July 17, 2019, 11:42 p.m.

Instagram expands change that removes like counts, Twitter starts testing ‘Hide Replies’

Earlier this year, Instagram announced that it was testing a design shift that would hide the number of likes on posts. Now, the company is expanding that design change to additional countries.

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

Juuk’s stunning Vitero bands for Apple Watch are now 20% off

Add a touch of class to your Apple Watch with a stunning Vitero band from Juuk Design. Made from high-grade 6000 series aluminum, they’re incredibly robust but lightweight, and available in a range of striking styles. Get yours now and enjoy 20% off the usual price. The Vitero band is inspired by iconic race cars, […]

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July 17, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Netflix reports drop in US subscribers as competition from Apple and Disney looms

Netflix today reported its second quarter earnings for 2019, and has subsequently dropped over 10 percent in after-hours trading. Netflix reported global net new subscribers of 2.7 million, far below its guidance of 5 million. This comes as Netflix will soon face increased competition from the likes of Apple, HBO, and Disney.

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July 17, 2019, 10 p.m.

Snoopy heads to space in brand-new Apple TV+ original

Apple’s got one more surprise to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing: a preview of its upcoming Peanuts TV show. The first teaser for the Snoopy in Space series starts with the lovable pooch floating through the void of space before slamming back onto his red dog house in Charlie Brown’s backyard. […]

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July 17, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 17, 2019 – Apple supply chain secrecy, iOS 13 beta 4

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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July 17, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Roundup: World Emoji Day Awards, illustrated history of emojis, Ford’s pickup truck emoji, more

It’s World Emoji Day and lots of individuals and companies alike are celebrating. Follow along for a look the results of the World Emoji Day Awards, an illustrated history of emojis, how Ford got the pickup truck emoji to be accepted by the Unicode Consortium, and more.

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July 17, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Spotify for iPad finally gets Split View and Slide Over support

The Spotify app for iPad is finally fit for multitasking. Its latest update brings Split View and Slide Over support — just three years after the features were introduced in iOS 9. That means Spotify will no longer take over your whole screen. Split View and Slide Over are a blessing for those who use their […]

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July 17, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

No, 5G won‘t give you brain cancer

People warning of horrible health effects of 5G wireless networks aren’t hard to find. But it turns out their claims are based on a mistake made by a scientist decades ago. Still, this claim lives on, and is even be spread by Russian trolls. One simple mistake… Back in 2000, Dr. Bill P. Curry did […]

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July 17, 2019, 9 p.m.

9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 2: An unlikely marathon

9to5Mac Watch Time is a brand new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.

In the second episode of our new Watch Time podcast, my personal fitness coach Jacob Knight and I talk about his role in helping me explore new forms of fitness with the Apple Watch, the benefits of starting an exercise streak, his experience with both losing weight and building muscle, and an unlikely marathon he ran in December with the Apple Watch. Jacob’s transformation with the Apple Watch is one you have to see for yourself.

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July 17, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to ditch Google and switch to DuckDuckGo

Google tracks everything you do, from searches to your location. DuckDuckGo does none of this. Here's how to replace Google with DuckDuckGo.

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July 17, 2019, 8:29 p.m.

Eufy Video Doorbell Review: HD Video and advanced motion detection features [Video]

In its ever-expanding line of home security offerings, Eufy now carries a Video Doorbell which offers alerts, a live feed to the app and the ability to talk to those at your door. 2k 2560 x 1920 resolution tops the feature set on the Doorbell. Priced at $180, the Eufy Video Doorbell offers some nice features along with its hi-res image. Check out the video below. more…

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July 17, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

‘Snoopy in Space’ trailer teases upcoming Peanuts show for Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is arriving this fall with a host of original content. Among the new programs will be Snoopy in Space and we’ve got our first look at the upcoming show with a new trailer today.

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July 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

Report: Apple reduces number of factory secrecy staff, cracking down on CAD schematics leaks

An article from the Information today covers a breakdown of the lengths that factory workers have gone to get parts of unreleased iPhones out into the black market, and Apple’s countermeasures to tackle the issue and maintain high levels of product secrecy.

Most interestingly, the report says that Apple is actually reducing the number of staff it has assigned to catching leaks of factory parts and is instead focusing on cracking down on the leaking of CAD drawings and schematics, just like the schematics that we’ve seen this year showing the iPhone 11’s design.

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July 17, 2019, 7:36 p.m.

Developers get their mitts on updated iPadOS 13 and iOS 13 betas

Apple’s process for pre-testing its operating systems continues to roll along. Developers can now download a fourth beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Not to be left out, there are also fresh betas for tvOS and watchOS. With the release so recent it’s not yet known if these betas include new features, of if […]

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July 17, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

A comprehensive guide to the modern furnishings of Apple Store Boardrooms

The iconic wood tables that fill every Apple Store have long been globally admired as symbols of tasteful interior design. Fewer people are aware that recent top Apple Stores contain a hidden space called the Boardroom. Each Boardroom is decorated with a collection of premium furniture and accessories from some of the most respected designers in the world. We tracked down these hard-to-find items to create a directory for those with a discerning eye for design.

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July 17, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Women and men prefer very different emojis

Both sexes use emojis in their texts, but not always to express the same emotions. A new survey for World Emoji Day reveals that most of the top choices vary considerably between women and men. According to Adobe’s first-ever Emoji Trend Report, no matter the gender, “Crying with laughter” is the top choice. It seems […]

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July 17, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

Belkin expands Boost Up lineup with iPhone wireless chargers for home and the car

Belkin has launched three new Qi wireless chargers today, all optimized for iPhone 8 and later. The new options in the Boost Up Charge lineup include a wireless stand, pad, and vent mount for cars.

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July 17, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Apple renews its ‘Carpool Karaoke’ spin-off for a third season

Apple has renewed its Carpool Karaoke original series for a third season, according to a report from Variety. Apple’s Carpool Karaoke series is available to Apple Music subscribers and is a separate initiative from Apple TV+.

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July 17, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to stop your Mac from installing Apple’s silent updates

Apple silent updates for Mac can save the day without you doing a thing. Here's how to disable them, and why you probably shouldn't.

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July 17, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Apple renews Carpool Karaoke for another singalong season

Apple isn’t quite ready to pump the brakes on its celebrity singing TV show, Carpool Karaoke The iPhone-maker has reportedly renewed Carpool Karaoke for a third season. Production on season three is already underway and we already know at least one group of TV stars that will be joining the show. Carpool Karaoke first aired […]

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July 17, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

What’s new in iOS 13 developer beta 4?

Apple today has released the fourth developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6 to developers. Read on as we recap all of the changes in today’s updates.

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July 17, 2019, 6:18 p.m.

Spotify iOS app for iPad now features support for Split View and Slide Over

Even though Apple released its iPad multitasking features years ago, many third-party apps have been slow to adopt them. But better late than never. The latest version of Spotify for iOS now brings iPad support for Split View and Slide Over.

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July 17, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Apple releases iOS 13 developer beta 4

Software update day is here again! Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 (likely alongside new seeds of watchOS 6, tvOS 13) today. Apple’s public beta builds should follow at a later date after the latest developer beta has been tested in the wild.

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July 17, 2019, 6 p.m.

Plex adds HDR support for Apple TV, Face ID and Touch ID support on iOS

Plex has announced a pair of notable updates for its apps on iOS and Apple TV today. Today’s updates make further improvements to Plex’s enhanced video player on Apple TV, and add support for Touch ID and Face ID on iOS.

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July 17, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 045: “A vintage development setup”

How to decide when to cut a feature from a project, what could the refreshed MacBook lineup tell us about the future of Apple’s laptops, and how is the current state of Apple’s betas affecting third party developers? Also, why on Earth did Rambo buy a 2008 MacBook?!

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

Wedding photographer’s anti-iPhone rant strikes a nerve

A wedding photographer calling for people to stop using their iPhones at weddings has gone viral with an angry Facebook rant. Hannah Stanley is asking smartphone users to “please stop viewing weddings you attend through a screen” and avoid getting in the way of the professional photographer. The post comes after one wedding guest ruining […]

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July 17, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Official Apple iPad Pro and iPhone XS cases on sale from $25, more in today’s best deals

Apple’s official iPad Pro and iPhone XS cases see rare discounts, while Amazon hosts a massive AmazonBasics tech sale with Mac accessories and more. All that can be found in this episode of the 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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July 17, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Got a new emoji idea? Here’s how to make it happen

There are close to 3,000 different emoji, but you can’t find one that expresses how you are feeling. So you have an idea for one sketched out. Now what? For World Emoji Day 2019, we offer you a glimpse into the process. The word “process” should signal to you that the simple symbols and characters […]

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July 17, 2019, 4 p.m.

[Update: Company responds] Viral FaceApp raises concern about how personal photos are being used

Update #3: In a statement to 9to5Mac, FaceApp has addressed some of the privacy concerns. The company says it “might store” some uploaded photos in the cloud:

We might store an uploaded photo in the cloud. The main reason for that is performance and traffic: we want to make sure that the user doesn’t upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. Most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours from the upload date.

FaceApp says that photo processing is done in the cloud:

FaceApp performs most of the photo processing in the cloud. We only upload a photo selected by a user for editing. We never transfer any other images from the phone to the cloud.

FaceApp is based in Russia, but it says that no data is returned to Russia:

Even though the core R&D team is located in Russia, the user data is not transferred to Russia.

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

Apple could make AirPods outside China for first time

Apple is gearing up to carry out a trial production of AirPods in Vietnam. This is as part of Apple’s aim to expand manufacturing outside of China. Earlier this summer, Apple asked its suppliers to explore manufacturing in other markets. This was at a time when concerns about possible China tariffs were at their height. […]

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July 17, 2019, 3 p.m.

Hands-on: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R dummy models [Video]

Yesterday I received a special package in the mail from China. The package contained three new iPhone 11 dummy models representing Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup.

Included inside the package were dummy models of the upcoming iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we explore these well-made mockups. more…

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

Mac classic Flashback blasts its way onto iOS

If you were a gamer in 1992, you may well have fond memories of Flashback — or, as it was known in the U.S., Flashback: The Quest for Identity. Created by Paul Cuisset, the platform game was reminiscent of Prince of Persia, but set in the far future. Well, almost 30 years later, it’s coming […]

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

NYT explains how one mistaken graph created the 5G health hazard myth

Look in the comments section of pretty much any piece on 5G — here or elsewhere — and there’s a good chance that the 5G health hazard myth will be raised by someone. Sometimes with colorful claims, like 5G tests killing birds in mid-flight…

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July 17, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Save half on the tool that turns websites into searchable documents [Deals]

The website is an incomprehensibly vast trove of information. When you want to save that information for later, it usually means saving a bunch of bookmarks or remembering the right search terms. But what if instead you could index and sort your own personal web archive? History Search turns the websites you visit into searchable […]

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July 17, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Is viral FaceApp stealing your photos? Not all of them

Impressive artificial intelligence that delivers some of the most convincing facial effects has made FaceApp incredibly popular in recent weeks. But there’s some concern over what happens to your photos when you use it. The good news is FaceApp won’t steal your entire photo library. However, some of your images will end up on its […]

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July 17, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

Apple files trademarks for Apple Card in the UK, Hong Kong, and elsewhere

With Apple’s new payment card appearing to be set for imminent launch in the US, the question of when we’ll see Apple Card in the UK and other countries is back on the lips of many…

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July 17, 2019, 2 p.m.

Study reveals the most popular emoji in honor of ‘World Emoji Day’

To celebrate World Emoji Day, Adobe has released an in-depth study on the latest emoji trends in the US including the most popular ones, the top emotions users like to express through emoji, the top reasons why users like to use emoji, and much more.

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

iPhone could get depth-sensing rear cameras in 2020

Apple is reportedly working to bring a 3D sensing camera system to the rear cameras in future iPhones. This would be similar to TrueDepth front-facing camera in current iPhones. It would join other advances like 5G capability and all-OLED screens in next year’s iPhone refresh. Digitimes shared the news. In a paywalled article, it reports that […]

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July 17, 2019, 1:37 p.m.

Stellar savings on iPad, Apple Watch and more [Deals & Steals]

Prime Day 2019 might be over, but that doesn’t mean big discounts aren’t still available. We’ve found some stellar savings on Apple devices and awesome accessories, and you can find them all right here in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. Highlights include $100 off the latest iPad, $50 off Apple Watch Series 4, and half […]

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July 17, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Some AirPods to be made in Vietnam as Apple seeks to reduce dependence on China

Apple is reportedly planning to begin making some of its AirPods in Vietnam, as part of the company’s wider-scale moves to reduce dependence on China.

The report says the initial plan is for a small-scale trial, but the company is already discussing volume production with suppliers…

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July 17, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iMac G4 gets super-sized screen

July 17, 2002: Apple ships a new super-sized iMac G4, offering a 17-inch widescreen LCD display that becomes the envy of most computer users at the time. “The best consumer desktop just got even better,” says Steve Jobs of Apple’s new all-in-one computer. “Having this gorgeous 17-inch flat screen floating in mid-air right in front […]

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July 17, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

DOJ says Qualcomm antitrust ruling is a threat to national security

The Department of Justice is arguing that the Qualcomm antitrust ruling back in May poses a threat to national security. It is calling for the remedies issued by the court to be put on hold pending an appeal.

Although Apple settled its civil lawsuit against Qualcomm, the exact same evidence put forward for that case was earlier used by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take the radio chipmaker to court – with judgement awarded against Qualcomm …

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July 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

Plex Gains HDR Support on Apple TV, Face ID/Touch ID Support on iOS

Plex today announced a few updates for its Apple TV and iOS apps, adding notable new features that are worth highlighting.

The Apple TV app now supports HDR video playback, and Plex Pass subscribers can get early access to HDR through the Settings > Advanced section of the app.


According to Plex, HDR support provides sharper video output, better performance, and improved subtitle support.

On iOS devices, the Plex update allows users to log in with either Face ID or Touch ID as an alternative to requiring a passcode for a locked Plex library.

Plex has added new TIDAL features as well, allowing Plex iOS and web app users to listen to 30 second clips from the TIDAL library for the purpose of searching for and sampling songs even without a TIDAL account. Artist TV, a feature for subscribers, is now also available on the web, Smart VS, the PS4, and the Plex Media Player.

Plex for iOS and Apple TV can be downloaded from the App Store for free. A Plex Pass is priced at $5 per month and unlocks extra features including HDR. [Direct Link]


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July 17, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Spotify on iPad Now Supports Slide Over and Split View Multitasking

The newest version of Spotify for iOS, released yesterday, quietly added support for Apple's multitasking Slide Over and Split View feature on the iPad.

As noted on Reddit and highlighted by The Verge, you can now open and use the Spotify app alongside another app in Split View, or open it up in Slide Over to quickly access Spotify controls without having to close the current apps you have open.


Apple's Split View and Slide Over multitasking features were first introduced in 2015, so it's taken Spotify quite some time to implement support for the functionality.

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July 17, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Fortnite 9.40 brings new tactical shotguns, big gameplay changes

Fortnite just got its biggest patch in weeks, and there are lot of changes and improvements for players to look forward to in version 9.40. Highlights include new, more powerful variants of the tactical shotgun, and the reintroduction of the bolt-action sniper rifle. Epic Games has also added support for Bluetooth microphones on iPhone and […]

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July 17, 2019, 11 a.m.

Twitter CEO speaks with employees at Apple Park

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly made a stopover at Apple Park on Tuesday, addressing employees in the marketing department. It’s not exactly clear what was discussed. However, it does suggest “strong ties” between Apple and the microblogging company. Dorsey’s address was one of an “ongoing series” of selected speakers at Apple. As with Google, Apple […]

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July 17, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new beta comes two weeks after the third beta and more than a month after Apple first unveiled the new watchOS update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the watchOS 6 beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


Installing the software requires the Apple Watch to have 50 percent battery. It also must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device given that this is an early version of the watchOS 6 software that still has bugs to be worked out.

watchOS 6 is a major update that offers up a long list of new features. First and foremost, there's an App Store right on the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps on your wrist.

Apple Watch apps no longer need to have an iPhone component, which means developers can create standalone Apple Watch apps for the first time. Apps are able to take advantage of new APIs so you'll be able to do things like follow along with a workout or listen to streaming music from third-party services.


Since Apple Watch apps are now independent of apps on the iPhone, you can now remove some built-in apps from the Apple Watch, a feature that was enabled in beta 3.

There are several new watch faces in watchOS 6, including Numerals Mono and Duo with huge numbers, Modular Compact, a Gradient watch face that shifts over the course of a day, a Solar Dial watch face that visualizes the sun in a 24 hour path around the dial, and the California watch face with a mix of standard numbers and roman numerals.


A new Taptic Chimes feature provides a silent touch on the wrist at every hour, and if sound is turned on, you'll hear an audible chime. You can also hold two fingers on the Apple Watch's display to hear the time spoken out loud.

There are new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that's too loud and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the iPhone, are also available to chart your fitness progress and make sure your fitness trends are improving.


New complications are available for wind speed, chance of rain, and the new Noise app, plus there's a Voice Memos complication for recording a memo quickly, a cellular strength complication, and a complication for the Calculator that opens up the app.

Siri can now provide full web search results right on the watch when asked a question, and for Mac users, the Apple Watch can now approve Mac security prompts.

When it launches in the fall, watchOS 6 will be available on all Apple Watch models with the exception of the original Apple Watch, released in 2015. For more on what's new in watchOS 6, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)

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July 17, 2019, 10:32 a.m.

Digitimes: time-of-flight 3D sensor coming to rear camera in 2020 iPhone

A Digitimes report this morning claims that Apple is working with supply chain partners to ready a time-of-flight 3D sensing camera system for the rear camera. This feature would debut in the 2020 iPhone revision.

A time-of-flight VCSEL is similar to the infrared TrueDepth camera system found in iPhones today on the front of the device, which enables Face ID. Adding such a 3D-sensing system to the back camera would enable higher-fidelity 3D photo captures, potentially opening up new augmented reality opportunities.

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July 17, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of Upcoming tvOS 13 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the third beta and more than a month after unveiling the tvOS 13 software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the new tvOS 13 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


tvOS 13 introduces an updated Home screen aimed at making it easier to discover new content. Apps are now able to play full-screen video previews right on the Home screen, similar to Netflix.

Multi-user support is available for the first time, letting more than one profile exist on the Apple TV so each family member can have their own customized Apple TV interface with separate recommendations, music playlists, and Watch Now lists.

Switching between profiles can be done with the new Control Center, which offers up profiles, the time and date, search, a Now Playing widget, AirPlay controls, and a sleep option.

tvOS 13 gets the Apple TV ready for Apple Arcade, Apple's new gaming service that's coming to the Apple TV, iOS, iPadOS, and macOS later this year. Apple Arcade will offer unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games, for one subscription fee.

As part of the Apple Arcade preparations, Apple has implemented support for the Xbox Wireless Bluetooth Controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller, both of which can be connected to an Apple TV over Bluetooth.

There are new under the sea themed screensavers created in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit, which also created "Blue Planet." There's also a new Picture-in-Picture feature. Picture-in-Picture lets you continue to watch TV shows or movies while using a different app, adjusting settings, or otherwise navigating through the tvOS 13 operating system.


tvOS 13 is available to registered developers and public beta testers at this time and will see an official public launch this fall alongside iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, and watchOS 6.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Don't Buy)

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July 17, 2019, 9:40 a.m.

Video showcases all this year’s new iPhone models

We’re still a couple months away from Apple unveiling the new iPhones, and YouTuber Marques Brownlee has given us what may be the best glimpse so far at Apple’s next-gen handsets. In a new video, Bronwnlee gives his thoughts on dummy models of the iPhone 11, 11 Max, and 11R. While these aren’t working units, […]

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July 17, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

Apple Now Selling Three New Belkin Wireless Chargers

Belkin today announced the launch of three new wireless chargers in its BOOST lineup, all of which will be available from Apple's online store and select Apple retail locations.

All of the new chargers are similar to existing BOOST chargers that Belkin offers, but at more affordable price points.


The BOOST↑CHARGE Wireless Charging Pad is, as the name suggests, a simple, flat wireless charging pad that offers a non-slip grip and an LED indicator to let you know when your phone is charging optimally. The Wireless Charging Pad is priced at $29.95.


The BOOST↑CHARGE Wireless Charging Stand is an upright Qi-based wireless charging stand that works in either portrait or landscape mode and is ideal if you need to view your iPhone while it charges. The Wireless Charging Stand is priced at $49.95.


Belkin's third new product, the BOOST↑CHARGE Wireless Charging Vent Mount, fits into the vent of a car and has padded arms to grip the iPhone and hold it in place while also maintaining a constant wireless charge. The Vent Mount is priced at $59.95.

All three of the new products will be available through Apple's online store and at select Apple retail stores starting today, though they are not listed online just yet.

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July 17, 2019, 8:01 a.m.

watchOS 6: How to update software directly on Apple Watch

Updating your Apple Watch is easier than ever with watchOS 6. Read on for how to update software directly on Apple Watch.

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July 17, 2019, 8 a.m.

Withings launches BPM Core blood pressure monitor with ECG, works with Apple Health

After announcing the BPM Core blood pressure monitor at CES this past January, Withings has released the new health device with ECG and stethoscope functionality in Europe. The company has also launched the new BPM Connect in the US which is a blood pressure monitor that can be used without a smartphone to see readings.

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July 17, 2019, 6:57 a.m.

Apple to Begin Selling Square Panda's Phonics Learning System for iPad

Square Panda today announced that its phonics learning system for kids will now be sold at select Apple Stores and on Apple.com.


The Bluetooth-enabled, multisensory playset uses iPad apps to help children interact with a variety of fun games, each of which helps them learn to read, write, and communicate. The system also incorporates physical smart letters, which children place in the playset and then watch the letters and words appear on the screen.

We don't see the Apple.com listing yet, but Square Panda is also available for $39.50 on Amazon after applying an instant $10 on-page coupon.

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July 17, 2019, 6:23 a.m.

Google Maps Expands Real-Time Bikesharing Info to 23 More Cities

Google Maps this week expanded real-time bikesharing information to 23 additional cities in 16 countries around the world.


In addition to New York City, the feature is now available in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung, London, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Montreal, New Taipei City, Rio de Janeiro, the San Francisco Bay Area, São Paulo, Toronto, Vienna, Warsaw, and Zurich.

In these cities, users can now locate bikeshare stations and pinpoint how many bikes are available near them in the Google Maps app for iOS or Android. Users can also find out whether there are empty spaces at bikesharing stations.

The feature is powered by real-time transit data company Ito World.


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July 17, 2019, 6:02 a.m.

Unicode Consortium Makes Submitting Emoji Proposals Simpler With Redesigned Website

In celebration of World Emoji Day today, the Unicode Consortium has announced the launch of a redesigned website aimed at making it easier for anyone to submit a proposal for a new emoji.

For those unfamiliar with the Unicode Consortium, it is the nonprofit organization that maintains text standards to support the world's written languages across all devices, which includes emoji characters.


The updated website makes information about the emoji proposal process more accessible to people along with encouraging public participation in Unicode initiatives.

Since 2010, the Unicode Standard has covered emoji characters, which has helped standardize the available emojis across all platforms. Emoji encoding and standardization are just one part of the Consortium's text standards work, but the popularity of emoji has garnered a lot of attention for the organization.
"We've been working with the Unicode Consortium for several years to open up the emoji proposals process by making it more accessible and understandable," said Jennifer 8. Lee, co-founder of Emojination. "While I personally found the late-90s aesthetic of the developer-centric Unicode.org site very retro and nerd charming, the new site redesign is a reflection of Unicode's deep desire to engage the public in its work."
The new site has a more modern design and it offers information on the emoji submission and standardization process.
"Emoji are just one element of our broader mission," said Mark Davis, president and co-founder of the Unicode Consortium. "The Consortium is a team of largely volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring that people all over the world can use their language of choice in digital communication across any computer, phone or other device. From English and Chinese to Cherokee, Hindi and Rohingya, the Consortium is committed to preserving every language for the digital era."
The Unicode Consortium's new website is available starting today, and to earn money for future endeavors, the site is allowing people to "adopt" an emoji character, including new Unicode 12 characters like the the sloth, sea otter, waffle, and Saturn.


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July 17, 2019, 4:25 a.m.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey visits Apple to give talk to marketing department, report says

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, today gave a talk to employees at Apple, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The talk reportedly comes as part of a series of several speakers visiting Apple’s headquarters to meet with employees.

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July 17, 2019, 4:06 a.m.

New video offers clearest look yet at all three iPhone 11 variants

We’re two months away from Apple’s expected announcement of the new iPhone 11 lineup of devices. Ahead of that announcement, YouTuber MKBHD has gotten his hands on dummy models of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max, and iPhone 11R, providing our clearest look yet at the new devices.

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July 17, 2019, 4:06 a.m.

Apple Trials AirPods Production in Vietnam in Bid to Cut Reliance on China

Apple will begin trialing AirPods production in Vietnam as part of a strategy to diversify product manufacturing beyond China, according to a new report by Nikkei Asian Review.

China's GoerTek, one of Apple's key contract manufacturers, will this summer begin testing the resilience of its manufacturing processes for the newest generation of AirPods at its audio factory in northern Vietnam, two sources with knowledge of the plan said.
The trial run will mark the first time Apple's hugely popular wireless earbuds have been produced outside China. According to the report, Apple has asked component suppliers to support Goertek's efforts, despite initially only green-lighting very small volumes of AirPods.

Apple has traditionally sourced its wired EarPods in Vietnam, but AirPods have so far been made exclusively in China by the likes of Inventec, Luxshare-ICT, and GoerTek. The move is said to be a consequence of Apple seeking to source 15 to 30 percent of its output outside of China, where cost and manpower advantages are beginning to fade.

Thanks to the continuing success of AirPods, Apple now dominates nearly 70 percent of the truly wireless headphone market. With Samsung, Huawei, Sony and Google bringing their own truly wireless headphones to market, global shipments of all wireless earbuds are forecast to surge from 48 million pairs in 2018 to 129 million pairs by 2020, according to Counterpoint.

Apple plans to release third-generation AirPods with water resistance in late 2019, according to multiple rumors. The first two generations of AirPods do not have IP-rated water or dust resistance, despite standing up to water exposure well.

In March 2019, Apple launched its second-generation AirPods powered by an Apple-designed H1 chip, enabling hands-free "Hey Siri" functionality and up to 50 percent more talk time compared to the original AirPods. The second-generation AirPods feature the same outward design as the original.

In April, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said two new AirPods models will likely go into mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, with one of the new models featuring an "all-new form factor design" and a "higher price" than the second-generation AirPods, which start at $159.

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July 17, 2019, 2:46 a.m.

Goldman Sachs CFO talks Apple Card risk as summer US launch looms

We’re likely just weeks (or days) away from the launch of Apple Card, which Apple has developed in conjunction with Goldman Sachs. During Goldman’s Q2 earnings call today, CFO Stephen Scherr offered details on the development of Apple Card, the risk associated with it, and more.

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July 17, 2019, 2:30 a.m.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Gives Talk to Apple's Marketing Department

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, visited Apple headquarters on Tuesday to give a talk to employees, according to a report by Bloomberg.


The billionaire's address at Apple is said to be one of several speakers talking to select Apple staff as part of an ongoing series.

Dorsey reportedly spoke with employees from the marketing department, and while the address may highlight shared principles, it's not thought to be suggestive of a new collaboration between Dorsey's companies and Apple.
While the address itself didn't point to a new partnership between Dorsey's companies and Apple, it was indicative of their bond and existing collaboration. Apple promoted Twitter as an iOS app coming to the Mac this fall, and the social media service is deeply integrated into both the iPhone and iPad. Apple was also among the first retailers to sell Square's now-common credit-card reader.
As Bloomberg notes, Apple teased that Twitter would be one of the first companies to exploit its new Project Catalyst technology that makes it easier for developers to bring iPad applications to the Mac. Strictly speaking though, the Twitter app for iPhone and iPad is currently no more integrated than any other third-party iOS app.

Apple's mobile OS did used to include built-in support for Twitter, but the integration was removed in 2017 with the release of iOS 11 –– perhaps in anticipation of Apple's upcoming privacy-focused login feature, Sign In with Apple. Twitter has since relied on iOS shared extensions just like all the other social networks it competes with.


Dorsey supported Apple in its 2016 feud with the FBI over iPhone access.

That said, Dorsey and Apple clearly enjoy a close bond, so maybe his association with the tech giant is one to watch for the future.

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July 17, 2019, 1:30 a.m.

2018 iPad Pro sees its biggest discounts yet [Prime Day Deals & Steals]

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is winding down, but some big discounts can still be found. There are massive savings on more than 1 million products that you won’t want to miss — including some terrific deals on Apple gear and other tech. We’ve been updating our Deals & Steals liveblog with awesome new offers you […]

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July 17, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Review: 2019 entry-level MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID [Video]

Last week Apple pushed out a couple of updates to the entry-level MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air update included a new lower $1099 starting price along with True Tone Display support.

The MacBook Air update was nice, but the refresh to the entry-level MacBook Pro, which hasn’t received an update since 2017, was far more compelling. The new entry-level MacBook model comes with refreshed internals, Touch Bar and Touch ID support, and features the same $1299 base price.

Touch Bar support is nice, but the most impressive thing about this refresh is its speed, thanks large in part to the 8th-generation quad-core CPU that replaces the dual-core CPU on the previous iteration. The update makes the entry-level MacBook Pro well worth considering, even for those who felt the previous model was too underpowered for their needs.

Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside for the details.

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July 17, 2019, midnight

Withings Launches New iPhone-Connected Blood Pressure Monitors

Withings, known for its range of iPhone-connected health devices, today announced the launch of two new blood pressure monitors, the BPM Core and the BPM Connect.

The BPM Connect, available today at Apple retail stores and through the Apple online store, is an updated version of the classic Withings blood pressure monitor. It's designed to make it simple to take and view cardiovascular readings at home and share them with medical professionals when necessary.


According to Withings, the BPM Connect is cleared by the FDA and is designed to provide accurate measurements of heart rate and systolic and diastolic blood pressure using color-coded feedback to provide instant information.

With the BPM Connect, it is no longer necessary to have a smartphone to view and interpret the results as they're displayed directly on the device. Data will, however, sync with the Withings Health Mate app over Bluetooth or WiFi.

Withings is also launching the BPM Core, which is available today in Europe and will be launching in the United States later this year after it is cleared by the FDA.

The BPM Core is the first over-the-counter all-in-one device that can measure blood pressure, record an electrocardiogram, and listen to the heart using a digital stethoscope. It takes just 90 seconds to take all three readings.

Withings says the BPM Core is designed to let users detect serious heart conditions like atrial fibrillation or valvular heart disease. It features an LED display and advanced syncing options to make it easy to take, view, and share cardiovascular readings.

BPM Core is priced at €249.95/£229.95 and can be purchased exclusively from Apple Stores (or the online store) in Europe, as well as through the Withings website in Europe. It will come to the U.S. later this year.

Withings BPM Connect, the new blood pressure monitor available now in the United States, can be purchased from Apple, Amazon, or Withings for $99.95. It is also available in Europe for €99.95/£89.95.


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July 16, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

These 2019 MacBook Pro models offer best bang for your buck

You need a 2019 MacBook Pro, but there are so many of configurations to choose from, with the top model more than twice as expensive as the base one. Naturally, Apple makes you pay extra for a faster processor, but is the additional cost worth it? We took benchmarking scores for all the variations of […]

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July 16, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Check out all the new emoji coming to iPhones this fall

July 17 is World Emoji Day and to celebrate, Apple offered a preview of some the new emoji characters arriving on iPhone and iPad later this year. The new additions add more diversity to characters along with new animals, foods, activities and smiley faces. Nearly 60 new emoji are set to be added including a […]

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

Top 10 Prime Day deals still available

The sun is beginning to set on Amazon’s Prime Day event. With a few hours left on the summer’s biggest online shopping event, it’s time to take a look at the top 10 Prime Day deals still available. It’s been a steady stream of standout offers and now we’re ready to look at the best deals that you can still grab before 3am ET tonight.

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July 16, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Apple teases nearly 60 new emoji coming to iOS and Mac this fall [Gallery]

Tomorrow marks World Emoji Day, and Apple is getting a head start on the festivities by detailing 59 new iOS emoji coming later this year. Apple says the new emoji characters will be available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch this fall.

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July 16, 2019, 10 p.m.

Ullu Pocket Wallet wraps your iPhone XS in luxurious leather [Review]

When you spend upwards of $1,000 on a smartphone, you shouldn’t rely on a $3 case to keep it safe. You should protect your investment by lavishing it in luxurious leather that keeps (almost) every inch of it suitably covered up. That’s what I did with the gorgeous Ullu Pocket Wallet. Handcrafted from Italian calf […]

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July 16, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Two stunning Apple ads score Emmy nominations

A pair of Apple videos were nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Commercial. One celebrates the history of the Mac, while the other beautifully shows off the capabilities of the iPhone XS camera. Watch both of them now. Apple’s advertising agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab is actually the one that garnered these nominations for a […]

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July 16, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Trending FaceApp raises concern about how personal photos are being used to create aging effect

If you’ve been on the internet at all over the last several days, you’ve likely seen people posting images from the viral application FaceApp. The premise is that FaceApp transforms selfies and other pictures by applying aging, glasses, and more. Unfortunately, it also looks like it has its own share of privacy concerns.

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July 16, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to stop your Photos taking over your Mac

Even when optimized, Photos can quickly fill up your Mac's SSD. Here's how to place a hard limit on Photos storage using a sparse disk image.

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July 16, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Apple might bankroll original podcasts

Apple’s growing services business will soon feature original podcasts, according to a report that, if true, amps up the tech giant’s battle with rival Spotify. Apple’s pursuit of original podcast content was announced in the form of a news bulletin from Bloomberg terminal. Even before the full story published, the news sent Spotify’s stock on […]

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July 16, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 16, 2019 – Apple funding original podcasts

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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July 16, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Apple receives two Emmy nominations for ‘Shot on iPhone’ and ‘Behind the Mac’ ad campaigns

The 71st annual Emmy Awards are coming up in September and nominations have been announced today. Two of Apple’s ads, both made with the TBWA ad agency, have been nominated for Outstanding Commerical 2019.

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July 16, 2019, 8 p.m.

