May 19, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best new music, news, and video-learning apps this week

This week we sell our skills on video, slow down any song in Apple Music, make wild music with Factory, and more.

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May 19, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

August denies doorbell camera HomeKit support despite user claim

This week, an image appeared on the HomeKit subreddit claiming to show a first-generation August Doorbell Cam within Apple’s Home app on iOS. In a statement to 9to5Mac, however, August has confirmed that its smart doorbell cameras still do not support HomeKit.

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May 19, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Tim Cook visits Ellis Marsalis Music Center in New Orleans, announces donation of Apple products

Tim Cook yesterday delivered a commencement address at Tulane University, and he followed up that speech by making an appearance at the Ellis Marsalis Music Center in New Orleans. Cook spent nearly two hours at the center, announcing that Apple is donating equipment for music production.

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May 19, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

One wireless charging hub juices up four devices at once [Deals]

Wireless charging is catching on, so our wireless charging pads are becoming scarce real estate. Instead of buying a new charging dock for each new device, why not just get one that can handle all of them? The iPM Wireless Charging Docks with Removable Charging Pad’s 4-in-one design makes it possible to juice up any […]

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May 19, 2019, 2 p.m.

Feature Request: How the Siri watch face could be the ultimate complication

Watch faces for Apple Watch have been a point of discussion since watchOS 1 and the Series 0 Apple Watch. Apple has expanded the options over the years, and the Siri watch face is one of the most unique ones. With that being said, I still end up using the Infographic Modular face on the Series 4 Apple Watch. When swapping back and forth between watch faces recently, I had the idea for a Siri complication inside the Modular Apple Watch face for watchOS 6.

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May 19, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple introduces the doomed Apple III

May 19, 1980: Apple introduces the Apple III at the National Computer Conference in Anaheim, California. After two years of development, the Apple III arrives to follow the enormously successful Apple II. For a variety of reasons, it turns out to be the company’s first major misstep. Apple III S.O.S. Inside the company, teams referred […]

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May 19, 2019, 9:46 a.m.

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May 18, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Hands-on: ZUGU Muse case for iPad Pro & Apple Pencil [Video]

Makers of Amazon’s highest rated iPad case, ZUGU CASE, now has an updated version of its popular case for iPad Pro models including the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. Head below for a hands-on look with the new ZUGU Muse Case in the video below.

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May 18, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Tim Cook tells graduates what it really means to love your job

During a commencement speech at Tulane this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave graduates a new twist on the old adage about finding a job you love. He also talked about Apple’s vision to “move humanity forward.” Cook’s advice to young people about to start their careers is “There’s a saying that if you do what […]

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May 18, 2019, 6:36 p.m.

Back to the Mac 013: 2019 iMac – Five takeaways from an iMac Pro user [Video]

Recently Apple provided long-awaited updates to its iMac lineup, and although there are no cosmetic changes to be found in the 2019 iMac, these machines feature noteworthy CPU and GPU improvements under the hood. In fact, CPU options now start at 6-core processors for the base 27-inch model, a notable boost over the strict 4-core configurations from the previous refresh. If you desire more processing power, then the new iMacs, with their updated Intel CPUs and AMD GPUs provide a substantial performance upgrade.

Given the new upgraded processor options, it’s no wonder why people are quick to compare the 8-core model to the entry-level iMac Pro. But as you’ll see in this video, there’s more than just processor performance that makes the iMac Pro the beast that it is. On this latest episode of the Back to the Mac, we discuss five takeaways from Apple’s 2019 iMac refresh. more…

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May 18, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

Tim Cook delivers Tulane commencement address, talks climate change and his journey to Apple

As announced back in February, Tim Cook today delivered the commencement address for Tulane University at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. During his speech, Cook told the story of his journey to Apple, talked about climate change, and encouraged the Tulane graduates to make a difference in the world

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May 18, 2019, 4 p.m.

U.S. iPhone growth lags: How slow can it go? [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 297]

Apple’s iPhone sales in the U.S. are starting to flatline, according to data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Growth of the iPhone install base in the U.S. has been on a downward trend for years now, but CIRP’s latest report reveals that growth was at its slowest rate ever during the first quarter of 2019. […]

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May 18, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Lady Gaga rumored to make Apple Park opening fabulous [Updated]

The rainbow-colored stage that appeared recently at Apple HQ is about to get its first big-name act; Lady Gaga is reportedly going to perform at the opening event for Apple Park, the company’s ring-shaped campus in Cupertino. Updated: She did! And Tim Cook tweeted about it early this morning. Apple changed its official address from […]

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May 18, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

This week’s top stories: iOS 12.3, Apple Card first look, Intel vulnerabilities, more

In this week’s top stories: New 2019 iPhone molds, iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 release, a closer look at Apple Card, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

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May 18, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Boost your tech career with access to over 1,000 courses [Deals]

It’s always a good time to bolster your resume and boost your career prospects. So if you work in tech, this massive resource of courses in coding, graphic design, Unity 3D, and lots more is a can’t-miss opportunity. A lifetime subscription to Virtual Training Company usually costs $2,500. But right now you can get it […]

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May 18, 2019, 2 p.m.

Making The Grade: Is macOS really less stable than it used to be?

I’ve been managing macOS in an enterprise environment since 2009, so I was around during the “stable” periods of Snow Leopard, as well as what others would call unstable periods. One of the common themes I’ve heard in my technology circles over the past few years is that macOS has become less stable. I manage 100s of Mac laptops at the moment, and I would estimate I’ve been responsible for 1,000+ devices over the past ten years. So, I think I’m qualified to discuss the current state of macOS stability. more…

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May 18, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

‘Boycott Apple’ movement gains new traction in China as US trade dispute continues

While Apple, aside from some accessories, has escaped the effects of the ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China, customers in China are growing increasingly anti-Apple. A new report from BuzzFeed News explores an increase in the “Boycott Apple” in China.

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May 18, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple shows off its amazing Fifth Avenue store

May 18, 2006: The world — and, more specifically, the Apple-watching press — gets its first glimpse at Apple’s swanky new Fifth Avenue Apple store in New York City. Hidden behind black plastic wrapping during development, that all changes a day before the store’s grand opening. Workers remove the covering, revealing a 32-foot glass cube […]

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May 18, 2019, 12:58 p.m.

Photos: Apple holds Apple Park opening ceremony and tribute to Steve Jobs

Apple yesterday held its formal opening of Apple Park, including a concert on the rainbow stage at the center of the campus. Lady Gaga performed at the event, with Apple Park employees taking to Twitter and Instagram to share photos and videos.

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May 18, 2019, 9 a.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 225: iOS 12.3 release, Apple Pay stickers, iPhone XR 2 rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss iOS 12.3 and the all-new Apple TV app, AirPlay 2 on Samsung Smart TVs, watchOS 5’s newest Apple Watch faces, Apple Pay stickers and how they work, iPhone XR 2 rumors, and more features expected in iOS 13.

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May 17, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Apple Watch Series 4 giveaway + 10% off Volta magnetic charge cable

There’s still time to enter our Apple Watch Series 4 giveaway courtesy of Volta and the company’s latest magnetic Lightning/USB-C/micro-USB charging cable! You can also get 10% off the Volta 2.0 magnetic charging cable for a limited time:

Get 10% off the Volta 2.0 magnetic charge cable with promo code 9to5TAKE10 at checkout.

Enter the Apple Watch giveaway below and check out our recent video hands-on with the Volta cable:

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May 17, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Apple Music hosting Tyler The Creator concert next week in LA, apply now for your free tickets

While Apple canceled its Apple Music festival back in 2017, it still hosts free shows from time to time. Today the service is promoting another free live concert in LA, this time featuring Tyler, The Creator. The application for free tickets is open now for those 16 years of age and older.

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May 17, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Spotify makes first hardware play with Car Thing

Spotify is finally making its first foray into becoming a hardware company. The music streaming service revealed plans this week to start testing its new device called Car Thing, a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars. Car Thing was made as a tool to help Spotify learn how people consume music and podcasts when they drive. […]

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May 17, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to detach MacSafari’s download popover to make a proper window

Ever wish Safari had a proper download manager window instead of that annoying popover? It does! You just need to know how to find it.

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May 17, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Spotify’s announces its first piece of hardware, a voice-controlled device called ‘Car Thing’

Earlier today Spotify announced that it’s currently testing a new device called Car Thing. It’s being developed to help the company continue its focus on becoming the ‘the world’s number one audio platform’. Spotify’s Car Thing is powered via a vehicle’s 12-volt outlet and will be primarily operated with voice.

Spotify is not the only company dabbling with bringing easier voice controls to cars. Amazon has been working on Echo Auto, an Alexa device developed solely with the car in mind. Anker has taken a stab at Alexa and Google Assistant in the car with its Roav Viva and Bolt.

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May 17, 2019, 7:51 p.m.

Apple shares ‘Behind the Music. Behind the Mac’ video highlighting the British music scene

Apple has today shared a new video on its UK YouTube channel highlighting the British music scene, specifically artists who use or have used the Mac to create, compose, record, and mix.

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May 17, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 17, 2019

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


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May 17, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Bag a new iPhone for under $150 [Deals & Steals]

Who says the iPhone has to be expensive? Walmart is currently offering new iPhone 6s units with 32GB of storage for just $149 — half off the usual price. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find big discounts on the latest 12-inch MacBook, a stellar […]

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May 17, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

Lady Gaga rumored to perform at Apple Park opening

The rainbow-colored stage that appeared recently at Apple HQ is about to get its first big-name performer; Lady Gaga is reportedly going to perform at the opening event for Apple Park, the company’s ring-shaped campus in Cupertino. Apple changed its official address from One Infinite Loop to One Apple Park over a year ago, but […]

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May 17, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

This Apple Lens concept is so ugly I can’t look away

Some pretty bad Apple Glasses concepts have graced the homepage of CultofMac over the last two years but this one might be the ugliest one yet. Most concepts go over-the-top with unrealistic tech features. This one has plenty of that, all wrapped up in some Neo Art Deco-style shades that somehow manage to look dorkier […]

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May 17, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

Latest iPad Air and mini on sale, Nomad takes 20% off Apple accessories and Arlo bundles are in Friday’s deals

Deals on the latest iPad Air and mini, Nomad’s spring cleaning event, and a nice price drop on Arlo security cameras highlight today’s best deals. Head below for more in this rendition of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 17, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Want to use these Apple pillows? There’s a nap for that

We’ve all fallen asleep at our computer. So why not recreate that moment with hardware that’s actually soft? Throwboy, the company that takes the familiar symbols of our personal computing lives and sews them into plush pillows, turned Kickstarter success into a warehouse stocked with the new Iconic Pillow Collection. Throwboy is the Seattle company […]

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May 17, 2019, 3:37 p.m.

Apple’s newest Mac ad is all about the music

Apple just dropped a brand new Mac ad in the United Kingdom. It’s all about making music and it features a whole bunch of big artists using Apple computers. It’s also a little reminiscent of the company’s old and iconic Think Different commercial. Apple doesn’t release Mac ads as often as it perhaps should. But […]

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May 17, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

TikTok remains most-downloaded app on iOS

TikTok may be a bit of a head-scratcher for older users, but there’s no denying its popularity. According to a new report, the video-sharing app was the most popular iOS app for the first quarter of 2019. That means beating out giants like YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, which have the backing of either Google […]

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May 17, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Photography project uses well-worn Apple products to highlight the human side of technology

For many of us, our iPhones and Apple Watches represent far more than tools used for work or entertainment. We share our lives with these devices, and the experiences and memories made with them are reflected in the scratches and fingerprints that accumulate on their cases. A new photography project by New York City-based artist Elvin Hu attempts to shine a light on the underrepresented human side of technology.

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May 17, 2019, 3 p.m.

Lady Gaga rumored to be performing at Apple Park opening ceremony

The mystery of the rainbow stage at the center of the Apple Park campus was recently solved, Apple’s intranet revealing it to be for the formal opening of the campus

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May 17, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

Microsoft chasing Pokémon GO’s AR success with ‘Minecraft Earth’ for iOS and Android

Microsoft is working on a major new Minecraft game for iOS and Android that takes the highly popular platform into the real world. After teasing the title earlier this month, the company has unveiled Minecraft Earth which is set to arrive in beta this summer. The new mobile game will bring a Pokémon Go-style AR experience to let players collaborate with others in real time and cover “the entire planet in Minecraft.”

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May 17, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

U.S. carriers are no longer sharing customer location data

U.S. carriers have (mostly) put an end to the practice of selling customer location data to third-parties, a new report reveals. This dodgy practice was previously carried out by giants including T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. They passed on this data to middlemen, which then sold the information to other companies without getting the necessary […]

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May 17, 2019, 2 p.m.

Apple lists Macs it can’t patch against ‘ZombieLoad’ exploits

Apple has published a list of Macs that are still vulnerable to “ZombieLoad” exploits because they cannot be patched. The older machines — all made before 2011 — may receive security updates, Apple says. But a proper fix won’t be available because Intel won’t release the necessary microcode updates. The ZombieLoad exploit takes advantage of a newly-discovered […]

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May 17, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Airsynth uses Face ID camera to play a virtual theremin

If you’ve ever seen a theremin, the spooky electronic musical instrument which can be played without physical contact, you’ll have some idea of how AirSynth works. It uses the depth-sensing camera on iPhone X series devices to let you synthezise music simply by holding your hands in the air. Check out a demo of it […]

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May 17, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app for the fifth consecutive quarter

Short video sharing app TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to analytics company Sensor Tower. Video and messaging apps dominated the top 5 …

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May 17, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Call of Duty Mobile beta coming to Android and iOS this week, further intel

The announcement that one of the most popular PC and console FPS franchises ever would be coming to both Android and iOS is a pretty big deal. Now fresh intel has come directly from Activision, and they are telling us to expect the first Call of Duty Mobile beta within the next week. more…

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May 17, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

Hands-on With Boss Audio's Latest CarPlay Receiver (With Exclusive Deal for MacRumors Readers)

A couple of months ago, Boss Audio debuted its latest aftermarket CarPlay receiver, the BVCP9685A, offering a relatively low-cost way to add wired CarPlay (and Android Auto) to your existing vehicle.

The BVCP9685A is a double DIN unit with a 6.75-inch capacitive screen and a vertical strip of capacitive touch controls along the left side. With an external microphone and support for steering wheel controls and backup camera input when paired with proper auxiliary wiring, the BVCP9685A can integrate with much of the existing technology in your vehicle.


Boss Audio sent me a demo unit of the BVCP9685A to test out, and I've come away pretty impressed with its ability to deliver CarPlay functionality at a budget price point, which is currently even lower with an exclusive 5 percent discount code for MacRumors readers.


The BVCP9685A demo unit I received is a relatively self-contained package, hooked up to a standard AC power plug and a small external speaker. That makes it easy to test out the unit without needing to install it in a vehicle, which can be a bit tricky depending on your level of experience and the types of connections you need to make.


On the flip side, the demo unit doesn't give you the full experience, so this is more of a hands-on look than a complete review as I haven't been able to test its sound quality with a full car speaker setup, integration with steering wheel controls and rear camera, and some other features.

Overview


Boss's BVCP9685A offers a relatively clean look dominated by the large screen, although it does have a bit of a bottom bezel where there is some Boss branding and the model number. A strip to the left of the screen offers persistent access to capacitive mute, volume, Siri, and home buttons. The buttons are a little on the small side in a tradeoff with maximizing the size of the main screen.


The 6.75-inch, 800x480 screen is bright and fairly crisp, although it doesn't quite match the higher resolutions seen on some other more expensive systems. The touch buttons along the left side can be set to just about any color of the rainbow or allowed to cycle through a range of colors automatically, and separate color and brightness options can be set for day and night modes.


The main interface of the BVCP9685A consists of a set of tiles that offer access to the system's functions like radio, CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free calling, rear camera, and media player functions over Bluetooth, USB or an RCA AV connection on the rear of the unit. Small tiles also offer access to settings and an equalizer.

The overall look certainly isn't as polished as some infotainment systems, but if you're a CarPlay user you'll likely be spending much of your time in there anyway.

The radio app offers a large display of the current station and a couple of sets of forward and backward buttons to help navigate between stations on the dial and via presets. Other options let you switch between AM and FM, stereo and mono, local and distant station optimization, and more.


It's fairly easy to operate, although some of the options aren't necessarily intuitive such as the way tapping the option icons toggles indicators elsewhere on the display rather than simply changing a label on the icon itself. Tuning buttons also aren't explicitly labeled, although you'll quickly learn how they work once you start using them.


Playing media from an external device such as via Bluetooth is a similar affair, although I think the look of the media player screen is a bit better than the radio screen, with full track, artist, and album information as well as clear play/pause, track skip, and shuffle buttons along the bottom.

CarPlay


CarPlay and Android Auto require a wired connection on the BVCP9685A, which many users prefer considering they want to charge their phones while in the car, but for those who prefer wireless CarPlay that's starting to become more widely available in aftermarket units, you'll need to look elsewhere.


The BVCP9685A includes a pair of USB ports on short cables, one for CarPlay/Android Auto and one limited to charging and media playback, so you'll need to make sure you connect your Lightning cable to the right one. Once you're up and running with CarPlay, you'll find the usual experience with access to the default Apple apps, compatible third-party apps, and a dedicated Boss icon to take you out of CarPlay and back to the Boss system.


The screen is definitely smaller than some built-in infotainment systems that can go up to 8 inches or more, but within the limitations of the double DIN size standard, Boss has done a pretty good job of maximizing screen space. A few competitors have pushed their screen sizes to 7 inches by using skinny hardware buttons along the bottom of the unit, but Boss gets pretty close to that size while keeping buttons along the left where they're closest to the driver.

Overall, the CarPlay interface looks good on the BVCP9685A, with Maps being where you would most likely notice the difference compared to systems with larger screens, due to the mapping field of view and the various informational overlays. CarPlay is relatively responsive on the BVCP9685A, accurately registering taps and swipes.


In addition to the Boss icon on the CarPlay home screen, you can also use the main capacitive home/back button in the lower left corner of the BVCP9685A to jump out of CarPlay and over to the Boss system. That button can take you back into CarPlay, but only if it's the immediately previous screen you were on. If you switch over to the Boss system and then fiddle with radio settings, for example, you'll need to get back to the Boss home screen and then tap the CarPlay tile there to return to CarPlay.

Wrap-up


As an entry-level CarPlay receiver, the Boss BVCP9685A looks like a solid way to bring your iPhone to the dashboard in your existing vehicle. It doesn't include features seen on more (in some cases much more) expensive models like SiriusXM tuner support, a wireless microphone, a DVD/CD drive, or built-in navigation, but if what you primarily need is CarPlay you may not be interested in many of those missing features.

The BVCP9685A is currently priced at $239.99 on Amazon, but the exclusive MacRumors discount available through this link knocks $12.00 off of that through May 22. Boss is also currently offering a $35.00 on-page or in-cart coupon that is stackable with the MacRumors discount, bringing the final price down to just $192.99.

That's a fantastic price for a CarPlay aftermarket head unit, but do keep in mind when budgeting that depending on your install situation, you may need to pick up some extra equipment like wiring harnesses and perhaps pay for professional installation if you're not comfortable with cracking open your dashboard yourself.

Note: Boss provided MacRumors with a loaner demo unit of the BVCP9685A for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 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.

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May 17, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: John Sculley brings ‘Pepsi Generation’ marketing to Apple

May 17, 1983: John Sculley takes the helm as Apple’s third president and CEO. The former Pepsi-Cola boss is short on tech experience but long on marketing, which will become increasingly important as the personal computer revolution ramps up. Steve Jobs personally lured Sculley to Apple using one of the most famous lines in the […]

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May 17, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Call of Duty: Mobile details confirmed ahead of summer beta

Activision has confirmed some new Call of Duty: Mobile details ahead of a summer beta test. New release regions have been confirmed for the free-to-play title — as well as additional game modes, maps, control settings, and more. But on big thing is missing. We’ve gotten Call of Duty games on mobile before, but they’ve […]

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May 17, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Galaxy S10 5G speed tests on Verizon in Chicago deliver impressive results

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G speed tests carried out on Verizon in Chicago have shown that the device and service are capable of delivering blazing speeds – when you can manage to get a 5G signal.

And the limited coverage isn’t the only challenge to getting 5G connections on the device: you also have to be careful how you hold it …

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May 17, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Estate of ‘Over the Rainbow’ composer is suing Apple and others

The son and estate of Broadway composer Harold Arlen is suing a number of tech companies, including Apple. Arlen composed numerous iconic songs during his career — most notably the Oscar-winning song “Over the Rainbow” from Wizard of Oz. His estate is suing Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Pandora. They are accused of joining “with […]

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May 17, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Carriers selling user location data continued long after they pledged to stop

The scandal of US mobile carriers selling user location data was exposed earlier this year. The data was sold to a wide range of customers, ranging from banks wanting to reduce card fraud to bounty hunters tracking wanted criminals.

But the most worrying aspect of all was that carriers and bounty hunters alike were selling and re-selling location data to third-parties, with no controls over what then happened to it …

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May 17, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Luna Display Adapter That Turns Your iPad Into a Second Screen for Your Mac

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Astropad to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Luna Display adapter, a useful dongle that turns your iPad into a second screen for your Mac.

The Luna Display plugs right into your Mac using USB-C for modern Macs or Mini DisplayPort for older Macs, and then with the Luna Display software (available for Mac and iPad), it connects your iPad to your Mac using Wi-Fi.


From there, the Luna Display extends your Mac's display to the iPad, adding true second screen functionality. If you're familiar with Astropad, you'll know it's an app that mirrors the Mac's display to the iPad, but the Luna Display takes that further.


Priced at $80, the Luna Display is an affordable option for those who want a portable second display to use with their Macs.

Setting up the Luna Display takes just a few seconds, which makes it awesome for use both at home or when traveling. The connection between the two devices is seamless with little to no lag, as long your Wi-Fi speeds are decent.


You can use the Luna Display with any modern iPad, including the iPad 2 or later, all iPad mini models, all iPad Pro models, and all iPad Air models. All you need is iOS 9.1 or later. Performance is going to be faster on newer iPads, of course, but older ones work just fine.


As for Macs, the Luna adapter requires a 2011 machine running OS X 10.11 El Capitan at a minimum. For optimum performance, you'll need a 2012 MacBook Air or later, a 2012 MacBook Pro or later, a 2012 Mac mini or later, a 2012 iMac or later, and a 2013 Mac Pro or later.


You can buy the Luna Display from the Luna website, and we also have five of them to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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May 17, 2019, 11 a.m.

How I.M. Pei helped shape Apple — and Steve Jobs’ design tastes

With good reason, we think of the likes of design boss Jony Ive and frequent Apple Store architect Norman Foster as the people most responsible for some of Apple’s most iconic designs. But celebrated Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, who died Thursday, aged 102, played a much bigger role in Apple history than you might realize. […]

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May 17, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Battle royale games rake in $2 billion on mobile alone

Battle royale games have now raked in more than $2 billion on Android and iOS, according to the latest data. Fortnite and competing titles like PUBG Mobile earned an estimated $476 million during the first quarter of 2019 alone. A surprising title leads in player spending — but there is a catch. Battle royale games […]

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May 17, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

New app lets Face ID iPhone owners make ‘music’ by waving their hands in the air

A new app called AirSynth by Dave Wood takes a fun approach to the Face ID TrueDepth camera system available in the iPhone X series phones. Users simply wave their hands above the phone screen to control the synthesizer, like a pseudo-theremin.

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May 17, 2019, 8 a.m.

Apple Cash: How much money can you transfer to your bank or debit card?

If you’ve got an Apple Cash balance you’d like to transfer to your debit card or bank there are a few things to know. Let’s look at how much money you can transfer as well as how much the Instant Transfer option costs.

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May 17, 2019, 6:52 a.m.

Microsoft Reveals New Augmented Reality Mobile Game 'Minecraft Earth'

Microsoft today announced "Minecraft Earth," a new game coming to iOS and Android in beta this summer that uses augmented reality to place virtual Minecraft blocks and characters into the real world. Similar to Pokémon Go, Minecraft World requires players to venture outside to collect resources for building and to see what their friends have created around the neighborhood.


Game director Torfi Olafsson described the mobile game as an adaptation of Minecraft, and not a direct translation. Minecraft Earth will feature well-known items like redstone and typical Minecraft water physics, but the controls have been revamped for the new AR experience.

According to Olafsson, the development team "covered the entire planet in Minecraft," meaning that places like lakes are locations you can fish and parks are great for chopping down trees for wood. Players will find "tapables" randomly placed around the world, which dispense building rewards and more, similar to Pokéstops in Pokémon Go.

Microsoft used maps based on OpenStreeMap data to place randomly generated "adventures" in the world. These can be peaceful interludes or dangerous risk-taking quests where you have the chance to lose your gear to Minecraft's many monsters.


Adventures are built for multiple people to play at once, and all players experience the same game on the exact same spot simultaneously, so they can fight the same monsters, break down the same structures, "and even stand in front of a friend to block them from physically killing a virtual sheep," reported The Verge.
I sat for around 10 minutes creating a Minecraft build where I could see blocks flying onto the structure from someone next to me. They could also see everything I was doing in real time, and we could build together block by block. I could, if I wanted to, also steal my friend’s blocks here to create my own mega building. That introduces an interesting social dynamic because, unlike most games, you’ll be physically next to the person you’re stealing from in the virtual world.

“In order to steal, you would have to look up and go, ‘Hmm, I’m going to take your blocks,’” says Saxs Persson, creative director of Minecraft. “Shenanigans will come from when people have different opinions about what needs to happen, or they band together and do something meaningful.”
Microsoft says that Minecraft Earth will launch in a closed beta this summer, but it's not clear how many players will gain access at that launch. Monetization also hasn't been finalized yet, but Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said, "I have total confidence that the team will figure out what the right monetization is for the game." In the demo seen by reporters, a marketplace section was spotted where players will likely be able to buy various building items and avatar gear.


The Verge predicted that we might see more of Minecraft Earth at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June. Demos for the game were showcased on the iPhone XS, and the site called Minecraft Earth "the best demonstration of augmented reality on an iPhone" it's ever seen. Apple usually showcases ARKit-related apps and software at WWDC, last year demonstrating ARKit 2 through the LEGO Playgrounds game.


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May 17, 2019, 3 a.m.

Early test shows the promise and perils of 5G

The first steps of the move from 4G LTE to 5G NR are underway. And tests with one of the first two handsets capable of connecting to Verizon’s version of this faster network show 5G offers amazing speeds but very, very limited range. Certain parts of downtown Chicago and Minneapolis are the first two places Verizon […]

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May 17, 2019, 2:34 a.m.

Mobile battle royale games hit $2 billion in revenue as Fortnite faces new competition

Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower is out today with a new report focused on the continued success of battle royale games on mobile platforms like iOS. According to the research, the top five mobile battle royale games have grossed a total of $2 billion in less than two years.

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May 17, 2019, 2:12 a.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 225: iOS 12.3 release, Apple Pay stickers, iPhone XR 2 rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss iOS 12.3 and the all-new Apple TV app, AirPlay 2 on Samsung Smart TVs, watchOS 5’s newest Apple Watch faces, Apple Pay stickers and how they work, iPhone XR 2 rumors, and more features expected in iOS 13.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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May 17, 2019, 1:05 a.m.

Instagram dropping support for its standalone Snapchat-style ‘Direct’ app

Back in December of 2017, Instagram launched a standalone app called Direct, focused on its messaging and story features. Just over a year later, however, the Facebook-owned service has announced that it is shuttering the application.

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May 16, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

Volta’s magnetic cable has swappable Lightning, USB-C, & micro-USB connectors [Video]

The Volta magnetic charge and sync cable has interchangeable connectors to switch between Apple’s Lightning, USB-C, and micro USB, allowing you to use a single cable for all of your devices. Head below for a hands-on look with the cable in the video below and get an exclusive 10% off for a limited time:

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May 16, 2019, 11 p.m.

Sleek wireless charger looks great while powering up iPhone and AirPods [Review]

Wireless charging is so much easier than the daily hassle of plugging and unplugging your iPhone. And the new AirPods wireless charging case makes giving up Lightning cables even more logical. Satechi just introduced a Apple-compatible wireless charger that’s not only functional, it’s also great looking. We fully tested this accessory out, so don’t miss […]

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May 16, 2019, 11 p.m.

U.S. iPhone user base is growing at its slowest rate ever

Apple’s iPhone sales in the U.S. are starting to flatline, according to data from the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Growth of the iPhone install base in the U.S. has been on a downward trend for years now, but CIRP’s latest report reveals that growth was at its slowest rate ever during the first quarter of […]

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May 16, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Apple overhauls Investor Relations webpage with Newsroom focus, SEC email notifications

Apple this afternoon has given its Investor Relations webpage a visual overhaul. The new design puts a heavy focus on Apple’s Newsroom content, and makes it easier to view earnings results from previous quarters.

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May 16, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to download and watch offline in the new Apple TV app

Downloading and watch TV shows and movies offline is easy with Apple's new TV app. Here's how to do it, and how to avoid a common pitfall.

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May 16, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

How to get your Stories to show up on Instagram’s Explore tab

Instagram revealed today that it is making changes to its Explore tab to start promoting Stories from people you don’t follow. The Explore tab is also getting redesigned with a new navigation bar that has shortcuts for Shopping and IGTV to go with channel topics that Instagram’s algorithms think you’ll be interested in. Adding Stories […]

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May 16, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Apple’s US iPhone user base saw minimal post-holiday growth, CIRP data shows

CIRP is out today with new data on Apple’s US iPhone installed base, showing very minor growth from the holiday quarter up to the end of March. This continues a trend of slowing iPhone user growth in the US over the last several quarters.

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May 16, 2019, 7 p.m.

Perfect Tempo slows down any song in Apple Music’s cloud

Perfect Tempo slows down and loops songs to help your learn to play them. The twist is that it can load any of the millions of songs in Apple's Music streaming service.

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May 16, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Airbnb adds Angela Ahrendts to board of directors

It didn’t take Angela Ahrendts much time to find a new project after stepping down as Apple’s retail boss last month. Ahrendts has reportedly accepted an offer to be Airbnb’s latest board member, becoming the second woman to get a seat the company’s big table. Angela joined Apple after serving as the CEO of Burberry […]

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May 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Save on Mac mini, iPhone and Beats [Deals & Steals]

You can now bag Apple’s smallest and most affordable desktop for even less. B&H Photo has been slashing prices on the 2014 Mac mini, which means you can now save $470 on yours. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also $200 off the iPhone X for […]

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May 16, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Tweetdeck for Mac adds new compose interface with polls, GIFs, and more

Twitter today has updated the Tweetdeck for Mac app with a handful of new features and changes. The update includes a new compose window that adds long-overdue support for polls and GIFs.

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May 16, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook is $400 off, the Elago Charging Hub and official iPhone leather cases are on sale today

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook is $400 off, plus deals on the Elago Charging Hub, and official iPhone leather cases await in this Thursday edition of 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Head below for more deals.

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May 16, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Buy a Samsung to access ‘secret menus’ in top restaurants

Samsung has teamed up with U.K. restaurants to launch “secret menus” that iPhone owners don’t have access to. The exclusive dishes, which are available from today at locations across the country, can be ordered by scanning table-top codes with a Galaxy device. Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 lineup is its most impressive yet. If you’re happy […]

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May 16, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

Apple once made an amazing music video to mock Windows 95

Apple employees once made a parody music commercial just to mock Windows 95. The five-minute skit is incredibly well done and quite possibly the best thing you’ll see on the internet today. Big technology companies like to bash each other all the time. Samsung is forever poking fun at Apple and its products, while Apple […]

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May 16, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

Angela Ahrendts joins Airbnb’s board of directors after leaving Apple

Following a departure from Apple earlier this year, Airbnb announced today that Angela Ahrendts will be joining the company’s board of directors as an independent non-affiliated member. Ahrendts previously led Apple’s online and physical retail stores during a time of rapid change and expansion.

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May 16, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Apple Pay is closer than ever to launching in the Netherlands

Apple Pay looks closer than ever to going to live in the Netherlands, with the service now promoted to “beta” status within Apple. The news comes one day after a mobile banking service seemingly confirmed that Apple Pay is on its way to 16 new markets. It’s not clear whether any locations in the Netherlands […]

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May 16, 2019, 4 p.m.

Apple celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day with top featured apps, user and developer profiles, more

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Apple is celebrating and promoting accessibility in a few different ways. The App Store has multiple features highlighting developers, athletes, and creatives, and also has feature for the top accessibility apps for vision, hearing, speech, learning, physical and motor, and more.

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May 16, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

John Wick brings bounty hunting to Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite’s big crossovers continue this week with the arrival of John Wick in Battle Royale. The former hitman brings a new limited-time game mode, challenges with free rewards, and of course, a whole bunch of John Wick cosmetics. Fortnite has had an unofficial John Wick skin for a while now. It was awarded to players […]

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May 16, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

McIntosh RS200 and Arcam rPlay get AirPlay 2 support, more Play-Fi products will follow

DTS has announced that the McIntosh RS200 and Arcam rPlay now support AirPlay 2, as well as Alexa.

The McIntosh RS200 is a high-end all-in-one wireless speaker system designed to compete with the likes of the Naim mu-so and Devialet Phantom

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May 16, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Instagram plans to kill standalone Direct app

Instagram has confirmed plans to kill its standalone Direct app for Android and iOS. The Snapchat clone made its debut in December 2017, but is being axed as part of Facebook’s mission to consolidate its services into a single platform. Users will see their conversations automatically moved to the regular Instagram app. Direct launched as […]

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May 16, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Apple Developer Academy offers a 1-year boot camp in coding

Remember Rocky IV, where Rocky heads to the wilderness to get himself into peak physical condition to battle Ivan Drago? Well, Apple’s Developer Academy is kind of the same thing — only instead of preparing for a championship fight, you’re getting a free one-year course in app development. Oh, and you’ll even get access to […]

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May 16, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

This wind-up generator charges iPhones with elbow grease [Deals]

Running out of battery is always a drag, but sometimes it can be downright disastrous. Say, when you’re on a long hike away from power outlets and with no sense of how to get back. So just like emergency wind-up radios, this tool puts the power in your hands, literally. SOScharger makes it possible to […]

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May 16, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Apple Developer Academy applications now open, 400 free places available

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an app developer, the Apple Developer Academy is now open for applications. You could be one of 400 lucky students to win a year’s free training in Naples, Italy, completely free of charge.

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May 16, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

Apple regains no. 3 spot in this year’s Fortune 500 ranking

Apple ranks number three in this year’s Fortune 500 list, a ranking of companies based on revenue. Apple lagged behind both Walmart and Exxon Mobil in terms of revenue. However, it massively outperforms both in terms of profitability. Interestingly, number four on the list — Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm — is also one of […]

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May 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook 540c is the best Mac laptop to date

May 16, 1994: Apple launches the PowerBook 540c, one of the best laptops in its history. Part of the innovative 500 series of PowerBooks, the 540c is the laptop to own in 1994. Blisteringly fast, packed with innovative features, and offering the best notebook display on the market, it’s a triumph on every level. Although for $5,539 […]

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May 16, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Want to live near Steve Jobs’ house? It’ll cost you

Compared to many other high tech CEOs, Steve Jobs wasn’t ostentatious with his home. He didn’t live in a giant mansion with drivers, butlers and security. Instead, the Jobs family shared a relatively modest 1930s Tudor-style home in Old Palo Alto. But looks can be a bit deceiving. A rare quarter-acre lot just came up […]

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May 16, 2019, 12:28 p.m.

