Oct. 14, 2019, 4:57 p.m.

iPad deals start at $400 today, plus a $5 iPhone 11 clear case and elago’s $16 Apple TV mount

Today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break includes iPad deals from $400, an iPhone 11 clear case for $5, and elago’s Apple TV mount is now just $16. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Oct. 14, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

macOS Catalina won’t play nicely with some eGPU setups

Apple’s newest macOS Catalina upgrade has been causing all kinds of havoc for some Mac users. One issue seems to be killing certain eGPU setups — especially for those with a Mac mini. Big software updates like Catalina, which brings countless improvements and new features, rarely arrive free of frustrating hiccups. That’s why we’ve advised some […]

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Oct. 14, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 14, 2019 – iPhone SE 2 pricing, Apple TV+ news

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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Oct. 14, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

New Orbi mesh WiFi system offers original design and competitive price

Netgear is out with it’s latest Orbi mesh WiFi offering. The new RBK12/13/14 Orbi WiFi Systems come in a two-, three-, or four-pack to cover up 6,000 sq. ft. It also features an all-new design with a competitive price tag starting at $129.

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Oct. 14, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Apple under fire for sending browsing data to China

Apple is under fire for sending Safari browser data to China. It is known that Safari can send information to Google Safe Browsing to protect users against online phishing and scams. But it seems Apple’s browser is also sending similar data to Tencent in China. Apple has been under scrutiny for a number of moves […]

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

These discounted noise-canceling headphones are perfect for the office [Deals]

Headphones are among the most important pieces of gear we carry. That means making the right choice, so it’s a rare opportunity when all the best features are combined in one set that’s also super-affordable. TREBLAB’s Z2 headphones are first and foremost a solid, comfortable set of over-ear headphones. With aptX audio and 40mm speakers […]

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Oct. 14, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

Review: Naucrates, the robotic carry-on luggage that follows you around the airport

If you wanted to craft the perfect PR pitch to me, you couldn’t do much better than Naucrates. I’m a bagaholic who loves gadgets, so when it offered me the chance to try its new carry-on luggage which follows you around the airport, it was impossible to resist.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: you can also ride on it if you prefer…

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

Apple Amsterdam reopens October 24 with pro filmmaking sessions

Apple will reopen its flagship retail store in Amsterdam on October 24 following months of extensive renovations. The redesign will feature a Forum and video wall for Today at Apple events. Visitors will also get the opportunity to take part in professional filmmaking sessions to celebrate the store’s reopening. Apple first started upgrading its Amsterdam […]

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Oct. 14, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Tim Cook becomes Apple’s chief operating officer

October 14, 2005: Tim Cook takes the reins as Apple’s chief operating officer, continuing an upward climb through the company’s ranks that will make him CEO less than six years later. “Tim and I have worked together for over seven years now, and I am looking forward to working even more closely with him to […]

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Oct. 14, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Another China controversy for Apple: sending user browsing data to Tencent

Apple has found itself embroiled in yet another China-related controversy, as it appears to be sending user browsing data to Tencent, a Chinese company. That data includes the website visited and the IP address of the iOS user.

Apple has the best of intentions here – the data sharing is done to help protect users from fraudulent websites – but the fact that the company now uses a Chinese conglomerate to do so is raising eyebrows …

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Oct. 14, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

iPhone SE 2 will be Apple’s most affordable smartphone to date

Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will be its most affordable smartphone yet, according to one reliable analyst. The upcoming device, which is expected to look like iPhone 8 and be powered by Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip, is expected to cost less than $400 when it goes on sale in early 2020. Millions of Apple […]

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Oct. 14, 2019, 8:09 a.m.

Reddit's New iOS Share Sheet Update Lets You Post Reddit Topics to Snapchat, More Platforms Coming Soon

Users of Reddit's official iOS app can now share text, link and image-based posts to Snapchat thanks to a new Share Sheet integration in iOS 13 (via TechCrunch). This is the first time Reddit has partnered with another app to allow for content sharing, and the company said it will expand the feature to other social media apps in the future.


Any Reddit user who has Snapchat on their iPhone can tap the "Share" icon on a post in the Reddit app to find the new Snapchat "Share to camera" option. From there, users can choose to send the post to friends or post to their story, and it will appear in Snapchat as a sticker with the Reddit logo, an image, and the title of the link.
“Snapchat is the first platform partner with whom we’re testing a content sharing integration, and we’re excited to see how the feature will shape the sharing habits and experiences among our users,” said Vaibhav Sahgal, Reddit’s Head of Growth Product, in a statement. “We hope the integration empowers redditors to share Reddit content more frequently, while simultaneously exposing new users to the unique content only found on Reddit.”
Reddit is hoping the new integration will lead to more engagement with younger users on its platform. The company is looking to balance out its age demographics, which skew toward older users aged 30 to 49, according to a study from Pew Research Center.

The new feature is only available for Reddit's "Safe for Work" subreddits, as any other subreddit violates Snapchat's terms of use. For now, the update is also only on iOS, but Android devices will get it sometime soon.


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Oct. 14, 2019, 7:35 a.m.

Deals: Browse Anker's Newest Discounts, and Save on Apple's 11-Inch iPad Pro and 9.7-Inch iPad

Anker is back today with a few deals on useful charging accessories, including wireless chargers, Lightning cables, portable batteries, and wall chargers. We've rounded up all of these discounts in the list below, along with each of their expiration dates.

For most, you'll have until later this week to shop each discount before they expire. Shoppers should also note that this particular batch of Anker products do not require discount codes, and all of their sale prices have been automatically applied.

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11-Inch iPad Pro Sale


Amazon also has the 11-inch iPad Pro from 2018 (Wi-Fi, 256GB) for $799.99, down from $949.00 ($150 off). This price is only reflected once you add the iPad Pro into your cart.


This model includes a front-facing TrueDepth Camera system that supports Face ID, an edge-to-edge display, and the A12X processor.

9.7-Inch iPad


There is also an ongoing discount on the 9.7-inch iPad from early 2018 on Amazon. You can get the 32GB cellular model for $349.00, down from $459.00 ($110 off) in both Black and Gold. The 128GB cellular model is also on sale for $429.00, down from $559.00 ($130 off) in Silver and Black.


This version of the iPad came out in March 2018, introducing support for the Apple Pencil and Touch ID. Both of the sales listed above represent the lowest-ever prices for each of these models, so be sure to head to Amazon to browse the discounts before they expire.

You can also check out our full Deals Roundup to browse even more discounts and bargains related to Apple products and accessories.

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Oct. 14, 2019, 3:48 a.m.

Apple's Maps Revamp Creeps into Midwest U.S.

Apple's Maps app rebuild continues its journey across North America this week, with the company following its pattern of rolling out the enhanced maps in adjacent continental U.S. states.

Before (left) and after – Midwest maps comparison via Reddit user 999999797

Apple has been deploying the enhanced maps up the northeast United States over the last few months, with the rollout recently extending to New York state. Now it has expanded west to cover West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and North Illinois.

You can spot the updated regions by looking for more landscape details like sports fields, parking lots, ground cover, foliage, pools, pedestrian pathways and the like.

The data is gathered by Apple's own fleet of sensor- and camera-equipped vehicles, as well as first-party data gathered from iPhones using Apple's differential privacy. The combined data is also being made to ensure search results are more relevant.


The improvements initially rolled out in Northern California in July 2018, followed by Hawaii and Southern California in November 2018, and Arizona, New Mexico, and the Las Vegas metropolitan area in April 2019.

At WWDC 2019, Apple said the updated maps will roll out to the entire United States by the end of the year, followed by additional countries in 2020.

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Oct. 14, 2019, 3:24 a.m.

Redesigned Apple Amsterdam arrives October 24 featuring Today at Apple film sessions

Apple’s grandest store in the Netherlands is returning with a renewed purpose on October 24 after months of extensive upgrades and restoration. The redesigned Apple Amsterdam will feature a Forum and video wall for Today at Apple, and a special creative collaboration to celebrate.

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Oct. 14, 2019, 1:06 a.m.

Apple Show 'See' Featured in Emmy Magazine With Free Three Month Apple TV+ Trial Offer

Emmy Magazine is offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at Apple's new drama "See," as well as a free three-month trial of the upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service, which launches on November 1.

Apple's sci-fi thriller, which will debut on the service's launch day, stars Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, and is reported to have a budget of $15 million per episode. Both stars adorn the cover of latest issue of the magazine, which is the official publication of the Academy Awards.

Inside, the feature takes a deep dive into Apple's epic post apocalyptic drama, in which the world has been wiped out by a virus and the remaining survivors have all been rendered blind. The magazine describes the series as a high-quality "Game of Thrones" style show in terms of cinematic world-building.

The coverage also includes interviews with Apple VPs Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg, who explain that dozens of visually impaired and blind actors were cast for the show, and consultants on blindness, biology and survival were hired to make the drama as realistic as possible.

Jason Momoa plays the lead role of Baba Voss, a fearless warrior, leader, and guardian. Momoa is well-known for his role as Khal Drogo in "Game of Thrones," as well as roles in "Aquaman," "Stargate Atlantis," and "Conan the Barbarian."

Alfre Woodard plays Paris, an advisor and a priestess. Woodard has starred in movies that include "12 Years a Slave," "Annabelle," and "Captain America: Civil War," and she has had roles in several TV shows, such as "Luke Cage," "Desperate Housewives," and "State of Affairs."

Image via Ralph Galvan

Emmy Magazine's ‌Apple TV‌+ trial offer comes courtesy of Apple in the form of a full-page ad with a voucher insert, and includes the reader's name if they're a subscriber to the magazine.

Apple is working on dozens of original TV shows and movies with high-profile directors, producers, and actors, with all of that content set to be available through ‌Apple TV‌+.

The service will be available on all devices where the TV app is available, which includes iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and ‌Apple TV‌, along with the Mac. The service will cost $4.99 per month and will offer Apple device owners a free in-app 7-day trial. Customers who purchase an iPhone, ‌iPad‌, ‌Apple TV‌ or Mac from September 10 will also be eligible to receive 12 months of the service for free.


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Oct. 14, 2019, 1:06 a.m.

Kuo on iPhone SE 2 details: iPhone 8 design, $399 starting price, 64/128 GB storage, red color option, no 3D Touch

Late on Sunday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed some additional details about the iPhone SE 2, which Kuo previously said will launch early in 2020.

As said previously, the specification of the device is very similar to the iPhone 8, just as the original iPhone SE was an adapted version of the iPhone 5S body. Kuo says the iPhone SE 2 will come in 64 GB and 128 GB storage configurations with three color options: silver, space gray and red. He also predicts that the starting price for the new cheaper iPhone will be $399.

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Oct. 13, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Apple Card user claims to be victim of fraud despite never using titanium card

Last week we heard from a reader who experienced a fraudulent charge coming from a clone of his Apple Card. It was a good reminder that even with its security focus and lack of printed numbers, the physical Apple Card is just as susceptible to skimming and cloning as any other credit or debit card. Now we’ve heard from another reader who just had a fraud issue with Apple Card, but more surprising and concerning, he says he’s never used the physical titanium Apple Card. Could there be a bigger security issue for Apple Card than skimming?

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Oct. 13, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best Catalina, Catalyst and nap apps this week

This week we check the weather, take a nap, edit photos on our Macs using Apple Pencil, and enjoy Catalina’s Catalyst apps.

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Oct. 13, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Poll: Would you ditch your current AirPods for in-ear ‘AirPods Pro’ with noise cancellation?

Apple’s truly wireless AirPods have been incredibly popular since their initial release in 2016, Now, it seems that Apple is preparing another version of AirPods with a new design and new features, such as noise cancellation.

Would you ditch your current AirPods for the new in-ear AirPods with noise cancellation?

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Oct. 13, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

This week’s top stories: macOS Catalina release, Apple AR headset, Instagram Dark Mode, more

In this week’s top stories: macOS Catalina launches to the public, Instagram adds Dark Mode support, Apple AR headset in 2020, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Oct. 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Save big on smart bulbs, Adobe training and more [Week’s Best Deals]

This week, the best deals in the Cult of Mac Store run the gamut. For starters, we’ve got an awesome iTunes alternative for iOS management, and an energy saving smart bulb with Home App integration. Additionally there’s a powerful email manager, and a comprehensive training bundle for Adobe Creative Cloud. Some are discounted by over […]

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Oct. 13, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

The Athletic reverses course on podcasts and submits them to Apple Podcasts and Spotify

A few months ago, I wrote about The Athletic, and I thought it would make a great acquisition target for Apple. When I originally wrote that article, I mentioned that the Athletic had recently launched a podcast section, but they were only available inside of their app and not dedicated podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Overcast, or Pocket Casts. In recent weeks, they’ve reversed that stance and started submitting their shows to Apple Podcasts and Spotify, but only including some of the episodes as a free download. more…

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Oct. 13, 2019, 2 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Bono’s (Product)Red iPod nano fights HIV/AIDS

October 13, 2006: Apple launches its limited-edition iPod nano (Product)Red Special Edition music player, with 10% of profits going to fight AIDS in Africa. Created in association with U2 lead singer Bono and activist/attorney Bobby Shriver, it’s the first of many Apple philanthropic products. “We’re ecstatic that Apple is giving their customers the choice to […]

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Oct. 13, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

Apple TV+ execs say ‘See’ will be as epic as ‘Game of Thrones’, free three month trial voucher in Emmy Magazine

Apple is continuing its PR blitz for Apple TV+ with Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard hitting the covers of the latest issue of Emmy Magazine, promoting the sci-fi thriller See. Apple’s production budget for See is believed to be in excess of $15 million per episode.

In the interview, Apple vice presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack van Amburg (who run Apple’s TV+ efforts after being hired from Sony in 2017) compare the scope of See’s world-building directly to Game of Thrones: “can it be as epic as, say, a Game of Thrones? We answer that question early on with a resounding yes!”. See debuts as a launch show on Apple TV+, which means it premieres November 1st.

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Oct. 13, 2019, 5:03 a.m.

Apple Reportedly Told Apple TV+ Show Creators to Avoid Angering China

In the same week that Apple's decision to pull a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store drew heavy criticism, a new report from BuzzFeed News claims the company has asked Apple TV+ show runners to avoid negative depictions of China.


As early as 2018, when Apple's original programming production got underway, company executives reportedly gave guidance to some show creators to "avoid portraying China in a bad light."

According to the news outlet's sources, the instruction was given by Apple software and services VP Eddy Cue, as well Morgan Wandell, Apple's head of international content development.

The attempt to steer content creators away from perceived criticism of China is said to be part of Apple's efforts to stay in its good books and avoid a repeat of April 2016, when the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores, just six months after they had launched in the country.

The store closures were linked to the release of a controversial movie banned in China that imagines Hong Kong in 2025 with language police, mini Red Guards, radical protest and social alienation rife.

One show maker not connected to Apple told BuzzFeed News that the company's appeasement of Beijing is nothing new in the U.S. movie industry, which China has heavily invested in.
Apple's tip toeing around the Chinese government isn't unusual in Hollywood. It's an accepted practice."They all do it," one showrunner who was not affiliated with Apple told BuzzFeed News. "They have to if they want to play in that market. And they all want to play in that market. Who wouldn't?"
BuzzFeed News also spoke to one app developer who said that getting a phone call from Apple about an issue with China is not uncommon. "It's not a line of communication that would be open to any discussion," said the U.S. technology executive. "They have so much market power in general and they wield that pretty indiscriminately."

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees on Thursday that the decision to remove the HKmap Live app from the ‌App Store‌ was based on information the company had received that it was being used to target individuals, property, and police, and violated local laws.

Earlier the same day, Apple also removed the app of news outlet Quartz from China's ‌‌App Store‌‌. The news organization said Apple removed its mobile app after complaints from the Chinese government about content in the app that is illegal in China."

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Oct. 12, 2019, 7:49 p.m.

Apple Stores: New Maine Mall location opens; sessions with The Big Draw continue through October

Apple’s only retail store in Maine reopened today in a significantly larger and more modern space at The Maine Mall. South Portland customers lined up this morning to explore the location’s first redesign since opening more than 11 years ago.

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Oct. 12, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Max production cost is shockingly low

Apple charges $1099 for an iPhone 11 Pro Max, but the components for this high-end smartphone with assembly cost less than half the selling price. TechInsights disassembled Apple’s latest flagship handset, identified each of its components, and estimated the cost of each one. At $73.50, the most expensive component is the triple-lens camera that’s the […]

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Oct. 12, 2019, 7 p.m.

Juuk Qrono: The best metal band I’ve used with Apple Watch [Review]

Juuk’s new Qrono band for Apple Watch offers everything you could want from a metal bracelet without the nasty drawbacks. It looks terrific but won’t weight you down, and like all Juuk bands, it’s built to last. Here’s why the Qrono is the only metal band I’ll wear with my Apple Watch. You’ve probably heard […]

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Oct. 12, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Gear4 slim cases protect an iPhone 11 from a 13-foot fall [Review]

Gear4 cases can save an iPhone 11 or 11 Pro series from breaking if dropped quite long distances, but they aren’t as bulky as typical rugged cases. The lineup for all three of Apple’s latest is surprisingly attractive, given how protective they are. I tried out several of Gear4’s offerings, and find they might be […]

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Oct. 12, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Best noise cancelling headphones you’ve never heard of: Broski Lety at $100

I’ve been a happy Bose QC35 Noise cancelling headphone user since the day they came out. These were the first “consumer priced” ANC headset combos and have since been matched by excellent products from Sony and Apple’s Beats brand. But Active Noise Cancellation has always come at a price. In the case of the QC35s and Sony’s, prices start at $350 retail unless you find deals.

Broski Lety sent me a pair of their new active noise cancelling headphones which are on Kickstarter now for $99 and will soon be on Amazon for 50% more. You wouldn’t be reading this if I wasn’t super-impressed… more…

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Oct. 12, 2019, 4 p.m.

Do this before you upgrade your Mac to Catalina [Cult of Mac Magazine 318]

Itching to upgrade your Mac to Catalina? Time to hit the brakes, buster. Before installing macOS Catalina, it’s essential that you do a little due diligence. The new operating system brings some pretty deep changes, and you don’t want to descend into chaos. This macOS Catalina upgrade tip will help you assess the situation. You’ll […]

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Oct. 12, 2019, 3:22 p.m.

Blue Shield of California to use Apple Watch to expand physician-patient communication

Blue Shield of California has announced that it is partnering with health services provider Altais and Notable Health to spread adoption of the Apple Watch. The deal will center on doctors wearing an Apple Watch to easily record notes and other data during office visits.

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Oct. 12, 2019, 3 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iCloud takes our files and photos to the sky

October 12, 2011: Apple launches iCloud, a service that lets users automatically and wirelessly store content and push it to their various devices. iCloud’s arrival marks the end of Apple’s “digital hub” strategy — and ushers in an age of inter-device communication and non-localized files. Steve Jobs, who presented iCloud during his final keynote at […]

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Oct. 12, 2019, 2 p.m.

Making the Grade: What should K-12 schools factor in when considering replacing Apple deployments?

A question facing a lot of K–12 school districts this time of year is whether their devices can go just one more year. Budgets are being set (and likely looking to be cut), so keeping an iPad or Mac laptop deployment in place for another school year is a way to eliminate a costly line item in the budget. Is that a wise decision? Let’s look at the factors you need to consider before holding off on that new Mac or iPad device refresh. A different way that I often get this question asked to me is: “how long do iPads last?” more…

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Oct. 12, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Overcast for iOS updated to support iOS 13 Dark Mode with two theme options

The popular third-party podcast player Overcast has joined the iOS 13 Dark Mode fun. The app has been updated to support iOS 13 Dark Mode, and it gives users two different options from which to pick. more…

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Oct. 12, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

Report: Apple told Apple TV+ creators to avoid portraying China ‘in a poor light’

As Apple faces pushback over its decision to remove a Hong Kong protest tracking app from the App Store, a new report from BuzzFeed News says that Apple’s efforts also extend to Apple TV+. According to the report, Apple has instructed Apple TV+ show runners to avoid portraying China negatively.

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Oct. 12, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: macOS Catalina Released, Apple Watch Sleep App, Apple Glasses in 2020?

After lots of attention on iOS and iPadOS 13, not to mention parallel updates for watchOS and tvOS, over the past few weeks, this week was the Mac's turn as we saw the public release of macOS Catalina.

Ming-Chi Kuo also released details on his expectations for Apple product releases in the first half of next year, while Apple itself leaked references to a previously rumored but unreleased Sleep app for Apple Watch. Read on for more on this week's biggest stories!

Apple Releases macOS Catalina: What to Check Out After Upgrading


macOS Catalina is here! We've put together a list of the update's biggest changes and a video walkthrough of features to check out after upgrading. As with any new software version, some users have encountered some bugs and issues, so be sure to keep an eye on the macOS Catalina section in the MacRumors forums.


Apple says iCloud Drive folder sharing, which will allow users to share folders with a private link, has been delayed until the spring.

Apple has also seeded the second beta of iOS 13.2 with new emojis, the option to delete your Siri and Dictation history and opt out of future audio recordings as part of Siri's quality evaluation process, and more.

Apple Said to Launch Augmented Reality Headset in Mid 2020


Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo is back with yet more predictions this week, this time noting that Apple plans to release an augmented reality headset in the second quarter of 2020, aka March-June.


Interestingly, Kuo suggested that Apple may release multiple headsets in collaboration with third-party brands, although it remains to be seen exactly what he means by that. If the mid 2020 timeframe is right, we'll soon find out.

iPhone SE 2, iPad Pro With 3D Sensing, and MacBook With Scissor Keyboard Also Expected in 2020


In addition to an augmented reality headset, Kuo also expects Apple to release a so-called "iPhone SE 2" as well as iPad Pro models with 3D sensing rear cameras in the first quarter of 2020.


The "iPhone SE 2" is widely rumored to be similar to the iPhone 8, including a 4.7-inch display with bezels and a Touch ID home button, but with a faster A13 Bionic chip and 3GB of RAM, up from 2GB in the iPhone SE.

Last, Kuo believes an unspecified "MacBook" with a scissor mechanism keyboard will launch in the second quarter of 2020. It is unclear if this refers to the 16-inch MacBook Pro with an all-new design and scissor keyboard that Kuo previously said would launch by the end of 2019.

Camera Comparison: iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+


Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+, the company's newest flagship device, was unveiled just a month ahead of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and it's one of the main competitors to Apple's latest smartphones.


Both have triple-lens camera setups, so on our YouTube channel this week, we compared the camera quality of the iPhone 11 Pro Max with that of the Galaxy Note 10+ to see if one has an edge over another.

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Apple Accidentally Mentions a Sleep App for Apple Watch


An eagle-eyed MacRumors reader this week discovered a reference to an unreleased Sleep app for the Apple Watch in an App Store screenshot for the existing Alarms app on the Apple Watch.


"Set your Bedtime and wake up in the Sleep app," said the since-removed screenshot.

Last month, MacRumors reported that the Sleep app will serve two functions on the Apple Watch, including sleep tracking and an extension of the iPhone's Bedtime Mode for getting better sleep.

16-Inch MacBook Pro May Ship With 96W USB-C Power Adapter


Apple may be readying a 96W USB-C power adapter for the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to information received by the Chinese-language sibling website of ChargerLAB.


Apple previously confirmed that its upcoming Pro Display XDR will be capable of up to 96W pass-through charging, which is more power than necessary for any portable device that Apple currently ships. Thus, perhaps the higher-power charger is for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Enter to win iPhone 11 Pro Max from totallee [Giveaway]

If you haven’t already, now is your time to enter for your chance to win Apple’s brand new iPhone 11 Pro Max (512GB in Midnight Green), thanks to our friends over at totallee.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Apple begins beta testing macOS Catalina 10.15.1

Just days after the release of its newest Mac operating system, Apple has started beta testing the first update, macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Currently, this offers just a few minor changes for this company’s laptops and desktops. What’s new in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta The release notes for macOS 10.15.1 indicate that adds support for AMD […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 10:32 p.m.

How to set up Screen Time on your Mac in macOS Catalina

Apple first introduced Screen Time with iOS 12 last year to help users be more intentional with their time on iPhone and iPad. Now with macOS Catalina, Screen Time comes to the Mac.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Save 20% on these amazing mountable cases for iPhone 11

Mount your iPhone almost anywhere while it’s charging with Xvida’s brilliant magnetic charging pad and case combo. It’s now available for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max for the first time — and you can save 20% on yours today. Made from high-quality silicone, the Xvida case adds grip and ample protection to your […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

AAPL hits 52-week high as US-China trade war truce could be on the horizon

As the US-China trade talks have come to a partial deal today, the overall US stock market saw notable gains. Along with the positive outlook on a potential US-China trade truce, AAPL is up and has hit a new 52-week high.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to stop Siri from snooping on you

Worried that Siri shares everything you say with Apple employees? Opt out of Siri data collection to keep things (mostly) to yourself.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Apple TV+ could take a big bite out of Netflix

Apple TV+ could have 100 million subscribers in 3 to 4 years, according to an analyst that’s bullish on this streaming service set to launch next month. Strong demand for a rival is bad news for Netflix. Apple TV+ is a showstopper “We remind investors of the ‘show-stopping’ low price for Apple’s streaming TV service […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 8 p.m.

Apple device management: Do it right with Hexnode MDM

This post is brought to you by Apple MDM service Hexnode. Apple devices are great mobile computing machines and powerhouses for business productivity. But let’s face it, managing Apple devices is no easy feat. Whether you’re a small business or large enterprise, your IT department still ends up tussling with device configuration issues and app-management […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Apple launches in-house studio with Band of Brothers follow-up

Apple is launching its own in-house studio and teaming up with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to create the first series that it will own full rights to. The new limited series, titled Masters of the Air, will be a follow-up to HBO’s successful series Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Because Apple didn’t have […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to make Siri announce and read your messages

In iOS 13.2, Siri can announce your incoming messages and read them to you. This is the kind of feature that is so useful, and obvious, that it seems like it should have always been there. It’s called Announce Messages with Siri, and it does just that. Here’s how to set it up and use […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Apple releases first developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.1

Apple today has released the first developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.1. This comes after the official release of the new operating system version for the public earlier this week.

There are no details on what’s new in the update yet besides general improvements, but it’s likely to feature some of the changes included in iOS 13.2 beta, such as new Emoji and Siri privacy settings.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Hands-on with new iOS 13 beta 2 changes and features [Video]

Yesterday Apple released the second iOS 13.2 beta for developers. The update brings several noteworthy changes to the table, including brand new emoji, along with the ability to delete Siri & Dictation history associated with an iOS device. Watch our brief hands-on video as we step through the latest iOS 13.2 beta 2 changes and features. more…

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Oct. 11, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Apple kickstarts its in-house studio with order for ‘Band of Brothers’ follow-up, ‘Masters of the Air’

Apple TV+ is less than a month away from launching with the company’s first original shows. However, Apple doesn’t own any of that content but that’s set to change moving forward. Apple is launching its in-house studio as it gets set to produce a new WWII drama called Masters of the Air, a follow-up to HBO’s popular Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

iOS 13.2 finally brings frame rate, resolution settings to Camera app

The iPhone 11 line hasn’t even been out a month, but Apple continues to improve its camera through iOS updates. An iOS developer exploring iOS 13.2 beta 2 said the Camera app will allow video shooters to adjust frame rates and resolution without going into the Settings app. Ryan Jones tweeted the discovery along with […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Here’s how to cancel Apple Arcade before being charged after the trial period

Apple Arcade is a new subscription service that offers an entire catalog of games for $4.99 a month. Games can be accessed on multiple devices and shared with up to six family members through iCloud Family Sharing. The platform has been available since September 16 with a trial period of 30 days, so the first subscribers will be charged starting next week.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Save $159 on Apple Watch 4, $399 on MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

storesApple Watch Series 4 prices having been falling fast in recent weeks. Amazon is offering the latest big discount, with a whopping $159.03 off a 44mm model with cellular connectivity for a limited time. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find $50 off Apple’s […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

iPhone 12 Pro concept imagines iPhone SE design with ProMotion display, four cameras, more

Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup is expected to bring a major design refresh with a return to the flat-sided form-factor of the iPhone 4/5/SE. Now an iPhone 12 Pro concept video gives a look at what a full-screen iPhone and the square camera module could look like with industrial flat edges.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 11, 2019 – Twitter returns to the Mac, Apple’s 5G modems

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Oct. 11, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 4 deals take up to $159 off, plus Pioneer’s CarPlay Receiver hits new low, more

Apple Watch Series 4 deals deliver new Amazon all-time lows while Pioneer’s 6.2-inch Wireless CarPlay Receiver is on sale. Finally, a new weekend movie bundle sale at Apple starts at $10. Hit the jump for all of our favorite deals in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Apple Arcade picks up 5 new games for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV

The Apple Arcade catalog continues to grow with five new games for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV available today. Inmost, an atmospheric, story-driven platformer from the creators of Stardew Valley, is one of the highlights. It helps takes the total number of Apple Arcade games for iOS and tvOS to 80. Apple Arcade has already […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

Brydge announces iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad; sues Libra clone seen here

We reported last month on an iPad keyboard with a trackpad, seen above, noting that it appeared to offer interesting-looking competition to Brydge. It now appears it may not be competing for long: Brydge has issued a lawsuit accusing the company behind the device, accusing it of patent infringement.

Although Brydge’s iPad keyboards don’t include a trackpad, its models for the Microsoft Surface and Google Pixel Slate do, and the company has been working for some time on an iPad model with trackpad…

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Oct. 11, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Apple is more valuable than it’s ever been

Apple has hit a new all-time high valuation as shares rose 1.7% to hit $234.09. That gives Apple a market cap of $1.058 trillion. Talk about valuable! It comes as investors expected top level trade talks between the US and China to result in a partial deal. At the very least, people are expected planned […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Apple Arcade gains five new titles including adventure side-scroller, racing, and robot battle games

After hearing about a new Crossy Road game coming to Apple Arcade soon, five new titles have launched on Apple’s game service. The latest releases include a new adventure side-scroller, a deathmatch racing game, a robot battle arena, and more.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Apple patches iCloud, iTunes for Windows to plug malware hole

Apple’s latest patches for iTunes and iCloud for Windows are out to block potential ransomware attacks. The software previously contained a vulnerability that allowed malware to piggyback on Apple’s digital signatures and go undetected by antivirus software. And don’t assume you’re safe if you’ve already uninstalled Apple’s apps. Security firm Morphisec, which first discovered the […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 3:33 p.m.

Hong Kong legislator warns Apple against being ‘accomplice’ to China

Prominent Hong Kong legislator and IT entrepreneur Charles Mok has warned that Apple risks becoming an accomplice for “censorship and oppression” in China. In an open letter to Tim Cook, Mok referenced Apple’s removal of a recent app which allowed protesters to track the whereabouts of Hong Kong police. Tim Cook has defended the app’s […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Nomad details new Base Station Pro that charges 3 devices wirelessly

Following the demise of AirPower earlier this year, we’ve been left to look for third-party wireless charging alternatives once Apple officially exited the scene. Nomad has found a sweet spot in its place with two different wireless Qi charging pads offering support for multiple devices and Apple Watch. However, the idea of powering up to three devices simultaneously without wires has mostly escaped us to date. Nomad is announcing a new product today, the Base Station Pro, which does just that. Thanks to a new technology and partnership with Aira FreePower, Nomad may have just solved our AirPower woes completely. Head below for additional details, pre-order information, and more.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

U1 chip in iPhone 11 is Apple’s own design, but compatible with other devices

A teardown of the U1 chip in the iPhone 11 has confirmed that it is Apple’s own design. There had been earlier speculation that Apple was using a Decawave Ultra Wideband DW1000 chip that has similar capabilities, offering precise radio-based positioning down to 10 cm.

iFixit says Apple’s chip is a different design to the DW1000, but uses the same standards and is compatible with third-party devices using the Decawave chip…

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Oct. 11, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Save 59% on a Nomad Battery Lightning Cable for a limited time [Deals]

Keeping your iPhone charged on the go usually means carrying at least a Lightning cable and a backup battery. But with the Nomad, you get everything you need in one accessory. And right now, you’ve got a rare chance to snag one at a massive discount. The Nomad Battery Cable is a cable/charger combo that […]

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

Twitter makes its triumphant return to macOS with new Mac app

Twitter killed off its desktop app for Mac in early 2018. Now, a year-and-a-half later, an official Twitter app has made its way back into the App Store. And it’s all thanks to macOS Catalina’s Catalyst framework. The new Mac app isn’t a direct port of the iOS version, although it certainly takes its cues […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Hong Kong app: Lawmaker asks Tim Cook to prioritize ‘values over profits’

The controversy continues over the Hong Kong app which identifies protest hotspots. A lawmaker and tech entrepreneur has now accused Apple of being ‘an accomplice for Chinese censorship and oppression.’