Your iPhone could handle 120 million moon missions at once

My father was part of an engineering team that designed the housing that held the components for the guidance computer onboard Apollo 11. Just this morning, I read an article online looking back on the 50 years since man first landed on the moon. I read the story on my iPhone, which holds 100,000 times […]

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July 16, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

Report: Apple to fund original content podcast shows for Apple Podcasts exclusives

Apple plans to use some of its spare cash to fund original podcasts for its platforms, according to a Bloomberg report. The news comes as the podcast game heats up with competitors like Spotify investing hundreds of millions of dollars in original content projects.

Up to now, Apple has participated in the podcast ecosystem by hosting the de-facto canonical directory of shows, which most third-party apps rely on to find new shows. The directory was free to join and did not require an Apple business relationship.

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July 16, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

This is the messenger bag Don Draper would carry

If Don Draper wanted to ruin the cut of his suit with a shoulder-borne messenger bag, he'd choose the Waterfield Executive Leather Messenger to do it.

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July 16, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Verizon cruises to best overall US carrier title in new study, AT&T comes in second

After a large-scale study yesterday gave Verizon top honors for best LTE availability and best video experience, RootMetrics is out today with its own large-scale study of US mobile carriers. While Verizon performed best in both studies, this latest report has AT&T in a solid second place instead of T-Mobile.

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July 16, 2019, 7 p.m.

The best iPad accessories on sale for Prime Day 2019

We’ve brought you the best iPhone accessories on sale for Prime Day — but we didn’t forget about iPad. Whether you need wireless speakers, a sturdy stand, or a do-it-all USB-C hub, we have you covered. Everything included in this roundup is now available at a deep discount, but it may not last long. Go […]

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July 16, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Apple drops yet another iOS 12.4 beta and more

Developers received a fresh new batch of beta updates this morning, but if you were hoping for new iOS 13 goodies you’ll be sorely disappointed. Apple released its seventh beta for iOS 12.4, the update that adds support for Apple Card. We assumed the update was pretty much ready to launch back when beta 5 […]

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July 16, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Apple pushes second silent macOS update as it battles Zoom webcam hijack vulnerability

Apple is pushing yet another silent update to macOS to resolve the Mac webcam hijack vulnerability in RingCentral and Zhumu. These two apps are powered by Zoom, and it was discovered this week that they are also susceptible to the same web server vulnerability as Zoom.

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July 16, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

Amazon’s best-selling dog camera Furbo is $135 (Reg. $250), today only for Prime Day

Furbo has extended its Prime Day deal to let readers get one more chance at one of the lowest prices yet on Amazon’s best-selling dog camera.

Get Furbo Dog Camera for just $134.99 shipped (Reg. $250)

The Alexa-friendly Furbo Pet Camera with apps for iOS and Android allows you to keep an eye on your furry friends and even toss them a treat while you’re out for the day. Other features include 2-way audio, a barking alert, and even night vision. Alongside a design that will most likely blend right in with your decor, the “as seen on Ellen” pet camera’s sizeable Prime Day price drop lives on. More details below. more…

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July 16, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Apple Card already costing Goldman Sachs big bucks

Goldman Sachs is taking on Apple‘s much-anticipated credit card as part of pivoting from investment banking to consumer banking. But it’s not coming cheap: the company has spent $275 million this year on the Apple Card and other consumer-oriented initiatives. “Cumulatively, we are making substantial, organic investments to build new businesses and digital platforms,” Goldman […]

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July 16, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

DuckDuckGo’s Apple Maps integration now supports dark mode, re-querying, more

DuckDuckGo has updated its integrated maps that are powered by Apple’s MapKit with a handful of new features today. Headlining the maps update is support for dark mode, re-querying, and local autocomplete.

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July 16, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Apple releases fourth beta of macOS Catalina to developers

In addition to new betas of iOS 12.4 and more, Apple today has also released the fourth developer beta of macOS Catalina. This update comes two weeks after Apple released the second developer beta of the update.

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July 16, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Apple Card launch likely imminent as Apple releases iOS 12.4 beta

Apple Card is coming this summer, and we expect the new credit card from Apple to be supported in iOS 12.4. Apple hasn’t been more specific about the exact launch date for US customers, but the company has been releasing developer beta versions of iOS 12.4 without Apple Card included for several weeks.

Apple is releasing the seventh developer beta version of the upcoming software update today, one week since beta 6 reached developers. We’ve also heard from multiple anonymous sources that Apple Card would launch this week, but it’s unclear if that will happen based on the beta release.

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July 16, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Mophie’s new charging lineup lands exclusively at Apple stores

Apple likes Mophie’s new chargers and cables so much that it added all of them to its online store, and many retail locations too. Included on the collection are a wireless charging pad, two car chargers and an array of durable Lightning and USB-C cables. “Our latest products are optimized and designed to work with […]

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July 16, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Apple’s retro rainbow logo might make a comeback

The iconic rainbow Apple logo that originated in 1977 could make an appearance on Apple products in the year 2019. Apple killed the beloved rainbow logo in 1999 in favor of the single color used presently, but a new rumor claims the company is considering bringing it back. MacRumors shared the rainbow logo comeback rumor […]

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July 16, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Nomad launches durable Kevlar Lightning, USB-C, and universal cable lineup

Nomad is out today with its refreshed cable lineup that features Kevlar both inside and out to make the new products highly durable and rugged. The new cables include USB-C to Lightning, Lightning to USB-A, USB-C to USB-C, and the company’s universal variants. Read on for all the details about these new Nomad cables that are up for preorder.

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July 16, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Notre Dame could get glass roof from Apple Store architect

The reconstructed Notre Dame cathedral could take some design cues from Apple stores if a proposal from design frim Eight Inc. wins the design competition. Eight Inc, which designed some of the first iconic Apple stores, submitted a design that uses structural glass to reconstruct the roof and spire that were destroyed in a fire […]

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July 16, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

The best iPhone accessories on sale for Prime Day 2019 [Update]

UPDATE: New deals added! Amazon Prime Day isn’t over yet. You have another day to enjoy deep discounts on more than 1 million products, and Cult of Mac is here to help you seek out the best before they’re gone. We’ve rounded up the best iPhone accessories right here. You’ll find cheap Beats and Bose […]

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July 16, 2019, 3:44 p.m.

Apple has designed its very own car suspension system

The question of whether Apple is building a physical Apple Car or just a software platform hasn’t been confirmed either way. But there are a few hints, such as the fact that Apple was just granted a patent for a special suspension system for a physical car. Whether that part of the project continues remains […]

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July 16, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

New Mophie wireless charging pad, car chargers, and more at select Apple Stores

Mophie has announced a new wireless charging pad compatible with iPhones and other Qi-compatible devices. The product is currently exclusive to Apple online and retail stores.

The compact pad has a smooth, glossy finish in a choice of black or white, and delivers up to 7.5W of power. Mophie says that it will charge through cases up to 3mm thick, so should be compatible with most cases on the market …

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July 16, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

Apple takes on Prime Day with huge movie bundle sale under $20, more from $5

Apple is getting into the Prime Day festivities with a huge movie bundle sale today, including a number of offers under $20. There’s also a wide range of discounted titles from $5 and the usual $1 HD rental of the week. Hit the jump for all of the best deals.

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July 16, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

[Update: Last Day!] Prime Day 2019 Hub: Apple, HomeKit gear, smart home tech, more

Over at 9to5Toys we’re tracking all of the best Prime Day deals from Amazon’s 48-hour shopping event. A number of notable offers have already popped up ahead of Monday’s 3AM ET start time, and you can find all of them just below in our best Prime Day deals hub. Make sure you’re following along on Twitter so you don’t miss any of the best Lightning Deals as they come flowing in. You’ll find all of the best Prime Day deals below from Apple and many more.

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

Deck out your desk with portable A/C, invisible laptop stands and more [Deals]

We spend tons of time at our desks, so why not deck them out? We’ve rounded up some of the coolest accessories for your desktop, from personal air conditioners to invisible laptop stands, wireless charging stands and more. Read on for more details: EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner – 20% off This lightweight, energy-efficient personal […]

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July 16, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Another 2 video chat apps have eavesdropping problems

Following on from the recent controversy involving a flaw with video conferencing service Zoom that let hackers break into other users’ webcams, similar vulnerabilities have been found on two other conferencing apps. The apps in question are RingCentral and Zhumu. The flaw means that malicious websites could potentially open up secret video conferences with anyone […]

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July 16, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Bipartisan bill calls for more US investment in 5G to combat China’s dominance

A bipartisan bill is calling for greater US investment in 5G technology in order to combat China’s current dominance of the technology.

Specifically, it calls for US companies to have a greater say in setting standards for the 5G network, though would not allocate additional funding to facilitate this…

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July 16, 2019, 1:16 p.m.

Save $20 on AirPods, $70 on Sonos One [Prime Day Deals & Steals]

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is into day two, and the big discounts keep on coming. There are massive savings on more then 1 million products that you won’t want to miss — including some terrific deals on tech. We’ve been updating our Deals & Steals liveblog with awesome new offers you have to see — […]

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July 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple pays $450 million to settle e-books suit

July 16, 2014: Apple agrees to pay $450 million to resolve the Department of Justice’s antitrust case against the company over e-book pricing in the iBooks Store. Cupertino stood accused of conspiring with five major book publishers to fix e-book prices. The five publishers all settled their claims outside of court, leaving only Apple to […]

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

Apple embraces Arab world with new all-Arabic App Store

Apple has launched a new all-Arabic App Store to developers and members of its Beta Software Program. They will put the new App Store through its paces before it opens more widely to customers in September with iOS 13. The new store will help Apple grow in the fast-developing Middle East market. Speaking to outlet […]

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July 16, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Mac webcam hijack affects RingCentral and Zhumu as well as Zoom

The Mac webcam hijack flaw discovered in the Zoom video conference app is also present in RingCentral and Zhumu.

The evidence also suggests that the same vulnerability will exist in other Mac video conferencing apps …

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July 16, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

Hackintosh will challenge the might of Apple’s new Mac Pro

Apple’s upcoming “cheese grater” Mac Pro promises to max out at 28 CPU cores. However, all of that comes at a price that, at the top end, gets frankly jaw-dropping. For that reason, the folks at YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips have set about trying to build a rival “hackintosh” which can achieve the same […]

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July 16, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

The best iPhone accessories on sale for Prime Day 2019

Amazon Prime Day isn’t over yet. You have another day to enjoy deep discounts on more than 1 million products, and Cult of Mac is here to help you seek out the best before they’re gone. We’ve rounded up the best iPhone accessories right here. You’ll find cheap Beats and Bose headphones, smart speakers from […]

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July 16, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

DuckDuckGo Enhances Apple Maps Integration, Including Dark Mode

DuckDuckGo has been using Apple Maps to power map-related searches on both desktop and mobile since January, and today the privacy-focused search engine announced further improvements to that integration.

First, when switching to DuckDuckGo's dark theme, Apple Maps now also automatically switches to a dark appearance.


DuckDuckGo has also added a dedicated Maps tab at the top of every search results page. Previously, this shortcut was only displayed for map-related searches, but it now appears for any search queries. For example, if you searched for "cupcakes," the Maps tab might display local bakeries that sell them.


Whereas previously each new map-related search required returning to the default DuckDuckGo search page upon completion, a search field has now been added that allows users to refine local searches instantly.

Last is intelligent autocomplete within the expanded map view. Updating or typing new search queries will now dynamically show you search suggestions that are tailored to the local region displayed. For example, as you type "coffee," search suggestions related to coffee will appear within the map area in view.


These enhancements are available now on both desktop and mobile versions of DuckDuckGo.com.

DuckDuckGo does not collect or share any personal information from DuckDuckGo users, a policy that extends to the Apple Maps integration. Identifiable info like IP addresses are not provided to Apple, and for searches where approximate location is gathered by the browser, it is discarded immediately after it's used.


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July 16, 2019, 10:09 a.m.

Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 5.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.3 update to developers, one week after releasing the fifth watchOS 5.3 beta and two months after the launch of watchOS 5.2.1, an update that expanded ECG availability and introduced new pride watch faces.

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


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

There were no new features discovered in the first five watchOS 5.3 betas, suggesting that it focuses on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

There could also be hidden changes that will be available after the update is released, such as support for the upcoming Apple Card, set to debut this summer. If new features are discovered in the sixth watchOS 5.3 beta, we'll update this post with details.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Caution)

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July 16, 2019, 10 a.m.

iOS 13 bug exposes all your saved passwords

Users have discovered a bug in the iOS 13 beta which makes it easy for people to access the “Website & App Passwords” data in Settings. The security flaw makes it simple to bypass the biometric authentication section in Settings when accessing your iCloud Keychain passwords. It does this by letting users keep tapping the […]

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July 16, 2019, 9 a.m.

Apple's Rainbow Logo May Return to Some New Products as Early as This Year

Apple may be planning to reintroduce its classic rainbow logo on some of its new products as early as this year, according to a well-connected MacRumors tipster, who in turn cites a corporate Apple employee in Cupertino.

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We don't know which products might be involved, but the Mac would be a good candidate, as the multicolored Apple logo was used on the original Macintosh in 1984 and on many other Apple computers before and after it. iPhones and iPads could also be suitable — perhaps special editions along the lines of (PRODUCT)RED.

To be clear, this rumor could very well be untrue. We have elected to share it since it comes from a tipster who has longstanding connections to both Apple and related industries, but no other sources have shared similar information that we know of. And, even if true, the plans could certainly change.

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Apple's rainbow or "six-color" logo made its debut on the Apple II computer in 1977 and was widely used until 1998, when it began to be phased out in favor of a monochrome Apple logo similar to the one used today.

Despite not officially using its rainbow logo in over 20 years, Apple has continued to embrace its colors over the years.

Apple Park was recently decorated with the colors of the rainbow logo in celebration of the formal opening of Apple's new headquarters, and as a tribute to Steve Jobs. The colors were splashed on stairs, walkways, coffee cups, and even a stage with a rainbow arch used for an employee-only Lady Gaga performance.



Apple's departing design chief Jony Ive recently reflected on the rainbow's significance:
There is the resonance with the rainbow logo that's been part of our identity for many years. The rainbow is also a positive and joyful expression of some of our inclusion values and I think that one of the primary reasons the idea resonated so immediately and so profoundly with us was the form -- the connection from an aesthetic design point of view. A semi-circle relates so beautifully and naturally to the form of the ring.
Again, we do not know if this rumor is true, but our tipster is reputable enough in our opinion for us to at least share what we have heard.


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July 16, 2019, 8 a.m.

watchOS 6: How to download apps directly on Apple Watch

Apple Watch is becoming a more independent device with watchOS 6 as the software brings a dedicated App Store to the wearable. Follow along for how to download apps directly on Apple Watch.

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July 16, 2019, 6:37 a.m.

Mophie Launching New Line of iPhone and iPad Charging Basics at Select Apple Stores

Mophie today announced it is launching a new line of basic charging accessories for Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad, including a wireless charging pad, two car chargers, and a variety of USB and Lightning cables.


  • Wireless charging pad: Delivers up to 7.5W of power on contact to recharge Qi-enabled devices like the iPhone 8 or newer. Available in white or black. Can charge through cases up to 3mm thick. $39.95.
  • USB-A car charger: Single USB-A port with 12W charging output. Made of anodized aluminum with charge-indicator light. $24.95.
  • Dual USB-A car charger: Two USB-A ports with 12W charging output. Made of anodized aluminum with charge-indicator light. $29.95.
  • USB-A to Lightning cable: 1-meter cable for $19.95. 2-meter cable for $29.95.
  • USB-C to Lightning cable: 1-meter cable for $19.95. 2-meter cable for $34.95.
  • USB-A to USB-C cable: 1-meter cable for $19.95. 2-meter cable for $24.95.
  • USB-C to USB-C cable: 1-meter cable for $19.95. 2-meter cable for $24.95.
The accessories will be available on Apple.com and in select Apple Stores starting today, followed by Mophie.com later in July.

Product listings are not immediately available, but they should be soon.

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July 16, 2019, 4:35 a.m.

Apple Stops Selling Lower-Cost iPhones in India

Apple has reportedly stopped selling iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus in India, meaning anyone in the market for a new Apple smartphone will have to shell out more for a later model.


According to The Economic Times, the strategy indicates Apple is no longer prioritizing shifting iPhones in the country by volume and is instead refocusing efforts on increasing its revenue there.

To that end, Apple's distributors in India are said to be informing retailers that supplies of the above iPhone models have stopped and the new "entry-level" iPhone will be the iPhone 6s. This will increase the starting price of an iPhone in India by almost Rs 8,000 (around $116).

Apple has been assembling the iPhone SE in India as well as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 over the last couple of years. Given the shift in strategy, idle capacity in these factories may now be used to expand production of other models, according to the report.

The decision is said to have been taken after Apple improved its revenue and profit in India by 12 percent over the last year, despite selling less iPhones than the previous year. Apple India’s sales in the April-June quarter went up after it brought in a promotion to drop iPhone XR prices.
"Cupertino does not want Apple India to chase volumes by discounting at the cost of profit," said one leading trade partner of Apple. "These models which are being phased out will increase the average selling price of iPhones in India and boost both profit and revenue." Apple India declined to comment on the matter.
In the Indian market, Apple ranks 11th and accounts for just one percent of India's phone sales, and sold fewer than one million iPhones during the first half of 2018. Comparatively, rival smartphone maker Xiaomi sold more than 19 million during that period, according to data gathered by Counterpoint Research.

According to a recent report, Apple CEO Tim Cook is believed to be working behind the scenes to "remold Apple's failing India strategy," in bid to revamp the company's presence there.

Apple has also been re-focusing efforts in India in hopes of expanding production outside of China in the wake of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Last summer, Apple detailed a new India strategy with official retail stores, overhauled relationships with independent retailers, more frequent sales, and improved apps and services.

Some of these plans have started to come to fruition, as Apple has now finalized a list of locations for its first retail store in India.

Tag: India

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July 16, 2019, 1:30 a.m.

Shoot like Kubrick: DJI’s stabilized 4K Osmo camera costs just $319 [Deals]

Few things are more cinematic than a good, smooth tracking shot. It used to require tracks and a dolly to get these Kubrick-esque shots. But these days, you can fit the necessary equipment in your pocket. The Osmo from DJI is a must-have for any gear bag. It’s a lightweight gimbal stabilizer and 4K camera, […]

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July 16, 2019, 12:54 a.m.

PSA: iOS 13 developer and public beta bug allows unauthenticated access to passwords saved in Settings

iOS 13 is still in beta and therefore bugs are to be expected, but a recently-discovered security vulnerability in the operating system is especially worth noting. This iOS 13 bug makes it easy for someone to gain access to the “Website & App Passwords” data in Settings.

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July 15, 2019, 11:45 p.m.

Newest Petcube offers improved pet cam, laser, treat tosser

Ordinary pet cams just let you see your furry friends, but Petcube Play 2 also lets you play lasertag with Fluffy via your iPhone, while Petcube Bites 2 can fling treats to Rex. Both just debuted exclusively on Amazon for Prime Day. These latest smart cameras promise “vast improvements” in video and audio quality over […]

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July 15, 2019, 11:32 p.m.

Apple celebrates Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary with new video

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on that big chunk of cheese in the sky. To celebrate, Apple has put out a new video that talks about the Apollo mission’s impact on the world while also offering some glimpses of its upcoming TV […]

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July 15, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Google will kill AdSense app for iOS by end of 2019

Google plans to make its AdSense apps on iOS and Android worse over the next few months before killing them entirely at the end of 2019. Instead of using mobile apps, Google plans to invest more in its mobile web interface for Adsense to deliver a more uniform experience that is supported on all platforms. […]

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July 15, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

Backup your iPhone to USB or microSD storage while you charge w/ HyperCube $29 (40% off)

Today is your last chance to score 40% off the new HyperCube with special preorder pricing ahead its launch in the coming weeks. The new HyperCube is the latest product from Sanho’s Hyper brand, who we’ve long recommended as a go-to brand for USB-C hubs, battery packs and more for iPhone, Android, Mac and more. This device connects between your iPhone charger and your device, allowing you to backup photos, videos, contacts and more automatically to USB or microSD storage while you charge.

Get 40% off HyperCube with special preorder pricing $29 (Reg. $49)

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July 15, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Apple teases ‘For All Mankind’ original TV series with new ‘Remembering Apollo 11’ video

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apple today has shared a closer look at its upcoming For All Mankind Apple TV+ original series. The new video offers a look at the series itself, and includes interviews with creator Ron Moore and others.

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July 15, 2019, 10:28 p.m.

Top 5 Apple Prime Day deals

Amazon’s Prime Day event is well underway, and with the landscape fairly of the first 24 hours pretty well set, it’s time to take a look at the five best Apple Prime Day deals. Of course, you’ll find all of the most notable Prime Day offers in our hub across every category. But here, we’re looking specifically at the best of the best from Amazon’s Prime Day sale. Hit the jump for more but be sure to act quick, as these deals are likely to sell out soon.

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July 15, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Eve’s HomeKit Bluetooth extender finally coming to market

A hot item at CES 2017 was the Eve Extend, a clever little device that helps HomeKit accessories that depend on Bluetooth connect to Wi-Fi networks. It took a couple of years, but this item is at long last coming to market. Bluetooth uses less power than Wi-Fi but has a shorter range. Eve Extend was […]

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July 15, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Newest MacBook Air packs slower storage than 2018 model

Apple’s newest MacBook Air costs $100 less than the previous model — but how was that saving made? It turns out Apple may have cut corners on storage to shave money off the notebook’s price tag. Tests have found new machine packs slower storage than the 2018 MacBook Air. Now that Apple has ditched the […]

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July 15, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to use iOS 13’s Audio Sharing

Audio Sharing in iOS 13 lets you share a duplicate audio stream to a second pair of AirPods, for sharing music and movies with a friend.

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July 15, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Snag a $50 iTunes gift card for just $40 [Prime Day Deals & Steals]

Amazon Prime Day 2019 has finally arrived. There are massive savings on more then 1 million products that you won’t want to miss — including some terrific deals on tech. And we can help you find the biggest and best. We’ve been updating our Deals & Steals liveblog throughout the day and there are a […]

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July 15, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Google killing AdSense on Android and iOS this year for the web

AdSense allows publishers to easily place advertising on their sites, with Google offering mobile apps to track views and revenue. Google today announced that it is killing the Android and iOS clients, with the web positioned as an upcoming alternative.

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July 15, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 15, 2019 – MacBook Air SSD speeds, Prime Day 2019

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

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July 15, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Get nostalgic with a huge trove of classic Apple video and images

Sam Henri Gold generously posted for all to see his extensive collection of Apple promotional materials. There are images going back to the 1970s, and videos starting in the 1990s. I've decided to open up my Apple video archive via Google Drive as a sorta test flight to make sure all the dates are accurate […]

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July 15, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

Twitter’s new desktop web design and dark mode options rolling out to all users, no option to revert

After testing out its new desktop web interface for the first half of the year, Twitter is now rolling out the new version to all users. The refreshed design includes a simpler aesthetic with an overhauled left sidebar, a more traditional look for Direct Messages, improved account switching, two dark themes, and more.

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July 15, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Apple Store goes down for ‘updates’ days after MacBook Air/Pro refresh [U: Back online]

Update: The Apple online store is back online without any notable changes.

Apple’s online store has gone down this afternoon without explanation. If you visit the website, you’ll see a message reading “Be right back, we’re making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon.”

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July 15, 2019, 7:07 p.m.

The last macOS Mojave update is nearly ready for public launch

The handful of developers still beta testing macOS Mojave instead of macOS Catalina were treated to a brand new beta build in the form of macOS 10.14.6 today. This is the fifth beta of macOS 10.14.6 which adds a host of new bug fixes and performance improvements to the Mac before Apple goes all-in on […]

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July 15, 2019, 7 p.m.

Swapfiets app does bike sharing, without all the dirty sharing

Swapfiets is a $22-per-month bike that always works, and is replaced if broken or stolen

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July 15, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Apple releases fifth developer beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6

Apple today has released the fifth beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6 to developers. Today’s update comes one week after Apple released beta four of the operating system to developers.

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July 15, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Lawmakers say Apple only pays lip service to enacting privacy laws

US lawmakers say Apple CEO Tim Cook has actively urged them to pass legislation that better protects the privacy of US consumers. However, congresspeople also say the iPhone maker isn’t doing enough to actually get laws passed. Cook hosted a group of Democratic lawmakers in Cupertino this spring, with privacy at the top of the […]

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July 15, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

CarPlay now works with audiobooks borrowed from your local library

Libby, a popular ebook and audiobook iOS app that works with 90% of public libraries in North America has been updated today with support for CarPlay.

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July 15, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Save hundreds on Apple Watch, iPad and Beats [Prime Day Deals & Steals]

Amazon Prime Day 2019 has finally arrived. There are massive savings on more then 1 million products that you won’t want to miss — including some terrific deals on tech. And we can help you find the biggest and best. Highlights of the day include Apple Watch Series 3 for as little as $169, and […]

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July 15, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Apple’s iPhone India strategy still in flux as sales for some models halted

As it continues to refocus its strategy in India, Apple has reportedly stopped selling the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus in the country. This comes as Apple is reportedly shifting its plan in the country to focus on newer and more expensive iPhones.

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

Apple Watch bands that please your inner cheapskate

If you’ve got an Apple Watch and want to change things up, it’s quite easy to change the face. But if you want something a bit more tangible, you’ve got to change the band. The mechanical part is easy; it’s the acquisition that can be a bit taxing. Looking good doesn’t have to be expensive, […]

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July 15, 2019, 4:52 p.m.

iWork, Office and Google Docs banned from German schools

Apple’s iWork platform has been banned from German schools alongside Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs. Privacy regulators say that using the cloud-based services “exposes personal information about students and teachers.” They also suggest that the data might be accessed by U.S. authorities. German schools weren’t actually using iWork apps — but they did rely […]

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July 15, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

WaPo: Apple reluctant to push privacy regulation despite company focus

Apple has been a vocal supporter of protecting user data, but a new report from The Washington Post dives deeper into what lawmakers want from the company. The report details that while Apple has publicly called on lawmakers to pass privacy regulations, it tells a different story behind the scenes.

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July 15, 2019, 4:21 p.m.

Jailbreak app brings watchOS look to iPhone

Ever wish you could bring the fun fluidity of your Apple Watch home screen to your iPhone? A new jailbreak app from an iOS developer brings the watchOS interface to your iPhone or iPad. Honey, created by iOS developer Blake Boxberger, allows users to configure their screen in several ways on iOS devices running jailbroken […]

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July 15, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

The new, cheaper, MacBook Air includes ~35% slower SSD compared to 2018 model

The Retina MacBook Air was refreshed last week with a new price and the addition of a True Tone display. The refresh was minor, with the same CPUs as 2018, but a $100 cheaper price point: the 2019 MacBook Air starts at $1099 from Apple, with $999 student pricing.

It turns out that one downside to this latest revision is that the laptop actually features slower solid state storage than the 2018 model.

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July 15, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Eve ‘Extend’ Bluetooth range booster for HomeKit has a price and pre-order date after two years

After first unveiling the hardware two years ago, leading HomeKit accessory maker Eve is announcing launch details for its upcoming Extend Bluetooth range booster. Eve Extend is designed to solve the problem of Bluetooth signal limitations for HomeKit accessories that can’t connect over Wi-Fi.

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July 15, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Office 365 banned from German schools, Google Docs and iWork also ruled out

Microsoft has found Office 365 banned from use in at least some German schools due to privacy concerns over the way its cloud service works.

Privacy regulators have also ruled out the use of either Google Docs or Apple’s iWork suite for the same reason …

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

Waze tells you how much you’ll pay at tolls on your route

Google’s latest Waze update on iOS makes it easier for drivers to prepare for toll roads during their next journey. Users in the U.S. and Canada will now see exactly how much they’ll have to pay at tolls on their route. Waze isn’t the go-to mapping app for most people, but it is certainly one […]

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July 15, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Proposed bill could kill new financial services from tech giants

Tech companies are getting into the finance game, and not everyone’s happy about it. That’s why a new draft bill is raising the possibility of banning tech companies from acting as financial institutions or issuing their own digital currencies. The draft bill has been circulated for discussion by the Democratic majority that leads the House […]

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July 15, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

[Update: more deals!] Prime Day 2019 Hub: Apple, HomeKit gear, smart home tech, more

Over at 9to5Toys we’re tracking all of the best Prime Day deals from Amazon’s 48-hour shopping event. A number of notable offers have already popped up ahead of Monday’s 3AM ET start time, and you can find all of them just below in our best Prime Day deals hub. Make sure you’re following along on Twitter so you don’t miss any of the best Lightning Deals as they come flowing in. You’ll find all of the best Prime Day deals below from Apple and many more.

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July 15, 2019, 2 p.m.

Verizon defeats AT&T for best LTE in network study, T-Mobile tops network speeds

A new cellular network study from OpenSignal published today takes a look at how the four major US carriers stack up across five key attributes. Verizon took the top spot for best LTE network availability, T-Mobile had both the fastest download and upload speeds, while AT&T tied for lowest network latency. Read on for all the details about how the carriers performed.

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July 15, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Parental control app OurPact makes App Store return

Apple has restored a parental control app, called OurPact, to the App Store after originally removing it back in February. The makers of the app had criticized Apple for getting rid of it, saying Apple was deleting services which competed with its own Screen Time offering. OurPact was restored to the App Store in the […]

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July 15, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Europe’s GPS system Galileo down since Friday due to ‘technical incident’

Galileo down: the European Union’s satellite navigation system has been down since Friday due to what has been described as “a technical incident.” Galileo signals can be used by the iPhone 8 and later and Android smartphones for mapping and other location services …

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July 15, 2019, 1:02 p.m.

Waze now shows toll prices along your route in US and Canada

Millions of drivers use Waze to avoid traffic jams, speed traps, and more obstacles on their commutes. Starting today, Waze is also helping drivers save money by showing toll prices along their route, and the functionality is available starting today.

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July 15, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs’ Apple turnaround continues

July 15, 1998: Apple reports its third profitable quarter after the return of Steve Jobs, continuing the company’s remarkable turnaround. Apple earns $101 million for the quarter, largely thanks to the success of the Power Mac G3. In the same quarter one year earlier, Apple lost $56 million. This marks the first time in three […]

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July 15, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Apple ads from the 1970s to present day available(ish) online

Apple ads from the 1970s to the present day have been archived by graphic designer and marketer Sam Henri Gold.

The archive includes literally hundreds of TV ads, print ads, promo photos and more, organised by decade and then year …

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July 15, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

1989 NeXT catalog is a stylish trip back in time

Looking for a dose of Monday nostalgia? If so, then you might enjoy checking out the 1989 fall catalog for NeXT, the company started by Steve Jobs during his years outside Apple. Loving scanned by amateur computer historian Kevin Savetz, it’s a fun look at computing 30 years ago. Speaking to The Verge, Savetz said […]

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July 15, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Don’t miss these massive Prime Day savings [Deals & Steals]

Amazon Prime Day 2019 has finally arrived. There are massive savings on more then 1 million products that you won’t want to miss — including some terrific deals on tech. And we can help you find the biggest and best. Highlights of the day so far include Apple Watch Series 3 for as little as […]

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

Draft law would ban tech giants from financial services, but Apple Card seems safe

Draft legislation from the House Financial Services Committee would ban tech giants from offering financial services or issuing digital currencies …

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July 15, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Apple stops selling cheaper iPhones in India

Apple has stopped selling its cheaper iPhones in India, driving up the price of an “entry-level” iPhone in the process. A new report notes that Apple has stopped selling the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 6s Plus. This is part of a change of strategy on Apple’s party. A report from the Economic […]

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July 15, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.6 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth macOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta and two months after the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which brought AirPlay 2 support for third-party TVs.

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


There were no new features or significant changes discovered in the first four betas of macOS Mojave 10.14.6, which indicates it likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't able to be addressed in the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update.

If new features are found in the fifth beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6, we'll update this post with details.

macOS Mojave 10.14.6 is likely to be one of the last updates to the macOS Mojave operating system as Apple will soon transition to work on macOS Catalina, announced at WWDC.

Related Roundup: macOS Mojave

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July 15, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

Twitter Starts Rolling Out Updated Website With New Design

Twitter today announced the launch of a new Twitter.com experience on the desktop, which includes several new features and design changes.

The Twitter website on desktop has a whole new look that's cleaner and more modern, along with support for bookmarks so you can save tweets plus an easily accessible Explore page for getting a quick look at what's trending. Design wise, it's similar to the Twitter for mobile experience.


Account switching can be done using the side navigation bar, which is an easier way to manage multiple accounts. The new Dim and Dark Mode Lights Out themes have been added, and there are other new color options to personalize your profile.


Conversations are easier to follow thanks to new conversation threading tools, and along with better access to bookmarks, the new web experience offers up quick access to lists and profile options.

On the Twitter.com website, some people will see an option to enable the new look now, and Twitter says it will be launching for everyone in the near future.
New features and a new look are launching soon. Bookmarks, account switching, dark mode, and so much more -- before long, you'll be able to see what's happening even faster.
Twitter has long been teasing its updated web experience, and Twitter for web users won't have to wait much longer to give it a try.

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July 15, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple Watch saves life of man stuck ‘hundreds of feet from shore’

The Apple Watch’s amazing life-saving abilities continues. This time, the beneficiary is a Chicago-based Apple Watch owner who used the device’s SOS Mode after being knocked off his jet ski. Phillip Esho was “hundreds of feet from shore” in Lake Michigan when he was hit with a big wave. Having lost his phone, and being […]

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July 15, 2019, 8 a.m.

watchOS 6: How to record Voice Memos on Apple Watch

Apple is bringing its useful Voice Memos app from iOS and macOS to Apple Watch with watchOS 6. Read on below for how to make use of the handy new feature on your wearable.

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July 15, 2019, 7:36 a.m.

Airmail Users Frustrated About Sudden Switch to Subscription-Based Pricing on iPhone and iPad

Airmail users awoke today to find out that the popular email app has switched to a subscription-based pricing model on the iPhone and iPad.


Airmail for iOS is now free to download on the App Store, but push notifications and multi-account support have become premium features priced at $2.99 per month or $9.99 per year in the United States. The app was previously available for a one-time, upfront cost of $4.99 with all features unlocked.

The app's release notes vaguely suggest that existing users will have a four-month grace period, but Airmail user Vito Meznaric told us that he is no longer receiving push notifications from the app starting today. Either way, it sounds like existing users will eventually have to subscribe to regain access to all features.

Unsurprisingly, many Airmail users have voiced their displeasure about this on Twitter and Reddit after already paying $4.99, especially since developer Bloop apparently failed to provide users with any advanced notice about the change.





At face value, the change appears to violate Apple's App Store Review Guidelines, which state "if you are changing your existing app to a subscription-based business model, you should not take away the primary functionality existing users have already paid for." We've reached out to Airmail and Apple for comment.