Apple Fortune 500 ranking back at #3, and top in two categories

Apple’s Fortune 500 ranking is back at number three this year, after it overtook Warren Buffet’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway.

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May 16, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Samsung is fixing the Galaxy Fold, could finally deliver in June

Samsung is said to be making a number of changes to the Galaxy Fold in an effort to fix its durability issues. The South Korean company could finally launch its first foldable phone next month. Fans were hoping to get a new release date last week — at least for customers in the U.S. — but […]

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May 16, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

President Trump’s Huawei ban could wind up hurting too

A ban on China’s Huawei company by the Trump White House could wind up hurting Apple, concerned analysts claim. The Trump administration announced on Wednesday plans to ban technology and services of “foreign adversaries” which pose “unacceptable risks.” But possible Chinese retaliation against major American companies could hit Apple hard. “This is clearly targeted at China spying […]

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May 16, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

TweetDeck for Mac Gains New Compose Window With Support for GIFs and Polls

Twitter today updated its TweetDeck for Mac app to introduce a new compose window with a refreshed look and new capabilities.

The updated window features a cleaner design with either a dark theme or a light theme based on your preferences. In the screenshot below, the darker theme is depicted, with the original window on the left and the new window on the right.


The compose window now includes support for adding GIFs to a tweet, a new addition to TweetDeck, and there's also an option for creating a poll. A new emoji picker has been added, and support for image descriptions and tags is new.

TweetDeck is providing an option to swap between the new compose window and the old, so those who prefer the original interface can stick with it for the time being.


The new features are part of a server side update, so you don't need to download a new version of the app to get the updated compose window.

TweetDeck for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free. [Direct Link]


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May 16, 2019, 10 a.m.

Steam Link finally makes its long-awaited debut in the App Store

One year after Apple rejected Valve’s Steam Link app from launching in the App Store, it has finally made its debut for both iOS and tvOS devices. Steam Link gives gamers the chance to play their favorite PC or Steam Machine game on an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, rather than having to haul around […]

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May 16, 2019, 8 a.m.

Apple Cash: How much can you send and receive?

No matter if you’re just getting going with Apple Cash and sending and receiving money with iMessage or have been using it for a while, read on for how much you can send and receive with Apple’s person to person payment solution.

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May 16, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

Apple Pay Launch in the Netherlands Appears Imminent

Apple Pay will likely launch in the Netherlands in the very near future, as the service has now been elevated to "beta" status internally at Apple ahead of its much-anticipated rollout in the country. The server-side change was first spotted by WolfMeister's Small Tools and confirmed by MacRumors.


Earlier this month, Dutch bank ING revealed that Apple Pay is "coming soon" to the Netherlands. Apple has since confirmed the upcoming launch on its Dutch website, but without providing a specific timeframe.

Apple Pay has been gradually expanding across Europe and the Middle East, launching in Poland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Iceland over the last year. The Netherlands is one of the most populous countries in Europe that is still awaiting Apple Pay.

Apple Pay is also coming soon to select banks in Hungary and Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Apple Pay can be used anywhere contactless payments are accepted with a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch.

(Thanks, LocalITNerd!)

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May 16, 2019, 6:48 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Get the 512GB 12-Inch MacBook for $999 ($600 Off, Lowest Ever)

B&H Photo is discounting the latest 12-inch MacBook in a variety of configurations and color options, with prices starting at $899 for the 256GB model. However, the highlight of the sale is for the 512GB 12-inch MacBook, priced at $999 and representing the lowest-ever discount for this model among the major Apple resellers.

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Discounts on the 512GB MacBook include the Rose Gold color option, which is now a retired color since Apple eliminated it in October 2018. Otherwise, all models on sale are the latest MacBooks with Kaby Lake processors, Retina displays, USB-C, updated keyboards and trackpads, faster SSDs, and more.

B&H Photo's MacBook Sale


Head to our full Deals Roundup for more information on the latest sales happening this week.

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May 16, 2019, 6:23 a.m.

AirPlay 2 Support Rolling Out to Select DTS Play-Fi Products

DTS today announced availability of AirPlay 2 in select DTS Play-Fi products, including the McIntosh RS200 wireless loudspeaker system and the Arcam rPlay music streamer, with support for additional products to be added later this year.


AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback with other AirPlay 2 devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and select speakers from Sonos, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, and others. AirPlay 2 devices also appear in the Home app on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch and can be controlled with Siri.

AirPlay is Apple's wireless streaming protocol, enabling users to beam audio from Apple devices like an iPhone or Mac to supported speakers, including content from Apple Music, iTunes, Podcasts, Netflix, YouTube, and elsewhere.

The DTS Play-Fi ecosystem includes more than 200 interoperable speakers, sound bars, set-top boxes, and audio/video receivers from brands such as McIntosh, Arcam, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Soundcast, MartinLogan, Definitive Technology, Phorus, Integra, Onkyo, SVS Sound, and Wren Sound.

DTS Play-Fi products with AirPlay 2 support are also compatible with Alexa.


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May 16, 2019, 5:15 a.m.

Instagram to Scrap Standalone 'Direct' Messaging App

Direct for Instagram, the companion direct messaging app for the photo-sharing social media platform, is being killed off by Instagram in the next few weeks.


First spotted by social media commentator Matt Navarra, this news was delivered to users of Direct for Instagram via an in-app notification, which informed them that the standalone app is "going away" and that their conversations would be transferred to Instagram proper.
In the coming month, we'll no longer be supporting the Direct app. Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram, so you don't need to do anything.

Direct was released in December 2017 as a Snapchat-style app with a camera-first focus, allowing Instagram users to message friends with "fun" photos, videos, and boomerangs. Users who installed Direct had their DM inbox removed from the regular Instagram app to encourage them to use the break-out app for all messaging on the social platform.

"We want Instagram to be a place for all of your moments, and private sharing with close friends is a big part of that," the Facebook-owned company said at the time. "To make it easier and more fun for people to connect in this way, we are beginning to test Direct – a camera-first app that connects seamlessly back to Instagram."

Direct was initially rolled out to Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay, but Instagram never gave the app a global release, which is perhaps testament to the fact that the idea never really took off.

According to TechCrunch, Instagram will continue developing Direct features but within its main app. These new features, which have appeared variously in testing, include encryption in direct messaging, the ability to watch videos with other people, and a web version of the direct messaging feature.


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May 16, 2019, 12:55 a.m.

Steam Link officially debuts on iOS and Apple TV following initial rejection last year

Almost exactly a year after its initial rejection from the App Store, Valve today has officially released Steam Link on the App Store. Valve touts that Steam Link “brings desktop gaming to your iPhone or iPad.”

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May 15, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Apple’s first 5G modem won’t arrive until 2025

Apple’s custom-built smartphone modems likely won’t make their way into iPhones and iPads until 2025 at the earliest, according to a new report from The Information. Intel’s strained relationship with Apple is on full display in the beefy report that reveals Apple had problems with Intel long before 5G modems became an issue. Back in […]

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May 15, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to subscribe to a podcast from the beginning

Some podcasts are best listened to in order, from the first episode forward. Rewind is a service that lets you do that with any podcast app.

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May 15, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

What to expect from watchOS 6: New watch faces and apps, deeper macOS integration, more

Last week, we broke down all of the new features you can expect to see in iOS 13 at WWDC next month. iOS 13 won’t be the only major update unveiled at the event, however. Read on as we roundup some of the new features coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 6.

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May 15, 2019, 7 p.m.

Factory makes other iPad synths look like toys

Factory is a cross between a synth, and a sound-sculpting tool. It's also really fun to use, and sounds amazing.

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May 15, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Save over $800 on the latest MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

Buy a refurbished MacBook Pro from Woot today and you could save over $800. The latest 15-inch models are available with top specs for as little as $1,879.99. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also $600 off the latest 12-inch MacBook, up to $480 off the […]

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May 15, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Ugreen’s new MFi USB-C to Lightning cable undercuts Belkin and Anker at $13

Ugreen has released its MFi USB-C to Lightning cable and is offering it at an affordable $13 with an instant coupon. That prices the fast charging USB-C cable for iPhone and iPad below other third-party options from Anker and Belkin.

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May 15, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Giant emoji canon will bruise you with ‘likes’

Our spirits rise and fall by the number of “likes” we receive on our social media posts. But would your appetite for online validation change if your face was literally pelted with emoji? Artist Tadas Maksimovas stood in front of a rapid-firing “Emotigun” so the rest of us won’t have to. The “Emotigun” looks like […]

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May 15, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

iOS 12.4 beta 1 arrives with Apple Card support

Apple’s work on iOS 12 isn’t quite done just yet. Even though WWDC 2019 and the debut of iOS 13 is less than a month away, Apple is out with its first beta of iOS 12.4 today. The new beta comes less than a week after Apple released iOS 12.3 to the public, bringing the […]

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May 15, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

iOS 12.4 developer beta released ahead of Apple Card launch

With iOS 12.3 out of beta as of Monday, Apple is moving on to iOS 12.4 developer beta for iPhone and iPad. macOS 10.14.6 developer beta for Mac, tvOS 12.4 developer beta for Apple TV, and watchOS 5.3 developer beta for Apple Watch are also available today.

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May 15, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 036: “Miss Dingus”

How does John name his open source projects, and why and how does Rambo shower with AirPods? Just two of many questions asked and answered on this episode — along with the weekly speculation about upcoming Apple products, this time around Gurman’s latest reports about this fall’s iPhones — and a review of AirPods 2.


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May 15, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Sneaky iPhone accessory gains users a health insurance discount

The moment smartphones gained the ability to track the number of steps people took every day, insurance companies were ready to find ways to use that data to offer people cheaper premiums. The moment that happened, enterprising (and slightly underhanded) entrepreneurs were ready to give lazy people a workaround to make it look like they […]

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May 15, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Gear4’s impressive iPhone cases now available from Verizon

You can now pick up Gear4’s impressive cases for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR at your local Verizon store. Big Red has started selling a number of its popular products in-store and online — including the award-winning Piccadilly case that provides drop protection from up to 13 feet. Gear4 cases are great […]

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May 15, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Apple iPhone XR battery case hits all-time low, MacBook Pro $520 off, and Anker’s AirPower alternative is $50

Today’s best deals include Apple’s official iPhone XR battery case at a new all-time low, $520 off the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro, and Anker’s AirPower alternative. Head below for more in this episode of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 15, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

New Pokémon Rumble Rush mobile game is headed to iOS and Android

Today, The Pokémon Company has announced that fans will soon have yet another way to enjoy the series on their smartphones. The surprise announcement brings with it Pokémon Rumble Rush, an upcoming mobile title that will be finding its way to iOS and Android devices in the near future. The free-to-play beat ’em up game delivers a unique Pokémon experience, which you can find more details on below.

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May 15, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

DJI takes on GoPro with new Osmo Action camera

DJI, the biggest drone company in the world, is ready to go toe-to-toe with GoPro in pursuit of dominating the action cam market. The company unveiled its new Osmo Action camera this morning that is aimed at competing directly with GoPro’s Hero 7 camera and it packs some interesting new features that the Hero 7 […]

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May 15, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Apple promotes ‘incredible’ iPhone 6s units made in India

The iPhone 6s is still alive and well in some markets — one of which is India, where the 2015 flagship is now being manufactured. Apple is using this to sell the handset to locals. India has become an increasingly important market for the company as smartphone growth in other areas slows to a crawl. The […]

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May 15, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Report: Apple’s custom 5G modems may not arrive until 2025 after ‘long and painful divorce’ with Intel

The Information is out today with a detailed report on the falling out between Intel and Apple over the last few years that led to settling with Qualcomm, new specifics on Apple’s plans to make its own modems, more.

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May 15, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Opinion: The Apple App Store antitrust case is quite nuanced, and may not go to trial

The Supreme Court this week ruled in the Apple App Store antitrust case, and Apple lost. The court ruled that the lawsuit could proceed in a lower court.

The decision, however, was just a technical one. It didn’t address the merits of the antitrust lawsuit itself, but merely rejected Apple’s argument that the issue had nothing to do with consumers. The real battle comes when the lawsuit itself goes to court …

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May 15, 2019, 3:33 p.m.

Apple pushes ‘incredible’ iPhone 6s with new ‘Made in India’ marketing campaign

Apple has launched a new marketing campaign in India focused on the iPhone 6s. The campaign focuses on the fact that the iPhone 6s is “made in India,” and highlights the device’s low cost.

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May 15, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 15, 2019

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


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May 15, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Apple posts instructions on how to enable full mitigation against Intel CPU attacks on Mac, up to 40 percent performance penalty

Following the announcement of new speculative execution exploits that target Intel CPU architecture, Apple has posted a new document on its website that explains how customers with computers that are ‘at heightened risk’ of attack can enable full mitigation. Full mitigation is not enabled by default as it is probably an excessive amount of security for the average user, and it comes with big performance penalties.

In its tests, Apple recorded up to a 40 percent drop in performance with full mitigation activated. This is because enabling MDS protection involves disabling hyper-threading entirely, and adds additional barriers when the processor switches contexts.

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May 15, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Apple Pay is soon coming to 16 new markets

Apple Pay is on its way to 16 new markets, according to one mobile banking service. Apple plans to increase the total number of supported countries to 40 by the end of 2019. Here’s the full list of territories that are next in line for its mobile payments service. Apple Pay has been slowly but […]

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May 15, 2019, 2:52 p.m.

Dinosaurs rule the roost in Durango: Wild Lands

The age of dinosaurs has come to iOS with the worldwide release of Nexon and What! Studio’s Durango: Wild Lands. A giant open-world, sandbox MMO, the game allows players to explore an enormous prehistoric world populated by dinosaurs. In this savage land, they must not just fight for survival, but also use their wits and […]

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May 15, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Name your price for 13 comprehensive coding courses [Deals]

Coding is a vast discipline, so there’s always something new to learn. That can be intimidating, or exhilarating, because it means there’s always room to improve your resume and pay grade. Either way, this loaded bundle of courses offers an invaluable leg up to any coding career. The Legendary Learn to Code Bundle usually costs […]

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May 15, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Apple’s biggest supplier suffers disappointing Q1 profits

Foxconn is Apple’s biggest supplier, and the world’s largest contract manufacturer. However, that wasn’t enough to stop it from underperforming in its latest quarterly earnings. The company, whose official title is Hon Hai Precision Industry, reported net profits of T$19.82 billion ($637.26 million) for the first three months of 2019. That might sound good, but […]

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May 15, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

(Weak) Facebook Live restrictions introduced in response to New Zealand shooting video

Facebook Live restrictions have been introduced in response to the New Zealand terrorist attack, when the gunman live-streamed footage of the shootings, making good on a promise made back in March

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May 15, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

There’s a brand new Pokémon game for Android and iOS

There’s a brand new Pokémon game out for Android and iOS. Pokémon Rumble Rush is a free-to-play title from the long-running Pokémon Rumble series, in which you take control of your favorite pocket monsters as they battle. Its launch comes almost two years after the game was first announced. When The Pokémon Company first confirmed […]

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May 15, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple reinvents the computer store

May 15, 2001: Steve Jobs flips the script on the dreadful experience of computer shopping, unveiling an ambitious plan to open 25 innovative Apple stores across the United States. The first two Apple stores, located at Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia, and the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California, are set to open later that week. […]

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May 15, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Popular games send unknown data to unknown entities, even if developers are reputable

A range of studies have shown that popular games are sending data to multiple third-party entities, and even the developers concerned may not know what data is being sent to whom.

Angry Birds, for example, knowingly sends advertising data to 43 entities, but developer Rovio turned out to be unaware of additional data sent through third-party SDKs …

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May 15, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Apple suppliers Foxconn and Japan Display both report disappointing financials

Two Apple suppliers, Foxconn and Japan Display, have both reported disappointing financial results today.

Weaker-than-expected demand from Apple was cited as one of the reasons …

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May 15, 2019, 11:54 a.m.

New Statue of Liberty app lets you explore the iconic landmark in AR

With its innovative Flyover feature for Apple Maps, Apple gave users an eye-popping way of exploring real life places in three dimensions. Now it’s reportedly leant its AR expertise to a new iOS app for the new Statue of Liberty Museum. For those visiting the iconic location, the app provides a location-based audio tour. For […]

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May 15, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

How to set up Express Transit with Apple Pay for any card with iOS 12.3

Express Transit lets you use Apple Pay without requiring authentication like Touch ID or Face ID. This means you can make instant transactions at transit gates and terminals just by tapping your watch or phone.

Until recently, this convenience was limited to special transit cards like Suica in Japan. With iOS 12.3, Apple has now enabled the ability for any credit or debit card to be used with Express Transit. There is a catch though …

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May 15, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

How to use Apple Pay for App Store and iTunes purchases

Apple has finally given us the ability to pay for App Store, iTunes, and Books purchases with Apple Pay. The company’s own mobile payments system can also be used for Apple Music and iCloud storage subscriptions. Here’s how to set it up. There are several ways to buy digital content from Apple. You can use […]

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May 15, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

Apple display maker could be forced to slash its workforce

Apple display maker Japan Display is having a rough time right now. On Wednesday, it posted its ninth consecutive quarterly net loss, partly impacted by disappointing Apple orders. The company made a loss of 98.6 billion yen ($899.22) million for the quarter. As a result, Japan Display is planning to cut around 1,000 jobs — […]

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May 15, 2019, 10:09 a.m.

Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS 10.14.6 update to developers for testing purposes, just a few days after releasing macOS 10.14.5, an update that brought AirPlay 2 support to the Mac.

The new macOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from Apple's Developer Center.


We don't yet know what improvements the next update to macOS Mojave will bring, but it is likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't able to be addressed in the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update.

macOS 10.14.6 is likely to be one of the last updates to the macOS Mojave operating system as Apple will soon transition to work on macOS 10.15, the as-of-yet unnamed next-generation version of the macOS operating system.

Apple will debut macOS 10.15 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, set to kick off on June 3. While it will be in beta testing for several months before seeing a fall release, work on current software often slows down as Apple gets ready to launch new software.

Related Roundup: macOS Mojave

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May 15, 2019, 10:08 a.m.

Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming tvOS 12.4 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.4 update to developers for testing purposes, a few days after releasing the tvOS 12.3 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.4 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV through a profile that's installed using Apple's Xcode software.


tvOS updates have historically been minor in scale, focusing on under-the-hood bug fixes and improvements rather than major outward-facing changes. Apple provides little to no information on what's included in tvOS updates, so we may not discover anything new after installing the new beta.

We don't always know what's new, but we do share tvOS updates so developers are able to download new software upon release.

tvOS 12.3, the prior update, was a one of the most significant tvOS updates we've had to date, introducing an updated TV app along with a new Channels feature designed to let Apple TV users purchase subscriptions to services like HBO, Showtime, Starz, and more right in the TV app.

Should we discover new features in tvOS 12.4, we'll update this post with details.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

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May 15, 2019, 10:07 a.m.

Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 5.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.3 update to developers, just a couple of days after releasing watchOS 5.2.1, an update that expanded ECG availability and introduced new pride watch faces.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update.


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

It's not yet clear what features will be introduced in the watchOS 5.3 update, but as 5.x software, it could introduce new features and notable changes, and it's also likely to focus on bug fixes and other under-the-hood performance improvements.

Should we find new features in the watchOS 5.3 beta, we'll update this post with details.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)

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May 15, 2019, 10:03 a.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 82 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 82 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web API, JavaScript, Media, Storage, CSS, Accessibility, Web Inspector, Web Driver, Web Authentication, and WebGPU. A new browser change means that when you uncheck "Allow websites to ask for permission to send notifications," it will disable prompting for HTML5 notifications.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released to the public in September 2018.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple’s aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.


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May 15, 2019, 10 a.m.

Fortnite 9.01 brings tactical assault rifle, makes drum gun changes

Fortnite’s first update of season nine is rolling out now, complete with a brand new assault rifle and a number of notable changes. The version 9.01 release also takes away a popular SMG. Epic Games made big changes to Battle Royale with the introduction of season nine, forcing almost all players to change the way […]

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May 15, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check if your iPhone 7 is eligible for Apple’s ‘No Service’ repair program

Do you find your iPhone 7 showing “No Service” even when others around you aren’t having any trouble? Read on for how to check if your iPhone 7 is eligible for Apple’s “No Service” issues repair program.

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May 15, 2019, 6:58 a.m.

FCC Proposes 'New Powers' for Mobile Carriers in Effort to Combat Robocalls

Ajit Pai, Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, wants to allow mobile phone companies to block robocalls by default, in the ongoing fight against call spam (via Reuters). Pai will present his proposal today, where all of the FCC commissioners are set to testify before a U.S. House panel regarding the widespread problem of robocalls.


According to Pai, carriers have avoided deploying default call-blocking tools because they have been unsure if such tools would be legal under the FCC's current rules. So, launching an initiative backed by the FCC that would encourage these companies to block robocalls by default could be a big help in preventing unwanted phone calls.
“By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them,” Pai said.
Last year, Pai asked companies to adopt a "call authentication system" that was aimed at ending the use of illegitimate spoofed numbers, which many robocalls use to trick people into picking up the phone. This week, the chairman said that he expects major phone providers to implement such standards this year and the FCC will host a summit on July 11, 2019 to review the industry's progress.

Robocalls are a problem for users across devices created by Apple, Google, and others. While there are ways to block a number that's already called you on iOS, robocalls can repeatedly contact you using different numbers and methods, making them all the more difficult to stop.

Over the years, carriers like AT&T and Verizon have also launched their own spam protection apps that aim to warn users when a call is coming in that is likely a robocall. Still, these apps can only do so much and robocall-tracking company YouMail recently estimated that there were 48 billion unwanted calls in the U.S. in 2018, up 60 percent from 2017.

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May 15, 2019, 1:13 a.m.

Kenwood announces 7 new CarPlay receivers starting at $600, including new wireless options

While CarPlay is more common than ever in new cars, aftermarket solutions are still an economical option for many. Kenwood has announced today that it is expanding its receiver lineup with seven new CarPlay head units, including five that support wireless CarPlay.

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May 15, 2019, 12:15 a.m.

Anker’s new dongle connects Lightning headphones to USB-C ports

It’s been impossible to get the Lightning earbuds that come with the iPhone XS, XS Max or XR to work on the USB-C ports of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. Luckily, Anker is out here doing God’s work and has finally come up with a solutions: another dongle. Anker revealed its newest adapter this […]

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May 14, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Anker unveils new $30 USB-C to Lightning audio dongle targeting MacBook & iPad Pro

Popular accessory maker Anker has today announced its latest dongle targeting Apple users. The company has released a new adapter that allows Lightning headphones to be used with USB-C devices, such as a modern Mac or iPad Pro.

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May 14, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Renders imagine new color options for 2019 iPhone XR, what do you think? [Poll]

Over the weekend, a supply chain report suggested that this year’s iPhone XR lineup will add two new lavender and green color options. Now, new mockups imagine what those colors might look like alongside the rest of the iPhone XR lineup.

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May 14, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Hands-on with Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones [Video]

I went into this review of the $249 Powerbeats Pro with high expectations. Even prior to reading Zac’s review, I was pretty much convinced that these would be the best wireless earbuds ever made, and, despite not beating the AirPods in every area, I wasn’t disappointed.

To be clear, the Powerbeats Pro aren’t perfect, but they’re better than the AirPods if you’re using them for workouts. The Apple AirPods set the groundwork for Beats’ first truly wire-free earbuds, and the team at Beats took the baton and ran with it.

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May 14, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Court orders Apple to give widow access to late husband’s iPhone photos

A U.K. court ordered Apple to provide a widow access to her late husband’s iPhone photos, after a lengthy legal battle that ended Sunday when the woman and her daughter could finally look at the pictures. Matt Thompson did not leave a will when he took his own life in 2015, and Apple makes clear […]

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May 14, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Warner Bros movies revert to HD instead of 4K on iTunes, including already purchased titles

[Update: It seems that the issue is affecting more than just Warner Bros movies. Users report that 4K titles from Columbia, MGM, 20th Century Fox, and others have also reverted to HD. This suggests it’s likely a bug on Apple’s part.]

Over the last several days, many Warner Bros movies on iTunes have reverted from 4K to simply HD on iTunes. This includes titles that customers have already purchased. At this point, it’s not explicitly clear whether this is an issue on Apple’s part or Warner’s.

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May 14, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Leaked photos reveal new 2019 iPhone XR colors

The 2019 version of the iPhone XR will likely come in two new color options. Leaked details of the new colors surfaced last week revealing that Apple will opt for Green and Lavender instead of coral and blue. Today we’ve got our first glimpse of what the new colors will look like thanks to some […]

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May 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Save on AirPods, iPad and more [Deals & Steals]

Ready to treat yourself to Apple’s latest AirPods? Amazon is still selling them for just $139.99 — $19.01 off the usual price. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find big discounts on the latest 9.7-inch iPad, which is now available for under $250, and […]

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May 14, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Almost all Macs since 2011 affected by new ‘ZombieLoad’ Intel chip vulnerability, patch included in macOS 10.14.5

Intel has detailed today that four new exploits named ZombieLoad make almost every chip it has made since 2011 vulnerable to attacks. ZombieLoad has some similarities to the Meltdown and Spectre bugs we saw last year. Apple has already patched the vulnerabilities with yesterday’s macOS 10.14.5 update.

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May 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

Satechi launches aluminum wireless mouse with USB-C, affordable faux-leather desk pad

Popular Apple accessory maker, Satechi, is out with two new products today. First is an ergonomic aluminum wireless mouse available in four colors that features USB-C for recharging. There’s also a new desk pad in several finishes called the Eco-Leather Deskmate.

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May 14, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Disney takes over Hulu as Apple TV+ competition builds

The Walt Disney Company now owns not one, but two TV streaming services. After partnering with various media companies on Hulu for years, Disney has slowly been buying up its partners’ stake in the streaming service. Its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox gave it 60% ownership, but Disney just revealed that it struck a […]

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May 14, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

‘View as Public’ option for Facebook users live again after major vulnerability last year

Last fall, Facebook discovered a major flaw with its “View as” feature which saw security tokens for 50 million accounts stolen. Facebook has today announced its security review of the incident is complete and has brought back the View as Public feature in addition to adding a quick button to “Edit Public Details.”

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May 14, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Lenovo’s awesome ‘foldable PC’ doesn’t make much sense

While smartphone makers are scrambling to be the first to market with a foldable phone, Lenovo has been quietly working on a foldable PC. It won’t go on sale until 2020, but an early prototype shown off this week looks incredibly exciting. But is a foldable PC really necessary? Some might argue we already have […]

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May 14, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Deals Spotlight: Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR Available for $102 ($27 Off) From Amazon

Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR is available for $102 from Amazon right now, a $27 discount off of the regular $129 price tag for the accessory.

The discounted price is limited to the Smart Battery Case that comes in black, with the white color option still available for the regular price. There are also no discounts on the Smart Battery cases for the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max.


$102 is the lowest price that we've seen for the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XR since its launch in January. Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR, when used with an iPhone XR, provides a combined total of up to 39 hours of talk time, up to 22 hours of internet use, and up to 27 hours of video playback.

The Smart Battery Cases can be charged via Lightning or wirelessly using any Qi-based wireless charger, and battery status can be viewed on the iPhone's Lock screen and in Notification Center.

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May 14, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Trump’s tariffs may increase iPhone prices by 14%

Apple may soon be forced to raise iPhone prices if Donald Trump’s latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports goes into effect. Trump wants to slap tariffs on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. The Office of U.S. Trade Representative began the approval process this week. Those tariffs could go into effect […]

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May 14, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Adobe invites iPad users to beta test ‘real Photoshop’ app

Adobe is working on a brand new Photoshop app that will bring its most powerful editing tools to iPad. It will make its debut sometime this year, but a lucky few will get the chance to test it early. Creative Cloud subscribers can now sign up for a chance to get access to the beta. […]

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May 14, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Tuesday’s best deals include Apple Watch Series 4 $70 off, 2019 iMacs on sale, and the DJI Osmo Pocket 4K camera

Today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break includes Apple Watch Series 4 deals, latest iMacs for $150 off, and an all-time low on the new DJI Osmo Pocket 4K camera. Head below for more.

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May 14, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Michigan man pleads guilty to scam that cost Apple $1 million

A Michigan man this week pleaded guilty to running an “empty-box” fraud scheme that cost Apple more than $1 million. Van-Seyla Mork filed complaints on behalf of Apple customers, alleging that purchased products had not been received. After obtaining refunds, he transferred the money through various bank accounts in an effort to conceal the fraudulent […]

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May 14, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Pride comes in new faces with watchOS update

Apple Watch wearers now have a couple of style options on how to show LGBTQ Pride, including a new face with thicker threads of color and a choice of analog watch hands. The Pride face options became available this morning when Apple released watchOS 5.2.1. Watch users can opt for the popular 2018 Pride face, […]

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May 14, 2019, 3:29 p.m.

Disney buying Comcast’s stake in Hulu in deal likely to benefit both sides

Disney is buying Comcast’s stake in Hulu, giving it full control of the service with immediate effect, although the actual purchase doesn’t complete until 2024 …

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May 14, 2019, 3:21 p.m.

Adobe Lightroom’s new Texture tool enhances individual details without impacting your entire photo

In addition to significant improvements to its prototyping tool XD, Adobe today released updates to Lightroom with new ways to learn photo techniques, improved editing features, and more. The updates are rolling out to Mac and iOS customers starting today.

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May 14, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Promotes New Statue of Liberty Augmented Reality App

Apple CEO Tim Cook this afternoon encouraged his Twitter followers to check out the new Statue of Liberty augmented reality app for iOS, which was conceptualized by Diane von Fürstenberg to celebrate the launch of the Statue of Liberty Museum this Thursday.

According to the Vogue article on the app, it was created by the Statue of Liberty Foundation and Yap Studio. Its creation took more than a year of scanning and photography, and it offers up a time-lapse view from the statue's eyes, a look inside of it, and a time-lapse of how the color changed over time.


The main feature, though, is several 3D models of the Statue of Liberty that can be projected into your own home. There's a full-size model plus close-ups of the torch and the Statue's foot.


The app is designed to help visitors to the museum and those who are viewing from home understand the construction and the detail of the Statue of Liberty, thanks to augmented reality. Apple was one of the donors of the project after Diane von Fürstenberg connected Tim Cook and the Statue of Liberty Foundation.

"I met Tim Cook from Apple, and discovered first of all that he had never been to Liberty Island, so I arranged for him to go," DvF revealed. "Not even knowing what I was talking about, I said, 'Wouldn't it be wonderful to give people an Apple experience when they go on the Island?' I met the people who do apps and we started, not knowing where it would all end up. The foundation created this app that will reach hundreds of millions of people. It will be the biggest opening of a museum ever!"
Apple execs, including Tim Cook, have continually touted the capabilities of augmented reality and its potential to change the world, and the Statue of Liberty app is one example that could inspire other museums and historical sites to take on similar projects.
"Augmented reality really lets you place literal objects and experience into the real world around you," DvF said. "It allows you to learn about the statue and the experience. You can place the Statue of Liberty in a class room or a living room; it's available in the Apple store in 155 countries, and with one billion devices in peoples' hands, our museum experience goes from New York to the globe!"
There's also a new "Raising the Torch" podcast, and von Fürstenberg says that a documentary about the Statue of Liberty will be released later this year. The podcast will feature different historians discussing the Statue's historical context and past.

The Statue of Liberty app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]


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May 14, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Official Statue of Liberty app offers AR views, including a view no-one has seen since 1916

A new official Statue of Liberty app uses augmented reality to bring to life a virtual visit to the landmark. It includes a view no visitor has been able to see since 1916 …

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May 14, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Pick the power strip that’s perfect for you [Deals]

Among the least feng shui aspects of any home or office are the power cables. Cluttered tangles of wires and charging strips make a mess of even the tidiest workspace. So this pair of cleverly designed power strips from BESTEK is a welcome opportunity to bring order to your charging situation. BESTEK Mountable Power Strip […]

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May 14, 2019, 2:09 p.m.

UK 5G rollout begins in July with Vodafone in seven cities, with home router to follow

We’ve heard about the 5G plans of US carriers, but UK 5G rollout has so far remained an unknown. That changed today when Vodafone announced its launch plans …

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May 14, 2019, 2 p.m.

Adobe XD streamlines team collaboration with support for design systems

Last December, Adobe teased that full support for design systems was just around the corner for its prototyping tool Adobe XD. Today, the company released a significant update that delivers on that promise and adds several other requested features for designers.

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May 14, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

This week’s best iTunes movie deals: ‘Space Adventures’ from $6, Disney films $15, more starting at $1

This week’s best iTunes movie deals include a Space Adventures sale from $6, Disney films for $15, a number of popular titles starting at $5, and the usual $1 HD rental. Head below for more.

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May 14, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Facebook Brings Back 'View As Public' Feature That Was Removed Because of Security Issues

Facebook today announced that it is reintroducing the "View As Public" feature that's designed to let you see your Facebook profile as a non-friend sees it, so you can double check that you're not sharing information publicly that you don't want to share.

In addition, Facebook is adding an "Edit Public Details" button directly to your profile, which will make it easier to adjust what information about you is publicly visible.


Facebook removed all "View As" features in September 2018 after a vulnerability with the feature allowed hackers to steal Facebook access tokens for almost 50 million accounts.

Facebook now says that the "View As" feature for viewing an account as a member of the public was not affected by the security incident and was more popular than the "View as Specific Person" options that are still disabled.


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May 14, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

HP’s answer to the MacBook’s Touch Bar is a huge second screen

Most MacBook Pro owners see the Touch Bar as a useless gimmick, but HP thinks a similar feature could be great for gamers. The company’s latest gaming laptop features a massive second screen above its built-in keyboard. The 6-inch panel let you keep an eye on another app or watch videos while you play. What’s […]

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May 14, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

MLB At Bat app gets major update, with DVR features and choice of audio streams

The MLB At Bat app, the official app for Major League Baseball, has been given a major update, with two headline new features.

The first is DVR-style functionality …

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May 14, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Alexa Guard turns Echo speakers into home security monitors

Your Amazon Echo speaker can now keep an eye on your home while you’re away. A new feature called Alexa Guard lets your speaker listen for signs of danger while you’re out. If your speaker has a built-in camera, it will also provide a direct video feed into your home. You can buy all kinds […]

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May 14, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Computer retail giant’s closure hits NeXT hard

May 14, 1992: Steve Jobs’ company NeXT runs into trouble as it loses a crucial deal with Businessland after the giant computer retailer closes its stores. It comes at a time when NeXT’s luck is going from bad to worse. This is one of the lowest points in Jobs’ career — before everything starts to […]

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May 14, 2019, 12:48 p.m.

