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Saturday April 4

15:30
iOS 14 Could Offer Home Screen Widgets, Wallpaper Customiz...

iOS 14 could offer home screen widgets and wallpaper customizations for the first time, according to 9to5Mac and Twitter user DongleBookPro.

Apple is reportedly working to implement widgets that can be moved freely around like icons on the iPhone and iPad homescreen for the very first time. The feature is reportedly codenamed "Avocado" and no other details are available. It was also mentioned that Apple is still working on implementing the feature and it may be scrapped.

In addition to home screen widgets, Twitter user...

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09:28
EPIX Available for Free Through Apple TV Channels Until Ma...

EPIX is currently offering free access to its catalog of movies and TV shows through the Apple TV Channels feature in the TV app, and many additional services are also offering extended free trials.

Upon navigating to the ‌Apple TV‌ app, users will notice that EPIX is listed under the "My Channels" section. Rather than offering an extended trial where users must first sign up, EPIX is currently providing completely free access with no subscription needed until May 2nd.

In addition to the free content from EPIX, many other ‌Apple TV‌ Channel options have extended free trials available for new subscribers, such as ShowTime, A&E, Smithsonian, and more. Showtime, for example, is currently offering an extended one-month free trial before its $10.99/month subscription fee.

‌‌Apple TV‌ Channels are available through the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ app on iPhone,...

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09:22
Apple Invents HomePod with Built-in Camera that Provides S...

On Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a next-gen version of HomePod that could have a built-in camera system that supports gaze controls and longer-range Face ID.

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08:10
The New iPhone SE: Rumored to be coming soon

We've been hearing rumors about a second-generation iPhone SE for quite some time, but this past week, Apple themselves revealed the name on their online store. Want to know more? Here are all the rumors about the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌ in once place.

Read More: iPhone SE roundup.

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06:00
Top Stories: Apple Leaks iPhone SE and AirTags, Apple Buys...

With the calendar rolling over to April this week, we yet again saw several leaks and rumors, most notably including Apple itself leaking some references to a pair of long-rumored products: a new budget iPhone SE and AirTags item trackers.

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Apple also acquired popular weather app Dark Sky, while Amazon's Prime Video app now allows users to bypass Apple's in-app purchase system and rent or buy movies directly from Amazon.

Check out our roundup below and the video above for details on these stories and more!

New Low-Cost 'iPhone SE' Could Launch Soon

We've been hearing about a new low-cost iPhone for almost exactly a year now, and it looks like it may finally be ready to launch, with new details suggesting a launch is imminent. The new phone will apparently...

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Friday April 3

19:57
Apple has Acquired Dublin's 'Voysis,' a nex...

Apple has acquired Dublin based Voysis, a conversational AI platform that enables third parties to integrate high quality voice and natural language capabilities into their products.

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17:38
Apple Music Was Second Biggest Global Music Streaming Serv...

Global online music streaming subscriptions were up 32 percent year-over-year in 2019, hitting 358 million subscribers, according to new estimates shared today by Counterpoint Research.

Spotify was the market leader with a 31 percent share of total revenue and a 35 percent share of total paid subscriptions, while Apple Music earned the second place slot with a 24 percent share of total revenues in the industry and a 19 percent share of the total paid subscriptions. ‌Apple Music‌'s subscription base grew an estimated 36 percent year-over-year.

Amazon Music, YouTube Music, and Tencent Music all trailed both ‌Apple Music‌ and Spotify."Spotify maintained its top spot with the help of promotional activities like free Spotify Premium for three months, price cuts, customized campaigns like Spotify and a focus on exclusive...

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16:15
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver Virtual Commencement Address...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University's virtual commencement event that's set to take place on May 3, Ohio State President Michael Drake announced today.

The event, which will be live streamed, will kick off at noon local time, with 12,000 diplomas to be awarded virtually to students. The broadcast will include Cook's commencement speech, musical performances, and with Drake and university officials in traditional commencement regalia at Ohio Stadium, which will be empty of students."I am delighted to welcome ‌Tim Cook‌ as our spring commencement speaker," Drake said. "We are grateful for Mr. Cook's participation in this important tradition and know his unique insights will guide Buckeyes as they continue to innovate the future."Ohio State has an ongoing...

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14:55
Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that allows digital voice assistants to better understand natural language.

The company worked to improve voice assistants in online shopping apps, allowing software to better interpret requests from users. The website, which is now defunct, said that the technology used client databases with AI tools that deeply understand the specifics of products, services, and vocabulary to make the user experience "easier, faster and more intuitive."

The Voysis platform allowed customers to hone in on search requests with simple phrases like "I need a new LED TV" or "Just show me the 4K ones." Voysis said that shoppers could use voice to find what they're...

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14:11
Democratic Senators are investigating Websites & Apps...

Two weeks ago a group of Democratic Senators, who are all on record for bashing President Trump at every given turn, went on the attack raising concerns about Google's related COVID-19 screening website not guarding privacy. Now they're investigating Apple's agreements with The White House looking for anything to begin a new hearing against President Trump.

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12:15
Apple rushes the Trademark Application covering their COVI...

Apple has filed a rush application for their COVID-19 App icon/logo. They filed for the trademark on the very day that they sent out their press release on March 27, 2020 titled "Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance." USPTO only made it public today. In addition, Apple filed for a second trademark for ...

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11:50
U.S. Senators Question Apple CEO Tim Cook About COVID-19 A...

Four U.S. senators, Bob Menendez, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal, on Friday sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over "the safety and security of Americans' private health data" in regard to the recently released COVID-10 website and app, reports Bloomberg.

The senators questioned Cook about Apple's data-sharing practices and safeguards, and whether the COVID-19 app complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). They also want details on Apple's agreements with federal or state governments for the development of the app.

When announcing the app and the website, which Apple developed with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA, Apple said that any data provided users provide on the COVID-19...

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11:14
Apple Offers Employees Deep Discounts on HomePod and Beats...

Apple is offering employees significant discounts on products that include the HomePod and Beats headphones, according to details on the deals shared by MacGeneration and 9to5Mac.

Apple is said to be clearing stock of Beats headphones and HomePods, providing them to employees through an internal deals program. The ‌HomePod‌ is available at a 50 percent discount, dropping the price to $149.50, while Beats are also available at a reduced price.

There's no confirmed word on why Apple is offering HomePods and Beats headphones to employees at a discount, but in the case of the ‌HomePod‌, there are rumors that Apple is...

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11:01
MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Luna Display Adapter for Convert...

For this week's giveaway, we've once again teamed up with Astro to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter that's able to transform an iPad or an extra Mac into a secondary display for a main machine.

The tiny Luna Display adapter plugs into your Mac through a USB-C port (newer Macs) or a Mini DisplayPort (older Macs) and then when paired with the Luna Display software, it connects an ‌iPad‌ or another Mac to your primary Mac using WiFi, giving new life to old iPads and Macs.