Airmail for iOS won an Apple Design Award at WWDC 2017. The app has a straightforward, minimalistic design with a single unified "All Inboxes" view for quick email management. If you swipe from the left, more options emerge, including access to folders for to-do lists, snoozed emails, and attachments.

In the meantime, other popular third-party email apps for iOS include Microsoft Outlook, Spark, Polymail, and Canary Mail.

Bloop also recently raised the price of Airmail for Mac from $9.99 to $26.99.

Update: In a statement provided to MacRumors, Airmail developer Leonardo Chiantini said the change was made due to "increasing backend service expenses" and argued that making push notifications a subscriber-only feature does not affect the app's core functionality.

Chiantini added that existing users will continue to have access to multiple email accounts. His full response follows:
Airmail for iOS is now free and new users can use the app with a single account and no push notifications.

Customers who purchased the app can still have access to multiple accounts but not push notifications which, is a side service of the app and is not preventing the use of the app's core functionality.

We do understand users frustration, the decision was made to keep the business sustainable as we face increasing backend service expenses.

Customers who purchased the app in the last 4 months will be granted a grace period of premium subscription up to 4 months (depending on the purchase date).
We'll update this post if we learn more.

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July 15, 2019, 4:28 a.m.

Fall 1989 Catalog for Steve Jobs' NeXT Company Uploaded to Archive.org

An interesting piece of technology history was highlighted by The Verge over the weekend that may be of interest to Apple users both young and old.

Amateur computer historian Kevin Savetz recently scanned the Fall 1989 issue of the NeXT catalog and uploaded the files to Archive.org. That makes the entire 138-page book available for perusal online, offering an intriguing glimpse into NeXT's software, user interface, peripherals, and more.


For those unfamiliar with the history, NeXT was the company that Steve Jobs founded in 1985 shortly after he was fired by Apple, along with a handful of co-workers. The company specialized in designing high-powered computer workstations for the higher education and business markets.

NeXT lasted until 1997, when Jobs was rehired at Apple. Apple purchased the company for $429 million (equivalent to $670 million in 2018) and 1.5 million shares of Apple stock.



Estimates suggest NeXT shipped about 50,000 computers in total, so sales were limited. However, the legacy of the NeXTSTEP OS and development environment proved to be highly influential, and eventually became the basis for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.


Savetz told The Verge that the catalog was "part of a large lot of old computers that I bought from a local computer refurb/recycling organization. I had never seen a catalog like it, and couldn’t find much reference to it online, so it was an easy choice to scan it."


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July 14, 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Fuse Chicken Universal charger with battery takes on the world [Review]

Anyone headed for Europe or Australia needs a way to charge their iPhone or MacBook, and the Fuse Chicken Universal is ready. Despite its ridiculous name, this is a serious international charger and 6700mAh battery. Even better, it can wirelessly power up your iPhone. We went on the road with this handy charger. Here’s what […]

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July 14, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best kindness, productivity and video-wrangling apps of the week

This week we embed YouTube videos in music apps, do kind deeds with the Awesome social network, and never search for files again on the Mac with Hook.

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July 14, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Prime Day 2019 Deal Hub: Apple, HomeKit gear, smart home tech, more [Updating]

Over at 9to5Toys we’re tracking all of the best Prime Day deals from Amazon’s 48-hour shopping event. A number of notable offers have already popped up ahead of Monday’s 3AM ET start time, and you can find all of them just below in our best Prime Day deals hub. Make sure you’re following along on Twitter so you don’t miss any of the best Lightning Deals as they come flowing in. You’ll find all of the best Prime Day deals below from Apple and many more.

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July 14, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Apple Watch user says Emergency SOS helped save him from drowning after jet ski accident

The Apple Watch is yet again being credited with helping someone contact emergency services when it otherwise would have been impossible. As detailed by WBMM, a Chicago man is crediting his Apple Watch with helping save him from drowning.

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July 14, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

iPhone 6 reportedly catches fire in girl’s hand

An iPhone 6 reportedly burst into flames while it was being held by an 11-year-old California girl. Apple is replacing the iPhone and asked for the device, likely so it can diagnose what went so wrong. “I had my phone in my hand and then I saw sparks flying everywhere and I just threw it […]

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July 14, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Revolutionary MP3 format gets its name

July 14, 1995: The MP3 file format receives its official name as the new .bit file extension gets changed to .mp3. The technology allows compression of a standard CD .wav file to one-tenth its original size, courtesy of some smart algorithms. The format will revolutionize the music industry — and put Apple on the road to […]

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July 14, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

This week’s top stories: New MacBook Pro + MacBook Air, Back to School Beats deal, more

In this week’s top stories: Apple launches a new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the death of the 12-inch MacBook, Apple’s Back to School deals, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest stories.

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July 14, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

France passes digital tax on Apple despite investigation from United States

Several days ago, the United States announced that it would investigate France’s proposed “digital tax” to determine whether it unfairly targets U.S. companies. Despite that threat, however, the French government has approved the tax and is moving forward with it.

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July 14, 2019, 2 p.m.

Should Apple make a Books e-ink reader to take on Amazon’s Kindle?

I’ve been a big fan of the Amazon ecosystem for ebooks and audiobooks for a number of years. I’ve had an Audible subscription off and on since 2008, and I’ve been using some version of a Kindle Paperwhite for the past few years. I actually just pre-ordered the new Kindle Oasis. I’ll be doing a review of it on 9to5Toys in early August. Despite Apple’s attempts with the Apple Books redesign, the Kindle and Audible ecosystem is still the best place to be for book lovers. I’d love to see Apple compete against Amazon with an Apple Book reader.

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July 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

New Macs smackdown! [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 304]

Apple just radically simplified its laptop lineup, rolling out great updates to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (and killing two models). Now the big question is, which Apple laptop is right for you? Here’s our buyer’s guide to the new MacBooks. Find out what makes these new machines so enticing and different in this […]

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July 13, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

11-year-old California girl says her iPhone 6 exploded, Apple investigating

An 11-year-old girl from California claims that her iPhone 6 recently caught fire. Kayla Ramos says that she was holding her iPhone in her hand when she saw sparks and threw the device across the room.

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

Apple Park valued at over $4 billion, making it one of the world’s most expensive buildings

Apple’s futuristic spaceship campus in Cupertino has been valued at over $4 billion, according to the Santa Clara County assessor. This valuation comes as Apple has pushed back against property valuations in the past in an effort to avoid property tax.

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July 13, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Nike+iPod brings fitness tracking to your pocket

July 13, 2006: Apple releases its first activity tracker, the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, which combines Cupertino’s popular music player with a smart pedometer. The product marks Apple’s first step toward the kind of mobile health-tracking initiatives it will investigate in the following decade — most notably through its iOS Health app and the Apple Watch. The […]

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July 13, 2019, 3:10 p.m.

Jewel Changi Airport Photo Walk launches second Apple Store in Singapore

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Waiting in line for Apple Store grand openings has been a fun tradition for enthusiastic fans since the very first countdown in 2001. There’s still something special about being one of the first in the line, but the most recent store openings have been largely defined by their unique opening day Today at Apple performances and events. At the grand opening of Apple Jewel Changi Airport today in Singapore, early customers celebrated the day with the first public Photo Walk exclusive to the new location.

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

Price drops on wireless chargers, meditation apps and more [Deals]

The Cult of Mac Store is always a place to find deals on gear and apps. But some deals are better than others, like these price drops on AirPods and iTunes alternatives, meditation apps and a three-in-one wireless charging pad. Most are discounted by 75% or more! AirSounds True Wireless Earbuds – 75% off Apple’s […]

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July 13, 2019, 2 p.m.

Apple @ Work: When to deploy macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13

A common discussion this summer in the email lists and LinkedIn groups I am in is about the iOS and macOS betas. People who manage iOS and macOS devices have to be aware of what’s happening with beta developments during the summer as we prepare to verify compatibility with printers, external devices, and applications (local and cloud). While I don’t start with this process with beta 1, I will usually begin my “official” testing around the time of the public betas. I’ve been managing macOS and iOS for almost a decade, so I’ve learned a little bit about the process along the way. When you are deploying macOS and iOS on an enterprise level, here are my tips on when to deploy macOS Catalina and iOS 13 (including iPadOS 13). more…

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July 13, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: New MacBook Air and Base 13" MacBook Pro, MacBook Discontinued, iPad and AirPods Rumors

It was another big week for Apple news this week, with Apple launching its annual Back to School promotion and taking the opportunity to update some of its lower-end Mac notebook lineup. The refresh saw a lower price and a minor update for the MacBook Air, an updated entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the discontinuation of the 12-inch MacBook. The moves help streamline Apple's notebook lineup while also providing a bit more differentiation for customers.

Other news included rumors about new iPhones, iPads, and AirPods, the release of a new iOS 13 public beta, and a significant issue with the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch. Read on for all of the details on the week's top stories.

Apple Launches 2019 MacBook Air and New Entry-Level 13" MacBook Pro With Touch Bar and Touch ID


Apple this week launched its annual Back to School promotion, offering free Beats headphones with the purchase of select new Mac or iPad models to qualifying students and educators for a limited time.


As part of its back-to-school announcement, Apple also introduced a new MacBook Air with a True Tone display and a lower $1,099 starting price, as well as a new $1,299 entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with faster 8th-generation Intel Core processors, a Touch Bar, Touch ID, and more.

Both the new MacBook Air and base 13-inch MacBook Pro have the same butterfly keyboards as higher-end 2019 MacBook Pro models, including an "updated material" for improved reliability. Early benchmarks show some nice speed gains for the new MacBook Pro, while iFixit performed one of its traditional teardowns to see what's inside.

Apple has also dropped the prices of several high-end storage upgrade options across the Mac lineup.

Apple Discontinues 12-Inch MacBook


In addition to refreshing the MacBook Air and lower-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple quietly discontinued its ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook.


Introduced in March 2015, the 12-inch MacBook had not been updated since June 2017. Over time, it became increasingly unclear whether the notebook had a future in Apple's product lineup, especially after the MacBook Air was overhauled last year with a similar design.

Apple also no longer sells a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar to the disappointment of those who prefer a physical Esc key.

Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch Due to Eavesdropping Vulnerability


Apple has abruptly disabled the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch due to a bug that could allow users to eavesdrop on others.


Apple said it had just become aware of the vulnerability and immediately disabled the app while it works on a fix as quickly as possible. Apple is not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer.

The issue is reminiscent of a serious Group FaceTime bug discovered early this year that could allow callers to hear the recipient's audio without the call being accepted. At least in this case, Apple has taken quicker action.

Four New iPhone Models Expected in 2020, Possibly One With Full-Screen Touch ID and No Notch


We're likely just two months away from a trio of new iPhones for 2019, but rumors are already looking ahead to 2020 and even 2021.


A new JPMorgan report predicts four new iPhones next year, including higher-end 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch models and a new lower-end model without 5G support or an OLED display.

Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has hinted at 2020 iPhones having slimmer notches as well, while a sketchier rumor out of China suggests that both the notch and Face ID could be completely removed on at least one 2020 iPhone, and on all new iPhones by 2021 -- full-screen Touch ID instead?

We did get a few 2019 iPhone rumors this week, including leaked logic board photos and another report of 3D Touch going away.

Apple Registers Five New iPad Models Running iPadOS in Eurasian Database


New iPads could be on the horizon, based on Apple regulatory filings uncovered in the Eurasian Economic Commission database this week.


A recent rumor suggested that mass production of a new 10.2-inch iPad was set to begin this month, so a launch could be near. The 10.2-inch model is expected to replace the low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.

Looking ahead, there are rumors of two new iPad Pro models entering mass production between late 2019 and early 2020, while a sketchier rumor calls for a foldable iPad with 5G support by as early as next year.

Apple Releases Second Public Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS


This week has seen a wave of software updates, including the second public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS and a revised third developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS.


There's also a sixth and hopefully final beta of iOS 12.4. This update is widely expected to include support for the Apple Card, which will likely launch soon. Finally, Apple released new developer betas of macOS 10.14.6 and watchOS 5.3, which should publicly launch alongside iOS 12.4.

AirPods 3 With Water Resistance Expected to Launch Later This Year


Apple will release third-generation AirPods with water resistance and possibly a new design in late 2019, a fresh rumor suggested this week. Other reports say they will also feature noise cancelation.


Earlier this year, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said two new AirPods models will likely enter mass production between late 2019 and early 2020, with one featuring an "all-new form factor design" — and a higher price.

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July 13, 2019, 12:02 a.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 12, 2019 – Q2 Mac shipments, Apple’s big TV budget

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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July 12, 2019, 11:33 p.m.

MLB stadium installs vending machines with portable iPhone chargers

You’re at Citi Field watching the New York Mets struggle. To make matters worse, you can’t distract yourself with your iPhone because the battery’s dead. Fortunately, the Mets this season can solve one of those problems. Citi Field in May installed vending machines that dispense mobile phone chargers for a fee cheaper than a beer […]

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July 12, 2019, 11:08 p.m.

Want to keep playing Fortnite on mobile? Don’t install iOS 13

If you want to continue to enjoy Fortnite on your iPhone and iPad, you should avoid upgrading to iOS 13 and iPadOS for now. Epic Games has warned users that there are “stability concerns” with Apple’s latest betas. Installing them early could mean that you’re no longer able to play the its battle royale game. […]

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July 12, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Hulu 4K streaming comes back to Apple TV

The latest Apple TV is one of just two devices that can stream Hulu programming in 4K. Still, until recently there were none. Watching Hulu shows in Ultra HD is a feature that was removed last year, but now it’s back for a very limited selection of shows and players, including one of Apple’s. Limited […]

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July 12, 2019, 9:59 p.m.

Hands-on: HyperCube automatically backs up your iPhone to USB or microSD storage

HyperCube is a brand new product from Sanho’s Hyper brand that automatically backs up your iPhone to microSD or USB storage while you charge. The product is available now for a 40% off special preorder price for a limited time ahead of a launch scheduled for next month. more…

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July 12, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Facebook smacked with record $5 billion fine by FTC over privacy violations

Reported by The Wall Street Journal this afternoon, sources have shared that the FTC has approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook over privacy violations that will end its probe into the company that started over a year ago.

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July 12, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Sony’s new USB-C hub boasts world’s fastest SD card reader

Taking aim at professional photographers, Sony Electronics unveiled a USB hub that includes readers for UHS-II SD and microSD cards. There are plenty of hubs that can access memory cards, but the MRW-S3 is faster than any of them. Sony’s hub also has an HDMI port, plus high-speed USB-A and USB-C ports. The Sony MRW-S3 […]

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July 12, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Apple software manager talks enterprise changes in iOS 13 and more in podcast interview

In the latest episode of the Mac Admins Podcast, Jeremy Butcher, Apple’s product marketing manager for enterprise and education software goes in-depth on the new and important changes coming with iOS 13 and macOS Catalina from an enterprise perspective.

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July 12, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Hulu brings back 4K streaming, works on Chromecast Ultra & Apple TV

Hulu is one of the biggest streaming platforms out there today, but it lacks the 4K content that its competitors in Netflix and Prime Video have in huge quantity. This week, Hulu quietly revealed that 4K streaming is back after it was previously removed, and it works on Chromecast and Apple TV.

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

How to get free McDonald’s fries using your iPhone

Tomorrow is National French Fry Day and McDonald’s is celebrating by giving away these golden delicious treats every Friday for the rest of July. The fast-food chain has partnered with Apple Pay on this promotion so you’ll need to make the purchase with your iPhone. The process is just a bit more complex than just […]

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July 12, 2019, 7 p.m.

Yes, you can unlock the iPhone with a folio cover. Here’s how.

How to unlock the iPhone with a folio cover, and a history of unlocking and authentication on iPhones and iPads.

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July 12, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Harry Potter actress joins new Apple comedy series

Tim Cook’s home state might become the backdrop of one of Apple’s new TV shows for 2020. Or at least, it’s lending its name to it. In its first comedy co-production with the BBC, Apple has tapped Imelda Staunton to star in a new eight-part series that will also feature Darren Boyd and Phil Davis […]

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July 12, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Amazon Prime Video app finally adds Chromecast support

Apple fans are no longer caught in a long-running tiff between Amazon and Google. The Amazon Prime Video iOS app has been updated with support for Google’s inexpensive Chromecast player. Of course, there is already a version of this software for Apple TV, but some people prefer Chromecast for its lower price: Google’s streaming player […]

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July 12, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Powerbeats Pro go up for preorder in a bunch of new countries

Apple’s newest Powerbeats Pro headphones are now available to preorder in a bunch of new countries. Fans in Hong Kong, Japan, Spain, and more can claim their buds today. Powerbeats Pro are the best alternative to AirPods if you need headphones for working out. They boast Apple’s newest H1 chip for hands-free “Hey Siri” and […]

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July 12, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Sony announces USB-C hub with UHS-II SD and microSD card reader, 100W power delivery, more

Sony has unveiled a new USB-C hub today aimed at professional photographers and videographers that features a UHS-II SD and microSD card reader to support the fastest possible transfers. The hub also features HDMI, USB-A, as well as power delivery up to 100W.

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July 12, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Friday deals: MacBook Pro from $1,230, Pad & Quill up to 65% off, and Samsung storage

Woot discounts MacBook Pro to $1,230 in a new 1-day sale, plus Pad & Quill launches new sitewide discounts, and you can grab 512GB worth of Samsung EVO microSD storage for $89. Hit the jump for more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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July 12, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

New MacBook Pro teardown reveals surprising internal tweaks

iFixit just got its hands on Apple’s newest 13-inch MacBook Pro, which can only mean one thing: It’s time to take a look at what’s inside its svelte aluminum shell. The new model ships with a Touch Bar, Touch ID, and the Apple T2 Security Chip as standard. It also boasts newer Intel chips that […]

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July 12, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 12, 2019 – Q2 Mac shipments, Apple’s big TV budget

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

9to5Mac Happy Hour 233: Apple shakes up the MacBook line, iOS 13 beta 3 and iPad rumors

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss reporting that followed Jony Ive’s Apple exit, changes in beta 3 versions of iOS/iPadOS/macOS/tvOS/watchOS, Apple’s Texas Hold’Em 2.0 game, Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, the death of the 12-inch MacBook, 10.2-inch iPad rumors, and much more.

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July 12, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

2019 13-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals soldered-down SSD, slightly larger battery, modular ports

iFixit has gotten its hands on the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro that was released this week, giving a detailed look at the changes under the hood. The base 13-inch Pro has a marginally larger battery, modular ports, but now has a soldered-down SSD. The teardown also checks out the notebook’s keyboard and more.

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July 12, 2019, 3:12 p.m.

Amazon’s next Echo could challenge HomePod on audio quality

Amazon’s Echo is annihilating Apple’s HomePod when it comes to smart speaker sales. But Jeff Bezos’ retail giant clearly knows a great idea when it sees one. According to a new report, Amazon is developing a new Echo device that will measure up more favorably to Apple’s audiophile HomePod. The new device will launch “by […]

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July 12, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

Huge deals on Mac mini and must-have home security [Deals & Steals]

Amazon is now offering an incredible deal on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro ahead of Prime Day. You can bag yours with the latest Echo Dot for just $169 — down from $298.99. But this discount won’t last long! Today’s Deals & Steals roundup includes some other massive savings on must-have smart tech. You can bag […]

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July 12, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

Struggling iPhone display maker secures massive bailout

Struggling Apple display maker Japan Display has successfully secured bailout funding of 80 billion yen ($738 million). The funding comes from a Chinese investment group Harvest Group and Hong-Kong based Oasis Management. It was previously reported that Apple would be part of this bailout package — to the tune of $100 million. Japan Display says […]

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July 12, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Rugged battery pack will fuel your craziest adventures for days [Deals]

Traveling with friends means lots of power needs, and the risk of drops and dings. But with this one uber tough, super high capacity battery pack, you can keep all your devices running for the long haul. The SuperTank lives up to its name, a chunky battery pack that sports 9 layers of safety protection. […]

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July 12, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

City of Vancouver approves contested Pacific Centre Apple Store development

Plans to construct Canada’s most impressive Apple Store have cleared a major roadblock that previously put the entire project in jeopardy. Following a round of revisions, the City of Vancouver’s Development Permit Board unanimously approved a major redevelopment at the Pacific Centre shopping mall, according to Business in Vancouver.

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July 12, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

Big Mac updates! This week on, The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Big Mac updates! Apple just updated the MacBook Air, dropped the price, and supercharged the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Plus: a new report says Apple will finally update the butterfly keyboard with a design we were all hoping for. And we wrap with a true story that could save you thousands: […]

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July 12, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Struggling iPhone display maker secures massive bailout

Struggling Apple display maker Japan Display has successfully secured bailout funding of 80 billion yen ($738 million). The funding comes from a Chinese investment group Harvest Group and Hong-Kong based Oasis Management. It was previously reported that Apple would be part of this bailout package — to the tune of $100 million. Japan Display says […]

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July 12, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: ‘Antennagate’ scandal hits its peak

July 12, 2010: The iPhone 4 suffers a major blow when respected trade publication Consumer Reports says it can’t, in good faith, recommend the new Apple smartphone. The reason the magazine refuses to give its vaunted “recommended” label to the previously top-ranked device? A little Apple scandal called “Antennagate.” Consumer Reports turns its back on […]

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July 12, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Powerbeats Pro now available to order in Spain, Japan, Sweden and more countries

Apple has opened the floodgates for a lot more regions to order the Powerbeats Pro truly-wireless earphones. The Powerbeats Pro can now be ordered from the Apple Store in Japan, Spain, Sweden and several more countries across Europe.

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July 12, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Report: Amazon working on new Echo speaker to directly compete against HomePod and Sonos

According to Bloomberg, Amazon is working on a new addition to the Amazon Echo smart speaker lineup to more directly compete against Apple’s HomePod and Sonos speakers in terms of sound quality.

The new model is purportedly set to release “by next year” and current prototypes feature at least four internal tweeters. The HomePod cylinder contains seven beam-forming tweeters. The current Echo lineup will also “receive minor updates this fall”, according to the publication.

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July 12, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Tesla wants Apple’s help in solving IP theft

Tesla and Apple have previously engaged in a sort of cold war over next-gen car technologies. However, Elon Musk’s automotive company is now seeking help from Apple — to catch a suspected thief. The issue involves a lawsuit put forward by Tesla against a former employee, who jumped ship to a Chinese rival while in […]

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July 12, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

The new 1.4 GHz entry-level MacBook Pro is probably faster than you would expect

The newly-announced $1299 MacBook Pro adds Touch ID, Touch Bar, and the latest 8th-gen Intel CPUs. At first glance, the CPU may seem a bit paltry given its 1.4 GHz base clock spec.

However, it turns out that this machine is probably faster than you’d think and compares quite favourably given its entry-level price point in the MacBook Pro lineup.

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July 12, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Minecraft Earth beta kicks off soon — sign up today

The first closed beta test for Minecraft Earth will begin this month — just weeks after its first unveiling at WWDC. You can sign up for early access to the game today. A new beta trailer gives us a sneak peek of what to expect during the test. Minecraft Earth makes everyone’s favorite crafting game […]

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July 12, 2019, 11 a.m.

Apple Park is one of Earth’s most valuable buildings

Apple Park is one of the most impressive corporate headquarters in the world — and that don’t come cheap. In fact, it’s one of the most valuable buildings on Earth. A recent assessment for property tax by Santa Clara County lists Apple’s circular HQ at $3.6 billion. This is based on a detailed appraisal of […]

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July 12, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple’s See TV show cost the same as Game of Thrones

See might be the most intriguing original TV show Apple is making, but that comes at a price. According to a new article on TV shows with budgets comparable to big budget movies, Apple is spending $15 million an episode on the show. With 10x 60-minute episodes in the season, that means that See‘s total […]

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July 12, 2019, 8:02 a.m.

Deals: AirPods With Wireless Charging Case for $179, iPad Smart Covers for Just $11, and More

There are a few deals going on as we head into the weekend, including an ongoing discount on the latest AirPods update, a sitewide discount on Pad & Quill, and deep discounts on Apple's iPad Smart Covers.

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case


Amazon has further discounted the new AirPods With Wireless Charging Case, now priced at $179.00, down from $199.00. This is a solid $20 discount on the normal price of the most expensive AirPods, which Apple just updated earlier this year with all-new "Hey Siri" and wireless charging features.

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Furthermore, you can get the AirPods With Charging Case for $144.99, down from $159.00 on Amazon. We routinely track the best deals on AirPods in this guide, so be sure to bookmark it and check it often if you're shopping around for the AirPods.

Pad & Quill


Accessory maker Pad & Quill is offering shoppers a chance to save 15 percent sitewide when using the code SUMMER15. Pad & Quill sells a variety of leather-bound Apple accessories, including iPad cases, MacBook cases, iPhone cases, and bands for the Apple Watch.


You can also browse the retailer's high-end bag line, including briefcases, messenger bags, travel organizers, laptop bags, and more. Head to Pad & Quill now to browse the site and use the code SUMMER15 soon to save 15 percent on your order.

iPad Smart Covers


Target is offering notable discounts on Apple's Smart Covers for the 9.7-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Pro or iPad Air. You can get the 9.7-inch Smart Cover for $10.49 in Charcoal Gray, down from around $40.


The 10.5-inch Smart Cover is available for $11.84 in Charcoal Gray, down from around $50. These are some of the lowest prices we've seen on Apple's official Smart Covers, so head to Target to check out the accessories soon if you're interested.

More sales and discounts can be found in our full Deals Roundup.

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July 12, 2019, 8 a.m.

watchOS 6: How to delete built-in apps on Apple Watch

watchOS has allowed users to delete Apple Watch apps directly on the wearable, but only for third-party software. watchOS 6 is set to change that by giving the option to delete built-in apps right from Apple Watch.

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July 12, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

Apple Pay Users Can Get Free McDonald's Fries With Purchase Today

Apple and McDonald's have teamed up to offer free fries every Friday in July.


Today, and on July 19 and July 26, customers can use Apple Pay in the McDonald's app and get free medium fries with a minimum $1 purchase before taxes, excluding any dollar menu items. The promotion is limited to the United States.

This is just one of many Apple Pay promotions that have been offered in recent months.

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July 12, 2019, 6:28 a.m.

Hulu Introduces Support for 4K Streaming on Fifth-Generation Apple TV

Hulu today launched support for 4K streaming on the Apple TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra, after first removing 4K content from its service in the summer of 2018 (via The Streamable).


With the return of the feature, and its new availability on Apple TV 4K, Hulu subscribers can now watch Hulu Originals like The Handmaid's Tale, Castle Rock, and Catch-22 in 4K.

According to The Streamable, Hulu shows in 4K stream at 16 Mbps and only support SDR, lacking HDR or Dolby Vision. At this time only Hulu Originals are available in 4K, but the company has said that more shows will gain the 4K treatment in the future.

Hulu also introduced a new guide for its live TV streaming service Hulu With Live TV (via Engadget). The new guide offers an extended look at what's coming up on every channel in the next two weeks, including which episodes are new and how long they last.

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Earlier this year, Disney gained full operational control of Hulu in the wake of a deal made with Comcast. Disney has previously said that it plans to keep Hulu as it is and focus its own properties on the Disney+ streaming service. According to CEO Bob Iger, Disney's full ownership of Hulu will create an "even more compelling" service.

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July 12, 2019, 4 a.m.

Amazon Reportedly Developing Echo With Better Sound Quality to Rival Apple HomePod and Other Speakers

Amazon is developing a higher-quality version of its popular Echo smart speaker, according to a new report today by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Prototypes of the cylindrical speaker are wider than the current Echo to squeeze in additional components including at least four tweeters, said the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter.
The speaker is reportedly being developed to include improved audio to rival Apple's HomePod and other competing speakers on the market. According to Gurman, the Echo has lost some ground to more premium smart speakers that are marketed as offering superior sound.
The Echo, which went on sale in 2015, will grab 63% of the U.S. market this year, according to EMarketer. But it has lost some ground to the Sonos One, Apple Inc. HomePod and Google Home Max -- all of which claim to deliver superior audio. Google now has 31% of the market, while the rest have a combined 12%. The HomePod isn't selling as well as Apple expected, and the company recently dropped the price.
The development of a higher-quality Echo marks a new phase in Amazon's attempt to gain ground in the smart speaker segment. The company has previously introduced halfway-house solutions to improve the audio of the existing cylindrical Echo by offering a standalone subwoofer and connections to link the speakers to a hi-fi stereo system. The Echo range will also receive minor updates this fall, people familiar with the plans told Bloomberg.

Amazon also reportedly plans to launch a hi-fidelity version of its music streaming service by the end of the year.

In addition, Gurman's report includes details on Amazon's effort to ramp up work on its home robot, which has wheels and can be controlled by Alexa voice commands.

People familiar with the project have reportedly described prototypes that are about waist-high and navigate with the help of an array of computer-vision cameras, but it still isn't clear what purpose the robot would serve.

Amazon originally intended to reveal the robot, known internally as "Vesta," as early as this year, but the machine isn't quite ready for mass production, according to the report.

Related Roundup: HomePod
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July 12, 2019, 3:32 a.m.

Lightning-to-Ethernet Cables and Lightning to USB-C Audio Adapters Added to Apple's MFi Program

Apple will soon allow hardware developers to manufacture additional Made for iPhone (MFi) certified adapters including USB-C to Lightning audio adapters, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara. Apple is said to have recently informed developers who participate in the MFi program about the change.


MFi program members were informed of the changes in Apple's "MFi Accessory Interface Specifications Release R31," which specifies support for new adapter types compatible with iOS devices.

Apple is designating an MFi certification for Lightning to USB-C audio adapters, such as the one
Anker announced in May, designed for Macs with USB-C ports and the new iPad Pro. The adapter allows Lightning headphones to be plugged into a USB-C port.

Also among the additions are Lightning-to-Ethernet adapters, of which Belkin's Ethernet + Power Adapter with Lightning Connector is the only currently MFi-approved accessory available to buy on Apple's online store.

The Belkin cable offers both Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Lightning ports, allowing users to connect to a secure network while continuing to charge their iOS device. The PoE compatibility also provides an additional way to connect and charge simultaneously with a single cable.

According to the report, Apple's latest Lightning-to-Ethernet adapter specification includes the Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Controller "Realtek RLT8111EPU".

As a result of the new specifications, additional third-party options for USB-C to Lightning audio adapters and Lightning-to-Ethernet cables are expected to appear on the market.


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July 12, 2019, 2:02 a.m.

WSJ: Apple spent $15M per episode on its upcoming ‘See’ drama for Apple TV+

We’re several months away from the launch of Apple TV+, Apple’s home for original TV and movies. A new report from The Wall Street Journal today takes a broader look at the expanding production budgets of streaming TV services.

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July 12, 2019, 1:30 a.m.

Dive into a vast library of books, audiobooks and more, straight from your iPhone [Deals]

Disappearing DVD collections are just one example of how streaming content is transforming our home libraries. So it seems only natural that an online subscription service will replace the books and magazines that take up shelf space. Scribd is a massive online, subscription-based library of all sorts of content: books, audiobooks, magazine and newspaper articles […]

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July 12, 2019, 1:24 a.m.

IDC estimates Mac shipments were up 10% in Q2, but Gartner says otherwise

Both Gartner and IDC have today released their respective reports on the PC industry during the second quarter of 2019. The two, however, paint different pictures of the industry as a whole, as well as Mac shipments.

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July 11, 2019, 11:32 p.m.

India might steal iPhone production from China

Apple is reportedly significantly increasing iPhone production in India. Rather than just making low-end handsets, the latest top-tier models will be manufactured and sold there. These will be less expensive than imported units and might improve Apple’s sales in this huge potential market. Wistron has long made iPhone 7, 6S and SE units in India, […]

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

Latest Apple Pay promotion offers free fries at McDonald’s all month

Apple today has kicked off its latest Apple Pay promotion. This time, users can secure a free order of french fries from McDonald’s when using Apple Pay all month long.

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July 11, 2019, 11:09 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 11, 2019 – Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie, iPhone rumors

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

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

Intel chip shortages put a crimp in Mac sales

Intel continues to struggle to provide enough processors to meet demand from PC makers, and one of the victims was Apple. This is likely the cause for a slight drop in Mac shipments during the second quarter of this year. Intel’s problem is Apple’s headache Intel’s difficulties making enough processors is hurting smaller computer makers […]

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July 11, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

Original Apple-1 manual sells for almost $13,000

Bidding was apparently hot and heavy for a computer manual for the Apple-1, this company’s very first computer. In a multi-day online auction for this rare bit of tech history, the top bid was under $10,000 only a few days ago but in the end the document sold for $12,956. High auction totals for early […]

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July 11, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Why it’s a great time to upgrade your aging MacBook

Apple might not be selling the 12-inch MacBook anymore, but it’s still a terrific ultraportable — and prices are falling fast. You can also find some stellar discounts on the MacBook Pro. It’s a great time to upgrade, then. And Cult of Mac can help you snag your new machine for even less. Here’s how. We’ve […]

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

Real humans listen to what you say to Google Assistant

When you talk to a Google Home smart speaker, you might have an unsuspected eavesdropper. The company admitted today that it uses humans to review a small percentage of voice interactions. This is true for all types of voice-control systems, like Amazon Alexa and even Siri. But Apple’s system has some crucial differences. Someone is […]

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July 11, 2019, 9 p.m.

Hook creates smart connections between documents on Mac

Hook lets you create links between your documents, so you can find related stuff just by popping up a quick panel. It really is insanely useful.

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July 11, 2019, 8:19 p.m.

You’re not alone, Twitter is down and no one can tweet

Twitter is down this afternoon and it looks like most users can’t tweet or view their feeds for the time being. Those experiencing issues are having trouble loading the website as well as mobile apps and third-party clients not functioning.

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July 11, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Comment: Apple’s $999 MacBook Air and Beats education deal is the most compelling in years

Earlier this week, Apple announced this year’s rendition of its annual Back to School promotion. 2019’s student-focused offer delivers a free pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of iPad Air, iPad Pro, and any Mac.

Apple’s roots in education have been well-documented, but over the years its Back to School deals have lost some luster as it has gone through a series of changes. Missteps along the way, the exclusion of gift cards in favor of headphones, and more have caused Apple to miss the mark on one of its most popular first-party promotions.

Launching the 2019 Back to School sale in combination with refreshed MacBook hardware has turned that all around. Here’s why…

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July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

Belkin expands USB-C and Lightning lineup with durable nylon cables, up to 10-ft lengths

Belkin is out today with a line of new Lightning and USB-C cables. The new Boost Up Charge cables include a USB-C to Lightning version, USB-A to Lightning, and more. The company highlights durability and style as key features of the braided nylon cables that include integrated leather cable management.

