March 26, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Apple TV Remote app for iOS updated with new Siri Remote icon, stability improvements

On the heels of iOS 12.2’s release yesterday, Apple today has updated the Apple TV Remote app for iOS. The update redesigns the app’s icon, making it similar to what’s found in Control Center for accessing the Apple TV remote.

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March 26, 2019, 9:32 p.m.

Get ESR Gear’s new iPad Mini and 10.5″ iPad Air case 25% off for a limited time

Our sponsor ESR Gear is back with the launch of its popular protective accessories for Apple’s latest iPads. ESR has updated its classic Yippee Smart case and added new selections like the Rebound to offer the sleekest protection possible for Apple’s new 10.5” iPad Air and 7.9” iPad Mini.

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With over 2 million units sold, ESR’s Yippee Series has grown to become the standard for iPad (and iPhone) users. The lightweight lineup features a bunch of new and bright colors developed from premium materials. Head below for a look at the full collection for the new iPads:

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March 26, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Developers cautiously optimistic about the effects of Apple Arcade, report explains

Apple significantly increased its investment in gaming yesterday with the announcement of its new Apple Arcade service. While details are still sparse on the service, developers are optimistic about what Apple Arcade could mean for gaming.

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March 26, 2019, 9 p.m.

Don’t expect your AirPods to last forever

Apple’s second-generation AirPods are arriving just in time for people who are discovering that their first-gen ones are wearing out. This despite the original AirPods being, at most, 2.25 years old. Those who bought AirPods soon after the late-2016 launch are reporting decreasing battery lives. In some cases, the original five hours on a single […]

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March 26, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Grab the beautiful wallpaper from the new iPad Air

Anyone who likes the looks of the sweet wallpaper that comes with the iPad Air 3 doesn’t have to buy a new tablet to get it (Duh). It’s available to download to your iPad or Mac now. It’s not really shaped right for iPhones. The wallpaper shows the top of a geodesic dome. The full version […]

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March 26, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Apple’s first credit card issued – in 1986

The new Apple Card may be titanium but it’s not the first Apple-issued plastic. Some Twitter and Reddit users with amazing recall reacted to the news by posting ads from 1986 promoting two kinds of credit cards issued by Apple. The design of the titanium card unveiled during Apple’s “It’s Show Time” could be a […]

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March 26, 2019, 8 p.m.

The best AirPods 2 tips and tricks

AirPods 2 are faster, longer-lasting, and have Hey Siri built in. But they can do a lot more than just listening to music and helping you make phone calls. Here are all our best AirPods 2 tips and tricks, in one place.

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March 26, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Judge calls for iPhone import ban due to patent infringements

Some iPhone models could soon be blocked from coming into the U.S. after a judge recently ruled that Apple infringed on Qualcomm’s patents. ITC Judge MaryJoan McNamara found that iPhone infringes on one of three patents in Qualcomm’s case against Apple. She subsequently said she will recommend an import ban on iPhones, but a panel […]

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March 26, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Comment: Apple should make a non-folio iPhone wallet case to go with Apple Card

After announcing the upcoming Apple Card at yesterday’s “It’s show time” event, I got to thinking about how Apple has never offered a non-folio wallet case for its iPhones. While I’m eager for a truly wallet-less future, we’re not there yet and I think a lot of folks will opt for a physical Apple Card to go along with the digital default. Here’s my pitch for a slim first-party wallet case from Apple.

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March 26, 2019, 7 p.m.

Roku CEO explains why Apple TV+ needs Roku support

Roku CEO Anthony Wood says Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming platform is going to be great for his company despite some analysts claiming it could hurt Roku over the long term. Wood made an appearance on CNBC today talking about the benefits of Apple finally embracing third-party streaming boxes like Roku and Amazon’s FireTV. Even […]

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March 26, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

AirPods 2 now available for in-store pickup

If you’re looking to get your hands on a pair of second-generation AirPods, you may be able to score a pair directly from a brick and mortar Apple Store today via in-store pickup. Not all locations have stock available, and supplies will likely be limited, so you may want to act fast if you want them today. more…

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March 26, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

ITC judge finds Apple infringed Qualcomm patent, recommends US import ban on some iPhone models

The Qualcomm-Apple patent battle continues. A US judge has ruled that some iPhone models have infringed on Qualcomm patents.

The ruling from the International Trade Commission judge means that the judge recommended an import ban on some iPhone models, however the decision may have to be reviewed by the full commission before a ban comes into effect. The ban is unlikely to affect the latest models like iPhone XS and iPhone XR.

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March 26, 2019, 6 p.m.

Is News+ the future of journalism? [Opinion]

Apple’s already attempted to unify news into one ‘app’ in 2011. Can Apple News+ succeed where Newsstand failed.

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March 26, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Apple updates Shortcuts for iOS with Notes integration, new actions, more

Following the release of iOS 12.2 to the public yesterday, Apple today has updated the Shortcuts app for iOS. The update includes improvements to existing Shortcuts actions, as well as new tools for creating Shortcuts that integrate the Notes app.

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March 26, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Apple Stores reshuffled in Texas to foil patent trolls

Apple is closing a pair of retail stores in east Texas, and opening a new one nearby to take on their traffic. But this has little to do with customer convenience; it’s likely all about patent lawsuits. The move could easily save Apple millions of dollars. Wait. What? The Apple Store locations in Fresno and […]

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March 26, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

With Apple TV+, Tim Cook peddles an antidote to toxic TV [Opinion]

At a time when critically acclaimed TV shows serve up a steady stream of sex and violence, the upcoming Apple TV+ service proffers an unusual prescription for success: optimism, inclusion, creativity and inspiration. Touting its upcoming streaming video service as “the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers,” Apple is carefully framing its upcoming […]

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March 26, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Roku CEO explains why third-party platform support is necessary for Apple TV+ to succeed

Roku’s CEO today sat down with CNBC to discuss Apple bringing its refreshed TV app along with its two new streaming services to third-party platforms. The move is a departure for Apple as the company normally keeps its software and apps limited to its own hardware.

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March 26, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Strange Parts host replaces iPhone battery the hard way

Scotty Allen’s iPhone 7 battery was dying and, as you’d expect, Allen didn’t do the easy thing. Rather than pay Apple to replace the battery or just get a new iPhone, the host of the YouTube show Strange Parts went on a vendor-to-vendor hunt in the electronics district in Shenzhen, China in search of a […]

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March 26, 2019, 4:38 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 3 is just $199 again [Deals & Steals]

If you missed the chance to bag Apple Watch Series 3 for under $200 earlier this month, you’ll be pleased to know Amazon is running the deal again for a limited time. And it’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also enjoy up to $200 off the […]

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March 26, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: iMac & Mac mini up to $300 off, Amazon Mac Accessory Sale from $20, iTunes Movies from $1, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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March 26, 2019, 4:07 p.m.

Poison trap and Floor is Lava LTM arrive in Fortnite 8.20

This week’s Fortnite update will bring a brand new item and game mode to Battle Royale. Both the Floor is Lava limited-time game mode and a poison trap will be available in version 8.20 of the game. You’ll be able to enjoy them from tomorrow, March 27, after the update goes live. Every Fortnite player […]

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March 26, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

Spotify set to buy mystery-theme focused podcast company, third acquisition in two months

After spending several hundred million dollars on the acquisitions of podcast companies Gimlet and Anchor last month, Spotify is tripling down on its expansion into the podcast market with the purchase of a mystery-themed podcast company.

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March 26, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

Apple officially announces new Galleria Dallas retail store opening April 13th

After confirming the closure dates of stores in Frisco and Plano, Texas earlier today, Apple has formally announced the grand opening of its newest U.S. retail store. Apple Galleria Dallas will open to customers on April 13th at 10:00 A.M. local time.

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March 26, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

Apple TV Remote App for iOS Gets New Icon

Apple today updated its Apple TV Remote app, which doesn't receive new features very often. According to Apple's release notes, there's nothing major that's included in the update, but it does feature a new app icon.

The prior icon was an Apple logo next to the word "TV," the branding that Apple uses for its Apple TV set-top boxes. The new logo resembles the Apple TV Remote, making it clearer what its function is.

Today's revamped logo matches the updated logo for the Apple TV Remote option in the Control Center on iOS devices. Apple also changed that icon from the Apple TV branding to a remote control design in the iOS 12.2 update.

iOS 12.2 brought other changes to the Remote option on the iPhone and iPad as well, introducing a design that is darker, more streamlined, and takes up the majority of the iPhone's interface. With a full Apple TV Remote available in Control Center on modern devices, there's little reason to download the standalone Apple TV Remote app.

Apple is, however, still keeping it around, and according to today's release notes, version 2.2 brings "general performance and stability improvements" along with the new app icon.

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

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March 26, 2019, 3:01 p.m.

40 million Android users have downloaded Apple Music

You’d think that most of the subscribers to Apple Music would be firmly locked into the Apple ecosystem. That may be true, but new figures suggest that there are quite a few listeners on Android as well. Figures shared by Sensor Tower‘s Store Intelligence platform suggest that 40 million Android users have installed the Apple […]

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March 26, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

Apple confirms Plano and Frisco, Texas retail stores will permanently close on April 12th

After briefly acknowledging a retail consolidation in a statement in February, Apple has formally announced the closure of two of its retail locations in Texas. On April 12th, Apple Stonebriar in Frisco and Apple Willow Bend in Plano will permanently close their doors.

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March 26, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Analysts underwhelmed by Apple event – even the company’s card partner, Goldman Sachs

Analysts seem to mostly share my view of yesterday’s Apple event. While there was acknowledgement that the new offerings would help to grow the company’s Services business, and AAPL did open just under 1% up on yesterday’s close, the general response was extremely muted.

Even the bank partnering with the company for the Apple Card said that the impact on the company’s future was likely to be small …

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March 26, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Apple blocks person-to-person credit card payments without Apple Card

Apple is using a sly trick to encourage Apple Pay users to sign up to its new Apple Card. As of March 25, it is no longer possible to send person-to-person credit card payments through Apple Pay Cash unless you’re using the company’s own credit card. You can continue to send money using a debit […]

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March 26, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

This week’s best iTunes movie deals: $10 4K film sale, Dark Knight Trilogy $25, $1 rental, more

The iTunes movie storefront has been refreshed with a new batch of deals today highlighted by a notable $10 4K movie sale, along with standout offers on trilogies and this week’s $1 HD rental. Head below for all of our top picks.

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March 26, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Apple News app crashing for many iPhone and iPad users after updating to iOS 12.2, Apple working on fix

The launch of Apple News+ is not going as smoothly as Apple had probably hoped. Many iPhone and iPad users are finding that the Apple News app is crashing repeatedly after updating to iOS 12.2. There are crashes

According to sources, Apple is aware of the issue and is rapidly working on a fix. It’s not clear if the company will need to rush out a new iOS 12.2.1 software update or if the problem can be addressed server-side.

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March 26, 2019, 1:10 p.m.

These are all the games coming to Apple Arcade

Apple showed off a smattering of games for its upcoming Apple Arcade subscription service at yesterday’s event. But, presumably because reeling off a list of 100 titles would’ve slowed the event to a crawl, it didn’t reveal exactly which games would be available. One day on, we’ve got a far more comprehensive look at some […]

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March 26, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

Comment: Yesterday’s Apple event didn’t excite me – how about you?

I have to say yesterday’s Apple event was something of a snoozefest for me.

Now, I fully acknowledge that this is partly down to my particular tastes. I’m not a TV guy, for starters: I haven’t owned a television in 20 years, and while I do have a Netflix account, it’s borderline whether or not I actually use it enough to justify even the small cost. So it didn’t really matter what Apple announced there; it wasn’t going to interest me.

Same thing with gaming. I have X-Plane on my iPad, and use that briefly a few times a week, and three or four other games I play maybe a few times a year. I basically don’t have the gaming gene.

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March 26, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

Goldman Sachs eyes new markets for Apple Card

Apple Card may be exclusive to the U.S. for now, but Goldman Sachs hints that won’t always be the case. Apple’s partner says it will be looking at plans to bring Apple Card to other markets in the future. Goldman CEO Richard Gnodde expects the card to take off quickly over the summer. With 3 […]

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March 26, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Apple Arcade: What We Know So Far

Apple is working on a new gaming related service, Apple Arcade, which is going to let App Store users pay a monthly fee to get access to over 100 premium games that are being developed for the service.

This guide features everything that you need to know about Apple Arcade, which is set to be released later this year.


What is Apple Arcade?


Apple Arcade is Apple's upcoming premium subscription gaming service that will let users download and play included games for one monthly fee with no added costs.


What's Apple Arcade cost?


Apple hasn't provided pricing for Apple Arcade yet, so there's no word on what it's going to be priced at.

Is Family Sharing included?


Yes. A single Apple Arcade subscription will let up to six family members access games. You just need to set up Family Sharing, which requires all family members to have the same credit card associated with their Apple IDs.

What games will be included?


Apple is teaming up with both indie developers and big name gaming companies to create "new and exclusive" games for the Apple Arcade service. All the content that is released through Apple Arcade will be freshly created for Apple Arcade, so it won't include existing games.

Apple is teaming up with Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and a bunch of other developers.


Apple is subsidizing many of these games and contributing to the development costs to create them. Apple says it is handpicking the games that will be included in Apple Arcade.

There's a list of some of the titles available on the Apple Arcade website, with a little preview below. There are a bunch more games in the works, but Apple has only provided details on a handful.

- Where Cards Fall - A narrative puzzle game from Snowman, where the main character needs to navigate the insecurities and emotions of high school by overcoming obstacles.


- The Pathless - An adventure exploration game from Annapurna Interactive where a hunter and an eagle traverse a forested island to dispel a curse gripping the world.


- LEGO Brawls - A LEGO game where LEGO characters will engage in multiplayer brawls against one another. Think Super Smash Bros, but with LEGO men.


- Hot Lava - An action game from Klei Entertainment where the goal is to stay off of the lava-covered floor by running, jumping, climbing, and surfing.


- Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm - An prequel to the popular action adventure game Oceanhorn where the goal is to explore the world, engage in combat, and make your way through treasure-filled dungeons.


- Beyond a Steel Sky - Beyond a Steel Sky is a remake of 90s sci-fi point and click game Beneath a Steel Sky. Players take on the role of Robert Foster, navigating through a dystopian city ruled by an AI and solving challenging puzzles.


Other confirmed games include Atone: Heart of the Elder Tree, The Artful Escape, The Bradwell Conspiracy, Box Project, Cardpocalypse, Doomsday Vault, Down in Bermuda, Enter the Construct, Fantasian, Frogger in Toy Town, Hitchhiker, Kings of the Castle, Lego Arthouse, Lifelike, Monomals, Mr. Turtle, No Way Home, Overland, Projection: First Light, Repair, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Sneaky Sasquatch, Sonic Racing, Spidersaurus, The Construct, UFO on Tape, Winding Worlds, and Yaga.


How many games will be available through Apple Arcade?


The service will launch with somewhere around 100 games, with Apple planning to add more over time.

Where can I find Apple Arcade games?


Apple's adding an Apple Arcade tab to the App Store where you'll be able to find all of the games included in the Apple Arcade service. Apple's App Store editors will highlight different titles, make suggestions for you, and help you find new games to play.


Are there ads?


Nope. Apple Arcade is a play all you want subscription service with no additional in-app purchases or costs to unlock content. Since there are no ads, there's also no ad tracking, so user privacy is protected.

All future upgrades and content additions will also be included in the subscription price.

Will Apple Arcade games be able to be purchased separately?


It's not entirely clear, but based on Apple's "exclusive" wording, it sounds like content created for Apple Arcade is going to be limited to Apple Arcade. Apple could be planning to allow these games to be purchased on an individual basis, and that's one of the questions that doesn't have a clear answer yet.

Can Apple Arcade games be played offline?


Yep. Apple will let you download these games and play them even without an LTE or WiFi connection.

What devices can Apple Arcade games be played on?


Apple Arcade games will work on the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Macs. Apple says that many of the games will support Made for iPhone game controllers.

Because multiple platforms are supported, you can start a game on one device and then swap over to another without losing your place. So if you want to play a title on Mac and then take it on the go on your iPhone, you can do so.


At least some of the games that are coming to Apple Arcade will also be available on other platforms like PCs and consoles, but these won't be associated with Apple.

What countries will Apple Arcade be available in?


Apple plans to launch Apple Arcade in more than 150 countries. Basically, any country with an App Store available will have access to Apple Arcade titles.

When is Apple Arcade launching?


Apple plans to launch Apple Arcade in the fall 2019, with the release likely planned to coincide with the debut of new iPhones. For that reason, the service could be coming in September, but Apple has given no more specific date than fall 2019.

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March 26, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Apple pays to use ‘iPad’ name

March 26, 2010: Apple ends a trademark dispute with Japanese multinational Fujitsu over the name “iPad” in the United States. It comes two months after Steve Jobs first showed off the iPad, and around a week before it will land in stores. As it happens, it’s not the first time Apple battled over the name […]

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March 26, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Apple Watch ECG could be about to roll out in Europe

Apple Watch Series 4’s groundbreaking ECG functionality could soon be arriving in Europe. Evidence suggests that the watchOS 5.2 update will finally make the ECG app available in a number of new regions. It remains exclusive to the U.S. for now. The ability to take ECG readings anywhere and at any time is one of […]

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March 26, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Ikea offers sneak peek at its new Sonos-compatible speaker ahead of official unveiling

Ikea is certainly milking the launch of its new Sonos-compatible speaker range, today offering a quick look at the first speaker in the range ahead of its official unveiling next month …

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March 26, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Introducing Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level

Tim Cook is seriously underrated. Seven years after taking over as CEO from Steve Jobs, the narrative that he’s riding his predecessor’s coattails needs to change. It’s just not true. Cook is his own man, transforming Apple in his own way. See Monday’s Apple credit card and subscription News+ app as examples, which are centered […]

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March 26, 2019, 11:16 a.m.

Apple ends funding Apple Pay Cash from credit cards as it announces its own card

Apple has quietly ended the the option of funding Apple Pay Cash balances from a credit card. The company made the low-key announcement on the same day it announced the Apple Card.

Previously, if you wanted to make a person-to-person payment via Apple Cash, and didn’t have sufficient balance, you could withdraw money from a linked credit card …

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March 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Apple’s titanium credit card is not contactless

With Apple Pay, Apple has done as much as anyone to popularize contactless payments in the U.S. Despite this, it seems that the new physical titanium Apple Card won’t offer contactless payments when used in stores that don’t accept Apple Pay (or anywhere else for that matter). At least, that’s according to a spokesperson from […]

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March 26, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Apple Releases Updated Version of Shortcuts With New Notes-Related Actions

Apple today released an updated version of Shortcuts, introducing support for several new actions related to the Notes app. There are options for Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Notes, all of which can be incorporated into your shortcuts.

There's also a new Get Numbers input action for pulling numbers from text, and Get Time Travel includes more details like route name, arrival time, and distance. You can also now tap on the Library tab to get to the bottom of the shortcuts list more quickly.


Apple's full release notes for the new 2.2 Shortcuts update are below:
- Create and access Notes in your shortcuts with the new Create Note, Append to Note, Find Notes, and Show Note actions
- Pull out numbers from text using the new Get Numbers from Input action
- Tapping on the Library tab will now scroll to the bottom of your shortcuts list
- Get Travel Time now returns more details, including route name, arrival time, and distance
- Bug fixes and improvements
The Shortcuts app, introduced in iOS 12, is designed to allow iOS users to create multi-step shortcuts and automations using both first and third-party apps, with the shortcuts able to be activated using Siri commands.

Through Shortcuts, for example, you can create an automation to do something like turn on the thermostat at home using the Nest app, text your roommate that you're on the way with Messages, and open up the Maps app with directions home all with a single "I'm going home" Siri command spoken when leaving work.

Shortcuts are deeply customizable, with Apple's Shortcuts app providing a gallery of Shortcut suggestions along with the tools to create your own.


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March 26, 2019, 10:19 a.m.

Goldman Sachs says it is ‘exploring international opportunities’ to launch Apple Card outside the US in the future

One trend of the announcements yesterday was there was not too much love given to consumers outside of the United States. The Apple Card was announced as a US only product; a credit card that is integrated into the iPhone Wallet and offers 2-3% cashback on transactions made with Apple Pay.

Goldman Sachs CEO Richard Gnodde told CNBC that the company is exploring international opportunities for Apple Card but did not go into detail …

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March 26, 2019, 10:15 a.m.

You can now enjoy Apple Music on your Chromebook

Apple Music’s latest update on Android finally brings native Chromebook support for the first time. The release also includes the same user interface changes that were rolled out on iOS last week. Subscribers can access a new Browse tab that designed to make music discovery even easier. Apple Music has offered support for Android devices […]

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March 26, 2019, 10:10 a.m.

Twelve South Updates BookArc With Compatibility for 2018 MacBook Air

Twelve South this week announced a new update to its BookArc accessory, which now fits the MacBook Air with Retina Display that launched in October 2018.


The aluminum stand also includes inserts to fit a wide range of other Apple notebooks. These include the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro (USB-C), the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display, and the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Otherwise, the new BookArc looks and performs similarly to previous models, providing a place to rest your MacBook while you tether it to an external display for a more comfortable workflow. BookArc can also be used to charge and display a MacBook. Twelve South shared a video about the origins of BookArc, which was the company's first product.


The updated BookArc is available on Twelve South's website for $49.99, and will launch in retail soon. Existing BookArc owners can buy just the insert for the MacBook Air with Retina Display for $9.99.

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March 26, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

iPhone Not Secure: What does this message mean in Safari?

In iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4, you may notice a new warning in the URL bar when browsing the web in Safari. It says the page you are visiting is “Not Secure”. But what does this mean? Are you less secure than you were before?

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March 26, 2019, 10 a.m.

These are the ‘low rates’ currently available for Apple Card

Against all odds, Apple’s introduction of its “Apple Card” credit card managed to outshine Hollywood’s finest stars at yesterday’s keynote event. Among the card’s nifty features, Apple promised an interest rate among the lowest in the industry. But is it? Details on the new Apple Card website include the “lower interest rates” in their footnotes. […]

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March 26, 2019, 9 a.m.

What Apple News+ means for Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal has shared some additional details of its deal with Apple, breaking down exactly what Apple News+ readers will receive. The inclusion of the WSJ gives readers the ability to access all categories of news. The app will actively surface stories on national news, politics, sport, and more. However, the “entire slate […]

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March 26, 2019, 7:55 a.m.

Spotify Continues Push Against Apple Podcasts With Third Podcast Acquisition

Spotify today announced its latest acquisition, this one related to a podcast company called Parcast (via Reuters). This marks Spotify's third podcast-related acquisition in two months, and represents the company's ongoing plan to boost the music streaming platform as a hub for podcasts that can compete with Apple Podcasts.


Last month, Spotify purchased Gimlet Media for $300 million, acquiring the company's big-name podcasts like "Homecoming" and "Reply All." Around the same time, Spotify also purchased Anchor, a company that is more behind-the-scenes of the podcast world and lets its users record and create their own shows that can easily be shared online.

Parcast will be added to that list, and Spotify will now have ownership of its specialization in crime and mystery-themed podcast content, genres that are hugely successful in the market. Parcast is home to a big list of popular genres and podcasts, covering topics like cults, serial killers, haunted places, unexplained mysteries, extraterrestrials, and more.

These purchased shows will also join new and original podcasts created by Spotify, all of which will be curated by the team that built Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist algorithm. Eventually, the music streaming company hopes to become the Netflix of podcasts, able to provide recommendations on what to watch and house both third-party and exclusive first-party content.

Spotify first began its efforts to enter the podcast field around two years ago, when it said it was "coming after" Apple with a strong push into podcasts. The last few years have been marked as a so-called golden age for podcasts, causing many companies to look into entering the field.

Apple and Spotify have been in another dispute this year as well, after Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission. In the complaint, Spotify accused Apple of enforcing App Store rules that "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience" and said that Apple acts "as both a player and referee to deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek particularly called out Apple's policy of charging a 30 percent "tax" on App Store purchases. This results in Spotify charging existing subscribers $12.99 per month for its Premium plan via the App Store just to collect nearly the $9.99 per month it charges normally. The spat continued with Apple claiming that Spotify provided "misleading rhetoric," and with Spotify stating that "every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong."

For the podcast initiative, it's unclear when Spotify plans to launch the new part of its service.

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March 26, 2019, 7:10 a.m.

Apple Ends Support for Funding Person-to-Person Payments With Credit Cards, Renames Apple Pay Cash to 'Apple Cash'

Apple yesterday began sending emails to Apple Pay customers, warning them about new changes to the service that are taking effect immediately with iOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2. With the updates, Apple has ended support for sending money through Apple Pay Cash using a credit card (that isn't the upcoming Apple Card).


Previously, users could link their credit card to fund person-to-person payments in Messages, which are then linked to Apple Pay Cash in the Wallet app. Now, Apple has stopped accepting credit cards as funding options for Apple Pay Cash effective March 25, 2019, the same day that it announced its own credit card, the Apple Card.

Apple Pay users can still send money using a debit card or their existing Apple Pay Cash balance. The company says that the update "will ensure Apple Pay Cash customers never have to worry about cash advance fees that may be charged by issuing banks."

In the same email, Apple discusses Apple Pay Cash Instant Transfers, which lets users quickly transfer money from an Apple Pay Cash balance to an eligible Visa debit card in the Wallet app. These transfers are processed within minutes and a 1 percent fee (minimum fee of $0.25 and maximum fee of $10) is deducted from the amount of each transfer. Traditional bank transfers still remain, offering free ACH bank transfers that take one to three business days.

Lastly, during yesterday's keynote Apple showcased a new name for Apple Pay Cash, now simply called "Apple Cash." The company highlighted the name change during the Apple Card segment of the event, explaining how Apple Card owners will be able to get Daily Cash rewards that instantly appear on their Apple Cash cards.
Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay: "So when you're buying your morning coffee, shopping for groceries, and any time you pay using Apple Card, you get Daily Cash. Not a month from now, but every day. So every day you spend, cash is added to your Apple Cash card, which is also in the Wallet app.
This simplifies the name, although the change has yet to appear as of iOS 12.2. It's possible the name change will show up alongside the launch of Apple Card this summer.

If you missed yesterday's event, or want a quick refresher, be sure to check out or six-minute recap of everything Apple announced at the event.

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March 26, 2019, 7 a.m.

How to use PayPal for your Apple ID payment method

Want to remove the credit or debit card you have on file for your Apple ID and use PayPal instead? Read on for how to change your Apple ID payment method.

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March 26, 2019, 5:58 a.m.

How to Use the 'Hey Siri' Command With AirPods (2nd Generation)

Apple refreshed its AirPods wireless earbuds in March 2019, adding a number of new features that set it apart from the previous generation AirPods. One of those features is the ability to summon Siri entirely handsfree, allowing you to speak a variety of commands and ask questions.


With the first-generation AirPods, you had to use the default double tap gesture on the left or right earpiece to activate Siri before you could start talking. But with second-generation AirPods, all you have to do is say "Hey Siri" and the digital assistant will be ready to respond to the words that follow.

You can still use the double-tap gesture to summon Siri on the new AirPods if you prefer, but you should find the immediacy of using the "Hey Siri" invocation a lot more convenient if you tend to be working with your hands when you're wearing Apple's wireless earbuds.

Siri can be used with your AirPods to control your music, ask queries, make phone calls, and check the status of your AirPods. At the bottom of this article is a quick list of commands to get you started.

Note that these commands won't do anything if your iOS device doesn't have a network connection. It's an odd requirement, but unlike Voice Control, Siri needs an internet connection even for basic playback commands.
  • "Turn volume up/down" or "Raise the volume by 50 percent."

  • "Play" or "Pause music."

  • "Resume music."

  • "Play [Song Name]" or "Play [Podcast Name]."

  • "Play my Favorites List."

  • "Play my New Music List."

  • "Skip back/forward" or "Skip back/forward X seconds/minutes."

  • "Skip to the next song."

  • "How is the battery life of my AirPods?"


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March 26, 2019, 5:49 a.m.

Apple Music Surpasses 40 Million Installs on Android Devices

More than 40 million Android smartphone owners around the world have now installed the Apple Music app from the Google Play Store, according to data shared this week by Sensor Tower.


It's projected that Apple Music will see 3.8 million installs on Android devices by the end of Q1 2019, up from 3.3 million in Q4 2018 and a year-over-year increase of 65 percent.

Apple has been able to grow its Android user base for Apple Music in mid-to-late 2018, following a few quarters of decline. Beginning in Q4 2017 and continuing through Q2 2018, Apple Music installs on Android dwindled from 3.3 million to 2.3 million.


Now, the current quarter is anticipated to be Apple Music's best yet for new user installs on Android.
New users of the app in 4Q18 were up 43 percent over 1Q18, and we project that 1Q19 installs will total 3.8 million for a year-over-year increase of 65 percent.

Google Play users in the United States account for approximately 28 percent of all Apple Music for Android installs to date, with India a distant second at about 7 percent to the total. Great Britain, Brazil, and Russia round out the app’s five largest markets at 6 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent of installs, respectively.
Apple Music first launched on Android in the fall of 2015, months after debuting on Apple devices. The Android app was just updated this week with a redesigned Browse tab to match iOS devices, and introduced support for Chromebooks.


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March 26, 2019, 5:22 a.m.

New features in iOS 12.2: Apple News+, new Animoji, new AirPods support, and more [Video]

Apple has released the public version of iOS 12.2, which includes the launch of the company’s brand new Apple News+ subscription service for magazines. The update, which is available for all eligible iPhone, iPads, and the iPod touch, includes a bevy of new changes, features and enhancements.

Needless to say, iOS 12.2 is a massive update, and likely the last big update before iOS 13 launches in beta later this year. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough and we step through all of the new changes and features in iOS 12.2. more…

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March 26, 2019, 5:10 a.m.

How to Wirelessly Charge Your AirPods

Apple in March launched second-generation AirPods that include several new features over the original models, including the ability to wirelessly charge using third-party charging pads.


Apple also launched a Wireless Charging Case for use with first-generation AirPods, so if you bought a pair of new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, or you purchased a Wireless Charging Case separately, then keep reading to learn how the charging procedure works.

How to Charge Your AirPods Wirelessly


New Apple AirPods usually come fully charged out of the box, but at some point during use you'll hear a tone when your AirPods' batteries are low, and another tone just before they run out.

When that time comes, it's time to charge your AirPods. Simply putting them back in the case usually does the trick – the case holds multiple, full charges for your AirPods, allowing you to charge on the go. But at some point the charging case will also become depleted, and then it will need charging too.


Apple's Wireless Charging Case and second-generation AirPods can be charged with any Qi-compatible charging mat or stand. (If you don't have one and are wondering which to buy, check out our roundup of the best Qi-compatible charging mats and stands for Apple devices.) Here's how it's done.
  1. Place the case on the charger with the status light on the front of the case facing up (or towards you if you're using a stand). Note that you can charge your case with or without your AirPods inside.

  2. The status light should turn on for several seconds, then turn off as it continues to charge.

  3. If the light doesn't turn on when you put it on the charging mat, try repositioning the case.
If you have trouble getting the case to charge, check that the cable is firmly plugged into the charging mat and that the other end is correctly plugged into a power outlet. If the case still isn't charging, don't forget that you can also charge it by plugging the supplied Lightning cable into the Lightning connector on the bottom, and the other end of the cable into a USB charger or port.

Checking Your AirPods Battery Life


You can check the battery status of your AirPods by opening the charging case lid with the AirPods inside and holding the case close to your iPhone. The charge status of your AirPods and their case should appear on the device's screen, and if you take out an AirPod, you'll see individual percentages for the two earpieces.


You can also check the charge status of your AirPods using the Batteries widget in your iPhone's Today View, accessed by swiping right on the Lock screen or on your Home screen's first screen of apps.

A fully charged Wireless Charging Case will provide AirPods with more than 24 hours of listening time, or up to 18 hours of talk time. If you charge AirPods for 15 minutes in the case, you get up to 3 hours of listening time or up to two hours of talk time.

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March 26, 2019, 4:37 a.m.

Austria's Largest Bank Says Apple Pay is Coming Soon

Austria's largest bank Erste Bank und Sparkasse today announced that Apple Pay is "coming soon" with a teaser on its Twitter account.


Apple Pay has been gradually expanding across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The service launched in Belgium and Kazakhstan in November, made its long-awaited debut in Germany in December, and became available in the Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia last month. It looks like Austria will soon follow.


German-based mobile bank N26 also announced today that Apple Pay is coming soon to customers in Austria:


Apple Pay first launched in the United States in October 2014 and is also available in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, France, Japan, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, New Zealand, Brazil, Poland, Ireland, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates.

Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday said Apple Pay will be available in more than 40 countries and regions by the end of 2019.

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March 26, 2019, 4:19 a.m.

Apple Music App for Android Updated With Refreshed Browse Tab and Chromebook Support

Apple has updated its Apple Music app for Android devices, introducing the redesigned Browse tab that debuted on iOS last week and new support for Chromebooks.


The new Browse tab has been tweaked to highlight an assortment of different playlists from various musical genres to make discovery quicker and easier. Android users will now find Apple's "Daily Top 100" playlist featured prominently at the top of the section, just below the traditional carousel of new music.

Apart from that minor refresh, the update brings official Chromebook support to the Android app, which basically means users can access Apple Music from Chrome OS on their Google notebook. According to the release notes, this version of Apple Music for Android also fixes various bugs, so users should also find it runs a bit more stable than previous versions.

Apple Music for Android is available to download for free from Apple's website and on the Google Play Store.


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March 26, 2019, 2:51 a.m.

How to Set Up and Connect Your New AirPods (2nd Generation)

Apple in March debuted second-generation AirPods, featuring several updates over the original massively popular wireless earbuds of the same name.

If you've just received a pair of Apple's new earbuds, you'll be raring to use them to listen to music, take phone calls, use Siri, and more. Keep reading to learn how to set up and connect them to your devices.


Update Your Software


As mentioned, Apple's second-generation AirPods include new features not seen in the previous model, but to use them you'll need to make sure your devices are running the latest software.

iOS devices:


If you want to use your new AirPods with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, make sure you're running iOS 12.2 or later.


To check that your device's software is up to date, launch the Settings app and then select General -> Software Update, and download any available updates if necessary.

Mac:

To use your new AirPods with your Mac, it needs to be running macOS 10.14.4 or later. To check that your machine is up to date with the latest software, select System Preferences... from the Apple () menu in the top-left corner of the screen, and then click Software Update in the preferences window.


If your Mac finds an update is available, click the Update Now button to download the software and allow the software to install when prompted.

Set Up New AirPods on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch


Before you can begin using your new AirPods with your iOS devices, there are a few quick steps you need to perform.
  1. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If your device is already unlocked, navigate to the Home screen.