When connected, the Luna Display extends the Mac's display to the secondary Mac or the ‌iPad‌ so the device can be used as a second screen, something that's especially useful these days with many people working from home with makeshift office setups.

Priced at $80, the Luna...

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10:53
iPad Launched 10 Years Ago Today, App Developer Reflects o...

On the 10th anniversary of the iPad launching in stores, Agile Partners co-founder Jack Ivers has shared an interesting story about how his company managed to get in Apple's good graces and ultimately gain access to prototype iPads.

The story begins in 2008, when Agile Partners released GuitarToolkit as one of the first iPhone apps on the App Store. The app used the iPhone's microphone to detect musical notes in an incoming audio stream to see the real-time pitch of a guitar string. Apple has long had an interest in music, so the app quickly caught its eye.

In 2009, Apple covertly reached out to Agile Partners about featuring GuitarToolkit in a worldwide advertising campaign:We began receiving calls that went as follows:

Apple: We need you to internationalize GuitarToolkit for the following languages: Japanese, simplified Chinese, German, French, and Spanish. By next week please.

Agile: Ummm ......

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09:29
Deals: AirPods Pro Are Available to Ship Today at $234.98...

Apple's AirPods Pro have returned to their low price of $234.98 on Amazon, down from $249.00. At about $14 off, this remains the lowest price we've ever tracked for a brand new model of the AirPods Pro among the major Apple resellers online.

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 sale on the AirPods Pro typically comes around every few weeks on Amazon, and due to low stock it never lasts long. This could be exacerbated by current shipping delays, but as of writing Amazon notes that shoppers can expect the AirPods Pro to arrive between April 7 and April 16. If you've been waiting to purchase a pair, be sure to visit Amazon soon.

$14 OFFAirPods Pro for $...

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08:40
Apple Card's Base APR Lowered to 10.99% for Some Card...

Following two interest rate cuts by the U.S. Federal Reserve in March, the Apple Card's base APR has now decreased from 12.49 percent to 10.99 percent for some cardholders, including MacRumors reader Zed and others on Reddit.

This is at least the third time that the Apple Card's APR range has been lowered since the credit card launched in August 2019.

Due to current affairs, Apple recently launched a customer assistance program that allows Apple Card holders to skip their March and April payments without incurring interest charges. To enroll in the program, read Apple's support document.

Key features of the Apple Card include color-coded spending summaries in the...

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08:23
Deals: Refurbished Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Discounted by U...

Woot today began a new flash sale on Netgear Orbi Mesh Routers, offering up to 50 percent discounts on two Orbi systems in refurbished condition. Both routers come with a 90 day warranty from Netgear.

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

To start, there's the Netgear RBK43 Orbi Wi-Fi Router with one router and two satellites for $174.99, compared to an original price of $349.99. This sale is also below Amazon's refurbished price of $219.99 in renewed condition. Orbi's tri-band router...

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08:14
Roleplaying Game 'Legend of the Skyfish 2' Launc...

"Legend of the Skyfish 2" is this week's addition to Apple Arcade on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV:A hundred years have passed since the hero known as Little Red Hook ended the reign of terror of Skyfish, the Lord of the Deep Seas… and now the peace that civilization struggled so much to build is in danger again.

As the last Red Hook guardians, you and your master must use the atypical tool of your clan – the Combat Fishing Pole – as both a weapon and a grappling hook to face the rising threat.

Unveil an exciting story as you journey in a world full of intriguing characters and devious traps. Explore gorgeous landscapes and mysterious dungeons while defeating mutant abyssal creatures."Legend of the Skyfish 2" is available on the App Store with an...

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07:25
Global Online Music Streaming Grew 32% Year-over-Year with...

Global online music streaming subscriptions grew 32% year-on-year (YoY) reaching 358 million subscriptions in Current Year (CY) 2019. While Spotify was number one based on market share, the majority of their customers use the free tier.

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06:44
Deals: Powerbeats Pro Return to $200 at Multiple Retailers...

New sales on a variety of Beats headphones have appeared this morning, headlined by a return of the lowest-ever price on the Powerbeats Pro at $199.95, down from $249.99. This sale has popped up at numerous retailers today, including Amazon, B&H Photo, Target, and more.

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.

Even Apple is discounting the Powerbeats Pro today, and across all retailers every color is on sale:...

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05:38
Apple Paid former Amazon Web Services Security Engineer bi...

Ethical hackers, those security researchers who put their hacking talents to use in helping secure the products and services they break, can make big bucks. Apple paid one of these hackers to find problems in the iPhone 11 camera.

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05:00
Apple's latest COVID-19 Update: Apple Store closures...

Late yesterday Apple, Deirdre O'Brien SVP Retail told employees that its retail stores in the U.S. will remain closed until ...

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03:58
Apple Paid Hacker $75,000 for Uncovering Zero-Day Camera E...

Apple paid out $75,000 to a hacker for identifying multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in its software, some of which could be used to hijack the camera on a MacBook or an iPhone, according to Forbes.

A zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole in software that is unknown to the software developer and the public, although it may already be known by attackers who are quietly exploiting it.

Security researcher Ryan Pickren reportedly discovered the vulnerabilities in Safari after he decided to "hammer the browser with obscure corner cases" until it started showing weird behavior.

The bug hunter found seven exploits in all. The vulnerabilities involved the way that Safari parsed Uniform Resource Identifiers, managed web origins and initialized secure...

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03:02
Apple News Currently Down for Some Users

Apple News appears to be running into problems this morning, with social media chatter indicating the service is down for many users.

Apple's System Status page isn't reporting issues with its News service, but launching the iOS app and tapping the Today tab is throwing up a "Feed Unavailable" message for many users. However, other sections of the app do appear to be functioning.

MacRumors was able to replicate the behavior on iPhone and iPad, but the service appears to be working when accessed through the macOS app, at least in the United Kingdom.

According to Downdetector, the problem is mainly being reported by users in the United States and the United Kingdom. We'll update this article when the situation changes.

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02:13
2020 iPad Pro Includes Microphone Hardware Disconnect Secu...

Apple has added an anti-eavesdropping feature to the 2020 iPad Pro that ensures the microphone hardware is disabled when a case is attached to the iPad and closed.

The security feature was first introduced in 2018 in MacBook models using Apple's T2 security chip, which includes a hardware microphone disconnect feature that disables the mics when the notebook's lid is closed.

As spotted by 9to5Mac, an updated version of Apple's Platform Security document makes clear that the anti-eavesdropping is also available on all 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models when using an MFI-compliant case.

‌iPad‌ models...

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Thursday April 2

21:06
U.S. Apple Stores to Remain Closed Until Early May

Apple today informed employees that its Apple retail stores in the United States will remain closed until early May, and Apple employees will continue to work from home until then.

