Dec. 5, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

16-inch MacBook Pro review — a great keyboard is just the start [Video]

In this 16-inch MacBook Pro review, we discuss Apple’s new top-of-the-line successor to the now discontinued 15-inch model, headlined by its transition away from the maligned butterfly keyboard.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro bears a resemblance to the outgoing version, but along with the keyboard update, there are changes that make this year’s high-end MacBook Pro the most compelling portable Mac computer that Apple has released in years.

We already published our first-look video discussing the new 16-inch MacBook Pro’s top features. Today, after a solid few weeks of usage, we’re publishing our hands-on video review. Be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more videos, and read on for the details. more…

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Dec. 5, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Pad & Quill’s limited-run Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch is hand-made from 80-year-old leather

If you like cuff-style Apple Watch bands, Pad & Quill has a new artisan-made option, the Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch. It features 80-year-old fully restored vegetable-tanned leather with your choice of black or silver hardware. Read on for more details about this limited-run…

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Dec. 5, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Steve Jobs’ signature made this one of the most expensive floppy disks ever

A Macintosh floppy disk signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold at auction for many thousands of dollars more than expected. This is terribly ironic considering Jobs helped kill the floppy disk by pulling disk readers out of Apple laptops and desktops. Now his signature resulted in one of the most expensive disks ever. Steve […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

Apple responds to iPhone 11 Pro location sharing controversy, iOS update will add new toggle

This week we learned that the iPhone 11 Pro still tracks location data even when users have turned the features off. Apple gave a limited response saying that “We do not see any actual security implications,” and that it was working as intended. However, now Apple has followed up with more details about why the iPhone 11 Pro is doing this and that it will include a toggle in an iOS update to stop location tracking totally.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Apple’s Clips app updated with Animoji and Memoji support, new Disney stickers, more

Apple is updating its Clips video creation app with a handful of new features. The app, which focuses on short-form video creation, now includes support for Memoji and Animoji characters, and more.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 6 p.m.

NativeConnect for Mac is the best way for developers to use App Store Connect

Developers who make apps for Apple’s platforms are used to opening App Store Connect in a browser to manage their apps in the App Store. This portal provides access to edit an app’s description, screenshots, keywords, and also follow sales reports, analytics, and customer reviews. There’s also an official iOS app from Apple available in the App Store that gives access to some limited functionality.

During this year’s WWDC, Apple announced the launch of an official API for App Store Connect, to let developers create their own tools using an officially supported API rather than the hacks that were previously required. Indie developer Vadim Shpakovski announced NativeConnect, a native Mac app to access the same features offered by the web version of the portal. Today, NativeConnect is available on its website.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 6 p.m.

2021 iPhone might signal the end for Lightning port

Apple will begin to phase out Lightning connectivity on iPhones beginning with a 2021 flagship that will “provide the completely wireless experience,” analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors today. Kuo also said there will be five new iPhones in 2020, four of which will feature OLED screens. The well-respected Apple analyst has sources deep in the […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Facebook censors Power Mac G4 for being too darn sexy

Apple is responsible for some of the most attractive computers ever made. So attractive, in fact, that Facebook’s algorithms seem to be censoring some models for being too darn sexy. One Power Mac G4 owner recently listed their machine for sale on the social network. But the perfectly innocent post was taken down for including […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: December 05, 2019 – 2020 and 2021 iPhone rumors

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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Dec. 5, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro from $600, Logitech MX Master 3 hits $75, more in today’s best deals

Today’s best deals include Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro from $600, a new all-time low on the latest Logitech MX Master, and more. Hit the jump for the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

[Update: Sells for over 1000% of estimate] Signed Steve Jobs Macintosh floppy disk up for auction — the perfect $7500 stocking stuffer

Up for auction today is a neat piece of Steve Jobs signed Apple memorabilia, a Macintosh floppy disk. This is a little different than some of the items we often see up for auction like Jobs autographed Mac manuals, posters, or Apple awards, and may go for a more reasonable price, relatively speaking that is.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Apple buys first batch of carbon-free aluminum

Apple has bought its first ever commercial batch of carbon-free aluminum for use in its products. It’s the result of a $144 million collaboration between Apple, the governments of Canada and Quebec, and Alcoa Corp and Rio Tinto, two of the world’s biggest aluminum suppliers. Elysis is the name of the new venture. Hopefully its products […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Kuo: Four new OLED iPhones in 2020, iPhone without Lightning port in 2021

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with a new investor note focused on Apple’s iPhone lineup for 2020 and 2021. Kuo says there will be four new OLED iPhone models in 2020, followed by a new iPhone without a Lightning port in 2021.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

Apple Card transactions are starting to reach credit bureaus

You may think the Apple Card is unlike any other credit card. Your credit score will now treat it like all the others. Goldman Sachs, the bank behind Apple Card, says it is working with credit bureau TransUnion in reporting cardholder information. While a story on the tech website MacRumors says Apple Card details will […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Chirp 2 for Apple Watch brings infinite Twitter timeline, major speed boost on watchOS 6, more

Chirp for Twitter has received a major 2.0 update today that brings a host of great features and changes to the Apple Watch app. Headlining the update is a totally rewritten timeline for watchOS 6 with infinite scrolling that offers a major speed boost, the ability to send DMs directly from profiles, improved video player, username colors, and much more.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

‘Allo, guv’nor: Mario Kart Tour is heading to London, England

Mario Kart Tour has already taken players to New York, Tokyo, Paris and, err, Halloween and winter. Now its latest update is sending gamers to London, England. From red buses to Big Ben, the new courses should offer a fun whistle-stop tour of the UK’s capital city. With some other tracks thrown in for good measure. […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 3 p.m.

Apple’s latest store design comes to Canada at Toronto Eaton Centre December 14

More than four years after introducing new design thinking to its retail stores, Apple is bringing the latest aesthetic to Canada for the first time. On December 14 at 9:00 a.m., Toronto’s Apple Eaton Centre will open in a new and expanded space in the mall, replacing the original store that has served customers since May 2006. If you attend the store’s reopening, we’d love to see and share your photos.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

How to visualize your Apple Music Replay and Spotify Wrapped year in review stats

As 2019 comes to a close, Apple Music and Spotify have both debuted year in review tools for subscribers. Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay are available now, and allow you to view your most listened to songs, artists, albums, and more. Here’s how it works.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Last chance: Save 40% on Rilee & Lo’s beautiful Apple Watch bands

Don’t miss the Cult of Mac Store’s big discount on beautiful Apple Watch bands from Rilee & Lo. You can save 40% on the entire lineup, which means you’ll pay just $24 for the best-selling stretch-link bracelet. The Cult of Mac Store went all out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, bring you up to […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Scan and match any color with this pocket-size sensor [Deals]

We live in a world of colors, and for anyone who works in digital media it offers endless sources of reference and inspiration. Unfortunately, capturing real-world color is tough, even if you’ve got a great eye and an encyclopedic knowledge of digital color codes. But this portable color sensor makes it easy: Just point it […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:16 p.m.

Today at Apple upgrades begin at Sydney Apple Store January 5

Australia’s oldest Apple Store will temporarily close for renovations early next year that will re-energize the space and bring it up-to-date with other upgraded stores around the world. Starting January 5, customers will need to seek out other nearby stores until renovations are complete.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

BMW cancels its ridiculous CarPlay subscription fee for new vehicles

BMW has confirmed that it is ditching its ridiculous policy of charging an annual subscription fee for Apple’s CarPlay. Yesterday, I wrote about how BMW was rumored to be getting rid of subscription fees in the UK. Now it seems that BMW has confirmed that the changes are confirmed. And, yes, they cover the US […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

US carriers exaggerated LTE coverage, says FCC, but won’t pay a penalty

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular all presented exaggerated LTE coverage maps to consumers. However, the FCC says that it won’t penalize them for doing so, in apparent contradiction to the watchdog’s stated policy…

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.

Get rich or cry tryin’ in brand-new Monopoly for iOS

Don’t have anyone to play board games with over the holidays? Now you can enjoy one of the biggest by yourself with the brand-new Monopoly game for iPhone and iPad. It takes the timeless classic, enjoyed by more than a billion people worldwide, and brings it to life in your palms. And it’s exactly as […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Tidal matches Apple Music with 50% discount for students

Tidal now matches Apple Music with a 50% discount for student subscribers. Qualifying members will pay just $4.99 a month for Premium access, or $9.99 a month for the Hi-Fi plan. The discount is available to new and existing subscribers who verify their student status. Tidal is one of Apple Music’s more interesting rivals. That’s […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

AirPlay 2 cracked, will allow multiroom play to non-supported speakers

Audio enthusiasts who prefer to listen to music on their existing speakers have been waiting for some time to see AirPlay 2 cracked, and that day has now arrived.

Three developers who have been working on the problem for some time say they have now done it…

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Dec. 5, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple Store celebrates millionth online customer

December 5, 2002: Cupertino says it served its millionth unique customer in the Apple Store online, marking a significant milestone for the company. It is a benchmark worth celebrating for Apple, which launched its online store just five years earlier. “Reaching our 1 millionth customer is a major milestone, and is proof positive that our […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Billie Eilish performs at Apple Music Awards, Apple bids for her documentary

Billie Eilish kicked off the Apple Music Awards Wednesday night with a live performance. The show streamed live from the Steve Jobs Theater. Eilish is Apple’s Global Artist of the Year, along with Songwriter of the Year, shared with brother Finneas. And that’s not all Apple’s Billie Eilish news, either. Apple is also reportedly negotiating […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Apple accused of ‘poor tax conduct’ for tax avoidance, esp on foreign earnings

Non-profit group Fair Tax has accused Apple of ‘poor tax conduct’ for using aggressive tax avoidance measures to reduce its overall tax rate to 17.1% over the past decade, less than half the official corporate tax rate of 35% …

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Dec. 5, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Anti-robocall bill is one step closer to being passed into law

The US House of Representatives has approved an anti-robocall bill by a nearly unanimous vote of 413-3. The bill will require phone carriers to block robocalls as well as giving the government more power to punish scammers. It will next make it to the Senate. Its bipartisan support means it has a good chance of […]

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Dec. 5, 2019, 9:47 a.m.

Apple buys rights to Billie Eilish documentary, will appear on TV+ rather than Apple Music

Apple has already honored Eilish this year with an Apple Music award and a concert at Steve Jobs Theater, and it is set to continue the trend.

According to Billboard, Apple paid $25 million for rights to a documentary which follows the singer as she releases her debut album.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

Apple Watch Now Available With Cellular in New Zealand

Apple Watch models with cellular connectivity are now available in New Zealand for the first time ever.


Apple has started selling Series 3 and Series 5 models with Wi-Fi and Cellular through its online store in New Zealand this week, with pricing starting at NZ$549 for Series 3 models and NZ$929 for Series 5 models.

Spark is the only carrier that offers service for the Apple Watch in New Zealand right now. For $12.99 a month, Spark's wearable plan lets you share your iPhone plan's minutes and texts and get unlimited data on the Watch. And until June 6, 2020, Spark is offering the first three months free.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 6:39 a.m.

Apple Store in Sydney Closing January 5 to Undergo Renovations

Apple today announced that its flagship store in Sydney, Australia will be temporarily closed starting January 5, 2020 to receive "creative updates." As noted by 9to5Mac, this will likely include a Forum and Video Wall for Today at Apple sessions, and the Genius Bar could be replaced with a more casual Genius Grove area.


Apple Sydney was the company's first store in Australia, opened June 2008. During the closure, customers can shop at Apple's nearby Bondi or Broadway locations. Apple has not indicated when the renovations will be completed.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 4:39 a.m.

Patent Describes Apple Watch Feature for Improving Treatment of Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

A newly unearthed patent reveals that Apple is exploring how a future Apple Watch could help doctors monitor the symptoms of Parkinson's patients.


Spotted by AppleInsider, "Passive Tracking of Dyskinesia/Tremor Symptoms" describes the use of special sensors in a proposed ‌Apple Watch‌ medical feature and the reasoning behind it.
"There are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million cases of Parkinson's Disease in the United States and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year," reads the filing, which goes on to describe the symptoms sufferers have to live with. "Symptoms of PD include... tremor and dyskinesia. Dyskinesia is an uncontrollable and involuntary movement that can resemble twitching, fidgeting, swaying or bobbing."
The patent states that dyskinesia and tremors can occur when all of the other features of Parkinson's Disease are being managed through medication. Unfortunately, the dopamine replacement therapy can also cause more pronounced side effects, and doctors have to rely on in-clinic tests and patient reports to regulate their treatment effectively.
"A patient's quality of life is largely dependent on how precisely clinicians titrate and schedule the patient's medications to minimize the patient's symptoms. This is a challenge for clinicians because each patient has a different combination of symptoms that can change and become more severe over time. Also, in any given day the symptoms may fluctuate based on medications, food intake, sleep, stress, exercise, etc."
The feature uses motion sensors to monitor the wearer's movement and the data gathered is analyzed on the device using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). According to Apple, this allows the data to be collected more reliably and means the sufferer doesn't need to keep close track of their symptoms and can better plan activities around symptom patterns.

The image above shows a patient wearing an ‌Apple Watch‌, but the patient doesn't specify that the feature would be limited to a wrist-based device, suggesting it could make its way into an iPhone, or perhaps even an electronic finger ring.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 2:13 a.m.

House passes bill that would require carriers to offer free robocall blocking features, more

The US House of Representatives today nearly-unanimously passed a new bill that would punish robocallers and require that carriers make better tools available to consumers. The bill can now make its way to the Senate, where it also has bipartisan support.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 1:13 a.m.

Nomad debuts versatile new leather ‘Active Straps’ for Apple Watch

Popular accessory maker Nomad today unveiled a new collection of Apple Watch bands built with hydrophobic leather. The new Active Strap Apple Watch bands from Nomad are available to order now in two different colors and hardware options.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 12:55 a.m.

Nomad Launches Hydrophobic Leather 'Active Straps' for Apple Watch

Popular accessory company Nomad has released a new range of premium Apple Watch bands made from hydrophobic leather and designed for "heavy everyday use."


The new Active Straps are water and sweat-resistant, and feature ventilation channels on the underside of the leather to ensure the bands remain comfortable and breathable during workouts.

Nomad says the bands are "built for sport," but the look is more formal than sporty, and the bands can be rinsed with water after a workout so they're ready to wear for a night out.

The new Active Strap ‌Apple Watch‌ bands are available in both black and mocha leather, and customers also have the option to choose between black hardware and silver hardware on the stainless steal accents.


The Active Strap is available for 42mm and 44mm ‌Apple Watch‌ models, in one size that fits wrists ranging from 150mm to 210mm. The Active Strap costs $69.95 and can be ordered on Nomad's website from today.

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Dec. 5, 2019, 12:10 a.m.

How to live stream Billie Eilish’s Apple Music Awards concert at Steve Jobs Theater

Apple this week officially debuted the first annual Apple Music Awards. Billie Eilish took home three honors, and Apple is celebrating the inaugural the Apple Music Awards with a live concert at Steve Jobs Theater. The concert will be streamed live, and you can read on for instructions on how to watch.

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Dec. 5, 2019, midnight

Mujjo makes one of the best iPhone 11 leather wallet cases [Review]

Everyone should use a iPhone case, and everyone needs to carry a wallet. Consider combining those two necessities into the Mujjo Leather Wallet Case. This has been updated for the new iPhone 11 series, and it’s just as beautifully slim-but-practical as its predecessors. I’ve used this wallet case for weeks. Learn how well it survived […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Apple and Qualcomm making 5G iPhone ‘as fast as we can’

Qualcomm’s president isn’t allowed to say when the 5G iPhone will be released, but Cristiano Amon got as close as he could today by stating that his company and Apple will release one “as fast as we can.” The 5G modem in this much-anticipated handset will be made by Qualcomm. 5G iPhone will be “a […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Craigslist’s first iPhone app is totally basic (and that’s fine)

It seems like Craigslist has been a cornerstone of the Internet for practically forever. The site pretty much single-handedly killed white pages during the rise of the world wide web, but for some reason, it took until the end of 2019 for Craigslist to finally create its own iPhone app. As you’d expect, it’s totally […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Save $199 on 2018 iPad Pro, $14 on AirPods Pro [Deals & Steals]

Cyber Monday might be over but you’ll still find some great deals on Apple devices and accessories ahead of the holidays. And our daily Deals & Steals roundup is here to help. We’ve rounded up the best discounts on offer so you don’t have to go hunting yourself. Today’s highlights include: 2018 iPad Pro — […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Qualcomm president says ‘priority number one’ is working with Apple to develop a 5G iPhone

After agreeing to end a messy legal battle earlier this year, Qualcomm and Apple are now working closely on bringing 5G capabilities to the iPhone. Speaking at the company’s Snapdragon Tech Summit today, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon emphasized that the relationship with Apple is currently “priority number one.”

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Dec. 4, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

How to find your AirPods Pro serial number

Want to find the serial number of your AirPods Pro? Follow along for a few different ways to look it up. more…

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Dec. 4, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Apple Activation Lock: Security feature or recycling roadblock?

An editorial by an iFixit employee condemns Activation Lock, a security feature of iPhones and recent Macs because it makes these computers hard to recycle. But Walt Mossberg, well-known journalist formerly of the Wall Street Journal, calls the editorial “outrageous.” Activation Lock 101 Built into iOS, watchOS, and macOS Catalina is Activation Lock. It’s turned […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 7:36 p.m.

US Coast Guard credits Apple Watch SOS with helping stranded kayakers seek help

Apple Watch’s Emergency SOS feature is incredibly useful for allowing you to quickly call for help with emergency services. That feature is now being credited with helping the US Coast Guard rescue two kayakers in Puerto Rico whose kayaks sank and who were not wearing lifejackets.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Chrome extension brings ‘Likes’ back to Instagram, sort of

The “Like”-minded Instagram influencer didn’t have to wait long to get a work-around to the social media app’s experiment with hiding the number of “Likes” on posts. A company known as Socialinsider has created a free Google Chrome browser extension called “The Return of the Likes.” Unless you’ve been in a news and social media […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Apple supplier unlocks space-saving capacitors just in time for 5G iPhone

One of Apple’s key suppliers may have just found a way to free up a bit more space inside the 2020 iPhones. Murata Manufacturing claims it has created ultrasmall capacitors that are one-fifth the size of current capacitors. With 5G capable iPhones set to gobble up battery power next year, Apple needs every extra square […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Apple fills out cast of Foundation adaptation

The actors that will bring Isaac Asimov’s Foundation to Apple TV+ are starting to come together. Five more cast members of this sci-fi epic have been named. Foundation follows the fall of a galactic empire, and centers on a group of scientists trying to save civilization from chaos. The two main characters of this much-anticipated […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

Readdle’s Calendars 5 for iOS gains support for Microsoft Exchange and more

Readdle’s Calendars 5 for iPhone and iPad recently received an update that brings support for Microsoft Exchange calendars as well as the ability to use multiple iCloud, Google, or Exchange calendars.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

Apple Pay continues international expansion with new banks in Sweden, Austria, and more

Apple Pay is continuing to expand to more users around world. Apple’s mobile payment platform is now available to customers of additional banks in Sweden, Austria, and Malta.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Hacker revives dead devices with iPhone and Apple Watch

The living can communicate with the dead — and Niles Mitchell regularly holds seances on YouTube to prove it. Mitchell is a true medium, putting contemporary technology like the iPhone or Apple Watch in touch with obsolete hardware. He connects the two worlds and gets devices, old and new, to work together in ways likely […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 065: “An animation says more than 1000 words”

John open sources another project, Rambo creates more fluid animations and considers crowd-sourcing AirBuddy’s localization, and Apple is apparently using feature flags to improve their overall software quality. Also, loading states, a new trip to the Arcade, and much more.


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Dec. 4, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

Last chance: Save 25% on stunning Strapa bands for Apple Watch

The Cult of Mac Store’s massive Cyber Monday sale is coming to an end. But there’s still time to enjoy big discounts on top brands, like 25% off all stunning Strapa bands for Apple Watch. Order yours today and get free standard shipping when you spend over $100. Everyone loves a high-end leather watch band. […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

BMW will no longer require a subscription to use CarPlay in some cars

BMW began offering Apple’s CarPlay service on its cars in 2016. The German car maker decided to charge $300 to include the feature, which then turned into a $80-a-year subscription. After complaints from consumers, the company seems to have rethought its strategy on the availability of CarPlay, which now should no longer have any extra cost to users.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Apple News now sends daily email newsletters nobody asked for

No, you didn’t ask for it, but you might soon start receiving a daily Apple News newsletter by email. “Good Morning” features top news, analysis and features pulled from various sources around the web. You could find all this inside Apple News yourself, at your own convenience, but Apple negates the need to do that […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 deals take up to $187 off, HomeKit tech, Arlo cameras, more on sale

Post-Black Friday Apple Watch Series 5 deals take up to $187 off, while Home Depot offers HomeKit accessories in a new 1-day sale. You can also save on Arlo Pro 2 security cameras and more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. More below.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: December 04, 2019 – iPhone 11 Pro location data, more

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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Dec. 4, 2019, 4:43 p.m.

Catalyst launches its waterproof AirPods Pro case with military-grade drop protection

Catalyst debuted its waterproof case for AirPods last year and it became the first accessory for the truly wireless earbuds that Apple endorsed and started selling in its stores. Now that case has been adapted for AirPods Pro.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Apple Music loses its exclusive on Ministry of Sound playlists

Apple Music’s exclusive playlist deal with popular music label and nightclub owner Ministry of Sound has expired. A new report notes that the full set of Ministry of Sound playlists are now available on rival streaming music services like Spotify. Apple Music’s deal with Ministry of Sound was announced a little over a year ago. […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

iPhone 11 uses your location even after you block access

iPhone 11 units are using location services even after access has been blocked by the user, a new report reveals. Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s latest handsets intermittently seek location information regardless of the user’s privacy settings. Apple says it is “expected behavior.” iPhone owners must grant permission for location services to be used […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

BMW could ditch its pricey annual subscription cost for CarPlay

BMW may ditch its controversial policy of charging customers an annual fee to use Apple’s CarPlay platform in its vehicles, an automotive publication claims. According to AutoCar, a BMW spokesperson has revealed that CarPlay will be free for life on its newest cars. Those which aren’t can pay a discounted fee in the region of […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

MacBook Pro Diary: A third failure, and a potentially radical solution

To add to the faulty keyboard and swollen battery, it turns out my MacBook Pro has a third failure: a logic board fault.

There was some good news when I went to collect my MacBook Pro today: the top-case replacement had been done. It had a shiny new keyboard, and non-swollen battery.

The bad news, however, was that the machine still immediately shutdown when run on battery power…

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Dec. 4, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Man’s brand new Apple Watch turns out to be toilet plunger

You’ve hung on until Black Friday, ordered your long awaited Apple Watch online, and get it sent to your office, proudly opening it up in front of your colleagues. What could go wrong? Well, it could turn out to be a toilet plunger instead, for one thing. This unfortunate scenario befell one UK Amazon customer. […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Master all of Adobe CC going into 2020 with this $34 training bundle [Deals]

Part of any digital media practice or profession is keeping up with the always-changing range of tools and techniques. Things move fast, so if you use Adobe’s industry standard Creative Cloud, this loaded bundle of lessons is an invaluable resource. The The Complete 2020 Adobe CC Certification Bundle clocks in at a full 64 hours […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

Craigslist gets official iPhone app 11 years after the App Store launched

Craigslist debuted all the way back in 1995 and became a household name for internet classified ads. However, curious enough, in the eleven years since Apple debuted the iOS App Store, Craigslist hasn’t had an official app for iPhone and iPad.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 2 p.m.

Plex officially launches new streaming service with catalog of free movies and TV shows

After teasing partnerships with major movie studios over the last several months, Plex today is officially launching its new ad-support video on demand service. Starting today, the Plex streaming service is available worldwide and completely free to anyone with a Plex account.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

Apple’s holiday film sale starts at $5: Elf, Christmas Vacation, more from $1

Apple has rolled out its latest movie sale this week, discounting a handful of iconic holiday films, James Bond titles, and more. You’ll also find the usual $1 rental of the week alongside a selection of $5 films. Each movie will become a permanent addition to your library. Head below to find all of our top picks.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Peloton launches official Apple Watch app for viewing workout data

Great news for Apple Watch users who workout with Peloton. There’s now a new way to use your Apple Watch while you exercise.

Peloton already worked with Apple Health on the iPhone and workouts could be tracked from the watch, but the new app gives more control and data during sessions.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple shares suffer biggest decline since August

Apple shares suffered their biggest decline since August on Tuesday, due to trade tensions between the United States and China. President Trump told reporters that he had “no deadline” on agreeing a trade deal with China. Many people had hoped that a deal could be reached within weeks. “Apple continues to be in the crossfire” […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

How to Share Media in Google Photos Using the App's New Direct Messaging Feature

Google Photos for iOS offers users several picture and video sharing options like live albums, shared libraries, and shared albums, and now Google has built a messaging service into its ‌Photos‌ app that makes it possible to share individual snaps and video clips as part of an ongoing conversation.

Why Add a Messaging Service to a ‌Photos‌ App?


Previously, sharing individual photos through the app was done by creating an album for the photo and sharing a link to it, but user feedback suggested to Google that this sharing option could be a simpler experience, so it's adding an option to share individual photos as part of an ongoing, private conversation. You can like photos or comment in the conversation, and you can save photos or videos to your own gallery.

Google says the new messaging feature isn't designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but it hopes that by including an option, users will find sharing moments with friends and family easier than before. Here's how it works.

How to Share Media in a Google ‌Photos‌ Chat Thread


  1. Launch the Google ‌Photos‌ app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Tap a picture in your library that you want to share.

  3. Tap the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out).

  4. Type in the name or email address of the person with whom you want to share the photo, or select a contact from the Share Sheet options. You can also start a group chat by adding as many people as you like.

  5. Type a message to accompany the photo, then tap Send.

  6. You can keep up with the chat thread that you just created via the Sharing tab. You can easily share more photos in the conversation using the picture symbol next to the message input field at the bottom of the chat thread.
The person you shared the photo with will receive an email notifying them, and if they've got the Google ‌Photos‌ app installed on their device, they'll receive an alert inviting them to join the chat.


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Dec. 4, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Apple News launches daily email newsletter

Apple News is expanding its mail notifications with a new ‘Good Morning’ daily newsletter. Previously, users could opt in to receive email alerts from Apple News about select featured stories. The company appears to be formalizing that into a regular daily newsletter.

Apple says it will bring top news, analysis, and fascinating features every morning, collating the ‘best stories from the most trusted sources’.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

TikTok, popular with US teens, accused of violating child protection laws

Video sharing app TikTok, in the top five non-gaming iPhone apps thanks to its popularity with US teenagers, has been accused of violating child protection laws, potentially putting them at risk from predators.

Additionally, it is claimed in a new lawsuit that the app sends personal data to China, despite promising not to…

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Dec. 4, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Secret project ports Mac OS to PCs

December 4, 1992: Apple engineers demonstrate a “proof of concept” of the Mac operating system running on an Intel computer. More than a decade before Macs will switch to Intel processors, the astonishing feat is part of an aborted plan to make Apple’s software available on other manufacturer’s hardware. Apple ultimately chickens out, fearing (probably […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

Haptic overload continues as Instagram tests vibrating when you give a like

We get it, it’s cool to be able to use the iPhone’s taptic engine to simulate a button push. But it’s now being overdone to such an extent that we’re all suffering from haptic overload …

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Dec. 4, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Apple’s fix for 13-inch MacBook Pro units that keep shutting down

Apple has offered a fix for 13-inch MacBook Pro units launched in 2019 that unexpectedly turn themselves off. It’s a pretty lengthy solution, but it should eliminate the issue on affected notebooks. Those who cannot rid themselves of the random shutdowns are advised to contact Apple Support. Apple recently replaced the 15-inch MacBook Pro with […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Tech giants accused of dodging $100 billion in taxes over past decade

Tech giants, including Apple, have avoided more than $100 billion in taxes over the past decade, a report claims. British organization Fair Tax Mark looked at the 10-K filings of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft between 2010 and 2019. On its website, Fair Tax Mark notes that tax “helps to fund vital public […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Apple admits iPhone 11 Pro still collects location data even when told not to

A security researcher has found that the iPhone 11 Pro still intermittently collects location data even when the user has blocked it from doing so.

Apple has seemingly admitted this, telling the researcher that this is ‘expected behavior’ …

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Dec. 4, 2019, noon

Amazon’s new battery-powered Echo can go with you everywhere

Those who consider Amazon Alexa one of their closest friends can now take her almost anywhere with the new portable Echo speaker. The confusingly named Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition has a built-in battery that lasts up to 11 hours in between charges. But you can’t buy one (yet) if you don’t live in […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Mario Kart Tour was the most downloaded iPhone game of 2019

Nintendo’s Mario Kart Tour was officially the most downloaded “free” game of 2019, Apple has revealed. That’s particularly impressive since the game only landed on the App Store in late September — giving it less than half a year to carve out its record. Mario Kart‘s success is impressive, if not necessarily too surprising. The […]

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Dec. 4, 2019, 9:46 a.m.

Is your 13-inch MacBook Pro shutting down randomly? Here’s the fix

Does your 13-inch MacBook Pro keep shutting down or turning itself off randomly? Apple has diagnosed an issue affecting 13-inch MacBook Pro models released in early 2019 (the models with a Touch Bar instead of function keys). Here’s the fix.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 9:29 a.m.

Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Foundation' Gains New Cast Members

Apple this week signed on several new cast members for "Foundation," an upcoming Apple TV+ series that's based on Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels.

Lee Pace and Jared Harris have already been cast in the key roles of Brother Day (the Emperor of the Galaxy) and Hari Seldon, respectively, but now Apple is filling out the rest of the roles.

According to Variety, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrance Mann, and Cassian Bilton have joined the "Foundation" series as series regulars.

Asimov's "Foundation" series follows a psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future. Seldon creates a group called the Foundation to preserve humanity's collective knowledge ahead of the impending fall of the Galactic Empire. There are multiple novels in the "Foundation" series that span many years and cover the rise and fall of multiple empires.

Llobell will play Gaal, a mathematical genius from a repressed planet, while Harvey will play Salvor, a protective warden of a remote outer planet. Birn will play the roll of Demerzel, an aid to Brother Day, Mann will play Brother Dusk, the eldest member of the ruling family, and Bilton will play Brother Dawn, the youngest member of the ruling family and Brother Day's successor.

Once casting finishes for "Foundation" it will move on to filming, which suggests we can expect the show to premiere sometime in 2020. There's no word yet on a potential release date.

‌Apple TV‌+ is available now for $4.99 per month with TV shows like "The Morning Show," "For All Mankind," "Dickinson," "Servant," and more.


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Dec. 4, 2019, 6 a.m.

Plex's Ad-Supported Free Video on Demand Feature Now Available Worldwide

Plex today announced that its ad-supported video on demand feature is available worldwide in more than 200 countries and accessible to anyone who creates a free Plex account.

Content includes thousands of free movies and TV shows from Plex partners like MGM, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, and Legendary. There is no subscription or special hardware required, though the content will include ads.


Plex has been offering this free content in limited countries for a few months now, but it is rolling out to all Plex users as of today. Available shows and movies span a range of genres, from comedies and dramas to documentaries and Bollywood musicals. Over time, Plex plans to continue to add additional free content.

Plex's free media can be played on almost all platforms, including Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad, along with Roku, smart TVs, Android devices, and consoles. All that's needed is the Plex app.

After downloading Plex, users will find the new content right on the Home screen, though existing Plex users who prefer to prioritize their own content can remove the free content. Personal media collections will not be subjected to ads, as ads will be limited to the new free on-demand video content.

Plex says that it may potentially take some time for the rollout of the new feature to reach all users. More information is available on the Plex website.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 2:37 a.m.

Apple Pay Now Available to Customers of Swedbank, One of Sweden's Largest Banks

Swedbank, one of the largest banks in Sweden, has today announced support for Apple Pay.

"We want to be able to provide our customers a good range of digital and mobile services and ‌Apple Pay‌ is a sought-after service among our customers. We are pleased to now be able to broaden our mobile payment offer with yet another secure and smart alternative, which will provide lots of added value for our customers", said Lotta Lovén, Head of Digital Banking at Swedbank.
Swedbank customers are now able to add their Mastercard credit cards and Maestro debit cards to the Wallet app by tapping the plus button in the top-right corner.

‌Apple Pay‌ can be used anywhere contactless payments are accepted with a compatible iPhone or Apple Watch. It is also accepted by select apps and websites.

‌Apple Pay‌ launched in Sweden in October 2017, and with Swedbank now on board, up to 4.1 million more customers can gain access to the service in the country.

‌Apple Pay‌ will be available in more than 40 countries and territories by the end of 2019, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

(Thanks to a tipster from Estonia!)


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Dec. 4, 2019, 2:05 a.m.

GIS and Epistar to Supply Display Components for Mini-LED 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Following on from yesterday, DigiTimes has provided additional details on several Taiwan-based supply chain makers said to be "poised" to receive orders for components that will be used in a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display that Apple plans to launch in 2020.


Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed earlier in the week that Apple plans to release four to six products with mini-LED displays over the next two to three years, including a high-end 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌.

Kuo has said the mini-LED displays will "significantly improve productivity and the entertainment experience," and has previously said that mini-LED displays will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while offering many of the same benefits of OLED displays used on the latest iPhones, including higher contrast ratio, higher brightness, and deeper blacks.

According to DigiTimes, the supply chain makers ready to receive orders for the components include Epistar, General Interface Solution (GIS), Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), Zhen Ding Technology, and Flexium Interconnect.
LED wafer and chip maker Epistar will compete for orders for mini LED chips from Apple through Te Opto, its joint venture with Japan-based Toyoda Gosei, the sources noted. Epistar will supply mini LED chips sized 200-micron x 200-micron and estimates that such an ‌iPad Pro‌ will use up to 10,000 mini LED chips, the sources indicated.