  2. Bring the AirPods case – with the AirPods inside – close to your device and open the case lid.

  3. Wait for the setup animation to appear on your device's screen.

  4. Tap Connect, then tap Done.

  5. If you haven't set up "Hey Siri" already on your device, you'll be guided through the setup.
And that's all there is to it. Your AirPods should now pair seamlessly with your device whenever you go to use them. Note that if you're signed in to iCloud, your AirPods will be set up automatically with any of your supported devices that are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.

Connect New AirPods to Your Mac


If you've set up your AirPods with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, then your AirPods should be ready to use with your Mac. In that case, all you you need to do is put your AirPods in your ears, click the Bluetooth icon in your Mac's menu bar, select your AirPods from the dropdown list, and click Connect.


If you don't see your AirPods in the Bluetooth menu, check out our dedicated how-to article on how to pair AirPods manually with your Mac and customize the gesture controls.

Connect New AirPods to Android Devices


You can use AirPods with Android smartphones and other devices. You won't be able to use "Hey Siri" but you can use them to listen and talk. Check out our special guideo learn how to use AirPods on Android, as well as the benefits, the downsides, and how well AirPods work on non-Apple devices.

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March 26, 2019, 2:37 a.m.

Apple Music for Android updated with revamped ‘Browse’ tab, Chromebook support

Apple today has updated its Apple Music app for Android with a pair of notable improvements. First, the update includes the revamped “Browse” tab that came to iOS last week. There is also Chromebook support with today’s update.

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March 26, 2019, 1:33 a.m.

Everything Apple announced today and the details we’re still missing

It’s been a busy day for Apple, with the company holding its “It’s show time” event at Steve Jobs Theater. The event included a handful of announcements, including details on Apple News+, streaming video and more.

Despite today’s event, however, there are still many details left unknown. Read on for a full roundup of what Apple did announce today, and the details that are still missing.

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March 26, 2019, 12:19 a.m.

Apple News+ includes access to only 3 days worth of WSJ archives, all topics accessible by search

Apple News+ was officially announced earlier today, allowing users to pay $9.99 per month for access to 300 magazines and select newspapers. One of those newspapers is The Wall Street Journal, but there are a few details worth noting about its inclusion.

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March 26, 2019, 12:15 a.m.

Apple’s new apps clearly reflect Tim Cook’s values [Opinion]

Watching Monday morning’s “It’s show time” keynote, I was struck by how much Tim Cook is stamping his values on what Apple is doing. While writing a book about Cook last year, I accidentally stumbled on six values he has been championing at Apple: Accessibility Education Environment Inclusion and diversity Privacy Supplier responsibility These are […]

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March 25, 2019, 11 p.m.

AirPower appears on packaging for AirPods Wireless Charging Case

The recently-launched wireless charging case for Apple’s AirPods is starting to reach customers’ hands, and it comes with a surprise: there’s a picture of the AirPower charging mat on the box, even though this isn’t available yet. Apple promised to have AirPower in customer’s hands last year, but that hasn’t happened yet. Still, there have […]

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March 25, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

iOS 12.2 leaks images of upcoming PowerBeats Pro

Beats’ most popular earbuds are about to get the AirPod treatment from Apple. Leaked images of the unreleased PowerBeats Pro wireless earbuds surfaced online today after they were discovered hiding in iOS 12.2. Rumors just surfaced last week that the PowerBeats Pro are in development, but now we already know what they look like and […]

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March 25, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Apple TV hardware gets name tweak as new streaming service launches

There’s no longer a digital media player called simply “Apple TV” in this company’s product line up. But it wasn’t discontinued, just renamed, pobably to prevent confusion with the upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service. Welcome to the Apple TV HD As of this morning, this company’s base model media player was redubbed Apple TV HD. […]

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March 25, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

AirPower makes another appearance, this time on AirPods Wireless Charging Case packaging

Apple last week announced a new version of AirPods and an accompanying Wireless Charging Case, but AirPower was nowhere to be found. As it turns out, the packaging for the AirPods Wireless Charging Case clearly depicts AirPower, even though it’s still not available.

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March 25, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

See might be the most intriguing show Apple’s making

Aquaman star Jason Momoa is finally getting his own TV show as part of Apple TV+’s lineup of original content. The up-and-coming star first made waves as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones before getting killed off in the first season. Now it looks like he’s ready to play another fearsome warrior in the series […]

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March 25, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

‘It’s show time’ around the world: Photos from Apple Store keynote livestreams

Around the world today, Apple fans gathered to hear the latest announcements from Steve Jobs Theater, where the company introduced a wave of new services like Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple Card. To celebrate the event, Apple hosted livestreams of the keynote at approximately 96 of its retail stores throughout the United States and all over the globe. Store visitors and 9to5Mac readers shared their photos of the experience.

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March 25, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Apple Card tidbits: Wallet integration, Daily Cash details, no fees, more

During its event at Steve Jobs Theater this afternoon, Apple announced “Apple Card.” The company is calling this “a new kind of credit card crated by Apple, not a bank.” Of course, Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs to create the card, so it’s not entirely bank-free.

Even though it partnered with a traditional bank, Apple is still doing some interesting things with Apple Card. Here are some tidbits that you might have missed during today’s event.

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March 25, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

iOS 12.2 documents suggest ECG coming to some European countries with watchOS 5.2

Since its introduction with the Apple Watch Series 4, the ECG feature has been available only for Apple Watches purchased in the United States. The only way for users from other regions to get access to the feature was to purchase the device in the US, but more recent changes to the software have made even that workaround impractical.

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March 25, 2019, 8:38 p.m.

Exclusive: First look at Apple’s new AirPods-like ‘Powerbeats Pro’ truly wireless sport headphones

Last week, a report suggested that Apple is planning to release a “truly wireless” version of Beats Powerbeats headphones next month. Today’s release of iOS 12.2 includes imagery of the new headphones, which we now know will be called Powerbeats Pro.

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March 25, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

Apple’s Little America series tells immigrants’ stories

America is bitterly divided on immigration. But the creator of an original Apple TV series, announced at the Steve Jobs Theatre today, wants his anthology to help heal that divide. Rather than tales of exceptional talent and achievement, Little America tells the everyday stories of immigrants navigating the American dream. The creator is writer and […]

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March 25, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Amazing Stories will bring optimistic anthology sci-fi to Apple TV+

Stephen Spielberg, who brought us Indiana Jones and E.T., is lending his gravitas to the newly-announced Apple TV+. He’s bringing back Amazing Stories, which told single-episode sci-fi tales back in the 1980s. Its tone is expected to stand in stark contrast to Netflix’s Black Mirror, though the shows have similarities. Prepare to be amazed Spielberg gave […]

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March 25, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Watch all of Apple’s new service teasers right here

Apple’s big batch of videos from today’s “It’s show time” keynote are already available online and they pack more star power than anything we’ve ever seen come out of Cupertino. Today’s event featured a bevy of new services like Apple Card, Apple News+, Apple TV+ and other offerings that will surely translate into big bucks […]

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March 25, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Here’s what’s new in iOS today’s iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS updates

Almost all of Apple’s big announcements today were software-based, and very few of those announcements will be available today, or even soon. But that doesn't mean that there aren't some great goodies in the latest OS updates from Apple.

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March 25, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Apple rebrands 2015 Apple TV as ‘Apple TV HD’ as it introduces Apple TV+ streaming service

Following the event today, Apple has not released any new hardware but it has rebranded the 2015 fourth-generation Apple TV as the Apple TV HD. The set-top box, formerly known as simply ‘Apple TV’, now has a better name that it distinguishes it from the newer Apple TV 4K.

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March 25, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Apple Card might be the most consumer-friendly credit card ever

Leave it to Apple to make the rollout of a new credit card as exciting as a new iPhone. The Apple Card, on iPhone or in a physical titanium form you stash in a wallet, aspires to change the way people pay with credit. An Apple-branded credit card was supposed to be the dull part […]

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March 25, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

All the services Apple unveiled at its ‘show time’ event

Apple’s services business is about to kick things into overdrive in 2019. During the company’s “It’s show time” event at Apple Park this morning the company unveil a slew of new services that cover everything from news to credit cards. There was something for everyone to get excited about at today’s event that packed more […]

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March 25, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Apple shows off first snippets from its TV+ original content TV shows

Apple has lifted the curtain on its original content television show plans and showed the first snippets today of its own-produced TV shows. The company previewed what it has in a store in a fast-cut montage trailer. The Apple TV+ service will debut in the fall — pricing is yet to be announced.

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March 25, 2019, 6:29 p.m.

The Morning Show will try to make us laugh at gender politics

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell appeared on stage at today’s “Show Time” event to talk about The Morning Show, the comedy series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Sounding like a mixture of Anchorman and Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, the series follows behind-the-scenes shenanigans at a morning news show. It will particularly focus on […]

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March 25, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

Apple takes on Netflix with its own original TV service

Hundreds of TV shows are available through dozens of streaming services, and Apple has just added itself to the mix with a stable of original programs. But rather than increasing the complexity, Apple is hoping to simplify everything by becoming a one-stop-shop for multiple offerings, including HBO, Showtime and more. This service is called, logically […]

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March 25, 2019, 6:08 p.m.

Apple TV app coming to Mac, Fire TV and Roku, smart TVs this year

At its Services focused “It’s show time” event at Steve Jobs Theater today, Apple shared that it is expanding its TV app bringing it to the Mac and even further with deals with Roku, and Amazon.

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March 25, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Apple announces Apple TV+ service for its original TV shows and movies

After months of speculation and TV show deals, Apple today has officially announced its foray into original content. The service will be called Apple TV+.

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March 25, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Apple Arcade brings exclusive new games to iOS and Mac

Apple has unveiled Apple Arcade, a new subscription game which will allow iOS and Mac gamers to access a plethora of games in an “all-you-can-eat” subscription service. “We want to make gaming even better,” said Tim Cook. Based on what Apple showed today, they may well have succeeded. The subscription will offer 100+ new and exclusive […]

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March 25, 2019, 6 p.m.

Apple News+ Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Apple at its March event introduced a new subscription service for Apple News, called Apple News+.

Apple News+ is a new subscription service in the Apple News app that lets you access magazines and paywalled content from some news sites. You have to pay a subscription fee to access Apple News+, and it is an add-on service that lives right alongside Apple's existing free Apple News content. This guide covers everything that you need to know about Apple News+, from pricing and availability to news sites and magazines included.


Apple News+ Availability


Apple News+ content is available right in the Apple News app through the new Apple News+ tab that shows up on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models running iOS 12.2 and Macs running macOS Mojave 10.14.4.

You need to be in the U.S. or Canada to be able to subscribe to and access Apple News content at the current time, though Apple has plans to expand it to additional countries in the future.

Apple News+ Pricing


Apple News+ costs $9.99 per month in the United States and $12.99 per month in Canada. At the current time, there are no yearly subscription plans available.

The $9.99 per month fee gives your entire family access to Apple News+ as long as you have Family Sharing set up.

Apple News Free Trial


Apple is offering a 30-day free trial for Apple News+, and we have instructions on how to sign up here. You won't get charged the $9.99 per month fee until the free trial expires, but your free trial ends right when you cancel.


That means there's no option to sign up, cancel, and then use the service for a month. You'll need to keep yourself subscribed to continue to use the free trial, so we recommend setting a reminder ahead of when the trial expires so you can get the full 30-day test period without getting charged if you decide to cancel.

How to Get to Apple News+ Content


All Apple News+ content is available in the Apple News app in the Apple News+ tab at the bottom of the display on an iPhone, or through Apple News+ option on the side bar on iPads and Macs.


The Apple News+ section houses all available Apple News content, though if you come across Apple News+ articles from magazines news sites like The Wall Street Journal while browsing through the standard Apple News interface, that content will all be available for free to you.

What's Included in Apple News+


The Apple News+ monthly fee gets you access to more than 200 popular magazines that cover a wide range of categories, including health, style and beauty, lifestyle, sports, finance and business, cars, entertainment, food, hobbies, home and garden, kids and parenting, news and politics, outdoors, science and tech, and travel.

Both past and current issues from a number of magazines are included. Based on a spot check, past issues seem to be available from March 2018 on, so no magazine is offering a full collection of past content. March 2018 is when Apple purchased Texture, the service that Apple News+ evolved from.


Along with more than 300 magazines, Apple News+ includes paywalled subscription content from the following newspapers: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Toronto Star.

There are also several digital only subscription offerings included such as theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine's sites Vulture, The Cut and Grub Street, and Extra Crunch from TechCrunch.

Apple News Formatting


New issues of some magazines in Apple News+ are using a proprietary formatting designed just for Apple News+. It puts a table of contents right up front so you can see what articles are included and skip right to what you want to read, and it also supports full screen interactive media and other digital-first features.


Some magazines have not been updated with this new format and their issues are plain PDFs that you can swipe through with none of these new features. All older issues even from magazines that do support the new Apple News+ digital format are also in PDFs.


PDFs display all of the available pages in a magazine, but you'll essentially need to swipe through most of the magazine to see the specifics of what's available.

MacStories has a great list of all of the magazines that are available in Apple News+ in the United States at the current time, and which formatting those magazines are using.

Subscribing to a Magazine


Apple has no way to formally subscribe to an Apple News+ magazine, but every magazine that you open is listed in the "My Magazines" section at the top of the app. When new issues come out in magazines that you've read, the Apple News app will send you a notification.


My Magazines seems to be a bit buggy at the current time because there's no way to remove magazines from the list, and not all magazines and content that you've read show up in the My Magazines list after exiting the app and reopening it. Apple will likely have some fixes coming for these issues that will improve the layout and available subscription tools.

Downloading a Magazine for Offline Reading


You can download any magazine in Apple News+ so that you can read it offline. When browsing through magazines, viewing new issues in the Apple News+ section, or looking at a magazine's overview with all of the available issues listed, tap on the little download icon next to any issue to make it available to read when you don't have a Wi-Fi or LTE connection.


Apple News+ Bugs


Some people are having trouble subscribing to Apple News+, and it's not quite clear what's going on. Apple's servers could be having issues, as some people have run into trouble subscribing to Apple News on one device and then using it on another. One user had luck unsubscribing and resubscribing again, while another said it just started working all of a sudden after a period of time.

There have also been reports of issues with loading times and problems swapping between portrait and landscape mode. If you're having Apple News+ problems, sign out of iTunes in the Settings app and then sign back in. That seems to fix the problem people are having where they're not able to log in on a different device.

The Free Apple News Experience


Apple News in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia will continue to function as before for those who choose not to sign up for Apple News+. All of the content and news stories from your favorite news sites will still be available to read, you just won't get access to the magazines and paywalled content included in Apple News+.


For non-subscribers, there are essentially no changes to the Apple News app with the exception of a new Apple News+ tab to ignore. Apple News will continue to offer access to Top Stories, Trending Stories, and a feed of personalized news articles.

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March 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Apple announces ‘all-new’ TV app with ‘Apple TV Channels’ and more

Apple today has officially shown off its upgraded TV application. The TV app now integrates with third-party subscriptions, allowing users to sign up for services directly through Apple. Peter Stern, Apple’s VP of Services, showed off the app on-stage.

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March 25, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Apple announces ‘Apple Arcade’ game subscription service through App Store

Apple today has revealed a new game subscription service it is calling “Apple Arcade.” This will allow iOS, macOS, and tvOS users to pay a flat monthly fee and access a bundle of otherwise paid apps through the App Store.

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March 25, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

Apple unveils Apple Card in partnership with Goldman Sachs

On stage during its “It’s Show Time” event, Apple announced a partnership with Goldman Sachs to introduce its own credit card, integrated with the Wallet app. We first heard about this project on a report from WSJ in late February, we also found evidence in code from an iOS 12.2 beta.

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March 25, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Apple announces iOS 12.2 and macOS 10.14.4 coming today

During its “It’s Show Time” event at the Steve Jobs Theater today, Apple announced that the latest versions of its operating systems will be released later today. The updates will include support for the new services announced during the event, including News+, with the magazines and exclusive content offerings.

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March 25, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

Apple News+ brings you all the magazines for $10 a month

You can now find your favorite magazines inside Apple News. A new subscription provides access to a wealth of periodicals from the likes of Vogue, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. It also features content from The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. You can read as many as you like, as much […]

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March 25, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Apple announces Apple News+ for $9.99/mo, adds 300 magazines and select newspapers to the News app

Apple has just unveiled its new premium News service featuring premium newspaper and magazines for $9.99 a month. The service is branded as News+ and is available today with the release of the new iOS and macOS software updates. $9.99 includes family sharing, so you can share with up to six Family members at no extra cost.

The service is integrated directly into the News app and features magazines from National Geographic, Popular Science, New Yorker, Vogue, Rolling Stone and more.

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March 25, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

Live blog: Apple’s streaming service gets the red-carpet treatment

The first Apple event of 2019 is finally upon us and it promises to be unlike any other Apple keynote we’ve seen. Services are set to be the star of the show as Apple busts out a new TV streaming app, news subscriptions and maybe even an Apple Pay credit card. Rumors have been ramping […]

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March 25, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

5GE: AT&T's Misleading Label on iPhone

After upgrading to iOS 12.2, the newest version of iOS, AT&T users might see a "5GE" icon in place of "LTE" for their cellular connection.

This is AT&T's misleading name for an enhanced 4G LTE network, and as explained in the guide below, is not actual 5G connectivity.


Why am I seeing a 5GE icon?


According to AT&T, customers who upgrade to iOS 12.2 will see the "5GE" icon when connected to what AT&T is calling a 5GE network. This is an AT&T-only thing, so it's limited to AT&T customers.

It's also only showing up on iOS devices running iOS 12.2 or later, but the 5GE icon has also previously rolled out to some Android devices.

What is 5GE?


5GE, or 5G "Evolution" is the name that AT&T is using in areas where 4G LTE technologies like three-way carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and 256 QAM are available. These features making existing wireless networks faster, provided your smartphone supports them.


These are technologies that have already been in place on AT&T's network and networks from Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Your phone has probably already been connecting to AT&T's LTE networks with these capabilities even before AT&T added its 5GE icon.

AT&T, in fact, started rolling out support for these technologies in 2017, as did other U.S. carriers.

AT&T says that in areas with these upgraded LTE technologies, customers can reach peak theoretical wireless speeds of up to 400 megabits per second, which translates to around 40 megabits per second in real-world usage.

These are LTE speeds that are available on many other carriers to customers using modern devices.

What's real 5G?


Real 5G networks, when available, will offer much faster connection speeds and better performance. Carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are working on rolling out 5G mobile networks.

Actual 5G networks, when up and running with full coverage available, may be anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster than LTE networks.

So wait, my iPhone isn't connecting to a 5G network?


Even if AT&T did have a 5G network, which it does not right now, there are no iPhones in existence right now that are capable of connecting to a 5G network.

5G technology requires new modem hardware so until there is an iPhone with a 5G modem chip, no iPhones will work with 5G networks. Your current iPhone will not connect to 5G networks and will be limited to LTE.

I have an earlier version of iOS, will I see 5GE?


At this time, AT&T says that only devices running iOS 12.2 will display the 5GE icon. That doesn't mean your iPhone isn't taking advantage of AT&T's 5GE network, though, since the icon is merely cosmetic.

Where is 5GE available?


According to AT&T, "5GE" speeds are available in more than 400 markets, and by the first half of 2019, the upgraded LTE technology is expected to be available nationwide to more than 200 million customers.


Why is AT&T misleading customers?


AT&T's justification is that 5G technology "is an evolution" rather than a single event, which is a rather weak argument.

AT&T wants customers to know that they're on an upgraded LTE network with faster speeds than were possible a few years back ahead of the rollout of 5G, but using 5G terminology is an underhanded and confusing way of doing it.

In short, it's a marketing tactic that's essentially designed to fool customers into thinking they're connecting to a faster 5G network, capitalizing on all the buzz around 5G technology right now.

Are other carriers using misleading 5G branding?


T-Mobile has made fun of AT&T's decision to call its LTE networks 5G, while Sprint has called it "blatantly misleading."


Verizon has taken out full page ads in major newspapers like The New York Times and has warned about the dangers of confusing terms.
"The potential for 5G is awesome, but the potential to over-hype and under-deliver on the 5G promise is a temptation that the wireless industry must resist."

"Verizon is making this commitment today: We won't take an old phone and just change the software to turn the 4 in the status bar into a 5. We will not call our 4G network a 5G network if customers don't experience a performance or capability upgrade that only 5G can deliver.
Sprint has also taken out full-page ads bashing AT&T's deception and has gone so far as to sue AT&T for the misleading branding. Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, the other three major carriers in the U.S., have no plans to introduce similarly confusing branding ahead of the rollout of 5G.

When will AT&T actually have a real 5G network?


Technically, AT&T has already started rolling out real 5G service in parts of 12 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas.

AT&T plans to expand real 5G coverage to additional cities that include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose during the first half of 2019. AT&T's 5G networks are denoted by a "5G+" icon.

But remember, even with 5G networks available from AT&T, devices also need to incorporate 5G chips to use them.

AT&T is also confusingly rolling out another network feature called LTE-LAA, a second upgraded version of LTE with peak theoretical speeds of 1 gigabit per second.

When will my iPhone work with 5G networks?


Rumors suggest Apple could implement 5G technology as soon as 2020, but it's not expected for the 2019 iPhone lineup. Intel has said that its 5G chips won't be in smartphones until 2020, and Apple has quit using Qualcomm chips due to the legal battle raging between the two companies.

Some Android smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, are rolling out 5G smartphones in 2019. Carriers will also start to roll out 5G networks in 2019, but it will take several years for 5G to get off the ground and for coverage to spread across the United States.


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March 25, 2019, 4 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Latest iPad Pro $199 off, Apple Watch Series 3 from $199, 13-inch MacBook Air $1,000, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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March 25, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

How to Sign Up For an Apple News+ Subscription

Apple today unveiled its rumored premium Apple News subscription service, Apple News+. Apple News+ provides access to more than 300 magazines and a handful of paywalled news articles from sites like The Wall Street Journal all for $9.99 per month.


Signing up for an Apple News subscription can be done in the U.S. or Canada on an iPhone or iPad running iOS 12.2. Here's how:

  1. Open up the Apple News App.

  2. Tap on the "News+" tab at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap on "Get Started."

  4. Choose "Try It Free" to initiate a trial subscription. You'll be charged $9.99 per month when the 30-day trial period ends.

  5. Confirm your payment with Face ID or Touch ID.
From there, you'll have access to a new "My Magazines" section of the app where you can see featured magazines, browse the entire collection, or select from various categories like Cars, Entertainment, Food, Health, Hobbies, Lifestyle, Outdoors, and more.


There are a selection of stories that are curated by Apple's editors and organized to highlight specific articles.


Apple News+ magazines provide animated covers and a table of contents right up top so you can select the articles that are most interesting to you.


The rest of the Apple News interface features rich, full-screen imagery and a digital-optimized reading experience for key stories.


Cancelling your Apple News+ Subscription


If you want to cancel your Apple News+ subscription so you don't get charged $9.99 per month after your trial period ends, here's how:

  1. Tap on the "Following" tab in the Apple News app.

  2. Tap on "Manage Subscriptions."

  3. Tap on "Cancel Free Trial."
Make sure you don't cancel your Apple News+ subscription until you've finished giving the service a try because Apple says that your service ends immediately if you hit the cancel button. We recommend setting a calendar reminder to cancel before 30 days is up if you want the full trial experience.

Apple News+ content can be read on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, with iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.4 required. You can also sign up for an Apple News+ subscription using these same steps in the Apple New+ tab in the macOS Mojave app.


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March 25, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

YouTube cancels original series just as Apple enters the game

YouTube is reportedly canceling its original series just as Apple prepares to unveil a video streaming service of its own. At least two of YouTube’s biggest shows have been axed, according to a new report. The service has also stopped accepting pitches for new originals as it drops plans to compete with the likes of […]

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March 25, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

iPhone SE is back in stock — and it’s going cheap

Apple has seemingly given up on the iPhone SE form factor. However, it’s not given up selling them — as evidenced by the fact that Apple’s diminutive, 4-inch handset just turned up on Apple’s Online Store. Apple is selling the handsets in silver, gold, silver, and space gray — with prices starting at a mere […]

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March 25, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Live blog: Apple’s streaming service gets the red carpet treatment

The first Apple event of 2019 is finally upon us and it promises to be unlike any other Apple keynote we’ve seen. Services are set to be the star of the show as Apple busts out a new TV streaming app, news subscriptions and maybe even an Apple Pay credit card. Rumors have been ramping […]

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March 25, 2019, 3:05 p.m.

Got AirPower envy? Power up with these charging alternatives

With new Apple products released almost everyday last week, the anticipation for AirPower’s long-awaited launch has reached an all-time high. However, will Apple actually deliver this time around? Rumors a-plenty have teased us for long enough. Save your heartache and pining and opt for tons of great chargers with our speedy Watch Store guide. Your […]

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March 25, 2019, 3 p.m.

Darkroom 4.1 extends the image editor into Photos and Files, delivers Drag & Drop support

Darkroom is an approachable yet powerful photo editor on the iPhone and, as of version 4.0, the iPad where it really shines. Darkroom 4.1 is out today with a collection of new features that help extend the app across iOS.

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March 25, 2019, 2:31 p.m.

Telegram privacy features likely to prove controversial

Two new Telegram privacy features are likely to prove controversial. The first removes the previous 48-hour time limit for ‘unsending’ anything you wrote from the devices of both participants using the secure messaging app …

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March 25, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

Review: OneAdaptr OneWorld PD is a big step closer to my perfect travel charger

There was a time in my life I would have really appreciated OneAdaptr’s OneWorld PD. Starting in the late 1990s, I took a decade-plus detour in my writing career into new product development in the tech sector. This saw me travel to more than 70 different countries, and at times spend as much time out of the UK as in it.

Keeping all my gadgets powered and charged required quite a few power bricks and travel adapters. These days, things are very much easier – and the OneWorld PD is a big step closer to the perfect travel charger for all my iDevices …

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March 25, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Apple starts shipping brand new AirPods

Apple has started shipping its newest AirPods out to customers. The first deliveries for a small few will arrive today. If you haven’t already ordered yours, you will now be waiting at least three days for them to ship. Apple’s newest AirPods improve upon a winning formula by bringing hands-free “Hey Siri” and better battery […]

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March 25, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Apple Releases New 12.2 Software for the HomePod

Alongside the iOS 12.2 update that was introduced following Apple's services-focused "It's Show Time" event, Apple has also debuted a new 12.2 software update designed for the HomePod.

The new HomePod software will be installed automatically on the HomePod after you update to iOS 12.2, but you can also manually update and check your software version by following the instructions in our HomePod software how to.


According to the release notes for the update, the new software for the HomePod is minor in scale and designed specifically for university or enterprise users.
iOS 12.2 includes support for joining most enterprise or university campus 802.1x networks that do not require unique credentials to join.
There are no other features that appear to be included in the HomePod update. Right now, the HomePod is available in the United States, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, China, and Hong Kong. For more details, make sure to check out our HomePod roundup.

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March 25, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Snag a Bluetooth speaker that’s built for the outdoors and lasts 24 hours [Deals]

Bluetooth speakers are great for carrying around your own personal soundtrack. But when the trail gets rough, the sound of music can end with a thud or splash. So for the outdoor music enthusiast, there are speakers with extra armor. VAVA Voom 23 is tough, with a rubberized build that makes it resistant to sand, […]

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March 25, 2019, 1:27 p.m.

New videos help users get to grips with Apple Watch

Apple has shared five new Apple Watch tips on its YouTube channel, intended to show users how to get the most out of their Apple wearable. The short, 30-second videos contain tips on changing watchbands, activating Siri, and using the Apple Watch as a fitness trackers. Check them out below. How to change your watch […]

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March 25, 2019, 1:10 p.m.

How to stream Apple’s ‘It’s show time’ event on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more

Apple’s “show time” event is set to begin in just a few hours, and unlike last year’s March event, you will be able to tune into a livestream. The company is expected to announce a new streaming video service, a subscription News service, and more. Read on for full instructions on how to stream the Apple event on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and more.

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March 25, 2019, 12:32 p.m.

Apple Shares All of the Videos From Today's Services Event Introducing Apple News+, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple Card

Apple today held a services-focused event at its Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, where it unveiled several new services including Apple News+ for subscription news and magazines, Apple TV+ for original TV content, Apple Arcade for App Store games, and Apple Card, a new Apple-branded credit card with special capabilities in wallet.

During the event, Apple showed several videos, all of which have now been uploaded to Apple's YouTube channel. From the opening TV credits video to the ending video with Oprah, everything announced is summed up in these videos.








Of all of the services that Apple announced today, the only one that's available now is Apple News+. You can get Apple News+ after updating to iOS 12.2, which was just recently released. The other services will be available later this year.

The full livestream of Apple's event today can also be re-watched on the Apple Events website, and Apple will likely upload a version to YouTube in the near future.


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March 25, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Apple Releases tvOS 12.2 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV

Apple today released tvOS 12.2, the fifth update to the tvOS 12 operating system designed for fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. tvOS 12.2 comes more than two months after the launch of tvOS 12.1.2.

tvOS 12.2, a free update, can be downloaded over the air through the Settings app on the Apple TV by going to System --> Software Update. Apple TV owners who have automatic software updates turned on will be upgraded to tvOS 12.2 automatically.


tvOS 12.2, when paired with iOS 12.2, is designed to allow users to ask Siri to play specific media on an Apple TV from an iOS device. You can, for example, ask Siri to play Modern Family on the TV in the living room, or Pitch Perfect on the TV in the bedroom. This feature is available for music, TV shows, and movies.

No other new features were discovered during the tvOS 12.2 beta testing period, and because Apple does not provide release notes for tvOS updates, it is difficult to determine what else might be new in the operating system.

tvOS updates are often minor in scale, however, so the update may primarily focus on bug fixes and other small changes rather than major new features.

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March 25, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Both Apple and Qualcomm say the future of 5G depends on them winning ITC battle

After years of arguments, we do seem to be slowly winding our way toward a final showdown between Apple and Qualcomm over radio chip patents. The two companies are currently arguing one case before the the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and are due to begin a US civil lawsuit next month. And the latest weapon in the former case is 5G.

Each sides is attempting to persuade the ITC that 5G is such a crucial technology it’s essential it prevails …

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March 25, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Apple exec bets his wine cellar on Newton

March 25, 1993: Apple executive Gaston Bastiaens bets a journalist that the eagerly anticipated Newton MessagePad will ship before summer ends. The prize? Bastiaens’ well-stocked personal wine cellar, worth thousands of dollars. The bet takes place at the CeBit trade show in Hanover, Germany. Bastiaens’ outburst comes in response to a reporter’s needling. The gamble […]

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March 25, 2019, 11:11 a.m.

Apple Announces Original TV Streaming Service 'Apple TV+'

Apple today announced its TV subscription service, Apple TV+, at the Steve Jobs Theater in California. This is the long-rumored service that will host Apple's original television shows and films.


At the event, Apple showcased a video with production partners like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, who discussed their inspirations for the creative process behind making stories.


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March 25, 2019, 11:03 a.m.

Xiaomi profits beat expectations on overseas sales and ‘Apple plus’ approach to services

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has beaten Q4 profit expectations after more than doubling hardware sales outside China, and success in its ‘Apple plus’ approach to Services. Xiaomi profits hit the equivalent of $276M in the quarter.

While the company reported lower revenue than predicted, it more than tripled its net profit year-on-year …

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March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

Apple Reveals Redesigned Apple TV App With 'Apple TV Channels' Subscription Feature

Apple today revealed an all-new and redesigned Apple TV app and a new "Apple TV Channels" feature. The new TV app has a new "For You" section that recommends TV shows just for you, based on what you watch.


Apple TV Channels represent new subscription services that you can sign up for in the TV app. These include CBS All Access, Starz, Showtime, HBO, Nickelodeon, Mubi, The History Channel Vault, Comedy Central Now, and more.

The Apple TV app will also be available on the Mac this fall, and on select smart TVs like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. It'll also be available on Roku and Amazon devices.


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March 25, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

Apple Announces 'Apple Arcade' Cross-Platform Subscription Games Service With Access to Over 100 Titles

Apple today announced Apple Arcade, a new subscription-based games service for mobile, desktop, and the living room, featuring hundreds of titles from top video game publishing houses including Disney, Sega, Lego, Cartoon Network, and Konami.


A subscription to Apple Arcade includes access to over 100 new and exclusive games that can be played both online and offline across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

Apple Arcade will have a dedicated tab on the App Store, and games will be curated by Apple's team of App Store editors. Apple says the emphasis will be on personalized recommendations, and Apple promises that Apple Arcade games cannot collect any data about the user without consent.

All Apple Arcade games will be all-you-can-play experiences, with all features, content, and updates included at no extra charge, and with no ads or in-app purchases necessary.
"The App Store is the world's biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Apple Arcade games will be great for families, respect user privacy and will not have ads or require any additional purchases. We think players of all ages are going to love Apple Arcade."
Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries across iOS, macOS and tvOS. Apple is asking developers interested in being considered for Apple Arcade to visit developer.apple.com/apple-arcade.


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March 25, 2019, 10:47 a.m.

Apple teases big stars ahead of today’s ‘Show time’ event

Apple is having some fun with frenzied fanboys and gals ahead of today’s “It’s Show Time” media event. Although the live broadcast won’t officially start until 10am Pacific, Apple has “accidentally” shown a few images of the empty auditorium. What makes that particularly exciting? Only the fact that the screen is showing images such as […]

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March 25, 2019, 10:40 a.m.

Apple Announces 'Apple Card' Credit Card With Daily Rewards, Simplified Statements, and No Fees

Apple today revealed a brand new service called "Apple Card," which was designed for the iPhone. In the Wallet app, Apple now shows the amount of money you've spent on Apple Card, when payments are due, and more. Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for Apple Card


Other features include simple sign-ups on iPhone, iMessage help, easily recognizable transactions, organized purchases, and more. Apple Card will even show your spending by week or by month, so you can adjust spending whenever you need to.

Apple Card also supports rewards, so every time you spend with Apple Card you will get cash back every day. This is called Daily Cash, which is subsequently added to your Apple Cash card, which can be used anywhere Apple Pay is used. You'll get 2 percent of the purchase amount spent using Apple Card, and 3 percent Daily Cash on purchases directly from Apple.


For places where Apple Pay isn't accepted, Apple has designed a physical version of the Apple Card as well. The card is made out of titanium, has no card number, no CVV, no expiration date, and requires no signature.

Apple Card launches in the United States this summer.


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

Apple Announces Apple News+ $9.99 a Month Subscription Service With Access to Over 300 Magazines

Apple today announced Apple News+, a revamped subscription-based Apple News that includes news and in-depth journalism from well-known publishers and exclusive content from popular newsstand magazine brands.