In a memo to employees, excerpts of which were shared by Bloomberg, Apple's retail chief Deirdre O'Brien said that Apple is "continuing to monitor local conditions for every Apple facility on a daily basis" and that reopening decisions will be made on after "thorough, thoughtful reviews and the latest guidance from local governments and public health experts."

For now, Apple's flexible work arrangements "will remain in place for all offices, and all retail stores will remain closed, until early May."

In Santa Clara County, where...

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20:10
iPhone 8 Screen Protector Updated With 'iPhone SE...

Another clue has surfaced to suggest that Apple's rumored lower-cost iPhone SE successor will likely be released soon.

Earlier today, a product listing for a Belkin screen protector on Apple's online store was updated to reflect compatibility with not only the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but also the iPhone SE. Given the original iPhone SE was a 4-inch device, and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are 4.7-inch devices, this is likely a reference to the rumored 2020 model of the iPhone SE.

The product listing does not reveal any further details about the device, which was previously dubbed the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9, beyond supporting rumors that it will have a 4.7-inch display. The device is also expected to have an A13 chip, 3GB...

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16:06
New Low-Cost 'iPhone SE' Could Launch as Soon as...

Apple's new low-cost iPhone is set to launch as early as Friday, April 3, according to a new report from 9to5Mac that cites a tip from a "highly trusted reader." The site says that while it can't be certain about the launch date, "Apple could reveal and begin taking orders for the new ‌iPhone‌ as soon as tomorrow."

The iPhone 8

Apple is said to be planning to call the new ‌iPhone‌, which is expected to be priced somewhere around $399, the "‌iPhone‌ SE" just like the 2016 ‌iPhone‌ SE, which was also positioned as a low-cost device.

The 2020 ‌iPhone‌ SE is expected to come in white, black, and PRODUCT(Red) color options, and Apple will offer 64, 128, and 256GB storage capacities.

Prior rumors have...

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14:36
Apple Highlights Useful Apps, Accessibility Tips and More...

Today is Autism Acceptance Day, and as it has done in the past, Apple is recognizing the occasion by highlighting top apps, accessibility tips, and education resources, while also sharing art created by individuals on the spectrum.

In the Today section of the App Store, Apple is offering a collection of apps that are designed to support neurodiversity and people with autism spectrum disorder.

These apps include Proloquo2Go for those who can't speak or need help being understood, Speech Blubs language therapy app, Streaks to-do app, Calm meditation app,...

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14:15
Apple Invents a Light Field Panorama Camera System for iDe...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to a next-gen light field panoramic camera system that will eventually be coming to the iPhone, iPad and future HMD. This is important because Google will be delivering such a system to market at some point in the future because of their acquisition of Lytro in 2018. Lytro was one of the leaders in light field imagery relating to photography and VR.

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12:12
AirTags Referenced in New Apple Support Video

Apple has accidentally referenced its widely rumored AirTags item tracking tags in a video that it uploaded to its Apple Support channel on YouTube today. The video was first spotted by the blog Appleosophy and has quickly been removed.

The video was titled "How to erase your iPhone." AirTags were mentioned in Settings > Apple ID > Find My > Find My iPhone under Enable Offline Finding, with fine print indicating that "offline finding enables this device and AirTags to be found when not connected to Wi-Fi or cellular."

AirTags will compete with Tile, helping users keep track of their personal belongings, such as their keys, wallets, and backpacks.

MacRumors uncovered evidence of AirTags within iOS...

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11:58
Deals: B&H Photo Discounts 2019 iMac, MacBook Pro, and...

B&H Photo has a trio of new deals today, offering discounts on an iMac, MacBook Pro, and iPad Air from 2019. All of the deals are among the best prices online for each of these devices.

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

To start, you can get the 21.5-inch iMac from early 2019 for $1,099.00, down from $1,299.00. This is the model with a Retina 4K Display, 3.6GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB HDD. This rivals the best price we're seeing online right now for this model, and makes for a solid price for an entry-level iMac.

$200 OFF$1,099.99 From B&H Photo

For the MacBook Pro, B&H Photo is discounting the 13-...

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11:42
Zoom Updates Mac App Installer to Remove Controversial...

The popular video conferencing company Zoom has been under scrutiny over the past few days for the method used to install the Mac version of its app, which essentially abused a "preflight" compatibility check to install the app without the user needing to explicitly grant installation permission, as highlighted by developer Felix Seele earlier this week.

Screenshot of preflight compatibility check for Zoom; clicking Continue immediately installs the app if the user has admin privileges (via Felix Seele)

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan responded to Seele, noting that while the installation method was "implemented to balance the number of clicks given the limitations of the standard technology," he recognized the issue and promised to "continue to improve."

Revised installer with traditional installation process...

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11:20
iPhones and iPads Could Someday Automatically Adjust Scree...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today published a new Apple patent application that describes a facial recognition system like Face ID being used to automatically update the orientation of a device like an iPhone or iPad, as noted by AppleInsider.

The patent notes that the portrait or landscape orientation of a mobile device is currently determined using accelerometers or other sensors that determine the position of the device relative to gravity. However, this does not always work perfectly, forcing the user to move the device to get content to display in the proper orientation.

Face ID...

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11:20
Apple Invents a Distinct Underwater Mode User Interface fo...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to computer user interfaces, and more specifically to Apple's newly designed underwater mode user interface when an iDevice is working under water. The user can switch back to the standard iOS UI when back on land. The UI seems to be geared towards Snorkelers who love to take photos and videos while underwater. This could be a very popular feature indeed. 

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08:50
Apple Partners With Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio...

Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Ford Foundation have partnered to launch America's Food Fund, an initiative aimed at helping to ensure that all people have reliable access to food in the United States.

The initiative is being hosted by fundraising platform GoFundMe and will benefit the non-profit hunger-relief organizations World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. Apple, Powell Jobs, DiCaprio, and the Ford Foundation have donated a combined $12 million to kickstart the fund, with further donations being accepted from the public.

World Central Kitchen is led by world-renowned chef José Andrés, who recently spoke with Oprah Winfrey and Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot about this initiative on her free-to-watch Apple TV+ series "Oprah Talks COVID-19."

Apple CEO Tim Cook in a...

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08:34
Deals: AirPods With Charging Case on Sale for Low Price of...

Amazon has returned the 2019 AirPods with Charging Case to a low price of $129.98, down from $159.00. This price is just about $1 away from Amazon's previous lowest-ever price on the AirPods, and the current best deal you'll find online among the major Apple resellers.

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 model of Apple's AirPods comes with the regular Charging Case; if you're looking for the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case Amazon has that model for $169.00, down from $199.00. At $30 off that's another solid discount and among the lowest price you'...

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07:53
Intel Unveils 10th-Gen Processors Suitable for Next 16-Inc...