For mini LED backlight units (BLUs), Apple originally chose Radiant Opto-Electronics but the company was conservative about investment in expanding production capacity, the sources said. Consequently, CIS and LG Display are most likely to obtain BLU orders, the sources noted.
Kuo has previously said that future iPad and MacBook mini-LED displays will each use approximately 10,000 LEDs, compared to 576 in Apple's upcoming Pro Display XDR. The TF International Securities analyst has said he also expects each LED will be below 200 microns in size.

GIS is an existing supplier of touch modules and LCD modules used in Apple's iPads. Today's supply chain analysis corroborates a recent Economic Daily News report that GIS will also make the new ‌iPad Pro‌'s mini LED backlight units (BLUs).

Meanwhile, TSMT is expected to be responsible for the surface-mounted technology, and Zhen Ding and Flexium stand a good chance of supplying flexible PCBs, according to DigiTimes' sources.

Kuo expects the new mini-LED ‌iPad Pro‌ to launch in the third quarter of 2020; Apple is widely rumored to refresh the ‌iPad Pro‌ in spring 2020. If it does, another new 12.9-inch model in fall 2020 would certainly be an early addition to the range.

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Dec. 4, 2019, 12:52 a.m.

Shopping apps for iOS see Black Friday boost as holiday spending shifts to smartphones

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the books, we’re getting our first look at the data from the big holiday shopping weekend. Sensor Tower reports that Black Friday marked a major increase in downloads for shopping apps on the App Store.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Save $11 on Zens Dual+Watch, the best all-in-one wireless charger

Looking for the best wireless charger money can buy this holiday? Pick up the brilliant Zens Dual+Watch. It charges iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously — and it looks terrific. It’s so good, in fact, that the Dual+Watch was just named the best wireless charger of 2019 by Wirecutter. And you can save $11 on […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Save $260 on a 256GB iPhone X — now under $475 [Deals & Steals]

Cyber Monday might be over but you’ll still find some great deals on Apple devices and accessories ahead of the holidays. And our daily Deals & Steals roundup is here to help. We’ve rounded up the best discounts on offer so you don’t have to go hunting yourself. Today’s highlights include: Zens Dual+Dock wireless charger […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Apple says Mario Kart Tour was the most downloaded iPhone game of 2019, more

Last night, Apple officially revealed its selection of the best apps and games for 2019. In addition to those awards, Apple has also now revealed which apps and games were most downloaded throughout all of 2019, and a familiar title has come out on top.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

Oprah producing sexual assault documentary for Apple TV+

New details are starting to emerge regarding one of Oprah’s first projects for Apple TV+ that will put a bright focus on the music industry Apple is hosting an awards show for this week. The former TV talk show host partnered with filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering to produce a documentary covering sexual assault […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

All of the best plug-ins, effects, and instruments on sale for Logic Pro users

This time of year always brings the best plug-in deals for home music producers. Whether you’re using Logic Pro X or any other popular DAW, the best third-party software deals of the year can usually be had in the lead up to Christmas. We are now tracking a massive collection of price drops from most of the biggest names in the business including SoundToys, Waves, Universal Audio, Celemony, Antares, Native Instruments, Spitfire, and so many more. At up to 80% off, now’s the time to take your home recording suite to the next level. Head below for a look what’s on sale. more…

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Dec. 3, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

2020 iPhone could be the first with in-screen Touch ID

Next year’s iPhone could be the first with an under-screen fingerprint scanner. Apple is reportedly meeting next week with a supplier for the components necessary to build Touch ID into the display of the 2020 iOS model. A “high-level visit” is scheduled for next week between Apple and GIS, a Foxconn subsidiary, according to the […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

AAPL shares slide as trade tensions increase between the US and China

As trade negotiations continue between the United States and China, AAPL shares experienced their largest drop since August today. This drop comes as Donald Trump suggested he is in no rush to come to a trade agreement with China, and that he might even wait until 2020 to do so.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to log interval workouts with Apple Watch

Interval training has become very popular these days, thanks to high-intensity interval training, or HIIT. Proponents of this type of exercise say it delivers many of the benefits of a much longer workout in a short, sharp burst. The great thing about intervals is that you can do them with pretty much any type of […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

macOS Catalina: How to show the iTunes Store in the Music app

The iTunes app for Mac was officially killed with the release of macOS Catalina. Since it’s hidden by default, follow along for how to show the iTunes Store in the Music app on Mac.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

OtterBox finally offers serious Apple Watch protection

OtterBox just expanded its lineup of cases to include Apple Watch. Many people consider its iPhone cases the most protective available, and now they can get similar protection for their wrist computer. Say hello to the OtterBox Exo Edge Apple Watch case The accessory maker promises that its new Exo Edge line offers a bezel to protect […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Video trailer highlights the demon-blasting action of Towaga: Among Shadows

A new trailer for Towaga: Among Shadows shows off the fast-paced action of this recent entrant to Apple Arcade. Watch it now: Blast your way through Towaga: Among Shadows There are so many new titles in this gaming service it’s easy to overlook some. Apple clearly things Towaga deserves more attention. The game was developed […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

‘Black Ink’ crossword puzzle app for Mac gets new modern design, Dark Mode and VoiceOver support, more

Developer Red Sweater has released a big update to its popular Black Ink crossword puzzle app for Mac today. Headlining features include a fresh, modern design, support for Dark Mode and VoiceOver, and a free 14-day trial.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 6:23 p.m.

Oprah teaming up with Apple for TV+ documentary highlighting sexual assault in the music industry

We’re learning more today about Oprah’s partnership with Apple for original Apple TV+ content. Variety reports that Apple and Oprah are teaming up on a documentary that will focus on sexual assault in the music industry, set to premiere next year.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

‘Magic Mouse Pro’ might bring this radical redesign

As the phrase goes, “build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” Apple is turning that on its head by seeking to build a better mouse. Its proposal is for a round mouse that can sense how the user is holding it, so it always performs as the user […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 5:39 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: December 03, 2019 – Apple crowns the best apps and games of 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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Dec. 3, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

OtterBox’s first Apple Watch case gets full launch after Apple Store exclusive [25% off deal]

After initially launching as an Apple Store exclusive, OtterBox has fully launched its first Apple Watch case, the Exo Edge and they’re eligible for the 25% off promotion the company is running.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Tuesday deals: HomePod open-box $188, Sony AirPods competitor $198, Anker sale, more

Today’s best deals include Apple HomePod for $188 in open-box condition, Sony’s AirPods competitor hit a new all-time low, and a fresh Anker Gold Box. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Pablo Escobar’s brother launches folding phone (and trash-talks Apple)

Plenty of smartphone manufacturers have taken shots at Apple in their marketing materials. Then again, not every company is owned by the brother of late Colombian Medellín Cartel founder Pablo Escobar. In fact, only one is. With his eye on Apple, Escobar’s brother has launched the Escobar Fold 1, a new $349 folding Android phone. And […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 3:44 p.m.

San Mateo’s Apple Hillsdale reopening in North Block December 7

One of the Bay Area’s smallest and oldest remaining classic Apple Stores is ready for a modern replacement. Apple Hillsdale in San Mateo, California will move to a brand new space on December 7 at 10:00 a.m.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 3 p.m.

Opinion: The butterfly keyboard class action lawsuit deserves to succeed

Scarcely a month goes by without a new class action lawsuit against Apple. The vast majority of them are frivolous, often absurd, but there is one that deserves to succeed: the keyboard class action lawsuit over the failed butterfly design.

We learned yesterday that a federal judge has rejected Apple’s attempt to have the case dismissed, and ruled that it will proceed to trial

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Dec. 3, 2019, 2:51 p.m.

Unreleased ads show the classic Mac team talking up their creation

Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Macintosh team, has uploaded an unseen series of 1983 interview snippets intended to be used for Mac ads. The mini interviews feature the likes of Hertzfeld, Mike Murray, Burrell Smith, Bill Atkinson, Susan Kare, and George Crow talking about Apple’s then in-development computer. The ads were […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

These alternatives to Ring’s smart video doorbell won’t break the bank [Deals]

The holidays are in full swing, and as many of us gear up to travel and see loved ones, burglars are getting ready to break into homes while their owners are away. So if you haven’t already taken the necessary steps to protect your living space, now’s the time to do it. These RemoBell® doorbell […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Apple Watch thieves arrested after owner ‘pings’ device during police search

Two possible Apple Watch thieves have been jailed after the rightful owner “pinged” the device while police officers were searching the thieves’ home. Pinging an Apple Watch from an iPhone is a way to find your watch if you’ve somehow misplaced it. From the sound of things, it’s pretty great to do if a couple […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 2 p.m.

Microsoft To Do for iOS gets push notifications for shared lists

Microsoft just rolled out a nice new update to its To Do app on iOS that makes it easier to keep track of shared lists. Push notifications are now available to those with personal Microsoft accounts, so you’ll know as soon as a shared list is updated. And it’s now easier to import shared lists […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Transit app returns to Apple Watch to make public transport easy

The super-handy Transit app today returned to Apple Watch almost two years after its developers dropped support for the wearable. Transit makes it easy to access public transport information on your wrist. It’s now better than ever, with useful maps and more detailed information. A number of developers, including high-profile ones like Amazon and eBay, […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

These are Apple’s picks for the year’s best apps

As 2019 draws to a close, Apple has revealed its picks for the year’s best apps and games. All available through the App Store, of course. “We are excited to announce such a diverse group of 2019 App Store winners, showing that great design and creativity comes from developers large and small, and from every […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 1:09 p.m.

Apple Watch Diary: Express Transit, a tiny feature that makes a big difference

Transport for London yesterday activated the Express Transit feature, designed to make it easier to use an Apple Watch or iPhone to pay for public transit journeys.

I got the chance to try it on a couple of short journeys across London last night, and it’s one of those tiny things which makes a worthwhile difference to the experience…

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Dec. 3, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: World’s first iPad-only newspaper folds

December 3, 2012: News Corp pulls the plug on The Daily, the world’s first iPad-only newspaper, less than two years after launching the publication. While the writing has been on the wall for some time, the closure is a blow for those who view the iPad as the savior of the traditional publishing industry. The […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

Supply Chain Reports Back Rumors of MacBook Pro and iPad Pro With Mini-LED Displays in 2020

Yesterday, in a research note shared with MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is planning four to six products with mini-LED displays over the next two to three years, including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an A14X chip in the third quarter of 2020 and a refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Kuo said LG Display and Taiwanese manufacturer GIS will be the most significant benefactors of these mini-LED products starting next year.


Now, those mini-LED plans have been backed by two Taiwanese publications in DigiTimes and the Economic Daily News, with both outlets also reporting that GIS will be a key supplier of mini-LED-related components.

"Apple will introduce a 12.9-inch iPad Pro series featuring mini-LED backlit displays in 2020, with related suppliers set to kick off shipments in the third quarter, according to industry sources," reports DigiTimes, which in a separate report added that Apple also plans to release a new MacBook with a mini-LED display next year.

Likewise, the Economic Daily News reported that Apple will tap GIS for mini-LED display module assembly for an upcoming iPad.

Kuo has previously said that Mini-LED displays will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while offering many of the same benefits of OLED displays used on the latest iPhones, including good wide color gamut performance, high contrast and dynamic range, and local dimming for truer blacks.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

9to5Mac Gift Guide: Best accessories to enjoy Apple Arcade and Apple TV+

This year, Apple made a renewed push into Services with new content subscriptions for reading news, watching television and playing new games.

Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ each cost $4.99 per month, and offer compelling original TV and games to play. However, there are few extra things you may want to buy to improve the experience. These accessories can make great gift ideas for any Apple fan.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Suspected thieves jailed after owner pinged stolen Apple Watch to locate it

Two suspected thieves have been arrested and jailed after the owner of a stolen Apple Watch pinged it while police were searching for stolen property …

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Dec. 3, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Sony brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to select 2018 and 2019 TVs

Sony is rolling out an update to select 2018 and 2019 TVs that adds AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for the first time. The features are part of a wider Android 9 upgrade, which also adds Dolby Atmos. But if your existing set isn’t on the list of supported devices today, it never will be. […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

How to Use Spotify's Sleep Timer Feature on iPhone and iPad

Spotify added a Sleep Timer to its Android app earlier this year, and this week, it's making the feature available for Spotify users on iPhone and iPad. Keep reading to learn how to use the Sleep Timer and get a good night's sleep.


What's the Spotify Sleep Timer For?


Basically, the Sleep Timer feature is for anyone who goes to bed with Spotify playing on their iOS device and wants it to automatically stop playing after they've fallen asleep.

It's a useful function to have if you don't want your ‌iPhone‌ playing through that carefully chosen playlist or podcast series when you're not awake to enjoy it. It can also help save your battery, and potentially your data allowance if you're streaming over cellular.

How to Use the Spotify Sleep Timer


Spotify is rolling out the feature via a software update, so make sure you've downloaded the latest version of the Spotify app from the App Store before following these steps. If you don't see the function in the Spotify app, check back later in the day, by which time the rollout will have hopefully reached you.

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.

  2. Start playing your music or podcast of choice.

  3. Select the "now playing" screen so that the artwork and playback controls are front and center.

  4. If you're listening to music, tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen. If you're listening to a podcast, tap the little moon icon in the bottom-right corner.

  5. Scroll down and select Sleep Timer from the list of options that appear.

  6. Select a duration for your timer. There are six increments to choose from, between five minutes and an hour. If you're quick to fall asleep, choose End of track or End of episode.
You'll can tell that the Sleep Timer function is active by the moon icon that appears next to the playback controls. If you set a timer and you haven't fallen asleep yet, you can go back in and tap either Turn off Timer or select more time.

If you're at a loss for what to listen to at bedtime, head to Spotify's Sleep selection of playlists for some quick inspiration.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

You can no longer turn back from iOS 13.2.3 if you’ve upgraded already

Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.3.2 following the release of iOS 13.2.3 a couple of weeks back. That means that, if you’ve already upgraded, it’s no longer possible to downgrade again. Although to be fair, why would you want to? iOS 13.2.3 launched on November 18. It did not add any major new features, instead focusing […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

First ever Apple Music Awards celebrates the best of 2019

Apple this week celebrates its first ever Apple Music Awards with a special performance by Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple Park. Eilish takes the top honor as Global Artist of the Year, while Breakthrough Artist of the Year goes to Lizzo, and Song of the Year goes to Lil Nas X […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Apple launches Apple Music Awards, will live stream Billie Eilish performance at Steve Jobs Theater

In addition to announcing its App Store Best of 2019 today, Apple is also launching its first ever Apple Music Awards. The company says it handpicked winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. It also gave awards to the most streamed song and album.

With Billie Eilish picking up three awards, Apple is celebrating the first year of Apple Music Awards with a performance from the artist held at Steve Jobs Theater. The event will be live-streamed tomorrow at 6:30 PM PST.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 10:27 a.m.

Apple announces best App Store apps and games of 2019 following private New York City event

Apple today announced its selection of best apps and games for 2019 after inviting developers and members of the press to a related special event in New York. The company follows the tradition of choosing apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV that stood out this year.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 10:24 a.m.

Apple Picks Up New Documentary Focusing on Sexual Misconduct in the Music Industry

Apple has picked up a new untitled documentary presented by Oprah Winfrey and created by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will explore alleged sexual misconduct in the music industry, following a former music executive who struggles with whether or not to go public with her story of assault and abuse by a notable music industry executive.


It's described as an examination of race, gender, class, and the toll that assaults take on victims and society.

Dick and Ziering have previously created several other documentaries, including "The Hunting Ground," exposing sexual assault on college campuses and "The Bleeding Edge," an exposé on the medical device industry.

There's no word on what the film will be called, but it's set to be released next year. Oprah Winfrey is serving as an executive producer, along with Terry Wood, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully, and others.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Otterbox Launches New Apple Watch Cases

Otterbox, a popular iPhone case manufacturer known for its highly protective cases, today launched the Exo Edge, a new series of cases designed for the Apple Watch.

Priced at $29.95, the cases are available both for the Series 3 and older ‌Apple Watch‌ models and the newer Series 4 and Series 5 models, which have a larger display.


The cases are designed to fit around the bezel of the ‌Apple Watch‌, adding a thick bumper that protects it from damage if the wrist is accidentally hit against something.

Each Exo Edge Case is designed to fit around the Digital Crown, and it covers the Side button on the ‌Apple Watch‌ for additional protection. Speakers on the alternate side are left open, and the back remains uncovered so the heart rate sensor continues to function.

You can use any ‌Apple Watch‌ band with the Otterbox ‌Apple Watch‌ cases, and the cases themselves are available in pink, black, white, and beige.


Exo Edge ‌Apple Watch‌ cases can be purchased from the Otterbox website for $29.95, but there is a 25 percent sale going on right now that drops the price to $22.46.


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Dec. 3, 2019, 1:45 a.m.

Here’s what happened at today’s Apple special ‘event’ in New York

As expected, Apple today held a special event in New York City focused on highlighting the best apps and games of 2019. While the event was billed as a “special event,” it was rather subdued in nature and didn’t include any product or operating system announcements. Here’s what actually happened.

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Dec. 3, 2019, 12:31 a.m.

Wonderful gifts for any Mac fan [Gift Guide 2019]

If you’re buying for an Apple fan who loves their Mac, there are loads of awesome gifts you should consider. We’ve rounded up the best to make your holiday shopping a little easier. We’ve picked out the best headphones, mice, keyboards, and more so that you don’t have to spend hours hunting down the perfect […]

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Dec. 3, 2019, 12:03 a.m.

Apple blocks downgrades to iOS 13.2.2 as updates continue to fix bugs and performance issues

Apple today has stopped signing iOS 13.2.2. This follows the release of iOS 13.2.3 a few weeks ago, which included more improvements to background app performance, the Mail app, Messages, and more.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Class action lawsuit against Apple’s butterfly keyboard moves forward

Apple has finally moved on from its disastrous butterfly keyboard on MacBooks but the class action lawsuit related to them is moving forward. A U.S. federal judge rejected Apple’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit today setting the company up for a big legal showdown with customers who are trying to prove Apple knew there were […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

FBI deems FaceApp a ‘potential counterintelligence threat’ because of its ties to Russia

Remember FaceApp? It went viral over the summer as a way to transform your selfies with aging effects, glasses, and more. Almost immediately after it went viral, users started voicing concerns over the app’s privacy policy and its ties to Russia. This prompted US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to call on the FBI to investigate FaceApp for potential national security concerns.

Now, the FBI has officially responded to Schumer’s request, stating that apps developed in Russia, including FaceApp, to be “potential counterintelligence threats.”

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Dec. 2, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

What is mini LED and what could it mean for iPad and MacBook?

Over the last year or so, we’ve been hearing more and more about new LCD display technologies, and we may see Apple adopt them in its devices as soon as next year. Follow along for an explainer on what mini LED display tech is, and why Apple is moving to it with iPad and MacBook Pro soon.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Top 10 Cyber Monday deals still available

It’s been a huge weekend of deals with Black Friday kicking off earlier than ever before, and Cyber Monday followed up beautifully today with a number of new all-time lows. But the sun is setting on Cyber Monday 2019 and deals are starting to go out of stock. So if you’re trying to find the best offers still out there, then our roundup of the top ten Cyber Monday deals still available is for you. Head below for all of the best offers still available as of 5PM.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Spotify update brings Sleep Timer feature for iOS users starting today

Spotify launched earlier this year the new “Sleep Timer” feature, which stops the music playback after a specific time, but it was only available for the Android version of the app at the time. Starting today, Spotify for iOS will get access to the same functionality.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Transit delivers promised Apple Watch app return with wheelchair-accessible trips and more

After pulling its Apple Watch app almost two years ago, the popular Transit for iOS is back on Apple’s wearable along with gaining details when trips are wheelchair-accessible.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Apple forced to face class action lawsuit over problematic butterfly keyboards

Apple will have to continue battling a class-action lawsuit in California over its butterfly keyboard design. Reuters reports today that a federal judge has rejected Apple’s request to dismiss the proposed class-action lawsuit over the keyboard’s failure and reliability issues.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

John Wick director shoots epic snowball fight entirely on iPhone

David Leitch, the visionary director behind John Wick and Deadpool 2, teamed up with Apple for the latest “shot on iPhone” ad that takes snowball fights to an all-new level. The 90-second ad, titled Snowbrawl, follows a young girl who teams up with her friends in a sprawling snowball fight against her older brother and […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

New screen tech might make upcoming MacBook and iPad most beautiful yet

Apple’s long interest in Mini LED technology could come to fruition as early as next year, with a reliable Apple prognosticator saying both a MacBook Pro and a iPad Pro with this new type of screen are in development. The report comes from a research note penned by Ming-Chi Kuo, according to MacRumors. This analyst […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 8:08 p.m.

Apple’s latest ‘Shot on iPhone 11 Pro’ video showcases a cinematic snowball fight

Following the release of its annual holiday ad last week, Apple today has shared a new Shot on iPhone ad. This time, the focus is on a “cinematic snowball fight” captured with the iPhone 11 Pro. Check out the video below.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 8 p.m.

Get in on 10 Cyber Monday steals that won’t be here tomorrow [Deals]

While Black Friday is practically a worldwide holiday, Cyber Monday is still more for the serious bargain shoppers. While all the big box stores and major retailers have their post-Thanksgiving offers to make, the major Cyber Monday steals usually come from off the beaten path. To that end, we’ve compiled 10 of the best Cyber […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

iPhone launch schedule may get big shakeup in 2021

Big changes could be coming to the way Apple launches iPhone, starting in 2021. Analysts at JP Morgan Chase published a new research note today claiming Apple is readying its supply chain to be able to launch new iPhones twice a year. The move would supposedly give Apple more flexibility to add new features over […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 7 p.m.

3 productivity apps for Mac we can’t live without

This Mac productivity apps post is presented by Dashlane. Productivity apps for Mac are ubiquitous. There are so many of them, you can burn up a lot of productivity while you spend hours searching for the best ones. That’s why articles like this one prove so useful. They help you quickly identify a few key […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 6:55 p.m.

Hands-on: an awesome Mac mini hub from Satechi [Video]

The Mac mini, while a great device, has lacked some essential I/O since the 2018 refresh. The SD card slot in particular has been missed on this latest-generation mini. Thankfully, Satechi has designed a sleek and functional USB-C Hub for the new Mac mini. more…

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Dec. 2, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Analyst expects Apple to split flagship iPhone releases into separate summer and fall launches, starting 2021

Apple could switch up its iPhone release cycle as soon as 2021 according to a new analyst report from JP Morgan’s Samik Chatterjee (via Marketwatch).

Since the iPhone 4S in 2011, Apple has released its flagship iPhone models all at once in the fall — almost always in mid-September. What JPMorgan proposes is that there would be two pairs of iPhone launches in 2021, one in the first half (presumably in the March-June timeframe) and one in the second half (the normal September holiday period).

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Dec. 2, 2019, 6:07 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: December 02, 2019 – Apple Pay Express Transit, Mini LED iPad + MacBook

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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Dec. 2, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Save a ton on great accessories in our huge Cyber Monday sale

The Cult of Mac Store’s massive Cyber Monday sale is on now, with big discounts to be had on some of our biggest brands. You’ll find sweet Apple Watch and iPhone accessories at up to 77% off the usual price. We’ve got brilliant bands, gorgeous charging stands, handy battery banks, and lots more. See what’s […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Get an extra $15 when you sell your old Apple devices to Cult of Mac

Picked up a new Apple device at a big discount this weekend? Now it’s time to sell your old ones and make back some cash for the holidays. Cult of Mac is here to help with a sweet Cyber Monday buyback deal. Sell your old Apple devices to us today and we’ll give you an […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Apple’s purchase of Intel phone modem biz is a done deal

Intel Corporation says it has completed a $1 billion sale of most of its smartphone modem business to Apple. The deal goes down as Apple’s second-biggest acquisition in its 42-year history. Apple will absorb patents, equipment and roughly 2,200 Intel workers. Intel is not entirely out of the modem business. The company will focus its […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Kuo: Apple releasing 12.9-inch iPad and 16-inch MacBook Pro with mini LED in late 2020

Reliable Apple analyst MIng-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note today that offers a timeline on Apple’s switch to mini-LED technology. According to the analyst, mini LED will come to the iPad and MacBook line starting next year.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

New to the 16-inch MacBook Pro? These accessories are essential for professionals

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro is easy to recommend for replacing a MacBook Pro from 2015 or earlier. It has a reliable keyboard (unlike 2016 to 2019 15.4-inch models), significantly better microphones and speakers, and a more immersive display.

But unlike MacBook Pros from a few years ago, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has the same (lack of) ports as recent MacBook Pros. The good news is the market for adapters and cables has expanded over the last four years, and there are plenty of must-have accessories for professionals.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.2.2 Following Release of iOS 13.2.3

Following the release of iOS 13.2.3 on November 18, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.2.2, which means downgrading to this version of iOS is no longer possible.

iOS 13.2.2 was a bug fix update that addressed an issue that caused some apps to quit unexpectedly in the background, which led to more frequent than normal refresh times for apps like Safari, YouTube, and more.

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

iOS 13.2.3 is the current publicly available version of iOS, and is another bug fix update that includes fixes for search, the Messages apps, background downloading, Mail, and more.

Developers and public beta testers can also download iOS 13.3, an upcoming update that introduces Communication Limits for Screen Time and a handful of other tweaks and changes.


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Dec. 2, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Siri corrects weatherman during a live broadcast

The great thing about having Siri built into your Apple Watch is that it’s always there when you need it. The bad thing about it is that it’s there when you don’t need it, too. BBC Weather meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker recently ran into an embarrassing mishap on live TV when describing snow in the US […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Last chance: Save up to $50 on Twelve South’s stunning HiRise stands

The Cult of Mac Store’s mega deal on Twelve South’s stunning HiRise stands ends today. Take advantage of it now to save up to $50 before it’s too late. Both the HiRise Wireless for iPhone and the HiRise Duet for iPhone and Apple Watch are included in the sale. They’re some of the finest stands […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Apple could sell 3 million AirPods over Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Apple could sell upward of 3 million AirPods units during Black Friday and Cyber Monday holidays combined, claims Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. Ives bases his guesstimate on Apple Store checks, inventory levels at a number of retailers, and more. Overall, Ives thinks that Apple will sell more than 65 million AirPods units this year — […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 3:03 p.m.

Get the best Cyber Monday deals on Apple gear [Deals & Steals]

Black Friday might be over now, but Cyber Monday has only just started, which means there’s still time to save big! There are some terrific deals to be had on the hottest Apple devices and awesome accessories. Our special Deals & Steals roundup will help you seek out the biggest discounts. Whether you’re shopping for […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 3 p.m.

[Update: New deals] Best Cyber Monday deals: Save on MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watch, HomeKit tech, more

With Black Friday in the books, it’s time to turn our attention to Cyber Monday. We’re expecting this year’s big online-only event to deliver several notable offers on Apple products, but also TVs, smart home gear, and much more. We’ll be working around the clock over at 9to5Toys to deliver all of the best deals throughout the weekend. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter as well, so you don’t miss out. Head below for all of the best Cyber Monday deals and more.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple is worth more than the entire US energy sector combined

Apple is worth more than all large-cap US energy stocks put together, a new report for the Financial Times notes. Apple’s current market cap is close to $1.2 trillion. That surpasses the value of the S&P 500 energy sector, valued at $1.12 trillion. The report on Apple and the energy sector notes that: “Oil prices […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

Feature request: Synchronize learned spellings across Apple devices via iCloud

Temporarily working on a second Mac has identified a small but annoying gap in the Apple ecosystem: There’s no way to synchronize learned spellings across Apple devices.

If you create Text Replacements, these behave the way you’d expect: Create them on any Apple device, and they sync via iCloud. For example…

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Dec. 2, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

This 13 Mac app bundle featuring Parallels Desktop is on sale today [Deals]

The best way to get the most out of your Mac is to put the right apps on it. From productivity to creativity, maintenance and beyond, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better collection of apps than in this massive bundle. It features Parallels Desktop, which lets you run your Mac and Windows apps […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple has raised $220 million to fight AIDS-related deaths in Africa

Over the past 13 years, Apple has contributed $220 million to help fight the spread of AIDS-related deaths in Africa. Tim Cook made the announcement on Twitter Sunday, marking World AIDS Day. “AIDS-related deaths have fallen by more than half since 2004,” he wrote. “Together we can achieve an AIDS-free generation.” This #WorldAIDSDay we mark […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Apple Pay Express Transit hits the London

Apple Pay Express Transit is now available across all Transport for London services — including the Underground, busses, and trams. Commuters can use the feature with iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for rides faster than before. It does not require transactions to be authorized with a face or fingerprint, so the whole process takes […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the masses

December 2, 1991: Apple ships its first public version of QuickTime, bringing video to Mac users running System 7. Containing codecs for graphics, animation and video, QuickTime confirms Apple’s status as a leading multimedia tech company. The software also starts us all off on the path to playing video on our computers. This fundamental transformation of […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 12:55 p.m.

Quitting Facebook will soon be easier with Apple-backed photo export tool

Quitting Facebook could soon be easier as the company begins testing a tool to allow you to export your photos and videos to other social media platforms …

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Dec. 2, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Apple and others need to consult emergency services over automatic SOS calls

Apple, Samsung and other tech giants need to consult emergency services before implementing features that automatically place 911 calls. The plea has come from EENA, an organization representing more than 1,500 emergency services in over 80 countries.

It says that although features like Fall Detection on the Apple Watch and Auto-call for Emergency SOS on the iPhone are well-intentioned and have been credited with saving a great many people, they can also cost lives …

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Dec. 2, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

Apple will take ‘deeper look’ at how it handles disputed borders after Crimea controversy

Apple says that it is going to take a “deeper look at how we handle disputed borders” after recent controversy about the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula. Last week, Apple agreed to depict the disputed peninsula as belonging to Russia on Apple Maps and Apple Weather. The changes only showed when viewed inside Russia. In the backlash that ensued, […]

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Dec. 2, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

[Update: New deals] Best Apple Watch Cyber Monday deals: Latest models $100 off, more

Black Friday is set to be home to this year’s best Apple Watch deals. All of the top retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all slated to offer aggressive discounts on Apple’s latest wearables. Specifically, large price drops on Apple Watch Series 3 and the new Apple Watch Series 5 are sure to be the most popular this time around. You’ll find all of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals down below.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 11 a.m.

[Update: New deals] Best iPad Cyber Monday deals: Up to $400 off, $180 off iPad Air, more

All of Apple’s latest tablets will be included in this year’s best Cyber Monday iPad deals, with notable price drops mainly coming on the 2019 10.2-inch iPad. WalmartBest Buy, Amazon, and Target will all be offering sale prices during Thanksgiving week with deals on Apple’s iPad Pro, mini, and more. All of the best iPad Black Friday deals can be found just below.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

Analyst estimates Apple sold 3 million AirPods over Black Friday / Cyber Monday weekend

Apple is estimated to sell about 3 million pairs of AirPods and AirPods Pro over the Black Friday through Cyber Monday period. That’s according to Dan Ives at Wedbush, citing channel checks and inventory shortages at retailers.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 5:49 a.m.

Cyber Monday 2019: Get the 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle With Parallels Desktop, Banktivity, and More for $36

Today you can save on the all-new 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle, which includes 13 macOS apps for a total price of $36 (valued at $1,267.80) with the promo code RUMORS40. This bundle just launched today for Cyber Monday, and the discount won't last long and is set to expire tomorrow December 3 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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

Apps in the bundle include Parallels Desktop 15, PDF Expert, Banktivity 7, TextExpander, and more. You can find the full list below, along with each app's valued price. To get the discount, add the 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle to your cart on StackSocial, head to checkout, and enter the code RUMORS40 in the promo code box.

The 2020 Limited Edition Mac Bundle

  • Parallels Desktop 15 ($79.99 value) - Run thousands of Windows apps without compromising on performance

  • PDF Expert ($79.99 value) - An Apple Editors’ Choice Winner, this app helps you edit text, images, and links on PDFs

  • Aurora HDR 2019 ($99.99 value) - Create stunning professional HDR photos in seconds

  • iMazing 2 ($89.99 value) - Manage and transfer all your iOS data between devices in one app

  • xMind 8 Pro ($129 value) - Organize your ideas with multiple mind mapping charts in one map

  • Banktivity 7 ($69.99 value) - See all of your accounts in one place and make smart financial decisions

  • NetSpot Pro ($149 value) - Optimize your wi-fi connection (visualize, manage, troubleshoot, audit, plan and deploy wireless networks)

  • Windscribe VPN Pro ($216 value) - Privately browse the internet and protect your online data

  • Live Home 3 Pro for Mac ($69.99 value) - Design advanced floor plans using intuitive, point and click drafting tools

  • TextExpander ($49.92 value) - Save time and keystrokes by creating shortcut auto-fill snippets

  • RapidWeaver 8 ($84.99 value) - Design your own website with zero code

  • Disk Drill PRO ($89 value) - Recover accidently deleted files from your Mac

  • DeltaWalker Pro ($59.95 value) - Compare, edit-in place, and merge text files side by side
Remember to visit StackSocial before tomorrow night to take advantage of the offer, and head to our full Deals Roundup for even more Apple-related discounts.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 5:07 a.m.

Cyber Monday 2019: Get $10 Off Your First Year of Disney+ at $59.99 (Regular $69.99)

Disney is celebrating Cyber Monday this year with a notable new discount on its streaming service Disney+. New subscribers can get their first year of Disney+ for $59.99, down from an original price of $69.99. That's $10 off for your first year of Disney+, and if you decide to re-subscribe after that first year, your subscription will go back up to the traditional $69.99/year price.

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

Although Disney offered a special three-year discount on Disney+ for anyone with a free D23 account, the offer was limited and many missed out on it. Today's deal marks the first major sale on Disney+ after its launch and is definitely worth looking into for anyone who hasn't yet signed up for an annual subscription (or only signed up for the monthly subscription at $6.99/month).