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July 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

2019 MacBook Air vs.MacBook Pro: Which is right for you?

Confused by Apple's MacBook lineup? Don't be. This guide will help you pick the best MacBook Pro or MacBook Air for you.

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July 11, 2019, 6:59 p.m.

AirPod is crucial component of robot umpire

Robot umpires have finally arrived in baseball’s minor leagues and Apple’s technology is making it all possible. The Atlantic League, an independent league mostly based on the East Coast, recently became the first professional baseball league to use a computer to call balls and strikes. A human umpire still stands behind home plate, but the […]

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July 11, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Dig your claws into elaborate Ookla Speedtest easter egg

Speedtest is a useful iOS application that shows users how fast their network connection is. Its latest update is more about fun than Internet speeds, though. It’s a humorous homage to the company’s namesake, Ookla the cat. Although Ookla has long-since passed on, his reputation lives. A hidden series of screens tells of the days […]

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July 11, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Alexa hardware helping Amazon Music outpace Apple Music growth, but Apple remains ahead

A new report from The Financial Times today details that Amazon Music Unlimited has become the fastest growing music streaming service, outpacing both Spotify and Apple Music. This comes after Apple VP Eddy Cue recently confirmed that Apple Music had hit 60 million subscribers.

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July 11, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

Newest 13-inch MacBook Pro brings unbelievable speed boost

Apple promised its newest 13-inch MacBook Pro would deliver faster performance than the previous model. But we weren’t expecting to be up to 83% faster! That’s the kind of speed increase you’re getting with the latest model, according to early benchmarks. It gives existing owners a massive reason to upgrade — even if they have no […]

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July 11, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

‘Sign in with Apple’ might not be silver bullet for privacy

iOS 13’s “Sign in with Apple” is a privacy-centric method for signing into third-party apps and services, but an executive from a company specializing in collecting data about consumers predicts it won‘t cripple his business. ‘Sign in with Apple’ offers multiple, unique IDs Apple’s new privacy feature, coming in iOS 13, prevents third-party apps and web […]

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July 11, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Everyone is sleeping on Amazon Music Unlimited

Spotify and Apple Music are facing increasingly tougher competition from Amazon when it comes to adding new paid subscribers to their services. Amazon Music Unlimited was the fastest-growing music service over the last year according to new data that shows its subscriber base grew by 70%, even though it launched a year after Apple Music. […]

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July 11, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Popular Speedtest iOS app hides an epic Easter egg behind this gesture

Ookla’s popular Speedtest iOS app has included fun Easter eggs in the past, and the app currently has quite the epic one hidden right now. The latest surprise continues the legend of Lord Ookla which can be found behind a simple gesture.

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July 11, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Sonos AirPlay lineup hits all-time low pricing, official Apple Watch Bands 50% off, more in today’s deals

One of the best Sonos sales ever highlights today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break, along with rare deals on official Apple Watch bands and the annual pre-Prime Day Anker event at Amazon. Hit the jump for more.

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July 11, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

No, Apple hasn’t canceled its AR glasses project

Production of Apple’s upcoming augmented reality has supposedly been “terminated” according to one of the worst sources of Apple rumors on the internet. A number of websites have taken Digitime’s dubious report of the canceled Apple Glasses as fact, but after digging into iOS 13’s assets, one of the best Apple sleuths in the world […]

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

What happens when an AirPod gets lost in the NYC subway station? [Video]

We often hear about Apple products used as lifelines in remarkable ways, but rarely do we see customers go out of their way to rescue their devices. The tables turned this week when Ashley Mayer saved her lost AirPod from a grim fate in the dark depths of the New York City subway station.

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July 11, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Octopus transit cards coming to Apple Pay in Hong Kong

Apple fans in Hong Kong will soon be able to add their Octopus transit cards to Apple Pay. Support is “coming soon,” Octopus Cards Limited confirmed this week. It will allow you to use your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay for journeys and more with your transit card. References to Octopus card support have […]

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July 11, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Save $480 on iPad, enjoy unlimited music for $0.99 [Deals & Steals]

B&H Photo has slashed up to $480 off the 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro. You can get yours with 512GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity for just $749 — down from $1,149. Or, opt for the same model with LTE for just $799 — down from $1,279. That’s just one of the amazing offers you’ll find […]

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

Score 9 Mac apps, including CrossOver and CleanMyMac, at a huge discount [Deals]

Macs are mighty productivity machines, but they’re only as useful as the apps you install. It can be hard to know where to start, so this massively discounted bundle of top-tier productivity apps offers an easy choice for any Mac user. Get the most out of your Mac with these discounted productivity apps (and one […]

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

Apple exporting its ‘Made in India’ iPhones to Europe

Apple has reportedly starting exporting some of its “Made in India” iPhones to Europe. This marks a leap forward in Apple’s plans to make India one of its manufacturing hubs. Previously, phones made locally were only sold in India. According to a new report, the phones being exported are iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models. […]

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July 11, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Five of the best under-the-radar features in iOS 13 [Video]

Features like Dark Mode, and improved multitasking made headlines when iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 were revealed back in June, and rightfully so. That said, I find that many of the smaller, under-the-radar features lend a measurable improvement to the user experience as well. Watch as I discuss my five favorite sleeper features in iOS 13 in this latest hands-on video walkthrough.
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July 11, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

AirPod saved from subway suicide with makeshift sticky stick

This lucky AirPod will live to see another day.

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July 11, 2019, 2 p.m.

Jamf adds new iOS teacher tools ahead of 2019-2020 school year

Jamf, the popular mobile device management solution for Apple, is announcing some new features ahead of the 2019-2020 school year. Earlier this year, Jamf launched Jamf School along with new apps for parents and teachers with the aim to simplify the entire Apple experience from home to school.

Today, they have announced some new teacher and parent tools for Jamf School aimed at furthering that mission.

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

Candy Crush Saga drops its landmark 5,000th level

Having launched back in 2012, Candy Crush Saga is, believe it or not, one of the veterans of App Store gaming. And, boy, has it hit the milestone to prove it! This week, the game that’s known for having more levels than virtually every other game released its landmark 5,000th level. Candy Crush hit its […]

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July 11, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

Eve app updated with dark theme, new watering controls for Eve Aqua

The Eve app for HomeKit has today been updated with a new dark theme option (available to iOS 12 users only), in addition with a few new scheduling features for the HomeKit-compatible Eve Aqua.

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July 11, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 3G brings a big speed boost

July 11, 2008: The iPhone 3G goes on sale. Expectations for the smartphone sequel run high, and Apple delivers with the addition of GPS, 3G data and a higher-quality build. To make things even better, Apple’s second smartphone runs on a new mobile operating system. iPhone OS 2 introduces a better Mail app, turn-by-turn navigation and a little something […]

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July 11, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Tesla engineer admits uploading Autopilot source code to iCloud before leaving for competitor

Tesla is currently suing a former Autopilot engineer who they claim stole the source code of the autonomous driving system for a Chinese competitor, Xpeng.

Now the former employee has admitted to uploading the Autopilot source code to his iCloud at a suspicious time in his move to Xpeng, but he denies misconduct. more…

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July 11, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Hong Kong’s Octopus confirms Apple Pay support coming later this year for iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple Pay is finally coming to Hong Kong’s Octopus card system after rumors first surfaced last month that it would be part of iOS 13.

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July 11, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

iPhones made in India now being exported to European markets, not simply sold domestically

Representing a significant milestone, some Apple iPhones manufactured in India are now being exported to countries in Europe for sale, via The Economic Times.

Initially, Apple set up iPhone manufacturing in India to avoid import taxes and allow the company to be more price-competitive in the Indian smartphone market, which is seen as a potential growth opportunity over the next few years.

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July 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Sweeping glass facade of Apple Jewel Changi Airport unveiled in Singapore

Apple’s second store in Singapore opens on July 13th at the monumental Jewel Changi Airport. The new location marks an important expansion of Apple’s retail services for travelers and tourists passing through the region or visiting Singapore. Apple has previewed the store ahead of its opening and offered more details about what customers can expect.

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July 11, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

President Trump ‘concerned’ about French law targeting tech giants

President Donald Trump is stepping up to defend Apple. Well, kind of. The President has ordered an investigation into France’s planned tax on tech companies. This tax would likely hit major tech companies, including Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon. A representative for U.S. Trade said that it “unfairly targets” American companies. “The United States is […]

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July 11, 2019, 11:08 a.m.

This little adapter lets you use AirPods with almost anything

AirPods might just be the most convenient wireless headphones money can buy. But because they rely on Bluetooth, you can’t use them with everything. This little adapter from RHA hopes to change that. The Wireless Flight Adapter plugs into any 3.5mm headphone jack to make it wireless. It’ll work with in-flight entertainment systems — as […]

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July 11, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Apple Watch’s Walkie-Talkie app disabled over eavesdropping concerns

Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch after discovering a vulnerability. This allowed users to drop in on another person’s iPhone without their knowledge. The app will stay installed on devices, although it won’t work until Apple has issued a fix. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple apologized for the bug. “We were […]

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July 11, 2019, 9:35 a.m.

Belkin Launches New Collection of Durable Lightning, USB-A, and USB-C 'Boost Charge' Cables

Belkin today announced a new range of charging cables, called the Boost Charge made with DuraTek collection. The company said these cables were built with durability and strength in mind, and each one comes with a leather strap for organization.


There are four total cables in the collection: one Lightning to USB-A, one USB-C to USB-C, one USB-C to USB-A, and one USB-C to Lightning. Prices range from $24.99 to $34.99.

Each cable comes in two color options (white and black), while the USB-C to USB-C cable includes a pink color option. For the basic Lightning to USB-A cable, you can choose between 4ft, 6ft, and 10ft sizes.

The USB-C to Lightning cable supports fast charging on iPhone, which can charge up your iPhone 8 or later by up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. All the cables in the new range are touted as having a strengthened design that lasts 10 times longer than standard cables.

The new cables are available to purchase now on Belkin.com, but some of the cables haven't gone live for purchase yet. The Boost Charge cables will also be on Apple.com.

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July 11, 2019, 9:22 a.m.

Apple disables Walkie-Talkie due to exploit that could allow someone to secretly listen in without consent

Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie service on Apple Watch this morning, due to an unknown exploit that could have allowed a stranger to eavesdrop the Apple Watch microphone without consent.

Apple told TechCrunch it just became aware of the issue. The company says they do not believe any unscrupulous actor took advantage of the vulnerability.

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July 11, 2019, 9 a.m.

You can now search transcripts of every 2019 WWDC dev session

WWDC may be best known to casual Apple fans for its keynote speech, but it’s a whole educational week for devs. While the best way to experience the Developer’s Conference is to attend live, not everyone is able to. With that in mind, Apple has just made videos of all its 2019 instructional sessions available. […]

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July 11, 2019, 8:36 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Get the Official Apple Watch Sport Loop and Sport Band for $25 (50% Off)

Walmart has a new 50 percent discount on Apple's official Sport Loop and Sport Band for the Apple Watch, only in 44mm sizes. These accessories usually sell for $49.00, but you can get select colors for just $24.99 during Walmart's sale.

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As of writing, Sport Loop colors available include Hibiscus and Nectarine; Sport Band colors include Blue Horizon and Lavender Gray. As previously noted, the discounts today are focused on the 44mm sizes, which will fit both 42mm and 44mm Apple Watches.

Any Walmart orders over $35 qualify for free shipping, or you can opt for free in-store pickup. If you're on the hunt for more deals and bargains, be sure to head to our full Deals Roundup.

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July 11, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to use auto lock and unlock on iPhone with folio cases

Are you using your iPhone with a folio case and want to take advantage of the auto lock and unlock feature for a more seamless experience? Read on for how to make sure this feature is enabled on your iPhone.

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July 11, 2019, 5:40 a.m.

Apple Now Exporting Some iPhone 6s and 7 Models Made in India to Europe

Over two years after the first iPhone SE devices were assembled in India, Apple is now exporting some India-made iPhones to European markets. The news comes from three people aware of Apple's plans, who stated that iPhone assembler Wistron recently began exporting some iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models from India to Europe (via The Economic Times).


The iPhones are first being built in Wistron's facility in Bangalore, and about 100,000 units per month are being exported. Apple first began this process a few months ago, in a move that should further cement India as one of the company's assembly and manufacturing hubs outside of China.
The other two people, who are senior executives in the industry said that the export volumes were about 70-80% of the total capacity at the facility. Wistron has been making iPhone 6 since the year before and iPhone 7 since the beginning of this year.
According to industry watchers, Apple is said to be treating India "more as a production hub than a significant market" for device sales. The company will start manufacturing higher-end iPhone models locally in India through Foxconn, and as much as 70 to 80 percent of the output of those devices might be exported elsewhere.

Apple has been re-focusing efforts in India in hopes of expanding production outside of China in the wake of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Last summer, Apple detailed a new India strategy with official retail stores, overhauled relationships with independent retailers, more frequent sales, and improved apps and services.

Some of these plans have started to come to fruition, as Apple has now finalized a list of locations for its first retail store in India.

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July 11, 2019, 5 a.m.

Hong Kong's Octopus Transit Card to Support Apple Pay Later This Year [Updated]

Update - Jul 11: Octopus Cards Limited has now confirmed that customers will be able to use their Octopus cards on their iPhone or Apple Watch for transit and retail payment with Apple Pay later this year. Original story below.




iOS 13 may come with built-in support for Hong Kong's Octopus contactless payment system, if a few lines of code discovered on Apple's servers are any indication.

Tech blog Ata Distance spotted the code snippet in Apple's online JSON-based Apple Pay pass identifier (link now removed), which shows references to Octopus in iOS 13.

The discovery also tallies with specific references to Octopus on Apple Pay in the iOS 13 beta, according to the Japan-focused site.

Octopus is based on the same FeliCa NFC standard used for the Japanese Suica card, and is used by the vast majority of Hong Kong residents for making transit payments and retail transactions.


Originally launched in 1997 as a physical contactless card, the FeliCa-based version made the transition to electronic payment solution when the company unveiled Smart Octopus for Samsung Pay in December 2017.

The exclusive deal with Samsung left Apple Pay users without a way to take advantage Smart Octopus, despite it being technically compatible with iPhone 7 and later models, so today's find should make for good news for those hoping to digitize the popular transit and retail payment card, which should also support Apple's Express Transit mode.

iOS 13 for iPhone is expected to be released in the fall.

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July 11, 2019, 2:24 a.m.

Google Kills Off Nest Thermostat App for Apple Watch

Google has killed its Nest app for Apple Watch, meaning Nest smart thermostat owners can no longer control the device's target temperature and operating mode directly from their wrist.

The deprecation of the wearable apps for both Apple Watch and Wear OS coincides with version 5.37 of the Nest mobile app, which was released on Tuesday.


Any mention of the Apple Watch app has since been removed from the Nest App Store listing, while Wear OS device users who try to launch the app from their watch are now met with the message "Nest is no longer supported for Wear OS" and are advised to uninstall the app.

Google's reason for the watch app's demise is simple. According to the company (via 9to5Google), "only a small number of people" used the watch apps, therefore Nest will focus on developing its full mobile app and Wear OS-only Google Assistant functions going forward.
We took a look at Nest app users on smart watches and found that only a small number of people were using it. Moving forward our team will spend more time focusing on delivering high quality experiences through mobile apps and voice interactions.
Google advises Nest owners that they can no longer adjust their thermostat or change the Home/Away mode from their Apple Watch, but these actions can still be controlled remotely via the Nest mobile app, which can also still deliver notifications to their watch.

The Nest app joins a long line of high-profile Apple Watch apps that have met their demise over the last two years. Beginning in 2017, Twitter, Google Maps, Amazon, and eBay all quietly removed their Apple Watch apps from the App Store, after seemingly concluding their continued development was no longer worth the effort because not enough people were using them.

In a bid to rekindle interest in developing Apple Watch apps, Apple has added an App Store in its upcoming watchOS 6 that can be accessed right on your wrist, allowing apps to be downloaded on the Apple Watch independent of an iPhone.

This means developers won't need to create Apple Watch client extensions as part of their iPhone apps, and can instead create truly standalone versions for Apple Watch, or even create watch apps that don't have iPhone versions at all. Still currently in beta testing, watchOS 6 is due to be released in the fall.

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July 11, 2019, 1:20 a.m.

Apple fixes major Zoom video conferencing security flaw

Mac users who’ve used the Zoom video conferencing application can now be assured that a serious security flaw has been dealt with. Apple pushed out a patch that removed the vulnerability from every Mac, without users needing to do anything. Before the fix, the flaw potentially let malicious websites force people into Zoom video calls. […]

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July 11, 2019, 12:45 a.m.

Satechi dual HomeKit plug makes your outlets smarter [Review]

Satechi’s dual-socket smart outlet lets you easily dip your toe into home automation. There’s nothing to install — you just plug it in — but the Dual Smart Outlet still allows you to control two different appliances from your iPhone, iPad, etc. It uses Apple’s HomeKit so it’s compatible with plenty of other accessories. Find […]

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July 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m.

US to investigate France’s proposed digital tax on Apple, other tech companies

Earlier this year, it was reported that France was pushing ahead with its tax on big tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon. Now, the United States has plans to investigate that tax and its merits.

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July 11, 2019, 12:27 a.m.

Apple pushes silent macOS update to remove web server secretly installed by Zoom

Earlier this week, a security researcher detailed how the Zoom video conferencing app installed a hidden web server on Macs, leaving users vulnerable to having their webcams hijacked. Now, TechCrunch reports that Apple has pushed a silent update to macOS to remove that hidden web server.

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July 11, 2019, 12:20 a.m.

iPhone’s notch and Face ID could disappear in 2021

Apple is reportedly giving up on facial recognition and instead going with a full-screen fingerprint scanner. This will allegedly allow the company to leave off the “notch” from every iPhone model released in 2021. Baby steps toward a notch-less iPhone The iPhone screen cutout will supposedly phased out, with no changes expected this year and […]

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July 11, 2019, 12:07 a.m.

Supply chain reports say Apple developing in-screen Touch ID, will ditch Face ID by 2021

A new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today says that at least one of the new iPhones introduced in 2020 will have a smaller front-facing camera cutout, making for an improved screen to body ratio and a smaller notch.

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July 10, 2019, 11:49 p.m.

Which MacBook is right for you? Here’s how the 2019 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro compare

After launching updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks yesterday, Apple also pared down its lineup by discontinuing the 12-inch MacBook and previous-generation MacBook Air. Whether you’re looking to pick up a new Mac for school, work, or general use, read on for a detailed look at how the new MacBook lineup compares.

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July 10, 2019, 10 p.m.

Thieves smash into Texas Apple store with a truck

A gang of thieves used a stolen pickup truck to crash through the glass doors of an Apple Store in Houston last night. What the bungling burglars hadn’t counted on was the deputy sheriff working as a night watchman in the Texas store. An Apple Store smash-and-grab Four men in the truck hit one of […]

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July 10, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Apple makes searchable WWDC 2019 session video transcripts available

Apple has today made transcripts of its WWDC 2019 videos available. This makes it easy for developers to search through videos and sessions for specific information without having to watch the entire session.

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July 10, 2019, 9 p.m.

How I kept my iMac running for a decade

My old iMac is almost ten years old, and probably faster than when it was new. Here's how to keep your old Mac ticking along.

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July 10, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 10, 2019 – Mac SSD price drops and keyboard repairs

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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July 10, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Awesome new iPad lineup could already be in production

The first details about multiple unannounced 2019 iPad models are leaking out. Several Apple tablets just appeared in a Eurasian intergovernmental agency’s database. And production for at least one of these devices begins this month, according to a source in Asia. Multiple new iPad models Five new tablets are now listed in a Eurasian Economic […]

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July 10, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

You can no longer control Nest devices from your Apple Watch

Google has decided it will no longer support the Nest app for Apple Watch. The move means you can’t control Nest smart devices from your wrist anymore. The Nest app for Google’s own Wear OS platform has also been ditched. Despite being the most successful smartwatch on the market, Apple Watch has lost a number […]

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July 10, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Opinion: Apple killed its most futuristic Mac with no true upgrade

Apple cleaned up its MacBook lineup this week with updated hardware, better prices, and one casualty: the 12-inch MacBook. While the MacBook Air and entry-level MacBook Pro saw changes (and Mac storage prices dropped), Apple killed off its lightest notebook after four years and three generations.

The death of Apple’s coolest MacBook has sparked many hot takes, exposing just how hated the 12-inch notebook was by a group of customers who had plenty of other Mac options. Reactions have simultaneously revealed how beloved the 12-inch MacBook has been by real customers who no longer have a clear upgrade path.

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July 10, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to make and use Memoji stickers without Face ID

In iOS 13, you can create Memoji on any iPhone or iPad, and then use them as custom iMessage stickers. Here's how to do it.

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July 10, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

This huge Mac app bundle offers lifetime VPN service and eight top apps for $25

Want to upgrade your digital workflow? Look no further than the Mighty Mac Bundle. This all-star team features lifetime service from VPNSecure and nine top apps (incl. CrossOver) and web developer training. Right now, the bundle is just $24.99 at 9to5Toys Specials with exclusive coupon code MAC5. Each app typically sells for around $10 or more regularly, so you’re getting at least $80 worth of value here. When you consider the original prices of each title, that number climbs even higher. Hit the jump to see the entire list of apps included in this bundle.

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July 10, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Final look at historic venue where first Macintosh and Apple Watch were unveiled before demolition

The Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Apple’s hometown, Cupertino, is scheduled for demolition. The theater where Apple introduced the first Macintosh, as well as the Apple Watch, will be replaced with a new facility after originally being built five decades ago. Follow along for a detailed final look at the historic facility.

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July 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Five new iPads show up in Apple regulatory filings, suggests 10.2-inch iPad destined for September release

Apple has today filed for five new iPad model identifiers with the Eurasian Economic Commission.

These devices are registered as running iPadOS 13, which means Apple is intending to release the products in the fall alongside the final versions of iPadOS software.

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July 10, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Apple explores dual-screen MacBook with tactile keyboard

Apple is considering a MacBook with two displays, with the second screen acting as a keyboard. By necessity, iPads already employ on-screen keyboards but these lack tactile feedback. Apple is looking for ways to make these virtual keys move when they’re typed on. The company has been pursuing this project for years, as demonstrated by […]

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July 10, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 044: “Enjoyment is a kind of tech spec” with special guest Federico Viticci

Special guest Federico Viticci joins John and Rambo to discuss the current state of the iPad, how it has evolved over the years and his impressions on iPadOS. We also discuss automation and how it relates to focus and productivity.

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July 10, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

iPhone Price Index reveals true cost of our precious devices

To a British Apple fan, a new iPhone is 133 percent more expensive than it was when the iPhone first launched in 2007. In Ireland, it’s only 2 percent. A new iPhone Price Index tracks actual price changes based on real-world affordability after inflation. The guide, created by Darren Kingman of the credit monitoring service […]

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July 10, 2019, 5:29 p.m.

Google Nest kills smartwatch apps for Wear OS and Apple Watch

Over the past month, the new “Google Nest” replaced Nest.com with the Google Store and gained a new Help Center. The unified brand has now killed its Wear OS and Apple Watch apps for home control right from your wrist.

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July 10, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

2018 MacBook Air is $200 off, Powerbeats3 hit all-time low pricing, more in today’s best deals

Apple’s 2018 MacBook Air sees $200 discount, Powerbeats3 drop to all-time low pricing, and you can save 20% on AmazonBasics tech if you’re a Prime member. Hit the jump for more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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July 10, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

China complains about Apple’s App Store, Great Firewall is built even higher

Chinese state-run media have published a story looking at Apple’s App Store that criticizes the company for allowing fake reviews that trick people into downloading apps. The story was originally run by China National Radio and was picked up by other outlets around the country, an indication the government could be ramping up pressure on Apple amid a protracted trade war.

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July 10, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Microsoft is working on mobile Xbox controllers for iPhone

Microsoft has started developing new Xbox controllers for mobile gaming. Prototype images reveal how the gamepads might attach to the sides of your iPhone and iPad for portable play. The controllers would be ideal for Microsoft’s upcoming Project xCloud service, which will allow players to stream Xbox games to their smartphones and tablets. The future […]

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July 10, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Tim Cook and Eddy Cue spotted at Sun Valley media conference ahead of Apple TV+ launch

The annual Sun Valley conference kicks off in Idaho this week, and media and technology moguls have started to arrive. As detailed by CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Services VP Eddy Cue are among the attendees this year.

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July 10, 2019, 5 p.m.

What Game of Thrones tells us about Jony Ive’s departure from Apple [Opinion]

It’s been more than a week since the shocking news that Jony Ive is leaving Apple, and everyone is still trying to make sense of what it means for the company’s future. According to some, it’s an internal coup: Tim Cook’s operations team finally wrested control from Ive’s industrial design crew, and the company‘s glory […]

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July 10, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

These 8 words persuaded Angela Ahrendts to join Apple

It took Apple nearly a year to convince Angela Ahrendts to ditch Burberry join Apple as the company’s head of retail. Ahrendts discussed Apple’s recruiting process in a recent podcast interview and said a 2012 Fortune magazine feature put her on Apple’s radar because Tim Cook was on the cover. Cook apparently tried to get […]

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July 10, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

SiriusXM update brings personalized Pandora-powered stations, exclusive videos, and expanded streaming plan

SiriusXM has upgraded its streaming services today for users with new personalized stations powered by Pandora, access to new music channels, and more exclusive video content. The company is also expanding subscriber access to SiriusXM content on devices like iPhone, Apple TV, the web, and more at no cost.

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

How Ross Perot changed the course of Apple history

American business magnate and politician Ross Perot died yesterday at the age of 89. However, while the world probably remembers Perot best for his 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns, Perot also played a crucial role in Apple history. Here’s how. NeXT’s most important investor After Steve Jobs was booted out of Apple in the mid-1980s, […]

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July 10, 2019, 3:26 p.m.

Review: HiRise Wireless combines a sleek vertical iPhone stand with portable Qi charger

Vertical desk stands for the iPhone have risen in popularity since the introduction of Face ID, allowing the owner to unlock the phone without taking it off the stand — the Face ID camera is pointed at just the right angle.

The HiRise Wireless approaches the classic formula with great materials and a sleek design, plus a small twist: the Qi charging pad is not fixed in place. It can be popped out and taken with you. It’s a small thing — but it really ramps up the product’s flexibility and functionality compared to the status quo.

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July 10, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

Kid streams Fortnite all day to raise thousands for dad’s cancer care

A young Fortnite fan has been streaming the game for 10 hours a day to raise money for his father’s cancer treatment. ZylTV has already raised over $13,000 playing the hit battle royale game on Twitch. He has also racked up 20,000 followers since he started playing at the beginning of July. Playing your favorite […]

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July 10, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

Zoom rushes to fix its webcam-accessing flaw on Macs

Zoom conference calls are as much of a part of modern office working life as disagreements about the air-con system. But security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh recently stumbled upon something extremely concerning. As discovered by Leitschuh, Zoom featured a vulnerability that allowed hackers to break into a target’s Mac webcam. This happened regardless of whether the […]

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July 10, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Apple wants to help young Londoners avoid gang life

Apple wants to offer opportunities to kids in London who are at risk of being caught up in gang life. In partnership with City Hall, its new “Made in LDN” program will offer youths free coding, music-making and movie-creating workshops. These bi-weekly sessions will take place at Apple Stores. It is one of several community-minded […]

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July 10, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Searchable Transcripts of WWDC 2019 Session Videos Now Available

Apple today announced that transcripts of all of its WWDC 2019 session videos are now available through the WWDC video page.


Individual transcripts can be searched by keyword or phrase, and clicking on search results will jump you straight to the corresponding timestamps in the video, making it easy to find just what you're looking for and share those specific sections with timestamped links. Transcripts can also be downloaded in .txt format for local archival and search purposes.


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

HomePod is finally on its way to Japan

Apple is gearing up to launch HomePod in Japan — more than two years after the device got its first unveiling. Smart speaker shoppers will be able to pick one up in the coming weeks for 32,800 yen (approx. $301). HomePod will then be available in a total of 11 countries. Despite glowing reviews for its […]

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July 10, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: App Store opens its virtual doors

July 10, 2008: Apple launches the App Store, an online hub that lets iPhone owners browse and download apps made by third-party developers. Transforming the iPhone from a locked-down platform to a generative one, the App Store means that every iPhone user can have his or her own “killer app” depending on the software they […]

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July 10, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Apple kicks off China app accelerator with ARKit workshop

Apple has opened a new Design and Development Accelerator in China to promote app development in the country. Located in Shanghai, the accelerator features a range of lectures, workshops, networking events and more covering all of Apple’s different platforms. “Developers here in China are leading the world with some of the most popular apps on […]

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July 10, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

UK NHS to provide health advice through Amazon Alexa

The UK National Health Service is partnering with Amazon Alexa to bring official government health advice to smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.

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July 10, 2019, noon

iOS 13’s Game Center generated nicknames are gloriously weird

If you thought that Apple had slightly lost its touch when it comes to naming products, you’re not likely to be swayed by the nickname suggestions included on iOS 13’s Game Center. They are, well, pretty gloriously weird. First noticed by iOS dev Steve Moser is the fact that Game Centre includes nickname suggestions for […]

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July 10, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

Apple launches developer accelerator program in Shanghai, China

Apple has opened another center for app development and design, this time in Shanghai — and its first in China.

Apple runs these offices in specific areas to stimulate the ‘app economy’. Participants can take classes in various parts of the app development process, including one-on-one tutorials, for free.

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July 10, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Save $450 on MacBook, $125 on Beats headphones [Deals & Steals]

With Apple no longer selling the 12-inch MacBook, we knew it wouldn’t be long before we saw massive discounts from third-party sellers. Best Buy is one of the first to deliver — and it doesn’t disappoint, with up to $450 off selected models. That’s just one of the amazing offers you’ll find in today’s Deals & […]

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July 10, 2019, 10:24 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: 256GB Cellular 2019 iPad Air Hits New Low Price of $649 ($130 Off)

Amazon today is discounting the latest iPad Air to a new all-time-low price. Specifically, the 256GB cellular model is available for $649, down from $779 and the lowest price we've ever seen this model among the major Apple resellers online.

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There are a few other iPad Airs discounted today, including some Wi-Fi models. None match the extent of the discount on the 256GB cellular model, although all listed below represent new low prices.

2019 iPad Air Sale


Apple updated these iPad Air models in March of this year, with a new 10.5-inch display, Touch ID Home button, headphone jack, A12 Bionic processor, support for the Apple Pencil 1, and compatibility with the Smart Keyboard. This device sits between the lower-end 9.7-inch iPad and the 11-inch iPad Pro.

For more sales and bargains, head to our full Deals Roundup.

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July 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Insurance giant Anthem hires away several Apple Health employees

Several Apple Health employees, including a 24-year veteran of the company, have been hired away by insurance giant Anthem. The hirings come at a time when insurers are changing their offerings to embrace Silicon Valley’s digital health initiatives. A report from CNBC notes that: “In the past few months, Anthem has hired Warris Bokhari from […]

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July 10, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 87 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 87 includes bug fixes and performance improvements in areas including Web API, Web Sockets, Payment Request, Web High-level Shading Language (WHLSL), Rendering, WebGPU, and Web Inspector.

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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July 10, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to customize or disable Siri Suggestions on iPhone

Does it feel like you’re getting too many Siri Suggestions on your iPhone? Read on for how to customize or disable Siri Suggestions on a per-app or system-wide basis.

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July 10, 2019, 6:40 a.m.

Deals: Save on 2018 MacBook Air and iPad Pro, Browse Anker's Latest Discounts, and More

B&H Photo and Amazon are discounting the 2018 MacBook Air and a few models of the 2018 iPad Pro this week. Additionally, we've listed Anker's latest deals below, as well as a reminder about our exclusive Eve Room discount ending soon.

2018 MacBook Air


With the surprise launch of an updated MacBook Air yesterday, B&H Photo and Amazon have debuted discounts for last year's models.

  • 128 GB SSD - $999.00, down from $1,199.00 ($200 off) [Amazon / B&H]

  • 256 GB SSD - $1,199.00, down from $1,399.00 ($200 off) [Amazon / B&H]

2018 iPad Pro


Amazon has up to $250 off the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro from late 2018, with many discounts representing lowest-ever prices for these models.


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Anker's New Discounts


This summer, Anker is discounting everything from USB hubs to Bluetooth speakers and Lightning cables. We've rounded up these discount codes below, all of which expire sometime in July.



Eve Room Exclusive Sale


We're entering the last day of our exclusive Eve Room sale, which discounts the Eve Room to $79.96, down from $99.95. To see this deal, head to Evehome.com, add the Eve Room to your cart, click on the "Have a promo code?" prompt at the top of the checkout screen, and enter the code MacRumors20 to take 20 percent off the device. The code expires tomorrow, Thursday, July 11.




The promo code only applies to a single Eve Room and will not apply to the retailer's double pack of Eve Room units that you can buy for $179.90. Head to Evehome.com to browse and purchase the Eve Room before the sale ends.

The Eve Room is a small, palm-sized device that can track the temperature, humidity, and air quality within your home, and connects to Apple's HomeKit platform so you can ask Siri about the air quality. When it detects harmful in-home pollutants, Eve Room can give you a heads up about opening a window or turning on an air purifier, ensuring that your home's air is as clean as possible.

Our full Deals Roundup has more information on all of the latest sales and discounts happening this week.

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July 10, 2019, 6:31 a.m.

HomePod Launching in Japan and Taiwan This Summer

Apple has announced that its HomePod speaker will be available to order in Japan and Taiwan later this summer.


The speaker has had a slow worldwide rollout since launching in February 2018, with availability currently limited to the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong.

In April, Apple lowered the price of the HomePod from $349 to $299 in the United States. As of the fourth quarter of 2018, the speaker had an estimated worldwide market share of just four percent, according to Strategy Analytics.

Pricing will be ¥32,800 in Japan and NT$9,900 in Taiwan.

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July 10, 2019, 3:58 a.m.

Amazon's Alexa to Offer NHS-Verified Health Advice to Britons

From this week, users of Alexa devices in the United Kingdom will be able to get expert health advice from the voice-activated smart speakers, thanks to a partnership between Amazon and the National Health Service.


When health-related queries such as "Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?" or "what are the symptoms of flu?" are put to the devices, Amazon's algorithm will use information from the NHS website to provide answers.