Intel today announced the launch of its latest 10th-generation Core processors for high-end notebooks, potentially including the next 16-inch MacBook Pro. The batch of 45W chips, part of the Comet Lake family, are built on Intel's 14nm++ architecture.

The new H-series chips have the same base clock speeds as the 9th-generation chips in the current 16-inch MacBook Pro, but Turbo Boost speeds now exceed 5GHz for the first time. For example, the new highest-end Core i9 chip still clocks in at 2.4GHz, but its maximum Turbo Boost frequency has increased from 5.0GHz to 5.3GHz.

Intel promotes the fact that its new Core i9 chip is the "world's fastest mobile processor" and the first to exceed the 5GHz frequency barrier. However, not everyone is impressed with the year-over-year performance improvements as a whole.

I think...

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07:39
Apple may introduce Deeper iPhone Photo Depth Controls on...

Today, Apple provides users with a variety of depth controls on their iPhone photos such as changing lighting effects, controlling the level of the Bokeh effect, adding text etc. In the future, according to a new Apple patent published by the US Patent & Trademark Office today, Apple will be advancing 'Depth Controls" that will allow users to edit photos by adding different kinds of ....

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07:34
Facebook Messenger Launches Standalone Video and Text Chat...

Facebook today launched a standalone Messenger app for macOS and Windows platforms, allowing users to video and text chat with friends and family from their desktop computer. Along with all of the expected features, Messenger on macOS supports Dark Mode.

The Messenger app connects directly to your Facebook account, so you can chat with existing friends without needing an email or phone number. These chats will sync across the mobile and desktop versions of Messenger as well.

Facebook said that it has noticed "more than a 100% increase" in people using web browsers for audio and video calling on Facebook Messenger, leading to the launch of the new app. For those interested, it's available on the Mac App Store and Microsoft Store from today.Tags:...

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06:21
Spotify Now Supports Siri on Apple Watch

Spotify now supports Siri voice commands on any Apple Watch running watchOS 6, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

With the latest version of the app, rolling out on the App Store, Apple Watch users can say "Hey Siri, play music on Spotify" or any other voice command with "on Spotify" to control Spotify playback without opening the app directly.

Spotify gained Siri support on iPhones and iPads as of iOS 13 after Apple opened up its SiriKit framework to third-party music, podcasts, audiobooks, and radio apps.Related Roundups: Apple Watch...

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05:57
Deals: Save on a Wide Variety of Apple's Silicone, Le...

Amazon this week has a wide selection of Apple's official iPhone cases on sale, including Leather Cases, Silicone Cases, and Smart Battery Cases. Prices start at just $23.85 for a Black iPhone 11 Pro Max Silicone Case, $24.99 for multiple Leather Cases, and around $64.99 for select Smart Battery Cases.

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.

The full list of accessories can be...

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05:13
Apple Invents a Peripheral Device for a Future Headset tha...

Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to computer-generated reality (CGR) environments, and more specifically to techniques for remote touch detection for a future HMD. Apple introduces an all-new concept ....

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04:40
LG Says AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming to Select 2018 TV Mod...

In a support document, LG has indicated that it plans to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some of its 2018 smart TVs by October 2020, including LCD models with "SK" or "UK" in the name and OLED models with "B8" through "Z8" in the name.

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be rolled out with a software update in most countries, with exceptions being China, Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela.

AirPlay 2 will enable users to stream videos, music, podcasts, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a compatible LG smart TV, with no Apple TV necessary. And with HomeKit support, users can easily control the TV's power, volume, source, and more using Siri or the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

LG initially said that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit would be limited to its 2019 and newer TV models since it could not "guarantee" a "seamless user experience" on older models, resulting...

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02:19
Fantastical 3.0.9 Adds Cursor Support for iPad and More

Flexibits today updated its popular Fantastical calendar app with some notable changes and improvements, including cursor support for iPads.

With the release of iPadOS 13.4, Apple introduced mouse and trackpad support for its tablets, and Fantastical has been updated to take full advantage, enabling users to navigate the interface and edit calendar entries using a cursor.

Version 3.0.9 of the app also adds a new feature that shows users a preview of surrounding events and tasks when a new invitation is received, while weather is now shown on days that have no events when showing one or two days at a time in the list.

Other changes in this update for iPhone and iPad include:

  • Day and Week view can now show more hours at once
    ...
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00:39
FCC Chairman Pai Proposes new rules for the 6 GHz Band, Un...

Yesterday, April 01, the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated draft rules permitting unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band. The proposed rules would make 1,200 megahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed use. Apple ...

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Wednesday April 1

20:49
2020 iPad Pro May Not Have a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip After...

While it was previously reported that all 2020 iPad Pro models feature the same Apple-designed U1 chip as the iPhone 11 lineup, enabling Ultra Wideband support, we have compiled evidence to suggest that this may not be the case.

As a reminder, Apple's tech specs for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro list an Ultra Wideband chip for spatial awareness, but the chip is not mentioned in Apple's tech specs for the new iPad Pro. Apple also did not mention the new iPad Pro featuring the U1 chip in its press release or in any other marketing materials for the device.

Beyond that, the directional AirDrop feature that the U1 chip enables on iPhone 11 models is not present on the new iPad Pro running iPadOS 13.4. Likewise, the Ultra Wideband toggle switch that Apple added to iPhones in iOS 13.3.1 is not present on the new iPad Pro.

While all of this could suggest that Apple has simply disabled...

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18:11
Bluetooth Tracking Company Tile Inc testifies against Appl...

Tile Inc is an American consumer electronics company which produces devices to help users find their belongings, such as keys and backpacks, which use Bluetooth 4.0. Today, Tile Inc testified against Apple in Congressional hearing

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18:10
Tile Claims Apple's Anticompetitive Behavior Has...

Apple's anticompetitive behaviors have gotten worse over the course of the last few months rather than better, Tile claimed in a congressional panel today, reports Reuters.

Executives from Tile, PopSockets, Sonos, and Basecamp in January testified in front of a congressional hearing in an ongoing antitrust inquiry launched by the U.S. government against tech companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google.

Tile at the time complained about Location Services changes implemented in iOS 13 that encouraged customers not to use always-on location tracking by requiring them to set a toggle in "deep, hard-to-find smartphone settings."

To resolve the dispute,...

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17:19
Apple announced that it will stop taking a cut of Amazon,...

A new report published this afternoon notes that Apple has stated today that it would stop taking a cut of some sales of Amazon.com’s Prime Video and ...

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16:08
Apple's Orders for iPhone 12 Components Complicated b...

Amid the ongoing pandemic in the United States and other countries, Apple is continuing to forge ahead with work on its upcoming iPhone 12 devices, which are expected to feature 5G connectivity, new 3D cameras, and other features.