Using older Creative Cloud apps? Adobe warns you might get sued …

If you’re using older Creative Cloud apps, Adobe is warning that you are at risk of being sued. Adobe has told subscribers to some older apps that they are no longer licensed to use them, and face the risk of a lawsuit if they continue to do so.

Apps affected include Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere, Animate and Media Director. It appears that the mess may be a result of a licensing dispute between Adobe and Dolby … 

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May 14, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

AAPL drops 6% as Trump’s tariffs bite: Apple accessories at 25%, overall costs could rise 10%

AAPL fell almost 6% in yesterday’s trading in response to concerns about the impact of Trump’s tariffs on products imported from China.

While it had initially appeared that Apple had escaped the current round of tariffs, some accessories are now taxed at 25%, and Apple’s component costs have also risen …

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May 14, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Pixelmator Pro adds new feature to automatically match colors of two images

Pixelmator Pro today released version 1.3.4 with two major new features. ML Match Colors lets you drag an image into the Color Adjustments sidebar. Pixelmator Pro analyzes the image, pulls out the dominant colors, and then sets the adjustments such that the image in the canvas adopts the same color palette.

Pixelmator Pro also adds a new Free Transform tools to skew and perspective transform layers in the canvas. The original Pixelmator offered a Transform option, and now the developers have brought the same feature to Pixelmator Pro … and improved on it further.

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May 14, 2019, 11:31 a.m.

Alexa Guard now rolling out in the US: Echo alerts you when it hears sounds of smoke alarms and breaking glass

Amazon is rolling out a new feature for its Echo smart speaker devices called Alexa Guard. Alexa Guard turns your Echo into a mini-home security device. It will listen out for noises like smoke alarms going off or smashed glass, and send alerts to your phone including audio clips and a video feed (if your Echo has a camera).

Following a beta test last year, the feature will soon be available to all Echo owners in the United States. You can start using it by enabling Guard in the Alexa app.

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May 14, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

WhatsApp users must update now to avoid spyware attacks

WhatsApp users must update to the latest version of the app to avoid be infected by malicious software. A security flaw in the popular messaging client allows the Pegasus spyware to be installed on your smartphone. WhatsApp is investigating the situation and urges its 1.5 billion users to update. The vulnerability affects users on both […]

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May 14, 2019, 8:50 a.m.

Apple Says Some iCloud Services Experiencing Slowness

Apple has updated its System Status page to reflect ongoing performance issues with a handful of iCloud services.

Apple says some users "may be experiencing slower than normal performance" when using the iCloud Drive, Notes, or Photos apps, while some users "may be experiencing a problem" with iCloud storage upgrades.

The issues began around 6 a.m. Pacific Time, according to Apple. We'll update this post once the issues have been resolved.


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May 14, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check if your MacBook Pro is eligible for a free SSD fix

Do you have a 13-inch non Touch Bar MacBook Pro? You may be eligible for a free SSD fix as part of an Apple service program.

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May 14, 2019, 7:34 a.m.

Disney Gains Full Control of Hulu Following Deal With Comcast

Disney has slowly been acquiring a larger stake in Hulu, most recently thanks to its acquisition of certain assets owned by 20th Century Fox. According to Variety, today Disney has "full operational control" of Hulu thanks to a new deal with Comcast.

The deal's terms state that Comcast will retain its 33 percent ownership interest in Hulu through January 2024, after which time either side can demand that the sale of Comcast's Hulu stake go through.


Comcast's NBCUniversal division will continue to license content to Hulu through late 2024. However, the deal includes a few stipulations: as soon as 2020, NBCUniversal will have the right to pull programming that was previously exclusive to Hulu, and by 2022 NBCUniversal will be able to cancel most of its content-licensing agreements with Hulu.

Like most other companies, NBCUniversal has plans to launch its own streaming service within the next few years. The Comcast/Disney deal today includes an arrangement where NBCUniversal will be able to keep its shows on Hulu on a nonexclusive basis (with a reduced licensing fee), while also streaming them on its new service.

As it stands, Hulu today is a platform with content from a wide array of content providers, which upload episodes of TV shows as early as the day after they air on cable. In the past, Disney has said that it plans to keep Hulu as it is and focus its own properties on the Disney+ streaming service. According to CEO Bob Iger, Disney's full ownership of Hulu will create an "even more compelling" service.
“We are now able to completely integrate Hulu into our direct-to-consumer business and leverage the full power of The Walt Disney Company’s brands and creative engines to make the service even more compelling and a greater value for consumers,” Disney chairman/CEO Bob Iger said in a statement about the pact.
For its main streaming service, Disney has announced that Disney+ will launch this November for $6.99 per month. It will include exclusive original series like "The Mandalorian," and various TV shows based on Marvel and Pixar properties.


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May 14, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

Deals: $50 Off Apple Watch Series 4, New Low Prices on 2019 iMacs, and Latest Anker Discounts

Amazon is discounting a few models of the Apple Watch Series 4 today, with prices starting at $349 for the 40mm aluminum model. The savings also include a few 44mm options, cellular models, and even a few previous-generation Series 3 devices. Amazon's sale is joined today by savings on the latest iMac refresh on Expercom and new discounts offered by Anker.

Amazon's Apple Watch Series 4 Sale


There are a variety of colors and band styles on sale, including Space Gray, Silver, and Gold cases, and Sport Loops and Sport Bands for the aluminum watches. For example, you can get the 40mm GPS Space Gray Aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 with Black Sport Band for $349.00, down from $399.00.

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Shoppers looking for the larger size can get the 44mm GPS Gold Aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 with Pink Sand Sport Band for $379.00, down from $429.00. Cellular models are priced at $449.00 for 40mm and $479.00 for 44mm. Today's sale doesn't include the more expensive stainless steel options.

Expercom's iMac Sale


Expercom has a sale of its own today, this one focused on the latest iMac models, which Apple just updated in March 2019. The retailer's discounts offer up to $150 off these brand-new iMacs and in many cases are the best prices available online right now for these configurations.


Anker's Latest Deals


You can also save on Anker accessories today with the company's latest discount codes and sales. This time around the sale is focused on Anker's smart home accessories from Eufy, but there is also a discount on a Bluetooth speaker that can pair with an iPhone or iPad.

More of the latest sales and bargains can be found in our full Deals Roundup.

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May 14, 2019, 6:16 a.m.

Pixelmator Pro Gains New ML Match Colors Feature for Matching Colors Across Different Photos

Pixelmator Pro, a popular photo editing app for the Mac, was today updated with a useful new feature called ML Match Colors. ML Match Colors is designed to intelligently match the colors of different photos to give them the same overall look, which is a useful feature if you want all of your photos to have the same aesthetic.

Like other ML features, ML Match Colors uses Core ML as its backbone. It was built using a machine learning algorithm trained on more than 20 million professional photos.


The feature analyzes the colors of the source and target images and then it applies color adjustments to the target image adjusting parameters like white balance, lighting, brightness, shadows, highlights, and more.

In all, the ML Match Colors feature fine tunes 37 different adjustments in just a second to create photographs with the exact look that you're going for. ML Match Colors is available as an individual tool and in the Edit menu as a "Paste and Match Colors" option so you can automatically color match objects when pasting them into an image.


In the near future, Pixelmator also plans to bring the ML Match Colors feature to its Pixelmator Photo editing app for the iPad.

Today's update also includes a new Free Transform feature for freely resizing, distorting, and transforming layers, plus it has a long list of bug fixes and performance improvements.

Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $39.99. [Direct Link]


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May 14, 2019, 6 a.m.

Adobe Updates Lightroom Apps for Mac and iOS With New Tutorials, Texture Tool and More

Adobe today announced new Lightroom updates for the Lightroom iOS app and the Lightroom app designed for Macs.

In Lightroom for iOS (and Android), there's a new Home view that offers up access to recent photos, interactive tutorials, and inspirational photos, providing you with ideas and the steps to execute those ideas.


Adobe's new interactive tutorials for Lightroom walk you through each edit step-by-step, allowing you to adjust the sliders using Adobe's guidance and instruction.

The inspirational photos let you see how a photo was made with a list of step-by-step edits available. You can open up the Edits control to open up a wheel where you'll be able to scroll through the edits to see which settings were used.

Interactive tutorials and inspirational photos are limited to Adobe's mobile Lightroom apps at the current time, but are coming to Macs in the future.

Adobe for Mac is gaining an updated help interface that provides more searchable information about each tool, along with built-in tutorials.

Starting today in all versions of Lightroom, there are updated collaboration features for inviting others to add photos to your album. You can also share a link that will let people request access to an album.

Also new to all versions of Lightroom is a Texture tool that will accentuate or smooth medium-sized details like skin, bark, and hair. It's able to smooth skin without affecting pore details or accentuate hair without increasing the presence of noise because it's specifically designed for medium-sized details.


On the Mac, there's a new Defringe feature that's designed to remove purple or green fringes that are caused by chromatic lens aberrations.

For Lightroom Classic specifically, the Flat-Field Correction option that was a plug-in is now built into the Library module. It's a feature that's designed to correct for sensor and lens characteristics that can cause asymmetrical color casts.

Lightroom for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store, while Lightroom for Mac is available from Adobe as part of its Photography specific and full Creative Cloud software plans.

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May 14, 2019, 4:03 a.m.

'Alexa Guard' Security Feature Rolls Out to Amazon Echo Devices in the US

Amazon announced this morning that Alexa Guard is now rolling out to all Echo device owners in the U.S.


The free feature update, which has been trialed by a select few over the last few months, turns Echo speakers into security devices when no-one's home by allowing them to listen for key sounds indicating danger or intrusion.

Users need to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to set Alexa Guard to Away mode, after which the device will listen for sounds like breaking glass and the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon has worked with licensed contractors to break hundreds of different glass windows with different instruments in order to create a wide range of different sounds for Alexa to listen for.

Upon detecting an ominous sound, Alexa sends the owner Smart Alerts via phone notifications. Users can also play the detected sound from the Alexa mobile app or Drop In on their Echo device remotely to find out what's happening.

Alexa can arm a Ring or ADT security system, with the user able to choose to forward Smart Alerts they receive to Ring or ADT. Users with Away Lighting can also use the alert to turn on lights so as to make it look like they're actually home.

For more details about Alexa Guard, check out Amazon's FAQ.


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May 14, 2019, 2:51 a.m.

Adobe Sends Out First Beta Invites for Photoshop CC for iPad

Adobe is now accepting applications to a beta version of its forthcoming Photoshop CC for iPad app, due to be released later this year.


The company has been sending out emails to Creative Cloud subscribers since Monday, inviting them to apply for the beta program and be among the first to try "Photoshop for the small screen."

CC customers who click the link in the email are sent to a Google Forms signup page where they're asked to enter their name, email address, and offer a brief explanation as to why they're interested in testing the beta.

First announced at Adobe's MAX 2018 conference, Photoshop CC for iPad aims to provide an equivalent experience to using Photoshop on desktop, bringing its most professional features to a touchscreen interface specially designed for Apple's flagship tablet line-up.

Photoshop users will be able to open and edit native PSD files right on the iPad using standard Photoshop image editing tools, including support for layers. Photoshop on iPad will look similar to Photoshop on the desktop, with all of the same toolbar options.

The iPad version of the app will allow projects started on the iPad to be transitioned seamlessly to the desktop and vice versa. According to Adobe, Photoshop for iPad uses the same code base as its desktop counterpart with no compromises on power, performance, or editing results.

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May 14, 2019, 2:36 a.m.

Adobe opens Photoshop for iPad beta signups ahead of this year’s release

Back in October, Adobe announced that it would be bringing full Photoshop CC to the iPad sometime in 2019. Now, the company is officially opening beta signups for Photoshop on the iPad.

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May 14, 2019, 2:09 a.m.

The best portable Apple Watch power banks to use while traveling

The Apple Watch has pretty reliable all-day battery life most of the time. In certain use cases, however, you might need to give it another boost – such as if you’re traveling or doing a lengthy LTE workout. Read on as we roundup our favorite Apple Watch power bank accessories. more…

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May 14, 2019, 1:56 a.m.

Spotify Tests Snapchat-Style Stories Feature Called 'Storyline' Offering Additional Artist Content

Spotify is testing its own version of Snapchat/Instagram-style Stories, reports TechCrunch. The short-form sharing format now ubiquitous across social media platforms is to be called "Storyline" on the music streaming service, and enables artists to share their inspirations, insights, and provide further details about their work and creative process.


The format is being compared to Spotify's "Behind the Lyrics" feature which uses pop-up cards that load concurrently with the music, except users tap through different Storyline screens at their own pace and see segmented lines at the top of the screen to indicate how many slices of the story remain ahead of them.

A Spotify spokesperson told TechCrunch that Storyline is still in testing in the U.S. and in other markets on both iOS and Android, but there's no sign of it on desktop and no other details on a possible global rollout are available at this time.

Users participating in the test will see an indicator at the bottom of Spotify's player interface that alerts them to the additional content, which can include lyrics, text and images, and users can swipe up on the screen to reveal the story and start tapping through it.

The Storyline feature was first picked up on Reddit and covered by Android Police.

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May 13, 2019, 11:55 p.m.

WhatsApp discloses vulnerability that allowed Israeli spyware to be installed on iPhones

A report from The Financial Times this afternoon details a vulnerability in WhatsApp that allowed attackers to inject Israeli spyware onto phones. The malicious code was developed by Israeli company NSO Group and transmitted by calling users via WhatsApp on iOS and Android.

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May 13, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Save up to $200 on the latest iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

Amazon has slashed up to $200 off the latest iPad Pro lineup. It’s one of the biggest discounts we’ve seen so far on Apple’s latest tablets. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find up to $250 off the MacBook Air, refurbished 12-inch MacBooks for […]

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May 13, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars updated for latest iOS devices

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars now plays nicely with modern iOS devices. Rockstar’s mobile hit is the fourth in the GTA franchise to add support for iPhone and iPad variants with edge-to-edge displays and the latest A12 processors. The latest version is free for those who have already purchased Chinatown Wars. Chinatown Wars made its […]

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May 13, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Apple inviting developers to pitch Apple Arcade games with email blast

In March, Apple officially debuted its Apple Arcade game subscription service. Ahead of a launch later this year, the company is working to court potential developers to be included in the subscription service.

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May 13, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

How to download HBO shows for offline viewing on iPhone and iPad

Apple TV Channels is now live for all users running iOS 12.3. One of the new updates includes the ability to download HBO content for offline viewing with the updated TV app on iPhone and iPad. Read on below for how to get going with

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May 13, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Apple reveals NFC sticker support for Apple Pay

NFC support on the iPhone is about to get a lot more advanced real soon. Apple revealed today that it is adding support for NFC stickers and tags that trigger Apple Pay for payment even if you don’t have the vendor’s app installed. Once it launches to the public, all you’ll have to do to […]

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May 13, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Apple responds to Supreme Court decision, argues the App Store ‘is not a monopoly by any metric’

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a major lawsuit against Apple and the App Store will be allowed to move forward. Now, Apple has responded to that Supreme Court decision, saying that it is confident it will prevail in court.

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May 13, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Samsung brings Apple TV app to compatible Smart TVs

Samsung has started rolling out the new Apple TV app on compatible Smart TVs. The app gives users access to all their iTunes content as well as Apple’s upcoming TV+ subscription service. You’ll need to install a firmware update to get your hands on it. Apple surprised us all when it announced its TV app […]

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May 13, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Apple Watch gains ‘2019’ Pride face update in watchOS 5.2.1

Apple debuted a brand new Pride face in the middle of the WWDC 2018 keynote last year, pairing a rainbow colored watch face with a matching band. Now Apple’s Pride face is getting a new design on the Apple Watch with an updated style option. There’s also a new Pride Analog version with full screen and circular versions.

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May 13, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

Clothing brand LRG becomes Apple Music’s latest tastemaker

Apple Music enlisted clothing company LRG to become the latest company to handpick songs for a new set of curated playlists. LRG, short for Lifted Research Group, became popular for its street wear thanks to endorsements from some of the biggest rappers and R&B artists in the world. As you’d expect, its new playlists are […]

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May 13, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Apple announces support for Apple Pay NFC stickers, partners with Bird scooters and more

Apple’s VP of Apple Pay Jennifer Bailey today announced a new NFC feature for iPhone: special tags that trigger Apple Pay purchases when tapped, without the need to download a special app first. The company is partnering with Bird scooters, Bonobos clothing store, and PayByPhone parking meters for the initial rollout.

Apple also announced that inside the Wallet app, users will soon be able to sign up for loyalty cards in one tap, presumably presented to users as recommendations when they make eligible purchases.

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May 13, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Fortnite to get ‘undo purchase’ option, health bar tweaks

Epic Games has confirmed some of the changes and improvements it has planned for Fortnite following the launch of season nine. Battle Royale players will soon see tweaks to the in-game health and shield bars that make them easier to read at a glance. It’s also going to become a lot easier to reverse accidental […]

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May 13, 2019, 7 p.m.

Why app subscriptions are taking over (and how to cope) [Video]

App subscriptions can leave you feeling frustrated or discouraged about trying new things. But in the end, they can be great for everyone.

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May 13, 2019, 6:49 p.m.

Twitter discloses bug that caused it to collect unauthorized location data from iOS users

In a post on its Help Center this afternoon, Twitter has disclosed a bug that caused it to inadvertently collect and share iOS location data with a “trusted partner.” The issue, which has since been resolved, stemmed from Twitter collecting precise location data for accounts that had not enabled the feature.

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May 13, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Apple’s new TV app arrives with iOS 12.3

Apple’s updated TV app is finally ready for the public to dive into. iOS 12.3 was released to the public today, adding the new Apple TV app to iPhones and iPads as Apple prepares to launch its streaming TV service this fall. The update also adds AirPlay 2.0 and Apple TV support to compatible Samsung […]

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May 13, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Apple Music adds playlists curated by LRG streetwear clothing brand

Apple Music has added a set of playlists from Lifted Research Group, a streetwear clothing brand. The company said it is thrilled to be a part of Apple Music as it gives them an opportunity to ‘share our diversity in music’.

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May 13, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 debut on Samsung Smart TVs alongside iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 release

The all-new Apple TV app is now available for Samsung Smart TVs, marking the first time the video player has been available beyond Apple’s own platforms. Samsung Smart TVs are also gaining support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 feature for wirelessly sending audio and video to the TV screen without a set-top box attached.

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May 13, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Apple releases iOS 12.3 & tvOS 12.3 with new TV app, watchOS 5.2.1 & macOS 10.14.5 also now available

Have you been waiting for the public release of iOS 12.3? If so, today is your day. Apple has released iOS 12.3 to everyone after six developer betas. Read on for a roundup of all the new features you’ll get with iOS 12.3.

In addition to iOS 12.3, Apple today is also releasing watchOS 5.2.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.5, and tvOS 12.3. The third-generation Apple TV 3 is also getting a new 7.3 software version.

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May 13, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

WhatsApp Vulnerability Left iPhones Vulnerable to Israeli Spyware


WhatsApp today disclosed a vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on iOS and Android phones by exploiting a bug in the audio call feature of the app.

The vulnerability let spyware be installed on a target device when a call was initiated regardless of whether the call was answered, according to TechCrunch.

Hackers took advantage of this security flaw to install Israeli spyware called Pegasus from NSO Group, normally licensed to governments who purchase the spyware for installing on the devices of individuals who are the target of an investigation.
Description:A buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack allowed remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.

Affected Versions: The issue affects WhatsApp for Android prior to v2.19.134, WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.19.44, WhatsApp for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.19.51, WhatsApp for Windows Phone prior to v2.18.348, and WhatsApp for Tizen prior to v2.18.15.
WhatsApp says that it believes a small number of users were targeted, because it's "nontrivial to deploy, limiting it to advanced and highly motivated actors." It's not clear, though, how long the security flaw was available nor how many people were affected.

According to WhatsApp, once the vulnerability was discovered, it took less than 10 days to make changes to the app's infrastructure to make the attack inoperable.

"WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices," the company said in a statement to TechCrunch.

WhatsApp says that it has notified the Department of Justice and a "number of human rights organizations" about the issue. NSO Group, according to The Financial Times, says it is investigating the issue but while it vets its customers and investigates abuse, it has no involvement with how the code is used or where.

WhatsApp customers do not need to worry further about the exploit as it was updated server side on Friday with an additional patch released today.

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May 13, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

2018 iPad Pro $200 off, official Apple Watch bands on sale, Anker Gold Box and more are in Monday’s best deals

Today’s best deals include $200 off Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro, official Apple Watch bands, and Amazon’s 1-day Anker Gold Box. Head below for more in this edition of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 13, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Tariff on Apple Chargers and Cases Jumps Now at 25%

Apple products have largely escaped the tariffs imposed on goods manufactured in China, but since earlier this year, Apple accessories like power adapters, cables, and cases have been subject to a 10 percent fee.

As noted by The Verge, the United States on Friday raised import taxes from 10 percent to 25 percent, a tax increase that's going to impact these Apple accessories.


Thus far, Apple and its suppliers have absorbed the additional 10 percent fee on Apple accessories and prices have not gone up, but with tariffs now at 25 percent, it's not yet clear if Apple will continue to eat the extra cost.

Apple may be making enough money to continue to sell its accessories at a normal cost, and as The Verge points out, it could have shifted manufacturing to different countries to avoid the fees all together. Apple has not commented on the extra tariffs at this point in time.

China today retaliated and announced increased tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, which will take effect in June. China will be introducing import fees on petrochemicals, soy oil, peanut oil, and more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook last July said that Apple is hoping "calm heads prevail" and that the company is "optimistic" the tariff issue will be sorted out. That hasn't happened yet, but so far, the bulk of Apple products continue to be unaffected.

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May 13, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Supreme Court sides against Apple in big antitrust case

A lawsuit targeting Apple and the App Store will be allowed to proceed, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided. The case involves whether or customers technically buy apps from Apple, or whether Apple is a middleman connecting app developers with consumers. The Supreme Court ruled against Apple on Monday by 5 votes to 4. Apple […]

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May 13, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

RAVPower launches the smallest 61W wall charger, half the size of Apple’s

RAVPower is launching a new PD Pioneer 61W Wall Charger perfect for MacBook users that it notes has a new drastically smaller design making it the smallest on the market. The charger is available now for $43.99 (Reg. $59.99) as a special preorder price for U.S. customers.

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May 13, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Amazon’s Ring may soon release doorbell and camera HomeKit support after years of promises

Smart home device maker, Ring, has been promising that it would bring HomeKit support to products like its video doorbell for almost three years. Now the wait may be finally (almost) over, as the company has earned HomeKit certifications for its Video Doorbell Pro and Spotlight Cam.

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May 13, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

AliveCor’s KardiaMobile 6L provides FDA-approved 6-lead ECG from tiny iPhone accessory

The AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L provides a six-lead ECG reading from a tiny device that connects via Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone.

While the Apple Watch provides a 1-lead ECG, which is enough to detect AFib, the KardiaMobile 6L can take a six-lead ECG to detect a wider range of conditions and provide a doctor with more detailed information …

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May 13, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Supreme Court rules against Apple in antitrust lawsuit, allows customer to sue over App Store

A major lawsuit against Apple and its App Store will be allowed to move forward, the United States Supreme Court has decided, affirming the Ninth Circuit’s ruling. The lawsuit relates to Apple’s requirement that apps distributed on the iPhone go through the App Store which is controlled by the iPhone.

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May 13, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Apple share price hit by renewed China trade tensions

Concerns about the U.S.’s trading relationship with China is hitting Apple shares. AAPL’s share price has been steadily sliding since President Donald Trump took to Twitter to talk trading tariffs. It’s currently trading at $189.15, down from its high of $211.75 earlier this month. Uncertainty in China “Apple has one of the most significant exposures […]

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May 13, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Hands-on: The Uno Cable is a magnetic all-in-one USB-C cable with USB-C, Lightning & MicroUSB

The Uno Cable sets out to solve a problem familiar to every gadget fan: all the different cables we need to carry with us to connect them to our MacBook. Uno can potentially mean carrying just one cable.

The Volta we have running in a promo does the job for those with older MacBooks with USB-A ports, while the Uno is designed for current models with USB-C ones …

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May 13, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 13, 2019

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


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May 13, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Google ad blasts iPhones for being more expensive than Pixel 3a

Banner ads showcasing Google’s new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL handsets pit them against Apple’s iPhone X series devices. The banner ads, which are appearing on a number of billboards around the U.S., contrast the $999 price of the iPhone XS to the significantly cheaper $399 for the Pixel 3a. Comparing the iPhone XS […]

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May 13, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

New Today at Apple session helps aspiring podcasters get started with their own shows

The growing number of podcasts appealing to just about every interest imaginable has inspired many listeners to create their own shows. But getting started can feel daunting. How do I record? How do I edit my tracks? What can I do to make my show stand out? These are some of the questions a new Today at Apple session designed for aspiring podcasters will try to answer.

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May 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Make yourself an expert in Microsoft Excel [Deals]

There are few applications more common to the modern workplace than Microsoft Excel. So no matter your industry, if you’re looking to boost your resume and skill set, Excel a great place to start. For resume-worthy training, you can’t do much better than this certification bundle. The A to Z Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle […]

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May 13, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

New 2019 iPhone leak hints at extra camera lenses (again)

Leaked molds of this year’s iPhone lineup again hint at big camera upgrades for all three models. The molds reaffirm renders recently published by a number of tipsters. Here’s what they tell us about Apple’s next-generation smartphones. This year’s refresh isn’t likely to bring significant design changes to the iPhone, but fans are likely to […]

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May 13, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: System 7 debut shakes up the Mac

May 13, 1991: Apple releases Mac OS 7, more commonly known as System 7. The longest-lasting of Apple’s classic Mac operating systems, it will remain current until System 8 replaces it in 1997. System 7 brought the biggest Mac OS shakeup since the operating system first shipped with the original Mac in 1984. The new […]

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May 13, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Comment: The claimed triangular iPhone camera arrangement is ugly, but that’s not the real problem

We’ve this morning seen claimed moulds for this year’s iPhone line-up, and once more the triangular camera arrangement inside the square camera bump is coming under fire.

People have been criticising it ever since we first saw renders of the claimed design back in January.

That’s incredibly ugly.

No offense to the person that created that, but ewww.

No. Just no.

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May 13, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Twitter Fixes iOS Bug That Accidentally Stored and Shared Location Data

Twitter today announced that it has addressed an iOS bug that caused the service to inadvertently collect and share location data.

On the Twitter support site, Twitter says that for iOS users who had more than one account on Twitter and opted into sharing location information on one account, location data may have been collected when using any other account on the same device, even if location features were not activated.

Twitter also says that some of that location data was mistakenly sent to one of its advertising partners, but the data was "fuzzed" so that only zipcode or city data was shared. The location data was not able to map precise movements nor was it tied to Twitter handle.
Separately, we had intended to remove location data from the fields sent to a trusted partner during an advertising process known as real-time bidding. This removal of location did not happen as planned. However, we had implemented technical measures to "fuzz" the data shared so that it was no more precise than zip code or city (5km squared).

This location data could not be used to determine an address or to map your precise movements. The partner did not receive data such as your Twitter handle or other unique account IDs that could have compromised your identity on Twitter. This means that for people using Twitter for iOS who we inadvertently collected location information from, we may also have shared that information with a trusted advertising partner.
Twitter says that its partner did not retain the location data and it was only available on their systems for a short time before it was deleted.


The bug that caused the inadvertent data collection has been fixed and Twitter says it is "working hard to make sure it does not happen again." People with accounts who were impacted with this issue are being notified.

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May 13, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Apple Card’s colorful packaging revealed ahead of launch

New photos reveal how Apple Card will be presented to consumers when it starts reaching early adopters this summer. It’s the first time we’ve seen the titanium Card’s fancy packaging since it was announced back in March. It is said to be in beta testing with Apple employees ahead of its launch. Apple Card is […]

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May 13, 2019, noon

iPhone XR ads find smart ways of selling privacy and battery life

Apple’s latest iPhone XR ads focus on the superior battery life and privacy features of its more affordable (kind of!) iPhone. Titled “Up Late” and “Inside Joke,” the two ads are just half a minute each. However, they do a good job of making their reasonably dry point in an entertaining, and human manner. Check […]

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May 13, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Apple Support App Now Lets You Chat With an Expert in Messages

Apple today updated its Apple Support app to version 3.1, adding a new feature that's designed to let you chat with an expert to get support help using the Messages app.

Apple says that this feature is limited to the United States and is available for select topics only.


Today's update also introduces an improved experience for scheduling reservations at the Genius Bar and Authorized Service Providers, and it includes other unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements.

The Apple Support app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]


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May 13, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Anker's Gold Box Sale Has Savings on Power Banks, Wireless Chargers, and More

One of today's Gold Box deals on Amazon includes ten Anker accessories that make perfect companions to Apple devices like iPhones and iPads. The Gold Box includes discounts on Anker's portable battery packs, USB-C wall chargers, wireless chargers, and more.

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.

Shoppers should note that this sale will last one day only, May 13, and each discount will expire later tonight. You can find all of the accessories on sale in the list below, and be sure to head to Amazon soon to place your order if you're interested in any of the items.

Anker's Gold Box Sale


Power Banks

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Wall Chargers

Wireless Chargers
Our full Deals Roundup has even more information on the latest discounts and bargains happening this week.

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May 13, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Apple's New Warren Buffett Game Pulled From App Store Outside of United States

Just one week after Apple surprised us all with its first iPhone game since 2008, starring billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the game has been pulled from the App Store outside of the United States.


Warren Buffett's Paper Wizard is a simple game that tasks players with flinging newspapers to collect Warren Bucks. The game gradually increases in difficulty as players make their way from Buffett's native Omaha, Nebraska to Apple's hometown of Cupertino, California, including a visit to Apple Park.

Buffett was a childhood newspaper carrier who for years held newspaper-tossing contests during Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholders meeting.


Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the game during a surprise appearance at the annual meeting earlier this month. While the game's developer is listed as Wildlife Designs on the App Store, the app is copyrighted, maintained, and operated by Apple, making this its first iPhone game since Texas Hold'em back in 2008.

Cook makes a brief appearance in the game himself, welcoming players to Cupertino, referred to as the home of Apple.


Given that Warren Buffett's Paper Wizard only takes minutes to complete, and that Buffett's high score of 15,350 is seemingly unbreakable, the game appears to be little more than a short-lived novelty. As such, it is not all that surprising that the game has already been pulled internationally.


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May 13, 2019, 11:31 a.m.

Latest 2019 iPhone molds leak once again show square camera bump coming to all three new phones

As Apple readies its supply chain for the fall iPhone bonanza, we are getting leaks thick and fast. This latest image was uploaded to Twitter by Mark Gurman.

It reaffirms renders from Onleaks that all three flagship iPhones this year will feature the new square camera bump design, including the iPhone XR that will only have two cameras.

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May 13, 2019, 11 a.m.

Qualcomm executives get big bonuses after settling with Apple

Qualcomm’s top executives received massive bonuses after settling the company’s raging legal battle with Apple. The bonuses were revealed in an SEC filing. They included a stock bonuses worth $3.5 million for Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf. In addition to Mollenkopf, other Qualcomm executives given varying stock bonuses include the company president, CTO, general counsel, and interim […]

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May 13, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Apple Releases tvOS 12.3 With Updated TV App

Apple today released tvOS 12.3, the seventh update to the tvOS 12 operating system that runs on the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 12.3 comes more than a month after the release of tvOS 12.2.1, a minor bug fix update.

tvOS 12.3 is a free update that can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System -> Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 12.3 automatically.


tvOS 12.3 is the biggest tvOS update Apple has released for quite some time because it introduces an overhauled TV app, which Apple first showed off earlier this year at its March 25 event. The new TV app is similar to the old TV app but it has a refreshed, modern look along with new features.


There are dedicated sections for TV shows, movies, sports, and children's programming, along with access to your iTunes content. There continues to be a "Watch Now" section with an "Up Next" feature for keeping track of the TV shows and movies you're watching, and there's a new machine-learning based "For You" option that surfaces content recommendations based on what you've previously watched.


Apple has included a "Channels" feature, which is a major part of the company's new services push. With Channels, you can subscribe to paid TV content from services like HBO, Showtime, and Starz, and watch that content right within the TV app without having to swap over to a third-party app.


When you subscribe to a service through the TV app, Apple gets a cut of the subscription price and it makes it easier to access third-party content. While Channels are available, the TV app will continue to recommend content that's also only available through third-party apps, so it will work the same way that it did before, but with better recommendations.


The new Apple TV app is available in more than 100 countries starting today, and with Family Sharing, up to six family members are able to share subscriptions to Apple TV channels. Channels content can be watched both online or offline, including HBO content.

In the future, Apple plans to make its new TV+ subscription service available through the TV app, with TV+ offering up access to Apple's original TV shows and movies. The TV app is available on the Apple TV and iOS devices, and in the future, it will expand to the Mac.

Apple has also released new 7.3 software for the third-generation Apple TV models.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12
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May 13, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Apple Releases watchOS 5.2.1 With ECG Functionality for Additional European Countries

Apple today released watchOS 5.2.1, the sixth update to the watchOS 5 operating system that runs on modern Apple Watch models. watchOS 5.2.1 comes more than a month after the release of watchOS 5.2, an update that added AirPods 2 support.

watchOS 5.2.1 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.


The watchOS 5.2.1 update is minor in scale and focuses on performance improvements and bug fixes discovered since the release of watchOS 5.2. There were no changes discovered during the watchOS 5.2.1 beta testing period, and according to Apple's release notes, the update makes the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications available in Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Poland, and Slovakia.
This update includes new features, improvements and bug fixes:

- ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4 now available in Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Poland and Slovakia
- Irregular heart rhythm notifications now available in Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Poland and Slovakia
- Fixes an issue where the numbers on the Explorer face would not appear for some users
Work on watchOS 5 is set to wind down over the course of the next month as Apple transitions to watchOS 6, which is expected to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
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May 13, 2019, 10:01 a.m.

Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.5 With AirPlay 2 Support

Apple today released macOS Mojave 10.14.5, the fifth update to the macOS Mojave operating system that first launched in September. macOS Mojave 10.14.5 comes more than a month after the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.4, an update that introduced Apple News+ support.

macOS Mojave 10.14.5 can be downloaded by going to the "Software Update" section of System Preferences and selecting the Update Now option.


macOS Mojave 10.14.5 focuses on performance improvements and bug fixes to address issues that have been discovered since the launch of macOS Mojave 10.14.4. We didn't find any major feature changes or updates during the beta, but according to Apple's release notes, the update includes support for AirPlay 2 along with bug fixes including improved audio latency on 2018 MacBook Pro models.

This update:
- Adds AirPlay 2 support for sharing videos, photos, music and more from your Mac directly to your AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV
- Adds the ability to follow a magazine from the Apple News+ catalog browsing view
- Improves audio latency on MacBook Pro models introduced in 2018
- Fixes an issue that prevented certain very large OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents from rendering properly
The prior update, macOS Mojave 10.14.4, included Apple News+, automatic Dark Mode for Safari along with new Safari features, and a number of other smaller changes and updates. For more on macOS Mojave, make sure to check out our macOS Mojave roundup.