Britain's NHS says the technology will help patients the elderly, blind and those who cannot access the internet through traditional means, to get professional NHS-verified health information in seconds, potentially reducing the pressure on the NHS and GPs, specifically when it comes to providing information for common illnesses.

Currently, Alexa gets its answers to health-related questions from a number of sources, including the Mayo Clinic and WebMD. As a point of contrast, Apple's Siri currently retrieves answers to health-related queries from Wolfram Alpha and Wikipedia.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock offered the following comments on the new Amazon-NHS partnership:
We want to empower every patient to take better control of their healthcare and technology like this is a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading NHS advice from the comfort of their home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking GPs and pharmacists.

Through the NHS Long Term Plan, we want to embrace the advances in technology to build a health and care system that is fit for the future and NHSX will drive this revolution to bring the benefits to every patient, clinician and carer.
In addition, Hancock told Sky News there are "privacy rules" in place to prevent peoples' information being sold on, and that the government was "up for doing this sort of collaboration with other tech companies".

The Royal College of GPs welcomed the move, but warned that independent research will be needed to ensure the advice given out is safe.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the RCGP, told Sky News:
"This idea is certainly interesting and it has the potential to help some patients work out what kind of care they need before considering whether to seek face-to-face medical help, especially for minor ailments that rarely need a GP appointment, such as coughs and colds that can be safely treated at home.

"However, it is vital that independent research is done to ensure that the advice given is safe, otherwise it could prevent people seeking proper medical help and create even more pressure on our overstretched GP service."
NHS experts believe half of all health-related searches will be made through voice-assisted technology by 2020. The U.K. government has set up a unit called NHSX to boost the use of digital technologies in the health service over the next few years. Measures already being pursued include an expansion of electronic prescribing and the use of artificial intelligence to analyze scans.


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July 10, 2019, 3:11 a.m.

Health Insurer Anthem Poaches Several Apple Health Employees

A CNBC report on Tuesday brought attention to a slew of recent hires away from Apple's Health team to health insurer Anthem, which is trying to improve the user-friendliness of its consumer technology.

According to the report, Anthem has hired half a dozen current or former Apple employees over the last few months, including veteran Apple staff as well as relative newcomers to the company.


Among the new hires are senior machine learning researcher Stefanos Giampanis, and Apple Health's Toni Trujillo Vian, an Apple veteran of 24 years.
The health insurer also hired Ted Goldstein, a former Apple vice president from 2002 to 2007, to run its AI and health data efforts, about six months ago, and some lower-level folks like Berick Bacani, a former Apple operations specialist, as a UX designer on the digital team.
CNBC notes that the health insurer's Apple pedigree actually dates back a few years: Anthem's vice president of commercial, Aneesh Kumar, started his career in the 1990s as a product manager at Apple.

In addition to the Apple staff migration, the insurer has gained another high-profile recruit from the tech world: Udi Manber, who headed Google's search team, is now a technical advisor at Anthem.

Apple's staff departures are particularly notable given that the company is supposed to be redoubling efforts to improve its health-related tech. For example, Apple in 2018 acquired Tueo Health, a startup working on an app to help parents monitor asthma symptoms in sleeping children.

At WWDC 2019, Apple also announced that new health and fitness capabilities are coming to the Apple Watch in watchOS 6, due to be released in the fall. New features include Activity Trends, a new Noise app uses the Apple Watch microphone to monitor environmental noise, and a Cycle Tracking app for tracking menstrual cycles.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously said that health is a major focus of Apple, and that health may actually end up being "Apple's greatest contribution to mankind."

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July 10, 2019, 1:17 a.m.

Several key Apple Health employees poached by insurance company Anthem

Apple has been significantly ramping up its health efforts, but a new report from CNBC outlines how the company has lost several members of its health team recently. According to the report, health insurer Anthem is responsible for poaching those employees as it looks to improve its consumer-friendliness.

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July 10, 2019, 12:21 a.m.

Apple announces HomePod will launch in Japan this summer

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is set to expand to another new country this summer. As first spotted by Gizmodo, HomePod will launch in Japan in the coming weeks for 32,800 yen.

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July 9, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Another iOS 12.4 beta moves Apple Card debut closer

Apple committed to releasing its much-anticipated credit card some time this summer, and that promise moved closer to coming true today with the introduction of the sixth developer beta of iOS 12.4. The whole purpose of this version is support for the Apple Card. Apple Card is the point of iOS 12.4 Virtually everyone’s attention […]

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July 9, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

[Update: Zoom responds] Major Zoom vulnerability could allow websites to hijack your Mac’s webcam

Update: Zoom says it has a series of updates planned to address these security concerns.

A new zero-day vulnerability has been disclosed for the Zoom video conference app on the Mac. In a post on Medium, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh outlined the flaw, which could let websites take over your Mac’s camera.

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July 9, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Houston’s Apple Highland Village temporarily closing July 28 for Today at Apple upgrades

Apple’s most significant store in Texas is about to get an upgrade. Apple Highland Village will temporarily close on July 28 while interior remodeling work is completed.

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

HBO Max taps Friends to take on Apple TV+

The already crowded market for streaming video services is getting a little more so. WarnerMedia just unveiled HBO Max, which will include original programs as well as shows created for The WB like Batwoman. Most notably, this will be the only place to watch Friends re-runs. It will face competition from Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix […]

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July 9, 2019, 9:12 p.m.

Strava’s location sharing feature ‘Beacon’ now works on Apple Watch without iPhones

Popular activity tracking app, Strava, is out today with an improvement to its Beacon location sharing feature for Apple Watch users. Previously, Strava required an iPhone to share your location with others via Beacon, but now cellular Apple Watch owners can leave their phones at home for runs, rides, and other exercise.

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July 9, 2019, 9 p.m.

3 ways to block annoying calls and messages in iOS 13

iOS 13 lets you block unknown callers and unwanted email, and control who can send you an iMessage. Here's how it all works.

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July 9, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 09, 2019 – New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

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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July 9, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Apple facing Congress to testify on tech and competition inquiry next week

Antitrust concerns about the major US tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google have been building over the previous months. Now Congress has summoned Apple and others to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee next week on July 16, which could be a precursor to formal antitrust investigations.

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July 9, 2019, 8 p.m.

Hands on with the new PDFelement 7

This post is presented by Wondershare. If you work with a computer, you’ve got to deal with PDF documents. They’re so common, in fact, that any small amount of improvement in terms of workflow adds up to big gains in productivity. That’s why we’ve always been fans of PDFelement. As the leading alternative to Adobe […]

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July 9, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Trump can’t block protesters from his Twitter, court says

A federal appeals court ruled today that President Donald Trump can’t block dissenters from posting replies to his Twitter account. This upholds an earlier ruling that Trump’s account is a public forum, and therefore preventing anyone from speaking is a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution Public not private “The First Amendment does […]

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July 9, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Apple and other tech giants summoned to testify before Congress

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have summoned the biggest tech companies in the nation to come to testify before an anti-trust panel. Apple’s representative will be joined by executives from Amazon, Facebook and Google on July 16. The House Judiciary Committee panel is made up of both Democrats and Republicans. Members of both parties have been […]

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

WarnerMedia announces ‘HBO Max’ with new original TV, ‘Friends’ leaving Netflix

WarnerMedia today officially unveiled new details about its upcoming streaming TV service. The company says the new direct-to-consumer service will be called “HBO Max” and include content from various different networks, as well as new original TV.

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July 9, 2019, 7:27 p.m.

Instagram will hold an intervention with your bully

Instagram is adding more muscle to fight bullying, including one tool that appeals to a harasser’s conscious. Instagram has been addressing online harassment over the last couple of years with options to block followers and report offensive items. But for the first time, artificial intelligence will hold an intervention with a would-be bully. AI will […]

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July 9, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Apple Music offers 6 month free trial to students

Apple is trying to woo new students gearing up for the school year with a new offer that gives you 6 free months of service before you have to pay a dime. The new offer popped up on Apple’s educational site just after the company revealed its back to school promotion of free Beats headphones. […]

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

Hands-on: 80+ watchOS 6 changes and features [Video]

The Apple Watch receives a huge update with watchOS 6, bringing more independence to Apple’s wearable device than ever before. Among the watchOS 6 changes is a brand new App Store app that allows you to manage and download apps directly to the Apple Watch, a new Software Update provision that lets you perform updates, and a new Enhanced Siri voice assistant that’s much more capable than before.

Of course, there’s also many new watch faces, complications, and additional changes and features to enjoy in watchOS 6. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we step through dozens of new watchOS 6 changes and features. more…

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July 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Making music on iPad forced me back to the Mac

The iPad is still terrible at many tasks, but the Mac is still around for those. Here's how I use the Mac and the iPad together to make music

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July 9, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Latest MacBooks still use Apple’s flawed butterfly keyboard

The upgraded MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models released today are faster and better looking but still include the keyboard that’s sent so many of their predecessors to the repair shop. A rumored redesign apparently hasn’t happened yet. A warning to buyers of the 2019 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro These notebooks are not yet […]

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July 9, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Apple releasing sixth (and hopefully final) iOS 12.4 beta ahead of Apple Card launch [Now available]

Apple Card is coming this summer, and we expect the new credit card from Apple to be supported in iOS 12.4. Apple hasn’t been more specific about the exact launch date for US customers, but the company has been releasing developer beta versions of iOS 12.4 without Apple Card included for several weeks. Apple will release the sixth developer beta version of the upcoming software update later today, hopefully marking the final pre-release seed before the update is ready for prime time.

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July 9, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Twitter bans religion-based dehumanizing language with latest policy update

Twitter has updated its hateful conduct rules, which starting today ban dehumanizing language on the basis of religion.

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July 9, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

Apple Music doubles free trial period for students

In addition to launching its annual Back to School promotion today, Apple is also now offering students an extended Apple Music trial. Now, when you sign up for Apple Music’s student plan, you get a six-month trial of the service, double the length of a normal trial.

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July 9, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Waterproof AirPods 3 could launch this year

Apple updated the design of its AirPods in-ear headphones this spring but reportedly isn’t resting on its laurels. A redesigned third-generation version will be out later this year, according to a market-analysis firm. Analysts at Wedbush predict AirPods 3 will be the first waterproof version. At this point, it’s not clear if that means they’ll […]

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July 9, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Apple makes huge cuts to SSD upgrade pricing for Macs

Apple has significantly reduced the price of its SSD upgrades for Mac. Many options now cost half as much as they did yesterday. A whopping 4TB SSD for the 15-inch MacBook Pro is now priced at $1,400 — down from $2,800. It’s been a somewhat strange day for Apple fans. At a time when the company’s […]

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July 9, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

Amazon discounts 2018 iPad Pro by $250, Twelve South accessories from $22, more in today’s best deals

Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro is up to $250 off at Amazon, plus a number of deals on Twelve South Mac accessories, and Arlo security cameras. Hit the jump for more in this 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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July 9, 2019, 5 p.m.

Cinematic lens adds brilliant flare to drone footage

Moment started out making lens attachments to turn the iPhone into a better camera. Now the mobile photography brand wants to do the same for the cameras that fly on DJI drones. The company designed an anamorphic lens called Moment Air to bring a sweeping, cinematic view — and that distinctive Hollywood lens flare — […]

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July 9, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Apple could add second OLED supplier, kill 3D Touch for 2019 iPhones

Apple could team up with a new OLED display-maker ahead of this year’s iPhone refresh. The move may mean that Samsung plays a smaller part in future iPhone production. Industry sources have also reignited rumors that none of Apple’s next-generation handsets will offer 3D Touch. Apple has been relying on Samsung to produce all of […]

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July 9, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Dr. Mario opens his App Store surgery one day early

It’s a rare day that doctors are running ahead of schedule. Fortunately, today is just such a day as Dr. Mario, the classic 1990s Nintendo puzzle game, has landed in the App Store one day early. Originally expected to drop July 10, Dr. Mario instead went live today. It’s free to download, although there are […]

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July 9, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

Bag free Beats with Apple’s latest Back to School promo

Apple today kicked off its latest Back to School promotion. It gives students the opportunity to bag free Beats headphones with qualifying purchases. The deal comes just as a more-affordable MacBook Air with True Tone and a faster 13-inch MacBook Pro were added to the Apple Store. This year’s Back to School promotion is identical […]

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July 9, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

Apple’s new MacBook Air and Pro models are eligible for free keyboard repairs

Following a refresh for the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models today, Apple has informed repair staff that the two new MacBook models are eligible for its Keyboard Service program offering free repairs on keyboards in certain MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models. The two new models added today include the MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019) and the MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports), according to a memo to staff obtained by 9to5Mac.

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July 9, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

Apple significantly lowers Mac SSD upgrade pricing, 1 TB MacBook Air now available

In addition to launching refreshes to the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, Apple has lowered the cost of higher-end Mac solid state storage options, cutting the price in half for many of the configurations.

For example, the 4 TB SSD of the 512 GB 15-inch MacBook Pro used to cost $2800. It now costs $1,400. These savings are seen across the iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Air line.

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

[Update: Now available] Dr. Mario World launching on iOS and Android next month, free with in-app purchases

Update: Dr. Mario World is now available for iOS a day early as a free download from the App Store (coming soon for Android).

Nintendo announced today that Dr. Mario World will launch for iOS and Android on July 10th. First announced in January, Nintendo touted that the “action puzzle” game would be released globally during the summer of 2019.

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July 9, 2019, 2:32 p.m.

Apple officially ditches the 12-inch MacBook

Apple has dropped the 12-inch MacBook after introducing an improved MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The previous MacBook Air without a Retina display, which was Apple’s most affordable notebook, has also been ditched. Apple’s newest notebooks offer even more for less. The MacBook Air now boasts True Tone technology and starts at just $1,099 […]

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

Save 74% on a set of sleek, comfortable Bluetooth headphones [Deals]

When it comes to music, nothing makes a bigger difference than getting a good set of headphones. The price tag on most headsets means most of us opt for the more affordable, lower quality alternatives. The 1VX Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones are, first and foremost, a solid set of headphones. They balance great audio quality, long […]

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July 9, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Apple 2019 Back to School: Get free Beats headphones with iPad Air, iPad Pro, or Mac purchase

Apple has launched its 2019 Back to School deals with its typical promotion. The company will give students a free pair of Beats headphones when they buy an eligible Apple device.

For the first time, the promo includes the high-end Beats Studio 3 over-ear headphones, when buying an iMac or Mac notebook.

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

Steve Wozniak thinks that you should quit Facebook

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks that people who value privacy should quit Facebook. Woz, who quit Facebook last year after the Cambridge Analytics scandal, said that users could never be sure when they were being listened into. “There are many different kinds of people, and some of the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss […]

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

Apple launches new movie bundle sale: 10-films for $20 from each decade, more from $1

iTunes is back with a new bundle sale this week, offering 10 top films from each decade for just $20. There’s significant value here, and a great way to expand your library of content quickly. You’ll also find a new $5 movie sale with favorites across every genre and the usual $1 rental of the week. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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

Apple brings True Tone to MacBook Air, faster chips to MacBook Pro

Apple has updated the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro for the back-to-school season. And they’re now more affordable. The newest MacBook Air now ships with a True Tone display — just like its more expensive siblings. The newest 13-inch MacBook Pro is powered by faster Intel chips, while the entry-level model now offers a Touch […]

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July 9, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Apple stops selling 12-inch MacBook and previous generation MacBook Air

Along with updating its Retina MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks today, Apple has discontinued its 12-inch MacBook and previous generation MacBook Air. The refreshed lineup now consists of the Retina 13-inch MacBook Air and 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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

Fortnite bags new Air Strike item that’s absolutely crazy

Fortnite’s latest content update is out right on schedule. This week’s release finally brings the much-anticipated Air Strike item fans have been waiting for — and it doesn’t disappoint. The device looks like a largely inoffensive canister of smoke when you first pick it up. But throw it at an opponent and they’ll soon find […]

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

Wall Street worries put the hurting on Apple’s suppliers too

It’s not just Apple which relies on, well, Apple to make money. There’s a whole ecosystem of other companies orbiting the giant Cupertino sun, too. And they’re all affected by whatever news raises or lowers Apple’s share price. That’s what took place this week when Wall Street’s latest wobble about Apple sent out shockwaves through […]

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July 9, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

$1299 entry-level MacBook Pro now features 8th-gen Intel processors, Touch ID and Touch Bar

Apple has upgraded the entry-level $1299 MacBook Pro. The laptop now features the latest 8th-generation quad-core processors, and adds the Touch Bar for the first time.

This means it also adds a Touch ID biometric sensor and the Apple T2 Security chip. The 13-inch Retina display now supports True Tone.

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July 9, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Apple updates Retina MacBook Air, adds True Tone, lowers price to $1099 — $999 for students

Apple today updated the MacBook Air with True Tone adaptive screen technology a lower price point. The Air now starts at $1099, with $999 student pricing, down from $1299 when it launched late last year.

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July 9, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Apple Watch for under $150, $700 off MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

There’s no doubt about it — Apple Watch is the best smartwatch on the market. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can currently grab a 42mm Series 2 model from Woot for under $150! Today’s Deals & Steals roundup will also save you $700 on an insanely powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, […]

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July 9, 2019, 1:09 p.m.

Report: Apple starting production of new 10.2-inch iPad in July, 16-inch MacBook Pro coming in fall

The rumors around the redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro continue to flow in. A report today via Economic Daily News suggests that the new laptop will enter mass production in the fourth quarter.

The previously-rumored 10.2-inch iPad is also apparently on the way with mass production starting later this month, set to replace the 2018 iPad.

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July 9, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple reclaims top spot in education

July 9, 2001: Apple is named the No. 1 computer manufacturer in the education market, with twice as many machines in schools as runner-up Dell Computer. It’s a big turnaround from a couple years earlier, when Dell overtook Apple and Steve Jobs was accused of abandoning this important market. The numbers came from a report […]

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

Hong Kong protesters using AirDrop to share images attacking Chinese extradition bill

The Great Firewall of China prevents open communication over the Internet, but technologies like AirDrop do not require the Internet to function. Protesters in Hong Kong are using AirDrop to share digital fliers without fear of censorship, via Quartz.

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July 9, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Digitimes: 3D Touch removed from all iPhone 11 models, Apple adding BOE as second OLED screen supplier

In a pair of Digitimes reports, Apple is said to be removing 3D Touch from all iPhone 11 models and introducing a new OLED display manufacturer into its supply chain.

Digitimes reports are always a bit hit-and-miss, so take these reports with some skepticism. However, each story makes sense, and in many ways back up morsels of information that were already circulating.

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July 9, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Analyst: iPhone demand is stable, Apple to launch ‘AirPods 3’ at end of year with waterproofing features

As Apple earnings approaches, the financial analysts are getting in their last minute calls ahead of the earnings release on July 3. Yesterday, Rosenblatt said that iPhone sales were going to disappoint over the next year.

In a report seen by 9to5Mac today, analysts from Wedbush disagree and state that iPhone demand is stable, and remain confident in their previous forecast of 180 million iPhone unit sales for 2019.

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July 9, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

2018 MacBook Air Available for $999 at Select Apple Stores While Quantities Last, $849 Refurbished

Apple today updated the MacBook Air with a True Tone display. The notebook also received a $100 price drop, with prices now starting at $1,099 in the United States, or $999 for qualifying students through Apple's education store.


While this news means that 2018 MacBook Air models are no longer available to purchase through Apple's online store, a retail source informed MacRumors that Apple is offering $999 pricing on base 2018 MacBook Air models at select Apple Stores in the United States, while quantities last. Your mileage may vary.

Apple is also offering certified refurbished 2018 MacBook Air models on its online store from $849, which amounts to $350 off the 2018 MacBook Air's original starting price of $1,199 when it was first released in October 2018.

Apple says certified refurbished MacBook Air models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged, with all manuals and cables included in the box. In our view, a refurbished Mac is virtually indistinguishable from a brand new one. They're also backed by Apple's standard one-year warranty.

A refurbished Mac's warranty can be extended to three years from the refurbished purchase date with AppleCare+.

All in all, customers who can deal without True Tone can save $100 or $350 or more by purchasing a 2018 model instead of a 2019 model. Of course, something new is always around the corner: well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said a new MacBook Air with a scissor keyboard might launch later in 2019.

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July 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

MLB app uses Business Chat to make your ballpark trip easier

Major League Baseball’s Ballmark app has added support for Apple’s Business Chat feature. The update means that users can ask location-specific questions about their favorite stadiums. The feature launched to coincide with this week’s Home Run Derby and All-Star game. However, it is set to start launching in other parks after the All-Star break. As […]

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July 9, 2019, 11:06 a.m.

WarnerMedia and HBO Announce New 'HBO Max' Streaming Service Coming Spring 2020

HBO and WarnerMedia today announced an all-new streaming service called HBO Max, which will combine HBO content with shows and films from CNN, TNT, TBS, The CW, TCM, Adult Swim, and much more.


Essentially, HBO Max will include all HBO original content, WarnerMedia channels, and shows made only for HBO Max. These Max Originals include shows based on Dune, Station Eleven, and Gremlins. You'll have to subscribe to HBO Max to see these shows, as they won't appear on HBO GO or HBO NOW.

The full list of Max Originals follows:

  • “Dune: The Sisterhood,” an adaptation of Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson’s book based in the world created by Frank Herbert’s book Dune, from director Denis Villeneuve

  • “Tokyo Vice,” based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat starring Ansel Elgort

  • “The Flight Attendant,” a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti

  • “Love Life,” a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series starring “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick, who will also executive produce alongside Paul Feig

  • “Station Eleven,” a postapocalyptic limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s international bestseller, adapted by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai

  • “Made for Love,” a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson

  • “Gremlins,” an animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment based on the original movie
Existing HBO shows like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies will be available on HBO Max. Other content on HBO Max includes all of Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, and many of the DC shows on The CW, like Batwoman.

There are also some exclusive deals with producers Greg Berlanti (director of Love, Simon and producer of Arrow and The Flash) and Reese Witherspoon. Berlanti is set to produce four movies focused in the young adult space and Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine company will produce at least two films. In total, HBO Max is set to premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content.
“HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform. HBO’s world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is ‘Friends,’” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.
The full list of programming companies supporting HBO Max include: Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. WarnerMedia said there will be more programming than these channels and companies, but hasn't been specific about what those might be yet.

The new service is being announced one year after AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner, which owns HBO. At the time, AT&T leadership suggested it was planning to increase the amount of content released by HBO so that the company has more hours of user engagement, instead of only seeing peak numbers during major broadcasts, like for the final season of Game of Thrones.

HBO Max will launch in the spring of 2020.

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July 9, 2019, 10:36 a.m.

Apple Music Offering Six-Month Free Trial to Students Until Late September

Apple has announced that students who have yet to subscribe to Apple Music can now get a six-month free trial, double the standard three months, in the United States and select other countries. The limited time promotion ends September 26, 2019, according to an internal memo obtained by the blog Appleosophy.


When the trial ends, the Apple Music plan for students is $4.99 per month, compared to the standard $9.99 per month for individuals.

While various carriers have offered extended Apple Music trials, this is the first time Apple has offered a six-month trial itself. The offer is part of Apple's annual Back to School promotion in which students can also get a free pair of Beats headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad.

(Thanks, Holden Satterwhite!)


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July 9, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

'Moment Air' Anamorphic Drone Lens Launches on Kickstarter for $200

Moment has announced its first accessory for drones called the Moment Air, which launches today on Kickstarter. The new accessory is an anamorphic lens for consumer drones, which can be attached to devices like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom.

Moment said that the Moment Air ($299.99; $199 on Kickstarter) delivers cinematic footage thanks to a proprietary design that minimizes lateral chromatic aberration while using a unique set of coatings, which delivers a horizontal flare associated with vintage anamorphics.


Because of this, the Moment Air can show off unique flares in different conditions, including sunsets, to make footage stand out. The lens has a 2.40:1 Cinemascope aspect ratio for video and an anti-reflection lens coating.

Moment Air includes a unique counterweight system that ensures the accessory is locked and balanced around the drone's camera. Additionally, Moment said that the accessory is light enough to ensure the drone can fly uninterrupted.
There is no standard for how to attach and balance a lens on a drone, so we made one. Introducing our Lock and Balance Mounting System. It’s a two part design with a lens on one side and a counterweight on the other. The two parts clamp together over the drone’s camera, creating a secure lock that doesn’t impede the gimbal.
There are a few other drone accessories announced by Moment today, including the new Airlight Droner Filters ($119.99; $99 on Kickstarter). These filters enhance drone footage with cinematic glass that provide smooth, color neutral images, without adding unnecessary weight to the drone.


Lastly, Moment is selling the Ultra Thin Photo Case ($29.99; $25 on Kickstarter), which is thin enough to fit within a drone controller, gimbal, or tripod, and is compatible with the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

These accessories are on Kickstarter as of today, with special early bird prices for those who back the project before the public launch. Moment said that the accessories will ship in November.

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July 9, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.6 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the third macOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta and nearly two months after the release of macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which brought AirPlay 2 support for third-party TVs.

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


There were no new features or significant changes discovered in the first three betas of macOS Mojave 10.14.6, which indicates it likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't able to be addressed in the macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update.

If new features are found in the fourth beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6, we'll update this post with details.

macOS Mojave 10.14.6 is likely to be one of the last updates to the macOS Mojave operating system as Apple will soon transition to work on macOS Catalina, announced at WWDC.

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July 9, 2019, 10:13 a.m.

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 5.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.3 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the fourth watchOS 5.3 beta and nearly two months after the launch of watchOS 5.2.1, an update that expanded ECG availability and introduced new pride watch faces.

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


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

There were no new features discovered in the first four watchOS 5.3 betas, suggesting that it focuses on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

There could also be hidden changes that will be available after the update is released, such as support for the upcoming Apple Card, set to debut this summer. If new features are discovered in the fifth watchOS 5.3 beta, we'll update this post with details.

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July 9, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple may be gearing up to launch four new iPhones in 2020

Apple could add to the growing number of new iPhone models it introduces each year. According to an analyst at J.P. Morgan, Apple will introduce four new iPhones in 2020. This will include three versions boasting OLED screens and 5G modems, plus one lower cost “value” model. Analyst Samik Chatterjee writes that: “Our expectations include […]

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July 9, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

Apple Store for Education is down, likely 2019 Back to School deals imminent

The Apple Store for Education is currently down for updates worldwide. As it is mid-July, this probably signal that Apple’s Back to School promotion is about to go live.

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July 9, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to create repeating scheduled alarms on iPhone

Want to use your iPhone to automate your day to make life easier? Follow along for how to create repeating scheduled alarms.

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July 9, 2019, 7:35 a.m.

Nintendo's Latest Mobile Game 'Dr. Mario World' Launches on iOS App Store

Nintendo has released its latest iOS game, Dr. Mario World, one day early. Players can head to the iOS App Store now [Direct Link] and download the game for free today in the United States and many other regions (via TouchArcade).


Dr. Mario World is a puzzle game that tasks players with matching capsules with viruses in order to clear every virus on the board. In addition to Mario, other well-known Nintendo characters that appear in the game include Peach, Bowser, Koopa Troopa, Goomba, and more.

Each character has specific skills related to eliminating the viruses, and players can assign each one to the doctor and assistant role to experiment with various character skill combinations. In total, Dr. Mario World has over 100 stages across a series of worlds, and Nintendo will update the game with new worlds, doctors, and more on a regular basis.


The game also supports a multiplayer feature that lets you play with friends and family around the world in a versus mode, or help one another out by sending and receiving hearts that you can use in single player mode.

Dr. Mario World is free to start, and includes optional in-game purchases [Direct Link].


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July 9, 2019, 6:09 a.m.

Apple No Longer Sells a MacBook Pro Without a Touch Bar

With the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro being refreshed with a Touch Bar and other new features today, Apple no longer sells a MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar in its current lineup. In other words, it is no longer possible to buy a new MacBook Pro with a physical escape key directly from Apple.


The Touch Bar has been a controversial feature since its debut on the 15-inch MacBook Pro in October 2016, with some critics describing it as a gimmick. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro was until now a way around the Touch Bar, with its physical escape key earning it the nickname of "MacBook Escape."

A physical escape key remains available on MacBook Air models.

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July 9, 2019, 3:58 a.m.

Serious Vulnerability in Zoom Video Conference App Could Let Websites Hijack Mac Webcams

A serious zero-day vulnerability in the Zoom video conferencing app for Mac was publicly disclosed today by security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh.

In a Medium post, Leitschuh demonstrated that simply visiting a webpage allows the site to forcibly initiate a video call on a Mac with the Zoom app installed.


The flaw is said to be partly due to a web server the Zoom app installs on Macs that "accepts requests regular browsers wouldn't," as noted by The Verge, which independently confirmed the vulnerability.

In addition, Leitschuh says that in an older version of Zoom (since patched) the vulnerability allowed any webpage to DOS (Denial of Service) a Mac by repeatedly joining a user to an invalid call. According to Leitschuh, this may still be a hazard because Zoom lacks "sufficient auto-update capabilities," so there are likely to be users still running older versions of the app.

Leitschuh said he disclosed the problem to Zoom in late March, giving the company 90 days to fix the issue, but the security researcher reports that the vulnerability still remains in the app.

While we wait for the Zoom developers to do something about the vulnerability, users can take steps to prevent the vulnerability themselves by disabling the setting that allows Zoom to turn on your Mac's camera when joining a meeting.

Note that simply uninstalling the app won't help, because Zoom installs the localhost web server as a background process that can re-install the Zoom client on a Mac without requiring any user interaction besides visiting a web page.

Helpfully, the bottom of Leitschuh's Medium post includes a series of Terminal commands that will uninstall the web server completely.

Update: In a statement given to ZDNet, Zoom defended its use of a local web server on Macs as a "workaround" to changes that were introduced in Safari 12. The company said that it felt running a local server in the background was a "legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator."


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July 9, 2019, 3:12 a.m.

Major Zoom video conference vulnerability could allow websites to hijack your Mac’s webcam

A new zero-day vulnerability has been disclosed for the Zoom video conference app on the Mac. In a post on Medium, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh outlined the flaw, which could let websites take over your Mac’s camera.

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July 9, 2019, 2:08 a.m.

JP Morgan predicts four new iPhone models in 2020, including OLED and low-cost options

Earlier today, a Rosenblatt analyst said that iPhone 11 sales will likely disappoint, sending AAPL down over 2 percent today. Now, JP Morgan analysts have published a more optimistic note regarding Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup.

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July 9, 2019, 1:30 a.m.

Build healthy habits with this stylish wearable [Deals]

All the conveniences of technology come with a cost, including to our health. So why not use technology to help keep healthy habits? Even better, this fitness tracker can be yours for less than half the usual price. The Genius Fit Watch is an all-in-one activity tracker that fits comfortably and looks nice. It tracks […]

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July 9, 2019, 1:13 a.m.

FCC proposal would crack down on international robocalls and number spoofing

Robocalls have grown to become a major problem in the United States, and the FCC is working to create new legislation to hopefully help solve the issue for good. A new proposal from the FCC aims to crack down on robocalls that originate from overseas, or ones that evade spoofing laws.

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July 9, 2019, 1:10 a.m.

As Jony Ive leaves, Apple employees keep calm and carry on

If you’re looking for a clear voice on what Chief Design Officer Jony Ive leaving Apple means for the company, don’t look to current employees. Almost as many of them think the change will be good as think it will hurt the iPhone maker. Still, a large majority are confident that Apple will remain a […]

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July 8, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

Ikea expands TRADFRI HomeKit line with new bulbs, light panels, and more

Ikea has today revamped its smart home TRADFRI line, adding new smart bulbs, light panels, and more. The update to the TRADFRI line comes ahead of the rumored launch of Ikea’s HomeKit blinds later this year.

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July 8, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Bag a new iPhone for under $100 today only [Deals & Steals]

Desperately need a new iPhone but on a tight budget? Then you have to visit Woot today, where you’ll find a whole bunch of refurbished models at massive discounts. Prices start at a mere $99.99 for an iPhone 6, or $159.99 for an iPhone 6 Plus. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s […]

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July 8, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Fresh public and developer iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 betas out today

There’s a cornucopia of Apple betas out today. For starters, the public can download their second pre-release versions of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. And, in a curious move, developers just got tweaked versions of the betas introduced last week. iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 public betas It’s been just under two weeks since anyone […]

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July 8, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

New iPhone 11 processor should smoke Android’s best

This fall’s iPhone models will supposedly include a processor able to outperform any Android handset. It apparently won‘t be just a little bit better, as the source for this unconfirmed report on the A13 chip say it will offer “a one-year advantage” in graphics . Multi-core performance is supposedly getting a large boost too. Ice […]

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July 8, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 08, 2019 – Sign in with Apple, Jeff Williams profile

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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July 8, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Apple releasing second public beta of iOS 13 to users today [U]

Update: Apple has also released a new version of iOS 13 developer beta 3 to all developers.

Apple today is releasing the second public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. The update comes two weeks after Apple released the first public beta of the new operating system to users. more…

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July 8, 2019, 9 p.m.

iOS 13 Shortcuts can automatically download new wallpaper

This iOS 13 Shortcut will grab a random wallpaper image from the internet, and set it as your iPhone or iPad's wallpaper -- automatically.

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July 8, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Instagram has a plan to defeat online bullying and negative comments

Instragram has shared two ways that it is working to combat online bullying on its platform today. Rolling out now is an AI feature that alerts users when they make what could be an offensive comment. The company is also going to start testing a new way for users to put restrictions on who can comment on their posts.

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July 8, 2019, 8 p.m.

Apple goes all in on classic Texas Hold’em app

If you loved playing Texas Hold’em on your iPod in 2006, we have great news for you. Apple has brought this classic game back with a significant redesign. And, unlike the original version, it’s free. Apple’s own version of Texas Hold’em quietly reappeared in the App Store, which notes: Apple’s Texas Hold’em is back! To […]

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July 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

iPhone thief posts selfie on victim’s Instagram

New Jersey detectives are searching for an iPhone thief who may ultimately aid in his own capture because he posted a selfie on the victim’s Instagram feed. The Kearny Police Department recently released the above photo asking the public for some Face ID and information that could help them locate the man. Kearny police say […]

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

Real-world 5G is 2.7x faster than 4G

Apple fans might be underwhelmed by 5G because they’ll have to wait another year for an iPhone with this replacement for LTE, but there’s a lot to look forward to. A new study of finds that users can expect the new technology to bring download speeds that are 2.7 times faster than 4G. US is […]

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July 8, 2019, 7 p.m.