With travel restrictions to China, Apple is experiencing difficulties preparing for its new devices and placing orders for components, according to The Wall Street Journal, and one factor Apple is dealing with includes predicting consumer demand.

Apple's new iPhones don't come out until December, but production and preparations begin months in advance. Former employees who spoke to The Wall Street Journal said that Apple's operations team places orders for camera module and other components in March and April, with orders based on how many...

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14:49
Apple's Apple Card Support Page informs Card users ho...

Apple has informed Apple Card customers that the COVID-19 situation poses unique challenges for everyone and some customers may have difficulty making their monthly payments.

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14:45
Apple's 2020 MacBook Air vs. 2020 iPad Pro

Apple in March updated both the MacBook Air and the iPad Pro, and with the ‌iPad Pro‌ increasingly positioned as a computer replacement, we thought we'd compare both new machines to see how they measure up and which one might be a better buy depending on user needs.

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We're comparing the base model 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ and the base model 13-inch ‌MacBook Air‌. The base 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ features an A12Z chip with an 8-core CPU and GPU, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage space. It's priced at $999, but there's no keyboard included, and a keyboard is a definite requirement for using an ‌iPad Pro‌ in lieu of a traditional notebook computer.

Keyboards can be cheap if you're using a simple Bluetooth solution,...

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14:24
Apple Adding Some 2013 and 2014 MacBook Air and MacBook Pr...

In an internal memo obtained by MacRumors, Apple has indicated that the following 2013 and 2014 models of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be added to its vintage and obsolete products list on April 30:

  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2014)

Apple defines vintage products as those that were last manufactured more than five years ago. While vintage products were previously ineligible for service, Apple says vintage Macs remain eligible for hardware service at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers, but only if repair parts are available, or if required by law.Tag: vintage and obsolete
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14:05
YouTube to Launch New 'Shorts' Feature to Rival...

YouTube is working on a new feature called "Shorts" that will replicate the short videos shared on popular social networking app TikTok, reports The Information.

YouTube's Shorts will exist within the current YouTube mobile app and will see YouTube offering a feed of brief videos posted by YouTube users that will be able to take advantage of YouTube's catalog of licensed music.

Chinese-owned social media app TikTok has soared in popularity in recent months, and it has been downloaded more than a billion times. It lets users create short music videos or short looping videos that other TikTok users can watch, and it has easy-to-use editing tools for syncing music to short video clips.

Thus far, no other social networking app has been able to replicate TikTok's success with a similar feature, though there have been some attempts. Facebook has been testing a...

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13:54
Apple Providing Subsidies to Authorized Service Providers...

In an effort to encourage social distancing, Apple has indicated that it will provide subsidies to Apple Authorized Service Providers that offer product repairs on a pickup and drop-off basis in the United States and Canada.

In an internal memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple said it will provide $20 for each iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Beats repair and $25 for each Mac repair that is completed on a pickup and drop-off basis. Apple stressed that it "encourages such arrangements when possible."

Apple has provided technicians with further instructions on how to qualify for the subsidies, which begin today and will be offered indefinitely.

With all Apple Stores outside of China remaining closed, many customers have turned to local Apple Authorized Service Providers for service and support, at least in communities where electronics repair shops are permitted to stay open. Apple's subsidies will hopefully lead to...

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13:54
Apple Providing Subsidies to Authorized Service Providers...

In an effort to encourage social distancing, Apple has indicated that it will provide subsidies to Apple Authorized Service Providers that offer product repairs on a pickup and drop-off basis in the United States and Canada.

In an internal memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors, Apple said it will provide $20 for each iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Beats repair and $25 for each Mac repair that is completed on a pickup and drop-off basis. Apple stressed that it "encourages such arrangements when possible."

Apple has provided technicians with further instructions on how to qualify for the subsidies, which begin today and will be offered indefinitely.

With all Apple Stores outside of China remaining closed, many customers have turned to local Apple Authorized Service Providers for service and support, at least in communities where electronics repair shops are permitted to stay open. Apple's subsidies will hopefully lead to...

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13:10
Apple Lets Amazon Prime Video App Offer In-App Purchases o...

The Amazon Prime Video apps for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV now allow customers to purchase and rent movies and TV shows within the app, and Apple appears to be allowing Amazon to use its own payment system, skirting the traditional in-app purchase screens.

Opening up the Prime Video app now includes the message "Browse, rent, or buy new release movies, popular TV shows, and more -- now within the app." Purchasing or renting a movie brings up an option to charge the credit card that a user has on file, rather than the charge going through the App Store.

According to The Verge, the new Prime Video app features a...

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11:11
Apple and Goldman Sachs Let Apple Card Holders Defer April...

Apple and Goldman Sachs are allowing Apple Card users to defer their April payments without incurring interest, extending a similar program that was introduced in March, reports Bloomberg.

‌Apple Card‌ users can opt in to the deferred payment program by messaging an ‌Apple Card‌ support representative through the Wallet app on an iPhone or iPad. Apple is informing ‌Apple Card‌ owners about the option through email.We understand that the Covid-19 situation poses unique challenges for everyone and some customers may have difficulty making their monthly payments. ‌Apple Card‌ is committed...

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10:10
Google has been Granted a Patent for a Hybrid Mobile Devic...

Yesterday Google was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that clearly indicates that their Pixel smartphone team have been working on a foldable hybrid device that favors a style using a large single flexible display that folds over.

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10:08
Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 6.2.5 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.2.5 update to developers, one week after releasing the watchOS 6.2 update that added in-app purchases to the Apple Watch App Store and a day after seeding the first iOS 13.4.5 beta.

watchOS 6.2.5 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.

There is no word yet on what features might be included in watchOS 6.2.5, if any, but we'll update this article if we find anything new.Related Roundups:...

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09:53
Apple's Pandemic Recovery Donation to China More Than...

Apple has more than doubled its donation to China's virus recovery efforts, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Chinese social networking site Weibo today (via Reuters).

Apple has now donated more than 50 million yuan ($7 million) to the country, which will be used to support long-term public health recovery efforts.China has shown incredible spirit and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak and we are grateful to our teams, partners and customers for their support during these challenging times. In addition to the 20 million yuan contribution we made with CFPA to support Lei Shen Shan and five other hospitals in the Hubei area, we are supporting longer-term public health recovery efforts. Our total commitment...

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09:24
iCloud Keychain Gaining Password Warnings, Support for Gen...

Apple is working on some useful changes for iCloud Keychain, according to details found by 9to5Mac in a leaked version of iOS 14 that has been circulating for the last few weeks.

‌iCloud‌ Keychain, for those unfamiliar with the feature, stores login names and passwords for websites and apps, with the information synced across a person's iOS and Mac devices through ‌iCloud‌. It is a free and useful way to manage unique passwords for each different service used.