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May 13, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple Releases New 12.3 Software for HomePod

Alongside the iOS 12.3 update that introduces a new TV app for the iPhone and the iPad, Apple has also debuted a new 12.3 software update designed for the HomePod.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 12.3, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.


According to the release notes for the update, it is focused on enterprise networks, adding support for "joining some types of enterprise networks that require credentials."

There are no other notable features that appear to be included in the HomePod software update. For more on HomePod, make sure to check out our HomePod roundup.


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May 13, 2019, 6:25 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Amazon Takes Up to $200 Off 2018 iPad Pros With New Lowest-Ever Prices

Amazon has kicked off the week with a new sale on Apple's iPad Pro from 2018, offering up to $200 off both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. Deals start with the 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro at $749.00, down from $799.00, and also include numerous lowest-ever prices on 12.9-inch models.

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Amazon's sale includes both Wi-Fi and Cellular options. The 11-inch model has some markdowns, but none in this sale hit all-time-low prices. All of the discounts can be found in the list below.

Amazon's 2018 iPad Pro Sale


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11-inch The latest iPad Pros launched last October with new edge-to-edge displays, no Home button, and a TrueDepth camera system with Face ID similar to the iPhone X family. These iPad Pro models are compatible with the new Apple Pencil 2 and Smart Keyboards, and are the first of Apple's iPads to feature a 1TB storage option.

If you're looking for even more discounts and savings on other Apple products and related accessories, be sure to visit our Deals Roundup.

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May 13, 2019, 3:28 a.m.

Waze App for iOS Gains Pandora Music Streaming Support

Google-owned mapping app Waze has been updated with support for Pandora music streaming, as revealed in a blog post on the Pandora website.


The update means Pandora listeners on both iOS and Android can stream songs directly from within the Waze app using its embedded audio player, allowing drivers to navigate and listen to their music without leaving the app.

The integration also works both ways, so once users connect Pandora and Waze on their device, the next Waze navigational direction also appears within the official Pandora app.

To connect the two apps, simply click the music icon on the top right corner of the Waze app interface, select the Pandora icon, and start streaming your music.

Waze can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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May 13, 2019, 1:44 a.m.

Using SwiftLint

Making sure that your code follows swift coding styles and conventions can be a tedious task. Especially in larger teams. You can easily automate this process by using SwiftLint. SwiftLint is a great tool that will help you a lot. In this article we’ll get you started using SwiftLint. Installation... Read more »

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May 13, 2019, midnight

Xcode Build Configuration Files

Software development best practices prescribe strict separation of configuration from code. Learn how you can use xcconfig files to make your Xcode projects more compact, comprehensible, and powerful.


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May 12, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Photos: Here’s what the Apple Card will look like out of the box

Over the weekend, Benjamin Geskin posted on Twitter claiming that a wave of Apple employees are now receiving their own branded Apple Card credit cards as part of a semi-private beta. Geskin posted photos of the purported card units, but note he has photoshopped over the engraved name to supposedly hide the source’s identity.

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May 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Pro-level keyboard case nearly turns iPad Pro into a touchscreen MacBook [Review]

Since the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is faster than the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the tablet is serious competition for Apple’s notebooks. Its design offers many advantages over a notebook, but most people demand a physical keyboard for their primary computer. Of all the options for this, the Brydge Pro comes the closest to transforming a 2018 […]

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May 12, 2019, 5 p.m.

Procreate Pocket 3 for iPhone Brings Feature Parity With Popular iPad Drawing App

Procreate Pocket 3 was released today, bringing several new features to the iPhone version of the acclaimed iPad illustration app.


This latest version aims to bring the full artistic power of Procreate from your iPad to your pocket, with an overhaul of the user interface allowing the introduction of iPad app-originating tools, without taking the focus away from the canvas.

To this end, Procreate's QuickShape feature does away with the need for complex menus and tool swapping when creating geometric shapes. Instead, users can draw any shape and watch it ‘snap’ to ideal lines, forming squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, and polygons.


In addition to QuickShape, iPhone users can take advantage of improved typography tools, 2D and isometric drawing guides, liquify Dynamics, Warp and Distort tools, which allow users to apple up to 16 nodes to any given part of the canvas.

This iteration also brings new Layer Export options, animated GIF capabilities, Crop and Resize, Clipping Masks, QuickMenu, Gallery Preview, Shape Selections, Feather, Transform Interpolation, and Brush Set import and export.

New Layer Export options include the ability to export layers as a folder of web-ready PNG files, multiple pages in a PDF, or frames of an animated GIF, PNG or MP4.

This Procreate Pocket update is free to existing users, and costs $7.99 on the App Store for new customers. [Direct Link]


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May 12, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicts doom for Apple’s biggest product

May 12, 2005: Longtime Apple frenemy Bill Gates tells a German newspaper that Apple may have hit it big with the iPod, but that its success isn’t going to last forever. The reason? Mobile phones are going to steal the iPod’s market share. The good news for Gates is that he was right on the […]

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May 12, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

UBS: iPhone sales improving in China, but US trade tensions could affect May performance

Following Apple’s Q2 earnings report two weeks ago, UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri is out with a new investor note covering iPhone demand in China. According to UBS, iPhone performance dramatically improved during the month of April.

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May 12, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

2020 iPhone should get a boost from TSMC’s cutting-edge 5nm processors

The company that makes all Apple’s chips is nearly ready to make 5 nanometer processors, down from the 7nm ones it’s manufacturing now. TSMC’s innovation is expected to bring notable performance gains to next year’s iPhone and iPad, and the 2021 models as well. And it’s even possible these chips will appear in future Macs. […]

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May 12, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Score a smart cable that charges devices safely [Deals]

The standard Lightning cable comes with a number of shortcomings. It’s short in length, vulnerable to nicks or fraying, and can’t keep track of what its charging or when it’s done. This extra long smart cable offers an upgrade on all those fronts. The Mcdodo Lightning Bolt 3 includes automatic recharge, monitoring the flow of […]

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May 12, 2019, 2 p.m.

What’s the best way to listen to podcasts on Apple Watch?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I had purchased an Apple Watch Series 4. One of the key reasons I purchased it was for GPS tracking while running. I’ve been listening to podcasts while working out for a good decade even when people thought I was crazy. For me, the Apple Watch with AirPods or Powerbeats Pro is the dream device for running. With watchOS 5, we finally got a built-in Apple Podcast app and support for third-party apps to sync files over to Apple Watch. Since I am such a fanatic about podcasts, I try almost every iPhone podcast app that comes around. For the Apple Watch, there aren’t as many podcast apps that support watch only playback, but I still wanted to give a round-up of the best ones. more…

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May 12, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Mark Zuckerberg responds to cofounder’s call to break up Facebook, says it wouldn’t help anything

Earlier this month, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes published an opinion piece in The New York Times, outlining why Facebook should be broken up. Now, Mark Zuckerberg has responded to that piece, and as you might expect, he’s not too fond of the idea.

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May 11, 2019, 8 p.m.

AirPods Wireless Charging Case from Gaze Lab 10% off for a limited time

Thanks to our sponsor Gaze Lab, you can get 10% off the company’s new GAZEON AirPods Wireless Charging Case for a limited time:

Get 10% off the Gazeon AirPods Wireless charging case w/ code 10GAZE9to5Mc

The GAZEON case allows you to upgrade your old AirPods by adding a protective case with built-in Qi wireless charging support. Head below for a hands-on look:

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May 11, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Tim Cook and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser greet customers at the grand opening of Apple Carnegie Library

Apple fans in Washington, D.C. were treated to an exciting Saturday morning at Mount Vernon Square. Crowds, cameras, and special guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Apple Carnegie Library, the most ambitious store project Apple has ever completed. Tim Cook and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had the honor of opening the store’s doors, and Apple executives Deirdre O’Brien and Phil Schiller were also in attendance to welcome customers.

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May 11, 2019, 6 p.m.

This week’s top stories: iOS 13 and watchOS 6 features, Google undercuts the iPhone XR, more

In this week’s top stories: Our full Powerbeats Pro review, new iOS 13 and watchOS 6 details, production begins on the Apple A13 processor, Google undercuts the iPhone XR, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

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May 11, 2019, 4 p.m.

Breakout! Inside an Apple escape room [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 296]

Imagine yourself in a nightmare scenario. You’re tasked with making an Apple keynote run smoothly, but Murphy’s law is in full effect. Everything that can go wrong does. Tim Cook is not pleased. And you must wield your Apple knowledge to make things right. That’s what you’ll experience if you dare to go “Backstage at […]

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May 11, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Google Pixel 3a ad hammers ‘Phone X’ on price and Night Sight

The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL went immediately on sale at physical and online retailers after Google announced them on stage at I/O 2019 on Tuesday. Similarly, the marketing campaign is in full swing with one billboard from Made by Google driving home camera performance and price versus “Phone X.”

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May 11, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Save 96% on a massive library of courses in coding, design and more [Deals]

In the age of the gig economy, there’s no such thing as being ‘overqualified’. The more skills you have, the more jobs you can get. So it pays to have a reliable resource for building out your resume. StackSkills Unlimited is a leading online platform for learning some of today’s most sought-after, well, skills. With […]

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May 11, 2019, 2 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs spells out a new strategy for Mac OS

May 11, 1998: As part of his mission to turn Apple around, Steve Jobs spells out the company’s Mac operating system strategy going forward. The company will ship Mac OS 8.5 and the first customer release of an OS called Rhapsody that fall, he says at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. The […]

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May 11, 2019, 2 p.m.

Making The Grade: Apple Mail vs G Suite Webmail

Apple Mail vs G Suite webmail is a discussion I’ve had with many other IT directors at different schools over the past few years. Some Apple schools focus everyone on using Mail.app since it’s built it, updated with macOS, and creates a similar experience on iOS. Other schools actually remove Mail.app from the new Mac deployments and force people to use the G Suite web interface? I could argue it both ways, and I’ll give you my explanation in this week’s Making The Grade. more…

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May 11, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Qualcomm CEO, other executives receive massive bonuses for settling with Apple

Various Qualcomm executives have received bonuses for settling the company’s legal battle with Apple. As first noted by CNBC, the bonuses were revealed in an SEC filing, with CEO Steve Mollenkopf taking home the biggest bonus.

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May 11, 2019, 12:35 p.m.

Apple highlights iPhone XR battery life and iMessage encryption in latest ads [Videos]

Apple has shared a pair of new iPhone ads this week, with one touting the iPhone XR’s battery life and the other focusing on privacy. The new privacy ad is a continuation of Apple’s relatable “Privacy on iPhone” video series.

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May 11, 2019, 6 a.m.

Final Cut Friday: How to store FCP X libraries on a Synology NAS [Video]

In this walkthrough, we show you how to easily store Final Cut Pro X libraries on a Synology NAS with just a few configuration steps. Watch our hands-on video tutorial for the details. more…

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May 11, 2019, 4:13 a.m.

Report: 2019 iPhone XR to be available in two new colors, replacing coral and blue

Earlier today, a report suggested that the new Apple A13 processor has entered production and is destined for the new iPhone 11 and iPhone XR. Now, supply chain blog Macotakara reports that the new iPhone XR will be in a pair of new colors.

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May 11, 2019, 2:26 a.m.

Annual Layers design conference speaker lineup announced for WWDC week

One of the most popular community events coinciding with WWDC in San Jose each year is Layers, a conference about design, technology, creativity, and more. As June creeps up, the annual speaker schedule for Layers has once again been announced. This year’s lineup includes some familiar faces and new voices the Apple design community will enjoy.

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May 10, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Save $19 on Apple’s newest AirPods [Deals & Steals]

Ready to treat yourself to Apple’s latest AirPods? Get yours on Amazon today and you’ll pay just $139.99 — $19.01 off the usual price. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find $600 off the latest 12-inch MacBook with an Intel Core i5 processor, $50 off […]

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May 10, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Special tool rescues lost AirPods from train tracks

An AirPod falling out of your ear is not a question of if, but when. But the when for several unlucky souls in the San Francisco Bay area offers the rest of us a warning to not wear them anywhere near train or subway tracks. But when it happens, the train station agent is ready. […]

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May 10, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Apple Watch Series 4 Giveaway + 10% off Volta Magnetic Lighting/USB-C cable

Over the next month we’re giving 9to5Mac readers the chance to win Apple’s new Series 4 Apple Watch. Thanks to our sponsor Volta Charger, you can also get 10% off Volta’s magnetic charging cable for a limited time:

Get 10% off the Volta 2.0 magnetic charge cable with promo code 9to5TAKE10 at checkout.

Head below for details on how to enter the Apple Watch giveaway.

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May 10, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

iPhone might escape Trump’s tariffs, but Apple will suffer

No Apple products are included in the additional tariffs on Chinese products that went into effect this morning but Apple is still feeling some pain. The company’s shares have dropped significantly as trade tensions heated up between the U.S. and China. And future import taxes on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch are likely, according to […]

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May 10, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Belkin launches compact Apple Watch power bank, extends battery life up to 63 hours

Belkin is out today with a new portable Apple Watch power bank that offers users about 3.5 charges in a compact form factor. The Boost Up Charge Power Bank 2K for Apple Watch is MFi certified and just three inches long.

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May 10, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Save 25 percent with exclusive offer on AluBase Wireless charger [Watch Store]

If you’ve been waiting for a deal on a great wireless charger, your patience has paid off! Our friends at Just Mobile have set up an exclusive offer for Cult of Mac Watch Store customers on the AluBase Wireless charger. You’ll save 25 percent on the AluBase with this special pricing. Normally $39.95, you can […]

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May 10, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 224: Powerbeats Pro review and watchOS 6 rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the mysterious LG UltraFine display disappearance and Apple’s upcoming display, Apple’s wacky new iOS game, our Beats Powerbeats Pro review after week one, and exciting new watchOS 6 rumors for Apple Watch at WWDC.

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May 10, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

New USB-C hub gives iPad Pro the ports it needs

A six-port USB-C hub from Hyper was specially designed to clip to the side of the 2018 iPad Pro. It allows every type of wired accessory supported by Apple’s newest pro tablet to be accessed. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Hub launched today. Its maker calls this “the perfect accessory for […]

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May 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Apple rolls out iOS 12.3 beta 6 for registered developers

Apple today rolled out its sixth iOS 12.3 beta for registered developers. It comes just days after testers got their hands on a fifth release. It’s unlikely we’ll see any significant changes in this update. But there’s lots to look forward to in iOS 12.3 — including a revamped TV app with support for Channels. […]

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May 10, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Apple releasing fifth iOS 12.3 developer and public betas today [U: Beta 6]

Update 5/10: iOS 12.3 beta 6 has landed during the same week. We’ll update if any changes are discovered.

Testing the iOS 12.3 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad? The fifth beta version of iOS 12.3 will be available shortly. We’ll update our coverage to highlight any changes discovered in the beta release.

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May 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Mac’s new Music app won’t be ported from iOS

The Mac’s next-generation Music app will be based on iTunes, not ported over from iOS. Some sources previously stated that the app would be made using Marzipan, which lets developers easily port iPad apps to the desktop. But new information reveals that won’t be the case. Apple fans have been waiting for the day Apple […]

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May 10, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Latest Retina 4K iMac hits all-time low, plus Apple Watch Series 3 LTE and new AirPods are on sale

Today’s best deals include the latest Retina 4K iMac, Apple Watch Series 3 LTE from $249, and the latest AirPods return to an all-time low. Head below for more in this episode of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 10, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Pay tribute to mom with these Apple Watch gift ideas [Watch Store]

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, so how about gifting a little something for her Apple Watch? Cult of Mac has rounded up a beautiful collection of Apple Watch bands, chargers and stands specifically picked for Mom in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. If you mother is a nerd, a Luddite, a traveler or style maven, […]

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May 10, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Production begins on iPhone 11’s A13 processor

One of the most vital components of the 2019 iPhone is already being fabricated. The A13 chip is now in trial production by TSMC, the Taiwanese company that has produced every iPhone and iPad chip for years. What to expect from the Apple A13 Apple and TSMC have managed to bost the overall performance of […]

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May 10, 2019, 4:34 p.m.

Powerbeats Pro review: Beats brawn meets AirPods brains in the ultimate sport earphones

Maybe it’s just the endorphins talking, but words like ‘epic’, ‘thunderous’, and ‘invincible’ come to mind when running with Powerbeats Pro. The first-ever totally wireless Beats earphones are a mega upgrade over Powerbeats3 Wireless, and not just because they pack the best features of second-gen AirPods in a versatile, sporty package. Beats has arguably created the best fitness earphones on the market with Powerbeats Pro.

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May 10, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

WhatsApp will soon stop working on iOS 7

If you’re still rocking an older iPhone running iOS 7, you’re going to need to upgrade if you want to continue using WhatsApp. The world’s biggest messaging service will soon stop working on iOS 7 devices. Other aging operating systems are going to get left out in the cold, too. WhatsApp confirmed plans to stop […]

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May 10, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Review: Master & Dynamic MW65 over-ear ANC headphones are pricey but lovely

Master & Dynamic MW65 over-ear headphones launched this week, the company’s first ever noise-canceling headphones.

For a long time, my audio loyalty was split between two companies: Bang & Olufsen and Bowers & Wilkins. That changed in 2014 with Master & Dynamic (and again in 2016 with Naim) …

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May 10, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

UAG unveils first rugged iPad Pro case compatible with Apple’s Smart Folio Keyboard

UAG is out today with another new Apple accessory, this time a rugged military-spec rated iPad Pro case that the company says is the first to work in tandem with the Smart Keyboard Folio.

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May 10, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

2-in-1 cleaning stick gives you a weapon against on-screen germs [Review]

We live on our screens. So do germs, bacteria and a buildup of skin oils. I will spare you the details and, instead, recommend the Häns Swipe-Clean, a wet-dry tool that wipes away the gross microbial life thriving on your iPhone, iPad and Mac screens. You don’t have to be a germophobe to occasionally wish […]

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May 10, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Military-grade iPad Pro case also protects your Smart Keyboard

If one of your prerequisites for an iPad case is that it’s hard-wearing enough to take whatever life throws at it, Urban Armor Gear promises to be your hook-up. Urban Armor Gear’s new Scout series for iPad Pro offers rugged, lightweight mobile device cases designed to fit Apple’s iPad Pro devices. What’s more, it’s compatible […]

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May 10, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Bloomberg: Apple A13 production kicks off, destined for iPhone 11 and the new iPhone XR in the fall

Supply chain sources have previously reported that the Apple A13 chip will be built by TSMC on a ‘7nm+’ process. In an article posted today, Bloomberg says that the A13 chip is now in trial production and could ramp up to mass production later in May.

The A13 chip will be used in the next-generation iPhone lineup, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11, 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Max and a successor to the 6.1-inch iPhone XR.

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May 10, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

DeNA is busy working on a brand new Pokémon game for mobile

It’s a good time to be a fan of Pokémon right now, and next year could be even better. That’s because DeNA, the developers who teamed with Nintendo for titles like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Super Mario Run, has paired up with The Pokémon Company for a new mobile game. Coming to mobile platforms […]

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May 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Create your own iPhone ringtones with this easy-to-use app [Deals]

You can tell a lot about someone by their ringtone. Too bad the options on the iPhone are so limited. And too bad it’s such a headache getting ringtones from iTunes to your device. iRingg is an app for Mac and Windows that makes loading custom ringtones a simple matter of drag-and-drop. Just connect to […]

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May 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Get a notepad designed with your desk in mind [Deals]

With all the technology at our disposal, there’s still plenty of room for a good old fashioned pad of paper. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for the notepad to change. In fact, since our desktops are dominated by tech, it’s time for the notepad to catch up. Sidekick Notebook designed their notepad with […]

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May 10, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

iOS 13 could cut off support for iPhone SE, among others

Last year, iOS 12 gave a stay of execution to older devices by supporting exactly the same iGadgets as iOS 11. This year, owners of aging iPhones and iPads may not be quite so lucky. According to a new rumor, iOS 13 will not support the iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 […]

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May 10, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

WWDC 2019, revealed! This week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: WWDC 2019 is right around the corner, and a new report sheds light on everything Apple’s prepping to reveal. We discuss! Plus: the magic of Corning glass, and how making your iPhone just slightly thicker would make it indestructible. And we reveal how (and why) Jony Ive created the massive […]

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May 10, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Apple Lisa documentary will tell the story of Apple’s most important ‘flop’

Until recently, it seems that most Apple-centric documentaries focused solely on Steve Jobs. That’s all changed in the last year or so as we’ve seen documentaries on everything from the Newton MessagePad to General Magic, the startup co-founded by members of the original Mac team. Now a new documentary titled Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa […]

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May 10, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

Deals Spotlight: Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS $24 Off From Amazon

Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS is available for $104.95 on Amazon right now, which is a $24 discount off of the standard $129 price tag.

The discounted price is only available for the Smart Battery Case that comes in black, with the white and pink varieties still priced at $129. There are also no discounts on the version for the iPhone XS Max or the version for the iPhone XR, unfortunately.


$104.95 is the lowest price we've seen for the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case since its launch back in January. Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, when used with an iPhone XS, provides a combined total of up to 33 hours of talk time, up to 21 hours of internet use, and up to 25 hours of video playback.

The Smart Battery Cases can be charged via Lightning or wirelessly using any Qi-based wireless charger, and battery status can be viewed on the iPhone's Lock screen and in Notification Center.

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May 10, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Trump’s Chinese tariff increases begin today, with Apple still threatened

Chinese tariff increases threatened by President Trump on Monday have started to take effect.

Trump made two tweeted threats to increase tariffs on Chinese imports, one of which would have hit Apple products. He has now gone ahead with half of what he promised – and says that work is underway on the half that would affect Apple

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May 10, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: PowerBook G3 gets thinner, lighter and bronze-er

May 10, 1999: The third-generation PowerBook G3 comes in 20 percent slimmer and 2 pounds lighter than its predecessor, but most people remember the laptop for its “bronze” keyboard. Although it doesn’t get a new name to distinguish it from previous laptops in the lineup, fans call it “Lombard” after Apple’s internal code name (or […]

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May 10, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Rare Apple-1 with original documentation goes up for auction

Want to own one of the very first computers Apple ever launched? You very well could, thanks to a Christie’s auction selling an Apple-1 personal computer, circa 1976. This model comes complete with original instruction manuals, supporting hardware, and “additional ephemera.” However, with an asking price of up to $630,000, you may have to get […]

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May 10, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Mystery of rainbow stage at center of Apple Park campus is solved, as Jony Ive explains to staff

New drone footage of the Apple Park campus created a mystery earlier this week, when it revealed a rainbow stage at the centre of the spaceship ring.

Arranged like a concert stage, it was clearly for an event of some kind – and it turns out it’s for a pretty special one, to be held on May 17 …

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May 10, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

Rumor suggests iOS 13 will not support iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 5s

A rumor from iPhonesoft.fr out today suggests that iOS 13 will cut off several generations of iPhone. With iOS 12, Apple supported every device that could run iOS 11, boosting performance across all models all the way back to iPhone 5s. If today’s report is to believed, it is the end road for a large chunk of active iPhone models.

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May 10, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Energy Strip and a Light Strip With Extension From Eve

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Eve to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of smart home products that includes the Eve Energy Strip, Eve Light Strip, and a Light Strip Extender.

Eve's Energy Strip, priced at $99, is its newest product, offering up three HomeKit-connected outlets that can be controlled individually or all at once so you can make non-HomeKit products compatible with HomeKit. The three outlets are generously spaced so even bulky power supplies won't obstruct a second socket, plus there's a long 6.3-foot cable.


The Energy Strip connects to HomeKit over WiFi, and you can control whatever's plugged into it through the Eve app, the Home app, or Siri voice commands. In addition to providing HomeKit controls, the Energy Strip lets you monitor total power consumption and track costs for anything that's plugged in, so you can monitor and shut down appliances that are draining energy.


Physical buttons let you turn accessories off if the app isn't available, and Eve has included protection against power surges, overcurrent, and overvoltage. With the HomeKit integration, connected devices can be controlled with other HomeKit products or automated to work on a specific schedule.


The Eve Light Strip is also one of Eve's newer products, and it's one of the brightest HomeKit-enabled LED strips on the market with 1,800 lumens and support for full-spectrum white shades along with millions of colors.


Priced at $80, the Light Strip provides enough light to replace a standard room lamp at its brightest levels. Each Light Strip is 6.6 feet long, but it can be cut at one-foot intervals for use in smaller areas or extended to 32.8 feet using 6.6 foot extension strips, available for $50.


Like all Eve products, the Eve Light Strip is HomeKit compatible and it can be controlled using Siri voice commands, the Home app, and the Eve app. Using HomeKit it can be automated or added into scenes with other HomeKit products.


We have a kit featuring an Eve Energy Strip, Eve Light Strip, and Light Strip Extender for two MacRumors readers. To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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May 10, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Apple Pay Nearing Launch in Hungary and Luxembourg

Apple Pay has been gradually expanding across Europe and the Middle East, launching in Poland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Austria, and Iceland over the last year. Now, we have learned that the service will likely roll out in Hungary and Luxembourg in the near future.


MacRumors has spotted the usual server-side changes that Apple makes shortly before expanding Apple Pay to new regions — in this case, Hungary and Luxembourg. The service could launch in both countries within days.

Luxembourg bank BGL BNP Paribas already confirmed that Apple Pay is coming soon to the small European country, but this is the first we've heard about Hungary. Apple Pay will also be available soon in the Netherlands as well as Romania, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, and Slovenia, according to banks ING and N26.

Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014 and has since expanded to dozens of countries and territories. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in March that Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 regions by the end of 2019.

Apple Pay can be used anywhere contactless payments are accepted with a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch.

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May 10, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check if your MacBook Pro is eligible for a free battery replacement

Has the battery on your 13-inch non Touch Bar MacBook Pro expanded? Read on for how to check if your MacBook Pro is eligible for a free battery replacement.

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May 10, 2019, 3:10 a.m.

BMW CarPlay subscription breaks feature during extended ConnectedDrive outage

Many BMW owners have been unable to access CarPlay in their vehicle for the past several days, according to several reports on Reddit. This CarPlay downtime is seemingly related to BMW’s ConnectedDrive service suffering from outage – and further shows the risk associated with locking these features behind paid options and subscriptions.

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May 10, 2019, 1:11 a.m.

Functioning Apple-1 and accessories going up for auction this month, could fetch over $600,000

Another Apple-1 is set to hit the auction block later this month. The Apple-1 be available through Christie’s auction house from May 16th through May 23rd, and is expected to fetch as much as $630,000.

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May 10, 2019, 12:30 a.m.

Watch an adorable beluga whale rescue a phone from the ocean

A phone dropped in the sea is usually gone forever, but not when a friendly whale retrieves from the ocean floor. Video of exactly this happening in Norway has to be seen to be believed. Even better, the beluga starring in the video is thought by some to be the Russian spy whale who made […]

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May 9, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Canalys: Apple shipped 14.6M iPhones in North America during Q1, securing 40% marketshare

Analyst company Canalys is out today with a new report looking at the smartphone market in North America during the first quarter of 2019. According to Canalys, smartphone shipments fell 18 percent year-over-year during the quarter, hitting a five-year low of 36.4 million units.

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May 9, 2019, 11:20 p.m.

With smartphone sales in free fall, iPhone still dominates

Apple’s most affordable 2018 handset is a real hit in N. America. There were more than twice as many iPhone XR units shipped during the first three months of this year in this region as its next nearest competitor. Even so, Apple and the entire phone business had a very weak first quarter. There were […]

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May 9, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage

The mysterious, rainbow-colored stage erected inside Apple Park bears all the hallmarks of the company’s meticulous design, according to an Apple document provided to Cult of Mac. It’s the latest creation by Jony Ive’s team — and it’s just as thoughtfully and intricately designed as you might imagine. An article explaining the project to Apple […]

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May 9, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

Apple launches ‘Springtime Savings’ Apple Pay deals with Postmates, Wayfair, more

Following last week’s Mother’s Day-themed Apple Pay deal, Apple this week has launched a collection of new Apple Pay deals in celebration of springtime. The new deals offer savings in a wide array of different applications including Postmates, Wayfair, Shipt, and more.

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May 9, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

New Samsung smartphone camera sensor is a 64-megapixel monster

Samsung says it will begin mass production later this year on a 64-megapixel smartphone camera sensor, the most powerful salvo in the megapixel war among the smartphone companies. A megapixel-packed half-inch sensor is only as good as the accompanying software and with highly regarded sensors in its current Galaxy smartphones, Samsung’s announcement today makes some […]

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May 9, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Upcoming Ecobee4+ HomeKit thermostat to feature premium design, updated room sensor

Last month, images of a new Ecobee camera leaked and showcased a sleek black and silver design. Now, the first details of Ecobee’s next smart thermostat, believed to be called the Ecobee4+, have emerged.

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May 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Sell your old iPad and bag a bargain upgrade today

There’s never been a better time to upgrade to the latest iPad Pro, with Woot currently offering 64GB models with LTE for under $740. And you can make yours even more affordable by selling your old iPad today. Cult of Mac offers real cash for your old Apple devices, and we typically pay more than […]

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May 9, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Facebook’s refreshed app icon rolling out on iOS following app redesign

Facebook announced its major design overhaul named FB5 last week with some of the changes arriving right away to users on the mobile apps. Now, Facebook’s new app icon on iOS is rolling out to users, marking the first change in years.

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May 9, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Nike Training Club on iOS adds new subscription feature and workout reminders

Nike this week has updated its Training Club app for iOS with a pair of notable enhancements. With this update, there’s new support for workout reminders, as well as a new Nike Training Club Premium subscription service for additional workout programs.

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May 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Bag an 11-inch iPad Pro with LTE for under $740 [Deals & Steals]

It’s finally time to treat yourself to Apple’s latest iPad Pro. Woot is offering open-box models at a massive discount, allowing you to bag yours for under $740. That’s a steal for a 64GB device with LTE connectivity. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also a […]

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May 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

FCC bans China Mobile from US

China Mobile is blocked from offering phone service in the United States. The Federal Communications Commission just unanimously voted to prevent this company, which is owned by the Chinese government, from expanding to the U.S. Despite its name, China Mobile was not planning to go into competition with Verizon, AT&T, et.al. Instead, it wanted to […]

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May 9, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Apple Carnegie Library: An inside look at Apple’s most ambitious store yet

Science. Poetry. History. These three words set the tone as you pass through the doors of Apple Carnegie Library, the latest in a careful collection of global flagship stores. It’s been over 116 years since each art was carved into marble and hung above the library’s entrance, but the studies remain as relevant to Apple today as they were when the building was built. Apple Carnegie Library is far more than a store — it’s the clearest public expression of Apple’s values.

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May 9, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Jony Ive puts his mark on stately Carnegie Library Apple store

Apple’s newest store is more of a step back in time than the usual step into an all-glass box. The tech giant proudly gave a sneak peek into its Washington D.C. outlet, a former Carnegie Library where Ive and Beaux-Arts styles blend for a refreshing feel to the Apple retail experience. Of course, there’s a […]

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May 9, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Phones beat out consoles and PCs with gamers old and young

More people play games on their phones than on any other type of computer, according to a new survey. And the number is much higher for women. The survey breaks out where people prefer to play games by age and gender. And there’s a much wider spread of ages than many might guess. About half […]

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May 9, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

New iTunes and VLC alternative for macOS includes experimental AirPlay 2 support, multi-touch gestures, more

Optimus Player is a new media player designed just for macOS that includes some compelling features. The clean and simple app offers users AirPlay 2 (in beta), multi-touch gestures, support for over 250 file formats, and more.

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May 9, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

New macOS 10.15 Music app code based on iTunes, not iOS

We previously discovered the new standalone Music app to be included in the next major version of macOS, 10.15. In that post, we mentioned the new Music app would be made using Marzipan, that lets iOS apps run on the Mac. Recently, sources familiar with the development of the OS reached out, correcting that information.

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May 9, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Kenwood CarPlay Receivers, up to $450 off iPad Pro and a best-selling AirPrint printer await in today’s best deals

A Kenwood CarPlay receiver, up to $450 off iPad Pro, and a best-selling AirPrint printer highlight today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Hit the jump for more.

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May 9, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Smart Home Diary: HomeKit-compatible window blinds completes the Apple integration

Although I do generally have a rule that smart home tech has to be HomeKit-compatible, there have been a few exceptions here and there. HomeKit-compatible window blinds were one of these, because the only option available at the time was just crazy money for the number we needed.

We did still get iPhone-controlled blinds, with HomeKit support promised down the line. Alexa support arrived first, which gave me an interesting insight into how the two ecosystems compared – but then HomeKit support finally landed for Hunter Douglas blinds …

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May 9, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Original iPod hits eBay with sealed packaging, crazy price tag

Apple devices famously hold their value well, and if they’ve never been used, they can fetch a lot more than they originally cost. But would you pay $19,995 for a classic iPod? That’s exactly how much one eBay seller is asking for a first-generation unit that comes in its “unopened original box.” The original iPod […]

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May 9, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

Waze for iOS picks up Pandora Radio integration for easily controlling music while navigating

Pandora has launched integrated support of its music service in the popular Waze navigation for iOS. Going further, the Pandora app will now show Waze directions as well.

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May 9, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Samsung will reveal new shipping date for Galaxy Fold this week

Samsung’s boss Koh Dong-jin says that his company will announce its conclusion about the future of the Galaxy Fold this week. Samsung has reportedly “reviewed the defect” highlighted in early reviews, and will announce its rescheduled launch plan in the U.S “in a couple of days.” That would suggest that Samsung is still weighing up […]

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May 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Apple’s clever tax practices make it Ireland’s biggest company

Move over Guinness, hold the Jameson’s, and don’t even think about Kerrygold. When it comes to Ireland’s biggest company, no-one holds a candle to, err, Apple. You know, that company headquartered in California, which builds products in China, and sells them everywhere on the planet. According to the 2019 edition of The Irish Times, Apple […]

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May 9, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Powerbeats Pro preorders will arrive early for some

Some lucky Apple fans who preordered its new Powerbeats Pro buds are set to enjoy early deliveries. Apple originally stated a delivery date of May 13 for its latest Beats headphones. However, many customers are now expecting to receive theirs on Friday, May 10. Apple first showed off Powerbeats Pro in early April before unleashing […]

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May 9, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Philips Hue zones added in latest app update, for more flexible control

Philips Hue zones have been added in the latest update to the iOS app, allowing for more flexible control of your lighting. The option is currently flagged as a beta feature …

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May 9, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Top iPhone apps for April bode well for Apple Arcade

There’s a bit of myth that’s trotted out every now and then suggesting that gaming hasn’t really taken off in the App Store in the way some people hoped. A look at the top 10 downloads iPhone apps worldwide for the month of April tells a different story, however. It shows that 7 of the […]

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May 9, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

Facebook cofounder: It’s time to break up company, gov oversight of social media needed

While there has been lots of talks about regulating Facebook and the tech industry as a whole, there’s so far been no real action. Now Facebook’s cofounder, Chris Hughes has published an opinion piece today in The New York Times, making the case for why Facebook needs to be broken up. But beyond that, he believes we need a new government agency to handle the growing tech regulation issues. Read on for the five main reasons Facebook’s cofounder believes the platform needs to be broken up.