Apple first banned, then allowed, then again banned the HKmap app, which shows map locations with a heavy police presence…

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Oct. 11, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Apple’s AR Glasses are almost here! Catch the discussion, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Apple’s AR glasses are about to be announced! At least according to one very reliable analyst…. we discuss. Plus: Mac OS Catalina is out, but you probably shouldn’t install it—we’ll tell you why. And Final Cut Pro just got massively faster thanks to a new update, and a long awaited […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple aiming to deploy its own 5G modem in iPhones by 2022

Apple is reportedly aiming to deploy its own 5G modems in iPhones by 2022. This “very aggressive” timeline will require Apple to carry out development, testing and certification. Until then, Apple will use 5G modems developed by Qualcomm, after the two companies put aside their differences earlier this year. Apple will likely ship its first […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Mac shipments fall ahead of big refreshes as PC sales grow

Mac shipments fell during the third quarter of 2019 as PC sales continued to grow, according to new estimates from Gartner. Apple’s market share declined as a result, but the company maintains its fourth spot for now. And shipments will almost certainly be boosted soon by the launch of the all-new Mac Pro and 16-inch […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs prepares to take Pixar public

October 11, 1995: Steve Jobs files the paperwork to float Pixar Animation Studios on the stock market. A turning point in Jobs’ life, the Pixar initial public offering turns him into a billionaire. But things very nearly don’t turn out so well. Pixar IPO: A turning point for Steve Jobs It may be because I […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Poll: Should Apple keyboards follow Microsoft’s example and have an emoji key?

Microsoft has launched a couple of new keyboards this week, with two new keys. One isn’t surprising – it’s a key for launching Microsoft Office, something the company has discussed previously – but The Verge reports that there is something else: a dedicated emoji key.

It will launch the emoji picker inside Windows 10 […] An emoji key on a new Microsoft keyboard certainly seems unusual, but the company is really targeting this new hardware at businesses where Office is prevalent and emoji use is increasingly on the rise …

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Oct. 11, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

Guarded optimism in US-China trade talks, next tariff hike may be ‘delayed’

Guarded optimism has been expressed regarding the progress of US-China trade talks designed to ease tensions and perhaps reach some ‘low level’ agreements in the ongoing trade war.

Apple has already been hit by import tariffs on many of its products, faces an increase next week, followed by a planned escalation which will see almost all products subjected to import charges from December …

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Oct. 11, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Vulnerability in iTunes and iCloud allowed Windows PC ransomware infection

A zero-day vulnerability in iTunes and iCloud apps on Windows PCs enabled attackers to install ransomware without triggering antivirus protections. Ransomware encrypts the entire hard drive or SSD with a key known only to the attacker, enabling them to demand a ransom to decrypt the machine …

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Oct. 11, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Base Station Hub Wireless iPhone Charger From Nomad

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Nomad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Base Station Hub for wirelessly charging the iPhone, AirPods, and other devices.

The Base Station Hub, which is priced at $99.95, features three wireless charging coils inside, and it can be used to charge two iPhones at once or an iPhone and ‌AirPods‌, or any other device that wirelessly charges.


Along with the wireless charging coils, there's a USB-A port and a USB-C port with an 18W capacity, perfect for charging an iPad through a wired connection. With the wireless charging base and the extra ports, you can charge up to four devices all at one time.


The hub itself is made from an attractive black aluminum covered with a padded leather base for resting your phone on. The leather is grippy enough that your phone won't slip and slide while you use it. There are also rubber feet at the bottom to keep it securely on a desk or table.

When charging a single device, up to 10W of power is available (suitable for something like a Samsung smartphone), and when charging two devices, 7.5W charging is available. That's perfect for the iPhone because it maxes out at 7.5W when wirelessly charging.


The USB-A port offers 7.5W of power, and as mentioned before, the USB-C power is an 18W port. There are LED charging indicators included so you can see when something is juicing up for fully charged, and if you want to use it in your bedroom at night, there's an ambient light sensor that dims those LEDs when it's dark.


You can put your phone sideways (in landscape orientation) on the Base Station so it takes up the entire thing, or position it vertically to wirelessly charge your ‌AirPods‌ or another smartphone at the same time.

This model doesn't charge the Apple Watch, but if you're looking for a multi-charging solution that also incorporates the watch, Nomad makes an Apple Watch Base Station.


Nomad is providing five of the Base Station Hubs to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, 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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Oct. 11, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Clive Owen signs up to Apple TV+ series based on Stephen King novel

Clive Owen, star of movies such as Sin City and Children of Men, is the latest big-name actor to sign up for an Apple TV+ series. Owen will act opposite Academy Award winner Julianne Moore in Lisey’s Story, based on a 2006 Stephen King novel. Excitingly, King is scripting the eight-part series, adapting his own novel. […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 10:22 a.m.

Report: Apple ‘pushing it’ with goal to launch iPhones featuring in-house custom 5G modems in 2022

It is pretty common knowledge at this point that Apple is going to release 5G iPhones next year, perhaps across all three of Apple’s flagship new models. However, the 2020 iPhones will be using Qualcomm modems.

Apple’s in-house silicon team has had the challenge of cellular modems on its radar for a while. A report from Fast Company today corroborates Apple’s ambition to release its own 5G modem chips in less than three years time. The report says the timeline is aggressive, even with Apple’s $1bn acquisition of Intel’s modem business under its belt.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 7:33 a.m.

Nomad's Upcoming 'Base Station Pro' is the Latest AirPower Alternative, Able to Charge 3 Devices in Any Position

Nomad today shared a behind-the-scenes video that focuses on its upcoming "Base Station Pro" wireless charging mat. Similar to Apple's canceled AirPower accessory, the Base Station Pro can charge up to three devices at once in any position.


Nomad worked with Aira and its "FreePower" wireless charging technology to build the Base Station Pro, which features an 18 coil matrix and proprietary algorithms that locate your smartphone in any orientation. The mat supports the Qi standard, so it's compatible with Apple's latest iPhones and any other smartphone that has Qi wireless charging support.

In the box, Nomad includes a 2 meter USB-C to USB-C braided cable and a 30W USB-C power adapter. The Base Station Pro itself measures about 8.7 inches long, 5.5 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick.

Nomad's video shows off the Base Station Pro and how the company went about creating the device. The video and Nomad's website showcase the iPhone and AirPods on the mat, but Apple Watch charging will not be supported. Nomad currently sells the Base Station Apple Watch Edition as another AirPower alternative, which includes a dedicated charging puck for the wearable device and is priced at $139.


You can also purchase the original Base Station for $99, which charges up to two smartphones wirelessly or up to four with the integrated USB-C and USB-A ports.

Nomad has yet to reveal a price or a release date for the Base Station Pro, but those interested can sign up to be notified when it will be available for pre-order. You can head to Nomad's website for more information.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 6:25 a.m.

Brydge plans iPad keyboard case with trackpad, slaps patent lawsuit on rival

Brydge today pre-announced a clip-on iPad Pro keyboard that incorporates a trackpad, something that only became possible with the just-released iPadOS 13. This would create a computer like a MacBook with a removable touchscreen. It’s not the first such accessory to be unveiled, but Brydge is bringing a patent-infringement lawsuit against a company that last […]

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Oct. 11, 2019, 2:33 a.m.

Twitter returns to the Mac with new Catalyst app now available for download

macOS Catalina was released to the public earlier this week, making it easier for developers to port their iPad apps to the Mac. Twitter is joining the club today with a new Catalyst version of its iPad app that’s now available on the Mac App Store.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 1:50 a.m.

The Dune Pro PC case aims to bring the new Mac Pro’s design to everyone

Apple’s all-new Mac Pro is slated to be released sometime this fall, but a new Kickstarter product aims to bring the Mac Pro design to the masses. PC casemaker Dune has introduced a new Dune Pro PC case that bares a striking resemblance to the new Mac Pro.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

Google Maps Gains Detailed Voice Guidance for Visually Impaired Users

Google Maps has gained a new detailed voice guidance feature to help users with impaired vision get where they're going to on foot.

With a launch timed to honor World Sight Day, the feature continually reminds the user that they're on the correct route, the distance until their next turn and the direction they're walking in.

Detailed voice guidance also provides the user with warnings when approaching large intersections, and lets them know if they've accidentally left their route by offering a spoken notification that they're being re-routed.

The new accessibility feature will be a welcome addition for users who are blind or who have moderate-to-severe vision impairments, but the reminders could be handy for people with normal eyesight, too. As Google notes in a blog post:
While this new feature can be enormously helpful to people with visual impairments, it can also help someone who wants a more screen-free experience on their next walking trip. Similar to the announcements you might hear at crosswalks or on a bus, everyone can benefit from it. Not everyone will need this level of assistance, but it’s great to know it’s available and only a tap away.

To enable the accessibility feature in Google Maps, go to the Settings section of the app and tap Navigation. At the bottom of the list, beneath the "Walking options" heading, is an option to turn on Detailed voice guidance.

Detailed voice guidance for walking navigation is rolling out now on Android and iOS, and is initially available in English in the United States and Japanese in Japan, with support for additional languages and countries on the way.

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Oct. 11, 2019, 12:09 a.m.

Lisa Jackson explains how Apple balances innovation with sustainability in new interview

In a new in-depth interview with The Independent, Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, offers new detail on the company’s renewable energy and other environmental efforts. Jackson explains how Apple works to consider the environmental impact that new innovations might have, across the entire scope of the company.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Alfonso Cuarón signs multi-year deal with Apple TV+

Apple reportedly inked a multi-year deal with Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón to develop original content for Apple TV+. Cuarón’s deal with Apple will see him develop multiple TV series for the service, marking the director and writer’s first foray into TV since he created the short-lived show NBC show Believe. While Apple has dozens of […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Tim Cook explains why Apple pulled controversial Hong Kong app

Apple and its CEO continued to draw fire today for its decision to pull a mapping app from the App Store that proved useful to Hong Kong protestors. In an email to employees, CEO Tim Cook said Apple had received “credible information” from Hong Kong’s tech crime and cybersecurity unit that the app “was being […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

How to share Notes app folders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

A lesser-known but very useful feature included with iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina is improved sharing in the Notes app. Follow along for how to share Notes app folders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Max battery whips Galaxy Note 10+

A battery test pitting the iPhone 11 Pro Max against its arch-rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+, found that Apple’s new flagship handset outlasted its competitor by over two hours. The test, done by PhoneBuff, includes a one-hour phone call, 16 hours of standby time, and hours of real-world use in a range of applications. A […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Apple inks multi-year ‘overall’ deal with Alfonso Cuarón to make Apple TV+ shows

Apple has signed an overall television deal with Alfonso Cuarón, renowned film director, screenwriter, and producer, according to a Variety report. An overall deal means Apple can automatically acquire the rights to anything Cuarón develops over the length of the contract.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Save $199 on iPad Pro, $30 on AirPods [Deals & Steals]

Snag a 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a stellar price today on Amazon. A 256GB model with Wi-Fi is now available for just $949.99 — $199.01 off the usual price. Or you can pick up a 10.5-inch model for as little as $579. Today’s Deals & Steals roundup also features $30 off the newest AirPods, big discounts […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to combine Live Photos into a shareable video

Now you can pick a bunch of your Live Photos, and turn them into a short movie with a single tap. Here's how to make Live Photos videos.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Tim Cook says decision to ban Hong Kong protest app ‘best protects’ users in employee memo

In a new memo to employees obtained by Bloomberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook is defending Apple’s decision to remove the HKmap.live app from the App Store. Cook says the decision was based on “credible information” from the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau and users in Hong Kong.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Mac shipments see increase in Q3, global market share remains at 8%

Apple will officially release last quarter’s earnings results at the end of this month but analytics firm Canalys is out today with data on PC shipments for Q3. While the entire market saw shipment growth, Apple’s Mac lineup also saw a YoY gain, keeping its market share steady just under 8% of worldwide shipments.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Amazon Music app arrives on Apple TV

Apple TV users can finally access millions of songs, playlists and radio stations using Amazon Music. Starting today, anyone with a 4K Apple TV or the regular HD model can go to the Apple TV App Store and download the Amazon Music app, giving Apple Music some more competition on its own platform. Amazon revealed […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Truth Be Told trailer gives glimpse inside intense murder investigation

Apple dropped the first full trailer for Octavia Spencer’s crime drama, Truth Be Told, which will debut on Apple TV+ in December. Spencer plays a journalist investigating whether she helped send a man to prison for a murder he didn’t commit. Watch the trailer now: Investigate the details of Truth Be Told This show is […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

How to Perform a Clean Installation of macOS 10.15 Catalina

This article guides you through the process of performing a clean installation of macOS 10.15 Catalina using the bootable USB drive method, rather than upgrading your Mac using Apple's standard installation package, which retains existing user data and any user-installed apps.


Creating a bootable USB drive provides you with a convenient way to install a fresh copy of macOS Catalina on multiple Macs. Performing a clean install can also remove annoying quirks and strange behaviors that your Mac may have inherited over time, and often helps to reclaim disk space caused by junk files left by third-party apps.

To follow the steps in this article, you'll need an empty 16GB or larger USB thumb drive (USB-C or USB-A, depending on your Mac) and an hour or two of downtime while the installation procedure completes.

Also, be sure to perform a full backup of your Mac beforehand using Time Machine, so that you can restore your original system from the Recovery partition if something goes wrong.

Compatibility Check


‌macOS Catalina‌ is a major update that introduces a range of new features and changes including cross-platform app support for third-party apps, no more iTunes, iPad as a second screen functionality, Screen Time, and more.

Every Mac that can run macOS Mojave will run ‌macOS Catalina‌, with the exception of the mid-2010 and mid-2012 Mac Pro models. The full list of compatible Mac models is as follows:To check if your Mac is compatible, open the Apple () menu in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen and select About This Mac. Look just below the OS X version number in the Overview tab – if the Mac model name is the same or a later model year than the one shown in the compatibility list above, your Mac is compatible with ‌macOS Catalina‌.

How to Perform a Clean Install of ‌macOS Catalina‌


  1. Download ‌macOS Catalina‌ from the Mac App Store [Direct Link].
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  2. Once the download is complete, close the installer window by selecting the Quit Install macOS option in the menu bar or using the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Q.

  3. Launch the Terminal app (found in Applications/Utilities/Terminal).

  4. At the Terminal command prompt, type sudo followed by a space.

  5. Next, open a Finder window, navigate to your Applications folder, right-click (or Ctrl-click) on the macOS 10.14 installer, and select Show Package Contents from the contextual dropdown menu.

  6. Navigate to Contents -> Resources within the installer package.

  7. Drag the createinstallmedia file into the Terminal window.

  8. Still in the Terminal window, type --volume /Volumes/XXXXX --/Applications/Install\ macOS\ Catalina.app but replace XXXXX with the name of the USB drive you intend to use as a bootable installer.
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  9. Once you've replaced XXXXX in the last step with the name of the USB drive, press the Enter key on your keyboard to run the completed Terminal command.

  10. Enter your administrator password when prompted.

  11. Type Y and press Enter when prompted, and the command will create your bootable Catalina installer on the USB drive. This will take a few minutes to complete, so leave it running until you see the message "Install media now available." Note that if you're asked whether you want to install Xcode during the process, you can safely click Not Now and the process will complete successfully regardless.

Restart and Install


You can install Catalina on your Mac as soon as the USB installer has been created. To do so, restart your Mac and hold down the Option (⌥) key as soon as you hear the reboot tone. Then follow these steps:

  1. Use the mouse pointer or the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the disk called Install ‌macOS Catalina‌ in the drive list that appears on the screen.


  2. Once the USB drive has booted, select Disk Utility from the Utilities window, choose your Mac's startup drive from the list, and click Erase.


  3. When your Mac's startup disk is formatted, return to the Utilities window and select Install macOS, choose your freshly erased startup drive when asked where to install the OS, and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the installation.
To install Catalina on another Mac, first make sure it's powered off, then simply plug in the USB installer you created and turn the Mac on. When you hear the boot tone, hold down the Option (⌥) key and follow the three steps above.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

57 new emoji land on iPhone in iOS 13.2 beta 2

The biggest iPhone emoji update of the year is finally ready for testing if you’re a developer. Apple seeded iOS 13.2 beta 2 and iPadOS 13.2 beta 2 to developers today. The update comes just over a week after the first beta brought Apple’s Deep Fusion camera technology to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro. […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

What’s new in iOS 13.2 beta 2? New emoji, Siri privacy setting, more

The second developer beta of iOS 13.2 is now available. In addition to features like Deep Fusion and Announce Messages with Siri, the second developer beta has more in store. Here’s our full roundup of what’s new.

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

Maine Mall Apple Store expanding to new location on October 12

Apple’s easternmost store in the United States is moving to a new and expanded space. On October 12 at 10:00 a.m., South Portland, Maine’s Apple Maine Mall will relocate to the former Abercrombie & Fitch location near the mall’s center.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Amazon Music now works with Apple TV, joining Spotify and Apple Music

Apple users who happen to subscribe to a music streaming service other than Apple Music are having a good week. Just after Spotify gained Siri support and released its Apple TV app, Amazon Music is now available for Apple TV.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Apple releasing second developer beta of iOS 13.2 today

Apple today is releasing the second developer beta of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2. Today’s release comes just over a week after the release of the first iOS 13.2 with Deep Fusion camera technology.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Pixelmator Pro embraces Catalina’s Sidecar (and, surprisingly, Mac Pro)

Pixelmator Pro, one of Photoshop’s strongest competitors, is now fully compatible with macOS Catalina, including the ability to use an iPad as a second screen. And the high-end graphics app is also ready for the next Mac Pro, the super-powerful desktop Apple has on its docket for this fall. Pixelmator Pro and macOS Catalina Pixelmator […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Max cruises past Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ in battery life test [Video]

While the camera system upgrades for the iPhone 11 lineup may get the most attention for this year’s changes, the battery life for the lineup has also been considerably improved. In a new video, YouTuber PhoneBuff has put the iPhone 11 Pro Max up against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ in a battery life test.

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

9to5Mac Happy Hour 246: macOS Catalina impressions, iPad 7, iPhone SE 2 rumors

Benjamin has new info on Apple TV PIP, Zac has more experience with QuickTake on iPhone 11, watchOS 6.1 beta helps Apple Watch Series 5 battery, macOS Catalina lands, and Ming-Chi Kuo has new iPhone SE 2 predictions.

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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Oct. 10, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 10, 2019 – Apple in China, 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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Oct. 10, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Official Apple Watch bands on sale from $22, plus iPhone SE is $85 and iPad Pro $199 off

Amazon is offering discounts on official Apple Watch bands from $22, while iPhone SE gets a 1-day discount to $85 at Woot. You can also save $199 off iPad Pro in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. More below.

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

Apple within 3% of hitting amazing all-time high valuation

Apple is within 3% of hitting a record high market, with a current valuation of $1.037 trillion — and maybe about to climb even higher. “Longer term, this is one of the best stocks out there,” MKM Partners chief market technician JC O’Hara told CNBC. However, in the short term O’Hara thinks Apple faces a […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Tidal offers discounted pricing to first responders for regular and HiFi plans

In honor of National First Responder’s Day later this month, streaming music service Tidal is announcing 40% off for both its premium and HiFi plans for firefighters, police officers, and EMT/EMS in the US.

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

Apple chipmaker rakes in record third quarter revenue

Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has hit a new record for the third calendar quarter of the year. TSMC’s revenue beat previous guidance it gave in July. The world’s largest contract chipmaker reported consolidated revenues of $3.3 billion for the month of September 2019. That’s down slightly from its record high in August. […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

Clive Owen Joins Upcoming Apple TV+ Series 'Lisey's Story' With Julianne Moore

Clive Owen has signed on to star in upcoming Apple TV+ series "Lisey's Story" alongside Julianne Moore, reports Variety.

Apple gave a straight to series order for "Lisey's Story" earlier this year. The show is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, with Stephen King writing all eight episodes in addition to executive producing.

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"Lisey's Story" is a psychological horror with romance elements. It's split between Lisey's life in the present time and her dead husband's life (who was a famous novelist) as she remembers it.

Lisey begans to remember things about her husband that she had suppressed while being terrorized in the present by a former fan of her husband's. Owen will play Lisey's husband, Scott Landon.

Clive Owen is known for movies like "Children of Men," "Inside Man," "Closer," "Sin City," and "Hemingway & Gellhorn." Along with King, Moore, and Owen the series also boasts J.J. Abrams and Ben Stephenson of Bad Robot Productions as executive producers.

"Lisey's Story" is one of many TV shows that will be offered on ‌Apple TV‌+, Apple's upcoming television streaming service that will launch on November 1.

‌Apple TV‌+ will be priced at $4.99 per month when it launches, with a family of up to six people able to watch for that price. Apple is offering a free one-year ‌Apple TV‌+ subscription with the purchase of an iPhone, ‌Apple TV‌, Mac, or iPad.


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Oct. 10, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

DxOMark audio testing begins, finds iPhone 11 Pro Max worse than iPhone XS Max

DxOMark audio testing has today been added to the company’s services. The company has so far made a name for itself as the go-to source for in-depth, objective tests of smartphone cameras, and now it hopes to achieve the same reputation in testing smartphone speakers and microphones.

DxOMark audio testing kicked off with five smartphones…

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Oct. 10, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Long-awaited Crossy Road sequel coming to Apple Arcade

Hipster Whale’s 2015 game Crossy Road modified the Frogger concept for a modern audience. In doing so, it raked in massive amounts of money for an indie game: around $10 million in its first 90 days. Now the company is back with a new game, Crossy Road Castle, that’s set to debut on Apple Arcade. […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Pixelmator Pro adds rich support for Sidecar in macOS Catalina, the new Mac Pro, and adds a new Denoise tool

The Pixelmator team is today releasing its macOS Catalina update for its premiere image editing suite, Pixelmator Pro. Beyond simple compatibility fixes, version 1.5 includes full support for the Sidecar extended-desktop feature, SF Symbols import, and more.

Pixelmator Pro is also now ready to take advantage of the power of the new Mac Pro and enables new RAW workflows designed with the Pro Display XDR in mind. There’s also a new machine-learning powered denoise adjustment and performance improvements across the board.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Add a layer of protection and style to your new iPhone 11 [Deals]

It’s no surprise that the new iPhone models are positively drool-worthy. It’s also no surprise that they’re expensive. So if you’re shelling out the cash for Cupertino’s latest mobile device, you ought to consider protecting that investment. And with this roundup of awesome cases, you can even add some extra style and utility, too. iPhone […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 2:29 p.m.

macOS Catalina: Hands-on with the top new features and changes for Mac [Video]

This week marked the launch of the final pillar of Apple’s big operating system refresh for 2019. Of course, I’m referring to macOS 10.15 Catalina, the sequel to last year’s release to macOS Mojave.

macOS Catalina is a big new update for Mac users, bringing forth many new end-user conveniences to the table, along with new technologies that allow developers to bring their iPad apps to the Mac. Needless to say, macOS Catalina is chock full of new changes and features, so be sure to watch our hands-on video walkthrough, and subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for many new upcoming Mac-related videos. more…

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Oct. 10, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Opinion: Apple’s relationship with China is turning into a massive liability

Apple’s relationship with China has never been an easy one. Indeed, I wrote a piece a couple of years ago arguing that the company was in a no-win position in the country.

Apple’s only option of taking the moral high ground would be to pull out of the country altogether – as Google did for a time, after refusing to allow its search results to be censored by the government.

But Apple is in a very different position today than was Google in 2010. While Google had big ambitions within the country, it was not dependent on the market. Apple very much is. Not just because China is the largest smartphone market in the world – and as important to Apple as the whole of Europe – but because it is the iPhone maker’s key manufacturing base. Without China, it literally couldn’t make its products.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 2 p.m.

Adobe redesigns Creative Cloud Mac app with streamlined interface and access to Libraries

Starting today, Adobe is rolling out a new version of its Creative Cloud desktop app for macOS and Windows with an updated design and totally new organization. Adobe hopes the new app will be a more intuitive way to launch and update apps and access your Creative Cloud files.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple acquisition meant that Shazam turned a profit in 2018

Apple’s acquisition of music recognition AI company Shazam had a big impact on the company’s financials. According to freshly posted financial results, Shazam’s user base hit 478 million active users in 2018. That’s up from 400 million the year before. Profits before tax hit $158.4 million, a big increase on the $19.4 million it lost […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Apple TV+ will feature all 10 episodes of Dickinson November 1

It seems that a rumor that Apple TV+ would be moving away from the Netflix model of dumping every episode of a show out there immediately may have been wrong. At least with regards to Apple’s Dickinson series about the life of poet Emily Dickinson. Star Hailee Steinfeld appeared on last night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: The elusive Macintosh Color Classic II ships

October 10, 1993: Apple ships its Macintosh Color Classic II, the last of the 9-inch compact Macs. Also known as the Performa 275, the Color Classic II will eventually become something of a collector’s item, since Apple released it only in Canada, Asia and Europe. A needed update to original Macintosh Color Classic Its predecessor, […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

Apple again bans Hong Kong protest app after threats from China

Apple has made a second U-turn on a Hong Kong protest app. The company initially banned it from the App Store, then changed its mind and allowed it, and has now reversed course again, banning it once more.

We yesterday reported that Apple has also removed the Quartz news app, which has been reporting extensively on the protests. Quartz says Apple took this action at the request of the government.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Apple pulls two apps from China App Store due to government demands

Apple has reportedly removed the Quartz news app from the Chinese App Store by request of the China government. According to Quartz‘ investigations editor, this is due to their, “excellent coverage of ongoing Hong Kong protests.” The company also banned an app that let Hong Kong protesters track Hong Kong police. This came one day […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 10:10 a.m.

Amazon Music Launches on Apple TV

Amazon Music today expanded to the Apple TV, and a new Amazon Music app is now available for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.

Amazon says that  Apple TV  owners can now download the Amazon Music app from the tvOS App Store to get access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists and stations.


Amazon Music listeners on the  Apple TV  are also able to browse and search for music from their favorite artists and access purchased and imported music from the "My Music" library. Scrolling lyrics are also available.

The Amazon Music app for  Apple TV  is available in the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

Earlier this week, the Amazon-owned Twitch service also introduced an  Apple TV  app, and Spotify also brought its app to the tvOS  App Store .

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Oct. 10, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 13.2 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.2 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the first tvOS 13.2 beta and two weeks after releasing the tvOS 13 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.2 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 updates, so we may not discover anything new during the beta testing process.

Though we don't often know what's been added in tvOS updates, we let MacRumors readers know when new software is available so developers are able to download it upon release.

We didn't find anything new in the first tvOS 13.2 beta, but will update this post should we find new features in the second tvOS 13.2 beta.

tvOS 13, released earlier in September, introduced multi-user support, a new Control Center, Apple Arcade and controller support, new screensavers and more.

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

Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1 beta to developers, a week after seeding the second watchOS 6.1 beta and three weeks after releasing the watchOS 6 update with full App Store, new Apple Watch faces, and more.

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 over 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

There were no major changes found in the first two watchOS 6.1 betas, so it's not entirely clear what's included in the update, but we'll update this article should new features be found in the third beta. The update may be focused on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

watchOS 6.1 does work with the Series 1 and Series 2  Apple Watch  models, which were excluded from the watchOS 6 release.

Apple said that  watchOS 6  would come to the older  Apple Watch  models at a later date, so it's possible watchOS 6.1 will be the first version of  watchOS 6  to work with the Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
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Oct. 10, 2019, 8:34 a.m.

Apple's Mac App Notarization Service Experiencing Slowness Following Release of macOS Catalina

In June, Apple announced that all Developer ID-signed software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be submitted for notarization by Apple in order to run by default on macOS Catalina.


Following the release of  macOS Catalina  this week, however, some developers have found the notarization process to be very slow. Apple's system status page reflects this, noting that some users may be experiencing performance issues with its Developer ID notary service since Wednesday afternoon.

Apple says it is working to resolve the problem, but in the meantime, some developers have turned to Twitter to voice their frustration:
Developers can submit their apps for notarization by Apple's automated system using Xcode 10 or later.

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Oct. 10, 2019, 3:05 a.m.

Apple classic Texas Hold’em doubles down with iPad support

Apple decided to go all in on its revived Texas Hold’em game. The company brought this classic — which first debuted on the iPod way back in 2006 — back to iPhone this summer, and now there’s an iPad version. This simulated gambling app offers two options for multitasking on an iPadOS device. The description […]

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Oct. 10, 2019, 1:37 a.m.

Oprah explains why she picked Apple to be the home of her book club

Oprah’s Book Club officially debuted on Apple Books last month, with the first book being “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In a new article on her website, Oprah has offered more detail on why she decided to partner with Apple for her book club.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 11:34 p.m.

Apple launches disaster relief program for Apple Card users

Apple is now offering financial relief to Apple Card users in areas that have been hit by flooding and other natural disasters. Multiple Apple Card holders have shared an email sent by Apple with an offer to apply for the company’s new disaster relief program after detecting that they may have been affected by a […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

Apple updates its Texas Hold’em game with support for iPad and multitasking

Apple surprisingly revived its Texas Hold’em game for iOS back in July with new characters, improved graphics, and more. Now, the game has been updated to version 2.1 with support for the iPad.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Apple acquisition helped Shazam turn a profit, increase user base in 2018

Apple closed its acquisition of Shazam towards the end of 2018, but it was still early to have an impact on Shazam’s financials. As detailed by Billboard, Shazam increase its user base and became profitable during 2018.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 11:08 p.m.

Apple Arcade continues to expand with upcoming ‘Crossy Road Castle’ game

Crossy Road is a popular mobile game that was launched in 2014 for iOS and Android devices. The game was even featured at an Apple special event in 2015 as part of Apple TV demos.

Hipster Whale, the company behind the game, today announced a new franchise title, Crossy Road Castle, which will be available exclusively at Apple Arcade. The announcement was made through a video posted on YouTube.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

How to share your location on iPhone and more with the Find My app

iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS all include the revamped Find My app that combines Apple’s previous Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps. Here’s how to share your location with friends and family on iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the Find My app.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 10:46 p.m.

Stand+Dock brings iPhone, AirPods together for tidy charging [Review]

Clear the clutter on your bedside table with the Zens Stand+Dock. This stunning charger tops up iPhone and AirPods simultaneously and eliminates messy cables that are forever in your way. A built-in USB port on its base also allows you to charge a third device — like your Apple Watch. And with up to 20W of […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Apple removes ‘Quartz’ news app from Chinese App Store at request of the government

Earlier today, Apple was criticized by Chinese state media for allowing a a Hong Kong protest app into the App. Now, Apple has reportedly removed the Quartz application from the App Store at the request of the Chinese government.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

watchOS 5.3.2 closes security hole in Apple Watch Series 4

A security patch debuted today just for Apple Watch Series 4. watchOS 5.3.2 fixes a flaw in the software that hackers might exploit. This same patch for earlier Apple wearables was introduced two weeks ago. watchOS 5.3.2 stomps a single Apple Watch bug This small update removes a vulnerability from the wearable in which “a […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

PSA: Despite focus on security, the physical Apple Card is still susceptible to cloning

Apple Card arrived with a number of unique selling points like a super-fast application and approval process, no fees, Daily Cash, and strong security and privacy focus. But even though the physical titanium card doesn’t have any numbers or any other information besides a user’s name, it looks like it is still susceptible to credit card cloning just like any other credit or debit card.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Devs ding Catalyst, Apple’s new system for porting iPad apps to Mac

Developers using Apple’s system to convert iPad software to macOS say Catalyst still needs lots of work before it can fulfill its promise. The functionality is mostly there, but some features are missing and there are complaints about the style of the resulting apps. Catalyst catalyzes macOS development There are far more iPhone and iPads […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to add an hourly taptic chime in watchOS 6

New in watchOS 6: Hourly chimes with a taptic alert. See how easy it is to activate and customize hourly chimes on Apple Watch.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Oprah opens up about book club partnership with Apple

Oprah Winfrey is on a mission to create the most vibrant book club on the planet as part of her new partnership with Apple. In a new blog post on her website, Oprah talks about why she decided to team up with the iPhone-maker to share her passion for books. Apple’s deep pockets certainly help, […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Contraband Apple II computers still power old Soviet museum

The Soviet Union may have collapsed. But its first leader Vladimir Lenin lives on thanks to an audiovisual show still running on a small network of Apple II computers at a museum outside of Moscow. The Apple II is as revered by geeks as Lenin is by nostalgic Communists. Both were revolutionary. And while the […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

9to5Mac Watch Time episode 8: Apple Watch routines with David Sparks and Clayton Morris

David Sparks and Clayton Morris join Zac to talk about Activity Sharing Competitions, exercising as a family, HIIT workouts, interesting ways to capture ideas on the Apple Watch, and much more.

9to5Mac Watch Time is a seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. In this series, we talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.

9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS. Subscribe now to catch up with each episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re released every two weeks during season one.


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Oct. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Don’t update to macOS Catalina without checking this first

Should you update to macOS Catalina? Here's how to check for all the 32-bit apps on your Mac, which will break when you upgrade to Catalina.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

Using Apple Watch Series 4 with an older iPhone? There’s a software update for you

Apple today has released watchOS 5.3.2 for the Apple Watch Series 4. This update is for people who don’t have an iPhone that is capable of running iOS 13, and therefore can’t update to watchOS 6.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Save $120 on Powerbeats, $400 on iMac [Deals & Steals]

Snag a pair of Powerbeats3 wireless headphones from B&H Photo today and you’ll enjoy a whopping $120 off the usual price. Or pick up the new Powerbeats Pro to save $50! There are a bunch of other offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup you won’t want to miss. That includes up to 40% off […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Apple makes finding the right Xbox controller for Apple Arcade a snap

Finding the one model of Xbox controller that’s compatible with Apple Arcade is now as easy as ordering it from the Apple Store. Many of the games in this company’s new gaming service can be played with an Xbox or PS4 wireless controller, but only a very limited selection of controllers are supported. Listing one […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 057: “It doesn’t have to be a casino”, with AltStore developer Riley Testut

Riley Testut has recently been making a big splash in the community with his AltStore and Delta projects, and on this special episode of Stacktrace, he joins John and Rambo to talk about why and how he built them, and how he thinks they might impact the Apple developer community going forward.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 09, 2019 – Apple AR headset and new iPad Pro 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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Oct. 9, 2019, 4:57 p.m.

