Sept. 17, 2019, 4:02 a.m.

Apple pouring $1 billion into iPhone production in India

Apple is reportedly spending $1 billion on growing its production capacity in India. This is part of an ongoing move away from the tariffs that will soon be levied on iPhones assembled in China. It might also help increase Apple’s sales in India. Spend money to make money An unnamed source told The Times of […]

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Sept. 17, 2019, 3:10 a.m.

Satechi makes one of Apple’s favorite USB-C multiport adapters [Review]

The Apple Store has just two USB-C hubs with multiple types of ports, and one of them is made by Satechi. This offers USB-A and HDMI ports, as well as dual memory card readers, but so do many other accessories. What makes the Aluminum USB-C Multiport Pro Adapter so good that Apple picked it from […]

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Sept. 17, 2019, 2:42 a.m.

Report: Apple and suppliers investing $1 billion in India to ramp up manufacturing

Apple is looking to ramp up its investment in India, according to a new report today. The Times of India reports that Apple will invest $1 billion in India through its “partners” as it looks to expand manufacturing beyond China.

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Sept. 17, 2019, 1 a.m.

Instantly add dimension to your Mac’s audio [Deals]

It’s amazing what your Mac can deliver through a single headphone jack. Stereo audio is great, but to experience its full potential, you’ll need a little help. Boom 3D for Mac is an award-winning enhancement that adds new dimension to your computer’s audio. Because it works through any headphones, from any player, and with any […]

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Sept. 17, 2019, 12:25 a.m.

Apple orders TV series starring Justin Theroux based on novel ‘The Mosquito Coast’

According to a report from Variety today, Apple has ordered a new original TV series based on the novel “The Mosquito Coast.” The new show will star Justin Theroux, the report says.

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Sept. 17, 2019, midnight

More analysts and retailers report strong iPhone 11 demand, particularly in China

Yesterday evening, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that iPhone 11 demand was better than expected during the first 72 hours of pre-orders, particularly in China. Now, other analysts are corroborating Kuo’s claims as we inch closer to the iPhone 11 launch on Friday.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Awesome but affordable leather bands for Apple Watch Series 5

Your Apple Watch Series 5 is on the way, so it’s time to start building up your band collection. A smart leather strap is a must-have for almost everyone — and it doesn’t have to be expensive. We’ve rounded up some of the finest leather Apple Watch bands you can buy on a tight budget. There’s […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 9:51 p.m.

Last Apple Store with ‘The Studio’ relocating September 28 in Fukuoka, Japan

A little piece of Apple retail history is coming to an end in the service of progress. On September 28 at 10:00 a.m., Apple Fukuoka will move to an expansive new storefront within walking distance of the existing store. When the original location closes, it will take with it the last of a store feature Apple called The Studio.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 16, 2019 – Apple Watch titanium details, more

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Sept. 16, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Apple Arcade launches early to glowing reviews

The wait for Apple’s all-you-can-play gaming service is over for some people beta testing iOS 13. Apple Arcade isn’t supposed to open its virtual doors until Thursday, but many people who are beta testing the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system are already able to start playing. Get Apple Arcade now Anyone testing iOS […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Apple Arcade: a brief look at device storage requirements

Today Apple’s highly-anticipated Apple Arcade video game streaming service launched in limited fashion to iOS 13.1 beta testers ahead of Thursday’s launch. At this stage of the rollout, only 53 games are available on the service, with more surely to come soon. Apple says that eventually, over 100 games will be available on Apple Arcade.

One of the key features of Apple Arcade is its ability to play games offline while on the go. But will your iOS device have enough storage to hold every Apple Arcade available for offline playback? The answer might surprise you. more…

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Sept. 16, 2019, 8 p.m.

After recent hacks, tighten up your iPhone security the easy way

This iPhone security post is presented by Dashlane. To say the least, Google Project Zero’s recent surprising report on the iPhone’s two-year vulnerability to website hacks dented Apple’s vaunted reputation for nearly bulletproof smartphone security. To say the most (or something like it), this latest news of iPhone vulnerability deeply alarmed all of us. Or […]

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

Magnetic bands could mess with Apple Watch Series 5 compass

One of the best new features on Apple Watch Series 5 may not work well at all depending on which band you choose to wear with your watch. Like all compasses, the compass on the Apple Watch Series 5 is sensitive to magnetic interference. Apple warns customers on its website that some of its bands […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Brydge keyboard turns 10.2-inch iPad into a laptop

The Brydge line of premium keyboards is extending to the just-announced seventh-generation iPad — the first with a 10.2-inch screen. The high-grade aluminum casing of the Brydge 10.2 is designed to convert the tablet into a laptop similar to a small MacBook. “We’re excited about this new entry-level iPad and thrilled to bring the Brydge […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to use iOS 13’s new High-Key Mono Portrait Lighting effect

High-Key Light Mono is the first Portrait Lighting effect worth using. Here's what it is why you'll love this new iOS 13 feature.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Apple Arcade gaming service now available for some ahead of Thursday launch

Early reviews of Apple Arcade started surfacing this morning, and now some iOS 13 users have been granted early access to the service. Apple Arcade is officially set to launch on Thursday, September 19th.

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

Apple taps Charlie Hunnam to star in Shantaram series

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has landed the lead role in the highly-anticipated adaption of Shantaram heading to Apple TV+ next year. Shantaram is scheduled to start filming in October. It will be the first international project for Apple TV+ with locations set in Australia and India. Hunnam hasn’t been in a TV series […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

First iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro orders now shipping prior to Friday

After going up for pre-order on Friday, the first iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro orders are now shipping from Apple. The first orders are scheduled to arrive as early as this Friday, September 20th.

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

Brydge unveils MacBook-style keyboard case for Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad

Apple last week introduced an all-new 10.2-inch iPad, and case makers are jumping at the opportunity. Brydge today announced that it is releasing a new wireless keyboard case for the 10.2-inch iPad.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 6:01 p.m.

Wi-Fi 6 makes iPhone 11 faster than ever

An overlooked feature of the iPhone 11 series is Wi-Fi 6, a faster version of this nearly ubiquitous short-range wireless-networking standard. And it’s not just about speed. This update is expected to offer better performance when dozens of hundreds of devices are all trying to connect to Wi-Fi at once. An iPhone 11 Wi-Fi performance […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Instagram will finally let you schedule posts for the future

Facebook revealed some big updates coming to its tools for creators including one feature Instagram users have been begging for for years. Post scheduling is finally being adding to Instagram but only for business accounts that are linked to a Facebook page. The feature is being added alongside some other tools for live video broadcasting […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 5:39 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 compass will work best with certain bands

Apple Watch Series 5 is the first version to include a built-in digital compass, but Apple hasn’t managed to change the laws of physics when it comes to how magnets work. For that reason, Apple suggests using certain bands over others if compass reliability is important to you.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Amazon selling carrier-locked iPhone 11 models, cellular Apple Watches unaffected

For the first time this year, Apple is offering its latest iPhones SIM-free and unlocked right away. Pre-orders are also open on Apple’s Amazon storefront but notably, those variants aren’t unlocked. But you can still pick up unlocked cellular Apple Watch Series 5 and 10.2-inch iPad models from Amazon as well as Apple’s latest accessories. more…

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

Apple Arcade review roundup: A ‘really fun’ and ‘surprisingly excellent’ experience for $5/month

Apple Arcade will officially launch later this week, when iOS 13 is released to the public on September 19th. Ahead of that, the early hands-on and reviews of Apple Arcade are in – and they’re overwhelmingly positive.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

Monday deals: Latest AirPods from $134, Apple Watch Series 5 up to $58 off, more

Monday’s best deals include the latest AirPods on sale from $134 alongside the first discount on Apple Watch Series 5 at $50 off (or more). Apple is also starting the week with a fresh TV show sale including complete series from $20. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 4:57 p.m.

Facebook announces new video tools and scheduled posts on Instagram

Facebook announced today at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam some new features regarding its video capabilities. Publishers now have more tools to use with Facebook’s Watch Party and Creator Studio, such as detailed analytics, scheduled posts, and more.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 3:50 p.m.

Moft X’s invisible iPhone stand keeps your handset where you can see it

In a world where our phones are also video calling devices, multimedia viewers and more, having your iPhone lying flat on your desk isn’t always optimal. That’s where a new “invisible” stand created by Moft X comes into play. Living up to the mantra that truly great design is invisible, its new portable stand allows […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

The iPhone 11’s U1 chip will do more than locate Apple Tags…

Apple has so far been rather cagey about the iPhone 11’s U1 chip, which is capable of extremely accurate positioning data.

The company didn’t mention the chip at all during the keynote, and its marketing materials say only that it will put the nearest people at the top of your AirDrop contacts.

In particular, Apple’s upcoming Tile-like tracker wasn’t mentioned, which was surprising, as it was likely the feature that led to the By innovation only tagline for the event.

But locating Apple Tags isn’t the only thing the U1 chip could potentially do…

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Sept. 16, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Don’t sell your old Apple Watch to Apple! Cult of Mac pays more

If you’re planning to upgrade to Apple Watch Series 5, you might have thought about selling old model back to Apple. But that’s a terrible idea. Apple will offer you just a fraction of what your old Apple Watch is really worth. It pays a maximum of $110 for Series 4 units introduced just a […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

Mophie launches convertible stand to pad wireless charger for iPhone, works in portrait or landscape orientation

After launching two multi-device wireless chargers last month and a single wireless pad, Mophie is rounding out its wireless charger collection with a convertible stand/pad option that will be available at Apple Stores.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Wi-Fi 6 officially launches today, ahead of iPhone 11 availability on Friday

Wi-Fi 6 officially launches today, a few days ahead of availability of the iPhone 11, which supports the new, faster standard…

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Sept. 16, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Apple wins its second Emmy for Carpool Karaoke

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series just won an Emmy for the second year running. The show won a Creative Arts Emmy award in the “Short form variety series” category in an award handed out over the weekend. While plenty of people forget about Carpool Karaoke when talking about Apple’s original TV shows, that’s a good […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Save on Apple Watch 5, iPhone 11 cases [Deals & Steals]

Preordered a new iPhone? You’ll need a protective case to go with it. A bunch of Case-Mate options are now discounted for a limited time on Amazon. Prices start at just $15.99 (down from $19.99) for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro cases. And that’s not the only awesome offer in today’s Deals & Steals […]

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

Apple clashes with its Apple Card partner over TV+

Apple partnered with Goldman Sachs to launch Apple Card. But that doesn’t guarantee that the two entities will always see eye-to-eye. Late last week, Goldman Sachs cut its price target on Apple shares to $165. That gives it the lowest expectations for Apple of all major Wall Street banks. Following the news, Apple hit back at […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Apple CFO Luca Maestri heading tomorrow’s appeal against €13B Irish tax ruling

Apple’s appeal against the €13 billion ($14.3 billion) Irish tax ruling is due to begin tomorrow, and chief financial officer Luca Maestri is reported to be heading the team.

