watch bands along with bands for other watches. Apple Watch bands are available in Leather, Cordura, CanvaSoft, and an...

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10:59
A Look Inside Apple's 23,000 Square-Foot Fitness+ Stu...

Apple Fitness+, the latest service to join the Apple family, integrates tightly with the Apple Watch to offer a comprehensive and growing selection of workout and exercise videos made by a team of professional trainers.

Apple Fitness+ Studio (via Men's Health)

Apple curates and records all of the videos at a location in Santa Monica, California, and each video features a similar background and style. For the first time, thanks to a virtual tour by Apple given to Men's Health, we have a look inside the Fitness+ studio. The virtual tour of Apple's 23,000 square-foot studio was conducted by Apple's senior director of Fitness for Health Technologies, Jay Blahnik.

The Fitness+ studio is modern, featuring wood accents and "all-white everything,"...

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10:33
Tough-Guy Ray Liotta joins the Cast of the Limited Apple T...

Emmy winner and general tough guy Ray Liotta will make a return to series television as a lead opposite Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser in Apple’s limited series In with the Devil

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10:30
Ray Liotta and Taron Egerton to Star in Apple TV+ Series...

Apple is working on a six-episode limited series called "In With The Devil," which is set to star Ray Liotta, Taron Egerton, and Paul Walter Hauser, reports Deadline.

"In With The Devil" is based on the James Keene and Hillel Levin novel "In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption," the true crime story of a football star who ends up in prison and is tasked with coaxing a confession out of a serial killer to get released.

Egerton, known for the "Kingsman" movies, will play James Keene, the football star who gets in trouble with the law and thrown in prison with no chance of parole. Hauser, known for "Cobra Kai" and "BlacKkKlansman," will play the serial killer whom Egerton attempts to befriend. Liotta will play the role of a Chicago policeman who is also Keene's father.

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10:22
Apple Releases Third watchOS 7.4 Public Beta With iPhone U...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 7.4 update to public beta testers, with the new beta coming two weeks after the second public beta and a day after the release of the third developer beta.

The ‌watchOS 7‌.4 update can be downloaded after upgrading your iPhone to the public beta version of iOS 14.5. After installing iOS 14.5, the watchOS 7.4 software should show up, as long as you have the proper profile from Apple's beta software website. To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌iPhone...

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09:59
Apple Patent reveals a possible Redesign of their HomePod...

While it's great to have a light-display at the top of the HomePod, it's impossible to view it if a user is sitting beside it and can't view the top of the HomePod. Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a possible future redesign of the HomePod to accommodate a much larger display area.

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09:53
Class Action Lawsuit Over Apple Providing Refurbished Repl...

Initially filed in 2016, a class action lawsuit that accuses Apple of violating the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and other U.S. laws by providing customers with refurbished replacement devices is set to proceed to trial August 16, according to a notice this week from law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.

Apple's repair terms and conditions state that, when servicing a customer's product, the company "may use parts or products that are new or refurbished and equivalent to new in performance and reliability." Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Maldonado v. Apple Inc., allege that refurbished or "remanufactured" devices are not "equivalent to new in performance and reliability" and thus are seeking monetary damages from Apple.

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09:06
All the Apps That Support Apple's Spatial Audio Featu...

Spatial audio is a sonic feature exclusive to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max that adds surround sound to Apple's premium audio wearables. By utilizing dynamic head tracking, it brings a theater-like audio experience to the movie or video you're watching, so that it seems as if the sound is coming from all around you.

The feature works by comparing the data from your iOS device's gyroscope and accelerometer against the data from your ‌AirPods‌ Pro or ‌AirPods Max‌, ensuring that the sound field stays anchored to the device, even if you move your head.

Unsurprisingly, spatial audio isn't universally supported by third-party apps and services. To save you spending time wondering if a particular app works with the feature, we've put together a list below of all the apps that have officially been...

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08:20
iPhone 13 Rumor Recap: Smaller Notch, Larger Batteries, 12...

While we are likely at least six months away from Apple unveiling the so-called iPhone 13 lineup, rumors about the devices are starting to accumulate, so we've put together this recap of everything that is expected so far.

The upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will consist of the same four models and the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 lineup, according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, suggesting that there will be a 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max. These names are simply placeholders, as Apple could certainly decide to use iPhone 12s branding or entirely different naming.

Key features expected across all four iPhone 13 models:

  • A15 chip: A faster system-on-a-chip in the next iPhones is a virtual guarantee, with the iPhone 13 lineup expected to be equipped with an...

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08:04
Review: Aqara Camera Hub G2H and Sensors Offer Easy Setup...

Aqara makes a range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices for multiple regions around the world. This review takes a look at six of Aqara's most popular products, including the Camera Hub G2H, Motion Sensor, Door and Window Sensor, Water Leak Sensor, Vibration Sensor, and Single Switch Module T1.

With this broad selection of accessories, supported by the Camera Hub G2H, I was able to create a varied HomeKit setup and put Aqara's devices to the test. While Aqara does have its own app for controlling and setting up the accessories, it is possible to control, automate, and manage them entirely through Apple's Home app.

Designs

All of the Aqara smart home devices share the same minimalist design language. With...

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07:26
Is setting up a Wireless Network at Home a bit confusing?...

The US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple yesterday titled "Electronic Device with Intuitive Control Interface." Apple has invented a display system and circuitry that could work with a head mounted device like a VR headset, eyeglasses or an iPhone. Apple's new system will allow a non-geek to set up a wireless home system like a pro

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06:59
Deals: Take Up to $100 Off 2020 iPad Pro Models at Amazon...

Today we're highlighting a few deals on the iPad Pro at Amazon and B&H Photo, which are providing up to $100 off Apple's 2020 11-inch and 12.9-inch tablets. Sale prices start at $849.00 for the 256GB Wi-Fi 11-inch iPad Pro, down from $899.00.