Wednesday deals: Anker Gold Box from $13, iPad Air Cellular hits new low, iPhone 7 free, more

Today’s best deals include a new Anker Gold Box, iPad Air Cellular returns to an all-time low, and iPhone 7 is free. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro Dock does double-duty as RAID storage and Thunderbolt 3 dock

Popular Mac accessory maker, OWC, is out today with a new Thunderbolt 3 peripheral. The Mercury Elite Pro Dock offers a nice selection of I/O including Gigabit Ethernet, UHS-II port, and more along with two bays for 2.5- or 3.5-inch SSDs or hard drives that can be used in a RAID configuration. Read on for all the details…

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Oct. 9, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

We may be waiting until 2020 for new iPad Pro, 16-inch MacBook

You could be waiting longer than anticipated to get your hands on Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro. One trusted analyst says the refresh will arrive in early 2020 with the iPhone SE 2, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro will come even later. This could mean that October event we’ve all been waiting for won’t happen, after […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

NapBot is a sleep tracker for Apple Watch powered by CoreML

There’s been a lot of talk recently about sleep tracking on Apple Watch, with rumors of Apple working on a built-in solution to be released next year. While a first-party solution is not yet available, many third-party developers have taken the task upon themselves, and a new app — NapBot — has just been released as an alternative to the other sleep-tracking apps available in the App Store.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Just $1,050 will bag you a limited-edition Newton MessagePad on eBay

The Newton MessagePad is probably the single most underrated product in Apple’s entire history. Now, thanks to a new eBay auction, you can get your hands on one of the rarest Newtons ever created. The clear, limited production prototype Newton MessagePad 110 was given out to a select few people at Apple’s 1994 developer conference. […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

Apple now selling Microsoft Xbox gaming controller to boost Arcade service in iOS 13

With all of its latest OS updates shipped, Apple Arcade is now available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac and a new feature for the company’s hardware is support for Xbox and PS4 wireless controllers. Now Apple has listed the Xbox Wireless Controller on its online store.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Apple's Reintroduced 'Texas Hold'em' Game Expands to iPad

Apple in July revived its classic Texas Hold'em game and released it on the iPhone, and as of today that game is also available on the iPad.

In the app's release notes, Apple says that Texas Hold'em can be played on the  iPad , and Apple recommends playing it using Split View or Slide Over.


Texas Hold'em comes to iPad--enjoy it full screen, or play it while you do something else using Split View or Slide Over.
Apple originally released the Texas Hold'em app as part of the App Store's 10th anniversary, which Apple celebrated in 2018. The updated version has been redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up with high-resolution graphics, new characters, and more challenging gameplay.

For those unfamiliar with Texas Hold'em, it's a poker variation that lets players bet and bluff their way through 10 gameplay locations like Las Vegas, Paris, and Macau. The updated version of Texas Hold'em is free to play and it supports up to eight players through WiFi or offline playback against 24 computer opponents.

Apple first introduced Texas Hold'em on the iPod in September 2006 before adding it to the iPhone when the  App Store  launched on July 11, 2008. The game was pulled from the  App Store  in November 2011 and it was unavailable until its 2019 return.

Texas Hold'em can be downloaded from the  App Store  for free. [Direct Link]


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Oct. 9, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Comment: It’s time to stop using the iPhone SE 2 name now; it won’t be one

Today’s news brings another report on ‘the iPhone SE 2,’ expected to be launched in the first quarter of next year.

It’s not, though.

I mean, yes, I absolutely believe Kuo that Apple is launching a new, budget-focused iPhone model early next year, and I accept that this is intended by Apple to fill the hole left by the removal of the iPhone SE. But it’s not an SE 2…

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Oct. 9, 2019, 3 p.m.

[Update: New name and features] Geneva Moon is a standalone Apple Watch app with an astronomically accurate lunar complication

Apple Watch has always had astronomy-inspired watch faces and complications — in part as a nod to the origins of time tracking — but the moon phases have never quite matched what we see in the sky. Geneva Moon (formerly Moon++ as you will see in the screenshot below) is a standalone Apple Watch app from developer David Smith that solves that problem.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 2:53 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Fold’s latest issue? Not-so-sticky stickers

Samsung fans have run into yet another issue with the Galaxy Fold. It seems the South Korean company’s shiny logo, stuck onto the side of the $2,000 device, has started falling off on at least one unit. It now looks like it was made by “Smsng.” The Galaxy Fold has become the most exciting device […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

China state media slams Apple for app used by Hong Kong protestors

China’s state media has slammed Apple for allowing an app which let Hong Kong protestors track the location of police. The app, called Hkmap Live, uses reports from a Telegram group to share information about things like arrests and the use of weapons such as tear gas. Apple recently booted the app from the App […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Upgrade any wall outlet into the perfect charging station [Deals]

Our technology evolves every year. But the outlets we use to keep our gadgets running haven’t changed for decades. We’re so used to juggling adapters and cables that when a wall outlet can charge your iPhone, it’s a little jarring. That’s the experience you will enjoy using Rabbit Charger. It enhances standard wall outlets with […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Mario Kart Tour adds new characters, Tokyo Tour course

Mario Kart Tour has received its first major update, adding a new Tokyo Tour course, set in a cartoon version of Japan’s capital city. Other tracks include the classic Rainbow Road, Kalimari Desert, and more. In addition, there are new characters such as Baby Rosalina, Roy, Wendy, Iggy, Larry, and Tokyo versions of Mario and […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Apple News+ Diary: A short-lived trial that was good for me, not for Apple

This will be the shortest diary series I’ve ever written! After providing my first impressions of Apple News+ in its UK incarnation just over a week ago, I’ve already canceled my one-month free trial.

Indeed, I was so confident in my decision that I canceled it without waiting for the trial period to end, despite the fact that this means immediate loss of access to the service.

However, while Apple failed to gain a subscriber from my trial, it was still an enlightening and useful exercise for me…

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Oct. 9, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple snaps up Christmas Carol movie with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds

Apple has picked up the rights to a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. The movie, which will be shown on Apple TV+, will be written and directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, the creators of the hit Daddy’s Home movies. The Hollywood Reporter notes that: […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Crossy Road Castle Coming Soon to Apple Arcade

Hipster Whale, the developers behind the popular game Crossy Road, are expanding the franchise and introducing a new title, Crossy Road Castle, which is coming to Apple Arcade later this year.

The news was announced today via a trailer for the upcoming game, which features Crossy Road-style gameplay in a platform-like castle setting.


Crossy Road first came out in 2014 and soared to popularity thanks to its simple tap-based object avoidance gameplay and wealth of unlockable characters.

Crossy Road is available on multiple platforms, but given the mobile exclusivity restrictions for  Apple Arcade , Crossy Road Castle will be available solely on the iPhone and won't come to Android.

 Apple Arcade  games are available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, but not all games are available on all platforms. Crossy Road Castle, though, will be available on all devices that support  Apple Arcade , according to GameSpot. Crossy Road Castle will include no in-app purchases or additional unlocks, and will be available as part of the $4.99 per month  Apple Arcade  subscription price.

Up to four players can play Crossy Road Castle collaboratively via a local connection, so friends and family members can play with one another.

There's no specific launch date for Crossy Road Castle, with Hipster Whale saying it's "coming soon."


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Oct. 9, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Apple’s first AR glasses could arrive in second quarter of 2020

Apple will launch its first augmented reality glasses in the second quarter of 2020, according to one reliable analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities says the device could enter mass-production before the end of this year. The news comes just weeks after one rumor suggested Apple had shelved its AR glasses plans. Apple has made […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: The Beatles beat Apple in court

October 9, 1991: A court orders Apple to pay $26.5 million to Apple Corps, The Beatles’ record label and holding company, for trademark infringement. It is the second time Apple is forced to pay The Beatles. It comes a decade after Apple swore it would never get into the music business. Apple’s Beatles battles The […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

Chinese state media warns Apple about ‘consequences’ of allowing protest app

Chinese state media has warned Apple about the ‘consequences’ of allowing a Hong Kong protest app into the App Store after earlier banning it.

The controversy surrounds the HKmap Live app, which was initially banned from the local App Store, a decision Apple reversed the following day …

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Oct. 9, 2019, 12:31 p.m.

Is Your macOS Catalina Install Stuck? Here's How to Fix It

Apple on Monday released macOS Catalina to the public, allowing everyone to install the newest version of the operating system for the Mac.

Based on reports on the MacRumors forums, Twitter, and other social networks, some people are running into a specific problem - an installation that hangs.

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After downloading  macOS Catalina  and installing from the Mac App Store, some people have seen the installation process stop right at the "Setting Up Your Mac..." screen, and even after waiting for hours, it doesn't resolve.

Luckily, there appears to be a super simple fix for this issue: Just restart. Hold down the power button on your Mac until it turns off, and then power it back on.

Based on reports from MacRumors readers, this fix will send you to the login screen or do your desktop.

After the Mac gets to the "Setting Up Your Mac..." screen, the  macOS Catalina  installation is largely complete. We don't recommend restarting right away, but if sits at that screen for a half hour or more, shut it down because it's not going to resolve on its own.

The  macOS Catalina  installation takes some time so don't restart ahead of when the setup screen pops up, but based on a multitude of reports, resetting in this way if it gets stuck appears to be a safe way of getting your Mac up and running again.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Apple and other tech giants to pay tax in each country they operate – OECD

Apple and other tech giants will in future be required to pay tax in each country in which they sell products and services, under new global plans. Apple, for example, will no longer be able to funnel profits from all European Apple Stores through Ireland as a means of avoiding tax in the countries where the products are actually sold.

The plans were announced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), following more than 130 countries agreeing on the need for global tax reform …

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Oct. 9, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Kuo: New iPad Pro and iPhone SE 2 in early 2020, followed by Apple AR headset collaboration with ‘third-party brands’

According to a Chinese language Ming-Chi Kuo report, Apple is readying the release of the iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models for the first quarter of next year. This would apparently be followed up with Apple AR headset launch in the second quarter.

Kuo says that Apple will collaborate with ‘third-party brands’ to release its first round of iPhone accessory augmented-reality headsets.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Call of Duty: Mobile racks up amazing 100m downloads in first week

The newly launched Call of Duty: Mobile has enjoyed the best launch of any mobile game yet, with more than 100 million downloads in its first week. Figures released by app analytics platform Sensor Tower show that CoD: Mobile overtook the recent Mario Kart Tour‘s 90 million downloads in a week. Fans already had some […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 7:13 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Anker's New Gold Box Sale Has Up to 40% Off USB-C to Lightning Cables, Portable Chargers, and More

Amazon is back with a new Gold Box sale on Anker accessories today, including up to 40 percent off portable chargers, wireless chargers, and USB-C to Lightning cables. As with all Gold Box sales, this one will last today only, so check out each product discounted in our list below.

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Anker also has two ultra-cheap miniature Bluetooth speakers on sale right now on Amazon. You can get the Soundcore Ace A0 and Soundcore Ace A1 for $10.99 each, down from around $20. These sales and more can be found in our full Deals Roundup.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 4:39 a.m.

China Accuses Apple of 'Protecting Rioters' After Approving HKmap Live for the App Store

Apple has come under attack from China for allowing an app in its App Store that is being used by Hong Kong protestors to track protests and police movements in the city state (via The Guardian).

Last week we reported that Apple was reviewing its decision to reject the HKmap Live app from the App Store while it investigated whether the software violates local laws. HKmap Live has been used extensively by pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong to crowdsource information about street closures and police presence.

Apple ultimately approved the app, which has become the most downloaded app under the travel category in the iOS App Store for Hong Kong – a fact that appears to have attracted the ire of the mainland Chinese administration.

On Wednesday, China's state media accused the tech giant of endorsing and protecting "rioters" in Hong Kong's ongoing protests. The condemnation came via the People's Daily, a recognized Chinese Communist party mouthpiece.

The commentary, the print-version of which ran with the headline "Protecting rioters – Has Apple thought clearly about this?", denounced Apple for "allowing the poisonous app to flourish," which it called "a betrayal of the Chinese people's feelings."

It said Apple's approval of HKmap Live, which it did not specifically name, made it an "accomplice" in the protests because it "blatantly protects and endorses the rioters," and questioned what the company's intentions were.

It also criticized Apple for allowing Glory to Hong Kong – an unofficial anthem frequently sung by protesters during the ongoing anti-government movement – to be available for download in the iTunes Store.
The map app is just the tip of the iceberg. In the Apple Music Store in Hong Kong, there was also a song advocating "Hong Kong independence." Such a song was once removed from the music store and has resurrected.

As a company with international influence, Apple has always enjoyed a high reputation. A company has its own standards of conduct, but should also have its social responsibilities. If Apple abandons its responsibilities and let violent acts get worse, it puts more users at risk.

Business is business, and politics is politics. Nobody wants to drag Apple into the lingering unrest in Hong Kong. But people have reason to assume that Apple is mixing business with politics, and even illegal acts. Apple has to think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision.
While it appears that Apple deemed the HKmap Live app to be legal, it has acted to remove apps from the App Store to abide by Chinese law in the past.

In July 2017, it removed most VPN apps from the App Store in China, following regulations passed earlier in the year that require such apps to be authorized by the Chinese government. Later the same year, Apple removed Skype from the App Store in China to comply with local law.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


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Oct. 9, 2019, 2:31 a.m.

Instagram adds new ‘Create’ mode for Stories with ‘On This Day’ and more

On the heels of adding Dark Mode support yesterday, Instagram today has expanded its Stories functionality with new features. As detailed by TechCrunch, there’s a new “Create” mode for Instagram Stories that essentially turns “Throwback Thursday” into an official feature, as well as much more.

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Oct. 9, 2019, 12:56 a.m.

Apple Watch Wall Charging Stand is a travel essential

Frequent travelers need an Apple Watch stand that’s lightweight, compact, and always ready to go. And they don’t get much better than the terrific Wall Charging Stand from Wiplabs. It should be an essential part of your carry wherever you go. You might have a fancy Apple Watch stand that looks good at home on […]

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Oct. 9, 2019, 12:41 a.m.

Eve for HomeKit app adds iOS 13 Dark Mode support, new navigation bar, more

The Eve app for HomeKit has been updated today with new optimizations for iOS 13, a redesigned navigation bar, and more. The Eve app on iOS works not only with Eve accessories, but also with all other HomeKit devices as well.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

Caution: Don’t rush to upgrade to macOS Catalina

Catalina the island is a paradise. Catalina, the Mac operating system, could be hell for some creatives, including DJs, writers and photographers if they immediately upgrade. Adobe, makers of Photoshop and Lightroom, are telling users to hold off on updating to macOS Catalina until it can iron out a number of compatibility issues. Music DJ’s […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Twitter says it ‘unintentionally’ used two-factor phone numbers and emails for ad targeting

Twitter today revealed that it was “unintentionally” using phone numbers and email addresses provided for account security for advertising purposes. The problem stemmed from the Tailored Audiences advertising program, Twitter said in a statement posted to its website.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

Call of Duty Mobile has the biggest mobile game launch ever with 100M first-week downloads

Call of Duty Mobile launched on iOS and Android last week, and the app has had quite a successful first week. According to new data from Sensor Tower, Call of Duty Mobile has been downloaded over 100 million times so far.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Apple picks up ‘A Christmas Carol’ musical with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds

Ahead of the launch of Apple TV+ on November 1, Apple continues to expand its collection of feature films. According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, Apple is in “final negotiations” to acquire the rights to a “music reimagining” of A Christmas Carol starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Jennifer Aniston explains how #MeToo shaped her new Apple TV+ show

Jennifer Aniston says production on Apple’s first TV show, The Morning Show, basically had to be completely rebooted once Matt Lauer got fired from Today. The pilot for The Morning Show originally focused on the cutthroat world of morning TV. In a new interview, Jennifer Aniston explained that all of that had to be reshaped […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

How to sync iPhone and iPad to your Mac in macOS Catalina without iTunes

If you’ve updated to macOS Catalina, you probably already know that iTunes is gone and has been replaced with separate Music, TV, and Podcasts apps. So syncing, backing up, updating, and restoring iPhone and iPad (Apple TV, too) works differently with the latest macOS release. Read on for how to sync iPhone and iPad to your Mac in macOS Catalina without iTunes.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Get Apple Watch Series 3 at its lowest price yet [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to buy your first Apple Watch, with Series 3 models now available at their lowest price yet for a limited time. You can get yours on Amazon for as little as $189. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find a […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 8:23 p.m.

Jennifer Aniston explains selling ‘The Morning Show’ when Apple TV+ ‘didn’t have walls‘

The Morning Show is one of the flagship Apple TV+ original shows, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. In a new interview with Variety, Jennifer Aniston offers new details on working with Apple, the show’s inspiration, and more.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

The iPad Pro is the best and worst iPad I’ve ever owned [Opinion]

The 2018 iPad Pro is the least-reliable, most frustrating Apple device I have ever used. And it goes beyond iPad Pro audio problems.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash

Apple’s newest devices are now available everywhere. If you’re planning to upgrade, or you’ve already upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, it’s time to turn your old models into quick cash. Your aging Apple gadgets could be worth a small fortune — and Cult of Mac wants to buy them! We typically pay more […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Instagram gains Dark Mode and new tools to foil phishing scams

Scrolling through your Instagram feed in the middle of the night just got a lot easier on the eyes. Instagram introduced support for iOS 13’s Dark Mode this week along with some new security tools that help people identify phishing attempts from emails that appear to be from Instagram. Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, revealed […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

iOS 13 and iPadOS users are randomly seeing an iTunes Store error message

A sizeable number of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users are experiencing an issue with some Apple services at the moment. More specifically, there are some reports about an unknown message that has appeared on iOS 13 and iPadOS. The iTunes Store error simply pops up on the screen unexpectedly and for several times.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

PSA: Here’s the keyword to get your dead AirPods replaced for less

If the batteries in your AirPods have about run their course, there’s another option besides buying a new pair for $159 or more. If you take your AirPods to an Apple Store there’s no option to get the AirPods’ batteries replaced but there is a keyword to get new ones at a discounted price.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 5:26 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 08, 2019 – macOS Catalina now available, 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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Oct. 8, 2019, 5 p.m.

Tuesday deals: Apple Watch Series 3 hits new all-time low, DJI Osmo $246, Nintendo Switch, more

Tuesday’s best deals include Apple Watch Series 3 at a new Amazon all-time low price. There’s also notable markdowns on DJI’s Osmo Action Camera and the new Nintendo Switch. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 5 p.m.

Linksys mesh routers offer whole home motion sensing w/o additional hardware

Linksys has released a new feature today for its Velop mesh WiFi customers. Linksys Aware is what the company calls “a first-of-its-kind” motion sensing technology that works via its mesh WiFi system without needing cameras or motion sensor hardware. Read on for all the details on this new feature.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

UBTECH unveils new MeeBot 2.0 coding robot, available exclusively from Apple

UBTECH is a company that is far from new to the home robotics scene. We’ve previously admired its Walker and Cruzr, and have taken a hands-on look at its Iron Man MK50 bot. Now, UBTECH is back for something a bit different with the announcement of its MeeBot 2.0 robot kit. Launching as an Apple store exclusive, the new coding kit looks to improve on the company’s past releases with a larger design, programmable LEDs, and more.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

What’s it like to have your startup bought by Apple? Stressful

What’s it like when Apple buys your startup? According to David Hodge, founder of mapping app Embark, the answer is: stressful. Apple bought Embark back in 2013 as part of its efforts to grow its mapping services. Embark focused on building free transit apps to help people navigate public transportation. In a new series of […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

Asphalt 9 and DC Universe may have backed out on Catalyst apps amid dev and customer concerns

Just after the launch of macOS Catalina that brought along the first wave of apps ported from iOS to macOS with Catalyst we’re already hearing about the challenges from both developer and consumer perspectives. And two of the headlining developers that Apple announced would be offering early Catalyst apps may have backed out or delayed their releases.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 4 p.m.

Backblaze 7.0 adds unlimited version history option, macOS Catalina support, and more

I’ve used Backblaze for many years as my go-to backup service on macOS. Just last week, it saved me from re-creating a presentation I worked on for three hours. I had been having issues with one of my laptops (due to macOS Catalina), so I decided to reformat the drive and set up from scratch. I didn’t realize that iCloud Drive hadn’t uploaded the document, though. I am not blaming Apple here because I was running a beta OS, and I knew I had some wonky things going on. Thankfully, Backblaze was working, though. I logged in to the online portal, downloaded the PowerPoint, and was up and running. One of the things that makes Backblaze such an excellent backup service on macOS is how much care they put into their app. It’s fast, lightweight, and is 100% native to macOS. Today, Backblaze for Mac 7.0 is being released. All clients will update over the next two weeks, or you can download by clicking on the Backblaze icon in the Menu Bar and check for updates. So what’s new in Backblaze 7.0? more…

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Oct. 8, 2019, 4 p.m.

Judge doubts whether anyone cares about exact iPhone pixel count

A judge set to rule on a lawsuit claiming Apple misrepresented iPhone screen size and pixel count bluntly expressed his opinion in a hearing last week with this: No one cares. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. took the arguments under submission, meaning he will at some point issue a written ruling over Apple’s request […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

MacBook Pro Diary: The upgrade to macOS Catalina is going to involve a lot of work

If I didn’t write about Apple-related tech for a living, I’m honestly not sure whether I’d upgrade to macOS Catalina. For me, the loss of 32-bit app compatibility could potentially be both a major hassle and a significant expense.

A hassle in part because there are several small utility apps I use which are 32-bit only. All are old, and the developers have long since lost interest in updating them, so I’m going to need to find suitable alternatives…

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Oct. 8, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

More than 8 out of 10 U.S. teens own an iPhone

More than 8 out of 10 teens have an iPhone, a new piece of research by analysts at Piper Jaffray claims. The “Taking Stock with Teens” report notes that 83% of teenagers own an Apple handset. That’s the highest rate since Piper Jaffray began tracking this information. Last year, the report claimed that 82% owned […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Easily keep all your iOS devices up to date and synced [Deals]

When you use more than one device, making sure your data and media is where you want it can feel like a juggling act. Most of us default to iTunes to manage our mobile data, but there’s more than one way to stay synced. iMazing calls itself the Swiss Army Knife of iPhone, iPad, and […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Apple launches rare Disney movie sale from $10, more deals starting at $1

Apple has a fresh batch of movies on sale this week, headlined by Disney titles from $10 with a number of new all-time low prices. There’s also the usual selection of $5 films and the latest $1 HD rental of the week. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 2 p.m.

New York City uses Israeli tools to crack into locked iPhones

Law enforcement agents in New York City have been cracking into locked iPhones since January 2018, according to a new report. Agencies are using a tool called Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED) that’s developed by Israeli firm Cellebrite. It is said to have cost at least $200,000 and allows a full file system extraction. iPhone […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple has a team of people who transcribe lyrics for Apple Music

Apple has a team of people “listening to music and transcribing the lyrics,” says Oliver Schusser, head of Apple Music. “We don’t get them from the usual sites,” Schusser says, explaining that Apple doesn’t trust crowdsourcing to give it the right answers for its new synced lyrics feature. That’s one anecdote from a new Wired […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

[Update: Full Apple demo video] Early look at the UI for Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video

One of the anticipated new features coming this fall to iOS is Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video to view and manage footage from security cameras. Now we’ve got what seems like our first look at the user interface that will come with the new feature.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

Instagram offering a clever, simple way to identify phishing scams

Instagram is rolling out a really neat way for users to identify phishing scams. If you receive an email claiming to be from the company, you can easily check in the app…

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Oct. 8, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s sapphire dreams shatter

October 8, 2014: Apple says it is “surprised” after GT Advanced Technologies, the supplier rumored to be manufacturing ultra-strong sapphire glass displays for the new iPhone 6, says it will file for bankruptcy. The announcement appears to mark the end of the road for sapphire glass iPhone screens, an highly anticipated upgrade that promised to […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

iPhone 11 will help Apple overtake Huawei in Q4 shipments

Strong demand for the iPhone 11 lineup could help Apple overtake Huawei in smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2019. Huawei has been clinging onto second place in global smartphone shipments since it leapfrogged Apple in early 2018. But iPhone 11 is selling so well that Apple just had to increase orders by 10%. […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

NYC law enforcement has been able to crack iPhones in-house since Jan 2018

Law enforcement agents in New York City have been able to crack iPhones in-house since January 2018 – some 18 months before the capability was revealed by the company supplying the technology.

It was June 2019 that Israeli forensics firm Cellebrite announced its ‘new’ UFED Premium product would, for the first time, allow customers to unlock iPhones in their own offices – rather than have to send them to the company’s own labs. But a new report today found that the product has been in use for far longer than this …

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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Suspected robber fatally shot while attempting to rob Apple Store

A security guard fatally shot a suspected robber Tuesday morning at an Apple Store in Dallas, Texas. The Apple Store in question is located at 3101 Knox Street. The armed suspect was trying to break into the store when he was shot. He died at a nearby hospital. The incident took place around 2.30am. According […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

You can now download Hulu content for offline viewing on iOS

It is finally possible to download Hulu content for offline viewing on iOS. The new feature is available today in the latest Hulu update. But there is a catch. Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and many others allow offline viewing. It has become a standard feature across most video streaming platforms, and it’s incredibly handy, especially for […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Apple delays iCloud Drive file sharing until next spring

Apple has quietly delayed the release of a new file sharing feature for iCloud Drive. File sharing was initially scheduled to release later this fall following the release of macOS Catalina on Monday. Apple is now saying we won’t get our hands on it until next spring. iCloud Drive saw a big overhaul — particularly on […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

New Tile Sticker will help you find anything [Review]

Anyone who’s ever spent a half hour searching for the TV remote can understand the appeal of the Tile Sticker. Glue it to anything relatively flat and you’ll never misplace that item again, as your iPhone can have this tiny tag play a loud alarm. Or put one on the headphones you can never find, […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 11 a.m.

Tile launches waterproof ‘Sticker’ and credit card-sized ‘Slim’ smart trackers

Tile is out today with two new smart trackers along with updates to its Tile Mate and Tile Pro products. The headlining new products are the Tile Sticker, the company’s smallest tracker yet that includes a waterproof design and the Tile Slim that now has a credit card form factor for a low-profile design.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Private health plan offers seniors $150 off the price of Apple Watch

Seniors-focused health insurance startup Devoted Health is offering members valuable cash off the price of an Apple Watch. Devoted claims to be the first Medicare Advantage plan to do so. The firm will help users buy the devices buy the device by contributing up to $150. Apple is also reportedly in talks with “a number” of […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

iCloud Drive folder sharing feature delayed from ‘later this fall’ to ‘spring’ next year

Apple has quietly informed customers that the shared iCloud Drive folders feature, which would make iCloud Drive a head-to-head Dropbox replacement, is no longer scheduled to be released this year.

Before today, the macOS All Features page had an asterisk for iCloud folder sharing that said the addition would be coming later this fall. Overnight, the text has changed to ‘coming this spring’.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

Tap Launches Second-Generation Wearable Keyboard With Gesture Controls

Tap, the company that makes a futuristic, wearable keyboard, today announced the launch of its second-generation keyboard, the Tap Strap 2.

The Tap Strap 2 is similar in design to the original Tap Strap, fitting over the fingers and allowing for typing via a series of different finger taps.


Compared to the original Tap, the Tap Strap 2 offers up a new thumb ring glider and better mouse functionality that's more sensitive. Tapping on soft surfaces to type letters is better than it was with the original Tap version, and it now supports 10 hours of battery life.

It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and sports a new feature called AirMouse. With AirMouse, users can control iPads, smart TVs, set-top boxes like the Apple TV, and more using hand gestures.

AirMouse mode works out of the box without the need for calibration or software drivers. There are multiple modes of operation, which vary based on what the user needs to get accomplished.


In Mouse Mode, the Tap Strap 2 can be used to control a cursor, scroll, and click, just as one can do with a standard mouse. In Multimedia Mode, users can play, pause, adjust volume, or skip a track, and in Smart TV mode, users can navigate through menus, select items, and search for content to watch. There's also a separate selfie tap option for snapping photos from afar.

All of the modes work through different hand gestures, and the Tap Strap 2 is designed to anticipate what the person wearing the device wants to do. When a hand is horizontal, the Tap Strap 2 works in keyboard mode for typing via different finger taps. When the thumb is resting on a surface, it switches over to mouse mode, and when the hand is rotated vertically, it swaps over into AirMouse Mode.


Tap says that the Tap Strap 2 is designed to offer enhanced support for the iPad, offering up interactions like horizontal swipes, getting to the Home screen, and launching the app switcher.

In the future, Tap plans to expand its gesture-based capabilities to work for gaming and with AR and VR devices. Starting in 2020, developers will be able to create applications that incorporate AirMouse capabilities using an AirMouse SDK.

Tap Strap 2 can be purchased from the Tap website for $199.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 9 a.m.

Linksys Introduces 'Linksys Aware' Service for Sensing Motion Using Mesh Wi-Fi

Linksys today announced the launch of a new subscription service that lets you use some of the company's existing Velop mesh Wi-Fi router systems as motion-sensing security devices.


Dubbed Linksys Aware, the technology is initially compatible only with the company's Velop Tri-Band AC2200 routers, but will be rolling out to some of the brand's other mesh Wi-Fi products in a phased rollout.

Linksys Aware is able to sense motion in your house without the need to add cameras or other accessory devices, with the various mesh nodes detecting how movement in the vicinity affects Wi-Fi signals as the nodes communicate with each other.


Users can customize the sensitivity level of the system to filter out pets of various sizes, for example, and once the motion threshold is exceeded you'll receive a notification on your phone.

As the system doesn't involve a camera, there's no way to remotely check in on the detected motion to see what it is, but at least you'll be alerted if unexpected motion is detected in your home. Motion events are stored for 60 days, so you can check back to see a recent history by hour, day or week.


Linksys Aware is free for the first 90 days, after which a subscription priced at $2.99 monthly or $24.99 annually will be required. A firmware update and App Store app update will be rolling out today to add support for the feature.

With the discontinuation of its AirPort lineup of wireless routers, Apple has embraced Linksys as one of its primary third-party partners, selling several configurations of the Velop system online and in its retail stores.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 7:54 a.m.

Apple Employees Help Transcribe Music for iOS 13's New Real-Time Lyrics Feature

In an interview with WIRED, Apple Music head Oliver Schusser has revealed that Apple has a team of employees listening to songs and transcribing the lyrics to ensure they are accurate for iOS 13's new real-time lyrics feature:
In probably the most bizarre example of Apple spending to get the experience right, Schusser says that Apple has "a team of people listening to music and transcribing the lyrics" to ensure they're accurate enough for Apple Music's new time synced lyrics feature; "we don't get them from the usual sites."
The interview contains a few other notable tidbits from Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe, including the possibility of the Apple Music Festival returning in the future and "some big new names" who will accompany Ebro Darden, Julie Adenuga, Matt Wilkinson, and himself as Beats 1 hosts in the future.

Full Interview: More radio, more live: where Apple Music's headed in 2020


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Oct. 8, 2019, 6:31 a.m.

MeeBot 2.0 Programmable Robot for Kids Available Exclusively at Select Apple Stores Starting Today

UBTECH Robotics today introduced a new version of its programmable robot MeeBot, known for its dancing skills.


MeeBot 2.0 is 30 percent larger and adds new programmable technologies, including two programmable LED "eyes" and a programmable color sensor that responds to included color cards or other colorful objects to make the robot move.

The new robot also has a new gear system, providing an opportunity to learn about engineering movement and motion.

UBTECH Robotics says the MeeBot 2.0 kit will be available exclusively at select Apple Stores in the United States and Canada starting today, priced at $129.99 USD, although it has yet to appear on Apple.com.

The robot can be built, programmed, and controlled with the companion Jimu app for iPhone and iPad, free on the App Store.


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Oct. 8, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts 38mm GPS Apple Watch Series 3 to $189 (42mm at $229)

Amazon is discounting the 38mm GPS Apple Watch Series 3 to just $189.00 this week, which is $10 below its previous Amazon list price and $90 off the regular price tag of $279.00. Amazon has both the Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band and Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band on sale this week.

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In regard to Amazon's prices, this is the lowest price we've seen for the 38mm aluminum Apple Watch Series 3 on the retailer's website. If you're looking for the larger size, Amazon also has the 42mm GPS Apple Watch Series 3, priced at $229.00 in both previously mentioned case and band combinations.

The Apple Watch Series 3 launched in 2017 with an optical heart sensor, Digital Crown, dual-core S3 processor, accelerometer, and gyroscope. This was also the first generation to support cellular capabilities, denoted by models with a red Digital Crown, but Amazon's sale this week does not extend to these LTE models.

Head to our full Deals Roundup for a deeper look into all of the best Apple-related sales happening right now.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 3:21 a.m.

Apple on Course to Retake Second Place in Global Smartphone Vendor Ranking

Apple is on course to recapture second place from Huawei in the global smartphone vendor ranking in the fourth quarter of 2019, reports DigiTimes.


The change in ranking is said to be a combined effect of strong sales of Apple's iPhone 11 lineup and the impact of Huawei's trade ban in the United States.

