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Sunday December 15

A Class Action has been filed against Apple, Google, Dell,...

IRAdvocates has filed a federal class action lawsuit against Apple and many other tech companies today on behalf of 14 Doe Plaintiffs who are either guardians of children killed in tunnel or wall collapses while mining cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) or children who were maimed in such accidents.

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Apple Invents a Unique System to Protect Various Lenses in...

On Thursday Patently Apple covered an Apple patent application covering optical systems for displays titled "Apple Engineers Advance Near-Eye Displays for Smartglasses and HMD using Holographic Optical Elements and more." Today we discovered another optical system patent that was filed in Europe. Apple has created a unique smartglasses (or headset) optical system that could quickly shift into protection mode if its motion sensor(s) detect a freefall.

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Saturday December 14

The Website of the Year interviewed Apple's Head of A...

Sarah Herrlinger, Apple’s global head of accessibility sat down with UK's website of the year to discuss the company's devotion to designing features for Apple devices that benefit those with disabilities

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Apple Podcasts can now be set as the Default Podcast Playe...

Apple Podcasts are now available through Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like Echo speakers. Apple fans can also ...

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The Massive Lineup to get into Apple's new Kawaski St...

Do you think that the trend of having long line-ups forming to see a a new Apple Store opening is fading? Then think again. The lineup to get into new Apple Kawasaki store in Japan was massive and far beyond what is seen in our cover graphic.

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SMTM Technology is back in Court with a Patent Infringemen...

Yesterday SMTM Technology is on record proceeding with the Patent Infringement case against Apple in California. While an attempt to invalidate was made, it failed.

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Friday December 13

Microsoft Invents a next-gen 'Depth+Multi-Spectral...

When Apple introduced Face ID with iPhone X using their new TrueDepth Camera, they instantly leapfrogged their smartphone competitors that were relying on 2D facial recognition as the biometric standard. Only larger bulkier systems like RealSense or Xbox's Kinect were using 3D depth methods. Apple was able to shrink the technology to actually fit a smartphone. Now Microsoft seems to be preparing to match Apple's Face ID security feature with a next-gen 3D depth camera.

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Last-Minute Holiday Deals: Shop the Best Sales on Apple Ac...

With Christmas under two weeks away, we're now entering last-minute holiday shopping season. Although some of the best deals may have already come and gone this year, many brands and retailers still offer solid discounts online and in stores, giving shoppers a chance to finish off their shopping lists just in time.

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.

For this reason, in this article we've accumulated as many notable Apple-related sales we could find across the internet, ranging from accessory brands like Mophie and Twelve South, to discounts on Apple products like the HomePod. Of course, shipping estimates and costs will vary greatly from store to store, but if you place an order soon, most of these retailers are still ensuring delivery by Christmas day.

We also have a few exclusive discounts mixed into the...

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iFixit Shares Mac Pro Uncasing and First Impressions

Repair site iFixit managed to get a Mac Pro on Friday, and has kicked off its traditional teardown with an uncasing and first impressions video.

The video shows the process of removing the ‌Mac Pro‌'s aluminum case and it takes a look at some of the internal components.

For those interested in a quick look at what's inside the ‌Mac Pro‌ and how the different components work, the video is worth checking out.

iFixit plans to share a full ‌Mac Pro‌ teardown next week, likely on Tuesday.

Related Roundup: Mac ProBuyer's Guide: Mac Pro (Buy Now)
This article, "iFixit Shares Mac Pro Uncasing and First Impressions" first appeared on


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Apple Offers Free Genetic Testing to Cupertino Employees

Through Apple's AC Wellness services that offer health benefits to Cupertino employees, Apple has begun providing its staff with free genetic testing, reports CNBC.

AC Wellness operates on-site health clinics on and near Apple's Cupertino campuses, and through a partnership with Color Genomics, employees are able to get genetic screenings for diseases.

Genetic testing is expected to help employees uncover health problems that could turn into risks later in time, allowing patients to take preventative steps. Color's test is able to look for gene mutations associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The test created by Color is not sold directly to consumers and is instead ordered by clinicians at AC Wellness, with a follow up appointment required to discuss the health results.

This article, "...

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With Apple's New Austin Campus Underway, Is Apple Sti...

A year to the day after Apple announced plans to spend $1 billion on a new corporate campus in Austin, Texas, to initially support 5,000 employees with the potential to grow to 15,000, television station WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, has shared an update and a few new details related to North Carolina's attempts to attract the new campus.

Rendering of Apple's upcoming Austin campus

While it didn't conduct a public competition like Amazon, Apple was open about its plans to construct a new corporate campus, announcing its intentions in January 2018. A number of cities emerged as top contenders to land Apple's new campus, but by May 2018,...

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iMac Pro Works With Apple's New Pro Display XDR, But...

Shortly after the Pro Display XDR became available to order this week, Stephen Hackett of Relay FM noted that the iMac Pro was not included in the list of Mac models compatible with the display on Apple's website.

Fortunately, video editor Thomas Grove Carter has since demonstrated that the iMac Pro can in fact drive the Pro Display XDR, but only at a 5K resolution. This is likely because the iMac Pro uses Intel's older "Alpine Ridge" Thunderbolt 3 controller without enough bandwidth to drive a 6K display.

Confirmation that the #iMacPro does drive the #ProDisplayXDR 🧐

At 5k. Not 6k....

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AT&T Launches 5G Network in 10 Cities

AT&T today announced that it has launched its 5G network in its first ten markets: Birmingham, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T has PDF maps of coverage areas within these cities in its press release, and the carrier is aiming for nationwide 5G coverage in the first half of next year.

For the time being, customers with the new Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G will be able to access AT&T's 5G network, with more devices coming in the future. Apple is expected to launch its first 5G iPhones next year, likely in its usual September timeframe.

The 5G network AT&T is launching today is for the sub-6GHz spectrum, which offers broad coverage at speeds that are a step up from LTE. A separate flavor of 5G operates on the mmWave spectrum and offers even faster speeds but with shorter range, and is thus best suited for very...

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Apple's CEO continues his Asian Tour in Thailand and...

Patently Apple has briefly covered Tim Cook's Asian tour starting in Japan, then to Singapore and today Cook has sent out another round of tweets of his tour continuing in Thailand with a series of photos as presented in our report

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Samsung Embarrassingly admits they didn't sell 1 Mill...

Yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, Samsung Electronics' President Young Sohn revealed the company had sold 1 million foldable Galaxy Fold smartphones. Today Samsung backtracks and admits that they didn't sell 1 million units.

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Apple and RED Complete Metal GPU Accelerated R3D Support

In June RED's President stated that "Apple’s new hardware will bring a mind‐blowing level of performance to Metal‐accelerated, proxy‐free R3D workflows in Final Cut Pro X that editors truly have never seen before. We are very excited to bring a Metal‐ optimized version of R3D in September." The Mac Pro was a little late in coming to market, but RED's Metal‐ optimized version of R3D is hours away from launching.

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Tim Cook Visits Bangkok, Thailand to Meet With Photographe...

Tim Cook continued his tour of Asia this week with a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. The Apple CEO has been documenting the journey on his Twitter account.

Cook kicked things off with a visit to the Way Arun Buddhist temple on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

สวัสดี Thailand! My journey this morning along the Chao Phraya River culminated in a visit to the peaceful Wat Arun. Thank you Jirasak Panpiansin for showing me this historic temple through your lens. (IG: joez19) 🇹🇭

— ‌Tim Cook‌ (@tim_cook) December 13, 2019

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Thursday December 12

Apple Acquires UK Company Spectral Edge for it’s advanced...

Today there's a war between premium smartphone players who are out to win consumers over with the latest and greatest cameras. Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled 'Xiaomi just stole Samsung's Big Thunder for the Galaxy 11+ by Delivering a new Smartphone with a 108MP Camera Sensor." We're now learning that Apple has acquired Spectral Edge and their patented camera technology called Phusion.

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Apple Adds 'Ultimate Rivals' Sports Game Franchi...

Apple today announced the addition of "Ultimate Rivals" from Bit Fry Game Studios to its Apple Arcade gaming service.

Ultimate Rivals is a sports game franchise that brings athletes from hockey, basketball, football, and soccer into one video game, which Apple says is a first in sports gaming.

The first title in the franchise, "Ultimate Rivals: The Rink," allows players to choose from more than 50 athletes to compete in two-on-two hockey matches. There are licensed athletes from the NHL, NBA, NFL Players Association (NFLPA), MLB, WNBA and the US Women's National Soccer Team Players Association (USWNTPA), plus retired legends like Wayne Gretzky.

Different combinations of players will unlock unique ways to play and win against the AI or other gamers in online multiplayer...

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Apple TV+ Racks Up Three more Awards for 'The Morning...

Apple TV+ made history today as the first streaming service to ever receive multiple award nominations from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in its launch year.

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Apple updates their unique Multi-User Eye Tracking System...

Patently Apple posted an interesting granted patent report in September titled "Apple Wins Patent for a Multi-user Eye Tracking System for Computer & TV Displays Applied to Gaming, FaceTime & Beyond." Apple acquired SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), the owner of this patent offers a unique multi-user approach to eye-tracking. Today ...

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Apple Avoids iPhone Tariffs as U.S. and China Reach Trade...

Apple won't be hit with hefty tariffs on the iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks as U.S. President Donald Trump this afternoon signed off on a trade deal with China.

Speaking in a note to investors shared by Bloomberg, Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives said that the new tariffs could have added approximately $150 to the price of iPhones during the holiday season.

"Trump delivered an early Christmas present to Apple. If this tariff went through it would have been a major gut punch for semi players/Apple and could have thrown a major wrench into the supply chain and demand for the holiday season."If Apple absorbed the cost of the tariffs, the company's earnings per share would have shrunk by approximately four percent, according to Ive....

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Apple Avoids 15% Tariffs as President Trump Signs off on P...

It's being reported this afternoon that Apple just avoided 15% tariffs on its most important products, the iPhone, iPad and MacBooks, after U.S. President Donald Trump signed off on a trade deal with China.

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Senators Deliver Ultimatum to big tech after Apple bluntly...

U.S. Senators make it clear: Find a solution that will provide law enforcement with access to encrypted data on criminal devices or they'll be forced to by law.

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Using Voice Control in iOS 13 to Operate an iPhone Hands-F...

Apple in iOS 13 added a Voice Control feature as an Accessibility option designed for those who need to use their iPhones and iPads without their hands. It allows for complete control of the operating system using voice commands.

Voice Control is designed for people who need an alternative to physical control, but it has the potential to be useful even for those can use their devices with their hands. Check out our latest YouTube video below to see Voice Control in action, and read on to see how to enable it and what it can do.

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How to Enable Voice Control

Voice Control can be turned on in the Settings app by following these instructions:

  1. Open up the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it.
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Apple Buys UK-Based Company 'Spectral Edge' to B...

Apple has purchased UK-based photography company Spectral Edge, reports Bloomberg. The Spectral Edge website is now defunct, but the company had developed a mathematical technique for improving photographic imagery in real-time.

Created in 2014 from academic research at the University of East Anglia, Spectral Edge's algorithm is able to enhance low-light smartphone images, something that could be potentially useful for Night Mode and other photographic capabilities in future iPhones.

Spectral Edge's technology captures an infrared shot and then blends it with a standard photo to make images crisper and to improve color accuracy. ...

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Apple News to Co-Host a Single Democratic Debate on Februa...

Today, the DNC announced debate partners and further details regarding debates in the first four primary and caucus states ahead of those critical contests in 2020. The 'media partner' for the Feb. 7, 2019 debate is Apple News.

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Apple Working on Fix for Screen Time Communication Limits...

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 13.3, a new update that includes Communication Limits for Screen Time, designed to allow parents to limit who can contact their children and who children can contact.

As it turns out, though, there's a bug in the feature that's allowing children to communicate with anyone who texts them.

As outlined by CNBC, Communication Limits is designed to prevent children from communicating with people not in their Contacts list (it can be set to Everyone or Contacts Only).

When an unknown number texts a child, there's an option to add that number to the list of Contacts, allowing the child to then text, call, and FaceTime that person even without parental permission.

This particular workaround only works when there is active Screen Time available. In the Downtime mode, when a child is not supposed to be using...

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Apple Pay With Express Transit Mode Coming to D.C. Metro i...

Apple Pay with Express Transit mode is coming to the Washington Metro in 2020, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced today. No specific timeline has been provided yet.

Starting next year, riders in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area will be able to add their reloadable SmarTrip fare card to the Wallet app and simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a contactless payment reader at Metrorail stations or on Metrobus buses to pay their fare.