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

There are a few more deals on the larger screened 12.9-inch models, which start at $949.00 for the 128GB Wi-Fi 12.9-inch iPad Pro, down from $999.00. Each size also has some cellular versions on sale as well, all of which you'll find below.

11-Inch iPad Pro

  • Wi-Fi 256GB...
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06:36
'For All Mankind,' 'Servant,' and...

The Apple TV+ original shows "For All Mankind," "Servant," and "Amazing Stories" have been nominated for Saturn Awards.

The Saturn Awards have been held annually since 1973, celebrating a wide range of genre fiction film, television, and home media titles. This year, the 46th annual awards include films and TV series released between July 2019 and November 2020.

"For All Mankind" has been nominated for Best Fantasy Television Series, competing against "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," "Locke & Key," "The Magicians," "Outlander," "The Twilight Zone," and "The Witcher."

"Servant" is nominated for Best Horror Television Series, and is up against "Creepshow," "Evil," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Lovecraft Country," "The Walking Dead," and "What We Do in the Shadows."

"Amazing Stories" has been nominated for Best Television Presentation (Under 10...

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05:40
Apple has Advanced their 10-year VR Gloves Project by intr...

Apple has been working on a VR gloves project since at least 2011. Patently Apple has posted at least four reports covering the progress of this invention over the last decade. Yesterday the US Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple relating to this project titled "Ultrasonic Force Detection."

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04:07
In 2020 Apple Watch was the Global Leader, Tripling Second...

A new analytical report published today pointed out that global smartwatch shipments in Q4 2020 saw a slight YoY decrease to book an almost flat 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. Then again, Apple grew it's market share bucking the downward trend.

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04:06
Microsoft Edge 89 Brings Vertical Tabs and New History Vie...

Microsoft has officially released version 89 of its popular Chromium-based Edge browser, bringing its long-trialed vertical tabs feature to Mac for the first time.

Vertical tabs are intended to make more efficient use of screen space, and should prove a welcome addition for users browsing on 16:9 ratio displays in particular. Users can click vertical tabs to switch between them and optionally group related tabs together.

"To make tab management and organization easier, vertical tabs is now generally available this month," said Microsoft corporate VP Liat Ben-Zur in a company blog post. "Now everyone can view and manage their tabs from a pane on the side with a single click. This allows you to clearly see the tab titles and controls,...

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03:30
Apple Invents a new MacBook Hinge System to Protect Flex C...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to hinge assemblies for future MacBooks. More particularly, the invention relates to liquid ingress control features for hinge assemblies.

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02:27
Twitter Reportedly Working on 'Undo Send' Featur...

Twitter is actively exploring the possibility of bringing a rumored "Undo Send" feature to the social media platform, if a newly unearthed animation is anything to go by.

Serial app de-coder Jane Wong discovered the feature animation, which adds a new "Undo" button to the usual dialog that confirms a tweet has been sent.

The Undo button has a long oblong shape, which allows it to also function as a progress bar, showing the user how much time they have to act before the tweet is actually posted.

As noted by The Verge, the feature bears similarities to Gmail's last-chance option for preventing emails from being delivered after the user has clicked "Send."...

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02:03
Microsoft Visual Studio Code Updated With Official Apple S...

Microsoft has updated Visual Studio Code with official support for M1 Apple Silicon Macs, offering developers the ability to use the software without the need for emulation on Rosetta.

The support is coming to the web and cloud app code editor as part of its February 2021 1.54 build, which alongside ‌Apple Silicon‌ support, includes several improvements and updates. Microsoft says that with native ‌Apple Silicon‌ support, ‌M1‌ Mac mini, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro users will notice better performance and longer battery life.

We are happy to announce our first release of stable ‌Apple Silicon‌ builds this iteration. Users on Macs with ‌M1‌ chips can now use VS...

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01:26
Apple Pay Promo Offers 10% Back in Bed Bath & Beyond R...

Apple has sent out a new Apple Pay promotional email, offering Bed Bath & Beyond customers 10% back on purchases in the form of My Funds rewards when using Apple's digital payment service.

My Funds is a program run by Bed Bath & Beyond that rewards its customers for shopping and engaging with the company. The rewards can be redeemed in store at Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy BABY and Harmon Face Values.

According to the terms and conditions, the promotion runs from March 4 until March 18 and My Funds rewards earned are valid for 30 days. More information about My Funds can be found on the Bed Bath & Beyond website.

The email also highlighted other home improvement merchants that accept ‌Apple Pay‌ either in-store or in-app, including Ace Hardware, Buy Buy Baby, Houzz, and...

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00:40
Apple Held Top Spot in Global Smartwatch Market in Q4 2020...

According to market data from Counterpoint Research, Apple shipped 12.9 million models of the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The market saw an overall decline in smartwatch shipments compared to last year due to the ongoing global health crisis. Apple, however, saw a 19% increase in shipments YoY. Apple came in second as the largest smartwatch maker in Q4 of 2019. Apple has now taken the lead, accounting for 40% of the market share in the final quarter of last year.

Apple's sudden overtaking of the market can be attributed to the new ‌Apple Watch SE‌'s success, the mid-range Apple Watch option. Apple released the SE model alongside its flagship Series 6 at a lower $279 price point,...

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Thursday March 4

20:37
OLED 10.9-Inch iPad Rumored for Early 2022, 12.9-Inch iPad...

Earlier today, DigiTimes shared a preview of an upcoming report claiming that Apple is working on both iPad and Mac notebook models with OLED displays that could launch starting in 2022. The full report from DigiTimes is now available, and it includes several new alleged details about Apple's plans.

According to the report, the first of these devices to adopt an OLED display is likely to be a 10.9-inch ‌iPad‌, presumably an updated version of the iPad Air. The updated ‌iPad‌ is said to be planned to go into production in the fourth quarter of this year with a launch coming in early 2022. In addition to the 10.9-inch ‌iPad‌, Apple is also said to be considering using OLED displays for the 12.9-...