To get the offer, simply head over to DisneyPlus.com to find the annual subscription discount. Disney notes that this is a limited time offer and it will expire later tonight. It's only available in the United States and Puerto Rico, and it does not include a free trial of Disney+.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 5:01 a.m.

Cyber Monday bundle includes must-have Mac apps for $36: Parallels, TextExpender, Aurora HDR, more

We’re kicking off Cyber Monday with a very notable Mac app deal here at 9to5Toys, one that delivers some of the most popular apps out there at new all-time low prices. This year’s Limited Edition Mac App Bundle delivers big names like Parallels Desktop, TextExpander, Aurora HDR, and more at rock-bottom pricing. All 13 apps hold a combined value of nearly $1,300 when stacked together with their original prices, but we’re offering them all during Cyber Monday for $36 when you apply promo code GETMAC40 at checkout. This offer is available through Tuesday. You’ll find full details on this year’s bundle, along with notable standouts, just below. Be sure to act now, though, as we’re not likely to see this kind of discount again any time soon.

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Dec. 2, 2019, 12:41 a.m.

OWC offers deals on USB-C and Thunderbolt docks for Cyber Monday, free USB-C Travel Dock

OWC is offering two great deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday including a free USB-C Travel Dock with the purchase of its popular 14-port Thunderbolt 3 dock, and two deals on its other USB docks.

Head below for a full look at the deals:

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Dec. 1, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Black Friday Flash Sale: Get 60% off the Miko 2 robot for a limited time

Miko, the innovation lab for consumer robotics, just announced a flash sale for Black Friday weekend. The iPhone-controlled Miko 2 educational robot is now 50% off, and 9to5readers can get an additional $50 discount with our exclusive promo code.

Get Miko 2 now $149 shipped (Reg $399) w/ code “9to5”

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Dec. 1, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

No Face ID required: Apple Pay Express Mode now available for the London Underground, here’s how to set it up

If you are in London, you can now travel using Apple Pay on the Underground network without having to use Touch ID or Face ID authentication.

This means that you don’t need to hold up the queue at the turnstile when travelling the Underground. You can simply tap and go with either iPhone or Apple Watch.

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Dec. 1, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Japan’s 10th Apple Store opens December 14 in Kawasaki

Apple’s 10th store in Japan is coming soon to Kawasaki, a first for the city. The new store will be Apple’s fourth to open, move, or expand throughout Japan in 2019. Apple Kawasaki wraps a series of Japanese retail projects long previewed with teaser logos and promised to complete before the end of the year.

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Dec. 1, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Black Friday Flash Sale: Get 60% off the Miko 2 robot for a limited time

Miko, the innovation lab for consumer robotics, just announced a flash sale for Black Friday weekend. The iPhone-controlled Miko 2 educational robot is now 50% off, and 9to5readers can get an additional $50 discount with our exclusive promo code.

Get Miko 2 now $149 shipped (Reg $399) w/ code “9to5”

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Dec. 1, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

This week’s top stories: Jony Ive’s departure, 2020 iPhone rumors, Cyber Monday deals, more

In this week’s top stories: Jony Ive’s departure from Apple is official, Apple’s latest HomeKit features, the best Apple Cyber Monday deals, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Dec. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Too little, too late for Apple III

December 1, 1981: After the disastrous rollout of the “next-gen” Apple III the previous year, Apple corrects the computer’s most glaring hardware faults and relaunches it. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done. Apple experiences its first “flop” product with its would-be Apple II successor. Apple III: Everything to everyone The Apple III should have […]

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Dec. 1, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

Best Cyber Monday deals: Save on MacBooks, iPads, Apple Watch, HomeKit tech, more

With Black Friday in the books, it’s time to turn our attention to Cyber Monday. We’re expecting this year’s big online-only event to deliver several notable offers on Apple products, but also TVs, smart home gear, and much more. We’ll be working around the clock over at 9to5Toys to deliver all of the best deals throughout the weekend. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter as well, so you don’t miss out. Head below for all of the best Cyber Monday deals and more.

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Dec. 1, 2019, 3:57 p.m.

Netatmo now rolling out HomeKit Secure Video support to its Smart Indoor Camera

Another popular home security camera now supports Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video feature. Starting this weekend, Netatmo is rolling out HomeKit Secure Video support to its uniquely designed Smart Indoor Camera, enabling more advanced control and recording via the Home app.

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Dec. 1, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

Tim Cook says Apple has donated $220M to (RED) to help fight AIDS

In honor of World AIDS day today, Tim Cook has taken to Twitter today to tout that Apple has donated $220 million to (RED). The work of (RED) means that “we can achieve an AIDS-free generation,” Cook explained.

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Dec. 1, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Comment: What can Apple do with HomeKit to catch Alexa in 2020?

Apple has been playing the slow game with HomeKit compared to Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem. Where Apple is working on detailed projects like HomeKit Secure Video, Amazon and Google are being bundled into nearly every device that has Wi-Fi in it. I love HomeKit, and I prefer it over Alexa or Google Assistant, but as we come to the end of 2019, I have four Amazon Echo Dots in my home and no HomePods. One of the key reasons I finally succumbed and bought a few Echo Dots was when Apple Music support launched and I found them on sale. If someone who loves Apple has started to dip his toes into the Alexa waters, what should be on Apple’s HomeKit plans for 2020? more…

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Dec. 1, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Check off your Cyber Monday shopping list early [Deals]

Holidays are great, but they can also be a nightmare, especially when it comes to shopping for gifts. Life’s too short to spend in line at the mall, so we’ve rounded up some of our best Cyber Monday deals early this year. From secondary phone lines to portable wireless charging, gaming chairs, camera stabilizers and […]

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Dec. 1, 2019, 2:41 a.m.

Get Wondershare’s dr.fone iOS toolkit app for Mac 40% off for Black Friday

Wondershare’s dr.fone offers iPhone and iPad users a full software suite that goes beyond the iOS management that’s possible with iTunes/Finder in macOS. Features include data recovery, erasing/restoring all or just parts of your data, system repair, restoring social media apps, getting around your device’s Lock screen, and more.

Thanks to Wondershare for sponsoring 9to5Mac. Read on for more details about the 40% off Black Friday deal as well a shot at winning the full iOS dr.fone 10 Toolkit for free.

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Nov. 30, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

RAVpower travel router also connects iPhones to hard drives and SD cards [Review]

Life on the road can be a hassle, even with an iPhone, but there’s a lot the RAVpower FileHub Travel Router can do to make it easier. It’s a battery, a hub with a USB port and SD card reader, and (naturally) a travel router. I road tested every feature of this accessory. Read on […]

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Nov. 30, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Totallee’s super thin iPhone cases now 25% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Totallee has been making high-quality, ultra thin iPhone cases since 2013. They are one of your best options if you’re looking for a thin case to protect your iPhone without adding bulk. Their cases are designed to be as minimalistic as possible and completely branding free. From now until December 8th, totallee is offering all 9to5Mac readers 25% off its cases for Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

Get an exclusive 25% off all Totallee super thin cases with code 9TO5HOLIDAYS

Totallee offers 3 different styles: matte, transparent and leather. Head below for a quick overview of the whole collection:

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Nov. 30, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Which iPhone should I buy? Comparing Apple’s current smartphone lineup [Video]

Apple currently sells four different iPhone models, with the two bookend models — the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 8 available in both large and small sizes. With so much variety, it may be confusing as to which iPhone is best for you or someone you plan on buying one for.

In this hands-on video walkthrough, I share my opinion and answers to the question: Which iPhone should I buy? more…

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Nov. 30, 2019, 4 p.m.

Thinking different: Inside the new Cult of Mac book [Cult of Mac Magazine 325]

When tasked with designing The Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition, Derek Yee asked himself why there weren’t any books about Macs that looked like MacBooks. Then he cooked up a grand design that pays homage to awesome Apple products. The new book, by Leander Kahney and David Pierini, is a follow-up to the original. It’s […]

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Nov. 30, 2019, 3 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple opens its first store outside U.S.

November 30, 2003: Apple expands its retail chain outside the United States, opening its 73rd Apple Store in Tokyo’s trendy Ginza shopping district. On opening day, thousands of Apple fans — possibly the biggest queue in Apple history — line up around the block in the rain to gain early access to the store, which offers […]

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Nov. 30, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Black Friday is over, but its spirit lives on in these 10 stellar deals [Deals]

As Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday shopping season prove each year, the need for bargains reigns eternal. So even though the consumer frenzy of Black Friday 2019 may be part of history, you can still enjoy the spoils of the day with 10 great holiday gift ideas that remain available at ridiculously […]

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Nov. 30, 2019, 2 p.m.

9to5Mac Gift Guide: Christmas gift ideas for IT professionals

IT professionals are known for having all of the latest technology products, so they can be hard to buy for during the Christmas season. In my Apple @ Work post for this week, I want to run through a handful of products that would make for an excellent Christmas gift ideas for the IT professionals in your life. more…

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Nov. 30, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Apple Watch Siri awkwardly interrupts on-air meteorologist and contradicts his forecast

Earlier this month, Apple Watch fall detection made a humorous appearance on James Corden’s The Late Late Show when it was unexpectedly triggered by a guest in the audience.

Following that, Siri on Apple Watch recently made an unplanned appearance on a BBC broadcast this week after a meteorologist accidentally activated the assistant.

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Nov. 30, 2019, 12:58 p.m.

Apple offering extended Apple News+ three-month free trial for a limited time

For a limited time, Apple has started offering a three-month free trial of Apple News+ to new subscribers. This is up from the regular free trial period of one month, and matches the trial offered for new Apple Music subscribers.

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Nov. 30, 2019, 12:28 a.m.

Review: Ekster smart wallets offer Siri and great storage with sleek designs

Ekster wasn’t on my radar until just about a month ago when I got to test out the company’s smart wallets and I’ve found myself very impressed with the design, build quality, and functionality of the offerings. Read on for our full review of Ekster’s smart wallets and what sets them apart from the rest of the market. And, yep, the company is also doing a Black Friday promotion with a 40% off deal.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 11:52 p.m.

[Apple responds after seeing strong criticism] Apple makes change to show Crimea differently in its apps to satisfy Russian government

In another example of Apple walking a fine line with global governments, it has changed how Crimea is displayed in its Maps and Weather apps after heeding Russian demands.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Top 10 Black Friday deals still available

The dusk of Black Friday is upon us, but there are still plenty of great deals out there to be had. Our staff here at 9to5Toys has been working around the clock to bring you all the best offers across every category. However, time is ticking down, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the 10 best Black Friday deals still alive. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 9:16 p.m.

Hyper Black Friday offers 30% off sitewide on USB-C hubs, wireless chargers, battery packs & more

Our friends at HYPER have officially kicked off their Black Friday sale. Get 30% off sitewide with free US shipping on the company’s best-selling USB-C hubswireless chargersbattery packscables and more. There are also doorbuster deals that offer even deeper discounts up to 80% off, including:

Head below for a look at a few of our picks from the sale:

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Nov. 29, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

How to get AirPods Pro ear tip replacements

Have you lost or ripped one of your AirPods Pro ear tips? Or maybe you just want to have an extra set on hand? Follow along for how to order AirPods Pro ear tip replacements for just a couple of bucks in a few simple steps.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

All of the best iOS/Mac app and game deals for Black Friday 2019

We have been tracking one of the largest collections of Black Friday iOS apps and games in recent memory. That’s on top of just about all of the most popular Mac apps from Adobe Elements software and Parallels Desktop 15 to Fantastical 2, Pixelmator Pro, and so many more. While many of the most notable offers went live a few days (or more) ahead of Black Friday, just about everything is still available for at least the rest of today. Down below you’ll find a curated selection of the best iOS and Mac games, productivity apps and much more at big-time discounts. more…

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Nov. 29, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Save a ton on great accessories in our huge Black Friday sale

The Cult of Mac Store’s massive Black Friday sale is now in full swing, with big discounts to be had on some of our biggest brands. You’ll find sweet Apple Watch and iPhone accessories at up to 77% off the usual price. We’ve got brilliant bands, gorgeous charging stands, handy battery banks, and lots more. […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro scores highest in 2019 for video camera

Apple has seen the rise of competitors launching smartphones with cameras declared by reviewers and consumer labs as surpassing the iPhone. But the iPhone 11 Pro dismissed some creeping doubts when it launched this fall and it will end 2019 at the top of several recap and best-of lists. Among the first with its 2019 […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Hands-on: Free vector graphics iOS app Vectornator comes to the Mac [Video]

Vectornator is a popular and free vector graphics app for iPhone and iPad that we’ve showed you before. Now, a million downloads on iOS later, the app is coming to Mac to bring the platform to all your Apple devices (except for Apple Watch of course) and it’s remaining free for all to download on Mac along with the iOS apps.

Check out our video hands-on with the new Vectornator for Mac app below:

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Nov. 29, 2019, 6 p.m.

Awesome gifts for any Apple Watch fan [Gift Guide 2019]

It couldn’t be easier to buy holiday gifts for loved ones who own an Apple Watch. There are so many wonderful accessories out there for the best-selling smartwatch on the planet. And Cult of Mac can help you find the best. Our Apple Watch gift guide includes our favorite bands, charging stands, wireless headphones, and […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Apple shares App Store Connect holiday schedule, closed from Dec. 23-27

As is tradition, Apple has detailed the App Store Connect schedule during the holidays with developers needing to plan new app submissions and updates around the planned downtime.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Apple supplier is Asia’s best-performing stock of 2019 thanks to AirPods

Apple suppliers frequently benefit when Cupertino has a mega-sized hit — and that’s exactly what has happened with the makers of the AirPods. Supplier Luxshare Precision Industry, which manufactures the AirPods for Apple, has seen its stock price triple this year. In the process it has outperformed every other major stock traded in the Asia-Pacific […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

[Update: All deals now live] Best iPad Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off, $100 10.2-inch iPad, more

Each year Black Friday delivers some of the best iPad deals, and 2019 is shaping up to be no exception. All of Apple’s latest tablets will be included in this year’s best Black Friday iPad deals, with notable price drops mainly coming on the 2019 10.2-inch iPad. WalmartBest Buy, Amazon, and Target will all be offering sale prices during Thanksgiving week with deals on Apple’s iPad Pro, mini, and more. All of the best iPad Black Friday deals can be found just below.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Problematic Smartphone Usage now a psychiatric disorder; 23% of kids affected

Problematic Smartphone Usage — or smartphone addiction — is now being viewed as a psychiatric disorder, with an average of 23% of kids and young adults found to suffer from it.

Researchers at King’s College London carried out a meta-analysis of more than 40 studies, which variously found that anything from 10% to 30% of children, teenagers and young adults aged up to 25 were afflicted…

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Nov. 29, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

9to5Mac Gift Guide: Must-have travel tech that‘s useful for everyday use

It can be easy to pick up tech products and accessories that end up serving a single purpose or don’t end up being used as much as you imagined. That’s even truer during the holidays when discounts and deals abound. In the spirit of high functionality and usefulness, let’s take a look at some of the best travel tech out there that you or your loved ones will also find valuable for everyday use at home or the office.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS updated with several new features

Microsoft Remote Desktop is a service that allows users to access and use their computer through another device, such as an iPhone or iPad. The iOS app, which had been abandoned for over a year, was updated this week with several new features, including support for recently released Apple devices and also Dark Mode compatibility on iOS 13.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 3 p.m.

Get the best Black Friday deals on Apple gear [Deals & Steals]

Black Friday is fast-approaching and many retailers have already started slashing prices. There are some terrific deals to be had on the hottest Apple devices and awesome accessories. Our special Deals & Steals roundup will help you seek out the biggest discounts. Whether you’re shopping for iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, or a brand-new Mac, we’ve […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

MacBook Pro Diary: A forced repair leading to a rethink about my next Mac

I’ve finally been forced into arranging the keyboard replacement I’ve been deferring forever, and that has led me to think about my next Mac. But let’s start at the beginning…

My 2016 MacBook Pro has long been suffering from the infamous butterfly keyboard glitches. I get double-characters for B and P, and both spacebar and CMD keys are unreliable.

These things would have long since driven me nuts but for two factors…

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Nov. 29, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant is unsettlingly good fun [Review]

A spooky nanny. A creepy baby. And a whole bunch of crazy plot twists. It can only be Servant, M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop’s psychological horror series for Apple TV+. Debuting on Thanksgiving, I’ve already hungrily snarfed down the first episode. While I’m not yet sure if it’s enjoyable junk food or a balanced […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

See featurette asks how Apple TV+ show crafted a world without sight

Are you a fan of See, Apple TV+’s post-apocalyptic fantasy show starring Jason Momoa as Baba Voss? Want to know more about how the show came to be? If so, you’re in luck — since Apple just debuted a nifty featurette in which the cast and crew share their behind-the-scenes stories. Check it out. The […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Here are some Black Friday deals you can score while you’re in those Black Friday lines [Deals]

No amount of warning or pleading is going to dissuade hardcore shoppers from their oh-dark-30 appointments with Black Friday doorbuster deals. So if you’re trying to reason with one of those retail diehards, we suggest a compromise offer. While you’re standing in one of those monster holiday shopping lines, keep gift purchases going with the […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 11 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Stand and Hub for Mac Mini From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's brand new Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hubs, designed for the latest Mac mini models.

Priced at $80, the ‌Mac mini‌ Stand and Hub is designed to be used under the ‌Mac mini‌, adding valuable additional ports that are normally not available on the ‌Mac mini‌.


The hub features a USB-C data port, three USB-A ports, a micro SD card reader, an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The ‌Mac mini‌ is already equipped with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI port, so Satechi's hub basically adds support for using USB-A accessories and SD cards.


As with all of Satechi's Mac accessories, the Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hub is made from an aluminum that's designed to match the finish of Apple products, in this case, the ‌Mac mini‌. The ports are designed to be at the front of the ‌Mac mini‌, making them easily accessible.


There are built-in air vents that are designed to help regulate temperature and encourage airflow, as the Stand and Hub sits right under the ‌Mac mini‌. The stand is thin and it fits in well with the ‌Mac mini‌'s design, looking more like an additional component than an accessory.


We have five of Satechi's Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hubs 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.

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 (November 29) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 6. The winners will be chosen randomly on December 6 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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Nov. 29, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

New Apple TV+ episodes of See, The Morning Show, and For All Mankind

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, which means you’re possibly looking forward to a day of lounging around, digesting yesterday’s enormous dinner, and watching some good TV shows — courtesy of the latest new episodes on Apple TV+. Here’s what you can expect from the new instalments of The Morning Show, See, and For All Mankind. […]

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Nov. 29, 2019, 9:21 a.m.

Apple Reminds Developers That New or Updated Apps Won't Be Accepted Between December 23-27

Apple today reminded developers that new apps and app updates will not be accepted through App Store Connect from Monday, December 23 through Friday, December 27.

Any app releases should be scheduled, submitted, and approved in advance.

This brief closure of App Store Connect occurs every holiday season. Other features of App Store Connect will remain available.


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Nov. 29, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Apple Store Black Friday promotion live in the United States, get a gift card up to $200 value

Apple’s Black Friday shopping event is now live in the United States. Don’t go celebrating too much — the deals aren’t the best. Apple is giving away up to $200 in gift cards with select purchases (that excludes newer hardware like AirPods Pro or 16-inch MacBook Pro).

Check out the latest offers on 9to5Toys for the best deals from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 8 a.m.

[Update: Black Friday pricing now live] Best MacBook Black Friday deals: $299 off new MacBook Airs, $250 off Pro, more

As is to be expected, Black Friday is set to bring some of the best MacBook deals of the year. While there are already some great deals available right now through various online retailers, Best Buy and Costco are also expected to bring the heat next week with some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals of their own. You’ll find all of the best MacBook (and other Mac!) Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 8 a.m.

[Update: All deals now live] Best iPhone Black Friday deals: $700 in Walmart gift cards, $200 Target, more

This year, we’re expecting the annual Black Friday sales to bring some of the best deals on iPhone we’ll see all year. All of the top retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are set to offer substantial discounts on Apple’s flagship smartphones. Specifically, you should expect major gift card offers on the latest iPhones and big price cuts on some older iPhone models. Stay updated on all the best iPhone Black Friday deals below…

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Nov. 29, 2019, 7:40 a.m.

Black Friday 2019: Best Deals for Online Shoppers from Anker, Mophie, Sonos, and More

Black Friday retail shopping is well underway across the country today, but those who prefer online shopping already know that many of the best deals can be bought without leaving your home, and some notable offers are available only online.

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

For that purpose we've created this post to round up all of the best online-only bargains this Black Friday, offered by well-known brands like Anker, Aukey, Incipio, Griffin, and many more.

Anker


Wireless Charging Mats
Portable Batteries
Charging Cables and Hubs
Audio
Miscellaneous

Pad & Quill


Pad & Quill kicked off its Black Friday event earlier in the week, offering 35 percent off an assortment of accessories. You can stack this with the MacRumors exclusive promo code MACR10 to get an additional 10 percent off, totaling 45 percent off for these items.


This sale includes leather bands for Apple Watch, iPad Pro cases, iPhone 11 cases, MacBook Pro cases, and the TechFolio Travel Cord Organizers.

Mujjo


On Mujjo, you can save 25 percent sitewide from Thanksgiving on November 28 through Tuesday, December 3. With this sale, you can get 25 percent off all products on Mujjo's website by using the coupon code #25off during the checkout process. Mujjo offers a variety of leather accessories and cases for Apple products including iPhone and iPad.

CalDigit


CalDigit has 15 percent off store-wide this Black Friday, when using the code BFRIDAY. This sale will run through December 3, and the coupon code is applicable to most products store wide, with some exceptions.


Some ideas of savings include the Tuff nano USB-C Portable SSD (512GB) for $127.46, down from $149.95, and the Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus for $238.99, down from $279.99. These sales and more can be found on CalDigit's website.

Lifx


Smart lighting company LIFX has a collection of Black Friday deals, with up to 43 percent off various lighting bundles. You can also save on individual LIFX bulbs and the LIFX Z light strip.

Nomad


Nomad has a quite a few discounts going on this year, with sales that offer between 10 and 70 percent off select accessories.

Notable discounts include 20 percent off the Base Station ($79.95), 20 percent off iPhone 11 cases, 30 percent off Nomad's Steel Band for Apple Watch ($83.95), 50 percent off the Stand for Apple Watch ($19.95), and 70 percent off Nomad's rugged Lightning Cable.

You can head to Nomad's website and click to its various Black Friday sales by following the link at the top of the home page.

Twelve South


Twelve South has accessories like the Journal for MacBook, PowerPic, HiRise Duet, and more on sale for Black Friday.

  • Journal for MacBook - $79.99 (Save $90)

  • AirFly Classic - $34.99 (20% Off)

  • PowerPic - $44.99 (Was $79.99)

  • HiRise Duet - $44.99 (55% Off)

Nimble


Environmentally friendly accessory company Nimble is offering 30 percent off sitewide.

This includes the company's 10,000 mAh ($79.95); 13,000 mAh ($89.95); 20,000 mAh ($99.95); and 26,800 mAh ($129.95) portable chargers.


For wireless chargers, there is the Wireless Pad ($49.95), Wireless Convertible Stand ($59.95), Wireless Dual Pad ($69.95), and Wireless Travel Kit ($79.95).

Nimble also has various sales on bundled-together accessories, all of which you can find on its website.

Speck


Today Speck has 40 percent off sitewide, which includes Speck's cases for the iPhone and MacBook, and many more accessories.

Newegg


Any PC gamers or PC desktop users should check out Newegg today, which has Black Friday discounts on laptops, monitors, memory, graphics cards, motherboards, video game consoles, wireless headphones, and much more.

Olloclip


At Olloclip you can save up to 60 percent on camera lens attachments and cases for your iPhone.

Other World Computing


OWC has up to 50 percent off Apple's Beats headphones, as well as the HomePod in White for $228.88.


Of course, you can also purchase memory upgrade at OWC at a discount today, perfect for Apple's iMac line. The retailer also has a few discounts on previous generation MacBook and MacBook Pro models.

For the full list of OWC Black Friday deals, visit the company's website.

Lenovo


Lenovo will have a handful of PC and laptop discounts, as well as travel accessories. You can get the Lenovo 13-inch Ultra Slim Laptop Sleeve for $13.99 (regular $21.99), 15.6-inch Laptop Backpack for $16.99 (regular $34.99), and LeGrand USB-C Power Bank for $59.99 (regular $74.99).

Other sales include smart home accessories, like the Lenovo Smart Plug for $7.99 (regular $29.99), Smart Bulb for $7.99 (regular $29.99), and Smart Tab M10 for $169.99 (regular $249.99). Lenovo's sales include a Sneak Peek weekend from October 21 through November 4, and then its online Black Friday event will kick off on Thanksgiving day, and extend through Saturday, November 30. Cyber Monday deals should be detailed soon as well.

Luna Display and Astropad


Luna Display will be offering 30 percent off and free shipping on Black Friday through Cyber Monday on December 2. There will not be any code required to access the sale, so just head to Luna Display's website on Black Friday to take advantage of the discounts.


Similarly, you can save $30 on your first year of Astropad Studio (plus a 30-day free trial) on Black Friday through Cyber Monday. This offer is only valid for subscriptions purchased through the Astropad site.

JBL


Bluetooth speaker company JBL has up to 50 percent off audio devices today, with sales on headphones, speakers, sound bars, and more.

Mophie


Mophie is offering 40 percent off sitewide this weekend.

Fuse


Cable organization accessory maker Fuse will offer a 30% discount on a few accessories during the entire week of Black Friday.


The sale will begin Monday, November 25 and last through Cyber Monday. Fuse's products include the Side Winder, Side Kick, and a right-angle USB-C cable.

DJI


Drone maker DJI is set to kick off a big Black Friday sale on its online store for United States and Canada starting on November 24 and lasting through December 4. Sales will hit the Osmo Pocket, Mavic 2 Pro drone, and more.


We've listed a few discounts below, but be sure to head to DJI's store to browse the full sale before it kicks off on the 24th.
  • Osmo Pocket - $309, down from $399

  • Osmo Action - $279, down from $379

  • Mavic 2 Pro - $1,379, down from $1,729

  • Mavic 2 Pro+ - $1,779, down from $2,199

  • Tello Iron Man Edition - $89, down from $129

  • Goggles Racing Edition - $449, down from $549

Sonos


Sonos.com will host a Black Friday sale starting midnight on November 28 and running through December 2. This event will see a few products discounted by 20 percent, including the Sonos Playbar, Amp, Beam, and more.

  • Save $140 on Sub, Playbar, and Playbase (Black Friday price: $559, regularly $699)
  • Save $120 on Amp (Black Friday price: $479, regularly $599)
  • Save $80 on Beam (Black Friday price: $319, regularly $399)
Besides Sonos.com, you'll be able to find these discounts at a few select retailers across the United States on Black Friday as well.

Ultimate Ears


Popular Bluetooth speaker company will have a handful of devices on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Check out the sales below (prices will be valid November 24 through December 7):

  • BOOM 3 - $119.99, down from $149.99
  • MyBOOM 3 - $149.99, down from $179.99

  • MEGABOOM 3 - $169.99, down from $199.99

  • MEGABLAST - $199.99, down from $249.99

Pixelmator


Pixelmator's apps will be discounted on Black Friday this year, including Pixelmator Pro for $29.99, down from $39.99. This sale starts on Tuesday, November 26 and ends on Tuesday, December 3.

You'll also be able to get Pixelmator Photo for free for 24 hours, starting Tuesday, November 26 and ending on Wednesday November 27 at 9 a.m. ET.

Flexibits


All Flexibits apps will be on sale for 20 percent off for a limited time, starting Monday, November 25 and ending on December 9.
  • Fantastical 2 for Mac - $39.99, down from $49.99

  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone - $3.99, down from $4.99

  • Fantastical 2 for iPad - $7.99, down from $9.99

  • Cardhop for Mac - $15.99, down from $19.99

  • Chatology for Mac - $15.99, down from $19.99
As you shop around today, be sure to read over our full Black Friday Roundup to keep track of the best deals.

Related Roundups: Apple Black Friday, Apple Deals

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Nov. 29, 2019, 7:21 a.m.

Black Friday 2019: Save $44 on Apple Watch Series 5 on Amazon, Lowest Prices Ever

Just in time for Black Friday, Amazon is taking $44 off the Apple Watch Series 5 with GPS and Wi-Fi — no cellular. These are the lowest prices we've ever seen for the Series 5 lineup, released in September.

Amazon listings:While the product listings only show a $20 discount, a full $44.01 discount is applied during the checkout process.

It's unclear how long this deal will last, so act fast if interested.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 6:49 a.m.

Hands-on with the closest wireless charger we may see to AirPower, now in black

After Apple canceled AirPower, another company picked up the idea and brought something very similar to market a few months later called AirUnleashed. With the same design as AirPower and wireless charging for three devices, including Apple Watch, AirUnleashed likely hit a number of checkboxes for Apple customers. Now the company is back with a limited black edition and we’ve been able to test it out.

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Nov. 29, 2019, 6:10 a.m.

Black Friday 2019: Best Deals on Smart Home Products and HomeKit Devices

Black Friday in the United States is well underway, and many retailers are offering discounts on tons of smart home devices, both HomeKit-enabled and those without HomeKit support.

Almost every major store has discounts on products from companies like Google, Nest, Hue, and more, so we've rounded up some of the best smart home deals available this year below.

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

HomeKit Products


Hue

Eve

LIFX

General Smart Home Products


Amazon and Ring

Google

Nest

Other


Make sure to check out our full Black Friday Roundup to find great deals on all of the best Apple products, accessories, and much more before the shopping event ends.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 11:13 p.m.

Brilliant gifts for any iPad fan [Gift Guide 2019]

Black Friday is upon us, which means it’s a great time to start your holiday shopping. Don’t worry if you don’t know what to buy — Cult of Mac is here to help you choose the best gifts for the iPad lover in your life. You’ll find the best headphones, speakers, game controllers, and keyboards in […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Get up to 50% off exclusive Nanoleaf HomeKit lighting bundles for Black Friday

For readers looking to light up more than the tree this holiday season, Nanoleaf– the HomeKit smart lighting company– has released a ton of exclusive Black Friday deal bundles. 9to5Mac readers can save up to 50% off Nanoleaf bundles now. And if you know Nanoleaf, you know this a great deal for its award-winning ambient lighting kits.

Head below for more on Nanoleaf’s deal bundles and latest features.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Why Apple’s Thanksgiving Day Challenge could change your life

Apple is sending us mixed messages this Thanksgiving. On the one hand, it’s encouraging Apple Watch owners to get active with the Thanksgiving Day Challenge 2019. But on the other hand, it’s serving up new episodes of Apple TV+ shows a day early, so we can collapse onto the couch with full stomachs and do […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 8 p.m.

Snag early Black Friday deals on iPhone charging gear and more [Deals]

If you’ve got an iPhone, you know how much of a challenge it can be to stay charged on the go. With these nine early Black Friday deals on powerful, portable mobile charging gear, that’s not going to be a problem again. You also will find unbeatable deals on portable speakers and glass protection in […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Get the best Black Friday deals on Apple gear [Deals & Steals]

Black Friday is fast-approaching and many retailers have already started slashing prices. There are some terrific deals to be had on the hottest Apple devices and awesome accessories. Our special Deals & Steals roundup will help you seek out the biggest discounts. Whether you’re shopping for iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods, or a brand-new Mac, we’ve […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 6 p.m.

Save up to 77% on Just Mobile and Riley & Lo for Black Friday

The Cult of Mac Store’s big Black Friday sale continues today with massive discounts on some of the hottest accessories from Just Mobile and Riley & Lo. You can save up to 77% on iPhone cases and wireless charging pads, and 40% on gorgeous metal bands for Apple Watch. See what’s on offer right here […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy Servant debuts on Apple TV+

Servant just became the first horror series on Apple TV+. The show is getting good reviews, and is even trending on Rotten Tomatoes. Apple says this program is:

“A new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Retro app concept transforms iPhone into an iPod Classic

The iPod’s click wheel was once one of the most iconic UI elements in consumer electronics. Today, it’s gone to the great user interface retirement home in the sky. Or has it? A new app suggests maybe not. An iOS developer has unveiled a nifty app concept which aims to transform your iPhone into an […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

Comment: Apple and app developers, please fix your small but annoying bugs

Not quite a feature request, but a small favor I’d ask of Apple and third-party app developers alike: please set aside some time to fix your small but annoying bugs.

It’s the thing that would probably make the biggest difference to my day-to-day experience of Apple devices. Not because any of the bugs I’m discussing are major ones, but because they cause me minor but persistent irritation for months or even years …

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Nov. 28, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Demand could far exceed supply for AirPods this holidays

‘Tis the season to run around in a fruitless battle to find AirPods in time for the holidays, notes Wedbush analyst Dan Ives in a message to clients. Ives thinks that a surge of demand means there will be a shortage of AirPods headphones this holiday season. In total, he thinks Apple could ship a […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 3 p.m.

Microsoft Edge gets new Shopping feature in time for Black Friday

Microsoft Edge for iOS just picked up a handy new Shopping hub just in time for Black Friday. The feature helps customers find products, nearby stores, and deals and coupons. It should make your holiday shopping a little bit easier — but it’s only available to customers in the U.S. for now. Edge might not be […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple Stores start turning red for World AIDS Day

Apple Store logos around the world have started turning red to highlight Apple’s commitment to raising awareness of World AIDS Day. Red is the color associated with World AIDS Day, dating back to the introduction of its red ribbons introduced in 1991. World AIDS Day officially takes place this Sunday, December 1. However, Apple Stores […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 2 p.m.

iOS and macOS tips and tricks to assist friends and family during Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States, and many of us are getting ready to spend time with family, watch some American football, relax, and get ready to hunt for Black Friday deals ahead of the Christmas shopping season. One of the timeless traditions for a lot of us Apple fans around the holidays is a technology tune-up for the family and friends you only see once a year. You’ll get the random questions about iCloud storage, contact syncing, sharing calendars, and iOS updates. As we kick off the holiday season, here is a list of things I do for Thanksgiving tech support when spending time with family. more…

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Nov. 28, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

Best Black Friday Deals: Apple, HomeKit tech, TVs, and more [Update: Most deals now live!]