Apple is reportedly taking five other execs to help the company make its case in a court case scheduled to last just two days…

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Sept. 16, 2019, 1:11 p.m.

One of iPhone 11’s hottest features is coming to older models

One of iPhone 11’s hottest camera features is also making its way to older devices. The ability to record from multiple cameras simultaneously will be available on iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max, and the 2018 iPad Pro when iOS 13 rolls out to everyone later this week. The new camera functionality allows you […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs leaves and rejoins Apple

September 16, 1985 and 1997: Twice on this day, Steve Jobs makes significant moves with regard to his career at Apple. In 1985, he quits the company he co-founded. Then, a decade and a half later, he officially rejoins Apple as its new interim CEO. In terms of the emotions associated with those historic occasions, […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

5G iPhone in 2020 enables Apple to wait for next-gen tech, with two benefits

While rival smartphones may tease Apple over launching a non 5G iPhone at its flagship this year, the reality is that there is so little coverage as yet that it’s almost irrelevant.

Waiting a year also enables Apple to benefit from two upcoming developments in 5G chips …

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Sept. 16, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Apple heads to court this week to battle world’s biggest tax case

Apple has a fight on its hands this week as it goes to court to battle the world’s biggest tax case. The company will protest its 2016 European Union tax bill of 13 billion euros ($14.4 billion). The EU charged Apple the money after saying it had an unfair tax arrangement with Ireland. Apple has […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 11:59 a.m.

Apple wins Creative Arts Emmy ahead of Apple TV+ launch; NASA too

Apple has won a Creative Arts Emmy ahead of the November 1 launch of Apple TV+.

The company picked up the award for Carpool Karaoke, in the same category it won last year …

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Sept. 16, 2019, 11:38 a.m.

There’s something Office users must know about the new iPad

Think twice about buying the new 10.2-inch iPad if you’re a frequent Microsoft Office user. Microsoft’s rather strange policy on tablet use will almost certainly mean you’ll lose out on free Office access if you upgrade to Apple’s newest slate. And a subscription will cost you $9.99 a month. Office remains the go-to productivity suite […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

iPhone 11 Lineup Supports Faster Wi-Fi 6, Which Launches Today

The non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance today announced the release of the Wi-Fi 6 certification program, noting that devices with the Wi-Fi 6 Certified logo will meet the "highest standards for security and interoperability."


Wi-Fi 6, aka 802.11ax, delivers faster speeds, greater network capacity, improved power efficiency, lower latency, and connectivity improvements in areas with several Wi-Fi devices. Wi-Fi 6 devices also must support WPA3, the latest version of the Wi-Fi security protocol with improved cryptographic strength.

The upcoming iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max all support Wi-Fi 6, and the devices will likely be certified under this program soon. More information is available on the Wi-Fi Alliance website. CNET also has a good explainer.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

Multiple camera simultaneous recording coming to iPhone XS and iPhone XR, not just iPhone 11

At its event last week, Apple previewed a new version of Filmic Pro running on the iPhone 11 Pro. It was a compelling demo with the app able to record from multiple cameras simultaneously, like recording the front and back camera together, or filming using the new ultra-wide and standard wide cameras for additional coverage.

However, the good news is that simultaneous multi-cam sessions are not only available on the iPhone 11. The feature is also supported by the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and the 2018 iPad Pro …

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Sept. 16, 2019, 11:04 a.m.

Get Apple Watch Series 5 at a $50 discount

You might want to avoid the Apple Store if you plan on picking up a brand new Apple Watch Series 5 this week. Amazon is already offering a $50 discount on some models for a limited time. Prices start at just $384.99 (down from $399) for a 40mm devices with GPS. We thought Amazon’s $29.01 price […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Apple premieres TV+ show Dickinson at Tribeca Festival

Apple’s original TV series Dickinson made its debut at the Tribeca TV Festival this weekend. The series is about the life of poet Emily Dickinson. This is the first time the public has seen one of Apple’s new TV+ shows. The show will officially debut on November 1 when Apple TV+ launches. Deadline writes that Dickinson mixes […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 10:19 a.m.

MacRumors Exclusive: Save Up to 40% on Anker's USB-C and Lightning Cables, Wireless Chargers, and More

MacRumors has partnered with Anker again this week to offer our readers a chance to save on nine accessories, including USB-C chargers, wireless chargers, Lightning cables, and portable battery packs.

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

Savings reach as much as 40 percent off the devices listed below, starting as low as $11.99 for Anker's own Lightning to USB-C power cable, which can be used to fast charge a compatible iPhone. All of the discount codes have been organized in our list, so be sure to browse the sale before the codes expire this Sunday, September 22.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 10 a.m.

iPhone 11 sales estimates rising after surprisingly strong demand

Analysts have started raising iPhone 11 shipping estimates after surprisingly strong demand for Apple’s newest handsets. Initial stock of most models quickly sold out after Apple starting accepting preorders on Friday, September 13. It seems fans are particularly interested in the brand new color options. The new iPhone lineup isn’t vastly different to 2018’s. You […]

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Sept. 16, 2019, 8:49 a.m.

Apple Watch Bands With Magnets May Cause Interference With Compass on Series 5 Models

New to Apple Watch Series 5 models is a built-in compass that allows users to see which way they are facing, complete with a new Compass app that displays heading, incline, latitude, longitude, and current elevation.


In fine print on its website, however, Apple has indicated that Apple Watch bands with magnets "may cause interference" with the compass. This includes the Milanese Loop, Modern Buckle, and Leather Loop. Sport Bands, Sport Loops, Link Bracelets, Nike, and Hermès bands do not contain magnets.

Magnetic interference can affect any compass, so this is not an Apple Watch issue, but something to keep note of while choosing a band.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 8:14 a.m.

Deals: Mophie Launches New Convertible Wireless Charging Stand, Save 20% With Exclusive Discount Code

Mophie this week launched a new wireless charging stand for any Qi-enabled smartphone, including the latest iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max devices. The accessory is available on Mophie's website for $69.95.


Mophie's new stand can convert from a vertical to a horizontal orientation, allowing you to charge your iPhone in portrait mode, landscape mode, or flat on its back. You can also use the new accessory to charge the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case.

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Our readers should note that we have an ongoing 20 percent discount code with Mophie through the end of September. So, if you're interested in the new wireless charging stand you can get it for $55.96, down from $69.95 -- the lowest price available online.

This discount code is available sitewide on Mophie's website, so you can use it to save on portable batteries, battery cases, charging cables, and more. This includes the all-new Juice Pack Access battery cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to check how much storage you need for your new iPhone

Ready to order a new iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro but can’t remember how much storage you’re using on your current iPhone? Follow along for how to quickly check how much storage you need for your new iPhone.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 6:21 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Save Up to $50 When Pre-Ordering Apple Watch Series 5 on Amazon

Amazon is offering customers a chance to save when pre-ordering the Apple Watch Series 5, which is set to be released this Friday, September 20. The retailer's sale is focused on select models of the cellular Apple Watch Series 5, and offers up to $50 off these devices.

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

We've listed a few models on sale below, and you can head to Amazon to browse the full sale right here. Readers should note that some of the sales are only for certain case sizes, and some others require you to clip an on-page coupon to get the discount.

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Sept. 16, 2019, 4:33 a.m.

Apple TV+ Show 'Dickinson' Premiered at Tribeca TV Festival

Apple premiered its first TV show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday. Dickinson is a period drama that centers on the life of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson, played by pop star Hailee Steinfeld.


This is the first time the public has seen one of the shows set to appear on Apple TV+ when the streaming service launches on November 1. Deadline summed up the quirky take on Dickinson's life by comparing it to Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Shakespeare adaptation Romeo + Juliet.
The period-set look at the life of poet Emily Dickinson offers a wealth of contemporary flourishes. (Think Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.) Rapper Wiz Khalifa plays Death and the soundtrack teems with currently charting artists like Billie Eilish. As pastoral 19th century life unfolds, bass-heavy beats drop and many characters speak in a modern style. The show, whose official world premiere will be held in a few weeks, blends drama, comedy and romance steeped in literary history. "It truly reflects everything that's in her poetry, which is everything there is to feel," Steinfeld said.
In the first episode, Dickinson resists her mother's efforts to marry her off and is heartbroken when her father chastises her for submitting a poem to a literary magazine.

"I do think that the pressure that Emily Dickinson is under to feel or act or do certain things, I think that women still feel that today," Steinfeld told Reuters after the screening of the show's first episode.

Steinfeld, who played a breakout starring role in Pitch Perfect 2, also made the surprise-announcement that she will release her new music single "Afterlife" on September 19 and the song will feature in the show.

Other shows set to debut with the launch of Apple TV+ include The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and See, a sci-fi drama featuring Jason Momoa.

Apple's video streaming service will cost $4.99 per month, and Apple is planning to provide one free year of Apple TV+ access to all customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac, aka any device able to play the service's TV shows and movies.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13
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Sept. 15, 2019, 11:47 p.m.

Kuo: iPhone 11 demand better than expectations, stronger interest for new color options

Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report late on Sunday that said he believes iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro order demand is ahead of expectations, following the launch of preorders on Friday.

Basing his predictions largely off of Apple’s online shipping estimates, Kuo points out strong demand for the new colors: the midnight green iPhone 11 Pro, and the green and purple iPhone 11 models. He also warns that production problems of the glass for the midnight green phone means availability of that model is currently constrained.

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Sept. 15, 2019, 9:53 p.m.

Logic Pros: How to automatically remove unwanted noise from audio recordings

After reviewing a number of quality of life techniques recently, today we are taking a closer look at how to Remove Silence in Logic Pro X. Anyone who records audio will know good and well how tedious it can be to edit the undesirable noise out of a recording. While we have looked at some manual options in the past for precision edits, Logic’s Remove Silence feature can get the job done in just a couple clicks, or less. more…

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Sept. 15, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

What to do if you forget your iPhone or iPad passcode

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In the days of biometric authentication with Face ID and Touch ID, it can be easy to forget the passcode you set for your iPhone or iPad. Thankfully, it is possible to gain access to an iPhone or iPad if you forget your passcode, though you’ll likely need your Apple ID password.

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Sept. 15, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 pre-orders $50 off (or more) at Amazon

Apple Watch Series 5 isn’t even shipping yet, and the deals are already starting to roll in. Amazon is now taking $50 off various GPS + Cellular models. A few listings have extra savings with an on-page coupon and GPS-only configurations are $15 off in some instances. This is the first discount we’ve tracked to date and a rather unprecedented move by Amazon. Ships September 20th.

The latest from Apple delivers a new always-on Retina display, 30% larger screen than Series 3, and a swimproof design. Improved features like heart rate tracking, ECG, and a new compass are a few of the other notable upgrades here. Of course, you’ll still get fitness tracking and the usual suite of notifications.