Express Transit mode allows for tap-and-go payment, eliminating the need to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode. The device does not need to be waked or unlocked, either.

This announcement comes less than two weeks after Transport for London rolled out Apple Pay with Express Transit mode across its system. Apple Pay with...

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Preorders for Samsung's Next-Gen Notebooks with QLED...

During Samsung's Developer Conference in late October they announced new laptops co-engineered with Intel with target specification and experiences of Intel’s innovation program code-named "Project Athena." Some of the standout features in these new notebooks will include the use of artificial intelligence, expanded connection capabilities that will include 5G, and lastly, they'll introduce the world's first notebooks with QLED displays. Preorders start tomorrow.

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First Mac Pro Orders Begin Shipping Out to Customers, Deli...

Just two days after the Mac Pro first became available for purchase, the first orders have begun shipping out and are set to be delivered on Friday.

MacStadium's Brian Stucki ordered a couple of new Mac Pros right when Apple began accepting purchases, and his first ‌Mac Pro‌ is coming in just a few days on December 16, which is earlier than the delivery dates that Apple had listed.

Apple's initial delivery estimates were at one to two weeks after purchase, but orders placed now will not be delivered until December 31 to January 8 due to demand for the machine.

The 2019 ‌Mac Pro‌ is the first new ‌Mac Pro‌ we've had in six years, and it's the followup to the 2013 "trash can" ‌Mac Pro‌ that...

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Apple invents new iPhone Metal Support Structure to keep b...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to cladded metal structures for iDevices. More particularly, Apple describes a (future) support structure that includes a core and cladded metal structures for dissipating thermal energy generated by operational components of an iPhone or other portable electronic devices. One of the side benefits is making the frame of the iPhone cooler to the touch when the device is generating heat.

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Orangetheory Fitness Rolling Out Apple Watch Support in Ea...

Orangetheory Fitness today announced that it will begin rolling out Apple Watch support to its gyms in the first quarter of 2020, eliminating the need to use one of the company's armbands or chest straps for heart rate tracking.

The fitness chain has created a small accessory called the OTbeat Link that attaches to an Apple Watch band, allowing the Apple Watch to sync with the Orangetheory Fitness in-studio heart rate monitoring system. There will also be a new Orangetheory Fitness app for the Apple Watch to accompany the OTbeat Link.

"Now, not only will members be able to view metrics in real time in class with an Apple Watch, they'll also be able to see their Orangetheory Fitness workouts afterward in the Activity app," explains Orangetheory Fitness.

"Apple Watch...

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Apple Engineers Explain New Mac Pro's Innovative Cool...

In an interview with Popular Mechanics, Apple engineers Chris Ligtenberg and John Ternus have detailed some of the innovative cooling features included in the design of the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, both of which launched earlier this week.

In order to let the ridiculous processing power of the ‌Mac Pro‌ reach its potential without melting, Apple engineers had to find new ways to "exploit the laws of thermodynamics," according to the report.

For example, the active internal cooling consists of three axial fans in the front of the case and a blower in the rear, all of which had to be developed in-house because off-the-shelf fans would have been too loud.

"Years ago, we started redistributing the blades," explains Ligtenberg, Apple's senior director of product design. "They're still dynamically balanced,...

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Apple Engineers Advance Near-Eye Displays for Smartglasses...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to optical systems that include holographic optical elements and, more particularly, to optical systems for near-eye displays found in augmented or VR glasses (or headset).

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Wednesday December 11

Twitter Finally Launches Support for Live Photos, Allowing...

Twitter today announced support for Apple's Live Photos, which can now be uploaded to Twitter and shared as GIFs.

Apple first introduced ‌Live Photos‌ in 2015 alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, though most social networks still do not support the format and do not allow ‌Live Photos‌ to play when uploaded.

‌Live Photos‌ are designed to add movement to still photos to bring them to life, similar to the moving photos in the Harry Potter films. When you take a photo on an ‌iPhone‌ with ‌Live Photos‌ enabled, the ‌iPhone‌ captures a few seconds of video before and after the shot to enable the movement.

‌Live Photos‌ are primarily able to be viewed from ‌iPhone‌ to ‌iPhone‌, but there are apps that can convert them into formats supported by social networks like GIFs and videos, which is what Twitter is planning to do.


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Apple Used DMCA Takedown to Temporarily Remove Tweet With...

Apple recently used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to get Twitter to remove a viral tweet that featured an iPhone encryption key, provoking the ire of the security community, reports Motherboard.

On December 7, security researcher "Siguza" on Twitter shared an encryption key that could potentially be used to reverse engineer the ‌iPhone‌'s Secure Enclave, which handles encryption for the device.

Just two days later, a law firm that works with Apple sent a DMCA takedown notice to Twitter, requesting that the tweet be removed. Twitter complied, deleting the tweet.

Today, the tweet reappeared, and Siguza said that the DMCA claim was "retracted." Apple confirmed to Motherboard that it sent the takedown notice and then asked Twitter to put the tweet back in place...

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Apple Pay Now Accepted at NYC's Penn Station, Coming...

New York City's public transit agency MTA today announced that its tap-and-go fare payment system OMNY is now available at Penn Station, a major hub, with support for both mobile wallets like Apple Pay and contactless credit cards from the likes of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

96 OMNY readers are now live at 18 turnstile arrays serving the A, C, E and 1, 2, 3 lines at Penn Station, according to the MTA.

New Yorkers will be able to tap and ride at a total of 85 stations across the MTA system later this month, and the MTA plans to expand contactless payments to all 472 of its subway stations and all of its bus routes by the end of 2020.

Apple Pay will be accepted on MTA-operated buses in Manhattan beginning March 2020, with further plans detailed on the OMNY website.


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Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show' Nominated fo...

Apple TV+ series "The Morning Show" has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding male actor and outstanding female actor.

Steve Carell and Billy Crudup, who play Mitch Kessler and Corey Ellison, respectively, have been nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award.

The two will be competing against Sterling K. Brown (Randall Pearson) from "This Is Us," Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) from "Game of Thrones," and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) from "Stranger Things."

Jennifer Aniston, who plays Alex Levy, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Reese Witherspoon, who plays Bradley Jackson in "The Morning Show" was not nominated.

Aniston will be competing against Helena...

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Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show' Nominated fo...

