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Monday July 13

17:49
Just as Apple is shifting to 'Apple Silicon' for...

According to a new report this afternoon, SoftBank Group is looking to sell Arm Holdings or taking the trailblazing British chip design company public.

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17:07
Apple has signed up Green Door Pictures and Founder Idris...

Apple TV+ has added Idris Elba to its burgeoning roster of stars and producers. The company has signed a first-look deal with Elba and his Green Door Pictures

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16:31
Samsung made a Profit this quarter, but not from selling t...

Last June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple is Reportedly in a dispute with Samsung over a Contract Penalty kicking in due to Lower than Expected OLED Demand." We're now learning that Apple paid Samsung a whopping US$...

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15:35
Apple's Third Quarter Financial Conference Call will...

Apple announced today that they'll be holding their FY20 Third Quarter Results on Thursday July 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. PST / 5:00 p.m. E.T. The webcast ...

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14:32
How to Use iOS 14's Picture in Picture Mode to Watch...

iOS 14 brings Picture in Picture mode to the iPhone, allowing movies, TV shows, and videos to be watched in a small window while you do other things on your ‌iPhone‌.

Picture in Picture Mode won't be compatible with the YouTube app until YouTube updates it with support, but for now, you can watch YouTube videos in Picture in Picture Mode through Safari.

Activating Picture in Picture Mode

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Navigate to the YouTube website.
  3. Find a video that you want to watch.
  4. Tap on the square icon at the bottom to put the YouTube media player in full screen mode.
  5. Tap on the video to display the controls.
  6. Tap on the Picture in Picture icon that looks like a larger screen with an arrow going to a smaller screen....
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14:02
Apple informed employees that a full return to work in 202...

Apple has shipped COVID-19 test kits to employees’ homes, and told their staff in a memo that a full return to U.S. offices won’t occur before the end of the year. On another front, Apple announces first $400 million for a California housing project ...

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14:00
SoftBank Considering Possible Sale of Arm Holdings as Appl...

SoftBank, the company that owns chip designer Arm Holdings, is exploring options that include a full or partial sale or a public offering, reports The Wall Street Journal.

SoftBank is working with Goldman Sachs Group as an advisor, and the explorations are at an early stage. The Wall Street Journal says that it's unknown how much interest there would be in Arm from financial or industry players, so there's a chance that SoftBank will ultimately do nothing.

Apple has licensed technology from Arm Holdings for its A-series chips used in iPhones since 2006, and Apple is planning to expand the use of Arm-based chips to Macs, with the upcoming launch of Macs equipped with Apple Silicon.

A potential sale would not...

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13:38
Magnifier in iOS 14 Gets Overhauled UI and New Features, C...

In every version of iOS, Apple adds new Accessibility features and improves others, and iOS 14 is no exception. The Magnifier tool, designed by those with visual issues who need assistance, has new capabilities in ‌iOS 14‌.

‌iOS 14‌ Magnifier interface on left, iOS 13 Magnifier interface on right

Updated Interface

The app features an updated interface that makes controls more readily available and offers clarity on what each tool does. There are options for adjusting brightness and contrast, or adding a filter to change what's being magnified to a color that's easier for an individual to see.

All of the controls can be rearranged to best meet a user's needs, and the filter options can be customized so you can set the one that you need and toggle it on with a tap.

In a dark area, the flashlight can be toggled on with...

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12:48
Apple Not Expecting U.S. Offices to Return to Normal in 20...

With coronavirus outbreaks across the United States continuing to spike, Apple is finding new roles for retail staff as it closes more of its store locations and is no longer expecting corporate employees to fully return to on-campus work in the U.S. in 2020, according to Bloomberg.

Apple has been forced to re-close many retail locations in the United States that had previously reopened, with stores in California, North Carolina, Florida, and more shuttered at the current time. In these locations, Apple is asking retail employees to work remotely in work from home support roles that the company has been offering since March.

Retail employees are able...

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10:59
How to Create a Widget Stack in iOS 14

In iOS 14, Apple made some dramatic changes to the Home Screen of iPhone and iPad. In particular, it introduced the concept of Home Screen widgets.

Previously, use of widgets was limited to the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the Home Screen. In ‌‌iOS 14‌‌, however, widgets got a design and functionality overhaul.

One new widget function is the ability to create widget stacks. In widget stacks, multiple widgets can be stacked on top of one another so you can put all of your favorites together and then swap between them.

Here's how to create your own widget stack in ‌iOS 14‌.

  1. Long press on a blank area of the Home Screen or any additional page of apps.
  2. Once in jiggle mode, tap the plus (+) button in the top-...
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10:03
Apple Pays Samsung an Estimated $950 Million for Missing O...

Apple in the second quarter of 2020 paid Samsung approximately $950 million for not meeting OLED panel purchase goals established in agreements between the two companies, according to display analysts at Display Supply Chain Consultants.

Samsung last week shared guidance on revenue and operating profit for the second quarter of 2020, which included a one-time gain related to its display business. The one-time payment is believed to be from Apple, caused by Apple purchasing fewer than expected OLED panels for smartphones during the second quarter of the year.Samsung reported that its estimate of operating profit included a one-time gain related to its display business, according to a report at wsj.com, but did not disclose the amount. Last week theelec.net reported that Samsung Display is...

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09:31
Apple Shares Humorous 'Working-From-Home Thing'...

Apple today shared a funny video focused on the problems that people working from home have to deal with, including noisy children, chaotic schedules, communication issues, and more.

The video focuses on showing off Apple products and their capabilities that can be useful when working from home, such as the ability to scan a document with an iPhone, mark up a PDF, Siri Reminders, and more.The Underdogs are back, navigating their new normal with lots of unknowns but one reliable constant: Apple helps unleash their creativity and productivity even when they're working from home.

It's still a world of deadlines, meetings, group chats, conference calls, coworkers, and bosses. But it's also a world of kids, a dog, and a hairless cat. And it's a world where collaboration never misses a beat, whether the team uses iPad...

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09:25
Samsung's latest Smartglasses Patent Reveals their Ci...

There's a lot of activity going in the smartglasses race to stay on top of these days and Samsung's latest Patent from their R&D Lab in India sheds a little light on their thinking about a smartglasses user interface. With Huawei getting the leap on them with their smartglasses launch last year, Samsung is racing to play catch up to their #1 competitor. Samsung's latest smartglasses patent covers a user interface concept. Our report looks at how the smartglasses race is shaping up and take a look at Samsung's latest patent on this subject.

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08:38
Idris Elba to Produce Apple TV+ Series and Films as Part o...

Idris Elba will develop and produce television series and films for Apple TV+ through his production company Green Door Pictures after striking a first-look deal with the streaming service, according to Deadline.