Check out Safari’s new pop-up tab control panel in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Safari gets yet another great new feature -- a popover tab panel with several super-handy options right under your fingers.

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July 8, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Apple revives classic Texas Hold’em iOS game to mark 10 years of the App Store

In a surprise move, Apple has revived its Texas Hold’em game for iPhone today. The update to the original game comes in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the App Store and includes new characters, improved graphics, more challenging gameplay, and more.

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July 8, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

TestFlight for iOS adds Dark Mode interface for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 beta users

Apple today has released a new beta version of its TestFlight app for iOS. The update includes support for Dark Mode ahead of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which include a new system-wide Dark Mode interface.

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July 8, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

New Apple ad says Face ID is safer than Touch ID

Apple tossed some shade at its own product in a new ad that promotes Face ID. The hilarious new ad shows how much easier it is to use Face ID over Touch ID as a vegged-out guy relaxes in his reclining chair and is too lazy to touch his iPhone XR to see who’s texting […]

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July 8, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

6 months using only an iPhone camera leaves pro photog inspired

Photographer Noe Alonzo gave himself a challenge that some people called ridiculous: He worked exclusively with his iPhone 7 Plus for six months. The results proved stunning. Even more surprising to Alonzo, his project landed him new clients — and gave him humbling insights into his own creativity. That the camera inside an iPhone is […]

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July 8, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Why Wall Street analysts say you should dump your Apple stock

An unusually high number of analysts recommend selling Apple shares. And quite a few investors are listening, as the the stock is currently down over 2% just today, and the price is below where it was 3 months ago. Bad news for iPhone and iPad This morning, Rosenblatt Securities analysts moved their advice on Apple […]

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July 8, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Apple’s ‘two spiritual soulmates’ have left the building

Walter Isaacson says Apple has lost “these two spiritual soulmates who just lived and breathed the beauty of products.” The Steve Jobs biographer believes the company still know how to execute, but that it has missed out on a number of opportunities for exciting new products — including an Apple TV set. Very few people got […]

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July 8, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Monday’s best deals: Latest AirPods $129, Woot iPhone sale from $100, 9.7-inch iPad, more

Latest AirPods $129, a 1-day Woot iPhone sale starts at $100, plus you can snag a notable deal on the latest 9.7-inch iPad. All this and more is below in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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

Original Apple-1 manual goes up for auction for $10,000

Unless you’re Scrooge McDuck, an international arms dealer or some other wealthy individual, chances are that you won’t be able to afford an Apple-1 at auction anytime soon. But don’t give up hope of owning a piece of Apple’s first computer. An extremely rare original Apple-1 manual (remember when computers came with those?) has just […]

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July 8, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Beta users can now sign into iCloud using Face ID or Touch ID

Users running the latest iOS 13, iPadOS 13 or macOS Catalina betas can now sign into iCloud using either Face ID or Touch ID. If you’re using on the these beta versions, visiting iCloud in Safari will present a pop-up asking if you want to sign in using biometrics. Visiting iCloud should redirect you automatically […]

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July 8, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

40-year-old Apple-1 original manual could fetch over $10,000 at auction

We’ve seen a couple of Apple-1 computers go up for auction over the last year. While they can fetch large sums, especially if they are functioning, they don’t always come with the original paperwork. Now, an Apple-1 original manual is up for auction.

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July 8, 2019, 2:26 p.m.

In new ‘Nap’ TV commercial, Apple says Face ID is ‘even easier and more secure than Touch ID’

In a new ad currently available on the Apple Singapore YouTube channel, Apple takes a direct jab at Touch ID biometrics. The amusing 30-second commercial features a man sleeping on a deckchair whilst his phone, a blue iPhone XR, pings with new message notifications.

The ad shows the man opening his eyes and merely glancing at the phone to unlock the device and reveal the notifications. The ad closes with the tagline “Face ID. Even easier and more secure than Touch ID.”

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July 8, 2019, 2:24 p.m.

Need to drastically speed up an iCloud restore? Use ice, ice, baby!

If you’ve ever restored an iPhone or iPad from an iCloud backup, you’ll know it’s a long, mundane process. But there is an incredibly simply trick you can use to make it faster. All you need is plenty of ice. There are a number of reasons why an iCloud restore might be painfully slow. One […]

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

Coaches charge big bucks to help kids kick their smartphone habit

Forget iOS’s Screen Time feature; according to the New York Times, some affluent families are hiring special coaches to help wean kids off their devices. These coaches can charge anywhere from $80 to $250 per hour, with parents typically signing up for 8-12 sessions. Journalist Nellie Bowles writes that: “A new screen-free parenting coach economy […]

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July 8, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

Purported iPhone 11 logic board signals big changes

We already have a pretty good idea what the next-generation iPhone lineup will look like on the outside. And thanks to a new leak, we can take a sneak peek at its insides, too. These images are of a logic board purportedly destined for the iPhone 11 — and they signal some big changes. Apple might […]

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July 8, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Steam Link app update lets you rebind buttons on MFi controllers

The Steam Link app allows you to stream games from your Steam library on your PC to your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. You can use touch controls or connect a compatible controller. The newest update to the Steam Link app makes that experience even better.

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July 8, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs begins his path back to the top

July 8, 1997: Steve Jobs begins his path to becoming chief executive officer of Apple, after former CEO Gil Amelio departs the company on the back of a massive quarterly loss. Also leaving Apple is Ellen Hancock, executive vice president of technology. To run Apple’s day-to-day operations, CFO Fred Anderson takes over until a new CEO […]

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July 8, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Bill Gates: Steve Jobs was a wizard, but I was immune to his spells

There are plenty of words used to describe Steve Jobs, but “wizard” isn’t one of the ones we hear too often. That’s exactly what Jobs was, however, according to Microsoft co-founder and long-time Jobs frenemy Bill Gates. Speaking on CNN, Gates said that Jobs accomplished his Apple-correcting wizardry by “casting spells.” But Gates, as a […]

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July 8, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Steam Link adds controller customization, big improvements

Steam Link just got its first big update since finally hitting the App Store on iOS. This release — version 1.1.36 — brings the ability to remap controller buttons and a number of big improvements. For a long time it looked like iOS users would never get the Steam Link app. Apple initially rejected it and […]

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July 8, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Purported iPhone 11 redesigned logic board pictured in new leak

As we get closer to iPhone season, it is the norm for more and more components from the upcoming iPhone models to leak out online. We already know how the overall phone will look from the outside. Today, we get a glimpse at some of the device’s internals.

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July 8, 2019, 11:37 a.m.

Rosenblatt analyst says iPhone 11 sales will disappoint, AAPL stock price falls in premarket trading

Apple stock took a beating in premarket trading as Rosenblatt Securities released a pessimistic updated outlook on company performance.

The firm downgraded Apple stock to “sell” from a previously neutral rating. The company said Apple’s new iPhone sales will be disappointing and that services revenue growth will decelerate.

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July 8, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Huawei founder says Apple is the inspiration behind its privacy policy

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says that, when it comes to user privacy, Apple is the company he models his approach on. Huawei has been under fire for possibly posing a spying-related security risk, resulting in a temporary U.S. ban. However, Zhengfei says that it would not provide data to the Chinese government at any cost. […]

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July 8, 2019, 9 a.m.

Apple pays tribute to triumphant U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team

Apple has given its home page a Memoji-themed soccer overhaul in honor of the United States Women’s World Cup win. The much-viewed competition came to an end over the weekend, as the U.S. brought home the win with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands. The animated graphic appears for visitors in the U.S., U.K. (where […]

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July 8, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to delete your LinkedIn account

Looking to cut back on your social media use? Follow along for how to delete your LinkedIn account from iPhone, iPad, and the web.

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July 8, 2019, 4:10 a.m.

BBC Sounds App Updated With Apple CarPlay Support

The BBC Sounds mobile app has been updated with CarPlay support, meaning users can now listen to the broadcaster's extensive library of live and on-demand radio, music, and podcasts from their in-car infotainment systems and dashboards.

As noted by Pocket-lint.com, CarPlay and Android Auto support was originally available for iPlayer Radio, which the Sounds app replaced, but this version has extra options and an improved in-car experience.

From the BBC Sounds website:
Here's what you'll see in the new car-friendly view of the BBC Sounds app:
  • Browse: Have a look through our simplified Podcasts, Music Mixes and Recommended for You menus

  • Stations: Listen live to all of the BBC’s national and local radio stations across the UK

  • My Sounds: Easy access to all of the radio programmes, podcasts and music mixes you're subscribed to or added to your Bookmarks

  • Downloads: Offline playback of programmes you've downloaded onto the app
    BBC Sounds was launched in June last year to introduce a more personalized listening experience and bring a new look and feel to the site.
BBC Sounds was launched in June last year to introduce a more personalized listening experience and bring a new look and feel to the site.

The BBC app is designed to learn from the user's listening habits and introduce them to shows and podcasts that they might not otherwise know about.

BBC Sounds is available to download on iPhone and iPad for free from Apple's regional U.K. App Store. [Direct Link]


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July 8, 2019, 3:36 a.m.

Apple's Website Celebrates US Women's World Cup Victory With Memoji Tribute

Apple is celebrating the United States' women's national soccer team victory in the 2019 World Cup with a Memoji-themed tribute on its Apple.com website.


USA defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup Final on Sunday. The victory saw the holders retain the trophy and win it for the fourth time in the competition's history.

Apple's short animation appears briefly on the company's homepage, and features three Memoji heads – colored red, white, and blue – seen cheering the nation's victory, complete with iMessage-style confetti effect and bouncing soccer balls.

The animation finishes with the message of "Job well done," and then vanishes to return Apple's website to its usual style of showcasing the latest products.

In iOS 11, Apple introduced animated emoji characters called Animoji, which are designed to mimic your facial expressions. Later in iOS 12, Animoji grew to encompass Memoji, which are customizable humanoid Animoji characters that you can design to look just like you.

Animoji/Memoji stickers let you express yourself using classic emoji-like poses and faces, such as heart eyes, brain exploding, shushing face, laughing with tears, crying, shrugging, face palm, and more.

Memoji and Animoji are limited to Apple's iPhones with TrueDepth technology, but in iOS 13, coming in the fall, Apple has added several different Animoji and Memoji stickers that can be used on all Apple devices with an A9 chip or later.

To learn more about how you can use Animoji and Memoji stickers in iOS 13, click here.


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July 8, 2019, 12:45 a.m.

Minix’s amazing USB-C hub is also a 240GB hard drive [Review]

The Minix Neo Storage is one of those inventions so clever they make you ask, “Why didn’t someone think of this before?” It combines into one small package two accessories many people carry around: an external hard drive with up to 240GB of capacity and a 4-port USB hub. We tested it with both a […]

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July 7, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Bill Gates praises Steve Jobs, says he used ‘spells’ to mesmerize people and revitalize Apple

During an interview on CNN this morning, Bill Gates touched on his thoughts on Steve Jobs. Gates praised Jobs’ design sensibility and how he was Apple to save Apple from collapsing.

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July 7, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Apple celebrates US Women’s World Cup victory with homepage tribute

Apple is celebrating the United States Women’s World Cup championship with a homepage takeover. Head to Apple.com and you’ll see Apple’s Memoji-themed tribute at the top of the page, provided you’re in the United States.

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July 7, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best retro ’80s synth, hotspot-sharing and smart playlist mixing apps of the week

This week we create smart playlists with Miximum, let anyone use our internet connections with HotSpotMe, and put our MacBook's dock in the Touch Bar with Pock

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July 7, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Apple tests Face ID and Touch ID sign-in for iCloud․com on iOS 13 and macOS Catalina betas

For iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina beta testers, Apple is trying out a new sign-in process for iCloud on the web. When you head to beta.icloud.com on a device running the betas, you can now sign-in to your account using Face ID or Touch ID.

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July 7, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

This week’s top stories: New MacBook keyboard design, iOS 13 beta 3, and more

In this week’s top stories: A new keyboard design for the MacBook, iOS 13 beta 3, more details on Jony Ive’s departure, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest Apple news.

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July 7, 2019, 4 p.m.

Forrest Gump’s investment in Apple would be worth $28 billion today

In the Oscar-winning movie Forrest Gump, there’s a short scene in which Tom Hanks’s character opens a letter of thanks from Apple after his former military colleague and business partner Lieutenant Dan invested some of the profits from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in “some kind of fruit company.” It’s been 25 years since that movie debuted. If […]

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July 7, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Huawei CEO says Apple is his ‘role model’ when it comes to protecting user data

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has touched on how he is inspired by Apple before, and now he’s saying Apple’s stance on user privacy also inspires Huawei. In an interview cited by CNBC, Zhengfei said that Huawei would never provider users’ data to the Chinese government.

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July 7, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Guard your home with night vision and motion detection [Deals]

For the security-minded, a home security camera offers a lot of benefits. For one, when something bad happens to or around your house, it helps to have the video receipts. And sometimes a camera can help prevent theft or vandalism in the first place. The SANNCE Home Security IP Wireless Camera watches over your home […]

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July 7, 2019, 2:08 p.m.

When will Apple announce and release the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max?

We’re just two months away from Apple’s expected announcement and release of the iPhone 11 lineup. Now that WWDC has come and gone, the September iPhone 11 event is the next thing on the company’s horizon. Here’s is when Apple might announce and release the iPhone 11.

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July 7, 2019, 2 p.m.

Comment: My kids aren’t getting social media accounts and yours probably shouldn’t either

A few weeks ago, I got asked by a local church to talk to their parents about strategies to help monitor their kids’ social media use. This topic is one I get asked about a lot, and I know that a lot of parents are struggling with it. When they brought me up there, they were looking for a silver bullet of an app, service, or method to use to help make sure their kids don’t get into trouble on social media. I started the talk with a simple statement: your kids don’t need social media accounts and you don’t either.

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July 7, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: App Store surpasses 15 billion downloads

July 7, 2011: Three years after its launch, the App Store passes 15 billion downloads. This represents a major milestone for Apple. The App Store offers more than 425,00 apps, which give the iPhone and iPad incredible capabilities and add to the devices’ wide appeal. Despite Steve Jobs’ initial reluctance about opening an App Store, […]

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July 7, 2019, 1:21 a.m.

WSJ: How Jeff Williams became more involved in product development at Apple than Tim Cook

Apple announced last week that Jony Ive would depart the company later this year to form his own independent design firm. In place of Ive, Apple COO Jeff Williams will take over management of Apple’s hardware and software design team. A new profile this week from The Wall Street Journal sheds more light on Williams’s evolving role.

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July 6, 2019, 10:44 p.m.

Get VideoProc Mac video editor with GPU accelerated 4K processing for free

VideoProc is an affordable Mac video editor that offers features you won’t find in iMovie but for a fraction of the price of using Apple’s more expensive Final Cut Pro X suite. It also offers an intuitive user interface that makes a number of video processing and editing features easy for beginners that might find Final Cut Pro X too expensive or difficult to master for quick edits and processing. In addition, the app offers built-in screen recording and video download tools.

Thanks to our sponsor Digiarty Software, 9to5Mac readers can download a free license of 4K video editor VideoProc now.

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July 6, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

iPhone sales continue to fall in India, but Apple could benefit from upcoming regulatory change

A pair of reports this week detail Apple’s ongoing struggles in India, but also note a point of hope for the company. The Economic Times reports that iPhone sales continue to fall in India, but that India regulators are looking to ease local sourcing rules – which could help Apple’s efforts to open retail stores in the country.

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July 6, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Best summer tech: Turn up the heat with these great gadgets [Reviews]

Summertime means everything from hitting the pool to heading out on vacation. And, of course, your tech is coming too. We’ve compiled a collection of accessories you might find add a bit to the fun. There are smart glasses, travel chargers, wireless speakers and headphones, and more. Audio gear Summer is the best time to […]

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July 6, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Apple revs up CarPlay at last in iOS 13 [Cult of Mac Magazine No.]

Apple finally gives CarPlay some love in iOS 13, adding loads of new features and a much better user interface. The long-overdue upgrade shifts Apple’s in-car platform into high gear at last. Find out everything new in CarPlay in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Download it now from the iOS App […]

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July 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Protect your privacy with a burner phone number [Deals]

Work, dating, Craigslist deals, there are plenty of occasions to feel a little uneasy about giving out your phone number. So instead, why not have a burner phone number that keeps your real digits private? Hushed Private Phone Line is a simple and secure app that makes it easy to call and text from a […]

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July 6, 2019, 2 p.m.

Apple @ Work: IoT devices face security problems that must be addressed

If you work in the enterprise IT market, there is a word you are hearing all of the time. It’s IoT or Internet of Things. It’s an all-encompassing term to describe devices that are connected to the network that are not end-user devices. IoT devices in the enterprise could be commercial HVAC controllers (think Ecobee, but for commercial heating and air), commercial camera and DVR systems (an enterprise-grade version of something like Arlo), water fountain filter sensors, or connected paper towel dispensers that alert someone when they are close to being empty. All of these products look great on paper, but I am concerned about the security of the devices, their ability to be managed, and their ability to be upgraded.

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July 6, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: After a horrible quarter, Gil Amelio gets the boot

July 6, 1997: Following a massive quarterly loss for Apple, board member Edgar S. Woolard Jr. calls CEO Gil Amelio and informs him that he needs to step down. “You’ve done a lot to help the company, but the sales haven’t rebounded,” Woolard says. Steve Jobs denies being responsible for Amelio’s ouster. However, the move […]

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July 6, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: Unreleased MacBook Pro, Improved Keyboard Design for Future Notebooks, FaceTime Attention Correction

Following last week's big news that Jony Ive will be departing Apple, this week saw a slew of Mac-related rumors including evidence of an upcoming MacBook Pro model, word that Apple is abandoning the troublesome butterfly keyboard used on its notebooks for the past several years, and logic board problems with a "very small number" of MacBook Air units.

Read on for all of the biggest news of the week, including a clever new iOS 13 feature to make your FaceTime video calls feel more natural and another controversy surrounding Xiaomi copying Apple.

Apple Receives FCC Approval for Unreleased MacBook Pro


The Federal Communications Commission this week briefly published documents related to an unreleased MacBook Pro, generating significant discussion about what the machine might be and when it could be released.


The A2159 model number was one of seven recently registered with the Eurasian Economic Commission, but this was the only one to appear at the FCC. Based on the machine's power requirements, it appears to be a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which could be a new version of the non-Touch Bar model that wasn't updated alongside the other MacBook Pro models in May.

New machines typically appear in the FCC's database just about at the moment of launch, which could mean a debut is imminent, although it appears to have been a premature publication by the FCC as Apple has yet to release the new model and the documents were quickly pulled from the FCC's website.

Kuo: Apple to Use New Scissor Switch Keyboard in Future MacBooks, Starting With 2019 MacBook Air Refresh


Apple's much-maligned butterfly keyboard on its notebooks may be headed out the door, with prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claiming Apple will be including a new scissor-style keyboard on future models, starting with a MacBook Air refresh later this year.


Kuo says the scissor style keyboard is likely to be a bit thicker than the butterfly design, but would be cheaper and could offer a better user experience including greater key travel and a glass fiber-reinforced structure that's more durable and less sensitive to dust and debris preventing keys from working.

Attention Correction Feature in iOS 13 Beta Enables Appearance of Eye Contact During FaceTime Calls


Apple this week seeded third developer betas of its upcoming major operating system updates, and the new iOS 13 beta includes a clever feature called FaceTime Attention Correction.


The feature uses ARKit to capture a depth map of your face during FaceTime video calls and adjusts the position of your eyes to make it seem like you're looking at your device's camera when you're actually looking at the screen.

We went hands-on with the feature, which is only available for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, as well as the latest iPad Pro models, and can be toggled off in Settings if you prefer not to use it.

Apple Identifies Logic Board Issue With 'Very Small Number' of 2018 MacBook Airs, Will Fix Free of Charge


Apple this week notified its retail stores and authorized repair centers that it has identified a logic board issue affecting a "very small number" of 2018 MacBook Air units and will repair affected computers free of charge for up to four years from the date of purchase.


The program hasn't been announced publicly, so it seems that it should affect only a limited number of machines, and Apple will be notifying users with affected machines.

The internal repair program for the latest MacBook Air comes shortly after a more significant recall and repair program for 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro units that could experience overheating and even fire safety issues with their batteries. Dramatic photos showing the aftermath of one of these incidents demonstrate why owners of affected machines should take this recall seriously.

Xiaomi Clones Apple's Memoji With New 'Mimoji' Avatars


Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi is preparing to launch its latest smartphone, which will support animated avatars known as "Mimoji."


These 3D avatars are incredibly similar to Apple's Memoji introduced with iOS 12, with even the Mimoji name bearing a remarkable similarity to Apple's feature. Incredibly, Xioami was even caught using Apple's own Memoji ads to promote the Mimoji feature, allegedly by accident.

This isn't the first time Xiamoi has been accused of cloning a feature from Apple, as the company's animated emoji from last year were similar to Apple's Animoji, and they debuted on a phone that looked nearly identical to Apple's iPhone X. Xiaomi has also released wireless earphones that have some strong similarities to Apple's AirPods.

Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - July 2019


Over on our YouTube channel, we've released the latest installment of our popular series looking at some of our favorite third-party Mac apps.


This month's list includes Pock for customizing your MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, One Switch for adding toggles for various options and settings to your menu bar, Microsoft To-Do for keeping track of tasks across your devices, Flotato for turning some of your favorite websites into web apps, and Spotmenu for accessing information on your Spotify and iTunes content from the menu bar.

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July 5, 2019, 11:43 p.m.

Save on iPad, Beats and accessories [Deals & Steals]

Best Buy is now offering one of the biggest discounts we’ve seen on the 2018 iPad Pro, with $200 off select models for a limited time. You could get yours for as little as $674.99 — but you’ll need to act fast. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. […]

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July 5, 2019, 11:18 p.m.

9to5Rewards: Last chance to win the new iPad mini! [Giveaway]

This is your last week to enter our giveaway for Apple’s latest 2019 iPad mini thanks to our sponsor ZUGU Case– makers of Amazon’s highest rate iPad case and the new Muse case for iPads.

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July 5, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Apple should sue Xiaomi for its blatant copying — but it won’t

Xiaomi has a history of shamelessly ripping off bigger brands, and nine times out of ten, its chosen target is Apple. The Chinese company has previously cloned the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and more — without a single shred of fear that it might one day feel the wrath of Apple’s legal department. Xiaomi’s latest ripoff […]

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July 5, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Copycat Xiaomi steals Apple ads to promote its Memoji clone

Xiaomi’s new Memoji clone isn’t the first product it has shamelessly stolen from Apple. But it might just be its worst ripoff to date. That’s not because Mimoji and Memoji sound exactly the same, or because the character designs are nearly identical. It’s because Xiaomi brazenly stole Apple’s commercials to promote it. Official Memoji ads […]

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July 5, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Jony Ive’s successor could someday replace Tim Cook at Apple’s helm

Apple’s COO Jeff Williams won’t take on the departing Jony Ive’s title of Chief Design Officer but he’s nevertheless stepping into the role. A new profile in the Wall Street Journal quotes sources who question whether Williams has the vision to take Ive’s place. Even so, some are looking at this executive to someday replace […]

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July 5, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to use Safari’s amazing new settings in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Safari has a brand new setting panel, which lets you customize any website with font sizes, content blockers, and lots more.

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July 5, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Sony’s answer to AirPods boast one big advantage

Sony’s new wireless earbuds are ready to take on AirPods. The horribly named WF-1000XM3 promise the same impressive audio quality as Sony’s best-selling headphones — but in an earbud form factor. And they boast one big advantage. Here’s why you might want to avoid Apple’s hottest accessory and pick up these instead. Sony has taken […]

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July 5, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Apple Retina iMacs up to $670 off, plus new iTunes $5 movie sale and Elago’s Apple Watch dock is $13

Apple Retina iMacs are up to $670 off, the latest iTunes movie sale is packed with $5 deals, and you can save a few bucks on Elago’s new Apple Watch Dock. All that and more is in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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July 5, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Xiaomi adds insult to injury as it uses an actual Apple ad to promote its Memoji clone

Earlier this week, Xiaomi announced its new Mi CC9 smartphone that comes with a blatant copy of Apple’s popular Memoji feature, called “Mimoji.” Now that retail listings have appeared for the new Xiaomi device and animated emoji feature, an even more ridiculous thing has happened, the Memoji clone has been promoted by Xiaomi with an actual Apple Memoji ad.

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July 5, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 05, 2019 – Foldable 5G iPad rumor

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

Apple allegedly considering a foldable 5G iPad

Apple’s planning the biggest design change to the iPad in its near-10 year history, a new report claims. According to a report from IHS Markit, Apple is developing a folding iPad. This future tablet will boast a MacBook size screen, but foldable into something a fraction of the size. Oh, yes, and it’ll supposedly have […]

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

Score extended July 4th deals on gear, apps and lessons [Deals]

July 4th has come and gone. The tanks are back in their garages. But the deals roll on at the Cult of Mac Store. We’ve got big discounts on a 3-in-1 charging pad, a five-part course in Microsoft Excel, and a powerful, intuitive photo editing app. Most are discounted by about half or greater, read […]

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July 5, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Apple allegedly considering a foldable 5G iPad

Apple’s planning the biggest design change to the iPad in its near-10 year history, a new report claims. According to a report from IHS Markit, Apple is developing a folding iPad. This future tablet will boast a MacBook size screen, but foldable into something a fraction of the size. Oh, yes, and it’ll supposedly have […]

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July 5, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Why’d Jony Ive quit? Troubling details emerge… this week on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: A new report details why Jony Ive is departing Apple, and it paints a troubling picture. Plus, Leander tells us about the “fiddle factor,” the unique quality that made Jony Ive our time’s greatest designer. Our thanks to Squarespace for supporting this episode. Easily create a beautiful website all by […]

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July 5, 2019, 1:48 p.m.

Sony announces WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling true wireless in-ear headphones

Sony has announced its first ever noise-canceling true wireless in-ear headphones, WF-1000XM3.

Sony had earlier established its noise-canceling tech as at least the rival of Bose, with some considering it superior – so bringing that same feature to the true wireless in-ear market could prove interesting competition for Apple’s AirPods

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July 5, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Stranger Things skins finally arrive in Fortnite

The first official Stranger Things skins are finally available from Fortnite’s in-game item shop. Chief Hopper and a terrifying Demogorgon are currently on offer, along with a new weapon wrap. But we expect to see more soon. It feels like we’ve been waiting a long, long time for the Fortnite x Stranger Things crossover. Scoops Ahoy, […]

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July 5, 2019, 1:37 p.m.

Rumor: Analyst predicts Apple is working on a foldable iPad with 5G cellular radio

The start of the year heralded a frenzy of foldables, although an actual product is yet to hit consumer shelves after reviewers found that the Samsung Galaxy Fold phone suffered from display durability issues and the company indefinitely delayed the launch.

A report from IHS Markit, via Economic Daily News, says that Apple is developing a foldable of its own; not a phone but a foldable iPad.

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July 5, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Minit is an adventure game with a 60-second time limit

In an age of open-world sandbox titles, many games try to get you playing for hours on end. That’s not the case with Minit, an adventure game which just arrived in the App Store. As its name implies, Minit is a title in which each game lasts, well, one minute. That means that you’ve got […]

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July 5, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple ships its last Mac with a CRT monitor

July 5, 2006: Apple discontinues its low-end eMac product line. It signals the end of the cathode ray tube era for Macs. After more than a quarter-century using CRT monitors, Apple shifts to the superior LCD technology still used for Macs today. The rise and fall of CRT monitors Apple sold CRT monitors beginning in […]

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July 5, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

iOS 13: Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Find My App

Apple in iOS 13 and iPadOS merged the Find My Friends and the Find My iPhone apps into one app that's just called "Find My," because, well, it's used for finding whatever you need to find.

Find My works similarly to the Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps that were previously available, but it has a nifty new feature that's designed to let you find your lost devices even when you don't have a WiFi or LTE connection.

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Note that this guide is designed to walk through all of the Find My features on iPhone and iPad, but it also applies to the Mac, which also has a new Find My app in macOS Catalina.


Locating Lost Devices


The Find My app is organized into three sections, accessible by tapping the tabs at the bottom. On the left, you can find people, in the middle, you can find your own devices, and on the right, there's a "Me" tab introduced during the beta testing process.

As with the prior Find My iPhone app, all of your Apple products are listed. Devices where you're signed into iCloud and have the Find My feature enabled will be locatable through the Find My app.


All of your devices are displayed on a map, and you can zoom in or out to get a better picture of their location. Tapping on a single device provides you with options to get directions to its location in Apple Maps, Play a Sound for locating a nearby lost device, or get a notification when it's found if it's offline.


There's an option to mark a device as lost, which locks the lost device, disables Apple Pay, and allows contact information to be put right on the lock screen, and as a last resort, there's a tool for deleting all of your data.

Find My Compatible Devices


Almost all Apple products are Find My compatible, including iPhone, iPad, Macs, Apple Watch, and AirPods.

Family Sharing


If you have Family Sharing enabled, all of your family's devices will be listed in Find My right alongside your own, so you can also find devices from your partner or children through the Find My app.

Locating Friends


The Find My app allows you to locate friends and family members that have shared their location with you. You can view their location using the "People" tab within the Find My app.

The Find My app lists people who have shared their location with you and, if you haven't shared your own location, offers up an option to do so.


Sharing Location


If you press the "Share My Location" button, you can share your own location with any of your contacts even if they haven't shared a location with you. Tapping on a person's name in the list provides an option to bring up their Contacts card for sending a message or an option to get directions to their location.

You'll also find tools for removing friends and turning off your own location sharing with the person if it's a mutual location sharing contact. You can opt to share your own location permanently, for an hour, or until the end of the day.

Notifications


For any person who's sharing a location with you, you can turn on notifications to get notifications when they leave or arrive at a specific location. There's also an option to notify your friend when you leave or arrive at a specific notification.

Me Tab


The "Me" tab in the Find My app displays your current location and includes toggles for sharing location, allowing friend requests, choosing who to receive location updates from, and naming a specific place.


Locating Devices Without a Connection


One of the headline features of iOS 13 is a new Find My option that lets your lost devices be located even when not connected to WiFi or LTE by leveraging Bluetooth and proximity to other nearby Apple devices.

When your lost device is offline but close to another device, it's able to connect to that other device over Bluetooth and relay its location. That means that your devices are more trackable than ever, and there's a better chance you can find a device that's been lost.

The iPad Pro and MacBook in this screenshot are locatable without a connection. The iPad Pro has WiFi turned off while the MacBook was closed.

Tracking a device in this way requires Bluetooth to be enabled because location is shared with another device using Bluetooth. Turning off Bluetooth or power makes your device untrackable, but if it's on, has Bluetooth, and is near another Apple device, it will potentially be trackable even if it can't connect to WiFi or LTE.

You're not going to notice a difference in the Find My app when tracking a device over Bluetooth rather than a cellular or WiFi connection -- it simply shows up in the list of devices like any other device that does have a standard connection. Offline devices do have their distance from you listed in gray instead of blue, and you can tell when the location data was last updated by the time listed.

In testing, setting an iPad into Airplane mode and enabling Bluetooth continued to allow the iPad to be tracked thanks to another nearby iPhone, but turning off Bluetooth prevented it from being found even from a device to device connection.

How It Works


Implementing the device to device location feature while preserving privacy was quite a feat and the technical details of how it works are quite complicated, but Apple has given a high level overview of how it functions.

Basically, it's been designed with an encryption system that prevents people from abusing the feature for doing things like tracking you. That encryption system makes your personal location unavailable to people aiming to intercept your device's Bluetooth signal and from Apple itself.

Find My requires Apple users to have at least two devices. Each of your devices emits a constantly changing public key that nearby Apple devices pick up, encrypt, and upload with your geolocation data.

To decrypt that location signal, you need a second Apple device logged in with your Apple ID credentials and protected with two-factor authentication. Essentially, only your own devices can decrypt the encrypted location signal that's being sent from a lost device, no one, not even Apple, can intercept it and locate you or your devices.

As an example scenario, if you were on an airplane, had your iPhone in Airplane Mode with Bluetooth on, and then left it behind on the plane accidentally, it would potentially still be trackable.

In this situation, a flight attendant or an airport worker with an iPhone might come across it. The flight attendant's own iPhone would connect to your lost iPhone over Bluetooth by picking up your public key.

The flight attendant's iPhone would then upload your device's encrypted location and a hash of your public key (for identification purposes) to Apple's servers, where one of your own devices will be able to receive the encrypted info and decrypt it to make the offline device able to be tracked.

Privacy


Because the entire Find My system is end-to-end encrypted, other people can't get the location of your devices using Bluetooth, nor can Apple. Lost devices are trackable only by you.

Device Impact


According to Apple, Find My's background Bluetooth location tracking feature uses just tiny bits of data piggybacked on existing network traffic so there's no impact on device battery life, data usage, or privacy.

Find My Rumors


Rumors have suggested Apple plans to expand Find My's functionality through the introduction of a new hardware product that's similar to the Tile Bluetooth item tracker.

Apple is said to be working on a tag that can be attached to any item that would allow it to be tracked. Like Tile, Apple's rumored tracker reportedly lets users receive a notification when a device gets too far from the tag, potentially cutting down on lost items.

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July 5, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

Samsung profits likely fell 56% year-on-year; includes $683M Apple ‘fine’

Samsung profits for Q2 likely fell 56% year-on-year, warned the company today. The company has provided guidance of 6.5T Korean won ($5.6B). If accurate, as the company’s guidance usually is, that would make for the third quarter running that year-on-year profits have fallen.

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July 5, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Battery Cable for Charging Your iPhone From Nomad

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Nomad to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of the company's Battery Cables, which combines a Lightning cable with a battery pack.

Priced at $49.99, the Battery Cable combines a high-quality Lightning cable made from braided 500D nylon woven in a ballistic weave pattern with a 2,800mAh battery that's built right into the cord.


The built-in battery is meant to allow the cable to work even when you don't have a power source, and it's convenient because you don't need to have a separate battery pack -- it's all one device that you can bring with you.


At 2,800mAh, the Battery Cable won't quite charge your iPhone to full if it's an XS, XS Max, or XR, but it will give you some extra juice in a pinch.


A light on the Battery Cable will let you know what the charge level is, and for traveling, there's an integrated silicone cable tie to keep it from getting tangled up.


When charging your iPhone with the Battery Cable, it will charge up your iPhone before charging up the included battery pack. The battery pack itself is made from a durable aluminum while the kevlar construction of the cable will ensure that the Battery Cable lasts for a long time to come.


We have 10 of the Battery Cables from Nomad 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.