Apple TV+ series "The Morning Show" has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding male actor and outstanding female actor.

Steve Carell and Billy Crudup, who play Mitch Kessler and Corey Ellison, respectively, have been nominated for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award.

The two will be competing against Sterling K. Brown (Randall Pearson) from "This Is Us," Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) from "Game of Thrones," and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) from "Stranger Things."

Jennifer Aniston, who plays Alex Levy, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Reese Witherspoon, who plays Bradley Jackson in "The Morning Show" was not nominated.

Aniston will be competing against Helena...

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Kuo: Next Year's 5G iPhones With Redesigned Metal Fra...

Apple is rumored to launch four 5G-enabled iPhones in fall 2020, and while 5G-related components could raise the production costs of the devices by $30 to $100 depending on the model, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will not significantly increase the price of 5G iPhones compared to this year's lineup.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models start at $999 and $1,099 respectively in the United States, while the iPhone 11 starts at $699.

In a research note with TF International Securities, viewed by MacRumors, Kuo said Apple instead aims to offset the cost of 5G by reducing its supply chain expenses, potentially including dropping its upfront non-recurring engineering payment to suppliers of the redesigned metal chassis and frame for 5G iPhones.

Non-recurring engineering refers to the one-time cost to research,...

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'Powerbeats4' With 'Hey Siri' Support...

Apple appears to be working on new "Powerbeats4" wireless earphones to replace the existing Powerbeats3, based on strings in iOS 13.3 code uncovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser.


9to5Mac was first to discover the Powerbeats4 reference, noting that the earphones will likely support hands-free "Hey Siri." This means the Powerbeats4 will likely have an Apple-designed H1 chip or newer, which delivers a faster and more stable wireless connection to your devices.

With the H1 chip, the Powerbeats4 would likely support "Announce Messages with Siri." When enabled, Siri reads your incoming messages out loud when your earphones are connected to your iPhone or iPad...

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In Q3 Apple's iPad Shipments and Market Share grew in...

In a new analytical report published late yesterday, IDC's research showed that Apple was the leader in the EMEA market showing shipment and market share growth while Samsung crashed.

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Apple's CEO Tweets about his Visit to Singapore Today

Yesterday Patently Apple posted a report titled "In new Interview Apple's CEO Talks Job Creation, being Thrilled that Everyone Can Code is coming to Japan & more." The next stop on Cook's Asian market tour took him to Singapore today.

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Weak Rumor Claims that Apple's 2020 Smartglasses will...

A new smartglasses rumor report claims Apple is likely on track with smartglasses in 2020 using TSMC's latest processors

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While AirPods Pro can't keep up with Demand, AirPods-...

According to a new supply chain report, Taiwan-based PCB maker has seen revenues surge due to demand for Apple's AirPods 2

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Tuesday December 10

Initial Reports Suggest macOS Catalina 10.15.2 May Fix 16-...

Early reports from 16-inch MacBook Pro owners who have installed the macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update suggest that the new software fixes some of the speaker popping issues that were plaguing these machines.

According to a reddit user, after installing the update, the popping issue is no longer occurring, even after attempts to trigger it in VLC, Safari, Chrome, Netflix, YouTube, Premiere Pro, and Amazon Prime Video, all apps 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ owners previously complained were affected.

There are similar reports from 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ owners on the MacRumors forums. MacRumors readers...

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Ex-Apple Engineer who stole trade secrets about Project Ti...

Apple Inc on Monday told a federal court it has "deep concerns" that two Chinese-born former employees accused of stealing trade secrets from the company would try to flee before their trials if their locations were not properly monitored.

If anyone had any doubts of at least one being a spy for China in some capacity, think again. A part of the story not known came to light yesterday.

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In new Interview Apple's CEO Talks Job Creation, bein...

While Apple's legal team were attending a hearing on encryption in Washington, Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Tokyo sitting down with the Nikkei Asian Review for an interview defending the company's record of creating jobs in the U.S. ...

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Senators Threaten Apple, Facebook and other Tech Companies...

Lawmakers on Tuesday threatened to pass litigation that would force technology companies to provide court-ordered access to encrypted devices and messages unless the businesses can come up with a solution. Apple was questioned at the hearing.

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Apple releases 'The Saudi Desert Riders' Video S...

In one of the toughest terrains of Saudi Arabia, see how a group of Saudi riders have taken themselves to the limit.

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Apple Shares Mac Pro Support Docs and Tutorial Videos on A...

With the new 2019 Mac Pro now available for purchase, Apple has begun sharing support documents and tutorial videos covering the new high-end machine that's designed for professional users.

Two new support videos shared this morning walk ‌Mac Pro‌ owners through RAM upgrades and graphics upgrades through adding a new MPX Module. Apple designed the ‌Mac Pro‌ to be upgradeable over time, so all of the components can be swapped out.

Upgrading the ‌Mac Pro‌'s RAM can be done by lifting off the aluminum housing, opening up the DIMM cover, opening the DIMM ejectors, pulling out old RAM, and then aligning the DIMMs of the new memory into the optimal slots and pushing it in gently.

Installing a new MPX Module requires lifting off the aluminum housing, loosening the screws of the MPX base with a screwdriver and removing the clamp plates, unlocking the MPX base, and then sliding in a new module.


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Apple's Pro Display XDR With Nano-Texture Can Only Be...

Apple's new Pro Display XDR comes with an optional nano-texture glass, which is etched at the nanometer level to cut down on reflectivity and glare for a matte look.

The nano-texture glass costs an extra $1,000, and as it turns out, it also impacts how the Pro Display XDR can be cleaned.

According to an Apple support document, the Pro Display XDR with nano-texture glass must be cleaned only with the dry polishing cloth that Apple provides. No water or liquids should be used to clean the glass.

Apple warns that Pro Display XDR owners should never use any other cloths to clean the glass, and if the included dry polishing cloth is lost, Apple Support should be contacted so another cloth can be ordered. There's no word yet on what Apple is charging for replacement cleaning cloths.

Apple also has specific instructions for washing the polishing cloth, which includes using dish soap and water, rinsing...

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Apple Patent focuses on integrating Inertial Measurement U...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 51 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent relating to headsets for gaming, vehicle simulators and other applications. Apple has worked on a few headset patents covering the need for accurate positional tracking and methods to avoid motion sickness while wearing a headset in a vehicle. In today's granted patent, Apple explains using Inertial Measurement Units to keep the user from becoming sick while playing a game in a moving vehicle.