The time has come for this year’s biggest shopping event with Black Friday delivering notable price drops across nearly every category. We expect that to be especially true for Apple products, but also TVs, smart home gear, and much more. Our roundup of the Best Black Friday deals has a focus on tech for 2019, but you’ll find even more notable deals on other categories over at 9to5Toys. Make sure you’re following us on Twitter as well to stay up to date on all of the latest price drops and more.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Politician lashes out at Apple over Apple Maps’ Crimea alteration

Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs has lashed out at Apple over its decision to depict the disputed peninsula of Crimea as belonging to Russia — when Apple Maps is viewed by users in Russia. In a tweet, Vadym Prystaiko said that Apple should stick to “high-tech and entertainment. Global politics is not your strong side”. […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 1:05 p.m.

Apple’s Black Friday deals go live in Australia: free gift card with select iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac purchases

Apple’s Black Friday shopping event is now live in Australia, which gives a glimpse of what we can expect to see around the world when Apple’s promotions begin in the United States on Friday.

As expected, Apple is giving gift cards of value up to $200 USD ($320 AUD) with select older iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, AirPods, Apple Watch and Mac purchases.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: QuickTime 5 takes the world by storm

November 28, 2001: Apple says QuickTime 5 is being downloaded for Mac and PC a million times every three days, putting the multimedia software on track to exceed 100 million downloads in its first year of distribution. The announcement comes as websites adopt the MPEG-4 format, with online video beginning to take off in a […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

Turn your iPhone into a click wheel iPod Classic with ‘nice throwback’ app

A designer/developer has created an iPhone app that recreates the UI of a click wheel iPod Classic, right down to haptic feedback and click sounds …

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Nov. 28, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Jony Ive disappears from Apple’s leadership page

Former design chief Jony Ive today disappeared from Apple’s leadership page after leaving Cupertino. Ive joined Apple in 1992 and led its design team from 1996. He is credited for helping rescue the company from the brink of bankruptcy with a slew of iconic products. It’s not quite the end of Ive’s relationship with Apple, […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 12:07 p.m.

Red Apple Store logos mark run-up to World AIDS Day on Dec 1st

Apple is once again marking World AIDS Day through red Apple Store logos.

Some stores with illuminated logos are switching them to a red color, while other stores have red window decals applied. Some of the decals are just the logo, while others promote (RED) purchases …

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Nov. 28, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Twitter has changed its mind on deleting inactive user accounts (for now)

Twitter’s decision to remove accounts which had been inactive for six months or more sounded good in theory. It would free up a bunch of user names and, in theory, make Twitter more transparent by showing only information (such as follower count) that reflected current active users. In theory. Soon after Twitter revealed the new […]

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Nov. 28, 2019, 10 a.m.

[Update: $129 Series 3 now live!] Best Apple Watch Black Friday deals: Latest models $100 off, more

Black Friday is set to be home to this year’s best Apple Watch deals. All of the top retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all slated to offer aggressive discounts on Apple’s latest wearables. Specifically, large price drops on Apple Watch Series 3 and the new Apple Watch Series 5 are sure to be the most popular this time around. You’ll find all of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …
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Nov. 28, 2019, 8:39 a.m.

Jony Ive removed from Apple executive leadership page as he officially departs the company

Apple today updated the executive leadership page, removing the biography page for Jony Ive, ex- Chief Design Officer (via MacGeneration).

As announced in a statement earlier this year, Ive’s departure would see Evans Hankey become the new head of the design group (some have since criticized Hankey for being more of a manager than creative designer) as VP of Industrial Design alongside software design chief Alan Dye, VP of Human Interface Design. Interestingly, Apple has not included either of their bios on the leadership page which leaves the page absent of any design-focused executive representation.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 7:35 a.m.

Deals: Save $300 on the 2019 MacBook Air, Now Just $799 on Amazon

Amazon is offering an impressive deal on the 2019 MacBook Air, offering the base model for just $799 in the United States. That's the lowest price we've ever seen and $300 less than Apple's regular price of $1,099.


The notebook is listed at $899, but if you proceed to checkout and choose no-rush shipping, the price becomes $799.

This is the latest MacBook Air model with a True Tone display, released in July 2019.

The notebook features 8th-generation Intel Core processors, Touch ID, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 chip with Hey Siri support, louder speakers, and more. Note that, unlike the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, the latest MacBook Air still has a butterfly keyboard that may experience issues with sticky or nonfunctioning keys.

The base model is configured with a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and Intel UHD Graphics 617.

Starting on Black Friday, a slightly better deal will be available at Micro Center stores for those who live near one of their 25 locations. They'll be offering the 2019 MacBook Air for just $779 for in-store pickup only, but quantities will be limited.

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Nov. 28, 2019, 1:34 a.m.

Bowers & Wilkins launches new P Series wireless headphones

Bowers & Wilkins has just launched its brand new P Series wireless headphones including new premium PX7 over-ear and PX5 on-ear models alongside new wireless PI3 and PI4 in-ear headphones.

Head below for a look at the full new collection:

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Nov. 28, 2019, 12:22 a.m.

Hands-on: Fuse’s new cable management lineup covers every Apple device [Deal]

Fuse first made a name for itself with a clever reel called the Side Winder to tame messy MacBook chargers/cables and offer a seamless user experience. Now the company has launched a fresh product lineup that covers every Apple device from iPhone and iPad chargers and Lightning cables to EarPods and Apple Watch, as well as USB-C MacBook chargers and even cables from other companies. Follow along for a look at all these handy cable tamers. And the company is also doing a 30% off launch/Black Friday promo.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

Amazing gifts for any iPhone fan [Gift Guide 2019]

With so many iPhone accessories available today, it’s hard to know where to start when buying holiday gifts for the iPhone lover in your life. But Cult of Mac can help. We’ve rounded up some of the best accessories out there for iPhone owners. We’ve got great cases, superb headphones, gorgeous charging stands, and more. […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Save 20% or more on all Twelve South products for Black Friday

Black Friday has arrived at the Cult of Mac Store, with 20% or more off all Twelve South products for a limited time. You’ll find gorgeous cases for AirPods and iPhone, elegant stands for Apple Watch, and handy charging accessories on sale now. Prices start at just $27.99. See what’s on offer today and start […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Cult of Mac book designer embraces ‘think different’

Designer Derek Yee asked himself why there weren’t any books about Macs that looked like MacBooks. So when the assignment came across his desk to design The Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition, he thought that making the upcoming book’s cover look and open like a silvery MacBook Pro was a winning idea. His colleagues at […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Twitter walks back inactive account deletion policy over concerns about deceased users

Twitter announced a new policy yesterday that planned to remove accounts that have been inactive for six months or more with the goal “to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter.” However, concerns were quickly raised about how the new policy would impact customers who have passed away.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Steven Universe hits Apple Arcade in Unleash the Light

Fans of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe can play as their favorite character in Unleash the Light, a role playing game that just launched on Apple Arcade. Some titles based on TV shows just glue familiar characters onto an unrelated game. Not this one; it features an original story co-written by Rebecca Sugar, the creator Steven […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 6:23 p.m.

Apple tweaks Maps app to make Crimea part of Russia

Apple has agreed to handover Crimea to Russia after talks with a miffed government over how the disputed territory is displayed on Apple Maps. Apple Maps now shows Crimea, which the Russians annexed from Ukraine in 2014, as a part of Russian territory. But the change is reflected only in the app inside Russia, the […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 6 p.m.

10 Apple books every fan should read [Gift Guide 2019]

Whether you’re buying for yourself or a friend or family member, there’s no shortage of great books about Apple. But with so many millions of words written about the Cupertino company over the years, which books most deserve your time? Allow Cult of Mac‘s gift guide to fill you in on the 10 Apple books […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 064: “Poor man’s Migration Assistant”

A first-hand impressions review of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, a second opinion on the AirPods Pro, writing system packages in Swift, preparing conference talks, new Stacktrace Arcade picks, and much more.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 253: Apple holiday ad, Apple Watch for kids, Group FaceTime retrospective

Apple’s annual special holiday ad is out alongside Black Friday through Cyber Monday promotions, Benjamin and Zac take a retrospective look at Group FaceTime and how it’s perfect for the holidays, the prospect an using a cellular Apple Watch with kids, and much more.

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

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Nov. 27, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

These are the latest Apple Arcade games for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV

Apple Arcade launched with close to 100 titles and the service is seeing new games added regularly. Follow along with our guide on the latest from Apple’s gaming service.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

Apple makes change to show Crimea differently in its apps to satisfy Russian government

In another example of Apple walking a fine line with global governments, it has changed how Crimea is displayed in its Maps and Weather apps after heeding Russian demands.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

US ranks #68 out of 100 in mobile video quality, loading time, and buffering

You might think of the US as one of the most advanced mobile markets, but when it comes to mobile video quality, the country ranked #68 out 100 according to an Opensignal report…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

iPhone 12 lineup could bring more compact 5.4-inch model

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 lineup could introduce a more compact 5.4-inch model, according to a new report. The handset could be a Pro model, despite its smaller size, with a high-end OLED display supplied by Samsung. And it could replace the 5.8-inch option we’re already familiar with. The high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

[Update: Most major deals now live] Best MacBook Black Friday deals: $299 off new MacBook Airs, $250 off Pro, more

As is to be expected, Black Friday is set to bring some of the best MacBook deals of the year. While there are already some great deals available right now through various online retailers, Best Buy and Costco are also expected to bring the heat next week with some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals of their own. You’ll find all of the best MacBook (and other Mac!) Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple display-maker will revisit past earnings after embezzlement case

There’s more bad news for struggling Apple display-maker Japan Display. After news of a former executive embezzling funds, the company has announced that it will be reviewing its past earnings. That’s a major headache at a time when the ailing business is trying to raise 50 billion yen ($460 million) from Apple and other investors. […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

All three 2020 iPhones may be OLED, but ‘two models will have better displays’

All three 2020 iPhones are expected to have OLED screens, but that doesn’t mean they will all be equally good. The two flagship models are reportedly getting more advanced display tech which will result in thinner screens.

The supply-chain report says that Samsung will make the screens for the successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Highly rated language app is on sale for a limited time [Deals]

New languages can be hard to learn, but mastering one is like getting a passport to the wider world. Just imagine what opportunities open up when you learn a dozen languages. This online service will give you the tools you need to learn up to 14 languages. Its format makes the process easy (and even […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Apple doubles AirPods Pro production to meet strong demand

Apple is reportedly doubling production of the AirPods Pro from 1 million to 2 million units per month. That suggests that even Apple is surprised by how big a hit they have proven. The AirPods Pro production report cites sources familiar with Luxshare-ICT, one of the Apple supply chain companies building the AirPods Pro. The […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Fears raised over Twitter’s deceased person policy, and one possible solution

Fears have been expressed over Twitter’s deceased person policy – or, rather, the fact that it doesn’t yet have one…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple TV+ series Shantaram seeks film incentives in India

When India launches an incentive program to lure production companies to make movies in the country, Apple apparently wants in. According to a new report, upcoming Apple TV+ series Shantaram might become “one of the first major foreign productions to tap into the country’s impending film incentives scheme.” India has yet to officially announce the […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1:24 p.m.

Japan Display earnings in doubt as $5M fraud fallout ahead of Apple rescue

Troubled Apple supplier Japan Display – which makes the LCD screens used in the base model iPhone 11 – has been losing money for the past five years. However, fallout from a $5M fraud means that the true position may be even worse than feared.

The company said that in the light of a statement by a former senior executive who embezzled more than $5M from the company, it will need to review its past earnings to determine whether or not they present a true picture of the company’s finances…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1:20 p.m.

Earn 10% bonus credit when you add funds to Apple ID

Apple is now offering customers 10% in bonus credit when they add funds to their Apple ID. The promotion offers a maximum bonus of $20. It can be spent in iTunes and the App Store, or on services like iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and app subscription fees. Apple has offered similar bonus credit deals […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1 p.m.

[Update: Up to $150 off 10.2-inch iPad] Best iPad Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off iPad Pro, more

Each year Black Friday delivers some of the best iPad deals, and 2019 is shaping up to be no exception. All of Apple’s latest tablets will be included in this year’s best Black Friday iPad deals, with notable price drops mainly coming on the 2019 10.2-inch iPad. WalmartBest Buy, Amazon, and Target will all be offering sale prices during Thanksgiving week with deals on Apple’s iPad Pro, mini, and more. All of the best iPad Black Friday deals can be found just below.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Maps manager is navigated out of Apple

November 27, 2012: Apple fires the manager responsible for iOS 6’s disastrous Apple Maps software. Richard Williamson, who oversaw Apple’s mapping team, gets the ax from Eddy Cue, who takes over the team. Apple Maps launch: A historic misstep Apple Maps will go down as one of the biggest missteps in Apple history. The debacle […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Apple granted patent for AR headphones, with virtual positioning of people

Apple has been granted a patent for AR headphones, which enable you to hear where people are located within a room even when they are not physically present…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

Apple lists the cameras and routers that will be compatible with the latest HomeKit features

Apple has updated its HomeKit accessory list with the latest information on which smart home devices will support the latest HomeKit features introduced alongside iOS 13.2, namely HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit routers.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

Two factors saw iPhone sales decline by 10% in Q3, says Gartner

Quarter three saw iPhone sales decline steeply, says Gartner, despite the successful launch of the iPhone 11 models.

We’ve already seen Canalys, Strategy Analytics, and IHS all agree that iPhone sales fell year-on-year, with Apple implicitly admitting as such, but Gartner says things were even worse than the picture so far presented…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 11:14 a.m.

iPhone: 2019 Buyer's Guide


In 2007, Apple launched the original iPhone, kickstarting the modern smartphone era which is now dominated by the Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms. We've had 12 years of iPhones so far, with the latest models, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, having launched in October of 2019. Apple follows an annual update cycle, introducing new high-end flagship models while often discounting prior-year models and selling them at more affordable price points.

iPhone vs Android


Over the years, the Android and iPhone platforms have evolved to the point where feature-wise, they're similar in function. Android smartphones are made by multiple manufacturers, but the operating system is provided by Google, which leads to a wider variety of phones and price points to choose from, but poorer integration between software and hardware.


Apple's control of both the iPhone and the operating system (iOS) results in a more consistent experience plus ongoing support. With iOS 13, Apple supports all iPhones that were introduced in the last four years, so the majority of active iPhone owners can and do upgrade to the newest version of iOS that Apple rolls out each year.

Android updates, though, are are more inconsistent and often don't make it to all Android-based smartphones because each manufacturer has to implement support on an individual basis. So while Google also does yearly Android updates, the reality is that a lot of older Android smartphones don't get the new software.

With Apple's control and curation of the iPhone experience, the iPhone is largely considered to be the more secure platform, and Apple has made it a point to focus heavily on privacy. Apple's iOS is, however, less customizable than Android, so for individuals who prefer flexibility and customization options, the Android operating system may be worth looking at.

How do iPhone Updates Work?


Here are the basics you should know about how Apple updates the iPhone and the iOS operating system.

Each fall, usually in September, Apple releases a new series of flagship smartphones. These often come at high prices and feature the latest technologies, with Apple offering one super high-end model and one still high-end but more affordable model. Prior year iPhones often stick around with lower price points as cheaper alternatives to the latest and greatest technology.

At the current time, Apple's iPhone lineup includes the iPhone 8 (2017), iPhone XR (2018), iPhone 11 (2019), iPhone 11 Pro (2019), and iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019).


Apple also debuts an updated version of iOS at the same time that new iPhones launch, but new versions of iOS are pre-introduced every year at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference to give developers time to incorporate new features and technologies into their apps ahead of when the software becomes available to the public.

In 2020, Apple will introduce iOS 14 in June, letting developers and public beta testers try out the software early. iOS 14 will see its official public launch alongside new iPhones in the fall of 2020.

In this guide, we go over all of the iPhones that are in the current Apple lineup, offer up some buying suggestions, and provide tips and resources for both new and existing iPhone owners.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max ($999+)



The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are Apple's current flagship devices, with the top of the line features and the most bells and whistles.

Pricing on the iPhone 11 Pro starts at $999, while pricing on the iPhone 11 Pro Max starts at $1,099. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are identical with the exception of screen sizes and some minor differences in battery life.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch display and can accommodate a larger battery due to its bigger screen size, while the iPhone 11 Pro has a 5.8-inch display.

Both have edge-to-edge OLED displays with slim bezels, a notch with TrueDepth front-facing camera systems for Face ID biometric authentication, glass bodies with stainless steel frames, the latest super fast A13 chips, IP68 water resistance (the highest offered in an iPhone), and a triple-lens camera system.

The triple-lens camera system is unique to the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, offering a telephoto lens, a wide-angle lens, and a super wide-angle lens that gives you a lot of versatility when taking shots.

You can use the telephoto lens to take close up shots and portraits, and then zoom out to the ultra wide-angle lens for amazing landscape and architecture shots. Night Mode, a feature that lets you get awesome shots even in super low lighting conditions, is also included.

Key Features:

  • Highest End, Highest Price

  • Triple Lens Camera: Ultra Wide, Wide, Telephoto

  • OLED Screen
Bottom Line: The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the iPhones to choose if you want the absolute best camera capabilities that you can get in an iPhone. If you value an OLED display, these are Apple's only current devices with OLED.

iPhone 11 ($699+)



The iPhone 11, being sold alongside the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, is a new 2019 iPhone that features many of the same capabilities as the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, but with some notable downgrades to keep the price tag lower.

Priced starting at $699, the iPhone 11 features an LCD display instead of an OLED display and it has a dual-lens camera setup instead of a triple-lens camera setup. Size wise, the iPhone 11 is in between the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max at 6.1 inches, and it too supports Face ID with the TrueDepth camera system.

The LCD display doesn't offer the deeper blacks and HDR features available with the OLED display, but the iPhone 11's display is still quite good and one of the better smartphone LCD displays on the market. You can see a difference between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro when the two phones are side-by-side, but in everyday usage, the lack of OLED is less noticeable.

As far as the camera goes, the iPhone 11 has the wide-angle lens and the ultra wide-angle lens that's in the 11 Pro, but it does not have the third telephoto lens. The iPhone 11 has the same A13 chip that's in the iPhone 11 Pro, plus 4GB RAM.

The difference in the cameras doesn't matter much unless you're someone who often likes to take portraits and closer shots as it still has the ultra wide-camera, which is the new technology in 2019.

The iPhone 11 features a glass body but rather than the stainless steel frame of the 11 Pro, it has a less expensive aluminum frame. It also comes in a range of bright colors, while the 11 Pro is limited to Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Midnight Green.

Key Features:

  • Dual Lens Camera: Ultra Wide, Wide

  • LCD Screen

Bottom Line: The iPhone 11 is a solid phone for a much more affordable price than the iPhone 11 Pro. The differences between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are relatively minor for most people, but there's a $300 price difference.

iPhone XR ($599+)



Apple's iPhone XR was released in 2018, but Apple is continuing to sell it as a lower-cost alternative to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Priced starting at $599, the iPhone XR has the same design as the iPhone 11, but with a single-lens camera instead of a dual-lens camera and a different range of color options.

Aside from these changes and some updates to the iPhone 11 display, the iPhone XR is identical to the iPhone 11 with TrueDepth camera system and Face ID, LCD display, glass body and and aluminum frame (with lesser water resistance), and wireless charging support.

It's using year-old technology, though, so it has an A12 chip instead of an A13 chip and cameras that aren't quite as good as the camera in iPhone 11, but at its price point, it's still a very capable device that's going to last for several years to come.

Key Features:

  • Previous Generation CPU

  • Single Lens Camera

  • LCD Screen

Bottom Line: The iPhone XR is a good choice if you like the feature set of the iPhone 11 but want to shell out slightly less money. We believe it's worth the $100 upgrade to the 11 if you take a lot of photos, but if you don't, there aren't too many differences between the 11 and the XR.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus ($449+)



The iPhone 8 was first introduced in 2017, so it's using two-year-old technology. It's the cheapest iPhone that Apple offers in its current lineup with pricing starting at $449, and it's also the sole iPhone that continues to offer a Touch ID Home button which uses fingerprint recognition for security.

The iPhone 8 has comparably thick bezels at the top and bottom of the device, housing the Home button at the bottom and the front-facing camera, speaker, and microphone at the top.

It features a 4.7-inch LCD display, but there's also an iPhone 8 Plus option (priced starting at $549) with a larger 5.5-inch LCD display. The iPhone 8 has a glass front and a glass back with an aluminum frame, and the glass body allows for wireless charging.

Inside, there's an A11 Bionic processor, which is two years older than the A13 processor in the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, but it's still capable of performing well for everyday tasks like gaming, watching videos, messaging, using augmented reality apps, and more. There's also 2GB of RAM, the lowest in any of the available iPhones.

The iPhone 8 uses a single-lens 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a dual-lens camera setup with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens for portrait shots.

The cameras aren't as good as the cameras that you'll find in the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, and iPhone 11 Pro, but you still get Portrait mode (with the 8 Plus' telephoto lens) and some decent photographic capabilities with the wide-angle lens. LTE capabilities are also ultimately slower, but most people shouldn't notice this in day to day usage.

Key Features:

  • Two Year Old CPU

  • Only the "Plus" size iPhone 8 has a Dual Lens Camera

Bottom Line: The iPhone 8 is still a capable phone for a cheaper price. Based on Apple's history of support, the iPhone 8 will likely be supported for at least two years with the latest version of iOS, and it's the only iPhone Apple sells with Touch ID support.

Frequently Asked Questions



There's no one single iPhone that's best for everyone, as picking the right smartphone for you needs to take into account factors like budget, desired battery life, preferred feature set, and more.

If, for example, you're not a fan of Face ID and want to use Touch ID, you're going to want to choose an iPhone 8 model. If you want the absolute best photographic capabilities, you're going to want the iPhone 11 Pro, and if you want something that has a solid feature set at a great price, the iPhone 11 is what you'll want to look at.

Below, we've outlined some of the best iPhone choices based on different scenarios or features that you might be looking for.

Which iPhone Has the Best Battery Life?


With their more efficient A13 processors, the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max have the longest battery life of Apple's iPhones.

Of the three, the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max has the longest battery life because it has the space for a larger battery. It offers up to 20 hours of video playback, 12 hours of streaming video playback, and 80 hours of audio playback.

Comparatively, the iPhone 11 Pro offers up to 18 hours of video playback, 11 hours of streaming video playback, and 65 hours of audio playback. The more affordable iPhone 11 offers up to 17 hours of video playback, 10 hours of streaming video playback, and 65 hours of audio playback.

The iPhone XR offers battery life close to the iPhone 11, but the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus fall far behind with up to 13 and 14 hours of video playback, respectively.

Which iPhone Has the Best Camera?


With their updated triple-lens camera systems, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have the best iPhone cameras that you can get.

There's a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with a larger sensor and better autofocusing capabilities than previous iPhone models, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an improved f/2.0 aperture for closer shots, and a new ultra wide-angle lens that offers up a 13mm focal length that's perfect for wide group shots, architecture, landscapes, and more.

The iPhone 11 Pro also features Night Mode for taking incredible photos in low lighting conditions, and Portrait Mode for shots where the background is blurred. Night Mode is easily one of the best camera improvements Apple has added in years, and it's an incredible feature to have for iPhone photographers.

The iPhone 11 gets an honorable mention here because it has the same wide-angle and ultra wide-angle cameras that are in the iPhone 11 Pro, but without the telephoto lens. It too does Night Mode, making this the best choice if you're looking for fantastic image quality on a budget.

Which iPhone Has Touch ID?


If you want an iPhone with Touch ID, your only option at this time is the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Apple stopped using Touch ID in 2017, and the 2018 and 2019 iPhone lineups have not included an updated Touch ID iPhone.

The good news is that rumors suggest Apple is working on an updated Touch ID iPhone, so it's possibly worth holding out for that if you want to upgrade to a Touch ID iPhone rather than a Face ID iPhone.

Which iPhone is the Best Value?


Unquestionably, it's the iPhone 11. Apple introduced a great feature set in the iPhone 11 while also keeping the price point below $700, and even less if you trade in an older model.

The iPhone 11 has the same camera setup as the iPhone 11 Pro (minus the telephoto lens) and the same super fast, super efficient A13 chip with 4GB RAM, Battery life is similar too (and incredible), plus it has the same TrueDepth front-facing camera system with Face ID, and it comes in a whole range of fun colors.

For most people, the iPhone 11 is a great deal and has all of the capabilities you could possibly want from an iPhone, so this is the best all-around iPhone to get if you want a modern feature set that will last.

The iPhone XR is fine if you're on a budget, but it's priced starting at $599. If you can swing the extra $100, the iPhone 11 is worth the upgrade for the updated camera technology, better water resistance, and the much-improved front-facing camera.

Which iPhone Has the Most Features?


If you want the iPhone with the most bells and whistles, that's the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Compared to the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max offer OLED displays, triple lens cameras, a glass body with a stainless steel frame (compared to aluminum in the iPhone 11), better water resistance (four meters for up to 30 minutes), larger maximum storage capacities, and longer battery life.

In More Depth


Still not sure? We have deeper dives directly comparing the iPhone 11 vs iPhone Pro and the iPhone 11 vs iPhone XR. For full details on each phone, explore our roundups:

Upcoming iPhone Rumors


Apple is working on a few new iPhone products, including the 2020 flagship iPhone 12 devices and a new low-cost device that's being referred to as the "iPhone SE 2" because of its rumored price point.

In reality, the new "iPhone SE 2" is expected to be an iPhone 8 followup with an A13 chip, a single camera, and an affordable price tag. It's said to be coming in early 2020, while we can expect the iPhone 12 lineup in September 2020.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 11 a.m.

[Update: iPhone 11 FREE, more] Best iPhone Black Friday deals: $700 in Walmart gift cards, $200 Target, more

This year, we’re expecting the annual Black Friday sales to bring some of the best deals on iPhone we’ll see all year. All of the top retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are set to offer substantial discounts on Apple’s flagship smartphones. Specifically, you should expect major gift card offers on the latest iPhones and big price cuts on some older iPhone models. Stay updated on all the best iPhone Black Friday deals below…

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Nov. 27, 2019, 10:56 a.m.

Apple said to double AirPods Pro monthly production from 1 million to 2 million units due to strong demand

Over the weekend, Bloomberg said that its sources indicated that the Apple AirPods Pro were beating sales expectations.

Now, Nikkei is also corroborating that line of thinking quoting supply chain sources in China who say that Apple has doubled AirPods Pro orders from 1 million to ‘at least’ 2 million units per month. The standard AirPods with wireless charging case have sold well throughout their lifetime and AirPods Pro are very much set to continue that trend.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Lawmakers investigate claims that Apple uses privacy as a ‘shield’

Most people seem to agree that Apple’s stance on user privacy is a good one. However, U.S. lawmakers suggest it could be a cover for something else: anti-competitive behavior. According to a new report, some legislators think Apple might be using privacy as a “shield” to get away with behavior that lets it strengthen its […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 8:48 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: B&H Photo Discounts 16-Inch MacBook Pro by $200 (Starting at $2,199 for 512GB)

B&H Photo is offering $200 discounts on the two main configurations of Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro. Sale prices start at $2,199.00 for the 512GB model and rise to $2,599.00 for the 1TB model.

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

To date these are some of the lowest prices that we've tracked on the brand-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, either beating or matching previous sales offered at Expercom, Amazon, Best Buy, and Adorama.

16-Inch MacBook Pro Sale ($200 off)


Besides the main configurations, B&H Photo is also discounting a few custom configurations with upgraded RAM and different processors. You can see the full list of 16-inch MacBook Pros on sale at B&H Photo right here.

For more holiday shopping, head to our Deals Roundup to browse the latest Apple-related sales, and then visit our Black Friday Roundup to prepare for all of the deepest discounts coming on Friday.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 3:35 a.m.

Thrilling video previews hot new games on Apple Arcade

To make sure some of the best titles recently added to Apple Arcade don’t get overlooked, Apple created a video preview showing off the action from Redout: Space Assault, The Mosaic, Sociable Soccer, Monomals, and more. Watch it now: Highlighted in this video are: Redout: Space Assault — This promises “the fastest, most epic and exciting […]

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Nov. 27, 2019, 2:31 a.m.

‘Clicker for Disney+’ is a macOS app with picture-in-picture, Touch Bar controls, more

Earlier this year, we told you about Clicker for Netflix, a macOS app designed for watching Netflix with a native Mac experience. Now, that same developer is back with Clicker for Disney+, which offers many of those features but for Disney’s new streaming service.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1:49 a.m.

Lawmakers suggest Apple may be using privacy ‘as a shield for anti-competitive behavior’

Apple has faced criticism from lawmakers for several reasons recently, including its presence in China and its repair programs. Now, The Washington Post reports that Apple is being questioned for using its focus on user privacy as a “guise for anti-competitive behavior.”

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Nov. 27, 2019, 1:45 a.m.

Backup & digitize your old/new/damaged DVDs with MacX DVD Ripper Pro [Black Friday Giveaway]

Thanks to our sponsor Digiarty Software, as a special limited time Black Friday deal you can download MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free and get lifetime updates for 55% off:

Download MacX DVD Ripper Pro for free and get lifetime updates 55% off

With MacX DVD Ripper Pro, you can backup & rip DVDs to MP4, ISO and more flawlessly and with ease. Head below for a full look at included features:
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Nov. 27, 2019, 12:33 a.m.

You may soon be able to get the Twitter username you’ve always wanted

Twitter is planning to take action against accounts that have been inactive for more than six months. This cleanup effort means that Twitter will also make usernames occupied by those inactive accounts available to the general public.

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Nov. 27, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

Which iPad should you buy this holiday season? Here’s how Apple’s current lineup compares

The holiday shopping season is officially here. We’re just a few days away from Black Friday, but the deals are already rolling in over at 9to5Toys. Each year, the iPad is one of the most popular gifts, but Apple’s lineup includes several different models, with different features and different prices.

Read on for a full comparison of the iPad lineup, and details on which model you should buy this holiday season — whether it’s for yourself or someone else.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Upgrade your Apple Watch band w/ Pin & Buckle’s latest collection for AW Series 5

Apple has been leading the watch industry in sales, and we’ve seen an influx of accessory makers for Apple Watch. The ability to quickly and easily swap out bands for the Apple Watch makes it an incredibly personal piece of tech. Pin & Buckle has separated themselves from others by making Apple Watch bands using only the finest leathers from renowned tanneries. Head below for details on Pin & Buckle bands for Apple Watch.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 3 hits a new low at $170! [Deals & Steals]

Retailers just can’t stop slashing prices on Apple Watch Series 3. Amazon is now offering brand-new units from just $169.99 — the lowest price to date! Go grab yours now before they all sell out. And if you’re after the new Apple Watch Series 5, you will also find up to $80 off that in today’s […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Macintosh floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs would make a pricy holiday gift

Rare Apple computers made in the 1970s sell for amazing sums, but a bit of company memorabilia is up for auction at a price an average Mac fan might be able to afford. Which isn’t to say that a 3.5-inch disk signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is expected to go for cheap. Macintosh floppy […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

AirPods Pro shipping times slip past Christmas on Apple.com

The new AirPods Pro are shaping up to be one of the most asked for items on peoples’ Christmas lists this season, there’s just one small problem: shipping times on Apple.com are showing units won’t arrive until after Santa Claus comes to town. Apple’s online retail store now shows that AirPods Pro units ordered today […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 8:52 p.m.

Double-insulated touchscreen gloves fight the frost [Review]

For the longest time, winter gloves had one job: Keep our hands warm. When smartphones came along, things got complicated for gloves. Consumers demanded a fabric conductive enough for our gloved hands to work our touchscreens. Simple enough — except, of course, on really cold days, when fingers inside those typically thin touchscreen gloves felt […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

Hands-on: Spigen’s AirPods Pro cases add grip, protection, and color

Now that AirPods Pro have been in the wild for about a month we’re starting to see accessories arrive from reputable brands. Spigen is out with its AirPods Pro case lineup and we’ve been able to check them out over the last couple of weeks.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 8 p.m.

The top 5 online heists: Don’t be a victim

This online security post is presented by Dashlane. Ocean’s 11-style capers, whether in movies or in the real world, are a lot more colorful than the typical online heist. But they are usually a lot less lucrative than real-life cybercrimes. The top online thefts in recent history netted copious amounts of cash or financial data. […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Grab brilliant image-editing app Pixelmator Photo while it’s free

Pixelmator decided to get a jump start on Black Friday. It’s offering Mac users who need a capable image editor a 25% discount on Pixelmator Pro, but that’s just the start: iPad fans can get Pixelmator Photo completely free. Sale: Pixelmator Pro for $29.99 Pixelmator Pro is considered one of Photoshop’s strongest competitors. It’s definitely […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

iFixit X-rays Apple’s Smart Battery case to see how the camera button works

iFixit has gotten its hands on Apple’s new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 11 and used x-rays to solve how the new dedicated camera button works since there’s no dedicated camera button on iPhones.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 7 p.m.

6 ways to charge your iPhone

Did you know that there are many, many ways to charge an iPhone? Here are six fast, convenient and secure ways to charge your iPhone.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant is ‘claustrophobically creepy’

After binging on Thanksgiving dinner you can binge on Servant, a new horror series debuting on Apple TV+ tomorrow. It’s creepy and compelling enough to pull in generally positive reviews, and for Apple to greenlight the second season. Apple describes this show as “a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that follows a Philadelphia couple […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

Signed Steve Jobs Macintosh floppy disk up for auction — the perfect $7500 stocking stuffer

Up for auction today is a neat piece of Steve Jobs signed Apple memorabilia, a Macintosh floppy disk. This is a little different than some of the items we often see up for auction like Jobs autographed Mac manuals, posters, or Apple awards, and may go for a more reasonable price, relatively speaking that is.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

AirPods Pro delivery from Apple slips past Christmas, here’s where to still buy in time

If you’re looking to buy AirPods Pro this holiday season, we recommend doing it sooner rather than later. Apple․com is already quoting delivery times past December 25, but there are several other options. Here’s where you can still buy AirPods Pro in time for Christmas.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 5 p.m.