Prefer Apple Watch Series 4? Those models are currently on sale by up to $100 off. And be sure to use your savings from today’s markdowns towards a new Watch band like this leather model.

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

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro comparison: Which should you buy?

Last week, we broke down all of the differences between the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 – explaining that for many people, the iPhone XR is still an excellent choice. What about the iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro? Read on as we detail all of the differences.

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Sept. 15, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best stereo, video and game apps this week

Check out Roland's answer to iPhone 11's multiple cameras, turn mono to stereo with Haaze 2, and see the new Pixelmator Photo beta.

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Sept. 15, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Belkin gives wireless charging an innovative boost [Review]

Wireless charging stands hold your iPhone up so you can easily see the display while the handset is getting power. Belkin has a model that improves on the whole concept: it can charge your device when it’s propped up in either portrait or landscape mode. Apple liked the design enough to add it to the […]

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Sept. 15, 2019, 3:54 p.m.

First Apple TV+ original premieres at Tribeca TV Festival ahead of November 1 launch

Apple last week confirmed that Apple TV+ will launch to the public in over 100 countries on November 1st. Following that announcement, the first Apple TV+ original TV show has premiered this weekend at the Tribeca TV Festival.

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Sept. 15, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

This week’s top stories: iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are official, Apple Watch Series 5 details, more

In this week’s top stories: Apple officially announces the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, as well as the Apple Watch Series 5. We also learn more about Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

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Sept. 15, 2019, 2 p.m.

Comment: How “desktop-class” is Safari in iPadOS 13?

One of the tentpole features of iPadOS 13 was a desktop version of Safari. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been saying that Mobile Safari on the iPad was a significant weakness. Even when the iPad had the power of a laptop, it was still running a web browser that was limited. For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing Desktop Safari on the iPad to see if it’s genuinely a desktop browser. Is the iPad finally ready to be on the same level as the Mac? Does iPadOS 13 make it easier to go iPad only? Let’s dive in on a review of Desktop Safari on iPadOS 13. more…

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Sept. 15, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple gives users a way to delete U2’s spam album

September 15, 2014: Responding to its disastrous U2 album giveaway, Apple provides a tool for wiping all signs of Songs of Innocence from their iPhones. It comes after one of the strangest PR debacles in Apple’s history. After putting a free copy of U2’s latest album on every iPhone owner’s handset as a special promotion, […]

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Sept. 14, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Apple @ Work: What can your IT department look at on your managed Apple devices?

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Spike, the world’s first conversational email app that helps professionals and teams spend less time on email, and more on getting things done.

One of the common things I hear about Mobile Device Management solutions from my technology-focused friends is they hate when their company IT departments “suck” their devices into the management system the organization chooses. For those that love to tinker, set up, and manage their own devices, having them “managed” may seem like big brother is watching. Thankfully, Apple has clear APIs for how their devices interact with MDMs, so end users can rest assured their IT department doesn’t have access to everything on their devices. If you’re wondering if your IT department can read your iMessages, you’ve come to the right place. more…

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Sept. 14, 2019, 8:17 p.m.

New Apple Stores open in Louisville and The Woodlands: green walls, mirrored facade, more

September has been a remarkably busy month for Apple Store updates and expansions, and the sequence continues today with two more store openings in Louisville, Kentucky and The Woodlands, Texas. Both Apple Oxmoor and Apple The Woodlands left their classic locations for new storefronts that more than double the size of each store.

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Sept. 14, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

Totallee launches super thin cases for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Totallee is now shipping its thin cases for all the new iPhones including the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Totallee has been making high-quality, ultra thin iPhone cases since 2013. All of its cases are incredibly thin, branding free (!!!) and designed to offer everyday protection without adding bulk.

Totallee’s new cases are available in 7 different colors and 3 different styles: matte, transparent and leather. Head below for a look at the whole collection.

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Sept. 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Apple denies Steve Jobs’ love of ninja stars

September 14, 2010: Security workers reportedly stop Steve Jobs at Japan’s Kansai International Airport. The reason? The Apple CEO supposedly tried to bring ninja throwing stars onto his private plane while heading home from vacation. It’s one of the most bizarre Jobs stories ever. Apple, however, quickly spoils the internet’s fun. Cupertino issues a statement describing […]

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Sept. 14, 2019, 4 p.m.

Big surprises at iPhone 11 event get us buzzing [Cult of Mac Magazine 314]

For the iPhone 11 event, that crafty Tim Cook slipped some genuine surprises around the back of the rumor mill. Apple left our heads spinning in a variety of ways. We totally expected the gorgeous new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. And we figured the fat new camera array would prove a total killer […]

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Sept. 14, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

Poll: Have you pre-ordered the Apple Watch Series 5 yet?

Unlike past years, the Apple Watch Series 5 went up for pre-order immediately following Apple’s September event on Tuesday. The Series 5 is available in new materials including ceramic and titanium, and we want to know: have you pre-ordered the Apple Watch Series 5?

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

Learn to wield Google’s powerful analytics tools [Deals]

Google holds an outsized influence on what people engage with on the internet. So making your mark online means making the most of Google’s analytics tools. With this deeply discounted bundle of courses in Google Analytics, you’ll learn how. The Ultimate Google Analytics Mastery Bundle includes 9 courses with about 43 hours of video content. […]

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Sept. 14, 2019, 2:07 p.m.

Sling TV officially adds support for streaming in Safari for macOS

Sling TV has finally added support for streaming live and on-demand content through Safari. Previously, playing Sling content on the web was limited to Chrome and Edge, as well as apps on iOS and Apple TV.

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Sept. 14, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

iPhone 11 still available for launch day delivery as iPhone 11 Pro starts to slip

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro officially went up for pre-order yesterday ahead of their September 20th launch day. Over the last 24 hours, supply of certain iPhone models has started to dwindle, but plenty of options still remain for day one delivery.

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Sept. 14, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, New iPad, and More

Apple's biggest product unveiling of the year is now in our rear-view mirror, with the company taking the wraps off of new iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad models while also prepping for the launch of its new Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ services.

Pre-orders for all of the new devices are now underway, and we're looking forward to next Thursday's release of iOS 13 and watchOS 6, followed the next day by the new iPhone and Apple Watch models. Read on for more details on Apple's announcements from this week!

Everything Apple Announced at This Week's iPhone Event in Just Seven Minutes


Apple's highly anticipated September media event on Tuesday saw the company unveil its latest iPhone and Apple Watch models, as well as an updated entry-level iPad. We also got final details on the upcoming Apple Arcade and Apple TV+ subscription services.


While there were quite a few announcements at the event, we didn't quite get everything we were hoping for, perhaps setting the stage for an October event where we could see Mac and iPad Pro updates, as well as the Tile-like item tracker Apple has been working on.

Make sure to check out our recap video summing everything up in just seven minutes, as well as links to all of our news stories from the event.

Apple Announces iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max With Triple-Lens Rear Camera and Midnight Green Color


The successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max debuted as the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, and as expected, both sizes come with triple-lens rear cameras for improved photo and video capabilities.


The devices are available in four colors including a new Midnight Green, and they come with a more durable textured matte glass back and improved water resistance. An improved Super Retina XDR display and A13 Bionic chip drive performance gains, while the new iPhones also get four to five additional hours of battery life compared to their predecessors. The also now come with a faster 18-watt USB-C power adapter in the box.

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max became available for pre-order on Friday at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and they will officially launch on Friday, September 20. Pre-order supplies started to sell out fairly quickly, however, so those ordering now may have to wait until after Friday to receive their phones.

Apple Unveils iPhone 11 With Dual-Lens Rear Camera, Six New Colors, Dolby Atmos, and More


Apple's lowest-cost new iPhone is the iPhone 11, the successor to last year's iPhone XR. The iPhone 11 includes a number of upgrades such as a dual-lens rear camera, six new colors, an A13 Bionic chip, and Dolby Atmos sound.


Camera upgrades include a dual-lens rear camera with 12-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel ultra-wide lenses, a Night Mode for capturing ultra low-light photos, and Smart HDR.

The iPhone 11 starts at $699, which is $50 less than the iPhone XR, and as with the iPhone 11 Pro, pre-orders kicked off at 5:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 13 ahead of availability on Friday, September 20.

Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 5 With Always-On Retina Display and New Titanium Case Option


The Apple Watch Series 5 comes with new titanium and ceramic case options as rumored, but one big change remained a surprise until it was announced: an always-on display.


Other improvements include a built-in compass and an updated Maps app for improved navigation, as well as support for international emergency calls on cellular models. The new Apple Watch Studio also lets you customize your watch with whichever casing and band combination you prefer.

Apple Watch Series 5 is available for pre-order now ahead of a September 20 launch, starting at $399 for GPS models and $499 for cellular models, although launch-day deliveries of some models are no longer available. Apple Watch Series 3 models also remain available starting at just $199.

Apple Unveils New Low-Cost 10.2-inch iPad Starting at $329


In line with last-minute rumors, Apple at this week's event revealed a new 7th-generation iPad, bringing updated specs including a larger 10.2-inch display, an A10 Fusion chip, and a Smart Connector for attaching a Smart Keyboard.


The new iPad is priced starting at $329 ($299 for education customers) with pre-orders available now ahead of a September 30 launch date.

Apple to Release iOS 13 on September 19, iOS 13.1 and iPadOS on September 30


Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro on September 20, Apple announced that it will be releasing iOS 13 on Thursday, September 19. iPad support will not be included, however, with Apple quickly following iOS 13 with an iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 release on September 30.


For Apple Watch owners, watchOS 6 will be launching for Series 3 and newer on September 19, with Series 1 and Series 2 following later in the fall. As for macOS Catalina, Apple says it will be launching in October.

Apple's upcoming subscription services also received launch dates, with Apple Arcade launching September 19 for $4.99/month for the whole family, with a one-month free trial. Apple TV+ will launch on November 1, also priced at $4.99/month with a seven-day free trial. Users will, however, receive a free year of Apple TV+ with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

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Sept. 14, 2019, 3:38 a.m.

Apple Stores reopening on iPhone 11 launch day: Bridgewater, Mall of America, Highland Village, more

To celebrate the launch of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5, Apple is preparing a whirlwind of retail updates. In addition to Apple Fifth Avenue’s grand reopening in Manhattan, multiple Apple Stores across the world will reopen or move to greatly expanded spaces on September 20.

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Sept. 14, 2019, 1:30 a.m.

Totallee’s new thin iPhone cases cover your new iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

This post is presented by Totallee. In all the excitement of getting a brand-spanking-new iPhone 11, don’t forget to protect your pricey new purchase from drops, bumps and scrapes with a sturdy case. It may be the last thing you want to deal with, buying yet another thing, but it’s worth it. And let’s face […]

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Sept. 14, 2019, 1:15 a.m.