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May 9, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

Nike Fit uses AR to help shoppers find just the right size shoe

This morning, a new report is out that Nike will soon be aggressively adding augmented reality into its online shopping process. Users with compatible smartphones will be able to leverage AR within the Nike app to virtually find the right shoe size. Officially dubbed ‘Nike Fit’, this new feature uses a mix of data, algorithms and measurements to help shoppers find just the right-sized shoe. According to Nike and industry research, some 60% of all people wear the wrong size shoes. Nike Fit looks to correct this malfeasance with this slick new augmented reality tech. Head below for more.

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May 9, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

US gaming now dominated by smartphones; spend up 20% year-on-year

Smartphones are now dominating US gaming, according to a survey of more than 4,000 Americans by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

The ESA found that while PCs and game consoles remain popular, 60% of gamers play on their smartphones …

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May 9, 2019, 2 p.m.

Rome: Total War – Barbarian Invasion marches onto iPhone

Rome: Total War – Barbarian Invasion arrived on iPad back in 2017. A standalone expansion pack for the classic PC strategy title Rome: Total War, it takes place in 363AD when a Barbarian horde of warlike tribes fight back against Roman supremacy. Now it’s marched its way onto iPhone — and it’s all kinds of […]

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May 9, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Your iPhone could be unbreakable, if it were just 1mm thicker

SUNNYVALE, CALIF — Even though the latest iPhones are made from glass front and back, they would be “nearly unbreakable” if just a bit thicker. That was the message from glass manufacturer Corning during an open house at its Silicon Valley research center on Tuesday. “If the glass on the latest smartphones was just a […]

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May 9, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

2019 iPhone cases make way for third camera lens

Case-makers are already preparing themselves for this fall’s big iPhone refresh. New images show updated case designs for an iPhone XS successor with a larger camera module. They line up with recent rumors that have claimed Apple’s next-generation flagships will have a third rear-facing camera sensor. It’s a bad idea to start producing cases for […]

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May 9, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

Beats Powerbeats Pro delivery date looks set to be tomorrow for some rather than May 13

There may be good news for at least some of those who pre-ordered Beats’ alternative to AirPods: the Beats Powerbeats Pro delivery date for some customers appears to be set for tomorrow …

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May 9, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

Apple Offers Springtime Apple Pay Promo With Discounts From Postmates, Priceline, Wayfair, Sonic and More

Apple today launched a new Apple Pay promotion offering discounts from a number of different companies when making an in-app purchase using Apple Pay or on the web in some cases.

The springtime discounts are available through most of May, from May 9 until May 22. Each app and its Apple Pay discount is listed below, though there may be some restrictions and exclusions in the fine print when redeeming each offer.


  • 1-800-Flowers - Free shipping on spring gift collection.

  • Belk - Up to 20 percent off in the Belk app.

  • Postmates - Up to $100 in free delivery credits.

  • Priceline - $10 off a $100 Express Deal hotel.

  • Saks Fifth Avenue - Free special beauty gift when making a purchase.

  • Shipt - $50 off membership and a $10 credit for the first order.

  • Sonic Drive-In - Free cheeseburger on your next visit when ordering in the Sonic app.

  • Wayfair - $10 gift card when making a purchase via Apple Pay in the Wayfair app.

Apple regularly provides Apple Pay promotions in the United States to encourage iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to use the payments service to make purchases.

Additional details on all of the spring offers can be found on Apple's Apple Pay promo website for those who don't receive Apple's promotional emails.


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May 9, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes experiments with video downloads

May 9, 2005: Apple quietly begins selling music videos in the iTunes Music Store. The feature arrives with iTunes 4.8, initially offering bonus content for people purchasing albums through the store. It will take several months for Apple to start selling individual music videos, along with Pixar short films and a selection of TV shows, […]

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May 9, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

Republican and Democrat lawmakers agree on need for federal privacy law – but not on approach

There seems to be growing consensus on the need for a US federal privacy law along the lines of Europe’s GDPR. There is now bipartisan support in Congress, with Republicans and Democrats alike in favor of legislation.

They don’t, however, agree on the best way to go about it …

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May 9, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

iPhone 11 case renders highlight new large square camera bump design

Case manufacturers love to get prepared early for the next iPhone redesign, and this year they are getting the jump on the hump. The iPhone 11 will abandon the traffic-like vertical camera design seen in iPhone XS and instead adopt a triple-camera system with a new bump in a rounded-rectangle shape.

As first leaked by Onleaks in January, the three cameras are arranged in a triangular pattern. The cameras, microphone and flash are housed in a square protrusion about the size of an Apple Watch.

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May 9, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Galaxy Fold launch date will be decided this week, says Samsung’s CEO

The revised Samsung Galaxy Fold launch date in the US will be decided in the next couple of days, says the company’s CEO Koh Dong-jin.

The statement follows an earlier email to customers explaining that pre-orders may be automatically cancelled unless confirmed …

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May 9, 2019, 11:53 a.m.

Fortnite season 9 kicks off with Slipstreams, new locations, more

Fortnite just kicked off its ninth season of Battle Royale — and there’s lots of new content for fans to enjoy. The update includes a brand new Battle Pass with over 100 new rewards to unlock, a Slipstream wind transportation system, and brand new locations. There’s also new weapons and more. Season nine gives Fortnite fans […]

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May 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

LG UltraFine 5K display is ‘sold out’ on Apple’s online store

We may have reached the end of the line for the LG UltraFine 5K display. According to Apple’s online store they are officially “sold out.” This follows Apple discontinuing the LG UltraFine 4K display last month. While there’s a slim chance that stocks will at some be replenished, it’s more likely that Apple is phasing […]

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May 9, 2019, 11:10 a.m.

Intel CPU supply shortages to ease in June, as company finally ready to ship 10nm chips

Intel told its investors today that it is finally ready to ship 10-nanometer ‘Ice Lake’ mobile CPUs next month, following three years of delays for the company’s 10nm fabrication. Meanwhile, Intel’s competitors like TSMC are already boasting 7nm production (the Apple A12 chip present in iPhone XS and iPad Pro is 7nm).

The initial batch of Ice Lake CPUs are aimed at mobile contexts like laptops. Devices featuring 10nm Intel Ice Lake chips are expected to launch by the end of this year.

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May 9, 2019, 10:56 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Expercom Discounts Cellular Apple Watch Series 3 Models to New Lows (Starting at $250)

Expercom kicked off a new sale on the Apple Watch Series 3 today, discounting three models of the cellular version by as much as $150 off. The sale includes 38mm and 42mm versions of the Apple Watch Series 3, all in aluminum with Sport Loops, and each model supports cellular data.

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Savings start with the 38mm Space Gray Aluminum Apple Watch with Black Sport Loop at $249.00, down from $379.00. This beats prices offered by B&H Photo and Amazon, where the same Apple Watch is selling for $299.00. Likewise, the other two models in the sale offer great low prices on 42mm options of the Apple Watch Nike+.

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The Apple Watch Series 3 launched in 2017 and introduced smaller 38mm and 42mm bodies with less display area, dual-core S3 processors, a barometric altimeter, and an optical heart rate sensor. Like all models of the Apple Watch, the Series 3 can track your health data like standing hours, calorie count, exercise time, and more.

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May 9, 2019, 8:34 a.m.

Apple Park flyover highlights mystery rainbow stage

It’s been a while since we saw drone flyover videos of Apple Park, particularly now that everyone has moved in. But an update by master drone video maker Duncan Sinfield — his first of 2019 — offers a new airborne overview of Apple’s HQ. Complete with a rainbow-colored mystery stage in the centre of Apple Park. […]

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May 9, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check if your iPhone 8 is eligible for a free fix

Are you dealing with unexpected restarts, a frozen screen, or your iPhone 8 just not powering on? Read on for how to check if your iPhone 8 is eligible for a free fix.

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May 9, 2019, 6:58 a.m.

Facebook Co-Founder Calls For 'Break Up' of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp

Recently, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren put forward the idea to reverse certain tech mergers to promote healthy competition in the market, particularly including Facebook and Instagram. In an op-ed shared today by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, that topic is revisited (via The New York Times).


According to Hughes, the Federal Trade Commission's "biggest mistake" was letting Facebook acquire Instagram and WhatsApp. As the co-founder pointed out, many people left Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but they didn't leave the Facebook ecosystem altogether because of Instagram and WhatsApp, with some people unaware that Facebook owned these social networks.
First, Facebook should be separated into multiple companies. The F.T.C., in conjunction with the Justice Department, should enforce antitrust laws by undoing the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions and banning future acquisitions for several years.

How would a breakup work? Facebook would have a brief period to spin off the Instagram and WhatsApp businesses, and the three would become distinct companies, most likely publicly traded. Facebook shareholders would initially hold stock in the new companies, although Mark and other executives would probably be required to divest their management shares.
In the years since its acqusitions, the founders of both Instagram and WhatsApp have left each company, reportedly due to clashing with Mark Zuckerberg and his management of their apps. Hughes described an informal slogan that became well-known in the Facebook offices in the wake of its launch of the "Stories" format on Instagram and Facebook: "Don't be too proud to copy."
The vibrant marketplace that once drove Facebook and other social media companies to compete to come up with better products has virtually disappeared. This means there’s less chance of start-ups developing healthier, less exploitative social media platforms. It also means less accountability on issues like privacy.

Mark may never have a boss, but he needs to have some check on his power. The American government needs to do two things: break up Facebook’s monopoly and regulate the company to make it more accountable to the American people.
Although the Cambridge Analytica scandal has passed, in 2019 Facebook continued to appear in headlines regarding data breaches and user privacy issues. In April alone, it was reported that Facebook's executive team used the data of its users as leverage over partner companies; two days later it emerged that Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent and used the data to build a web of their social connections.

That same day, Facebook confirmed that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in plain text with no encryption. Similar stories have been shared frequently since news broke about about the Cambridge Analytica scandal just over one year ago.

Amid all of the news, Facebook today announced the launch of a new feature for Stories called "Birthday Stories." Using this ability, friends and family members can add digital birthday cards, photos, or video messages to your Birthday Story, which will be visible at the top of the Facebook iOS app like other Stories.


The feature will be available in the birthday notification that pops up when a friend is celebrating their big day. From there, you'll be able to take a photo or video, share a music sticker on the Story, and more. Once multiple people have added to the Birthday Story, the person in question will be able to browse it like any traditional Facebook or Instagram Story.

The company said that its goal with the new update was expanding on existing birthday features on Facebook, while also continuing to push interaction with Stories. It's been over two years since Facebook Stories began rolling out to users, and nearly three years since Instagram first copied the Stories format from Snapchat.

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May 9, 2019, 5:20 a.m.

Nike Reveals AR Feature That Will Let You Find The Perfect Shoe Size Using Your iPhone

Nike today announced a new feature coming to its iOS app this summer, called "Nike Fit." Using augmented reality, you'll be able to scan your feet directly within the Nike mobile app to find the right shoe size to wear.

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To use the feature, you'll navigate to a product page in the app, and next to the normal shoe size menu there will be a new option to measure your feet. This will open the iPhone camera, and the app will ask you to stand next to a wall and point the device down at your feet. Once everything is level and your feet are recognized along with the environment, your correct Nike shoe size will be showcased.

"The entire process takes less than a minute," Engadget reported.
Nike Fit will measure your feet virtually down to the millimeter size, and it can tell you if your right foot is larger than your left one, or vice versa. The company says that, based on early testing, it is quite confident on the technology, so much so that it plans to make it a core feature of its Nike app -- it's not just an experiment or a marketing move.
The company plans to take this data even further, allowing retail workers to scan a QR code in your Nike app to get all of your shoe size data and build recommendations based on your profile. Employees will also have their own version of Nike Fit on smartphones to get shoe sizes of customers who haven't used the feature yet. With the data, they'll be able to scan any shoe box and have Nike's system tell them the best size and model.

The Nike Fit data is also saved permanently in the app so that you don't have to use it every time you shop for a new shoe, although different Nike styles fit differently and the app will intelligently recommend the correct size based on whether a style runs smaller or has a narrower fit.

Nike Fit will launch this July in the mobile app for United States users, and those in Europe will see the feature added later in the summer.

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May 9, 2019, 3:49 a.m.

Epic Strategy Classic 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion' Released on iPhone

Feral Interactive today announced that Barbarian Invasion, the standalone expansion for the acclaimed historical strategy game ROME: Total War, is out now on iPhone.


Originally developed by Creative Assembly and published by SEGA for Windows PC, Barbarian Invasion was previously brought to iPad by Feral.

Barbarian Invasion takes place in 363AD during the height of the Roman Empire, when the Barbarian hordes began fighting back against Roman supremacy in an attempt to reclaim lost territory.

Players can choose to take on the role of a Barbarian commander determined to bring down the Empire, or take up arms as a Roman General and fight to extend the civilization into a new age.

Woven into the historical narrative are clashes with Christian, Pagan, and Zoroastrian religions, along with a new Horde mechanic that commands factions to raid and plunder opposing settlements to sustain their nomadic lifestyle.


Barbarian Invasion requires an iPhone 5s or later, iOS 12, and 4GB of free space to install. The full list of supported iPhones is as follows: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPod Touch (6th Generation).

Barbarian Invasion for iPhone is available from the App Store for $4.99 (£4.99 / 5.49 euros). It's a universal app, so players who have previously purchased the game on iPad will be able to install it on their iPhone at no additional cost, and transfer their save games.

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May 9, 2019, 1:23 a.m.

Everything we know about iOS 13: Dark Mode, iPad improvements, Sleep Mode, more

We’re less than a month away from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. At WWDC this year, Apple will announce new features for each of its operating systems, including iOS 13, watchOS 6, macOS 10.15, and tvOS 13.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve reported a lot of what you can expect to see in this year’s update for iPhone and iPad. Read on as we round everything up ahead of next month’s event.

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May 9, 2019, 12:09 a.m.

LG UltraFine 5K no longer available from Apple following disappearance of 4K model last month

Following the removal of the LG UltraFine 4K Display earlier this year, Apple’s online store today indicates that the UltraFine 5K is also now unavailable. This change comes as Apple is rumored to be readying its own 31.6-inch 6K display.

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May 8, 2019, 11:40 p.m.

Feds might ban loot boxes and pay-to-win games

Some of the methods developers use to get players to pay for “free” games would be outlawed by legislation proposed today in the U.S. Senate. The act would ban games played by children from offering items only as in-app purchases that are actually required to win. The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act (PCAGA) was […]

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May 8, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Apple Park drone videos make a return, show mystery stage at center of spaceship ring

Throughout the construction of Apple Park, drone update videos became monthly occurrences. They offered beautiful overhead updates on Apple Park’s construction progress, but as construction wrapped up, Apple started to crack down on drone videos. Today, however, Duncan Sinfield is back with his first Apple Park drone update in six months.

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May 8, 2019, 9 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 4 wins Display of the Year award

The Society for Information Display (SID) gave the most recent Apple Watch its highest honor, naming it one of several Displays of the Year. This award is given to “products with the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features.” In announcing the 2019 Display Industry Award winners, SID said of Apple’s wearable introduced last fall, […]

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May 8, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 4’s redesigned OLED screen crowned ‘Display of the Year’

The Apple Watch Series 4 has today been crowned one of the “Displays of the Year” by The Society for Information Display. The award is given to “display products with the most significant technological advances and/or outstanding features.”

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May 8, 2019, 8 p.m.

Tired of using iTunes for iPhone backups? There’s an alternative.

This post is presented by DearMob iPhone Manager. The way we use iPhones has changed a lot since they first came on the scene more than a decade ago. For one thing, they’ve become much more essential to our everyday lives. iPhones have become the place where we keep some of our most important data. […]

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May 8, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Save on Beats, iPads, MacBooks and more [Deals & Steals]

Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook Pro is now more affordable with up to $199 off on Amazon. You can get the Intel Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for just $1,799.99 — $199.01 off the usual price. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You […]

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May 8, 2019, 7 p.m.

What is your Apple Watch trying to tell you about your health?

If you’ve been wearing an Apple Watch for a while now, chances are you have built up a huge amount of data related to your health. But do you know what it all means? What exactly is that wrist-mounted technological marvel trying to tell you? All those different stats Apple Watch saves to the Health […]

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May 8, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

All Apple’s app stores are partially down

The official System Status page for all Apple’s services  shows that three of the most important ones are having problems The iOS App Store, the Mac App Store and the iTunes Store are all affected. Many of the people using these three stores may find that they can’t actually buy anything. “Customers may be unable […]

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May 8, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Unusual escape room traps you backstage at an Apple keynote

Tim Cook is 15 minutes from the start of his keynote and you’ve been invited backstage because he trusts you and your friends can help the big Apple event run without a hitch. But then there is a hitch – Cook’s clicker is broken and the new products Apple is set to debut are missing. […]

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May 8, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 035: “The 50 hour transition”

After naming their favorite Italian city, John and Gui discuss iOS design systems and cross-platform UI frameworks, augment Mark Gurman’s latest scoops, and talk about preparing for WWDC.

Sponsored by Volta: Get 10% off the Volta 2.0 charge cable now by visiting voltacharger.com/stacktrace and using promo code 9to5TAKE10 at checkout.

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May 8, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 8, 2019

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


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May 8, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

PSA: App Store, iTunes, and Mac App Store currently down for some users

Apple’s System Status webpage indicates that several of its online services are experiencing outages this morning. According to the company, there are three concurrent outages: App Store, iTunes Store, and the Mac App Store.

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May 8, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Dinosaurs return to life in new Apple TV+ series

Apple has signed a deal with director and producer Jon Favreau for a CGI dinosaur documentary series for the tech company’s new streaming service, Apple TV+. Prehistoric Planet will be produced by the BBC’s heralded Natural History team and will include Mike Gunton, who produced Planet Earth II. The CGI animation will be in good […]

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May 8, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

‘AirPods 3’ could bring big design changes this year

Apple’s third-generation AirPods could bring big internal design changes, according to a new report. Supply chain sources claim Apple will switch to system-in-package (SiP) technology that frees up space inside each bud. The move could allow other components to be squeezed inside. Apple rolled out its second-generation AirPods in late March. The new models promise […]

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May 8, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

Mac Mini is up to $200 off, upgraded MacBook Pro drops $500, and iPhone SE is $87 in today’s best deals

Today’s best deals include the latest Mac Mini up to $200 off, upgraded MacBook Pro gets a big discount, and iPhone SE is on sale for just $87. Head below for the rest of this episode of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 8, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

UAG launches new $60-$70 nylon and leather Apple Watch straps with rugged designs

UAG, known for making military spec rated cases for iPhone, iPad, and more is out with its first Apple Watch bands today. The company has two offerings both focused on durability with rugged designs, the Leather Watch Strap and the nylon Active Watch Strap.

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May 8, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Google CEO takes a shot at tech giants which sell privacy as a ‘luxury’ product

Google and Apple’s feud has cooled a lot in recent years. But like a married couple who are staying together until the kids are at college, neither company is beyond throwing a bit of undercover shade at the other. Tim Cook has previously taken issue with tech giants which gobble up user data. Now Google […]

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May 8, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Apple finalizing locations for proposed India retail flagship

Whether Apple will ever open an official flagship retail store in India is the greatest “will they, won’t they” off-and-on relationship since Pam and Jim in The Office. From the sound of things, things are back in the “it’s happening” category. According to a new report, Apple has finalized a short list of locations for […]

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May 8, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

Apple Music publishing division hires ex-Disney and YouTube exec to woo songwriters

Apple has hired the former head of songwriter and publisher relations at YouTube for a senior role in its Apple Music publishing division …

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May 8, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Arlo Ultra 4K review: Premium home security camera with a premium cost [Video]

Netgear’s Arlo Technologies subsidiary recently re-launched its Arlo Ultra 4K wireless security camera after experiencing issues during its initial availability. The widely reported issues, which caused the company to pull back on the launch.

With several firmware updates under its belt that addressed reported connectivity issues and bugs that users experienced, Arlo feels that their 4K security camera is now ready for prime time. How does it stack up to the Arlo Pro 2? Should you consider upgrading? Watch our hands-on video impressions for the details. more…

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May 8, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Apple Pay goes live to Iceland’s 334,000 citizens

Apple Pay has added yet another market to its tally, going live in Iceland with local banks Arion and Landsbankinn. By our count, that marks 36 markets in which Apple’s mobile payment service is now available. With a population of just around 334,000 people, Iceland is a tiny market for Apple Pay. It’s worth noting […]

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May 8, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Score a 6-course master class in Adobe Photoshop [Deals]

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for digital visuals. But it’s also a real challenge to master, and even experienced users have lots to learn. That makes this massive Photoshop master class bundle great for beginners and pros alike. The Complete Photoshop Master Class Bundle 2019 includes six courses, 320 lessons and more than 35 […]

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May 8, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

Poll: Do car companies charging annual CarPlay subscription harm their brand image?

BMW made a controversial move last year, implementing an annual CarPlay subscription. Instead of a one-off option payment of $300, it made CarPlay a free option in the first year, but then charged $80/year to keep it active.

It’s now reported that a second car manufacturer may be following BMW’s example …

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May 8, 2019, 2 p.m.

Renders offer early look at 2019 iPhone XR with two cameras

New renders offer Apple fans an early glimpse at the rumored 2019 iPhone XR with an additional rear-facing camera. The images, which are allegedly based on leaked information, show a significantly larger camera bump on the back of the device. But no obvious changes to its front. Apple is expected to deliver huge camera improvements […]

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May 8, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple has spent at least $24 billion buying back its own shares this year

After slowing down on buying back shares in Q4 when they were cheap, Apple is once again ramping up its share repurchases. In the first three months of 2019, Apple spent a massive $24 billion buying back its own shares. The board of directors has also added a further $75 billion to Apple’s share repurchase authorization. […]

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May 8, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Tim Cook talks coding with WWDC 2019 scholarship winner

Considering that a cup of coffee with Tim Cook goes for hundreds of thousands of dollars, you’ve got to be pretty lucky as an up-and-coming coder to get some quality time with Apple’s CEO. That’s exactly the situation that 16-year-old Liam Rosenfeld found himself in this week, however. One of the 350 U.S. student recipients […]

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May 8, 2019, 1:27 p.m.

2019 iPhone XR could have similar camera bump to iPhone 11, says latest leak [Video]

The 2019 iPhone XR – which some suggest might be named the iPhone XE – is set to have a very similar square camera bump to the upcoming flagship iPhone 11, suggests the latest claimed leak.

The information comes from OnLeaks, aka Steve McFly, whose renders of the new iPad Pro design ahead of last year’s launch were extremely accurate …

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May 8, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: 1997’s ‘MacBook Air’ weighed 4.4 pounds

May 8, 1997: Apple launches the PowerBook 2400c laptop, a 4.4-pound “subnotebook” that’s the MacBook Air of its day. The PowerBook 2400c predicts the rise of speedy, lightweight notebooks, while also paying tribute to Apple’s past. Its design echoes the original PowerBook 100 in appearance. Even years later, it remains a cult favorite among many […]

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May 8, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

Google CEO takes side-swipe at Apple ‘selling privacy as a luxury good’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has taken a side-swipe at Apple, suggesting that the company is effectively selling privacy as a luxury good.

Pichai doesn’t directly name the company, but the reference is clear …

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May 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Review: Eve's Energy Strip Gives You Three HomeKit-Compatible Outlets

Eve, a company that makes HomeKit-enabled smart home products, launched its latest accessory, the Eve Energy Strip, in April.

The Eve Energy Strip offers three HomeKit-connected outlets, each of which can be controlled independently through the Eve app, the Home app, and through Siri, so you can make standard home products and appliances smart.


Design


Design wise, the Eve Energy Strip feels a bit large and overly thick for a three outlet power strip, but it has an attractive and well-made aluminum enclosure with a black plastic top, so it looks sharp enough that it doesn't need to be hidden away. It measures in at 10.9 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and 1.3 inches thick.


There are three well-spaced sockets on the Eve Energy Strip, which are placed far enough away that even multiple larger power adapters can fit as long as you're careful with placement. As with most power strips, horizontally oriented power adapters have the potential to block other outlets, depending on position.

There are indicator lights for surge protection and grounding at one end, along with three power buttons and LED status indicators. Each button has one, two, or three dots, corresponding to each of the sockets on the Energy Strip.

There's a thick 6.3-foot black cable at one end, which is about standard for power strips. 6.3 feet is long enough that it can be placed behind a desk or TV stand while remaining accessible for use. With app and Siri controls available for remote access, the Energy Strip does not necessarily need to be put in a fully accessible place.


Standard protections you might expect from a power strip are included, such as overcurrent, overvoltage, and surge protection.

Overall, this is a nice looking power strip that's ideal if it needs to go in a place where it might possibly be visible. I tuck my power strips and cables away in boxes to hide them as best I can, but if I had to have a visible power strip, I'd want a design like this. As I mentioned above, I do wish it were smaller, but there's a lot going on under the hood to justify the size.


Functionality


Each of the three outlets on the Energy Strip is HomeKit-compatible, which means you can add HomeKit connectivity to three devices that wouldn't otherwise be able to be controlled using HomeKit features.

I have a lot of HomeKit devices already so I don't have much that's not already connected to HomeKit, but the Energy Strip is ideal if you have a less connected setup because it offers three outlets in one device. Fans, humidifiers, heaters, fancy lamps, and other appliances that are not normally able to be connected to HomeKit are ideal for this kind of setup.


HomeKit functionality in this case is limited to on and off controls and automation, so that's something to be aware of. You'll be able to power lamps, appliances, or other devices on or off through this Energy Strip using the Home app, Eve app, or HomeKit commands, but there are no other direct control options.


You can add the outlets to HomeKit scenes with other HomeKit products and you can set up automation schedules, so you can do something like have a fan come on at a specific time or turn off a computer at night.

The Energy Strip connects to a HomeKit setup over WiFi, and you're going to need a 2.4GHz network because it won't connect to 5GHz. I had to switch my phone over to 2.4GHz to connect, and that's always a hassle, especially if you don't have your 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks split and easy to connect to. On the plus side, since this is a direct Wi-Fi connection, there's no need for a bridge.


In addition to turning devices off/on and adding automation controls, the major feature the Energy Strip boasts is power monitoring. You can tell exactly how much power your devices are consuming, their estimated total cost, and an estimate of how much it will cost to run your devices over a period of a year.

The power consumption and cost estimate metrics are for the entire Eve Energy strip, so you cannot see a breakdown for each outlet.

Eve App


The Eve app offers full control over the Energy Strip, allowing you to change its name, assign names to each plug for Siri voice control purposes, and turn outlets on and off, but what you're going to want to use the Eve app for primarily is checking on those above mentioned in-app metrics, because that info is not available through the Home app or via Siri commands.


In the Eve app, you can see power status (aka if an outlet is on or off), current consumption (energy being drawn right now), total consumption (energy draw over time), projected cost (what it might cost to run for a year based on the last week, day or minute), and total cost (the total estimated cost of energy use to date).


There is, unfortunately, no way to break down energy usage on a per outlet basis, with the Eve app calculating these figures based on the entire energy draw of all of your items that are plugged in.


You can see total consumption broken down further by hour, day, week, or month, and export power usage measurements from each day into another app if you like.


The total cost estimate can also be broken down by hour, day, week, and month so you can see your projected cost estimates in the way that makes the most sense to you.

My Eve app estimates a lamp and a computer have cost me $0.14 over the course of the last week or so, and will cost somewhere around $16 to run for the entire year. These totals are calculated on a projected cost per country and can be customized in the Eve app's settings.


Cost per kilowatt hour varies by location, so you will want to customize this setting. Here in California, we pay somewhere around 19.82 cents per kilowatt hour, while in other states, that rate is much lower.

Home App


When it comes to the Eve Energy strip, Home app controls are limited. You can turn each individual outlet on or off using in-app toggles, but that's just about all you can do.

You can also rename outlets, change their room, change what they identify as, and do other similar management things, but you can't see power usage.


In both the Home app and the Eve app, you can automate the outlets to come on at a specific time and incorporate them into HomeKit scenes with other HomeKit products.

Siri


Siri controls are limited to turning each individual outlet on or off and getting the power status, aka if a particular outlet is turned on or off.

Bottom Line


If you have a few non-HomeKit devices that you've been wanting to hook up to your smart home setup, the Eve Energy Strip is a good way to do it.

It's also useful if you want to make sure a particular appliance isn't drawing too much energy or using energy when it's off, making it ideal for suspect appliances like fans, computers, and more.


Being able to control each outlet individually in HomeKit is useful, because you can turn off one item that's plugged in without affecting the others, something not usually possible with a standard power strip.

The Eve Energy Strip is expensive and is going to cost more than individual HomeKit-enabled smart plugs, but it is one of the few HomeKit-enabled power strip options on the market.

How to Buy


The Eve Energy Strip can be purchased from Amazon for $99.95.

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May 8, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Play Minecraft Classic for free inside your browser

Minecraft Classic is now free-to-play inside almost any web browser. The game’s release is part of a #MinecraftMemories campaign to celebrate its tenth anniversary. It obviously doesn’t offer everything you expect from modern Minecraft. But it’s a wonderful trip back in time — and anyone can enjoy it. Minecraft made its debut way back in 2009. It […]

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May 8, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

AirPods 3 pricing likely to be higher, suggests second report

We’re expecting Apple to launch a new AirPods model around the end of the year, with an earlier report suggesting that AirPods 3 pricing will be above that of the current model.

A supply-chain report today lends weight to that idea …

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May 8, 2019, noon

Hit battle royale game Apex Legends could be on its way to iOS

2019’s battle royale game Apex Legends has been a big hit for EA. In its first month available, the game broke free-to-play records for raking in cash on video games consoles and Windows. Now the popular game could be on its way to iOS, too. In doing so, it would follow in the established big […]

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May 8, 2019, 10:06 a.m.

Apple Pay now available in Iceland with two launch partners

Apple Pay is now available in Iceland for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac users. In a somewhat-unexpected launch, Apple Pay is now live with Arion and Landsbankinn. If you have a credit or debit card with one of those banks, head to the Wallet app to add your card …

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May 8, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Report: Apple about to choose iconic location for its first retail store in India

Apple has now shortlisted a few locations in India where it plans to launch its first retail store. Unsurprisingly, Apple wants prime real estate. Bloomberg says the company is looking at ‘upscale sites in Mumbai’, with glamor analogous to Fifth Avenue in New York.

The publication says a decision will come within weeks, at which point Apple will make a formal application to the Indian government. Up to now, Apple has been prevented from launching its own stores in India due to domestic manufacturing requirements.

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May 8, 2019, 9:38 a.m.

iTunes and App Stores Suffering Outage

The iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Books, and the Mac App Store are experiencing an outage, according to Apple's System Status page.

Some customers may be unable to make purchases, which is in line with reports about downtime on Twitter. We've also heard complaints about Apple Music and other services, though Apple isn't listing problems outside of the App Stores.


The outage has been ongoing since 1:40 a.m. Pacific Time, and it's not clear how many customers are affected.

We don't know when the issues will be fixed, but we'll update this post when all services are up and running.


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May 8, 2019, 8:10 a.m.

Apple Music Hires Lindsay Rothschild From Google to Help Build Relationships With Songwriters

Apple recently hired Lindsay Rothschild to Head of Creative Services for Apple Music's North American division (via Variety). Rothschild is joining Apple from Google, where she led songwriter and publisher relations for YouTube.


The new Apple Music executive will be tasked with building and maintaining working relationships with artists in the songwriter community, as well as publishers. Rothschild officially started at Apple on April 29, and she was the first hire on Apple Music's Music Publishing Creative Services team.

Rothschild's hiring follows a few months of reports about streaming music services fighting against the United States Copyright Royalty Board, which ruled to increase the royalties paid to songwriters by 44 percent. Companies like Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon all fought against the decision.

Apple remained out of the fight, favoring the increased royalty payments for songwriters and earning praise from various artists and those in the music industry.

Now, Rothschild will continue working on expanding Apple's good graces in the community, which she appears ready to accomplish. According to sources, she is able to "speak and understand the language of songwriters," and has a "great track record" during her previous jobs, including the Disney Music Group prior to her spot at Google.


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May 8, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check if your iPhone X screen is eligible for a free replacement

Are you having issues with your iPhone X screen not responding properly to touch input? Or seeing the screen respond to ghost touches? Read on for how to check if your iPhone X screen is eligible for a free replacement.

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May 8, 2019, 3:53 a.m.

Apple Finalizes List of Locations for First Retail Store in India

Apple has finalized a list of locations for its first retail store in India, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg.


The vetted locations are said to include several upscale sites in Mumbai that are comparable to iconic Apple stores on Fifth Avenue in New York, Regent Street in London, or the Champs-Elysees in Paris. A final decision on the plans is expected to come "in the next few weeks," said Bloomberg's sources.

In the Indian market, Apple ranks 11th and accounts for just one percent of India's phone sales, selling fewer than one million iPhones during the first half of 2018. Comparatively, rival smartphone maker Xiaomi sold "more than 19 million" during that period, according to data gathered by Counterpoint Research.

In an effort to revamp the company's presence in India, Apple CEO Tim Cook is believed to be working behind-the-scenes to "remold Apple's failing India strategy," according to both current and former Apple employees who spoke to Bloomberg.

This strategy includes better and longer-lasting retail deals with higher sales targets, the opening of official Apple retail stores in India, "overhauling" the company's relationship with independent retailers, and improving apps and services "aimed more closely at Indians." For retail, the official Apple stores are said to open in 2019 and will eventually include locations in New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.

While the Indian government's rules for foreign companies opening shops have previously prevented Apple from launching local stores, the company now builds some of its iPhone SE and iPhone 6s models in India, which is believed to help it meet India's rule requiring these companies to manufacture 30 percent of their products locally.

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May 8, 2019, 2:55 a.m.

Apple Supplier Ramps Up Production of AirPods 2 Parts to Meet High Demand

The manufacturer of rigid-flex printed circuit boards (PCBs) used in Apple's AirPods 2 is ramping up production of the technology into early 2020 at least, despite rumors that Apple will launch two new AirPods models as early as this year with a different internal design.


DigiTimes reports that Apple supplier Unitech Printed Circuit Board still sees the rigid-flex PCB combination as the mainstream technology for truly wireless headphones, and will expand its production capacity in Taiwan by 25-30 percent in 2019 to meet increased demand from clients.

In contrast, Apple's two new AirPods models are expected to make use of SiP (system in package) technology, which will improve assembly yield rates, save internal space and reduce cost.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts that the two new models will likely go into mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

Kuo has said one of the new AirPods models will feature an "all-new form factor design" and a "higher price" than the second-generation AirPods, which cost $159 with a standard charging case and $199 with a wireless charging case. The other model is expected to be a more iterative update to AirPods 2 with the same pricing.