Despite being blacklisted by the U.S. government in the middle of the second quarter this year, Huawei has managed to ship 60 million handsets, which is around the same amount it shipped in the previous quarter, according to data from Gartner.

However, as the trade ban drags on, Huawei is expect to see sales slide over the second half of this year. Gartner estimates that shipments could fall to about 50 million units in the third quarter, before bouncing back to 60 million units going into the holiday period.

According to IDC, Apple shipped 36 million iPhones in Q1 2019. Sales are said to have dropped to 34 million in the second quarter, with an expected slide to 30 million units in Q3 as people waited for Apple's next-generation flagship devices, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

But with reports of higher-than-expected sales of its iPhone 11 lineup both domestically and abroad, Apple could see its handset shipments reach 70 million units in the fourth quarter, which would exceed the 60 million units Huawei is expected to ship in Q4 2019.

Related Roundups: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro

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Oct. 8, 2019, 1:21 a.m.

Affordable EarHooks ensure your AirPods never leave you

Breaking up is hard and painful, unless you’re an AirPod. They’re far from loyal, and they will leave you any time and anywhere. That’s why you need Elago’s awesome EarHooks. EarHooks prevent an ugly breakup by ensuring AirPods always stay in your ear — whether you’re working out or squeezing onto a busy train. And you […]

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Oct. 8, 2019, 1:08 a.m.

macOS Catalina breaks compatibility with DJ apps that use iTunes libraries

One of the main changes of macOS Catalina is the new Music app that replaces iTunes after 18 years. Although it still allows users to manage songs locally, the new Music app is based on the same experience offered on iOS, which is focused on Apple Music. That change has brought some issues for professionals who work with music programs on the Mac.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:51 a.m.

Instagram for iOS updated with support for Dark Mode in iOS 13

Nearly three weeks after the release of iOS 13 to the public, Instagram for iOS has been updated with Dark Mode support. The new design is a mix of dark gray and black, and matches the system-wide setting in iOS 13.

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Oct. 8, 2019, 12:17 a.m.

macOS Catalina helps iPad apps come to the Mac, here are the first to launch

After a summer of beta testing, macOS Catalina is now available to the public. In addition to features like Sidecar and Apple Arcade, macOS Catalina adds Mac Catalyst, a new technology that makes it easier for third-party developers to port their iPad apps to the Mac.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 11:22 p.m.

Save $50 on sweet Powerbeats Pro headphones [Deals & Steals]

Apple’s newest Powerbeats Pro headphones are now $50 cheaper for a limited time! They offer all the technology found in the latest AirPods, including Apple’s brilliant H1 chip with “Hey Siri” support, plus nine hours of listening in between charges, music controls, easy pairing, and more! And it’s just one of today’s awesome offers. You […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

PSA: Sidecar in macOS Catalina is not compatible with some older Macs and iPads

Apple has released macOS Catalina today with several new features, including Sidecar. Using a Mac with the latest operating system and an iPad with iPadOS 13, it’s now possible to turn the iPad into a second, fully interactive display. To interact with the Mac system through the iPad, however, users needs an Apple Pencil. And that has limited the functionality of the Sidecar feature for some iPad models.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Apple reaches first deal to subsidize Apple Watch costs through private Medicare plans

We’ve seen Apple Watch catch on with a handful of insurance providers so far. Now, CNBC reports that Devoted Health has become the first health insurer with private Medicare plans to offer a discounted Apple Watch as a benefit.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

How to get your Mac ready for macOS Catalina

There are a host of great new features and changes for Mac users with the release of macOS Catalina. But before you install the latest operating system there are few things to consider like if you’re running any important apps that won’t be compatible with macOS 10.15, checking for 32-bit apps, and if you’ve got a fresh backup. Follow along for how to get your Mac ready for macOS Catalina.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

First Apple TV+ movie trailer will give you all the feels

Apple finally gave fans a glimpse of one of the first movies that will debut on Apple TV+ when the service launches next month. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (that guy from 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange), The Elephant Queen follows a family of elephants on their year-long journey across Africa as they face […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Hulu for iOS adds support for offline viewing, but with some limitations

Hulu for iOS and iPadOS is adding support for offline downloads, bringing it up to par with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The feature is rolling out today to Hulu subscribers, but there are a few caveats worth noting.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 9 p.m.

Ikea’s dirt-cheap wireless charger is elusive for a reason [Review]

Ikea's rare Livboj wireless charging pad is cheap, works perfectly, and looks great. Read our Ikea Livboj review, then buy one!

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Oct. 7, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Apple Music to gain more livestreams, pre- and post-album content, Beats 1 hosts, more

In a new interview with Wired, Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and Oliver Schusser dive into how the service will evolve and where it’s headed over the next year with more livestreams, behind the scenes content, and radio, but not as we currently know it.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 8 p.m.

Apple Prime? Giant bundle of entertainment services under consideration

Apple is reportedly mulling offering all its entertainment services in one giant bundle as a sort of “Apple Prime.” If true, then a single subscription would include the company’s music, video, and gaming services This news is apparently leaking from music-industry executive who aren’t thrilled with the idea. “Apple Prime” could be a thing The […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Carrot Weather brings snarky forecasts to the Mac with macOS Catalina

With the launch of macOS Catalina comes the ability for iOS developers to port their apps to the Mac with Catalyst. The highly popular Carrot Weather is taking advantage of that right away with its Mac app now available.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to use the Apple Watch to snap remote selfies

The Apple Watch camera remote app is way more powerful (and useful) thank you may think. Use it for selfies and other shots.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:49 p.m.

macOS Catalina is out with new apps, Apple Arcade, Sidecar and more

Apple’s big update for Macs, macOS Catalina, is finally out today bringing with it a host of new features, apps, privacy improvements, and much more. Developers just received the gold master version of macOS Catalina last week, but today’s launch was a bit of a surprise. Anyone that has a compatible Mac can grab the […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Final Cut Pro X gets new Metal engine for big performance boost

The latest version of Final Cut Pro X is out now with a new Metal engine that promises a big performance boost. It also make optimizations for the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. Apple is today bringing the same Metal engine to Motion and Compressor, too. Apple is yet to tell us when […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Instagram removes ability to see others’ likes, comments, and follows from Activity tab

Instagram is removing a controversial feature that had been in place since 2011, the Following tab in the Activity feed. Now the feed will focus on your own activity.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Final Cut Pro X receives new Metal engine for increased performance along with internal/external GPU selection

Alongside today’s release of macOS Catalina, Apple has pushed a new performance-oriented Final Cut Pro X update featuring optimizations for the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. The new Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 update is available for download today on the Mac App Store. more…

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

macOS Catalina now available, here are the top 7 new Mac features

Apple has released macOS Catalina today and it brings a host of new features and changes to Mac users. iTunes is finally split up in this release. Apple Arcade has arrived with over 100 games, Sidecar brings the ability to use an iPad an as external Mac display. Screen Time and the new Find My app have arrived and much more. Read on for a look at some of the top new Mac features.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Steelers’ QB faces fat fine for wearing Apple Watch during game

Ben Roethlisberger was hit with a fine for wearing an Apple Watch on the sidelines of the Steelers’ game last week. It’s against NFL rules for players or coaches to use devices that can transmit electronic messages unless they have been pre-approved. No Apple Watch on the sidelines Roethlisberger’s right arm is injured, and he […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 07, 2019 – Apple TV+ and Apple Music bundle 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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Oct. 7, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Apple Stops Signing iOS 13.1 Following Release of iOS 13.1.2

Following the release of iOS 13.1.2 last week, Apple today stopped signing iOS 13.1, meaning downgrading to this version of iOS is no longer possible.

Apple last Friday stopped signing iOS 12.4.1, iOS 13.0, and iOS 13.1.1, but continued signing iOS 13.1 until today.

iOS 13.1.2 was a bug fix release that quickly followed iOS 13.1.1, which primarily addressed issues with battery drain, Siri, and access permissions for third-party keyboards.

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 13.1.2 is now the current public version of iOS, but developers and public beta testers can download iOS 13.2, an upcoming update with features like the Deep Fusion image processing system for the new iPhone 11 lineup.


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Oct. 7, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

This year’s crazy gold iPhone looks surprisingly tasteful

Caviar, a Russian jeweler known for its expensive smartphone modifications, may have created a fourth iPhone to go in Apple’s iPhone 11 line. Behold, the iPhone 11 Pro Bling. Bling is not the official title. It’s actually Victory. But once you see the exotic treatment Caviar gave to the already good looking iPhone 11 Pro, […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Instagram Gains Support for iOS 13's Dark Mode

Popular social networking app Instagram was today updated to add Dark Mode support for iOS 13, introducing a darker theme that activates when Dark Mode is turned on.

The new Dark Mode option is available throughout the app, from viewing the main feed to browsing to the profile. Dark Mode can be accessed by activating Dark Mode on an iPhone running the iOS 13 update.


To get Dark Mode, the latest version of Instagram is required, even though the release notes don't mention the new feature.


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Oct. 7, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Apple doubles investment to save struggling display-maker

Apple has reportedly doubled its investment in struggling iPhone screen-maker Japan Display (JDI). CEO Minoru Kikuoka expects the deal to be completed this month. It comes after an ¥80 billion ($750 million) bailout deal fell through in late September when the largest investor pulled its funding. Japan Display’s struggles started soon after Apple began using […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

iOS 14 concept brings Split View to iPhone

A new proposal imagines iPhones running next year’s iOS 14 able to display two applications side-by-side. Split View would enable users to, for example, look at a webpage while writing an email, and drag-and-drop items between them. Watch a concept video of iPhone multitasking in action now: This concept is presented by TechBlood. iOS 14 with Split […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Latest AirPods on sale from $130, 9.7-inch iPad with Cell $110 off, iPhone battery cases, more

Today’s best deals include the latest AirPods on sale from $130, plus deals on Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Cellular, and iPhone battery cases. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger ‘livid’ about $5K fine for wearing Apple Watch during a game

If you watched the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals last week, you may have noticed injured Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rocking an Apple Watch on the sidelines. As it turns out, and as you might expect, the NFL is not too happy about that.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Apple Design VP Alan Dye talks Apple Watch face design on Hodinkee Radio podcast interview

Apple’s Vice President of Human Interface Design Alan Dye is no stranger to giving interviews about the Apple Watch and what goes into what shapes the software experience. Dye’s latest Apple Watch conversation can be heard on the Hodinkee Radio podcast where he discusses how Apple Watch faces are designed and much more.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Devoted Health Becomes First Private Medicare Provider to Offer Apple Watch Benefit to Members

Devoted Health, a private medicare provider that offers Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, now provides the Apple Watch as a benefit to its members, reports CNBC.

Devoted Health says it is the first private Medicare provider to offer the Apple Watch as a fitness option, providing its members with up to $150 to put towards an Apple Watch model. Apple sells the Apple Watch Series 3 for as little as $199.


Plans from Devoted Health now list a $150 per year benefit in "Wellness Bucks" that can be put towards classes, programs, and "wearable devices like an Apple Watch" with the aim of offering members options to "keep healthy outside of the doctor's office."
"We are pleased that CMS agrees that there is a wide variety of ways that older Americans can keep healthy, including fitness and nutrition classes, and activity monitoring devices such as the Apple Watch," said Devoted Health spokesman Kenneth Baer. "We are thrilled to be the first Medicare Advantage plan to collaborate with Apple, and give our members the chance to use their Devoted Health Wellness bucks towards purchasing an Apple Watch. Using innovative technologies to improve the quality of care is core to our mission."
According to CNBC, Apple has been talking with companies like Devoted Health "for months" about subsidizing the cost of the Apple Watch, with Medicare Advantage plans potentially offering an untapped market for Apple, allowing the company to get its devices in the hands of more senior users.

CNBC contacted other Medicare Advantage plans that said they are also considering offering the Apple Watch as a fitness benefit in the future.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

US Supreme Court says Apple’s victory against University of Wisconsin stands

A long-running patent battle between Apple and the University of Wisconsin appears to finally be at an end. The US Supreme Court has today refused a request from the college to hear an appeal…

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Oct. 7, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Apple’s plans to create a media ‘super-bundle’ hitting resistance from record labels

As Apple continues to grow and evolve its Services, one product that has been talked about is a “super-bundle” that could offer customers music, video, gaming, and even news. Apple has reportedly been chatting with major music companies about the plans but there appears to be concerns and resistance from some record labels.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Twitch app is now officially available for Apple TV users

After a short testing period, popular live game streaming service Twitch has launched today on the App Store its Apple TV app. Some third-party apps for tvOS were available before, but this is the first time the official Twitch app has launched for Apple’s set-top box.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

Apple leaks references to new Sleep app for Apple Watch

References to an unreleased Sleep app for Apple Watch have been inadvertently leaked on the App Store. It’s further evidence of Apple’s plans to bring sleep tracking to its popular wearable. We first heard of sleep tracking functionality for Apple Watch back in February. Reliable Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said Apple planned to deliver it […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

[Update: watchOS 6.1 beta] Apple Watch Series 5 battery life struggling to last all day for some users

[Update 10/7: Disabling always-on display and other features saw minimal battery life gain. Reluctantly, I installed watchOS 6.1 beta over the weekend as a last resort troubleshooting step before exchanging the hardware. We don’t yet know when this watchOS update will be released or if it intentionally targets a battery life bug.

However, after three days of testing, watchOS 6.1 beta on Apple Watch Series 5 with always-on display enabled has turned 12 hour battery life into 17.5 hours. We’ll have our full review after watchOS 6.1 is officially released. Original coverage of the battery life situation without watchOS 6.1 beta below.]

I’ve been eager to review the new Apple Watch for the fifth consecutive year, but there’s just one problem: I can’t get through a full day without it dying. Apple Watch Series 5 introduces an always-on display so you can read the time at a glance, and Apple says battery life is unchanged from Series 4 models.

My routine hasn’t changed either, but my battery life experience has. Battery life problems are not affecting everyone, but Apple Watch Series 5 battery problems are definitely affecting more customers than just me.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 3 p.m.

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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Oct. 7, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Take control of your chaotic inbox with this top app [Deals]

Our email inbox is fundamental to our work and personal lives. So keeping it organized goes a long way towards staying stress-free and on top-task. Clean Email is an online bulk email cleaner and an interface with your inbox. You can easily define what emails are ‘Protected’, ‘Friends and Family’ or other lists, which helps […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Diary: Tripod-mounted iPhone night photos don’t change the story

I had only a few minutes to play with the iPhone 11 Pro camera on release day, taking just a few hand-held iPhone night photos to test Night Mode.

But a couple of readers made a good point in response. Although the vast, vast majority of iPhone photos will be handheld, it wasn’t fair to compare the results against a DSLR or mirrorless camera when those were tripod-mounted 30-second exposures. For a fair comparison, I should also mount the iPhone on a tripod, and let it also use its longest-available (pseudo) shutter speed…

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Oct. 7, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Official Apple Watch Sleep app accidentally mentioned in Alarms app screenshot

As spotted by a MacRumors reader, the App Store screenshots for the Alarms app for Apple Watch includes text that alludes to an as-yet-unannounced Sleep app. References to Apple Watch sleep tracking features were found during the iOS 13 beta cycle, but Apple did not ship the functionality this year.

This screenshot is yet another confirmation that Apple is indeed developing a first-party Sleep app.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

Hulu for iOS Gains Support for Offline Viewing

Hulu today updated its iOS app to add support for offline viewing for the first time, which will allow Hulu content to be downloaded so it can be viewed when you don't have an internet connection available for streaming.

Hulu rival Netflix has long offered offline viewing as an option, but until today, Hulu didn't offer the feature.


According to Hulu, downloading of offline content is available to subscribers of the more expensive ad-free Hulu plan. Those with the ad-supported Hulu plan will not be able to download shows for offline viewing as it would presumably be easier to skirt commercials.

Downloaded content can be accessed through a new Downloads tab in the Hulu app, and there's an option to "See What's Downloadable" to browse through available downloadable content.

Up to 25 titles can be downloaded across five different devices, and users will have 30 days to watch downloaded content. Content that's been watched will expire two days after playback has begun, and downloaded content can be renewed by accessing Hulu over an internet connection.

Downloadable shows are available on Hulu for iOS starting today, with an App Store update required.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

Apple will now be largest player in Japan Display bailout, says new report

A new month, a new chapter in the ongoing Japan Display bailout story…

It was last month reported that the rescue plan was once again in doubt after the lead company pulled out of the consortium. However, a new report today suggests things may be back on track, thanks to Apple…

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Oct. 7, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Spotify update brings Siri support in iOS 13, new Apple TV app

The Spotify update we’ve been waiting for since the launch of iOS 13 has landed. The latest version of the app finally adds Siri support, so you can ask the virtual assistant to play artists, tracks, and more. It also brings a brand-new Apple TV app. One of the many changes and new features in iOS […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

Comment: Apple would sell a lot more HomePods if it followed Sonos’ lead here

Apple has so far made one move designed to help it sell more HomePods: a price drop from $350 to $300 back in the spring. Indications are that this didn’t really help.

Other efforts seem … limited. Click the Search button on Apple’s website and AirPods – and even iPod – come up as Quick Links; HomePod doesn’t. Even on the Music page, HomePod gets second billing after Apple Music.

Part of the challenge for Apple is that decent-quality audio is one of those product categories that has to be experienced before you appreciate the value. Sonos, which faces the same problem, appears to be testing a possible solution: one I suspect will prove successful …

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Oct. 7, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Deals Spotlight: Sprint Offers Savings on iPhone XR, iPhone 11, 10.2-Inch iPad, and Apple Watch Series 5

Sprint is continuing to offer new and existing customers a few select iPhone and Apple Watch-related discounts this month. Below we've rounded up each of these offers and explained how you can get them, so be sure to check out each deal before they expire.

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iPhone XR


Sprint has an ongoing flash sale on the 64GB iPhone XR, priced at $8 per month when you sign up for an 18-month Sprint Flex lease and add a new line of service. Within two bills you'll see a bill credit of $17 per month added onto your account.


This offer will end on October 10.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro


For the latest iPhone 11, Sprint is offering the 64GB iPhone 11 for $0 per month with eligible device trade-in, an 18-month lease, and new line activation. After this, you'll get $29.17 credited to your account every month.


The same offer can be applied to the more expensive 64GB iPhone 11 Pro and 64GB iPhone 11 Pro Max, which would end up priced at $12.50 per month and $16.67 per month, respectively.

These offers will expire on November 7.

iPhone 8


You can get the 64GB iPhone 8 for $10 per month or the iPhone 8 Plus for $14.17 per month, when you sign up for an 18-month lease and add a new line of service. Both iPhone 8 models will see a credit of $8.75 added to your bill each month, beginning within two bill cycles.


This offer will end on November 7.

10.2-Inch iPad


If you're looking to add a tablet to your Sprint account, you can get the 32GB 10.2-inch iPad for $4.17 per month once you agree to a 24-month billing agreement, add a new line on a qualifying plan, and have one active handset on your account.


At this discounted rate, the total cost of the new 7th generation iPad is reduced to $99.99. The deal is available in all three iPad colorways: Space Gray, Gold, and Silver.

This offer will end on October 24.

Apple Watch Series 5


Finally, Sprint has discounted the Apple Watch by 50 percent off this month, including the new Series 5 models. The offer requires you to sign a 24-month Installment Billing agreement, activate a new watch plan, and have one active handset on your Sprint account.


Once you meet all of these criteria, you'll see 50 percent off your cellular Apple Watch model of choice (excluding the 44mm Stainless Steel case with Milanese Loop band) via monthly bill credits. For Series 5 models, this means you can pay as low as around $10 per month for the device.

This offer will end on October 17.

Our full Deals Roundup has even more information on all of the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

You can now ask Siri to play Spotify music on iOS 13, Spotify debuts Apple TV app

Spotify has today released its iOS 13 update, which allows users to ask Siri to play albums and playlists using their voice. This brings Spotify up to par with other music apps; SiriKit integration for audio apps was exclusive to Apple Music until iOS 13.

To use Spotify with Siri, install the update and then ask to play an album or song ‘with Spotify’. The update also allows hands-free control through CarPlay. Spotify is also launching a tvOS app for Apple TV today.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects big boost to iPhone sales in 2020

Critics dismissed the iPhone 11 as boring ahead of its release. But, according to renowned Apple analyst TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, the much-praised handsets could give Apple a nice sales boost to start 2020. Kuo is expecting big things from the much-anticipated iPhone SE 2 as well. For the holiday quarter, Ming-Chi Kuo expects shipments […]

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Oct. 7, 2019, 10:24 a.m.

Apple Launches Updated Version of Final Cut Pro X With Optimizations for Upcoming Mac Pro

Alongside macOS Catalina, Apple today announced the launch of an updated version of Final Cut Pro X, which is optimized for the upcoming Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR that goes along with it.

The new version of Final Cut Pro X has a new Metal engine that's designed to take advantage of the power of the new Mac Pro while also delivering performance gains across a wide range of Mac systems.


Apple says the new Metal-based engine improves playback and accelerates graphic tasks like rendering, real-time effects, and exporting.

On the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which Apple says is the most popular system for Final Cut Pro X users, the software is up to 20 percent faster. On the iMac Pro, the software is up to 35 percent faster.

As for the Mac Pro, Final Cut Pro X is 2.9 times faster at rendering than the previous 12-core Mac Pro and 3.2 times faster at transcoding. Final Cut Pro X also takes advantage of the Afterburner card in the new Mac Pro for "unparalleled performance" when working with ProRes and ProRes RAW.

Final Cut Pro X works with the Sidecar feature in macOS, which is designed to allow the iPad to work as a secondary display for a Mac.

Other new features added to the software are listed below:
- Grade high dynamic range video with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools.
- View high dynamic range video tone-mapped to compatible standard dynamic range displays when using Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor on macOS Catalina.
- Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.
Apple is also releasing updates to Motion and Compressor with the same new refreshed Metal engine that offers performance optimizations for the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 is a free update for existing users, while new users can download it for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

Motion and Compressor are each priced at $49.99. [Direct Link: Motion] [Direct Link: Compressor]


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Oct. 7, 2019, 10:01 a.m.

Apple Releases Trailer for 'The Elephant Queen' Ahead of Movie's November 1 Debut on Apple TV+

Apple today shared a trailer for the film "The Elephant Queen" ahead of its November 1 debut on Apple TV+.


Acquired by Apple at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, "The Elephant Queen" centers upon Athena, a matriarch of an elephant herd, as she is forced to lead her family across the African savanna in search of water:
Embark on an epic journey of love, courage and coming home. Join Athena, the majestic matriarch of an elephant herd, as she is forced to lead her family across the unforgiving African savanna in search of water. This family-friendly adventure is a cinematic love letter to a threatened species. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Lion King), The Elephant Queen won the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award of the Year.
The trailer was shared on Apple TV+'s official YouTube channel:


Apple TV+ is Apple's upcoming subscription-based streaming video service, launching November 1 in over 100 countries and regions. The platform will eventually offer dozens of original TV shows and movies, such as "The Morning Show," "Dickinson," "See," "For All Mankind" and "The Elephant Queen."

Apple TV+ will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Since September 10, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, or Mac can get one year of Apple TV+ for free.

The trailer can also be watched on tv.apple.com.


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Oct. 7, 2019, 7:31 a.m.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear University of Wisconsin's Appeal in Patent Lawsuit Against Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear the University of Wisconsin's appeal in its patent fight with Apple, according to Reuters.


In July 2017, a U.S. district court ordered Apple to pay $506 million to the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation for infringing on a patent related to computer processing technology with its A7, A8, and A8X chips.

In September 2018, however, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the damages that Apple had been ordered to pay, ruling that no reasonable juror could have been able to find infringement based on the evidence that was presented in the liability phase of the original 2015 trial.

The decision comes on the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2019 term.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 6:04 a.m.

Deals: Powerbeats Pro Discounted to $199.95 ($50 Off), Plus Low Prices on 2018 9.7-Inch iPad and More

New deals out today include low prices on Apple's 9.7-inch iPad and Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, as well as one of the first major discounts we've seen on the new Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones.

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Powerbeats Pro


Amazon has introduced a discount on the Powerbeats Pro, which you can purchase for $199.95, down from $249.95 ($50 off). This 20 percent off sale on Apple's new wireless headphones is one of the first notable discounts for the Powerbeats Pro that we've tracked online.


The retailer has every color on sale, so you can get the Powerbeats Pro in Black, Ivory, Moss, or Navy at the new discounted price of $199.95. These models are shipped and sold by Amazon and are brand new, and you can opt to include AppleCare+ for headphones at $29.00 to your order.

Additionally, Apple itself has marked down the Powerbeats Pro to $199.95 on its website.

2018 9.7-Inch iPad


Amazon has Apple's previous generation 32GB cellular 9.7-inch iPad from 2018 at the low price of $349.00, down from $459.00. At $110 off, this matches the lowest price we previously tracked for this model across the major Apple resellers online.


Only the Gold color is on sale at this price. If you're looking for a little more storage, Amazon also has the 128GB cellular model of this iPad at $449.00, down from $559.00 ($110 off). All three colors are available on sale for the 128GB model.

iPhone XS Smart Battery Case


To round out the Amazon deals kicking off the week, the retailer also has Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS and XS Max at $102.00, down from $129.00 ($27 off). The iPhone XS version is only on sale in Black, while the iPhone XS Max version is on sale in both Black and White colorways.


While we've seen slightly lower prices on the iPhone XS Max Smart Battery Case, today's deal matches previous low prices on the accessory for the iPhone XS model. The Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XR has not been discounted this week on Amazon.

Head to our full Deals Roundup to stay updated on all of the latest Apple-related sales and offers.

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Oct. 7, 2019, 4:05 a.m.

Official Twitch App for Apple TV Now Available

The official Twitch app for Apple TV has just dropped. The live game-streaming service has offered iOS and Mac apps for some time, but a version for Apple's set-top box has only been in testing over the last month. From today though, gamers can watch their favorite streams on the big screen.


The Twitch app for Apple TV offers the same features found on the iOS and Mac apps, so users can watch live streams, clips, and video on demand, as well as get involved in on-screen chat. Twitch also hosts a slew of additional broadcasts, including live Thursday Night NFL Games, so this news isn't necessarily just for videogame fans.


The Apple TV app rollout is currently underway. If the Twitch app isn't showing up for you in the tvOS App Store, launch the Settings app on your set-top box and enable Apps -> Automatically Install Apps, then download the iOS app to your iPhone or iPad (or remove it and then install it again), and it should appear on your Apple TV's Home screen.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13
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Oct. 6, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

OWC’s USB-C multiport hub is built like a tank [Review]

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock has five ports to extend the capabilities of your MacBook or iPad Pro, including HDMI and dual USB-A. Wrapped around these is a casing of aluminum and plastic thick enough to stand up to the kind of punishment many of us subject our gear to. Yet it still looks professional. […]

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Oct. 6, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

PSA: Why Logic Pro X users might want to hold off on Catalina

While the imminent release of the latest macOS is upon us, there are some things to be aware of when it comes to running Logic Pro on Catalina. Home music producers beware as this update could very well silence your latest masterpieces, if you’re not careful. Updating to Apple’s latest operating system too soon can yield all sorts of issues with your Logic Pro X projects using third-party gear, so be sure to hit the jump for more details.

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Oct. 6, 2019, 8 p.m.

Screen protector and thin case by Totallee seamlessly protect iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max

This iPhone screen protector post is presented by Totallee. After you’ve purchased your new iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Max, it’s a no-brainer to buy a case for it. But that’s not all you need. Many smartphone cases don’t cover the device’s screen. So, to best protect against life’s drops, bumps and scratches, you […]

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Oct. 6, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Save 20% on Just Mobile’s awesome iPhone accessories

Just Mobile’s sweet Tenc Air cases offer ample protection for your pricey iPhone without covering up its dazzling design. And you can get yours for 20% less right now! All Tenc Air cases and Xkin screen protectors are on sale now through the Cult of Mac Store. Apple’s new iPhone 11 lineup features its toughest […]

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Oct. 6, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best travel, friend-making, and hex editor (?!) apps this week

This week we find new friends to hang out with, shoot video with both iPhone cameras at once, fall for yet another Facebook data-gathering app, and more.

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Oct. 6, 2019, 5:49 p.m.

Apple analyst Kuo forecasts 10% YOY growth in iPhone sales for Q1 2020, boosted by ‘iPhone SE 2’ launch

TF Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is today forecasting that Apple will sell about 10% more iPhones in the first quarter of 2020, due to strong replacement demand for iPhone 11 and the launch of the ‘iPhone SE 2’ starting in the same period.

In terms of the calendar holiday quarter, Kuo expects shipments of 70-75 million new iPhone units (iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro combined), which could have been higher if not for supply constraints.

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Oct. 6, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Tony Fadell answers questions about iPod development on Twitter

Tony Fadell — known as the “Father of the iPod” — took the day to answer on Twitter a few questions about his work at Apple with one of the most successful products in technology history. He worked at the company between 2001 and 2008 as a designer and then vice president of iPod engineering.

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Oct. 6, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 4 vs Series 5: Should you upgrade?

Apple Watch Series 5 has been available for just over two weeks. It brings notable changes including an always-on display, but for Apple Watch Series 4 users the question of whether or not to upgrade can be tricky. Read on as we walkthrough the Apple Watch Series 4 vs Apple Watch Series 5.

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Oct. 6, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

Poll: What are your impressions of Apple Arcade so far?

After being announced back in March, Apple Arcade has been available to the public for over two weeks now. Apple Arcade offers a collection of games for a single $5 per month subscription that can be shared with your entire family.

What do you think of Apple Arcade so far?

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Oct. 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Illuminate your life with LED smart bulbs [Deals]

Lightbulbs are the symbol of invention and good ideas, but it’s not until the last few years that they’ve changed in a fundamental way. The LED bulbs are energy efficient, and full of possibility for customization. So if you’re looking to make your house or office smarter, these bulbs from iHaper are a great way […]

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Oct. 6, 2019, 2 p.m.

Comment: Five hardware features I want to see on a new Apple TV

Over the past few months, we’ve started to see rumors of Apple releasing an updated version of the Apple TV hardware. I have one of the 4K models and four of the 1080p models around my house, so we are all in on the ecosystem at my home. While I wish it were less expensive, I do enjoy the Apple Music and iCloud Photos integration (along with the impressive screen savers). As we look ahead to what is coming, I have five hardware features on my Apple TV wishlist. more…

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Oct. 6, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Instagram testing support for Group Stories after similar feature was dropped from Facebook

Facebook rolled out Group Stories earlier this year, only to subsequently shut the feature down last month. Now, the company appears to be taking the feature to Instagram instead, according to evidence found by Jane Manchun Wong.

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Oct. 6, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Michael Dell says he’d shut down Apple

October 6, 1997: Michael Dell makes an infamously bleak appraisal of Apple’s fortunes. Asked what he would do with Apple, the founder of Dell Inc. says he would “shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” As incorrect forecasts go, this is one of the more notable in tech history. But it […]

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Oct. 6, 2019, 1 p.m.

This week’s top stories: iPhone SE 2 rumors, iOS 13.2 beta, in-ear AirPods, and more

In this week’s top stories: New in-ear AirPods on the way, expectations for Apple in October, iOS 13.1.2 release, Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Oct. 6, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Apple previews For All Mankind at New York Comic Con, pitched as ‘Mad Men for NASA’

Apple TV+ made two appearances at New York Comic Con this year, with panels on Servant and For All Mankind. For Servant, Apple announced a launch date (November 28) and an advance look at the official trailer.

The audience at the ‘For All Mankind’ panel got to see the first fifteen minutes of the first episode, and a panel interview with executive producer Ron Moore and lead cast.

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Oct. 5, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

How to check if your iPhone 6s is eligible for Apple’s new repair program

Do you still use an iPhone 6s or have one laying around? Apple on Friday launched a new repair program for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units that won’t turn on. Here’s how to check to see if your iPhone 6s is eligible for the program.

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Oct. 5, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

Totallee offers 25% off cases, Qi charger and accessories for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

If you’re looking for the perfect thin, clear or leather case, or a Qi charger for your new iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, totallee offers 9to5 readers an exclusive 25% off its lineup for a limited time:

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Oct. 5, 2019, 4 p.m.

Why iPad will never catch up to Mac [Cult of Mac Magazine 317]

Even with all the new productivity features in iPadOS, the iPad still can’t touch the Mac when it comes to ease of use. The reason? It’s complicated. Find out why Cult of Mac’s Graham Bower thinks the iPad user interface can never really compete with the Mac in this week’s issue of Cult of Mac […]

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Oct. 5, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

WSJ report explores Tim Cook’s ‘unlikely’ relationship with President Trump

Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken a visible role in politics since the election of President Trump. Cook has met with and earned praise from Trump multiple times, while also criticizing his policies when necessary. A new report from the Wall Street Journal explores how Tim Cook balances his relationship with President Trump and Apple’s employees and interests.

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

Master all of Adobe Creative Cloud with 12 comprehensive courses [Deals]

If you want to land your dream job, mastering all the apps in Adobe Creative Cloud is a smart move. Powerful Adobe apps like Photoshop and Illustrator are industry standards for creating quality visual and interactive media However, the apps in Adobe CC suite are somewhat complicated. It can prove difficult to learn all the […]

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Oct. 5, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

Working out with Apple Watch? These smart scales sync weight with iPhone

Apple Watch can help you stay motivated to exercise and improve your health, and smart scales that sync data to the iPhone can be a fun and useful way to track your progress. If you want to easily collect your weight and other measurement data in the Health app on iPhone, the trick is to find a scale that works with HealthKit. Here are some of the current options on the market:

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Oct. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.