Elba is known for his award-winning performance as John Luther in the BBC psychological crime drama series "Luther," as well as roles in the HBO drama "The Wire" and the Fast & Furious film "Hobbs & Shaw." Fans of NBC sitcom "The Office" will also remember Elba for his brief role as Charles Miner, Vice President of the Northeast Region.

Apple TV+ has reached similar production deals with Oprah Winfrey, Alfonso Cuarón, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ridley Scott, and many others.Tag: Apple TV Plus
This article, "Idris Elba to...

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06:50
iPhone Users Who Experienced 'Batterygate' Can N...

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to settle a U.S. class action lawsuit that accused the company of "secretly throttling" older iPhone models. Now, eligible iPhone owners are beginning to be notified about their legal rights and options.

Under the proposed settlement, Apple will provide a cash payment of approximately $25 to each eligible iPhone owner who submits a claim, with its total payout to fall between $310 million and $500 million. The exact amount that each iPhone owner receives could vary slightly based on the number of claims submitted.

The class includes any U.S. resident who owns or previously owned an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and/or iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later, and/or an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later, before December 21, 2017. Class members also must have experienced "diminished performance" on...

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05:34
Deals: Amazon Taking $400 Off 16-Inch MacBook Pro, Startin...

Amazon has introduced a new low price on Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro today, including both 512GB and 1TB models. Starting with the 512GB model (2.6GHz 6-Core, 16GB RAM), you can get this notebook for $1,999.99, down from $2,399.00.

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.

This $400 off sale is the new lowest price we've ever seen for this model of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. On Amazon, the retailer is taking $299 off automatically, and once you head to the checkout screen you'll see an additional $100 off your order.

$400 OFF16-inch MacBook Pro (512GB) for $1,999.99

Likewise, the 1TB model (2.3GHz 8-Core, 16GB RAM) has a new low price on Amazon today. You can get this notebook for...

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05:19
Apple Pledges More Than $400 Million Towards Affordable Ho...

Apple today announced that it is allocating more than $400 million toward affordable housing projects and homeowner assistance programs in California this year, as part of the company's multiyear $2.5 billion commitment to combat the housing crisis in the state.

Apple says the funding will support thousands of Californians with first-time homebuyer assistance or new affordable housing units.

In November 2019, Apple committed $2.5 billion to combat the housing crisis in California across a series of initiatives over several years, including:

  • A $1 billion affordable housing investment fund with the state of California.
  • A $1 billion first-time homebuyer mortgage assistance fund, with increased funding opportunities for...

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05:00
Deals: AirPods Pro Drop to New Low Price of $214.99 Today...

There are a few notable deals happening today across Apple's line of AirPods devices, starting with a new low price on the AirPods Pro. At Woot, you can get a new pair of the noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones for $214.99, down from $249.99.

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.

Woot's regular discount going on right now has the AirPods Pro priced at $224.99, but when you add the headphones to your cart and head to the checkout screen, you'll get an additional $10 off. This discount will only be valid today, and it's part of Woot's 16th birthday celebration sale.

$35 OFFAirPods Pro for $214.99

The second deal is on Apple's...

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04:49
Apple to Announce Q3 2020 Earnings on July 30

Apple has announced that it will report its earnings results for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 on Thursday, July 30.

The quarter began on March 29, just over two weeks after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Apple did not provide guidance for the quarter due to these uncertain times, but analysts expect the company to report revenue of $51.4B on average, down from a record $53.8B in the year-ago quarter.

The earnings results should be posted at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, followed by a conference call with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple CFO Luca Maestri at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will provide live coverage of the call.Tags: earnings, AAPL
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04:22
Possible 'iPhone 12' Battery Certifications Sugg...

MySmartPrice has spotted certifications for three new Apple batteries that it believes could be for the upcoming iPhone 12 lineup, despite them being less capacitive than the batteries in the current iPhone 11 series.

The batteries are identified with the model numbers A2471, A2431, and A2466, and appear on Safety Korea, China's 3C, and the Danish agency UL Demko.

Apple is expected to release four iPhones this fall, including one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model. MySmartPrice has interpreted the different capacities as belonging to the following ‌iPhone 12‌ models (assuming the higher end ‌iPhone 12‌ Max and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro share the same battery):

  • Apple ‌iPhone 12‌ (5.4-inch) –...
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04:01
With Foxconn likely to expand an iPhone plant in India wor...

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn is Considering an investment of US$1 Billion to Expand their current iPhone Plant in India to support Apple's Gradual Shift from China." Now Google is stepping up their commitment to India by promising to invest $10 billion in India

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03:09
Apple's Supply Chain is Forecasting Apple's MacB...

Last week Patent reported that Apple's 13" new MacBook Pro and School Shut Downs provided Apple with strong double digit Growth for Q2 2020. Today, Apple's supply chain is forecasting 20% year over year growth for Q3

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02:35
Brydge iPad Keyboards Now Available From UK Apple Store

Apple is now offering the popular Brydge line of keyboards designed for the newest iPads in retail and online stores across the United Kingdom.

As of today, Apple UK is selling the Brydge 10.2 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard for the seventh-generation iPad, the Brydge 10.5 Wireless...

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02:09
Apple Could See 20% On-Quarter Growth in 3Q20 MacBook Ship...

Apple will "significantly increase" MacBook Pro orders with suppliers in the third quarter of this year as the back-to-school season kicks off, according to supply chain sources.

DigiTimes reports that Apple is also set to respond to increasing sales in the creative market, with the number of professionals working from home expected to remain strong in the second half of the year as some countries begin re-imposing regional and city lockdowns in response to the continuing global health crisis.

The upstream supply chain originally believed demand from the work-from-home group would only be short-term, but is now expecting the momentum to last much longer than anticipated, the sources said.Apple shipped 3.2-3.5 million MacBooks in the second quarter of 2020, and the volumes are expected to grow to around four million units in the...

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Sunday July 12

19:41
App Recap: Budget Burndown, Endel, Samplr and Major App Up...

In this week's App Recap, we've highlighted finance app "Budget Burndown," health and fitness app "Endel," and music app "Samplr" as three apps that are worth checking out. We've also compiled a list of apps that received major updates this week.

Apps to Check Out

  • Budget Burndown (iOS, Free) - Finance app Budget Burndown is a tool that intelligently tracks daily spending and lets users set a maximum spending budget per month. Featuring no sign up, users can simply link desired cards through Plaid and begin tracking spending. As for security and privacy, Budget Burndown's developer says that credentials are both end-to-end encrypted and inaccessible to the app. Although the app is free to download, users have the option to subscribe to Budget Burndown Pro, which offers custom notifications, saving transactions, a home screen widget, and multiple linked cards for $4.99 per month.
  • ...
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13:56
Google to 'Dramatically' Improve Chrome Impact o...