Over 300 magazine titles are available on Apple News+, with topics covering everything from entertainment, fashion and news, to politics, health, lifestyle and travel.

Magazines on Apple News+ includes popular magazines including GQ, Fast Company, Esquire, People, Food & Wine, Car and Driver, and The Food Network Magazine.

A new News+ tab is split into a My Magazines section with categories such as Browse the Catalog, Featured, Business & Finance, and Travel, human curated by Apple News editors.

Apple News app still has same Top Stories, Trending Stories, and For You tabs, but Apple News+ adds magazines with animated covers, featured issues.

Apple News+ costs $9.99 a month and is available in the U.S. and Canada from today.


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March 25, 2019, 8:56 a.m.

How to Watch Apple's 'It's Show Time' Event

Apple's "It's Show Time" event will kick off shortly at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California. The event will see the unveiling of Apple's long-rumored streaming TV service as well as its updated and enhanced Apple News subscription platform. Other potential talking points from the company include additions to Apple Pay and a new gaming service.

Apple Events app on tvOS

To be sure that you don't miss any part of the event, we've put together this helpful guide to outline when it takes place and where you can watch it streaming online. Of course, you can expect MacRumors to provide full live coverage of today's event as well.

Event starting time: 10:00 am Pacific Time / 1:00 pm Eastern Time / 5:00 pm GMT

Watch on web (video): Head to Apple's Events page and stream the event directly from your laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet (streaming now supports Firefox and Chrome).

Watch on web (live blog): If you're busy at work or school, you'll be able to rely on MacRumors' live coverage for up-to-the-minute updates from the event by keeping our event live blog open in a nearby window.

Watch on Twitter: You can also follow our @MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

Watch on TV: For anyone at home or near an Apple TV, the Apple Events tvOS app is the best way to watch these events on a big screen. You can use the Siri Remote to voice search "Apple Events app" on the tvOS App Store.

Watch later without spoilers: If you want to avoid spoilers from the event, check out our spoiler-free article where you can find out when Apple's video replay goes live.

Otherwise, we will be posting regularly throughout the event, and you'll be able to find those updates on our front page and our regular @MacRumors Twitter account.

For more information on what to expect from Apple today, be sure to read our full event preview.


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March 25, 2019, 8:37 a.m.

How to watch Apple’s ‘It’s Show Time’ event

There are plenty of ways to follow today’s ‘It’s Show Time’ Apple event. Here’s how to watch it on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, PC, or even at a real life Apple Store.

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March 25, 2019, 8 a.m.

Darkroom for iOS Gains Photo Editing Extension, Drag & Drop, and Files App Support

Darkroom for iOS, a popular photo editing app, today received a major update that adds a lot of new functionality to improve the way it interacts with the iPhone and the iPad.

In the Photos app, you will find a new photo editing extension for using Darkroom's tools to edit images without leaving the Photos app. You can tap on the (...) menu when editing an image to get to the Darkroom settings.


A new Share Extension within the Photos app will allow you to choose an "Edit in Darkroom" feature to open up Darkroom from Photos for the full editing experience. There's also a Copy to Darkroom feature that you can use to transfer images from apps like Dropbox or Files over to Darkroom for editing purposes.

On the iPad, Drag & Drop support has been implemented, so you can drag and drop photos into the Darkroom library to start a photo editing session while in Split-View mode on a supported device. You can Drag & Drop a single photo or multiple photos.


When using Darkroom, the Album Picker in the app has been updated to work with the Files app, so you can browse various images that you've stored in files or in third-party storage apps like Dropbox. Imported files are stored in a new Imported Smart Album.


Many other small improvements have been added to Darkroom, including sorting photos by Date Added, Batch tool enhancements on the iPad, better responsiveness, and a change that disables location data by default.

Darkroom can be downloaded from the App Store for free, but unlocking all of the app's tools will cost $9.99. [Direct Link]


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March 25, 2019, 7 a.m.

How to change your Apple ID payment method

Need to change or cancel the credit or debit card you have on file for your Apple ID? Read on for how to change your Apple ID payment method.

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March 25, 2019, 6:27 a.m.

Apple's March 2019 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream

Apple's "It's show time" media event will be kicking off at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern today, and some MacRumors readers who can't follow the event live are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until Apple posts the recorded video of the event so as to experience it without already knowing the outcome.


For those individuals, we've posted this news story, which will be updated with a direct link to the presentation once it becomes available from Apple. No other news stories or announcements will be displayed alongside this story.

Apple has become quicker about making event videos available for replay over the past several years, and videos are now frequently available within an hour of an event's conclusion.

Users waiting for the video to be posted are welcome to gather in the thread associated with this news story, and we ask that those who follow the events refrain from making any posts in the thread about Apple's announcements.


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March 25, 2019, 5:36 a.m.

Apple Event News Hub — live coverage from Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park

9to5Mac is on the ground in Cupertino, California for Apple’s special March 25th ‘It’s show time’ event, and our news hub is collecting all of our coverage in one place.

We’re expecting a new subscription video service, the first look at Apple’s new original TV series catalog with some major Hollywood stars involved, the fate of Apple’s Texture acquisition and the new Apple News Magazines service  — and maybe a few surprises — so stay tuned to 9to5Mac for all the news from Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park live from the keynote on Monday 10 am PT/1 pm ET.

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March 25, 2019, 4:52 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: 11-Inch and 12.9-Inch iPad Pros Discounted to New Low Prices, Starting at $699

Amazon has kicked off the week with new low prices on Apple's iPad Pro models from 2018, discounting the tablets by as much as $200 off their original prices. Models on sale include the Wi-Fi only versions of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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

These iPad Pros were updated in 2018 with an edge-to-edge display, Face ID, Apple Pencil 2 support, up to 1TB of storage, an A12X processor, and more. Amazon's sales today represent the lowest price available for each model, and in a few cases Best Buy provides a better discount.

2018 iPad Pro Sale


11-Inch Wi-Fi
  • 64GB - $699.99, down from $799.99 ($100 off)

  • 256GB - $824.99, down from $949.00 ($125 off at Best Buy)

  • 512GB - $999.99, down from $1,149.99 ($150 off)

12.9-Inch Wi-Fi
  • 64GB - $874.99, down from $999.00 ($125 off)

  • 256GB - $999.99, down from $1,149.00 ($150 off at Best Buy)

  • 512GB - $1,149.99, down from $1,349.00 ($200 off)

  • 1TB - $1,549.99, down from $1,749.99 ($200 off)
Head to our full Deals Roundup to check out more information on other sales going on this week.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

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March 25, 2019, midnight

[Book Review] Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

Whether you’re working on an old codebase or a three-month old project, you most likely found yourself in a situation where you found the codebase confusing and hard to follow. You probably found code smells, duplications and massive classes. You knew you had to refactor it. There’s one book that... Read more »

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March 24, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Apple playfully turns on its March 25 event live stream early, showing an empty Steve Jobs Theater

Apple has publicly turned on its March 25 event live stream early this time around, teasing eagle-eyed viewers by occasionally raising the curtain to reveal … something.

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March 24, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Huawei’s CFO carried 3 Apple devices when arrested

The arrest of the CFO of Huawei in Canada last year brought to light an embarrassing secret about Meng Wanzhou: the daughter of the founder of China’s biggest mobile phone maker apparently prefers Apple. She had an iPhone 7 Plus, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a 2015 MacBook when Canadian police picked her up in […]

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March 24, 2019, 5 p.m.

Grab the best new photo, note-sketching and text-fixing apps you’ll see this week

This week we clean up text with Text Case, fix up focus with Focos, ditch Instagram with Sunlit, and more.

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March 24, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

WSJ details how Tim Cook steered Apple towards Services since 2014, confirms $9.99/mo each for Starz/Showtime/HBO TV and News

For the first time, Apple will present its Services vision to the public at tomorrow’s March 25 event. The Wall Street Journal has posted a lengthy article today detailing the timeline of how Apple got to this moment, with Tim Cook intimately involved in steering the ship towards Services as early as 2014.

The report says that Apple will charge for its original content. Subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Starz will apparently cost $9.99 each as part of Apple’s TV app, and premium Apple News will also carry a $9.99 price tag.

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March 24, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

How Apple’s push into new services could strain its relationships with developers & competitors

Ahead of Apple’s services event tomorrow, CNET is out with an interesting look at how Apple services push will affect its relationship with developers and competitors. The report dives into the pushback Apple is facing for its 30 percent cut of App Store sales, and more.

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March 24, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Map out and eliminate your Wi-Fi’s weak spots [Deals]

At home and at the office, we all rely on Wi-Fi. And it’s a real drag to find weak spots in your coverage. The best solution for wireless dead zones is to find them and fix them. But you need the right tool. NetSpot Home for Mac offers that tool, packed with features for visualizing, […]

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March 24, 2019, 1 p.m.

What’s the best note-taking app for the Mac?

Note taking apps for Mac are a fun category to look at because of the variety of options on the market. There are apps like Evernote which aim to be an “everything” bucket and apps like SimpleNote that only handle plain text notes. You then have apps like Bear and Apple Notes which aim to live somewhere in the middle. When I am looking for the best note-taking app for the Mac, I am looking for a few different things: sync to iOS (and web if possible), easy to add new notes, and easy to look up existing notes. I’ve used dozens of apps over the years, and I have opinions on what a note-taking app for Mac should look like for my use cases. Most of the apps offer free trials, so I advise you to check them all out. I’ll run through a few of the apps, and then I’ll help you figure out which will be the best note-taking app for you to try.

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March 24, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Newton MessagePad reaches new heights

March 24, 1997: The Newton MessagePad 2000 brings major upgrades to Apple’s PDA line, including a far better display and a much faster processor. The best MessagePad yet by a wide margin, it quickly becomes a critical and commercial success. But it won’t be enough to save the doomed product line. Newton MessagePad 2000: Bigger, […]

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March 23, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Apple’s Netflix-for-games service could launch Monday

The wait for details on Apple’s rumored games subscription service could be over as soon as Monday, according to a new report. This will supposedly offer a bundle of iPhone and iPad titles for a monthly fee. The first rumors of this service came to light earlier this year. It will involve Apple and developers […]

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March 23, 2019, 7 p.m.

iPad Pro finally supports cheaper Apple Pencil alternative

AiPad Pro owners no longer have to pay $129 to get a high-quality stylus. The Apple Pencil 2 isn’t the only option any more. Apple is changing course by allowing the Logitech Crayon to work with more of its tablets, and this accessory is about half the price of the Pencil 2. You get a […]

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March 23, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Get Intego’s Mac Internet Security X9 bundle w/ parental controls for 35% off

For a limited time 9to5Mac readers can get the new Intego Mac Internet Security X9 premium bundle for over 35% off at the link below:

Intego Mac Internet Security X9 premium bundle for $59 (Reg. $84). Or get a free trial. 

Designed for and by Mac users, the Intego security bundles includes a comprehensive suite of 5 apps for securing, backing up, and protecting your Mac in real-time against malware and other security threats. It also includes ContentBarrier for advanced online parental controls, and the Mac Washing Machine X9 app for cleaning and speeding up your Mac. Head below for a closer look at what’s included:

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March 23, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

2019 iPhone might charge Apple Watch wirelessly

The iPhone coming this fall will reportedly be able to not only get receive power wirelessly, but also transmit it. This would allow an Apple Watch to be charged just by placing its on iOS handset. This upcoming device will also reportedly get one of the benefits of USB-C while still holding onto the Lightning […]

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March 23, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Apple’s major ‘It’s show time’ event kicks off on Monday, here’s our comprehensive preview

Apple has already had quite a busy month, but it’s not over yet. Apple is holding an event on Monday, March 25th at Steve Jobs Theater with the tagline “It’s show time.” The event will focus on Apple’s upcoming services, including Apple News Magazines, original content and streaming video, App Store gaming, and much more.

9to5Mac will be in attendance with instant coverage of all the announcements out of Apple Park. Before the event kicks off, here’s our comprehensive preview of everything we expect to see from Apple’s March 25th event.

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March 23, 2019, 5 p.m.

Apple AirPods 2 orders now shipping, delivery from Tuesday

If you ordered new AirPods on the same day they were announced, then it looks like Apple Store has just started shipping the orders with delivery from Tuesday 26th March, the day after Apple’s special event.

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March 23, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Apple’s latest Apple Watch how-to videos cover fitness features and more

Apple this weekend has shared five new Apple Watch how-to videos on YouTube. These videos focus on things like changing your Apple Watch videos, adjusting your Move goal, and more fitness features.

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March 23, 2019, 3 p.m.

Apple’s unorthodox PR blitz is a total genius move [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 289]

So. Many. New. Products. Who would have guessed Apple would roll out multiple hardware upgrades in the week prior to a big media event? Here’s why that was a total genius move! Read all about the new iPads, iMacs and AirPods in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine for iOS. Plus, you’ll […]

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March 23, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

This week’s top stories: New iPads, AirPods, and iMacs, the future of AirPower, March event details, more

In this week’s top stories: Apple announces new a new iPad Air and iPad mini, as well as AirPods 2 and upgraded iMacs, last-minute details about Apple’s streaming video service, the future of AirPower, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

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March 23, 2019, 1:37 p.m.

Even Huawei’s CFO wouldn’t carry Huawei products, opting for Apple instead

Huawei Technologies, the Chinese behemoth with a growing portfolio of technologies and products, apparently doesn’t have any that appeal to the founder’s daughter — who also happens to be Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer.

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March 23, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

The week’s best deals include language apps, portable wireless chargers and more [Deals]

Another week, another round of great deals on gear and gadgets. This round’s goodies include a premium language learning app, a portable charging hub, a wireless charging stand and a high-end video editor (at a super-low price). Most of these tech deals are discounted by more than half! Mondly: Lifetime Subscription – 95% off Learning […]

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March 23, 2019, 1:23 p.m.

Tim Cook calls for focus on climate change and global economy in China Development Forum speech

Tim Cook is in China this week and has been pictured visiting with developers, sightseeing, and meeting with politicians. Now, the Apple CEO has given a brief speech at the China Development Forum, using the opportunity to call on China to continue opening up its economy to the rest of the world.

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March 23, 2019, 1 p.m.

Making The Grade: Apple Configurator 1.0 set the groundwork for modern iOS management

Deploying and managing iPads and iPhones today is drastically different than how it was a few years ago. Today, it’s a known process. You enroll the devices into Apple School Manager or Apple Business Manager, get them enrolled into your mobile device management system, and then you can go from ordering the device directly from Apple straight to handing them out still shrink wrapped. Jamf calls this a zero touch deployment. It wasn’t that long ago that the process was much more complicated than it is today. Let’s take a look back at Apple Configurator 1.0.

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March 23, 2019, 12:48 p.m.

Bloomberg: Apple’s ‘Netflix for games’ service will payout to developers based on time spent playing each title

We’ve heard a lot about the Apple News premium newspaper and magazine subscription, the TV service, and the original content TV efforts, but Apple’s interest in a ‘Netflix for games’ has gone more under-the-radar. Now Bloomberg shines some more light on the matter …

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March 23, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC II is the Mac mini of its day

March 23, 1992: The “headless” Macintosh LC II arrives, wooing value-oriented customers with a beguiling mix of updated internals and budget pricing. Designed to take up minimal space underneath a monitor (sold separately), the Mac LC II is destined to become a hit. In retrospect, the entry-level machine is roughly analogous to today’s Mac minis. […]

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March 23, 2019, 2:27 a.m.

Jony Ive talks AirPods design history with GQ following second-gen debut this week

Fashion-focused GQ snagged an interview with Apple’s legendary designer Jony Ive to celebrate the launch of Apple’s second-gen AirPods this week. The piece starts off tackling one major issue head-on: AirPods looked a little ridiculous to everyone before they became a cultural lightning bolt.

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March 23, 2019, 1:47 a.m.

iPhone 11 may be able to wirelessly charge Apple Watch and AirPods, include faster USB-C charger

Mockups of rumored iPhone 11 features

Macotakara, the Japanese Apple news blog that frequently reports reliable information about hardware in development, has shared new information about the iPhone 11 and its rumored bidirectional wireless charging feature. The site also has new details about what wired charging solution to expect with the next flagship iPhones.

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March 22, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Final Cut Friday: FCP X 10.4.6 update [Video]

Apple has released the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, version 10.4.6. The update is dominated by stability improvements and bug fixes, but it also contains one major new feature pertaining to future versions of macOS. Watch as we explain what that means for current Final Cut Pro X users. more…

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March 22, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Even Apple’s partners don’t know what its streaming TV service will cost

If you’re curious about the cost of the Apple TV service set to debut on Monday, you’re in good company: apparently, the media companies that will provide much of the content are almost equally in the dark.  Still, they think they might know something about Apple’s plans, and it’s good news for users of iPhone, […]

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March 22, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

iPad Pro adding Logitech Crayon digital stylus support in iOS 12.2

According to Nilay Patel at The Verge, Logitech Crayon support is coming soon to the iPad Pro. Nilay says Apple tells him support will be added through software in the next update to iOS 12, presumably iOS 12.2 which is likely due out on Monday.

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March 22, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Save on iPad Pro, GoPro and iPhone essentials [Deals & Steals]

Think twice about picking up the new iPad Pro. For a whole lot less at B&H Photo, you can now get the 12.9-inch model from 2017 with a whopping 512GB of storage. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find big discounts on the 27-inch […]

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March 22, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Feature Request: NRC-style Apple Watch run tracking achievements like fastest 5K

I started running in 2016 in part to test the newly added GPS feature on the Apple Watch that year. Series 2 hardware was the first to let you accurately track outdoor workout distances with mapped routes without carrying the iPhone, even if cellular wouldn’t come for one more version. The same Apple Watch generation introduced the Nike+ version of the hardware with the Nike Run Club app heavily promoted, so I started tracking runs with NRC…

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March 22, 2019, 8 p.m.

How to use iOS Spotlight like a launchbar for your iPad

You can control many of the apps on your iPhone and iPad without opening them: Just use Spotlight to use their hidden features.

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March 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Report: Hulu won’t be available through upgraded TV app, Apple still withholding details from partners

Ahead of Apple’s streaming video launch on Monday, CNBC is out with a report on a few last-minute details of the service. According to the report, Apple’s upgraded TV app will not support subscribing to Hulu. Furthermore, CNBC reiterates that some of Apple’s content will be available for free to Apple device users, and adds that Apple is still withholding details from partners.

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March 22, 2019, 7 p.m.

Want a brand new iPad? Sell your old one for the best price

Apple just rolled out two brand new iPads with its latest A12 chip and Apple Pencil support. If you’re still rocking an older model, you’re probably tempted to finally upgrade. And it might not be as expensive as you think. Sell your old iPad to Cult of Mac and you’ll have a nice chunk of […]

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March 22, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

AT&T’s ‘5G E’ speeds are slower than LTE on other networks

Customers on AT&T’s ‘5G E’ networks aren’t getting the huge speed gains promised by one of the nation’s largest carriers. In an attempt to get a headstart on the 5G wave, AT&T has renamed a large portion of its 4G network to ‘5G E.’ The carrier calls it 5G Evolution and says its the first […]

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March 22, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Beats’ version of AirPods rumored to arrive in April

Apple-owned Beats is about to unleash its wire-free earbuds that will be like a more sporty version of AirPods. The Beats headphone lineup hasn’t seen a lot of design changes over the last few years but it sounds like fans might finally get a fresh look this spring. According to a new report, the new […]

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March 22, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

Apple details process for converting legacy media format in pro video apps before macOS 10.15 update

Apple yesterday updated Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor for macOS with new features to detect media files that may be unsupported on future versions of macOS. Today, Apple has updated a support document with additional details about incompatible media files for Final Cut Pro X and Motion projects.

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March 22, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Apple reportedly launching ‘truly wireless’ Beats Powerbeats headphones next month following new AirPods

Apple’s second-generation AirPods aren’t the only newly updated headphones hitting the market this spring. That’s according to CNET which has a nice scoop on upcoming Beats Powerbeats that finally cut the cord.

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March 22, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Turn your iPad into a mini iMac with this minimal stand [Review]

My family tends to smear our kitchen countertops with all kinds of gunk. No one has ever heard of the words plate or cutting board. So taking an iPad into the kitchen is a risky proposition: It inevitably ends up in some sticky mess. Enter the Slope: a nice-looking stand that keeps my iPad out […]

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March 22, 2019, 5:08 p.m.

Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell reunite on set of Apple TV series

Former Bruce Almighty co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell were spotted reuniting on the set of their new Apple TV series about a morning TV show news crew. The show started principal photography back at the end of October 31 but this is the first time we’ve seen photos of the two actors on set. […]

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March 22, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Prev-gen. 12.9-inch iPad Pro LTE $649, iPhone Accessory Sale from $7, Echo Smart Home Bundles starting at $40, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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March 22, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Tim Cook meeting developers in China ahead of 2019 Development Forum

Ahead of Apple’s services-focused event on Monday, Tim Cook is in China this week to meet with developers and visit the Apple Store on Wangfujing Street. Cook reportedly visited education company Hongen Education, the Forbidden City, and more.

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March 22, 2019, 3:49 p.m.

Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare

Apple will debut its rumored television service on Monday, and ahead of the event, The Washington Post has shared some new details on the planning that has gone into Apple's TV service.

When deciding how to distribute its original television content and at what cost, Apple reportedly considered offering free television shows to customers who paid the extra fee for AppleCare for their Mac and iOS devices.


Apple also considered an offering through the Apple TV, and recent rumors have suggested that the content Apple offers will actually be provided through the TV app on iOS devices and the company's set-top box. There's also a possibility that Apple will distribute its content outside of its own platform as well, which is something else the company has mulled.

Apple's plans are still not clear to industry insiders and Hollywood executives, and one source that provided the above info to The Washington Post said that Apple's plans have changed multiple times.
"Whatever they try to sell on Monday, it's not what they started with and they are trying to figure out what kind of engine to put in while the plane is in the air," the executive said.
Film and TV creators who are working with Apple have been left in the dark about the company's plans and do not know if content will be exclusive to Apple users or available to everyone. Creators received "obfuscation and ambiguous responses" when asking about distribution, with some speculating that Apple may not have made up its mind about the finer details of the streaming service.
"Apple is the only company in the world that can drop a couple million dollars in entertainment and get Reese Witherspoon and M. Night Shamalayan on board without any articulation of a plan in terms of marketing or distribution," said one well-connected Hollywood executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to upset Apple.
Recent reports from The Information and Recode have suggested Apple may be planning to offer its own content in the TV app at no cost as a way to lure Apple users to purchase subscriptions for other services, such as Showtime or Starz, within the TV app.

Apple plans to offer a range of different content from various content partners, and has plans to provide bundles of cable channels. These partnerships are said to be the true focus of Apple's TV service, and what will drive up the company's services revenue.

As we've previously heard, Apple has invested millions of dollars in its original television shows. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, who will star in a morning show drama tentatively called "The Morning Show," are being paid approximately $1.1 million per episode each.

While there have been mixed rumors about Apple's efforts to control the content that's released on its platform, Apple has been willing to create "edgy" shows. One person involved with Apple said Apple executives in Cupertino have stayed out of the creative process.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has, however, "passed notes" to writers on Apple shows through Apple's Hollywood team because Tim Cook, as we've heard before, is aiming to protect Apple's brand and reputation. Apple, for example, shelved "Vital Signs," a show starring Dr. Dre, as was reported earlier last year. Apple could perhaps release this show sometime later, according to sources that spoke to The Washington Post.

Apple will answer at least some of the questions about its streaming service plans on Monday, March 25, which is when its "It's Showtime" event will take place. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, with MacRumors planning to offer live coverage both on MacRumors.com and the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.


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March 22, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

AT&T’s controversial 5G E network may be slower than Verizon and T-Mobile LTE, study says

AT&T’s push of ‘5G E’ networking has been nothing but controversial, and now a new study casts even more doubt on the technology. Opensignal today published the results of a study that compared the speeds of AT&T’s 5G E network to Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon 4G LTE.

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March 22, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: March 22, 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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March 22, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Japan Display still owes Apple for $1.5 billion factory

Struggling display maker Japan Display reportedly still owes Apple a whole lot of cash for one of its factories. Apple paid a large chunk of the $1.5 billion in costs to build an LCD factory in 2015. In return, Japan Display would pay Apple a percentage of screen sales. Unfortunately, things have gone south since […]

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March 22, 2019, 2:36 p.m.

Days before Apple’s video service unveiling, images surface from Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston show set

We’ve heard a lot about the TV shows and movies Apple has ordered for its streaming video service — five of which have reportedly finished production — but only this week are we getting our first look at the production side of things. New images show stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell on the set of their Apple series, which is tentatively titled “The Morning Show” and likely to be a high-profile show on the platform.

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March 22, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Hands-on: Moshi Mythro C USB-C in-ear headphones, a budget-friendly future-ready option

My audio tastes run more toward the mid-range (or a little higher), but I of course recognize that some people want something basic at a pocket-friendly price.

But with Apple dropping the headphone socket from iPhones and iPads, things are getting a little more complicated for those who don’t want the expense or charging hassle of wireless headphones …

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March 22, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

‘Apple Music Live’ event series begins in Milan with free concerts through summer, registration now open

Coinciding with the start of spring, Apple has announced a new live concert series set to be held in Italy. “Apple Music Live: Piazza Liberty” begins on March 28th and will run throughout spring and summer on the public amphitheater above Apple’s new flagship store in Milan.

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March 22, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Apple Music update shines a light on curated content

Apple Music has updated the New Music section of its “Browse” tag to highlight playlists from a variety of genres. While the UX tweak doesn’t fundamentally change the content of Apple’s Music app, it does make it easier to access some content. One of these is Apple’s “Daily Top 100” playlist, which was previously harder […]

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March 22, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

AirPower could finally arrive in late March

The lengthy wait for AirPower is almost over — but not yet. A new report, citing industry sources, claims Apple’s new charging pad will arrive in late March. If the information is accurate, that means the long-awaited launch is right around the corner. Will we see it during Apple’s March 25 event? It’s been an exciting […]

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March 22, 2019, 1:33 p.m.

Japan Display still owes Apple for half-used LCD factory as latest bailout plan progresses

Japan Display still owes Apple the majority of the construction costs of an LCD factory built especially for the iPhone maker back in 2015, says a new report.

With iPhone 6 sales taking off dramatically at the time, after Apple finally moved into larger-screen phones, Apple was keen to maximize production capacity. So much so that it offered to stump up the cash for a whole new Japan Display LCD factory …

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March 22, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Get a powerful Mac video editor for just $20 [Deals]

Your Mac comes with a pretty solid video editor, but it’s got some real limitations. So if you want to up your game, you’re usually faced with dropping a lot of dough on a professional app. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Movavi Video Editor Plus for Mac offers a wide range of […]

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March 22, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Hands-On With LG's Latest UltraFine 4K Display With Thunderbolt 3 Support

LG recently debuted a new 32UL950 32-inch UltraFine 4K display, but this latest model, priced at $1300, wasn't designed in partnership with Apple.

It still shares quite a few design similarities with prior UltraFine models, though, so we thought we'd check it out in our latest YouTube video to see whether it's a solid option for the purchase price.

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The LG 32UL950 UltraFine Display features a black front panel with slim bezels and a curved base with a plastic monitor arm. It's tilt and height adjustable, so you can get it into the perfect position, and it can even be used in portrait orientation.


As with many LG displays, it's VESA compatible so you can mount it on the wall to save desk space. It is equipped with two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can be used for fast data transfer, 60W charging for your MacBook, and daisychaining an additional 4K monitor if desired. There are also two USB-A ports, a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and built-in speakers.


The 4K display of the LG 32UL950 UltraFine is great, with crisp, detailed images and sharp text, though it's not quite as nice as the 5K UltraFine that LG offers in partnership with Apple.

This is a 32-inch display, but it's not ultrawide, and it has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 60Hz. Running this display at full resolution makes the on-screen elements quite small, so buyers might want to use it at 3360 x 1890 or 3200 x 1800 instead. Other display features include HDR and DCI-P3 support for excellent contrast and color.


For content creation or digital media, the LG 32UL950 is a solid choice, but it's not the greatest for gaming because it maxes out at 60Hz. It does support Radeon FreeSync and Dynamic Action Sync, though.

LG charges $1300 for the display, but it's available on Amazon at a cheaper price of $1100. That still makes it more expensive than LG's 5K monitor, so it's not going to be for everyone.

Make sure to watch our video up above for a closer look at LG's new UltraFine display, and let us know what you think of it in the comments below.


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March 22, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

New Macs! New iPads! New AirPods! We break down this week’s releases, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: Apple just released so much new hardware, they had to do it over 3 full days. We’ll break it all down, and react to all the new gear. Plus, the saga of MoviePass continues with yet another new wild announcement… but is their new unlimited plan too good to be […]

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March 22, 2019, 1 p.m.

Text Case 2.0 for iOS includes text to emoji, dark theme, and new organization options

I wrote about Text Case last July, and it’s been a staple of my iOS usage ever since. On the Mac, I use Alfred to do all of my case changing, but it doesn’t exist as a iOS app. For writing here at 9to5Mac, and at my day job, I frequently have to change the case of text. Text Case is the best app I’ve found for iOS to accomplish this task, and it has a big update that is now available. more…

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March 22, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Apple Music Browse tab reorganized to help users find music and playlists with less taps

Overnight, the Apple Music service has received a server-side upgrade which results in a redesigned Browse tab in the Music app for iPhone and iPad. The new look seems to be rolling out slowly, as some readers are reporting they are still seeing the previous design.

Previously, the Browse tab was laid out with a single horizontally-scrolling carousel of featured content and then a list of navigation options, which would start deep navigation hierarchies before users of the app would actually see any real content. The new design surfaces much more music upfront, accessible with one tap.

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March 22, 2019, 12:35 p.m.

PSA: Looking for an iPad Air keyboard? Brydge 10.5 Series II Keyboard confirmed compatible.

If you’re looking for an iPad Air keyboard to turn Apple’s latest 10.5-inch tablet into a more capable laptop-style device, Brydge has good news …

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March 22, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Apple within striking distance of reclaiming $1 trillion crown

As excitement builds around Apple’s Monday event, the company is edging closer to reclaiming its $1 trillion market cap. Apple stock enjoyed its biggest rally since January on Thursday. It closed at $195.09 per share, making its ninth positive day in the past 10 trading days. Having added $33 billion to its market cap on […]

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March 22, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Apple Stores will host ‘show time’ keynote on March 25

Apple Stores around the world will be hosting Apple’s ‘show time’ keynote on March 25. As part of a special Today at Apple session, locations with video walls will invite fans to watch a stream of the event, live from the Steve Jobs Theater. You can sign up now to take part. Apple’s special event […]

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March 22, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: PowerCD paves the way toward a lucrative future

March 22, 1993: Apple launches the PowerCD, the first device from the company that doesn’t require a computer to work. A portable CD player that also works as an external CD drive for Macs, it offers a glimpse of the extremely lucrative path Apple will follow a decade later. However, the PowerCD itself will ultimately […]

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March 22, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

Digitimes says AirPower to launch in ‘late March’, again citing GPP bridge rectifier supply

Yet again, Digitimes is quoting supply chain sources that expect the Apple AirPower mat to launch in late March. Seeing as today is March 22nd, there aren’t too many days left for that particular deadline …

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March 22, 2019, 11:52 a.m.

Review: Nomad's Titanium Band for Apple Watch is a Stylish and Cheaper Alternative to Apple's Link Bracelet

Nomad is a company that creates useful accessories built around rugged simplicity, and in the past it has released iPhone cases, Lightning cables, and Apple Watch straps.


This year, Nomad launched its first metal strap for the Apple Watch, called the Titanium Band, a full-metal link bracelet built with over twenty titanium links and a set of custom lugs, designed for the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 and the older generation 42mm models.

Design


Similar in design to other metal link bracelets for Apple Watch -- including Apple's own accessory -- Nomad's Titanium Band has a series of metal links connected by a slim clasp system that snaps closed around your wrist. The Titanium Band comes in both Silver and Black, to match both metal finishes available for the Apple Watch Series 4.


To adjust the fit, the accessory has up to ten removable links that lets you customize the band length so that it can fit any wrist, according to Nomad. On the clasp, which sits under your wrist, there is a small and unobtrusive Nomad logo, and the lugs on the band are designed like most other third-party Apple Watch bands, built to slide easily into the Apple Watch case.

Adjusting Size


The Titanium Band ships at the largest size, so most people will have to go through the size adjustment process before they're able to wear the band. I found this process to be lengthier and a bit more troublesome than I was expecting, and definitely not as simple as Apple's Link Bracelet.


Nomad provides you with a link removal tool, which is a small metal device with a screw system that pushes out links in the band. To start, you have to adjust the bottom part of the tool so that the Titanium Band will be at the right height, allowing the tool's needle to slide into one of the links on the band.

Then, you place the Titanium Band on this round platform and align one of the link holes on the band with the needle. Once aligned, you turn the big screw on the tool to push the link in the band out the other end, and continue doing that until you have a few links removed.

Once you have a size you think could fit your wrist, you'll have to reattach the segmented band. To do this, you line up the two sides of the band and re-insert one of the removed pins back into the pin hole. You can only insert the pin so far manually, so you must place the band back on the tool and align the protruding pin with the tool's needle, twisting the screw so that the needle head hits directly onto the pin until it slots back into the Titanium Band.


From this point, you can try on the Titanium Band and make sure it fits. If it doesn't, you'll have to remove more links and repeat the process. For me, it took upwards of 30 minutes to finally find the size that fit well on my wrist, and after much trial-and-error with the link removal tool.

As a point of comparison, Apple's removal process is a simple button-based system that requires you to press down on specific links to remove them, without the need of an external tool. Nomad's solution is noticeably lengthier and more arduous, and it definitely offset the initial excitement I had of getting a new Apple Watch band.

Daily Use


Thankfully, this is a one-time process and in the weeks since I adjusted it Nomad's Titanium Band has been one of my favorite Apple Watch bands to wear. The metal band has notable heft to it, but feels light on my wrist and once I had the right size, it sat super comfortably throughout the day and never moved up or down my wrist.


The process of putting it on and taking it off is easy thanks to the band's clasp system, which folds together and snaps shut to put on, and opens easily by pressing two small buttons on each side to remove it. When putting the Titanium Band on I would occasionally pinch myself as the two ends of clasps came down together too close to my skin, but over time the process became a bit smoother.

I tend to prefer keeping workout-friendly bands on my Apple Watch, since the process of taking bands off and on every day can get a bit cumbersome. Just to test it out, I decided to wear Nomad's Titanium Band during a few workouts, and I came away largely impressed. Although I'd still prefer to wear a Sport Loop, Nomad's metal band never felt heavy or distracting during my workouts, and although it was a bit wet afterwards the metal dried quickly and hasn't been stained in any way.