Fantastic fisheye lens expands view of iPhone camera

By now, we’ve learned that two of the three rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro are worthy of the Pro name. The third, the ultra-wide, is merely adequate. Mobile phone lens-maker Moment has a new chunk of glass to bring fisheye drama to your photos with the image quality you expect from a camera […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 hits new all-time low, Pixelmator goes free, and Anker’s Black Friday sale is live

Apple Watch Series 5 hits a new all-time low in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break, plus Pixelmator goes free, and Anker’s Black Friday sale is now live. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

9to5Mac Audio Gift Guide: Treat your loved ones to the gift of great sound

It’s no coincidence that I’m again choosing to put together an audio gift guide this year. There are few greater gifts you can offer someone than that of great sound.

It probably wasn’t actually Plato who said it, but I’m very much of this view:

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

To me, great music deserves to be heard properly, whether that’s through headphones or speakers…

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Nov. 26, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Here’s how Apple Car might eliminate blind spots

Currently, drivers only have the rearview and side mirrors of a car to let them know what’s going on behind them. But a new Apple invention describes an upgrade — that may eliminate blind spots by projecting mirrored images of the surrounding environment onto the window or windshield. This could give the driver more contextual […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple pays $467,000 for doing business with blacklisted app developer

Apple will pay $467,000 to settle allegations that it violated U.S. laws by dealing with a blacklisted app developer for more than two years. The company hosted, sold and facilitated the transfer of apps made by a Slovenian software company blacklisted by the United States. “In 2017, we found that we had inadvertently paid a […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Pick up great Apple accessories and gear for less than $15 [Deals]

Upgrading your digital gear doesn’t have to mean draining your wallet. For proof, check out these five deals on accessories for under $15. They include camera covers, Lightning cables, iPhone cases and more. 10-Foot MFi-Certified Braided Lightning Cable Packs – 49% off These tangle-resistant Lightning cables are tougher than the standard Apple variety, braided in […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Harvard gets out of Apple stock, doubles down on Facebook

Apple stock may have risen fairly consistently through 2019, but that hasn’t been enough to stop Harvard dumping the stock. Harvard Management Company, the Harvard-owned investment company which is the largest academic endowment in the world, has sold all of its Apple stock. At the end of the second quarter of 2019, it owned more […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Disney+ update adds ‘Continue Watching’ section, rolling out now

Disney+ just launched earlier this month with tons of great content, but the platform has been missing a basic feature since launch day. Unlike Netflix, Hulu, and basically all of its competitors, Disney+ had no “Continue Watching” section. Now, that’s being added.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Judge dismisses class-action music data lawsuit against Apple

A California judge this week dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed against Apple over claims it “sold and otherwise exposed” the listening data of Apple Music and iTunes users. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup found that the evidence presented by plaintiffs was inadequate. They are now blocked from bringing amended claims against Apple in the […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Apple Black Friday movie sale now live from $4: Bundles start at $8, 4K films $5, more

Apple’s annual Black Friday movie sale is now live with some of the best prices we’ve ever seen on bundles, new releases, Disney films, and more. With the holidays upon us, now is a great time to expand your Apple movie library with fresh content. Picking up some discounted Apple credit will help leverage even greater savings along the way. But enough of the build-up, head below to find all of our top pics in this year’s Apple Black Friday movie sale and more.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple takes second spot in list of UK’s best employers

Those dirty rats! A pest control company knocked Apple out of first place on a list of best U.K. employers. Global pest control company Rentokil Initial rose to No. 1 on the list, compiled using employee reviews on jobseeker site Indeed. Apple fell to second place — but it’s still the only non-U.K. company to […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple History: Bill Gates hails Mac as the future of computing

November 26, 1984: “The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC,” claims Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in a BusinessWeek cover story. The claim would seem almost unthinkable coming out of Gates’ mouth just a few years later. But it comes at a time when Microsoft is best […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

Apple Offers 10% Bonus iTunes Credit When Adding Funds to Apple ID

Apple is once again offering a promotion that provides a 10 percent cash bonus when adding funds directly to an Apple ID account in the United States and other countries from a linked credit or debit card.


Apple is offering the 10 percent bonus for fund additions between $1 and $200, with the maximum bonus credit topping out at $20.

Here's how to add bonus funds:

  1. Open up the App Store app.

  2. Tap on your profile picture.

  3. Tap on Add Funds to Apple ID.

  4. Select an amount.

  5. Tap Next.

  6. Confirm payment with Touch ID or Face ID.

The credit can be used for purchasing iTunes movies and TV shows, buying apps, paying app subscription fees, buying books, paying for iCloud storage, paying for Apple Music, paying for Apple Arcade, and more.

Apple kicked off this promotion earlier in November, and it will be available through December 12, 2019. It's a good way to get a bit of an extra bonus for ‌App Store‌ credit, and this week's Black Friday app deals can ensure that your money goes even further.


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Nov. 26, 2019, 12:26 p.m.

$5B class action lawsuit accusing Apple of selling customer data is thrown out

A $5B class action lawsuit which accused Apple of selling customer data has been rejected for the second and final time …

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Nov. 26, 2019, 12:07 p.m.

Apple violated US sanctions through ‘recklessness’; company pays $467k fine

Apple violated US sanctions as a result of a negligent approach to compliance, according to the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

The Cupertino company voluntarily disclosed that the App Store had inadvertently violated sanctions against a Slovenian developer for more than two years …

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Nov. 26, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Hands-On With Wireless CarPlay on the Porsche Macan S

Five years after the launch of CarPlay, there are still very few car manufacturers supporting Apple's in-car platform wirelessly. The main benefit of wireless ‌CarPlay‌ is a nearly seamless experience of having much of your phone's core functionality available just a fingertip or voice command away on your car's infotainment system while your phone remains in your pocket.

So far, wireless ‌CarPlay‌ support is largely limited to some premium brands, and Porsche is one of those brands that recently rolled out support for it.

For a taste of that experience, Porsche invited me down to Atlanta for a day to take a look at how wireless ‌CarPlay‌ works hand-in-hand with the native infotainment system on the 2019 Macan S crossover. I also got to spend some time behind the wheel of the Macan S on the track at the Porsche Experience Center and check out the Heritage Gallery, a frequently changing display of some of the most important and collectible vehicles in Porsche's storied history.

Porsche 914 display in Heritage Gallery

While the Macan is certainly a fun crossover to drive and I had a great time putting it through its paces on the track and the other elements in the Porsche Experience Center, the primary purpose of my trip was to check out the infotainment system and how it works with ‌CarPlay‌.

2019 Porsche Macan S in Mamba Green Metallic

Porsche's infotainment system is known as Porsche Communication Management (PCM), and as on most cars, it's the hub for much of the technology you need to interact with on a regular basis. The Macan comes with a 10.9-inch widescreen infotainment display, which allows for terrific integration between ‌CarPlay‌ and the tile-based PCM system.

‌CarPlay‌ home screen integrated with PCM

When active, ‌CarPlay‌ takes over a significant portion of the display, but a top status bar, left-side shortcuts bar, and multiple right-side app tiles remain visible at all times, making it easy to manage both systems simultaneously.

Waze in ‌CarPlay‌

All of the home screen tiles on PCM are configurable, so you can customize things just the way you want, and support for multiple layouts makes it easy to switch between tile sets.

Customizing the PCM home screen layouts

The Macan offers a relatively clean center stack dominated by the widescreen display, with a handy set of hardware buttons and a couple of knobs thankfully making for quick access to a number of important functions merely by feel.

The simplicity of the center stack is made possible due to Porsche's decision to move the vast majority of hardware controls down to the center console clustered around the gearshift. There are over 30 buttons and switches located down on the center console, including climate control, heated/ventilated seat controls, and various driving mode options. It's an overwhelming experience when you first sit down in the cockpit, but you quickly discover that many of the important ones should become familiar to find by feel while others are used infrequently enough that their location isn't an issue for everyday driving.

Macan center console

With available built-in navigation capable of taking over nearly the entire widescreen display, you certainly get an expansive view of what's around you. The display sits a little lower on the dash than I prefer for visibility, but I'd say it's about average in this regard.

Widescreen built-in navigation

The persistent top and left status/navigation bars and the hardware buttons make it easy to jump between functions even while enjoying a wide fullscreen experience. A small digital display on the driver's dashboard can also serve as a configurable supplemental screen for navigation to make it easier to see directions and other vehicle information like audio, phone, settings, and more at a glance.

Driver display

While ‌CarPlay‌ is available on all Macan models, it is not a standard feature. ‌CarPlay‌ support is priced at $360 as a standalone option, or it's available as part of several premium packages.

The 2019 Macan doesn't offer wireless charging, but the recently launched 2020 model does include it as an option, allowing for an even more seamless experience. The wireless charger is included in an optional $690 smartphone compartment located in the center console, with the compartment also able to serve as an antenna booster for improved signal strength.

Center console compartment with USB-A ports

If you don't opt for the wireless charger or just want to plug in your phone, you'll have two available USB-A ports inside that center console. Two more USB-A charging ports are located on the rear of the console to serve passengers in the back.

Rear USB ports and controls

Wired ‌CarPlay‌ is available across the Porsche lineup, and the company is working on rolling out wireless ‌CarPlay‌ on a number of its models as the infotainment systems get refreshed, and for the 2020 model year, the Macan, Taycan Turbo/Turbo S, and all 911 Carrera variants will offer wireless ‌CarPlay‌.

One of the major points of difficulty with ‌CarPlay‌ is frequently integration with a vehicle's native infotainment system, as swapping between the two systems or seeing what's going one while using the other one can be difficult, but Porsche has done a great job making multitasking across PCM and ‌CarPlay‌ nearly seamless. The widescreen display offers plenty of room to show a traditionally sized ‌CarPlay‌ screen while still giving you access to all sorts of menus and information tiles from PCM, all visible at the same time.

To me, this is the best way to take advantage of widescreen displays with ‌CarPlay‌, rather than going to a wide fullscreen ‌CarPlay‌ interface that forces you to exit ‌CarPlay‌ in order to access native infotainment functions. On systems like this whether both ‌CarPlay‌ and the native interface are available simultaneously, you can sometimes run into conflicts where certain native functions like phone and messages are unavailable because they're currently being handled by ‌CarPlay‌, but with the extensive home screen tile customization available in PCM it's easy to configure things in just the way you like.

Wireless ‌CarPlay‌ is an extra bonus that really needs to start trickling its way down beyond a small handful of luxury car manufacturers at this point. For short trips where you don't need or want to bother plugging in your phone, it's super convenient for ‌CarPlay‌ to simply pop up on the dash even with your phone still in your pocket. The growing prevalence of wireless phone charging in vehicles even lets you top off your phone without needing to worry about cables.

The one major downside with all of this is cost, and ‌CarPlay‌ doesn't exactly come cheaply on the Macan. As noted above, ‌CarPlay‌ is a $360 option on its own, or it comes as part of some other packages. And if you want wireless phone charging as well, that's another significant cash outlay since it comes bundled as with the antenna-boosting smartphone compartment. It may not make a huge amount of difference to luxury car buyers already laying out quite a bit of cash for their purchases, but the ability to have your phone's functions and data conveniently accessible on your car's dashboard is such a benefit that I can only hope we see a trend toward ‌CarPlay‌ (and Android Auto) support being included standard on an increasing number of vehicles.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Apple donating $1 to (RED) for select Apple Pay purchases

For select purchases made using Apple Pay over the next week, Apple will donate $1 to (RED). The charity, which Apple has long had a partnership with, raises funds for HIV/AIDs program in sub-Saharan Africa. The offer kicked off November 25 and runs through December 2. It covers all Apple Pay payments made through Apple […]

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Nov. 26, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

Review: Fuse Launches New Cable Organizer Lineup for Wrangling All Your Apple Device Cords

Fuse, known for its Side Winder cable organizers for keeping the MacBook's cord and power adapter neat and tidy, is today launching a whole new lineup of cord management products.


There are cord winding options for Apple's MacBooks, the iPhone, the iPad, and Apple headphones, which basically covers Apple's entire lineup. Ahead of the debut of the new products, Fuse sent me a selection to test out. Below, I'll go over each option and my thoughts.


The Snap Backs ($13.99)


Fuse's Snap Backs are a collection of sleeve-style cable mounts that fit over various Apple chargers. There are versions for the 5W ‌iPhone‌ charger, the 12W ‌iPhone‌/‌iPad‌ charger, the 18W ‌iPad‌ charger, and the 29W MacBook Pro charger.

Basically, you tuck a charger into the opening of the Snap Back and then wind the cord along the bottom part, securing the end of the cord in place with a little notch at the bottom.


The Snap Backs are made from a fairly malleable plastic that's easy to put on the charger and take off when needed, and they keep charging cords from coming unwrapped in a bag. There's minimal bulk added here, but they do increase the size of the charger a bit due to the extra material for winding the cord.

All of these leave the power adapters usable, so you can plug in a power adapter and unwind the exact amount of cord that you need while leaving the rest wound up and out of the way.


There's enough room on each of the Snap Backs to accommodate cables that are between one and six feet in length, which is super handy for those extra long cables you might have. The 29W model for the MacBook and MacBook Air power adapters accommodates cables up to eight feet long.

The Side Winder Mini ($9.99)


The Side Winder Mini is a little donut-shaped reel that's a little over an inch wide, and it's designed to let you wrap up your ‌iPhone‌ cables, corded headphones, micro-USB cables, and more.


Basically, you can wrap up any one foot to five foot cable, winding it up so it's neatly organized and out of the way. There are notches at several spots along the Side Winder Mini, which makes it convenient to tuck in the end of the cable so it won't come loose.


I've used cable wraps like this before and while the Side Winder Mini isn't anything revolutionary, it works well with minimal hassle and it has an affordable price tag.

The Side Winder Max ($10.99)


The Side Winder Max is identical to the Side Winder Mini but it's bigger and able to accommodate cables that are between one foot and 10 feet in length.


The Side Winder Mini is made for thinner ‌iPhone‌ cables, but this larger Side Winder Max can work with an ‌iPhone‌ cable or a thicker USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to Lightning cable.


The Side Winder Watch ($12.99)


The Side Winder Watch is perhaps one of the most convenient of the new cable management options from Fuse, given its utility. You can tuck the Apple Watch charging puck into the center of the Side Winder Watch, and then wrap the cord around it.


It's shaped like a little circular reel, and it lets you pull out enough cable for charging while leaving the rest of the cable out of the way. The ‌Apple Watch‌ can go right on the front of the Side Winder Watch when you need to charge it.

The Side Winder Watch is compact (about two inches across) and it's made from a flexible plastic with several notches to make sure the ends of the ‌Apple Watch‌ cable stay in place. There's enough space in the center to accommodate either the 1mm or 2mm ‌Apple Watch‌ cables, and it works with both the plastic and the metal cables.


Because of the reel design, you can pull out as much cable or as little cable as you need, and then wind it right back up again when you're done charging, tucking the Side Winder Watch into a pocket or bag.

This is perhaps one of my favorite ‌Apple Watch‌ charging and cable organizing solutions that I've tried given its simplicity and its affordable price point. Most Apple Watches should be able to charge with this design as even the wrap bands should be able to fit over the back.

The Side Kick Pro ($19.99)


Fuse's Side Kick Pro is designed to work with the 13, 15, and 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models. It's a little pop out cord wrangling socket that attaches to the side of the power adapter using adhesive.

When you need to wind up the cord, you can pop it out and wrap the cord neatly, so it tucks easily away in a bag or a drawer. When the cord is in use, you can pop the Side Kick Pro back down, and it takes up minimal space. When the cord is wound up, there are little grooves at two sides of the Side Kick Pro for tucking in the end of the cable so it stays secure.


I've been using the original version of the Side Kick Pro (for my 29W MacBook Charger) for quite some time now, and it still works as well as the day that I got it even though it's been popped up and down countless times. Even though the Side Winder Pro is slim when not in use, it pops up far enough that the entire length of the ‌MacBook Pro‌ USB-C cable can be wound up.


In my experience, it's impossible to wind up the ‌MacBook Pro‌ USB-C cable around the power adapter in a way that gets it to stay in place, which is why the Side Kick Pro is one of my favorite products in the collection. The Side Kick doesn't accommodate the extension cable for the ‌MacBook Pro‌ power cable nor does it have the reel-like winding mechanism of the Side Winder, which is something to keep in mind.

I've been using the Side Winder Pro with a USB-C power adapter, but it does also work with older MagSafe power adapters.

The Side Winder ($29.99)


The Side Winder was Fuse's first product, and while it's not new today, it's a useful option for managing a ‌MacBook Pro‌ cord.

The Side Winder is a solid option if you have a 13, 15, or 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ or a ‌MacBook Air‌ (either MagSafe or USB-C) and need to use the extension cable.


The ‌MacBook Pro‌'s power adapter goes in the center and the two cables wrap up around it. The design lets the cable be pulled out as needed, so you can get the length you need to reach a power outlet while keeping the rest wound up.

It takes just a few seconds to fully wind a cable using the Side Winder, and it's a whole lot more convenient than trying to wrap up a naked cable. I don't know about anyone else, but attempting to put a ‌MacBook Pro‌ power adapter in my backpack as is just results in a cable mess when I take it out again.


I don't often need to use the extension cable with my ‌MacBook Pro‌ cord so the Side Kick isn't always my first cable management choice because it can be a bit bulky, but if you need the full length of the cable, it works great.

If you're just using the USB-C to USB-C cable portion of the ‌MacBook Pro‌ power adapter, the Side Kick Pro is a more compact choice.

Bottom Line


I absolutely hate cords and cables. I look forward to the day when all of our electronics operate wirelessly, but until then, cable organizers like the options from Fuse are the best way to keep cable mess under control.

Fuse's Side Winder has been popular since launch, and its new smaller Side Winder cable organizers build on that convenient reel design to let you wrangle ‌iPhone‌ cables, USB-C cables, and more, while the Snap Backs offer cable management options that also keep the power adapter in mind. All of these cable organization options also come in either black or white, so you can go with whichever color you prefer.

I'm a fan of Fuse's entire cable management lineup and I appreciate the affordable price points and simple, useful designs. If you're looking for new options for keeping your cables organized, Fuses's new products are worth checking out.

How to Buy


All of the newly launched cable organizing products can be purchased from the Fuse website. Fuse is offering a Black Friday deal right now with 30 percent off of all products site wide, which significantly drops the price of the new accessories.


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Nov. 26, 2019, 9 a.m.

Moment Debuts New 14mm Fisheye Lens for iPhone, Promises Crisper Ultra Wide-Angle Shots

Moment, known for both its Pro Camera app and its line of professional lenses for the iPhone, today debuted its latest lens offering, the Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens.

Priced at $119.99 (though available at a discount for the first 48 hours), the Moment Fisheye Lens works with Apple's new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and older iPhones using one of Moment's iPhone photo cases.


While Apple's newest iPhones have an ultra wide-angle camera lens with a 13mm focal length and a 120 degree field of view, it's lacking compared to the wide-angle camera because of its higher aperture, lack of optical image stabilization, and smaller sensor.


The Moment Fisheye Lens transforms the higher-quality wide-angle camera in the newest iPhones into an ultra wide-angle lens, offering up the same general capabilities but able to take advantage of the better camera technology in the wide-angle lens.

According to Moment, the Fisheye lens also offers a 170 degree field of view, which is 30 percent wider than the ultra-wide angle lens, so it gets even more in the frame. There is distortion with a Fisheye lens, of course, but the Pro Camera app for iOS is gaining a new distortion correction option to go along with the new lens.


The app will feature a slider that will correct the bend in the image, allowing for a super wide-angle photo with less distortion. The lens screws right on to the Moment ‌iPhone‌ case, making it easy to attach, detach, and swap out with other lenses.

The Moment Fisheye Lens features a bi-aspherical design, which Moment says brings edge-to-edge clarity, taking advantage of 15 percent more of the image sensor than the company's previous Fisheye lens.


Because it can use the better camera in the ‌iPhone‌, it's sharper than the built-in ultra wide-angle camera, especially in lower lighting conditions, and it works with Night Mode.

The new Moment Fisheye 14mm Lens can be purchased from the Moment website. For the first 48 hours after launch, it will be available for $90, and after that, it will be priced at $120.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 6:51 a.m.

MacRumors Exclusive: Save 25% on Mophie Accessories Through the Holidays With Our Newest Discount Code

MacRumors and Mophie are back with another fresh discount code, exclusively available to our readers. In the new sale, you can save 25 percent on one item on Mophie's website using the code MACRUMORS25.

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

If you place multiple items in your cart, the code will take 25 percent off of the highest-priced item, so if you've been waiting to buy one of Mophie's portable batteries, wireless charging mats, or battery cases, now is the perfect time.

This new discount will run through New Year's Eve, concurrently with our existing 20 percent discount on Zagg's entire website, including Zagg itself, Mophie, Braven, Invisible Shield, iFrogz, Gear4, and Halo. The new Mophie code for 25 percent off is specifically for Mophie products and will not work on the other brands.

Additionally, these two codes will not stack, and the new Mophie code will not work on items that are already on sale. There are plenty of useful Mophie products that you could use the code on, so to give you some ideas we've created a quick list of some Mophie accessories below, but be sure to check out the company's website for even more holiday shopping ideas.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 2:09 a.m.

Heart Analyzer for Apple Watch updated with all-new design, new data and graphs, more

Heart Analyzer is an app that offers various in-depth ways to see your heart rate data from Apple Watch. Today, the app has been updated with an all-new Apple Watch app that includes new data visualization tools and more.

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Nov. 26, 2019, 12:10 a.m.

Apple donating $1 to (RED) for every Apple Pay purchase made at Apple Stores and online

Apple has announced today that it is teaming up with (RED) to donate to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS. For select Apple Pay purchases made over the next week, Apple will donate $1 to the fund.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 11:45 p.m.

Protect your beloved AirPods Pro with this affordable silicone case

AirPods Pro might be the best accessory Apple has ever made. So you would be mad to let yours get beaten up in the bottom of your bag. Protect them with this wonderfully affordable silicone case. Made from military-grade materials, the Elkson bumper keeps AirPods Pro free from scuffs and scratches. It also has a […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 11:30 p.m.

Apple Pay works with Salvation Army’s famous red kettles

The Salvation Army red kettle, a tradition begun back to the 19th century, has been updated for the 21st century. Passersby can now donate to this charity with Apple Pay or Google Pay. Most people are well familiar with volunteers during the holiday season ringing a bell and asking for donations to go in the […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Dane Dehaan lands role in Apple’s TV series written by Stephen King

Apple has finally filled the last major role for its upcoming TV show written by Steve King. Dane Dehaan reportedly landed the role opposite Julianne Moore in the limited series Lisey’s Story. The show is based on the psychological horror novel of the same name written by King in 2006 which the prolific author says […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Facebook launches another research app after privacy controversies

Facebook today introduced Viewpoints, its new dedicated market research app that offers rewards for participating users who contribute in surveys and other tasks. That came a year after the company got involved in privacy scandals as a result of an alleged research app that collected data from users.

According to an official statement, Facebook intends to improve its products, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Portal, Oculus, and Facebook itself, based on the opinion of users. They promise to be more transparent with users regarding all the data that will be collected and the processes involved to get it.

To participate in the surveys, you need to download and install the Viewpoints app on your iPhone or Android phone — this time, the app is available on the App Store and does not depend on unofficial methods to be installed. The app will show which research programs are available, which may vary for each person. After sending the requested data, users will receive an amount of money that will be paid through a PayPal account.

Facebook says it will ask for information such as name, email, date of birth, gender and the actual location for the program application, but it promises not to share these data with third parties. At this time, only people over 18 years of age residing in the United States can participate. But according to the Verge, the research program is not yet available to everyone in this group, even downloading the app.

At the end of last year, Facebook launched Onavo, an app that claimed to offer free VPN service but actually collected personal data from users without authorization. Apple removed the app from the App Store, but it was relaunched by unofficial methods involving the use of business certificates that Apple provides to developers. They also paid some people to use it. Onavo VPN was definitely banned from iOS earlier this year.

We’ll see if Facebook Viewpoints is different from what the company has tried in the past to collect data from users.

Are you planning to give it a chance? What do you think of this approach? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Murky details emerge in Truth Be Told Apple TV+ featurette

Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul and other stars of Truth Be Told appear in a new featurette that offers glimpses into the crime drama, which debuts next week on Apple TV+. Watch it now: A more traditional Truth Be Told trailer offers a look at the upcoming show, which centers on a cold-case investigation. But in […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Review: FamilyCharger by ElevationLab offers power for five devices with Lightning, USB-C

Keeping track of your own chargers can be enough of a task but when you throw a family into the mix, there’s bound to be issues like borrowing stealing each others’ cables, not enough chargers where and when you need them, and more. Enter ElevationLab’s Family Charger that can power up to five devices at once with one robust integrated cable. Read on for our full review of this fantastic MFi family (or business) charging solution that offers power for Lightning, USB-C, and microUSB devices.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9 p.m.

Drag almost anything to create a new window in iPadOS

Creating a new window in iPadOS 13 is as easy as dragging a link or document to the side of the screen and dropping it. Check it out.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

9to5Mac Gift Guide: Getting started with HomeKit lights, cameras, AirPlay 2, and more

With the growing adoption of smart speakers like Apple’s HomePod and Amazon’s Echo family, plus continued refinement of HomeKit, smart home products are becoming more and more popular. With that in mind, smart home accessories like lighting, sensors, smart locks, plugs, and more are bound to be popular gifts this holiday season.

For the Apple user in your life looking to turn their home into a smart home, here are some of 9to5Mac’s top picks in each category of accessories.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

10.2-inch iPad hits brand-new low with $100 off [Deals & Steals]

Apple’s newest iPad today hit a brand-new low just in time for the holidays. The 10.2-inch model is now available with up to $100 off on Amazon. Prices start at just $249.99 ($79.01 off) for a 32GB unit with Wi-Fi connectivity. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

9to5Mac Gift Guide: What do you buy for the person who already has the latest technology?

How do you shop for a tech-savvy person who buys the latest of everything before the holidays arrive? I am totally that person for my family when it comes to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

There are some Apple products that I can never have enough of like App Store gift cards and another HomePod, but stocking stuffers and expensive smart speakers aren’t always the right gift.

That’s why I’m approaching my gift recommendations this year a bit different. Last year I covered an area of great interest and expertise with smart home products, and most of those picks are still applicable.

But there’s also a lot of new technology out this year as well as gadgets I’ve received for testing — new technology that I’m super glad to see exist. Read on to see my favorite picks for new tech that I’m grateful for this year.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

Satechi Compact Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard isn’t short on features

Don’t let the name fool you — the Satechi Compact Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard includes a full keypad and numberpad. Plus, it can be paired with three devices, and switch easily between them. The keyboard offers ten levels of brightness for use from dim lighting to complete darkness. Satechi built in a battery good for up […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Apple Card users now get 3% daily cash back at Nike

Apple Card customers can now enjoy 3% daily cash back at Nike. The deal applies to purchases made through the Nike website, retail stores, Nike Training Club, and more. And all Nike products are eligible. The only retailer offering 3% daily cash back on Apple Card purchases at launch was Apple itself. But other big […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to edit Apple Watch workouts

When you finish logging a workout with Apple Watch, you can gloat over all your hard work in the Activity app on your iPhone. This provides all kinds of useful charts, maps and trends to show you how you’re doing. But what if you logged that workout by accident? Or if you forgot to log […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Huawei MatePad Pro rips off iPad Pro in every way possible

No, we didn’t mix up the picture of Huawei’s new tablet with one of the iPad Pro. The two are so similar you have to look closely to see any differences. The just-announced MatePad Pro doesn‘t run iPadOS, but is otherwise a clone of Apple’s tablet, including the clip-on keyboard and stylus. Take a closer […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Apple’s wonderful holiday ad will tug at your heart strings

Apple’s annual holiday season ad arrived on YouTube today, just in time for it to be included in all the football games and parade footage on Thanksgiving day. The three-minute long ad called “The Surprise” follows two young girls who travel to their grandfathers house for Christmas. Of course, there are Apple products spread throughout […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Apple’s new ‘Make Someone’s Holiday’ ad uses the iPad to create a moment out of memories

Apple has shared its heartfelt holiday ad on YouTube today. This year’s release follows a family as they deal with the loss of their grandma/mother and the creative way that the grandkids show love and appreciation for their grandpa as he remembers his wife with the help of iPad.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Black Friday Apple Watch deals take up to $350 off, save big on iMacs and Twelve South accessories

Black Friday Apple Watch deals are here with up to $350 off, plus you can save big on iMacs, and the annual Twelve South Thanksgiving week sale is now live. You’ll find all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break below.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

Here’s how to find out when your iPhone 11 camera is using Deep Fusion

A new update to the free metadata photo and video app Metapho for iPhone has brought what looks like the first way to tell when your iPhone 11 shots were taken with Deep Fusion (at least for now). Follow along for more on this neat app that not only allows you to check if Deep Fusion was used but also view and edit EXIF metadata.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 4 p.m.

Satechi fits full backlit Bluetooth keyboard in compact design w/ USB-C for Mac, iPad, iPhone [Deal]

Satechi has launched its latest product today, the Compact Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It comes with a full keyboard layout that includes a numpad, features up to 600-hour battery life, conveniently charges up via USB-C, and connects to 3 devices simultaneously. The company is also doing a 20% off deal for the launch.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

Apple Card 3% cashback offer expands to Nike stores

Joining Uber, T-Mobile, and Walgreens, Nike is the latest partner to sign up for the 3% cashback offer with its Apple Card credit card.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Politicians receive frightening threats over canceled Apple data center

A former councillor who supported Apple’s bid to build a $960 million data center in Athenry, Ireland, confirms that he was sent frightening threats about Apple’s decision to cancel the project. Apple officially ditched its plans for a giant data center in County Galway last year. However, the threatening letters — sent to a number of politicians […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 3:38 p.m.

Huawei’s latest tablet is an iPad Pro clone w/ Android 10, no Google apps

Huawei is still in a sticky situation with the US, but that’s not stopping the company from debuting new products. Today, Huawei has launched its new MatePad Pro flagship tablet which is basically an iPad Pro clone.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

Uber loses London licence (again) but continues operating for now (again)

If ‘Uber loses London licence’ seems like old news, that’s because it’s the second time it’s happened. And, just like last time, Uber service will continue uninterrupted for now…

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Nov. 25, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple will expand operations in India to make more products

Apple will assemble more products in India after expanding its local manufacturing operations. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s information technology minister, today confirmed the move will create around 10,000 new jobs over the next five years. Apple already manufactures certain iPhone models in India, which helps reduce costs for local consumers. But it has much bigger […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

These VIZIO smart speakers are affordable Sonos alternatives [Deals]

If you’re on the hunt for a good portable speaker, look no further than this pair from VIZIO. Each is a solid, sleek wireless speaker with great features and eye-catching design. Even better, they’re both discounted by more than half, so you can get them for a song. Read on for more details: VIZIO SP30-E0 […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 2:16 p.m.

Bizarre Huawei Devialet speaker looks like cross between Mac Pro and HomePod

A bizarre Huawei Devialet partnership has resulted in the Sound X, a smart speaker that looks like the love child of a trashcan Mac Pro and a HomePod

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Nov. 25, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Apple Watch may have saved the life of a 79-year-old with heart condition

A Central Texas man says that his Apple Watch saved his life by detecting a serious heart condition. A veterinarian by training, Dr. Ray Emerson said that, despite routinely listening to animals’ heart beats, he was caught unaware when his own heart beat registered as unusual. “The watch dinged me,” he told CBS Austin. “I […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple reportedly placing big orders for next year’s 5G iPhone

Apple is predicting big things for its 5G iPhone, according to a new report featuring shipment forecasts Cupertino has allegedly given its supply chain partners. The report suggests that Apple has ordered 100 million iPhones. That would be an increase over the 80 million Apple ordered for the iPhone 11 series. If accurate, this would […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

Indian-made iPhones will be exported, says government, as Apple expands ops

Some Indian-made iPhones will be exported for sale in other countries, the government said today.

An unconfirmed report had previously suggested that a small number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models were being exported from India to Europe, but the statement is the first official confirmation that this is part of Apple’s plans for the country…

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Nov. 25, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: A phone call sews the seeds of OS X

November 25, 1996: A midlevel manager at NeXT contacts Apple about the possibility of Cupertino licensing NeXT’s OpenStep operating system. Garrett L. Rice’s communication with Ellen Hancock, Apple’s chief technology officer, is the first formal step in a long process. It ultimately leads to Apple buying NeXT, the creation of OS X, and Steve Jobs […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Tile matches expected feature of Apple’s ‘AirTags’ item trackers, Smart Alerts

Smart Alerts when you leave something behind in a public place are Tile’s latest attempt to stay ahead of Apple’s anticipated launch of its own item tracker, which may be named AirTag.

We exclusively reported back in April that Apple is working on its own competitor to Tile, integrating with the iOS Find My app. One of the expected features is an automatic alerts when you leave behind a protected item, and that’s something Tile is now adding to its own products …

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Nov. 25, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

Apple Pay's Express Transit Mode Working in Parts of London Underground

While not yet reflected on Apple's website, Apple Pay's Express Transit mode has been functional on at least some tube and bus routes in London since last Tuesday or so, according to multiple MacRumors readers.