Apple @ Work: How will Wi-Fi 6 impact Apple in the enterprise?

If you look at Apple’s device lineup over the past few years, the vast majority of them do not have ethernet ports. Wi-Fi has grown across retail centers, sports stadium, universities, K–12 schools, and business centers. One of the major drivers behind the growth of Wi-Fi is Apple’s products.

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Oct. 5, 2019, 1:49 p.m.

Tim Cook tweets in memory of Steve Jobs on anniversary of his passing

Today marks the eighth anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs. As he does every year, Tim Cook marked the anniversary with a post and image on Twitter.

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

Consumer Reports names iPhone 11 Pro the best smartphone, praising battery life and camera

Consumer Reports has updated its smartphone rankings with the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. This year, the iPhone 11 Pro models are able to edge out competition from Samsung, while the iPhone 11 ranks in the top 10.

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Oct. 5, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs dies at 56

October 5, 2011: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56 in his home in Palo Alto, California. Jobs’ official cause of death is respiratory arrest arising from complications related to a rare type of pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed with the cancer eight years earlier, and officially stepped down from his role […]

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Oct. 5, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: iOS 13.2 Beta, AirPods Leak, 'iPhone SE 2' in 2020, and More

This week saw quite a few leaks and rumors, including Apple itself leaking an icon of what appears to be next-generation AirPods with ear tips that would presumably assist with rumored noise cancelation capabilities. We also heard rumors about an "iPhone SE 2" that would actually be more like an updated iPhone 8 and future high-end iPad and MacBook models equipped with Mini-LED displays.

Read on for a look at this week's biggest news, including our thoughts on a potential October media event and what Apple might introduce at one.

iOS 13.2 Beta Released With Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 and 11 Pro


Apple's wave of software updates continued this week with the release of the first iOS 13.2 beta for developers and public testers. With it brings Apple's promised Deep Fusion camera feature for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, which takes advantage of machine learning techniques for even better pixel-by-pixel optimization of photos.


Apple also seeded the Golden Master of macOS Catalina to developers, which is equivalent to the final version of the operating system that will be released for all compatible Macs soon, as well as the second beta of watchOS 6.1 and the first beta of tvOS 13.2.

For users who aren't on the beta track, Apple has released iOS 13.1.2 with several bug fixes and improvements.

iOS 13.2 Beta Includes Icon Depicting New AirPods Design


In the first beta of iOS 13.2, MacRumors has discovered an icon depicting in-ear AirPods, lending credence to rumors that Apple plans to release a new version of the wireless earphones with active noise cancelation and a new design later this year.


We've also rounded up everything else that is new in the first iOS 13.2 beta, including the return of "Announce Messages with Siri" for AirPods and select Beats headphones, a new "Transfer to HomePod" feature for media, HomeKit grouping, and more.

'iPhone SE 2' With Similar Design as iPhone 8, A13 Chip, and 3GB RAM Expected in Early 2020


Apple plans to release a so-called "iPhone SE 2" with a similar design as the iPhone 8 in early 2020, but with a faster A13 chip and an extra, third GB of RAM, according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


Kuo is at least the fourth source that expects a new lower-cost iPhone to launch early next year. Earlier reports claimed the device will have a 4.7-inch display like the iPhone 8, so it might not be the 4-inch smartphone that some are hoping for. Touch ID is also expected instead of Face ID.

High-End iPad and MacBook With Mini-LED Displays Said to Launch Between Late 2020 and Mid 2021


A new iPhone SE wasn't the only prediction to come from Ming-Chi Kuo this week.

The well-known analyst also expects Apple to release high-end iPad and MacBook models with Mini-LED-backlit displays between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.


Kuo believes one of Apple's suppliers will be Epistar, the largest LED manufacturer in Taiwan. Just this week, without getting specific, Epistar's president revealed that some of the company's clients are working on products with Mini-LED backlighting systems. One of those clients could certainly be Apple.

Mini-LED displays would have many of the same advantages as OLED displays on the latest iPhones, such as high contrast.

iPadOS Tips and Tricks: Gestures, Home Screen Tweaks, Keyboard Options, and More


In one of our latest videos over on our YouTube channel, we go over some must-know iPadOS tips and tricks that are useful to those who have recently updated and want to get more familiar with the changes.


Tips and tricks range from quick screenshots and a floating keyboard to new gestures for selecting text and cutting, copying, and pasting.

We also went hands-on with an iPad Pro dummy unit this week, showing off what the next-generation version of the device might look like if equipped with a triple-lens rear camera like the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max as rumored. Rumors are rather unclear, however, on whether such a camera system could come in a refresh as soon as this month or if might not be until next year.

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Apple in October: 16-Inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro Refresh, New Apple TV, and More?


With last month's iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 event in the rearview mirror, and several more Apple products in the rumor mill, we can now look ahead to what might come later this month.


There certainly appears to be enough on Apple's slate for an October media event, with rumors of a 16-inch MacBook Pro, an iPad Pro refresh, a new Apple TV, new AirPods, and possibly even the "Apple Tags" if they are ready.

In our article, we explain why Tuesday, October 29 would be a fitting date for a potential Apple event this month.

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Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.

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Oct. 5, 2019, 5:48 a.m.

Top iPhone 11 Pro features – a smartphone built for photo and video enthusiasts

The iPhone 11 Pro is a moderately more expensive version of the baseline iPhone 11, but instead of a dual camera array, it features a triple camera setup that includes a telephoto lens. The addition of a faster telephoto lens can make a noteworthy difference for mobile photographers and videographers.

The Pro version of the iPhone 11 also comes with a sleek new matte finish, an 18W power adapter for fast charging, and an enhanced Super Retina XDR display, which happens to be perfect for Dark Mode in iOS 13. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we showcase some of the top iPhone 11 Pro features, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on Youtube for more iPhone videos. more…

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Oct. 5, 2019, 2 a.m.

Apple promises to fix your iPhone 6S if it stops powering on

Apple warned iPhone 6S and 6S Plus owners that their handset could suddenly refuse to power on. But the company did promise to fix the problem, free of charge. Th company’s support website describes the problem: “Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a […]

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Oct. 5, 2019, 1:15 a.m.

macOS Catalina testers get a sneak peek at Apple Arcade

Mac users can start enjoying Apple Arcade, but only if they’ve installed the latest pre-release version of macOS Catalina. This move seems to be preliminary step in launching this big macOS upgrade. If it isn’t obvious, this also means that Catalina didn’t debut today, as had been rumored. Apple Arcade for everyone… almost Apple’s all-you-can-play […]

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Oct. 5, 2019, 1 a.m.

Learn the ins and outs of Logic Pro X with this complete bundle [Deals]

When it comes to music production, Logic Pro X is the industry standard. So if making music or working with sounds is something you want to do, you’ll want to get fluent with Apple’s incredibly powerful platform. With this massive lesson bundle, you can do just that. The Ultimate Logic Pro X Music Production Bundle […]

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Oct. 5, 2019, midnight

How to add hourly Taptic Chime alerts to Apple Watch

watchOS 6 brings a variety of new features and improvements and one of them is the ability to add hourly Taptic Chimes to your Apple watch. Follow along below for how to turn them on.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 11:02 p.m.

Apple opens repair program for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices that won’t power on

Apple has quietly opened a new repair program for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices that experience problems powering on. Affected devices that are eligible for the program will be repaired free of charge.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Apple Arcade now available for Mac users ahead of macOS Catalina release

After releasing macOS Catalina Golden Master to developers, Apple today has launched Apple Arcade for Mac users running the latest version of its operating system. That comes ahead of the public release of macOS Catalina, expected to be officially released this month.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Commissioned portrait of Jony Ive featured in the UK’s National Portrait Gallery

As Sir Jony Ive winds down his time at Apple before shifting to his new design firm, the UK’s National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a new portrait of the celebrated designer shot at Apple Park by renowned photographer Andreas Gursky.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Amazon Prime Video mysteriously disappears from App Store [Update: It’s back]

Update: The Amazon Prime Video app is back in the iOS App Store after mysteriously disappearing for much of the day. Why this high-profile app went missing for so much of the day remains unknown. Whether its disappearance resulted from a simple glitch or some sort of quickly resolved dispute between Apple and Amazon isn’t […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 10 p.m.

9to5Rewards: iPhone 11 Pro Max giveaway (+ 25% off totallee cases)!

There is still time to enter our giveaway for the new iPhone 11 Pro Max thanks to our friends over at totallee. In addition to giving away the device to a lucky 9to5Mac reader, totallee is offering 25% off its popular thin, clear and leather cases for the new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max for a limited time:

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Oct. 4, 2019, 9:43 p.m.

Save 20% on this mountable charging pad + case for iPhone

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could slap your iPhone on the wall while it’s charging? You can with the magnificent mountable wireless charging pad from Xvida. Built-in magnets inside the pad grab onto Xvida’s companion case for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max to form a super-secure grip. And you can save big on […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

Early look at the UI for Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video

One of the anticipated new features coming this fall to iOS is Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video to view and manage footage from security cameras. Now we’ve got what seems like our first look at the user interface that will come with the new feature.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Save $129 on Apple Watch 4, $29 on new iPad [Deals & Steals]

Apple Watch Series 4 is the best Apple Watch you can buy if you don’t need an always-on display. It has the same edge-to-edge display, the same CPU, and all the same features. But it costs a lot less. Get yours today on Amazon to save up to $129. Today’s Deals & Steals roundup also includes […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Apple stops signing iOS 13.1.1 after releasing new version with bug fixes

Today, Apple has stopped signing iOS 13.1.1 after releasing iOS 13.1.2 earlier this week with more bug fixes and improvements. That means users are no longer able to downgrade from the current iOS version to iOS 13.1.1.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Amazon Prime Video app temporarily unavailable from Apple, returning soon

Amazon’s Prime Video app became unavailable today from Apple’s App Store. While there was some speculation that the removal could have been due to a scuffle between the two companies, it sounds like it was just a technical issue.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Amazon Prime Video mysteriously missing from App Store

Don’t try to put the Amazon Prime Video app on your iPhone or iPad today — it’s not available in the iOS App Store. Whether this is a glitch or the result of a dispute between Apple and Amazon isn’t yet clear. The disappearance apparently came as a surprise to Amazon. It’s webpage devoted to […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 8 p.m.

Congress asks Spotify for information on Apple’s anti-trust behavior

Spotify is reportedly helping the feds with their anti-trust investigation into Apple’s App Store. US lawmakers asked Spotify to submit information related to an ongoing antitrust investigation into whether Apple is engaging in anti-competitive behavior. As one of Apple’s biggest critics, Spotify has already helped with probes in Europe but this is the first news […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

DOJ asks Spotify for details on its complaints against Apple for antitrust case

The US Department of Justice has an open antitrust investigation into Apple and other major tech companies. In the latest development, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has asked Spotify for information on the alleged anticompetitive practices that the company previously leveled at Apple.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to check (and block) apps that track you on iPhone and iPad

To block all trackers in iOS 13, and stop apps from sharing your private data, you need extra help. A look at iOS firewall apps.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Apple snaps up virtual reality experts to boost AR push

Apple confirms it purchased a company that makes virtual reality and motion capture.software. The acquisition of iKinema could bolster the iPhone maker’s augmented relativity offerings, especially with a set of AR glasses supposedly coming next year. Apple and iKinema: It’s a done deal An Apple spokesperson told The Financial Times that his company has purchased […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Call of Duty off to spectacular start on mobile

Real Call of Duty this week landed on mobile for the first time — and fans of the franchise can’t get enough. The free-to-play game has, unsurprisingly, enjoyed a spectacular start so far. We’ve seen other Call of Duty games on mobile in the past. But they were nothing like the real thing. They didn’t offer […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Apple Watch Nike+ hits stores today, some models backordered until December

Apple Watch Nike+ models start arriving to customers today who pre-ordered and various models are also in stock at Apple Stores. However, some of the most popular variants are seeing shipping times of up to 9-10 weeks pushing availability into December from Apple. Meanwhile, Nike is selling the watches directly.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

Why Apple CEO Tim Cook hates cryptocurrency

Apple is rapidly growing the list of services it provides to its customer base. Just don’t expect a cryptocurrency to come from Cupertino on Tim Cook’s watch. The Apple CEO made his feelings crystal clear in an interview with a French newspaper published today. “I deeply believe that money must remain in the hands of […]

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

M. Night Shyamalan spills plot details for Servant TV show

Details about M. Night Shyamalan’s mysterious series for Apple TV+ are finally starting to emerge ahead of its premiere later this year. Speaking at a New York Comic Con panel, M. Night Shyamalan finally spilled some plot details about Servant, saying it all takes place in one room as a couple turn to a therapy […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Friday deals: Apple Watch Series 4 hits new all-time low, latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro on sale, more

Apple Watch Series 4 hits a new Amazon all-time low, plus deals on the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and Belkin’s Apple Watch Dock. Find all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

16-inch MacBook Pro could get Apple’s most powerful charger ever

Details have leaked out of an Apple USB-C wall charger more powerful than any the company currently offers. This has spawned speculation that it‘s for the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro expected to launch soon. A power adapter that offers more current leads to faster recharges. 96W > 87W ChargerLAB obtained details of a 96W USB-C […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 245: Apple Watch Series 5 impressions and iOS 13.2 features

Zac has spent some time with Apple Watch Series 5, Benjamin has observations from afar, and iOS 13.2 beta brings new features to the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

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

Apple confirms UK-based visual effects firm iKinema acquisition

Apple has today confirmed its latest acquisition, the purchase of UK-based visual effects company, iKinema.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Report claims 16-inch MacBook Pro will bundle 96W USB-C power adapter

We first heard rumors about a new redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro back in February. Since then, we’ve learned even more about what exactly to expect on Apple’s next-generation laptop. Today, a report from Chinese website Chongdiantou (via Weibo) — shared an alleged photo of a new Apple 96W USB-C power adapter. According to their sources, this charger is designed to work with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 3 p.m.

iPad is catching up with Mac, but it will never be as easy to use [Opinion]

Thanks to the recently launched iPadOS, I can finally do simple things on my iPad that I’ve always been able to do on my Mac. Like opening multiple documents in the same app, or installing fonts. Trouble is, while these things are easy to do on a Mac, they’re fiendishly difficult with an iPad. In […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 04, 2019 – What to expect from Apple in October

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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Oct. 4, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

15-year-old WWDC scholarship winner offers ClusterCards+ lifetime codes

Julian Schiavo, a 15-year-old winner of WWDC scholarships in both 2018 and 2019, is offering free lifetime codes for ClusterCards+, the subscription option for version 2 of the business card scanner app…

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Oct. 4, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

Apple Watch Nike Series 5 available now with lengthy wait

Apple Watch Nike Series 5 is today available to order from the Apple Online Store. The sportier model is priced the same as its entry-level siblings, with prices starting at $399. But you will be waiting a long time for delivery, with many models not shipping for up to 10 weeks. Apple Watch Nike edition […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Call of Duty Mobile overloads servers, becomes #1 iOS app in 100+ countries

Call of Duty Mobile has become the #1 iOS app in more than 100 countries after it exceeded 35M downloads across iOS and Android in its first three days

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Oct. 4, 2019, 1:10 p.m.

Apple Stops Signing Several Older iOS Versions Following Release of iOS 13.1.2

Following the release of iOS 13.1.2 on Monday, Apple has stopped signing several previous versions of iOS, preventing downgrades to these earlier versions. iOS versions no longer being signed include iOS 12.4.1, iOS 13.0, and iOS 13.1.1, while iOS 13.1 remains signed for the time being.

iOS 13.1.2 was a bug fix release that quickly followed iOS 13.1.1, which primarily addressed issues with battery drain, Siri, and access permissions for third-party keyboards. iOS 12.4.1 was largely a jailbreak fix released by Apple in late August.

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 13.1.2 is now the current public version of iOS, but developers and public beta testers can download iOS 13.2, an upcoming update with features like the Deep Fusion image processing system for the new iPhone 11 lineup.


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Oct. 4, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Super Mario Galaxy takes over in big Dr. Mario World update

Dr. Mario World just got a big new update on mobile that adds a whole host of content inspired by Super Mario Galaxy. There’s a new world with a bunch of stages to explore, as well as two new characters: Dr. Rosalina and Dr. Luma. And it’s all free to download today. Despite the incredible […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Facebook hits back at government letter attacking end-to-end encryption

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hit back at calls by US, UK and Australian governments to block end-to-end encryption in messaging apps. In doing so, he joins Apple, Google, Microsoft and others who have previously stood up for strong encryption.

As we learned yesterday, the US attorney general and acting head of Homeland Security have co-signed an open letter with the UK’s secretary of state for the Home Office and Australia’s minister for Home Affairs …

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Oct. 4, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

Apple reportedly raised production of iPhone 11 by 8 million units to meet strong sales demand

We have seen several signals that iPhone 11 sales are faring much better than the equivalent iPhone XS and iPhone XR sales period last year. Nikkei Asian Review is also reporting the same, quoting supply chain sources: ‘the autumn is so far much busier than we expected’.

Apple has apparently asked suppliers to increase production of the iPhone 11 by about 10%, which translates to an additional 8 million units.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

Life insurance firm offers Apple Watch Series 5 for just $25

John Hancock will start selling Apple Watch Series 5 for just $25 this fall. The new wearable, which usually starts at $399, will be available to life insurance customers who vow to be more active. But you’ll need to stick to your promise of living a healthier lifestyle. John Hancock back in 2017 become one […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 11 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone Case and an Apple Watch Band From Pad & Quill

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Pad & Quill to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bella Fino Edition Case for the iPhone and an Apple Watch band from the Aviator Collection.

Pad & Quill's folio-style Bella Fino Edition Cases are available for Apple's newest iPhones, including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, and are priced starting at $70.


Like all Pad & Quill cases, the Bella Fino Edition iPhone cases are made from full-grain American leather and are reinforced with UV-resistant nylon stitching. Each case will develop a unique patina over time with use, customizing it to each person.


The Bella Fino Edition has a slim design that adds just 0.28 inches to either side of the case, and it attaches to the iPhone though an interior snap-on case that attaches to the leather of the Bella Fino through 3M adhesive.


There are several card slots inside to hold six to eight credit and debit cards, and there's also a larger pocket that can hold cash. An elastic strap holds the case closed when the iPhone isn't in use, and there's a quick access window for holding a driver's license or ID card.


For all of the different case variations for each iPhone, there's an appropriately sized camera cutout that leaves the camera operational, plus wireless charging is supported. The Bella Fino Edition comes in multiple colors, including chocolate and blue, black and plum, black and gray, whiskey and blue, and whiskey and green.


Along with multiple iPhone case options, Pad & Quill also offers several Apple Watch bands, and the winners for the giveaway can choose either Pad & Quill's Lowry Cuff Edition or Pilot's Band, both of which are available for the 42/44mm Apple Watch models.


The Lowry Cuff Edition is a cuff-style Apple Watch with a cutout that allows the watch to connect to the skin for monitoring heart rate. It's made from full-grain leather with a soft pigskin lining, and it's able to fit wrists sized 125 to 215mm.

Priced at $99.95, the Lowry Cuff Edition comes in multiple colors and features either silver or black lugs to match the various Apple Watch models that are available, plus it has UV-resistant stitching, brass hardware, and rivet reinforcement.


Pad & Quill's Pilot's Band has a simpler design that's no less attractive, made from full-grain leather with pigskin lining. Like the Lowry, the Pilot's Band comes in multiple color options, each of which will develop a rich patina over time.


The Pilot's Band is priced at $79.95 and fits wrists sized 125 to 215mm. Its design is modeled after B-Uhren bands from WWII, and Pad & Quill says it's "nigh unbreakable."


We have three of the Apple Watch bands and three iPhone cases to give away to three MacRumors readers. Each winner will be able to choose one of the two Apple Watch bands and will be able to pick the Bella Fino case that will fit their iPhone.

To enter to win, 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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Oct. 4, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

Apple increases iPhone 11 production to meet strong demand

Apple is reportedly ramping up iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro production to meet stronger-than-expected demand. The 10% increase will result in around 8 million additional units entering the market this year. It will also push early iPhone 11 production numbers past those for iPhone XR and iPhone XS. iPhone sales have been falling in […]

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Oct. 4, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

Deals: Save 15% Sitewide on Pad & Quill, Get the 256GB 12.9-Inch iPad Pro at Its Lowest Price, and More

New deals have appeared today as we head into the weekend, including a low price on Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a sitewide discount code at Pad & Quill, and a Sprint iPhone XR offer. We've listed each of these sales below, so be sure to browse them before they expire.

Sitewide Pad & Quill Sale


You can save 15 percent sitewide on Pad & Quill's website by entering the promo code MR15 during the checkout process. This will take 15 percent off your order total, and can be used on any item on the site.

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

Pad & Quill sells a variety of Apple accessories, including cases for the new iPhone 11 family of devices, iPad cases, MacBook cases, leather bags, and other items like Apple Watch bands. Head to Pad & Quill soon to check out the company's accessories.

12.9-Inch iPad Pro Sale


Amazon is matching an all-time-low price for the 256GB Wi-Fi 12.9-inch iPad Pro, priced at $949.99, down from $1,149.00 ($200 off). To see this price, you'll have to add the iPad Pro to your cart and then head to the checkout screen on Amazon, otherwise the price is displayed as $1,070.90 on Amazon.


This is the lowest price currently available among the major Apple resellers. Apple revamped these iPad Pro models last year with an edge-to-edge display, no Home Button, a TrueDepth camera system with Face ID support, and the A12X Bionic chip. Orders on the 256GB iPad Pro will arrive in mid October.

Sprint iPhone XR Offer


Sprint has a new offer on the 64GB iPhone XR this week, discounting the price of the smartphone to $8/month when placed on an 18-month Sprint Flex lease plan and on a new line of service. The discount will be received in the form of a $17/month bill credit within two bills.


Sprint still has a few other offers from September as well, including Apple Watch Series 5 cellular models for half off. When purchasing a Series 5 model on a 24-month Installment Billing agreement, new watch plan activation, and on an account that already has one smartphone, you can get 50 percent off Apple Watch Series 5 via monthly bill credits.

More Apple-related sales and discounts can be found in our full Deals Roundup.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 2:58 a.m.

John Hancock Offers Apple Watch Series 5 to Vitality Life Insurance Customers for $25

Life insurance provider John Hancock has announced that it is expanding its Apple Watch program so that new and existing members of its Vitality program can receive a 40mm Apple Watch Series 5 for an initial payment of just $25 plus tax.


The cost of the Apple Watch is split up into 24 monthly payments, which can be paid off by walking, running, biking, swimming, or completing various other exercises.

Vitality members must earn at least 500 fitness-related Vitality Points per month over two years to avoid owing any of the instalments. Additional fees apply for customers who choose a cellular model or other more expensive models.

By connecting the Vitality Today app to Apple's Health app and confirming data sharing, customers can earn Vitality Points for Light, Standard, and Advanced Workouts towards the monthly goal.

Customers can also share steps measured by their iPhone or Apple Watch, as well as active calories from the Apple Watch.

The Vitality program is available with select John Hancock life insurance policies in the United States. The free Apple Watch Series 5 offer will be available starting this fall everywhere except New York and Puerto Rico.

John Hancock, owned by Manulife Financial, first started offering Apple Watches to a limited number of members in 2016, before opening the program to all Vitality members the following year.

In a recent survey of John Hancock Vitality members with Apple Watch, 84 percent stated they are motivated to exercise by their Apple Watch and 90 percent wear an Apple Watch seven days a week.

In addition, a RAND Europe study of over 400,000 people concluded that those who participated in Vitality's Global Apple Watch programs averaged a 34 percent sustained increase in physical activity compared to participants without an Apple Watch.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 2:40 a.m.

John Hancock now lets life insurance customers earn an Apple Watch Series 5 for $25

John Hancock was one of the first insurers to offer discounted Apple Watch models to life insurance customers. Today, the company announced that it is expanding its Apple Watch program to include the new Apple Watch Series 5.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 2:26 a.m.

US, UK, and Australia Urge Zuckerberg Not to Extend Encrypted Messaging to Facebook and Instagram

U.S., U.K., and Australian officials have contacted Facebook to request that it provides authorities with a way to access encrypted messages sent by users over the social network, it was revealed today.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp already uses end-to-end encryption to ensure only senders and recipients can read messages, but Facebook intends to extend the same protocols to its Messenger and Instagram Direct chat platforms.


However, government officials have penned an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him not to go ahead with the plan – or if it does, to at least give authorities a way to read encrypted messages for reasons of law enforcement, and in particular to prevent child sexual exploitation.

A draft of the letter, obtained by BuzzFeed News, is set to be released in tandem with an announcement on a new data-sharing agreement between law enforcement in the U.S. and the U.K. aimed at removing barriers to cross-border surveillance.
"We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety," the letter reads.

"Risks to public safety from Facebook’s proposals are exacerbated in the context of a single platform that would combine inaccessible messaging services with open profiles, providing unique routes for prospective offenders to identify and groom our children."

"Security enhancements to the virtual world should not make us more vulnerable in the physical world. Companies should not deliberately design their systems to preclude any form of access to content, even for preventing or investigating the most serious crimes."
The letter, dated October 4, is signed by U.S. Attorney General William P Barr, U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and the Australian minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton.
"We believe people have the right to have a private conversation online, wherever they are in the world," a Facebook spokesperson said in response to the letter. "Ahead of our plans to bring more security and privacy to our messaging apps, we are consulting closely with child safety experts, governments and technology companies and devoting new teams and sophisticated technology so we can use all the information available to us to help keep people safe."

"We strongly oppose government attempts to build backdoors because they would undermine the privacy and security of people everywhere."
Zuckerberg also defended his decision to encrypt Facebook's messaging services, despite concerns about its impact on child exploitation and other criminal activity.

Speaking on Thursday in a livestreamed version of the company's weekly internal Q&A session, the CEO said child exploitation risks weighed "most heavily" on him when he was making the decision and pledged steps to minimize harm.

Apple has long opposed government attempts to gain access to encrypted communications through the use of backdoors in iOS devices.

In 2016, a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into the iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino.

The FBI asked Apple to create a version of iOS that would both disable passcode security features and allow passcodes to be entered electronically, allowing it to then brute force the passcode on the device.

Apple announced that it would oppose the order in an open letter penned by Tim Cook, who said the FBI's request would set a "dangerous precedent" with serious implications for the future of smartphone encryption. Apple said the software the FBI asked for could serve as a "master key" able to be used to get information from any iPhone or iPad - including its most recent devices - while the FBI claimed it only wanted access to a single iPhone.

Apple's dispute with the FBI ended on March 28, 2016 after the government found an alternate way to access the data on the iPhone through the help of Israeli firm Cellebrite and withdrew the lawsuit.

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Oct. 4, 2019, 1:21 a.m.

Apple updates App Store Connect for iOS with support for Dark Mode

Apple is continuing its trend of updating its numerous iOS applications for iOS 13. This evening, the App Store Connect app for iOS has been updated with Dark Mode support, as well as stability improvements and bug fixes.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 11:52 p.m.

Tim Cook talks climate change, fake news, and more during speech to students in Italy

Tim Cook has been busy traveling Europe over the last week, and his latest stop is in Italy. The Apple CEO today made an appearance at Osservatorio Permanente, an organization focused on “training young people to be active members of their community through citizenship education.”

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Oct. 3, 2019, 11:06 p.m.

Concept based on latest leaks imagines Apple’s new in-ear AirPods

Following 9to5Mac’s report yesterday regarding the next generation AirPods, graphic designer Michael Rieplhuber shared on Twitter his newest creation: a realistic concept that shows how the new in-ear AirPods might look like. Despite some similarities, the image shows a very different product from the AirPods that we all know today.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Hands on with new iOS 13.2 beta 1 changes and features [Video]

iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 beta 1, which were released yesterday for the iPhone and iPad, feature many new changes and features. Included with the update is the new Deep Fusion camera feature for iPhone 11, the return of the “Announce Messages with Siri” feature found in earlier betas, New AirPlay and Handoff settings, and new Music app listening history. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for a brief look at new iOS 13.2 beta 1 changes and features. more…

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Oct. 3, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Save 15% on Noreve’s beautiful leather bands for Apple Watch

Treat your Apple Watch to a beautiful leather band from Noreve. Handmade in France by master craftsman using only the best materials, they’re immensely tough and even more attractive. And you can get yours for 15% less from the Cult of Mac Store. When you spend hundreds of dollars on an Apple Watch, only the […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Two new apps record front-and-rear iPhone video simultaneously

A pair of new iPhone applications can do a handy trick: record video from the front- and rear-facing cameras at the same time. DuetCam does this for fun, while Parachute is a personal-safety tool. DuetCam DuetCam allows users to make a video with an iPhone’s main camera while having a small picture-in-picture video of the […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Save $299 on an 11-inch iPad Pro with cellular [Deals & Steals]

Amazon is today offering a stellar discount on the 11-inch iPad Pro. You can pick up a 256GB model with cellular connectivity for just $799.99 shipped. That’s a whopping $299 off the usual selling price! You will also find a jaw-dropping $2,000 off a stunning 8K Samsung TV in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Plus, […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Apple reminds developers about macOS Catalina changes as public release nears

Following the release of the macOS Catalina GM earlier this afternoon, Apple has published a pair of new developer updates focused on the Mac. Apple is reminding developers to prepare for macOS Catalina as the public launch nears.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

iPhone app spots eye cancer symptoms before doctors do

Score a win for AI in its quest to replace all of our jobs, including doctors’. Scientists have developed a machine learning app that is being used to detect early symptoms of eye disease by scanning through a collection of photos. The app, called White Eye Detector, uses an algorithm to look for signs of […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 9 p.m.

All the ways to take a screenshot in iPadOS

In iOS 13, you can take screenshots using Apple Pencil. But there are many more ways to take iPad screenshots. Here's a rundown.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

iPadOS 13: How to make iPad app icons and text bigger

iPad has officially received its own operating system with the arrival of iPadOS 13. One of the many changes includes new Home screen layout options, follow along for how to make iPad app icons and their text bigger.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Here’s how to turn Live Photos into a video

Fans of Live Photos will be able to save one or more into a single video thanks to a new feature in iOS 13. Apple Support rolled out a quick tutorial on its YouTube channel Wednesday that shows the easy steps to stitching a string of Live Photos into a fun little video loop. Users […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

CalDigit’s USB-C Pro Dock powers dual 4K monitors

CalDigit now offers the Pro Dock, a multiport USB-C hub that can drive a pair of 4K displays at a full 60Hz. There are plenty of hubs that let a MacBook connect to a single monitor, but this dual-screen option is more rare. The Pro Dock also has a trio of USB-A ports, Ethernet, and […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

US Attorney General and UK/AU officials hit Facebook over encrypted messaging apps, Apple could be targeted too

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this past spring that the company would build end-to-end encryption into all of its products and services, government officials from the US, UK, and Australia are set to share a public letter requesting Facebook halts its plan to include total privacy for its apps. And with Apple’s iMessage already featuring end-to-end-encryption, could it be targeted soon as well?

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Oct. 3, 2019, 8 p.m.

MNML Case offers its new iPhone 11 series cases to Cult of Mac readers at 35% off

This discounted iPhone case post is presented by MNML Case. Now that you’ve acquired a striking new iPhone 11 at considerable cost, you’d better keep your investment safe. Luckily, you can do that at little cost. Even less cost than you think, actually. You may see all sorts of cases for sale out there, but […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Instagram steals from Snapchat for new Threads app

Facebook-owned Instagram launched a new standalone app today that pretty much steals some of Snapchat’s key features. Threads, rolling out globally to iOS today, is built around Instagram’s Close Friends feature, giving you a quicker way to message the people you care about on Insta the most. Like Snapchat, Threads opens directly to the camera […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

BBEdit 13 now available with Dark Mode, macOS Catalina support, and much more

Bare Bones Software has released a major update to BBEdit, its incredibly powerful and popular text editor. BBEdit 13 adds over 100 new features, including new grep (regular expansions) capabilities, Dark Mode support, and much more.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Weather Line 2 builds on data rich app with new design, 4 dark modes, ‘Super Forecast’ feature

The detailed and data rich Weather Line app for iPhone is out with version 2 that brings a number of great new features. Along with 17 themes (and 4 dark modes), a new design, and more, the latest release includes a “Super Forecast” feature that combines the world’s best weather data into one precipitation and radar report.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 7 p.m.