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Now-Fixed AirDrop Bug Let Anyone Lock-Up Nearby iPhones Wi...

There was a serious AirDrop bug in iOS 13.2.3 that let attackers overwhelm nearby iPhones with files, causing them to lock up, reports TechCrunch. Apple addressed the bug in the iOS 13.3 update, and the details of how it works are now public.

AirDrop is designed to allow users to share files with one another, and depending on settings, it can be restricted to contacts, no one, or any nearby iPhone. Kishan Bagaria discovered the AirDrop bug in iOS 13.2.3, finding that he could lock up nearby iPhones that were able to accept files by flooding them with multiple files in a row.

When receiving an AirDrop file, an ‌iPhone‌ or iPad blocks the display until the incoming request is accepted or rejected. iOS did not limit the number of requests that a device can accept, so with...

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Tech YouTubers Share First Impressions of New Mac Pro and...

Ahead of the release of the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, Apple gave several of the machines to prominent tech YouTubers to test out, and their first impressions, overviews, and unboxings of the ‌Mac Pro‌ are now available.

MKBHD, iJustine, and Jonathan Morrison were each able to spend a couple of weeks with the ‌Mac Pro‌ and Pro Display XDR, using the setup for video editing workflows. YouTubers were provided with higher-end machines featuring the 28-core Intel Xeon W processors, 384GB RAM, 4TB SSD, an Afterburner Card, and two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II GPUs.

MKBHD had a few interesting ‌Mac Pro‌ tidbits to share, including details on the inclusion of a new memory management interface that shows an overview of memory management with how the memory is arranged, along with an overview of PCI slots.

He said that he has two main takeaways after using the ‌Mac Pro‌ for a few weeks: "It's really quiet and it's...

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U.S. Senators Threaten Apple and Facebook With Encryption...

Executives from Apple and Facebook were grilled over their encryption policies in a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, with senators threatening encryption regulation.

According to Reuters, senators told Apple and Facebook that the two companies need to find a way to make encrypted data available to law enforcement for investigations.

"You're going to find a way to do this or we're going to go do it for you," said Senator Lindsey Graham. "We're not going to live in a world where a bunch of child abusers have a safe haven to practice their craft. Period. End of discussion."Facebook earlier this year said that it would extend end-to-end encryption across all of its messaging services and has since faced blowback from U.S., UK, and Australian government officials who have requested backdoor access.


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8TB SSD and Radeon Pro W5700X Upgrade Options Coming to Ma...

Apple today released the Mac Pro, its high-end modular desktop machine designed for professional users. While the base ‌Mac Pro‌ machine is priced starting at $5,999, there are many other upgrade options available.

Right now, the ‌Mac Pro‌ maxes out at 4TB of SSD storage space, but in the future, Apple plans to expand that to 8TB. On the specs page, Apple says that an 8TB SSD storage option is "coming soon."

Pricing is not available on the component, but given that the 4TB option costs an additional $1,400, it's likely to be expensive. Apple first introduced 8TB SSD storage options in the MacBook Pro, and in that machine, the upgrade costs $2,200 over the base 1TB storage option.

Apple also currently provides Radeon Pro 580X, Radeon Pro Vega II, and Radeon Pro...

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New Mac Pro Accessories Added to Apple Store, Plus Logitec...

Along with the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, Apple has added a variety of related accessories to its online store.

The new Mac Pro accessories include Apple's Afterburner card, AMD's Radeon Pro Vega II MPX and Vega II Duo MPX graphics modules, Promise's custom Pegasus R4i and Pegasus J2i storage modules, Belkin's lock adapter for use with a third-party lock or cable, Belkin's AUX power cable kit, and up to 256GB DDR4 ECC memory kits.

For the Pro Display XDR, there is an optional $999 stand, a VESA mount adapter, and Logitech's 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam for $199.95.

Designed specifically for the Pro Display XDR, the Pro Magnetic Webcam features 4K Ultra HD resolution video with advanced HDR. "RightLight 3"...

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Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update With Apple Ne...

Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.2, the second update to the ‌macOS Catalina‌ operating system that was originally released in October. ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.2 comes over a month after the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.1.

‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌ can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Update feature in the System Preferences app, and it is available to anyone who has a compatible Mac.

There were no major new features found in ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.2 during the beta testing period, but according to Apple's release notes, the update includes a new layout for Apple News+ new stories,...

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Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.3 With Communication Limi...

Apple today released iOS 13.3, the third major update to the iOS and iPadOS 13 operating systems. The new software updates come two weeks after the release of iOS/iPadOS 13.2.3 and more than a month after the launch of iOS 13.2, which brought new emoji.

The iOS and ‌‌‌iPadOS‌‌‌ 13.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 13.3 continues to add features that were originally promised for iOS 13 but were ultimately eliminated during the beta testing process, with the update introducing Communication Limits for Screen Time.

Communication Limits let parents control who their...

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A Maxed Out Mac Pro Will Cost Over $52,000

With Mac Pro orders now live, pricing for all of the build to order options for the machine are available, giving us an idea of what it's going to cost to get the top of the line upgrades.

Apple lets ‌Mac Pro‌ buyers upgrade the processor, RAM, GPU, and SSD, as well as add an Apple Afterburner card, wheels, and accessories, all of which add to the cost.

Starting with the base ‌Mac Pro‌ with a 3.5GHz Xeon W processor, 32GB RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB memory, and 256GB SSD, choosing all available internal hardware upgrades will net you a price of $52,199.

Add to that the $400 wheels, and the price goes up to $52,599. From there, if you tack on the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 combo, you can get a maximum price of $52,748.

If you want a maxed out rack mounted ‌Mac Pro‌, expect to pay an additional $500 when that option becomes available, for a total price...

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Mac Pro Build to Order Options

Apple's new Mac Pro became available for purchase today, giving us our first look at all of the available upgrade options and pricing tiers.

The entry-level ‌Mac Pro‌ with an 8-core Xeon processor is priced at $5,999, but the GPU, processor, RAM, and storage space can all be upgraded for additional money.

Below, we've listed the available upgrade options from the base machine, which is equipped with a 3.5GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, 32GB RAM, Radeon Pro 580X, 256GB SSD, no Apple Afterburner, and no wheeled frame.