Google will address long-standing battery life issues, particularly on Mac devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Chrome will improve "tab throttling" by better prioritizing active tabs and limiting resource drain from tabs open in the background. This is said to have a "dramatic impact on battery and performance." Google has reportedly been performing early tests on Mac laptops in particular.

"This is an ongoing investment in improvements to speed, performance and battery life," said Max Christoff, director of Chrome browser engineering. Chrome has previously been criticized for poor use of RAM, battery draining, and privacy concerns.

In May, Google set out plans to improve Chrome battery toll by blocking resource-...

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11:13
President Trump Revealed in a Video Interview Friday that...

On Friday U.S. President Donald Trump made it public in an interview with Telemundo's reporter Jose Diaz-Balart that he will be signing an executive order in the coming weeks relating to immigration wherein he will include a path to citizenship ...

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09:47
An LG Patent Surfaced this week Revealing their Audio-Thro...

Back in 2015 Apple was granted its first patent relating to audio being delivered through a display. The invention could be applied to future devices such an iPhone, an iPad, a computer monitor and a heads-up display. Apple was granted its second patent for this in 2017 and its third patent in 2018. LG has made this technology public and their latest patent was published this week by the U.S. Patent Office. Is it something that Apple will bring to market for a future iMac or iPhone?

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06:16
Apple Presents an Enjoyable 1-Hour Special with Key Cast M...

The cast, crew, and creators of The Morning Show sit down (virtually) for a thought-provoking conversation taking viewers behind-the-scenes and reflecting on the relevance of the series today.

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Saturday July 11

13:42
Arm-Intel-PowerPC Universal Binaries are Possible

Casual MacRumors visitors may not realize that we have a very active PowerPC forum where users discuss issues related to PowerPC Macs that have not been produced since 2006. Threads range from hardware upgrades, software options, to nostalgia:

Photo by AphoticD

Apple's recently announced transition to Apple Silicon (Arm) based Macs raised some interesting questions about future support for these old machines.

In particular, MacRumors forum member Wowfunhappy...

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12:44
Full Court Document Details a Class Action filed against M...

A Class Action has been filed by Apple device owner Adam Bauer against Microsoft's LinkedIn for Brazenly Violating the Privacy of Apple device owners. LinkedIn had programmed its iPhone and iPad applications to abuse Apple’s Universal Clipboard to brazenly read and divert LinkedIn users’ most sensitive data—including sensitive data from other Apple devices—without their consent or knowledge.

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10:51
Metal Developer Tools on Windows Offer New Gaming Opportun...

Game developers are now able to more easily develop games for Apple devices using Windows machines, thanks to a new set of Metal developer tools released by Apple.

Apple quietly released a set of Metal Developer Tools for Windows 10 at WWDC this year, which enables Metal Shading Language (MSL) compilation on Windows into Metal Library Objects targeting Apple platforms. This means that game production teams may now use PCs to compile games developed on Windows for macOS and other Apple operating systems.

Many game development studios have established game or graphics asset production pipelines that use the Microsoft Windows infrastructure. One of the key final steps in the asset creation process is compiling the graphics and compute shaders for inclusion in the game.

Since Apple is transitioning the Mac to custom silicon, developers that bring their...

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10:45
Police in Montville Ohio warn of Scam Calls targeting Appl...

Yesterday Montville Ohio police took to social media to warn residents about a new scam circulating in the area regarding Apple device owners. Today's report provides you with the full social media message issued by the police.

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10:18
LinkedIn Sued for Reading Universal Clipboard Data

Microsoft's LinkedIn was sued yesterday for allegedly reading and diverting users' private information using the iOS clipboard.

The lawsuit filed in San Francisco federal court states that LinkedIn "secretly" read the clipboard "a lot," without notifying the user, according to Reuters. The complaint also claims that LinkedIn has been gathering clipboard information from nearby Apple devices through the Universal Clipboard feature, and has been circumventing Apple's Universal Clipboard timeout.

The lawsuit attempts to certify the complaint as class action based on alleged violation of the law or social norms, under California laws. Last week, LinkedIn claimed that the clipboard copying behavior is a bug and...

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09:47
Apple TV+ to Adapt Thriller 'Snow Blind' Starrin...

Apple has won the rights to make a film adaptation of BOOM! Studios' graphic novel "Snow Blind," starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

The film was fiercely fought over in a competitive six-way bidding war, reports Deadline, but exact financials are unknown. Gustav Möller is set to direct and Patrick Ness to write.

The thriller graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins tells the story of high school teen Teddy, as his life in a sleepy Alaskan suburb is turned upside-down when he posts a photo of his dad online, only to learn he and his family are in a Witness Protection Program. A man seeking revenge visits their town, followed soon after by pursuing FBI agents.

"Snow Blind" will be the third Apple Studios production. It is currently developing an adaptation of "...

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09:20
Foxconn to Invest $1 Billion in India Amid Strong Push Fro...

Apple supplier Foxconn plans to invest $1 billion in India to expand a factory that assembles iPhones, reports Reuters.

One source told Reuters that Apple has been pushing Foxconn and other suppliers to move production outside of China. The move will ultimately help the company in diversifying its supply chain in an effort to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing amidst the ongoing trade war between China and the United States.

Foxconn's investment is being made in the Sriperumbudur plant, which is responsible for producing some iPhone XR models. The improvements, which will take place over three years, include the addition of 6,000 new jobs and the production of other iPhone models in the plant.

Should Apple's supply chain expansion...

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08:37
Apple won a bidding war for 'Snow Blind' Film an...

Apple’s head of worldwide video’s Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht are on a roll for Apple TV+ having landed yet another hotly contested movie 'Snow Blind.' On another note, the Apple TV+ movie hit our small screens yesterday and it's a winning popcorn movie with tons of action

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06:00
Top Stories: iOS 14 Public Beta, iPhone 12 Size Comparison...

After one round of developer beta testing, Apple unleashed iOS and iPadOS 14 to a wider audience this week, opening it up to members of the public beta program. There are lots of changes and new features to check out, but as with any beta, be careful about installing it on your main devices.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos.

Other major stories this week included our hands-on video with some iPhone 12 dummy units that give a great idea of what the new phones will likely look like, some fresh info on Apple's roadmap for its Mac notebooks as it transitions to Apple Silicon, and some rumors about iPhone 12 pricing.

Check out our video above and read on below for more from this busy week in Apple news and rumors!

iOS 14 Public Beta and More Released!

Start your downloading!...