Apple seeds full version of macOS Catalina to developers

Work has wrapped up on the full version of macOS Catalina, and Apple sent the resulting Golden Master to developers. This is the last step before releasing the first non-beta of version 10.15 to the general public. Catalina splits iTunes into a number of other applications, and allows iPads to be easily used as a […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

Apple seeds full version of macOS Catalina to developers

Work has wrapped up on the full version of macOS Catalina, and Apple sent the resulting Golden Master to developers. This is the last step before releasing the first non-beta of version 10.15 to the general public. Catalina splits iTunes into a number of other applications, and allows iPads to be easily used as a […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 03, 2019 – New in-ear AirPods, iPhone SE 2 rumors

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Oct. 3, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Apple finds a way to revolutize the haptic keyboard

Apple invented an on-screen haptic keyboard with virtual keys that simulate movement, which should make typing a better experience. A laptop’s hardware keyboard is great for text entry but is in the way when reading websites, watching movies, playing games, etc. That’s why Apple is exploring options for getting rid of the keyboard while maintaining […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15 GM ahead of public release

Just a few days after releasing the 10th beta of macOS Catalina, Apple has released the macOS Catalina Golden Master. That’s just ahead of the expected public release tomorrow, October 4th.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

Apple Watch owners plagued by bad battery life under watchOS 6

Apple’s recent watchOS 6 upgrade brought a host of new features and faces to Apple Watch. But it has also had a nasty impact on battery life for lots of upgraders. Apple Watch Series 5 owners are reporting that their new wearable isn’t lasting as long as Apple promised it would in between charges. However, […]

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

Instagram ‘Threads’ promoting direct messaging with standalone chat app

Instagram has officially launched a stand-alone messaging app today called Threads. The company describes it as a “camera-first messaging app” that will give users “a new way to message with close friends in a dedicated, private space.” Threads is a stand-alone app but it will integrate with a user’s Instagram Direct messages.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Latest iPad Pro Cellular is $300 off, Kenwood CarPlay receiver from $330, more

Apple’s latest 11-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular gets nearly $300 discount today at Amazon. Plus, Kenwood’s 7-inch CarPlay Receivers are up to $100 off and you can bring home Arlo’s Ultra 4K 3-camera bundle at a new low. You’ll find all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Larger iPhone SE 2 could arrive in early 2020 with A13 Bionic

Apple’s second-generation iPhone SE 2 will arrive during the first quarter of 2020, according to one reliable analyst. Ming-Chi Kuo of TF Securities reaffirms the device will be larger this time around — adopting the iPhone 8’s design. He also claims it will be powered by Apple’s blazing-fast A13 Bionic chip. The iPhone SE hasn’t seen […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

DuetCam for iOS 13 brings simple front-and-back video recording to newer iPhones

iOS 13 introduces a useful new feature for recording video from both the front and back cameras on newer iPhones. The only catch is that the built-in Camera app doesn’t actually support this feature yet. Instead, Apple is allowing developers to build the feature in their own apps.

Enter DuetCam, an all-new app from Marcel Schmitz debuting on the iPhone this week. DuetCam has a polished and intuitive design for filming with both iPhone cameras at the same time, and Instagram integration lets you send clips directly to IG Stories.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Apple helps teach Swift coding lessons to kids as young as 5

Kids as young as five are learning the principles of coding — courtesy of Apple’s expanding Swift learning curriculum. As part of EU Code Week, Apple is highlighting how its Swift coding language is helping improve educational outcomes for kids throughout Europe. And not just where you’d expect either. In a press release, Apple describes […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

Adobe launches Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2020 with one-click subject selection, guided edits, much more

Adobe is out today with its 2020 release of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. The entry-level photo and video software from Adobe is available now with new features like one-click subject selection, guided edits, automatically colorize black and white photos, reduce noise in videos, and much more. more…

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Oct. 3, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Future MacBooks could have a screen-based keyboard that looks and feels real

A new Apple patent application, published today, describes what appears to be Apple’s end-goal with MacBooks: a screen-based keyboard with a realistic look and feel that still allows touch typing.

Apple has been gradually moving away from physical keys and buttons over the years. We saw the mechanical Home button on the iPhone replaced with a solid-state one, a haptic motor simulating the feel of a click before that was itself replaced by a swipe on the screen.

Apple has also begun that process with MacBooks…

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

Apple’s first Indian Apple Store will be located in Mumbai mall

Apple has reportedly selected the location for its first Apple Store in India. The store will be located in Maker Maxity mall in Mumbai, India’s most populous city with a population of around 18 million. Apple is aiming for a September 2020 opening for its Mumbai Apple Store. That’s around the time that it will release […]

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

This is your chance to get free Netflix for life [Deals]

It would take a lifetime to get through all the content on Netflix. With this giveaway, lifetime access is what you get. Win this, and you’ll be able to binge through every episode and movie you want. Enter now for your shot at a lifetime of free Netflix! With the Lifetime of Netflix Giveaway, just […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Kuo: Apple to release ‘iPhone SE 2’ in Q1 2020 with iPhone 8 design, A13 processor

Apple is set to launch the next version of the iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The new phone will be more affordable than the rest of the Apple iPhone lineup and feature newer internals, like an A13 processor with 3 GB RAM, in a familiar iPhone 8 chassis.

Kuo says that most of the new iPhone SE’s hardware specification will mirror the iPhone 8. The analyst predicts Apple will sell 30-40 million units across 2020.

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

75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)

Apple TV+ and Disney+ may be the two new kids on the streaming services block, but the majority of Netflix subscribers are in no rush to check them out. According to a survey carried out by Piper Jaffray analysts, around 75% of current Netflix subscribers have no plans to subscribe to either new service. That’s […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

AI-powered iPhone app can spot childhood eye disease 1.3 years before doctors

An iPhone app has been shown to spot signs of serious childhood eye disease an average of 1.3 years before doctors made a diagnosis.

The CRADLE app works by looking for early signs of ‘white eye’ reflections, which can indicate a number of different serious diseases…

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Oct. 3, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors from the App Store

Apple has booted an app used by protestors in Hong Kong out of the App Store. Called Hkmap Live, the crowdsourced app uses reports from a Telegram group that tracks the whereabouts of police and protestors. It also contains information about things like arrests of people wearing protest-related paraphernalia and the use of weapons like […]

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

Spectacular Untitled Goose Game could be coming to mobile

The spectacularly pleasant Untitled Goose Game could be on its way to mobile. Publisher Panic says it is “chewing on” the idea of bringing the phenomenon to Android and iOS. It just expanded its reach to Nintendo Switch and may also come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Untitled Goose Game is a stealth puzzler […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Apple Asks Devs to Submit macOS Catalina Apps to Mac App Store, Reminds About Notarization Requirements

Ahead of the launch of macOS Catalina, which Apple says will "soon be available," Apple is asking developers to submit Mac apps compatible with Catalina to the Mac App Store.

Apple encourages developers to take advantage of macOS Catalina technologies like Sign in with Apple, Sidecar, Core ML 3, and Metal. Apple also highlights Mac Catalyst, designed to bring iPad apps to the Mac.

macOS Catalina will soon be available to hundreds of millions of users around the world. With macOS Catalina, your Mac apps can take advantage of Sign in with Apple, Sidecar, and the latest advances in Core ML 3, and Metal. And with Mac Catalyst, you can bring your iPad apps to Mac. Build your apps using Xcode 11, test them on a Mac computer running the macOS Catalina GM seed, and submit them for review.
Separately, for apps that are designed to be distributed outside of the Mac App Store, Apple has reminded developers of a new notarization requirement.

Apple is requiring apps that are distributed outside of the Mac App Store to be notarized by Apple to run on macOS Catalina. First introduced in macOS Mojave, the notarization process is aimed at protecting Mac users from malicious and harmful apps.
To further protect users on macOS Catalina, we're working with developers to make sure all software, whether distributed on the App Store or outside of it, is signed or notarized by Apple. This will give users more confidence that the software they download and run, no matter where they get it from, has been checked for known security issues.

In June, we announced that all Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run by default on macOS Catalina. Make sure to test all versions of your software on the macOS Catalina GM seed and submit it to Apple to be notarized.
For notarization, Apple offers trusted non Mac App Store developers Developer IDs that are required to allow the Gatekeeper function on macOS to install non Mac App Store apps.

Notarization is not required for apps that are distributed through the Mac App Store, and Apple recently relaxed its notarization rules, giving developers until January 2020 to comply.

Apple today released the golden master version of macOS Catalina to developers, which represents the final version of the software that will be provided to the public.

It's still not known when macOS Catalina will launch, but it could be as early as tomorrow based on previously leaked info from Apple's Danish site.


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Oct. 3, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Michael Spindler denies Apple is a ‘lame duck’

October 3, 1994: Apple CEO Michael Spindler reassures the world that Apple “is not a lame-duck company.” Why would anyone suspect that it is? The answer lies in Apple’s collapsing Mac sales, massive layoffs and a $188 million quarterly loss. At 15 months into his stint as CEO, Spindler wants to reassure everyone that the […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Students from age 5 to 28 learning to code with Swift during EU Code Week

EU Code Week starts on Saturday – and bizarrely lasts for 16 days. I guess EU Code Fortnight And Two More Days doesn’t have the same ring to it.

EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creativity, problem solving and collaboration through programming and other tech activities. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.

That quirk aside, Apple has been providing examples of how its own Swift training materials are helping students of all ages learn to code, starting from age five …

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

Report: First Apple Store in India coming to Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex

The Economic Times reports that Apple has selected a location for the first official Apple Store in India. According to the report, Apple will open a three-floor store in Mumbai’s Maker Maxity mall, located in the Bandra Kurla Complex.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

Controversy as Apple removes Hong Kong protest app, saying it is ‘illegal’

There is controversy today after Apple removed a Hong Kong protest app from the App Store. The developers claim that the app helps people avoid trouble spots and comply with the law, while Apple says that it’s intended to circumvent the law.

It’s currently unclear whether Apple made its own decision to remove the HKmap Live app, or whether it acted at the request of the Chinese government …

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Oct. 3, 2019, 11:49 a.m.

Reliable source says there will be no ‘iPhone 11S’ in 2020

Apple will not release an “iPhone 11S” in 2020, according to one reliable analyst. Cupertino is instead expected to name its next-generation smartphone — which will launch next September — the “iPhone 12.” This could mean a big break from tradition going forward. Since the iPhone 3GS back in 2009, Apple has almost always following the […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Mario Kart Tour races ahead on first week downloads

Mario Kart Tour may be a disappointment on a critical level, but it seems to be off to a good start in terms of downloads. According to new data from Sensor Tower, Mario Kart Tour racked up 90 million downloads in its first week. That makes it Nintendo’s fastest mobile game launch in history. Kind […]

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Oct. 3, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Costco Discounts Apple's HomePod to $199.97 ($100 Off)

Costco is offering Apple's HomePod for $199.97 today, which is about $100 off the regular price of $299.00. The retailer is only selling the Space Gray version of the HomePod, but those who place an order can expect the speaker to arrive within three to five business days (with an added $4.99 for shipping and handling).


At $199.97, this is one of the lowest prices we've seen on the HomePod, and is a good chance for anyone looking to add more of Apple's smart speakers to their HomeKit setup. Of course, you'll need a Costco account to see the deal, which starts at $60/year. If you're a member, head to Costco today to browse the HomePod sale before it expires.

Apple dropped the price of the HomePod from $349.00 to $299.00 in April 2019. This price drop followed numerous discounts from well-known retailers like Target, Costco, and Best Buy, most of which began following a big discount on the HomePod during Black Friday 2018.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 6:02 a.m.

Adobe Launches Premiere and Photoshop Elements 2020

Adobe today released updated versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the company's affordable photo and video editing software aimed at casual users who want to improve their photos and videos with simple editing tools.

Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2020 feature updated Adobe Sensei AI technology, new guided edits for walking users through various features within each app, and updated ways to share content.


Since the 2019 version, opening up the Home Screen in Photoshop and Premiere Elements has shown automatically generated photo and video slideshows with different effects powered by Adobe Sensei.

In 2020, there are new effects like Black and White Selection, Pattern Brush for overlaying patterns on photos, Painterly for interesting masking and crops, and Depth of Field for blurring backgrounds to bring out subjects.


Photoshop Elements has new editing features that users can take advantage of for quick but powerful edits. There's an option that will automatically colorize black and white photos or tweak the colors in an existing color photo.


With one-click subject selection, users can select the subject of a photo with a click and then apply an effect or cut out a subject to put it in another photo.

There's a new skin smoothing feature that will automatically smooth and refine the skin of a subject in a photo using Adobe Sensei technology, and Adobe has added several new Guided Edits (aka tutorials). Guided Edits include making unwanted photo objects vanish and adding creative sparkle to photos using pattern brushes.

New this year is an option to create and order more than 140 items using photo prints from Fujifilm Prints and Gifts service (U.S. only), which is now built into Photoshop Elements.

Premiere Elements 2020 has been updated with a Reduce Noise effect that makes videos more crisp, cutting down on noise in low light videos. There are also several new Guided Edits for creating time-lapse videos, replacing static skies with moving skies, and filling the frame to match the video (such as when a video is taken in portrait orientation).


Also new to Premiere Elements is a Smart Tags feature for identifying the content in videos, and HEIF and HEVC support.


For more on what's new in Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2020, make sure to check out Adobe's website. The updates are available for purchase from Adobe for $99 each starting today, with bundle and upgrade pricing available.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 6 a.m.

CloudApp for Mac Gains Collections, Favorites, an Updated Design and More

CloudApp, software designed for visual collaboration and content sharing, received a major update today to add new functionality to the app.

The app has seen an overhauled interface that better matches macOS Catalina and iOS 13, Apple's newest operating systems. CloudApp for the Mac features larger interface elements and a streamlined design meant to improve the overall look and feel of the app.


Collections and Favorites are also new additions, making it easier to share screen recordings, GIFs, videos, photos, and more with colleagues. Collections lets CloudApp users better organize their content, keeping it right at their fingertips for quick access. Users can create a Collection of commonly used files, get to those files right from a folder on the desktop, and easily share the content.

CloudApp imagines multiple use cases for Collections. Customer service representatives, for example, can create a Collection of videos, screenshots, and GIFs for answering common customer questions, while marketing teams can keep design elements on hand.


Favorites, meanwhile, are aimed at making it faster for CloudApp users to get to their most used Drops from the desktop. Favorites can be accessed from the new Favorites section, right next to Collections and Drops.

CloudApp is also gaining new short links, doing away with the cl.ly short links in favor of share.getcloudapp.com links. CloudApp says these are more customer friendly, direct, and offer better security with SSL. Paid customers can continue to offer links with a customized domain.

CloudApp can be downloaded from the CloudApp website. It's free for individual users and can be used to create and share videos, GIFs, screenshots, and more. The free plan is limited to 5 minutes of screen recording and 100MB of storage.

Paid individual plans are available for $9 a month with unlimited video recording, and team plans are available for $8 per user per month.


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Oct. 3, 2019, 4:03 a.m.

Apple Bans App That Allowed Hong Kong Protestors to Track Police Movements

Apple has reportedly banned an app that allows Hong Kong protestors to track protests and police movements in the city state, despite increasing international condemnation against the violence used by the authorities.


According to The Register, Apple has told the makers of the HKmap Live app that it can't be allowed in the App Store because it helps protestors to evade the police.
"Your app contains content - or facilitates, enables, and encourages an activity - that is not legal ... specifically, the app allowed users to evade law enforcement," the American tech giant told makers of the HKmap Live on Tuesday before pulling it.
Opposition to the Chinese state and the Hong Kong authorities has grown louder, driven by an escalation in violence against protestors over the past week. On Wednesday, thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to denounce the shooting of an unarmed teenage student by police.

Tsang Chi-kin was shot in the chest at point-blank range on Tuesday. He remains in hospital in stable but critical condition after surgery to remove the bullet, which narrowly missed his heart.

The rise in police violence has led protesters to make use of digital networking and collaborative tools to organize street gatherings, with services like HKmap Live being used to help them avoid what they perceive as government-orchestrated attacks.

This isn't the first time Apple has acted to remove apps from the App Store to abide by Chinese law. In July 2017, Apple removed the majority of VPN apps from the App Store in China, following regulations passed earlier in the year that require such apps to be authorized by the Chinese government.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.


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Oct. 3, 2019, 3:33 a.m.

Analyst Survey Suggests Most Netflix Users Don't Plan to Subscribe to Apple TV+

Three-quarters of Netflix subscribers have no intention of subscribing to either Apple TV+ or Disney+ when they launch next month, according to surveys conducted by Piper Jaffray (via CNBC).


According to the investment banker's survey of 1,500 Netflix subscribers, roughly 75 percent don't intend to subscribe to the upcoming rival streaming services, although those who do subscribe to Apple TV+ or Disney+ also expect to keep their Netflix subscription going.
"Our survey suggests that the majority (~75%) of Netflix subscribers do not intend to subscribe to either Disney+ or Apple TV+. For those that do expect to use one of these offerings, the vast majority expect to also maintain their Netflix subscription," Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson said.

"Most existing Netflix subscribers appear to be trending towards multiple streaming video subscriptions, especially as many continue to reduce their spend on traditional TV offerings," Olson said.
The survey should provide some comfort for Netflix investors following news of slowing subscriber growth over the last three months, along with fears about the effect that the new streaming competition will have on the company's stock price.

As CNBC's Michael Bloom notes, optimistic forecasts for Netflix were nearly universal on Wall Street as recently as July, but Netflix stock has since dropped nearly 30 percent and effectively wiped out its 2019 gains.

Amid the challenges, Netflix has been looking at new marketing strategies to help fend off its upcoming rivals. For example, the streaming leader has been offering non-subscribers access to the first episode of its new series, Bard of Blood, for a limited time.

Apple TV+ launches on November 1, with Disney+ arriving a little over a week after, on November 12. Apple is offering a one-year free trial of Apple TV+ to anyone who buys a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch.


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Oct. 3, 2019, 2:23 a.m.

Mario Kart Tour is Nintendo's Biggest Mobile Launch to Date With 90 Million Downloads in First Week

Nintendo's latest smartphone app Mario Kart Tour has been downloaded over 90 million times since it launched last week, according to new download estimates shared by Sensor Tower.


The number eclipses both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Super Mario Run, which were downloaded a respective 14.3 million times and just under 13 million times in their debut week, making Mario Kart Tour Nintendo's biggest mobile game launch to date.

Breaking down the figure across platforms, the free-to-play game was downloaded 36.5 million times on iOS devices, while the Android version was downloaded 53.3 million times.

In terms of overall revenue driven by in-app purchases, Mario Kart Tour earned $12.7 million, so it hasn't reached the heights of Fire Emblem Heroes, which earned Nintendo $28.2 million in its first week. Super Mario Run meanwhile clocked up $16.1 million in its debut week, making Mario Kart Tour the company's third-biggest game.

Across platforms, $9.6 million (75.5 percent) was spent in-game by iOS device users, while Android IAPs amounted to $3.1 million (24.5 percent). Most spending occurred in the U.S. with $5.8 million, followed by Japan ($4 million) and France ($752,000).

Announced in January 2018, Mario Kart Tour was delayed several times before its debut last week. The game features an optional "Gold Pass" subscription, which introduces various in-game items and badges and also unlocks the faster 200cc mode. Nintendo is offering a two-week free trial, after which it costs $4.99 a month.

Mario Kart Tour is a free download from the App Store, requires iOS 10 or later to play, and officially supports iPhone 5s or iPad Air and later devices. A Nintendo Account is also required to play the game. [Direct Link]


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Oct. 3, 2019, 2:03 a.m.

Mario Kart Tour becomes Nintendo’s biggest mobile game launch yet with 90M downloads

Mario Kart Tour has become Nintendo’s biggest mobile game launch ever, according to new data from Sensor Tower. Since its release last week, Mario Kart Tour has been downloaded over 90 million times, which is far more than any prior Nintendo game.

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Oct. 3, 2019, 1 a.m.

Get free power anywhere with myCharge’s solar battery [Review]

A solar-powered battery should be part of any disaster-preparedness kit, and the myCharge Solar PowerFold can keep an iPhone up and running just by sitting in the sun for a few hours. We tested the ability of this very portable device to capture the thermonuclear power of our nearest star. Here’s how it went. myCharge […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 11:36 p.m.

Analyst survey suggests most Netflix users don’t plan on subscribing to Apple TV+

We’re less than a month away from the launch of Apple TV+, and new data from Piper Jaffray indicates that Netflix still has a strong hold on the market. According to a survey conducted by the firm, Apple TV+ and Disney+ haven’t yet won over many Netflix subscribers.

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

Apple CEO urges Supreme Court to protect ‘Dreamers’

Apple today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the DACA program — an Obama-era policy that gave some legal status to children of illegal immigrants. The Trump Administration ordered it shut down, and it’s in legal limbo. The “friend of the court” filing by Apple was signed by CEO Tim Cook, and it’s not […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

How to use the ultra wide camera on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

One of the great new additions with the iPhone 11 lineup is an ultra wide camera that allows users to capture a much greater field of view without needing an external lens. Read on for how to use the ultra wide camera on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro including how to manually dial in your focal length.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 9 p.m.

Apple files amicus brief supporting DACA and Dreamers, signed by Tim Cook and Deirdre O’Brien

Apple is yet again putting its voice and name behind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, policy. The United States Supreme Court is set to review the policy this term, and Apple has filed a new amicus brief in support of DACA. This also marks the first time that both Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior vice president of retail and people Deirdre O’Brien have put their names on the brief as well.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 9 p.m.

Make Apple Watch easier to read with built-in Zoom

You can zoom the display with a simple tap, and use the Digital Crown to navigate. Here's how to set up and use the Apple Watch Zoom feature.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Super-sturdy case brings brighter colors to iPhone 11 Pro

Spend even more of your hard-earned cash on iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max and you’ll have to forget the fancier color options offered by iPhone 11. But there is another way to brighten up your new smartphone for next to nothing. Elago’s brilliant new Hybrid Case, priced at just $16, comes in a bunch […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Google adds enhanced privacy tools to Maps and YouTube

Google just promised that Incognito mode will soon be added to Maps. And YouTube is getting timed auto-delete for the user’s video history. In addition, a new Password Checkup tool helps users avoid common passcodes. This advertising company has been making similar changes to its other services in hopes of shaking a reputation for privacy […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

Revamped AirPods with noise cancellation spilled by iOS 13.2

A new iOS 13.2 beta, out today for registered developers, has spilled Apple’s next-generation AirPods with noise cancellation for the first time. An image of the new buds reveals a revamped design with soft tips. There are also references to different listening modes. Rumors surrounding new AirPods with noise cancellation have been circling for a […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

New in-ear AirPods with noise cancelling found in iOS 13.2 beta

Rumors about new Apple AirPods with noise canceling aren’t exactly new, dating back a couple of years. But now a glyph found in iOS 13.2 reveals what the new AirPods with noise canceling will look like. more…

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Oct. 2, 2019, 7 p.m.

Microsoft’s new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly

When Apple unveiled the AirPods in 2016, the first thing I thought was how dorky they looked with that long stem and no wires. Fast-forward three years, and you know what looks dorky? Wearing wired earbuds like a dang peasant! I only mention this to show that I am obviously not the best at predicting […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 02, 2019 – Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, Apple Watch battery life

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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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

‘Announce Messages with Siri’ feature returns for AirPods owners in iOS 13.2

The ‘Announce Messages with Siri’ feature was originally promised for iOS 13 but was delayed to ‘later this year’ as Apple hurried to ship iOS 13 in time for the iPhone 11 release. The feature did not make it in iOS 13.1 but it has returned in the just-released iOS 13.2 developer beta.

For AirPods owners, you will be able to respond to incoming text messages automatically; Siri transcribes the message so you can hear the text without looking at your phone or watch. You can then ignore or immediately reply without having to say ‘Hey Siri’.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Bag an unlocked iPhone 8 for $340 today only [Deals & Steals]

Missing out on iOS 13? You don’t have to spend a small fortune on the latest iPhone models to get your hands on it. The iPhone 8 is compatible, and it remains a stellar smartphone. And you can get yours today for under $340. It’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

iOS 13.2 beta 1 brings Deep Fusion to iPhone 11

Deep Fusion support on the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max is finally available for testing if you’re an iOS developer. Apple seeded the first iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 betas to developers this morning after teasing the release yesterday. Registered developers can grab iOS 13.2 beta 1 and iPadOS 13.2 beta 1 […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

IKEA delays the US launch of its smart blinds again, now promises release ‘later this year’

The saga of IKEA’s smart blinds coming to the United States continues today. The company has confirmed to The Verge that its smart blinds won’t launch in the United States until “later this year” after already missing earlier promised release dates.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Neo is a vision of the future

Microsoft just unveiled a very innovative dual-screen mobile computer that also makes room for a physical keyboard. The Surface Neo folds, but doesn’t use a folding screen, and combines features of a laptop and a tablet. Most Surface products compete directly with Apple offerings. Apple is also exploring multi-display laptops and tablets, but Microsoft might […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Plex iOS and tvOS update lets users schedule recordings while watching Live TV

Popular media player, Plex, has released an update for iOS and tvOS that allows users to schedule recordings without missing out on Live TV. The update also brings a variety of bug fixes.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 056: “Dark mode all the things”

John and Rambo dive into iOS and iPadOS 13 — what’s new, what’s missing, and what’s the overall state of Apple’s operating systems? Also, credit card scanning, and Apple Arcade first impressions.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Apple releasing first developer beta of iOS 13.2 today with Deep Fusion camera tech for iPhone 11

Apple today has released the first developer beta of iOS 13.2. The new beta is the first to include Apple’s new Deep Fusion camera technology on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, as detailed yesterday.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 5 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro leather cases are 20% off, iPhone 8 is $340, Bose QC 35 headphones are on sale

Apple’s official iPhone 11 Pro leather cases see a 20% discount in today’s best deals. You can also pick up an iPhone 8 in refurbished condition for $340 and the Bose QuietComfort 35 SII wireless headphones drop to $224. All that and more are in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro X hits iPad Pro where it hurts

The newly-unveiled Surface Pro X is a 13-inch tablet that seems designed to take on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple dominates tablet sales but Microsoft clearly wants a bigger piece, is hoping this slim and light Windows device will accomplish that. Microsoft also finally added a USB-C port to the Surface Pro line in the […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 battery life struggling to last all day for some users

I’ve been eager to review the new Apple Watch for the fifth consecutive year, but there’s just one problem: I can’t get through a full day without it dying. Apple Watch Series 5 introduces an always-on display so you can read the time at a glance, and Apple says battery life is unchanged from Series 4 models.

My routine hasn’t changed either, but my battery life experience has. Battery life problems are not affecting everyone, but Apple Watch Series 5 battery problems are definitely affecting more customers than just me.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Fortnite update drops as season 11 gets delayed

This week’s Fortnite patch is out with new overtime missions and some welcome bug fixes. But there’s disappointing news for Battle Royale fans, with the launch of season 11 delayed by one week. It’s not a particularly great week for Fortnite players. The version 10.40.1 patch is pretty unexciting if you don’t play on Nintendo […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 4:06 p.m.

Microsoft says new Surface Laptop is 3x more powerful than MacBook Air, has removable SSD, teases foldables for 2020

Microsoft has unveiled its latest laptops and convertible 2-in-1 devices at an event today in New York City. While announcing the new Surface Laptop 3, the company claimed that it is 3x more powerful than Apple’s MacBook Air and has a user-removable SSD. Also unveiled at the event was the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, an AirPods competitor. But Microsoft also had a surprise up its sleeve, it unveiled an all-new foldable tablet and foldable smartphone that it plans to launch in 2020.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

After year in watery grave, iPhone packs new feature: barnacles

Apple has worked hard to make its iPhones increasingly waterproof. However, that doesn’t guarantee that your iPhone will survive in any submerged situation. One example? A recently rediscovered iPhone which had spent a year in the Atlantic Ocean 40 feet under water. The handset was recovered by a scuba diver, who managed to return it […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 3:37 p.m.

Analyst: Apple suppliers seeing increased orders due to strong iPhone 11 demand

Apple analyst Dan Ives at Wedbush today released a report indicating that Apple’s supply chain partners are increasing their production schedules and forecasts as Apple sees stronger-than-expected demand for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

Another year, another development in the iPhone owners’ lawsuit against Google

A British iPhone owners’ lawsuit against Google filed in 2017 and which the High Court blocked in 2018 has today been reinstated.

The ‘representative action’ (the UK equivalent of a class action lawsuit) was seeking compensation for every Brit who used an iPhone between June 2011 and February 2012, with the campaign group behind it seeking £500 ($613) per user…

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Oct. 2, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Millions of iPhone users in the U.K. are suing Google for illicit data collection

A lawsuit filed by millions of U.K. iPhone users alleges that Google bypassed Apple’s privacy settings to collect user data. The “Google You Owe Us” group represents more than 4 million people. This group is asking for a maximum $3.9 billion in damages. On Wednesday, a London appeals judge ruled that the case can proceed. Consumer […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Apple WebKit bugs on iOS and macOS allowed 1B scam popup ads on websites

More than a billion scam popup ads were served thanks to bugs in Apple’s WebKit and the open-source Blink frameworks which power Safari and Chrome on iOS and macOS

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

Choose your tool for shooting ultra-smooth iPhone videos [Deals]

The iPhone just keeps getting better at shooting video. But at the end of the day, one key limitation remains: The video will only be as steady as your hands are. That makes a stabilizing gimbal a must for pro-level video quality. These three outstanding iPhone gimbals offer options for when you’re ready to shoot […]

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

King of Fighters Allstar will battle into the App Store this month

Eight months after it launched in Japan, King of Fighters Allstar is arriving in the West. As its name suggests, King of Fighters is best known as a fighting game franchise. However, King of Fighters Allstar adds to this with new action-RPG elements. It gives you the chance to play as more than 50 fighters from the […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 1:59 p.m.

Watch Star Wars filmmaker’s short film shot on iPhone 11 Pro

A new short film shot on iPhone 11 Pro gives perhaps the best insight yet into what a professional filmmaker can do with nothing more than an iPhone.

There’s no shortage of films and ads proclaiming they were ‘shot on iPhone,’ but most have cheated by using cinematography lenses and stabilization kit costing many times the price of the phone.

We now have a more realistic test thanks to filmmaker Rian Johnson – whose work includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi – creating a short film shot using only the iPhone 11 Pro, handheld, with just its built-in lenses…

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

Gnarbox launches version 2.0 of its rugged, portable photo and video backup device

The original Gnarbox, a small, rugged portable media manager and backup device, was a great idea on paper, but the execution needed work. Today the team from Gnarbox is back with version 2.0 of its hardware. The new Gnarbox features noteworthy improvements over its predecessor, such as a built-in screen for on-device management, and multi-destination copy for increased redundancy.

If you’re an iPad Pro user who regularly works with photos and videos, should you consider adding the Gnarbox 2.0 to your workflow? Read our hands-on account for the details. more…

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Oct. 2, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

Apple will soon let Siri default to third-party messaging, phone apps

Apple will roll out a software update later this year that eases some of the Siri restrictions for third-party messaging and phone apps. Siri currently defaults to using Apple’s own apps when sending messages and making calls. But it will later default to the services that are used most frequently, based on specific contacts. Apple […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Siri will no longer default to using Apple messaging and phone apps

Siri will no longer default to using Apple messaging and phone apps after an iOS update later in the year, revealed the company.

Instead, Siri will intelligently choose the appropriate text or voice messaging app based on your past communication with each contact…

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Oct. 2, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: IBM and Apple shake and make up

October 2, 1991: As the Cold War comes to an end, hell freezes over a second time as Apple and IBM agree to put aside their differences. Having been bitter rivals for the past decade, the two tech giants host a press conference at the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco to unveil their new partnership. […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Hacked Lightning cables allow an attacker to take over your Mac

A security researcher has created hacked Lightning cables that allow someone to take over a computer as soon as they are plugged into a Mac or PC.

Although the first version was a one-off, the researcher – known as MG – has now shown they can be factory-produced …

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Oct. 2, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Apple shares could be about to hit a new all-time high

Apple’s share price is within striking distance of reaching a new all-time high. That’s particularly impressive following the release of an iPhone many predicted would be boring and new Services Wall Street has yet to get excited about. Valuation close to an all-time high “Thanks to a recent uptrend, shares of the stock Tuesday morning […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

PSA: Don’t worry if you have to login to TweetDeck again this morning

If you find you have to login to TweetDeck again this morning, there’s no need to worry: it’s the aftermath of a global Twitter outage affecting many users yesterday …

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Oct. 2, 2019, 11:54 a.m.

Duet Display turns any Android into a second screen for your Mac

Duet Display, the app that turns your iPhone or iPad into a second screen for your desktop, is finally on its way to Android. You can use it alongside your Mac or Windows PC, and setup is quick and simple. Preregister your interest in Duet now ahead of its official debut later today. Created by […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Tim Cook does not think rivals are ‘afraid’ of Apple TV+

Tim Cook is visiting Germany this month, where he attended Munich’s Oktoberfest. In an interview with weekly news magazine Stern, Cook talked local developers, iPhone pricing, and Apple TV+. So far, so familiar, right? The difference is that Cook’s comments reflect newfound worries about a possible antitrust investigation into Apple. Apple has been one of […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 10:08 a.m.

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 13.2 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 13.2 update to developers for testing purposes, a little over one week after releasing the tvOS 13 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 13.2 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 updates, so we may not discover anything new after installing the new beta.

Though we don't often know what's new in tvOS updates, we let MacRumors readers know when new software is available so developers are able to download it upon release.

If we find anything new in the tvOS 13.2 beta, we'll update this article.

tvOS 13, released earlier in September, introduced multi-user support, a new Control Center, Apple Arcade and controller support, new screensavers and more.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 13
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

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Oct. 2, 2019, 10:05 a.m.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 6.1 to Developers

Apple today second the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1 beta to developers, a little over a week after seeding the first watchOS 6.1 beta and two weeks after releasing the watchOS 6 update with full App Store, new Apple Watch faces, and more.

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 over 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

There were no major changes found in the first watchOS 6.1 beta, so it's not entirely clear what's included in the update, but we'll update this article should new features be found in the second beta. The update may be focused on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

watchOS 6.1 does work with the Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watch models, which were excluded from the watchOS 6 release.