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17:31
Developers Start Receiving $500 Credits for Returning DTK...

Apple last week sent out emails to developers who are in possession of a Developer Transition Kit, providing instructions on returning the test machines. Developers have now started mailing in their DTKs, with Apple rewarding the promised $500 USD credit once the DTK has been received.

In appreciation of your participation in the Universal App Quick Start program and to help with your continued development of Universal apps, we'd like to provide you with a one-time-use promo code for $500 toward the purchase of a new M1 Mac or other Apple products ordered through the Apple Store Online.Developers are receiving the equivalent of $500 USD regardless of country, so those in Canada are receiving C$ 636, while those in Europe will receive 412 euros. In some cases, the amount being paid out by Apple does not match the cost that developers paid...

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16:07
Sarah Niles has joined the cast of the Apple TV+ Comedy Se...

On the heels of the Golden Globe win for Ted Lasso star and creator Jason Sudeikis, Apple has announced a new cast member for second season.

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15:37
Apple Invents a Tensioning Device for their Future Mixed R...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a support structure that holds the Head Mounted Device (HMD) in place with respect to the user's head/face. The system will be able to recognize that the user is playing a video game, for instance, and automatically alter the tension of the headset straps...

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14:08
Apple advances their invention for a Future thin microLED...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a continuation patent from Apple that relates to reducing the display stack that will enable Apple to deliver thinner and brighter micro-LED displays with integrated solar cells for thinner displays supporting touch-screen based fingerprint ID on an iDevice (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch), Macs, multiple and/or foldable display systems and more.

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12:13
Security Researchers Develop Framework for Tracking Blueto...

Ahead of the debut of AirTags and support for locating third-party Bluetooth items through Find My in iOS 14.5, a team of security researchers from the Secure Mobile Networking Lab at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany has reverse engineered the ‌Find My‌ protocol and developed an app that's designed to let anyone create an "AirTag" based on a Bluetooth-capable device.

Called OpenHaystack, the app and the source code are available on GitHub for those who are interested in taking a look. The app allows users to create their own Bluetooth tags based on the ‌Find My‌ network by installing an "AirTag" firmware image on a Bluetooth dongle.

The app displays the most recent location of a created Bluetooth tag reported by any iPhone using Apple...

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11:50
LinkedIn Won't Use IDFA After Apple's App Tracki...

Apple plans to begin enforcing its App Tracking Transparency changes following the release of iOS 14.5, and all apps that access an iPhone's ad identifier or IDFA will need to ask a user's permission before tracking is allowed.

LinkedIn today said that with Apple's proposed changes, it will no longer be accessing the IDFA so LinkedIn users will not be presented with an ad tracking popup.

On its Marketing Solutions blog, LinkedIn says that it won't use the IDFA "for now," a change that will result in "limited impact" to campaign performance for advertisers.We've always kept ourselves to a higher standard by putting our members first. And we work hard daily to provide reliable and resilient solutions for our...

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11:00
Jack Dorsey's Square plans to Acquire the Majority of...

Back in December 2020 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Rumor claims that Jack Dorsey's Company 'Square' is discussing a Potential Acquisition of 'Apple Music' competitor 'Tidal.' Today that rumor has become reality.

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10:35
Apple could Face EU Charges over Spotify's Complaints...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a report titled "Arizona passed a bill against the App Store yesterday and today the UK has opened a new Probe into the alleged Apple Store Monopoly." It appears that more bad news may be coming Apple's way in the coming weeks, this time from the EU Antitrust commission.

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10:31
What's on Your iPhone Home Screen?

Over on our YouTube channel, MacRumors videographer Dan has a new video up where he shares his Home Screen, wallpaper, and all of his current favorite widgets.

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Check out Dan's video to see his setup, and then comment below and show us your own Home Screens. It's always fun to see other peoples' Home Screens, and with ‌widgets‌ and customization options now available, there are more possibilities than ever before.
This article, "What's on Your iPhone Home Screen?" first appeared on MacRumors.com

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10:16
Plex Now Integrates With Apple's TV App on iPhone, iP...

Plex today confirmed that it now supports Apple's TV app, allowing you to keep track of what you've watched using the built-in "Up Next" feature.

When you watch one of Plex's ad-supported video on demand offerings, which includes both TV shows and movies, you'll be prompted to allow Plex to share what you've watched with the TV app.

From there, Plex content will be visible in Up Next right alongside all other data sources, letting you keep tabs on the Plex content you're viewing.

With the integration, anyone using the TV app or Siri is able to search for a title, and if the show or movie is available as part of the ad-supported video on demand library, Plex will come up as an option where it can be viewed.

All of Plex's ad-supported content is available to watch for free. The Apple TV app integration applies...

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10:03
Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 7.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 7.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming two weeks release of the second beta and over a month after the launch of watchOS 7.3 with "Time to Walk" functionality, expanded ECG availability, and a new Unity watch face.

To install the ‌watchOS 7.4 beta, developers need to download the proper configuration profile from the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the watchOS 7.4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated ‌Apple Watch‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To update to the new software, the ‌Apple Watch‌ needs to have 50 percent battery life, it must be placed on the charger, and it must be in range of the...

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09:53
Apple Invents a Strobe Light Accessory for iDevices and Ma...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a possible new strobe light accessory that could be used with an iPhone, iPad, MacBook and more. The accessory could be connected via Lightning or wireless.

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09:52
Apple Clarifies How Siri Music Service Settings Work in iO...

iOS 14.5 includes a feature that lets users select a specific music service to use with Siri, with the options including third-party services like Spotify in addition to Apple Music.

Several reports have referred to this as a feature that allows a user to select a default streaming music service, including our own, but Apple today told TechCrunch that the option is a bit more nuanced than a simple default music toggle.

There is no option to choose a music service that will be selected every time, with Apple instead using ‌Siri‌ intelligence. ‌Siri‌ will learn from your listening habits and the music selection process will improve over...