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Friday July 10

13:59
iOS 14: How to Use Picture in Picture Mode on iPhone

With iOS 13, Apple added a Picture in Picture Mode to the iPad, and with iOS 14, that Picture in Picture functionality is available for the iPhone too, letting users do things like watch videos and take FaceTime calls while doing other things on their device.

This guide covers everything that you need to know about using Picture in Picture on the ‌iPhone‌.

Using Picture in Picture With Apps

Picture in Picture works with apps that play video content, but when it comes to third-party apps, app developers have to implement support for the feature.

Picture in Picture in the Apple TV app. Content is black because Apple...

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12:56
The PortCozy Protects Your MacBook Pro's Ports From D...

Cozy Industries, known for making a range of accessories for Apple devices, recently came out with its newest product, the PortCozy.

The PortCozy is a simple silicone plug that's meant to plug into the USB-C ports on Apple's MacBook Pro models to keep out dirt, dust, debris, and moisture while traveling or when the MacBook is not in use.

Compatible with the 2016 and later 13, 15, and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models, Cozy Industries sells the PortCozy in a set of two alongside a port cleaning brush for $6.99. A pack includes a PortCozy set in smoke and a set in clear, and it can be purchased from the Cozy website.
This article, "The PortCozy Protects Your MacBook Pro's Ports...

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12:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook's 2019 Compensation Totaled Over $...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was the second highest paid CEO in the United States in 2019, according to Bloomberg's list of the highest paid CEOs and executives in 2019. Cook received compensation totaling $133,727,869 by Bloomberg's count.

Almost all of Cook's compensation was provided in the form of stock awards and related performance bonuses. As reported by the SEC earlier this year, Cook received a $3 million base salary with $7.7 million in incentives, with the rest coming from stock awards that vested during the year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the number one highest paid CEO in the United States during the year, receiving close to $600 million. Charger Communications CEO Tom Rutledge, former acting CEO of CBS Joseph Ianniello, Chewy CEO Sumit...

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11:55
Foxconn is Considering an investment of US$1 Billion to Ex...

Late last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone maker Foxconn is going to Expand Production in India with a Specific Plan to be made public in the coming months, according to Foxconn Chairman Liu Young-way. No details were made public at that time. In a scramble to get ahead of Foxconn's news of their investment, a major report has surfaced claiming that Foxconn is planing to invest up to US$1 billion to expand their existing iPhone factory in southern India.

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11:12
Apple Warns Against Closing MacBooks With a Cover Over the...

Apple this month published a support document that warns customers against closing their Mac notebooks with a cover over the camera as it can lead to display damage.

Image via Reddit

Apple says that the clearance between the display and the keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances, which can be problematic. Covering the camera can also cause issues with automatic brightness and True Tone.If you close your Mac notebook with a camera cover installed, you might damage your display because the clearance between the display and keyboard is designed to very tight tolerances. Covering the built-in camera might also interfere with the ambient light sensor and prevent features like automatic brightness and True Tone from working. As an alternative to a camera cover, use the camera indicator...

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11:01
MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Luna Display Adapter That Turns...

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Astropad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that can turn an extra Mac or an iPad into a secondary display to be used with a main Mac.

The inch-long Luna Display adapter plugs into a Mac using a USB-C port (on newer Macs) or a Mini DisplayPort (on older Macs) and then when paired with the Luna Display software, your primary Mac can be connected to an ‌iPad‌ or another Mac over Wifi, providing new ways to utilize old hardware or to add extra displays without having to invest in new products.

When connected, the Luna Display is able to extend the primary Mac's display to the secondary Mac or the ‌iPad‌ to allow the extra device to be used as a second screen, a feature that can be extra...

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10:21
Rumor suggests that China's Luxshare Precision is see...

Back in May Patently Apple posted a report titled " Apple is Reportedly looking to Expand iPhone Production and is looking to their AirPods Air supplier as a possible Third Supplier. The report noted that Apple had reportedly advised one of its Chinese AirPods assemblers [Luxshare] to make a major investment in Catcher. The reason given is that Apple wants a third iPhone supplier beyond Pegatron and Foxconn, and more specifically, a Chinese supplier. Today, a second rumor with different information has emerged

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09:09
Apple's Future AR Glasses have Reportedly begun an in...

In mid-June Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Secretive Technology Development Group is working on both AR Glasses and an Advanced HMD with a Stunning Display." The rumor was supported by years of patent filings that we had reported on covering both HMDs and Glasses. Today we're learning that Apple is reaching a new stage of AR device development.

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08:05
Apple Arcade Adds Puzzle Adventure Game 'Creaks'

Apple Arcade today added the game "Creaks" to its list of titles that you can play if you have an ‌Apple Arcade‌ subscription. "Creaks" is described as a puzzle adventure game in which players have to explore an old mansion to find hidden paintings and solve puzzles to uncover the mansion's secrets.

The game comes from the creators of "Machinarium" and "Samorost," and features a hand-painted art style along with an original score from Hidden Orchestra. "Creaks" is available to play on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. It's also designated as a single player experience aimed at players nine years or older.

‌Apple Arcade‌ launched last year and it lets subscribers gain access to hundreds of iOS games with no in-app purchases or adds for $4.99 per...

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07:24
Apple Moving Forward on Semitransparent Lenses for Upcomin...

Apple and Foxconn have reached a key milestone in the development of Apple's long-rumored augmented reality headset, with the semitransparent lenses for the device moving from prototype to trial production, reports The Information.

Apple is developing the lenses on a single production line at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu in southwestern China, where most of Apple’s iPad production is centered, the person said.

Apple has multiple phases in the development of new products, starting with periods of prototyping in California and China, during which it makes dozens and hundreds of units, respectively, of the products and their parts. As of May, the lenses had entered a stage known as engineering validation test, or EVT, during which Apple typically makes thousands of units, said the person familiar with...

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05:49
Facebook SDK Issue Again Causing Numerous iOS Apps to Cras...

Popular iOS apps including Spotify, SoundCloud, Waze, Imgur, and many more are reporting crashing and freezing issues this morning, as pointed out by users on Reddit and in the MacRumors forums. The issue appears to be related to Facebook's iOS SDK, which is used by many apps for login purposes.

On Facebook's developer website, the company confirmed that it is aware of the issue and is investigating it. Reports of crashing apps appeared today across social media, with users reporting that while some apps are freezing, others crash completely when opened, including Spotify.

These issues...

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04:05
Apple Recloses 11 Stores in Southern California, Maryland,...

Apple is reclosing 11 additional retail stores in the U.S. because of local increases in coronavirus infections. As reported by 9to5Mac, the stores are located in California, Maryland, Ohio, and Tennessee, and add to the two stores that temporarily closed earlier this week, bringing the total Apple retail store reclosures in the country to 91.