Disney CEO resigns from Apple board as streaming war heats up

The Apple board of directors just lost a powerful member: Disney CEO Bob Iger. His resignation, revealed by an Apple filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, comes as Disney and Apple prepare to launch competing streaming services. Meanwhile, the new Disney offering garnered a rave early review that called it “more addictive than heroin.” […]

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Sept. 14, 2019, 12:05 a.m.

Terrific Tenc Air slim case now available for iPhone 11

Just Mobile’s terrific Tenc Air case is now available for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max. It’s super-slim, insanely durable, and it won’t spoil the stunning design of your new iPhone. It’s a shame to spend hundreds of dollars on a beautiful new phone and then slap it inside a case that hides […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 11:35 p.m.

How to check what LTE bands the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have

Want to pick up the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max but want to make sure it will work with certain LTE bands and specific carriers? Follow along for how to check what LTE bands are used in the various models of the iPhone 11 lineup.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 11:34 p.m.

New iPhone on the way? Get the best price for your old one

Staring at your savings account with tears in your eyes after preordering a new iPhone? Sell your old iPhone today to recover some of your hard-earned cash, and get the best price from Cult of Mac. We make the whole process quick and simple — and we typically pay more than anyone else. Apple devices hold […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Bob Iger resigns from Apple’s board of directors ahead of Apple TV+ and Disney+ launches

Even though Disney’s CEO Bob Iger previously suggested that the impending launches of Apple TV+ and Disney+ wouldn’t mean he’d have to leave Apple’s board of directors, we’ve learned today that he has resigned that position.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

Get 20% off Defense cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max for a limited time

Defense by X-Doria, a leading case manufacturer based out of Santa Monica, is introducing Defense: A four case collection engineered to protect the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Defense line of cases has been tested to exceed military drop test standards of up to 10 feet onto concrete and are further backed by a lifetime warranty. And for a limited time, 9to5Mac readers 20% off the new collection:

9to5 readers can get 20% off Defense cases to celebrate the launch of iPhone 11 with code: 9TO5MAC20

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Sept. 13, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Pour some popcorn out: MoviePass is dead

Struggling movie subscription service MoviePass revealed today that it will completely shut down on Saturday, September 14. The service gained viral popularity in 2017 when it changed its business model allowing subscribers to watch an unlimited number of movies a month for just $10. After exploring a bunch of different pricing models since, the company […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

Save on new 10.2-inch iPad, iPhone 11 cases [Deals & Steals]

The new 10.2-inch iPad isn’t even out yet, and Amazon is already slashing prices. You can save $29.01 on the 128GB model with Wi-Fi when you preorder today. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. There’s also big discounts on some sweet cases for the iPhone 11 lineup, […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

MoviePass closing shop after months of making service worse, but still seeking funding

MoviePass has given customers and investors a wild ride over the last year and a half. And that’s thanks to its unpredictable business strategy and execution rather than the entertainment it was supposed to be offering with its movie subscription service. Now, as reported by CNBC, MoviePass is almost certainly kicking the bucket tomorrow, September 14th. However, it’s still looking for a new life…

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Sept. 13, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to control what your iPhone backs up to iCloud

iCloud backups can get big, fast. Learn how to manage iCloud storage. Selecting which apps to back up likely will help you free up iCloud storage.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pre-Order Statuses Begin Shifting to 'Preparing to Ship'

On the same day that iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max pre-orders began, some customers are already beginning to see their order statuses shift from "processing" to "preparing to ship" on Apple's website.

Once an order has reached "preparing to ship" status, it can no longer be canceled, although customers still have 14 days to return the iPhone upon receiving it for a full refund. Once orders reached "shipped" status in the United States, they can usually be tracked on UPS's or FedEx's websites.

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If your order has a Friday, September 20 delivery estimate, but has yet to reach "preparing to ship" status, this should change over the next few days. To check the status of your order, visit the Order Listing page on Apple's website.

The first deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Friday, September 20.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Brilliant new ads put iPhone 11 Pro through the wringer

YouTube is about to get swarmed with new iPhone 11 stress test videos starting on September 20 but Apple just beat everyone to the punch with its latest ad that shows this year’s iPhone is the toughest yet. Apple dropped two new iPhone 11 Pro ads this morning showing off the durability of the new […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

macOS wallpaper quest sends photo crew on epic road trip

Every day, Mac users face their screens and see a breath-taking photo of a natural California landmark. One YouTuber set out with friends to re-create the photographs in Apple’s macOS wallpapers during a week-long road trip. At the end of the week, host Andrew Levitt, along with landscape photographer Taylor Gray and videographer Jacob Phillips, […]

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

Apple shares whimsical ads highlighting iPhone 11 Pro camera features and durability

After opening up preorders for its latest iPhones today, Apple has shared two new ads that highlight the durability and new camera features of the iPhone 11 Pro in a lighthearted way. Take a look at the fun “It’s tough out there” and “Triple-camera system” ads below.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Why J.J. Abrams spurned a $500 million Apple TV+ deal

Apple reportedly offered one of the world’s hottest directors half a billion dollars to produce shows exclusively for Apple TV+, but J.J. Abrams turned down the deal. Instead, his Bad Robot production company signed with WarnerMedia for about half that amount. Doesn’t want to be tied to Apple Abrams made this decision because he wants […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Samsung ad disses iPhone’s lack of Portrait Mode video

Samsung’s unleashed its latest attack ad on Apple this morning as fans queued up online to pre-order the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The short ad tells iPhone lovers to switch to the Galaxy Note10 because it has one features the new iPhones can’t match: Live Focus video. Check out the difference between […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

iOS 13 won’t nerf your older iPhone

Head-to-head tests show that models as old as the iPhone 6S run iOS 13 at least as fast as iOS 12, and some devices see a performance boost. The same is true for battery life: testing indicates Apple’s latest operating system puts no additional strain on the battery of older models. iOS 13 is often […]

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

Samsung Galaxy ad uses missing iPhone 11 camera feature as bait to switch

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro feature a variety of upgrades but the biggest changes are with the phones’ new camera systems. Just as preorders have gone live for the new iPhones, Samsung has released an ad trying to tempt iPhone users to pick up the Galaxy Note 10 by highlighting a camera feature the new iPhones don’t have.

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

Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad is already on sale, plus Apple Watch Series 4 now $100 off and iPhone 11 deals

Apple’s new 10.2-inch iPad is already being discounted at Amazon, while Apple Watch Series 4 is now $100 off. Plus, it’s iPhone 11 pre-order day and we have all the best deals right here for you. Hit the jump for all that and jump in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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

Apple Watch Series 5: How much lighter is titanium versus stainless steel?

Apple Watch Series 5 debuted this week with an all-new titanium case that touts a “superb strength-to-weight ratio.” Apple says the new premium material in the titanium watch is lighter than stainless steel models, but how much of a difference should you expect?

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Sept. 13, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 13, 2019 – iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pre-orders

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Sept. 13, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Congress wants to read Tim Cook’s emails for antitrust investigation

House Judiciary Committee leaders want Tim Cook to turn over his emails and other information as part of a possible antitrust investigation. Cook is one of dozens of executives from Apple, Facebook, Google parent company Alphabet and Amazon named in the request. It follows increased scrutiny of Apple, particularly surrounding the way that it runs […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Congress wants Tim Cook’s emails for investigation over App Store monopoly concerns

Congress has asked Apple along with Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet for emails and other communications between executives as it continues its antitrust investigation into the major tech companies. In Apple’s case, Congress wants to look over Tim Cook and other leaders’ emails and more as evidence relating to the company removing third-party Screen Time apps, its App Store algorithm, and potential efforts to Sherlock apps.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 3 p.m.

iPhone 11 supposedly capable of two-way wireless charging

One feature we expected but didn’t get from the iPhone 11 lineup is two-way wireless charging. But Apple could surprise us with it later. It is claimed the newest handsets have the necessary hardware, but the functionality is disabled in iOS. If true, Apple could activate the feature for iPhone 11 owners at a later […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

Apple Card partner Goldman Sachs expects 26% AAPL hit over misunderstanding

Apple Card partner bank Goldman Sachs expects a significant AAPL hit over a predicted misunderstanding by investors and analysts.

It says the downside for the stock is likely to hit 26% thanks to the way it thinks the market will react to an accounting decision made by the Cupertino company…

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:55 p.m.

Google agrees to pay France $1.1 billion to end tax investigation

Google will pay a total of $1.1 billion to end a four-year probe into its tax activities in France. This is a combination of fine and repayment of additional taxes Google didn’t pay first time around. France and Germany have both pushed for tighter tax regulations of multination tech giants. Others — Apple included — […]

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

Get a sleek set of wireless, noise-canceling headphones at a discount [Deals]

Headphones connect us to our favorite music, shows and other content. Why complicate that connection with ambient noise and tangled cables? Avantree Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones are a sleek, comfortable set of Bluetooth, over-ear headphones that also sport effective noise-canceling tech. Precision 40mm stereo drivers offer natural, high-quality audio while eliminating low-frequency background noise. […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:32 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro Max: hands on with every official Apple case [Video]

Today is iPhone 11 day, with all three varieties of the iconic smartphone having just gone on sale.

One of the less exciting parts of getting a new phone is deciding what case to choose to protect it. To help with your decision on cases, we’ve gathered all 17 of Apple’s official iPhone 11 era cases to demonstrate how they actually look.

Watch our hands-on video commentary as we unbox and go hands-on with every new Apple-made iPhone 11 case. We’ll take a look at every color and every style of case that Apple offers for this year’s iPhones. more…

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:28 p.m.

Simjacker flaw allows attacker to track your location via secret text message

It’s long been speculated that it would be possible to take over a smartphone via a so-called simjacker exploit, which gains remote control of the SIM card. Security researchers have now discovered that governments have been actively using a simjacker attack for at least two years…

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

iPhone 11 shipping dates already slipping fast

You may miss out on launch day delivery if you haven’t already preordered your shiny new iPhone 11, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max. Shipping dates have already started slipping for many models after preorders opened at 5 a.m. PDT today. But there’s good news if you plan to pick up the more affordable iPhone 11. […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

iOS 13 flaw exposes all your contacts data

A newly-discovered flaw in iOS 13 lets anyone access your contacts without your passcode. It takes just a few simple steps to bypass your iPhone’s lockscreen and see every phone number, email address, and physical address you have saved. But a fix is already on the way. The issue, discovered by Jose Rodriguez, is similar […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

The wild tech buried in iPhone 11 Pro, and why an October Apple hardware is likely on the way, on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: everything you need to know about iPhone 11 and 11 Pro! We dive deep into the coolest features buried in Apple’s newest iPhones. Plus: our reactions to everything announced at the iPhone 11 event! And it’s all but confirmed: we’ll tell you why there’s almost definitely an October hardware event […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Dropcam founder reportedly leaving Apple

Dropcam founder Greg Duffy has reportedly left Apple, having joined the company in 2017 to work on special projects. Wi-Fi home camera company Dropcam was acquired by Google in 2014. However, Duffy fell out with ex-Apple employee and Nest co-founder Tony Fadell, who was put in charge of the team. Duffy left Google in 2015, and later […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Subscription Movie Ticket Service MoviePass Officially Shutting Down

Struggling movie ticket subscription MoviePass is finally shutting down after months of questionable policy changes and what seems like a never ending stream of negative press due to an inability to make money.