In March 2019, Apple launched its second-generation AirPods powered by an Apple-designed H1 chip, enabling hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality and up to 50 percent more talk time compared to the original AirPods. The second-generation AirPods feature the same outward design as the original.

Bloomberg reported that Apple's third-generation AirPods will feature a new design and perhaps improved water resistance that will allow the AirPods to hold up to "splashes of water and rain."

The AirPods aren't likely to be entirely water resistant, however, and won't be able to be submerged in liquid. These third-generation AirPods are also rumored to include noise cancellation features and increase the distance that AirPods can be listened to away from an iPhone or iPad.

Samsung, Huawei, Sony and Google are all actively developing their own truly wireless headphones, many of which are expected to use the older rigid-flex PCB technology. Apple now dominates nearly 70 percent of the truly wireless headphone market, according to DigiTimes, suggesting Apple's adoption of the new SiP tech could give the company an even greater advantage over rivals as the market continues to grow.

Related Roundup: AirPods 2
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May 8, 2019, 1:23 a.m.

EA says it’s in ‘advanced negotiations’ to launch Apex Legends on iOS

This time last year, the hit battle royale game Fortnite made its highly anticipated debut on iOS. That was followed shortly by the release of PUGB on iOS, and now EA says it’s planning to launch its Apex Legends battle royale on mobile platforms, including iOS.

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May 7, 2019, 11:20 p.m.

Google remains cautious about making a folding Pixel

Add Google’s name to the list of companies investigating flexible-screen phones. The head of development for the Pixel line says his team is at the prototype stage. Apple is also experimenting with this tech, while companies like Samsung and Huawei are moving ahead with production models. Or at least they are trying to. An eventual […]

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May 7, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Microsoft Outlook on iOS adds new complications for Apple Watch Series 4

Microsoft has today released a nice update to its Outlook application on iOS. The update makes notable improvements to the Apple Watch application for Outlook, including new complications and more.

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May 7, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Save on Apple Watch, iPad and more [Deals & Steals]

Best Buy has matched Amazon’s earlier deal on the Apple Watch Series 4, allowing you to save $50 on almost all models. Prices start at just $349 for a 40mm unit with GPS connectivity, while 44mm units are down to just $379. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You […]

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May 7, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Apple offers 10% bonus on cash added to your Apple ID

For the rest of this week, Apple will chip in an extra 10 percent to funds added to App Store accounts. This is essentially free money for those willing to commit some cash to buying apps or other services at some point in the future. How to add funds to Apple ID Getting Apple’s 10 […]

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May 7, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Google undercuts iPhone XR with $399 Pixel 3a, 10x faster next-gen Google Assistant, more

Google’s 2019 I/O developer conference kicked off today and the company introduced a range of new hardware and software. Headlining the keynote were announcements of the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL budget smartphones that start at $350 less than the iPhone XR, the next-gen Google Assistant that will offer 10x faster responses, the new Nest Hub Max, and Android Q news.

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May 7, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Nest Hub Max combines a smart home hub with a security camera

Google revealed today that it is unifying all of its Home products under the Nest brand. Instead of having smart speakers from Google and smart home speakers from Nest, everything will be Nest. To kick things off, the company debuted a new product too: the Nest Hub Max. Nest Hub Max is a lot like […]

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May 7, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Pre-order Powerbeats Pro? Here’s everything you need to know to master the totally wireless Beats

Pre-order Powerbeats Pro or planning to buy the new totally wireless Beats when they hit stores? The newest Beats earphones are all-new, delivering Apple AirPods features and improvements to original Beats Powerbeats design. Read on to learn how to master the brand new Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones.

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May 7, 2019, 9 p.m.

Four ways to send email attachments on iPhone and iPad

There's more than one way to send an email attachment on iOS. Today we check out four of them -- or two if you're on the iPhone.

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May 7, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Pixel 3a is basically the iPhone SE 2 Apple won’t give us

Google is bucking the trend of expensive flagship smartphones with its new Pixel 3a phone that debuted at Google I/O this morning. The new Pixel 3a looks a lot like the Pixel 3 that debuted last year. It has some of the Pixel 3’s best features, like its fantastic camera, only its made with the […]

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May 7, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Melodramatic Apple video urges iPhone trade-ins

Apple’s latest video takes trading in your old iPhone from a simple transaction to more of an emotional journey. Even so, trade-ins have become an important tool this company is using to spur sales. Watch the new video now: This video, “Apple Trade In — Do one last great thing with your iPhone” reminds watchers […]

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May 7, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Android Q steals the innovative iPhone’s gestures we love

Google debuted its big Android Q update that will arrive on phones later this year. The company has a bunch of new features that focus on accessibility and privacy. There are also some new navigation gestures and it looks like they’ve been stolen straight from the iPhone’s UI. With Android Q, Google introduced a new […]

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May 7, 2019, 7 p.m.

The Tech Rolltop backpack might be the perfect everyday carry

Looking for a stylish, go-anywhere backpack that's super-flexible and full of pockets? The WaterField Tech Rolltop is right up your alley.

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May 7, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Apple gives 10% bonus on funds added to your Apple ID

Now through May 10th, Apple is offering an extra 10% bonus when adding funds to your Apple ID. This offer is valid on additions up to $200, delivering an additional $20 for free if you go with the maximum amount. Ready to cash in? Go to your iPhone or iPad settings, click on your account name and then the iTunes and App Store tab. Choose your Apple ID and then “Add Funds to Apple ID.” Step-by-step instructions can be found right here. These funds can be used for a variety of items via Apple Pay, making it an easy way to score even greater deals on already discounted apps and more. Note: This offer is United States only. Terms and Conditions below.

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May 7, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

Fact checkers will start patrolling Instagram for bogus posts

As part of a promise to choke off fake news and conspiracy theories on its platforms, Facebook will begin sniffing out false posts on its photo-sharing app, Instagram. Facebook reportedly has 52 “fact-checking partners” in 30 countries to flag dubious posts, a program it has been building since December 2016, one month after a contentious […]

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May 7, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

iOS 12.3 inches closer to launch with new beta

The fifth beta for iOS 12.3 was released to developers this morning, arriving just one week after iOS 12.4 beta 4 came out. Apple seeded watchOS 5.2.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.3 beta 5 and macOS 10.14.5 beta 5 to developers as well. It appears that this beta mostly focuses mostly on performance fixes as Apple […]

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May 7, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

Apple challenges customers to ‘do one last great thing’ with iPhone in new trade-in video

Apple is continuing its iPhone trade-in push today with a new ad imploring users to “do one last great thing with your iPhone.” Apple’s pitch is that by trading in your iPhone, it can be refurbished and sold to someone else, or recycled in a responsible manner.

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May 7, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

Apple expands enterprise SAP partnership with new focus on AR and machine learning

Apple and German software company SAP are extending their partnership focused on increasing iPhone, iPad, and Mac use in enterprise. According to a new report from Reuters, the two are teaming up to help businesses develop applications using Apple’s machine learning technology.

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May 7, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

You can now try out Microsoft’s new Edge browser for macOS

Microsoft is bringing its brand new Edge browser to macOS “soon,” but you don’t have to wait any longer to get your hands on an early version. Both Canary and Developer builds are now available to Mac users. You won’t want to use them for everyday browsing, but they’re great for getting an early taste […]

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May 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

How Apple could turn personal data into a gold mine for the masses [Opinion]

Apple should be building a data marketplace for its users, not raising fears about privacy. Privacy is about preventing the leakage of personal data and does nothing about the ownership and monetization of that data. Individuals should be getting paid for their data directly, not the companies that collect that data. And that should be […]

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May 7, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

iOS 13 concept shows how iPad file management ought to work

A new concept video imagines Apple’s tablet without the limitations on file management that frustrate so many iPad users. In it, the designer combines his re-imagined iOS Files app with earlier work improving multitasking. Watch his video now: The video was created by Daniel Korpai, a professional product designer. He said “Over the last couple of […]

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May 7, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

MacBook deals from $800, Apple Watch Series 4 $70 off, and HomeKit lighting are in Tuesday’s best deals

Today’s best offers include $800 MacBook deals, Apple Watch Series 4 $70 off, and an exclusive discount on the latest HomeKit Eve Light Strip. Head below for more in the latest rendition of 9to5Toys Daily.

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May 7, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Apple releasing fifth iOS 12.3 developer and public betas today

Testing the iOS 12.3 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad? The fifth beta version of iOS 12.3 will be available shortly. We’ll update our coverage to highlight any changes discovered in the beta release.

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May 7, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Jony Ive will chat with Stephen Fry this June in Dublin at the Dalkey Book Festival

Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will join actor and comedian Stephen Fry this June for a rare public speaking engagement at the Dalkey Book Festival in Dublin, Ireland. The ticketed event is titled “The Object Of Language And The Language Of Objects.

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May 7, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

iOS 13 concept imagines Finder on iPad with external drive support, new multitasking, Dark Mode, more

We’re expecting iOS 13 to bring some exciting improvements including a system-wide Dark Mode, a whole new way to multitask with detachable panels, and much more. Now, a concept imagines how iPad could benefit by bringing macOS’ Finder to iOS with external drive support, improved multitasking, and more.

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May 7, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Visits Florida Apple Store and Meets WWDC Scholar

Apple CEO Tim Cook today visited the Mall at Millenia Apple Store in Orlando, Florida, where he met up with 16-year-old Liam Rosenfeld, one of the WWDC scholars who will be attending Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference this June.

Cook was in Florida for an event that saw SAP and Apple announce an expanded partnership focused on new enterprise apps taking advantage of technologies like machine learning and AR. Cook apparently visited the Apple Store after the conference.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cook had a short chat with Rosenfeld, who called the meeting "an amazing surprise."


Rosenfeld runs a coding club at his high school, and he's created an app that coverts images into ASCII, plus he has two additional apps in the works. Cook said that the teenager had impressed him.
"He has a quality that I think is on a short list of characteristics that drive success, and that is curiosity," said Cook, after talking with Liam about the creation of the coding club.
Cook went on to say that WWDC scholarships provide Apple with a way to contribute to the growing need for a tech workforce.
"You need public, private, non-governmental organizations working together because this is not a trivial transformation that needs to happen here," he said. "We have an obligation. We are fortunate to have had some success."
Apple offered 350 scholarships to students and STEM organization members for WWDC 2019. Each scholarship includes a free WWDC ticket, free accommodations in San Jose, California, near the McEnery Convention Center, and a free one-year membership to Apple's developer program.

WWDC is set to kick off on June 3 with a keynote where Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.


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May 7, 2019, 4:07 p.m.

Apple stock could be about to make a major rally

After crashing late last year, Apple stock has had a massive resurgence this year. Its next milestone to hit? Being on track to flash a so-called “golden cross” technical pattern. This indicates the potential for a major rally. It takes place when a stock’s short-term moving average crosses above its long-term moving average. Golden crosses […]

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May 7, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Microsoft Edge Canary and Dev builds for macOS now available

Late last year, Microsoft announced that its Edge browser would be coming to macOS, but without a timeline. Now, the Canary and Dev builds of the Chromium-based Edge browser have leaked before Microsoft’s official announcement and are available to download from the company’s servers.

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May 7, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Barbarian Invasion, part of ‘Rome: Total War’ franchise, coming to iPhone this week [Video]

Feral Interactive has announced that Barbarian Invasion, a standalone expansion of the historical strategy game ROME: Total War, will be released for iPhone on May 9th.

The game first launched on Windows, and Feral earlier brought it to the iPad …

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May 7, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Apple Stores risk losing some of what made them great

Apple Stores have long been leaders when it comes to the customer experience. But that’s starting to change, as decisions made by Apple erode some of the things which once made them great. At least, that’s according to a new article from Bloomberg, which singles out a few key examples. One problem, the report claims, […]

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May 7, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Angela Ahrendts was ‘incredibly insecure’ about joining Apple

Apple’s former retail boss Angela Ahrendts was one of Apple’s most well-compensated executives during her time at the company. But in her first interview since parting ways with Apple, Ahrendts reveals how worried she was initially about joining. “I was, on my own accord, incredibly insecure,” she told LinkedIn’s Hello Monday podcast. “I’m 54 years […]

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May 7, 2019, 2:36 p.m.

Feature Request: A standard way to force an iCloud sync between devices

I’ve said on many occasions that the ecosystem is one of Apple’s greatest strengths. Being able to start writing something in my office on my Mac and then continue it in a coffee shop on my iPad, for example. That should Just Work. We shouldn’t need to actively force an iCloud sync.

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May 7, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

One charging strip supports four international formats [Deals]

Traveling internationally is enough of a hassle on its own. Dealing with the different standards and formats involved in powering our gear makes it even more of a headache. So instead of carrying around a bag full of converters and adapters, just get this adaptable powerstrip. The BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter lives up […]

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May 7, 2019, 2:08 p.m.

Samsung will cancel Galaxy Fold preorders if it can’t ship this month

Samsung has confirmed it will cancel preorders for the Galaxy Fold if it is unable to ship the device this month. The South Korean company’s first foldable phone was scheduled to ship on April 26 but has been indefinitely delayed as a result of technical problems with its flexible screen. Problems with the Galaxy Fold’s […]

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May 7, 2019, 2 p.m.

Jamf launches Jamf School with new parent, teacher, and student apps

Jamf is announcing a brand new product today along with some additional enhancements for Jamf Pro. Jamf School is a brand new platform aimed to K-12 schools who don’t need all of the functionality of Jamf Pro, but still want the ability to use a mobile device management system. Built on the foundation of their ZuluDesk acquisition earlier this year, Jamf is doubling down on providing products and service for every type of customer.

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May 7, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

This week’s best iTunes movie deals: 50% off 4K sale, $8 comedy favorites, $1 rental, more

The latest batch of iTunes deals this week are highlighted by a new 4K movie sale, $8 comedies and the latest $1 HD rental. Head below for all of our top picks.

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May 7, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple PR guru Katie Cotton steps down

May 7, 2014: Katie Cotton, the fearsome, much-admired head of Apple’s worldwide publicity machine, steps down from her VP post after 18 years with the company. During her stint at Apple, Cotton worked in lockstep with Steve Jobs and proved instrumental in controlling the company’s portrayal in the press. Her departure provides one more reminder […]

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May 7, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Concerns expressed that Europe is going too far in controlling tech giants

Concerns are being expressed that Europe is going too far with legislation which is controlling tech giants and their customers …

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May 7, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Samsung cancelling Galaxy Fold orders unless customers say otherwise

Samsung is cancelling Galaxy Fold orders unless customers confirm that they still wish to proceed despite the screen failures seen in review units.

The company has emailed customers who ordered the device, acknowledging the issues experienced by reviewers, and stating that it will automatically cancel orders unless purchasers confirm that they still wish to go ahead …

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May 7, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

Twitter now lets you add GIFs, video or photos to retweets

If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to add a GIF into your Twitter retweet (and what self-respecting citizen of 2019 has not?), this is your lucky day! Twitter has introduced the ability for users to retweet a message with an accompanying GIF, photo or video. “People come to Twitter to share their thoughts on […]

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May 7, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Get the 256GB 12-Inch MacBook for $800 ($500 Off) for a Limited Time

Amazon is discounting the latest 256GB 12-inch MacBook to a new all-time low price of $799.99, down from $1,299.99. This is the lowest price ever seen on this model of Apple's Retina MacBook, only available in Space Gray during the new sale.

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B&H Photo is also discounting the 512GB 12-inch MacBook this week, with a sale that focuses on the Rose Gold and Gold color options, the former of which Apple eliminated in late 2018. Shoppers should note that the Gold option on sale is an older shade in comparison to updated models from 2018, but otherwise all internals are exactly the same.

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May 7, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Apple removes sketchy dating apps which allowed for tracking of kids

Apple has booted three dating apps out of the App Store on the advice of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The three apps, all created by the same developer, allowed kids to sign up under the age of 13. Several people reportedly face criminals charges for contacting kids through the apps. The apps in […]

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May 7, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Carrier Protection Plans for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch Now Offer Same Perks as AppleCare+ in Canada

Canadian residents who purchase third-party protection plans for an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch can now access service and support directly from Apple, with equivalent coverage as AppleCare+ customers, according to an internal document published by Apple today and obtained by MacRumors.


If a customer purchases a protection plan for her iPhone from a carrier like Bell or Rogers, for example, she can now book an appointment with an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider in Canada and receive the same services as AppleCare+, including up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage.

Apple advises technicians to service customers with an eligible third-party protection plan "in the same manner you do today for AppleCare+" and to "address their issue in the same great way you take care of all our customers."

Theft, loss, and any accidental damage incidents after the first two will remain handled by carriers and their insurance providers, wrote Apple.

A few U.S. carriers already offer this, including T-Mobile.

AppleCare services for third-party protection plans in Canada are supported by Brightstar.

To schedule an appointment with an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider in Canada, head to the Get Support page on Apple's website.


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May 7, 2019, 10:07 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of tvOS 12.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.3 update to developers, one week seeding the fourth beta and more than a month after releasing tvOS 12.2.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV through a profile installed using Xcode.


tvOS 12.3 includes a revamped TV app that was first shown off at Apple's March 25 services-focused event. The TV app is an updated version of the original TV app, providing access to TV shows, movies, sports, news, and more, along with a dedicated section for children's programming.

The TV app offers an updated interface with a fresh look and feel that's more modern. It still has the "Watch Now" section with the "Up Next" feature for keeping track of the TV shows and movies you're watching, and there's a new machine-learning based "For You" feature that surfaces content based on what you've previously watched.


There's a new "Channels" option built in to the app, which is a major part of Apple's new services push. Channels are subscription services that you can subscribe to and watch right in the TV app without having to swap over to a third-party app.

During the beta, you can subscribe to Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian, Tastemade, and EPIX, but additional Channels will be available when the new TV app launches.


In the future, Apple plans to add its new TV+ subscription service to the TV app, with TV+ offering all of Apple's original TV shows and movies. The TV app is available on the Apple TV and iOS devices so you can pick up whatever you're watching no matter which device you're on.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12
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May 7, 2019, 10:07 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 5.2.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.2.1 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and over a month after the release of the watchOS 5.2 update, which introduced AirPods 2 support and expanded the ECG feature to Europe.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software update.


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

It's not yet clear what features will be introduced in the watchOS 5.2.1 update, but as 5.x.x software, it's likely to focus on bug fixes and other under-the-hood performance improvements rather than significant feature updates.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
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May 7, 2019, 10:07 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the fourth beta and more than a month after the launch of macOS Mojave 10.14.4.

The macOS Mojave 10.14.5 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from Apple's Developer Center.


It's not yet clear if there are new features in macOS Mojave 10.14.5, but it likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements to address issues that weren't able to be fixed in the macOS Mojave 10.14.4 update.

This update will make macOS more secure because after macOS 10.14.5, new Mac apps released outside of the Mac App Store that want to have Apple's seal of approval will need to go through Apple's notarization security process.

The prior update, macOS Mojave 10.14.4, brought the Apple News+ subscription service, expanded Apple News to Canada, and introduced a new automatic Safari Dark Mode feature for websites.

Related Roundup: macOS Mojave

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May 7, 2019, 8:57 a.m.

Pandora Premium Launches Monthly Discounts for Students and Military Subscribers

Pandora Premium today announced new discounted subscriptions offered to students and members of the military.


Just like offerings from Apple Music and Spotify, students will now be able to pay just $4.99/month for the Pandora Student Plan, compared to $9.99/month for everyone else. Premium offers subscribers the chance to listen to music on-demand and ad-free, and includes features like personalized playlists, radio stations, and more.

The Pandora Military Plan will also provide a discount to active military and vets, priced at $7.99/month. Those who can take advantage of this discount include active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans, and military family members. Both the Pandora Military Plan and Pandora Student Plan include a 60-day free trial.

Originally a live radio streaming service only, Pandora launched its on-demand music streaming platform in 2017 in an effort to compete with Apple Music and Spotify. The company continuously updates its iOS app, in January introducing a voice assistant to help subscribers quickly play music and jump around the app.

Although student discounts are common, a price cut for individuals in the military is not offered by either Apple Music or Spotify. Tidal, however, does have a few military-related discounts, starting at $5.99 for a basic monthly plan and rising to $11.99 per month for a Hi-Fi audio plan.


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May 7, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboard repair or replacement eligibility

Having problems with your MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboard and want to check if your notebook is eligible for a free repair or replacement? Read on for a look at the models that are included in the service program.

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May 7, 2019, 3:19 a.m.

Autodesk SketchBook updated with iPad Pro + Apple Pencil support, new tools

Autodesk today announced a major update for its popular SketchBook application on iOS. The update includes new features such as Perspective Guides, new tools, and much more.

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May 7, 2019, 12:59 a.m.

This macOS tool automatically opens all Apple News links in Safari

With macOS Mojave last year, Apple brought its Apple News app to the Mac for the first time. Because of this change, Apple News URLs open directly in the Apple News app itself, bypassing Safari completely. A new third-party tool, however, gives you the option to have Apple News links open in Safari by default.

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May 7, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

EU kicks off antitrust investigation against Apple‘s App Store

The European Union decided that there’s enough evidence to justify a formal investigation into Apple’s business practices. This is a result of Spotify’s accusation that Apple is using its control of the App Store to squeeze out competition. Apple Music and Spotify are battling in the streaming music business. And the iPhone maker has a […]

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May 6, 2019, 11:25 p.m.

Save big on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar [Deals & Steals]

Ready for an upgrade? The mid-2018 MacBook Pro comes with the third-generation butterfly keyboard that makes typing quieter and keeps out debris that can cause problems. And right now, you can grab a refurb model with the (gimmicky?) Touch Bar for as little as  $1,329.99. Also in today’s Deals & Steals roundup: a super-cheap USB-C […]

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May 6, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

macOS 10.15 could include many more apps ported from iPad

Apple’s ongoing project to make it relatively simple for developers to port iPad software to macOS is apparently on schedule. This will reportedly be a highlight of next month’s developers conference. In addition, Apple executives will unveil several iOS apps ported to macOS 10.15. iPad app to macOS 10.15 app The company has made it […]

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May 6, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

FTC says Apple removed 3 dating apps from the App Store for letting kids under 13 sign up

Apple has removed three dating apps from the App Store after they were found to allow kids under the age of 13 to sign up. All three of the apps were operated by a Ukraine-based company called Wildec.

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May 6, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

You can now include GIFs, images, and videos in quote retweets on Twitter

Twitter today has added support for retweeting a tweet and adding an image, video, or GIF. Evidence of this feature was first discovered back in February, but now it is rolling out to all users after what Twitter says was a long, nuanced design and engineering process.

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May 6, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Tim Cook explains why Apple isn’t a tech company anymore

Apple CEO Tim Cook sounded absolutely ecstatic to count Warren Buffett as one of his company’s investors during an interview at Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders meeting this morning. Cook made a cameo in the company’s opening video — that also introduced Apple’s new Buffett-themed game — and sat down with CNBC to talk about his relationship […]

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May 6, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to block ads and malware on iOS

Ad blockers don't just block ads -- they block trackers, pop-ups, dodgy cookies, and even adult sites. Here's how to use them on iPhone and iPad.

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May 6, 2019, 8 p.m.

Keep your Mac safe and sound with a powerful software bundle

This post is presented by Intego. Your Mac is a mighty machine, but in some ways it’s got some pretty human problems. That includes getting messy and catching a bug. The occasional spring cleaning or malware scan are well and good, but what you really want is a complete toolkit that covers everything. Your Mac […]

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May 6, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Hands-on and first impressions with Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones

Pre-orders for the all-new Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones opened on Friday with deliveries starting later this month. Today we’re taking a quick hands-on look at the new sporty alternative to AirPods before they show up in stores.

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May 6, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

New Trump trade rhetoric spells trouble for Apple

Apple started its work week to news of its stock in freefall thanks to Sunday tweets by President Donald Trump threatening to tag more Chinese goods with a 25 percent tariff unless the two countries can reach a trade deal by Friday. This may be just another Trump Twitter rant to put pressure on negotiations. […]

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May 6, 2019, 7 p.m.

Wildly customizable keyboard unleashes iPad creativity

The Sensel Morph is a touch panel that can become a piano, a game controller, a video editing suite, a QWERTY keyboard, and more.

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May 6, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Microsoft’s Edge browser is coming to the Mac ‘soon’

Microsoft kicked off its annual Build 2019 developer conference this morning and to the surprise of Apple fans, the Windows-maker showed off some new software that runs on Mac. Windows 10 users have been able to test early builds of Microsoft’s Edge Chromium browsers since last month, but it looks like Mac users won’t have […]

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May 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Apple made an iPhone game just for Warren Buffett

Apple has finally come out with its first new video game for iPhone since the App Store debuted in 2008 and its dedicated to the iPhone-maker’s largest shareholder, Warren Buffett. Tim Cook made a cameo appearance at Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder this morning to reveal the new game. The game, called Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard, sounded […]

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May 6, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

iOS 13 could be Apple’s biggest iPad-focused upgrade ever

The unveiling of iOS 13 is expected in less than a month, and a new report spills details on many of the improvements supposedly coming. For iPhone users, iOS 13 is bringing refinements to already existing features. iPad users, on the other hand, are supposedly getting plenty of new capabilities. Whether tablet or phone, the […]

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May 6, 2019, 6 p.m.

Tim Cook describes his relationship with Warren Buffett and more in new interview

CNBC has published its full interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook that covers a wide range of topics. Some interesting tidbits include a story about how Cook first met Warren Buffett and what advice he asked for, what topics at Apple create debate, and whether Cook has a nemesis.

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May 6, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

9.7-inch iPad $100 off, Anker iPhone accessories, and iTunes gift cards lead Monday’s best deals

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch are on sale, along with discounted Anker iPhone accessories and iTunes gift cards. Head below for more in today’s rendition of 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 6, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Apple partners with Warren Buffett on free Paper Wizard game

Another interesting development that has emerged from Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder’s meeting is a new iOS game, Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard. Notably, Apple helped out with the development and holds the rights to the new free game.

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May 6, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Apple quietly gobbles up small companies

When Apple sees something it likes, it merely dips into a prodigious cash reserve for an easy purchase. How easy? CEO Tim Cook says Apple buys a company every couple of weeks. Cook, usually mum about company acquisitions, told CNBC over the weekend that Apple has bought 20 to 25 companies in the last six […]

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May 6, 2019, 4 p.m.

Special Pokémon Go in-game event kicking off for ‘Detective Pikachu’ movie, includes special raid battles, new items, more

Pokémon Go is celebrating the new live-action movie, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which is premiering this Friday with a new special in-game event. Starting tomorrow, players will find new avatar items, special raid battles and field research, Detective Hat Pikachu photobombings, and more.

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May 6, 2019, 4 p.m.

Apple Watch might get its own App Store

Apple Watch is reportedly going to become less tied to iPhone this fall. An unconfirmed report indicates that watchOS 6 will have its own App Store, allowing wearers to download software directly. And this is just one of the changes supposedly in store for Apple’s popular wearable. Sweet freedom. Sort of. The first Apple Watch […]

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May 6, 2019, 3:38 p.m.

Trump’s latest tariff threat could hit Apple hard, force it to move iPhone production

President Trump has threatened to increase tariffs on goods imported from China from 10% to 25%. He claimed in a tweet that this increase would happen on Friday.

It’s previously been reported that 25% is the point at which Apple would seek to move US iPhone production out of China, and that the Cupertino company could face ‘devastating’ retaliatory actions from the Chinese government …

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May 6, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 6, 2019 — More WWDC details

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


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May 6, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Review: The Upright Go is the most annoying gadget I’ve ever used, and I recommend it

Anyone who spends all or much of their day sat at a desk will know how easy it is to fall into bad habits where posture is concerned – slouching instead of sitting upright. The end result can be back pain or even injury.

One solution is a sit-stand desk. I have considered it, and not ruled it out, but as I already have a bespoke desk designed to meet my needs, that would only work if I could find a conversion kit that would work with it.

So I thought I’d try a simpler solution in the meantime: an $80 gadget, sold in Apple Stores, which tells you when you’re slouching …

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May 6, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Apple has acquired 20-25 companies in the last six months, says Tim Cook

During his trip to Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder’s meeting over the weekend, Tim Cook sat down for an interview with CNBC and shared some news about Apple’s recent acquisitions.

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May 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Score lifelong VPN protection at a massive discount for a limited time [Deals]

Online life is full of threats to our privacy and data, so there’s no reason to surf without a VPN. Not sure where to start with VPNs, or daunted by the cost? We’ve got a deal for you. With a lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, your browsing activity is anonymous even on public WiFi […]

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May 6, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs shows off the colorful iMac G3

May 6, 1998: Steve Jobs unveils the iMac G3, a brightly colored, translucent computer that will help save Apple. Ten months after Jobs’ new management team takes over, the iMac loudly announces that the days of Apple quietly fading into the background are over. The iMac was a computer from a good planet It’s difficult […]

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May 6, 2019, 12:54 p.m.

Photos, Videos, and GIFs Can Now Be Added to Retweets on Twitter

Starting today, Twitter users can put images, videos, and GIFs in retweets on mobile apps and mobile browsers, with the feature set to expand to the desktop in the future.

To add a photo, video, or GIF to a retweet or quoted tweet, users can choose the retweet with comment option and then choose a media type from the toolbar.


On the Twitter design account, Twitter said that implementing this small change was difficult because it needed to be added in a way that fit well in the Twitter timeline.
During the first usability test, we found it was challenging for people to quickly understand all the content in a Retweet with media. This was due to the layout; two large Tweets stacked on top of each other.

To improve comprehension, we focused on creating hierarchy, prioritizing the author's voice, and providing more context around the Tweet being Retweeted.
To make quoted tweets and retweets with media make sense, Twitter ultimately decided to make photos, videos, and GIFs full width while showing the original tweet in a condensed, indented box.


Tweets with this new formatting are visible solely on mobile devices at the current time, so the layout will look different and not up to date on the desktop.

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May 6, 2019, 12:48 p.m.

PSA: Apple business and education DEP and VPP users need to upgrade to new programs

Apple business and education customers using the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) or Volume Purchase Program (VPP) will need to upgrade to a new program no later than the end of November …

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May 6, 2019, 12:37 p.m.

Bloomberg: iOS 13 revamps Health and Reminders, watchOS 6 adds Calculator, Voice Memos, Books and App Store apps

Bloomberg today posted a lengthy report on what it expects Apple to announce in iOS 13, watchOS 6 and macOS 10.15. Apple will officially announce these new operating systems at WWDC on June 4.

New information from Bloomberg includes details on the redesigned Reminders app, updates to iMessage and Apple Books, frequent locations options in Maps and more. Apple Watch will get new Calculator, (audio)Books, and Voice Memos apps as well as adding an on-device App Store so users can download apps directly from the Watch.

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May 6, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Facebook privacy concerns continue: using humans to label posts to help train AI systems

Facebook privacy concerns continue as it’s revealed today that the social network has been using a team of contract workers to label status updates and photos with keywords, to help train AI systems to do the same thing.

As many as 260 external staff in India have been carrying out the work on content posted since 2014 …

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May 6, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to use Do Not Disturb on Mac

Do you want to create a more distraction-free environment on your computer? Read on for how to use Do Not Disturb on Mac.

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May 6, 2019, 6:46 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts 128GB 9.7-Inch iPad to Lowest-Ever Price at $329 ($100 Off)

If you're shopping for a low-cost iPad, Amazon has quite a few options to choose from with a new sale that began this week. The event is focused on the 9.7-inch iPad from early 2018, and includes a new lowest-ever price for the 128GB Wi-Fi model at $329.00, down from $429.99.

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Cellular models are also included in the sale (with lowest-ever prices as well), with prices starting at $249.99 for 32GB models and rising from there. The full collection of iPads on sale can be found below.

Amazon's 9.7-Inch iPad Sale


Wi-Fi
  • 32GB - $249.00, down from $329.99 ($80 off)

  • 128GB - $329.00, down from $429.99 ($100 off, lowest ever)

Cellular
  • 32GB - $379.00, down from $459.99 ($80 off, lowest ever)

  • 128GB - $459.99, down from $559.99 ($100 off, lowest ever)
For additional Apple-related deals and bargains, be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.

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May 6, 2019, 2:41 a.m.

Apple Pay Now Accepted By Some UK Online Government Services

British Government services have begun accepting Apple Pay to approve online transactions. The gov.uk website is accepting Apple's mobile payment system for four services initially, but it will roll out more widely as well as to local government, police, and the NHS later this year, ITV reports.


Payments for the Global Entry Service, enabling UK citizens to get expedited entry to the US, can now be made via Apple or Google Pay. The same goes for basic online disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks, the Registered Traveller Service and the Electronic Visa Waiver Service for people in the Middle East coming to the UK.
Till Wirth, lead product manager of gov.uk Pay, said: "Allowing people to pay for Government services through Apple Pay and Google Pay means they won't have to enter their credit or debit card information when making payments.

"This innovation will increase the convenience and security of gov.uk Pay for users and hopefully make their experience online a lot easier."
Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, while the UK government launched its online Pay platform in 2016. The gov.uk Pay service has since been used to make more than 2.9 million transactions using credit and debit cards, according to the report.


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May 6, 2019, 2:08 a.m.

EU to launch formal competition inquiry into Apple over Spotify’s complaints

In March, we covered Spotify’s It’s time to play fair campaign where the company laid out reasons it felt Apple wasn’t playing fair. Like most services, Apple obligates Spotify to pay a 30% cut in order to use in-app purchases when signing up new subscribers (it drops to 15% in year two of the subscription). Ultimately, Spotify wanted the EU to probe built-in Apple Music in relation to how Apple treats its competitors vs its own businesses. more…

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May 6, 2019, 2:07 a.m.

Format Your Code With SwiftFormat

Coding styles can be a religious topic for some developers. It’s one of those topics where everyone has a strong opinion. Opinions aside, once we agree on a coding style and start following it, it’s easy to forget to apply it. When we’re trying to solve a problem it’s easy... Read more »

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May 6, 2019, midnight

Image Resizing Techniques

Since time immemorial, iOS developers have been perplexed by a singular question: ‘How do you resize an image?’. This article endeavors to provide a clear answer to this eternal question.


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May 5, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

5 reasons Apple should dump Intel processors [Opinion]

It’s past time Macs stopped depending on Intel processors. There’s new evidence to show they’ve outlived their usefulness. A switch to Apple-designed chips will make macOS devices better for a variety of reasons, including increased speed and battery life. iPads and iPhones already use processors designed by Apple. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the company is […]

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May 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Best Buy and Amazon kick-off Apple event w/ deals on Apple Watch, iPad, MacBook Pro, more

Best Buy has launched its latest Apple shopping event, which includes deals on iPads, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro and more. Better yet? Amazon is matching in many instances on its official Apple storefront. Head below for all of our top picks.