The stores in California include Brea Mall (Brea), South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa), Irvine Spectrum Center (Irvine), Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo), Fashion Island (Newport Beach), El Paseo Village (Palm Desert), State Street (Santa Barbara),

and Promenade Temecula (Temecula).

Other U.S. store closures include Apple's Columbia store in Maryland, the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati, Ohio, and CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin, Tennessee.

The stores reclose...

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03:33
Tom Hanks WWII Movie 'Greyhound' Debuts on Apple...

Apple TV+ today debuted "Greyhound," the highly anticipated Second World War movie starring Tom Hanks as a naval officer given command of Navy destroyer Greyhound in the Battle of the Atlantic.

"Greyhound" features Hanks as George Krause, who must fight his own self doubts and personal demons as he leads a convoy of Allied ships against German U-boats to prove that he belongs in command.

The screenplay for the movie was written by Hanks and the film was meant to be released in theaters, but could not premiere because most theaters across the United States remain closed. Apple ultimately paid $70 million for the film to premiere on ‌‌Apple TV‌‌+.

Alongside "Greyhound," the first four episodes of "Little Voice" also debuted on Apple's streaming service today. The show is a coming of age drama created by J.J. Abrams, Sara...

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02:58
Kuo: Apple Silicon Macs to Include 13-inch MacBook Pro and...

At last month's WWDC, Apple officially announced that its Mac computers will be transitioned from Intel x86 to homegrown Apple Silicon chips. Apple said it plans to deliver the first ‌Apple Silicon‌ Mac by the end of the year and complete the transition in about two years.

According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a redesigned 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with a form factor similar to the current 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ could be the first Mac to get an Arm-based chip designed by Apple. In March, Kuo predicted this new ‌MacBook Pro‌ will launch late in 2020 or early in 2021.

In a research note with TF International Securities today, seen by MacRumors, Kuo said he expects the ‌Apple Silicon‌ 13.3-inch ‌MacBook Pro...

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01:59
Leaker: 'iPhone 12 Pro' to Come With 6GB of RAM

Later this year, Apple is expected to release four OLED iPhones in three display sizes, including 5.4, 6.7, and two 6.1-inch models. Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch iPhone and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end devices, and now leaker @L0vetodream has corroborated previous rumors about the internal specs of Apple's upcoming lineup.

Rumors suggest Apple will use 5-nanometer A14 chips in its 2020 ‌iPhone‌ lineup that will be smaller, faster, and more battery efficient due to improved thermal management. And to accommodate these improvements, @L0vetodream claims the Pro models will feature 6GB of RAM, while the mid-level models will retain the same 4GB of RAM that all iPhone 11 models have.

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Thursday July 9

20:43
Apple has Chosen Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (of Annie...

Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie, Beasts of the Southern Wild) is set as a lead alongside O’Shea Jackson Jr. in Swagger...

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20:20
According to IDC, Apple's 13" MacBook Pro and Sc...

As restrictions around the world tightened in the first few weeks of the quarter, demand for notebooks continued to grow to maintain continuity of business and schooling for many communities. That demand translated to global shipments growing 11.2% year over year reaching a total of 72.3 million units. So how did Apple do? Well, it depends on your statistics source.

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17:30
Nokia Revealed its Next-Gen Networking OS and Tools co-dev...

Today, Finland’s Nokia launched a set of tools for data centre networking, developed in cooperation with Apple and other leading companies to assist companies around the world manage the growth in traffic as next-wave services including 5G, machine learning and more begin to roll out.

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16:19
Apple Pay Promo Offers 50% Off Snapfish Purchases

Apple's latest Apple Pay promotion provides 50 percent off when purchasing custom photo books, cards, and more from Snapfish with promo code APPLEPAY.

The promotion will be available until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 15, 2020, and it is valid in the United States and Canada. Apple Pay must be used in during checkout and purchases must be made through the Snapfish app.Tag: Apple Pay promo
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15:06
iOS 14 Home Screen Changes: App Library, Widgets, Hiding A...

Apple in iOS 14 redesigned the Home Screen for the first time in a long time, introducing an App Library that lets you hide apps, widgets that can be placed among apps, and more.

This guide walks through all of the new Home Screen changes from widgets to the App Library, and includes how tos with walkthroughs on using all of the new features.

Widgets

Widgets have been available in the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the Home Screen, but in ‌iOS 14‌, widgets got a design and functionality overhaul.

Apple overhauled all of its widgets, introducing a fresh design that uses less transparency, more spacing, and richer content to make widgets more useful. The redesign was implemented because for the first time, widgets can move out of the Today View and right onto the Home Screen.

Widget Sizes and Functions

Widgets can be customized with up to...

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14:46
Apple's Worldwide Mac Shipments Up in Q2 2020 Amid Ov...

Apple's worldwide Mac shipments were up 5.1 percent during the second quarter of 2020, according to new PC shipping estimates shared this afternoon by Gartner.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q20 (Thousands of Units)

Apple shipped an estimated 4.4 million Macs in Q2 2020, up from the 4.2 million shipped in Q2 2019, with shipments growing even amid the ongoing public health crisis.

Apple's market share during the quarter grew to 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. Apple's rising shipments came as the overall PC market saw growth of 2.8 percent.

Apple continues to maintain its position as the number four PC vendor in the world, trailing behind Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Lenovo was the top PC vendor during the quarter with 16.197...

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12:48
Hands-On With tvOS 14: Picture in Picture, 4K YouTube, Hom...

Apple at WWDC introduced a new version of tvOS, the software that's designed to run on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS updates are often more minor in scale than iOS, watchOS, and macOS updates, but tvOS 14 has some useful new features.

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Apple in tvOS 13 introduced a Picture in Picture option for the ‌Apple TV‌ app that allowed TV and movie content from the app to be watched while doing other things on the ‌Apple TV‌, and in ‌tvOS 14‌, that functionality is expanding.

Picture in Picture now works across tvOS, but it's worth noting that third-party apps need to implement support so apps like YouTube don't work with the feature...

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11:32
Belkin Launches New Special Edition Boost Wireless Charger...

Belkin today added to its lineup of wireless chargers with a range of new special Boost Charge wireless charging options.

The Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger Special Edition, priced at $130, allows the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods to be charged at the same time. There's an upright charger for the ‌iPhone‌, a charging puck for the ‌Apple Watch‌, and then the ‌AirPods‌ charge right behind the ‌Apple Watch‌ in a dedicated charging space.

The design of the special edition charger is similar to the original 3-in-1 Boost Charge, which we reviewed back in June. The special edition version has a different upright charging base and a rectangular shape, plus it comes in...