Although I haven't exactly banged or hit the Titanium Band against many other surfaces over the past few weeks, I can also say that it appears to be largely scratch-free under pretty solid daily wear. One potential worry is that the lugs that connect the Nomad band to the Apple Watch case do have a little bit of wiggle room even when they're secured, lacking the satisfying fit of a first party Apple band.

Still, I've never worried about the Titanium Band unlatching, and it's a breeze to remove it from the case when you want to swap out for a different band, which is not something I can say for all third-party link bracelets I've used over the years.

Bottom Line


Nomad's Titanium Band is a quality, good-looking Apple Watch accessory that's comfortable to wear and has a more reasonable price tag compared to Apple's Link Bracelet. At $179.95 for Nomad's watch band, you'll be saving about $170 when compared to Apple's $349.00 Link Bracelet.


The downside of this trade off means that you'll also be spending more time adjusting the size of Nomad's Titanium Band, a process that is streamlined and far easier with Apple's option. But once this slightly annoying process is completed, the Nomad band is a sleek accessory that pairs nicely with any 42mm or 44mm stainless steel Apple Watch.

How to Buy


You can head to Nomad's website to purchase the Titanium Band for $179.95.

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March 22, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

Chinese smartphone brands beating iPhone on features as well as price, say retailers

Retailers and analysts say that it’s not just price that has driven disappointing iPhone sales in China: consumers are also switching to Chinese smartphone brands because they feel some features are better.

Apple last year saw its market share of the $500-800 segment in China plunge from 81.2% to 54.6% …

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March 22, 2019, 11:32 a.m.

Australia’s biggest department store will stop selling Apple products

Australian biggest department store Myer has said that it will stop selling Apple products. The retail giant, founded more than a century ago, claims Apple products have become unprofitable for it. The news that it will stop selling Apple devices was announced by the company today. It will apply to both the company’s physical and […]

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March 22, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

New York Times explains the two reasons it thinks newspapers should refuse Apple News deal

The New York Times said earlier this week that it had declined to join the upcoming Apple News subscription service. The Washington Post has reportedly made the same decision.

CEO Mark Thompson has now gone further, warning other papers of the twin dangers of accepting Apple’s deal …

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March 22, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Set of Bluetooth Trackers From Tile

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Tile to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a set of Tile Bluetooth trackers that are designed to help you keep track of your most precious and essential items.

Tile makes small Bluetooth enabled tracking accessories that you can put on anything that you don't want to lose, from keys and wallets to your phone, your camera, your watch, your purse, or anything else you don't want to lose.


The idea is that you attach a Tile to something like your keys, and then if and when those keys are misplaced, you open up the Tile app and use the Bluetooth connection between the Tile and your phone to see a map with the location of your keys and to play a sound on the Tile itself. If you lose your phone, you can tap on the Tile and it'll ping your phone, so there's two-way tracking available.

Tile makes a whole range of trackers for different items and purposes. The Tile Pro, for example, is Tile's most advanced tracking accessory. It has a Bluetooth tracking range of 300 feet and it's 3x as loud as other Tile trackers, so it's best for your most valuable items.


With Tile Pro's long tracking range and loud volume, it's appropriate for your purse, your camera bag, your laptop bag, and other things you want to make sure you can keep an eye on and protect from being lost or stolen. Tile Pro is Tile's most expensive tracker at $35, but discounts are available for multi-pack purchases.

Tile Mate is similar to the Tile Pro, but it's a bit more compact and it's more affordable at $25. Tile Mate, like Tile Pro, has a user replaceable battery so you can use it indefinitely. Tile Mate can work from up to 150 feet away over Bluetooth, and 1.5 times louder than other Tile products.


Tile Slim, priced at $30, is Tile's slimmest Bluetooth tracker that's perfect for tucking into a wallet, a passport, or sticking onto the back of a device like a laptop or iPad. Tile Slim has a 100 foot range and it's not quite as loud as the other Tile trackers, but it's still perfect for items where thinness is key.


All of Tile's trackers, from the Pro to the Mate to the Slim will last for one year with the original battery that ships with them. On all trackers but the Slim, you can replace this battery when the year is up, a feature that was added to Tile trackers last October. If you don't want to hassle with battery replacements, Tile has a premium program that offers free battery replacements along with a detailed location history and unlimited sharing, so you can let friends and family help you find a misplaced item.


Tile's trackers are designed to locate your devices close by when they're in Bluetooth range, but the Tile app has a Community Find feature that leverages all the Tile trackers out in the wild to find a lost item if it's not in the vicinity of your own phone, which is a useful bonus.


For MacRumors readers, Tile is offering two tracker bundles that include four Tile Pros, four Tile Mates, and 1 Tile Slim so you can add Bluetooth tracking to all of your important belongings. To participate in the giveaway, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

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The contest will run from today (March 22) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 29. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 29 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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March 22, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

Apple will have a hard time signing New York Times

The New York Times has yet to sign up to Apple’s news subscription service — and it’s got a warning for those publishers who do. Mark Thompson, chief executive of the NYT warns publishers that third-party distribution could mean losing control of their product. The New York Times is the biggest U.S. newspaper, as measured […]

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March 22, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

Tim Cook Travels to China, Meets With Vice Premier and Developers

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China this week ahead of the annual China Development Forum that promotes economic growth in the country.


Cook was photographed at an Apple Store in Beijing's central Wangfujing shopping district on Thursday, where he attended a music-related Today at Apple session. On Friday, Cook met with developers and visited the Palace Museum, which has an ARKit-based app that offers tourists an immersive experience.

Later on Friday, Cook met with politician Sun Chunlan, a Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China. The state-run news agency Xinhua claims that Sun made positive remarks about Apple and the company's role in Sino-U.S. relations.


Cook, who has shared pictures of his trip on Weibo, is reportedly set to attend the annual China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday. Cook co-chaired the event in 2018, calling for stronger data privacy regulations in the wake of the major Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Cook will then likely take a direct flight back to California in time for Apple's media event on Monday at Steve Jobs Theater, where the company is widely expected to introduce two new services for streaming video and magazines/newspapers.


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March 22, 2019, 6:24 a.m.

Billie Eilish Breaks Apple Music Record for Most Users Pre-Adding Upcoming Album to Their Libraries

Artist Billie Eilish has achieved a new streaming milestone on Apple Music, breaking the service's all-time record for users "pre-adding" an album to their libraries ahead of its release. According to Apple, Eilish's upcoming album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" has earned more than 800,000 pre-adds on Apple Music ahead of the album's launch on March 29 (via Music Business Worldwide).

By pre-adding an album, subscribers can save it in their Apple Music libraries and listen to any songs that may already be out for it. Then, when the full album is released Apple adds the entire album to their account.


Although this process can be unreliable on Apple Music, and sometimes the full album isn't added at the time of its release, Apple Music executive Oliver Schusser sees pre-adds as a sort of modern pre-order feature for the streaming era. Schusser said that, "While most services focus the majority of their efforts around playlists, Apple Music still emphasizes albums because we understand their value as a storytelling tool for artists to create context around their music."
“To that end, pre-adds are great early indicators of engagement around an artist and the intention of the fans. To actively pre-add an album, much like the pre-order we invented with iTunes, means that the fan is excited about the content and wants to be among the first to enjoy it the moment its available. That kind of engagement is very valuable to an artist and to us.”

He added: “For Billie in particular it’s really exciting because she is such a big part of the Apple artist community and someone the whole company has really rallied around. It’s amazing to see the positive reaction from our subscribers.”
Apple has been a longtime supporter of Eilish, first featuring her as the Up Next artist for September 2017, showcasing her in interviews with Beats 1 Radio hosts, exclusively premiering some of her songs and videos, and partnering with her to host her own Beats 1 show. Apple also worked with Eilish on its holiday commercial "Share Your Gifts" last year, where her single "Come Out and Play" was featured.

Eilish's team also commented on the pre-add numbers, with Interscope vice chairman Steve Berman stating, "These pre-add numbers are incredibly exciting for Billie, and a real validation of everything we – the artist, Darkroom, Apple and Interscope – have worked together on over the last three years. Internally, hearing these [Apple pre-add] results, it makes us all incredibly proud – and it makes us want to work that much harder, because we can see exactly what the opportunity is."

According to Schusser, the criticism that streaming music services have taken the personality out of artists is incorrect, and he points toward Eilish as the prime example: "Apple has always given creators platforms to connect with audiences around the world and the space and freedom to be creative. It goes to the core of who we are as a company."


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March 22, 2019, 5:46 a.m.

Apple Music Updates 'Browse' Tab With New Themed Sections

Apple Music recently updated the New Music section of the "Browse" tab with a small refresh that highlights an assortment of different playlists from various musical genres. Apple sometimes pushes silent updates to Apple Music, like last summer when it added a "Coming Soon" section, more specific launch dates for albums, and updated artist profiles.


Now, in the central Browse tab of Apple Music, you'll find Apple's "Daily Top 100" playlist featured prominently at the top of the section, just below the traditional carousel of new music. These Global Top 100 playlists launched last September and have been available to listen to by navigating to Browse, scrolling down, and finding the Top Charts area. Now, they're much easier to find right at the top of Browse.

The section under Daily Top 100 is "Weekend Warrior," a list of pop, dance, hip-hop, country, and more music all centered around celebrating the weekend. Just like the Daily Top 100, these playlists have all been available in Apple Music before, but the service's organization and presentation of them is new. Slightly lower in Browse you can now find an area that features "Just Updated" playlists across genres and moods.


The rest of Browse looks mostly the same, with Hot Tracks and New Music showcasing the most popular new songs on the service. Near the bottom of the tab are a few more changes, including a "We're Loving" area that features new album recommendations from the Apple Music editors, and a "Get Down Tonight" section curating dance music. Because a few of these sections are dedicated to the weekend, it appears that Apple will more frequently update Browse with new themed areas.

It's also worth mentioning that Apple Music is highlighting a collection of classical music today in the Browse tab's main carousel, aimed at celebrating the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 100 year anniversary. This new area has albums, playlists, brief histories about the Los Angeles Philharmonic's conductors and relevant albums, music videos, and an exclusive playlist curated by Deutsche Grammophon celebrating the anniversary. Many problems still remain for classical music on Apple Music, but it's reassuring to see Apple highlight a major event in the classical world among new modern album releases.

You can check out the updates to the New Music section of the Browse tab on both macOS and iOS devices.


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March 22, 2019, 12:51 a.m.

Apple reaches deal with Vox for upcoming Apple News subscription service, report says

Bloomberg reports this evening that Apple has signed another publisher to its upcoming premium Apple News subscription service. According to the report, Apple has inked a deal with Vox to be a part of the service.

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March 21, 2019, 11 p.m.

OtterBox folio case protects the iPad Pro while showing it off [Review]

The OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 has everything you’d expect from a folio case designed for Apple’s latest iPad Pro, but it also includes a feature that might surprise you: the back is clear, allowing you to show off your 2018 iPad Pro while still protecting it. We used this slim case for several weeks, so […]

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March 21, 2019, 11 p.m.

Browse and torrent securely with a powerful VPN [Deals]

If you’re concerned about security and privacy online, browsing with a VPN is the only way to go. But if you need high speed connections for things like streaming or torrenting, details matter. So this deal on a year of Surfshark is a great opportunity for the performance-minded VPN users. Surfshark offers access to over […]

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March 21, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Twitter testing support for sharing and viewing Live Photos on iOS

Apple first introduced Live Photos alongside the iPhone 6S in 2015. Since then, however, the popularity of the feature has been affected by a lack of support on the majority of social networks. At long last, however, Twitter appears to be testing support for viewing Live Photos.

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March 21, 2019, 10 p.m.

How Apple’s TV service can stand out in a crowded market

Apple is undoubtedly going to throw its hat into the streaming TV markets during a big press event on Monday, where its service will have to compete against dozens of rivals, some household names. Although the announcement is still a few days away, we already know quite a bit about how Apple will try to […]

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March 21, 2019, 9 p.m.

Enjoy these stellar savings on iPads and Macs [Deals & Steals]

B&H Photo is offering a whopper of a discount on Apple’s latest 12-inch MacBook today. You can get the Intel Core m3 model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and HD Graphics 615 for just $999. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. We also have massive […]

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March 21, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Comcast launches new $5/mo streaming box, MPAA report highlights strong streaming growth

Apple is expected to introduce its streaming video service in just a few days, but the market is already incredibly crowed with other streaming services. Adding to that today is Comcast, which is launching its new Xfinity Flex Internet streaming TV service.

In other streaming news today, Motion Picture Association of America published its annual report on the state of the entertainment market. The report shows that streaming video subscribers increased by 27 percent in 2018 as more people become cordcutters without losing access to content.

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March 21, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Apple Stores across the world will offer livestreams of March 25th Special Event

Apple is offering visitors to its stores across the world an opportunity to watch March 25th’s Special Event with friends and other Apple fans on the big screen. Stores with Video Walls will host special Today at Apple sessions to livestream the keynote from Steve Jobs Theater.

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March 21, 2019, 8 p.m.

How to delete all your tweets with Cardigan

Deleting your old tweets is pretty easy. Maybe you want to wipe the slate clean. Maybe you just prefer to limit your public history on Twitter. Today we see how to delete all your Tweets with Cardigan.

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March 21, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Elizabeth Holmes failed to copy Steve Jobs in one critical way

Disgraced tech entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was known to worship the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and she wore a black turtle neck every day to show it. How could someone who tried to emulate Jobs become a fraud that puts her in the company of Bernie Madoff? Alex Gibney gave a thoughtful response to that […]

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March 21, 2019, 6:57 p.m.

Facebook admits hundreds of millions of passwords were exposed

It’s time to change your Facebook and Instagram passwords again. Facebook revealed today that it unknowingly stored hundreds of millions of passwords in a readable format on its internal storage systems. There’s no information yet that the passwords were accessed by any nefarious people, but you should probably update yours, just in case. In a […]

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March 21, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Apple Music launching new multi-lingual playlist ‘Suave’ this week

Apple Music is launching a new multi-lingual playlist today, as first reported by Billboard. The new playlist is called “Suave” and highlights R&B songs from various parts of the world. The playlist will feature songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, with a focus on R&B.

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March 21, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Apple acquires Italian startup that specializes in backend automation

Apple recently acquired a startup that could soon help the iPhone-maker deliver better backend tools to iOS and macOS developers. Stamplay, an Italian startup that specialized in building a “low code workflow automation” platform, was reportedly purchased by Apple for about $5.6 million. The acquisition hasn’t been confirmed by Apple but there are some telltale […]

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March 21, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Vox Signs on to Join Apple's News Subscription Service for Future Paid Tiers

Apple has inked a deal with Vox for Vox to become a part of its upcoming subscription service that will be available in Apple News, reports Bloomberg.

Vox is owned by Vox Media, which also owns the Verge, Recode, Eater, and SB Nation, but Apple's deal is only for the Vox site for now. Vox does not have a subscription offering at the current time, but Vox CEO Jim Bankoff recently said that paid subscriptions would be added to the Vox site later this year.

Apple News subscribers who sign up for Apple's paid service, set to be called Apple News Magazines, will be able to access a variety of magazines and paywalled news from participating publishers.

Rumors have suggested Apple plans to charge around $9.99 for the service, with the Cupertino company keeping 50 percent of the fee while splitting the rest of the fee among publishers.

The Wall Street Journal and many magazine publishers have signed up to participate, but other news sites like the Washington Post and The New York Times have declined.

Apple plans to unveil its new Apple News Magazine service at an event that will take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 25.


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March 21, 2019, 6 p.m.

Are AirPods 2 worth the price of an upgrade?

If you already own AirPods, should you upgrade to AirPods 2? That depends. But if you never had AirPods before, now is the time to buy.

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March 21, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.6 with stability and bug fixes

Apple has issued a stability and bug fix update for Final Cut Pro X. Version 10.4.6, now available via the Mac App Store, focuses primarily on boosting the reliability of Apple’s flagship NLE. more…

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March 21, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 217: New iPad mini and iPad Air, iMac refresh, second-gen AirPods debut

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s product release carousel including the first new iPad mini in years, a new iPad Air size, faster iMacs, and second-generation AirPods, plus much more.

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March 21, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Apple Store app updated to highlight new Today at Apple sessions, iPhone trade-ins

Apple updated its Apple Store app today with a few new features to spotlight Today at Apple sessions and make participating in the Apple GiveBack program easier. The update brings the app to version 5.3.

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March 21, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

Apple reportedly acquires Italian backend development startup Stamplay

Apple has acquired a small Italian startup called Stamplay, according to a new report from local newspaper Il Sole 24 OreStamplay was founded in 2012 with a specialization in cloud development and API-based backend development — experts in fields that could benefit Apple’s services.

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March 21, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Panic launches Coda 2.7 with Dark Mode, new app icon and appearance, more

Panic’s Coda web code editor has joined the dark side, at least for macOS Mojave users. Coda 2.7 for Mac now supports Apple’s system-wide Dark Mode appearance feature when running macOS 10.14 or later, and all Coda users will appreciate a general appearance refresh including a new coat of paint on the app icon.

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March 21, 2019, 4:48 p.m.

Apple will reportedly set prices and host streaming for TV partner channels in new service

We expect Apple to announce a new video service in two parts on Monday. Half will contain original TV shows with major Hollywood stars produced with Apple’s money that will likely debut this fall. The other half of the video service will rely on selling subscriptions for competing video services like HBO through the TV app. Days before Apple’s big ‘It’s Showtime’ announcements, Recode has new behind-the-curtain details of what to expect.

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March 21, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

Apple begins notifying WWDC 2019 lottery winners ahead of June conference

After opening registration last week, Apple today has started notifying winners of its WWDC 2019 lottery. These winners are now able to purchase a ticket to the event for $1599.

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March 21, 2019, 4:35 p.m.

Comcast Launches New $5 Month Ad-Supported Streaming TV Service

Just ahead of when Apple plans to launch a new subscription video service that will give customers access to bundled cable channels, Comcast has introduced Xfinity Flex, a streaming service that combines video on demand content, ad-supported, free live streaming content, and access to add-on subscription apps.

Xfinity Flex is priced at $5 per month and is available to customers who subscribe to Comcast's Xfinity internet service. It comes with a 4K set-top box and X1 voice remote for accessing content.


Comcast says that thousands of free movies and shows will be offered, with free content from Tubi TV, YouTube, Xumo, Pluto TV, and more offered alongside subscription content from apps like Netflix, HBO, EPIX, and Prime Video. It will also be paired with podcasts and music services from Pandora, iHeart Radio, NPR One, among others.

The app will have an interface that's not unlike the interface of the Apple TV, with a content library, access to a "Watch" section for TV content, a listen section for music, and an apps section for accessing different apps and home WiFi settings.
"Xfinity Flex will deepen our relationship with a certain segment of our Internet customers and provide them with real value," said Matt Strauss, Executive Vice President, Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable. "For just five dollars a month, we can offer these customers an affordable, flexible, and differentiated platform that includes thousands of free movies and shows for online streaming, an integrated guide for accessing their favorite apps and connected home devices, and the ease of navigating and managing all of it with our voice remote."
Comcast plans to allow customers to subscribe to third-party video services through its platform, which is something that Apple is also going to offer with its own streaming service.

According to Comcast, more than 10,000 free online movies and TV shows will be included alongside the streaming services that its customers subscribe to, along with options to purchase and rent movies and TV shows.

Comcast plans to make Xfinity Flex available to Comcast subscribers on March 26. It will be available to residential customers who have internet service with 25Mb/s or above that's compatible with xFi gate.

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March 21, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Latest MacBook Pro $400 off, Pioneer CarPlay Receiver $250, WD 8TB Desktop Drive $130, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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March 21, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Microsoft Defender anti-virus is coming to protect your Mac

Microsoft might see the Mac as a threat to its Windows platform, but that won’t stop it from protecting macOS users. The company’s Defender anti-virus software, previously a Windows exclusive, has made the leap to Apple. Defender comes in a limited preview for now, and businesses will get it first. Microsoft has become more friendly […]

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March 21, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

Change your Facebook and Instagram password, company admits millions of passcodes were viewable by employees

Uh-oh, says Facebook, it turns out millions of user passcodes were stored in plaint text on the social network’s servers. Facebook disclosed the mistake that risked exposing the passwords of Facebook and Instagram users in a new blog post called Keeping Passwords Secure — presumably the irony is not intentional.

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March 21, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

New AirPower image discovered on Apple’s website

A new image of Apple’s MIA AirPower charger, alongside an iPhone XS and the new AirPods wireless charging case, has been spotted online. The image was discovered on Apple’s Australian website, apparently buried in source code. While it doesn’t 100 percent confirm that AirPower may finally be set to launch, it does add another bit […]

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March 21, 2019, 3 p.m.

AirSnap gives new AirPods the tough protection they deserve

Yesterday, Apple launched the long-awaited second-gen AirPods, and its online stores are already having trouble keeping the updated wireless headphones in stock. You’ll likely be waiting a little longer while Apple races to keep up with orders. With impressive new features like the Wireless Charging Case, H1 chip, “Hey Siri” support and up to 50 […]

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March 21, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Hidden AirPower image with iPhone XS and new AirPods discovered on Apple site

The AirPods page was updated yesterday to highlight the new features in the updated model and mentions the wireless charging case. However, the previously featured picture of AirPods and an iPhone X laying on the AirPower mat was removed in the redesign.

It turns out — there is actually a new never-before-seen official AirPower image hidden in the source code that was intended to be on the AirPods page. It shows the new AirPods charging case and “David’s” iPhone XS laying on the so far unreleased AirPower mat …

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March 21, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Bill-paying service doxo adopts Apple Pay

Doxo, an online bill-paying service for more 2.5 million people announced today its users can now pay bills Apple Pay. Most of its users pay bills with a mobile device using the company’s app. More than half, according to a written statement, use an iOS device. “Apple Pay has been a highly requested feature for […]

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March 21, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

In battle with Apple, Qualcomm argues contradictory positions in two separate lawsuits

Qualcomm is arguing completely contradictory positions in two separate lawsuits relating to its battle with Apple.

In Korea, it is arguing that court records relating to the antitrust case brought against it should be sealed, so that Apple cannot view the information the company submitted in its defence. While in the US, it is wants evidence submitted by Apple to the FTC in 2016 to be made public …

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March 21, 2019, 1:53 p.m.

LG UltraFine 31.5″ 4K Display with Thunderbolt 3 review – a large monitor with plenty of I/O [Video]

If you’re looking for a Thunderbolt 3-enabled external display, then LG is pretty much where it’s at. Not only does the Korean company produce the 34-inch 5K2K UltraWide Display, which is great for creative professionals, but it also produces an LG UltraFine 4K Display with Thunderbolt 3 in tow.

Not to be confused with the 21.5-inch 4K UltraFine Display that’s sold in Apple Stores, this 32-inch display comes with Thunderbolt 3, and features the familiar LG design language found on many of the displays within the company’s lineup.

Is the LG UltraFine 4K Monitor worth considering for those looking to add an external display to their desktop setup? Watch our hands-on video review for the details. more…

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March 21, 2019, 1:44 p.m.

Two zero-day Safari exploits found, one allowing complete takeover of Mac

White-hat hackers at a security conference in Vancouver have found two zero-day Safari exploits, one of which allowed them to escalate their privileges to the point that they were able to completely take over the Mac …

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March 21, 2019, 1:27 p.m.

Bill payment service Doxo now works with Apple Pay for over 30,000 billers

Checking out in stores with your iPhone is easier than ever today, but paying bills with Apple Pay is still a challenge. Doxo is a bill payment service with a large database of billers, and their trying to tackle that problem with their latest iOS app.

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March 21, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Microsoft Defender brings anti-virus protection to Mac, but limited business roll-out initially

Microsoft is renaming its Windows Defender antivirus software to Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), and bringing it to macOS for the first time.

While Macs are significantly less vulnerable to malware than Windows machines, they are not immune. Examples include fake Flash Player installers and cryptocurrency-stealing browser exploits and apps

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March 21, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

iPad mini 2019 review roundup: The best compact tablet

The iPad mini got its first refresh in more than three years this week. The newest, fifth-generation model ships with Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor, more RAM, and a True Tone display with more pixels than any other iPad. But is the new iPad mini worth your hard-earned cash? Here’s what the early reviews have […]

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March 21, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Find My iPhone tracks down possible armed mugger

iPhones’ high market price makes them tantalizing to thieves. Unfortunately (for criminals, at least) Apple also provides ways for these devices to be tracked down if they’re lost or displaced. James Antonio Pradia learned this lesson the hard way this week. On Wednesday, the 27-year-old was indicted for robbing a wallet and iPhone at gunpoint. […]

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March 21, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Apple’s TV service could hit 100 million subs in next 5 years

Apple hasn’t even debuted its streaming video service yet, and already analysts are salivating over the potential cash tidal wave it could earn Apple. According to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, Apple could carve out 100 million subscribers in the next 3-5 years. This could earn anywhere up to $10 billion in revenue per year. Ives […]

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March 21, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

2019 iPad mini review roundup: Four clear themes emerge …

The 2019 iPad mini reviews are out, and they are pretty consistent – with four clear themes emerging.

First, this is an evolutionary device, not a revolutionary one. That’s in large part because Apple wanted to hit the same price-point, one likely driven more by business customers than consumers. From waiting staff in restaurants to delivery drivers, the business market is a key reason Apple has chosen to update the iPad mini …

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March 21, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

iPad Air 2019 review roundup: Middle child done good

The new iPad Air might not be quite as beautiful or cutting edge as its Pro counterpart, but it’s still a gorgeous piece of tech — and a potential “Back to School” winner. That’s according to the first reviews of the new tablet published. We’ll update this meta review with other opinions as they become […]

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March 21, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Apple TV makes its big-screen debut

March 21, 2007: Apple launches the Apple TV, a set-top box for bringing iTunes media to the living room. Unfortunately, the device lacks key features needed to make it a killer entertainment system. It’s something of a missed opportunity for Apple. Apple TV builds on a solid foundation A bit like Apple’s move into music […]

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March 21, 2019, 11:40 a.m.

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie

Apple today updated a number of its video-related Mac apps, including Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie. Most of the updates are minor in scale, focusing on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements.

For all four apps, Apple has added a feature that detects media files that could be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave. In Final Cut Pro and iMovie, these files will be converted to a compatible format, while just highlighted in Motion and Compressor.


Apple is phasing out support for 32-bit Mac apps after Mojave, which is why this new feature has been introduced. All three software updates also include improved reliability when sharing video to YouTube.

In Final Cut Pro, Apple has also added a number of bug fixes, with the release notes listed below:
- Detects media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave and converts them to a compatible format
- Fixes an issue that could cause share destinations to disappear from the share menu after quitting Final Cut Pro
- Fixes an issue that could cause the workflow extension button to disappear when resizing the interface
- Fixes an issue in which the Select Clip command could incorrectly select the clip beneath the playhead
- Fixes an issue in which a successful share notification appears after the share operation was cancelled
- Fixes an issue in which frames saved to the frame browser in the Comparison Viewer may appear differently than they do in the viewer
- Fixes an issue in which frequency information for Hum Removal may not be visible in the audio inspector
- Fixes an issue in which relinked media may appear with black thumbnails in the browser and timeline
- Fixes an issue in which the share menu may be obscured behind the viewer when using Final Cut Pro in fullscreen mode
- Improves reliability when sharing video to YouTube
Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie are all available from the Mac App Store. iMovie is a free download, while Final Cut Pro is priced at $299, Motion is priced at $49.99, and Compressor is priced at $49.99.


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March 21, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

Apple’s streaming video service launching into a market feeling ‘subscription fatigue’ – Deloitte

Apple’s streaming video service is launching into an increasingly competitive market, and one in which consumers are already experiencing ‘subscription fatigue,’ says a new survey.

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March 21, 2019, 11 a.m.

WSJ on board for upcoming Apple News subscription

The Wall Street Journal has reportedly agreed to sign up as a participant for Apple’s paid news subscription service. The service is be officially announced Monday during Apple’s “It’s Showtime” event. The WSJ signing up to the service comes shortly after it was reported that The New York Times and Washington Post have both opted […]

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March 21, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

Two Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Discovered in Safari for Mac on Day One of Pwn2Own Hacking Contest

The 19th annual CanSecWest security conference is underway in Vancouver, Canada, including the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, and two zero-day security vulnerabilities have so far been discovered in Safari on macOS.


The contest kicked off on Wednesday with security researchers Amat Cama and Richard Zhu teaming up against Safari. The duo successfully exploited the browser and escaped the sandbox by using a combination of an integer overflow, heap overflow, and brute force technique, earning them $55,000.

Later in the day, a trio of Niklas Baumstark, Luca Todesco, and Bruno Keith targeted Safari with a kernel elevation. They demonstrated a complete system compromise, but it was only a partial win since Apple supposedly already knew of one of the bugs used in the demo. They still netted $45,000.


In total, participants were awarded $240,000 on day one of Pwn2Own. Day two of the contest is currently underway. All exploits discovered during the contest are reported to the necessary companies like Apple so they can be patched.


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March 21, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

Apple Store App Gains Revamped Sessions Tab, Easier Access to Trade-In Values

Apple today updated its Apple Store app to version 5.3, introducing a redesigned Sessions tab at the bottom of the app that houses dozens of new Today at Apple sessions that Apple users can sign up to attend.

Apple says that it's also now easier to check the trade-in values of your devices when using the Apple Store app.


You'll see trade-in options when purchasing a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch, and Apple will give you a list of your current devices where you're signed in with your Apple ID and their trade-in value.

You can tap one, go through Apple's status checklist, and then finish the trade-in process right when checking out.

The splash screen when starting the app after installing the new update also says that returns have been streamlined with options to track the progress of your order, initiate a return, or print a return label directly from the Apple Store app.

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


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March 21, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Apple launches federated authentication with Microsoft Azure Active Directory for Apple School Manager

One of the key challenges for K-12 schools with Apple products is management and deployment of an identification infrastructure. While Google has their solution with G-Suite, companies like Clever are also making a play to become a schools centralized identity solution.

Google offers email, document management, calendars, and works as a single sign on provider as well. Clever works directly with software as a service application vendors to sync your data between companies that don’t normally talk together. Yesterday, Apple launched their identity solution for K-12 schools with federated authentication for Microsoft Azure Active Directory.

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March 21, 2019, 10 a.m.

Apple’s TV service could hit 100 million subs in next 5 years

Apple hasn’t even debuted its streaming video service yet, and already analysts are salivating over the potential cash tidal wave it could earn Apple. According to Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, Apple could carve out 100 million subscribers in the next 3-5 years. This could earn anywhere up to $10 billion in revenue per year. Ives […]

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March 21, 2019, 8:54 a.m.

Apple’s Chris Evans drama series signs new lead actors

Apple has added new cast members to its original series Defending Jacob, based on a best-selling 2012 thriller novel. Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery and It actor Jaeden Martell will star opposite Chris “Captain America” Evans. Defending Jacob tells the story of a father whose 14-year-old son is accused of murder. It is Chris Evans’ first […]

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March 21, 2019, 8:50 a.m.

Deals: B&H Photo Takes $200 Off Pre-Orders for New Entry-Level 21.5-Inch 4K iMac

Earlier this week we highlighted a few deals for pre-orders on Apple's new iPad mini and iPad Air, and now B&H Photo has introduced a notable pre-order discount for the new entry-level 21.5-inch 4K iMac, which Apple refreshed on Tuesday.

B&H Photo is only providing a pre-order discount on one model of the iMac, but you can find pre-order links to more models below. It's unclear how long B&H Photo will be keeping the offer up for, but the new iMacs are expected to exit their pre-order phase and begin shipping next week.

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March 21, 2019, 5:11 a.m.

New Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Instacart Delivery on Orders Over $35

With Apple Pay's latest promotion, you can get free delivery through Instacart when you use Apple Pay to checkout. To get the free delivery, you'll have to spend $35 or more on your order.


This promotion lasts through March 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT, and is subject to availability as Instacart is not available in all zip codes.

Apple's new promotion is themed around grocery shopping, and encourages users to shop using Apple Pay at Aldi, Hy-Vee, Sprouts, Giant Food Stores, Stop & Shop, Giant Eagle, Meijer, and Raley's.

This week's Apple Pay promo follows previous offers featuring Panera Bread, Adidas, Fandango, 1-800-Flowers, and many more.


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March 21, 2019, 12:30 a.m.

How to stream March Madness 2019 live on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Following Selection Sunday a few days ago, the March Madness stream officially kicks off in full force this week. The “First Four” play-in games are already underway, and things continue tomorrow with the first round of games.

Here’s how to stream March Madness 2019 on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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March 21, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Satechi launches headphone adapter iPad Pro needed all along

Satechi just introduced an adapter for audiophiles with the new iPad Pro.  There’s no headphone jack in this tablet, so this accessory maker created a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter.  At the same time, Satechi has a new USB-C to USB-C charging cable that can handle high-speed data and fast charging.“ Satechi’s USB-C headphone adapter Apple encourages its […]

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March 20, 2019, 11 p.m.

AltConf announces 2019 event details, including ‘Apple themed escape room’ and more

Apple last week officially confirmed WWDC 2019 details and opened registration. In conjunction with that announcement, popular “alternative Apple developer conference” AltConf today detailed its own 2019 conference and outlined what attendees can expect from it.

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March 20, 2019, 10:36 p.m.

Apple adds ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘It’ stars to cast of ‘Defending Jacob’ limited drama series

Back in September, Apple ordered a limited series called ‘Defending Jacob’ starring Captain America actor Chris Evans. Now, the company has expanded the cast of the series with a pair of notable names.

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March 20, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Tim Cook’s AirPods 2 reveal created the next big Twitter meme [Gallery]

Apple has announced several new hardware products this week – including a new iPad mini, as well as updated AirPods. To announce both of those products, Tim Cook shared a pair images that instantly became template for memes.

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March 20, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Apple secures deal with WSJ for paid Apple News service, NYT and Washington Post opt out

We’re less than a week away from the launch of Apple’s new Apple News subscription service, and the company is still working to finalize deals with major publications. The New York Times reports today, however, that Apple has made one notable deal with The Wall Street Journal.

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March 20, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Why this week’s Apple PR blitz is brilliant [Opinion]

Apple isn’t following its usual strategy for product launches. Rather than holding a press event during which a collection of devices get shown off, it’s spread the news out across multiple days. This has brought plenty of attention to products that might otherwise have been lost in the furor around bigger announcements, and is also […]

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March 20, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Apple reveals WWDC 2019 set for June 3 – 7 [Update: Register now!]