Apple said that watchOS 6 would come to the older Apple Watch models at a later date, so it's possible watchOS 6.1 will be the first version of watchOS 6 to work with the Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watches.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)

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Oct. 2, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 93 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 93 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Resource Timing, SVG, Web API, Web Inspector, Accessibility, Apple Pay, JavaScript, WebGPU, Web Authentication, and 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 introduced at the June Worldwide Developers Conference.

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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Oct. 2, 2019, 7:51 a.m.

Deals: 2019 27-Inch iMac Hits New Low Price, While Official iPhone 11 Pro Leather Cases Get $9 Discount

Today we're highlighting two new deals: one is a new low price on Apple's 27-inch iMac from Early 2019, and the other focuses on the first price drops we've seen for Apple's official Leather Cases for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

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

27-Inch iMac


You can get the 27-inch Retina iMac with a 3.7 GHz 6-core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 2TB Fusion Drive for $2,099.00, down from $2,299.00. At $200 off, this price is the lowest that we've tracked for this high-end model of the new 27-inch Retina iMac.


Apple updated the iMac with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel processors in March 2019, also including faster memory and new Radeon Pro Vega graphics options. Be sure to head to Amazon soon to check out the new discount before it expires.

iPhone 11 Pro Leather Cases


There are a few sales on the new official Apple Leather Case for the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which can be found at Amazon and Target.

On Amazon, you can get the Leather Case in Saddle Brown for the iPhone 11 Pro priced at $39.99, down from $49.00 ($9 off). Amazon isn't discounting the Leather Cases for the iPhone 11 Pro Max at the time of writing.


Target has the Leather Case for the iPhone 11 Pro priced at $39.99, down from $49.00, in both Saddle Brown and Black. The retailer also has the Leather Case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max at the same price of $39.99 ($9 off) in Saddle Brown and Black.

Target customers can choose some items to be picked up at their local store, but if that is not an option you can opt for free two day shipping. If you have a Target Red Card, you can also save an additional 5 percent on the Leather Cases.

Head to our full Deals Roundup for more information on the latest Apple-related discounts.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

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Oct. 2, 2019, 4:33 a.m.

What to expect at an Apple October event

An Apple October event hasn’t yet been announced, but there’s such an impressive list of products that are supposedly ready to launch that the company seems to need a big venue to show them all off. There’s an epic new Mac, a big MacBook, fresh iPads and plenty more, all reportedly coming soon. These didn’t […]

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Oct. 2, 2019, 2:42 a.m.

Twitter starts rolling out Direct Message search to all iOS users

Twitter continues to expand the capabilities of its direct messaging functionality today. After rolling out its new abuse filter for Direct Messages yesterday, Twitter is now expanding the availability of DM search to all iOS users.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 12:44 a.m.

Swift Playgrounds for iPadOS updated with Dark Mode, new SwiftUI support, more

Apple has updated yet another one of its applications with support for new iOS 13 and iPadOS features. Swift Playgrounds has been updated today with Dark Mode support, Learn to Code enhancements, and more.

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Oct. 2, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Apple in October expectations: Apple Tag, 16-inch MacBook Pro, new iPad Pro, more

Even though September was a busy month for Apple, the year isn’t over just yet. Now that we’re officially in October, expect a new round of hardware and software releases from Apple. Ranging from the oft-rumored Apple Tag to the release of macOS Catalina, there’s a lot to look forward to — and it could all culminate in an October Apple event. more…

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Oct. 1, 2019, 11:26 p.m.

PDF Expert 7 updated with multiple windows support and more for iPadOS 13

Following the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS for all users, several developers have already updated their applications with compatibility with the new features. PDF Expert 7 from Readdle, one of the most popular PDF managers for iPhone and iPad, has been updated today with multiple windows on iPad, Dark Mode, enhanced markup features, and more. That is the first significant update to the app since the launch of its seventh version.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Apple taps Black Panther star as lead in basketball TV show

Swagger, the Apple TV+ series based on Kevin Durant’s experiences in youth basketball, has finally found its lead actor. Winston Duke, most recognizable for his role as M’Baku in Marvel’s Black Panther movie, has reportedly landed the top role as the show sets to start production later this month. Written and directed by Reggie Rock […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

How to use the QuickTake video shortcut with iPhone 11 and 11 Pro cameras

Want to master instantly switching from shooting photos to capturing a video? Follow along for how to use the QuickTake video shortcut with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro cameras.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 10 p.m.

Awesome stand gives Apple Watch the retro Game Boy look [Review]

Every Apple Watch deserves a good charging stand. The W5 from Elago takes you back in time with a one-of-a-kind design that resembles an iconic handheld gaming console. Made from high-quality silicone, it’s simple, sturdy and surprisingly affordable. It’s also compatible with every Apple Watch ever made. Here’s why we think the Elago W5 charging […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Tim Cook talks lower-priced iPhone 11, Apple TV+ competition, more in new interview

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has been visiting Apple Stores, Apple developers, and more on a trip to Germany and France. Now, in a new interview, Cook has shared more details about the iPhone 11 being more affordably priced, how he’s looking at Apple TV+ and its competition, concerns about Apple being a monopoly, and more.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 9 p.m.

PDF Expert adds powerful iPadOS 13 features

The best PDF editor just got better. The latest version of PDF Expert adds all the new iOS 13 features — multiple windows, Dark Mode and more.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Skydio 2 could be the first drone to give DJI a serious challenge

Skydio may have finally created the first drone that I can’t crash. Every single drone I’ve owned or tested from DJI, Parrot and even Skydio has crashed. With the Skydio 2 unveiling today, the smartest drone in the sky just got smarter, smaller and more affordable at the same time. Thanks to its Mavic and […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

Bernie Sander’s tax plan would have cost Apple $1.4 billion last year

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposed “inequality tax” would punish large businesses that pay their CEOs vastly more than the median wage for employees. Apple is one of those companies. TIm Cook compared with the average Apple employee Sanders’ tax proposal would charge additional taxes to businesses with annual revenue over $100 million in which the […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 7:54 p.m.

New Apple Watch ‘Health and Sports Day Challenge’ starting October 14th for Japanese users

After holding an Apple Watch Activity Challenge in August to celebrate the Grand Canyon National Park anniversary, Apple is set to hold another one this month. The “Health and Sports Day Challenge” is set to kick off on October 14th for customers in Japan.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Stranded photographer didn’t get the memo on MacBook Pro recall

A British travel photographer is currently stuck in Vietnam after airport officials refused to let him board a flight because he was carrying a recalled 15-inch MacBook Pro. Julian Elliott found out during a security check that his MacBook with Retina display was made between Sept. 2015 and February 2017. Apple recalled these models after […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to post to Instagram on your Mac

If you know the trick, you can use Instagram on your Mac. And I don’t just mean viewing your timeline in Safari. I mean uploading pictures, adding filters, the lot. What’s more, it’s dead easy. Interested? Here’s how it works. How to post to Instagram from the Mac Instead of using a separate Instagram app […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Apple tests dazzling Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 in new iOS 13 beta

Apple is today providing beta testers with an early taste of its upcoming Deep Fusion feature for iPhone 11. The new technology, which promises to deliver some of the most detailed photos you’ve ever shot on a smartphone, was first previewed at the iPhone 11 event last month. Registered developers can start trying it out […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 6:46 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: October 01, 2019 – Apple News+ expands, 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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Oct. 1, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Why your iPhone reminders won‘t sync with your Mac

The Reminders app in iOS 13 is a massive upgrade, offering multiple new features to make this utility software more useful. But some people might be frustrated because they can‘t get their reminders to synchronize with their Mac. Apple warns that this will continue until the next version of macOS is released. Upgrader’s lament A […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Skydio introduces all-new Skydio 2, first true DJI Mavic 2 Pro competitor?

Finally, it is here! The all-new and vastly improved Skydio 2 drone. The long-awaited successor to the ground-breaking Skydio R1 autonomously-flying drone that was introduced in early 2018. The new Skydio 2 is designed and built right here in the USA and it competes head-on with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro adding Deep Fusion camera feature with upcoming iOS 13 beta

A forthcoming developer beta of iOS 13 will add Apple’s new Deep Fusion photography system, according to the Verge. Deep Fusion is the new camera processing system introduced by Apple last month for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Tuesday deals: Previous-gen. iPad Pro and MacBook Pro from $579, AirPod Case $5, more

Today’s best deals are highlighted by Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, both of which are at best of the year prices. You can also pick up a $5 silicone AirPods case at Amazon at a new all-time low. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Save up to $620 on MacBook Pro today only [Deals & Steals]

Shopping for a sweet MacBook Pro deal? Woot has just what you’re looking for, with refurbished 2018 models available at up to $620 off the usual price for today only. Grab yours before they’re all gone! You will also find big discount on Apple Watch Series 4 and the newest AirPods in today’s Deals & […]

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

iPhone 11 Pro Max beaten by its biggest rival in new speed test

Apple’s new iPhone 11 lineup is its fastest yet. So you might think it would have no trouble beating any other smartphone in real-world speed tests. But that’s not always the case. A new shootout between iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 11 proves processing power isn’t everything. The iPhone 11 lineup once […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 4 p.m.

Motif app goes iOS so you can make photo books on iPhone

It didn’t take long for Motif, a Mac and iPad app for creating photo books, to reach 1 million downloads. A little more than a year after its launch, Motif now lets Apple fans create custom photo books on their iPhones. The app, available for a free download today, syncs directly with the iPhone camera […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5: Big little changes [Review]

Once again I took the new Apple Watch Series 5 on my family vacation to Disney World and put it to the test, all to determine if it's worth upgrading this year.

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

Call of Duty Mobile out now on iPhone, iPad, and Android, with IAP

Call of Duty Mobile is now available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, as promised last month. Unlike the earlier companion app, this is a full game experience.

Developed by Tencent Games’ award-winning TiMi Studios and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Mobile delivers the definitive free-to-play, first-person action experience on mobile. For the first time, players will play many of the most beloved maps, competitive modes, iconic characters and signature weapons from across the franchise, including the Modern Warfare and Black Ops universes, in one epic experience …

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Oct. 1, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

Apple News+ UK Diary: First impressions of the UK offering

Apple News+ launched in the UK yesterday, more than six months after it did so in the US.

I hadn’t been too impressed by the free offerings in Apple News and had actually removed the app from both my iPhone and iPad, but Apple News+ in the UK gave me a chance to re-evaluate it with its boosted content…

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

Stunning Apple II Kickstarter case gives you a new look at a classic machine

The Apple II may be more than 40 years old, but Apple’s first mass market personal computer still has plenty of fans. Now those fans can get hold of a brand new injection-molded case for the iconic Steve Wozniak-designed computer. All thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign. Boasting a transparent design, the case will let […]

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

Score the ultimate set of Bluetooth earbuds [Deals]

With all the Bluetooth earbuds on the market, it can be hard to know which to choose. So when all the best features are wrapped up in one set, your search is made much easier. Even better, we’ve got two sets that fit that description. CRESUER TOUCHWAVE and CRESUER TOUCHWAVE 2 are cord-free, dust proof, […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 2:08 p.m.

Twitter Expands Direct Message Search to All Users

Twitter today announced that its Direct Message (DM) search feature is now available to all users, allowing anyone to search through the DMs they've received.

The new search bar is located above the the DM interface in the Twitter app or on the web and it can be used to locate specific conversations and key words.


DM search first debuted in August, when Twitter said that it was testing out the feature. Some users have had the search bar since then as part of the test, but as of today, it's available for everyone.


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Oct. 1, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Apple unwraps ‘iconic’ movie and extras sale, more from $5

Apple has a number of new movie sales going this morning focused on iconic titles and extras starting at $7. There’s also a handful of bundle deals and the usual selection of $5 films. You can also find this week’s $1 HD rental below. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Pixelmator Photo updated for iPadOS featuring new batch editing tools

Pixelmator Photo has been updated today with support for iPadOS 13, a new refined workflow, and the addition of batch editing tools. You can import photos directly from a camera or external storage, import them into Pixelmator Photo, and apply uniform adjustments to the entire set in one go.

You can get the latest version of Pixelmator Photo in the App Store for $4.99. Naturally, existing owners can upgrade for free to get their hands on the new features. The update is propagating to the App Store at time of posting.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Apple chipmaker countersues rival for infringing on patents

Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) is counter-suing smaller chipmaking rival GlobalFoundries in the U.S., Germany, and Singapore. TSMC says that GlobalFoundries infringed on 25 of its patents. TSMC is the world’s largest contact chipmaker. It creates the A-series chips used in Apple devices, such as the iPhone 11’s A13 processor. It is looking […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Real Call of Duty finally blasts onto iOS

The first true Call of Duty game has finally landed on mobile, seven months after its initial unveiling. Activision’s newest title features the staple online multiplayer with various game modes, as well as its own battle royale. It’s free to download now from the App Store — and it’s a lot of fun! We’ve seen CoD […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple’s own code spills details about iPhone 4s

October 1, 2011: Just days before it is to be publicly unveiled, the name of the iPhone 4s is revealed online. The latest iTunes beta inadvertently spills the beans on the new name. Along with the name, the code also reveals that Apple’s new handset will come in black and white color options. The iPhone […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Apple will announce its final 2019 earnings on October 30

Apple will share its next quarterly earnings at the end of October. According to Apple’s updated Investor Relations webpage, the Q4 2019 earnings will be reported October 30. This will cover the fiscal fourth quarter of 2019, covering the three months leading up to the iPhone 11’s release. A typical Q4 covers October, November and […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

Version of popular Subway Surfers game coming to Snapchat from today

Subway Surfers was highlighted by Apple as one of the most popular free iOS games last year, and Snap has announced that a multiplayer version is coming to Snapchat from today …

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Oct. 1, 2019, 12:10 p.m.

42 years on, Kickstarter campaign aims to create clear case for the Apple II

Some 42 years after the Apple II was launched, a Kickstarter campaign aims to create a clear case for the Apple II and Apple II Plus …

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Oct. 1, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

'Black Panther' Star Winston Duke to Star in Apple's 'Swagger' TV Series

Winston Duke, known for his role M'Baku in "Black Panther," is set to star in Apple's upcoming TV series "Swagger," reports Variety.

Duke will play Ike, a youth basketball coach who used to be a star player. Production on the show is set to begin in October, more than a year after Apple first picked up the series.

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"Swagger," which is based on NBA star Kevin Durant's youth basketball experiences, is said to explore the world of youth basketball, the players, their families, and their coaches.

"Swagger" is one of the TV shows that Apple is developing for its Apple TV+ streaming service, which is set to launch in November. As production is first starting, "Swagger" won't be available at launch and will instead be a show premiering at a later date.

Apple TV+ will cost $4.99 per month for up to six family members, and Apple is offering a free one-year subscription to customers who purchase an Apple TV, Mac, iPad, or iPhone.


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Oct. 1, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

These $12 AirPods knockoffs don’t actually play any music

Would you buy a pair of AirPods knockoffs that don’t actually play any sound? It sounds crazy (and, frankly, it is), but that’s exactly what one company is selling; cashing in on the fashionable status of Apple’s wireless earbuds. Fashion e-tailer Asos is selling the $12 “faux headphone earpiece in silver tone” as a piece […]

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Oct. 1, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

iOS 13 iPhone features: What is Optimized Battery Charging?

Apple is trying to make the battery in your iPhone last longer, so you can use your phone for longer periods of time without needing to get it serviced. Optimized Battery Charging changes the way in which your iPhone charges overnight in order to extend the lifetime of the battery. After updating to iOS 13, you may have been wondering ‘why is my iPhone only charging to 80 percent?’ Here’s why …

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Oct. 1, 2019, 8:25 a.m.

Deals: Apple Updates iTunes With New Horror Movie Sale, Offering $1 Rentals and Under $20 Bundles

Apple today refreshed iTunes with a slew of new deals and offers, mainly focusing on horror and thriller movies now that we're in October. Below we've also collected all of the latest discounts on Anker products, with new sales that have kicked off in October.

iTunes Horror Movie Sale


The sale is headlined by a large collection of $1 horror rentals, including a wide range of movies from different sub-genres and decades. These include You're Next, Christine, V/H/S, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, and many more.


You'll also find horror bundles priced at or under $20, with franchises like Saw, Paranormal Activity, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Conjuring receiving notable discounts. There are also some more recent horror movies on sale, including a bundle of Ari Aster's films Hereditary and Midsommar priced at $19.99, down from $29.99.

We've highlighted many of the movies in the lists below, but be sure to head to iTunes this week to browse the full sale.

$1 Rentals

Under $20 Bundles


Anker Sale


Anker's discounts include an ongoing sale on its new Midnight Green portable charger and USB-C to Lightning cable, both of which have a shipping estimate of November. Otherwise, below you'll find markdowns on Bluetooth speakers, Lightning and USB-C cables, hubs, and more portable battery packs.


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Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales and bargains.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 8 a.m.

Apple’s vendor for Mac photo book printing comes to the iPhone and iPad

Last year, Apple discontinued the native option to print photo books and more from its Photos app for Mac. Several third-parties filled the gap with Photos extentions including Motif. Now that company – which Apple used for its own printing service – has launced an iOS app to offer photo book printing from iPhone and iPad.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 3:04 a.m.

Apple supplier TSMC countersues competing chipmaker as legal battle continues

The legal battle between Apple supplier TSMC and chipmaker Global Foundries is heating up. TSMC was first sued by Global Foundries back in August over patent infringement, but now it is fighting back with its own countersuit, as first reported by Reuters.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 1:14 a.m.

Twitter is rolling out its abuse filter for Direct Messages to everyone on iOS

After testing out its new abuse and spam filter for Direct Messages for the past two months, Twitter is now rolling out the new feature to all users. The social network will now filter suspect, offensive, and inappropriate messages in a more efficient way starting today.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 12:43 a.m.

Pinterest updated for iOS 13 with support for Dark Mode

Dark Mode continues to make its expansion to the most popular iOS apps following the release of iOS 13. Pinterest for iOS has been updated today with support for Dark Mode, joining countless other applications in doing so thus far.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 12:18 a.m.

Apple schedules fiscal Q4 2019 earnings release for October 30th

Apple has updated its Investor Relations webpage today to announce that it will report its Q4 2019 earnings on October 30th. Following the release of its Q4 earnings, AAPL will hold a call with investors and analysts at 2PM PT/5PM ET.

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Oct. 1, 2019, 12:09 a.m.

Apple denied tariff exemption on 5 Mac Pro components

The U.S. federal government denied Apple’s request to be exempt from the 25% tariffs that affected some components of the new Mac Pro. Apple revealed last week that it will make the Mac Pro at its plant in Austin, Texas which some observers thought might be key to getting relief from Trump’s tariffs. The U.S. […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Apple denied tariff exemptions on additional Mac Pro parts despite US-made commitment

Earlier this month, Apple announced that the new 2019 Mac Pro will be made in the United States after some uncertainty over tariffs. Bloomberg reports today, however, that despite this commitment, the US Trade Representative’s office has denied Apple’s request for tariff exemption on certain components made in China.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Apple Watch gets tweaked by watchOS 6.0.1

Apple’s wearable just received its first update since the debut on watchOS 6 earlier this month. This offers a handful of bug fixes for the most recent Apple Watch models, and unspecified performance improvements are also promised. When watchOS 6 launched on Sept. 19 it added an App Store to the Watch, allowing this wrist […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

How to take square photos with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Want to change the aspect ratio for iPhone 11 camera shots? Follow along for how to take square photos and more with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Save hundreds on the newest iPads for a limited time [Deals & Steals]

It’s a great time to treat yourself to a new iPad, with $29 off the brand-new 10.2-inch model and up to $199 off the newest iPad Pro on Amazon. And these are just some of the awesome offers you’ll find in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also a rare discount on Apple’s official Leather […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Brits and Aussies can enjoy hundreds of publications with Apple News+

Apple’s subscription news service just debuted in the UK and Australia, with access to a range of local and international newspapers and magazines for a single monthly fee. News+ includes offerings like The Times (UK) and The Daily Telegraph (AU). There’s Cosmopolitan UK, Australian Men’s Health and many more. “Apple News+ offers hundreds of the world’s […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to use iPhone 11’s flash-killing Night Mode

Night Mode is one of the iPhone 11’s two big new camera features (the other is the Ultra Wide lens). Night Mode captures lots and lots of images, and then uses the iPhone’s A13 Bionic processor to combine them, pulling out details not available in a single low-light shot. It’s the computational-photography mad science equivalent […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

iWork iOS apps get the feature we’ve been dying for

Apple put out a big update for its iWork suite of iOS apps this morning, bringing a bunch of new features to the iPhone and iPad apps, including Dark Mode. The update for Numbers 5.2, Pages 5.2 and Keynote 5.2 are available for free from the App Store, inside you’ll find some new font features, […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Apple News+ launches in the UK featuring publications including The Times, Esquire and the Wall Street Journal

Apple has today launched Apple News+ in the United Kingdom with access to around 150 publications. For £9.99 per month, Apple users can access current and past issues from UK-centric magazines and newspapers including The Times, Esquire, Empire, Hello!, Cyclist and Grazia. UK subscribers can also access US publications including the Wall Street Journal.

UK users can start using the Apple News+ service now. Just visit the News+ tab in the Apple News app on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Review: Peloton Digital for iPhone and iPad + using Tread and Bike with Apple Watch

Peloton is a fitness firm best known for its stationary bikes equipped with touchscreens for live and on-demand video workout classes. The seven-year-old American company, which launched its IPO in September, doesn’t just serve cyclists though.

Peloton Tread serves walkers and runners alike, and Peloton Digital for iPhone and iPad lets you experience even more workout courses — even if you don’t have stationary bike or treadmill from Peloton. My whole family has been testing the full Peloton system over the last six weeks. Read on for our experience starting with Peloton Digital for iPhone and iPad.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

iOS 13.1.2 is already out with big bug fixes

iOS 13 brought big changes and version 13.1 added some more, but Apple sure isn’t resting on its laurels. The company quickly rushed out iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2. Anyone greedy for more new features is in for a disappointment, as this is entirely a bug-fix update. This marks the fourth new iOS version in […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 7 p.m.

Hands-on with the new Apple Watch Series 5 compass

Apple heads in the right direction with watchOS 6. Here's how to use the Apple Watch compass and Compass app complications.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

Ulysses writing app gets the iOS 13 treatment with Dark Mode, multi-window iPad support, more

Well-rated iPhone and iPad writing app, Ulysses, has received an update today to leverage the new functionality possible with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. New features include Dark Mode, multi-window iPad support, iOS 13-styled icons,  new context menus, full integration with the Shortcuts app, Dropbox support, and more.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 30, 2019 – iOS 13 bug fixes, mini-LED iPad 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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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Tim Cook crows about iPhone 11’s ‘very strong start’

The iPhone 11 reached customer’s hands just over a week ago, and Apple CEO Tim Cook told a German newspaper that the latest iPhone enjoyed a “very strong start.” To add to the good news for Apple, analysts J.P. Morgan revised upward its estimate of how many iPhones will sell before the end of this […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:28 p.m.

Halide updated for iPhone 11 and 11 Pro with tactile lens switcher, lens guides, and Smart RAW mode

Popular iPhone camera app, Halide, is out today with its official update to bring rich support for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The latest software release brings a tactile lens switcher, lens guides, a Smart RAW mode, and more.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

Apple releases macOS Catalina beta 10 to developers

Apple today has released the tenth developer beta of macOS Catalina. The new version of Apple’s operating system features a new Music app that replaces iTunes, Podcasts and TV apps, updates to the Photos interface, a brand new Reminders app, extended desktop in Safari, updates to Markdown, Screen Time on macOS and the new ‘Find My’ app.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

watchOS 6.0.1 for Apple Watch brings watch face improvements, more

Following the release of iOS 13.1.2, Apple today has also released watchOS 6.0.1 to the public. watchOS 6.0.1 includes performance and security improvements, according to Apple.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

iWork for iOS updated to take advantage of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Apple has released updated versions of its iWork apps for iPhone and iPad to take advantage of new features that are available with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Apple releasing first developer beta of iOS 13.1.2 today

Apple today is releasing the first developer beta of iOS 13.1.2 to the public. This comes after the release of iOS 13.1.1 to the public last week with several notable bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

The nasty change to Fortnite matchmaking Epic is keeping quiet

Fortnite finally has skill-based matchmaking — and that’s good news for everyone. But it comes with a nasty change Epic Games didn’t mention when it first revealed the overhaul. Here’s why lots of long-time fans are finding Battle Royale unbearable after last week’s version 10.40 update. I was keen to point out why Fortnite’s big matchmaking […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Latest AirPods drop to $130 while Powerbeats Pro are $200, iPad Air $40 off, more

The latest AirPods drop to $130 while Powerbeats Pro are also on sale for $200. Other notable deals include the 2019 iPad Air with a $40 discount and Logitech’s popular Bluetooth keyboard. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 4:51 p.m.

Apple to Announce Q4 2019 Earnings on October 30

Apple today updated its investor relations page to announce that it will share its earnings results for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2019 on Wednesday, October 30.

The earnings results will offer up some insight into how well the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Max did during their first week of availability, though Apple no longer breaks out iPhone unit sales so specific data won't be available.


Apple's guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 includes expected revenue of $61 to $64 billion and gross margin between 37.5 and 38.5 percent. If on the higher end of the range, Apple's revenue will beat its Q4 2018 revenue of $62.9 billion.

Guidance for the holiday quarter provided by Apple in its Q4 earnings results will give us the most insight into how the company's newest iPhones are selling.

The quarterly earnings statement will be released at 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern. MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings release and conference call on October 30.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Apple Watch alerts 30-year-old dad about dangerous heart condition

A 30-year-old British dad and “fitness fanatic” was recently alerted to an irregular heart beat by his Apple Watch. Chris Mint’s physician told him that it was unlikely that he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. However, using a five-minute ECG test on his Apple Watch convinced his doc otherwise. “I’d owned the watch for about […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Spotify boosting podcast features with new option to add to music playlists

As Spotify expands its service and moves further into the world of podcasting, the company has updated how its playlist feature works. Users can now make podcast playlists and also create playlists with both music and podcasts.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Last chance! Save 20% on Just Mobile’s awesome iPhone cases

Just Mobile’s sweet Tenc Air cases offer ample protection for your pricey iPhone without covering up its dazzling design. And you can get yours for 20% less right now! All Tenc Air cases and Xkin screen protectors are on sale now through the Cult of Mac Store — but only until the end of today. […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Apple Watch detects British dad’s heart condition, requiring surgery to avoid stroke or heart attack

Apple Watch irregular heartbeat detection and the ECG app are being credited with helping save the life of a British father of two. A simple notification on the watch led the 30-year-old to seek answers at the hospital.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Apple debuts upgraded maps in New York City

Apple Maps users in the Big Apple just got a sizable update to their service. As part of Apple’s quest to challenge Google’s mapping services, Apple Maps now offers far more local detail in New York City. That includes extra details about buildings, roads and footpaths, parks, and more. Thanks to iOS 13, users can […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

iPad Pro Diary: iPadOS 13 makes the argument for an iPad even stronger

I felt that the new-form-factor 12.9-inch iPad dramatically strengthened the argument for an iPad over a laptop for those with relatively basic needs. I did, however, feel compelled to make the case for an iPad-specific version of iOS, so that the software would do justice to the hardware.

While the iPad Pro isn’t trying to be a Mac, it is a grown-up device and it needs a grown-up operating system. Not macOS, but rather a tailored version of iOS, designed to take advantage of the additional capabilities of the iPad. What some people have termed padOS.

Apple of course finally gave us that with iPadOS 13, and I have to say it makes a huge difference…

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Sept. 30, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Netflix has a plan to win over new subscribers in an age of Apple TV+

Disney+ and Apple TV+ may not have made their debut yet, but their influence is already showing up in the market place. Netflix, the established guard of streaming content, recently launched a new strategy to hook subscribers. For one of its new shows, Netflix is offering the first episode for free — even if you’re […]

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

Dig into a goldmine of books, audio books, articles and more from your iPhone [Deals]

The world is awash in great writing and journalism, from books to articles on the internet. That leaves a ton of stuff to sort through. So having it all in one place makes it easier to find the best content, and saves lots of time. Scribd offers access to a vast library of content straight […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 2 p.m.

2020 iPad Pro could pack brand-new display technology

You might want to think twice about upgrading your iPad Pro this year. A new report claims Apple could deliver a more significant refresh with brand-new display technology as early as 2020. The same technology, which is expected to use approximately 10,000 tiny LEDs, could also appear in a new MacBook around the same time, […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Thieves steal dozens of iPhones from Apple Store in Canada

A group of thieves robbed an Apple Store in Canada over the weekend, making off with dozens of iPhones. The incident took place at the Apple Store in Calgary’s Chinook Center on Saturday night. The thieves were captured on surveillance video. However, they were able to get away with the stolen handsets. iPhone thieves took […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

Halide Camera for iOS Gains Support for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Halide, a popular camera app designed for iOS devices, was today updated with support for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, with the company adding new features able to take advantage of the hardware in the new devices.

There's a faster lens switcher that uses Haptic Touch to switch between the two focal lengths in the iPhone 11 (wide and ultra wide) and the three focal lengths in the iPhone 11 Pro (wide, ultra wide, and telephoto). Halide's developers say it's quicker, smoother and more intuitive than the standard lens switcher.


On the iPhone 11 Pro, there's a new Lens Guides feature designed to help users compose shots. The Lens Guides appear when the lens switcher tool is opened, providing overlays of what a shot would look like using a different focal length.

There are no manual focus controls for the ultra wide-angle camera in Halide, and that's because the lens has a fixed focus. The ultra wide-angle camera is not capable of RAW output, nor does Apple's outside the frame feature work with RAW. Halide hasn't added outside the frame functionality at this time.

Smart RAW has been updated for iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, with the exposure engine tuned to produce RAW shots with less noise. Smart RAW improvement for the new iPhones is an ongoing product though, with Halide planning to add additional refinements in the future.

For older iPhones, the new version of Halide includes bug fixes and enhancements, along with RAW exposure improvements for all Smart RAW iPhones.

Halide can be downloaded from the App Store for $5.99. [Direct Link]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

US-UK treaty means Facebook will share encrypted messages with UK police

A new US-UK treaty due to be signed next month will compel Facebook to share encrypted messages with UK police…

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Sept. 30, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Macs get that iSyncing feeling

September 30, 2002: Apple introduces iSync, a tool that lets Mac users synchronize their address books and calendars with their cellphones, iPods and Palm OS-compatible handheld organizers via Bluetooth. It represents a big leap forward in the ability of computers and mobile devices to talk with one another. And it hints at some of Apple’s later […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Stunning concept imagines new iPhone inspired by one of Apple’s best designs

According to a report by seasoned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s 2020 iPhone redesign will resemble an updated iPhone 4. But what would such a handset look like? A stunning concept by Aziz Ghaus and Ben Geskin gives us an idea. Check them out below. 2020 iPhone concept in gold. New 5.4 and 6.7 inch […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Free Netflix episodes offered as competition with Apple TV+ and Disney+ looms

With Apple TV+ and Disney+ both set to launch in November, Netflix seems to be trying a new marketing tactic: free Netflix episodes for non-subscribers …

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Sept. 30, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Cannot log in to your banking apps on the iPhone? iOS 13 Touch ID bug may be the reason

If you have recently updated to iOS 13 and have found you are unable to log in to some apps like your bank, or 1Password, or other apps that need authentication, we may have the solution. It turns out there is an iPhone iOS 13 bug affecting older iPhones with Touch ID, where the in-app authentication dialog simply doesn’t appear. Here’s the fix ..

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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

Kuo: New ‘pro’ iPad models with mini-LED display coming Q4 2020 – Q1 2021, mini-LED MacBook after

In a Chinese language report released by TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo over the weekend, the reliable Apple analyst repeats claims that Apple is working on new high-end iPad and MacBook models featuring mini-LED displays.

The iPad and MacBook would use approximately 10,000 LEDs. This number would be far beyond above what the upcoming $6000 Pro Display XDR will use (around 570 for its backlight), with each LED being smaller than 0.2mm.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:36 a.m.

Apple Updates Numbers, Pages and Keynote for iOS With iOS 13 Support, Mac Apps Gain Bug Fixes

Apple today updated its line of iWork apps for iOS devices, introducing support for iOS 13 on Numbers, Pages, and Keynote.

Pages and Numbers now offer Dark Mode support, allowing them to work with either light or dark themes on iPhones and iPads. For all of the apps, Apple has also added support for accessing two iWork documents side by side on the iPad using Split View, so you can access two Pages documents side by side, or two Numbers spreadsheets.


Custom fonts are now supported, screenshots of entire documents can be captured, and files can be accessed from a USB drive, external hard drive, or file server. Additional changes are outlined in the release notes for each app below.