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11:06
Apple Updates iWork Apps for Mac for iBooks Author Transit...

Apple today updated its iWork apps for the Mac to version 10.1, introducing new features for Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

The Pages app now supports importing books from iBooks Author, which Apple discontinued and removed from the App Store on July 1. The update app also allows videos from YouTube and Vimeo to be played right in documents, with release notes below.- Play YouTube and Vimeo videos right in your documents.

- Easily add captions and titles to images, videos, shapes, and other objects.

- Create more flexible formulas using new functions.

- Import an ‌iBooks‌ Author book to work on it in Pages.Numbers also supports playing YouTube and Vimeo videos in spreadsheets, plus it has new functions that include XLOOKUP, XMATCH, and REGEX...

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10:14
Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS and iPadOS 14 to Public Bet...

Apple today seeded the first public betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 14 updates to its public beta testing group, two weeks after first providing the updates to developers after the WWDC keynote and a day after seeding the second developer betas.

Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS/‌iPadOS‌ 14 updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website on an iOS device, with instructions available in our how to. The updates should not be installed on primary...

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10:13
Apple Seeds GM Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.6 to Developers...

Apple today seeded the final betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates to developers, a week and a half after seeding the third betas and over a month after releasing iOS/‌iPadOS‌ 13.5 with Exposure Notification API, Face ID updates, Group FaceTime changes, and more.

iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.6 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed.

The iOS 13.6 update adds a toggle for customizing software updates, providing users with more granular control over the downloading and installing of new software. iOS users can decide if their iPhone or...

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10:12
Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 14 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 14 software update to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to try the software ahead of its fall public release.

Public beta testers can download the new update by opening up the Settings app on the Apple TV, navigating to the Software Updates section under "System" and then toggling on "Get Public Beta Updates" after signing up to beta test on Apple's public beta website.

‌tvOS 14‌ brings a new Picture in Picture mode so you can watch TV, movies, and videos while using other apps. You can even AirPlay to a Picture in Picture window.

Multiuser gaming support for Apple Arcade lets each tvOS user keep track of...

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10:11
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.6...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update to developers for testing purposes, a week and a half releasing the third beta and over a month after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.5 with battery health management features for Macs.

The ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.6 beta can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center.

There's no word yet on what improvements the new update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ brings, but it likely includes performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the previous update. No new features were found in the first three betas, but...

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10:10
Apple Seeds GM Version of watchOS 6.2.8 to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master version of an upcoming watchOS 6.2.8 update to developers, a week and a half after releasing the third beta and a over month after releasing the watchOS 6.2.5 update with new Pride Apple Watch faces.

watchOS 6.2.8 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

To install the new software, the ‌‌‌‌Apple Watch‌‌‌‌ needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the ‌‌‌‌iPhone‌‌‌‌.

It's not clear what's included in watchOS 6.2.8, but it likely focuses on under-the-hood performance improvements...

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10:09
Apple Seeds GM Version of tvOS 13.4.8 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master version of an upcoming tvOS 13.4.8 update to developers for testing purposes, a week and a half after seeding the third tvOS 13.4.8 beta and more a month after the release of the tvOS 13.4.5 update. The GM version represents the final version of tvOS 13.4.8 that will be released to the public.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 13.4.8 beta can be downloaded onto the ‌Apple TV‌ through a profile that's installed using Xcode.

tvOS updates are generally minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements instead of major outward-facing changes. There's no word on what's included in tvOS 13.4.8 as of yet, and no new features were found in the first...

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09:52
Should I Buy an Intel Mac Today or Wait to Buy an Arm-Base...

Apple at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference announced its intention to transition away from Intel processors to Macs powered by its own Apple Silicon chips starting in late 2020. Apple says that by using its own Arm-based processors, it will be able to build better Macs that will boast better performance while also being more energy efficient.

Apple's announcement at WWDC 2020 was expected, but the timing of the transition has left many people in the market for a new Mac wondering whether they should buy one now, or wait until the first Macs powered by ‌Apple Silicon‌ arrive. If you count yourself among those facing the same dilemma, then keep reading. This article summarizes the most salient points to consider.

Where Have I Heard of Arm Before?

Apple is no stranger to Arm-based architecture, and if you're already wedded to the...

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09:35
Three Apple patents cover Depth Mapping, a Biometric Heart...

To wrap up the few remaining patents of interest today, this report briefly touches on three patent filings covering depth mapping for in-air gesturing; a Biometrics Band to measure the heart during exercise; and lastly, a solution to mitigate Apple Watch display burn-in.

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08:39
Epic's 'Live Link Face' Leverages ARKit and...

Epic Games has launched a new iOS app, Live Link Face, that lets creators using the company's Unreal Engine game engine leverage Apple's ARKit platform and the iPhone's TrueDepth camera to capture and stream facial expressions for real-time rendering (via The Verge).

Capable of working with just a single actor at a desk or as part of a complex motion-capture stage setup, Live Link Face supports timecode syncing to ensure it stays synchronized with any other recording devices involved in the capture process.

And when used at a desk setup, Live Link Face can track head and...

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08:07
MacRumors Exclusive: Get 50% Off Your First Year of the 1P...

MacRumors and password management platform 1Password have partnered up to offer our readers 50 percent off their first year of the 1Password Individual plan. Only new 1Password users will be able to claim the discount.

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The 1Password Individual account regularly runs for $2.99/month, billed annually at $35.88. With our exclusive discount, you can get this plan for $17.94 for the first year of 1Password. Additionally, you'll receive a 30 day free trial when first signing up for the Individual Plan.

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07:33
Apple Announces that their 'Develop in Swift' Cu...

This morning Apple announced a new set of tools to help educators teach coding to students from grade school to college.

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07:12
Apple Launches New Educational Curricula for Develop in Sw...

Apple today announced significant enhancements for its Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code educational programs, delivering free curricula and a new Develop in Swift online course to help teachers get up to speed for teaching app development in Swift.

“Apple has worked alongside educators for 40 years, and we’re especially proud to see how Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code have been instrumental in helping teachers and students make an impact in their communities,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Markets, Apps, and Services. “We’ve seen community college students build food security apps for their campus and watched middle school educators host virtual coding clubs over summer break. As part of our commitment to help expand access to computer science education, we are thrilled to be adding a new professional learning course to...

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07:02
Deals: Get the 64GB Cellular iPad Mini 5 for $449 ($80 Off...

Apple's iPad mini 5 with 64GB of storage and cellular support is on sale for $449.00 today on TigerDirect, down from $529.00. This sale is among the lowest we've ever tracked for this version of the iPad mini 5, and the best available online right now.