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08:57
EU Prepares to Charge Apple in Antitrust Dispute With Spot...

EU regulators are in the process of finalizing a charge sheet against Apple, initiated by an antitrust complaint from Spotify (via Reuters).

In 2019, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Apple enforces App Store rules that "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience," accusing the company of "acting as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

In particular, Spotify highlighted that Apple's 30 percent commission on ‌App Store‌ purchases, including in-...

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08:27
Two new Head Mounted Device Patents reveal more about Opti...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that relate to their mixed reality headset. Each patent relates to optical systems with one specifically relating to display adjustment and correction in context with mixed realities that include augmented reality and augmented virtuality.

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08:19
iPad and MacBook Models With OLED Displays Rumored to Laun...

Apple plans to release new iPad and MacBook models with OLED displays in 2022, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese supply chain publication DigiTimes. The information was shared in the site's paywalled "Before Going to Press" section, so there are no further details yet, but the full report should be released by tomorrow.

Apple has gradually increased its adoption of OLED displays, starting with the Apple Watch in 2015. Two years later, the iPhone X became the first iPhone with an OLED display, and Apple has since expanded the display technology across the entire iPhone 12 lineup. OLED displays have several benefits over LCDs, including higher brightness, improved contrast with deeper blacks, wider viewing angles, and more.

Macs and iPads still use LCDs, perhaps due in part to large OLED displays being expensive to manufacture. High-end OLED TVs often cost thousands...

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08:00
Satechi Launches New 9-in-1 On-the-Go Multiport USB-C Adap...

Satechi, known for its lineup of accessories designed for Apple's Macs, today announced the launch of the USB-C On-the-Go Multiport Adapter that's compatible with the Mac lineup and the iPad Air and iPad Pro.

With the USB-C On-the-Go Multiport Adapter, Satechi aimed to fit in as many ports as possible into a package that's still portable. It includes a built-in USB-C PD charging port that provides up to 100W power for charging a MacBook, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB-C data port, two USB-A ports for peripherals, a 4K HDMI port, a VGA port, and micro/SD card reader slots.

Satechi's USB-C On-the-Go Multiport Adapter can be purchased from the Satechi website or...

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07:39
iOS 14.5 Beta 3 Includes 'Item Safety Feature' f...

iOS and iPadOS 14.5 beta 3 includes a new "Item Safety Feature" that helps prevent someone from stalking or tracking you with item trackers such as AirTags.

The new toggle was higlighted by by 9to5Mac contributor and developer Benjamin Mayo, who explains that with the feature toggled on, your iPhone will notice that someone has placed an AirTag or other Find My-compatible item tracker in your possession and prevent your location from being shared. If you attempt to turn the toggle off, the Find My app warns you that by doing so, "the owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location."

The prompt states that with the toggle off, your ‌iPhone‌ will no longer send you notifications if an unknown item is found moving...

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06:48
Deals: Amazon Discounts 256GB Wi-Fi iPad Air to New Low Pr...

Amazon today is discounting the 256GB Wi-Fi iPad Air to $679.99, down from $749.00. This marks a new lowest-ever price on this model of the 2020 iPad Air, with previous sales hitting at around $699 for the tablet. It's available in Green, Rose Gold, Sky Blue, and Space Gray.

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

The new iPad Air launched in September 2020 with a 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display and a design that's similar to the iPad Pro with an aluminum chassis that features flat, rounded edges that wrap around the fully-laminated display. The iPad Air does not feature Face ID and relies solely on Touch ID for biometric authentication purposes.

$69 OFFiPad Air (256GB Wi-Fi) for $679.99

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06:00
Eve Expands Thread Support With HomeKit-Enabled Eve Energy...

Eve today announced that it is bringing its popular Thread-enabled version of the Eve Energy to the United States, debuting the new Eve Weather with Thread and introducing Thread firmware for the second-generation Eve Aqua. Eve has been investing in Thread like other HomeKit accessory makers, and has now unveiled several Thread-powered devices.

As an always-on device, the Eve Energy US with Thread can serve as a router within a Thread network, adding stability and improved reach throughout the home. For those unfamiliar with Thread, it's a mesh network that lets smart home products better communicate with one another.

Eve's Thread devices integrate with other Thread products like the HomePod mini, and each one strengthens and improves a connected...

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05:35
Although the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Smartp...

The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) smartphone market recorded its weakest performance in six years in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Yet Apple's iPhone 12 helped to buck that trend

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05:21
Apple TV+ Billie Eilish Documentary Drew Record Number of...

"Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry" has become the biggest Apple TV+ hit among young adults so far and has driven a record number of new subscribers to the service, according to Deadline.

Apple does not divulge subscriber numbers or viewing figures for ‌Apple TV+‌, but according to industry sources speaking to Deadline, the documentary drew a record-breaking 33 percent new viewers to the service. Young adult audiences reportedly fueled the momentum of new subscribers since the film premiered on Thursday, February 25, and half of the film's audience came from outside the United States.

The documentary is described as a "true coming of age story," following...

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04:59
Arizona passed a bill against the App Store yesterday and...

It's been a tough week for Apple and Apple legal. Firstly, the Arizona House of Representatives voted 31-29 on Wednesday to pass a bill that will require app stores to allow app makers to use their own payment processing software, avoiding fees charged by Apple and Google. Secondly, the UK has now opened a probe...

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04:26
Apple Launches 'Apple for Kids' Support Portal f...

Apple today added a new "Apple for Kids" portal to its support website, offering parents and guardians a one-stop hub for getting their children set up on Apple's devices, services, and platforms, and managing their usage.

The section includes quick links at the top for managing your family group and resolving common issues, such as what to do if your child forgot their passcode, or if they bought something from Apple's stores or services by accident.

Further down the page is a set-up sub-section, pointing adults in the right direction if they want to set up Family Sharing or get a child set up on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Also included are details about how to set up an Apple Watch for a family member who doesn't have their own ‌iPhone...