In ‌iOS 14‌, ‌iCloud‌ Keychain will include warnings whenever a password is reused, which should help encourage users to select different passwords for each login. With all the password leaks these days, choosing a different password for each site prevents malicious entities from being able to access multiple sites...

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09:11
Apple Shares Trailer for Short Film 'Here We Are: Not...

Apple today shared the trailer for "Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth," an upcoming Earth Day-themed short film that's set to premiere on Friday, April 17, a few days ahead of Earth Day.

The animated short is based on best-selling children's book of the same name by Oliver Jeffers, and it will be narrated by Meryl Streep.On the eve of Earth Day, a precocious seven-year-old learns about the wonders of the planet from his parents--and a mysterious exhibit at the aptly titled Museum of Everything. Based on the best-selling children's book by Oliver Jeffers. The all-star voice cast includes Chris O'Dowd, Ruth Negga, Jacob Tremblay, and Meryl Streep."Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth," which is aimed at children, joins several existing Apple TV+ shows for kids, including "Ghostwriter," "Helpsters," and "Snoopy in Space."Tags: Apple TV Shows...

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07:56
Deals: B&H Photo's New Apple Shopping Event Inclu...

B&H Photo began a new Apple Shopping Event today, offering discounts on AirPods, MacBook, iPad, Mac mini, and Apple Watch Series 5.

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

To start, you can save with some solid deals on AirPods, including the AirPods with Charging Case at $139.95, down from $159.95. This is around the same price we're seeing at all of the major Apple resellers this week, and just about $10 off from the lowest price tracked.

The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case is...

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07:31
T-Mobile Completes Merger With Sprint, Promises 'Tran...

T-Mobile today announced that it has completed its merger with Sprint, with the merged company to operate under the T-Mobile brand. Effective immediately, T-Mobile's former COO Mike Sievert will assume the role of CEO, with John Legere stepping down.

T-Mobile said it plans to focus on creating a "transformational" nationwide 5G network. Within six years, the carrier promises to provide 5G to 99 percent of the U.S. population and average 5G speeds in excess of 100 Mbps to 90 percent of the U.S. population. T-Mobile also plans to provide 90 percent of rural Americans with average 5G speeds of 50 Mbps.

The "new" T-Mobile has committed to delivering the same or better rate plans for at least three years, including access to 5G. Rate plans are not changing today.

For now, the merged company says all customers will stay with the same Sprint and T-Mobile network, stores, and service they have...

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06:57
Foxconn Suggests There is Still Opportunity for 5G iPhones...

In a private conference call with investors this week, Apple supplier Foxconn suggested that there is still a possibility that 5G-enabled iPhones will launch on time this year despite pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, according to Bloomberg.

Of course, Foxconn did not mention Apple or the iPhone specifically:"We and the customer's engineers are trying to catch up the missing gap, after we lost some days due to travel ban. There's opportunity and possibility that we might catch up," Yang said. "But if there's a further delay in the next few weeks, months, then you probably have to reconsider launching time. It's still possible."The report claims that trial assembly of new iPhones typically begins in early June ahead of mass production of the devices in August, so there are still several months for Apple to catch up should pandemic...

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06:32
Deals: Save on Both 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro Models This Wee...

Amazon, B&H Photo, and Best Buy have a collection of discounts on both the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro this week. For the 2018 models, prices start at $699.99 for 64GB Wi-Fi on the 11-inch iPad Pro, and also include discounts on cellular configurations and the 12.9-inch models.

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.

Sales for the iPad Pro that just launched last month are not quite as steep, but they're still solid $50 off discounts on a select few tablets, making them the lowest prices we've tracked so far. For the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro you'll find discounts on 256GB and 512GB Wi-Fi, and on the 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro there is a sale on the 256GB Wi-...

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06:09
iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 Prevent FaceTime Calls From Wor...

Newer devices running Apple's recently released iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4 software updates are currently unable to make FaceTime audio and video calls with older devices running iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 9.3.6, according to numerous users across the Apple Support Communities, MacRumors Forums, Reddit, and Twitter.

Apple normally recommends that users who cannot make or receive FaceTime calls update their devices to the latest software version, but iOS 9.3.5 or iOS 9.3.6 are the last supported software versions for...

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04:08
Spotify Kids Launches in Canada, France, and the US

Spotify has launched its standalone app for children in Canada, France, and the United States. Called Spotify Kids, the family-friendly version of the music streaming service is exclusively for Premium Family subscribers and comes tailored for children aged three and up.

The service was originally launched as a beta in Ireland last year and has since rolled out to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Spotify says the app now has 30 percent more content than when it first launched, including 8,000 songs, 125 playlists, sing-alongs, soundtracks, and audiobooks.

Now, at a time when so many kids are home from school, we're bringing the experience to even more people as the app rolls out in the U.S., Canada, and France — and we hope parents there will find it useful as well.The app also touts...

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03:52
Apple Donates Millions more to Fight COVID-19 in China

On March 13 Apple published a press release titled "Apple’s COVID-19 response." Back then Apple committed donations to the global COVID-19 response and today Apple is increasing their assistance to the COVID-19 efforts in China ...

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02:47
Zoom Accused of Misleading Users With 'End-to-End Enc...

Zoom is facing fresh scrutiny today following a report that the videoconferencing app's encryption claims are misleading.

Zoom states on its website and in its security white paper that the app supports end-to-end encryption, a term that refers to a way of protecting user content so that the company has no access to it whatsoever.

However, an investigation by The Intercept reveals that Zoom secures video calls using TLS encryption, the same technology that web servers use to secure HTTPS websites:

This is known as transport encryption, which is different from end-to-end encryption because the Zoom service itself can access the unencrypted video and audio content of Zoom meetings. So when you have a Zoom meeting, the video and audio content will stay private from...

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00:01
Today Marks the 44th Anniversary of Apple's Founding

44 years ago today, on April 1, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne signed a contract founding the Apple Computer Company.

Days later, Ronald Wayne bowed out and received $800, leaving Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to launch the Apple I that led to Apple revolutionizing the personal computer industry before moving on to other markets and becoming one of the most successful companies in modern history.

Steve Wozniak left Apple in 1985, leaving Steve Jobs at the helm. Under Jobs' leadership, and after weathering a few hiccups like Jobs' time at NeXT, Apple launched iconic products like the iMac G3, the MacBook, the iPod, the original iPhone, and the iPad, along with services like the App Store and iTunes.

After Steve Jobs passed...

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Tuesday March 31

17:37
Apple Updates iMovie and iWork Apps for iOS With Trackpad...

After releasing new Keynote, Pages, and Numbers updates for the Mac earlier today, Apple has also started rolling out updates for the iWork apps designed to work on iPhones and iPads.

The updates to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for iOS bring support for the upcoming Magic Keyboard, mice, and trackpads when using the iWork apps on an iPad. The new versions of the software also include support for collaborative work using iCloud Folder Sharing along with other new features outlined in the release notes below.