In a press release shared on Friday, MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics said that the MoviePass service would be shutting down for all subscribers on September 14, 2019 because efforts to recapitalize the service "have not been successful to date."


At this time, the company says that it is not able to predict if and when the MoviePass service will resume though it is "continuing efforts to seek financing to fund its operations."

MoviePass first launched its unlimited plan in 2017, promising customers unrestricted movie access for $9.99 per month, an effort that failed catastrophically within a matter of months.

MoviePass was providing customers with debit cards and paying full price for each movie ticket despite the low monthly fee, with the expectation that deals with movie theaters and customer data would make up for the cost.

In mid-2018, MoviePass ran out of money and was reportedly losing up to $40 million per month, and at that point, the company began cutting back on the quality of service by limiting movie access, raising prices, and even temporarily shutting down.

MoviePass even tried changing the passwords of its most active users in an attempt to save money.

Despite all of its efforts, MoviePass has not managed to retain enough customers to be profitable (going from three million subscribers last year to 225,000), and it hasn't helped that in August, an unencrypted MoviePass database leaked thousands of customer records.



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Sept. 13, 2019, 1:01 p.m.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro now available to order, starting at $699

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are now available to order on Apple.com and at most carrier partners. Whilst stocks last, the first preorders are due to deliver on September 20.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 starts at $699, 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro for $999, and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max for $1099. Each model comes with 64 GB as the base storage option, with 256 GB and 512 GB capacities upgrade options available.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 1 p.m.

It’s time to order your new iPhone 11

The wait is finally over. You can now order iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max from the Apple Online Store and compatible carriers. All three handsets will be available from Friday, September 20. But if you don’t act fast, it’s highly likely you’ll have to wait longer for your order to be […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Apple’s second store in Mexico opening in Polanco district on September 27

Apple is set to reveal several major new and expanded retail stores before the end of the month. In addition to Apple Fifth Avenue’s reopening in New York City on September 20, Apple’s second store in Mexico, Apple Antara, will open on September 27 at 5 P.M. local time.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Today in Apple history: One of Apple’s earliest rivals bites the dust

September 13, 1983: Osborne Computer Corporation, one of Apple’s early rivals, declares bankruptcy. Many consider the company’s Osborne 1 the world’s first truly portable, full-featured computer. It packed everything users needed to set up shop at home or on the road. Alas, it didn’t last! A brief history of the Osborne 1 computer The Osborne 1 […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 12:26 p.m.

Google pays $1.1B to settle French tax dispute; Apple and others may be next

Google has agreed to pay almost €1B ($1.1B) to settle a French tax dispute. The amount comprises €465M in underpaid taxes, and a fine of €500M.

Google said in a statement that it ‘agreed’ to pay the tax …

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Sept. 13, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Best iPhone 11 pre-order deals: Free device with new line, up to $300 gift card, more

Following Apple’s Keynote event on Tuesday, it’s now time to lock-in your pre-orders for the latest devices. So you’re probably wondering where the best iPhone 11 deals are? This year, there is a host of carriers and retailers offering discounts in the form of cashback, gift cards, and monthly discounts. So no matter which iPhone 11, Pro, or Max you’re choosing this time around, there’s likely an incentive out there somewhere. Head below for all of the best iPhone 11 deals.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

Apple’s leadership structure could cause headaches in the future

Apple’s always been a relatively flat company in terms of corporate structure. But that may be posing a challenge, as a new report on the company’s leadership suggests. As a result of Apple’s employee growth and changes in the leadership team, many executives now have large numbers of people reporting directly to them. According to […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station and Solar Charger

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Jackery to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station and a Jackery Solar Saga 100W Solar Panel.

Jackery offers an entire lineup of portable power supply options, and the Jackery Explorer 500, priced at $500, is one of the higher-end options available with the most power.


The Jackery 500 features a pure sine wave AC outlet, a 12V/10A carport, and 5V/2.4A USB-A ports. It's able to power all kinds of appliances and accessories, including TVs, projects, small blenders, and more, so long as whatever's being charged is under 500 watts.


The carport and USB-A ports are able to charge all of your car appliances like car coolers, air pumps, vacuums, and more, plus power laptops, phones, and other electronics.


There's 518Wh of power available, which makes this ideal for providing power for a night of camping or having on hand in case of an emergency. All of Jackery's devices are UL certified.


It can be charged without electrical power using a Jackery Solar Saga 100W solar panel, priced at $349.99. The solar panel features high conversion efficiency up to 23 percent, and it works well with Jackery's Explorer line (160, 240, and 500 models) along with the HLS290 Power Station.


The solar panel is equipped with a USB-A port and a USB-C port so it can also directly charge and power small electronics. Charging the Jackery 500 Portable Power Station to full takes approximately 14 hours from the solar panel or 8 hours from a standard wall outlet.

To enter to win 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.

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The contest will run from today (September 13) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 20. The winner will be chosen randomly on September 20 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is picked.

For those who do not win, Jackery is offering a $100 discount on the Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station. Just enter the promo code "VAU4JGKD" when checking out to get the deal.


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Sept. 13, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

Apple Arcade exclusive means not on Android, consoles are fair game

With Apple Arcade launching later this month, a lot of general public attention has been drawn to the service, which will be available for $4.99 per month with a one month free trial. However, there has been some confusion about what being exclusive to Apple Arcade actually means …

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Sept. 13, 2019, 9 a.m.

Adobe adds Auto Reframe to Premiere Pro for quick vertical video

Adobe is adding a new feature to its Premiere Pro desktop video editing app to make creating content for multiple formats easier. Called Auto Reframe, the tool is powered by Adobe Sensei and will launch later this year.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 7:55 a.m.

Apple Online Store goes down ahead of iPhone 11 pre-orders

Apple’s Online Apple Store has gone down ahead of the iPhone 11 pre-orders in the early hours of this morning at 5am PST. When it comes back, customers will be free to order one of Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max handsets for delivery on September 20. Well, so […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 6:50 a.m.

Apple Store is down ahead of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro preorders

The Apple Store is down ahead of iPhone 11 preorders later in the day. In fact, the store message even reminds people of the new time for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro order window: 5 AM Pacific Time, or about six hours from now.

When the store is back up, the iPhone 11 will be available to buy starting at $699. The iPhone 11 Pro will be priced at $999 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max will be priced at $1099.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 6:47 a.m.

iPhone 11 Pre-Order Deals: Save On Apple's Latest Smartphones Through AT&T, Verizon, and More

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max are now available for pre-order on Apple.com and cellular carriers as of this morning. As usual, most carriers are offering some perks if you choose to pre-order the new iPhone through their websites, so we've listed each promotion below.

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

AT&T


$300 Reward Card
If you use AT&T, the carrier is offering a chance to get a $300 reward card when you order select smartphones online, as long as they are purchased with a qualifying installment plan. You'll have to add a new line to a new or existing account, as well.


After paying taxes for the smartphone upfront, and a $30 activation fee, you'll get the $300 reward card within 3-4 weeks after redemption. The iPhone also must be placed on an eligible AT&T unlimited plan.

Compatible iPhone models include: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, XR, X, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max (priced up to $1450). Customers should note that the iPhone 8 64GB is excluded.

BOGO
You can also buy an eligible iPhone 11 model and get one at a discounted price (or free) when both are placed on an eligible AT&T unlimited plan.

You'll have to buy the two iPhones on a qualifying installment agreement, add at least one new line to a new or existing account, pay taxes for each device up front, and pay a $30 activation or upgrade fee for each device.


iPhones compatible in this offer include: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, XR, X, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max (priced up to $1450). After choosing one of these, you can get the iPhone 8 64GB, 8 Plus 64GB, XR 64GB/128GB, or 11 64GB for free after up to $700 in bill credits.

You can also opt to get the iPhone 8 256GB, 8 Plus 256GB, XR 256GB, X, XS, XS Max, 11 128GB/256GB, 11 Pro, or 11 Pro Max for up to $700 off retail price. Credits for this offer start within three bill cycles.

Head to AT&T's wireless page to check out more information on both of these offers.

Sprint


Sprint is offering new customers a chance to save on iPhone 11 through its Sprint Flex Lease program. If you switch to Sprint and trade in an existing smartphone, you can pre-order the iPhone 11 today for $0/month after $29.17 monthly bill credits.


The same method can be applied to the iPhone 11 Pro ($12.50/month) and 11 Pro max ($16.67/month). This is only when you trade in the latest iPhones, including the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, and XS Max.

You can also order the Apple Watch Series 5 through Sprint and take 50 percent off via monthly bill credits for the cellular models. This is only for Sprint's 24-month installment agreement and requires a new watch plan activation, as well as one active handset on an account.

Head to Sprint to check out these deals and more.

Verizon


Verizon is hosting a multitude of iPhone-related deals today, starting with an offer for customers switching to Verizon from another carrier. If this is you, you can get up to $700 off the iPhone 11 Pro or get the 64GB iPhone 11 at no cost.


The usual 24-month installment agreement, monthly bill payments, and unlimited plan caveats apply.

Verizon also has BOGO on Apple Watches, where you can buy one and get another for up to 50 percent off (plus $10 off your first month of service). A new watch line of service is required, and up to $150 will be credited to your account over 24 months.

These deals can be found on Verizon's website.

T-Mobile


At T-Mobile you can trade in your iPhone XS ($500) or XS Max ($550) and get 50 percent off the 64GB iPhone 11 Pro.

You can also trade in any qualifying iPhone to get 50 percent off the 64GB iPhone 11. These trade-ins will appear as monthly bill credits.

Our full Deals Roundup is the place to go if you're on the hunt for even more Apple-related bargains.

Related Roundups: Apple Deals, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro

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Sept. 13, 2019, 6:17 a.m.

Apple Joins Hollywood's Academy Software Foundation to Aid in Open Source Support

The Academy Software Foundation, a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced that Apple has joined the foundation as a "premier" member.


"Filmmakers everywhere use Apple products. We are delighted to welcome Apple as a new member, and we look forward to working with them to ensure that our open source projects run well on Apple software platforms," said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation.

Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation is described as "a neutral forum for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound."

Apple's streaming video service Apple TV+ will feature dozens of Hollywood-produced TV shows and movies. The service launches November 1 for $4.99 per month, including Family Sharing, with a free seven-day trial available.