Processor Options

  • 3.3GHz 12‑core Intel Xeon W, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz - +$1,000
  • 3.2GHz 16‑core Intel Xeon W, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz - +$2,000
  • 2.7GHz 24‑core Intel Xeon W, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz - +$6,000
  • 2.5GHz 28‑core Intel Xeon W, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz - +$7,000

RAM Options

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New Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR Now Available to Order

More than two years after Apple promised a new modular high-end desktop machine for its professional users, the new Mac Pro is now available for purchase, as is its companion display, the Pro Display XDR.

Apple is accepting orders for the Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR, with Mac Pro delivery estimates at one to two weeks after an order is placed.

First unveiled in June, the 2019 Mac Pro is the first new Mac Pro that Apple has released since the 2013 "trash can" Mac Pro that ultimately failed due to its focus on dual GPUs and thermal limitations.

The updated Mac Pro is a high-end high-throughput machine designed for professional users, and this new model has a heavy focus on upgradeability and expansion. The Mac Pro has a traditional PC shape, but with an Apple-esque stainless steel frame that features a lattice design to maximize airflow and allow for quiet...

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Apple Introduces 'Apple Card Monthly Installments...

During Apple's Financial Conference for Fiscal Q4 2019 held on October 30th, Apple's CEO Tim Cook touched on Apple Pay and Apple Card. Cook noted that Apple would be introducing a new Apple Card feature later this year and it's officially here today.

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Apple Card Monthly Installments: How the Interest-Free iPh...

Apple Card has a new Monthly Installments financing option that allows customers to purchase an iPhone with the Apple Card and pay for it over two years with no interest or fees in the United States.

Apple has shared a new support document explaining how the monthly installment plan works, which we've detailed below.

When using Monthly Installments, the cost of your new iPhone is divided into 24, interest-free monthly installments. Each installment is included in your Apple Card minimum payment and is due every month for 24 months. Monthly Installments are billed to your Apple Card statement on the last day of the month.

You can use Apple Card Monthly Installments to buy more than one iPhone. The number of iPhones you can buy is only limited by your available credit.

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Apple Card's 24-Month Interest-Free iPhone Installmen...

Apple Card's interest-free monthly installment plan for the iPhone is launching in the United States today, as noted by TechCrunch.

The plan allows customers to purchase a new ‌iPhone‌ with ‌the Apple Card‌ and pay for it over 24 months with no interest. Customers will continue to get 3% Daily Cash back for the iPhone purchase as well, or an increased 6% Daily Cash until December 31 as part of a holiday promotion announced today.

When paying for an iPhone with Apple Card Monthly Installments, each month's installment is included in your minimum payment amount. And unlike other purchases with the Apple Card, the installments are not subject to interest unless...

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Apple Won 51 Patents Today Covering an Optical Projection...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 51 newly granted patents today. In this report we cover a possible Apple Watch hand gesturing system based on interpreting a user's skin extending and contracting to signal commands. A second granted patent covers an advanced 3D camera (like TrueDepth) that introduces a photonics module for optical projection for interpreting in-air hand gestures to control aspects of the user interface and more

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Apple Card Offering 6% Daily Cash Back on Apple Product Pu...

Apple's Twitter account for the Apple Card today announced that customers can get six percent Daily Cash back on most Apple products purchased through December 31.

The six percent savings will be delivered as Daily Cash in Apple's Wallet app, transferred to the Apple Cash card. Apple highlights products like the iPhone 11, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, and AirPods Pro as part of the promotion.

Save 6% on gifts at Apple this holiday season. 🎁

Through December 31, get 6% Daily Cash back on iPhone, ‌AirPods Pro‌, ‌MacBook Pro‌, and more. Apply now.


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Apple Wins 2-Way Charging Patent for a Future MacBook Pro...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple 51 newly granted patents today. One of the key patents issued to Apple today is one relating to hybrid 2-2-way charging that some in the industry refer to as reverse charging. It was first commercially introduced with Huawei's 2018 Mate 20 Pro smartphone. Apple worked on this prior to 2016.

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Apple Sued former A-Chip Architect Williams III for Breach...

In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's A-Chip Mastermind has Reportedly left Apple." The mastermind was Gerard Williams III. Earlier in 2017 Manu Gulati, another chip engineer left Apple to work on Google's Pixel smartphones. The two ex-Apple engineers are now co-founders of a new chip design company NUVIA that is aiming to take on Intel and AMD – though Apple see's it differently.

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Monday December 9

Apple tells California Court that IP is the core of their...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Details of the FBI's Complaint before the Court against a former Apple Employee for Stealing Project Titan Trade Secrets Revealed." At the time Apple was concerned that the two ex-employee spies would flee the country. Apple was back in court today expressing their concerns again.

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Apple Concerned Ex-Employees Accused of Theft of Trade Sec...

Apple today asked a federal court to continue monitoring two Chinese-born former employees accused of stealing trade secrets, citing "deep concerns" that the two could attempt to flee the country before their trials.

According to Reuters, prosecutors argued that Xiaolang Zhang and Jizhong Chen should have their locations monitored because they are flight risks.

Zhang was charged with theft of trade secrets back in July 2018 after he attempted to steal data on the car project that Apple has in the works. Prior to when he was caught, Zhang worked on Apple's compute team, designing and testing circuit boards to analyze sensor data in autonomous vehicles.

Zhang had "broad access to secure and confidential internal...

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Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show' is nominated...

Earlier this morning Patently Apple posted a report titled "Billy Crudup, from Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show' Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" by the Critics Choice Association. The news only got better later this morning when the show received three more nominations, this time by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

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Apple Privacy Director Jane Horvath to Speak at CES in Con...

Apple will have a presence at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's set to take place in January, but the company won't be showing off new products.

Apple will instead be discussing consumer privacy, as Bloomberg points out. Jane Horvath, Apple's senior director of privacy, will be attending a "Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable" alongside privacy executives from Facebook, Procter & Gamble, and the FTC.

The roundtable will focus on "what consumers want" when it comes to privacy. It will be held on Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall, room N257. Attendance is included with CES registration.Privacy is now a strategic imperative for all consumer businesses. "The future is private" (Facebook); "Privacy is a human right...

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IDC's Q3 'Wearables' Shipment Report Points...

IDC's latest wearable's market report claims that global shipments totaled 84.5 million units in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), a year-over-year increase of 94.6% and a new record for shipments in a single quarter. The big news is how Apple is dominating this category

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Apple Invents 'Trackpad Mode' for iDevices that...

Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a possible future editing tool for iDevices that could work with Microsoft Office and Apple's iWork productivity suites. On a notebook users could edit with a trackpad or mouse. So for iDevices, Apple has invented a new 'trackpad mode.'

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Microsoft's Innovation Lab has invented a new Writing...

Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that relates to the addition of a new Surface Book feature that boils down to adding a new writing and/or drawing window that will sit beside the trackpad. Users will be able to take quick notes, make small edits or draw simple graphics quickly to documents shown on the main notebook's display. The invention came straight from Microsoft's Area 51 which is also referred to as the Windows Innovation Lab. This is clearly another advancement in an effort to distinguish itself from Apple's MacBook Pro in an attempt to win over more creative and/or enterprise professionals. 

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IDC: Apple's Wearables Shipments Surged Last Quarter...

Apple's wearables shipments nearly tripled in the third quarter of 2019 due to the growing popularity of the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones, according to research firm IDC.

IDC estimates that Apple shipped 29.5 million wearables last quarter, up from 10 million in the third quarter of 2018. Apple remained the world's largest wearables vendor, and the launch of the AirPods Pro and discounts on Apple Watch Series 3 models should keep the company in the lead, the research firm said.

Apple does not disclose wearables sales on a product or unit basis, so emphasis should be placed on IDC's figures being estimates, but all signs do point towards the Apple Watch and AirPods selling very well.

Apple's "Wearables, Home and Accessories" revenue was a...

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A Smartglasses Company in Taiwan is the latest to Predict...

Most of the biggest names in Big Tech are racing to create smart glasses that we wear everywhere and that may replace our phones. Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Snap, Facebook, Apple, Magic Leap and others are all working on some form of smart glasses or headset that will change how we view the world around us. Today a new report covers a smartglasses company that points to 2022-2023 as a timeline for smartglasses to make an impact and ...

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Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show' Receives Mul...

Apple TV+ series "The Morning Show" has received a Golden Globe Award nomination for best drama series, while stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are nominated for best actress in a drama series, according to Variety.

The 77th Golden Globe Awards will honor the best in film and television of 2019, as determined by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The ceremony will air live on NBC on January 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13Tags: Golden Globes, Apple TV Shows, Apple TV PlusBuyer's Guide:...

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Apple Continued their lead in the Premium Smartphone Segme...

In a new analytical report published last week it showed Apple capturing over half of the premium market in Q3 2019. Apple grew 1% Year over Year (YoY) increasing its market share from 48% a year back to 52% during the quarter. This was driven by both the initial, strong demand for the iPhone 11, as well as the continued...

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Tim Cook Visits Japan to Meet With Developers and Employee...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been touring Tokyo, Japan over the last few days, meeting with local employees, developers, healthcare experts, and others. Cook has been documenting the trip on his Twitter account.

Cook has traveled to several countries for meets and greets during his eight-year tenure as Apple CEO, including France and Germany in September. He has also visited Canada, China, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

こんにちは Tokyo! It’s wonderful to be back in Japan! 🇯🇵 #shotoniPhone by Koichi Mitsui

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 8, 2019

What a treat to reunite with...

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Billy Crudup, from Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show...

On Sunday, the Critics Choice Association announced the nominees for the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Apple TV+ got its first nominee from the 'The Morning Show'

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Sunday December 8

2020 iPhones Could Have Larger Batteries Due to Tweaked Ci...

2020 iPhones may have a custom battery protection module that is nearly 50 percent smaller and thinner than the battery protection circuit in previous iPhones, according to industry sources cited by Korean website The Elec.

The smaller module could free up some internal space in iPhone 12 models, potentially paving the way for a slight increase in battery capacity.

The report claims the smaller module would be supplied by Korea's ITM Semiconductor.

A battery protection circuit helps to prevent over-charging and over-discharging. The new module from ITM Semiconductor combines the protection circuit with a MOSFET and PCB, eliminating the need for a holder case.

Source: ITM Semiconductor

In a separate report, The Elec claimed that ITM Semiconductor has already supplied the new modules to...

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Professionals will be able to order the Ultimate Mac Pro W...

Keeping it short and simple, Apple has announced that Apple professionals will be able to order the new Mac Pro workstation and high-end Display XDR this coming Tuesday,

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15 Members of the European Parliament Sent Apple angry Let...

At the end of November Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Backlash over Apple's support of Russian Demands to Change Apps supporting Crimea as Russian Territory Continues." Today 15 members of the European Parliament sent letters to Apple about Crimea.

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Saturday December 7

Apple to Release Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR on December 1...

Apple plans to release the new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR on Tuesday, December 10, according to "Save the Date" emails that Apple began sending out to some customers this afternoon.

Apple in November confirmed that the ‌Mac Pro‌ and Pro Display XDR would come in December, but until now, the company had not provided a specific date. Apple's emails say orders will begin on December 10, so presumably shipments will begin soon after orders open up.

The new modular ‌Mac Pro‌ was first introduced in June at the WorldWide developers Conference, with the machine aimed at Apple's pro user base.

The ‌Mac Pro‌ was designed with a heavy focus on upgradeability and expansion, and it features a traditional PC shape with an Apple-esque stainless steel frame with a lattice pattern that maximizes airflow.


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Apple to Release Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR on December 1...

Apple plans to release the new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR on Tuesday, December 10, according to "Save the Date" emails that Apple began sending out to some customers this afternoon.

Apple in November confirmed that the ‌Mac Pro‌ and Pro Display XDR would come in December, but until now, the company had not provided a specific date. Apple's emails say orders will begin on December 10, so presumably shipments will begin soon after orders open up.

The new modular ‌Mac Pro‌ was first introduced in June at the WorldWide developers Conference, with the machine aimed at Apple's pro user base.

The ‌Mac Pro‌ was designed with a heavy focus on upgradeability and expansion, and it features a traditional PC shape with an Apple-esque stainless steel frame with a lattice pattern that maximizes airflow.


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HealthTech Highlights Ochsner Health using Apple Watch to...

In the summer of 2016 patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Patent-Pending Invention Highlights Advancing work on a Tele-Medicine Sessions System." In that report we noted that "HealthKit is also behind new hospital systems like the one from Ochsner Health System that uses Apple devices. A new report covers how Ochsner Health is using Apple Watch to keep patients healthy

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Apple reveals new Neural Network Training Modules for True...