Pages for iOS Release Notes

  • Use Pages on an ‌iPad‌ with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to work with your documents. Requires iPadOS 13.4.
  • Select from a variety of...
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15:39
Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.3.1 Following Release of iOS 13...

Following the release of iOS 13.4 on March 24, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.3.1, which means downgrading to that version of iOS is no longer possible.

iOS 13.3.1 was a minor update that added a toggle for disabling the U1 chip in Apple's iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 13.4 is the current publicly available version of iOS, with the update bringing a new Mail toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing, new Memoji stickers, trackpad support on iPad, and more.

Developers can...

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15:24
Apple has Acquired the company behind the Premium 'Da...

Today Apple acquired the company who developed a high-end weather app called Dark Sky. In a press release posted earlier today, the Dark Sky Team stated the following:

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13:41
Apple to Continue Paying Contract Workers While Campuses A...

Contract workers at Apple's Silicon Valley campuses will continue to be paid their normal wages while Santa Clara County's shelter in place order is in effect, an Apple spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal today.

The announcement was a departure from Apple's original plans. Over the last few days, hundreds of contract workers were told that their jobs would be suspended without pay, but Apple appears to have reversed course on that decision.

Apple's contract workers include janitors, bus drivers, and other individuals who perform similar functions on its Apple Park and Infinite Loop locations.On Monday, in response to an inquiry from The Wall Street Journal, a spokeswoman said the janitors' pay would continue. "We're working with all of our suppliers to ensure hourly...

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12:13
Apple Updates iWork Apps for Mac With iCloud Folder Sharin...

Apple today updated Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, its iWork apps designed for the Mac, to version 10.0 with a new set of features. The updates add support for iCloud Folder Sharing for collaborative files with macOS 10.15.4 installed, plus there are options to edit shared documents offline.

There are also new templates and editable shapes to work with, a redesigned template chooser, and an option to add color, gradients, and images to the background of any document. Each app's release notes are below.

Pages Release Notes

  • Select from a variety of gorgeous new templates to help you get started.
  • Add a Pages document to a shared iCloud Drive folder to automatically start collaborating. Requires macOS 10.15.4.
  • Add a drop cap to make a paragraph stand out with a large, decorative first letter.
  • ...
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11:49
New iOS 13.4.5 Beta Adds Option for Sharing Apple Music So...

Apple today released the first betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 updates, and while the new software appears to focus primarily on bug fixes, there's at least one new feature.

When listening to a song in Apple Music, tapping on the Share button and then selecting Instagram creates generates a Story with the song title and album name, plus a matching animated background.

9to5Mac says that once a song is shared on Instagram, other people should be able to tap on the song name and then listen to it in the ‌Apple Music‌ app, but we were unable to get this feature to work, perhaps because the feature is still being...

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11:29
Apple Offering Work-From-Home Support Roles to Some Genius...

Apple has recently contacted some Genius and Technical Specialist employees in the U.S. with an opportunity to work from home as a support advisor on a temporary basis due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Retail employees who accept this offer will receive the necessary equipment from Apple to offer sales and technical support to customers, as well as a small cash incentive, our source noted. It is unclear how long this at-home role will last, how many employees have been offered this opportunity, or if it is being offered in any other countries.

Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech has also relayed this news today, noting that participating employees each receive an iMac.

To help with the launch, over the next two weeks, Apple is shipping iMacs to select retail employees who are being asked to work remotely.

Those employees will be trained in order to offer sales and tech...

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11:29
Apple Offering Work-From-Home Support Roles to Some Genius...

Apple has recently contacted some Genius and Technical Specialist employees in the U.S. with an opportunity to work from home as a support advisor on a temporary basis due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Retail employees who accept this offer will receive the necessary equipment from Apple to offer sales and technical support to customers, as well as a small cash incentive, our source noted. It is unclear how long this at-home role will last, how many employees have been offered this opportunity, or if it is being offered in any other countries.

Jon Prosser of the YouTube channel Front Page Tech has also relayed this news today, noting that participating employees each receive an iMac.

To help with the launch, over the next two weeks, Apple is shipping iMacs to select retail employees who are being asked to work remotely.

Those employees will be trained in order to offer sales and tech...

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11:24
Blackmagic eGPU Pro Temporarily Unavailable From Apple...

Apple is temporarily sold out of the Blackmagic eGPU Pro, an eGPU option that it offers alongside its Mac machines.

Priced at $1,199, the Blackmagic eGPU Pro first came out in October 2018 alongside refreshed Mac mini and MacBook Air models, and it has been sold by Apple since then.

Blackmagic told MacRumors that the eGPU Pro is temporarily out of stock and has not been discontinued. The company provided no details on why the device is unavailable at this time, but supply shortages and production disruptions are a likely cause.

At this time, the standard $699 Blackmagic eGPU remains available for purchase, and it's just the higher-end Pro model that is temporarily unavailable.

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10:22
Apple Acquires Weather App Dark Sky

Apple has acquired weather app Dark Sky, Dark Sky's developers announced today. Dark Sky is one of the most popular weather apps on the App Store, known for its accuracy and storm warnings.

Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe, and to do so in a way that respects your privacy.

There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people, with far more impact, than we ever could alone.There will be no changes to the Dark Sky for iOS app, and it will continue to be available for purchase in the ‌App Store‌. Apple does not appear to be making the app free at this time, and it continues to be priced at $3.99.

In the future, Apple could be planning to build Dark Sky into its own weather app,...

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10:09
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 to Develop...

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.4.5 updates to developers, one week after releasing iOS and iPadOS 13.4 with iCloud Folder Sharing, iPad trackpad support, and more.

iOS and ‌‌iPadOS‌‌ 13.4.5 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. There's no word on why Apple decided to use iOS 13.4.5 as the beta update number instead of iOS 13.4.1.

We don't yet know what's included in the iOS 13.4.5 update, but it likely focuses on bug fixes for issues unable to be addressed in the iOS 13.4 update.

Specifically, it could address an issue...

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10:07
Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.5...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.4 with Screen Time Communication Limits, iCloud Folder Sharing, and real-time Apple Music lyrics.

The new ‌‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌‌ beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.

We don't know what improvements the fifth update to ‌‌‌macOS Catalina‌‌‌ will bring, but it likely includes performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4 update.Related Roundup:...

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10:05
Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 13.4.5 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.4.5 update to developers, one week after releasing tvOS 13.4.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.4.5 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.

tvOS updates are typically minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. There's no word yet on what's included in tvOS 13.4.5.

Though we don't often know what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release.Related Roundups: Apple TV,...

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09:05
Apple won 74 Patents today covering a possible new range o...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 74 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular patent we cover two patents. The first patent we briefly cover possible new materials for future iDevices. Apple could choose from a wide variety of polymers for lower-end products and liquid metal (metallic glass) for higher-end products. The second patent covers a unique invention that covers a magnetic imaging system ...