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May 5, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best music and home-automation apps this week

This week we control our HomeKit homes form our wrists, control our iPad music with Audiobus 3.4, get help taking to foreigners with Day Interpreting

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May 5, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Logitech Crayon is a more affordable Apple Pencil alternative [Updated Review]

iPad is a great educational tool, no matter the age of the student. But some children are too young for a keyboard. That’s where the Logitech Crayon comes in. It’s a digital pencil designed for students to write and draw on a variety of iPad and iPad Pro models. Update (May 5, 2019): When this review […]

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May 5, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Kuo: 2019 iPhones to feature redesigned antenna structure with focus on improved indoor navigation

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with a new report on Apple’s supply chain as it pertains to the 2019 and 2020 iPhones. According to Kuo, the 2019 iPhones will feature “vast changes” in antenna structures due to a shift in suppliers and technology.

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May 5, 2019, 4 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 1 million downloads in first week

May 5, 2003: Just a week after launching the iTunes Music Store, Apple reaches an incredible milestone with more than 1 million songs sold. Particularly notable is the fact that more than half the songs purchased are albums. This quickly dispels fears that selling tracks individually will kill the record industry’s dominant format. In addition, […]

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May 5, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Tim Cook attends Berkshire annual meeting, says he’s ‘thrilled’ Buffett is an AAPL investor

Tim Cook attended the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Nebraska this weekend. While in Omaha, Cook said that he’s “thrilled” to see Warren Buffett invest in AAPL, while also taking the opportunity to visit with the local Apple store.

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May 5, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Portable safe protects your stuff from water and thieves [Deals]

When your phone, credit cards, and other electronic essentials go everywhere with you, they also go places that are risky. Think the beach, poolside, hikes, or anywhere someone might have a card scanner. The FlexSafe Portable Travel Safe offers portable protection for your most important pocket-sized stuff. It’s a locking back that’s resistant to water, […]

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May 5, 2019, 2 p.m.

Comment: Mouse support in iOS 13 would solve iPad ergonomic issues for me

Being in school IT, I’ve been around the iPad from day one. I’ve owned just about every iPad over the years (original, 2, 3, mini, Air, mini 4, 10.5-inch Pro, 12.9-inch Pro, and 11-inch Pro). I’ve deployed thousands of iPads since 2010, and I’ve worked with countless students and teachers on using the iPad in the classroom. I know the iPad. I can explain the good, and I can vent about the bad. I know people who use the iPad full time, and I know people who used to use the iPad. It appears iOS 13 is going to be a big one for the iPad, so I am excited. There has been recent discussion around mouse support coming to the iPad as an accessibility feature in iOS 13, and that is welcome news for me. more…

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May 5, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Apple Pay Express Transit could expand to support new card types, iOS 12.3 code suggests

Apple is working to streamline the Apple Pay Transit process for users, a new report suggests. Citing evidence found within iOS 12.3 code, the report explains that Apple is working is expanding the availability of the Apple Pay “Express Transit” feature to new card types.

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May 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Hands-on: How the Brydge Keyboard for the 2018 iPad Pro compares to Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio

There are a lot of options when it comes to external keyboards for the iPad Pro. Apple makes its own Smart Keyboard, and companies like Zagg and Logitech routinely release sleek options. One of the most beloved makers of iPad Pro keyboards, however, is Brydge. With a MacBook-style aluminum design, there’s a lot to love about the Brydge Pro for the iPad Pro. But how does it compare to Apple’s own Smart Keyboard? Read on to find out.

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May 4, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

Amazon workers purloin $100,000 worth of Apple Watches

Hundreds of Apple Watches were reportedly stolen from an Amazon warehouse. And the thieves didn’t have to break in to carry out their caper — they worked there. The Middletown, Delaware, Police Department says they were contacted by Amazon Loss Prevention about four employees of a company Fulfillment Center. The group is accused of making […]

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May 4, 2019, 4 p.m.

This week’s top stories: AAPL earnings, Powerbeats Pro release date, CarPlay expansion, more

In this week’s top stories: The truly wireless Powerbeats Pro have a release date, Facebook unveils major changes, the smartphone modem drama continues, and Apple reports its Q2 2019 earnings.

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May 4, 2019, 4 p.m.

What’s brewing for iOS and macOS [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 295]

With rumors, leaks and discoveries coming in hot and heavy, we’re getting a pretty good idea of exactly what iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 will look like when they land. We’ve got three ways to get the latest. You can read our iOS/macOS rumor roundup, watch our YouTube video on the same subject or indulge […]

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May 4, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple embraces over-the-air iOS updates

May 4, 2011: Reports circulate that Apple is negotiating with carriers to bring over-the-air updates to iOS, beginning with iOS 5. Such a move would free iPhone owners from using iTunes to get updates for their devices. That means no more plugging an iPhone into a computer via USB to download the latest version of […]

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May 4, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

This wireless charging pad goes anywhere you do [Deals]

Every day, we inch closer to Nikola Tesla’s dream of a world of wireless power. One sign is just how common Qi wireless charging has become. The Tech2 Juice 2-in-1 Wireless Charger brings wireless charging to your car, or anywhere else you want. It features a magnetic lock and anti-skid material, so your phone stays […]

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May 4, 2019, 2 p.m.

Making the Grade: Piper Computer is a great way to introduce students to Raspberry Pi

When I was at the National Association of Independent Schools conference back in February, I was walking through the Expo Hall looking for new products that I could bring back to my school. I teach Swift Playgrounds to our 4th and 5th graders as a part of our 4C’s curriculum. When I passed a booth displaying the Piper Computer, it immediately caught my eye. I made a contact at the company and arranged to get a review unit. more…

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May 4, 2019, 11:54 a.m.

Tim Cook talks Screen Time, privacy, and more in ABC News interview [Video]

Tim Cook recently sat down with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer to discuss Apple’s commitment to privacy, digital wellbeing, and more. The talk about the iOS Screen Time functionality comes as Apple faces backlash from some third-party developers for removing certain parental control applications from the App Store.

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May 4, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

Consumer advocacy group claims Apple overestimates iPhone battery life by up to 51%

A new study from UK consumer advocacy group “Which?” this weekend claims that Apple overstates the battery life of several iPhone models. According to the report, the iPhone XR’s real-world performance offers the biggest discrepancy compared to Apple’s claims in relation to talk time.

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May 4, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

UK government rolls out Apple Pay support for some gov․uk online services

During its earnings call earlier this week, Apple touted the continued growth of Apple Pay and teased support for new apps and transit services this year. Now, the UK government has started accepted Apple Pay for some online payment services.

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May 3, 2019, 11:30 p.m.

Hot deals on Apple Watch, iPad Pro and loads of Apple accessories [Deals & Steals]

You’ve been working all week — now it’s time to shop! Make your moolah go further with these great deals on Apple Watch, iPad Pro and tons of enticing Apple accessories. Better move fast, though. These might not last through the weekend … Save on Apple gear and accessories Note: On some of these deals, Cult […]

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May 3, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Win Apple Watch Series 4 + 10% off Volta 2.0 magnetic USB/Lightning cable

This month we’ve teamed up with Volta Charger to give 9to5Mac readers a chance to win Apple’s latest Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular, 40mm, Space Black Stainless Steel, Black Sport Band). Head below for details on how to enter the Apple Watch giveaway.

And for a limited time, you can also get 10% off Volta’s magnetic charging cable:

Get 10% off the Volta 2.0 magnetic charge cable with promo code 9to5TAKE10 at checkout.

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May 3, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Tim Cook says Apple ‘stores’ need a new name

Apple’s new store at the 116-year old Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. is the “most historic, ambitious restoration” project the company has undertaken, per CEO Tim Cook. Doors of the Carnegie Library store will open to customers on May 11. Apple spent around $30 million on the restoration project, but Tim Cook insists the goal […]

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May 3, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to use Apple Watch SOS mode

In an emergency, the Apple Watch can call the cops, notify a friend, and track your location, all with a squeeze. Find out how to use SOS mode.

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May 3, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

Review: $399 Razer Core X Chroma — a ‘light’ upgrade for the Mac’s best eGPU [Video]

Today we went hands-on with Razer’s new $399 Core X Chroma eGPU enclosure. The Chroma is based closely on the original Razer Core X, but there are several new enhancements, such as RGB lighting, Gigabit Ethernet, and USB ports. Watch our full video walkthrough for the details. more…

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May 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

SEC charges Apple’s failed sapphire supplier of misleading investors

GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was supposed to make sapphire screens for the iPhone early this decade, has been charged with misleading investors by the SEC. The SEC’s investigation found that GT and its CEO violated antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws as part of its deal to supply Apple with sapphire. After […]

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May 3, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Tim Cook calls D.C. Carnegie Library store Apple’s ‘most historic, ambitious restoration by far’

Ahead of the May 11th grand opening of Apple’s newest store at Washington, D.C.’s Carnegie Library, Tim Cook and newly appointed Retail + People leader Deirdre O’Brien chatted with The Washington Post about Apple’s goals for the store and what the landmark project represents for the future. As Apple grows its portfolio of services and education opportunities through Today at Apple, the restored library is expected to play a significant role in furthering the company’s mission.

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May 3, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 223: Apple earnings, Screen Time App Store controversy, Jony’s design lab

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s Q2 2019 earnings report, the latest developments in Qualcomm/Intel/Apple/5G, turnover in Jony Ive’s design department, Apple’s statement on ScreenTime and removing similar apps, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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May 3, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

iPhone sales dropped in every part of the world

The fact that iPhone sales were down in the first three months of the year is no secret, but new information shows that the decline wasn’t isolated to one or two areas. No, Apple admitted that iOS handset sales dropped in every region of the world. Deep in Apple’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the […]

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May 3, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Final Cut Friday: Why you should use the ‘Checkerboard Player Background’ when editing in FCP X [Video]

In this week’s edition of Final Cut Friday, I explain why it’s advantageous to switch to the Checkerboard Player Background from the standard black background when editing video. Watch our brief hands-on video explainer for the details. more…

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May 3, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

iHome HomeKit smart plugs for $17, plus iPad Pro LTE $380 off, and a $4 Apple Watch Dock are in Friday’s best deals

Friday’s best deals include iHome HomeKit-enabled smart plugs at $17, Apple’s LTE-enabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and a $4 Apple Watch dock. Head below for more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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May 3, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 3, 2019

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


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May 3, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Warren Buffett: Apple earnings confirm why we invested $50 billion

Mega-investor Warren Buffett says that Apple’s most recent earnings confirm “the reason [my firms owns] $50 billion-plus of Apple.” Speaking on CNBC, the Berkshire Hathaway investor said that, “I was pleased with what they reported.” It’s no mystery why. Approaching $1 trillion valuation once more, Apple stock is up more than 32% this year. At […]

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May 3, 2019, 3:37 p.m.

Berkshire Hathaway’s AAPL stake increased by $10B, Warren Buffett ‘pleased’ with earnings report

Berkshire Hathaway’s AAPL stake has increased by around $10B since the beginning of the year, we’ve learned today.

The conglomerate reported that it owned ‘over $40B’ as of the end of 2018, and CEO Warren Buffett said today that it now owned ‘$50B plus’ …

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May 3, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

You can now pre-order your Powerbeats Pro earbuds

Update: Beats’ new wireless Powerbeats Pro earbuds are now available for pre-order, ahead of going on sale May 10. The earbuds are available in black to begin with. Ivory, moss, and navy color options will follow some time this summer. The Powerbeats Pro are the first truly wireless earbuds to come out of the Beats by […]

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May 3, 2019, 3 p.m.

This battle-tough backpack looks killer, too [Review]

If you’re going to be seen carrying the same bag every day, its look and style are as important to many commuters as the bag’s ability to protect its contents. Many shoulder bags and backpacks excel in one area and underwhelm in the other. Not the 20L Thule Crossover 2 backpack. It can be reviewed […]

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May 3, 2019, 3 p.m.

[Update: Now available to pre-order] Beats Powerbeats Pro pre-order May 3 and launch May 10, totally wireless with ‘Hey Siri’ and H1 chip

Looking for a sporty alternative to AirPods? Beats Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones will be available to pre-order from Apple.com for $249.95 this Friday, May 3rd at 7 am PT in the United States and Canada.

Powerbeats Pro will hit stores one week later on Friday, May 10th. The all-new Beats earphones are powered by the same Apple H1 chip as AirPods 2, work with ‘Hey Siri’, and have sporty features including longer battery life and physical playback controls.

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May 3, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Lobbyists for Apple help shoot down another Right to Repair bill

Tech lobbyists, backed by companies including Apple, have killed another Right to Repair bill, this time in Ontario. The bill, put forward by Liberal MPP Michael Coteau, would have compelled companies to provide businesses and consumers with spare parts and repair manuals. It failed in its vote on Thursday after lobbying efforts. As Motherboard notes: […]

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May 3, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Feature Request: Cycling routes in Apple Maps

Apple Maps offers directions by car, public transit, ride-sharing services, and walking – but there’s one notable omission: there are no cycling routes in Apple Maps.

Cycling routes in Google Maps have existed since 2010 – and it had been a top-requested feature for a couple of years before that. Why has Apple not managed this almost a decade later?

There are three reasons this needs to be a priority for Apple …

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May 3, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Pick the perfect bag for traveling with your MacBook [Deals]

The great thing about laptops is that they can go anywhere you do. But not every bag is best for carrying your MacBook in a way that’s safe, comfortable and stylish. So we’re excited to share this pair of bags from RIVACASE, a backpack and a carrying bag, each perfect for stylishly traveling with your […]

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May 3, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud bundle gets a big price increase

Adobe is apparently cranking up the prices for its Photography bundle of applications. But don’t worry: it’s only increasing by 100%. Adobe’s website is now listing $19.99, rather than its previous $9.99, for the monthly subscription cost for Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic. The company claims that it is testing out new pricing […]

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May 3, 2019, 1:16 p.m.

Accidentally swallowed AirPod still worked, even in a man’s stomach … ‘magical,’ says owner

A Taiwanese man found that his accidentally swallowed AirPod still worked even while it was in his stomach.

Yeah, I’m not sure how you accidentally swallow one, either, but there is medical evidence to show that he managed it …

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May 3, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Mac’s first 100 days prove a roaring success

May 3, 1984: Apple marks the all-important first 100 days of Mac sales, signaling whether the product is a hit with customers. The results outstrip even Steve Jobs’ most optimistic targets. Unfortunately, not everything is as positive as it seems following the successful Mac launch. It’s easy to forget today, but when Apple launched the […]

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May 3, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

General Magic documentary is finally getting a theatrical release

General Magic, a company about the most important tech company you may never have heard of, is getting a theatrical run. The documentary tells the story of a ‘90s startup created by and employing some of the greatest minds at Apple. These included both Mac project veterans and future employees such as Tony “father of […]

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May 3, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Justice Department seeks to intervene in remaining Qualcomm antitrust case

The US Department of Justice is seeking to intervene in the remaining Qualcomm antitrust case, expressing concern about the penalties that might be applied if the chipmaker is found guilty.

While what was to have been the world’s biggest antitrust battle between Qualcomm and Apple ended with a whimper rather than a bang, we’re still awaiting the outcome of a federal case against the chipmaker …

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May 3, 2019, 11 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Laptop Briefcase, Backpack or Sleeve From Solo

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Solo New York to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a backpack, sleeve, or briefcase for the MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air.

Solo New York offers a range of different bags, backpacks, and cases, to keep your Apple products safe and secure, and all accessories feature attractive, streamlined designs without super high price tags. We've got a selection of products to provide to MacRumors readers, as outlined below.


The All-Star Backpack Duffel, priced at $86.99, transforms from a backpack into a duffel and can hold your laptop and a ton of other stuff with its 22.6L capacity. There's a padded space for a MacBook, an internal organizer section, front pockets, and a separate compartment for your shoes or laundry to keep everything organized.


It's made from a tough nylon fabric that's lightweight and stylish, with shoulder straps and multiple hand straps so it's convenient to hold in any orientation.

Solo's Kilbourn Leather Backpack is one of its highest-end products, and for the $250 price tag, you get a quality bag made from full grain pebble leather that's perfect for when you want something classier than a traditional backpack but still need a lot of storage space.


There's a padded laptop compartment that can accommodate a 15-inch Macbook Pro, a separate internal iPad pocket to keep your iPad safe, an easy-access front pocket with a magnetic closure, and a back panel that slides over a luggage handle. Camouflage lining complements the black leather exterior, and padded back and shoulder straps make sure it's comfortable to carry.

If you prefer briefcase styles, Solo's $65 Voyage Briefcase has plenty of room for all of your essentials. There's a padded laptop compartment that's easy to get to, which is ideal for airline travel, plus a separate pocket for an iPad. At the front, there's an organizer section where you can put all of your cables, power adapters, pens, credit cards, and other accessories, and there's space inside the main compartment for everything else.


The Voyage Briefcase is made from a heathered gray material that looks snappy, and there's a removable shoulder strap along with a hand strap. A back strap at the side allows it to slide over a luggage handle for easy travel.

Solo also has the $55 Duane Hybrid Briefcase Backpack, which, as the name suggests, converts from a briefcase into a backpack depending on how you want to use it. There's a padded laptop compartment that fits a 15-inch MacBook Pro, a separate iPad compartment, a large front pocket that's able to hold all of your accessories, and two separate quick access front pockets.


There's a removable shoulder strap, a main hand strap for using it in briefcase mode, and padded backpack straps that tuck away when it's not being used in backpack mode.

Along with bags, Solo makes sleeves and cases for Apple devices, including the Portal Sleeve for the 13 or 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is priced at $33. The Portal Sleeve is a padded laptop sleeve that can be tucked away in another bag, keeping your MacBook Pro safe from bumps and drops. It has an attractive dark gray exterior with camouflage lining, and it matches well with other Solo products.


We have one of each of the above listed products from Solo to give away to MacRumors readers. The first winner picked will receive the Kilbourn Leather Backpack, the second will get the All-Star Backpack Duffel, the third will get the Voyage Briefcase, the fourth will get the Duane Briefcase, and the fifth will get the Portal Sleeve.

To enter to win our giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (May 3) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on May 10. The winners will be chosen randomly on May 10 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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May 3, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

Google’s wireless phone service adds Visual Voicemail for iOS

Google brought its wireless phone service, Google Fi, to iPhone late last year. Now it’s given it an update — bringing Visual Voicemail to the iOS app for the first time. That means that you can get information on the caller, call date, call length and preview of the transcribed message inside the app. This […]

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May 3, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to use password AutoFill on Mac

Want to make your password management more seamless and less time-consuming? Read on for how to use password AutoFill on Mac.

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May 3, 2019, 7:03 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Best Buy Discounts Apple Watch Series 4 Models by $50 (Starting at $349)

Best Buy is currently offering Apple Watch Series 4 models for $50 off in a new sale, which also includes special cellular offers for Verizon customers and an ongoing Apple Watch trade-in program offer. The main sale discounts the brand-new aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 in 40mm to $349.00, down from $399.00.

The event includes dozens of Series 4 models with various bands, case finishes, and sizes. You can find some of the Apple Watches on sale in the lists below, and be sure to head to Best Buy to browse the full event and place your order before it ends. As a note, many of the prices are also being matched at Amazon.

Best Buy's Apple Watch Series 4 Sale


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For Verizon customers looking to purchase two cellular Apple Watch models, you can buy one select Apple Watch and save up to 50 percent (up to $190) on the second. This offer includes Series 3 and Series 4 devices and requires at least one new line. You can find more details about the sale right here.

Best Buy shoppers also have a chance to trade in their old Apple Watch toward a new Series 4 model and get as much as $100 for the current device. This offer and many more discounts and bargains in Best Buy's Apple Shopping Event are still live, including a notable sale on the latest MacBook Air.

For even more discounts, head to our full Deals Roundup.

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May 3, 2019, 3:41 a.m.

Toyota announces 2020 Prius Prime with long-awaited support for CarPlay

Toyota has gradually been expanding its lineup of CarPlay-enabled vehicles, announcing earlier this week that it would be retrofitting the infotainment system to select 2018 models. Now, Toyota has announced the first-ever Prius with CarPlay integration.

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May 3, 2019, 3:18 a.m.

YouTube Switches to Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Strategy for Original TV Shows

YouTube on Thursday announced a new original TV content strategy that will see the Google-owned video hub make new programs available to users on a free, ad-supported basis (via Deadline).


Nine new programs will be made available on YouTube this year, with a mix of original content, including a documentary about sports tricks outfit Dude Perfect, and an interactive series featuring YouTube star Mark Fischbach that allows viewers to control the storyline.

Other programs include a third season of the Karate Kid-inspired Cobra Kai, an investigation show from media startup Vox, and a set of standalone films from "The School of Life" YouTube channel, which "explores some of the greatest philosophical questions of our age," according to YouTube.

The development represents a shift in strategy since the arrival of YouTube Premium in May 2018 (previously YouTube Red), which offered ad-free viewing and other benefits, including original programming offered behind a $12-a-month paywall. The latter perk apparently hasn't been as popular as YouTube was hoping, so the new direction is about making original content available to as many users as possible on an ad-supported basis.
"For today's viewers, primetime is personal and our content resonates so strongly due to the diversity and richness of our unmatched library and platform capabilities," Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl said in the official announcement. "While every other media company is building a paywall, we are headed in the opposite direction and now have more opportunities than ever to partner with advertisers and share our critically-acclaimed originals with our global audience."
Another reason for the shift is Google's recognition of the growth in viewing YouTube in the living room, where about 250 million hours of YouTube fare are watched every day, on average, according to the company.

YouTube will continue to test original content benefits for subscribers. For example, all episodes from the third season of Cobra Kai will be available to subscribers in one block, while non-subscribers will gain access to one new episode per week. New episodes of some existing programs are also likely to remain subscriber-only because of contractual commitments, YouTube said.

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May 3, 2019, 2:07 a.m.

IHS estimates Apple shipped 43.8M iPhones in Q2, higher than other analysts

Following Apple’s earnings report on Tuesday, several analyst groups have attempted to estimate Apple’s iPhone sales for the quarter. The latest is IHS, which has the most optimistic take we’ve seen so far in regards to iPhones shipments for fiscal Q2 2019.

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May 3, 2019, 2:01 a.m.

Toyota Announces 2020 Prius Prime With CarPlay Support

Toyota today announced that CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support will be standard features in its all-new 2020 Prius Prime range in the United States.


Toyota states that CarPlay will come as standard across the full line of 2020 hybrid plug-in Prius models, so customers won't have to pay extra for Apple's in-car infotainment system. As in other Toyota vehicles, CarPlay remains a wired implementation in the 2020 Prius Prime.

Other new features include two additional USB-A ports for rear passengers, an additional fifth seat, black interior accents for a more premium feel, and a new sun visor extender.

Available this summer, the 2020 Prius Prime's suggested retail price for the LE grade will be $27,600, the XLE grade will be $29,500 and the Limited grade will be $33,500.

Other Toyota vehicles equipped with CarPlay include the 2019 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2019 Sienna, 2019 Camry, 2020 Tacoma, 2020 Tundra, 2020 Sequoia, 2020 Corolla, 2020 Yaris Hatchback, and 2020 Highlander.

Earlier this week, Toyota announced plans to bring CarPlay to 2018 Toyota Camry sedans and 2018 Toyota Sienna minivans through a new retrofitting program that will be available through Toyota dealers.


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May 2, 2019, 11:40 p.m.

Every audiophile’s iPad Pro needs this headphone adapter [Review]

There’s no headphone jack in the 2018 iPad Pro, which is darn inconvenient for anyone who wants to hook their tablet up to a non-Bluetooth pair of headphones or speakers. Fortunately, Satechi makes a small and simple USB-C adapter with a 3.5mm jack. There’s also a second USB-C port so the tablet can charge at […]

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May 2, 2019, 11:39 p.m.

Google Fi for iOS adds in-app visual voicemail w/ transcripts, playback

Last November, Google’s MVNO dropped the “Project” status and added support for many more phones. Google Fi is available on iPhones, but with limitations that require you to tweak some settings for MMS and no support for voicemail in the native Phone client. An update to the Google Fi app today adds visual voicemail to iOS.

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May 2, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Facebook’s FTC deal likely to include WhatsApp, require creation of privacy oversight committee

As Facebook continues to negotiate a settlement deal with the Federal Trade Commission over its privacy practices, new reports this week offer additional detail on what that settlement might include. According to the reports, the FTC may require Facebook to create a privacy oversight committee, while the deal will also likely include WhatsApp.

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May 2, 2019, 10 p.m.

FCC tries to confirm carriers stopped selling phone location data

The CEOs of the big four US wireless carriers were asked by an FCC commissioner whether they’ve stopped selling their customers’ real-time location data, as they had promised to do. Published reports in recent months indicated that the locations of Americans were being sold without their permission of even knowledge. One company is always tracking you […]

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May 2, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Adobe doubles the price of its $10/month Creative Cloud plan for Photoshop and Lightroom

Adobe has made a notable change to its Creative Cloud subscription plans. The $10/month Photography offering that was a popular way to get access to Photoshop and Lightroom has just doubled in price. Meanwhile, Lightroom on its own is now priced at $10/month.

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May 2, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

AirPod survives trip through man who swallowed it

Apple may need to update the specs for AirPods to include one new surprising feature: “stomach-proof”. One unlucky Taiwanese man discovered this the hard way. After falling asleep, Ben Hsu woke up with one of his AirPods missing. Using Find My iPhone to track down the missing earbud, he started hearing a beeping sound that […]

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May 2, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to record Apple Music from your iPhone to your Mac

You can send any iPhone audio up the USB cable to your Mac, and record it. This even works with DRM Apple Music songs.

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May 2, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Apple videos explain iPhone AssistiveTouch, VoiceOver, Magnifier accessibility features

A series of videos from Apple Support walks users through setting up and using some of the features created for users with limited dexterity or vision. These explain AssistiveTouch, VoiceOver, Magnifier and inverted colors. Watch them now: How to use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone Apple Support notes “With AssistiveTouch, you can customize how you navigate […]

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May 2, 2019, 7 p.m.

This single iPad knob costs almost $400

Would you pay $400 to add an aluminum knob to your iPad? No, of course not. But let's look (and laugh) at it anyway.

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May 2, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Aetna insurance customers can now earn a free Apple Watch with new Attain wellness program

In January, health insurance company Aetna announced a new “Attain” wellness initiative relying on the power of the Apple Watch. That program has officially launched to customers this week, allowing them to earn real world rewards – including a free Apple Watch – in exchange for healthy behavior.

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May 2, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

PSA: Mac App Store facing issues for many users

The Mac App Store is having trouble today properly displaying content. The main featured Discover tab and more are showing up as almost mostly pages.

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May 2, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Apple Watch shipments shot up 49% last quarter

Apple’s wearable is turning into a real success. Shipments of Apple Watch grew 49 percent in the first three months of this year.And it makes up the lion’s share of all smartwatches. This company’s revenue for this product category grew 30 percent last quarter. Healthcare is the Apple Watch killer app “Apple continues to focus […]

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May 2, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Latest Apple Pay promo takes $15 off 1-800-Flowers orders ahead of Mother’s Day

Ahead of Mother’s Day next weekend, Apple’s weekly Apple Pay promotions have made a return. This time, Apple is offering $15 off at 1-800-Flowers when you shop the “Mother’s Day Collection” and checkout with Apple Pay.

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May 2, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 4 hits all-time low price, MacBook Air $250 off, and more in Thursday’s best deals

Today’s best deals include new all-time lows on Apple Watch Series 4, Amazon takes $250 off MacBook Air, and new Anker discounts. Head below for more.

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May 2, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Report: Apple Watch quarterly shipments grew almost 50% YoY, continues as the number one smartwatch

Apple doesn’t share specifics on Apple Watch sales, but Counterpoint has shared its estimates on global smartwatch sales for last quarter. The report shows Apple Watch saw more impressive growth, 49% YoY for the March quarter which again made it the number one smartwatch by a large margin.

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May 2, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Master the mysteries of ‘Other’ workouts on Apple Watch

Everyone knows you can do running, cycling and swimming workouts with your Apple Watch. But did you know you also can log sports like football, golf and boxing? There’s even support for pastimes as diverse as fishing, horse riding and fencing. These workout types are not easy to find, however. Apple hides them in the […]

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May 2, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

Overcast comes to Mac in impressive Marzipan concept

In a tweet posted Wednesday, iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared screenshots of the the popular iOS podcast app Overcast running on the Mac.

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May 2, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Company in unproven spy chip story moving business out of China

California-based Super Micro Computer is moving server production out of China. The company was last year at the center of a damaging story from Bloomberg. The article alleged that spy chips had been placed into server motherboards, including those used by Apple, manufactured by Super Micro. Despite the story appearing to be highly dubious, it seems Super Micro […]

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May 2, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Smart home devices ‘creepy’ say two-thirds of people … who own smart home devices

Smart home devices are ‘creepy’ according to the majority of people who own them, based on an Ipsos MORI poll. Two-thirds of US owners of smart home gadgets bought them despite this feeling.

The take-away appears to be that consumers consider the convenience to outweigh privacy concerns …

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May 2, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Apple wants a German tourist association to change its logo

Apple is pressuring a German cycle path over its logo, which Apple claims is too close to its own iconic logo. The Apfelroute logo was intended for a cycling path in the Rhine-Voreifel region of Germany. It is scheduled to open on May 19. The logo has already been slapped on uniforms, bike racks, maps […]

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May 2, 2019, 3 p.m.

Sprint now offers Apple-certified, same-day, in-store iPhone screen repairs

This post is presented by Sprint. It’s shocking how common cracked smartphone screens are. Sometimes they’re nearly invisible hairline breaks that leave your phone pretty functional. Other times, they’re spider webs of destruction, with tiny shards of glass coming loose. There are plenty of good reasons to fix your broken iPhone screen, but many of […]

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May 2, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Removed parental control app says Apple is being misleading

One of the parental control apps removed from the App Store has hit out at Apple’s “misleading comments.” A New York Times report initially claimed that Apple had removed apps offering similar features to its own Screen Time tool. Apple then issued its own statement, saying that it removed them due to privacy and security […]

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May 2, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Keep your Apple device’s data secure with this VPN [Deals]

Everyone knows that going online is risky business, so why don’t more people use a virtual private network? Maybe it’s the high cost of some VPNs, or the worry that securing your online anonymity will be a hassle. With this massive deal on a powerful, simple-to-use VPN, neither of those excuses apply. SaferVPN offers one […]

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May 2, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

AAPL stock buybacks mean the iPhone maker hasn’t yet retaken its $1T crown after all

The latest AAPL stock buybacks mean that Apple hasn’t yet retaken its trillion-dollar company crown after all.

Yahoo data was yesterday showing that AAPL was once again worth more than a trillion dollars, but that was before Apple filed a new share count late yesterday …

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May 2, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

GameClub Bringing Classic Games Like 'Super Crate Box,' 'Space Miner' and 'Plunderland' Back to iOS

Back in March, GameClub launched in a beta capacity with a plan to bring back classic iOS games that have disappeared from the App Store over time.

So far, GameClub is seeing early successes, and in addition to raising $2.5 million in seed funding, GameClub already has a handful of Early Access games that you can play right now.


GameClub games like Run Roo Run, Cubed Rally World, and Incoboto are available through TestFlight and you can check them out right now for free. Links are below:
To install these, you need to download Apple's TestFlight app and then click one of the links above to open it up in the TestFlight app. From there, just tap on "Install" and you'll be able to play the game.

GameClub is adding new games that you can try out every week, and next week, Super QuickHook from RocketCat games is coming. You can get a heads up when the TestFlight is available by signing up for the GameClub newsletter or visiting the GameClub Discord.

Plunderland

In the future, a few titles that were super popular back in the day will be introduced on GameClub, including Super Crate Box from Vlambeer, Plunderland from Glitchers, and Space Miner from Venan Entertainment. All of these games are from the early days of the App Store and many fans will undoubtedly be thrilled to see them available to play once again.

Super QuickHook

More than 50 titles in all are in the works at the current time, and GameClub plans to add more games in the future. There's a tentative fall launch date for GameClub, and while details on pricing have yet to be announced, there will be no ads or microtransactions in any of the games available through GameClub, a rarity in an App Store dominated by freemium titles.

GameClub's creators are focusing on creating a robust catalog of games and making sure early access testers are satisfied with quality of the updates and the direction of the GameClub catalog before details like pricing are solidified, and with funding in place, GameClub says it has time to experiment with what works best for its customers.

Incoboto

There are hundreds of now-defunct gaming titles that have disappeared from the App Store, which leaves a lot of potential for GameClub in the future. Developers of some early titles have been unable to keep up with the changes implemented in the App Store over the years, but with GameClub handling the modernization process, many older titles could see re-releases.


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May 2, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Share buybacks mean that Apple hasn’t actually reclaimed $1 trillion crown

Yesterday, numerous news outlets (including ourselves, based on data from Yahoo Finance) reported that Apple had reclaimed its $1 trillion crown. However, a filing made late Wednesday reveals that Apple has not actually hit that milestone just yet. A company’s market cap is calculated by multiplying a company’s outstanding shares by the market price of […]

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May 2, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s first watch is a freebie for upgraders

May 2, 1995: Apple enters the wearables space with its first watch, a timepiece with no fitness-tracking tech, no on-screen notifications and a whole lot of 1990s styling. The (real) first Apple watch comes two decades before wearables will become a thing. A regular wristwatch, the freebie gadget is available as a special mail-in offer […]

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May 2, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Super Micro dropping Chinese chips despite no evidence of Apple spy chip claims

American server supplier Super Micro is dropping Chinese chips from its products, despite zero evidence ever emerging to support claims of spy chips installed in Apple and Amazon servers – and a great deal of evidence to suggest that Bloomberg’s report was wrong.

Bloomberg last year claimed that Apple found Chinese surveillance chips in servers supplied by Super Micro, a claim which was quickly and aggressively refuted by Apple and others …

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May 2, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

iPhone Accessories Guide: Our Favorite Picks for 2019

The iPhone has been around for more than 10 years, which has given accessory manufacturers time to come up with all manner of useful add-ons that enhance, protect, and charge your iPhone.

There are so many iPhone accessories on the market that we can't go through them all, but in this guide, we're highlighting some products that we think are among the best accessories you can get for the iPhone. We'll be updating this guide over time to add new items, remove old items, and highlight great products we come across, so make sure to check back in from time to time.


Cases and Screen Protectors


There are an endless number of iPhone cases and screen protectors on the market, and here at MacRumors, we've tested much of what's available. I'm not going to go through every iPhone case that you can get because that list would be endless, but will instead highlight some of the favorites that we've used over the years and some of the favorite brands of our readers.

- Silicone Cases from Apple ($35 to $39) - Apple designs iPhone cases to go along with its iPhones, and because these are Apple created, they're a perfect fit for every iPhone. Apple's silicone cases are grippy, thin enough not to add a lot of bulk, and, most importantly, protective. I've been using silicone cases almost exclusively on my iPhones since the iPhone 6, and through many, many drops, some quite significant, my iPhones have always survived intact. If you don't like the feel of silicone, which some people don't, Apple also has a great selection of leather cases that are just as protective.


- Smart Battery Case ($129) - Apple has a series of Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, which extend the battery life of your iPhone. These cases are similar to the Silicone Cases from Apple, but have a bump for a battery pack on the back. If you're regularly running out of battery life during the day or want extra battery for an upcoming trip or outing, these cases from Apple are your best bet for extra power in a convenient way without having to carry another accessory. Apple's Battery Cases can charge wirelessly and you can see the battery life left right on your iPhone.