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Sept. 13, 2019, 4:17 a.m.

Spotify Wants Family Plan Members to Share Their Location Data 'From Time to Time'

Spotify will require family plan members to provide their location data "from time to time" to prove they're all living under the same roof, in an effort to curb subscribers who abuse the offer.

The Spotify Premium Family Plan has been hugely popular among users of the music streaming service, since it offers families up to six accounts under one plan for a single price of $14.99 a month, as does Apple Music's equivalent.

It's no secret that friends sometimes gang up together to share the spoils of subscribing to Spotify's cheaper family plan, even though they don't live together. If six people share a plan then the cost of Spotify Premium works out at $2.50 per person.

The streaming service officially requires that fellow family plan members live in the same household, but Spotify has historically been fairly lax about checking up on where people live, so it's easy to see the appeal.

However, according to the streaming service's terms and conditions, updated in August, family plan users will be expected to share location data "from time to time" in order to prove that everyone on the plan is in fact living in the same residence.

First spotted by CNET, the new requirement does raise privacy concerns, but Spotify has moved to allay those fears by issuing the following statement:
"The location data that is collected during Premium Family account creation is only used by Spotify for that purpose.... once verification of a family member's home address is completed, we do not store their location data or track their location at any time. This data is encrypted and can be edited by the plan owner as needed."
It's not clear how aggressive Spotify will be in checking user's locations, but it has tested the policy before – though it ended shortly afterward after complaints of privacy violations.


Regardless, existing family plan subscribers who don't like the change have up to 30 days to cancel their subscription after the new terms come into effect. Depending where they are though, subscribers may not have as much time as they think. The updated family plan terms rolled out first in Ireland on August 19 and in the U.S. on September 5.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 3:33 a.m.

How to Erase Your Old iPhone Before Trading It In

If you're planning on trading in your old iPhone for a new one, there are some steps you'll want to take beforehand to ensure it's de-linked from your accessories and accounts and that everything on it is erased.


The procedures described below shouldn't take long to follow, and at the end of it you can rest assured that you have a clean iPhone reset to default factory settings and ready to trade in. Here's what to do.

Back Up Your iPhone


Before you reset, you should back up your device. You can back up your data to iCloud, but we'd advise you connect your iPhone up to a computer and perform an iTunes backup instead, just to be sure. You can find steps to back up your iPhone by clicking here.

Got an Apple Watch? Time to Unpair


If you're trading in your iPhone and have an Apple Watch linked to it, you're going to want to unpair it first. Here's how.

  1. Bring your iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other.

  2. Launch the stock Watch app on your iPhone.

  3. Tap the My Watch tab.

  4. Select the Apple Watch you want to unpair, then tap the info button (the encircled "I") next to it on the next screen.
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  5. Tap Unpair Apple Watch.

  6. Tap again to confirm.

  7. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted to turn off Activation Lock.

Deactivate Services and Log Out Manually


Erasing your iPhone deactivates Find My iPhone and logs you out of all your iCloud and iTunes accounts automatically – in theory. Occasionally we've heard cases of erased iOS devices still being linked to Find My iPhone or iCloud accounts.


Whatever the truth of these reports, you can always make doubly sure this won't happen by deactivating and unlinking these services yourself. To learn how to turn off Find My iPhone, click here. To sign out of iCloud and the iTunes and App Stores, launch the Settings app on your iPhone, tap on your name to open your account settings, tap Sign Out at the bottom, then enter your Apple ID password and tap Turn Off.

How to Factory Reset Your iPhone


Now that you've backed up your iPhone and manually deactivated services and accounts, it's time to perform a factory reset of the device. These steps will guide you through the process.

  1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad and launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reset.

  4. Tap Erase All Content and Settings.

  5. Tap in your passcode if requested.

  6. Enter your Apple ID password to erase the iPhone and remove it from your account.

  7. Tap Erase.
Allow the reset process to continue – it shouldn't take any longer than a couple of minutes. Once it's completed, you'll see the iOS welcome screen on your iPhone. That's your green light to trade it in.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 2:20 a.m.

How to take iPhone 11 Pro wide-angle pictures for less

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro goes on pre-order tomorrow, are you getting one? If not, then this post is for you. My personal favorite feature of Apple’s latest smartphone is the ultra-wide-angle lens. However, if you’re like me and not pre-ordering the Apple’s latest-and-greatest tomorrow, here’s how to add the iPhone 11 Pro’s wide-angle look to your current smartphone for far less than Apple charges.

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Sept. 13, 2019, 1:43 a.m.

Poll: iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pre-orders start tomorrow, what are you buying?

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will go up for pre-order tomorrow morning after first being unveiled on Tuesday at Steve Jobs Theater. With new cameras and colors highlighting the changes, what do you plan on ordering?

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Sept. 13, 2019, 1 a.m.

Score a massive 5 terabytes of personal cloud storage [Deals]

Cloud storage is a seriously useful resource. That’s true whether you’re a digital professional or just have a lot of files to back up. Unfortunately, it can also be expensive. So this massively discounted deal on up to five terabytes of cloud storage could be a game changer. OpenDrive Personal Plans offers several subscription plans […]

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Sept. 13, 2019, 12:45 a.m.

Preorder Hub: How to order iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max (+ 20% off Defense cases)

9to5Mac’s iPhone PreOrder Hub is brought to you by X-Doria. 9to5 readers can get 20% off X-Doria’s signature Defense lineup to help celebrate the launch of iPhone 11 with code: 9TO5MAC20

If you are hyped about Apple’s latest devices and plan on picking one up tomorrow morning, 9to5Mac’s PreOrder Hub is a step by step guide to help you get your hands on the newest iPhones. After you’ve determined which iPhone 11 model you would like to get, the goal is having the quickest checkout experience possible. With loyal Apple users ordering simultaneously tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. PDT (Sept. 13), a couple of minutes can make a huge difference in terms of when you receive your device especially when you are queuing with millions of others.

Head below for 9to5’s pre-order checklist and tips to prepare:

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Sept. 13, 2019, 12:15 a.m.

Apple adds ‘grace period’ for subscription app bills

Apple will no longer immediately cut off subscriptions if there’s a problem with the payment method. Users will have a “grace period” to continue using the service or application while Apple contacts them about renewing it. The company announced the change to developers today: “With the new grace period for unsuccessful auto-renewals, subscribers can continue […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

Spotify now requiring users to share location data to prevent abuse of family plan

Spotify has attempted to curb abuse of its family plan in the past, and faced backlash for doing so. Now, Spotify is renewing its efforts to prevent abuse of its family plan by requiring that users occasionally provide access to their location data.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 10:03 p.m.

Report: Former Apple exec says company’s leaders are spread too thin, structure doesn’t look ‘effective’

A new report from The Information takes a look at some of the changes that Apple’s leadership has undergone over the last few years, the company’s employee growth, and how that’s spread the executive team thinner than ever. Notably, a former Apple executive believes that the current leadership structure “doesn’t look particularly effective.” more…

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Sept. 12, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Apple introduces new Billing Grace Period feature for failed App Store subscription renewals

Apple has introduced a new “billing grace period” feature that it hopes will improve the customer experience for subscriptions in the App Store. Announced on the Apple Developer website, the feature aims to help users affected by unsuccessful auto-renewals of subscriptions.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Best charging stands for Apple Watch Series 5

Have a brand new Apple Watch on the way? You’ll want some sweet accessories to go with it. A stellar charging stand that keeps your pricey wearable out of the way while you’re not wearing it is a must. Here are some of the finest money can buy today. Whether you want high-end materials that […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

iPhone XR vs iPhone 11 comparison: Which should you buy?

Apple this week officially introduced the iPhone 11 as the successor to the iPhone XR. With the iPhone XR sticking around in the lineup at a lower price point, however, many buyers will likely struggle to pick between the two. Read on as we break down the iPhone XR vs iPhone 11 battle.

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

If this is iPhone 11 camera’s Night mode, we can’t wait

It’s easy to be wowed by the photos Apple shows at the yearly iPhone launch event. Pre-production models are put in the hands of professional photographers skilled enough to deliver results with any camera. What will pictures look like from the iPhone of an average user? One Twitter user allegedly got her hands on an […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 9 p.m.

3D Touch disappears, and that’s great for people who love it [Opinion]

If Apple did not replace 3D Touch with Haptic Touch in iOS 13, we would never have gotten the truly useful feature on iPad.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Comment: Apple could kill Wear OS with a pull of the Apple Watch lever

This week, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5. It’s the perhaps the most modest year-over-year upgrade for the Apple Watch yet, adding little more than an always-on display. But that’s the thing: Apple doesn’t need to make major strides with its smartwatch offering — they’re far enough ahead that it doesn’t matter. And they could leverage that lead to destroy Wear OS if they wanted to…

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Sept. 12, 2019, 8 p.m.

Get back-to-school iPhone security (and free Beats headphones)

This back-to-school iPhone security post is presented by Dashlane. Headed off to college? Hopefully you’re well-outfitted with great hardware, cool accessories and all the productivity apps you can ignore while skipping class. But there’s more to worry about than pimping out your gear. Back-to-school prep also means beefing up iPhone security. You may have credit […]

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

iPhone 11 corrects the biggest mistake of the Jony Ive era

The first new iPhone since Jony Ive left Apple is thicker, heavier and longer lasting. Is better iPhone battery life a coincidence?

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Sept. 12, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Totallee’s new Clear Case protects and shows off iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

If you’re planning on ordering the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max tomorrow, the last thing you want to do is cover up the shiny new design with a bulky case. Fortunately, Totallee just announced its brand new clear cases to offer protection with a durable TPU that is almost invisible. Like all of the company’s cases, the new clear cases continue to be branding free, super-thin and flexible, and perhaps the best part, much more affordable than many of the alternatives including Apple’s own clear case.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 3: Which one should you buy?

The new Apple Watch Series 5 has finally landed, and it is by far the best smartwatch money can buy today. But it’s also $200 more than the less expensive Apple Watch Series 3. Is the latest model really worth the extra money? And should you consider upgrading if you already have a Series 3 […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Apple previews 26 Apple Arcade titles in just 100 seconds

There are over 100 games exclusively coming to the Apple Arcade all-you-play service next week, and a new video includes quick demos of a couple dozen of them. Watch it now: Apple description for “Apple Arcade — Let the games begin” says “Here’s an in-depth look at some of the 100+ games coming to Apple […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 6:34 p.m.

iPhone 11 Night mode camera tested in first real-world images

The iPhone 11 lineup brings a lot of camera enhancements and one of the exciting features is the new Night mode to offer big improvements to low light shots. Now, what may be the first real-world Night Mode image shot on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is out in the wild and the results are impressive.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

Details emerge about Servant, the creepy M. Night Shyamalan Apple TV+ show

A new photo and a few fresh plot details shed light on Servant, the mysterious M. Night Shyamalan TV show coming soon to Apple TV+. The picture shows Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, who stars in the show, which Shyamalan describes as a potboiler fueled by paranoia. And then there’s those creepy baby feet … Shyamalan, […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

‘Sign in with Apple’ developer guidelines updated with exemptions, kids’ app rules deadline extended

Apple has shared an update today on some of its new developer guidelines. The changes come to recent kids’ app rules and the new ‘Sign in with Apple’ feature.