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04:26
Apple Launches 'Apple for Kids' Support Portal f...

Apple today added a new "Apple for Kids" portal to its support website, offering parents and guardians a one-stop hub for getting their children set up on Apple's devices, services, and platforms, and managing their usage.

The section includes quick links at the top for managing your family group and resolving common issues, such as what to do if your child forgot their passcode, or if they bought something from Apple's stores or services by accident.

Further down the page is a set-up sub-section, pointing adults in the right direction if they want to set up Family Sharing or get a child set up on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Also included are details about how to set up an Apple Watch for a family member who doesn't have their own ‌iPhone...

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04:22
A Counterpoint Survey found that 72% of Germans will decid...

A new Counterpoint reports states that "Apple will retain its throne in the coming times with an even stronger user base," as their recent survey indicates a whopping lead over their competitors

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02:53
UK Antitrust Watchdog to Investigate Apple's App Stor...

Today the United Kingdom's Competition and Market Authority (CMA) launched an official investigation into the distribution of apps on iOS and iPadOS devices in the U.K. and the terms and conditions governing the platform.

In September of last year, the authority launched an initial inquiry into developers' complaints about Apple's App Store and so-called "anti-competitive" practices. CMA is now wrapping up its initial inquiry to launch an official investigation under Chapter II of the 1998 Competition Act.

Chapter II relates to a specific company or organization using its domain position within a particular market or industry to limit competition and further enhance its position. In recent months, developers, motivated mainly by Epic Games,...

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02:02
Apple TV+ Animated Kids Film 'Wolfwalkers' Nomin...

The animated Apple TV+ kids movie "Wolfwalkers" has been nominated for 10 Annie Awards, while Apple's "Stillwater" animated series also received a nomination for "Best Pre-School" episode. Overall, Apple came in second place for nominations with 11 in all, but Netflix took the crown with a total of 40.

Nominations for "Wolfwalkers" are as follows:

  • Wolfwalkers - Best Indie Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best FX for Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Character Design - Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Character Animation - Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Direction - Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Music - Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Production Design - Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Storyboarding - Feature
  • Wolfwalkers - Best Voice Acting - Feature...
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01:05
WhatsApp Desktop App Gains Support for Voice and Video Cal...

WhatsApp is today updating its desktop app for Mac and PC with voice and video calling support, the company announced.

Like WhatsApp's mobile app, voice and video calls on the desktop equivalent are end-to-end encrypted, ensuring only the people conversing have access to the contents of a call.

WhatsApp has been in the process of testing the new desktop call functions over the last few months, so today marks the full rollout of what were previously only experimental features accessible by a select few.

As it stands, one important difference on desktop from the mobile experience is that it isn't yet possible to participate in group calls. Only one-to-one calling is currently supported, although WhatsApp says it intends to add group voice and video calling to desktop in the future.

To use the new video and voice calling features on WhatsApp Desktop, users need to have a mobile WhatsApp account. To learn how to set up WhatsApp on your Mac, be sure to...

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Wednesday March 3

16:03
The Apple TV+ Documentary 'Billie Eilish, The World...

So, how did audiences respond to the Apple TV+ premiere of Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, which premiered in over 100 countries and theaters? Amazingly!

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15:11
Twitter's CFO believes that Apple's Planned Priv...

Earlier today Twitter CFO Ned Segal said that their company is feeling confident as it prepares for Apple’s planned privacy update to iOS 14. In fact it may level the playing field.

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15:08
Twitter CFO: Apple's App Tracking Transparency Change...

Twitter is not concerned about the upcoming ad tracking changes that Apple plans to implement in iOS 14.5, Twitter CFO Ned Segal said today at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference.

Segal said that Twitter does not heavily rely on the device ID or IDFA, which is what Apple will be restricting through a new prompt that will require developers to get user permission before the IDFA can be used for ad tracking purposes.We look at the unique signal that Twitter has with a growing audience, with better formats and more relevance and the ability to better leverage that signal, much of which isn't tied to a device ID. We feel really good about our ability to leverage that combination.Segal went on to explain that he expects Apple's IDFA restrictions to "level the playing field." Other companies have been better at leveraging the data made...

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14:43
Google has Filed for a Foldable Device Patent Describing a...

While it's still up in the air as to what new form factor could excite the market in the coming years, Google filed a foldable device patent that was made public in early February. Google's patent covers three designs: a basic flip phone; a full sized foldable; and even a weird multi-page foldable device

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14:14
Apple Orders Korean Language Series 'Dr. Brain'...

Apple today announced that it has signed a series order for "Dr. Brain," a Korean-language show based on the popular Korean webtoon of the same name.

"Dr. Brain" will be written and directed by filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon, and it will star Lee Sun-Kyun, best known for "Parasite." The series is in production in South Korea and is expected to debut later this year.

The show tells the story of a brain scientist who works to find new technologies to access memory, tools that he uses when his family is in a mysterious accident.Now in production in South Korea and set to debut later this year, "Dr. Brain" is an emotional journey that follows a brain scientist who is obsessive about figuring out new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain. His life goes sideways when his family falls victim...

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13:59
Digital WWDC 2021 Event Expected as Comic Con, E3 and Anim...

With the world largely shut down in June 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, Apple held its 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference digitally for the first time, allowing developers from all over the world to attend for free.

Apple's digital WWDC was a success, with the company offering online labs, developer sessions, and more, and the digital format continued for the rest of Apple's 2020 events.

Prior to when Apple cancelled the in-person component of WWDC 2020 and opted for a digital event, other major events were forced to cancel ahead of time, including E3, NAB, and others, giving us insight into Apple's plans at the time.

While there's now a vaccine, it does not appear that there will be a path to a large in-person event by the time June 2021 rolls around. As ...

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13:34
Apple Clarifies That Missed Apple Card Payments Don't...