Update: Heads up developers! Today is the last day to register for WWDC 2019. Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference officially has a date. This morning, Apple revealed that it will host WWDC 2019 in San Jose, California, from June 3 to 7. The event brings together thousands of developers from across the world, giving them […]

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March 20, 2019, 8 p.m.

Prioritize and cancel app downloads with 3D Touch

If you 3D Touch the icon of a downloading iPhone app, you get a menu of handy options to pause, cancel, and prioritize its download.

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March 20, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

How to get the most money from selling your used AirPods

Want to pick up the new AirPods, and don’t want to keep your existing ones? Read on for how to get the most money from selling your used AirPods.

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March 20, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Review: Keychron K1 is a compelling mechanical keyboard for Mac with a slim design and solid features

Earlier this year, a new keyboard launched that fills an interesting gap in the market: slim mechanical keyboards for Mac. The Keychron K1 offers a clean aluminum design, an RGB or white backlit Mac key layout, USB-C for charging, and more. Read on for our full review.

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March 20, 2019, 7 p.m.

Battle against fake news comes as Apple preps to become publishing titan

Apple is cracking down on fake news. By helping fight the scourge of disinformation, Apple is taking a pre-emptive step to protect itself as it prepares to launch a new subscription news service. In other words, Apple’s battle against fake news comes at the perfect time. Apple vs. fake news It came as no massive […]

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March 20, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

AT&T CEO ceremoniously interrupted by spam call during live presentation

Speaking at an Economic Club event in Washington, D.C. today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson proved that he, too, is affected by the ongoing robocall epidemic. Stephenson received a call in the middle of his interview, and instantly concluded it was a robocall.

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March 20, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case shipping slips to April soon after launch

Apple released its new AirPods today with a Wireless Charging Case, more capable H1 chip, and more. Just hours after pre-orders going live, delivery times have started to slip.

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March 20, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

Save $130 on Apple Watch 3, half off Beats [Deals & Steals]

There’s never been a better time to buy Apple Watch Series 3. B&H Photo is the latest to slash the price of the device, with $130 off a 42mm with LTE connectivity while stocks last. It’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find even more affordable […]

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

Sorry, slowpokes: Shipping times slip for new AirPods

Apple is already having a hard time keeping its new AirPods in stock just hours after their debut this morning. Shipping times for the new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case have started slipping, with delivery estimates now showing one to two weeks’ wait time in some areas. If you just want the new AirPods wireless […]

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March 20, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Thinking of buying AirPods 2? Here’s how the new version compares to the original

Apple released the long-awaited update to the first-generation AirPods today. As expected, the 2nd-generation of the popular fully-wireless earbuds feature a new Qi wireless charging case and “Hey Siri” functionality. There’s also a new H1 chip that offers several improvements over the original AirPods. Read on for a detailed look at what’s different between the old and new AirPods.

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March 20, 2019, 6 p.m.

How to add a local folder to your iPad

It’s ridiculous that the iPad won’t let you create a local folder in the Files app, but there are workaround. Today we find out how.

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March 20, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

Facebook Messenger adds new threaded replies feature for conversations

Facebook Messenger is adding support for what it calls “message replies.” Essentially, this feature allows for threaded messages, giving you the ability to reply specifically to one message without cluttering up the full message thread.

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March 20, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Every TV show and movie currently in the works at Apple [Updated]

    The star-studded Apple TV show lineup is starting to look like it could become a legitimate contender to Netflix and HBO. After going on a Hollywood spending spree in the last eight months, Apple appears poised to make a huge push into original content. Thanks to its new worldwide video executive team, many […]

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March 20, 2019, 5:10 p.m.

New AirPods vs. Old AirPods Comparison

Apple in March debuted second-generation AirPods, featuring several updates over the original massively popular wireless earbuds of the same name.

So what's improved in the new AirPods compared to the older model, and what's stayed the same? Read on to find out.


Price of New AirPods vs. Old AirPods


Buying Apple's original AirPods was straightforward as they came with a single $159 price tag, but that's changed with the second-generation models.

The new AirPods still start at the same price, but customers now have the option to buy the earbuds with a Wireless Charging Case for $199.


Apple is also offering the Wireless Charging Case separately for $79, so if you already own first-generation AirPods you can buy the case and charge your earbuds using any Qi-compatible charging mat. The Wireless Charging Case still includes a Lightning port so you can charge your AirPods via cable if you prefer.

Apple's new AirPods can be ordered on Apple's website and will be available in Apple Stores and resellers from March 26, 2019. Apple no longer lists first-generation AirPods on its website, but you should be able to find them elsewhere online at a lower price now that the new AirPods are available.

Design of New AirPods vs. Old AirPods


Apple's new AirPods look identical to the first-generation models, save for a single LED on the front of the Wireless Charging Case. This light simply tells you the charging status of the AirPods when you place them on a Qi-compatible charging mat. On the standard charging case, which came with the original AirPods, the LED was inside the lid between where the two AirPods go.

Otherwise, both versions of AirPods have the same dimensions and weight, and both are only available in white.

Processor in New AirPods vs. Old AirPods


Apple's second-generation AirPods use a new proprietary chip called the H1, whereas the original AirPods run on the W1 chip.

Both chips are responsible for the earbuds' seamless one-tap pairing process, but Apple claims the H1 allows the new AirPods to connect to calls up to 1.5 times faster and generally provide a more stable wireless connection to devices like iPhones and iPads, while making them up to twice as fast when switching between active devices.

In addition, the H1 chip delivers up to 30 percent lower latency, which means you should experience fewer delays between onscreen events and their accompanying audio when playing games.

Using Siri With New AirPods vs. Old AirPods


One of the headline features of the new AirPods is the ability to invoke Siri handsfree when you're wearing them, thanks to Apple's new H1 chip.


With the first-generation AirPods you have to double tap the earbuds before you can talk to the personal assistant, but the new models allow you to say simply "Hey Siri" for it to register your spoken query or command. This is particularly neat if you wear them when your hands are busy or you want to exclusively control your music using Siri commands.

Battery life in New AirPods vs. Old AirPods


Apple's new AirPods offer the same overall battery life as the original AirPods, which is 5 hours on a single charge and over 24 hours of additional battery capacity in the charging case. According to Apple, the second-generation AirPods offer 50 percent more talk time due to the H1 chip.

In other words, the new AirPods get up to three hours of talk time per charge, compared to up to two hours with the previous generation. So that's something to think about if you'd be using them to take a lot of calls.


Bottom Line


Apple's second-generation AirPods aren't an earth-shattering upgrade over its original wireless earbuds, with the company seemingly holding rumored features like health monitoring, noice cancellation, and water resistance for the next generation, expected in 2020.

That said, new features like handsfree "Hey Siri" activation and wireless charging are still welcome improvements, and even if you're not convinced they present a worthwhile upgrade over your first-generation AirPods, you still have the option to buy the new wireless case to charge your existing earbuds using a Qi-compatible charging pad.

Whatever you decide, be sure to check out our complete guide to AirPods to learn a lot more about what AirPods can do and how you can make the most of them, and read our roundup for more details on the new second-generation AirPods.

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March 20, 2019, 5 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 028: “The week of shipping”

It’s poker time! While Apple seems to be going all-in on shipping new products this week, it’s once again time for John and Gui to place their bets as to what Apple might have in store for their 25th of March media event. That, and a bit of time traveling back to the year 2000.

Stacktrace by 9to5Mac is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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March 20, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Latest 9.7-inch iPad from $259, NETGEAR Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System $200, Affinity Photo & Designer Apps $16, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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March 20, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Apple design dictate: Make apps look good on our latest devices

All new apps and app updates must support the iPhone XS Max and latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro starting March 27. In a post on its developer portal, Apple notes that apps must be built with the iOS 12.1 SDK or later. New Apple Watch apps must also support the Apple Watch Series 4. While older […]

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March 20, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Feature Request: Make all iOS app settings accessible from within the app

iOS is generally a very slick operating system, but every now and then I come across a UI decision that makes me wonder what on earth Apple was thinking, and app settings are a prime example.

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March 20, 2019, 4 p.m.

SliQ wireless AirPods charging case will save you money, drive you mad [Review]

Dying to charge your AirPods wirelessly but hesitant to plunk down $79 for Apple’s new wireless charging case? If so, you might consider dropping $25 on a SliQ silicone cover for your AirPods case. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to add Qi wireless charging capability to your AirPods right now. But a variety of drawbacks […]

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March 20, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

WSJ: Apple ‘approved production’ for AirPower earlier this year after delay

There’s mounting evidence that suggests AirPower could be released any day now, and the long-awaited release of AirPods with a wireless charging case only adds fuel to the rumor fire. The Wall Street Journal adds new reporting about the state of AirPower in their coverage of the new AirPods launch:

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March 20, 2019, 3:38 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: March 20, 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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March 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m.

AirPower charging mat appears briefly on Apple’s website

Evidence is mounting that the long-delayed AirPower charging mat is finally about to be released. The product even reportedly made a quick appearance of Apple’s website in the Netherlands before being quickly taken down. Apple has unveiled new products every day this week so it’s possible AirPower‘s launch will come before the weekend. Look quick! […]

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

'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery and 'IT' Actor Jaeden Martell Join Apple Series 'Defending Jacob'

Michelle Dockery, best know for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in PBS's "Downton Abbey," has signed on to star in "Defending Jacob," one of the TV shows Apple has ordered.

"Defending Jacob" is a thriller based on William Landay's bestselling novel of the same title. The book covers the murder of a 14-year-old boy and his friend Jacob, who may have committed the crime.

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Described as a character-driven thriller, the show will star Chris Evans and also Jaeden Martell, who starred in the recent remake of Stephen King's "IT."

Evans will be playing Andy Barber, the father of a 14 year old (played by Martell) accused of murder. Dockery will be playing Laurie Barber, Andy's wife and Jacob's mother.

Apple has more than a dozen television shows in the works, and the company is set to give us a first look at its upcoming streaming service on Monday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12
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March 20, 2019, 3:11 p.m.

Apple requires all new apps and updates to support iPhone XS Max and new iPad Pro from March 27

Apple today said that it will require developers to support the iPhone XS Max and 12.9-inch 3rd-generation iPad Pro (if available on iPad) for all new apps and updates starting March 27.

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March 20, 2019, 3 p.m.

Satechi introduces new USB-C headphone adapter, 100W braided power cable

Popular accessory maker Satechi has today introduced a pair of new USB-C accessories. The new accessories include a USB-C headphone jack adapter, as well as a new USB-C to USB-C 100W braided charging cable.

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March 20, 2019, 3 p.m.

Fortnite 8.11 brings insanely powerful Flint-Knock pistol

This week’s Fortnite update brings yet another new weapon to Battle Royale. The Flint-Knock pistol is a powerful sidearm that uses heavy ammo and can deal up to 90 base damage in a single shot. The version 8.11 release also brings back the impulse grenade, makes the scoped assault rifle more powerful, and more. Following […]

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March 20, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

Comment: The Apple ecosystem offers a lot of peace of mind if you lose your phone

I’m not sure whether there’s a typical lost iPhone story, but the tale of how I came to leave my iPhone behind on Monday evening, outdoors, several miles from home, is a slightly convoluted one.

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March 20, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

iPads pulled from classrooms after kids use them to watch porn

Students in California’s Sonoma Valley school district have had iPads pulled from their classrooms. This follows several second-graders reportedly using the tablets to access porn. According to a report, searches for the word “kissing” on YouTube prompted suggestions of other videos, which included sexually explicit content. These videos had been viewed by kids as young […]

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March 20, 2019, 2:03 p.m.

Opinion: Why I think Apple will finally launch AirPower tomorrow

Apple finally launched the long-awaited second-generation AirPods. These offer a new H1 chip which boost talk-time and speed up switching between devices, but the headline features are hands-free Hey Siri and … a wireless charging case.

The latter – also available as a standalone accessory for existing AirPods owners – has been a long time coming. The thinking until now is that Apple was waiting until it could finally get AirPower working, so it could announce the products together, but it hasn’t done so.

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March 20, 2019, 2 p.m.

Disney completes massive $71 billion Fox takeover

Disney has officially completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, one of the biggest entertainment deals in history. The $71 billion deal puts Disney in control of Fox’s movie and TV studios, the FX networks, National Geographic, and India’s Star India station. It also puts Disney is its strongest position yet to challenge the might […]

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March 20, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Apple’s official iPhone and iPad cases now come in new colors

Apple Watch bands aren’t the only thing now available in new colors for spring. Apple is also offering its official iPhone and iPad accessories, including the Smart Battery Case, in fresh finishes. You can order yours today. Apple’s official cases are some of the best money can buy for iPhone and iPad. They’re beautifully made, […]

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March 20, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Sign up for daily workout motivations from your phone [Deals]

These days, gym memberships are like a synonym for wasted money. We sign up at the beginning of every year, only to let weeks go by before we’re ever motivated to go. So why not get motivation from a device you always have with you? Fitterclub is an online community that makes it easy to […]

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March 20, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Spring Apple Watch band collection debuts alongside new iPhone Smart Battery Case color

New AirPods aren’t the only thing out today. Apple also has refreshed its Apple Watch band lineup with new colors just in time for spring. Apple’s recently debuted Smart Battery Case for the latest iPhones also now comes in a new color.

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March 20, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

Step into spring with brand new Apple Watch bands

A new lineup of Apple Watch bands is here in time for spring. Whether you prefer the Sport Band, Sport Loop, or luxurious leather, there are new color options to choose from. All are available to order today, with prices starting at $49. Apple typically introduces new Watch bands at the start of the season. […]

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March 20, 2019, 1 p.m.

MoviePass tries out latest random business model: unlimited unless they say otherwise

I’ve lost count of how many business models MoviePass has tried in an attempt to offer unlimited movie-going for a fixed monthly fee.

Let’s see (I hope I have enough fingers for this) …

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March 20, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

New AirPods deliver hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and better battery life

The wait for new AirPods is finally over. Apple’s newest wireless buds are here with a brand new H1 chip that allows for hands-free “Hey Siri.” They also promise better battery life in between charges, and even faster connectivity. An optional Wireless Charging Case is also available, but it’s not cheap. Apple introduced its original […]

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March 20, 2019, 12:35 p.m.

New Apple AirPods now available: H1 chip, wireless charging case, hands-free Hey Siri

Apple has just launched the second generation of its Apple AirPods. The new earbuds and come with the long-promised wireless charging case, a new H1 chip, hands-free Hey Siri, longer battery life and faster connections to devices.

The new AirPods are available now for $199 with the wireless charging case, or available with the standard case for $159. Existing AirPods owners can purchase the wireless charging case separately for $79.

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March 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Just ahead of Apple’s streaming video launch, Disney completes 21st Century Fox takeover

Less than a week before Apple is set to officially announce its streaming video service, Disney has completed its takeover of most of 21st Century Fox.

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March 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

AppleCare+ for Mac Expands to Spain, Singapore, Thailand, and Greater China

AppleCare+ for Mac availability has expanded to Spain, Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as of this week.


AppleCare+ extends the warranty period of a Mac by an additional three years from the AppleCare+ purchase date, and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee that varies by model. AppleCare+ is available for every Mac that Apple sells - prices vary.

Until now, only the basic AppleCare Protection Plan was available for the Mac in these regions, which provided 24/7 priority access to Apple support advisors via online chat or phone, but did not include accidental damage coverage.

Without AppleCare, most Apple products have a limited one-year warranty and an initial 90 days of complimentary support.

AppleCare+ for Mac expanded to Canada, Mexico, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom in October 2018. It is also available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.


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March 20, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Twentieth Anniversary Mac lands with a thud

March 20, 1997: Apple launches its Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh, a futuristic, special-edition Mac that’s ahead of its time in every way. Not part of any established Mac line, it brings a look (and a price!) unlike anything else available. And yet the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh promptly bombs. Today, it’s a collector’s piece. The 20th anniversary […]

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March 20, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

OWC Announces RAM Upgrades for New 27-Inch 5K iMacs

Apple on Tuesday unveiled new iMac models that support up to 64GB RAM. Apple charges high prices for RAM upgrades, though, but luckily, there are do-it-yourself options for replacing an iMac's memory after purchase.

Other World Computing this week announced memory upgrade kits designed for the 2019 27-inch 5K iMacs, which let you upgrade your available RAM more affordably.


There are three RAM kits available depending on your needs:

- 16GB Kit (8 GB x 2) OWC2666DDR4S16P - $118.88

- 32GB Kit (16GB x 2) OWC2666DDR4S32P - $229.88

- 64GB Kit (16GB x 4) OWC2666DDR4S64S - $449.99

OWC's RAM kits let you save 40 to 60 percent over Apple's upgrade pricing, and there is an option to trade in the existing RAM in your machine to get a discount.

OWC says that it is testing 128GB of memory in the 27-inch iMac models and will confirm whether or not the machine supports it in the near future. So far, the 27-inch iMac has been able to see 128GB of memory, which seems promising for even further RAM upgrades. OWC offers a lifetime limited warranty for its memory kits, along with a 30 day money back guarantee.

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March 20, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Kaspersky Labs latest to take stab at Apple’s ‘monopoly’

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has filed a complaint against Apple, alleging monopolistic behavior in the way it runs the App Store. “Despite a long history of working successfully with Apple, we believe that this is a necessary step,” the company claims. The complaint comes shortly after Spotify also alleged that Apple was abusing its position. […]

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March 20, 2019, 10:12 a.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 78 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 78 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Pointer Events, Web Inspector, WebDriver, Web API, Accessibility, and Media.

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

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

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


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March 20, 2019, 8:09 a.m.

Apple Requiring New and Updated Apps to Support iPhone XS Max and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Starting March 27

Apple today announced that all new and updated iPhone and iPad apps submitted to the App Store on and after March 27, 2019 must be built with the iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support the iPhone XS Max and/or the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro. App Store screenshots for those devices will also be required.


Likewise, all new apps and app updates for Apple Watch will need to be built with the watchOS 5.1 SDK or later and support the Apple Watch Series 4.

Related Roundups: iPad Pro, iPhone XS

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March 20, 2019, 8:09 a.m.

T-Mobile Offering iPhone XR at No Extra Cost When Adding New Lines and Trading in Old iPhone

T-Mobile kicked off a new promotion today that lets new and existing customers get the 64GB iPhone XR at no extra cost when they add new voice lines and trade in a qualifying device.


Specifically, the promotion is for up to $750 off the iPhone XR over 36 monthly bill credits at $20.84 per month. You can also put the $750 credit towards an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to reduce the price of the smartphones.

New customers will need to activate two new lines of qualifying service, one of which needs to be used with the new device being purchased. Existing T-Mobile customers will need to activate at least one new line of qualifying service to be used with the new device.

Secondly, you'll need to trade in one of the following eligible devices in good condition: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

T-Mobile notes that this offer is available both in store nationwide and online at T-Mobile's website, but it'll only last for a limited time.


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March 20, 2019, 8 a.m.

Satechi Launches New USB-C Headphone Jack Adapter and 100W USB-C Charging Cable

Satechi, known for its line of accessories for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, today announced the launch of two new USB-C accessories designed for Macs and iPads.

The Type-C Headphone Jack Adapter plugs into the USB-C port on an iPad to allow iPad users to listen to music using standard headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The adapter features USB-C Power Delivery so listening to music while charging is possible.


Satechi's Type-C Headphone Jack Adapter comes in Space Gray aluminum that matches the Space Gray iPad, and it is available for $24.99 from Satechi's website or from Amazon starting today.


Satechi is also introducing a new 100W USB-C charging cable, which is ideal for use with any USB-C laptop or device. The cable features reversible USB-C connectors on each side with Power Delivery support and data transfer at speeds of up to 480Mb/s.


The cable is made from a durable, braided nylon material that's designed to protect against breakage, while an integrated velcro strap keeps excess cable wrapped up. Satechi's 100W USB-C cable is available from the Satechi website or from Amazon.com for $19.99.


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March 20, 2019, 6:23 a.m.

Apple Launches New Spring Colors for iPhone Cases and Apple Watch Bands

Alongside the second generation of AirPods, Apple today refreshed its iPhone case and Apple Watch band lineup for spring. In Silicone cases for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max you can now choose from Spearmint, Papaya, and Delft Blue.


The iPhone XS Smart Battery Case is now available in a Pink Sand color option, after first launching in just White and Black.


iPhone XS Leather Cases are gaining Cornflower, Sunset, and Lilac. The same colors can be found for iPhone XS Max Leather Cases, iPhone XS Leather Folio, and iPhone XS Max Leather Folio.


Apple Watch Sport Bands are also matching the new iPhone case colors in Spearmint, Delft Blue, and Papaya. You can get these in 40mm or 44mm to fit all previous generations of Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 4.


In Sport Loop there is Papaya, Cerulean, Spearmint, and Lilac as well. Just like Sport Bands, these are available in both 40mm and 44mm sizes.


The Nike Sport Band lineup also updated with Black/Hyper Grape, Spruce Fog/Vintage Lichen, and Teal Tint/Tropical Twist. These bands are made with the same fluoroelastomer as Apple's Sport Bands.


There are also new Nike Sport Loop bands, in Spruce Fog, Teal Tint, Hyper Grape, Summer White, and Black.


New Modern Buckle colors include Cornflower, Lilac, and Sunset. These join new Leather Loop colors in Cornflower and Sunset as well.


Lastly, new Hermès options include Rose Sakura/Craie/Argile Swift Leather Double Tour, Bleu Lin/Craie/Bleu du Nord Swift Leather Double Tour, and Etoupe Swift Leather Double Tour. Single Tour bands get the same new colorways.


Head to Apple.com to purchase the cases and bands, and check out our post on the second generation of AirPods for more information on Apple's latest wireless headphones.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, iPhone XS

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March 20, 2019, 3:15 a.m.

Apple cuts prices on some MacBook Airs and Mac minis

Apple lowered the prices of building high-capacity SSDs into the latest MacBook Air and Mac mini models today, potentially saving buyers as much as $200. The company may have gotten a deal on storage drives, as it also dropped the cost of top-tier SSDs in the MacBook Pro today. Price reductions are only on solid-state […]

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March 20, 2019, 2:05 a.m.

Why the latest iPads don’t support Apple Pencil 2

The number of tablets that can use the Apple Pencil expanded with the debut of the iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5. Curiously, these support the original version of this pressure-sensitive stylus, not the newer one that launched in the fall. But it turns out there are several good reasons for this move. Cost […]

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March 20, 2019, 1:06 a.m.

Comment: When will Apple redesign the iMac?

After two years, Apple today quietly updated its iMac and iMac Pro line with a handful of under-the-hood improvements. On the outside, however, the iMac still looks exactly the same, featuring large bezels and an even larger chin along the bottom. This means it’s now been seven years since the last iMac redesign.

When might Apple overhaul the iMac design? It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but I see one logical explanation…

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March 20, 2019, 12:24 a.m.

Apple says macOS developers can now release app updates in phases through the Mac App Store

Alongside iOS 11, Apple introduced the ability for developers to release app updates in phases. Now, Apple has expanded that feature to the Mac App Store, announcing in a blog post today that developers can release updates over a 7-day period.

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March 19, 2019, 11:17 p.m.

Kaspersky Lab files antitrust complaint against Apple alleging monopolistic App Store policies

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab today announced in a blog post that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service. This comes less than a week after Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission and called Apple a “monopolist.”

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March 19, 2019, 8 p.m.

How to email huge attachments with MailDrop

It’s so easy to send huge attachments with MailDrop that your might OT even realize you're doing it.

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March 19, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

Google’s cloud gaming service doesn’t overlook Mac, iPhone and iPad

Stadia will run top-tier games on Google servers and stream the video to users’ computers. This means that any device that can run the Chrome browser will have access to some of the best titles available.  iOS and macOS devices will be able to take advantage of Stadia. Chrome OS, Windows, and the Chromecast dongle […]

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March 19, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Apple starts initiative to help fight fake news

Apple revealed today that it is joining the fight against fake news by starting a new initiative that aims to encourage critical thinking and empowers students to be better informed. The company is teaming up with three organizations in the US and Italy that offer nonpartisan, independent media literacy programs: News Literacy Project (NLP), Common […]

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March 19, 2019, 7:01 p.m.

Save $25 on the new iPad Air and iPad mini [Deals & Steals]

They might be less than a day old, but Best Buy is already cutting the prices of Apple’s newest iPads. You can save $25 on the brand new iPad Air and iPad mini for a limited time. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find […]

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March 19, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

The long wait for AirPower might end soon

You’ve probably read this before. But this time, it seems like it’s actually really real. AirPower’s launch could be just weeks away. And this time, there’s actually some solid evidence that it’s coming. Apple revealed AirPower during the iPhone X keynote in September 2017 along with AirPods. Fans have been waiting for a launch ever […]

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March 19, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Pandora launches customizable ‘Modes’ for all users to fine-tune streaming radio stations

Pandora is out today with an update to how its streaming radio stations work. Pandora Modes are available today and let all users fine-tune their favorite stations with new listening options.

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March 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Apple drops prices on some high-end MacBook Pros

There’s good news for MacBook Pro buyers looking for a lot of storage: Apple has lowered the costs of its most-expensive SSD options. This can save shoppers up to $400 on these powerful laptops. This is apparently a permanent price reductions, not a sale. Save on big SSDs in the 15-inch MacBook Pro The price on […]

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

Apple’s ‘Sports Ball’ team could change the way you watch games

Apple appears to be planning to become a bigger influence in the world of watching sports as it prepares to announce its TV streaming service next week. The iPhone-maker invited Sports Illustrated inside its geeky “Sports Ball Room” where a team of employees track pretty much every major and minor sports game in progress. While […]

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March 19, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Apple lowers price of SSD upgrades for Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

In addition to upgrading the iMac and iMac Pro this morning, Apple has also quietly lowered select upgrade costs. For the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro, SSD upgrades are now slightly cheaper, while RAM upgrades for Mac Pro have also seen a price drop.

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March 19, 2019, 6 p.m.

The new iPad Air is Pro enough for most people [Opinion]

The new iPads Air and mini are as good as the Pros in every way that matters. Choosing an iPad now may be easier than ever.

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March 19, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

FBI got warrant to force Face ID unlock on Cohen’s devices

Michael Cohen’s Apple devices were treated as evidence by federal investigators, who obtained warrants to compel President’s Trump one-time fixer to use Touch ID and Face ID to unlock them. The warrants were used during an FBI raid on Cohen’s home and office last year. Court documents with warrant details were made public this week. […]

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March 19, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

Ads might not taint Apple’s TV service

TV shows and movies on Apple’s soon-to-be-announced streaming service might not be broken up by irritating commercial breaks. A new report indicates content will be either free or paid for entirely by subscription fees. So you can expect to watch the upcoming shows staring Reece Witherspoon, Jason Momoa or many others without interruption. Not in Apple’s DNA […]

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March 19, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Apple backing three media literacy programs to combat fake news in the US and Europe

Just days before Apple’s big March 25th event where it will unveil a new subscription news service, the company has revealed plans to support three media literacy programs in the United States and across Europe. Each program shares a similar goal in combating so-called fake news (fictitious stories intended to drive traffic and not spread truth).

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March 19, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

Report: Apple focusing on ‘curation and quality’ over quantity with original video content

We’re one week away from the unveiling of Apple’s streaming video service and details continue to unfold ahead of the March 25th event. Today, the Financial Times reports on a few details of Apple’s streaming service, including how its ambitions differ from Netflix.

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March 19, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

iPod touch refresh could be Apple’s third surprise this week

This week’s rollout of updated Apple hardware may not be over yet. A refreshed iPod touch could be the next device to hit the Online Store. It has been almost four years since Apple introduced the most recent model. Apple surprised us all when it pushed out a press release announcing two news iPads on […]

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March 19, 2019, 5 p.m.

Only One AirPod Working? Here's How to Fix the Problem

AirPods are designed to work seamlessly with all of Apple's Bluetooth-supporting devices, and nine times out of ten the wireless earbuds live up their billing, but that doesn't mean they work perfectly for everyone one hundred percent of the time.


A particularly irritating problem that can sometimes occur is when one AirPod drops the connection intermittently or stops working altogether for no apparent reason. If you've been hit by this bug, following the steps below should help you resolve it.

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

  2. Tap Bluetooth, and then tap the 'i' icon next to your AirPods in the list.

  3. Tap Forget this Device.

  4. Ensure that both AirPods are in their charging case and that the case has charge.

  5. Locate the small button on the back of the case, near the bottom. It's flush with the case and the same color as it, so you might need to feel about for it.

  6. Open the charging case lid.

  7. Press and hold the button on the back of the case for at least 15 seconds. The case's internal light between the AirPods will flash white and then amber, indicating the AirPods have reset.

  8. Now, close the lid of your AirPods case and then open it up again.

  9. Hold the AirPods case with open lid next to your iPhone or iPad. Your iOS device should recognize the AirPods and you'll see a popup to connect them.
If the above steps don't solve the problem, try resetting your iPhone's network settings. To do so, launch the Settings app and select General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings, then try re-pairing your AirPods by repeating the steps above.

Related Roundup: AirPods 2
Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Caution)

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March 19, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Latest iOS 12.2 beta includes support for AirPower charging mat as release appears imminent

Yesterday, Apple released the sixth developer beta of iOS 12.2. Looking into what is in the update, we noticed it brings significant changes to the component responsible for wireless charging, including the code responsible for identifying that two devices are charging on the same mat.

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March 19, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Apple subscription news service might lack two key players

Major newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post are yet to sign up to Apple’s news subscription service, a new report claims. With less than one week to go, Apple will be working overtime to hammer down partners for its Apple Music-of-publishing service. However, while there are some big names on board, others […]

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March 19, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple 12-inch MacBook $929, iPad Air/mini pre-order discounts, WD 4TB USB-C Drive $100, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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March 19, 2019, 4:20 p.m.

Google Inbox will be wiped out next month

It’s nearly the end of the road for Google Inbox. A new popup that has started appearing inside the Inbox app confirms it will be closed down on April 2. Fans of the email client have just two weeks to find an alternative, but Google recommends another of its own. Inbox was special when it […]

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March 19, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

Please, Apple, sort out your product naming nightmare [Opinion]

As thrilling as new Apple devices are, this week’s surprise hardware updates really screwed the pooch on one important front: product naming. The “new” iPad Air and iPad mini join a lineup of tablets with a variety of features and price points that will boggle the minds of even the most ardent Apple fanatics. How […]

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March 19, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Prototype circuit board shows iPhone’s simple origins

Imagine being an engineer assigned to help develop a device and you’re not allowed to see what it is supposed to look like, Secrecy was so important to Apple on its first iPhone, the first prototype was not a handset but a large development board for team members to hook to a display to try […]

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March 19, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Eddy Cue says Apple unlikely to seek exclusive rights for sports as it focuses on a sports curation service

A new report from Sports Illustrated today takes a look how at one of Apple’s quiet projects is working to change how we consume live sports. Eddy Cue has shared that the company isn’t looking to stream exclusive sporting events, but rather has its eye on disrupting how we watch live events by creating a sports curation service.

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March 19, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: March 19, 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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March 19, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Angry Birds augmented reality game coming to mobile, initially exclusive to iOS

Angry Birds got a new lease of life when it came to the Magic Leap, Oculus Rift and Vive headsets. But Rovio is now bringing the augmented reality experience to mobile for the first time, initially exclusive to iPhone and iPad.

It will be available later this spring, but will be available for pre-order from later today …

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March 19, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

One week out, New York Times and Washington Post still not signed up to Apple News deal

Just a week before Apple is due to announce its Apple News subscription service, expected to cost $10/month, at least two major US newspapers have reportedly not yet signed up.

A report today says that neither The New York Times nor The Washington Post have as yet agreed to Apple’s terms – as we predicted last month

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March 19, 2019, 3 p.m.

Adobe and Moleskine bring paper drawing to the Mac with Creative Cloud connected notebook

Following an earlier collaboration in 2014, Adobe and accessory company Moleskine are teaming up again to deliver a new and improved Creative Cloud smart notebook. The connected paper tablet will allow creative professionals who enjoy the experience of drawing on paper to take advantage of the digital flexibility of working in Adobe Illustrator on the desktop.

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

Travel light and look good doing it with Italian leather iPhone wallet cases

You’re grabbing a drink with friends or heading out to the bars for a night of fun, and the last thing you want is to worry about your cards and cash all night. Plus, there’s nothing worse than having your phone, keys and wallet jingling and jumbling around your pockets while you’re trying to bust […]

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March 19, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Sonos-compatible speaker from Ikea expected to start around $120, in white or black

Ikea’s upcoming Sonos-compatible speaker range, set to be shown off next month and go on sale in August, is expected to start from around $120. The entry-level model will be available in a choice of white and black …

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March 19, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

iMac Pro now available with Vega 64X graphics and 256GB RAM

The pricey iMac Pro didn’t quite get a refresh like the standard iMac today, but Apple has added some new upgrade options. Those with a need for speed can now equip the all-in-one with AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics and up to 256GB of RAM for the first time. But be prepared to break […]

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March 19, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

A first ever look at the original iPhone engineering prototype [Gallery]

You wouldn’t think there would be much left to reveal about the original iPhone by now, but it seems there is. The Verge has managed to get access to the original engineering prototype, known as an engineering validation test (EVT) sample of the iPhone from 2006/2007.

This is a development device where the components are laid out on a PC-style motherboard, for easy replacement if components need to be substituted, with a bunch of additional connectors for plugging in test equipment …

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March 19, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Learn a new language with this highly rated app [Deals]

It’s easy to put off learning a new language. But adding a language app to your iPhone can help. Since your device is always with you, you can learn a language anywhere. Language apps are perfect for plane rides or waiting for your date at the restaurant — and Mondly raises the bar. The app’s […]

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March 19, 2019, 1:16 p.m.

iMac Pro now available with 256 GB RAM option … for an extra $5200

Apple has quietly updated the iMac Pro build-to-order options to include new Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics and a 256 GB RAM option. These upgrades don’t come cheap. The 256 GB RAM memory option will set you back a cool $5200, on top of the cost of the $5000 iMac Pro base model.

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March 19, 2019, 1:16 p.m.

This week’s best iTunes movie deals: $15 Disney titles, 4K films from $5, $1 rental, more

The iTunes movie storefront has been refreshed today with a fresh batch of deals. We’re seeing a number of notable price drops on Disney films at $15, along with the usual selection of $5 titles and this week’s $1 HD rental. Head below for all of our top picks.

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March 19, 2019, 1:07 p.m.

Boss Audio Launches New $210 CarPlay Receiver With 6.75-Inch Touchscreen

If you don't have a vehicle with CarPlay installed natively, there are a number of third-party aftermarket CarPlay receivers from companies like Alpine and Pioneer, which can be an affordable way to get CarPlay integration in your car.