On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to advancing Face ID so as to allow for partial face recognition and allowing Face ID to work better under poor lighting situations. All three of Apple's inventors are part of the company's Machine Learning team.

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Actor Sung Kang joins Cast of the Apple TV+ Series 'L...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Julianne Moore Signs on to Star and Executive Produce an 8-Episode Drama for Apple TV+." The drama series is, titled "Lisey's Story" based on Steven King's 2006 horror. Actor Sung Kang now joins the cast

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Friday December 6

A Class Action against Apple claims that some iPhone model...

National consumer-rights law firm FeganScott consolidated its two proposed class action suits against Apple and Samsung Electronics after independent testing from a Federal Communications Commission-accredited laboratory confirmed that radio-frequency (RF) radiation levels from popular Apple and Samsung smartphones far exceeded federal limits..

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Apple Investigating 16-Inch MacBook Pro Popping Sound Issu...

Apple is investigating a popping sound issue with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and plans to make a fix available in future software updates, the company has indicated in an internal document obtained by MacRumors.

The memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers reads as follows:If a customer hears a popping sound when playback is stopped on their MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)

When using Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, QuickTime Player, Music, Movies, or other applications to play audio, users may hear a pop come from the speakers after playback has ended. Apple is investigating the issue. A fix is planned in future software updates. Do not set up service, or replace the user's computer, as this is a software-related issue.Shortly following the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro last month, some customers began to voice concerns about the popping sound issue across the...

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Xiaomi just stole Samsung's Big Thunder for the Galax...

Apple's new iPhone 11 Pro Max hit it out of the park with night mode and all-around quality camera upgrades. Apple got it: It's all about the camera stupid and Apple delivered one of the best in the industry by far. Now Samsung wants to beat Apple to the punch and introduce a 108MP backside camera ...

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Apple's Most Devoted Fans Once Again Take Center Stag...

Back in 2004, then-Wired editor Leander Kahney published The Cult of Mac, a photo-filled book containing an array of anecdotes about fans, collectors, and others with special connections to Apple and the Mac. While Kahney took the opportunity to add a chapter on the iPod when the book was published as a paperback edition a couple of years later, the book remains an interesting look at a time when Apple had only recently surfaced from its near-death experience of the 1990s.

As outlined by Kahney in The Cult of Mac, Apple may even have been saved by those devotees to the Mac, some of whom became an army of essentially unpaid evangelists seeking to convert over to Mac anyone and everyone who would listen. Some even went as far as to stake out CompUSA stores to educate or counteract clueless salespeople who only wanted to sell Windows machines and were uninterested in directing customers to the Mac section of the stores, while others shared their love for the...

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Law Firm Sues Apple and Samsung, Claiming Phones Exceed Ra...

Chicago-based law firm Fegan Scott has levied a lawsuit against both Apple and Samsung, claiming that independent testing suggests the radiofrequency radiation levels in recent smartphones "far exceeded the federal limits" when used "as marketed by the manufacturers."

The basis for this lawsuit dates back to August, when The Chicago Tribune launched an investigation into the radiofrequency radiation levels output by popular smartphones.

RF Radiation Testing Results from a Chicago Times Investigation in August

The paper hired an accredited lab to test several smartphones according to federal guidelines, and found that some of Apple's iPhones are allegedly emitting radiofrequency radiation that exceeds safety limits.

Apple disputed the results and in a statement,...

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Apple Holding Apple Park Open House for Cupertino Resident...

Apple on December 14 is holding an open house event at Apple Park for Cupertino residents who live near the campus, and has been sending out invites via email to those who are eligible to attend.

The open house takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and requires attendees to RSVP by December 11. Apple says that it is supporting Toys for Tots, and asks those interested in participating to bring along a toy.

Image via Eddie Kuo

Potential attendees need to fill out a registration form and attendance is confirmed on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached.

Each household that receives an invitation can register up to four people in total, and households will be assigned a specific arrival time. Apple says that light snacks and beverages will be served, and the company recommends comfortable...

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iPhone SE 2 Might Actually Be Called the iPhone 9

The widely rumored "iPhone SE 2" might actually be named the iPhone 9, according to an "informed source" cited by Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

The report reiterates that the device will have a similar form factor as the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display with bezels and a Touch ID home button, but with a faster A13 Bionic chip. 3GB of RAM is also expected. Like the original iPhone SE, the device is not expected to support 3D Touch.

iPhone 9 would certainly be a more fitting name for the device given it sounds like more of an iPhone 8 successor than an iPhone SE successor. With a 4.7-inch display, the new device would be larger than the original iPhone SE with a 4-inch display, disappointing those who prefer a smaller phone.

The lower-cost iPhone, whatever it ends up being named, will...

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The new Series 'Truth be Told' is now Available...

Truth Be Told, a new fictional drama from Apple TV+ is now available and it explores this morbid fascination through the eyes of journalist Poppy Parnell, played by Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

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13″ 2.4GHz/256GB Silver MacBook Pro on sale f...
Amazon has the Silver 13″ 2.4GHz/256GB 4-Core Touch Bar MacBook Pro on sale for $1499.99 shipped. Their price is $300 off Apple’s MSRP, and it’s the lowest price currently available for a 13″ 2.4GHz... Read more
Sams Club one day sales event December 14th:...
Through midnight Saturday night (December 14th), Sams Club online has several Apple Watch Series 5 models on sale for $40 off MSRP as part of their One Day sales event. Choose free shipping or free... Read more
Total Wireless offers iPhone 6S models for as...
Total Wireless has Apple 32GB iPhone 6S models available starting at $99: – 32GB iPhone 6S: $99.99 – 32GB iPhone 6S Plus: $149.99 A no-contract Total Wireless prepaid plan is required with your... Read more
Get a 4 or 6-core Mac Mini for up to $170 off...
B&H Photo has 4-Core and 6-Core Mac minis on sale for up to $170 off Apple’s standard MSRP as part of their Holiday 2019 sale. Overnight shipping is free to many US addresses: – 3.6GHz Quad-Core... Read more
Amazon restocks base 13″ 1.4GHz MacBook Pro f...
Amazon has restocked the base 13″ 1.4GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro for $1099.99 shipped. Their price is $200 off Apple’s MSRP, and it’s the cheapest price available for a new MacBook Pro. Amazon... Read more

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