Designer Dustin Curtis yesterday shared a story about an unusual series of events that led to him missing an Apple Card payment and Apple then opting to freeze his Apple ID, leading to fears that missing an ‌Apple Card‌ payment could cause Apple to lock an ‌Apple ID‌.

In a statement provided today to 9to5Mac, Apple said that's not the case and clarified what had happened in Curtis' specific situation.We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience we may have caused for this customer. The issue in question involved a restriction on the customer's ‌Apple ID‌ that disabled App Store and iTunes purchases and subscription services, excluding...

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13:14
Apple Seeds Third tvOS 14.5 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta software coming two weeks after Apple released the second tvOS 14.5 beta.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the tvOS 14.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.

tvOS 14.5 brings support for the latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers, which can be used to play games from the tvOS App Store and Apple Arcade.

Support for the new controllers has also been included in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, so the latest gaming controller options from Sony and Microsoft are now...

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12:31
YouTube App No Longer Available on 3rd-Gen Apple TV, AirPl...

As of today, YouTube has stopped supporting the YouTube app on third-generation Apple TV models, which means the YouTube channel is no longer available as a native option for watching YouTube on this ‌Apple TV‌ model.

Now that the app is defunct, third-generation ‌Apple TV‌ users will need to AirPlay YouTube content from a compatible Apple device like an iPhone or iPad to watch YouTube on the big screen.

The app's removal is limited to the third-generation ‌Apple TV‌ models. YouTube stopped supporting the second-generation ‌Apple TV‌ models back in 2015. The fourth and fifth-...

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12:04
Apple Launches Service for Transferring iCloud Photos and...

Apple this week introduced a new service that's designed to make it quick and easy for iCloud users to transfer their stored photos and videos to Google Photos.

As outlined in an Apple support document, you can go to Apple's privacy website and sign in to see the "Transfer a copy of your data" option. If you select this and go through all the steps, Apple will transfer your ‌iCloud‌ photos and videos to Google ‌Photos‌.

Transferring photos and videos from iCloud Photos does not remove the content you have stored with Apple, but it provides a backup method and stores a copy of the content on Google ‌Photos‌.

The transfer process takes between three and seven days, with Apple verifying that the...

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11:44
Arizona Advances Bill That Will Let Developers Skirt Apple...

The Arizona House of Representatives today passed HB2005, a state bill that would provide developers with an alternative to Google and Apple's in-app purchase options by allowing developers to use their own payment solutions within apps.

Last week, the Arizona House Committee advanced the bill, and now it has also been approved by the House of Representatives. It will next be heard by the Arizona Senate.

JUST IN: The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring app stores to allow third-party payments. The bill now moves to state's Senate. pic.twitter.com/KUhjP7DgLK

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 3, 2021

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11:29
Scott Forstall Encouraged Pandora to Jailbreak iPhones to...

When the iPhone first launched in 2007, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs had no plans to allow developers to create native apps for the ‌iPhone‌, instead suggesting they rely on web apps. Developers weren't happy with the decision, and by October 2007, Apple decided that it would make a software developer kit and a full App Store available to developers by February 2008.

In the lead up to the launch of native ‌iPhone‌ apps, popular music streaming app Pandora was growing rapidly and was eager to be the first to get an app on the ‌iPhone‌ by any means necessary, according to an in-depth look at Pandora's history shared today by Vice's Tyler Hayes.

Ahead of the ‌iPhone‌'s debut, Pandora had been working to get its streaming radio service on...

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10:25
Apple Seeds Third Public Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5

Apple today seeded the third betas of new iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to public beta testers, with the new betas coming two weeks after the release of the second betas and just a day after Apple provided the third beta software to developers.

Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and iPadOS‌ 14.5 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device.

iOS 14.5 adds a new feature that lets you unlock your iPhone with your Apple Watch when you're wearing a mask, alleviating the need to use a passcode to get into an ‌iPhone‌ with Face ID when you have a mask on. Using this feature requires both iOS 14.5...

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10:21
Apple Seeds Third Public Beta of macOS Big Sur 11.3

Apple today seeded the third public beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.3 update to its public beta testing group, with the new software coming two weeks after the second public beta and a day after Apple provided the third beta to developers.

Public beta testers can download ‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌ 11.3 from the Software Update section of the System Preferences app after installing the proper profile from Apple's beta software website. Those who want to test the update can sign up on Apple's site.

‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.3 brings new customization options for Safari, adding a way to rearrange the different sections on the Start Page like Favorites, Reading List,...

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09:39
Apple Suppliers Indicate that Sensor-Shift OIS and Automat...

Apple introduced Sensor-Shift Optical Image Stabilization soley for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Today we're learning that the iPhone 13 Pro will gain this feature as well, according to a new supply chain report.

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09:06
Twelve South Launches 'HoverBar Duo' Adjustable...

Twelve South today launched the new HoverBar Duo, an adjustable stand that securely holds the iPad or iPhone, priced at $79.99. The accessory has dual functionality: it can sit on a desk as a weighted stand, or you can attach it to a shelf with the included shelf clamp.

Compatible iPads include all generations of the ‌iPad‌, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini, as well as any ‌iPhone‌. The HoverBar Duo features an adjustable clamp design, with arms that stretch to fit any ‌iPad‌ or ‌iPhone‌.

Twelve South is pitching the accessory as both a work companion for drawing with an...

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08:48
Netflix Launches 'Fast Laughs' Feature on iOS fo...

Netflix has today announced the launch of its "Fast Laughs" feature, available now in the video streaming service's iOS app (via iPhone in Canada).

Fast Laughs offer "a full-screen feed of funny clips from our big comedy catalog including films, series and stand-up from comedians like Kevin Hart and Ali Wong," according to Netflix director of product innovation Patrick Flemming. Netflix says that the mobile-only section will provide up to 100 new curated clips per day.

To access the feature, users will find a new "Fast Laughs" tab in the Netflix app. Clips will auto-play and the feed effectively resembles TikTok with vertical scrolling. The...