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

Only the Space Gray version of the tablet is available at this price. For those who are unaware, prominent Apple reseller MacMall recently consolidated its sales under its sibling TigerDirect brand. The site provides solid discounts on iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, and other Apple products.

$80 OFFiPad mini 5 for $449.00

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06:08
Apple files new 'Spatial Audio' patent for its f...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computerized data processing systems and methods for audio processing, and in particular to spatial audio processing. Spatial Audio will be supported in the future by AirPods Pro, Apple's future over-ear headphones and likely Apple TV.

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03:26
The Patent behind Apple's iPhone 11 & 11 Pro Surf...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to structural components for securing a camera module in an enclosure for a portable electronic device such as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Did Apple consider other camera configurations for the iPhone 11 Pro? Yes, they did and we include those in this report.

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01:24
Fujifilm Releases Webcam Software for macOS

Fujifilm has released its software for Mac that enables its X-series mirrorless cameras to be used as high-quality webcams.

The Fujifilm X Webcam tool was initially released for Windows PCs in May. Fujifilm later said it would offer a Mac version in mid-July due to the "overwhelming response" of its customers when it released the app for PC.

Fujifilm, Canon and Panasonic have developed software that brings webcam functionality to their cameras. The cameras are connected via a USB cable and offer a sharper picture for video calls.

Fujifilm has expanded the number of X-series mirrorless cameras that work with its Fujifilm X Webcam software, with the X-T200 and X-A7 now supported. Other cameras already supported include the X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, and X-T4. Fujifilm X Webcam also works...

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Wednesday July 8

18:48
Samsung has introduced a new Smartphone Sterilizer while o...

Samsung has just released a new UV sterilizer for their Galaxy Smartphones to cash in on the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing gloves and masks has made consumers super-aware of the world of germs around them. Samsung states that you can banish 99% of bacteria and germs at the touch of a button. At the same time as that news surfaced, a new report pointed to iPhones being up to 20 times dirtier than a toilet.

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17:34
Patently Apple Update: A New Social Media Option

A year ago when Patently Apple fans wanted an alternative to Facebook we introduced 'MeWe' to our navigation bar. Today, we have added 'Parler" (pronounced Par-lay, which is French for "Speak") to our navigation bar for those looking for a social media site that's an alternative to Twitter.

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15:14
Apple's Arm-Based Macs With Apple Silicon Chips Will...

Apple is working on Macs that use its custom Apple-designed Apple Silicon chips instead of Intel chips, but Apple has committed to continuing to support Thunderbolt, reports The Verge.

In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said that Apple's upcoming machines will offer support for Intel's Thunderbolt USB-C standard.

"Over a decade ago, Apple partnered with Intel to design and develop Thunderbolt, and today our customers enjoy the speed and flexibility it brings to every Mac. We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon."

Apple at WWDC unveiled its plans for Macs equipped with ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips, the first of which is set to come out before the end of 2020. Apple eventually plans to transition all of...

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14:01
Testing Sonnet's Fusion Flex J3i Mount With the Mac P...

Sonnet earlier this year announced the launch of the Fusion Flex J3i internal drive mount, which is designed to let users add up to three SATA storage drives to the 2019 Mac Pro.

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In our latest YouTube video, we went hands on with the Fusion Flex J3i, hooking it up to our ‌Mac Pro‌ to see how it performs.

The Fusion Flex J3i is a mount system that can provide up to 36TB of additional storage for the ‌Mac Pro‌. When purchased from Apple, the ‌Mac Pro‌ maxes out at 8TB of storage, so Sonnet's add-on provides a huge storage boost. The storage added through the Fusion Flex J3i will not, of course, act as a main boot disk and will instead work like an external drive that's plugged into...

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12:44
Apple Launches Back to School Promotion in Europe, Asia, M...

Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion in Mexico, most countries in Europe, some countries in Asia, and the Middle East providing qualifying higher education students and educators with free AirPods when purchasing an eligible Mac or iPad.

Second-generation ‌AirPods‌ with a wired charging case (valued at $159) are available when purchasing a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, iPad Pro, or ‌iPad‌ Air. During checkout, back to school shoppers can choose to upgrade to a wireless...

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12:10
Apple Stores Now Offering 'Shop With a Specialist...

Apple retail stores are now accepting appointments from customers who want to book a time at a local store to make a purchase with the one-on-one help of an Apple specialist, similar to Genius Bar reservations.

The continued spread of the coronavirus in the United States and other countries has led Apple to implement safety measures that include limiting the number of people in a store, and as 9to5Mac points out, that can lead to long lines as customers wait to enter. With the new appointment system, those who plan ahead can skirt the lines with a reservation at a specific time.

Specialist appointments can be booked through the Apple Store app by searching for a local Apple Store and then selecting the "Shop with a Specialist" option on the store page. From there, customers can choose which product they're interested in and pick a...

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10:58
Apple Shares Inside Look at Upcoming WWII Movie 'Grey...

Apple today shared an "inside look" trailer for upcoming Apple TV+ movie "Greyhound" starring Tom Hanks. The trailer, narrated by Tom Hanks, explains some of the background of the Battle of the Atlantic that the movie explores.

"Greyhound" features Tom Hanks as George Krause, a career naval officer given command of Navy destroyer Greyhound during the Battle of the Atlantic. Krause fights his own self doubts and personal demons as he leads a convoy of Allied ships against German U-boats to prove that he belongs in command.

The screenplay for the movie was written by Tom Hanks and the film was meant to be released in theaters, but could not premiere because most theaters across the United States remain closed. Apple ultimately paid $70 million for the film, and it will see a premiere on ‌Apple TV‌+.

"Greyhound" is the first Tom Hanks movie that has seen a straight to streaming release, which Hanks called...

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10:43
Tom Hanks Promotes the Film 'Greyhound' in a new...

While the week didn't start off right for Tom Hanks, today he's promoting his film for Apple TV+ in a new video

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09:56
Samsung to Follow Apple and Stop Offering Power Adapters W...

Samsung does not plan to include chargers in the boxes of some of its smartphones starting in 2021, according to Korean site ETnews (via The Verge).

Samsung, like Apple, is planning to nix power adapters because chargers "have become widespread" and it will allow the company to reduce smartphone production costs.

Multiple rumors have suggested that Apple plans to stop offering power adapters and EarPods with future iPhone models, shipping the devices with just a charging cable.

At the current time, Apple ships iPhones with either an 18W power adapter or a 5W power adapter depending on device, but in 2020, those who need a power...

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09:35
Analyst Believes iPhone 12 Pricing Will Start $50 Higher E...

Despite multiple reports indicating that Apple will not include EarPods or a wall charger with iPhone 12 models this year, one analyst believes that pricing will still increase slightly compared to the iPhone 11 lineup.