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08:30
Publix Rolling Out Apple Pay at Checkout

Publix has indicated that it is rolling out support for contactless payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay, as noted by the blog Appleosophy.

The supermarket chain informed employees of this news in a bulletin shared on Reddit, noting that its payment terminals will be updated with the contactless payments symbol where accepted. Publix has over 1,200 stores in the Southeastern U.S., with nearly two thirds of those locations in Florida, but it is unclear how many will accept Apple Pay.

Apple Pay support arrives at an opportune time, allowing shoppers to avoid using the frequently touched PIN pad when paying for groceries.Related Roundup: Apple PayTag: Publix...

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08:07
Apple wins a Patent for a Major Apple Project that covers...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 74 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we briefly cover a patent that describes a major future Hand Gesturing system with the focus on the optical radiation and projection system behind it.

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08:00
Logitech-Owned Streamlabs Expands Streaming Software to Ma...

Logitech-owned company Streamlabs, a provider of live streaming tools, has today expanded its software to the Mac.

Streamlabs OBS is available on macOS in an open beta capacity, allowing live streamers on Mac to access customization tools for creating professional broadcasts, engaging with audiences, and monetizing content on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Facebook, and other streaming platforms.

According to Streamlabs, its goal was to build powerful streaming software for Mac that blends a user-friendly interface with an innovative feature set.

Streamers will have access to tools like the Auto Optimizer, which analyzes internet speed and computer hardware for the best setting recommendations for each person's setup. There's also an import settings option for letting live streamers transfer settings from other broadcasting software.

Monetization options include customizable donation alerts, widgets to improve viewer participation, more than 250 free overlay...

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07:13
TSMC Reportedly 'On Track' to Begin Volume Produ...

TSMC is "on track" to begin volume production of 5nm chips in April, despite "recent speculation" indicating that the foundry had been requested by Apple to defer production of A14 processors by one or two quarters, according to DigiTimes.

A paywalled preview of the report claims that TSMC's manufacturing lines remain fully booked for 5nm chips amid the current pandemic.

TSMC has been Apple's exclusive supplier of A-series chips since 2016, and its chips have gradually become smaller as it continues to refine its manufacturing process, benefitting performance, battery life, and thermal management on iPhones.

Apple plans to introduce four high-end iPhone 12 models with 5G support in the fall, including one 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch model, according to...

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05:54
Apple Music Shares Playlists Aimed at Lifting Your Spirits...

Apple Music is now offering its subscribers a few playlists aimed at working from home, focusing on schoolwork, and generally lifting spirits for everyone during the current pandemic. These new "Come Together" playlists can be found on the Browse tab of ‌Apple Music‌ in the carousel up top.

Apple has made the following playlists: "Isolation Icebreakers," "Work From Home Hustle," "Virtual Hugs," "High-School-Strumentals," "Living Room Dance Party," "Astral Escape," and "Social Distancing Social Club." Apple said that it built each of these playlists to suit a variety of situations and "to help provide comfort, motivation, focus - or just something to dance to and get your mind off all of this."

The "Come Together" featured section also includes a few pre-existing playlists on ‌Apple Music‌. There's an area for workout playlists, relaxing, family fun, popular "Essentials" playlists, revisiting old favorite...

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05:34
Apple Configurator 2 Updated With New Features, Including...

Apple Configurator 2 has been updated to version 2.12 with several improvements, including support for restoring firmware on the 2019 Mac Pro.

The release notes:• Added support for restoring firmware on the 2019 Mac Pro

• Allow access to websites using TLS 1.0 and 1.1

• VPN: Configure Provider Designated Requirement for Custom SSL connection type

• VPN: Configure network options for Cisco, Juniper, Pulse, F5, SonicWall, Aruba, CheckPoint, and Custom SSL connection types

• Send all traffic through VPN

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Apple Reportedly Plans to Seed First Beta of iOS 13.4.1 in...

Apple plans to release the first beta of iOS 13.4.1 with bug fixes in the coming days, according to Israeli website The Verifier, which has a mixed track record.

The report also suggests that there will not be an iOS 13.5 update this year, which would not be too surprising, as Apple has never released a point-five iOS version like iOS 12.5 or iOS 11.5 in previous years. Instead, Apple apparently has three more bug fix updates planned for iOS 13, with a max version number of iOS 13.4.4 expected.

The Verifier has shared several Apple rumors this month, claiming that the next Apple Watch will support fingerprint authentication and that a Kids Mode is coming to tvOS. In the past, the website has shared some...

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Apple Wins Patent for an advanced Home Theater Audio Syste...

In 2017 Patently Apple posted a report titled "An Australian Apple Patent Describes a Smart Multi-Speaker Audio System Designed for TV Live Streaming." Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this invention officially titled "Audio system with configurable zones." Now that Apple TV+ is out, this original 2017 patent for a future home theater audio system looks more realistic and very promising.

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The new iPad Pro with its new Magic Keyboard allows the iPad in landscape to appear as if it's floating over the keyboard. Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a granted patent for Apple that illustrates an iPad with its TrueDepth camera set in landscape mode. This would be more natural for using Face ID on an iPad Pro in Notebook mode.

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Monday March 30

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Case for Upcoming Low-Cost iPhone Shows Up at Best Buy Wit...

Apple has a new low-cost iPhone in the works, which is supposed to be launching sometime in the first half of 2020. Given the ongoing situation in the United States and other countries, it's been unclear if the device is going to launch within the planned timeline, but there are signs that it could be coming soon.

We started seeing cases for the new low-cost ‌iPhone‌ back in early February, but now it appears new case options are showing up at retailers like Best Buy.

A source who emailed MacRumors shared a photo said to be from a Best Buy employee featuring an Urban Armor Gear case designed for the new 4.7-inch 2020 ‌iPhone‌. There's no specific name on the case box, which is not unusual for cases made before a new device launches.

We can't confirm the source of the case, but this does indeed look like one of the cases that...

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14:04
Testing Brydge's New Pro+ Keyboard With Trackpad for...

Well ahead of when Apple introduced trackpad support in iOS 13.4, Brydge announced an iPad Pro keyboard with a built-in multi-touch trackpad. We have one of Brydge's new Pro+ keyboards on hand, and thought we'd check it out to see how it works with Apple's new 2020 ‌iPad Pro‌ models.

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The Brydge Pro+ keyboard is similar in design to past Brydge keyboards, attaching to the ‌iPad Pro‌ using a set of hinges that allow the ‌iPad Pro‌'s angle to be adjusted to best suit each person's needs. It's made entirely from aluminum and matches the ‌iPad Pro‌ well, and at the bottom, there's a new trackpad.

Brydge keyboards always offer a great typing experience, and this year's Pro+ is...

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