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08:45
Some of the 'Voice' Actors in the Apple TV+ Myst...

Earlier today Apple revealed their top tier voice cast for its mystery auditory thriller titled 'Calls.' They also released their first trailer.

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08:42
Deals: Shop the Latest iPad Accessory Sales With Discounts...

Amazon today has a collection of discounts on accessories for the iPad, including notable sales on the Smart Folio and an ongoing $100 best-ever price on the Magic Keyboard. Additionally, if you're on the hunt for AirPods, there are a few solid sales on the Bluetooth headphones this week.

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.

Smart Folio

The first accessory on sale today is Apple's Smart Folio for the 10.9-inch iPad Air (fourth generation) in White, priced at $39.00, down from $79.00. At half off, this is one of the best prices we've seen on this official Apple accessory, and it's available to ship out today.

$40 OFFiPad Air Smart Folio for $39.00

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08:26
WhatsApp Testing Self-Destructing Images for iOS

WhatsApp is testing the ability for images within chats to self-destruct, allowing the receiver to only view images once, without the ability to save them to their device.

Screenshots shared by WABetaInfo, who frequently leaks and reports on WhatsApp's plans and upcoming features, show an interface in which the sender can choose an image to self-destruct. If an image is chosen to self-destruct, the receiver will have a one-time chance to view it and not be able to save or export the image to their device.

WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.
• Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp.
• WhatsApp didn't implement a screenshot detection for self-destructing photos yet.

Same concept from Instagram Direct. ⏱ pic.twitter.com/LLsezVL2Hj

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08:20
Frustrated Samsung has begun a Free 3-Day Trial of their G...

Samsung sold 266 million smartphones in 2020. Reportedly Samsung had sold 3 million Galaxy Z Fold2 by the end of the year, if not less. Not exactly a runaway hit. An extensive review of Samsung's latest foldable by 9to5Google ended by basically stating that the phone was still not ready for prime time for a number of key reasons. Today, Samsung has begun a new 3-Day trial of their folding phone...

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07:11
Apple TV+ Previews New 'Calls' Series Based on S...

Apple today shared a trailer for an upcoming original series "Calls," told entirely through 12-minute phone conversations. The series will be an English adaption of the French series of the same name that was created by Timothée Hochet.

Apple describes "Calls" as a "groundbreaking immersive television experience that masterfully uses only audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell bone-chilling snackable stories." The series will chronicle the "mysterious story of a group of strangers whose lives are thrown into disarray in the lead-up to an apocalyptic event."

Apple explains further:Launching in a binge model worldwide, all nine 12-minute episodes are told through a series of phone calls that use sharp writing, compelling voice talent and graphics to aid in transcribing the darkly dramatic conversations onto the screen. These relatable scenarios...

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07:00
A Photo Rumor illustrates a possible next-gen Apple Pencil...

A new photo-rumor today from a known site on Twitter illustrates what could be a next-gen Apple Pencil that has an exchangeable tip, a concept that Apple has patented.

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06:59
Deals: Anker Introduces New Sales on Surge Protectors and...

Anker has introduced a new collection of discounts on Amazon today, this time focusing on a wide array of wall chargers and surge protectors. You'll find Anker's popular PowerExtend Strip surge protectors starting at $23.79, as well as a few PowerPort Strip accessories (which include USB-A ports) from $24.64.

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

The other group of devices on sale focus on USB-C accessories, including Anker's PowerPort accessories which all feature at least one USB-C port and pair with Apple's newest iPhones for fast charging. You'll find that all of the prices below have been automatically applied on Amazon, so you won't need any specific coupon codes this time around.

Surge Protectors

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06:34
iPhone 13 Pro Models Expected to Feature Improved Ultra Wi...

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, expected later this year, will feature an improved ultra-wide lens with the additions of sensor-shift image stabilization and autofocus, according to sources cited by DigiTimes.

The iPhone 12 Pro features standard dual optical image stabilization for the Wide and Telephoto lens. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the first iPhone to include sensor-shift optical image stabilization for its Wide lens. Sensor-shift optical image stabilization shifts the sensor itself instead of the lens, resulting in a sharper image with better image quality.

According to DigiTimes, Apple will include sensor-shift OIS for both the...

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06:17
New Apple Pencil Allegedly Leaks With Glossy Finish and Re...

Images supposedly depicting a third-generation Apple Pencil have been shared on Twitter by the leaker known as "Mr. White."

The purported new ‌Apple Pencil‌ appears to share a very similar design to the current, second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌, which is shorter than the previous version and charges inductively on the side of an iPad.

The updated ‌Apple Pencil‌ appears to have a glossy finish, much like that used on the first-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌ or AirPods, rather than the matte white finish used on the second version of the accessory.

The other notable difference is the ‌Apple Pencil‌'s tip. The first and second-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌ have small, screw-on tips that are...

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06:15
Jodie Comer of 'Killing Eve' Fame is joining the...

After blowing him away with her upcoming performance in The Last Duel, Ridley Scott is moving fast to work with Killing Eve star Jodie Comer on Kitbag, a major film about Napoleon

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05:35
Ciari Guitars won a patent for their 'Foldable String...

Over the weekend I stumbled across a granted patent issued to Ciari Guitars by the US Patent & Trademark Office on February 25 2021. The patent is for a foldable stringed guitar. What struck me about the invention was that it mentioned software running on an iPhone or iPad.

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05:10
Amazon Launches GameOn Clip Recording App On iOS

GameOn, Amazon's mobile gameplay recording platform, has been released on iPhone and iPad. The app lets game players capture video clips from a range of mobile titles that support screen recording and share them on the platform or to other sites.

Amazon is the owner of Twitch, one of the market's biggest platforms for gameplay streaming. However, Twitch features long videos that can last hours, whereas GameOn enables gamers to capture short-form video clips lasting from 30 seconds to five minutes long.