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One reader said the Express Transit mode works on Transport for London's U5 bus route between Hayes and Uxbridge, as well as at the Ealing Broadway and Farringdon stations serving the London Underground and National Rail. Not all stations support Express Transit mode yet, so this could be early testing.

Despite this, Transport for London has advised customers that Express Transit mode is "not currently an option" as recently as Thursday, although it said it is having "positive discussions with Apple" about enabling the feature. Apple and Transport for London did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Express Transit mode eliminates the need for users to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode or even wake their device when they pay for rides with Apple Pay. Simply hold your iPhone or Apple Watch near the contactless reader until you feel a vibration and payment has been completed.

Apple Pay with Express Transit mode is also available in New York City, Portland, Beijing, Shanghai, and where Suica is accepted in Japan.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Apple offers $200 gift card in latest Black Friday promotion

Apple is offering customers a free gift card worth up to $200 as part of its latest Black Friday promotion. You won’t find any discounts on its products during the four-day event, so you’ll need to shop elsewhere if that’s what you’re looking for. But you will get store credit for eligible purchases. Apple customers […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

WWW inventor’s plan to save the web backed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, more

Tim Berners-Lee’s plan to ‘save the web’ has been formally launched today, and is backed by more than 150 organizations, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

The inventor of the World Wide Web explained back in March his reasons for wanting a ‘contract for the web’ …

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Nov. 25, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

When it comes to quiet keyboards, MacBook Pro lags only behind Pixelbook Go

One of the downsides of Apple’s previous MacBook butterfly keyboard design was how loud it was. That’s something Apple has tried to rectify with its new quiet scissor switch keyboard on the MacBook Pro. But how does its volume stack up against both the previous MacBook keyboard, and other laptops on the market? A new […]

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Nov. 25, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Apple reportedly forecasting >100 million iPhone 12 sales in 2020, thanks to 5G demand

Apple is reportedly telling its supply chain partners to expect in excess of 100 million orders for the iPhone 12 next year, as reported by Digitimes.

For 2019, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is expected to sell around 80 million units. A jump to 100 million or more would represent a significant increase in sales demand. This level of customer interest is apparently fuelled by the 5G ‘super cycle’ although the iPhone 12 is also expected to feature significant hardware upgrades compared to the last couple of years.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

[Update: +$15 extra code] The best iPhone, iPad, and MacBook trade deals: Get max cash for old devices

It’s Black Friday month, which means some of the best iPhone, MacBook, iPad, and Apple Watch deals of the year — so it’s time to upgrade all those old devices. But if you’re buying a new iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, what are you to do with all your old gear? Why not get some cash for those devices? This month’s deals below…

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Nov. 25, 2019, 10 a.m.

[Update: Series 4 up to $350 off] Best Apple Watch Black Friday deals: Series 3 from $129, latest models $100 off, more

Black Friday is set to be home to this year’s best Apple Watch deals. All of the top retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all slated to offer aggressive discounts on Apple’s latest wearables. Specifically, large price drops on Apple Watch Series 3 and the new Apple Watch Series 5 are sure to be the most popular this time around. You’ll find all of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:41 a.m.

Dane Dehaan Joins Cast of Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Lisey's Story' Alongside Julianne Moore

Dane Dehaan, known for his starring role in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," has joined the cast of upcoming Apple TV+ series "Lisey's Story," which is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, reports Deadline.

Dehaan is joining Julianne Moore, who is playing Lisey, and Clive Owen, who will be taking on the role of Lisey's deceased husband and novelist Scott Landon.

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"Lisey's Story" is a psychological horror with romance elements, split between Lisey's life in the present and her dead husband's life as she remembers it. Lisey starts to recall things about her husband that she had suppressed, while being terrorized in the present by a former fan of her husband's.

Dehaan will be playing the role of Jim Dooley, the aforementioned fan who is trying to get Lisey to release her husband's unpublished work.

"Lisey's Story" is a limited series that will feature eight episodes all written by Stephen King. There's no word on when "Lisey's Story" is set to be released, but given that it's still in the casting stages, we won't be seeing it on ‌Apple TV‌+ until sometime next year.


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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:23 a.m.

Apple announces its Black Friday deals: up to $200 Apple Store gift card with device purchase

Apple has announced its official Black Friday shopping event, which runs from Black Friday (Friday 29th) through Cyber Monday (December 2nd).

Following the release of Apple’s official guide, Apple is teasing its Apple Store deals today with a homepage banner, inviting customers to ‘save the date’. The company will offer up to $200 gift cards with the purchase of eligible Apple products like iPhones, iPads and Macs. As is usual, third-party sellers like Amazon will almost certainly beat Apple on deal prices.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

When are episodes 6, 7, and 8 of ‘See’ airing on Apple TV+?

See is one of many new offerings on Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming service, and at launch, only 3 of its 8 total episodes were available to stream. Now that you’ve watched the first set, you might be wondering when you can expect to get more of Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hoeks, Alfre Woodard, and more. Here’s when you should expect episodes 6, 7, and 8 of ‘See’ to air on Apple TV+. more…

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Nov. 25, 2019, 8:11 a.m.

When are episodes 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of The Morning Show airing on Apple TV+?

The Morning Show is one of many new offerings on Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming service, and at launch, only 3 of its 10 total episodes were available to stream. Now that you’ve watched the first set, you might be wondering when you can expect to get more of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Here’s when you should expect episodes 6 through 10 of The Morning Show to air on Apple TV+. more…

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Nov. 25, 2019, 6:11 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Get the 32GB Wi-Fi 10.2-Inch iPad at its Black Friday Price of $250 ($80 Off, Lowest Ever)

Just a few days out from Black Friday and Amazon is already matching one of the more notable discounts we're set to see this year, this one for the new 10.2-inch iPad. You can get the 32GB model with Wi-Fi for $249.99, down from $329, along with a few other configurations on sale.

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For the 32GB model, this is a sale we're expected to see across numerous retailers on Friday, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. The $80 discount is the lowest price we've tracked for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, so if you were planning on purchasing the 10.2-inch iPad on Friday, you can do a little early shopping on your list today.

10.2-inch iPad Sale (Lowest Ever Prices)


If you're planning out your game plan for Friday, be sure to visit our Black Friday Roundup to find the best deals on Apple devices, accessories, and more.

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Nov. 25, 2019, 3:40 a.m.

Beautiful iPhone 12 concept video kills the notch

An artist has imagined the 2020 iPhone with in-display Face ID, a fourth camera lens, and a design based on the iPhone 5. His video brilliantly shows off these proposed features for the iPhone 12. Watch it now: The video was created by Pallav Raj exclusively for ConceptsiPhone. How practical is this iPhone 12 concept? […]

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Nov. 24, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Early Black Friday Sale: Save 40% on Bare Cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

Ahead of its Black Friday and Cyber Monday promos, Bare is offering 9to5Mac readers an early 40% off on all cases for iPhone 11, Pro & Pro Max models from its signature Bare Naked line, and the new Bare Armour collection.

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Nov. 24, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best podcast, feel-good, photography and AirPods apps this week

This week we control our AirPods from our Macs, listen to podcasts on our Apple Watches, and listen to our inner selves with our iPhones.

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Nov. 24, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Early Black Friday deals: 10.2-inch iPad hits $249, MacBooks $299 off, AirPods deals from $134

Black Friday week delivers a new all-time low on Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad alongside up to $299 off various MacBook models. The latest Apple AirPods and AirPod Pro at Amazon all-time low prices. You’ll find all that and more in the this 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Nov. 24, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Is Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard quieter? Hear for yourself

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro marks a return to form for Apple’s keyboard design. It features a scissor switch mechanism instead of the controversial and unreliable butterfly deign. One of the biggest problems Apple’s butterfly keyboard is that it’s far louder than traditional keyboard designs.

A new test by The Wall Street Journal aims to find out just how much quieter Apple’s new MacBook Pro keyboard is than the butterfly design.

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Nov. 24, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Toy Story 2 arrives in theaters

November 24, 1999: Steve Jobs gets another feather in his cap when Toy Story 2, the sequel to the 1995 Pixar hit, debuts in theaters. It goes on to become the first animated sequel in history to gross more than the original. While more a piece of Steve Jobs history than Apple history, the release of […]

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Nov. 24, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Poll: Are you buying a Smart Battery Case for your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro?

As expected, Apple has officially released its new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The new iPhones feature better battery life than ever before, so do you actually need Apple’s new cases?

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Nov. 24, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy Black Friday deals to rival Amazon and the big boys, all under $50 [Deals]

We here at Cult of Mac aren’t made of money. And we’re sure that unless you’re Tim Cook, you aren’t either. Therefore, we’re all looking for ways to survive the holiday season with both our street cred and wallets firmly intact. To that end, we’ve compiled awesome items that would not only be welcome gifts […]

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Nov. 24, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Comment: It’s time for Amazon, Apple, and others to create a Books Anywhere service

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how, between all of the excellent podcasts, music, movies, TV shows, and books that the thing most creators are fighting for more than ever before is people’s attention. No longer are we limited by the songs in our library. Apple Music or Spotify gives us access to almost every song available. 99.99% of podcasts are free, so there is always something new to binge. Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, Apple TV+, and countless others provide us with more TV shows and movies than we could ever hope to watch. The industry, in my opinion, with the most opportunity going forward, is the digital book market. more…

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Nov. 24, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

This week’s top stories: iPhone 11 battery cases, Apple’s December event, iOS 14 report, more

In this week’s top stories: More iOS 13 bug fixes, what improvements to expect with iOS 14, iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases, a December Apple event, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Nov. 24, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

[Update: Up to $700 off iMacs] Best MacBook Black Friday deals: $299 off new MacBook Airs, $250 off Pro, more

As is to be expected, Black Friday is set to bring some of the best MacBook deals of the year. While there are already some great deals available right now through various online retailers, Best Buy and Costco are also expected to bring the heat next week with some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals of their own. You’ll find all of the best MacBook (and other Mac!) Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 24, 2019, 11 a.m.

[Update: 10.2-inch iPad hits all-time low] Best iPad Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off iPad Pro, more

Each year Black Friday delivers some of the best iPad deals, and 2019 is shaping up to be no exception. All of Apple’s latest tablets will be included in this year’s best Black Friday iPad deals, with notable price drops mainly coming on the 2019 10.2-inch iPad. WalmartBest Buy, Amazon, and Target will all be offering sale prices during Thanksgiving week with deals on Apple’s iPad Pro, mini, and more. All of the best iPad Black Friday deals can be found just below.

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Nov. 24, 2019, 9:35 a.m.

[Update: $700 off iPhone 11 Pro/Max] Best iPhone Black Friday deals: $700 in Walmart gift cards, $200 Target, more

This year, we’re expecting the annual Black Friday sales to bring some of the best deals on iPhone we’ll see all year. All of the top retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are set to offer substantial discounts on Apple’s flagship smartphones. Specifically, you should expect major gift card offers on the latest iPhones and big price cuts on some older iPhone models. Stay updated on all the best iPhone Black Friday deals below…

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Nov. 23, 2019, 4 p.m.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro, reviewed! [Cult of Mac Magazine 324]

Remember that butterfly keyboard we hated? All is forgiven, Apple, thanks to that gorgeous new MacBook Pro we’re swooning over. Or almost all. Our reviewer likes the laptop’s Magic Keyboard and loves the Touch Bar (shocker!). But there’s one thing that could be better. You’ll need to read Charlie Sorrel’s 16-inch MacBook Pro review to […]

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Nov. 23, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Rare Apple-1 sells for crazy money

November 23, 2010: An early Apple-1 computer, complete with its original packaging and a letter signed by Steve Jobs, sells for $210,000. At the time, it ranks as the most expensive personal computer ever sold at auction. However, it’s a rare find. The working Apple-1 is thought to be one of only around 50 thought […]

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Nov. 23, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

T-Mobile discloses data breach affecting over 1 million subscribers

T-Mobile has officially disclosed a data breach that it says affects more than one million of its customers. As reported by TechCrunch, hackers gained “malicious, unauthorized” access to data from prepaid T-Mobile customers.

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Nov. 23, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Dig into early Black Friday discounts on MacBook accessories [Deals]

It’s almost Thanksgiving, so Black Friday is just around the corner. If you dread the rush for deals on gear and gadgets, we’ve got an opportunity to skip the throngs and do your holiday shopping early. Below you will find four awesome MacBook accessories — all available at great prices. Mobile Pixels Duex Pro Portable […]

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Nov. 23, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

Texas man says he was gifted an Apple Watch, now he credits it with detecting undiagnosed AFib

The health features of Apple Watch continue to prove potentially lifesaving for many users. This week, a veterinarian from Waco, Texas is crediting the Apple Watch with alerting him to a heart condition, before he noticed any symptoms whatsoever.

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Nov. 23, 2019, 2 p.m.

Video shows off the beauty of new Cult of Mac book

It will be a few weeks before you can thumb through our salute to Apple fans, The Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition. So we’ll do it for you in a promo video that offers a sneak peek at the book’s clever design. The Mac book designed to look like a MacBook hits store shelves on […]

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Nov. 23, 2019, 2 p.m.

Apple @ Work: Locus Health is transforming in-home patient care with iPad

I’ve been interested in what Apple is doing in the health industry for a while now. I love reading stories about people using Apple Watch to get healthy, prevent accidents, and more. While I was at JNUC this past week, I got to spend some time with Lindsey Koshansky from Locus Health to hear how they are using the iPad in the healthcare field. They are heavily invested in the Apple and Jamf ecosystem, so I was eager to hear more about what they’re doing. more…

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Nov. 23, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

Tim Cook promises to keep fighting for DACA, user privacy, and more in new interview

ABC News has now shared part two of Rebecca Jarvis’ interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In this segment, Cook doubles down on Apple’s commitment to privacy, talks antitrust, and promises to keep finding for DACA recipients.

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Nov. 23, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

[Update: Deals are starting] Best MacBook Black Friday deals: $299 off new MacBook Airs, $250 off Pro, more

As is to be expected, Black Friday is set to bring some of the best MacBook deals of the year. While there are already some great deals available right now through various online retailers, Best Buy and Costco are also expected to bring the heat next week with some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals of their own. You’ll find all of the best MacBook (and other Mac!) Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 23, 2019, 9:35 a.m.

[Update: Deals are starting] Best iPhone Black Friday deals: $700 in Walmart gift cards, $200 Target, more

This year, we’re expecting the annual Black Friday sales to bring some of the best deals on iPhone we’ll see all year. All of the top retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are set to offer substantial discounts on Apple’s flagship smartphones. Specifically, you should expect major gift card offers on the latest iPhones and big price cuts on some older iPhone models. Stay updated on all the best iPhone Black Friday deals below…

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Nov. 23, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases, December 2 App Event, 13-Inch MacBook Pro Rumors

It was another interesting week for Apple news, with Apple finally launching Smart Battery Cases for its latest iPhone 11 lineup after several leaks from within the company's own software, and this time they come with an unexpected twist: a dedicated camera button.

Other news this week included word of an app-related Apple media event early next month, rumors about an update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, an interesting anecdote from Apple's former ad chief about the time he accidentally walked off with Steve Jobs' laptop, and more.

Apple Launches New Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 11 Lineup With Dedicated Camera Button


Almost exactly two months after the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max launched, Apple has released new Smart Battery Cases for the trio of devices for $129 each.


According to Apple, the cases are designed to provide up to 50 percent longer battery life to each iPhone when fully charged for longer talk time, internet use, and audio and video playback. New this year is a dedicated camera button on the case that is designed to launch the Camera app whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked.

We went hands-on with one of the new cases to check out the feel and looks and test out the new camera button, which should come in handy for lots of users.

Apple is offering the soft, silicone cases in black, white, and pink sand, though the iPhone 11 version comes only in black or white.

Apple to Hold December 2 Event to Honor 'Favorite Apps and Games of 2019'


Well, this was unexpected. Apple has invited the media to a "special event" on Monday, December 2 at 4 p.m. ET in New York City, where it will "honoring" its "favorite apps and games of 2019."


No hardware announcements are expected at the event, and Apple has yet to even list the event on its website, so it sounds pretty low key.

Apple usually shares "best of" lists for the App Store, iTunes Store, and its other storefronts in early December, so it appears that Apple simply plans to announce the winners in person this year as well. But that won't stop us from dreaming of a surprise or two!

13-Inch MacBook Pro With Scissor Keyboard Expected in First Half of 2020


Following the 16-inch MacBook Pro, Apple reportedly plans to release a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor switch keyboard in the first half of 2020. Presumably, this would include a physical Esc key and inverted-T arrow key layout.


While there have been hopes of a 14-inch MacBook Pro, the report claims the display size will remain 13.3-inches. However, given DigiTimes is not the most reliable of sources, we would not entirely rule out the possibility of a slightly larger display just yet.

Apple refreshed most of its 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup in May, followed by the entry-level model in July.

Apple's WWDC App Rebranded as 'Apple Developer' App With Year-Round Content


Apple has rebranded its WWDC app as the Apple Developer app with a new focus on year-round content for the developer community.


Apple says that the new Apple Developer app will provide "in-depth information from Apple experts all year round," with the app featuring developer news, videos, and more for all of its software platforms.

The app will continue to be the official hub for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose.

Former Apple Employee Shares Incredible Story of Accidentally Stealing Steve Jobs' MacBook From His Office


Apple's former vice president of mobile advertising Andy Miller has shared a fascinating story about accidentally stealing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' laptop, mouse, and mouse pad from his office.


The situation apparently played out during a heated meeting in Jobs' office, serving as a good example of how intense Apple's iconic CEO could be. Miller resigned from Apple in late 2011, shortly after Jobs passed away.

16-Inch MacBook Pro Hands-On: Benchmark and Performance Tests


Apple's new 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ uses the same 9th-generation Intel processors as the 15-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ models released in May, but there's a new thermal architecture that Apple says boosts performance.


On our YouTube channel, we went hands-on with the new 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ to test those claims, putting it through real world tests and benchmarks.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 11:45 p.m.

Snag some early Black Friday deals for your favorite iPhone lover [Deals]

Black Friday. We all want to avoid it … but oh, the deals. No worries, we’re gonna help you out. Check out 10 of the best Black Friday deals around, each geared toward improving the center of every Apple fan’s tech universe: the iPhone. So load up on gifts you know your friends and family […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 11:07 p.m.

Review: iPhone 11 Pro Smart Battery Case levels up with a dedicated camera button

Earlier this week Apple quietly released its latest version of the Smart Battery Case for its newest iPhones. The Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max helps to extend your iPhone’s battery life just like previous versions.

But unlike previous versions of the Smart Battery Case, this year’s edition comes with a brand new physical camera shortcut feature that helps to further differentiate itself from third-party iPhone 11 battery case offerings. Watch our hands-on iPhone 11 Pro Smart Battery Case video review for the details. more…

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Nov. 22, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

How to share Apple TV+ with family and friends

Want to make the most of Apple’s streaming video service? Follow along for how to share Apple TV+ with family and friends.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Tim Cook says your private data is ‘between you and your phone’

Tim Cook says that tech companies are doing a poor job creating policies that protect user privacy. The CEO of Apple wants the US government to step in. “I think we can all admit that when you’ve tried to do something and companies haven’t self policed, that it’s time to have rigorous regulation,” he told […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 10:19 p.m.

Apple reportedly cancelling first theatrical movie debut and TV+ release after pulling from film festival

Earlier this week, Apple canceled the premiere of its original film The Banker starring Samuel L. Jackson. It was supposed to debut at the AFI Fest in LA on Nov. 21st, however, after hearing historical inaccuracy and sexual abuse allegations, Apple decided to hold off. A wide theatrical release was originally slated for December 6th with a debut on Apple TV+ after the new year, but now sources are saying those have been canceled as well (via Variety).

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Nov. 22, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Top 10 Black Friday deals coming next week (that we know of…)

Throughout this week we’ve offered up our comprehensive coverage of the best Black Friday deals with guides covering just about every product category. So if you’re looking for Apple gear, Android phones, TVs, or smart home accessories, we have you covered. But now it’s time to turn our attention to Black Friday as a whole. Below you find the top 10 Black Friday deals for 2019 that we know of so far.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 7 p.m.

2020 iPhone could finally sport 6GB of RAM

Apple is reportedly taking an important step to improve the performance of the 2020 iPhone: more RAM. Specifically, next year’s top-tier models will supposedly make the jump from 4 GB of RAM to 6 GB. The change will happen in the replacements for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, reports Barclays‘s analyst Blayne […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 6 p.m.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is amazing, but it’s still a Mac [Review]

There’s a great Steve Jobs story that somehow seems relevant in a 2019 MacBook Pro review. You probably know it, but I’ll tell it anyway. After the iPad launch, Jobs supposedly walked into a meeting with the Mac team, carrying an iPad. He woke up the iPad, which happened instantaneously. Then he woke up a […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

E3’s handmade Apple Watch bands are the perfect holiday gift

Handmade holiday gifts are a great way to show loved ones you really care. But actually making them yourself can lead to disastrous results. So pick up a gorgeous E3 band for Apple Watch instead. They’re lovingly handcrafted at a workshop in New York using only Horween leather, and they’re beautifully rustic but full of […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Court rules Apple doesn’t owe patent troll $503 million

Apple won a round in court against VirnetX, a company often accused of being patent troll. An appeals court threw out $503 million award that the iPhone maker was ordered to pay in an earlier ruling. However, the court didn’t reverse the original patent-infringement decision, just the amount of the award. VirnetX might be found […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 252: Apple December ‘event’, iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases and HomeKit Secure Video

Apple has a ‘special event’ dedicated to apps, the WWDC app has been rebranded, iPhone 11 has an all-new Smart Battery Case, Zac has hands-on experience with HomeKit Secure Video, and Apple TV+ has some unexpected movie drama.

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

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Nov. 22, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Pre-Black Friday iPad deals deliver near all-time lows, Apple TV show sale from $20, AirPods Pro $235

Pre-Black Friday iPad deals highlight today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break, along with Apple’s new TV show sale from $20, and AirPods Pro back in stock at $235. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

Apple expands App Store Connect server-to-server notifications for developers

Apple has updated its server-to-server notifications today with the ability for developers to get alerts when a renewal fails or when a billing issue is resolved.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Call of Duty: Mobile Zombie update is on its way to iOS

Fancy using your weekend to get even with the walking dead? If so, you might want to check out the new Zombies mode on Call of Duty: Mobile. Arriving just a few weeks too late for halloween, the new game mode goes live at 9pm Pacific / midnight Eastern on iOS. Check out more the […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 3 p.m.

Designer AirPods cases look just like tiny purses

Some of the world’s top handbag designers feel strongly that your AirPods case could use a little help. Purses for AirPods appear to be a growing sector of the fashion accessories market and all the big names are in it, like Gucci, Dior, Bottega and Louis Vuitton to name a few. Fashion blogs announce the […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

Review: Mujjo’s leather iPhone 11 cases remain my personal favorite

I started looking for leather iPhone 11 cases even before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived. I tried a few options, but my firm favorite remains the latest version of the case I first used on my iPhone 6: the Mujjo wallet case.

Since Apple Pay, I’ve stopped routinely carrying my wallet. I can rely on using my Apple Watch for the vast majority of purchases, but do carry a couple of physical cards just in case…

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Nov. 22, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

There’s a big problem with random chat apps in the App Store

More than 1,500 complaints of unwanted sexual approaches have been made against random chat apps in the App Store. Many of these targeted children. Random chat apps connect users randomly with strangers. The majority of the apps do not request users register with them. Lots of these apps have age restrictions of 17+. Minors can […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Elon Musk borrowed Steve Jobs’ ‘One more thing’ trick for Cybertruck event

Elon Musk borrowed Steve Jobs’ trademark “One more thing” announcement at the end of Thursday’s unveiling of its electric pickup, the Cybertruck. Gearing to leave the stage after showing off the futuristic vehicle, Musk stopped for one last announcement. “Oh by the way, we made an ATV,” he said, before it was driven onto the […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

The impressive power of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, plus Apple’s December event, this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: everything you need to know about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro! Plus our first impressions of this hot new machine… And we discuss Disney+, and why it may beat Netflix and Amazon as the best streaming service available. Our thanks to NETGEAR for supporting this episode. The Orbi WiFi 6 […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior in iOS chat apps – Washington Post

Washington Post analysis of iOS chat app reviews found more than 1,500 reports of unwanted sexual behavior, some of it directed against children.

The paper says that Apple continues to make the apps available on the App Store because the company does not read or analyze customer reviews, and so remains unaware of the problems…

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Nov. 22, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes cracks top 10 on list of U.S. music retailers

November 22, 2005: Two-and-a-half years after opening its virtual doors, the iTunes Music Store enters the list of top 10 U.S. music retailers. While iTunes sales numbers can’t yet match the selling power of established retail giants like Walmart, Best Buy and Circuit City (or fellow tech company Amazon), this milestone nonetheless represents big news […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

PSA: Apple TV+ rolls out new episodes of See, The Morning Show, and For All Mankind

Apple has released new episodes of its three flagship Apple Originals TV+ shows. At midnight Eastern time, Apple TV+ updated with new episodes of See, The Morning Show and For All Mankind. Here’s Apple’s preview for all three new episodes. The Morning Show Episode 6 is titled “The Pendulum Swings.” The preview notes that the […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Spotify Awards show will be broadcast from the streaming capital of the world

A new Spotify Awards show has been announced by the company, which says that it will be broadcast from the ‘streaming capital of the world’ next year …

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Nov. 22, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Set of Classicbot Classic and iBot G3 Toys

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with designer Philip Lee of Classicbot to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a bundle that includes two of Lee's designer toys: the Classicbot Classic and the iBot G3.

Both the Classicbot and the iBot G3 are little robot toys that are modeled after classic Mac machines from Apple. The Classicbot Classic is modeled after the Macintosh Classic, sold in the early 1990s.


The Classicbot features a body that resembles a Classic Macintosh, along with movable arms and legs so it can be posed. There's a tiny mouse and a font suitcase that the Classicbot holds in a hand, and the detail is spectacular thanks to the precise injection molding technique used to make the toy.


Every part of the Classic Macintosh is included, from the display with two cute little robot eyes to the floppy disk drive and the vents, buttons, and ports on the back.

Classicbot Classic measures in at 10cm tall, and the arms, held on by magnets, can be removed for a more streamlined computer look.


Along with the Classicbot Classic, MacRumors readers who win the ‌giveaway‌ will get the iBot G3, which is modeled after Apple's iconic iMac G3, first introduced in 1998.


Available in either Bondi Blue or Tangerine, the iBot G3 features an anthropomorphized ‌iMac‌ with a face on the display, detachable arms, and movable legs.

As with the Classicbot Classic, the iBot G3 has been recreated faithfully, with an enclosure made from translucent plastic and impressive details like the CRT, ethernet ports, and ventilation fans.


The arms and legs can be detached and there's an included stand so it can be displayed in a more traditional computer shape as well. It comes with the ‌iMac‌ G3 mouse and keyboard.

Both the Classicbot Classic and the iBot G3 are designed to be figurines that are put on display, and they're the perfect desktop addition for any Apple lover. They also make great gifts. Philip Lee has a few other toys and figurines that MacRumors readers might be interested in, such as classic icon sets and Classicbot plushes.


Ahead of the holidays, we have five Classicbot Classic and iBot G3 sets 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.

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 (November 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 29. The winners will be chosen randomly on November 29 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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Nov. 22, 2019, 11 a.m.

[Update: Early deals added] Best iPad Black Friday deals: 10.2-inch iPad $249, up to $400 off iPad Pro, more

Each year Black Friday delivers some of the best iPad deals, and 2019 is shaping up to be no exception. All of Apple’s latest tablets will be included in this year’s best Black Friday iPad deals, with notable price drops mainly coming on the 2019 10.2-inch iPad. WalmartBest Buy, Amazon, and Target will all be offering sale prices during Thanksgiving week with deals on Apple’s iPad Pro, mini, and more. All of the best iPad Black Friday deals can be found just below.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 11 a.m.

[Update: New Series 5 deals] Best Apple Watch Black Friday deals: Series 3 from $129, latest models $100 off, more

Black Friday is set to be home to this year’s best Apple Watch deals. All of the top retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all slated to offer aggressive discounts on Apple’s latest wearables. Specifically, large price drops on Apple Watch Series 3 and the new Apple Watch Series 5 are sure to be the most popular this time around. You’ll find all of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

AirPods shipments on course to hit 60 million in 2019

Apple’s AirPods continue to be a massive smash hit for the company. According to a new report, AirPods shipments are expected to double in 2019, compared to 2018. In all, Apple could sell a massive 60 million units this year. Bloomberg says that the 60 million AirPods increase in demand is the result of “much […]

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Nov. 22, 2019, 10 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Apple's iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case Drops to Just $59 at Amazon

Apple may have just released Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11 lineup, but there are plenty of people still using last year's devices. If you're an iPhone XS Max owner looking to boost your battery life, Amazon has just dropped the price of Apple's Smart Battery Case in black to $59, more than 50 percent off of Apple's $129 list price.


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The case is currently listed as in stock, but supplies may run out quickly so be sure to take advantage of the deal while it's available.

For more deals, check out Amazon's discount on the new AirPods Pro and stay on top of our Deals Roundup and Black Friday Roundup as we hit the holiday shopping season.


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Nov. 22, 2019, 8:57 a.m.

VirnetX's $503 Million Patent Win Over Apple Vacated on Appeal in Mixed Result

A legal battle between Apple and VirnetX that dates back nine years has seen a new development today, with a $503 million judgment from 2018 against Apple for patent infringement vacated by an appeals court and the case sent back to a lower court for reconsideration, reports Reuters.


The result is a mixed one for Apple at this point, with the appeals court finding only a partial reversal in affirming infringement by Apple on two counts and reversing on two other counts. The appeals court is sending the case back to district court to determine whether revised damages against Apple can be calculated or if a new damages trial will have to be held.

The case in question is just one of two involving Apple and VirnetX over communications security patents related to VPN, iMessage, and FaceTime. Apple is currently on the hook for $440 million in the other case, but appeals remain in progress.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 8:06 a.m.

Which iPad model do I have?

Apple has released a lot of iPads since the first model released in April of 2010. It’s also been rather inconsistent when it comes to naming them. At least with the iPhone we more or less have a straightforward numerical number system. So it’s understandable to have a bit of trouble trying to figure out which iPad you’re actually looking at.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 5:21 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts AirPods Pro to $234.98 ($14 Off, Lowest Price)

Amazon has restocked its supply of Apple's AirPods Pro at the price point of $234.98, down from $249.00. This $14 discount matches the all-time-low price we've previously seen on the AirPods Pro at Amazon.

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.

As of writing, the AirPods Pro are in stock and available to ship now, with an estimated arrival date between November 29 and December 2. Head to Amazon soon if you're interested, and be sure to check out our dedicated Best Deal on AirPods guide for all of the best discounts on Apple's entire line of wireless earphones.

For more sales as we head into the holiday shopping season, visit our Deals Roundup and Black Friday Roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Deals, AirPods Pro
Buyer's Guide: AirPods Pro (Buy Now)

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Nov. 22, 2019, 2:42 a.m.

Bloomberg: AirPods shipments to double to 60M in 2019, AirPods Pro more popular than expected

According to a new report from Bloomberg, shipments of AirPods are expected to double to 60 million units during 2019 compared to last year. The report cites “people familiar with” Apple’s production plans, and provides a rare look at unit sales for Apple’s truly wireless headphones.

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Nov. 22, 2019, 1:48 a.m.

Twitter rolling out support for two-factor authentication without a phone number

At long last, Twitter is finally rolling out support for two-factor authentication without requiring a phone number. Twitter said it was “working on improving” its reliance on phone numbers back in September, and now the improved two-factor authentication options are rolling out to users.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Apple reportedly hires NatGeo, NPR producer as it prepares to fund Apple Podcasts originals

Apple has made a notable hire in the podcasting industry this week. Inside reports that Apple recently hired Emily Ochsenschlager, who previously served National Geographic’s director of podcasts. This hire comes as reports suggest Apple plans to start funding original podcasts.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Comment: AirPods will dominate this holiday season, here’s why

Apple’s AirPods launched in 2016 and became one of the company’s best selling products in a short amount of time. Three years in and now we’ve got AirPods Pro that feature noise-cancellation, as well as the second-gen AirPods with and without the Wireless Charging case. Along with the high demand for the AirPods lineup, a few other factors are setting up Apple’s fully wireless earbuds to dominate the market more than ever this holiday season.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Slap on a Strapa band for the ultimate Apple Watch upgrade

There’s no better way to upgrade your Apple Watch than by adding some of the finest leather money can buy. That’s why you should check out these wonderful Strapa straps. They’re beautifully made from only the finest materials, and come in a range of gorgeous color options. They’re also compatible with all generations of Apple […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Microsoft Surface Earbuds won’t challenge AirPods until 2020

Making a serious rival to AirPods is harder than Microsoft thought. It just pushed back the release of Surface Earbuds until well past the holiday shopping season. The news came from Panos Panay, the chief product officer of the Microsoft Devices group. He said “the relentless pursuit to get all the details right” sometimes takes […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 9 p.m.

Nostalgic AirPods case will take you back to iPod’s glory days

You probably miss your classic iPod — the one with the click Wheel interface — but it’s no longer practical to carry. But accessories company Elago has an iPod-inspired AirPods case that can fill the hole in your aching heart. Elago understands nostalgia is a powerful emotion and can play the heartstrings of an Apple […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m.