- Mujjo Leather Wallet Case (~$46.50) - MacRumors editor Tim outfits his iPhone with a Full Leather Wallet Case from Mujjo, which features a decent amount of protection without a lot of bulk. The Wallet Case is made from leather and has an extra slot on the back that can hold your credit and debit cards.


- RhinoShield SolidSuit and Mod NX ($35 to $38) - The RhinoShield SolidSuit and Mod NX line of cases are slim, protective, and customizable, with buyers able to choose case color, pattern, and buttons. What's more, these cases are designed to work with RhinoShield's line of add-on camera lenses.


- Velvet Caviar iPhone Cases ($30) - If you're looking for a case that's a bit out of the ordinary and more eye catching than your standard case, make sure to check out Velvet Caviar. Velvet Caviar cases are lightweight and don't add a lot of bulk, but will protect your iPhone from drops and bumps. There's a front bumper to keep your display safe too, and there are plenty of unique patterns.


- Spigen's Liquid Air Case ($14.99) - Spigen cases are super popular with MacRumors readers because they're protective, dependable, well-made, and won't break the bank. Spigen offers a ton of iPhone case options and all are pretty great as we found in our iPhone case roundup, but the Liquid Air in particular is thin, making it perfect if you hate bulk, easy to get on and off, and protective. Another favorite is the Liquid Crystal, similar to the Liquid Air but clear so it lets the design of the iPhone shine through.


- iCarez Glass Screen Protectors (~$8) - There are a lot of screen protectors on the market at wildly different price points, and most of them function in a similar way. MacRumors videographer Dan vouches for iCarez's screen protectors, which are affordable, offer a perfect fit, and have an easy installation process. You can get iCarez screen protectors for all of Apple's iPhones at a discounted price on Amazon.


- BodyGuardz Pure 2 EyeGuard Screen Protector ($42) - This screen protector is designed to filter out harmful blue light, cutting down on 43 percent of blue light wavelengths. We're not sure how much of a difference this makes, but MacRumors editor Mitchel says this screen protector has kept his iPhone's display safe.


Chargers


- Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition ($139) - Nomad's Apple Watch Base Station has an Apple Watch charging puck for charging the Apple Watch, along with a double coil Qi wireless charging pad, making it a great alternative to the now-canceled AirPower. You can use the wireless charging pad to charge the iPhone horizontally, but if you put the iPhone vertically, it frees up a little spot for charging the AirPods, so all three devices charge at one time. It's pricy, but it's one of the best multi-device chargers on the market.


- ElevationDock 4 ($50) - If you prefer charging over Lightning to wireless charging (it's faster!) the ElevationDock 4 is one of the best docks on the market. It's slim and doesn't take up much room on a desk, and the suction material on the bottom means that you can dock and undock your iPhone one handed. That might not seem like a big deal, but it's huge when it comes to convenience.


- Logitech 7.5W Powered Wireless Charging Stand ($69.95) - Working at MacRumors, I've tried endless wireless charging options and the upright chargers are my preference. It's easy to get your iPhone in the right spot for charging with no fuss and you can see the screen. Of the upright chargers I've tested, I like Logitech's Powered Wireless Charging Stand best. It always works, I can put my iPhone in when it's dark at night and I know it's charging, it's 7.5W, and it doesn't take up too much space on my desk. It's pricier than the cheap chargers on Amazon, but it's sturdier, looks better, and Logitech is a trusted brand so I know it's safe. Belkin's $70 Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand is a close second.


- Anker Wireless Charger ($50) - If you're looking for a high-quality Qi-based wireless charging stand for your iPhone that's not too expensive, you might want to check out the Anker PowerWave. It features 7.5W wireless charging, is equipped with a fan to keep your iPhone cool for faster charging, and it's an upright charger so you can see the screen while your iPhone charges. If you want something cheaper, we also like Anker's $22 PortPort Wireless Stand.


- Zens Dual+Watch Wireless Charger ($112) - If you want an AirPower replacement that can charge your iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch all at once, the Zens Dual+Watch Wireless Charger is worth checking out. It has an arm with a magnetic Apple Watch charging puck built in along with a base with dual wireless charging coils where you can put your iPhone and your AirPods Wireless Charging Case. It's available in both black and white, and it's MacRumors editor Mitchel's favorite wireless charger. Check out his review here.


- Scosche MagicMount Pro Charge ($60) - If you need an in-car Qi-based wireless charger, MacRumors editor Mitchel recommends the Scosche MagicMount Pro Charge, which charges the iPhone at 7.5W and can be attached to a window or dashboard so your iPhone is at eye level while you're driving. It uses magnets to hold the iPhone in place, and it can also be used in the house. Check out our Scosche MagicMount Pro Charge review here.


Photography and Videography


- Moment iPhone Lenses ($99+) - There are a lot of iPhone lenses out on the market that promise to improve your iPhone photography, but Moment's are some of the best I've used. Moment has super high quality telephoto (58mm) and wide-angle (18mm) that won't distort your images or lower the quality, and if you want to capture cinematic video (or photos) the anamorphic lens is a must have. Moment's lens system is super streamlined and attaches to your iPhone using a special iPhone case, which is sleek and protective in its own right. Moment also has a great collection of lens storage accessories.


- GorillaPod Stand Pro ($41) - I've been using Joby's GorillaPods for years now, both with my DSLR and my iPhone. You can manipulate them into any position thanks to the bendy legs, and you can put them anywhere for the perfect shot. The GorillaPod is super stable, works in landscape or portrait, and can be used with or without a case.


- DJI Osmo Mobile 2 ($130) - DJI's first Osmo smartphone gimbal for capturing video was expensive, but the Osmo Mobile 2 is more reasonably priced at $130, a standard price for a good gimbal. If you want to capture professional looking video on an iPhone, a smartphone gimbal is the way to go for stabilization. The Osmo Mobile 2's sensors and motors make sure your smartphone stays steady no matter what you're doing, and the battery lasts up to 15 hours.


- Zhiyun Smooth II 3 Axis Gimbal for iPhone ($190) - If you like to capture video with your iPhone, a handheld camera mount is invaluable to make sure you're getting smooth, shake-free footage. Zhiyun makes a range of gimbal camera mounts, including the Smooth II, which offers full 360 degree rotation and a 5-way joystick for adjusting angle. Check out our review here.

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- SandMarc Camera Lenses ($90 to $100) - SandMarc makes a range of add-on lenses for Apple's modern iPhones, offering a 2x wide-angle lens, a fisheye lens, a macro lens, and a 2x zoom telephoto lens. These are high-quality lenses that produce crisp, clear images, and they're a favorite of MacRumors editor Tim. They're around $99 each, but you can get a discount if you buy a bundle.


- Kenu Stance Tripod ($9.95) - If you just need a simple, inexpensive tripod for photos or video watching, the Kenu Stance is a great little device at an affordable price. It fits into the Lightning port of your iPhone and can be used to prop it up in either photo or video mode.


Headphones


- AirPods 2 ($199) - No iPhone recommendation list would be complete without Apple's AirPods, because there's a reason these are some of the most popular earbuds on the market. There are no wires, connecting to the iPhone is super fast (and even faster with AirPods 2), battery life is impressive, they're comfortable, and there's "Hey Siri" support and wireless charging compatibility so you can charge them up with any Qi-based wireless charger.


- Sony WH1000XM3 Headphones ($348) - Sony's WH1000XM3 Headphones are a solid choice if you need noise canceling, and they're a favorite of several of us here at MacRumors. These headphones aren't cheap, but the noise canceling technology is excellent, they're super comfortable, and the audio sounds great. If you use Alexa, they're also Alexa enabled so you can get hands-free access to your music. Neat features like a touch gesture for temporarily turning down your music and ambient sound adjustment also make these an appealing pick.


- Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones ($280) - Apple's Beats headphones are sometimes maligned for poor audio quality, but the Beats Studio3 Wireless sound great, offer excellent battery life, and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The Active Noise Canceling is useful, and with the included W1 chip, they connect to the iPhone as quickly and as easily as AirPods.


- Bowers & Wilkins PX Active Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones ($400) - Bowers & Wilkins is known for excellent sound quality, which makes them MacRumors editor Marianne's favorite headphones. They feature active noise canceling, which is great for travel, and they're comfortable. These are wireless, so they connect to your devices using Bluetooth and have up to 22 hours of connectivity with ANC activated and 29 hours without it. You can also use these with a wired connection if desired for even longer battery life.


Gaming


- SteelSeries Nimbus Wireless Gaming Controller ($50) - If you like to play games on iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, many game titles support Made for iPhone Apple-certified controllers, so you can play like you would play a traditional console title, using a controller instead of the touchscreen. SteelSeries has long had its Nimbus controller available, and it's one of the better Made for iPhone controllers we've tested.


Cables, Power Adapters, and Battery Packs


- 45W ZMI 20,000mAh USB-C Battery Pack ($70) - If you're looking for a USB-C battery pack to power everything from your MacBook to your iPhone, the 20,000mAh USB-C battery pack from ZMI is a solid choice. It can charge most of your device multiple times over, it's affordable, and it's small enough to carry with you. You can also use it as a hub thanks to an extra USB-A port and hub functionality. We did a comparison of the most popular USB-C chargers on the market, and ZMI was one of our favorites.


- 45W Jackery Supercharge 26800mAh USB-C Portable Charger ($120) - Our other favorite USB-C battery pack comes from Jackery. The 26800mAh Supercharge has enough power for your MacBook Pro, and at 45W, it charges reasonably fast too. It can fast charge your iPhone (with appropriate cable) and iPad, making it perfect for all of your devices. There's a clear readout of remaining battery, which we loved, and it includes a 45W power adapter so you can charge it up fast.


- Anker PowerPort II USB-C PD Charger ($30) - Anker's 49.5W PowerPort II Charger comes equipped with USB-C port that offers up to 30W of power along with an extra USB-A port, so you can charge your MacBook or iPad or fast charge an iPhone along with another accessory that uses USB-A. It's affordable and a great alternative to a 30W charger from Apple.


- Anker 30W PowerPort Atom PD1 USB-C Power Adapter - If you need a 30W USB-C power adapter for fast charging purposes, Anker's PowerPort Atom PD1 is an excellent choice. It's much smaller than your average power adapter because it's using new Gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor components, making it more portable and ensuring it takes up less space when used with a power strip. Anker's also known for its high-quality line of iPhone accessories and is a favorite of MacRumors. Make sure to check out our full review.


- Mophie Charge Force Powerstation ($57) - Mophie makes a wide range of external battery packs for iOS devices, all of which are reliable. The Charge Force Powerstation is a middle-of-the-road option that offers a respectable 10,000mAh capacity, enough to charge your iPhone a couple of times. Passthrough charging is supported, as is Qi-based wireless charging so you don't even need a cable with Apple's latest iPhones.


Other Accessories


- Phone Loop ($4.99) - Phone Loops are a useful and inexpensive iPhone accessory that adds a bit of extra grip without adding any bulk. These are designed to fit underneath your iPhone case, and they work with a wide variety of case designs. The Loop goes through the camera cutout on the smartphone and wraps underneath the iPhone, cleverly providing a strap you can hold on to.


- PopSockets ($10 to $15) - PopSockets are incredibly popular because they're useful for holding an iPhone in one hand for photos, web browsing, and more, and the PopSocket also serves as a stand. Because these things are absolutely everywhere you might already have one, but if not, it's $10 well spent. You can use PopSockets with or without a case.


- Cable Bites ($5 to $10) - Cable Bites are little rubber animals that are designed to fit over the end of a Lightning or USB-C cable. They're cute, but they're also designed to be functional, preventing wear and tear on the cable from bending.


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May 2, 2019, noon

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite iPhone and Android AR game available, but only in two countries

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality game briefly teased by Pokémon Go creator back in November of last year, is now available in open beta – but only in two countries.

It’s currently available only in Australia and New Zealand, but you can register to receive an alert once it’s available in your country …

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May 2, 2019, noon

Apple lobbyist helps push back Right to Repair vote in California

Right to Repair legislation in Apple’s home state of California has been successfully pushed back to at least January 2020. After intervention by an Apple lobbyist, the co-sponsor of the bill pulled it from committee on Tuesday. “While this was not an easy decision, it became clear that the bill would not have the support it […]

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May 2, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

Apple supplier CEO meets with President Donald Trump

Foxconn CEO Terry Gou visited President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday. Foxconn, which was founded by Gou, is one of Apple’s biggest manufacturers. Gou discussed his plans to run for office in Taiwan, where he hopes to become president in next year’s elections. He assured Trump that he would be a friendly partner […]

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May 2, 2019, 9:21 a.m.

Apple Pay Promo Offers $15 Off 1-800-Flowers in Celebration of Mother's Day

Apple today sent out emails for a new Apple Pay promotion, offering a $15 discount on 1-800-Flowers just ahead of Mother's Day, which takes place on Sunday, May 12.

To get the discount, you'll need to use Apple Pay and shop the Mother's Day Collection in the 1-800-Flowers app. You can also visit the 1-800-Flowers website to receive the special pricing.


The discount will be applied automatically during the checkout process and will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 10, 2019. Apple says some restrictions and exclusions may apply, based on availability and other factors.

The Mother's Day Collection includes a variety of different floral arrangements featuring roses, lilies, mixed flowers, chocolates, orchids, and more. Pricing with the discount starts at $35.

Apple's promotion also provides links to Macy's, Print Studio, and Etsy for Mother's Day gift ideas, and it suggests that you "split a gift for mom" using Apple Pay Cash.


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May 2, 2019, 8:12 a.m.

Spotify Testing 'Your Daily Drive' Curated Playlist That Mixes Podcast and Music Recommendations

Spotify is beginning to test new podcast features for a select group of users, beginning with a playlist that suggests podcast episodes for you to listen to, interspersed with songs.

The playlist is aimed at users who commute frequently in their vehicles and is called "Your Daily Drive" (via The Verge). The podcasts seen in the playlist mainly center around news shows.

Spotify has been slowly gearing up for a strong push into podcasts for a few years now, but it has yet to introduce any sort of podcast curation feature or used its algorithms to recommend podcasts to subscribers. In the new playlist, the company is testing out doing just that, albeit with a few song recommendations thrown in as well.

Spotify confirmed the test to The Verge with the usual statement: "We're always testing new products and experiences, but have no further news to share at this time." Because of this, it's unclear if this new playlist will launch to a wide audience on Spotify. As of now, the playlist's podcast recommendations are in Portuguese so it appears the test is happening only outside of the United States.



In 2019, Spotify's podcast goals began taking clearer shape with a trio of acquisitions revolving around podcasts, including Gimlet Media, Anchor, and Parcast. These acquisitions give Spotify a suite of high-profile shows to launch on its platform, as well as Anchor's podcast creation tools that could let users create and share their own podcasts on Spotify.

Once it fully launches, Spotify's podcast initiative will be a direct competitor to Apple Podcasts, which has long dominated the market, although some creators and listeners have ongoing gripes with the platform. To get an edge on Apple Podcasts, Spotify plans to focus on exclusives and improved podcast discovery -- like with this week's test -- to challenge Apple as the go-to destination for podcasts.

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May 2, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to use password AutoFill on iPhone and iPad

Want to make your password management more seamless and less time-consuming? Read on for how to use password AutoFill on iPhone and iPad with iCloud Keychain as well as third-party password managers.

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May 2, 2019, 3:45 a.m.

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Open Beta Comes to Australia and New Zealand

Niantic, known for Pokémon Go, has been working with WB Games on a new augmented reality project set in the Harry Potter universe, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Today, Niantic officially made an open beta of the game available in Australia and New Zealand for both iOS and Android users.


In the game, players become recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force and must investigate and contain a "Calamity" that has befallen the wizarding world. To that end, players must cast spells and collect artifacts and memories, and rescue characters to level up, all with the goal of keeping magic hidden from muggles.

The collecting mechanic is similar to Pokémon Go, with players locating magical artifacts instead of Pokémon, and using spells rather than Pokéballs to capture them.

Niantic notes that in the beta version of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite the features, available languages, design, and overall appearance are not final, and the product might be buggy and unstable at times. The idea of the beta is to get feedback from players so that the developers can improve the game experience.

The open beta launch in Australia and New Zealand follows a similar pattern to Pokémon Go, which was initially released in the two countries first before launching worldwide. A global release date hasn't been announced yet for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but Niantic plans to release the game later this year. Interested gamers can sign up to receive updates on the Wizards Unite website.

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May 2, 2019, 1:30 a.m.

Google enabling auto-delete of search and location history

Everyone who uses Google services, whether on iPhone or Android, will soon be able to have some of the data being collected about them automatically erased after a span of time. It’s already possible to order Google to erase everything it stores about your search history, but this new feature will allow for on-going deletion. […]

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May 2, 2019, 1:12 a.m.

Parental control app developers call Apple’s statement on MDM systems ‘misleading’

Over the weekend, a report from The New York Times detailed Apple’s removal of certain parental control applications from the App Store. Shortly thereafter, Apple responded with a press release explaining that the removals weren’t “a matter of competition” but rather “a matter of security.”

Now, one of the applications affected by the crackdown is refuting Apple’s claims.

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May 1, 2019, 11:42 p.m.

Apple Music falls to fifth place in latest brand intimacy study, overtaken by Spotify

Apple Music came in at the top in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy survey last year. This time around, however, Apple Music has slipped to number five, being overtaken by Spotify and several others.

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May 1, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Apple paying Qualcomm $4.5 billion to end legal war

Apple will pay Qualcomm a lump sum of $4.5 billion to $4.7 billion as part of as legal settlement the two companies recently reached. This is more than Qualcomm’s entire revenue for its current quarter, showing Apple’s importance to this chip maker. Make iPhones not war Apple wasn’t paying Qualcomm royalties for the 4G modem […]

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May 1, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Apple Music apparently isn’t as ‘intimate’ as Spotify

We make choices based on emotion and feelings can change on a whim. The best brands understand this as a science and if bonded closely with its customer base, can successfully influence its purchasing choices. So the marketing team in charge of Apple Music may want to huddle up after a report on brand intimacy […]

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May 1, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Netflix gets high-quality audio upgrade

Your favorite shows and movies on Netflix are about to start sounding a lot better. Netflix came out with a new update today that takes the streaming service’s audio quality to a new level. Sound is supposed to be “more crisp and more intense” so that it gets you more immersed in the story. High-quality […]

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May 1, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

Qualcomm says it expects revenue of $4.5B from legal settlement with Apple

Qualcomm today reported its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2019, revealing some new details about its surprise settlement with Apple. According to Qualcomm, it will record revenue of between $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion as part of the deal.

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May 1, 2019, 9 p.m.

Force Apple Music to play all songs at the same volume with Sound Check

Sick of Apple Music song volume wandering up and down? Ever wish that your iPhone could play all music at the same level? Then you need Sound Check.

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May 1, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 034: “The heaviest iPhone you can make”

While on their road trip through Italy, John and Gui talk about conferences, traveling, SIM-cards, marketing for app developers, predictive computing, and much more. Also, a Rambo Report about the upcoming MacBook Pro.

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May 1, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

How to score $4 Apple Watch bands that beat Apple’s $50 bands

Accessorizing your Apple Watch with a slew of bands can be an expensive undertaking. But if you know where to look, you can find some high-quality bands that are just as good as Apple’s that only cost a fraction of the price. CultCast host Erfon Elijah is out with a new video today that will […]

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May 1, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

iPhone shipments dropped a ‘staggering’ 30% last quarter

Although Apple no longer reports the number of iPhone units it sells, the company did admit there was a steep decline in handset revenue in the first three months of this year. Analysts are out with their exact estimates, and the number of iPhones shipped last quarter could have dipped as much as 30 percent. […]

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May 1, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

Rumor roundup: What to expect in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 [Video]

We've done the digging, and compiled the full list of expected features coming this year to iOS and macOS

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May 1, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

Netflix announces improved audio quality for Apple TV 4K users and more

Netflix announced today that it has taken sound quality to “another level” for viewers. With this update, Netflix says that users will get to experience audio quality that is “closer to what creators hear in the studio.”

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May 1, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Save on MacBook Air, Apple Watch and AirPods [Deals & Steals]

Various retails are selling Apple gear at steep discounts today. In our daily Deals & Steals roundup, we’ll show you where to find big sales on MacBook Air, Apple Watch and AirPods. Plus, you’ll find a fantastic buy on the sound-blasting UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker. And an enlightening deal on super-cheap LED bulbs. We’re […]

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May 1, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Plex brings Split View and Slide Over to iPad and more with latest iOS update

Popular media app Plex has received an update for iOS today that brings Split View and Slide Over support to iPad along with other small changes, and a host of bug fixes.

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May 1, 2019, 6 p.m.

Ridiculous modern offices fueled AirPods’ success

Open offices were supposed to get employees to interact with each other more, but a recent study shows it hasn’t worked out that way. Instead, workers have turned to AirPods to give themselves some privacy. This has helped fuel the rise of wireless hearables, especially Apple’s. Open offices are counter-productive In recent decades, walls have […]

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May 1, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

Apple TV Channels adds HBO with support for offline viewing, one-week trial

Apple TV Channels launched in beta last month with support from a limited number of providers. Ahead of the feature’s public launch later this month, Apple TV Channels has today picked up HBO – with a nice added bonus.

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May 1, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

iPhone shipments declined 23% for the quarter compared to last year, says Canalys

Another estimate on iPhone shipments for Q1 2019 (Apple’s Q2) is out today, this time from Canalys. The firm’s numbers show a little better news for Apple compared to the 30% drop in shipments estimated by IDC yesterday. However, the report still says that the iPhone performance marks the “largest single-quarter decline in the history of the iPhone.”

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May 1, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

HomePod hits $249, latest iPad mini gets first discount, and AirPods return to $140 in today’s best deals

Discounts on Apple HomePodiPad mini 5, and AirPods highlight today’s best deals. Head below for more.

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May 1, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Moment Pro Camera app for iOS gains advanced features with zebra stripes and focus peaking

Moment, maker of mobile photography/videography hardware and software, has released an update to its Pro Camera iOS app. The two major new features arriving for iPhone are focus peaking and zebra stripes for exposure.

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May 1, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Apple is valued at $1 trillion once more

Apple has won back its hard-fought $1 trillion market cap, after share prices rose following yesterday’s earnings triumph. AAPL is currently trading at $213.20, giving it a market cap of just over $1 trillion. Shares rose 6% in early morning trading. This is a particularly triumphant moment for Apple after its stock price temporarily tanked […]

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May 1, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

Gallery: Apple decorates Mount Vernon Square to celebrate D.C.’s new Carnegie Library store

Following an official grand opening announcement this morning, Apple has begun promoting its landmark new store in Washington, D.C.’s historic Carnegie Library. Overnight, Apple logos were uncovered and the carefully restored building in the center of Mount Vernon Square was decorated with signage announcing the May 11th opening of both Apple’s global flagship site and the DC History Center.

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May 1, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

This Pro Camera app is a master of both stills and video

You’re a gifted content creator, shooting great stills and compelling video with your iPhone. But for complete creative control, some rely on separate camera apps for each discipline. Moment, the maker of premium quality lens attachment for both, now has an all-in-one program app making switching from stills to video quick and seamless. A beefed […]

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May 1, 2019, 3:44 p.m.

Apple hits $1 trillion market cap once again following better-than-expected earnings results, stock up 6%

Apple stock ($AAPL) has once again crossed the $1 trillion market cap level as its shares rose 6% in early trading following its Q2 quarterly earnings call.

AAPL stock is currently priced at $212.68, with a market cap of approximately $1,003,000,000,000. The company stock closed at around $200 yesterday but rocketed upwards in the wake of Apple reporting its financial results for the financial quarter just gone.

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May 1, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Apple spends millions lobbying lawmakers about tax

When it comes to lobbying Congress, Apple’s biggest focus by far is on tax laws. Out of 236 lobbying reports since 2005, tax is mentioned in a massive 76%. This is one takeaway from a new report, analyzing lobbying spend from the big five tech giants, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Between them, they have […]

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May 1, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Poll: What should happen to our digital legacy?

A study has raised an interesting question: what should happen to our digital legacy: the data we leave behind after we die?

The question was prompted by the calculation that, before the end of the century, Facebook will have more dead users than living ones …

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May 1, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple Pay prepares to go live in the Netherlands

Shortly after going live in Austria, Apple Pay is also set to commence operations in the Netherlands. The information was shared by Dutch bank ING on its website. While it doesn’t give an exact date, it does note that Apple Pay is coming “soon.” That suggests that all the necessary negotiations have been completed, and […]

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May 1, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: May 1, 2019 — AAPL earnings

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


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May 1, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

ACLU claims US border officials are abusing powers to search smartphones and laptops

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims that US border officials are abusing the powers granted to them to search smartphones and laptops.

The ACLU was granted the right to review records and interview officials in order to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of eleven clients whose phones and laptops were searched when returning to the USA. Ten of the clients are US citizens, while the other has permanent resident status …

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May 1, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Charge and sync almost any device with one cable [Deals]

With all the different devices in our daily lives, there’s a lot of cables to juggle so that they’re all kept charged and synced. But thanks to clever design, this single cable can keep almost any device humming. The FuelBox LightSpeed cable sports a three-in-one design that supports Micro USB, Apple lightning, and USB-C connections. […]

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May 1, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

Apple Pay prepares to go live in the Netherlands

Shortly after going live in Austria, Apple Pay is also set to commence operations in the Netherlands. The information was shared by Dutch bank ING on its website. While it doesn’t give an exact date, it does note that Apple Pay is coming “soon.” That suggests that all the necessary negotiations have been completed, and […]

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May 1, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Watch, AirPods, HomePod, and accessories now worth as much to Apple as the iPad

Jason Snell has created his usual pretty charts bringing Apple’s financials to life after yesterday’s earnings report, and John Gruber makes an interesting observation …

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May 1, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 81 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced three years ago in March 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 81 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Dark Mode, JavaScript, WebRTC, Media, Layout, Accessibility, Web API, Storage, Security, Web Inspector, WebDriver, and Web GPU. Today's update adds the privacy preserving Ad Click Attribution API as an experimental feature, according to Apple's notes.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released to the public in September 2018.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to anyone who has downloaded the browser. Full release notes for the update are available on the Safari Technology Preview website.

Apple’s aim with Safari Technology Preview is to gather feedback from developers and users on its browser development process. Safari Technology Preview can run side-by-side with the existing Safari browser and while designed for developers, it does not require a developer account to download.


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May 1, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes puts the hurt on DVDs

May 1, 2008: The iTunes Store takes a gigantic step toward cinematic relevancy, selling new movies on the day of their DVD releases for the very first time. “We’re thrilled to bring iTunes Store customers new films for purchase day-and-date with the DVD release,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in a press […]

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May 1, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Apple Trade-In Guide: Getting the Most Money Back

Trading in an old iPhone, iPad, or Mac can get you some extra cash to spend on a new device. Depending on where you decide to sell your device, you can get cash back or a gift card for a specific company like Apple, Amazon, or Best Buy.

What's most important to know when trading in a device is that there's no one best site or service. There are so many options out there and prices vary based on device and promotions that might be running, so your absolute best bet if you want to do a trade-in using a trade-in site is to spend 15 to 20 minutes doing price checks on some of the most prominent trade-in sites listed below.


Using a comparison site like Flipsy or uSell to compare trade-in prices can also be beneficial when you want to do some shopping around to get the best price for your particular device.

Trade-in Options


There are generally three options when you have an old device you want to get rid of: Trading it in through a company like Apple or a service like Gazelle, selling it in person via a service like Craigslist, or selling it to a person online through a service like eBay or Swappa.

Using a trade-in service is always going to be more simple than selling to a person, but the convenience of doing so will cost you. You're never going to get quite as much money from a trade-in service as you can get from direct sales, but there are some tips and tricks worth knowing before considering a trade-in.

Device Condition


Device condition is going to make a huge difference in the amount of money that you're able to get back for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Most trade-in sites offer tiered payback based on condition, like Good, Fair, and Poor.

A functional device in good condition with no scratches or other damage is going to fetch the most money. Some sites will let small wear and tear issues slide, while others will deduct cash if a device isn't in perfect condition.


All trade-in sites will ask you specific questions about the condition of your device, making sure it powers on, is fully functional, has no display issues, and no cracks.

Cracks, display issues, and other problems will drastically lower the amount of money you can get for a device, and some trade-in sites will refuse to take broken devices at all.


Services that receive your device will inspect it on their end to make sure the quality of your device matches up with how you described it. Most services have an option to pay less if the condition doesn't match up or send it back to you.

Activation Lock


You'll also be asked to make sure Activation Lock has been disabled by turning off Find My iPhone, which is standard operating procedure when trading in a device. Companies ask this to make sure the device will be usable after it's turned in.


Apple Trade-ins


If you're trading in an Apple product and want to upgrade to another Apple product, going the Apple trade-in route is a great idea. As seen in the price comparison listings below, Apple offers fair prices -- sometimes much higher than other trade-in sites -- and provides money for your old products in the form of an Apple gift card.

The Apple gift card you receive can be put towards a purchase from the Apple online store or an Apple retail store, but Apple trade-ins are limited in scope because there's no option to get cash.


Apple will send you a full trade-in kit so you can box up your device properly and send it in conveniently without having to hunt down a box and shipping materials.

Major Retailer Trade-in Programs


Companies like Best Buy, Amazon, and Target have trade-in programs, but they're generally not as good as Apple's trade-in program and are not the best for Apple devices.

Best Buy's trade-in program offers Best Buy gift cards, Amazon's offers Amazon gift cards, and Target's offers Target gift cards or cash via PayPal.

If, for some reason, you prefer to do a trade-in in person to get a gift card or cash right away, Target and Best Buy both offer in-store trade-ins. Other big box retailers like Walmart, Game Stop, and all carrier stores offer trade-in options. With carriers, you can often trade your device in when purchasing a new smartphone to get a discount.

There are so many that we can't go through them all, but it's worth knowing that all of them offer similar prices for devices, though some stores will sometimes do promos.

Other Trade-in Sites


There are dozens of trade-in sites that want to buy your old gear. We'll list a few of the most popular below, but remember, as noted above, it's a good idea to shop around and visit a few sites to get price comparisons for your specific device.

  • Gazelle - Gazelle is perhaps one of the best known independent trade-in sites. Gazelle's prices are not always the best, but it does offer promotions at times when new devices come out, and it's streamlined with a free shipping label provided. Gazelle has trade-in ecoATMs at various locations where you can get cash back instantly.

  • Decluttr - Based on our pricing spot checks, Decluttr offers trade-in prices on Apple devices that are higher than most other trade-in sites. There are a few mixed reviews to be aware of, though, with reports that Decluttr sometimes drops price offers or takes several days to provide payment.

  • BuyBackWorld - BuyBackWorld is another site that offers higher than average trade-in prices. Most reviews are positive as with Decluttr, but there are some negatives such as complaints about checks taking a long time to arrive. The site's customer service is also said to be lacking.

  • MacRumors Trade-in - Lots of tech sites, MacRumors included, offer trade-in programs that will give you cash back for your devices. These services are usually comparable to buyback sites like Gazelle, but aren't typically the best deal you can get. MacRumors' program is through MyPhonesUnlimited and while it's convenient and quick because a box is sent right to you, you can do better if you want to put in more effort.

  • It's Worth More - It's Worth More is similar to Decluttr, offering higher than average prices than you'll get from big box trade-in programs. Reviews for It's Worth More seem to be largely positive, but as with all of these trade-in programs, there are some complaints of offers being lower than expected once the devices are inspected.


Beyond the list here, there are literally dozens if not hundreds of other sites that will buy your old devices, but most of them are fairly similar. We'll be adding to this list if we come across any standout trade-in services that are worth highlighting.

Selling a Device Outright


You're always going to get the best price for an older device selling it yourself either in person using a platform like Craigslist to arrange a meetup or through a service like Swappa or eBay.


When using one of these sites to arrange a sell, your best bet is to search for similar devices to your own so you can see what the general price is, which will help you set your own price. You're generally going to want to price your device in the vicinity of the asking price of other devices so it will sell in a timely manner.

  • eBay - For smartphones and other electronics, eBay has an Instant Sale feature that estimates how much you can get on the site, which is handy. With Instant Sale, you can get an eBay voucher (rather than cash) right away from eBay. Not all devices are eligible for Instant Sale, so you may need to do a traditional listing and ship directly to a buyer. If you want cash, you can also do a standard listing.

  • Craigslist - Craigslist is designed to let you find buyers in your immediate area so you can cash for your devices quick. Setting up an in-person sale can be a hassle, and it will require meeting up with the potential buyer. Craigslist can let you sell your stuff without having to ship, and because it's a direct sale, you often get a lot more money than you do using a trade-in site.

  • Swappa - Swappa is basically like eBay, in that you can list your device for sale and sell it directly to a person to make more money than you'll get selling to a trade-in site. To sell on Swappa, your devices need to be fully functional, ready to activate (not locked or blacklisted) and without any cracks.

Sample Price Comparisons


Below, we priced out two devices. A newer iPhone and an older iPad to give you an idea of the differences you'll see on different trade-in sites. Remember, every device is going to vary in price from site to site, so it's best to shop around. Prices can even vary day to day, and we didn't always get the same price checking a few days after getting a price quote.

A 64GB iPhone X in silver color from Verizon in good or excellent condition, equating to no damage but some minor scratches from general use.

  • MacRumors - $390

  • Amazon - $357

  • Target - $330

  • Best Buy - $360

  • Verizon - $370

  • Gazelle - $352

  • It's Worth More - $516

  • BuyBackWorld - $480

  • Decluttr - $517

  • Apple - $500

  • Craigslist - ~$600

  • Swappa - ~$600

  • eBay - ~$550


A 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 in good or excellent condition, equating to no damage but some minor scratches from general use.

  • MacRumors - $35

  • Amazon - $55

  • Target - $59

  • Best Buy - $70

  • Verizon - $45

  • Gazelle - $48

  • It's Worth More - $65

  • BuyBackWorld - $70

  • Decluttr - $63

  • Apple - $76

  • Craigslist - $75 - $100

  • Swappa - ~$100

  • eBay - ~$100


How to Get Your Device Ready to Sell or Trade-in


You're going to want to erase your iPhone, iPad, or Mac before you trade it in to make sure your personal data is gone and safe, and you'll also need to disable Find My iPhone and remove it from your iCloud account to make sure it's no longer Activation Locked.

Bottom Line


If you're selling an Apple device to buy another Apple device, going with Apple's trade-in program is a good idea. Apple sends you a box to make it easy, provides decent prices that beat out many other trade-in sites, and gives you an Apple gift card to put towards another Apple purchase.

If you want cash and convenience, a site like Gazelle or Decluttr is worth checking out, but if you want the absolute most money, use eBay, Swappa, or Craigslist to sell a device directly to a person.

When you need to buy a new phone from a carrier, many carrier trade-in programs could be worth checking out just for the convenience, but no carrier or big box retailer is going to offer the best prices.

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