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

Leaked iPhone 11 specs show upgraded RAM and battery

All iPhone 11 and 11 Pro versions have more RAM than their predecessors, according to an unconfirmed report. The same is reportedly true for the batteries in these just-announced handsets, which helps explain the dramatically increased battery lives Apple is promising. More iPhone 11 RAM all around Apple has kept quiet on some iPhone 11 specs, […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 12, 2019 – Apple TV+ and the new U1 chip in iPhone 11

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

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Sept. 12, 2019, 5:09 p.m.

Apple Watch deals abound following Tuesday’s event, plus Apple’s latest iMacs $350 off

Following Tuesday’s Keynote address, Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 are now being heavily discounted along with deals on Watch bands and more. Plus the latest Retina 5K iMacs are up to $350 off. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 5:02 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 242: iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 event extravaganza

Apple’s September 10th event for iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 has wrapped up, and Benjamin and Zac have completed their annual marathon episode breaking down every announcement from the keynote.

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

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Sept. 12, 2019, 5 p.m.

$179 Sonos One SL speaker and $399 Sonos Port, both with AirPlay 2 now shipping

After announcing three products including its first portable speaker with Bluetooth last week, the Sonos Move, the new Sonos One SL speaker and Sonos Port that offer AirPlay 2 are now shipping to customers with free 2-day shipping. Read on for all the details of these latest offerings.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 4:24 p.m.

Slack builds its own dark mode for Mac, here’s how to use it

After a system-wide Dark Mode has been available in macOS for almost a year now, Slack is starting to roll out its own dark mode today for its desktop apps including macOS. The update comes after Slack for iOS gained a dark theme earlier this spring.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Ex-Netflix exec thinks Apple TV+ will have no problem competing

A former Netflix and Hulu executive thinks that Apple TV+ has a good shot at holding its own against its streaming TV rivals. Despite the increasingly crowded streaming landscape, Simon Gallagher said that Apple is making all the right moves for success. “You’ve seen with Showtime and HBO, it’s only taken a couple of shows […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

‘Let the games begin’ Apple Arcade ad hypes the service ahead of next week’s launch

Apple has shared a new fast-paced ad today for its upcoming Apple Arcade service showing gameplay from a range of the exclusive titles that are launching next week. At its September iPhone event, Apple confirmed the $4.99/month pricing along with announcing the launch date of September 19.

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

Comment: The AppleCare+ subscription could see Apple making twice the money

Apple this week very quietly launched another new Services product: an AppleCare+ subscription. It’s a move that could see the company doubling its money on what is likely to be a very profitable product.

Previously, you could choose between a one-off upfront payment for your AppleCare+ policy or a monthly one, but either way, it ran for a fixed period of either two or three years, depending on the product. Two years in the case of an iPhone.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Starbucks taps Apple VP Isabel Ge Mahe for board of directors role

Apple’s VP and Managing Director of Greater China, Isabel Ge Mahe, is joining Starbucks’ board of directors. The company said the addition of Ge Mahe and two others would “expand Starbucks Board of world-class, values-based leaders, as it continues to build an enduring company.”

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Sept. 12, 2019, 3 p.m.

Apple Card now offers 3% Daily Cash for Walgreens purchases

Apple Card’s reward program, called Daily Cash, has added Walgreens to its list of partners. It means that America’s second largest pharmacy store chain now offers 3% Daily Cash to Apple Card customers who use it to pay for goods. Today’s announcement covers Walgreens and Duane Reade stores, along with Walgreen’s website and mobile app. […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro allegedly triggers an unusual phobia

Does the above picture of a lotus seed pod freak you out? If so, there’s a chance you suffer from the phobia “trypophobia,” the fear of small holes in certain configurations. You know what else apparently could trigger your trypophobia? The new iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Plus with its cluster of three lenses. And […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

There’s a secret message in Apple’s iPhone 11 event supercut

Apple isn’t into Easter Eggs in the way that it once was. But in its two-minute supercut rundown of this week’s iPhone 11 event, it includes an amusing one. On six frames of the video, there’s a flashed image that suspiciously resembles Microsoft’s dreaded “Blue Screen of Death.” But while a swipe at Microsoft would […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

Mad Money host thinks big winner of iPhone 11 will be… Instagram?

Which company do you think is set to benefit from the iPhone 11? Apple, probably followed by a bunch of Apple’s suppliers and contract manufacturers, right? CNBC’s Jim Cramer has another suggestion: Instagram. Here’s why. The Mad Money host made the point in an interview Wednesday. “When you see those terrific camera options for the new iPhone, […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 1:20 p.m.

iPad mini helps Apple grow its share in EMEA’s declining tablet market

Apple’s iPad shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) have held steady in a declining tablet market, seeing the company substantially grow its market share at a time when most companies are experiencing large falls in their sales.

Year-on-year shipments of iPads in the second quarter of the year grew very slightly at a time when the tablet market as a whole slumped by 11.7%…

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Sept. 12, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iPhone 5 brings big changes, new EarPods

September 12, 2012: Apple introduces the iPhone 5, with a super-slim form factor that makes it the thinnest smartphone in the world. The new iPhone also brings impressive upgrades such as a greatly improved display and the Lightning port. Despite some controversy, it proves a massive hit. Impressive iPhone 5 specs The iPhone 5 boasted a stunning new […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Save $450 on MacBook Pro, $500 on iMac [Deals & Steals]

A huge $500 discount on the 27-inch iMac with 5K display means Apple’s best all-in-one is now back to its lowest price yet. And there’s now up to $450 off the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro units. You will also find $64.59 off the excellent HiRise Duet charging stand from Twelve South, and 75% off the […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

Phishing attacks on Mac users doubling; here’s what to watch for

Phishing attacks reaching macOS users look set to more than double this year, with emails specifically claiming to be from Apple growing at 30-40% per year.

In the first half of this year, around 1.6M phishing attacks attempting to fool people into using their Apple ID credentials to login to a fake Apple website were detected by a security company …

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Sept. 12, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Apple Card users can now get 3% cashback at Walgreens

Apple Card is expanding its 3% Daily Cash offer again. Now, Apple Card users can earn 3% cash back at Walgreens (via TechCrunch).

You have to use Apple Pay, but the cashback applies to any purchases made at Walgreens retail stores, Walgreens website, or the Duane Read chain of pharmacies.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

Benchmark claims iPhone 11 Pro has 4 GB RAM but other reports indicate it has 6 GB

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max go up for preorder tomorrow. At the event, Apple touted the A13 Bionic as its fastest yet and now we have more visibility into what that means.

A supposed Geekbench report shows that the iPhone 11 Pro CPU is about 15% faster than the iPhone XS The benchmark also says that the chip has 4 GB of RAM; the same amount as found in iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. However, this number is disputed …

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Sept. 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Apple stops signing iOS 12.4 after patching jailbreak exploit

Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.4 following the release of iOS 12.4.1. That means that it’s no longer possible to downgrade again from the latest version of iOS if you’ve already upgraded. iOS 12.4.1 fixed a security flaw which allowed an iOS jailbreak to be created for the first time in ages. It’s no wonder […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 8:25 a.m.

Slack Launches Support for Dark Mode on Mac

Slack today launched dark mode for all desktop apps, including Mac, Windows, and Linux. This follows the company previously making dark mode available on iOS back in June.


To find dark mode in Slack on Mac, click on your name in the left sidebar > Preferences > Themes. This will show you a quick preview of how everything will look, and then you can choose to switch to dark mode or stay in light mode.

The company has also added new themes specifically tailored for dark mode, all of which are also available today. There is no required update to see dark mode on Slack, but you'll need to restart the app to get it to appear.

Slack also confirmed that in the near future you will be able to set Slack to switch automatically between light and dark mode, based on your macOS settings. The company didn't provide a specific release date for this feature but said it will be available fairly soon.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 5 a.m.

Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion]

You spoke and Apple listened. There was widespread criticism that last year’s iPhones were too expensive, and so the just-announced iPhone 11 is a better device for less money. Even as the target of negative comments, the iPhone XR was the world’s best-selling smartphone for many months. The cheaper replacement is going see even stronger […]

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Sept. 12, 2019, 3:02 a.m.

Apple TV+ content supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, but only on certain devices

We continue to learn more about Apple TV+ ahead of its debut on November 1st. A support document on Apple’s website details that all Apple TV+ content will be available in Dolby Vision, while most content will also support Dolby Atmos sound. As you might expect, that varies by which device you’re using.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 2:18 a.m.

How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you're located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away.

Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides your location from websites and ad trackers.

In that respect, it won't protect any internet traffic outside of your web browser, but it's a good option if you want to use an encrypted connection on the fly when you're using Firefox on a public Wi-Fi network, for example.


As a time-limited beta, the Firefox Private Network is currently free to try, although this does suggest it may become a paid service in the future. You also need to be a U.S. resident logged into your Firefox account using Firefox desktop browser.

If you can fulfill those pre-requisites, you can install the private network by navigating to this page, clicking the blue + Add to Firefox button, then granting permission for the network to be added to the browser.


Click the door hanger icon that appears at the top-right corner of the toolbar, and you'll see a switch that you can use to toggle the VPN on and off. A green tick in the icon indicates the secure network is active and your browsing activity is being encrypted.

Opera browser offers a similar free VPN service that cloaks your web browsing, but with the added benefit that it lets you choose the continent that you want your connection to reside. So if you're looking to access a location-restricted service (Netflix, say) from abroad, you might have better luck using it instead.


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Sept. 12, 2019, 1:47 a.m.

Apple stops signing iOS 12.4, blocking downgrades following jailbreak release

Following the release of a public jailbreak last month, Apple today has stopped signing iOS 12.4. This means users can no longer downgrade from iOS 12.4.1 to iOS 12.4.

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Sept. 12, 2019, 1 a.m.

Poll: Now that pricing is official, will you subscribe to Apple TV+ or Apple Arcade?

Apple yesterday officially confirmed pricing and availability for two of its upcoming Services, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. They’re both launching within the next month, and now that pricing has been announced, we’re curious: do you plan on subscribing?