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July 5, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Team Rocket hot air balloon signals Pokémon Go arrival

A Team Rocket hot air balloon flown over Dortmund, Germany, this week all but confirms the evil gang’s imminent arrival in Pokémon Go. Emblazoned with a Team Rocket logo, the balloon appeared on day one of Europe’s first ever Pokémon Go Fest. It’s the latest in a number of teasers Niantic has put out to […]

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July 5, 2019, 11:14 a.m.

New hope for Apple Stores finally making it to India

Apple’s much-delayed dreams of opening an official Apple Store in India may finally be close to coming true. In Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden budget speech, the minister announced the relaxation of laws concerning single brand stores. These rules stated that 30% of goods sold in these stores had to be sourced locally. However, […]

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July 5, 2019, 10:09 a.m.

Apple paid Samsung $683 million for missing OLED display targets

Apple paid Samsung 800 billion won ($683 million) during the second quarter of the year. The payments covered the cost of display panels after Apple missed a sales target both companies had agreed on. The cash influx represents a rare bright spot during a three-month period in which Samsung’s profits are forecast to plunge an […]

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July 5, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

HQ Trivia Lays Off Staff and Pivots to $9.99/Month Subscription Model for HQ Words

It's been well over a year since HQ Trivia spiked in popularity, but now that interest in the game is dwindling and downloads per month are down 92 percent year-over-year, the company has begun laying off employees.

According to sources speaking to TechCrunch, about 20 percent of staff was let go, amounting to six or seven people. Although the app became immensely popular, HQ Trivia only ever staffed about 35 people, so it will now be down to under 30 employees.


In the wake of its dwindling popularity, HQ Trivia's spin-off game HQ Words is launching a monthly subscription model that will cost $9.99 per month. The Wheel of Fortune-style game will introduce the new model in August, along with bigger prizes and more ways to win, for those who pay the subscription fee.


HQ Trivia is said to have had a rocky first half of 2019, with co-founder and CEO Colin Kroll's death in December 2018 leading into co-founder Rus Yusupov gaining control. Staff apparently disliked Yusupov's leadership, as he allegedly "allowed the product to stagnate and popularity to decline," so many employees got behind a petition to have him removed as CEO.

Yusupov learned of the petition and fired two of its leaders, further sinking morale at the company. The board is reportedly still looking for a new CEO.


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July 5, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to find the serial number of your AirPods

Need to find the serial number of your AirPods? Follow along for three different ways to locate it.

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July 5, 2019, 6:37 a.m.

Sony Announces New Wireless Earbuds Coming in August for $230

Sony today announced the WF-1000XM3 earbuds, a new set of true wireless earbuds that will launch this August for $229.99.

The new earbuds come with advanced noise cancellation, powered by a dual noise sensor that catches more of the ambient sounds from your surroundings. This is paired with a dedicated HD noise-cancelling processor, the QN1e, which cancels more noise across all frequencies while using less power.


All of the noise cancellation features can be customized in settings, and you can choose to hear more or less ambient noise at any time. There are a few gesture-based features as well, allowing users to place a finger over the earbud to turn the volume down and let in ambient sounds.

In terms of audio quality, Sony promises high-resolution audio powered by a small 0.24" driver unit and the company's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine HX. The earbuds also have a new Bluetooth chip and an optimized antenna design for wider coverage and uninterrupted streaming.


The earbuds offer six hours of power on one full charge, and the included charging case provides three charges. Users can also opt to turn noise-cancelling features off to boost listening time to eight hours per charge. A quick 10-minute charge in the charging case offers up to 90 minutes of play time.

The Verge has hands-on coverage of the earbuds, noting one major downside: they aren't sweat or water-resistant, so any gym-goers may do better looking into other wireless headphones.

Sony's WF-1000XM3 earbuds will launch next month for $229.99.

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July 5, 2019, 3:34 a.m.

Apple Reimbursed Samsung $683 Million After Missing OLED Display Targets

Apple reimbursed Samsung 800 billion won ($683 million) to cover the cost of OLED panels after Apple missed a sales target both companies had agreed upon.


Apple originally said it would buy a certain number of the display panels from the South Korean company, but disappointing iPhone sales meant it was unable to live up to the agreement. The payment was made in the second quarter of this year.

The figure, quoted by Reuters, came as Samsung on Friday forecast a plunge in its second-quarter operating profits, but one-off gains like the payment from Apple helped it beat analyst expectations.

Samsung's April-June operating profit likely fell 56 percent to 6.5 trillion won ($5.6 billion), the company revealed in a regulatory filing ahead of the release of its detailed earnings figures in late July. Revenue probably fell 4.2 percent from a year earlier to 56 trillion won ($48 billion).

Samsung is on track to post year-on-year profit declines for a third consecutive quarter, mainly due to a combination of falling chip prices because of a supply glut and U.S. sanctions on Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei, which has become a key Samsung client.

The U.S.-China trade war is also hitting global chip and smartphone markets, with rising tariffs hitting demand for electronics. In a striking example of the ongoing feud between the two countries, Seoul also cut its annual economic growth target to a seven-year low as exports continued to slump.

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July 4, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

PhotoGrip Qi is a camera grip and wireless charger in one [Review]

Adonit actually found a way to make taking vacation pictures with your iPhone easier. The PhotoGrip Qi turns your phone into an old-school point-and-shoot. Plus it includes a tripod with a remote shutter button. On top of that, its flexible iPhone clamp wirelessly charges the handset. I still remember the days before phone cameras. Come […]

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July 4, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Stranger Things x Fortnite crossover skins leak out early

Stranger Things season three is finally here, and according to early impressions, it might just be the best one yet. It’s also going to mean big things for Fortnite Battle Royale fans. The hit Netflix show has already started making its mark inside the game, with portals to the Upside Down recently appearing in Mega […]

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July 4, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to create smart playlists in iOS Music (finally)

Miximum lets you create auto-updating playlists on your iPhone or iPad, and sync them to your Music app. It even works with Apple Music.

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July 4, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

It’s not just you, Apple online services hit with multiple problems

Apple reports that every iCloud service is currently experiencing problems. This affects users of iCloud Drive, Keychain and many more. However, this doesn’t seem to be cropping up for every user. And many of this company’s other online services are running fine. Apple’s official System Status page displays which services are having problems. Normally they […]

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July 4, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Save $700 on a 2018 MacBook Pro, $470 on Mac mini [Deals & Steals]

If you need a super-speedy notebook that can tackle anything you throw at it, look no further than the 15-inch MacBook Pro. You can now get the Intel Core i9 model with 32GB of RAM and a whopping 2TB of storage for $700 less! That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & […]

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July 4, 2019, 7 p.m.

Every USB device I’ve plugged into an iOS 13 iPad so far

Q: What can you plug into an iPad running iPadOS/iOS 13? A: Almost anything. I tried everything I could find, including a DVD drive, a printer, and a Kindle. Here's what happened.

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July 4, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Almost all iCloud services down for some users including Photos, Mail, Backup, Find My Friends, Contacts, Calendars, more

Apple is experiencing issues with most of its iCloud services today. Users are having trouble signing into iCloud and accessing their accounts, along with Photos, Mail, Backup, Find My Friends, Contacts, Calendars, and more seeing downtime.

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July 4, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Best July 4th Deals: Save on Apple, Google speakers + phones, smart home, more

Welcome to our annual roundup of the best July 4th deals. As they do each year, a wide range of retailers are offering sitewide discounts, aggressive price drops, and more on just about every category imaginable. Whether you’re looking for a new iPad, Mac, TV or smart home gear, we have you covered. Not to mention you’ll find deals below on the latest Android devices, fashion, home goods and more. Hit the jump for all of the best July 4th deals.

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July 4, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

Apple wants to settle antitrust standoff with South Korean regulators

Apple has come up with a proposal that would end a dispute with South Korea’s antitrust regulator. Apple stands accused of abusing its dominant position in the marketplace. It reportedly did this by requiring phone carriers in the country to pay for the cost of iPhone ads on TV. Apple has argued that this was […]

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July 4, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Eve launching HomeKit-compatible Bluetooth range extender in September

Eve (formerly Elgato) is expected to announce a HomeKit-compatible Bluetooth range extender in the next couple of weeks, with the product launch scheduled for September. It will be called Eve Extend…

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

Fund containing Apple’s giant EU tax bill lost $18m last year

The escrow fund containing the massive $16 billion fine Apple was commanded to pay by the EU declined by $18 million last year. The funds are being held in an escrow account while appeals by Apple and Ireland make their way through the court. In the meantime, the money is invested — but, at least […]

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July 4, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

The Apple designer’s ‘hobby’ that inspired the Mac Pro vent holes

One of our readers made a good spot: a reference in a 2015 New Yorker piece which suggests that the clever Mac Pro vent holes were based on a variation of a design the company casually shared with a journalist at the time, not necessarily knowing then how it would be used …

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

Ring in July 4th with new headphones, PDF editors and more [Deals]

For most people, July 4th is a time to relax, barbecue, and watch some fireworks. Here at Cult of Mac, it’s a time to share the best deals of the summer so far. This go-around, we’ve got a set of workout-ready wireless earbuds, a powerful PDF editor, and a certification course in product management. There’s […]

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July 4, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

Samsung charged for allegedly misleading Galaxy promises

Samsung has been charged by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for allegedly making false promises about its incredibly popular Galaxy S smartphones. The watchdog says Samsung marketing made misleading representations about smartphone water-resistance. The South Korean company depicted its devices being used in swimming pools and on the beach — then reportedly turned […]

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July 4, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Latest macOS Catalina beta includes a stunning new screensaver

While Apple has introduced all kinds of fancy new screensavers for platforms like Apple TV, the Mac doesn’t get all that much love. However, Apple has made an exception with its latest macOS Catalina beta. As uncovered by Twitter user J Bank, it features an attractive new screensaver to join the other default ones already […]

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July 4, 2019, 2:02 p.m.

Apple proposes settlement agreement with South Korea’s antitrust regulator

Apple has proposed a settlement agreement with South Korea’s antitrust regulator, the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), in Seoul.

Apple has been accused of abusing its dominant position with mobile phone carriers by imposing three unfair requirements as a condition of selling iPhones …

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July 4, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 04, 2019 – New MacBook Pro keyboard rumors

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July 4, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs visits the Soviet Union

July 4, 1985: Steve Jobs visits Moscow for the first time, with the aim of selling Macs to the Russians. During his two-day trip, Jobs lectures computer science students in the Soviet Union, attends a Fourth of July party at the American embassy, discusses opening a Mac factory in Russia, and reportedly almost runs afoul of the […]

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July 4, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Opinion: What Apple’s restructure means for the company and for Tim Cook

Apple’s restructure to accommodate the departure of Jony Ive led to some concern that Apple wasn’t giving design quite as high a profile in the past – amid claims and counter-claims about the run-up to it.

There is no direct replacement for Ive as head of design, and instead of the hardware and software leads reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, they are reporting into COO Jeff Williams.

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July 4, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Samsung’s new wearable steals Apple Watch 4’s hottest features

Samsung’s newest wearable will steal some of Apple Watch Series 4’s hottest features. The upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 2 is expected to get an ECG app as well as fall detection. The device will be capable of detecting atrial fibrillation — a common heart condition — and of sharing heart data with physicians and other health […]

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July 4, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

App Store rakes in 80% more than Google Play in 2019 so far

Customers spent a massive $25.5 billion globally in the iOS App Store during the first half of 2019. That represents an increase of 13.2% compared to the same period one year ago. While Android devices considerably outnumber iOS handsets, Apple still raked in the majority of profit. Total app spending through Google Play hit just […]

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

Apple may be gearing up to replace controversial MacBook keyboard

Many fans hated the controversial butterfly switch keyboard that Apple introduced in 2015. While it’s since worked to improve it, the MacBook keyboards’ low-travel design has caused plenty of handwringing among the Mac faithful. They might not be around for too much longer, however. According to a new research note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple […]

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July 4, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple debuts pro-privacy billboards in Canada

Privacy is one of Apple’s biggest selling points — and it’s continuing the push with a series of billboards in Canada. Images of the billboards were posted on Twitter by CBC Toronto‘s Matt Elliot and one time-tech journalist Josh McConnell. One billboard in Toronto reads, “We’re in the business of staying out of yours.” Another, […]

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July 4, 2019, 9:33 a.m.

macOS Catalina beta 3 adds a beautiful new screensaver option: ‘Drift’

Apple doesn’t change up the stock screensaver selection in macOS very often, but the latest beta of Catalina comes with a surprise in that area: a new screensaver called Drift.

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July 4, 2019, 8:59 a.m.

Kuo: Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro

Apple is apparently set to ditch the butterfly mechanism used in MacBooks since 2015, which has been the root of reliability issues and its low-travel design has also not been popular with many Mac users.

In a report published today, Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will roll out a new keyboard design based on scissor switches, offering durability and longer key travel, starting with the 2019 MacBook Air.

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July 4, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to find the serial number on your Apple Watch

Need to figure out the serial number of your Apple Watch? Follow along for how to find it even if you can’t read the serial number on the watch itself.

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July 4, 2019, 4:07 a.m.

Apple Debuts New Privacy-Focused iPhone Billboards in Canada

Apple has debuted two new billboards in Canada that underline the company's privacy stance, following a similar privacy-focused marketing campaign in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show back in January.



The new billboards were spotted in Toronto and shared on Twitter by Matt Elliot and Josh McConnell. The first one has been put up right outside of Sidewalk Labs – a Google-owned company – and includes a slogan which reads: "We're in the business of staying out of your business."

The second billboard located in King Street simply reads "Privacy is King."


This year, Apple has been heavily promoting its privacy focus compared to other tech companies like Google. Apple's Las Vegas billboard, put up ahead of CES 2019, played on the well-known tourism saying: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." The sign read, "What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone." Apple was reminding the tech industry of its heavy emphasis on privacy, with the billboard offering up a link to Apple's dedicated privacy website.

Apple has also made privacy-focused iPhone ads that have been aired on various TV markets globally. For example, one ad starts with the tagline "privacy matters" and then shows a variety of humorous if not slightly awkward situations where people would want their privacy protected in everyday life.

Apple has long said it believes privacy is a "fundamental human right," and as part of that, it aims to minimize its collection of customer data and disassociate it from an individual user when it does.

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July 4, 2019, 3:33 a.m.

Samsung Sued by Australian Consumer Watchdog for 'Misleading' Galaxy Phone Water Resistance Ads

Samsung is in hot water with Australia's consumer watchdog for allegedly misleading consumers about the level of water resistance its Galaxy smartphones offer.

Samsung Galaxy advertisement

Reuters reports that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing the South Korean firm for falsely representing its Galaxy phones as suitable for use underwater, following ads that show the devices being submerged in swimming pools and used in ocean water.

Samsung did not know or sufficiently test the effects of pool or saltwater exposure on its phones when ads showed them fully submerged, claims the ACCC lawsuit.
"The ACCC alleges Samsung's advertisements falsely and misleadingly represented Galaxy phones would be suitable for use in, or for exposure to, all types of water, including in ocean water and swimming pools, and would not be affected by such exposure to water for the life of the phone, when this was not the case," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.
Samsung Galaxy phones are marketed as having IP68 water resistance, defined as resistant to water 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. The ACCC's point is the IP68 rating doesn't cover all types of water. However, Samsung told Reuters it stood by its advertising, complied with Australian law, and would defend the case.

The smartphone maker has invested heavily in advertising to rebuild its reputation in the public eye, following its 2016 global recall of fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 devices.


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July 4, 2019, 1:54 a.m.

Apple debuts two new privacy-focused billboards, including one near a Google building

Ahead of CES back in January, Apple debuted new billboard advertisements highlighting its focus on user privacy. Apple is now continuing that campaign with two new billboards in Canada.

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July 4, 2019, 1:25 a.m.

Niantic’s new ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ game not yet gaining as much steam as Pokémon GO

Niantic released its highly-anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game for iOS and Android last month. The AR-based game looks to capitalize on the success of Niantic’s Pokémon GO, but early indications are that it’s not taking off with quite as much momentum.

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July 4, 2019, 12:01 a.m.

Apple releases second public betas of macOS Catalina, tvOS 13

Apple today has released the second public beta of macOS Catalina. This release comes one week after Apple originally launched public beta testing for the forthcoming release of macOS.

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July 3, 2019, 11:32 p.m.

MacBook Pro user shares images of fire-damaged laptop amid Apple’s recall program

Last month, Apple announced a recall of what it said was a “limited number” of older MacBook Pros. At the time, Apple explained that certain 15-inch MacBook Pro units contained a battery that “may overheat and pose a safety risk.” New images now offer a closer look at the outcome when that happens.

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July 3, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Microsoft takes on macOS Catalina with Windows 1.0

With great fanfare, Microsoft took to Twitter the announce Windows 1.0. Wait… what? If this leaves you confused, you’re hardly alone. What this company’s plans are for an operating system that launched in 1985 is a complete mystery. It’s not anywhere close to April Fools day, so perhaps all this is just a nostalgia trip […]

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July 3, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Using a mouse with your iPad just got way better

Apple significantly improved mouse support in the latest iPadOS 13 beta for developers. Most notably, the cursor size and color became controllable. And scrolling is much smoother. These and other changes are very good news to those who intend to regularly employ a mouse when using this tablet with a keyboard. Screen cursor is much […]

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July 3, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Hands-on: iOS 13 beta 3 changes and features [Video]

Yesterday Apple released its latest developer beta updates for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. As expected, developer beta 3 brings about a substantial amount of new changes and features. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we step through what’s new in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 beta 3. more…

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July 3, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to use Wi-Fi and Instant Hotspot in iOS 13

iOS 13 adds instant hotspots, family sharing for cellular connections, and a cleaner Wi-Fi setup page. Connectivity is easier than ever.

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July 3, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 03, 2019 – iOS 13 beta 3, mysterious new MacBook Pro

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July 3, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

This iPod-inspired watch stand is music to your eyes

The Apple Watch is a modern timepiece that one company keeps turning into a time machine. To elago, the watch display is the perfect inspiration for a series of charging stands made to look like vintage Apple products. It’s latest looks like the Classic iPod, complete with that iconic click wheel. The nod to the […]

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July 3, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

Anker launches 60W PowerPort Atom MacBook charger as a Prime Day-exclusive

Anker is taking advantage of Prime Day 2019 by launching its new 60W PowerPort Atom III Wall Charger as part of Amazon’s exclusive offerings in July. The latest from Anker delivers an affordable alternative to Apple’s official wall chargers, while still packing a 60W output via USB-C. Today’s news is a follow-up to the previous generation model announced earlier this year, which both packed an additional USB port and a higher price tag. Hit the jump for more.

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July 3, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Tim Cook doesn’t censor Apple TV+ shows

Eddy Cue, Apple’s point man on music, video and other service offerings, denies reports that he and Tim Cook are forcing the producers of Apple TV+ shows make them all squeaky clean and family friendly. Instead, he says the intent is to create a broad array of offerings for its upcoming streaming video service, including […]

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July 3, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

These mega deals on Macs, 2018 iPad Pro won’t last long [Deals & Steals]

There’s never been a better time to upgrade to the latest iPad Pro. Woot is now offering refurbished 2018 units with discounts as big as $280. You’ll pay as little as $659.99 for an 11-inch model, and as little as $819.99 for a 12.9-inch model. If it’s a Mac you’re after, we’ve found some mega deals […]

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July 3, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 043: “Accidental spelunking”

John builds a hot reloading tool for writing HTML in Swift, Rambo accidentally discovers details on how SwiftUI’s previews work, and Jony Ive goes indie. Also, tips on professional communication, different approaches when it comes to adding analytics to an app, and much more.

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July 3, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Dramatic burn photos show why Apple recalled faulty MacBooks

Designer Steve Gagne awoke to strange sounds and the smell of burning chemicals. Of all the tasks completed with his 15-inch MacBook Pro, nearly burning down his house was its final act. The battery on Gagne’s MacBook Pro exploded three days before Apple announced a recall on mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pros of certain serial numbers […]

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July 3, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Instagram confirms ongoing outage affecting uploads, says it’s working on a fix

Instagram has confirmed this morning that some users are currently unable to send or upload photos and videos.

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July 3, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

Frustrated HomePod owners aren’t happy with latest AirPods ad

HomePod owners are becoming increasingly frustrated with the latest AirPods ad. The full version of the “Bounce” commercial keeps triggering “Hey Siri” on Apple’s pricey smart speaker. Some say they end up hearing the “crappiest” music, while others say their HomePod randomly calls out “I’m here.” Smart speakers have been known to spring into action […]

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July 3, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Best Buy July 4th sale has various Apple deals, plus save on iPad Pro and the official Apple Watch dock

The Best Buy July 4th sale highlights today’s best deals, along with notable discounts on the current generation iPad Pro and Apple’s official Apple Watch dock. Head below for more in this episode of the 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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July 3, 2019, 5 p.m.

Moment Pro Camera app for iPhone adds slow shutter mode for versatile long exposure shots

Moment is bringing a new slow shutter mode to its Pro Camera iOS app to allow users to get creative with long exposure shots in a variety of ways. The new mode will save long exposures as Live Photos with options to export them as stills or short videos.

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July 3, 2019, 5 p.m.

iPhone fireworks photography is a blast with Pro Camera app

With Fourth of July fireworks in the skies this weekend, mobile photography brand Moment picked a good moment to update its Pro Camera app with a new Slow Shutter mode. The feature, added today, brings a surefire way for iPhone photographers to capture dramatic fireworks shots. But first, a quick primer on shooting fireworks with […]

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July 3, 2019, 4:53 p.m.

Hands-on video offers detailed look at iPhone 11 Max clones running Android

We’ve seen a variety of CAD renders and cases for the upcoming iPhone 11 and now we’ve got a hands-on look at some iPhone 11 Max clones. They are running an iOS skinned version of Android and include the new square camera bump that we’re expecting Apple to implement with this year’s iPhone lineup.

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July 3, 2019, 3:39 p.m.

Apple not alone in aiming to move some production out of China; HP, Dell, more

Apple is not the only tech giant aiming to move some production out of China, according to a new report today. HP, Dell, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, and Nintendo are among the companies making or considering similar plans …

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July 3, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

iOS 13 uses ARKit to solve one of the biggest FaceTime complaints

There’s something weirdly off-putting about the eye-line problem with video calling services like FaceTime and Skype. That’s because users have to choose either to look directly at the camera lens, and miss what’s happening on screen, or look at the screen and appear to be staring at a person’s neck. That’s not ideal for a […]

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July 3, 2019, 3:22 p.m.

Apple Releases Second Public Beta of macOS Catalina to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina update to its public beta testing group, one week after seeding the first public beta and a day after seeding the third developer beta.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will be able to download the macOS Catalina beta through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile. Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.


Potential beta testers should make a full Time Machine backup before installing macOS Catalina, and it may not be wise to install it on a primary machine because betas can be unstable and often have many bugs.

macOS Catalina eliminates the iTunes app, which has been a key Mac feature since 2001. In Catalina, iTunes has been replaced by Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The new apps can do everything that iTunes can do, so Mac users aren't going to be losing any functionality, and device management capabilities are now handled by the Finder app.

macOS Catalina has a useful new Sidecar feature, designed to turn the iPad into a secondary display for the Mac. It can work as a traditional second display or with a mirroring feature. Apple Pencil support works with Sidecar, so you can turn your iPad into a drawing tablet using apps like Photoshop.


For those with an Apple Watch set up to unlock the Mac, there's now an option to approve security prompts in Catalina by tapping on the side button of the watch. Macs with a T2 chip in them also support Activation Lock, making them useless to thieves much as it does on the iPhone.

There's a new Find My app that lets you track your lost devices, and previously, this functionality was only available via iCloud on the Mac. There's even a new option to find your devices even when they're offline by leveraging Bluetooth connections to other nearby devices, something that's particularly handy on the Mac because it doesn't have a cellular connection.


Apple is expanding Screen Time to the Mac in Catalina, letting Apple users track their device usage across Mac, iOS, and iPad for a better overall picture of time spent using electronics.

For developers, a "Project Catalyst" feature lets apps designed for the iPad be ported over to the Mac with just a few clicks in Xcode and some minor tweaks. Apple's ultimate goal with Project Catalyst is to bring more apps to the Mac.

Photos features an updated interface that better highlights your best pictures, Safari includes a new start page with Siri Suggestions, Mail has a new feature for blocking emails and another new option for muting threads, and the Reminders app has been overhauled and is now more useful.


Before installing macOS Catalina, be aware that it does away with 32-bit app support, so some older apps that have not been updated in some time may stop working. For more on macOS Catalina, make sure to check out our macOS Catalina roundup.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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July 3, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 13 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to its public beta testing group, one week after seeding the first public beta and a day after seeding the third developer beta.

Public beta testers can download the new update by going to the Settings app on the Apple TV and navigating to the Software Updates section under "System." "Get Public Beta Updates" will need to be toggled on, and once it is, the Apple TV will download the beta software.


Those who want to beta test the software can sign up to do so on Apple's beta testing website.

tvOS 13 includes a new Home screen that's aimed at making it easier to find new content, with support for autoplaying videos to show off new TV shows, movies, and apps, similar to Netflix.

Multi-user support is new in tvOS 13, letting each member of the family have their own customized Apple TV interface with separate recommendations, music playlists, and Watch Now lists. A new Control Center lets you swap between profiles.

tvOS 13 gets the Apple TV ready for Apple Arcade, Apple's new gaming service that's coming to the Apple TV, iOS, iPadOS, and macOS later this year. Apple Arcade will offer unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games, for one subscription fee.

Apple Arcade preparations include support for the Xbox Wireless Bluetooth Controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller, both of which can be connected to an Apple TV over Bluetooth.

Apple is also adding new under-the-sea themed screensavers made in partnership with the BBC Natural History unit, also known for "Blue Planet," and the new software brings support for a picture-in-picture mode that lets you watch TV while doing other things on the Apple TV.

For more on what's new in tvOS 13, make sure to check out our tvOS 13 roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13
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July 3, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Laurene Powell Jobs battles climate change with Leonardo DiCaprio

Philanthropist Laurene Powell Job, the widow of Steve Jobs, has teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio to help save the planet. Their new non-profit environmental organization is called the Earth Alliance. It will “work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life […]

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July 3, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

HomePod owners complain Hey Siri is being activated by Apple’s new AirPods ad

HomePod owners are taking to Twitter to complain that the Hey Siri feature is being activated by Apple’s new AirPods commercial.

When the guy in the Bounce ad says Hey Siri at the beginning and asks it to play him something new, HomePods are being triggered…

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July 3, 2019, 2:32 p.m.

Latest watchOS 6 beta lets you delete some Apple apps

Apple’s latest watchOS 6 beta, released to registered developers on Tuesday, lets you delete stock Apple Watch apps for the first time. Alarms, Breathe, Timer, Stopwatch, and Walkie-Talkie are just a few of the many that can now be removed. Any deleted titles can later be re-downloaded from the Watch App Store. Apple gave us […]

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

Protect your online privacy with one of these VPNs on sale [Deals]

When you use the internet, you’re exposing your information all kinds of threats. From identity theft, to tracking malware, to annoying location based content restrictions, the threats to privacy and security are endless, and so are the reasons for using a VPN. There are tons of providers out there, so we’ve rounded up four top […]

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July 3, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Elago W6 stand reimagines the iPod as an Apple Watch dock, available now

Elago has been behind some of our favorite Apple Watch docks over the last few years. Its W3 stand was an instant recommendation in our hands-on review. Subsequent releases have sustained this trend as the brand has mastered nostalgia in many ways. The new Elago W6 stand continues this trend with killer iPod vibes, bringing Apple’s iconic music player to your nightstand or desk in a whole new way. Much like Elago’s other vintage releases, this is a must-have for any Apple fan looking to show off their Apple Watch and keep it charged all night. Head below for more.

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July 3, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Watch Time Stories: Apple Watch — from work to working out

In the very first episode of our new Watch Time podcast, Benjamin Mayo and I talk about how the Apple Watch has become a critical part of our lives. We don’t have to use Apple Watches for our jobs, but we both insist on wearing it all day for the same reason: Apple Watch improves our lives.

For the next three months, Watch Time will explore how the Apple Watch is making an impact in the lives of people from many backgrounds, and we’ll share highlights from those conversations at 9to5mac.com/guides/watch-time-stories. Subscribe to our 9to5Mac Watch Time podcast to automatically receive new episodes from season one every two weeks, and read on for highlights and more from our first episode.

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July 3, 2019, 2 p.m.

9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 1: The Apple Watch warm up

9to5Mac Watch Time is a brand new seasonal podcast series hosted by Zac Hall. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to real people about how the Apple Watch is affecting their lives.

In our very first episode, Zac talks to 9to5Mac author and Happy Hour podcast co-host Benjamin Mayo about how they both use the Apple Watch for work to working out, upcoming and long term fitness goals with the Apple Watch, and much more.

9to5Mac Watch Time is available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and your favorite podcast player through RSS. Subscribe now to enjoy our first episode and automatically hear new episodes as soon as they’re released every two weeks from July through September.


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

FaceTime eye contact correction in iOS 13 uses ARKit

We reported yesterday one funky new feature in iOS 13 beta 3: FaceTime eye contact correction.

Currently, when you look at the screen to see the face of the person you’re talking to, they will see your eyes looking down as the camera is above the screen. But the latest iOS 13 beta offers a feature called FaceTime Attention Correction…

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

Today in Apple history: End of the line for Power Mac G4 Cube

July 3, 2001: Apple suspends production of its Power Mac G4 Cube, one of the most notable busts in Apple history — and the first major flop following Steve Jobs’ glorious return to the company. Although Apple leaves the door open to possibly reintroducing the remarkably clear G4 Cube at a later date, this never […]

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July 3, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

China installs spyware on tourists’ Android phones, downloads data from iPhones

Foreigners visiting certain areas of China are having their smartphones searched at the border. With Android phones, authorities install a piece of spyware that has access to the user’s calendar, phone contacts, call logs, and text messages — as well as the apps they use and their usernames in some of those apps.

iOS protections mean that an iPhone app wouldn’t give them the same access, so they instead take a different approach …

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

iOS 13 could make upgrading from an old iPhone much faster

You may soon be able to transfer photos, videos, contacts, and more from an old iPhone to a new one using a cable. The latest iOS 13 beta hints at the ability to connect two iOS devices for wired data transfer. The move could significantly speed up the upgrade process, which currently relies on wireless […]

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July 3, 2019, 1 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 232: Jony Ive leaving Apple, Watch Time teaser

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss new Bluetooth smart lights from Philips Hue, how Apple HomeKit setup could be easier for new users, a new charging solution from TwelveSouth, and our live reactions to the news that Jony Ive is leaving Apple. (We recorded on June 27th just as the news was crossing the wire. We’ll talk more about the reports that have followed next week.) Stick around for a sneak peek at Zac’s new podcast series called Watch Time — with a familiar guest this week.

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July 3, 2019, 1 p.m.

All the new stuff in iOS 13 beta 3

The new iOS 13 beta fixes some glaring bugs, add some amazing new features, and generally polishes stuff up. But is it ready to use?

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July 3, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Fortnite fans prepare for Upside Down as Stranger Things takes over

Fortnite players could soon find themselves transported to the Upside Down as Stranger Things begins its in-game takeover. Gateways to the parallel universe, complete with floating spores, have started appearing in the Mega Mall area of Battle Royale. They won’t take you far for now — but that could soon change. Epic Games and Netflix have […]

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July 3, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

‘Close Your Rings’ videos show how Apple Watch users get their exercise

Apple has updated its “Close Your Rings” Apple Watch website with short videos and stories detailing how different Apple Watch wearers complete their fitness goals each day. “Close Your Rings” is Apple’s slogan describing an Apple Watch UI element. It pushes users to move, exercise and stand up by presenting this data as a series […]

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July 3, 2019, 12:13 p.m.

Apple now under third privacy investigation in Ireland; other tech giants too

Apple is now under a third privacy investigation in Ireland, this time looking at whether the company fully meets GDPR requirements in regard to a data access request from a customer.

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law imposes a wide range of strict privacy rules on companies, one of which is that a customer has a right to see a copy of all the data held on them …

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July 3, 2019, 11 a.m.

Samsung completes its Galaxy Fold redesign

Samsung has reportedly completed a two-month redesign of its folding Galaxy Fold handset, after screen defects caused the company to delay its release. While undoubtedly embarrassing, this will at least allow Samsung to get its next-gen smartphone on the market before the holiday season. According to Bloomberg, Samsung is currently in the final stages of […]

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July 3, 2019, 9 a.m.

Apple reveals which governments made most app removal requests

In its latest transparency report, Apple details all the requests it has received from around the world regarding customer data. For the first time ever, Apple also sheds light on requests it has been made to remove certain App Store apps. App removal requests Apple received 80 takedown requests from 11 countries. These covered 770 […]

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July 3, 2019, 9 a.m.

Moment Pro Camera App Gains Slow Shutter for Long Exposure Shots

Popular photography app Pro Camera from Moment is getting a major new feature today that's going to make it easier to capture long exposure shots.

The new Slow Shutter shooting mode provides manual long exposure controls for blurring parts of images, such as rushing water or cars driving by on a road. It can also be used to create an image without people, if, for example, you're taking a photo in an area that's often crowded but where people pass by frequently.


There's a simple interface that's designed to let you select the motion and the time, and there are options for motion blur or light trails. You can select a pre-determined time or use the Bulb setting to leave the shutter open as long as desired.

The Slow Shutter feature takes images in the background and then blends them together, and all photos are saved as Live Photos so you can use them as photos or short videos.


Moment is the company behind the popular Moment lenses that attach to an iPhone. The app is designed to be used with the Moment lenses, but it also works without them, serving as a standalone photography app with manual controls.

To celebrate the launch of the new feature, Moment is providing anyone who downloads the app with a 15 percent off code to be used in the Moment store.

Moment Pro Camera can be downloaded from the App Store for $5.99. [Direct Link]


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July 3, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to find the serial number on your Mac

Need to find the serial number of your Mac? Read on for four different ways for how to figure out what it is.

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July 3, 2019, 5:19 a.m.

Elago's New 'W6 Stand' Turns Your Apple Watch Into an iPod

Elago is known for selling Apple Watch stands that house Apple's wearable device inside cute replicas of older tech, like a classic Macintosh or an original Nintendo Game Boy. The company is back this week with its latest product, the W6 Stand, which is designed to look like an iPod Classic.


The W6 Stand works with all Apple Watch models and is compatible with Nightstand Mode. The accessory is made of a scratch-free silicone that protects the Apple Watch when it's sitting inside the stand. To use it, users simply place the Apple Watch's inductive charging puck into the stand's cutout and slide their Apple Watch into the opening for the iPod's "display."