Pages Release Notes:
- Enable Dark Mode to emphasize your content.*
- On iPadOS, use Pages in multiple spaces or edit two documents side by side in Split View.
- Support for new iOS 13 and iPadOS text editing and navigation gestures.*
- Set the default font and font size used for all new documents created from basic templates.
- Use custom fonts installed from the App Store.*
- Capture a screenshot of an entire document, mark it up, then easily share it as a PDF.*
- Access files from a USB drive, external hard drive, or file server.*
- Listen to an audio representation of your chart using VoiceOver.*
- Add accessibility descriptions to audio, video, and drawings.
- Improved accessibility of exported PDFs.
- Support for HEVC-formatted movies, enabling reduced file size while preserving visual quality.
- Select multiple objects by pressing Shift or Command on a hardware keyboard.
Numbers Release Notes:
- Enable Dark Mode to emphasize your content.*
- On iPadOS, use Numbers in multiple spaces or edit two spreadsheets side by side in Split View.
- Support for new iOS 13 and iPadOS text editing and navigation gestures.*
- Use custom fonts installed from the App Store.*
- Capture a screenshot of an entire spreadsheet, mark it up, then easily share it as a PDF.*
- Access files from a USB drive, external hard drive, or file server.*
- Listen to an audio representation of your chart using VoiceOver.*
- Add accessibility descriptions to audio, video, and drawings.
- Improved accessibility of exported PDFs.
- Support for HEVC-formatted movies, enabling reduced file size while preserving visual quality.
- Select multiple objects by pressing Shift or Command on a hardware keyboard.
Keynote Release Notes:
- On iPadOS, use Keynote in multiple spaces or edit two presentations side by side in Split View.
- Support for new iOS 13 and iPadOS text editing and navigation gestures.*
- Use custom fonts installed from the App Store.*
- Capture a screenshot of an entire presentation, mark it up, then easily share it as a PDF.*
- Access files from a USB drive, external hard drive, or file server.*
- Listen to an audio representation of your chart using VoiceOver.*
- Add accessibility descriptions to audio, video, and drawings.
- Improved accessibility of exported PDFs.
- Support for HEVC-formatted movies, enabling reduced file size while preserving visual quality.
- Select multiple objects by pressing Shift or Command on a hardware keyboard.
In addition to updating its iOS iWork apps for iOS 13, Apple has also introduced updates for Numbers, Keynote, and Pages on the Mac. The iWork for Mac updates are minor in scale, focusing on performance improvements and bug fixes. Details are available in the release notes below.

Pages for Mac Release Notes:
- Set the default font and font size used for all new documents created from basic templates.
- Easily add HEVC-formatted movies to documents, enabling reduced file size while preserving visual quality.
- Jump to a specific page in your document using a new menu command.
- Add accessibility descriptions to audio, video, and drawings.
- Improved accessibility of exported PDFs.
Numbers for Mac Release Notes:
- Improved performance when working with large tables.
- Easily add HEVC-formatted movies to spreadsheets, enabling reduced file size while preserving visual quality.
- Add accessibility descriptions to audio, video, and drawings.
- Improved accessibility of exported PDFs.
Keynote for Mac Release Notes:
- Easily add HEVC-formatted movies to presentations, enabling reduced file size while preserving visual quality.
- Jump to a specific slide in your presentation using a new menu command.
- Add accessibility descriptions to audio, video, and drawings.
- Improved accessibility of exported PDFs.
All of the new updates are available now from the iOS App Store and macOS App Store.
Apple's iWork apps are free downloads for everyone.


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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Apple Watch’s health focus took Apple by surprise

Apple didn’t predict how important health-tracking tech would be to the Apple Watch, COO Jeff Williams said in an interview published over the weekend. “It was very organic,” he said. “Most people think we had this major health initiative, well, we had some notions in the beginning but no idea where it would lead. And […]

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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Apple Seeds macOS Catalina Beta 10 to Developers

Apple today seeded the tenth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina to developers, one week after seeding the ninth macOS Catalina beta and over three months after the new Mac operating system update was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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


macOS Catalina eliminates the iTunes app, splitting it into Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The three new apps offer similar functionality to iTunes, but are split up by feature. iOS device management is still available on the Mac, but it's now done through the Finder rather than iTunes.

With a new Sidecar feature, you can turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac with just the click of a button. The Apple Pencil works with Sidecar, so you can turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in apps like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Your Apple Watch can be used to approve security prompts for passwords and other info in macOS Catalina, and Macs with a T2 chip now support Activation Lock, making them more secure. There's a new Find My that brings the Find My Mac app to the Mac for the first time and even lets you track your devices when they're offline, or, in the case of notebooks, closed.

Screen Time is available on the Mac as well as iOS devices, and Project Catalyst, a new Apple initiative, will let developers easily port their iPad apps over to the Mac to increase the number of Mac apps available.

There's a new Photos interface that surfaces your best photos organized by day, month, or year, there's a new start page in Safari, Mail has new tools for muting email threads and blocking senders, and the Reminders app has been overhauled.

32-bit apps no longer work in macOS Catalina, which is something to be aware of before installing the beta.

For more details on macOS Catalina, make sure to check out our macOS Catalina roundup. Apple is planning to release macOS Catalina sometime in October.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Apple Releases watchOS 6.0.1 With Bug Fixes

Apple today released watchOS 6.0.1, the first update to the watchOS 6 operating system that was released on September 19.

watchOS 6.0.1 can be downloaded for free through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General -> Software Update. To install the new software, the Apple Watch needs to have over 50 percent battery, it needs to be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone.


Today’s update is minor in scale, addressing a bug with the Mickey and Minnie Mouse watch faces, fixing a calendar complications bug, and addressing an issue that could cause a loss of display calibration data. From Apple’s release notes:
watchOS 6.0.1 optimizes performance, provides security updates, and contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
- Resolves an issue where the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse watch face does not speak time
- Addresses an issue where the calendar complication may not display events
- Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data
For details on what’s new in the larger watchOS 6 release, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 6
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Sept. 30, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

Spotify Now Lets You Create Podcast Playlists, Including Mixing Podcasts and Music

Spotify today announced a new feature that is now available for Spotify on iOS and Android, letting you combine podcasts and music into the same playlist. You can also choose to create a playlist of only podcasts, like your favorite episodes from multiple shows.


To do this, find the podcast you want to add to a playlist, tap the ellipsis icon to the right of the episode, and tap "Add to playlist." You can choose to add it to an existing playlist, or start a new one. Spotify Premium subscribers can then organize the playlist and intersperse it with songs so that the podcasts and music play in a certain order.

Spotify has been aggressively focusing on its push into podcasts as it attempts to challenge Apple's place in the podcast market. This includes purchasing pre-existing podcast libraries and revamping its app's UI to make podcasts easier to discover, to the frustration of some longtime Spotify users.

The new feature is available for Spotify on mobile, but the company noted that you can't make a playlist with a podcast in it from the desktop app yet.

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Sept. 30, 2019, 6:25 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: 2019 256GB iPad Air Discounted to $597 on Amazon ($52 Off, Lowest Ever)

Amazon over the weekend introduced a new deal on Apple's latest iPad Air, bringing the 256GB model down to a new low price. You can get the 10.5-inch iPad Air (Wi-Fi, 256GB) for $597.00, down from $649.00 ($52 off).

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This is the lowest price we've tracked at the major Apple resellers for this iPad Air, and it's available in Silver and Gold. The Space Gray model is not seeing as steep of a discount at the time of writing.

Although they aren't lowest-ever prices, Amazon also has discounts on the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad Air ($459.00, $40 off) and the 256GB cellular iPad Air ($727.00, $52 off).

The iPad Air was recently updated in March 2019 with a new 10.5-inch display, a Touch ID Home button, headphone jack, A12 Bionic processor, and support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The new iPad Air models sit in the middle of Apple's tablet lineup, allowing users to get some of the features of the higher-end iPad Pro lineup at a lower cost, thanks to the exclusion of upgrades like an edge-to-edge display and TrueDepth camera system.

For deals like today's and many more, be sure head to our full Deals Roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Deals, iPad Air
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Sept. 30, 2019, 4:06 a.m.

Apple Antara Retail Store Opens in Mexico City

Apple Antara opened its doors to the public in Mexico City's upscale Polanco on Friday, and Apple has shared some pictures that capture the excitement in and around the flagship retail store, located at Antara Fashion Hall in Cuidad.


Apple Antara is the first Apple Store of its kind in Latin America, featuring a pavilion design with 23-foot-tall sliding glass doors. Inside, there is also a Forum and 8K Video Wall for Today at Apple sessions, nestled among indoor trees.


Mexican illustrator Edgar Flores was in attendance, leading the store's first Today at Apple session and creating a communal art piece with participants.


Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of Retail and People, joined the team to welcome customers to Apple Antara, while Mexican R&B artist Mariana "Nan" de Miguel, aka Girl Ultra, performed on the opening night. Apple also created a special App Store story and Apple Music playlist to celebrate the opening.


Over 100 new store team members have been employed at Apple Antara, which is now Apple's second retail store in Mexico City, after Apple Vía Santa Fe.


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Sept. 30, 2019, 3:23 a.m.

Revamped Apple Maps Rollout Reaches New York City

Apple on Monday began rolling out a major update to its New York City coverage in the Maps app, boosting geographical details and correcting numerous errors in the process, according to the New York Post.


The update should see an increase in details on buildings, roads, parks, sports fields, parking lots, ground cover, foliage, pools, pedestrian pathways, and bodies of water.

For example, users looking at Central Park should now see individual baseball diamonds and more detailed footpaths, while buildings are more accurately rendered in the 3D mode thanks to new flight technology to better depict elevations.

Apple may still be rolling out the changes to its servers, as some Reddit users report that the appearance of the new coverage remains patchy and seems to depend on zoom level.

Apple has been deploying the enhanced maps up the northeast United States over the last few months, rolling them out in a stepwise fashion in adjacent continental U.S. states.

The last update brought enhanced maps to the likes of Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine.

The data is gathered by Apple's own fleet of sensor- and camera-equipped vehicles, as well as first-party data gathered from iPhones using Apple's differential privacy. The combined data is also being made to ensure search results are more relevant.

At WWDC 2019, Apple said the updated maps will roll out to the entire United States by the end of the year, followed by additional countries in 2020.


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Sept. 30, 2019, 2:05 a.m.

Ulysses 18 Brings Native Dark Mode and Split View Support for iOS 13 and iPadOS

Popular writing app Ulysses received its eighteenth major update today, adding some notable features and bringing full support for iOS 13 and iPadOS.


First up, version 18 of Ulysses adds support for Apple's new system-level Dark Mode, meaning users no longer need to activate the app's native dark theme to get a twilight look that's designed to be easier on the eyes.

Instead, the app can now honor the user's global preference and will also respond to the new Automatic setting that switches between Light and Dark based on the time of day.

This version also sees the removal of Ulysses native iPad Split View feature, which makes way for the new system Split View. The decision to drop the app's native Split View was tough for the developers, but ultimately they felt it was important that it conforms to the behavior of the global feature, and the functionality is very similar anyway.

Notably, iPadOS also allows apps to have multiple windows open in so-called spaces, and Ulysses fully supports that now, so users can work on several projects and easily switch between them.


Elsewhere in this version, users can now optionally save Ulysses files in external folders (though in iOS, this is currently limited to Dropbox) without losing access to all of Ulysses' advanced features. So things like annotations, writing goals, keywords, notes, and image attachments remain functional in files that are synchronized via Dropbox instead of iCloud.

In addition, Ulysses 18 supports previewing image captions in the editor and exporting them to PDF and DOCX documents, working with numbered lists has also been improved, keywords can now be reordered via Drag and Drop, and a Command-Up Arrow/Down Arrow keyboard shortcut has been added to quickly navigate to the beginning/end of the sheet list.

Ulysses can be downloaded for free on the App Store and the Mac App Store, with version 18 rolling out to existing users today.

After a 14-day trial period, a subscription is required to unlock the app on all devices. A monthly subscription costs $4.99, while a yearly subscription is $39.99. Students can use Ulysses at a discounted price of $11.99 per six months. The discount is granted from within the app.

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Sept. 29, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Download 7 new beautiful Catalina desktop wallpapers for macOS 10.15

macOS 10.15 includes a gorgeous Catalina-inspired dynamic wallpaper that changes its appearance throughout the day, and recent betas have added even more stunning desktop wallpapers. The upcoming operating system update for Mac includes seven incredible photographs shot around Santa Catalina Island in California. Download each new image below for your wallpaper on any device.

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Sept. 29, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Developer shows a jailbroken iPhone X on iOS 13.1.1 achieved by a new exploit

Developer and hacker Axi0mX recently shared a new exploit called “checkm8” that offers the possibility to jailbreak almost every Apple A-series CPU up to A11 Bionic chip. Today, the developer has posted a video that shows an iPhone X (which runs on A11 chip) booting up in verbose mode — something that is only possible with more profound modifications to the core of the system.

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Sept. 29, 2019, 8 p.m.

New Totallee leather cases balance style and protection for your iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

This post on leather iPhone 11 cases is presented by Totallee. When you want to go premium, there’s nothing like leather. Leather is the good stuff. That’s why Totallee’s new leather cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are made of it, giving your device an elegant look with rugged protection. Premium […]

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Sept. 29, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

How to use iCloud Keychain to manage and store your passwords

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While password managers have long existed as third-party apps on iOS and macOS, Apple has doubled-down on its own efforts. iCloud Keychain is a feature on macOS and iOS that stores passwords, credit card information, and more.

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Sept. 29, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best iOS 13, Apple Watch and hipster photo apps this week

This week we enjoy new iOS 13 updates, an accurate moon-phase complication for Apple Watch, add things up with PCalc and exhume Hipstamatic.

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Sept. 29, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Apple execs explain how Apple Watch became health-focused and what the future could hold

Since the release of the first Apple Watch in 2015, Apple has expanded the device’s health capabilities with features like the ECG app and fall detection. In a new interview with The Independent this weekend, Apple’s Jeff Williams, Sumbul Desai, and Kevin Lynch have offered more details on how health became one of the central focuses of Apple Watch.

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Sept. 29, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

This week’s top stories: 2020 iPhone rumors, iOS 13.1, ceramic Apple Watch Series 5, more

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases iOS 13.1 and iPadOS to the public, more details on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, speculation on the 2020 iPhones begins, and much more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.
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Sept. 29, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

Minecraft Earth AR game to start rolling out next month following demo at WWDC

Fans of augmented reality gaming will soon have yet another option on iOS. Back in May, Microsoft teased that it was working on an AR version of Minecraft dubbed Minecraft Earth for iOS, and now we know the app will begin its rollout as soon as next month.

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

Save on an upgraded Lightning cable [Deals]

The cables we rely on to keep our iOS devices charged and synced have a nasty habit of fraying and breaking. So having a backup is a must, especially when you can get one for a fraction of the usual price. This MOS Spring Lightning Cable comes with MFI-certification from Apple, so you can count […]

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Sept. 29, 2019, 2 p.m.

Comment: What should Apple’s strategy be with Apple News+ going forward?

Apple Launched Apple News+ during its March event, and to say that it has been underwhelming is beyond an understatement. Despite Apple’s promise of 100s of magazines for a low monthly price, rumors suggest that publishers aren’t happy and I’ve read reports that sign up growth has flatlined. I tried the service for a month, and I came away from it less than impressed. As Apple has continued to deploy its new services across 2019 (Apple Arcade and Apple TV+), I’ve been thinking a lot about News+, the path Apple should take going forward, and what impact it could make in journalism. What should Apple’s strategy be with Apple News+? more…

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Sept. 29, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Logic Pro 7 shows Apple is still serious about creatives

September 29, 2004: Apple debuts Logic Pro 7, its pro-grade music creation and audio production software. The update brings new tools and a streamlined interface in line with other Apple software. Coming off the success of the iPod and iTunes Music Store, the Logic Pro 7 launch — alongside its stripped-down sibling, Logic Express 7 […]

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Sept. 28, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

iPhone 11 Clear Case review: is it worth $40? [Video]

The iPhone 11 Clear Case is one of only three Apple-made cases for the new baseline iPhone. It joins two of the most basic silicone cases — black and white — in Apple’s lineup of iPhone 11 cases. With that established, pickings are slim if you’re wanting to stick with an Apple-produced case for your new iPhone.

Should you consider dropping $40 for Apple’s iPhone 11 Clear Case, or should you look at more price-friendly and more varied iPhone 11 clear case options from third-party sellers? Watch our brief hands-on video for the details. more…

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Sept. 28, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Apple @ Work: What’s the state of enterprise communication tools? [Video Webinar]

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I started working in a corporate environment in 2004. Since then, I’ve watched enterprise communications dramatically change. Back then, we relied on Outlook, desk phones, and the occasional cell phone call. Today, the landscape looks completely different. We still have e-mail, but we’ve also added tools like iMessage, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and more. What’s ironic is that I feel overwhelmed at times. I joked with my wife that working in 2019 sometimes feels like keeping inboxes empty. Let’s take a look at the current state of enterprise communication tools. more…

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Sept. 28, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Photos: New Old Orchard and Columbia Apple Stores open

The first weekend of fall began with a fresh harvest of new and expanded Apple Stores. Projects in Mexico City; Fukuoka, Japan; Skokie, Illinois; Columbia, Maryland; and Shanghai, China completed on September 27 and 28, contributing to a grand total of fifteen significant Apple Store openings and expansions for the month.

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Sept. 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

iPad Pro case rocks backlit keys in a rainbow of color combos [Review]

If you want to stand out in a darkened classroom, Inateck has the iPad keyboard case for you. The outside is professional looking and there’s an Apple Pencil slot, but the keyboard backlights can be set to over 100 color combinations. Don’t miss our review of this affordable case that believes in business on the […]

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Sept. 28, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

Totallee launches a premium leather case for $39 for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Totallee has been known for making thin and minimalistic iPhone cases since 2013. All of its cases are slim and branding-free (!!!). Now, the company has taken this concept and applied it to a luxury leather case. The premium leather case is built to last and offers durable protection while still offering everything you love about totallee’s popular thin cases.

The case is now available for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max for only $39. If you like Apple’s leather case, you’re going to love this one, available at $10 less and completely branding-free for a more minimalistic look. more…

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Sept. 28, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Lisa Jackson details how Apple is helping transition suppliers to clean energy

Earlier this week, Apple won a United Nation award for its use of 100 percent renewable energy as well as other climate change efforts. In a new interview with Fast Company, Apple’s VP of environmental, social, and policy initiatives, Lisa Jackson, explained more about how Apple is working with its supply chain partners to help them transition to renewable energy.

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Sept. 28, 2019, 4 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Max review: Even better than the best! [Cult of Mac Magazine 316]

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has it all: an unbeatable battery. The best display yet. A gorgeous, nearly unbreakable glass body. Maybe even dormant reverse wireless charging hardware. There’s no doubt about it. This is the finest iPhone yet. Read our full iPhone 11 Pro Max review for all the details. Plus, don’t miss all […]

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Sept. 28, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Grand opening: Exploring the gardens of Mexico City’s Apple Antara

Almost exactly 2 years ago, Apple Vía Santa Fe opened in Mexico City. Apple’s plan for its first store in Mexico was ambitious, with a custom mural to welcome creativity and a private Boardroom to welcome business customers. Now, Apple is ready for something even greater. Apple Antara opened today, bringing Apple’s highest tier of retail design and the best of Today at Apple closer to the heart of Mexico City.

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Sept. 28, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Analysts: iPhone 11 launch reminiscent of iPhone 6 popularity in India

Several analysts have already suggested that the iPhone 11 is proving popular in markets such as China. Now, it appears that the colorful iPhone 11 is also a hit in India, which has become an increasingly important market for Apple over the last several years.

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Sept. 28, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Enhance your iPhone with sweet savings on 4 awesome apps [Deals]

Your iPhone comes out of the box full of potential. But a lot of that potential requires having the right apps. To put you on the right track, we rounded up some of the best iOS apps around — and all at the best prices. From consuming content offline, to staying safe and anonymous online, […]

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Sept. 28, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: ‘Here’s to the crazy ones’ who ‘think different’

September 28, 1997: Apple debuts its iconic “Think different” television commercial, aligning the troubled computer company with some of history’s most celebrated freethinking rebels. The most famous tagline in Apple history, “Think different” doesn’t just articulate how Cupertino differs from its competitors. It also highlights how Apple, under the leadership of Steve Jobs, will forge […]

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Sept. 28, 2019, 4:22 a.m.

All-new Apple Fukuoka opens with Japanese shoji screen and bamboo garden

Japan has been treated to six new and remodeled stores since April 2018 as part of Apple’s significant investment in the country. The latest is Apple Fukuoka, which moved from its original classic location in the Tenjin district to a completely unique new space just 150 meters away. The old store was the last in the world with a vintage feature Apple called The Studio.

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Sept. 28, 2019, 12:59 a.m.

Apple Watch Edition: Hands-on with the redesigned white ceramic Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 introduces the return of the ceramic Edition after being notably absent for the Series 4 lineup. That means this is the first time ceramic has been an option with the redesign that debuted last year, and the new look is stunning. Check out our initial hands-on with the Apple Watch Edition before our full Series 5 review later next week.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 11:08 p.m.

Mario Kart Tour is unavailable in Belgium as loot boxes are prohibited there

Nintendo’s Mario Kart Tour was released for iOS and Android on Wednesday, and despite all its success, there has been some controversy over its freemium model. That has already been reflected in its availability in some regions. According to the Brussels Times, the company has opted not to launch Mario Kart Tour in Belgium, as loot boxes are prohibited there.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Ex-Big Pharma exec joins Apple in a non-healthcare role

The Chief Information Officer for AstraZenica jumped ship to Apple. David Smoley is now a vice president for the iPhone maker, but reportedly hasn’t joined any of this company’s healthcare-related projects. AstraZenica is a pharmaceutical maker but Smoley isn’t a doctor. He received a degree in Computer Science from Clemson, and has an MBA from […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

How to use camera filters with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup includes some fantastic new camera capabilities. However, some features you’re used to using may be harder to find than before. Follow along for how to use camera filters with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Win iPhone 11 Pro Max + 25% off totallee cases! [Giveaway]

This month we’ve teamed up with totallee to give away Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro Max in midnight green and celebrate the launch of totallee’s cases for the new device. Head below for details on how to enter and for an exclusive 25% off totallee cases.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Hands-on: Anker PowerPort III Nano is the USB-C charger Apple should’ve shipped

Before Apple’s keynote event this month, there was a lot of anticipation building around whether or not a new USB-C wall charger would ship with the latest iPhones. Well, it came and went, and only select models scored an upgraded wall charger. iPhone 11 remains stuck in the past with a slow 5W USB-A charger, while higher-end Pro models shipped with a faster and modern USB-C power block. That leaves us with the Anker PowerPort III Nano. Described as the “world’s smallest USB-C wall charger” it packs more value and importance than ever before. I’ve been checking it out for a few weeks now following its announcement earlier this month. Head below for some quick thoughts and comparisons with Apple’s own first-party offerings.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Save 20% on Just Mobile’s awesome cases this weekend only

Just Mobile’s sweet Tenc Air cases offer ample protection for your pricey iPhone without covering up its dazzling design. And you can get yours for 20% less this weekend. All Tenc Air cases and Xkin screen protectors are on sale now through the Cult of Mac Store. Apple’s new iPhone 11 lineup features its toughest […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

checkm8 promises to permanently jailbreak millions of iOS devices

A security researcher claims to have discovered an expliot that could lead to jailbreaken iOS models released as recently as 2017. Just as significantly, checkm8 supposedly can’t be patched by Apple, so any jailbroken device will remain so, no matter which iOS version it’s running. “Epic Jailbreak” A person calling themselves axi0mX said on Twitter […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 8 p.m.

10 years later, Hipstamatic is still around and deep in its retro roots

The smartphone photography tidal wave started with ripples from Hipstamatic. It was the first app with filters for snap-happy iPhone users to change the look of their photos. A tap of the finger and that ho-hum photo of your dog became a work of art, quirky and painterly with the look of a photo spit […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Apple shows off its kids shows in latest batch of Apple TV+ trailers

Apple’s full lineup of shows for the upcoming launch of Apple TV+ is starting to come into clearer focus ahead of the big November 1 launch. The iPhone-maker shared three new teaser trailers this morning showcasing what it has in store for kids and its educational shows might be some of Apple’s best content. The […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Apple brings seasoned pharmaceutical CIO on board for VP role

In another change to its leadership, Apple has hired AstraZeneca’s CIO, David Smoley, for a VP role under its Chief Information Officer, Mary Demby.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Got a new iPad? Now get the best price for your old one

The brand-new 10.2-inch iPad is now available from the Apple Store. If you already have yours, it’s time to make some of your money back by getting rid of your old model. Cult of Mac offers real cash for any unwanted Apple devices, and we typically pay more than anyone else. What’s more, we make […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 7 p.m.

Two great sleep-tracker apps for Apple Watch

Even the Series 5 Apple Watch doesn't have a native sleep-tracking app, but here are two great third-party options.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 27, 2019 – macOS Catalina release date, Siri + Spotify

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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Sept. 27, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

iOS 13.1.1 arrives with fixes for battery drain and keyboard security flaw

Apple put out yet another iOS 13 update this morning to fix some major bugs, just over a week after the huge update for iPads and iPhones was released to the public. iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 address a major security issue that allowed third-party keyboard apps to have network access. The flaw could have […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Best 10.2-inch iPad cases revealed so far

The seventh-generation iPad reached customers’ hands this week, and the new owners need cases for this budget tablet. Fortunately, accessory makers stepped up by releasing a range of offerings, with built-in keyboards and without. Check out the best ones that have been announced to date. Apple — Smart Keyboard and Smart Cover It’s not surprising […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

Apple releases iOS 13.1.1 with fixes for battery drain, Siri, iPhone restores

Apple has today released iOS 13.1.1 just three days after making its iOS 13.1 update available. This update brings fixes for a battery drain issue, Siri recognition, an iPhone restore problem, and more. Alongside iOS 13.1.1, iPadOS 13.1.1 is also available.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Friday deals: BeatsX now $70, official Apple iPhone cases and Watch bands on sale from $24

BeatsX wireless headphones drop to $70, while Amazon is offering notable discounts on official Apple iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands. You’ll find all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Spotify starts testing Siri support for iOS 13

You will soon be able to ask Siri to play your favorite tracks from Spotify. The world’s biggest music streaming service just started testing Siri support in iOS 13. It comes after Apple’s latest updates introduced new SiriKit audio APIs that allow third-party access. Siri’s door was previously closed to third-party music apps. The virtual […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Max paced behind Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ speed test [Video]

We saw Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10+ beat the iPhone XS Max last month in a speed test. However, that wasn’t shocking since the XS Max is a year older. But today PhoneBuff has run a speed test with the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Galaxy Note 10+ has beat out the latest iPhone.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 4:42 p.m.

Top iPhone 11 features – an even better bang for the buck [Video]

The iPhone 11 is the direct successor to last year’s iPhone XR, a smartphone that was widely praised for providing lots of features and performance at a more digestible price point. With iPhone 11, Apple has done something that we aren’t used to them doing: they made the hardware better at an even lower price point.

Is the iPhone 11 an even better value than the iPhone XR was last year? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we take a look at the top iPhone 11 features, and be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for future iPhone 11 coverage. more…

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Sept. 27, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

10.2-inch iPad teardown reveals few surprises

Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad only arrived in stores yesterday, and already the good folks at iFixit have gotten hold of the device and cracked it open for a teardown. Here’s what they found. (Hint: a lot of things stay the same, but there are a couple of neat touches!) iFixit’s teardown cements a few things […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

OK emoji added to list of hate symbols as white supremacists fall for prank

The OK emoji – and photos of the hand signal – have been added to a list of hate symbols as a result of white supremacists falling for a prank…

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

iFixit’s $329 10.2-inch iPad teardown shows off extra RAM, new magnet layout, more

To round out things after tearing down the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, and Apple Watch Series 5 this week, iFixit has dissected the 7th-gen 10.2-inch iPad. Included in its findings are increased RAM, a new layout for the magnets, the Smart Connector, details on the battery size, and more.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Apple’s original movies could hit theaters near you

Apple TV+ may not be the only place to enjoy Apple’s original movies. Sources say Cupertino wants to bring its content to theaters in an effort to attract top Hollywood directors. The move would also make Apple’s movies eligible for big awards. It must be a pretty spectacular feeling for directors and producers when their […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 244: iPhone 11 impressions and iPadOS 13.1 debut

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are here, and Zac and Benjamin have first week impressions on Night mode, the new ultra wide camera, and more. iOS 13.1 for iPhone and iPadOS 13.1 for iPad are also out along with tvOS 13 for Apple TV, and there are new features to unpack.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

These Bluetooth earbuds can translate more than 30 languages [Deals]

One of the dreams of science fiction is the ability to put a device in your ear and understand unfamiliar languages. Since we live in the future, that dream is fast becoming a reality. The Aunu Audio M50 True Wireless Headphones are, first and foremost, a great set of earbuds. With an impressive six hours […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Ashton Kutcher reveals why Steve Jobs’ fruitarian diet is a bad idea

During the latest episode of the brilliant hot sauce-based interview show Hot Ones, Ashton Kutcher opened up on the topic of Steve Jobs. Kutcher played Jobs in the 2013 biopic, which landed with a thud at the box office. Kutcher told the story of how he was hospitalized before filming, after trying to follow Jobs’ fruitarian […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Tempo run log app for Apple Watch runners gains iOS 13 Dark Mode, double run days feature, more

Tempo is an excellent run log iPhone app for doing more with running and walking workout data from Apple Watch. This week developer Rahul Matta released not one but two great updates to Tempo including a marathon-inspired version.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro is even better than we hoped! We tell why, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: we just completed our first week with iPhone 11 Pro, and it’s even better than we hoped. We’ll dive into all the features we love most. Plus: details are emerging about iPhone 12, and we like what we’re seeing! And is Apple Watch series 5 worth the upgrade? We discuss… […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 2 p.m.

You will soon be able to ask Siri to play Spotify music on iOS 13, feature currently in beta

Spotify is currently beta testing integration with the new SiriKit audio APIs introduced in iOS 13. As demonstrated by The Verge’s Tom Warren, the current Spotify beta build lets you ask Siri to play music on Spotify.

This OS-level support has not been possible until iOS 13, a point which Spotify previously brought up to the European Union. It’s nice to see that Spotify is moving relatively quickly to adopt the new functionality.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Two big complaints about Doom and Doom II fixed on iOS

Bethesda Softworks gave Gen Xers a reason to get nostalgic when it released updated versions of Doom and Doom II into the App Store. The versions packed all the pixelated monsters and massive weapons you could hope for on an iPhone or iPad. But while folks were justifiably excited to don their flannel shirts, put […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

AirPods are the preferred brand for true wireless in-ear headphones

A new survey of US consumers shows that Apple’s AirPods are the preferred brand for true wireless in-ear headphones, suggesting that the company’s market dominance is likely to continue.

Some 57% of respondents named Apple as a preferred brand, with Bose, Samsung, Sony, and Beats completing the top five…

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Sept. 27, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

New ‘unpatchable’ iOS exploit could lead to permanent jailbreak for iPhone 4s to iPhone X

Jailbreaks have decreased over the last few years. However, last month a mistake by Apple saw a jailbreak for modern iPhones released but it was quickly patched. Today, a security researcher has released what is claimed to be a “permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit” for iPhone 4s all the way up to iPhone X that could lead to a permanent jailbreak.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin clash over the Mac

September 27, 1979: Years before the Macintosh will ship, Steve Jobs and Jef Raskin clash for the first time over the direction of the Macintosh R&D project. Raskin, the founder of the Macintosh project, wants a computer that’s going to be affordable to everyone. Jobs wants a computer that’s going to be the best, regardless […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Analyst isn’t convinced that Apple’s got a promising future in services

Plenty of folks are buzzing over Apple’s shift to services. From Apple Arcade to iCloud to Apple TV+, Apple’s got a new lucrative business stream which could pick up some of the slack from falling hardware sales. Keybanc analyst Andy Hargreaves isn’t convinced, however. In fact, he points out that not only are services a […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Swift code usage more than doubles with iOS 13

Apple’s own programming language is slowly taking over its mobile operating systems. iOS 13 contains more than twice as much Swift as iOS 12, according to research from Alexandre Colucci. A huge number of Apple’s own apps and features now contain Swift binaries. A total of 141 have been uncovered in Apple’s most recent iOS […]

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Sept. 27, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Metallic glass patent may hold the secret to beautiful iPhone 11 Pro finish

An Apple patent application for a metallic glass process may hold the secret to the beautiful iPhone 11 Pro finish on the rear glass.

The rear glass is a subtle yet lovely design feature of the flagship iPhone, looking more like a metal than a glass – and that may be because the material includes the properties of both …

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Sept. 27, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Apple wants to premiere Apple TV+ films in movie theaters weeks ahead of their streaming release

Apple wants to release Apple TV+ films first in movie theaters with a several-week exclusivity window according to the Wall Street Journal, before Apple’s originals would be offered on its online streaming service in the TV app.

The strategic move is aimed to attract top Hollywood directors and producers who still like to see their productions premiere in traditional theaters, and goes against the Netflix strategy which dictates that its content must be released on its service at the same time it airs in cinemas.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

Apple TV+ seeking European-produced TV shows and movies to help meet EU streaming service quotas

Apple is searching for European TV shows and movies to bulk out its Apple TV+ streaming service, as new rules to be introduced by the European Commission will force all streaming services to up the proportion of EU-made content.

As reported by Variety, the EU wants to introduce legislation by the end of 2020 that at least 30% of streaming service catalogs must be composed of European-produced content. If Netflix, Disney+ or Apple do not comply, it could become illegal for them to offer their video service in the region.

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Sept. 27, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Adonit Note Stylus for Your iPad

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Adonit to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an Adonit Note stylus designed for the iPad, which works as a more affordable alternative to the Apple Pencil.

Priced at just $49.99, the Adonit Note is similar to the Apple Pencil as it does not require Bluetooth to connect to an iPad. Just turn it on and it works.