Boss Audio, known for its range of car speakers and accessories, recently launched a new CarPlay receiver, the BVCP9685A, and its $250 price tag makes it one of the cheaper CarPlay options on the market. For a limited time, there's a $40 coupon available on Amazon, dropping the price even further to $210.


The BVCP9685A from Boss Audio features a 6.75-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD, and the company says that this new version has a number of upgrades over the prior BVCP9675A option. The unit depth is now 5.3 inches instead of 6.7-inches, with the shallower body allowing for an easier installation process.

With proper car wiring, steering wheel controls and backup camera are supported, and an external mic improves voice pick up when giving voice commands to Siri.


Other BVCP9685A features include Android Auto support, AM/FM radio receiver, RDS and RBDS tuner, Aux and AV input, subwoofer pre-amp outputs, USB charging, multi-color illumination, and true double din.

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March 19, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

Call of Duty Mobile is bringing free-to-play FPS gaming to Android and iOS

Call of Duty Mobile will be Activision‘s latest attempt at expanding the massive FPS franchise once more on both Android and iOS. more…

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March 19, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Instagram launches in-app shopping from major brands, incl. Burberry, Dior, Nike, Prada

US Instagram users can now buy products from more than 20 major brands from inside the app. The feature is known as Instagram Checkout.

Today, we’re introducing Checkout on Instagram. When you find a product you love, you can now buy it without leaving the app …

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March 19, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

Faster iMac delivers Intel’s latest chips and Vega graphics

The standard iMac is faster than ever thanks to a surprise refresh that delivers Intel’s ninth-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics. Apple says its refreshed all-in-one offers a “dramatic increase” in both compute and graphics performance, making this “the world’s best desktop.” You can order yours today from the Apple Online Store. It looks like […]

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March 19, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Apple updates iMac with new 6-core and 8-core Intel CPUs, Radeon Pro Vega graphics options

Apple has just dropped new iMacs on the App Store: the same design with new internals. The 21.5-inch iMac features 8th-generation Intel CPUs in quad-core and six-core SKUs. The 27-inch iMac houses 9th-generation Intel CPUs, with 6-core and 8-core configurations. Apple says these new processors deliver up to 2x the performance of the previous generation iMac.

In terms of GPU, Apple now offers Radeon Pro Vega graphics upgrades on both 21.5-inch and 27-inch form factors. The new iMacs are available today in the Apple Store, starting at $1299 and $1799 for the 21.5- and 27-inch models respectively.

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March 19, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Apple TV’s Events app is primed for March 25 keynote

As it always does before a new keynote event, Apple’s updated its Apple Events app for Apple TV. If you own an Apple TV set-top box, and want to watch the March 25 event from the comfort of your couch, this is the best way you can do it. The “It’s Showtime” event will take […]

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March 19, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

Reported plans to make high-end iPhones in India in doubt as conflicting claims emerge

One claim that higher-end iPhones are to be made in India is untrue, say supply-chain sources. The original report, earlier this month, has been dismissed as ‘election rhetoric’ on the part of government officials.

There have been reports of higher-end iPhone assembly in India by both Wistron and Foxconn, and it’s the former claim which is today being disputed …

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March 19, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Real Call of Duty (with battle royale?) finally coming to mobile

A real Call of Duty game is finally coming to mobile. The popular first-person shooter will bring classic maps and weapons from popular titles like Modern Warfare and Black Ops to Android and iOS. You can register your interest in the game today for a chance to join the beta when it goes live this […]

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March 19, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: The ultra-fast Macintosh IIfx speeds into stores

March 19, 1990: The ultra-fast Macintosh IIfx makes it debut, sporting a hefty price tag appropriate for such a speedy machine. The fastest Macintosh of its day, it boasts a CPU running at a “wicked fast” 40 MHz. It gains an additional speed bump from a pair of Apple-designed application-specific integrated circuits. Prices start at […]

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March 19, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Apple’s newest iPads are just as fast as the latest iPhones

The first Geekbench report on Apple’s new iPads suggests that at least one of the new tablets has a benchmark score of 4,806 and multi-core performance of 11,607. Those numbers put it roughly on a par with Apple’s iPhone XS Max. Although it lags (understandably) behind the pricier and more power iPad Pro, it’s certainly […]

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March 19, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

Apple Launches 'Media Literacy' Initiative to Encourage Critical Thinking and Better Informed Evaluation of News

Apple today announced the launch of a new media literacy initiative that's designed to encourage critical thinking and empower students to be better informed.

Apple is teaming up with several nonprofit nonprofit organizations in the United States and Europe that offer nonpartisan, independent media literacy programs, including the News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense in the U.S. and the Osservatorio Permanente Giovani-Editori in Italy.


Each of these nonprofits will receive support from Apple to help them further their media literacy goals. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that news literacy is "vital" to maintaining free press.
"News literacy is vital to sustaining a free press and thriving democracy, and we are proud to be collaborating with organizations on the front lines of this effort," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We've been impressed by the important work being done by the News Literacy Project, Common Sense and Osservatorio, empowering young people to be active and engaged citizens."
Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of NLP, said that the organization is grateful for Apple's commitment to fighting misinformation.
"We are grateful for Apple's commitment to fighting misinformation and sustaining quality journalism," said Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of NLP. "NLP is committed to equipping the next generation with the critical thinking skills to discern what news and other information to trust and the tools to become informed and engaged participants in our country's democracy. We welcome this timely initiative to help achieve our vision of seeing news literacy embedded in the American educational experience."
The News Literacy Project and Common Sense are both aimed at teaching students skills to become "smart, active consumers of news" and other information.

These media literacy programs are designed to teach students to identify different types of media and understand the messages that are being sent. The skills taught in these programs allow students to take a look at why something was created, who created it, and whether it's credible or not, evaluating viewpoints, hidden messages, and persuasive intent.

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March 19, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Apple TV Events app updated ahead of March 25 ‘It’s showtime’ event

The Apple Events app for Apple TV has now been updated to include the details for Apple’s first event of the year. It’s showtime.

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March 19, 2019, 8:13 a.m.

Deals: 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Hits New Low Price as New iPad Mini and Air Get Pre-Order Discounts

Amid the launch of brand-new iPads this week, there are quite a few deals on older models for users who don't mind purchasing previous generation devices. Along with these sales, you can also save a bit of money when pre-ordering the new iPad mini and iPad Air at Best Buy this week.

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The majority of the sales center on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, which Apple discontinued this week to make way for the new 10.5-inch iPad Air in this price range and screen size. For a detailed breakdown of the differences between the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Air, check out our comparison guide on the tablets.

For the 2017 iPad Pro, you'll find lowest-ever prices among major Apple resellers like Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H Photo in the list below.

Older Models on Sale


10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Wi-Fi, 64 GB - $499.99, down from $649.00 / Best Buy and Amazon / $150 off, lowest price

  • Wi-Fi, 512 GB - $749.00, down from $999.00 / Amazon and B&H / $250 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 64 GB - $629.99, down from $779.99 / Best Buy / $150 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 256 GB - $779.99, down from $929.00 / Best Buy / $150 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 512 GB - $899.00, down from $1,129.00 / Amazon and B&H / $230 off, lowest price

9.7-inch iPad (2018)
  • Wi-Fi, 32 GB - $249.00, down from $329.00 / Amazon / $80 off

  • Wi-Fi, 128 GB - $329.00, down from $429.00 / Amazon / $100 off, lowest price

  • Cellular, 128 GB - $479.00, down from $559.00 / Amazon / $80 off, lowest price

New Models for Pre-Order


iPad mini 5
If you're interested in the brand new fifth-generation iPad mini, Best Buy is offering a $25 discount on pre-orders of the tablet. You'll have to be a My Best Buy member to get the discount, and if you place your order you'll also get a free six-month subscription for Webroot Internet Security + Antivirus 2018 for three devices.

There are multiple iPad minis available for the pre-order discount, including Wi-Fi and Cellular options, as well as both 64GB and 256GB storage options. The sale drops the cheapest iPad mini 5 to $374.99, from $399.99. Head to Best Buy to see the full list.

Best Buy is also discounting the previous-generation iPad mini 4 in Cellular/128GB to a new low price of $379.99, down from $529.00 ($150 off). The Wi-Fi only models of the iPad mini 4 aren't being discounted at this time.

You can also pre-order the new iPad mini at B&H Photo, Adorama, and Amazon, although these retailers do not offer any discounts this week. The new iPad mini is also available on Apple.com, and will ship next week.

10.5-inch iPad Air
If you're interested in the larger-screened iPad Air, opportunities to pre-order the tablet have also opened up this week. Just like for the iPad mini, My Best Buy members can get $25 off pre-orders for the new iPad Air, placing the cheapest model (Wi-Fi, 64GB) at $474.99, down from $499.99.


You can pre-order the new 10.5-inch iPad Air at B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon, and on Apple's own website. The new iPad Air will begin shipping next week.

Head to our full Deals Roundup to check out more information on the latest Apple device sales.

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March 19, 2019, 7:25 a.m.

No turning back as Apple stops signing iOS 12.1.3

Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1.3 after the release of iOS 12.1.4. That means that it’s no longer possible to downgrade again from the latest version of iOS if you’ve already upgraded. To be fair, you’re not missing very much! Released on February 7, iOS 12.1.4 squashed a bug that allowed users to eavesdrop on […]

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March 19, 2019, 7 a.m.

How to check the battery health on your MacBook

Does your MacBook battery not seem to last near as long as it used to? Read on for how to check the battery health on your MacBook.

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March 19, 2019, 5:28 a.m.

Instagram Launches Checkout Feature to Let Users Store Payment Info for Quick Purchases

Instagram today is rolling out a new shopping feature within its iOS and Android apps, allowing users to complete purchases without having to leave Instagram (via The Verge).

Before the update, shopping links on Instagram opened up a pop-up web window on the retailer's site, which lacked stored payment information and likely caused many people to close the window. Now, Instagram users will be able to store their payment information in Instagram to use for many purchases on the social network.


In return, Instagram is charging all retailers a selling fee, but the amount of the fee wasn't disclosed. Checkout on Instagram is starting with around 20 brands, including Nike, Dior, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Uniqlo, Warby Parker, and Zara. More brands are said to be coming down the line.

Items eligible for the new feature will have a "Checkout on Instagram" button below their post. The first time that users tap this, they will be asked for a name, email, billing information, and shipping address. After the first order, the information is securely stored in Instagram.
Instagram hopes that allowing people to complete their purchases inside the app will inspire them to shop more — and to create a big new business for parent company Facebook, which has recently signaled that it expects commerce and payments to represent the future of the company.
According to Instagram, payment information stored in the app will only be used on Instagram, and not on Facebook. Instagram will also send notifications about shipment and delivery inside the app, to keep users updated on their orders.

Checkout on Instagram is rolling out in the social network's mobile apps starting today.


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March 19, 2019, 3:07 a.m.

Google to Shut Down 'Inbox by Gmail' on April 2

Google will shut down its "Inbox by Gmail" app on April 2, the company has confirmed to users of the email app.

Google announced in September that it would be shuttering the app toward the end of March 2019, but didn't give a set date for when that would happen.


However, as noted on Reddit, users of the app yesterday began being notified that the app would be "going away in 15 days," which points to April 2 as the end date.

Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more.

Google says that in the four years of the app's life it "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client, to which the company is directing existing Inbox users.

To help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, Google has set up a guide on its support website. Google says the new Gmail, launched in April, will be a good home for former Inbox users as it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, in addition to new ones.


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March 19, 2019, 2:58 a.m.

Netflix confirms it won’t be part of Apple’s TV streaming service

Apple won’t officially unveil its streaming video service until next week but Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that his company will not be part of it. The new video streaming service will offer subscriptions to other streaming services along with original TV shows from Apple. Everything will be combined into one “easy-to-use” app. However, Netflix […]

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March 19, 2019, 12:14 a.m.

Netflix says it won’t be a part of Apple’s upgraded TV app, analysts still skeptical of Apple’s plans

We’re just a week away from the expected announcement of Apple’s streaming video service. While details are still sparse, a report earlier today listed five TV shows that have already wrapped shooting. Despite the looming unveil, however, analysts remain skeptical of the effects Apple’s video service will have on its long-term business.

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March 18, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Save $400 on iPad Pro, $500 on MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

If you’re looking for big discounts on some of Apple’s best devices, you’ve come to the right place. Today’s Deals & Steals roundup features $400 off the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and up to $500 off the latest MacBook Pro in a number of different configurations. We also have tempered glass screen protectors for iPhone XR […]

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March 18, 2019, 11 p.m.

Folding iPhone concept video mixes rumors and dreams

Apple is at least exploring the possibility of making a folding iPhone, and artists have been playing around with designs as well. Today we have a concept video showing a flexible iOS model that also includes some of the features that are expected to be in this fall’s iPhone XI. Watch it now: This proposal […]

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March 18, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

iPad Air vs. Pro vs. mini: Which one’s right for you?

Apple today added two new iPads to its lineup while dropping the 10.5-inch iPad Pro released in 2017. It now offers five different tablets, each of which has its own advantages. So how do you choose the right one? Which iPad is best for unparalleled performance? Which one offers more bang for your buck? Which […]

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March 18, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Apple stops signing iOS 12.1.3 following last month’s release of iOS 12.1.4

Apple today has stopped signing iOS 12.1.3, which means it is no longer possible to downgrade from iOS 12.1.4. iOS 12.1.4 was released last month to resolve the FaceTime eavesdropping bug.

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March 18, 2019, 10 p.m.

Which iPad should you buy? Here’s how the new iPad Air compares to the rest of the lineup

Apple released the new iPad Air and iPad mini today with a variety of improvements including processor updates, Apple Pencil support, and more. Read on for how the latest iPad models compare to the existing 9.7-inch iPad and iPad Pro models.

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March 18, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

3 pieces of hot Apple hardware we’re still waiting for

Apple surprised everyone by launching two iPad models this morning. But there’s has been plenty of evidence that the company is about to release three more products that haven’t yet seen the light of day. This includes an updated iPod touch, improved AirPods and the AirPower charging mat. Whither the iPod touch 7? Several weeks […]

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March 18, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Quicken Loans Arena integrating Apple Business Chat for in-seat drink orders

Last summer, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia began testing Apple’s Business Chat platform as way to handle beer and other drink orders during games. That test is now expanding to Cleveland, where Cavalier fans can now use Business Chat to order drinks.

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March 18, 2019, 8:41 p.m.

New iPad Air and iPad mini deliver blazing-fast performance [Updated]

A new iPad Air with a larger 10.5-inch display and a fifth-generation iPad mini are available to order now from Apple.com. Both feature a blazing-fast A12 Bionic chip, improved displays with True Tone, and Apple Pencil support. Prices start at $399 for the new iPad mini, and $499 for the new iPad Air. Apple no […]

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March 18, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

New iPads support cheaper Apple Pencil alternative

A highlight of the newly announced iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5 is support for the original Apple Pencil. But these new tablets can also be used with the Logitech Crayon. This has a lower price than Apple’s stylus, and costs even less when bought by schools. Logitech Crayon and two new iPads Until […]

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March 18, 2019, 8 p.m.

How to iMessage a photo with just one tap

Sick of tap-tap-tapping just to send a photo via iMessage? Then check out who's shortcut, which will send a photo to a preselected contact with just one tap.

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March 18, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

IDC: Apple Watch to ‘undoubtedly lead the way’ as the wearables industry grows 15% in 2019

IDC is out today with its forecast for the wearables industry in 2019, predicting continued double-digit growth. According to IDC, the worldwide wearables market will grow 15.3 percent in 2019 to 198.5 million units. Looking even farther ahead, IDC anticipates wearables shipments of 279 million units by 2023.

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March 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Leather Smart Cover makes a comeback with new iPads

Apple just took the wraps off fresh accessories for the tablets it unveiled this morning. There are cases in a variety of colors for both the new iPad Air and iPad mini.  There’s also a leather cover for the 10.5-inch iPad Air. And this model can use a Smart Keyboard designed for an earlier Apple […]

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March 18, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

iPhone XS Max finally loses in speed test

The iPhone XS Max absolutely crushed every competing smartphone in real-world speed tests since it came out, but it looks like its reign may be over. In a new speed test pitting the iPhone XS Max against the Galaxy S10+, Apple’s flagship device finally loses its speed test crown. Apple’s best phones haven’t lost to […]

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March 18, 2019, 6 p.m.

Pro tip: Roll your own USB-C-to-Lightning cable today

Snap an Apple microUSB-to-Lightning adapter onto any old USB-C-to-microUSB cable, and you can charge your iPhone from your iPad.

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March 18, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

iOS 12.2 inches closer to launch with sixth beta

Apple is back with an all-new iOS 12.2 beta for developers, just one week after the iPhone-maker released iOS 12.2 beta 5 into the wild. iOS 12.2 beta 6 could be the last beta build Apple puts out before making it available to the public. The new beta build packs a ton of bug fixes […]

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March 18, 2019, 5:41 p.m.

PlayStation Vue for Apple TV now lets you watch up to four live channels at once

PlayStation announced today that it is adding support for multi-view to its PS Vue app for Apple TV. This feature, previously exclusive to PlayStation 4, allows users to watch up to four live channels at once.

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March 18, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Latest folding iPhone concept offers detailed imagination of the ‘iPhone X Fold’ [Gallery]

Amid the influx of foldable Android smartphones from the likes of Samsung and Huawei, several designers have attempted to imagine what a foldable iPhone might one day look like. Today, a new concept offers one of the most detailed looks yet at the ‘iPhone X Fold.”

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

With no simulators ready, 737 Max pilots trained on iPads

The iPad has replaced the bulky flight manuals airline pilots lugged from gate to gate. But should it be used to train pilots on how to fly new aircraft? Aviation officials will pursue this question as they investigate two recent fatal crashes of the new Boeing 737 Max. An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after […]

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March 18, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Tired of waiting on new AirPods? Here’s three low cost alternatives

With AirPods seemingly in a holding pattern and a 2019 launch inevitable but unconfirmed, there’s growing interest in looking at alternatives to Apple’s in-house earbuds. We’ve looked at a number of third-party alternatives that range in price from sub-$50 to $150. The latest reports seem to be pointing towards a new release from Apple this year. Those looking to upgrade now are left to examine the market for an answer. Head below for our three favorite low cost AirPod alternatives.

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March 18, 2019, 4:40 p.m.

Apple launches Smart Covers for new iPad Air and iPad mini including return of leather options

Along with the launch of the new iPad Air and iPad mini today, Apple has updated a few of its accessories including the Smart Cover and iPad Pro Smart Folio.

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March 18, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Up to $500 off latest MacBook Pros, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 512GB $749, Nomad Pod Pro Charger $35, more

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March 18, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

10.5-inch iPad Pro killed off by new iPad Air

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has been removed from the Apple Online Store following the introduction of the new iPad Air. Apple’s newest slate combines the same 10.5-inch screen with its fastest A12 Bionic processor, making the old iPad Pro redundant. You will still be able to buy the device from third-parties for now, however — and […]

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March 18, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

Apple VP of Health elaborates on Heart Study results, explains how Apple Watch tries to prevent false positives

Over the weekend, Apple and Stanford Medicine published the full results from the Apple Watch Heart Study. In conjunction with that publication, Apple’s VP of Health Dr. Sumbul Desai has offered additional detail in a new interview with Men’s Health.

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March 18, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Apple releasing sixth iOS 12.2 developer beta today

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 6 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the sixth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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March 18, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

Moby’s latest album is an exclusive to top iOS meditation app

Music exclusives are nothing unusual when it comes to streaming music services, such as Tidal and Apple Music. But electronic music legend Moby has thought different with his approach to releasing his latest album. Fans wanting to get hold of Moby’s “Long Ambients 2” can do so only by downloading the Calm meditation app. The […]

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March 18, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.1.3 Following Release of iOS 12.1.4

Following the release of iOS 12.1.4 on February 7, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.1.3, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.1.4 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.1.3.

iOS 12.1.4, available on all devices able to run iOS 12, was a bug fix update that addressed a serious Group FaceTime security vulnerability.

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

iOS 12.1.4 is now the only version of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads, but developers and public beta testers can download iOS 12.2, a major update that's currently being beta tested and is expected to be released next week.


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March 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m.

iPhone XS Max finally loses a speed test to a Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S10+

Over the last four years, iPhone has consistently beaten out Samsung’s flagship smartphones in speeds tests. Now, YouTuber PhoneBuff has put the new Galaxy S10+ up against the iPhone XS Max and it has finally lost its speed test crown.

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March 18, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: March 18, 2019

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March 18, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

iWork update will make Apple Pencil even more useful

Apple’s iWork suite of apps for iOS is getting an upgrade, making it more suited for use with the Apple Pencil. iWork apps include Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, all of which are available as a free download from the App Store. According to Apple, the update will be available next week. It will offer “enhanced […]

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March 18, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

Apple’s new iPad mini and iPad Air both support the Logitech Crayon

Apple announced two new iPads this morning, finally updating the iPad mini and bridging the gap between its entry-level and high-end models with a new iPad Air. For the first time, both new product lines gain Apple Pencil support, while also being the first new models since the sixth-generation 2018 iPad to feature Logitech Crayon support.

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March 18, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

YouTube says one copy of NZ shooting video uploaded every second, describes its response

YouTube says that in the hours after the terrorist attack in New Zealand, people were uploading copies of the shooter’s live-streamed video footage at the rate of one copy every second.

Facebook said that it automatically blocked 1.2 million copies at the point of upload, and removed another 300,000 copies …

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March 18, 2019, 2:17 p.m.

Cleveland Cavalier Fans Can Use Messages App to Order Drinks at Games Thanks to Apple Business Chat

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Aramark, a food and beverage vendor, today announced a new Apple Business Chat feature that will allow Cleveland Cavaliers fans to order drinks from their seats through iMessages.

Fans who attend games at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and sit in designated sections of Cavs and Cleveland Monsters games can use the Messages app to access a menu, order beer and water, and have those drinks delivered right to their seats.


Scanning a QR code on the seat back brings activates the iMessage bot, which allows fans to access a menu and place drink orders. After an order has been placed, payment is done through Apple Pay, and the drinks are delivered.

This will prevent attendees from having to leave their seats and miss key game moments in order to get refreshments.

The pilot program is being tested for the remainder of the season to allow Aramark, the stadium's food and beverage vendor, to evaluate how well it works and whether it's popular with fans.
"The intersection of technology, service and convenience continues to motivate us, and we're pleased to be working with our partners at Aramark on this innovative approach to ordering," said Nic Barlage, Cavs and Quicken Loans Arena President of Business Operations. "Finding a way to provide an enhanced game experience with much easier and faster ordering capability for our fans adds another convenient feature at The Q that we're proud to pilot for the remainder of the Cavs and Monsters season."
Aramark made a similar feature available at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, last year.


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March 18, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Comment: It seems as if Apple doesn’t know who the new iPad mini is for

The iPad mini has long had a rather odd position in the model lineup, but things got weirder still with the new iPad mini launched today.

The smallest iPad in the line-up originally had to try to satisfy the needs of two very different types of customers. There were those who bought it because it was, at the time, the cheapest iPad. In particular, the combination of relatively low-cost and diminutive size made it a popular choice for kids.

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March 18, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Get Corel’s pro digital art Mac app at a massive discount [Deals]

Creating great digital art requires great tools, and a few graphic design apps. Unfortunately that also means spending a ton of money. So this deal on one of the best industry-standard Mac apps is a can’t-miss opportunity. Corel Painter 2019 usually costs about $430, but right now you can get it for a full 41 […]

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March 18, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

Logitech Crayon Compatible With New iPad Air and iPad Mini

Apple's new iPad Air and fifth-generation iPad mini both work with the Apple Pencil, but are limited to the first-generation Apple Pencil rather than the second-generation model, which only works with 2018 iPad Pros.

If you're looking for a more affordable alternative, though, it turns out both new iPad models are compatible with the Logitech Crayon, an Apple Pencil-like stylus that previously was only compatible with the sixth-generation iPad.


Apple updated its online store listing for the Crayon following the launch of the new iPad models, noting compatibility with both.


Priced at $70, the Crayon is a lower-cost alternative to the Apple Pencil that works in the same way. It features a slim aluminum body and Pencil-like tip, with palm rejection and the same latency and tilt that you get with the Apple Pencil.

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It does not, however, feature pressure sensitivity support, so that's one feature you'll miss out on choosing the Crayon over the Apple Pencil.


Logitech designed the Crayon for students (and schools can buy it for just $50), so it has a flat surface to prevent rolling, a tethered rubber end cap, a grip that's meant to be comfortable for small hands, and it's durable enough to withstand drops of up to four feet.


The Crayon charges using a built-in Lightning port, so you can use a standard Lightning cable to charge it up. The battery lasts for approximately 7 and a half hours before needing to be recharged. No Bluetooth pairing is needed to connect the Crayon to an iPad - it works automatically.


Logitech's Crayon is available from the Apple online store and in Apple retail stores.

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March 18, 2019, 1:12 p.m.

Massive study proves Apple Watch could save your life

Stanford scientists have declared that the Apple Watch is capable of safely identifying the heart rate irregularities known as atrial fibrillation. This is a big step in the Apple Watch being taken seriously as a medical device. A-fib is the leading cause of stroke and hospitalization in the United States, The research was based on a […]

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March 18, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

Apple Pencil Now Eligible for AppleCare+ Even Without Being Purchased Alongside an iPad

Effective today, the Apple Pencil no longer needs to be purchased at the same time as an iPad to be eligible for AppleCare+ coverage, according to an announcement shared with Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers today.


This means that if a customer has AppleCare+ for iPad, coverage now extends to any first-generation or second-generation Apple Pencil the person may own even if purchased separately. AppleCare+ for iPad covers up to two incidents of accidental damage to the Apple Pencil, each subject to a fee of $29 plus tax.

AppleCare+ covers both the iPad and Apple Pencil for two years from the date the plan is purchased. AppleCare+ must be added within 60 days of purchasing an iPad, but when the Apple Pencil was purchased does not appear to matter.

The news coincides with the launch of new iPad Air and iPad mini models. AppleCare+ is $69 for both devices.


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March 18, 2019, 12:37 p.m.

New iPad Air and iPad mini deliver blazing-fast performance

A new iPad Air with a larger 10.5-inch display and a fifth-generation iPad mini are available to order now from Apple.com. Both feature a blazing-fast A12 Bionic chip, improved displays with True Tone, and Apple Pencil support. Prices start at $399 for the new iPad mini, and $499 for the new iPad Air. Apple no […]

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March 18, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Air and iPad mini with Apple Pencil support

Apple today announced updates to its iPad line. There’s a new iPad mini and a new iPad Air, with a 10.5-inch screen. The iPad Air features a thinner design with a 10.5-inch display and the Apple A12 Bionic chip.

The iPad mini keeps the same 7.9-inch screen, but gets the same A12 spec bump. Both the Air and the Mini are compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. The iPad mini starts at $399 for the 64 GB model, and the Air starts at $499. You can order them today from Apple.com.

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March 18, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Angela Ahrendts the ‘Renaissance that never quite was’

It’s not 100 percent clear whether former retail boss Angela Ahrendts left Apple voluntarily or was pushed out. However, a new report suggests that she didn’t quite live up to the hype. “Angela Ahrendts was supposed to be the Renaissance that never quite was,” a former Apple store manager says. “We were getting conflicting direction […]

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March 18, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

UK Spotify Premium for Family customers can now claim free Google Home Mini speaker

Spotify last year offered a free Google Home Mini speaker to Premium for Family subscribers in the US, and it is now offering the same deal to customers in the UK …

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March 18, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

5 Apple original shows finish filming ahead of March 25 event

Five of Apple’s original TV shows have now finished filming, according to a new report. They have entered post-production ahead of the company’s March 25 event, but they’re not expected to be available until the fall. Apple is said to be working on around six other shows that are still in production. The company is […]

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March 18, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs gets hitched

March 18, 1991: Steve Jobs marries 27-year-old Stanford MBA Laurene Powell. The couple’s friends and family attend the wedding, which takes place at Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Steve Jobs meets Laurene Powell Jobs met Powell in October 1989, shortly after the NeXT Computer debuted. He gave a lecture at Stanford Business School, titled […]

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March 18, 2019, 11 a.m.

Another Apple supplier struggles with declining iPhone sales

Another major Apple supplier is reportedly searching for new ways of diversifying its business at a time of slumping iPhone sales. According to a new report, camera lens maker Largan Precision is targeting “non-Apple” customers to buy its products. It is particularly focused on Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi. Digitimes notes that: “Disappointing sales of the […]

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March 18, 2019, 10:29 a.m.

New York Times names five of Apple’s original content TV shows that have finished filming

In a lengthy profile over the weekend, the New York Times sets up its narrative for the upcoming Apple spring event; specifically the state of Apple’s TV service.

Echoing other publications, the NYT believes that Apple’s shows will likely debut in the fall. It says there are five shows that have finished filming and about six more are in the middle of production. In fact, it goes on to name the five projects that are now at the post-production stage.

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March 18, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

PlayStation Vue for Apple TV Gains Multi-View Support for Watching Up to Four Live Shows at Once

Sony today announced that its PlayStation Vue app for the Apple TV has been updated with multi-view support, allowing users to watch up to four live channels on one screen.

The new PlayStation Vue feature for Apple TV comes just ahead of the NCAA March Madness season, with the goal of letting sports fans keep an eye on all of the ongoing games or mix and match live games with news or other TV programs.


Multi-view has long been available on the PlayStation 4, but prior to today it wasn't an option on the Apple TV platform.

PlayStation Vue is Sony's streaming TV service, offering live and on-demand content at prices starting at $44.99 per month. Sports packages start at $49.99 per month.

PlayStation Vue works on PlayStation consoles, the Apple TV, iOS devices through the PS Vue app, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Android mobile devices, PC, and Mac.


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March 18, 2019, 10:04 a.m.

Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave 10.14.4 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fifth macOS Mojave 10.14.4 beta and two months after releasing macOS Mojave 10.14.3.

The new macOS Mojave 10.14.4 beta can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from Apple's Developer Center.


macOS Mojave 10.14.4 brings Apple News to Canada for the first time, allowing Canadian Mac users to access news stories in French, English, or both.

The update also includes support for Safari AutoFill using Touch ID and automatic dark mode themes in Safari. That means if you have Dark Mode enabled, when you visit a website that has an option for a dark theme, it will be activated automatically. You can see a demo of the feature here.

We're expecting Apple to release macOS Mojave 10.14.4 alongside iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, and watchOS 5.2 following the company's services-focused March 25 event.

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March 18, 2019, 10:04 a.m.

Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of Upcoming tvOS 12.2 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming tvOS 12.2 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fifth beta and more than a month after releasing the tvOS 12.1.2 update.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the new tvOS 12.2 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that's installed using Xcode. Once the initial beta has been downloaded, subsequent betas can be installed over the air.


tvOS 12.2, paired with iOS 12.2, lets users ask Siri to play specific media on an Apple TV from an iOS device. You can, for example, ask Siri to play Modern Family on the TV in the living room, or Pitch Perfect on the TV in the bedroom. This works for music and TV shows, and movies.

No other new features were discovered in the tvOS 12.2 beta as of yet, and it can be difficult to determine what's new because Apple does not provide release notes for tvOS betas or releases. If additional features are discovered in tvOS 12.2, we'll update this post.

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March 18, 2019, 10:04 a.m.

Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of watchOS 5.2 to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming watchOS 5.2 update to developers, one week after seeding the fifth watchOS 5.2 beta and two months after releasing watchOS 5.1.3.

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.

The watchOS 5.2 update introduces a set of new Hermès watch faces. The watch faces are available in pink and blue, and feature a gradient-style design that changes much like other Hermès watch faces. There are customizable numbers and an option for a single complication.


There could be changes coming to the way the ECG feature works in other countries. In iOS 12.2 and watchOS 5.2, when setting up a new Apple Watch, Apple is using location to make sure the ECG feature is available in a particular region, suggesting the company may be planning to geofence ECG functionality and limit it to the United States.

This would potentially prevent customers who purchased a U.S. Apple Watch but live in another country from using the ECG feature. Location is verified via SIM card and can't be bypassed during Apple Watch setup.

We haven't seen any other major changes in watchOS during the beta testing period, but we'll get a better look at what's included when Apple releases watchOS 5.2 to the public complete with release notes. We're expecting Apple to release watchOS 5.2 alongside iOS 12.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 following the company's March 25 event.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
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March 18, 2019, 9:47 a.m.

AirPower incoming? Apple Online Store mysteriously goes down

The Apple Online Store has mysteriously gone down this morning, leading fans to wonder whether AirPower and new iPads are on the way. Apple has an event planned for March 25, but it is thought that will focus on services rather than hardware. It is certainly plausible that refreshed devices will be added to the […]

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March 18, 2019, 9:03 a.m.

Apple Store is down as iPad and iMac updates rumored

The Apple Store has just gone down, a move usually associated with new products. Whilst there is an Apple event next Monday focused on software and services, it is about time for Apple’s spring hardware updates.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman cryptically tweeted over the weekend that Apple was planning updates to the iPad and iMac lines ahead of the ‘It’s showtime’ event.

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March 18, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

AppleCare+ for New iPad Air Costs $69, Same Price as 9.7-Inch iPad and iPad Mini

Despite starting at a higher price of $499, the new 10.5-inch iPad Air released today qualifies for the same $69 tier of AppleCare+ as 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini models. AppleCare+ for the latest iPad Pro models remains $129.


AppleCare+ is an optional warranty plan that extends the iPad Air's warranty period to two years from the original purchase date of the device, and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $49 plus applicable taxes in the United States. Prices vary elsewhere.

The plan also covers accidental damage to the Apple Pencil for up to two years with a $29 fee plus tax per incident.

AppleCare+ provides 24/7 priority access to support advisors via online chat or phone for up to two years after the iPad Air's original purchase date. Without the plan, iPad Air owners are covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty and an initial 90 days of complimentary telephone support.

AppleCare+ for the new iPad Air can also be financed with monthly payments of $3.49 for up to 24 months.

Apple will charge a fee of $249 for accidental damage to the new iPad Air without AppleCare+, so as with most forms of insurance, the plan can pay for itself if ever used. AppleCare+ must be added within 60 days of purchasing a device.


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March 18, 2019, 7:26 a.m.

Apple Releases Smart Covers for New iPad Mini and 10.5-Inch iPad Air

Alongside new iPad mini and a new 10.5-inch iPad Air, Apple today launched new Smart Covers for each device line. There's also one new color for the Smart Folio case that fits the third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.


For the iPad mini and 10.5-inch iPad Air, you can get a Smart Cover in Papaya, Charcoal Gray, Pink Sand, and White. The iPad mini Smart Cover costs $39.00 and the 10.5-inch iPad Air Smart Cover costs $49.00.

Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro's Smart Folio has gained a new Pink Sand color option. This is for the third-generation iPad Pro with Face ID and no home button. Other colors available include Charcoal Gray and White.

To find more information on the newly released tablets, visit our posts for the iPad mini and 10.5-inch iPad Air.

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March 18, 2019, 7 a.m.

How to check battery cycle count on your MacBook

Most of Apple’s modern notebooks can go through 1,000 charge cycles before needing a battery replacement. Follow along for how to check the battery cycle count on your MacBook.

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March 18, 2019, 6:44 a.m.

iWork Apps on iOS Will Be Updated Next Week With Enhanced Apple Pencil Integration and More

Apple today announced that its iWork suite of apps for iOS will be updated next week with enhanced Apple Pencil integration, including new animation options in the Keynote app that let users draw an animation path for any object, and an all-new user interface for implementing build effects such as move, rotate, and scale.


iWork apps for iPhone and iPad include Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. All three apps are available for free on the App Store.

The news was shared alongside the launch of new iPad mini and iPad Air models today.


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March 18, 2019, 6:42 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Flash Sales Discount MacBook Pro (2018) and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro (2017) to New Lows

There are two noteworthy flash sales happening today only, with discounts that knock the price of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro to new all-time-low prices. As a note, the MacBook Pros on sale are the latest 2018 models, while the iPad Pro is the older model with a home button that launched in mid 2017.

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You'll find the MacBook Pro sale at Best Buy, with seven total configurations on sale that are up to $500 off. There are both 13-inch and 15-inch models on sale, and every version has a Touch Bar. Additionally, these MacBook Pros have a Retina display with True Tone, Touch ID, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

B&H Photo has the iPad Pro sale, marking the 512GB and Wi-Fi only model down to just $749.00. This price point is $400 off the original $1,149.00 price, and $50 below the previous low price among the major Apple resellers.

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March 18, 2019, 6:09 a.m.

Apple Discontinues 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Following Launch of Lower-Priced 10.5-Inch iPad Air

Apple has stopped selling the second-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro, originally released in June 2017, after launching a new 10.5-inch iPad Air today.


The 10.5-inch iPad Pro had remained available from $649 following the release of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models in October 2018, but it has been replaced by the 10.5-inch iPad Air with a cheaper starting price of $499.

The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch Retina display, A12 Bionic chip, and Apple Pencil support and is available to order on Apple.com starting today.

Apple also released a new iPad mini with an A12 Bionic chip and Apple Pencil support today. The 9.7-inch iPad was not updated.

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March 18, 2019, 4:22 a.m.

Spotify Offering UK Family Plan Subscribers a Free Google Home Mini Speaker

Spotify on Monday began offering all premium Family plan subscribers in the U.K. a free Google Home Mini smart speaker.


From today, both new and existing family plan subscribers can claim their free Google speaker, worth £49, simply by heading to the Spotify website. The offer ends on 14 May 2019.

Spotify's premium family plan costs £14.99 per month and allows up to six people to access the service using a personal account for each family member.

With that in mind, it's worth noting that the free speaker offer can only be claimed by the master account holder. However the device's built-in Google Assistant can recognize up to six different voices in the home, which means each person in the family can stream Spotify tracks from their own accounts.


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March 18, 2019, 12:04 a.m.

Custom Transitions Using Segues

We’re all used to the default transitions between view controllers that we get for free. But sometimes we just want to keep the users’ attention to certain elements. Custom transitions are a great way of controlling user focus. In this article we are going to implement come custom transitions using... Read more »

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March 18, 2019, midnight

LocalizedError, RecoverableError, CustomNSError

We’re all familiar with the Error type, but have you met these related Swift Foundation error protocols?


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March 17, 2019, 5 p.m.

Here are the week’s best new photo, writing and music apps

This week we mangle music with Enso, the amazing new audio looper for iPad, and chop up images with Hyperspektiv 2.0. Plus a new music player app, and a big update to our favourite writing app.

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March 17, 2019, 4 p.m.

WhatsApp co-founder renews call for users to delete Facebook, questions Apple’s App Store moderation

Almost exactly one year ago, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton publicly called on users to delete Facebook. Now, Acton is renewing that call, while also criticizing companies like Apple for certain privacy and moderation stances.

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March 17, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

How to stream NCAA Selection Sunday on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad

It’s easier than ever this year to stream Selection Sunday on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. As conference tournaments start to wrap up, NCAA March Madness is about to begin in full force. Tonight marks the beginning of it all with Selection Sunday, where the bracket for this year’s games will be set

Here’s how to stream Selection Sunday.

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

Today in Apple history: Microsoft gets sued for ripping off Mac OS

March 17, 1988: Apple sues Microsoft for allegedly stealing 189 different elements of its Macintosh operating system to create Windows 2.0. The incident, which causes a deep rift between Apple and one of its top developers, paves the way for an epic battle between the two companies that will rage for years. Microsoft goes from friend […]

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March 17, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Siri currently down for many iOS and HomePod users across Europe

Many Apple users in Europe are reporting issues accessing Siri today. The problems appear to have started several hours ago, with Siri seemingly down completely in many areas of the world. In the United States, however, Siri is still functional.

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March 17, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Save over half on the ultimate portable charging hub [Deals]

Portable power is at a premium in our always-on age. But carrying around a bunch of batteries isn’t really a solution. What you want is a single device that can juice up all your gear. That’s just what the GOSPACE SuperCharger does. With two USB ports, a USB-C port and a Qi wireless charging pad, […]

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March 17, 2019, 1 p.m.

What’s the best sports app for iPhone?

Baseball season is upon us here in the United States, and I am already looking forward to Spring Practice for college football. To be perfectly honest, I am a glutton for punishment when it comes to sports. I root for the Atlanta Braves who last won a World Series in 1995 despite winning fourteen straight divisional titles. In 1996, they went up 2–0 on the New York Yankees in New York and then proceeded to get swept at home. I also root for the Atlanta Falcons, and they famously were up 28–3 in the third quarter in the Super Bowl before the Patriots made the most epic comeback. To make matters worse, my beloved Georgia Bulldogs lost to Alabama in overtime of the college football championship in January of 2018. There’s an old joke that being a Georgia sports fan is hazardous to your health. Despite that, I love sports. Smartphones have made following a lot of teams and sports a lot easier thanks to a plethora of apps. With a number of options to pick from, how do you find the best sports app for iPhone? more…

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March 16, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

All the ways Mophie’s iPhone battery pack beats Apple’s [Review]

The Mophie Juice Pack Access is designed to extend the already long battery lives of the 2018 iPhone models. And charging can be done wirelessly, so the handset’s Lightning port is always available. We put this new battery pack to the test. And we also compare it to the features of Apple’s similar Smart Battery […]

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

Deal of the Month: Get 50% off HyperDrive wireless charger + USB hub, car charger & more

This month, Hyper is back to give our readers the 9to5Mac Deal of the Month. For the entire month of March, you can get 50% off Hyper’s combo wireless charger/USB-C hub and its other wireless chargers for your home and vehicle:

Head below to get 50% off wireless charging from Hyper w/ exclusive promo code

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March 16, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Spotify fires back at Apple, says ‘every monopolist will suggest they’ve done nothing wrong’

Yesterday morning, Apple responded to Spotify’s aggressive PR campaign regarding its App Store policies. Now, Spotify has fired back at Apple yet again, this time calling the company a “monopolist” and saying its policies hurt consumers and competition.

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March 16, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

This week’s top stories: iPhone privacy ad, March 25th event confirmed, WWDC registration, more

In this week’s top stories: Apple makes its March 25th event official and confirms WWDC dates, Spotify takes on Apple, Apple’s new iPhone privacy ad, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories.

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March 16, 2019, 3 p.m.

Armor your iPhone with an edge-to-edge, tempered-glass screen protector

A few weeks ago, I dropped my iPhone down a flight of stairs. What else is new? It’s a ridiculous story that no one wants to hear, and yet all of you have probably experienced something similar. However, as I rushed down those precarious steps to retrieve my undoubtedly shattered iPhone, I was completely surprised. […]

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March 16, 2019, 3 p.m.

Predictions for Apple’s big ‘show time’ event [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 288]

Brace yourself for an Apple event like no other. In a little over a week, Cupertino execs — and probably a passel of Hollywood stars — will give us our first peek at Apple’s (not so) secret video-streaming service. As the company pushes its growing slate of services, Apple likely will put new hardware on […]

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March 16, 2019, 2:51 p.m.

Rolling Stone feature explores Apple’s ‘Music Apps’ team, GarageBand’s origin and future

As GarageBand celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year, Rolling Stone is out with an inside look at how Apple creates the sounds in the app, the role of GarageBand in music production today, and more. The report is “the first media visit Apple has ever allowed to its Music Apps studio.”

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March 16, 2019, 2:09 p.m.

Apple and Stanford Medicine announce full results from Apple Watch Heart Study

Apple and Stanford Medicine today announced the results of the Apple Heart Study. The study enrolled over 400,000 participants, making it the “largest study ever of its kind,” according to Apple. The findings were presented in New Orleans this morning.

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March 16, 2019, 2 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iPad gets an eye-dazzling Retina display

March 16, 2012: Apple introduces the third-generation iPad, its first tablet to come with a Retina display. Marketed as simply “The new iPad,” it’s widely known as the “iPad 3.” Boasting that beautiful screen and Apple’s then-swanky A5X chip with a quad-core graphics processor, the third-gen iPad quickly becomes a big success. Disappointingly for customers, […]

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March 16, 2019, 1:52 p.m.

Apple shares new ‘There’s more to iPhone’ videos highlighting iOS 12, Face ID, more

Apple this weekend has shared three new videos in the United Kingdom as part of its “There’s more to iPhone” marketing campaign. These videos focus on Face ID, iOS 12, and smartphone recycling practices.

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March 16, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Score a second phone number, sweatproof earbuds and more [Deals]

As spring approaches, we’re stocking up on discounted gear, gadgets and more. This week, we’ve got deals on a burner phone number, lessons in social media marketing, a music subscription that fosters focus, and a set of workout-ready earbuds. Most of these hot deals are discounted by 70 percent or more! Hushed Private Phone Line: […]

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March 16, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Phil Schiller talks WWDC history, the art of live demos, and more during Accidental Tech Podcast

Yesterday evening, Apple executive Phil Schiller made a surprise appearance on the Accidental Tech Podcast with Marco Arment, John Siracusa, and Casey Liss. During the interview, Schiller talked about the history and goals of WWDC, how Apple works to make WWDC more accessible to everyone, the art of live demos, and more.

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March 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

Making the Grade: How to avoid the biggest education mistakes with technology

Over the years I’ve talked with hundreds of schools about their technology deployments. While I don’t do any paid consulting officially, I love to go and visit other schools to share ideas, talk about best practices, and to see how their technology stack is set up. I’ve noticed schools that struggled to get off the ground and maintain traction all have one key trait that they all share. Here’s the one simple thing you should do before buying a single iPad or Mac to avoid major education technology mistakes. more…

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March 16, 2019, 5:50 a.m.

Final Cut Friday: Creating vertical videos for Instagram Stories in FCP X

Whenever I post a video on YouTube, I strive to post accompanying teaser footage on 9to5mac’s official Instagram account. Because Instagram Stories are traditionally viewed in portrait mode, you’ll need to configure your project and corresponding video export with vertical orientation in mind. Watch this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday as I briefly step through my Instagram Stories workflow.

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March 16, 2019, 2:01 a.m.

Phil Schiller joins the Accidental Tech Podcast to talk about WWDC 2019, more

The latest episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast, released earlier today, includes an hour-long interview with Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller. He joins the show to talk about the recently announced 2019 edition of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, which takes place in San Jose from June 3 through June 7.

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March 15, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Phil Schiller Discusses WWDC 2019 on Accidental Tech Podcast

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, participated in the 317th episode of Accidental Tech Podcast hosted by Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa. The podcast was recorded just a day after the announcement of the official dates of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference which takes place from June 3rd to June 7th, 2019 in San Jose, California.


The podcast covers a range of topics of topics regarding Apple's attempt to service both large developers as well as small independents. Schiller confirms that the reason WWDC remains limited at approximately 5000 developers is the inability to offer a quality experience given the limitations in the number of Apple engineers that would be available for one on one sessions at the event. Notably, Schiller notes that both he and others at Apple follow blogs, emails, podcasts, forums and social media after events and monitor and listen to that feedback.

Schiller participates in the full podcast at the very start of the episode.


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March 15, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Get the latest 9.7-inch iPad for under $250 [Deals & Steals]

Amazon has matched Best Buy’s awesome deal on the latest 9.7-inch iPad. That means you can now get the 32GB model with Wi-Fi for just $249.99 — $79.01 off the usual price. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find up to 22 percent off the […]

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March 15, 2019, 8 p.m.

How to use Yoink as an iPad download manager and more

Yoinks is a great way to manage your downloads on iPhone and iPad, but it is also a. clipboard manager, shelf app, keyboard, storage app…

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March 15, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Jury says Apple owes Qualcomm for stealing patents

A jury ruled today Apple owes chip maker Qualcomm $31 million for violating three patents for tech used in some models of the iPhone. The ruling came after a two week trial in San Diego on a lawsuit filed by Qualcomm in 2017. Apple is likely to appeal. The jury gave Qualcomm the full amount […]

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March 15, 2019, 7 p.m.

LG TVs with AirPlay 2, HomeKit hit shelves next month

The wait for LG’s first lineup of TVs with Apple tech built in is almost over. After unveiling them  in January, the Korean company said today that it will begin rolling out its big-screen models with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in April. These are apparently part of Apple’s move to broaden the availability of the […]

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March 15, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Jury finds Apple guilty of infringing on Qualcomm patents in latest lawsuit worth $31M

Apple’s latest legal fight with Qualcomm started last week and a jury verdict today spells disappointing news for Apple. The jury for the suit voted that Apple infringed on all three of the patents that Qualcomm based the case on as it seeks $31 million in damages.

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March 15, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Go green for less green with 20 percent off select bands [Watch Store]

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but you do need something green. We’ve made it easier to wear the green by discounting select products this Saturday and Sunday. We’ve rounded up special bands in green from these great companies: Carterjett, Casetify, E3 Supply Co., Nyloon and Ullu. Save 20 percent […]

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March 15, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Dropbox places big restriction on free users

It could be a lot harder to access your Dropbox files if you don’t pay for a Plus subscription. Basic (free) users can now connect the service to just three devices at any one time. You’ll need to upgrade if you want to add more. Dropbox hasn’t placed a device limit on Basic users before, […]

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March 15, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

AirPods most popular brand in ‘hearables’ market

Apple sold some 35 million AirPods last year. That makes the wireless earbuds, which had a rocky rollout, the most popular “hearables” device in the U.S., according to Counterpoint Research. But Apple has competition within earshot from Sony and Samsung, both of which are only a couple of percentage points off in market share and […]

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March 15, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Translate text on the fly with Gboard keyboard for iOS

Gboard has gone beyond helping you enter text. It can now be used to translate your words into a myriad of other languages on the fly. This free add-on from Google can be used in any application where an on-screen keyboard is available. Many iPhone or iPad users are probably unaware that they can replace […]

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March 15, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Apple simplifies Face ID, iOS 12 and recycling in new ads

Apple goes back to the basics in a new set of ads today uploaded to YouTube. Doing away with fancy effects, catchy music, and even its own hardware, it highlights some of the key features of Face ID and iOS 12. It also promotes its smartphone recycling program that’s open to all handsets — even […]

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March 15, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

LG releasing first 2019 OLED TVs gaining HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support next month

LG is out today with details on its 2019 TV lineup that will eventually offer users built-in AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration. Pricing and size info has been revealed with the most affordable 55-inch model starting at $2,499 launching next month.

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March 15, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

Apple picks up high-budget TV series Pachinko

Apple may have found its own answer to Netflix’s popular TV show, The Crown The iPhone-maker has reportedly ordered an eight-episode series based on the New York Times bestselling novel Pachinko. After beating out multiple other bidders for the project Apple is allegedly throwing more money behind the Pachinko than most of its other series […]

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March 15, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 10.5-inch Refurb iPad Pro starting at $430, Magic Trackpad 2 $99, Anker Accessory Gold Box from $14, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don’t forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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March 15, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

Apple eyes 2020 Emmys for its slate of original shows

Apple has its eye on awards glory with its original video content, a new report claims. It suggests that Apple is looking to take on not only the likes of Amazon and Netflix, but also established studios. By putting together a dedicated team with awards strategy experience, Apple is reportedly aiming to be in the […]

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March 15, 2019, 3:21 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: March 15, 2019

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


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March 15, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

Facebook announces AI system to detect revenge porn, says accounts posting it will be deleted

Facebook first started trialling a system to combat revenge porn late last year, but it had one rather scary aspect: you had to upload your own nudes so the platform knew which images it should block. The social network has today announced a new AI-based detection system …

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March 15, 2019, 2:29 p.m.

Google is fixing fullscreen Chrome on Mac to be more ‘immersive’

On most desktop platforms, when you put Chrome into fullscreen, you can access your tabs and the omnibox by moving your mouse to the top of the screen. Unfortunately, since last July, this simple gesture has not worked on Mac, but Google is finally getting around to fixing Chrome’s fullscreen mode.

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March 15, 2019, 2:24 p.m.

Third-party Snapchat games will be announced next month, says report

It’s long been rumored that Snap was working on a gaming platform, and a report today says that the company will announce third-party Snapchat games next month.

Games are expected to run inside the Snapchat app, and the company will reportedly show off examples from several developers …

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March 15, 2019, 1:50 p.m.

Ikea-Sonos speakers to be revealed next month, go on sale in August

Ikea started teasing some kind of collaboration with Sonos back in 2017, before showing off prototypes of a budget speaker range last summer. The company has now revealed that we’ll get to see actual Ikea-Sonos speakers in April.

Setting out to also make high-quality sound available for everyone, Ikea and Sonos will present the first products in the Symfonisk range – in the Feel Home exhibition in Milan …

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March 15, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Google Chrome now supports Nintendo Switch controllers

Google Chrome now supports official Nintendo Switch controllers. The console’s included Joy-Cons and optional Pro Controller are compatible. The surprise update comes just days before Google is expected to unveil a brand new game streaming service at GDC 2019. Google isn’t a company you would typically associate with gaming, but that could change in 2019. […]

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March 15, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Release your inner DJ with 3 powerhouse Mac apps [Deals]

Thanks to digital technology, creativity is not bound by one medium. Music, video, visualizations and other elements are all fair creative game. It’s even possible to create in the moment with these materials, if you’ve got the right tools. The Mixvibes DJ Software Bundle includes three powerful tools for creating music and visual performances in […]

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March 15, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

AirPods the ‘most preferred’ brand for true wireless headphones – but not for sound quality

A large-scale consumer study found that AirPods were the most preferred brand in the US true wireless headphone market – but are not being chosen on the basis of sound quality.

The study also shows that Sony and Samsung are not lagging far behind Apple in consumer preferences …

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

3-lens iPhone could take page out of Huawei’s playbook

There are plenty of rumors out there claiming that this year’s new iPhone will feature a triple camera setup. While we’ve seen a few mockups of how this might look, a new render is supposedly based on an inside scoop. Based on information provided by members of the supply chain, the alleged design looks very […]

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March 15, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

Report: Some Apple video content will be free to customers; company seeks Oscars and Emmys

Bloomberg report echoes earlier suggestions that at least some of the content offered on Apple’s soon-to-be-announced streaming video service will be free for owners of Apple devices. CNET previously suggested that Apple’s original content would be free, while it would charge for access to partner content.

It also says that Apple has big ambitions for its original content, targeting prestigious awards for both movies and TV shows …

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March 15, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

YouTube and Facebook working to pull gunman’s footage of New Zealand mass shootings

YouTube and Facebook are working to ensure the removal of all copies of head-mounted camera footage apparently live-streamed by the gunman in two mass shootings in New Zealand.

Forty-nine people were killed, and at least 20 more wounded, in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand …

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March 15, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: iTunes tops 50 million songs downloaded

March 15, 2004: The iTunes Music Store hits a musical milestone, having sold an astonishing 50 million songs. The achievement cements Apple’s place at the center of the rapidly changing music business — at least for the moment. “Crossing 50 million songs is a major milestone for iTunes and the emerging digital music era,” Steve […]

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March 15, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a USB-C Monitor Stand and Hub for iMac From Satechi

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Satechi to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub designed for the iMac or the iMac Pro.

Priced at $89.99, Satechi's USB-C iMac Hub raises the foot of the iMac to what Satechi says is an optimal viewing angle and adds an array of useful easy-access ports. It includes three 5Gb/s USB-A ports, a 5Gb/s USB-C data port, an SD card slot, an audio jack, and a micro SD card slot.


iMacs don't suffer from the same lack of ports as Apple's notebooks, but all iMac ports are located on the back of the machine, which is not always convenient. The iMac Hub puts them right within reach and adds additional ports for you to use.


It's quite a bit easier to use an SD card slot on the front of the iMac than on the back, which will make this hub worth it for photographers, drone operators, and others who often need to access SD and micro SD cards. Make sure to check out the review we did on Satechi's USB-C iMac Hub for a closer look at the ports and how it performs in day to day use.


Available in either silver or space gray aluminum, the iMac Hub has been designed to match well with Apple's iMac lineup. The Hub is designed to plug in to one of the four available USB-C ports on modern Macs, though it is also compatible with older Macs using an included USB-A to USB-C adapter. It has a short cable, which prevents cord mess.

The iMac Hub raises the iMac up 1.63 inches, and while it's not adjustable, Satechi says that this cuts down on neck strain and encourages better posture.


We have five of the USB-C iMac Stand Hubs to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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The contest will run from today (March 15) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on March 22. The winners will be chosen randomly on March 22 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.


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March 15, 2019, 11 a.m.

Qualcomm owes Apple $1 billion rebate payment

Apple has won the latest battle in the Apple vs. Qualcomm war. A judge has ruled that Qualcomm owes Apple close to $1 billion in patent royalty rebate payments. Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California made the ruling on Thursday. The payments were due as part of […]

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

Review: Fans of Classic Mac Designs Will Love the iBot G3

If you're a fan of classic Mac designs, you may be interested in the iBot G3, a figurine that's modeled after Apple's iconic iMac G3, first released in 1998.

The iBot G3 was designed by Philip Lee, who previously released another Mac-related figurine called the Classicbot. The iBot G3 is Lee's latest project, and like the Classic bot, it's a fun take on one of Apple's original Mac designs.


There are two variants of the iBot G3, one in Bondi Blue and one in Tangerine, both of which are two classic iMac G3 colors. The figures are made from plastic and are injection molded with details that closely mimic the design of the original iMac G3.


Injection molding allows for the smallest of components to be included, which means you get the classic iMac G3 design with translucent teardrop-shaped enclosure, carrying handle at the top, side hatch that gives a peek into the internal components, and even a tiny round mouse and matching keyboard.


It's so accurate to the original design that the inside components have also been separately created so you can see the machine's hardware through the translucent outer shell.


You can see the CRT tubes, the speakers on the front, the vents, the CD drive, the power button (and the power button on the tiny keyboard), all of the ports (hidden by an access panel complete with mouse cord cutout), and the spot where the power cable plugs in. The only thing missing is an Apple logo, as not including one prevents Lee from running into trademark issues. The Apple logos traditionally at the top and the back of the iMac G3 have been replaced with little bot logos.


The display of the iBot G3 features two little eyes, because it is, as the name suggests, an iMac that's been transformed into a robot. It has detachable legs and magnetic arms, and it is able to stand (or sit) on its own. You can remove the arms and the legs if desired, add an included stand, and set it up as a more traditional looking iMac with the keyboard and the mouse as accessories.


I like that the iBot G3 converts because it allows those who prefer the iMac robot look to use it their way, while others who would rather have a little iMac that looks more similar to the traditional design can disassemble it and display it that way. You can also combine the two, with a sitting or standing iBot G3 that also has the keyboard and mouse nearby.


Speaking of the keyboard and mouse, these two accessories are quite cute. The mouse is about the size of my fingernail and is an accurate miniature replica of the original round mouse that came with the iMac G3, while the keyboard features a translucent plastic housing with black keys.


The arms and legs of the iBot G3 are made from the same translucent plastic of the enclosure, so everything matches up well. The display is printed on, which is worth noting. I think it would have been neat if it had an actual electronic display, but that would have driven the cost up and been a lot more difficult to implement.

It would, however, be nice to be able to purchase an iBot with different eye expressions, and I would have preferred a lighter film because the the face of the iBot can be a bit hard to see sometimes depending on the lighting conditions of the room.


I don't have an iMac G3 to compare the iBot to, but I do have an iBook G3 that used the same design elements. It's in Blueberry, which is pretty similar to Bondi Blue (though a touch lighter) so it looks like the color of the Bondi Blue iBot G3 is close to accurate. The Tangerine color also looks quite similar to pictures of the Tangerine iMac G3.


The iBot G3 is not a toy and it is meant for displaying. It is not made of the sturdiest of plastics, and I would not be too rough with it. I did snap off the little hatch that lets you look inside on accident on one of the models, but it snapped right back in place. Still, I was worried about breaking it when trying to put it back together.


The magnetic connection between the arms is not particularly strong and there are a lot of small components, so this is not an ideal toy for a child. It would be easy to lose the pieces since many of the components are so tiny, and there is a warning on the website that the laminated cover of the display is prone to scratching. I didn't have any issues, but I was also careful with it.


$39 is a little expensive for an inanimate toy, but that's not unusual for figurines with this level of detail and it seems like a fair price given the attention put in to making the iBot G3 look like an iMac G3.

Bottom Line


If you're an Apple fan looking for interesting Apple-related desk or shelf decor, I don't think you're going to be disappointed by the iBot G3. It's adorable, fits in well with Apple products, and looks good in any home or office environment.


Similarly, if you're looking for a gift for an Apple enthusiast, the iBot G3 is a great choice that will delight everyone who sees it. Hopefully the artist, Philip Lee, will continue to make additional figurines like the iBot G3 based on classic Mac designs because I'm sure Apple fans would love to have a collection of Apple device bots.

How to Buy


The iBot G3 can be purchased from the Classicbot website for $39.

Note: Classicbot provided MacRumors with two iBots for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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March 15, 2019, 10 a.m.

iOS 12.2 makes audio messages sound way better

Among the changes hidden in the new iOS 12.2 beta is improved audio quality for audio messages sent using the Messages app. The switch involves transitioning over from the previous 8000 Hz .AMR file format to .24000 Hz .CAF files. What this means from a listening perspective is that audio messages now sound clearer and […]

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March 15, 2019, 10 a.m.

Latest report indicates iPhone 11 will include three cameras on some 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models, square camera bump

The idea that the iPhone 11 would feature a triple-camera system in a rectangular formation — three cameras plus the flash — was first raised by Onleaks back in January. Japanese blog Macotakara today corroborates the mockups with sourcing from Chinese suppliers.

The site says the design of the new iPhone camera system is similar to the camera module seen in the Huawei Mate 20 and may be available on both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors, but limited to higher-capacity storage tiers. Macotakara has proven reliable several times in the past.

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March 15, 2019, 8:11 a.m.

Apple says Spotify ‘wants all the benefits of a free app without being free’ in response to EU complaint

On Wednesday, Spotify filed a complaint with the European Commission regarding Apple’s App Store policies and started an aggressive PR campaign to back it up. Apple has today published a public statement in response to Spotify’s argument.

Apple says that Spotify is spreading a ‘misleading rhetoric’. They cite how Spotify makes most of its revenue from advertising and mobile carrier partner deals, of which Apple takes no cut at all. The In-App Purchase subscriptions are a small percentage of Spotify’s business — and Spotify wants to pay Apple zero for those subscription sales meaning they are essentially taking the benefits of a free app and Apple receives no compensation at all from Spotify’s operations.

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March 15, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

Apple comes out swinging against Spotify complaint

Apple has responded to Spotify’s complaint that Apple is being anti-competitive by charging a cut of App Store purchases — including subscriptions. In an impassioned statement, Apple points out how many jobs have been created through the App Store. This has amounted to payments of “more than $120 billion for developers.” It also criticizes Spotify […]

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March 15, 2019, 7:01 a.m.

Don’t miss our Showtime keynote predictions, this week on The CultCast

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March 15, 2019, 7 a.m.

How to change trackpad and mouse speed on Mac

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March 15, 2019, 5:23 a.m.

Google Updates Gboard for iOS With Translation Feature

Google this week updated its Gboard app for iOS devices with a new ability to translate text into any language supported by Google Translate (via All Things How). This means that users can now send iMessages in different languages right from their keyboard, without visiting an external app.


To see the translation feature, make sure that your Gboard app is updated to version 1.42.0 and then navigate to the Messages app. Open the keyboard, and then tap the globe icon in the bottom left corner to cycle to Gboard. In Gboard, the new translation feature is represented by an icon immediately to the right of the white G button in the top left corner.

From here, you can choose which language you want to translate your text into, and when you tap the translate button it will automatically be applied to the iMessage entry field so you can send it to your contact. The translation feature in Gboard first launched on Android smartphones back in 2017.

Besides translating text, in Gboard you can send GIFs, emoji, stickers, and access features like glide typing and performing a Google search. The keyboard app also connects to other Google services like YouTube, Google Maps, and Google Contacts.

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March 15, 2019, 1:10 a.m.

Qualcomm owes Apple nearly $1 billion in rebate payments, judge says in preliminary ruling

According to a new report from Reuters, a U.S. federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling this evening that Qualcomm must pay Apple nearly $1 billion in patent royalty rebate payments. The ruling comes from Judge Gonzalo Curiel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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March 14, 2019, 11:32 p.m.

iOS users miss out as Steam makes mobile PC gaming more portable

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

Apple gives series order to TV show based on best-selling novel ‘Pachinko’

Ahead of its March 25th event, Apple continues to ramp up its original content efforts. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has given an eight-episode order to a series based on the book Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

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March 14, 2019, 10:42 p.m.

Get ready for WWDC 2019 with these iPhone, iPad, and Mac wallpapers inspired by Apple’s graphics

Apple today officially announced that WWDC 2019 will take place starting June 3rd in San Jose, California. While that is still over 2 months away, the WWDC art this year has already provided inspiration for iPhone wallpapers. Head below for downloads.

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March 14, 2019, 10:05 p.m.

Funny Apple video demos why iPhone privacy matters

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March 14, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Save $400 on the latest MacBook Pro [Deals & Steals]

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March 14, 2019, 9:30 p.m.

Clear case lets you marvel at classic Mac’s insides

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March 14, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Apple makes privacy extremely relatable in fun new iPhone ad

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Apple’s latest iPhone ad tackles that challenge head-on, connecting privacy to iPhone in the most relatable ways yet — like public bathroom etiquette.

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March 14, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Apple doesn’t pay artists behind ‘Today at Apple’ sessions

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March 14, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Gboard iOS keyboard update brings handy translate feature to iPhone and iPad

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March 14, 2019, 8 p.m.

Hyperspektiv 2.0 is the bestest, glitchiest photo filter app ever

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March 14, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Buds: impressions from an AirPods user

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March 14, 2019, 7:36 p.m.

Spectre long exposure camera app sees first major update with support for older iPhones, more

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March 14, 2019, 7:35 p.m.

iCloud problems make some Apple services shaky

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March 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

Spotify’s whining could spark antitrust probe of Apple

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March 14, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Several iCloud services experiencing lengthy downtime day after Facebook’s major outage

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March 14, 2019, 6:18 p.m.

Apple suppliers’ stock price hit hardest by slumping iPhone sales

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March 14, 2019, 6 p.m.

How to print from your iPhone using AirPrint

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March 14, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Is the first decent Apple Watch battery band finally here?

There are reasons why we haven’t seen many attempts at an Apple Watch band that discreetly houses a battery for on-the-wrist charging. For one, Apple discourages them in its “Made for Apple Watch” program guidelines. Chargers can get hot and burn the skin, or worse, cause fire or electric shock if water is present. Such […]

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March 14, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Artists hosting Today at Apple sessions call for improved compensation and promotion

A new report today from KQED calls out artist dissatisfaction with compensation and promotion received for hosting Today at Apple sessions. The report highlights the challenges of proving the value of creative work in a culture built around “working for exposure.”

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March 14, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

LifeProof’s Lifeactív Power Pack 10 now available with Qi wireless charging, waterproof design, more

After announcing its LifeActív Power Pack 20 portable battery back at CES in January, LifeProof has made its smaller Lifeactív Power Pack 10 Qi available for purchase today. As is the company’s tradition, the new power bank is waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof, and snow proof. However, different from its larger brother, the new model recharges your iPhone and other Qi compatible devices wirelessly while retaining both USB and USB-C ports for wired charging.

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March 14, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Apple making your iPhone safe from your evil twin

The Face ID biometric security system is already extremely accurate but Apple wants to make it even more safe. The company has come up with a method for telling the difference between two people who are almost identical because they’re closely related.  The system would also prevent unlocking iPhone and iPad devices with 3D masks. […]

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March 14, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Microsoft’s Xbox Live social gaming feature can now be integrated into any iOS and Android app

Microsoft is today launching a new Xbox Live mobile SDK to iOS and Android to allow developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to mobile platforms. The Verge reports that features such as achievements, Gamescore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and a few family settings will be available on both iOS and Android.

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March 14, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Xbox Live is finally available on iOS and Android

Microsoft’s Xbox Live network is officially making its way onto iOS and Android. The company revealed today that it is launching a new SDK that will allow mobile developers to add Xbox Live functionality to their games, giving gamers the ability to score achievements on the go. Apple tried to turn its Game Center app […]

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March 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,000, iPhone/Apple Watch Dock $12, Bose Revolve+ Speaker $239, more

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March 14, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

Apple reveals WWDC 2019 set for June 3 – 7

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference officially has a date. This morning, Apple revealed that it will host WWDC 2019 in San Jose, California, from June 3 to 7. The event brings together thousands of developers from across the world, giving them access to Apple’s engineers for hands-on training. It’s also the place where Apple unveils […]

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March 14, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

Dropbox pushing free users toward paid accounts with new three device limit

Dropbox has today made a notable change for those using a free account, there is now a three-device limit. However, along with the change there is a bit of good news for existing users.

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

Get $10 off Just Mobile’s new Alubase and Gum Slim [Watch Store]

What’s better than trying something new? Trying something new and saving money. Our friends at Just Mobile recently introduced the AluBase Wireless Charger and Gum Slim Hybrid Battery, and in celebration we’re knocking $10 off the price for the next week, through Wednesday. Grab the savings on the Cult of Mac Watch Store, and while […]

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March 14, 2019, 4 p.m.