Elago is selling the W6 Stand in White and Black on its own website and on Amazon. The accessory is cheaper on Amazon, where it's priced at $12.99 for the white color option, while on Elago's website it's running for $14.99 for both colors.


Besides the previous W3 Stand for Apple Watch, Elago has also released the M4 Stand for iPhone, which turned an iPhone 7, 6s, or 6 into a classic Mac.

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July 3, 2019, 3:42 a.m.

iOS 13 beta 3 suggests new wired method for transferring data between devices

Earlier today, Apple released the third developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 6 and macOS Catalina. While new betas are usually focused mostly on performance improvements and bug fixes, it’s not uncommon for new features to be discovered.

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July 3, 2019, 3:24 a.m.

Samsung Completes Redesign of Galaxy Fold That Fixes Screen Failures

Samsung has completed its redesign of the Galaxy Fold to resolve the multiple display failures that led to its delay, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.


According to the publication, the smartphone maker is now in the "final stages" of producing a version that's ready for the consumer market, but it's still unable to give a firm launch date.

The South Korean company originally planned to roll out its $1,980 foldable phone on April 26, but was forced to delay the launch after several units sent out to reviewers broke during testing.

All of the issues were related to the device's screen, which was later shown to be vulnerable to debris ingress, thanks to an iFixit teardown that was later removed at Samsung's request.

The company has reportedly fixed these problems, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to Bloomberg.
It has now stretched the protective film to wrap around the entire screen and flow into the outer bezels so it would be impossible to peel off by hand, said the people, who have seen the latest versions. It re-engineered the hinge, pushing it slightly upward from the screen (it’s now flush with the display) to help stretch the film further when the phone opens.

That tension makes the film feel harder and more a natural part of the device rather than a detachable accessory, they added. The consequent protrusion, almost imperceptible to the naked eye, may help reduce the chance of a crease developing in the middle of the screen over time, one of the people said.
Samsung on Monday announced plans to hold an event on Wednesday, August 7 in New York City, where it will unveil its next-generation Galaxy Note device.

Samsung may also use the August event to provide more detail on when we can expect the delayed Galaxy Fold to launch.


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July 3, 2019, 3:21 a.m.

Apple publishes latest transparency report detailing requests for data and App Store removals

Apple today published its latest transparency report, detailing the requests it received from governments and private parties for customer data. For the first time, the report also includes information about requests Apple received to remove apps from its App Store.

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July 3, 2019, 1:07 a.m.

Agenda note taking app for iOS and macOS adds full integration with Apple’s Reminders

The popular note-taking app Agenda has received a major update today, adding seamless integration with Apple’s Reminders app. It works much like Agenda’s integration with Calendar, and it works across all platforms.

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July 3, 2019, 1 a.m.

Four ways to instantly enhance your iPhone camera [Deals]

We get iPhones as much for the camera as for any of the other features. But as great as mobile photography has become, it’s still up against the limitations that come with being, you know, a phone. So if you’re looking to take your iPhone photos to the next level, these four upgrades are for […]

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

myCharge battery sports built-in Lightning and USB-C cables [Review]

Hands up if this ever happens to you: you remembered your iPhone or iPad and an external battery but forgot the charging cable. That frustration isn’t possible with the myCharge HubMax Universal as it has both a Lightning and a USB-C cable built in. Even better, this 10050 mAh battery has a pair of wall […]

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July 2, 2019, 11:08 p.m.

Instagram adds new chat sticker for easily creating group direct messages with Stories

Instagram is rolling out a new chat sticker type that it says will make it easier for users to create and join group conversations. Instagram announced the new sticker type in a post on Twitter this afternoon.

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July 2, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Apple asks Supreme Court to support LGBTQ workers

Apple is among more than 200 companies asking the Supreme Court to protect LGBTQ workers with current job non-discrimination laws. The companies signed onto a “Friend of the Court” brief for three cases the high court is scheduled to hear this fall. Two of the cases include claims that employers discriminated on the basis of […]

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July 2, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Bag a 12-inch MacBook for under $850 [Deals & Steals]

Amazon is now offering another huge reduction on the 12-inch MacBook. You can get yours with an Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for just $849.99 — down from $1,099.99. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find a great deal […]

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July 2, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Report: T-Mobile looks to gain DOJ approval for Sprint merger through deal with Dish Network

Although T-Mobile and Sprint got the green light from the FCC for their merger, the carriers haven’t received the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) blessing. Now, T-Mobile is reportedly in talks with Dish Network that could make it a new wireless provider and alleviate the DOJ’s concerns about the T-Mobile/Sprint merger being anti-competitive for the market.

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

CarPlay is better than ever in iOS 13 — here’s what’s new

iOS 13 doesn’t just mean big improvements for your iPhone. Apple is making some pretty significant enhancements to CarPlay, too — like a brand new dashboard and better apps — and some of them are long overdue. Here’s everything you can expect from CarPlay in iOS 13. CarPlay hasn’t changed much since it was first introduced with […]

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

watchOS 6 beta 3 now lets Apple Watch owners delete some stock apps

With the release of watchOS 6 beta 3, Apple Watch owners are now able to delete (some) stock apps from their devices, allowing users to clean up their honeycomb grid home screen of apps for the first time.

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July 2, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 02, 2019 –  The ‘Tim Cook is mad’ edition

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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July 2, 2019, 9 p.m.

Pock puts your Mac’s Dock in the Touch Bar

Pock is a little utility that puts customizable widgets in your Mac's Touch Bar -- including your entire Dock.

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July 2, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

GE unveils HomeKit Air Conditioner lineup with geolocation capabilities

Summer is finally here. With it comes a heatwave that can be significantly alleviated with the help of a pool or air conditioner. Last year GE unveiled its first HomeKit air conditioner which let users control their home’s climate using Siri via Apple’s Home app.

Since then, GE has unveiled several other units which look like they will be replaced with a new HomeKit air conditioner lineup that sports geolocation capabilities. This feature aims to detect when homeowners leave and also when they’re on their way back home. more…

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July 2, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Phantom MacBook appears briefly in FCC database

5The FCC just signed off on an Apple laptop that hasn’t been announced yet. This could be the 16-inch MacBook Pro that’s been the subject of recent rumors. Or it might be just a speed-bumbled version of an earlier model. FCC approval means it’s real The Federal Communication Commission documentation doesn’t reveal much about this […]

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July 2, 2019, 8 p.m.

Turn your favorite iPhone photos into museum-quality canvas prints

This post is presented by CanvasChamp. iPhones take such great pictures, it seems a shame to limit them to viewing on a screen. For a variety of reasons, the photos of friends and family that we take these days rarely end up decorating our homes the way they used to. But that’s not because it’s […]

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July 2, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

PSA: Fitbit iOS app crashing almost immediately after opening for some users

Fitbit users have taken to social media today to share about a problem with the iOS app. After trying to open it on iPhone, some users are seeing the app crash in a matter of seconds.

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July 2, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Xiaomi digital avatars totally rip off Apple’s Memoji

There’s something slightly familiar about Xiaomi’s new Mimoji 3D avatars. And by “slightly familiar” we mean this feature debuting in the Chinese company’s latest phone is a complete knockoff of Memoji, the animated avatars Apple introduced last year. That said, the idea of allowing users to make a cartoon version of themself has been around […]

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July 2, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

What’s new in iOS 13 beta 3?

Apple today released the third developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, macOS Catalina, tvOS 13, and watchOS 6. Read on for a full roundup of all of the changes in today’s new betas.

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July 2, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Third betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS arrive for devs

Apple seeded the third beta build of iOS 13 and iPadOS to developers this morning, bringing a host of new tweaks and bug fixes to test devices just before the 4th of July break. iOS 13 beta 3 arrives just over two weeks after Apple dropped the last developer beta. The first iOS 13 public […]

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July 2, 2019, 7:03 p.m.

Apple shares new ‘Close Your Rings’ stories from Apple Watch users

Apple has overhauled its “Close Your Rings” webpage today with new stories from Apple Watch users. The webpage highlights how everyday Apple Watch users are taking advantage of features such as competitions, heart rate tracking, and more.

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July 2, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to use the OP-Z’s new sampler with your iPhone

The amazing Teenage Engineering OP-Z synth can new record, edit, slice, and play samples, and it even hooks up to your iPhone.

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July 2, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Mysterious 13-inch MacBook Pro hits FCC, could be new model with 32GB of RAM

A mysterious new MacBook Pro model from Apple has popped up at the FCC this week. This comes after Apple overhauled the MacBook Pro lineup in May with new Intel processors and a slightly revised keyboard design.

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July 2, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Apple releases third iOS 13 developer beta and more

It’s time for iOS 13 beta 3 — for developer build testers at least. Apple has released the third developer beta version of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 alongside new seeds of watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and macOS Catalina. Apple’s public beta builds should follow at a later date after the latest developer beta has been tested for some time.

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July 2, 2019, 6:18 p.m.

Most iPhone XR owners don’t know what model they have while many believe it’s 5G capable, survey says

A new survey has asked iPhone owners a range of unique questions compared to what we see from more traditional consumer studies. Decluttr asked U.S. users if they could identify their iPhone, if it was water-resistant, whether it supported NFC or 5G, and more.

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July 2, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Apple wants the Supreme Court to include LGBTQ workers in job anti-discrimination laws

Apple is one of over 200 companies that have signed an amicus brief that calls on the Supreme Court to rule that existing job discrimination laws also cover LGBTQ workers. As detailed by Axios, the Supreme Court will take up that case during its next session.

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July 2, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Ireland probes Apple’s compliance with strict EU privacy rules

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is looking into whether Apple is following all the requirements of the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law. The DPC is three investigations going into Apple’s business practices, each covering a different aspect of the legislation. There are far more into how Facebook handles user privacy. The […]

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July 2, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Latest AirPods deal starts at $145, 12-inch MacBooks $850, and get a 128GB iPhone SE for $242

Amazon’s latest AirPods deal starts at $145, plus Apple’s 12-inch MacBook is $850, and you can grab an iPhone SE for $242 unlocked. All that and more is in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Head below for more.

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July 2, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

We can’t quite put our finger on where Xiaomi got the idea for ‘Mimoji’

Xiaomi has a history of copying Apple designs – both in terms of hardware and software. Now, the smartphone manufacturer is back at it again, this time with a blatant copy of Apple’s Memoji functionally – subtly named ‘Mimoji.’

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July 2, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

The Apple Car could have the best bumper ever

Dying to see what Apple’s idea of a car looks like? Here’s a bumper. OK, so a patent, like the one for an extendable bumper awarded to Apple today, doesn’t exactly give us a detailed picture. But we at least see one more piece of evidence Apple remains a committed player in the future of […]

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July 2, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

In interview, Eddy Cue denies reports that he and Tim Cook sent script notes for Apple TV+ shows

In an interview with GQ magazine, Apple SVP Eddy Cue hit back at some of the reports surrounding the Apple original content launch. A New York Post article ahead of the Apple TV+ unveiling said that Tim Cook had been reviewing scripts for Apple’s shows and sending notes like “don’t be so mean” to the producers and directors.

Cue firmly rejects that report in this interview, telling GQ “there’s never been one note passed from us on scripts, that I can assure you. We leave the folks [alone] who know they’re doing.”

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July 2, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

Fortnite’s newest update brings insane drum shotgun

Fortnite’s second content update for version 9.30 is out. This release introduces the brand new drum shotgun to Battle Royale. Players will enjoy its insanely rapid fire rate — but not its less-than-spectacular damage. Epic Games is currently enjoying a well-deserved two-week vacation. It pre-prepared some Fortnite updates that could be rolled out during this time […]

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July 2, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Jony Ive is leaving Apple at a time it’s pivoting to Services

There’s a plenty of court intrigue about the reasons for Jony Ive leaving Apple. John Arlidge, who interviewed Ive for the U.K.’s Sunday Times in 2013 and 2014, has an interesting take. In an article for Wired, Arlidge points out that Ive’s split from Apple comes at a time when it’s pivoting away from hardware. […]

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July 2, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Facebook taking action to keep misleading health claims out of our feeds

Facebook is taking action to reduce the incidence of misleading health claims in our news feeds.

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July 2, 2019, 2:36 p.m.

Regal Cinemas Planning to Launch Unlimited Movie Subscription Service

Regal Cinemas will soon launch an unlimited movie ticket subscription service in the United States, according to a new report from Deadline.

The service is set to launch in late July, and while the details are still being ironed out, it is expected to have three pricing tiers: $18, $21, and $24 per month. Each pricing tier will provide unlimited ticket subscriptions, and the pricing options are going to vary based on location. Regal has more than 500 theaters across the United States.

Those purchasing a top-priced tier will have access to any Regal Cinema (i.e., from Valencia, CA to 42nd Street in NYC), while the lowest tier gets access to about half of the chain's national footprint. If someone purchased a subscription at a low tier and ventures to an out-of-network Regal in a higher tier (like a major city), there's apt to be a surcharge (not final, but around $2-$3) on a gratis ticket.
Each tier also includes 10 percent off concessions and Regal may offer discounted pricing when purchasing a subscription for an entire year. What's not known is whether premium options like IMAX, Dolby 3D and others will be included in the monthly subscription price.

Regal's upcoming movie ticket subscription service will compete with AMC's Stubs A-List program, which costs between $19.95 and $23.95 per month depending on the state and provides access to three movies per week.

Movie ticket subscription options became popular when MoviePass launched its $9.95 per month unlimited ticket program, but that ultimately failed due to the low pricing. MoviePass is still around, but charges $20 per month and restricts access to some movies.


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

Rally or not? Apple stock is at a ‘key technical juncture’

Apple shares increased 2% on Monday, buoyed by the news that the burgeoning trade war between China and the U.S. could be over. In all, AAPL is up almost 30% for the year. But according to an equity strategist, what happens next could be crucially important. It’s either very good news for Apple, or very […]

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

iTunes July 4th movie sale has $5 titles, ’80s movies, $1 rentals, more

The annual iTunes July 4th movie sale is now live and it’s jam-packed with deals from $5 and the usual $1 HD rental of the week. There is something for everyone here across every genre, including a notable ’80s movie section that’s filled with titles from $8. Of course, everything you buy in the iTunes July 4th movie sale becomes a permanent part of your library, so you can enjoy it for years to come. This is a great time to expand your collection and find new content to watch over the long holiday weekend. If you have any extra iTunes gift cards laying around, this a good way to make the most of that credit. Hit the jump for all of our top picks and more.

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July 2, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Windows 10 updates for Mac put on ‘temporary hold’ for older machines

Microsoft has put Windows 10 updates for Mac on “temporary hold” for older machines, or those running older versions of Boot Camp.

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July 2, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Confirmed: Samsung’s new iPhone XS Max rival will arrive on August 7

Samsung today issued invites for a big Galaxy Unpacked event on August 7. The South Korean company is expected to unveil its newest rival to the iPhone XS Max — the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 10. We recently got a glimpse at leaked photos of the device, which will offer a giant edge-to-edge display with a tiny […]

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July 2, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

You can now enjoy Spotify Stations on the road with CarPlay

Spotify has updated its Spotify Stations app with support for CarPlay. The app is intended to provide a radio station-like experience, which customizes itself to your tastes. With its latest update, you no longer need to use your iPhone to access the app. If you’re a CarPlay user, you can do it right from your […]

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July 2, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple admits Antennagate is a thing

July 2, 2010: Apple opens up about “Antennagate,” addressing iPhone 4 reception problems for the first time publicly. In a letter to customers, Apple admits to being “surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and … immediately began investigating them.” However, the company’s findings do little to dispel the growing Antennagate controversy. The iPhone […]

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July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Opinion: Will there be an Apple Display for the rest of us?

If you want a true pro-grade monitor, and have deep pockets, there’s an Apple Display to make you happy. That Apple Pro Display XDR is a thing of beauty.

32 inches. 6K resolution. P3 color gamut. True 10-bit. 1600 nits peak brightness. A million to one contrast ratio. Anti-reflective coating, with the option of a matte one. Individually calibrated and modulated LEDs. True reference grade. It’s a beast.

It’s also $5-7K, which is more than most of us want to pay for a Mac, let alone a monitor …

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July 2, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

Apple has a surprising plan to save iPhone in China

Apple could have a surprising trick up its sleeve to save the iPhone in China. New reports claim the company is working on a smartphone exclusively for the Chinese market. The device is expected to be significantly more affordable and will include an under-display fingerprint scanner in place of Face ID. The iPhone lineup is […]

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July 2, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Apple still struggling to make a sound in Europe’s smart speaker market

There’s a new challenger to the smart speaker throne — and, no, it’s not Apple’s HomePod. According to the latest data from IDC, in Europe Google has overtaken Amazon as the market leader in smart speakers. Google Home devices accounted for 45.1% of shipped smart speakers in the region in Q1. That beats Amazon’s 41.8%. […]

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July 2, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

Sketchy report says Apple to launch iPhone without Face ID, may feature under-screen Touch ID instead

In a sketchy report published on several Chinese media sites yesterday, including Mashdigi, Apple is purportedly considering to make a new iPhone model for the Chinese market, as it faces stiff price competition from domestic manufacturers like Oppo and Huawei.

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July 2, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of Upcoming tvOS 13 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded third beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the second beta and a month after unveiling the tvOS 13 software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV, the new tvOS 13 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode.


tvOS 13 introduces an updated Home screen aimed at making it easier to discover new content. Apps are now able to play full-screen video previews right on the Home screen, similar to Netflix.

Multi-user support is available for the first time, letting more than one profile exist on the Apple TV so each family member can have their own customized Apple TV interface with separate recommendations, music playlists, and Watch Now lists.

Switching between profiles can be done with the new Control Center, which offers up profiles, the time and date, search, a Now Playing widget, AirPlay controls, and a sleep option.

tvOS 13 gets the Apple TV ready for Apple Arcade, Apple's new gaming service that's coming to the Apple TV, iOS, iPadOS, and macOS later this year. Apple Arcade will offer unlimited access to more than 100 new and exclusive games, for one subscription fee.

As part of the Apple Arcade preparations, Apple has implemented support for the Xbox Wireless Bluetooth Controller and the PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller, both of which can be connected to an Apple TV over Bluetooth.

There are new under the sea themed screensavers created in partnership with the BBC Natural History Unit, which also created "Blue Planet." Though not mentioned by Apple, beta 2 included a new Picture-in-Picture feature. Picture-in-Picture lets you continue to watch TV shows or movies while using a different app, adjusting settings, or otherwise navigating through the tvOS 13 operating system.


tvOS 13 is available to registered developers and public beta testers at this time. The latest beta should be made available to public beta testers later this week.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13
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July 2, 2019, 10:58 a.m.

Dr. Mario World’s newest trailer teases crazy multiplayer mode

Dr. Mario World is now just one week away from making its much-anticipated debut on iOS. If you weren’t already hyped for the game, perhaps a sneak peek at its crazy multiplayer mode will get you more excited. Check it out in Nintendo’s latest trailer below. The ability to compete against friends online adds a […]

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July 2, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of watchOS 6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the third beta of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The third beta comes two weeks after the second beta and a month after Apple first unveiled the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the watchOS 6 beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.


Installing the software requires the Apple Watch to have 50 percent battery. It also must be placed on the charger and it must be in range of the iPhone. It would be wise to install the beta on a secondary device instead of a primary device given that this is an early version of the watchOS 6 software that still has bugs to be worked out.

watchOS 6 is a major update that offers up a long list of new features. First and foremost, there's an App Store right on the Apple Watch, so you can find and download new Apple Watch apps on your wrist.

Apple Watch apps no longer need to have an iPhone component, which means developers can create standalone Apple Watch apps for the first time. Apps are also able to take advantage of new APIs so you'll be able to do things like follow along with a workout or listen to streaming music from third-party services.


There are several new watch faces in watchOS 6, including Numerals Mono and Duo with huge numbers, Modular Compact, a Gradient watch face that shifts over the course of a day, a Solar Dial watch face that visualizes the sun in a 24 hour path around the dial, and the California watch face with a mix of standard numbers and roman numerals.


A new Taptic Chimes feature provides a silent touch on the wrist at every hour, and if sound is turned on, you'll hear an audible chime. You can also hold two fingers on the Apple Watch's display to hear the time spoken out loud.

There are new Audiobooks, Voice Memos, and Calculator apps, along with a new Noise app that warns you if you're exposed to sound that's too loud and a new Cycle Tracking app for period tracking. Activity Trends, visible on the iPhone, are also available to chart your fitness progress and make sure your fitness trends are improving.


New complications are available for wind speed, chance of rain, and the new Noise app, plus there's a Voice Memos complication for recording a memo quickly, a cellular strength complication, and a complication for the Calculator that opens up the app.

Siri can now provide full web search results right on the watch when asked a question, and for Mac users, the Apple Watch can now approve Mac security prompts.

When it launches in the fall, watchOS 6 will be available on all Apple Watch models with the exception of the original Apple Watch, released in 2015. For more on what's new in watchOS 6, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6
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July 2, 2019, 10:08 a.m.

T-Mobile Reaches Divestiture Deal With Dish in Hopes of Gaining Approval for Sprint Merger

T-Mobile has reached a divestiture deal with Dish Network that perhaps brings it one step closer to earning government approval for its planned merger with Sprint, reports CNBC.

Dish Network and T-Mobile had been discussing a deal for Sprint's Boost Mobile brand and some wireless spectrum to ease antitrust concerns over the merger.


Though the two companies have much of the divestiture deal in place, sources that spoke to CNBC said that there are still issues that the Justice Department is "actively focused on" before it would allow a deal.

The government continues to be concerned that the agreement between Dish and T-Mobile isn't enough to make sure that Dish would provide meaningful competition in the U.S. cellular market.

The DoJ wants Sprint and T-Mobile to ensure that there continues to be a fourth major carrier in the United States following their merger. The combination of Sprint and T-Mobile, which would be called T-Mobile and would be led by John Legere, would leave the U.S. with three major carriers: T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon.

T-Mobile wants to limit Dish's spectrum capacity to 12.5 percent, while T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom wants to limit any strategic Dish investor to five percent, restrictions the DoJ may not be happy with.

Sprint and T-Mobile first announced a merger agreement in April 2018, but the completion of the deal continues to require government approval. As of May, U.S. regulators were said to be "leaning against" approving the merger unless some of T-Mobile and Sprint's assets were sold off, and T-Mobile and Sprint have been working toward that goal.


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July 2, 2019, 10 a.m.

Lead creative behind prize-winning HomePod ad is leaving

A group creative director for TBWA\Media Arts Lab, who is considered one of Apple’s lead creatives, is leaving for a new job. Arnau Bosch Vergés has worked on a number of Apple campaigns. Notably, that included the multi award-winning Spike Jonze film “Welcome Home,” promoting the HomePod speaker. Arnau Bosch Vergés is leaving to work on […]

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July 2, 2019, 9:05 a.m.

Apple Updates Retail Jobs Site to Highlight Creative Employees Who Bring Outside Passions to Their Roles

Apple has updated its jobs website with a new page detailing jobs at its retail stores, focusing on how workers can bring outside passions into positions like the Creative Pro, Specialist, and Technical Specialist.


For each role, Apple has highlighted a few people who work at its retail locations, accompanied by short videos related to the work each person does at their Apple store. The page is mainly focused on ways that workers can bring passions that they have in their daily lives to roles at Apple retail.

For example, one section focuses on a woman named Sujin, who is a photographer outside of Apple, and uses her skills to help teach various photography-related Today at Apple sessions as an Expert. "Apple really brings out the best in people" Sujin said, "And I want to give back to the community that uses these devices every single day."


There are also a few musicians who have found work at Apple retail. Chris is a Creative Pro for Apple, while Santa is a Specialist, and both workers help customers create music using Macs and iOS devices. The last section highlights an artist named Harriet who guides customers through live art demonstrations on an iPad.

At the bottom of the page Apple has more detailed explanations for its full-time and part-time roles, and provides links to find open positions near you. Of course, this is just a small slice of the overall Apple jobs website, which also provides information about Apple's internal teams structure, more information on retail work, and internships for undergrads and grad students.

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July 2, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to find the serial number on your iPad

Do you need to find the serial number of your iPad? Follow along for several ways to quickly locate it.

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July 2, 2019, 7:39 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: AirPods With Charging Case Discounted to $145 ($14 Off), AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Still $19 Off

Amazon is continuing its discounts on Apple's AirPods this week, with a new markdown on the updated AirPods with Charging Case. During the sale, you can get this version of the AirPods for $144.99, down from $159.00.

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Representing savings of $14, this is currently the best sale on the AirPods with Charging Case available online. It's joining Amazon's existing discount on the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, which is on sale for $179.99, down from $199.00.

Amazon also has the standalone Wireless Charging Case discounted to $69.99 ($9 off), but as of writing it's temporarily out of stock. Apple introduced the new AirPods back in March, updating the wireless headphones with "Hey Siri" support, 50 percent more talk time, and speedier device switching while listening to music.

As another note, Amazon today also has a Gold Box deal on Apple's 12-inch MacBook from 2017. You can get the 256GB model of the notebook in refurbished condition for $849.99, down from $1,099.99. The retailer is offering three colors of the MacBook on sale, including Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold.

For more sales and bargains, be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Deals, AirPods 2
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July 2, 2019, 7:14 a.m.

Microsoft Outlines Issue With Windows 10 Updates for Older Macs, Solution Coming This Month

Microsoft is facing an issue with Windows 10 updates for Mac devices that came out prior to 2012, as well as newer Macs with older versions of Boot Camp. When users attempt to update to the May 2019 Feature Update for Windows 10, version 1903, there is a driver incompatibility error.


On its support page for the issue, Microsoft reported:
Mac devices prior to 2012 or newer Mac devices with the older Apple Boot Camp or Windows Support Software drivers have a compatibilty hold in place and are unable to update to Windows 10, version 1903. Specifically, devices with MacHALDriver.sys dated September 24, 2011 01:57:09 or older in Windows\system32\drivers are affected.
Microsoft went on to state that updating your Boot Camp Windows Support Software drivers may allow you to update to version 1903 of Windows 10. The company is working on an official solution that it hopes will be out by the end of July.

Boot Camp is a utility on macOS that allows users to install and use Microsoft Windows operating systems on Mac devices.

You can read the full support doc by heading to Microsoft's website.


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July 2, 2019, 4:13 a.m.

Lead Creative Best Known for Spike Jonze HomePod Video Leaves Apple's Ad Agency

Marketing creative Arnau Bosch Vergés, best known for the Spike Jonze-directed HomePod commercial "Welcome Home," is leaving Apple's ad agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab.


According to the The Drum, which broke the news, Vergés is departing to focus on SoundStorming, a social media platform he founded for musicians.
"After working for such a huge brand that means so much to culture with amazing talented people like Spike Jonze, you're spoiled," Bosch told The Drum. "You ask yourself, where am I going after this?

"I think if I really want to push for something different and try to discover what's going to be next, now is the best time ever, now Apple is at its peak."
Vergés HomePod ad, which used real-world effects where CGI would usually figure, won several industry awards last year, including one at Cannes Film Festival.

The lead creative's exit follows Apple's recent hire of Nick Law, a marketing executive who previously served as chief creative officer at Publicis Groupe.

Related Roundup: HomePod
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July 2, 2019, 3:47 a.m.

Spotify Stations iOS App Gains CarPlay Support

Spotify has added CarPlay support to its standalone Stations app, allowing users to control radio playback from their in-car infotainment systems and dashboards.


Spotify Stations' support for Apple CarPlay was spotted by a Reddit user

Released in the U.S. in June, the app lets Spotify account holders stream music from curated, radio-like stations. In that sense, Spotify Stations has similarities with Pandora, offering personalized stations or playlists based on the user's Spotify history.

Music starts playing as soon as you launch the app, then you can choose from a list of several preset stations. Like in Spotify proper, premium subscribers get unlimited skips and ad-free listening, while non-paying listeners can use the free ad-supported version which comes with limited skips.

Aside from the personalized content, the Stations app also serves popular playlists from the main Spotify platform, including Discover Weekly, Favorites, and Release Radar.

Stations is a free download for iPhone and iPad available from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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July 2, 2019, 3:11 a.m.

Spotify Stations personalized radio app for iOS adds support for CarPlay

Spotify has recently updated its Spotify Stations app for iOS to add support for CarPlay. This enables you to control playback directly from your CarPlay head unit, rather than having to use your iPhone.

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July 2, 2019, 2:24 a.m.

Apple shares 3 new iPhone ads highlighting App Store privacy, iMessage, more

Apple today has shared three new videos on its YouTube channel highlighting different aspects of the iPhone. The new videos highlight App Store privacy, recycling, and iMessage encryption. Watch them all below.

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July 2, 2019, 12:23 a.m.

Apple’s ad agency loses lead creative responsible for Spike Jonze HomePod short film

Apple has lost one of its lead marketing creatives. Arnau Bosch Vergés is leaving Apple’s ad agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab to form his own social media platform targeting musicians.

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July 1, 2019, 11:24 p.m.

Apple schedules Q3 2019 earnings announcement for July 30

Apple announced on its Investor Relations webpage today that it will report its Q3 2019 earnings on July 30th. Following the release of its Q3 earnings, AAPL will hold a call with investors and analysts at 2PM PT/5PM ET.

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July 1, 2019, 11:05 p.m.

Downtown Nashville Apple Store design pictured at Fifth + Broadway

Apple has long been absent from downtown Nashville’s skyline, operating just two retail stores in the city’s periphery. A report earlier this year suggesting a new store in the works for downtown’s Fifth + Broadway development has now been reinforced by recently submitted planning documents. Preliminary renderings of a retail store consistent with Apple’s architectural style give us a first look at what Tennessee may have to look forward to.

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July 1, 2019, 11 p.m.

Save $200 on Mac mini, $820 on MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

Amazon’s Deal of the Day lets you save up to 29% on the 2018 MacBook Pro for today only. Prices start at $1,879.99 (down from $2,399.99) for a 15-inch model with a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals […]

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July 1, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Apple’s next big earnings report comes out July 30

Investors will find out later this month just how badly iPhone sales have slipped. Apple updated its investor website today revealing it has scheduled its Q3 2019 earnings call for Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at 5PT. Apple has implemented a number of discounts and price drops of the latest iPhones to try and prop up […]

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July 1, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Tim Cook slams alleged rift with Jony Ive as ‘absurd’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is firing back on a report that surfaced over the weekend claiming design boss Jony Ive drifted away from the company. Ive allegedly stopped coming into Apple HQ as frequently once the first Apple Watch launched, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s report. The newspaper also claimed Tim Cook’s inattentiveness to […]

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July 1, 2019, 10:21 p.m.

Tim Cook slams WSJ report on Jony Ive’s departure from Apple as ‘absurd’

The Wall Street Journal yesterday published an intricate report detailing how Jony Ive’s role at Apple had evolved since the launch of the Apple Watch. In a rather unprecedented move, Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to that story — calling it “absurd” and saying it doesn’t “match with reality.”

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July 1, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Apple Watch and the legacy of Jony Ive: making health mainstream through design

Much has been reported about Jony Ive’s departure from Apple and his decision to form his own design firm. The timeline of that decision may date back to the launch of the Apple Watch, with reduced input from Ive on newer projects in recent years.

Apple Watch is arguably the most Jony Ive product in Apple’s project portfolio, and with it comes an impact on health that could outlive any object shaped by Ive. Apple is hardly the first company to bring a smartwatch to market, but its mainstream appeal is very much a result of Jony Ive’s vision.

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

Unique iPhone battery case charges AirPods, too

People who carry their iPhone and AirPods everywhere might really use the Power1. Not only does this battery case charge the handset, it includes a built-in AirPods charging case. It’s just been fully funded on Kickstarter, but there are still pre-release specials available. “Power1 is a multifaceted solution that gives the convenience of storing and […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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July 1, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: July 01, 2019 – More details on Jony Ive’s departure from Apple

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July 1, 2019, 9 p.m.

iOS 13 lets you strip location data when sharing photos

iOS 13 and iPadOS let you strip sensitive location data from your photos when you share them. You can also choose to send iCloud links in place of photos.

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July 1, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

AirPods top Galaxy Buds in new water test

Apple’s wireless earbuds face some new competition from Samsung’s cheaper Galaxy Buds, but a new water-damage test shows the cheaper price tag comes at a cost. Neither AirPods or Galaxy Buds boast waterproofing but do have some water resistance. The folks at CNET pitted the two earbuds against each other in a new real-world test […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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July 1, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

PlayStation Vue ups all Live TV streaming plans by $5, now matches DirecTV and YouTube TV base prices

PlayStation has announced today that its Vue Live TV streaming plans will see a $5 price increase effective immediately for new customers, with existing customers seeing the bump next month.

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July 1, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Australian cricket team depends on Apple Watch for max performance

The Australian Women’s Cricket Team uses Apple Watches to optimize their training and improve their performance while also reducing the risk of injury. An app allows coaches to monitor training load and heart rate, but also mood and sleep data. “Apple Watch delivers highly accurate and instantaneous data, which has helped us overcome previous challenges […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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July 1, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

macOS Catalina revives Expansion Slot Utility app for new Mac Pro

Apple’s latest macOS Catalina beta revives the long-lost Expansion Slot Utility app for the new Mac Pro. Now updated to version 2.0, the app helps users configure things like video cards, audio adapters, and more. It went away for a while after the introduction of the 2013 Mac Pro — but it will be called […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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July 1, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Apple’s Expansion Slot Utility app returns a decade later in macOS Catalina ahead of new Mac Pro

At WWDC 2019, Apple unveiled its new modular Mac Pro, slated to be released later this fall. Hidden in the second developer beta of macOS Catalina is the return of the Expansion Slot Utility application, which allows users to manage the PCI expansion options of the Mac Pro.

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July 1, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Samsung CEO calls Galaxy Fold ‘embarrassing’

The CEO of Samsung Electronics personally took responsibility for the Galaxy Fold debacle. However, he promises his company is fixing the problems that delayed the launch of its first folding-screen handset, and still intends to release it. Many of the Galaxy Fold units loaned to the press to write reviews failed almost immediately, and the […]

(via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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July 1, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Ireland dumps Apple’s back taxes into low-risk bonds amid appeal

Ireland has invested Apple’s back taxes into low-risk, highly rated bonds, according to a new report. The move is an effort to preserve capital amid an ongoing appeal, which could take several years to resolve. The back taxes of around $15 billion were collected after the European Commission ruled in August 2016 that Apple had […]

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July 1, 2019, 7:07 p.m.