Abode Iota becomes first home security system with HomeKit

Abode finally scored HomeKit certification for its Iota home security hub. This allows iPhone and iPad users to arm and disarm the system, get alerts, and access the video feed coming from this gateway. Even better, sensors connected through this hub can also be controlled via HomeKit. “As of today, any Abode-branded door/window sensors, any […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

Apple quietly removes ‘Ratings and Reviews’ section from its online store

Apple has quietly removed customer reviews for products from its online store sometime this month. This means that potential buyers can no longer see reviews of products sold via Apple’s online store before they buy, while those who have already bought are unable to leave reviews.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Adobe takes first steps to fix Photoshop for iPad

Adobe says it will soon deliver features and updates to its iPad version of Photoshop. The announcement comes after a buildup of user frustration over the launch earlier this month of Photoshop for iPad, a highly anticipated release after the imaging software giant promised a full-power version for the tablet computer. Instead, Adobe launched software […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Save on Apple Watch, Pencil, Smart Keyboards [Deals & Steals]

Apple Watch is by far the best smartwatch money can buy, and there’s never been a better time to get one. Series 3 models are now available at their lowest price yet thanks to even bigger discounts on Amazon. And there are other awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup, like $10 off the […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Review: Keychron K2 – a great wireless mechanical keyboard for Mac users [Video]

If you’re looking for a wireless mechanical keyboard for your Mac, then look no further than the Keychron K2, the follow up to the original K1 that we reviewed earlier this year. While not as low profile as its predecessor, the K2’s sleek, minimalist design is a far cry from the bulky mechanical keyboards you may be used to. Watch our hands-on video review for the details.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Apple kicks reviews off online store

Just before the holiday shopping season kicks into full swing Apple has decided to make it harder to see reviews of the products it sells online. The Ratings and Reviews section of Apple’s online store was recently removed from all product pages with no word on why the change was made. It appears that Apple […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 7 p.m.

Hold down the Option key to unlock Mac’s hidden menu bar actions

Option-clicking the Mac menu bar status menus reveals all kinds of extra tricks and functions. Let’s check out the hidden features.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Apple Stores trial extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+

Some Apple Stores in the U.S. and Canada are trialling extended eligibility periods for AppleCare+, according to a new report. The trial, which started this week, allows Apple’s extended warranty plan to be purchased beyond the usual 60-day window. But devices must be inspected by the Genius Bar first. AppleCare+ is a great way to […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Apple launches 500 more SF Symbols for devs to include in apps

After launching SF Symbols with over 1,000 configurable options back in June at WWDC, Apple has expanded the set to over 1,500 symbols for developers to take advantage of today.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Concept imagines how macOS could be more similar to iPadOS

WWDC and the next versions of Apple’s operating systems are still far away, but there are already some people making bets on how the new iOS and macOS should look in the future. This particular concept created by designer Kamer Avdan imagines what a redesigned “macOS 11” would look like if it was more similar to iPadOS in some respects.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 6 p.m.

Duet Air update brings ability to use a Mac or PC as an external display

Duet Air is getting a nice update that allows customers to make use of a Mac or PC as a secondary external display. This offers great flexibility, especially for users in both ecosystems.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 6 p.m.

Trump wants Apple to build US 5G infrastructure

Apple CEO Tim Cook clearly impressed Donald Trump yesterday during their tour of the Mac Pro factory; the president suggested that Apple be involved in rolling out 5G access across the US. And he cited Cook as a big reason why. Trump took to twitter early this morning to say: During my visit yesterday to […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Adobe outlines new features coming to Photoshop for iPad this year and next year

After first being shown off last year, Adobe shipped the first version of Photoshop for iPad earlier this month. In a new blog post published today, Adobe has offered a closer look at features that are set to come to Photoshop for iPad in the future.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Nearly every official Apple iPhone case on sale from $24, Best Buy’s new Beat the Rush sale, more

Official Apple iPhone cases are on sale at Amazon from $24 in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. This week’s Best Buy Beat the Rush sale offers early price drops on iPad Pro and fresh deals on Apple Watch bands. You’ll find all that and more down below.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: November 21, 2019 – iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases, iOS 14 development

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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Nov. 21, 2019, 4 p.m.

Apple highlights there are over 1,500 SF Symbols for devs to include in apps

After launching SF Symbols with over 1,000 configurable options back in June at WWDC, Apple expanded the set to over 1,500 symbols for developers at the end of October. In a developer post today, it highlighted the configurable symbol set.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Buggy iOS 13 made Apple rethink how it develops software

The challenges Apple has experienced with buggy iOS 13 is causing it to rethink the way it builds and tests operating systems, starting with iOS 14. According to Bloomberg, software boss Craig Federighi recently announced the changes at a “kickoff” meeting. The new approach will make it easier for testers to be able to switch […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

Shelby Edwards and James Whitney of littledrill studio help photographers find their creative voice through Today at Apple

“We have these crystals that we had photographed a bunch of times in a bunch of different ways. And then this girl picks it up and she shoots down the barrel of the crystal and creates this beautiful kaleidoscope image, and I’m just like, ‘That’s gorgeous. I never saw it that way.’”

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Nov. 21, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Tim Cook: Making iPhones in the US is ‘not on the horizon’ for Apple

Making the iPhone in the United States is “not on the horizon,” Tim Cook said during an interview with ABC News Wednesday. Cook gave the interview while visiting Apple’s Mac Pro factory in Austin, Texas, with President Donald Trump. “The way I think about it is, the iPhone is made everywhere,” Cook said. “If you […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 3 p.m.

Steam for iOS lets you join friends on PC for local multiplayer

Gamers using the Steam Link app on iOS can now enjoy multiplayer games with friends who use a PC. Valve’s new Remote Play Together feature, announced last month, is already out of beta and available to all. And it works across Windows, macOS, and Linux — as well as Android and iOS. Remote Play Together gives […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

Privacy concerns voiced as Uber videos and audio records some rides

Privacy concerns have been raised as it was revealed that Uber videos and audio records passengers on some rides…

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple display maker executive fired for embezzling millions of dollars

Apple display maker Japan Display may be struggling — but one of its executives apparently, now subject to a criminal investigation, hasn’t been. The firm revealed today that it fired an accounting executive last year for embezzling $5.3 million over four years. Japan Display is now cooperating with police as part of their investigation. According […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Wear your tech on your sleeve with these wearable chargers and headphones [Deals]

We take our mobile devices everywhere we go, and that means carrying around earbuds and charging cables. So instead of stuffing our bags and pockets with our accessories, why not accessorize with them? These cables and earbuds from WRAPS turn them into stylish bracelets, for the ultimate in functional fashion. Read on for more details: […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Abode delivers promised HomeKit support for its Iota DIY home security system

Abode has been planning to bring HomeKit functionality to its Iota home security system for two years and today it has delivered on that promise to support Apple’s smart home platform. Abode’s security system includes door and window sensors, motion sensors, vibration sensors, cameras, and more.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Diary: Using an iPhone as my only camera on holiday after all

Yeah, I know that sounds strange, not long after I concluded that we weren’t yet at the point where I could use my iPhone as my only camera. Specifically, I decided it was a great social camera, but doesn’t yet replace a travel one.

There were, however, three reasons for having it be my only camera on this particular trip, which was to Buenos Aires…

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

No, Donald Trump didn’t open Mac Pro factory yesterday

Fact checkers are taking issue with President Donald Trump over his claims to have opened a major Apple factory in Texas yesterday. In fact, the Associated Press points out that the factory has been running since 2013. You know, six years ago. “Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Apple under fire for failing to correct Trump’s claim about ‘new’ Mac plant

We noted yesterday President Trump’s claim to have ‘opened’ a ‘new’ Mac plant that has in fact been operating since 2013. Apple is today coming under fire for failing to correct that lie.

More broadly, it is being suggested that Cook was willing to be used as an electioneering prop by Trump in his attempts to win concessions on import tariffs on Apple products coming from China…

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Nov. 21, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple signs damaging deal with Microsoft

November 21, 1985: Following Steve Jobs’ departure, Apple comes close to signing its own death warrant by licensing the Macintosh’s look and feel to Microsoft. The deal, between Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple CEO John Sculley, comes hot on the heels of the Windows operating system’s release. The pact gives Microsoft a “non-exclusive, worldwide, […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Apple and Intel file antitrust lawsuit again investment firm that stockpiles patents

Apple and Intel have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, claiming that the investment management group is stockpiling patents. It then allegedly uses these patents to demand as much as $5.1 billion in lawsuits filed against tech firms. Both Apple and Intel are accusing the firm of stockpiling patents, despite it not actually […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Critics on Apple’s claim to lose money on repairs: ‘absurd’ and ‘misleading’

Right to repair advocates have described Apple’s recent claim to lose money on repairs as ‘absurd’ and ‘misleading.’

Apple made the claim to a Congressional judiciary committee investigating, among other things, whether Apple’s locked-down approach to device repairs is anti-competitive …

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Nov. 21, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Bloomberg: Apple is changing the way it develops software internally following iOS 13’s buggy debut

iOS 13, especially the first couple of versions, quickly gained a reputation for being riddled with bugs and issues.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is changing the way it develops internal builds of operating systems in an attempt to stop history from repeating itself, with work on iOS 14 already using the new approach.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 11 a.m.

Duet Air Gains New Feature That Lets You Use a Mac or PC as a Secondary Display

Apple in macOS Catalina introduced a new Sidecar feature that lets the iPad be used as a secondary display for a Mac, something that third-party companies have been doing for some time with products like Duet Display and Luna Display.

With ‌Sidecar‌ now available for the ‌iPad‌, Duet has adapted and introduced new functionality that's not available with ‌Sidecar‌ - namely using an additional Mac or PC as a secondary display.


As of today, Duet Air, the software that turns the ‌iPad‌ into a secondary display for a Mac, also works with a second Mac or PC.

That means if you have an extra MacBook or PC, you can use Duet Air to turn it into a wireless second display or a mirrored display for your main Mac. This is functionality that's not available with Apple's ‌Sidecar‌ implementation.

Duet Air also allows iOS devices, Macs, or PCs to remote desktop into other devices from anywhere in the world, and Duet says that the update works with "minimal latency."

Over the course of the next year, Duet has pledged to continue improving its algorithms and customizability, and there are a long list of new features in the works that will make Duet Air more compelling in 2020.


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Nov. 21, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Top Apple analyst spills details on 5G iPhone, antenna challenges

Ever reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the upcoming 5G iPhones will support both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. This will allow them to interoperate effectively with 5G cell towers all across the United States. He also notes that an increasing number of iPhones will ship with the Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) antenna design. This […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Apple files lawsuit against SoftBank-owned firm for bringing repeated ‘nuisance patent suits’ against them

Apple and Intel have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Fortress Investment Group, a company backed by SoftBank, reports Reuters.

The lawsuit essentially claims that Fortress is an extreme patent troll who is fielding repeated nonsense cases against the tech giants. It alleges Fortress stockpiled patents for the primary purpose of suing companies in a manner that violates antitrust laws.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 96 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 96 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Web Animations, WebAuthN, SVG, Web API, CSS, Clipboard API, CSS Shadow Parts, JavaScript, Picture-in-Picture API, Media, Service Worker, Back-Forward Cache, Web Inspector, ad WebDriver.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was released in October.

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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Nov. 21, 2019, 8:46 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts AirPods Pro to $234.98 ($14 Off, Lowest Price)

Amazon has restocked its supply of Apple's AirPods Pro at the price point of $234.98, down from $249.00. This $14 discount matches the all-time-low price we've previously seen on the AirPods Pro at Amazon.

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.

As of writing, the AirPods Pro are in stock and available to ship now, with an estimated arrival date between November 29 and December 2. Head to Amazon soon if you're interested, and be sure to check out our dedicated Best Deal on AirPods guide for all of the best discounts on Apple's entire line of wireless earphones.

For more sales as we head into the holiday shopping season, visit our Deals Roundup and Black Friday Roundup.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 8:44 a.m.

Adobe Outlines Additional Features Coming to Photoshop for iPad Following Poor Reviews

Following the public release of Photoshop for iPad earlier this month, Adobe has outlined additional features coming to the app in the coming months.


By the end of 2019, this will include a new Select Subject feature that uses Adobe's Sensei machine learning technology to enable users to automatically select the subject of an image to speed up complex selections. And in December, Adobe says its cloud document system will be optimized to be even faster.

In the first half of 2020, Photoshop for iPad will gain additional features, including the Refine Edge brush for selecting soft edges, integration of Lightroom and Photoshop workflows on the iPad, and more.

Photoshop for iPad has received poor reviews since its release and has only a two-star rating on the App Store.


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Nov. 21, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check timezones on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch

Want to quickly check what time it is in another city, state, or country? Follow along for how to check different timezones on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:35 a.m.

Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ original film starring Samuel L. Jackson over ‘concerns’

Apple has made the surprise decision to pull its original film The Banker out of the American Film Institute’s annual festival in Los Angeles. The film was set to premiere at the festival tomorrow, but now a premiere date is unclear.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 2:05 a.m.

Apple CEO shows his strong relationship with Trump during Mac Pro factory tour

President Donald Trump today toured the factory in Texas where the blazing-fast new Mac Pro is being assembled. His tour guide was Apple CEO Tim Cook, further demonstrating the good relationship the two have, despite disagreeing on many topics. Today’s get together is only the most recent — Trump and Cook have spoken many times. […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 1:28 a.m.

Tim Cook talks Trump, Apple in China, tariffs, and more in new interview

This morning, Apple broke ground on its new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. Coinciding with that, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sat down with ABC News’ Rebeca Jarvis to talk about Apple’s investment in the United States, his relationship with President Trump, and more.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 1:01 a.m.

Apple TV+ movie The Banker won’t debut amidst controversy

The first Apple TV+ original movie The Banker will miss its world debut. Apple pulled it after accusations were made about the son of one of the men portrayed in it. The movie had been scheduled to premier tomorrow night at AFI Fest. Now it’s not clear when it will be released. The Banker showcases […]

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Nov. 21, 2019, 12:49 a.m.

Ming-Chi Kuo details Apple’s push towards 5G in 2020, improved antenna design

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note today focused on the breakdown of different iPhone models in 2020. Kuo predicts that new mmWave 5G iPhone models will account for between 15% and 20% of new iPhone shipments during the second half of 2020.

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Nov. 21, 2019, 12:10 a.m.

OtterBox Strada wraps your iPhone 11 and credit cards in leather [Review]

Combining your iPhone case with your wallet is an easy way to simplify your life. Take the OtterBox Strada for the iPhone 11, which offers slots to hold multiple cards, while also wrapping around the front, back and sides of your handset. A leather exterior gives it a luxurious look and feel. I used an […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

Gorgeous new iPhone 12 render will blow you away

A new concept device, with an iPhone given an iPad-like makeover, shows what Apple might be planning for 2020. This artist’s render is based on leaked information that the iPhone 12 will borrow some of the design elements of the iPad Pro. The concept render was created by Ben Geskin, an artist who makes a […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Save a ton on refurbished iPhones and iPads [Deals & Steals]

Treat yourself to a new iPhone or iPad ahead of the holidays with big discounts on refurbished models. Woot has 12.9-inch iPad Pro units (2018) for as little as $669.99 today only, while Amazon is blowing out iPhone 6s for just $144.99. You will also find iPhone 7 for just $208.76 in today’s Deals & […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

Here’s what happened at Tim Cook’s Mac Pro factory tour with President Trump

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to Austin, Texas, today to visit Apple’s facilities where it has been assembling the Mac Pro since 2013. Cook was joined on the visit by President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and other members of the Trump Administration.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Level Lock brings HomeKit to your existing deadbolt with invisible design

A new smart lock with a unique approach has been announced today called Level Lock. The clever invisible design means it works with your existing (traditional) deadbolt and keys to bring Apple HomeKit functionality to any door without changing the look of your existing hardware. Beyond Siri and the HomeKit integration, there are handy features like auto-unlock via proximity with your iOS device (in addition to Bluetooth), a “Party Pass” feature to give multiple friends or family access, and more.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Apple locks top secret spiller out of his developer account

One of the top Apple secret spillers, Guilherme Rambo, has been locked out of his developer account by Apple, preventing him from accessing critical tools to develop and update iOS and Mac apps. In a blog post detailing his conundrum with Apple, Rambo revealed that Apple locked him out back August and any attempts to […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Meet the world’s biggest Apple fans in new Cult of Mac book

Apple fans run on their own colorful OS that seems nearly impossible to hack. This growing subculture is worthy of study — and a place on your coffee table! You can get to know some of the world’s biggest Apple fans, thanks to the rich stories and colorful photographs in The Cult of Mac, 2nd […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Twitter rolling out support for scheduling tweets via web app

Twitter is now rolling out the ability to schedule tweets via Twitter on the web. This is a popular feature in the standalone Tweetdeck app, that Twitter is seemingly looking to expand to the wider Twitter user base.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 packs new camera button

Apple today dropped its newest Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 11 series. It’s much like its predecessors, but this time around it has a new button that provides instant access to your camera. You can order yours today for $129. The iPhone 11 lineup delivers the best battery life we’ve seen from an Apple […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Apple expands ‘Everyone Can Code’ curriculum, celebrates ‘Computer Science Education Week’

Apple is expanding its Everyone Can Code initiative to make it easier for elementary and middle school students to get started in the world of coding. Apple is introducing new curriculum for the program and expanding the availability of Today at Apple coding sessions.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Screen Time improvements move closer with third iOS 13.3 beta

Pre-release testing of iOS 13.3 and the iPad equivalent keeps chugging along. This is the third week in a row Apple introduced new beta versions. When the full version is released, it will add an important feature to Screen Time, allowing parents to limit with whom their children communicate. Coming in iOS 13.3 and iPadOS […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to set a strong passcode on Apple Watch

Have you set a strong passcode on your Apple Watch? Here's how to improve your security, and how to use your iPhone to unlock your Apple Watch.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 063: “Classic butterfly”

John and Rambo discuss the announcement of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, software and hardware decoupling, how to make code testable, and much more. Also, John’s 18-year long wait for a video game, and Rambo’s Swift Playgrounds iPhone port.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 6:23 p.m.

Apple makes no profit from Mac or iPhone repairs

Apple told the US Congress that it doesn’t profit from making repairs to iPhones or Macs. And it defended its practice of only selling genuine Apple parts to companies that have technicians trained to install them. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is probing the tech industry, looking for anti-competitive business practices. The lawmakers sent […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: November 20, 2019 – Holiday gift guide with Zac Hall

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

PopSockets’ PopGrip AirPods Holder is a detachable iPhone grip/stand and AirPods case

PopSockets has debuted an interesting new product for iPhone and AirPods customers today, the PopGrip AirPods Holder. It works as a detachable iPhone grip and stand as well as a way to protect and keep your AirPods handy. Follow along below for a closer look…

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Nov. 20, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Apple releasing third developer beta of iOS 13.3 today

Apple today is releasing the third developer beta of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3, following last week’s release of the second beta. The company is also running tests with macOS Catalina 10.15.2, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3 — these are still in the second beta.

iOS 13.3 includes a new option in Settings to disable the Memoji keyboard from always appearing alongside the emoji keyboard. Communication Limits are also now available through Screen Time, allowing you to set limits based on your contacts.

Meanwhile, tvOS 13.3 includes a new option to bring back the “Up Next” queue to the top shelf area for the TV app. To change the setting, update to tvOS 13.3. Then, go into the Settings app, select Apps, then select the TV app. With tvOS 13, the top shelf area started showing previews for movies and TV shows, but the “Up Next” queue is more useful for many people.

This week, Apple released iOS 13.2.3 to the public with improvements for background app performance and more. The update also included fixes for Mail, Files, Notes, and more.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Apple releases new Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Apple today has released new Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. They are available to order now from Apple’s online store for $129.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Make someone’s holiday: Apple unwraps 2019 holiday gift guide

It’s that time of year again. Not just picture-taking season, but time to check out the Apple Store for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Just ahead of Thanksgiving, Apple has published its 2019 holiday gift guide following last week’s redecorating of retail stores around the world with new holiday artwork.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

9to5Mac Watch Time episode 11: An interview with the hosts of Apple Watchcast

Tom, Vincent, and Chris from the Apple Watchcast podcast join Watch Time to discuss the origin of their Apple Watch-focused podcast, the Apple Watch Series 5, maintaining health goals with the Activity app, running with technology from the Walkman to the Apple Watch, and much more!

9to5Mac Watch Time is a podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 4:57 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 up to $80 off, 16-inch MacBook Pro hits new Amazon low, and iPad Pro on sale

Apple Watch Series 5 is $80 off on various models, plus a new all-time low on Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon. Finally, nearly every 12.9-inch iPad Pro configuration is marked down today. You’ll find all that and more just below in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Condé Nast CEO unsure Apple News+ will be a success

One of Apple’s biggest publishing partners for Apple News+ is still waiting to be impressed by the fledgling subscription service. Speaking at Recode’s Code Media conference this week, Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch said the “jury is out” on the service. His less-than-enthusiastic endorsement of Apple News+ comes a week after a report claimed Apple […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Firstlight app gives you real-time control over iPhone camera

An app developer putting out a camera and photo editing app today is in for a steep, uphill climb. Dozens of apps populate the category and those at the top are holding that place for a reason. But the name Filmic should grab the iPhone photographer’s attention. The maker of Filmic Pro, the go-to app […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

Video tour dives deep inside Apple Park

Apple Park is one of the world’s most valuable buildings but unless you’re smart enough to work at Apple or important enough to be given a tour by Tim Cook, you’ll probably never get the chance to look around it. Fortunately, travel videographer Yongsung Kim has given us the next best thing. In a recently […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 3:33 p.m.

Feature Request: Auto-Shazam on the Apple Watch

This is a small feature request: to have the same Auto-Shazam feature in the Apple Watch app that we get in the iPhone one.

This may be a bit niche. Certainly my own reason for wanting it is, but let’s see…

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Nov. 20, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

How to restore deleted iCloud contacts, calendars, and bookmarks

Missing iCloud content? Whether you’ve unexpectedly lost or maybe accidentally deleted iCloud contacts, calendars, or bookmarks, follow along below for how to restore them.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 3:21 p.m.

AmpliFi launches ‘Alien’ as its first Wi-Fi 6 mesh router with 4 Ethernet ports, color touchscreen, 8×8 MIMO, more

Ubiquiti announced its first Wi-Fi 6 mesh router today, the AmpliFi Alien. It features true Gigabit speeds with 8×8 MIMO, a color touchscreen, 2.2 GHz 64-Bit Quad-Core CPU, four Ethernet ports, and much more.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Make your house instantly smarter with these awesome accessories [Deals]

Houses are mostly brick, wood and/or concrete, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be smart. With the right bit of technology, you can enhance the efficiency, convenience and security of the place where you and your family spend most of your time. And right now you can save big on four smart home accessories. From […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 2:41 p.m.

Apple Park Spaceship campus video tour takes us into the non-public areas

The Loop’s Dave Mark yesterday spotted a video that has so far flown under the radar: an Apple Park Spaceship campus video tour that takes us into the non-public areas…

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Nov. 20, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Apple Music For Business gives stores a legal way to stream Apple Music

Apple Music is embracing the business world with a new Apple Music For Business service aimed at customers who want to stream music in public places. Apple has partnered with PlayNetwork Inc., which specializes in providing music for commercial use, for the endeavor. It has been “quietly piloting” the service with multiple businesses for around […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Free coding sessions hit Apple Stores near you next month

Apple will host free coding sessions at retail stores around the world next month. The Code with Apple events will teach the basics of coding and apps in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. They will also include exclusive labs with app designers and developers. This will be the seventh consecutive year Apple has hosted […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Apple spends ‘billions’ overhauling Apple Maps app

Apple says it spent unspecified “billions” on its updated Apple Maps app. Cupertino’s revelation about the Apple Maps expenditures came amid answers to questions from the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which is currently carrying out antitrust probes into Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook. Regulators asked Apple about its ownership of the App Store. This […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 2 p.m.

Spark email for iOS gets overhaul with new design, inbox avatars, Dark Mode, multiwindow iPad support

Popular email client Spark has launched a big iOS and iPadOS update today that includes a brand new design, inbox with avatars, customizable email actions, multiwindow support for iPad, Dark Mode, and more.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Nintendo introduces 2 paid subscriptions for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Nintendo has revealed details of a pair of paid subscriptions coming to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. We wrote about news of the subscriptions earlier this week, but no pricing information was available at the time. The new “Pocket Camp Club” subscriptions follow shortly after Nintendo introduced a similar subscription for Mario Kart Tour, with a “Gold […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Future AirPods models could get smart, blur the line with hearing aids

Future AirPods models could offer a range of smart features that would blur the line between in-ear headphones and hearing aids, suggests a new thought piece today.

AirPods Pro models already offer a ‘layered’ sound experience, but future models could offer far more sophisticated sound processing…

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Nov. 20, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Apple breaks ground on new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas

Apple today confirmed it has started construction on a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will open in 2022. The facility will initially house 5,000 people, but it has the capacity to grow to 15,000. It’s part of a broader plan to expand Apple’s prescence in the city, where it has already started […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 1 p.m.

Best iPad Black Friday deals: 10.2-inch iPad $249, up to $400 off iPad Pro, more

Each year Black Friday delivers some of the best iPad deals, and 2019 is shaping up to be no exception. All of Apple’s latest tablets will be included in this year’s best Black Friday iPad deals, with notable price drops mainly coming on the 2019 10.2-inch iPad. WalmartBest Buy, Amazon, and Target will all be offering sale prices during Thanksgiving week with deals on Apple’s iPad Pro, mini, and more. All of the best iPad Black Friday deals can be found just below.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes bags its first exclusive movie

November 20, 2007: Purple Violets becomes the first feature film to launch exclusively on iTunes. A romantic comedy directed by Edward Burns, Purple Violets stars Selma Blair, Debra Messing and Patrick Wilson. With limited offers from distributors, the filmmakers pin their hopes on iTunes distribution as an alternative way to get their movie in front […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Apple breaks ground on $1B Austin, Texas, campus as Trump tours Mac Pro plant

Apple has announced that it has begun construction of its new Austin, Texas, campus, on the day that President Trump is due to tour the Mac Pro production line a short distance away.

The current Mac Pro facility measures 244,000 square feet and employs around 500 people, while the new campus will be very much larger …

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Nov. 20, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Apple will unleash first 3 episodes of Servant on November 28

M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple Original series Servant will debut with three episodes on November 28. As with other Apple TV+ shows such as The Morning Show, Apple will then roll out new episodes every Friday. That answers one question I’d had about Apple TV’s future launch plans. Unlike Netflix, Apple TV+ is rolling out its […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Apple tells government antitrust committee that it does not make a profit from repair services

A judiciary committee in July asked questions surrounding antitrust and competition concerns of big tech. The documentation from those hearings have now been released.

Apple addressed its policies on the App Store, competition in markets where Apple offers first-party apps, disallowing alternative browser engines, among other topics. On the subject of Apple’s role in the repair industry, the company said that the ‘cost of providing repair services has exceeded the revenue generated by repairs’, implying it does not tightly control repairs for financial gain.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Three factors mean AAPL stock will rise 11% in next 12 months – Morgan Stanley

AAPL stock will rise 11% in the next 12 months, predicts Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.

Speaking at an APAC Summit today, Huberty said the stock “has room to run,” with the bank’s 12-month target for the stock at $296, some 11% up on yesterday’s close …

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Nov. 20, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

Best MacBook Black Friday deals: $299 off new MacBook Airs, $250 off Pro, more

As is to be expected, Black Friday is set to bring some of the best MacBook deals of the year. While there are already some great deals available right now through various online retailers, Best Buy and Costco are also expected to bring the heat next week with some Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals of their own. You’ll find all of the best MacBook (and other Mac!) Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

Apple launching ‘Apple Music for Business’ to provide music to retail stores

Apple Music is now partnering with businesses to play music at retail stores. In a partnership with PlayNetwork, businesses can sign up to Apple Music for Business plans and get licensed music to be played in their retail locations with Apple providing human-curated playlists and even custom recommendations matched to the individual store brand.

Businesses can control the music being played using a special iPhone or iPad app. The Wall Street Journal notes the program has been piloted for a while and is now expanding to larger stores.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Morning Show producers blame bad reviews on ‘Apple haters’

There’s a big difference in the user and critic reviews of Apple TV+’s The Morning Show — and the show’s producers think Apple haters are to blame. On Rotten Tomatoes, the audience score currently stands at 95%. The critic score, meanwhile, languishes at 63%. Early reviews were particularly harsh, labelling the show as a “painful […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Here Are The Best Places to Get a Discount on Apple's New 16-Inch MacBook Pro

Discounts are continuing to hit the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, with Adorama now offering $120 off select models. In total, you can find discounts on the 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon, Adorama, Expercom Best Buy, and B&H Photo, with Expercom remaining the best in terms of sales among these retailers.

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To help sort through all these sales, we've compiled a list of each retailer's offers in this article, representing the current best places to get a discount on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Your best bet is still at Expercom, which has the entry level 512GB Silver model at $2,227 ($172 off), but Adorama and Amazon's new price point of $2,279 for this model ($120 off) is also solid.

Shoppers should note that in many instances these notebooks will ship later than Apple's estimated dates, by as much as three weeks, particularly for those ordered from Amazon. For Best Buy's sales, you'll also need to be a part of the My Best Buy program to notice the discounts on each MacBook Pro. Take a look at each price markdown in the lists below and be sure to shop before the sales expire.

Expercom's Sale (Up to $436 off)


Adorama and Amazon's Sales (Up to $120 off)


  • 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Silver - $2,279.00, down from $2,399.00 [Adorama, Amazon]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Silver - $2,679.00, down from $2,799.00 [Adorama, Amazon, and Matched at B&H]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Space Gray - $2,693.45, down from $2,799.00 [Amazon]

B&H and Best Buy's Sales ($100 off)


  • 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Silver - $2,299.00, down from $2,399.00 [B&H, Best Buy]
  • 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray - $2,299.00, down from $2,399.00 [B&H, Best Buy, matched at Amazon]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Silver - $2,699.00, down from $2,799.00 [Best Buy]
  • 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Space Gray - $2,699.00, down from $2,799.00 [B&H, Best Buy]
Head to our full Deals Roundup for more Apple-related bargains, and then visit our Black Friday Roundup to prepare for the upcoming shopping event, which is now just nine days away.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update to developers, one week after releasing the second beta and three weeks after the launch of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.1.

The new ‌macOS Catalina‌ beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the System Preferences app after installing the appropriate profile from the Developer Center.


We don't yet know what improvements the second update to ‌macOS Catalina‌ will bring, but it most likely focuses on performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't bale to be addressed in the ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.1 update.

We didn't find any major new changes worth noting in the first two betas, but we'll update this article should anything notable be found in the third beta.

‌macOS Catalina‌ is a major update that does away with iTunes in favor of new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. It also nixes support for 32-bit apps, adds a new Find My app, brings a new Photos interface, and includes multiple privacy enhancements and other app refinements.

For more on everything that's new in ‌macOS Catalina‌, make sure to check out our dedicated macOS Catalina roundup.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6.1.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks after releasing the watchOS 6.1 update.

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.

watchOS 6.1.1 appears to be a minor update focusing on performance improvements and bug fixes that weren't able to be addressed in watchOS 6.1.

No new features were found in the first two betas of watchOS 6.1.1, but we'll update this article should new features be found in the third beta.


Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
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Nov. 20, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 13.3 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.3 update to developers, one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks after releasing the tvOS 13.2 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.3 developer beta can be downloaded onto the ‌‌Apple TV‌‌ via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


tvOS updates (aside from major releases) 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 beta updates, so we may not discover any major changes after installing the software.

The update does, however, include a useful new setting that's designed to let you change the main banner interface in the TV+ app from What to Watch to Up Next, which shows content from shows that you're already watching instead of show suggestions.

The option can be accessed by going to the Settings app, choosing Apps, and selecting the TV app. From there, select Home Screen and choose "Up Next" in the "Top Shelf" section.

While we don't often know full details about what's new in tvOS during the beta testing process, we let MacRumors readers know when new updates are available so those who are developers can download it upon release.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13
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Nov. 20, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

Don’t wait too long to buy AirPods Pro for holiday gifting

AirPods are shaping up to be one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. And while it might seem like there’s still plenty of time to pick up a pair before Christmas or Hanukkah, there’s less time than you think. AirPods Pro under so many Christmas trees Expect heavy demand for Apple’s latest accessory. A […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 9:44 a.m.

Apple Launches Extended Holiday Return Policy, Return Deadline Set for January 8, 2020

Apple today updated its website to reflect that its annual extended holiday return policy is now active. Items purchased from the Apple Online Store received between November 15, 2019 and December 25, 2019 can be returned through January 8, 2020.

These dates apply to the United States and multiple other countries, but there are some countries where the return periods are different, so it's worth looking into if you plan to buy an Apple gift during the holidays.


In Spain, for example, Apple is allowing holiday returns until January 20, 2020 for items purchased between November 15, 2019 and January 6, 2020.
Items purchased at the Apple Online Store that are received between November 15, 2019 and December 25, 2019, may be returned through January 8, 2020. Please note that all other terms and conditions provided in the Apple Online Store Sales and Refunds Policy are still applicable with respect to such items purchased. All purchases made after December 25, 2019, are subject to the Standard Return Policy.
There are some items that are excluded from the return policy, such as Apple and App Store gift cards. Aside from that, most products can be returned, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and more. Purchased devices can be opened and used prior to being returned, but they must be in their original packaging.

With holiday purchases, it's a good idea to hold on to a receipt when buying from Apple.com or an Apple retail store to make sure that your purchase falls within the timeframe of the extended holiday period.

Purchases made prior to November 15, 2019 or after December 25, 2019 will be subject to the standard 14 day return policy.

Related Roundup: Apple Stores

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Nov. 20, 2019, 9:35 a.m.

Best iPhone Black Friday deals: $700 in Walmart gift cards, $200 Target, more

This year, we’re expecting the annual Black Friday sales to bring some of the best deals on iPhone we’ll see all year. All of the top retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are set to offer substantial discounts on Apple’s flagship smartphones. Specifically, you should expect major gift card offers on the latest iPhones and big price cuts on some older iPhone models. Stay updated on all the best iPhone Black Friday deals below…

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Nov. 20, 2019, 7:57 a.m.

Ubiquiti Launches New 'AmpliFi Alien' Router With Touch Display and Wi-Fi 6 Support

Ubiquiti today launched an all-new router, the AmpliFi Alien, which is Ubiquiti's first Wi-Fi 6 router. The router is on sale now for $379.