As noted by TechCrunch, the two streaming platforms are completely disconnected, using separate branding and different channels, and Amazon has been partnering with...

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04:49
Facebook backtracks on the Hype for their Upcoming Smartgl...

Last week Facebook’s VP of augmented and virtual reality Andrew Bosworth confirmed a report that the company is "looking at" incorporating facial recognition technology for its upcoming smartglasses." Facebook's VP was definitely hyping their entry into smartglasses. Yet yesterday, Facebook CFO backtracked on the hype surrounding their glasses.

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03:04
Sketchy Rumor Claims 'iPad Mini Pro' Launching i...

Apple is expected to launch a sixth-generation iPad mini in the first half of 2021, possibly as soon as this March, based on long-standing rumors. However, a new rumor out of Asia that has gained traction in the last 24 hours suggests an "iPad mini Pro" will arrive in the second half of this year.

According to a post on Korean blog Naver, whose rumor track record is unknown, the device features an 8.7-inch display, which is housed in a chassis that has an increased width and reduced height compared to the existing iPad mini 5.

This so-called "iPad mini Pro" has allegedly passed Apple's initial R&D and product planning stages of development, and is currently in design "P2" stage, with Apple set to...

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02:07
Apple Watch ECG Feature Gets Approved in Australia

The Australian government has approved ECG functionality on the Apple Watch, giving Apple the all-clear to launch the feature for Apple Watch users in the country, according to a regulatory document first spotted by The 8-Bit.

Earlier last month, the Apple Watch's irregular heart rhythm notification received approval in Australia, although ECG did not. Irregular heart rhythm is a feature that periodically reads your heart rhythm in the background and alerts you if it detects signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib). Both parts work in tandem as users who receive an irregular heart rhythm...

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01:30
MagSafe Charging Port for iPhone Appears in Apple Patent

In a new patent, Apple envisions a type of connectivity port using an iteration of its magnetic MagSafe charger to charge an iPhone, potentially paving the way for a future without Lightning.

Submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday (via Patently Apple), the patent outlines a three-pinned ‌MagSafe‌ charger, similar to the ones found in older MacBook computers. Apple discusses multiple different pin designs that would connect the charger to the device. The patent shows a...

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Tuesday March 2

17:20
Rosetta May Be Removed From M1 Macs in Some Regions on mac...

Installing the upcoming macOS 11.3 software update on an M1 Mac may result in Rosetta 2 being removed in one or more regions around the world.

In the third beta of macOS 11.3 seeded to developers for testing today, MacRumors contributor Steve Moser uncovered new strings in the beta's code indicating that "Rosetta will be removed upon installing this update." Another new string reads "Rosetta is no longer available in this region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer run."

Apple is removing Rosetta from Macs during updates in certain countries in Mac 11.3 beta 3. Maybe this is due to legal issues? “Rosetta will be removed upon installing this update” “Rosetta is no longer available in your region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer urn” pic.twitter.com/NmsjXOwPvP

— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser)...

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15:18
iOS 14.5 Beta 3 Enables 'Items' Tab in Find My t...

Beginning with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, users will be able to keep track of select non-Apple-branded products like Beats headphones and upcoming Belkin wireless earbuds using Apple's built-in Find My app.

In preparation for the launch of this feature, Apple has made a new "Items" tab visible by default in the Find My app in the third beta of iOS 14.5 seeded to developers today. Previously, this tab was only accessible by toggling a developer setting or by entering the URL scheme "findmy://items" in Safari on an iPhone or iPad, but it now appears automatically for all users running the latest beta.

Apple's long-rumored...

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14:58
Samsung is racing to beat Apple to Market with AR/AV Smart...

Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published two of Samsung's latest patent applications relating to their future Augmented/Virtual glasses. The first patent is the one that's most interesting in that it describes snap-on prescription glasses that uses a magnetics system. Of course the inspiration came from one or more Apple patents on this front. So it's a race to market.

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13:08
Apple Seeds Third Betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 to Dev...

Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta updates coming two weeks after Apple released the second iOS and iPadOS 14.5 betas.

iOS and iPadOS 14.5 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or over the air after the proper profile has been installed on an iPhone or iPad.

iOS 14.5 is the biggest update to iOS 14 to date, introducing several significant new features. First and foremost, Apple is making it easier to unlock an iPhone when you're wearing a face mask with a new "Unlock with Apple Watch" feature.

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12:35
Two Australian Lawsuits against Apple are finally going to...

A Melbourne father-of-two is taking on tech giant Apple after suffering second-degree burns when his iPhone exploded in his pocket.

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12:05
Apple Releases new insights on Hearing Health from their L...

According to Apple's latest press release, the Apple Hearing Study is sharing new data from thousands of participants across the US in an effort to help people better understand their hearing health.

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11:14
Spotify Poised to Surpass Apple Podcasts in U.S. Listeners...

Spotify has been making inroads in the podcasting market over the course of the last few years, ramping up its original podcast offerings and making major acquisitions like Gimlet Media, Parcast, and Anchor, as well as scoring key deals such as the rights to the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Spotify's efforts may be paying off, according to a new forecast shared today by eMarketer (via TechCrunch) that predicts Spotify could soon have more podcast listeners than...

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10:50
Hulu Reactivates Picture-in-Picture on iOS 14 in Latest Up...

With its latest App Store update, Hulu has reactivated picture-in-picture for iPhone users running iOS 14, months after stripping the feature from the app.

In the early days of ‌iOS 14‌ in September, Hulu briefly supported picture-in-picture for ‌iPhone‌ users. Hulu soon removed support, however, to refine the feature and "work on a few updates to provide the best experience for our viewers." Hulu has quietly welcomed back support with the latest update to the app, alongside the typical bug fixes and improvements.

Apple introduced picture-in-picture for the ‌iPhone‌ with ‌iOS 14‌, allowing users to continue watching a video while also browsing other apps on their device. Popular video-based apps such as Netflix have supported...

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