In a research note provided to MacRumors, analyst Jeff Pu forecasted that iPhone 12 pricing will start at $749 for a new 5.4-inch model, an increase of $50 over the base model ‌iPhone 11‌ for $699. Pu said the price is primarily attributed to the addition of 5G and an OLED display on all ‌iPhone 12‌ models, whereas the base ‌iPhone 11‌ has an LCD.

Due to 5G, Pu believes that the price increase will be "accepted by consumers" and "will not affect demand," but the move would generate controversy nonetheless if the EarPods and wall charger are removed from...

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09:29
While the Music Streaming Market Spiked in Q1 due to at Ho...

As Apple and Spotify continue to slug it out in the music streaming business, global subscriptions hit 394 million in Q1 2020 spiking year-over-year by a huge factor. The stay at home lockdowns definitely contributed to the spike.

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09:25
Apple Shares New 'Behind the Mac' Video Featurin...

Apple this morning shared a new video in its "Behind the Mac" series, which provides a look into the Apple tools used by musician James Blake to create his work.

GRAMMY(R) award winner, James Blake, takes us into his home studio as he works Behind the Mac to put the finishing touches on his latest song, "Are you even real." Editing, looping, pitching, and layering the track in Logic Pro X on his MacBook.Blake uses Logic Pro X on a MacBook Pro to edit his music after recording it. Apple has been sharing various "Behind the Mac" ads since 2018, with the ads featuring artists, musicians, app developers and other creatives who do their work on Apple's Macs.Tag: Apple ads
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08:10
OWC's ThunderBay Flex 8 Storage and Expansion Tower f...

Popular Mac accessory maker OWC today announced the launch of its ThunderBay Flex 8 tower for media professionals, offering eight drive bays, a handful of ports for connecting peripherals, and a PCIe slot for expansion capabilities, all connected to your Mac over Thunderbolt 3.

The ThunderBay Flex 8 resembles a black version of the Power Mac G5 and original Mac Pro design, and it opens up to reveal eight SATA/SAS drive bays capable of accepting both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives, with the top four bays also able to accept U.2/M.2 NVMe drives. There's also a PCIe x16 connector/x4 lane slot for adding cards such as audio/video capture or additional SSD storage.

Near the bottom of the front of the ThunderBay Flex 8 is a string of ports for connecting peripherals, including a pair of 10Gb/...

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08:03
Intel Announces Thunderbolt 4 for PC's and Macs this...

Today, Intel revealed new details about Thunderbolt 4, the next generation of its universal cable connectivity solution, delivering increased minimum performance requirements, expanded capabilities and USB4 specification compliance for PC's and Macs.

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07:51
14-Inch MacBook Pro With Mini-LED Display Expected to Ente...

Apple suppliers will begin competing to win manufacturing orders for new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Mini-LED displays in the first quarter of 2021, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.

Rumors of a 14-inch MacBook Pro have surfaced since Apple replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a new 16-inch model last year. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that Apple plans to release at least six Mini-LED products by the end of 2021, including 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, so reports are beginning to align.

Mini-LED displays offer many of the same benefits as OLED displays on the latest iPhones, including high brightness and high contrast ratio. The panels could also allow for thinner and lighter product...

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07:15
With Apple under the Microscope of U.S. & European Ant...

With Antitrust commissions in the U.S. and Europe breathing down Apple's neck, Apple steams ahead by expanding its Independent Repair Provider Program with additional options for customers to access repair services.

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07:15
Intel Shares Details on Thunderbolt 4, Launching Later Thi...

Intel today shared some new details on the upcoming launch of Thunderbolt 4, which is set debut later this year.

While Thunderbolt 4 won't deliver any increase over the maximum 40 Gb/s available on Thunderbolt 3, there are some notable improvements such as universal cables up to two meters long without needing to resort to active cables that omit support for slower USB standards as on Thunderbolt 3, the ability to support docks and other accessories with up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports (one upstream, three downstream), and more.Thunderbolt 4 certification requirements include:

  • Double the minimum video and data requirements of Thunderbolt 3.
    • Video: Support for two 4K displays or one 8K display.
    • Data: PCIe at 32 Gbps for storage speeds up to 3,000 MBps.

  • Support for docks with up to four...
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06:36
The EU General Court in Luxembourg will be ruling next wee...

It's being reported today that Apple Inc. will find out next week whether it won the first round of its bid to topple a record 13 billion-euro ($14.7 billion) Irish tax bill

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06:13
Apple's Independent iPhone Repair Program Adds More U...

Apple today announced that over 140 more repair businesses are now participating in its Independent Repair Provider Program in the United States. The program, launched in August 2019, is also being expanded to Canada and Europe.

The program allows independent repair shops like uBreakiFix to offer certified out-of-warranty service for iPhones, such as display and battery replacements. Participating businesses receive access to the same Apple genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and diagnostics as Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Independent repair shops need to have an Apple-certified technician who can perform the repairs to qualify for the program....

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03:49
Amazon's Alexa App Gains 'Hands-Free' Voice...

Amazon is making it possible to use Alexa "hands free" from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS, reports TechCrunch.

Up until now, you had to tap the blue Alexa button at the bottom of the screen before you could issue a voice command.

After updating the app, users will be able to simply speak to Alexa to make lists, control smart home devices, and more, without having to touch their iPhone.

While Amazon calls it "hands free," it's not like you'll be able to invoke the company's digital voice assistant if your phone is locked or when you're in another app.

What users will be able to do, however, is ask Siri to open the Amazon Alexa app, and then they can start using the new hands-free experience from there.

After updating the app,...

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02:46
Apple Stores in Victoria, Australia to Reclose Following R...

Four Apple stores in Victoria, Australia are set to reclose for up to six weeks from July 9, following a spike in coronavirus infections in the state.

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple Highpoint in Melbourne was the first store to reclose on July 2 as the deteriorating health situation prompted a reintroduction of stage three lockdown measures across the state capital.

Apple's other retail stores in Victoria will now also reclose. They include Chadstone, Southland, Doncaster, and Fountain Gate. All four stores had been operating on a reduced pickup and appointment-only Genius Support service since last week.

The reimposed stay-at-...

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01:49
Some iPhone Users Report Significant Battery Drain Due to...

A significant minority of iPhone users have taken to Apple's Support Communities and Reddit to report battery drain issues largely related to the Music app and high levels of background activity.

Hundreds of users, many running iOS 13.5.1 on devices both new and old, are experiencing rapid battery drain when the Music app is not in use. In some cases, the background activity occurs over several hours each day, even if the app has not been used for weeks or even at all.

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I just purchased a new iPhone 11 a few days ago, and my battery is crashing so fast...

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