According to the company, the AmpliFi Alien allows you to increase your network capacity by 4x and boost coverage by 2x, all while reducing battery drain on mobile devices. It's powered by 8x8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 technology, so a single AmpliFi Alien router provides greater range and speeds than previous single AmpliFi routers.

The router includes 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 radios, delivering 7,685 Mbps total capacity and 16 spatial streams from one single AmpliFi Alien unit. Although the new router isn't specifically a mesh system, the company did note that you can mesh multiple Alien units together to extend coverage if you have a large home.


In terms of dimensions, the AmpliFi Alien is 9.84 inches tall and about 4.3 inches wide, weighing 2.65 lbs. It also includes a 4.7-inch diagonal display with touch controls and haptics. Similar to the AmpliFi HD router, this display shows the current time, upload/download speeds, network status, and more.

Additional technical specifications can be found below:
  • Max. TX Power - 2.4 GHz: 23 dBm per chain, 5 GHz 19 dBm per chain (low band)/ 20 dBm per chain (high band)
  • MIMO - 2.4 GHz: 4x4 5 GHz: 4x4 (low-band) + 8x8 (high band)
  • Speed - 2.4 GHz: 1148 Mbps, 5 GHz: 1733 Mbps (low band)/ 4804 Mbps (high band)
  • Networking Interface - Wi-Fi; Gigabit Ethernet: (1) WAN, (4) LAN
  • Max. Power Consumption - 35W
  • ESD/EMP Protection - ± 24kV Air/Contact
  • Antennas - (1) Internal Dual-Band Metal Stamp with 12 Polarity
  • Display - 110.38 mm (4.7") Diagonal, 274 x 1268, 279 ppi, G+F Touch, Full Color
  • Wi-Fi Standards - Up to Wi-Fi 6
  • Wireless Security - WPA2
On the back of the router are four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports and one Gigabit WAN port, along with the power supply. Setup of the router takes place in the connected AmpliFi app, and can be done in under a minute, similar to previous AmpliFi devices with quick setups. Also in the app include parental controls, guest access, ISP and system performance stats, and more.

Although many consumer devices don't yet support Wi-Fi 6, Apple's iPhone 11 lineup does support the next generation standard. When in use, Wi-Fi 6 provides faster connection speeds to connected devices, particularly in crowded areas. The standard is just now beginning to roll out to routers and various smartphones and computers in late 2019, and is expected to be more widely available in the coming years.

Visit AmpliFi's website for more information on the Alien router. For those interested, it's available for $379 beginning today.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 6 a.m.

Best Apple Watch Black Friday deals: Series 3 from $129, latest models $100 off, more

Black Friday is set to be home to this year’s best Apple Watch deals. All of the top retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all slated to offer aggressive discounts on Apple’s latest wearables. Specifically, large price drops on Apple Watch Series 3 and the new Apple Watch Series 5 are sure to be the most popular this time around. You’ll find all of the best Apple Watch Black Friday deals down below.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 5:07 a.m.

Code with Apple sessions coming to Apple Stores around the world in December

Apple is promoting the importance of coding and app development in its retail stores around the world with a collection of free Today at Apple sessions held from December 1-15. The lineup will include exclusive labs with designers and developers at flagship stores, and a new Coding Lab for Kids based on the Apple TV+ Original Helpsters.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 3:55 a.m.

Apple could be planning to kill iTunes for Windows too

Windows users might not have to use iTunes much longer. Mac users were freed from this often-criticized multimedia software by macOS Catalina, but it lives on computers running Microsoft’s operating system. However, Apple seems to be staffing up to create a replacement for Windows too. Apple placed a job posting on LinkedIn for a Senior […]

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Nov. 20, 2019, 3:02 a.m.

Apple releases Boot Camp Assistant drivers for 16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple today released new Boot Camp Assistant drivers for the 16-inch MacBook Pro. These drivers are required for installing and running Windows on Macs.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 1:42 a.m.

‘The Morning Show’ producers say many of the negative reviews came from ‘Apple haters’

Early critic reviews of The Morning Show on Apple TV+ were widely negative, despite its star-studded cast. Speaking at the Recode Code Media conference today, producers of The Morning Show said that some of those reviews came from people “wanting Apple to fail.”

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Nov. 20, 2019, 12:41 a.m.

How to switch Disney+ plans or cancel before your free trial ends

Have you tried out Disney’s new streaming service and decided it’s not for you? Or maybe you’ve realized you want a different plan? Read along for how to switch plans or cancel Disney+ before your free trial ends.

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Nov. 20, 2019, 12:16 a.m.

Porsche CEO talks iPhone vs Android popularity among owners in the United States and China

Speaking today at the Automobility conference in Los Angeles, Porsche’s North American president and CEO, Klaus Zellmer, touched on the popularity of iPhone and Android among Porsche owners. Zellmer also explained how those statistics affect development of Porsche features.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 11:47 p.m.

The meaning of life, according to Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff for his company’s Dreamforce conference this afternoon but instead of diving into Apple’s boring enterprise efforts, Cook was ready to discuss heavier topics. Sitting in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts where Apple revealed some of its biggest product updates before Apple Park […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 11:31 p.m.

Apple job listing suggests new media apps are coming for Windows

Apple has already some softwares for Windows, such as iTunes and the iCloud Utility. But it may be that even more apps from Apple will be released soon for the Microsoft platform. First spotted by Neowin, Apple is looking for engineers to “build the next generation of media apps for Windows.”

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Nov. 19, 2019, 11:03 p.m.

Tim Cook talks Steve Jobs, ‘Think Different’ philosophy, and more during Salesforce interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook was in attendance at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference in San Francisco this afternoon, and he sat down with Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff for a fireside chat interview. The interview just wrapped up, but if you weren’t able to tune in, here’s what Cook had to say.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 10:49 p.m.

Apple falls in true wireless hearables market, but it still leads the segment

AirPods have become the favorite truly wireless earphones for many people, and this has put the product in the top-selling position in its category. According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, Apple’s AirPods still leads the wireless hearables segment, but the company has lost some space in the market with the competition steadily increasing.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Apple proposes VR glove that lets you feel virtual textures

Apple engineers laid the groundwork for a pair of gloves that would let users feel objects displayed by virtual reality or augmented reality. The idea of gloves with haptic feedback isn’t new, but a newly-received patent shows Apple continues to put considerable research and development effort into cutting-edge VR and AR. The company today was […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

Want a 16-inch MacBook Pro? Sell your old model for the best price!

Apple’s long-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro is on sale now, and it’s (almost) everything we hoped it would be. If you’re lusting after one, Cult of Mac’s buyback program can help make it more affordable. We pay great prices for used MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro units — and we make the whole process quick and […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Condé Nast CEO says the ‘jury is out’ on whether Apple News+ will be successful

At Recode’s Code Media conference today, Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch touched on what he is seeing in terms of the early response Apple News+. This follows a report from last week that suggested Apple News+ has struggled to add new subscribers since its debut in March.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Now live: Watch Tim Cook chat with Marc Benioff at Salesforce conference

The Salesforce Dreamforce conference is hosting a fireside chat interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff …

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

[Update: Now live] City of Cupertino launching on-demand public transport, available for all Apple employees

The City of Cupertino is launching a new on-demand public transportation option later this month that will cover the entire city and offer affordable rides that users can grab via an iOS or Android app.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Chicago students with iPhones tell their stories of a city in photos

The city of Chicago is full of narratives but one of its richest is often skewed by headlines of poverty and violence. The neighborhood of North Lawndale is a story of rebirth and some of its young residents are sharing that story one iPhone photo at a time. Apple recently partnered with the non-profit organization […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Massive Android flaw left Camera app vulnerable to hijackers

Security researchers revealed a huge vulnerability in Google’s Android operating system that could have allowed hackers to access users’ photos and camera without their knowledge. The camera app vulnerability was potentially on hundreds of millions of Android phones and tablets. Tech security firm Checkmarx highlighted the dangers of the flaw by creating a proof-of-concept weather […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Initial 16-inch MacBook Pro thermal and graphics tests highlight performance gains [Video]

While much of the attention directed at the 16-inch MacBook Pro has revolved around the return to the scissor switch Magic Keyboard and slightly larger screen, other upgrades include new graphics cards and an updated thermal system. Follow along for an initial look at how the 16-inch performs compared to the 15-inch MacBook Pro when it comes to gaming, video rendering, and a 30-minute stress test at 99 degrees Celcius.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to highlight text and add post-its in Safari

Highlighter for Safari lets you virtually highlight words on a web page. Those highlights stick around, coming back ever time you visit the page. You can even add sticky notes.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

HomeKit Secure Video is a privacy win, but expect some missing features for now

HomeKit Secure Video officially arrived last week starting with Logitech Circle 2 cameras. While my early impressions are positive for Apple’s new smart security camera feature, the very first version of HomeKit Secure Video leaves out some familiar features.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Apple teams up with 100cameras nonprofit to teach students photography and storytelling using iPhone

In a new press release today, Apple announced that it has partnered with the nonprofit organization 100cameras to give students in Chicago the new iPhone 11. Through this partnership, the students are taught how to express themselves through visual storytelling with the iPhone.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 7 p.m.

The best accessories for your new 16-inch MacBook Pro

Used, tested, recommended: These are some of the very best MacBook Pro accessories you can buy today for your 2019 laptop.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

Amazon one-ups Apple with free music on iOS

Start blasting those holiday tunes with free Amazon Music on iOS. The streaming service can now be enjoyed without a paid subscription for the first time on iPhone and iPad, giving it a big advantage over Apple Music. But just like other free music plans, it does come with ads … and some restrictions. Amazon […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: November 19, 2019 – Apple December event, iOS 13.2.3

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Nov. 19, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Max out your Mac mini with this multiport stand

A just-released stand adds an array of front-facing ports to a Mac mini, and it matches the look of this tiny desktop. The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub not only elevates the computer, it includes six expansion ports. Makes a Mac mini like a mini workstation The Mac Mini has a beautiful, minimalist design, […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Crafty covers turn your AirPods into a turkey

Out of the box, your AirPods look cool. But once you begin circulating through crowds with them, you begin to realize you’re no cooler than the others you pass by with them in their ears. There’s a fun way, to make your AirPods, or at least the case they come in, stand out. A crochet […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular hits $199, Anker deals from $11, Logitech Circle 2 with HomeKit, more

Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular hits a new Amazon all-time low, plus a fresh Anker Gold Box is filled with accessories and more. You can also pick up Logitech’s Circle 2 with HomeKit compatibility at 2019’s best price. You’ll find all that and more below.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Snag a 128GB iPhone 7 Plus for under $300 [Deals & Steals]

You don’t have to break the bank when buying a new iPhone. Pick up a refurbished iPhone 7 Plus from Woot today for under $300 with 128GB of storage. And find other big discounts in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also $700 off the brilliant 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, $30 off the […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 4 p.m.

Mac mini gains ‘pro’ ports with new front-facing I/O hub

Satechi is out today with a sleek new accessory for the Mac mini that professional users will be sure to appreciate, the Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub. With what looks like a perfectly matching design, the new product seeks to “transform and consolidate” your Mac mini workstation(s).

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Nov. 19, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Updated Apple Maps rolls out in Pacific Northwest and Midwest

Apple is almost done with its quest to revamp Apple Maps across the United States. In its latest update, Apple rolled out its revamped Apple Maps app in the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Midwest. Locations covered by the update include Washington, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and more. “We wanted to take [Apple Maps] […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

elago’s new AirPods case looks like a retro iPod, makes a great holiday gift

In recent years, elago has become known for its fun stable of retro-infused accessories for Apple Watch, AirPods, and other devices. The latest arrives as a home for Apple’s second-generation AirPods with a design many music fans will find familiar. Elago’s AW6 case is made to look like an iPod, offering both the standard white and gray casings, along with a recreation of the at-times maligned U2 version of the portable music player. While the buttons offer no actual functionality, elago’s AW6 AirPods case appears to offer a slim and fun design, while also offering protection from bumps or drops. Full details, pricing, and more can be found below.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Spotify launches Your Daily Podcast playlist, with mix of old and new shows

Spotify has launched Your Daily Podcast, a playlist of shows it thinks you’ll enjoy. These include surfacing shows you already follow, as well as others algorithmically recommended on the basis of your listening history.

The company says the feature has been positively received in testing, and it is now rolling out to nine countries…

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Nov. 19, 2019, 3:13 p.m.

Mimeo brings simple photo prints back to Apple’s Photos app for Mac customers

Mimeo, a popular third-party printing service that works as an integrated plug-in with Apple’s Photos app for macOS has announced the option to order photo prints including everything from wallet size to portrait and all the way up to large format panoramas.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Eero for iOS gets a makeover with cleaner tab design, Dark Mode support, more

Eero is launching a redesigned iOS app for its popular mesh WiFi router systems today. The change sees the app adopt a simpler design that uses a bottom tab bar and features system-wide Dark Mode in iOS 13 among other tweaks.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

European Commission is only just getting started with tech giants

Margrethe Vestager, head of the European Commission’s Competition department, has handed out giant fines to tech companies — such as Apple’s massive $14.5 billion bill in 2016. But a new report suggests that Vestager isn’t done with tech companies by a long shot. In fact, the next several years could make the previous five look […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Apple Pay Belarus rollout begins today with BPS-Sberbank

The Apple Pay Belarus rollout began today with the announcement of support by BPS-Sberbank.

Use all the advantages of BPS-Sberbank card with Apple Pay. This is a convenient, secure and confidential method of payment …

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

Take your pick of four super-handy power banks on sale today [Deals]

It’s a good chance you don’t leave home without your mobile devices. Unfortunately, our phones and tablets aren’t (yet) solar powered, so you shouldn’t be leaving without back up power bank either. That’s why we’ve rounded up four of the best portable power packs we’ve seen. From uber-slim to super-small to mega-capacity, there’s something here […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Facebook Whale is a brand-new app for … making memes?

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly dislike Facebook any more, the social networking giant has started rolling out a brand-new app dedicated to making memes. Whale (that really is its official name) makes it easy to add text and special effects to your images. You can then share them instantly to other Facebook apps, […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Apple’s new thriller and action movie sale starts at $5, more from $1

Apple is back with another movie sale this morning focused on thriller and action films from $5. There’s also the usual $1 HD rental alongside a host of other notable deals. With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great time to load up your library with fresh content to enjoy throughout the coming weeks. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

16-inch MacBook Pro top features – a bonafide return to form [Video]

In this video walkthrough we discuss the 16-inch MacBook Pro top features, which include a larger display, a new keyboard, faster GPUs, and more. Watch our hands-on video and stay tuned for the full review coming soon. more…

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Nov. 19, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Apple Watch patent describes Face ID; smart band to analyze sports performance

An Apple Watch patent granted today describes the inclusion of one or more cameras capable of photographing the user, hinting at Face ID on the Watch.

The patent also describes how sensors in a smart band could be used to analyze sports performance in such activities as football, baseball, and golf…

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Nov. 19, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Controversial light-blocking iPhone billboard removed from window

A controversial iPhone 11 Pro billboard which blocked out natural light for a family living in a London apartment block has been removed. The council house (read: government housing) had the billboard space installed three years ago. However, it was only recently that it received national attention. “When the windows are closed I can’t breathe, […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

[Update: November 2019] The best iPhone, iPad, and MacBook trade deals: Get max cash for old devices

Apple’s fall event is now behind us, and most of the other biggest phone launches have happened at this point. Amidst new iPhones, MacBooks, iPads, and Apple Watches (not to mention non-Apple devices!), what are you to do with all your old gear? Recycle it of course! And while you’re at it, why not get some cash for those devices? This month’s trade in values below…

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Nov. 19, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple Park gets the official go-ahead

November 19, 2013: Apple gets final approval from the Cupertino City Council to proceed with building a massive second campus to house its growing army of workers. Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney’s simple message regarding Apple Campus 2? “Go for it.” Apple began tentative work on its new campus nearly a decade earlier in April 2006. […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

EU antitrust regulator behind €13B Irish tax ruling isn’t done with Apple yet

EU antitrust regulator Margrethe Vestager is perhaps best known as the woman who instigated the investigation into Apple’s European tax arrangements, resulting in a ruling that Ireland must collect €13B ($14.4B) in back tax from the iPhone maker.

Now Vestager has outlined her remaining concerns with Apple in a new interview today …

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Nov. 19, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Samsung wants to follow Apple in building a giant services business

Samsung wants to copy Apple’s success in services by establishing a $50 billion-a-year services business. This would help the company make up for falling smartphone sales with subscription sales. Having invested heavily in software over the past four years, a senior Samsung executive said the company is working to turn this into, “meaningful customer experiences.” […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

AirPods prank sees people trying to pick up stickers from the street

San Francisco artist Pablo Rochat carried out a fun AirPods prank over the weekend, fooling people into thinking the in-ear wireless headphones had been dropped in the street …

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Nov. 19, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

Review: Mophie's Juice Pack Access Case Gives Your iPhone 11's Already Great Battery Life a Modest Boost

Mophie is known for its smartphone battery cases, which provide you with a way to keep an iPhone battery topped off while not having to worry about carrying around a large portable USB battery. Continuing this trend, Mophie recently launched Juice Pack Access cases for the the latest iPhones: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


I've had a chance to check out the Juice Pack Access case for my iPhone 11 Pro Max for the past few weeks, and if you've ever used an iPhone battery case you'll know what to expect. The Juice Pack Access cases use wireless charging to fuel up your iPhone in lieu of the traditional Lightning connector.

The Juice Pack Access case snaps apart in two pieces like previous Mophie cases, allowing you to slide your iPhone 11 Pro Max into the bottom of the case and then slide the top portion of the case over your iPhone. Assembly is as easy as ever, but the seam between the two pieces of the case is still visible.

Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone X (left), Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone XS (middle), and Mophie Juice Pack Access for iPhone 11 Pro Max (right)

On the bottom rear of the case you'll find a button that activates the case and tells you how much charge is left in it with Mophie's traditional 4-LED system. While sufficient, this remains one of my least favorite aspect of Mophie's cases, mainly due to how little actual information you're given about the case's charge level. You can go from 4 LEDs to 2 with no indication of how fast the battery dropped between the two or how much is left until it's dead, making it hard to really tell how much battery is left in the case, and to an extent, how much is left for your iPhone.

Instead of direct Lightning charging through a built-in Lightning connector inside of a "chin" on the case's bottom (seen on the Juice Pack Air line), Juice Pack Access cases are entirely open at the bottom and lack a chin. Mophie is able to do this by using wireless charging, so you can not only charge the case and your iPhone by placing them on a Qi-compatible mat, but when out and about the Juice Pack Access itself is wirelessly charging your iPhone.


The Juice Pack Access case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 2,200 mAh battery, which is slightly over half the size of the battery of the iPhone 11 Pro Max at 3,900 mAh. As a note, the Juice Pack Access cases for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro both have 2,000 mAh batteries, compared to 3,100 mAh and 3,046 mAh batteries in each respective iPhone. This means that the Mophie cases for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro might prove to be slightly more beneficial than the iPhone 11 Pro Max thanks to the smaller iPhone batteries.

In testing, when I would activate the Mophie case and my iPhone had about 10 percent of battery remaining, I would get my iPhone back up to between 30 and 50 percent (very much depending on how heavy my iPhone usage was during that time). Meanwhile, if I activated the Mophie case first thing in the morning, it kept my iPhone topped off at 100 percent for about five hours.

This aligns with the intended purpose of the case, which is only meant to provide you with a small amount of battery to get you to the end of the day, not fully refill your iPhone 11. As Mophie says on its website, "The juice pack access battery is not designed to charge the phone up to 100% when empty. Rather, it is meant to provide a quick top off to help you get you through your day until you can reach a wireless charging pad or charging outlet."


Because of the already stellar battery of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Mophie's Juice Pack Access case ended up feeling somewhat unnecessary most days. When I let my iPhone 11 Pro Max die before I activated the case, it took two full days to kill the smartphone with regular, light usage. It was a nice benefit to squeeze out a few more hours from my iPhone, but far from necessary for my personal use.

Due to the small benefit provided by the case, I'm not sure that I'm willing to live with its downsides. This Mophie case adds a noticeable heft to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, resulting in a device that's more unruly to handle when texting or checking email, and more cumbersome to carry around in a pocket. When it's charging it also gets quite warm, which Mophie says is normal (and is typical of wireless charging).


Wireless charging in the Juice Pack Access line also comes with pros and cons. While the overall design of the Juice Pack Access is sleeker thanks to the lack of a chin (and direct access to the Lightning port is nice), wireless charging is aimed more at trickle charging your iPhone over long periods of time. This makes it perfect for placing your iPhone on a Qi mat at night, but less than ideal when you're looking to get a big burst of battery on your iPhone in the middle of a workday.

Bottom Line


Mophie's Juice Pack Access case is as sturdy and well-designed as any of the company's previous accessories, and for someone looking to own an iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max that can truly become a 3 day-long battery powerhouse, it gets the job done.


But, for anyone happy with the battery life of their fresh iPhone 11, an $80 battery case is entirely unnecessary.

How to Buy


Mophie's Juice Pack Access Case for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max can be purchased on Zagg.com for $79.95. With the MacRumors exclusive promo code RUMORS20, you can get the cases at a 20 percent discount for $63.96. They're available in Black, Blush Pink, and (Product)Red.

Note: Mophie provided MacRumors with one Juice Pack Access Case in Black for the purposes of this review, and no other compensation was received. MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

Ex iAd chief tells the story of how he accidentally stole Steve Jobs’ laptop from his office

Andy Miller started Quattro Wireless in 2006. The company was acquired by Apple in 2009 and Miller led the Apple mobile advertising group that created the iAd effort which launched to much fanfare in 2010 but interest from advertisers petered out quickly and Apple as a company has distanced itself from advertising business ever since.

Nevertheless, in a new video interview, Miller tells a never-before-reported story of how Quattro Wireless was acquired and a (in retrospect) hilarious anecdote about the stresses of working with Steve Jobs, which involved Miller accidentally stealing Jobs’ laptop from his office … and he says he still has Jobs’ mouse at his home. Watch the video after the jump …

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Nov. 19, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

WWDC app is now called the ‘Apple Developer’ app

Apple has renamed its WWDC app the Apple Developer app, reflecting the app’s increased scope in recent years. While WWDC takes place for just one week in June, the (now titled) Apple Developer app has increasingly included “in-depth information” from Apple experts all year round. Goodbye WWDC app, hello Apple Developer In a press release, […]

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Nov. 19, 2019, 8:44 a.m.

Satechi Launches Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hub for Mac Mini

Satechi today released the new Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hub for Mac mini, which sits under the Mac mini and provides a collection of front-facing ports for convenience, similar to Satechi's iMac stand.


The six ports include a USB-C data port, three USB 3.0 ports, micro/SD card readers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The accessory also has built-in air vents that regulate temperature of the ‌Mac mini‌.


Satechi is selling the Type-C Aluminum Stand and Hub for ‌Mac mini‌ at $79.99 on its website and on Amazon.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 6:45 a.m.

Former Apple Employee Shares Incredible Story of Accidentally Stealing Steve Jobs' MacBook From His Office

On a recent episode of The Eavesdrop podcast with Hector Rodriguez, shared on Reddit, Apple's former vice president of mobile advertising Andy Miller shared an incredible story about accidentally stealing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' laptop, mouse, and mouse pad during a heated meeting in Jobs' office.


The story truly speaks for itself and begins at the 44 minute mark. Miller uses a few explicit words, so a fair warning that the video may be NSFW:


Miller joined Apple upon selling his mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless to the iPhone maker for $275 million in late 2009, reporting directly to Jobs. Miller remained at Apple until late 2011 and later served as an executive at motion-controller startup Leap Motion between 2012 and 2014.


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Nov. 19, 2019, 6:02 a.m.

Is Apple Trade-In the best way to sell my iPhone?

There are many ways to resell, recycle, or trade in your old iPhone. You could sell it directly through online auction sites and marketplaces, sell it locally with a site like Craigslist, give it to a family member in need of an upgrade, or even trade it in at one of a variety of sites dedicated to buying and reselling old devices. One of the most popular trade-in sites is Apple’s own Apple Trade-In program — but is it the best way to trade in your old phone?

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Nov. 19, 2019, 5:50 a.m.

Apple Pay Now Available in Belarus, Citymapper Pass Adds Support in London

Apple Pay launched in Belarus today as the mobile payment service continues to expand across Eastern Europe. BPS Sberbank is the first bank in Belarus to roll out Apple Pay support for its Visa and Mastercard cards.


To set up a card with ‌Apple Pay‌, open the Wallet app on a compatible iPhone and tap the plus button in the top-right corner. Once activated, Apple Pay can be used with an iPhone or Apple Watch to make purchases at stores that accept contactless payments, while many apps and websites also accept the service.

In related news, the Citymapper Pass transit card can now be added to the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. The card provides unlimited public transportation across the subway, bus, and rail in London for a weekly price. Citymapper plans to expand the card to other cities around the world in the future.

Apple has fulfilled its promise of Apple Pay being available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 5:33 a.m.

Elago Launches New AW6 Case for AirPods Themed After Apple's iPod

Accessory maker Elago is back this week with a new product announcement, this time for Apple's AirPods. The new AW6 Case fits the original ‌AirPods‌ and ‌AirPods‌ 2 (not AirPods Pro), and has Apple's signature click wheel emblazoned on its front, designed to look like the iPod.


The AW6 Case is made of silicone and will help protect the ‌AirPods‌ Case from scratches and drops. Besides the click wheel, Elago's case even includes details like the iPod Classic's hold switch on the top of the case.


There are two colors, including White and Black, and Elago's case allows the front-facing LED of the ‌AirPods‌ Wireless Charging Case to be visible. The case has a cutout for the Lightning port, and it also supports wireless charging on any Qi-compatible mat.


Last month, Elago launched an ‌AirPods‌ case that was themed after the original Macintosh, and the company is also known for its Apple Watch stands that resemble the iPod, Mac, and an original Nintendo Game Boy.

Elago's AW6 Case for ‌AirPods‌ is available on the company's website and on Amazon for $11.99. On Amazon you can also buy a version that includes an attached carabiner for $12.99.

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Nov. 19, 2019, 2:43 a.m.

GOP senator introduces bill targeting Apple’s ties to China over national security concerns

Republican Senator Josh Hawley has introduced new legislation that would prohibit tech companies like Apple from storing user data in China. This new legislation comes after Apple was required to move some iCloud data to government-owned servers in China last year.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 11:55 p.m.

Apple renames WWDC app to “Apple Developer”, adds new features

For a while now Apple has been providing its official WWDC app for iOS, which allows developers to watch live and recorded videos of its Worldwide Developers Conference every year, and also navigate around while attending the conference live.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 11:25 p.m.

Apple gear tops teens’ wish lists

Anyone at a loss for what to get a hard-to-buy-for teenager need look no further than the Apple Store. Specifically, AirPods. That’s a conclusion of a survey done by a market-research firm. Surprisingly, this same firm sees slowing interest in Fortnite. AirPods for everyone on your list After surveying US consumers, the analysts at Piper […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Amazon expands its free, ad-supported streaming music service to iOS

Amazon is upping the competition in the streaming music industry. The company has announced a new free, ad-supported tier of its Amazon Music platform. Previously this tier was available only through Amazon Echo devices, but now it’s expanding to iOS and more.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Apple to host surprise event for apps on December 2

Members of the press received surprise invitations from Apple this morning to attend a first of its kind event to celebrate apps on December 2 in New York City. Apple routinely gives out awards for the best apps of the year but this is the first time the company has hosted an event to hand […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

New clips, cases bring olloclip to iPhone 11

Smartphone lens pioneer olloclip has launched a new line of clips and protective cases to make its lenses compatible with the iPhone 11 series. Apple rolled out the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max this past fall, forcing accessory companies to redesign their products around a square camera module. The Pro series handsets […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Apple announces special app-focused event for December 2nd

Apple has announced a special December 2nd event in NYC to highlight its favorite apps and games of 2019. Interesting enough, this is a live event and it’s unclear if Apple has anything to announce besides app and game awards for developers.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Teardown shows 16-inch MacBook Pro is full of Magic Keyboard goodness

Disassembling the new 16-inch MacBook Pro finds plenty to like. There’s a keyboard that’s almost certainly more reliable, a revamped thermal system and a bigger battery. On the other side of the coin, repair company iFixit did a teardown and gives this laptop a low, low rating for repairability. A keyboard that’s Magic After years […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 9 p.m.

Pure Acid, the best drum and bass machine on the iPad (and iPhone!)

Jim Pavlov’s Pure Acid is so easy to use, so great-sounding, so cleverly-designed, so powerful, and so fun, you can't not love it.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

US Senator proposes new law aimed at limiting Apple data flow to China

One of tech’s biggest opponents in Washington D.C. proposed a new bill this week that could have huge implications on Apple and TikTok’s business operations if put into law. GOP senator Josh Hawley from Missouri introduced legislation today that would prevent the Chinese company that owns TikTok from collecting information on American users and sharing […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

iFixit’s full 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown highlights new thermal system, improved speakers, Magic Keyboard, more

iFixit did an initial teardown of the scissor switch Magic Keyboard that comes with the 16-inch MacBook Pro last weekend and now they’ve given Apple’s latest notebook a full inspection. Follow along for a look at the new and improved thermal system, six-speaker system, Magic Keyboard details, and more.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

9to5Mac Gift Guide: What do you buy for the person who already has the latest technology?

How do you shop for a tech-savvy person who buys the latest of everything before the holidays arrive? I am totally that person for my family when it comes to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

There are some Apple products that I can never have enough of like App Store gift cards and another HomePod, but stocking stuffers and expensive smart speakers aren’t always the right gift.

That’s why I’m approaching my gift recommendations this year a bit different. Last year I covered an area of great interest and expertise with smart home products, and most of those picks are still applicable.

But there’s also a lot of new technology out this year as well as gadgets I’ve received for testing — new technology that I’m super glad to see exist. Read on to see my favorite picks for new tech that I’m grateful for this year.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

16-inch MacBook Pro includes exclusive colorful wallpapers, download here

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is now available to purchase with its new Magic Keyboard, a larger display, and more. There are also two bright and colorful exclusive 16-inch MacBook Pro wallpapers – and you can download them below.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 8 p.m.

13-inch MacBook Pro dropping horrible Butterfly keyboard

The smaller MacBook Pro will reportedly be upgraded next year with a keyboard that users can trust, just as the new 16-inch version recently was. If true, it means the current 13-inch MacBook Pro will be the last with the infamous Butterfly keyboard. Butterflies are too fragile Back in 2016, Apple switched the MacBook Pro […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

AirPods 2 hit brand-new low, 40% off MacBooks [Deals & Steals]

Amazon’s big discount on second-generation AirPods is now even bigger. Prices start at just $139 for the wired charging option, saving you $20. And it’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find up to 40% off renewed Apple laptops today only, and refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Nov. 18, 2019, 7:01 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: November 18, 2019 – 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown, more

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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Nov. 18, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to crop, straighten and unskew photos on iPad and iPhone

iOS 13’s crop tool now offers advanced features that let you correct photo perspective. Used properly, it's great for fixing skewed photos.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

iOS 13.2.3 arrives with fresh fixes for Messages, Mail and more

Apple is continuing its push to patch the numerous bugs that still plague iOS 13 with a new software update for iPhones and iPads. iOS 13.2.3 was released this morning as a free update that promises to fix a number of issues with the system search on iOS while also resolving issues with the Mail […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Apple releases iOS 13.2.3 with more background app improvements, Mail fixes, more

Apple today has released iOS 13.2.3 to the public. This release follows iOS 13.2.2, which made improvements to background app performance and more. iOS 13.2.3 and iPadOS 13.2.3 are both rolling out to users everywhere now.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 6 p.m.

Give your AirPods Pro a custom paint job

Apple sells AirPods Pro in any color you want, as long as it’s white. But ColorWare brings some style to these in-ear headphones. The company offers 64 color options, and shoppers can decorate each AirPod differently. The case can even be a third color. AirPods Pro available in black, blue, green… ColorWare promises you can […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Olloclip aims to enhance iPhone 11 photography with new external lens systems

Olloclip is out today with its new external camera lens systems for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max with the goal of improving the shots the already great cameras can produce.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

Amazon discounts MacBooks from $700, AirPods 2 with wireless case $150, ecobee deals, more

Monday’s best deals include various MacBook models from $700 at Amazon. You’ll also find AirPods 2 with wireless charging case for $150 and Black Friday pricing on ecobee thermostats from $139. All that and more is below in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Tim Cook will join Salesforce’s Marc Benioff for fireside chat this week

Tim Cook will take to the stage tomorrow at the Dreamforce 2019 conference, where he will join Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff for a fireside chat. The event will take place at 1.30pm Pacific Time at the Yerba Buena Theater. Salesforce also today announced the launch of its two latest apps for iOS. The redesigned Salesforce […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Winter update will bring the holidays to Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart Tour’s next update will help racers get into the holiday spirit with “a flurry of fun.” Its upcoming winter tour will bring the snow-covered DK Pass track from Mario Kart DS, plus a number of festive unlockables. You’ll be able to enjoy it starting tomorrow, November 19. Mario Kart Tour has already seen […]

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Nov. 18, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

Castro Podcast Player gains Apple Watch streaming for iPhone free playback

Popular podcast player Castro is out today with a great update with the headlining feature of Watch Streaming. Watch Sync is also new which loads your favorite podcasts on your Apple Watch both automatically and with a manual option to give customers several ways to listen even when away from iPhone.

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Nov. 18, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Fake AirPods stickers are the best way to infuriate people

Everyone loves the AirPods. They’re one of Apple’s most popular accessories, and those who don’t own them lust after them. Which is exactly why cold-hearted Twitter prankster Pablo Rochat decided to create life-size AirPod stickers to place around