Apple opens WWDC 2019 registration, kicks off June 3 in San Jose

Apple has officially announced dates and opened registration for its annual developer conference where it will likely unveil iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. WWDC 2019 will kick off on June 3 in San Jose, California, and run through the week. Major platform updates are unleashed during the conference keynote on opening day.

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March 14, 2019, 4 p.m.

Dropbox expands cloud integrations with Klaxon, Pronto and WeVideo education apps

Dropbox has announced today that it has expanded its partnerships with several educational apps. Now the cloud-based storage service is integrated with Klaxon, Pronto, and WeVideo to offer improved workflows and collaboration for students and teachers.

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March 14, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Apple dropping iPhone 6 & changing store rules to boost brand image in India

Apple is to stop selling the iPhone 6/Plus in India as it seeks to boost its brand image in the country. Although it has suffered from declining sales in the country, it apparently believes that protecting its premium image is the best way to make headway among the country’s emerging middle class …

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March 14, 2019, 3:20 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 216: Apple March event official, 2020 AR rumors, Spotify vs Apple

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March 14, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Shazam now shows you when you first discovered your favorite tracks

The latest Shazam update is out now on iOS, giving users the ability to see exactly when they last searched for a certain song. Simply scroll through your history of Shazams and you’ll find a date and time alongside each entry. Have you ever been listening to an awesome track and wondered when you first […]

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March 14, 2019, 2:40 p.m.

Hands-on: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 tablet from the perspective of an iPad Pro user

Less than a decade ago, a desktop drawing tablet was an essential tool for just about every professional digital artist. More recently, the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and other competing products like the Microsoft Surface line have given creative professionals a range of affordable and portable options to consider. Still, many artists consider dedicated graphics tablets the gold standard for illustration and design. Leading the industry is Wacom, known for its line of Cintiq pen displays. For 2019, Wacom has released the entry-level Cintiq 16, and I’ve been testing how it compares to an 11-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2.

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March 14, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Ikea’s HomeKit smart blinds April 1 US debut delayed until later this year

Ikea’s affordable HomeKit smart blinds have been highly anticipated as European and US launches neared. Back in January Ikea confirmed they’d be arriving stateside on April 1st, unfortunately that’s turned out to be an unintended April Fools’ joke.

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March 14, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: March 14, 2019

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March 14, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

iPhone turned into dust in the name of science

Want to see what happens when an iPhone is placed into a high powered blender? No, it’s not the kind of mindless destruction porn that often pops up on YouTube. Instead, it’s a serious scientific demonstration carried out by the U.K.’s University of Plymouth. The goal? To show exactly which chemical elements make up the […]

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March 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Add an anti-theft alarm system to your MacBook [Deals]

If you use a laptop, you probably bring it to public places like coffee shops or libraries. So when you go to get a refill or use the bathroom, the move is usually to ask your neighbor to make sure no one snatches your computer. That’s…not secure. Beepify offers a much more reliable solution: a […]

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March 14, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

Don’t miss our Showtime keynote predictions, this week on The CultCast

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March 14, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Telegram benefits from what is said to be Facebook’s most severe global outage

The BBC suggests that yesterday’s Facebook outage – which also impacted Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram – was the most severe one ever experienced by the company.

Facebook appears to be recovering from a more than 14-hour disruption to all of its products that left them mostly inaccessible across the world. The company’s main social network, its two messaging apps and image-sharing site Instagram were all affected […]

The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users – compared with around 2.3bn monthly users today.

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

Opulent custom iPhone XS Max boasts its own mechanical watch

If you thought the iPhone XS Max was pricey, you probably should shield your eyes to avoid the sheer indulgent offensiveness of Caviar’s new Grand Complications Skeleton Tourbillon. Most iPhone cases are supposed to protect the phone by taking the brunt of the damage in the event of a fall. Not so here! This $9,820 […]

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March 14, 2019, 12:09 p.m.

Commentators note the three risks to Apple from Spotify’s App Store complaint

Industry observers have been commenting on three potential risks from the complaint Spotify has made against Apple in regard to its App Store policies.

An anonymous source close to Spotify has also explained why the same complaint hasn’t been levied against Google, which also takes a cut from in-app purchases …

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March 14, 2019, noon

Today in Apple history: Power Mac 7100 lands Apple in hot water with Carl Sagan

March 14, 1994: Apple introduces the Power Macintosh 7100, a midrange Mac that will become memorable for two reasons. The first is that it is among the first Macs to use new PowerPC processors. The second is that it results in Apple getting taken to court by astronomer Carl Sagan — not once but twice. Power Macintosh […]

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March 14, 2019, 11:49 a.m.

Valve's New 'Steam Link Anywhere' Service Streams PC Games to Mobile Devices, Excluding Apple's

Valve today announced an expansion of its game-streaming app Steam Link, now named Steam Link Anywhere (via The Verge).

The original Steam Link app let users stream PC games on Steam to a mobile device within their home, but Steam Link Anywhere lets users stream games from their PC to any compatible device with internet service, excluding Apple devices.

Apple rejected the original Steam Link app due to "business conflicts," while the app went on to see a release on Android.

The upgraded Steam Link Anywhere will now only be available on Android, Raspberry Pi, and Steam Link hardware, starting today as an early beta. Valve says that players will need a good upload connection for the host computer and a good network connection for the mobile device.

Following Apple's rejection last year, Valve pointed out that there are many other remote access-style apps that are allowed in the App Store, so it was unclear why Apple was blocking Valve's app. Since that time, Sony has released its own game streaming app, allowing PS4 owners to stream and control games on their iPhone or iPad, from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.

Similarly, Microsoft this week has detailed work on its Project xCloud game streaming initiative. The service aims to provide Xbox owners a chance to stream their favorite games from the console to a mobile device, although iOS devices haven't been mentioned yet. "True console-quality gaming will become available on mobile devices," Microsoft CVP of Gaming Cloud, Kareem Choudhry, said. "Providing the 2 billion-plus gamers around the world a new gateway to previously console- and PC-exclusive content."

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March 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

Apple has plans for boosting iPhone sales in world’s second biggest market

Apple is trying a new strategy to boost struggling iPhone sales in India, the world’s second largest country by population. Unfortunately, it’s one that’s going to make the base model iPhones even more expensive for the local population. According to a new report, Apple plans to stop selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in India. […]

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March 14, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Mass production ‘gearing up’ for new iPads, AirPods

New AirPods and iPads are coming — and we just got the latest bit of evidence to support that. According to a new report, four Apple suppliers are gearing up for mass production of both new products. Flexible PCB firm Flexium Interconnect and Zhen Ding Technology will be handling Apple’s next-gen iPad devices. Meanwhile, Compeq […]

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March 14, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

IKEA to Unveil Sonos Line of 'Symfonisk' Speakers in April

IKEA today confirmed its plans to announce the Symfonisk line of speakers during the Milan Furniture Fair, which takes place next month. The Symfonisk speakers come out of a long-term partnership between IKEA and Sonos, resulting in unique products like a speaker that doubles as a bookshelf.


Neither company has released information about what the final version of the speakers will look like, but customers can expect the entire Symfonisk line to provide music playback with an extra purpose in your home's furnishing. IKEA put out a short video highlighting the Symfonisk speakers, but it appears the company has blurred out the actual speakers in the home set-up seen in the video, wanting to save the hardware reveal for next month's announcement.

The press release today also emphasizes the unity of sound and light, suggesting there could be more announcements from IKEA's smart lighting branch, or a product that combines the two.
There’s sound, and there’s light. What if we combined them both? Two hugely important elements for creating the right mood around the home. This was the starting point for making the playful exhibition FEEL HOME in Tortona in Milan. The results? It is best experienced on site, the ambition has been to share knowledge through fun interactive installations based on everyday life activities.

“Together with Sonos we wanted to combine our home furnishing knowledge with their expertise in creating great sound experiences for every room of the home, and in Milan we want you to experience the real difference that sound and light makes in your life”, says Björn Block, Business Leader for IKEA Home Smart at IKEA of Sweden.
During IKEA's Democratic Design Day in Sweden last summer, the furniture company said that the Symfonisk system will fully integrate with other Sonos products as well as IKEA's Trådfris smart home line of lights and switches. Other prototype ideas suggested that a Symfonisk speaker will be compatible with many of IKEA's furniture products thanks to a bracket system, turning the speaker into a free-standing wall shelf or allowing customers to place it under a Metod kitchen cabinet.

In other IKEA-related news, the company today announced that it's delaying the release of its smart blinds until later in 2019. The smart blinds were originally set to launch in the United States on April 1, but IKEA decided to push back the release because it found "an opportunity for improved functionality," and the blinds need to have their firmware updated before the launch.

For the Symfonisk speakers, users can expect to hear more details about the IKEA and Sonos partnership sometime during the Milan Furniture Fair, which takes place April 9 through April 14 this year.

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March 14, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

Multiple iCloud Services Experiencing Issues

Several of Apple's iCloud services are experiencing issues this morning according to Apple's System Status page.

Find My iPhone, iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Mail, iCloud Notes, iWork for iCloud, Photos, News, and more are all unavailable for an unspecified number of users.


The outage has been going on since approximately 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time, so if you've been experiencing problems with iCloud services, this is why.

It's not clear when the issue will be resolved, but Apple often addresses these problems quickly. We'll update this post when all of the iCloud services have been restored to working order.

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March 14, 2019, 9:40 a.m.

Apple says Qualcomm lawsuit was kickstarted by Intel envy

Apple claims that Qualcomm’s motivation for taking Apple to court is because it was upset that Apple had switched to using Intel chips in iPhones. Prior to 2016, Qualcomm had enjoyed five years of being Apple’s exclusive chip maker. The suggestion was made by Apple’s counsel in closing remarks Wednesday during the patent infringement trial […]

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March 14, 2019, 9:39 a.m.

Dropbox's Free Storage Plan Now Limited to Three Devices

Dropbox users who have a free Dropbox account are now limited to using that account on a total of three devices, according to new information added to the Dropbox website and spotted on Twitter (via The Verge).

Dropbox says that as of March 2019, "Basic" users, which is the free tier, can add their account to three devices. Dropbox users who already have their account attached to more than three devices can keep them linked, but there will be no way to link additional devices when over the three device limit.


There has long been a free tier for Dropbox users, with no restrictions other than available storage space. The new three device limit will make Dropbox's free service less appealing to users, though it could spur upgrades.

To get unlimited device syncing, Dropbox users will now have to upgrade to a "Plus" or "Professional" Dropbox account. Plus is priced at $9.99 per month for 1TB of storage, while Professional costs $19.99 per month for 2TB of storage. There are discounts available when purchasing a yearly plan, however.

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March 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Shazam Updates iOS App With Date and Time Listings of Songs You've Shazamed Over the Years

Shazam this week updated to version 12.10, introducing a new feature that adds time and date information for every Shazam you take in the My Shazam section of the app. With this small change, you can scroll back through your history of Shazams and see when exactly you listened to each song, as far back as the release of iOS 7 in 2013.


To see the new feature, make sure your Shazam app is updated, open it, and swipe left-to-right to go to My Shazam. This section shows your most recent Shazam and the new discovery date. If you scroll down to the "Recently Shazamed" section and tap "See All," the app provides the date and timestamp for every song that you found through it over the past few years.

If you scrub on the right side of the screen, you can quickly jump to any specific month over the past few years to see what you were listening to at that time. Tapping on these songs brings up their main page, which have links so you can jump into Apple Music and add them to your library.

Apple completed its acquisition of Shazam last year, turning the app ad-free afterwards and aligning user account data with Apple's privacy policy. It's expected that Apple will incorporate Shazam more directly into Apple Music in the future, but as of now the company has not changed the music recognition app in any way, besides small tweaks and updates as seen this week.

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March 14, 2019, 8:49 a.m.

Fibaro's HomeKit-Connected Flood Sensor Notifies You When Leaks Are Detected

Fibaro has been making smart home devices and HomeKit-compatible products for a few years now, and the company has several sensors that work with HomeKit, including the Flood Sensor.

The Flood Sensor, along with the Button that we reviewed last year, are the two Fibaro branded HomeKit accessories available for purchase from Apple.


Fibaro's Flood Sensor is designed to detect water, which sounds super basic, but it's something that has the potential to save you a lot of money because if you've ever had a flood or a water leak, you know the kind of damage that water can cause to your home.

Design


When I saw the Fibaro Flood Sensor online it looked like a rather sizable device, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually small, unobtrusive, and able to go anywhere.

The Flood Sensor, made from a white plastic material, fits in the palm of my hand. It's round in shape with three corrosion resistant gold feet at the bottom that are designed to detect liquid. The feet are retractable at the ends which makes sure the sensor's feet are in contact with the ground even if the surface is a bit uneven.


"Flood Sensor" is written on one side of the device, and there's a Fibaro logo at the top. Inside the Fibaro Flood Sensor, there's a CR123A battery, which can be accessed by twisting the top of the cover counter-clockwise. This is also where the serial number is located.


You can put the Flood Sensor just about anywhere it will fit. It's just about an inch thick at its widest point, so you can tuck it into some tight spots. I have it located underneath a shelf in my living room, a spot where rain water has come in during heavy rains when the gutters outside of my apartment get full.


The feet on the Flood Sensor are small enough that it can detect even a small amount of water right away, which is useful for catching a leak before it gets too bad. If there is a lot of water though, it does float.

Setup


Setting up the Flood Sensor was relatively simple. I had to remove the plastic covering from the battery to get it to activate, which involved opening up the case (a simple counter-clockwise turn to open and then a clockwise turn to close it back up) and pulling out the tab.

From there, I added it to HomeKit using the Fibaro app and scanned the HomeKit code on the manual. There doesn't appear to be a HomeKit code on the device itself, so you may want to hold on to the manual because without a HomeKit code, there's no way to re-add the product to HomeKit.


Fibaro connects to HomeKit over Bluetooth, so to get notifications about leaks when away, you're going to want to have a Home hub available (iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod). I never had a problem with Bluetooth because I have a lot of hubs in my apartment, but in a larger home, Bluetooth connectivity issues could lead to delays if there's not a hub close by.

Functionality


The Flood Sensor is super sensitive and in my testing, it started beeping and flashing red the second it detected water, so it was also quite fast. It continued beeping loudly until it was removed from the water and also sent a notification to every single one of my devices, so the alerts are hard to miss. There is no notification when the water detection stops.

It's sensitive enough that just one of the feet needs to detect moisture before it sounds an alarm, which is great because you can catch a leak as soon as it starts. Having notifications is nice because there's peace of mind that you're not going to miss the alarm sound just because you're out of the house.


Fibaro notifications are sent only to your iOS device with no backup method, such as email, available. This could potentially be a problem if you're without a reliable connection at the time the notification is sent. When there's a leak, it's a big deal that can lead to tons of damage, so a leak sensor needs to use every available method for notification.


It is worth noting that the water needs to touch the gold feet of the Flood Sensor to trigger the alarm. It only activates when the water hits those three specific spots, so if there's a drip and it misses the feet, it's not going to activate. It does seem to need actual contact with water because the alarms stop when it's pulled out of water even if it's still wet itself, so just dampness doesn't trigger it.

There is a tamper feature on the Flood Sensor, so it will sound an alarm when messed with by a child or a cat. Whenever I picked it up to move it for testing purposes, the tamper alarm went off and scared me, so I expect this isn't something a pet is going to want to mess with.


In addition to detecting water, the Flood Sensor has a built-in temperature sensor (but no humidity sensor) so it will also tell you the ambient temperature of the room where it is located and can let you know if there's a sudden shift in temperature such as when a pipe freezes. You'll want to set this up in the Home app with an automation.

App and HomeKit


I'm not a fan of the Fibaro app. It looks outdated, I've had it crash a few times, and every time I open it, it reminds me that location services isn't enabled. I know location services isn't enabled, I disabled it.

The Fibaro app displays tiles for all of your available HomeKit products, including the Flood Sensor, but there's not a whole lot you can do with it in the app.


You can see its current status (aka whether it's detecting a leak) and the temperature through the built-in temperature monitoring feature. There's also a tamper adjustment setting that can be adjusted to prevent it from accidentally detecting water when there's a vibration.

You can use the app to create scenes and automations, but I'd recommend using the Home app over the Fibaro app because it's cleaner and easier to use.

The Home app offers all of the same settings for the Flood Sensor, letting you see the temperature and whether water has been detected. It also lets you adjust notifications if desired. The Flood Sensor will send a notification to you via HomeKit any time water is detected. There's no option for adjusting or disabling notifications in the Fibaro app.


Sensors like the Fibaro Flood Sensor can't be included in scenes, but they can be used as triggers in automations. You can, for example, have all your lights flash on or turn a certain color when water is detected or, if you have a HomeKit smart plug, have it cut the power to something like a washing machine or dishwasher.


Bottom Line


If you have an area in your house that's prone to leaks or flooding, such as under a troublesome sink, a leaky water heater, or near a fish tank, the Flood Sensor is a useful tool for letting you know about an issue right away so it can be addressed as quickly as possible.

There are sensors like this that are much cheaper, but the more affordable models don't connect to your iPhone for remote alerts (you need to be there to hear it), and smarter models are closer to $40. That's still less expensive than the Fibaro, so if you don't need HomeKit, shop around.


The Fibaro does offer the ability to connect the Flood Sensor to other HomeKit products for trigger purposes, so you can do things like turn all the lights blue when water is detected or even cut power to an appliance like a washing machine. I'm not sure how practical that is for most appliances and use cases, but it's certainly an available option.

I don't know if a Flood Sensor needs HomeKit connectivity to be effective, but regardless of the HomeKit compatibility, the Fibaro Flood Sensor was able to deliver reliable alerts on all of my devices and it never failed to detect water exposure. It's not a perfect solution because there are missing features like humidity detection and more reliable (email) notifications, but it is the only HomeKit Flood Sensor on the market for people who prefer a HomeKit setup.

How to Buy


The Fibaro HomeKit-enabled Flood Sensor can be purchased from the Apple online store for $69.95 and it will be coming to Apple retail stores later in the year.


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March 14, 2019, 8:38 a.m.

Microsoft Opens Up Xbox Live Data Syncing to All iOS and Android Apps

Last month, a post from the GDC 2019 scheduling website hinted that Microsoft was preparing to launch a new software development kit that would sync your Xbox Live data to any compatible iOS app. This week, Microsoft confirmed the launch of the cross-platform mobile SDK, enabling developers to build achievements, Gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, and more into iOS and Android apps (via The Verge).


Game developers will be able to "pick and choose" the parts of Xbox Live they want to integrate into their apps, and all of the features will be enabled on the consumer side through a single sign-in to their Microsoft account. The company is using Minecraft as a template for what other developers can do in this space.
“We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community,” explains Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s gaming cloud chief in a media briefing this week.

“If you watch what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers.”
The new SDK is part of the "Microsoft Game Stack" initiative, which has the goal of bringing together Microsoft's tools and services to help both indie and AAA developers create games.

At the moment, there are a few iOS games with Xbox Live features like achievements, but they're only available in games that were released by Microsoft Studios. With the new SDK, these features will greatly expand to any developer willing to implement them into their iOS and Android apps, and progress made on mobile (like the player's gamerscore) will sync back to Xbox consoles.

Earlier news suggested the same abilities would be coming to Nintendo Switch, but at this time Microsoft said that it doesn't have "any specific announcements as it relates to Switch today." With the new SDK, Microsoft will have a chance to greatly expand its reach in the smartphone gaming market, which has boomed in recent years thanks to games like Fortnite and a renewed interest in mobile gaming from companies like Nintendo.


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March 14, 2019, 7:47 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: 2017 MacBook Pro Discounted to $999.99 ($300 Off) In Best Buy's Flash Sale

Best Buy kicked off a new Apple shopping event today, including a few notable sales on Apple devices like the 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Watch Series 3. At the same time, Best Buy is offering a flash sale on the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar (8GB RAM, 128GB SSD), priced at $999.99, down from $1,299.99 ($300 off).


There are three total configurations of this MacBook Pro on sale today only, including the 256GB SSD model and a custom configuration 512GB SSD model. These MacBook Pros lack a Touch Bar and instead have a traditional row of function keys atop the butterfly keyboard.

Each regular configuration on sale today represents the lowest-ever sale price for that MacBook Pro model. Note that the discounts only last today, March 14, and will expire later tonight.

13-Inch MacBook Pro (2017) Flash Sale

To see the rest of the items on sale in Best Buy's Apple shopping event, head to our Deals Roundup.

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March 14, 2019, 7:01 a.m.

How to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on iPhone

Do you typically use speakerphone while taking your calls? If so, the iPhone has a feature that removes the need to tap the speakerphone button when you initially pick up the phone. Follow along to learn how to automatically answer calls on speakerphone on your iPhone.

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March 14, 2019, 7 a.m.

How to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Do you have lots of notes saved across your Apple devices and want to get more organized? Read along for how to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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March 14, 2019, 5:57 a.m.

Digitimes: PCB firms about to mass produce components for new AirPods and iPads

Digitimes today reports that its sources indicate that flexible printed circuit board manufacturers Flexium, Zhen Ding Technology, Compeq and Unitech are ramping up to supply parts in volume for imminent new Apple hardware.

Flexium and Zhen Ding will make PCBs for new iPad models whereas Compeq and Unitech are on tap for AirPods production.

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March 14, 2019, 12:58 a.m.

Opinion: Apple is ‘playing fair,’ but Spotify doesn’t like the rules

Earlier today, Spotify launched a new website called It’s Time to Play Fair, where it proceeded to lay out a timeline and “facts” about how Apple mistreats companies like Spotify. I saw a few snippets of it this morning, but once I had a chance to read the entire thing I almost laughed out loud.

The delusion that the entire site has is a poor attempt to build a Steve Jobs’ style reality distortion field. Spotify had a “Facts” page, and I want to respond to it point by point. Before you a leave comment that I am an Apple fanboy, I would like to point you to articles where I prove that is not the case. more…

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March 13, 2019, 11:40 p.m.

Facebook launches new Watch Party features for live TV, deeper integration with Spotify

At SXSW this week, Facebook has announced new features for its Facebook Watch platform, as well as integration with Spotify. Facebook is rolling out Watch Party support for live TV, while also making it easier to listen to full songs through Spotify.

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March 13, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Tiny chargers show the big advantages of gallium nitride [Review]

Chargers are transitioning from silicon transistors to gallium nitride (GaN), enabling  these irritatingly bulky accessories to shrink in size. Anker and RavPower both make power adapters that put out more current than you’d expect for their svelte dimensions thanks to the magic of GaN. We tested out both chargers that can be used to power […]

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March 13, 2019, 10 p.m.

Apple argues Qualcomm’s ‘real motivation’ in patent suit is retaliation over iPhone’s switch to Intel

After over a week of back and forth, Apple and Qualcomm presented closing arguments today as part of their patent infringement suit in San Diego. Qualcomm zeroed in on a certain patent, while Apple argued Qualcomm is mad it switched to Intel for iPhone modems.

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March 13, 2019, 9 p.m.

Laserlike acquisition boosts Apple’s AI capabilities

Apple bought a small startup that created an app that used machine learning to auotomically find news articles users would be interested in. The acquisition of Laserlike is expected to  bolster Apple’s artificial intelligence efforts. Laserlike + Apple The Laserlike app, which has been removed from the App Store and Google Play, was a “web […]

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March 13, 2019, 8:28 p.m.

AirPods art challenge turns classic works on their ears

Vincent Van Gogh might have been kinder to his ear if only AirPods were around when he was alive and painting. Art already gives us so much to ponder. As does Twitter, which a New York City creative agency used to call on followers to Photoshop Apple AirPods into famous works of art. The results […]

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March 13, 2019, 8:02 p.m.

Panic announces all new web development editor coming this year as Coda 2 successor

The developers at Panic today revealed some major changes coming soon to its web development offerings. The company says that later this year, it will release a completely new web development application as a successor to Coda, which was originally released 12 years ago.

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March 13, 2019, 8 p.m.

Enso is the best looper app for iOS

Enso is an amazing looper app for iOS and Mac. Record, play, loop, mangle, and otherwise create/destroy your sounds.

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March 13, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Stream Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV starting today

In what would have been radical change a few years ago, your Amazon Fire TV can now stream songs from the Apple Music service. This is the latest move from the iPhone maker to allow users to access its services on hardware made by rival companies. Late last year, Amazon Echo smartspeakers started being able […]

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March 13, 2019, 7:40 p.m.

Apple buys up Laserlike, an ex-Googler founded AI startup focused on following news topics

Apple has today acquired machine learning startup Laserlike. According to The Information, the company was founded by former Google engineers and makes it easier for users to follow news in various topics.

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March 13, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

What to expect from Apple’s ‘show time’ event on March 25

The first Apple event of 2019 is nearly here. Tim Cook and friends are set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater on March 25 to unveil the company’s newest goodies, only instead of unveiling some shiny new gadgets you can buy, Apple is supposedly going to bust out some services you can […]

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

Save $600 on the latest 12-inch MacBook [Deals & Steals]

Apple’s most portable notebook is now a steal, with $600 off the latest model today only at B&H Photo. You’ll pay just $999 for an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find Apple […]

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March 13, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Verizon 5G ramps up for April launch

Well behind arch-rival AT&T, Verizon will begin rolling out its 5G wireless network in two cities early in April. This is the carrier’s first step in having this faster replacement for LTE available in 30 cities by the end of the year. Verizon 5G almost here “Not all 5G networks are the same. Verizon’s 5G […]

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March 13, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Apple Music launches on Amazon Fire TV, coming to Echo for UK users soon

Following the Apple Music launch on Amazon Echo speakers in the US, Apple Music is now available on the Amazon Fire TV as well. The Apple Music skill can now integrate with Alexa on Fire TV, so you can ask your TV to play Apple Music with your voice.

Moreover, Amazon announced that it is now expanding Apple Music on Amazon Echo to more countries. The service will be available to Echo owners in the United Kingdom ‘in the coming weeks’.

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March 13, 2019, 6 p.m.

Make your own iPhone Safari download manager with Shortcuts

Downloading files in Mobile Safari is basic, even primitive. With shortcuts, you can rename files and automatically save them to your Dropbox or iCloud Drive. Here’s how.

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March 13, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Facebook and Instagram down for some users, company says its working to fix the issue ‘as soon as possible’

It’s not just you. Facebook and other services owned by the company such as Instagram and WhatsApp are experiencing outages right now. The company says that it is aware of the issue and working to get things back online.

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March 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Leaked ‘iPad mini 5’ case reinforces our worst fears

An apparent “iPad mini 5” case corroborates rumors that this year’s much-anticipated refresh won’t bring a spectacular new design to Apple’s smallest tablet. The case also dashes hopes that the new device will pick up an LED camera flash, a Smart Connector, and four stereo speakers. But is it genuine? It has been more than […]

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

2019 iPad lineup might get even more confusing

Apple’s iPad lineup is about to get more crowded and confusing than ever in 2019. With the company’s big March 25 event looming on the horizon, a new rumor claims Apple is planning to release not one but two iPads with a 10-inch screen this year that won’t fall under the “iPad Pro” brand. CoinX […]

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March 13, 2019, 5 p.m.

Apple rushes to add HBO and Showtime to streaming service

Apple has created numerous shows for its streaming TV service, but is reportedly also negotiating deals to bring in content from other sources, including HBO and Showtime. This should help the Apple TV service compete against established rivals, especially Netflix. For many months, Apple has been quietly signing up actors, directors and producers for TV […]

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March 13, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

iPhone stops arrow en route to user’s head

The iPhone has made news for stopping bullets. A man in Australia discovered his iPhone was durable enough to stop an arrow aimed at his head. The man was under attack in his driveway by an acquaintance with a bow and arrow in the town of Nimbin in New South Wales. The victim raised his […]

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March 13, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

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March 13, 2019, 4:17 p.m.

Latest iPad rumor claims new 10.2-inch and updated 10.5-inch models coming

Apple’s 7th generation iPad is expected to be released at any point. Until now, signs have pointed to the refreshed $329 iPad either retaining its 9.7-inch screen or seeing a slight bump into the 10-inch range. Today, a previously reliable source says that Apple will release a 10.2-inch iPad as well as a 10.5-inch model.

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March 13, 2019, 4 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 027: “Let’s spelunk my life”

It’s time for some new, alternative, avenues of spelunking — including Apple’s career website, and… Rambo’s digital life? Also, how Swift compares to Node.js for server-side development, what a “UIKit for AR” could look like, and some brief speculation about Apple’s upcoming media event.

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March 13, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Spotify files complaint against Apple’s ‘unfair’ App Store fees

Spotify has filed a legal complaint against Apple for what it believes is anti-competitive behavior. The music streaming service, like many others, has an issue with the 30 percent cut Apple charges on App Store revenue. Spotify says Apple makes it very difficult to avoid the fee, which makes some services more expensive. If you […]

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March 13, 2019, 3 p.m.

Best leather Apple Watch bands, from most affordable to luxurious

High-quality leather is a universal way to look and feel classy, timeless and powerful. Deck out your beloved Apple Watch in something it deserves, regardless of price point. Whether you’re buying on a budget or searching for the perfect splurge, your internet scouring ends here. Check out our watch store guide to finding the perfect leather […]

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March 13, 2019, 2:46 p.m.

China’s BOE hoping to oust Samsung as Apple’s sole supplier for next-gen iPhone displays

A report late last year suggested that Apple was gearing up to use a new display technology for at least one of this year’s iPhones, and a fresh report today says that Chinese company BOE is hoping to come on board as a second supplier …

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March 13, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

Spark now lets you delegate emails to your colleagues

Spark, the popular email client from Readdle, now lets you turn messages into tasks and delegate them to your colleagues. The feature is available inside the latest Spark update on Mac and iOS. Readdle says it will be particularly useful for CEOs, managers, and team leaders who need to pass on communications and keep track […]

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March 13, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Major update to Twitter app today brings photos and video to the fore

A major update to the Twitter app, rolling out from today, puts far greater emphasis on photos and video – both in terms of your feed, and your own ability to share.

Initially rumored to be a separate app, Twitter has instead boosted the role of imagery in the main app …

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March 13, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Verizon launching 5G service in two cities next month, but it will cost more

Verizon previously detailed that it plans on launching its 5G service in 30 cities by next year. Now it has revealed that users in Chicago and Minneapolis will be the first to use the next generation cellular standard. However, there are a couple of catches, including a price hike.

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March 13, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Save half on an award-winning digital art Mac app [Deals]

Digital art apps are incredibly powerful, allowing for projects of complexity and scale that pen and paper could never match. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can create it. But that doesn’t mean the process is always simple. Clip Studio Paint Pro is used by more than 4 million illustrators, comic artists and creators. […]

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March 13, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Comment: As Apple dominates smartwatch market, Garmin has crazy justification for $2500 model

When it comes to the smartwatch market, there’s Apple and then everyone else. The most recent data suggests that the Apple Watch has as many sales as all other smartwatch models put together. Garmin smartwatches fall into fourth place.

Apple has a sizable lead with a 50 percent share of the smartwatch market […]

Those shipment numbers put Apple at the top of the smartwatch industry, with Fitbit in a distant second at 5.5 million units shipped in all of 2018. Samsung is in third with 5.3 million units shipped, followed by Garmin at 3.2 million.

But unusually, Apple doesn’t offer the most expensive model among mainstream brands …

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March 13, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

Apple expands coding initiatives in Indonesia and Singapore

Apple this week confirmed the expansion of coding initiatives in Southeast Asia. The company is opening a second Apple Developer Academy in Surabaya, Indonesia, to help aspiring developers. It also plans to expand its App Development with Swift curriculum at partner schools in Singapore. “At Apple, we believe education is one of the most powerful […]

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March 13, 2019, 1 p.m.

Spark launches handy email delegation tool with deadlines and progress tracking

After updating its iOS and Mac email clients last week with rich text formatting, Spark is adding a valuable new tool to its apps: email delegation. The feature allows executives, managers, and teams to more easily manage their workloads with greater efficiency and easy progress tracking.

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March 13, 2019, 12:54 p.m.

Apple Music: Our Complete Guide

Apple Music is Apple's streaming music service, comparable to other similar streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, Google Play Music, Tidal, and others.

Apple Music boasts access to a total of 50 million songs. Content can be streamed or downloaded for offline play, and there are also song and genre-based radio stations available along with the curated Beats 1 radio station.


Apple Music integrates with your existing iCloud Music Library, so you can combine Apple Music songs with songs that you have previously purchased on iTunes all in one unified location.

Apple Music's Unique Features


All of the streaming services have differences, and with Apple Music, Apple has focused on human curation. While there are some algorithmically created playlists, a lot of the content highlighted on Apple Music is done by Apple Music editors.

Apple offers regularly updated personalized playlists in a "For You" tab, including a favorites mix, a chill mix, a friends mix, and a new music mix, along with other playlist options that are updated on a daily basis.


Apple Music also often has exclusive album releases, documentaries, and music videos that aren't available on other platforms as a way to lure subscribers.

Beats 1, Apple Music's 24/7 live radio station, is also one of the service's most unique features. It features songs curated by DJs along with a multitude of special shows, sometimes created by artists.

What's Included in a Subscription



  • Unlimited access to Apple Music songs on demand

  • Personalized algorithmic playlists

  • Curated playlists

  • Mood-based playlists

  • User-created playlists

  • Beats 1 Radio

  • Access to other radio stations

  • Offline song playback

  • Existing music matched to iTunes catalog and added to iCloud Music Library

  • Music and playlist syncing across all Apple Music-compatible devices

Apple Music Availability


Apple Music is available in over 100 countries and regions, with a full list of countries available on Apple's website.

Device Compatibility


Apple music works on all of Apple's devices, including iPhone (CarPlay included), iPad, Apple Watch (with no iPhone on LTE models), Apple TV, Mac (in iTunes), and HomePod.

It's also available on non-Apple devices, so you don't need to be an Apple user to get it. It works on on PCs with the PC version of iTunes, on Android devices with the Android Apple Music app, on Sonos devices, and on Amazon-branded Echo devices.

Cost


Unlike Spotify, Apple Music does not offer a free ad-supported music tier. A paid subscription is required for all Apple Music content.

A standard Apple Music subscription costs $9.99 per month in the United States. With UNiDAYS verification, college students can sign up for a discounted Apple Music subscription that costs $4.99 per month.

A family plan is available for $14.99 per month, and it allows up to six people to listen to Apple Music. A family subscription requires Family Sharing to be set up, which requires all people in the family to use the same credit card for iTunes billing purposes.

Pricing does vary by country, but is similar to the U.S. pricing.

In the United States, Verizon subscribers with Beyond Unlimited or Above Unlimited data plans can access Apple Music for free.

Free Trial


Apple offers free three-month free trials for Apple Music, and in some cases, has been known to offer additional trial months to encourage listeners to sign up for a paid subscription.

Apple Music Basics


Using Apple Music


Managing Your Music


Finding Songs