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Sept. 11, 2019, 11:07 p.m.

watchOS 6 GM includes new Meridian watch face featured during Apple Watch Series 5 reveal

Fans of the new Meridian watch face that was revealed during the Apple Watch Series 5 portion of yesterday’s Apple event don’t have to wait until next Friday’s hardware release in order to take the new watch face for a test drive. Today’s release of the watchOS 6 GM includes the new Meridian watch face as the default option for Apple Watch Series 4 and higher. more…

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Sept. 11, 2019, 11 p.m.

Why Apple Watch Series 5 is a welcome surprise

I wasn’t expecting much from the Apple Watch Series 5 refresh. The rumor mill only predicted new ceramic and titanium finishes, plus maybe sleep tracking. That was all for this year. But it turns out Apple had three big surprises hidden up its sleeves — new features that look set to make Apple Watch Series […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Apple says Apple Watch apps must be built with watchOS 6 SDK starting in April

Apple yesterday set an April 2020 deadline for developers to build apps with the iOS 13 SDK. Now, Apple has announced a similar deadline for developers of watchOS apps.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Apple is (probably) a $1 trillion company again

Apple’s stock made up more than $400 billion over the last nine months and ended today a $1 trillion company. It’s a remarkable recovery, considering Apple closed the day on Jan 3. at $142.19 a share. Today, Apple’s shares rosed 3.2 percent to close at $223.59 for a $1.01 trillion market capitalization. This is the […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Apple slashes 1 TB iPad Pro price, but better deals are available as a refresh looms

Following its September event yesterday, Apple has quietly dropped the price of the 1 TB iPad Pro. This makes Apple’s pricing more competitive with third-party retailers, but there are rumors of a looming iPad Pro refresh.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 9:55 p.m.

Here’s everything Apple didn’t announce at its September iPhone 11 event

Apple’s September event brought us the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 5, launch details for Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, and even the new seventh-generation iPad with a larger 10.2-inch screen. However, there are a number of product launches that Apple has decided to save for a potential October event (or another time) and some that were possibly even scrapped from the September event at the last minute. Read on for a look at everything Apple didn’t announce at Steve Jobs Theater in September but could unveil soon.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Save $199 on the newest MacBook Air [Deals & Steals]

Apple’s newest MacBook Air is back to its lowest price yet after a $199.01 discount on Amazon. Prices start at just $899.99 (down from $1,099) for the entry-level model, while $1,099.99 will get you twice as much storage. That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find refurnished […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

The most expensive iPad Pros just got a big price cut

Apple quietly changed the pricing on it’s most expensive models of the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro yesterday while everyone else was drooling at the iPhone 11’s price tag. Customers in the market for the 1TB storage on either iPad Pro now get $200 off on the original tag, but it’s still far from cheap. […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

Here’s how much iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will cost with carrier financing and promotions

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro officially go up for preorder on Friday from both Apple and carriers. Much like the past two years, carriers and Apple are focusing on monthly financing offers to entice buyers. Read on as we round up how much the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will cost with carrier financing.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

All the best iPhone 11 cases revealed so far

Accessory makers rushed to unveil cases that fit the just-announced iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series. These range from Mophie’s powerful battery case to more simple ones designed to bring additional protection. There are new cases in a plethora of designs from OtterBox, Gear4, BodyGuardz and more. Mophie Juice Pack Access Apple says all […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 8 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 053: “It’s a camera party!”

John and Rambo review Apple’s 2019 iPhone Keynote, and share their first impressions of Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, iPhone 11 and its Pro siblings, the new iPad and Apple Watch models, and much more. Also, is the new iPhone worthy of the name “Pro”, and who won this round of Apple Keynote Poker?

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Sept. 11, 2019, 7:31 p.m.

Apple releases watchOS 6 GM to developers ahead of September 19 update

Apple today has released the GM seed for watchOS 6 to developers. Today’s release follows Apple’s special event yesterday where it unveiled the new Apple Watch Series 5 and much more.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 7:27 p.m.

9to5Mac Watch Time podcast episode 6: Making apps for Apple Watch with Rahul Matta and Will Bishop

Developers Rahul Matta and Will Bishop join Zac to discuss the opportunities made possible through making apps that work with Apple Watch. Rahul makes the excellent running log app Tempo, and Will is behind three watchOS apps including Chirp for Twitter.

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

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Sept. 11, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

iPhone 11 vs. Pro vs. Pro Max: Which one should you buy?

Apple’s newest iPhone lineup features its first ever “Pro” smartphones, plus a more affordable entry-level model that’s a big upgrade over iPhone XR. iPhone 8 is also sticking around for now. That’s four different handsets to choose from when you visit the Apple Store. So, which one is right for you? Our comprehensive comparison will […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

U1-based Apple Tag could be the biggest thing since Apple Watch

Apple didn't announce its tracking Tag at the iPhone 11 event, but that doesn't mean it's not coming soon. Here's why it could be as important as the iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Retail updates preview a return to Apple Store enthusiasm

Apple’s retail stores are the outlet for enthusiasm about Apple products. They’re where top fans gather to be among the first to see new iPhones and Apple Watches. They’re where people come to learn new skills and appreciate design. Rarely in the spotlight themselves, Apple Stores paint the backdrop of every product launch. Yesterday at Steve Jobs Theater, Apple put retail center stage — if just for a moment — to give an update on new initiatives and changes to the store experience.

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

OtterBox iPhone 11 cases keep your new device as safe as possible

It’s time for the OtterBox iPhone 11 accessory and case offerings. A new lineup of gear from one of the most trusted case-makers out there is now live on its official site with a plethora of options for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. For those unfamiliar, OtterBox is well-known for heavy-duty protective cases to keep your precious device clean and safe whether you’re on the job site, tidying up the yard or out on a hike. Along with a series of more casual offerings for Apple’s latest handset, the “No. 1-selling smartphone case brand in the U.S” is back with an updated version of its popular Defender series as well. All the details are down below. more…

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Sept. 11, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Bill Gates reveals what he envied most about Steve Jobs

Tim Cook isn’t the only tech icon with something big coming out on September 20. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the subject of a new Netflix documentary series that premieres on the same date as the iPhone 11 launch. “Inside Bills Brain” connects chapters of Gate’s personal life with his philanthropic work. Even though he’s […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Apple releasing third public beta of iOS 13.1 today

Apple today is releasing the third public beta of iOS 13.1 to testers. This comes after the release of the third developer beta yesterday afternoon. Apple has also confirmed the official release date for both iOS 13 and iOS 13.1.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Apple Stops Signing iOS 12.4, Downgrading From iOS 12.4.1 No Longer Possible

Following the release of iOS 12.4.1 on August 26, Apple has stopped signing iOS 12.4, the previous version of iOS that was available to consumers.

iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to iOS 12.4.1 will no longer be able to downgrade to iOS 12.4.

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, but iOS 12.4.1 was released because iOS 12.4 had a major vulnerability.

The vulnerability allowed hackers to create a jailbreak for iOS 12.4 and left devices vulnerable to hacking attempts. Apple fixed the bug in iOS 12.4.1, and the iOS 12.4 jailbreak will not work after upgrading.

iOS 12.4.1 is now the only version of iOS that can be installed on iPhones and iPads, but developers and public beta testers can download iOS 13, an upcoming update that's currently being beta tested and is set to be released next week.


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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

iPhone 11 gets data speed boost even without 5G modem

Complaints about the iPhone 11’s lack of 5G might be a bit overblown. Despite failing to add 5G modems to the iPhone 11 lineup this year, buyers of the new handsets will still notice a huge improvement in LTE data speeds thanks to new gigabit-class chips that offer faster LTE speeds than ever before. Apple […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 11, 2019 – More iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 details

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

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Mophie beats Apple to the punch with ‘juice pack access’ battery case for iPhone 11 lineup

Mophie has announced its upcoming battery case for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and Pro Max today. The updated juice pack access for Apple’s newest iPhones can be charged wirelessly, includes a USB-C port for wired charging, offers solid protection, up to 2,200mAh battery capacity, and more.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

iPadOS won’t launch until well after iOS 13

iOS 13 will debut next week, but tablet users will have to wait a bit longer for the iPad equivalent. Apple says iPadOS 13 won’t debut until the end of this month. That launch date suggests that the company will go straight to iOS 13.1. “iPad OS is an advanced operating system with a new […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

iPhone’s Portrait mode just keeps getting better

Fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon produced a legendary body of black-and-white work, much of which involved isolating subjects against a pure, shadowless white backdrop. He shot many of his photos in a studio, where assistants would carefully position large studio lights. Search this technique online and you will find scores of articles and videos […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:07 p.m.

Apple’s 2019 MacBook Air hits all-time low, plus deals on HomeKit accessories and iPhone 11 cases

Apple’s 2019 MacBook Air returns to all-time low from $900, plus deals on a Honeywell HomeKit smart thermostat, and Pad & Quill’s new iPhone 11 cases. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Even without 5G, iPhone 11 Pro has a notable LTE speed boost

As expected, Apple’s iPhone 11 lineup arrived without support for 5G. Compatibility with the latest cellular standard is said to be arriving with next year’s iPhones but that doesn’t mean the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro don’t bring LTE improvements as early LTE test results show a nice speed boost over the iPhone XS.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Apple TV+’s $5 pricing lays the smackdown on Netflix and Disney [Opinion]

It’s rare that the take-home message from an Apple keynote is, “Wow, that’s far more affordable than I expected.” But that’s exactly the reaction Apple prompted when it revealed the $5-a-month price tag for its new Apple TV+ streaming service. In one fell swoop, Apple just threw down the gauntlet to its streaming rivals. Your move, […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 4 p.m.

Get ready for your iPhone 11 pre-order with the iPhone Upgrade Program

iPhone 11 pre-orders start this Friday. Get your Apple iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approved now if you want to order on time.

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

iPhone 11 Pro Diary: I’ll be buying one, for exactly the reason I expected

I wrote back in July about ‘the feature that will likely have me buy the iPhone 11,’ namely a wide-angle lens.

A wide-angle lens was the one missing camera feature for me. The photo above, and the gallery below, are all shots taken with a wide-angle lens (in this case a Sigma 10-20mm on a Nikon D3). None of those shots would have been possible on any current iPhone. Adding a wide-angle lens would make the iPhone a much more versatile camera.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

HomePod will get smarter (and more chill) this fall

Apple didn’t mention HomePod during yesterday’s iPhone 11 event — but it certainly didn’t forget about it, either. Following the keynote, Apple quietly updated HomePod’s webpage. In doing so, it added exciting details about improvements being lined up for Apple’s smart speaker this fall. The first update, coming September 30, will add 100,000 radio stations. […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex arrives as HomePod competitor with AirPlay 2

Today Bowers & Wilkins is unveiling its new AirPlay-enabled HomePod competitor, the Formation Flex. This speaker joins the brand’s existing lineup of Formation products with a smaller footprint and support for Apple’s wireless music streaming medium. Bowers & Wilkins previously marked its multi-room audio line as a proprietary way to take on Sonos. However, the addition of AirPlay 2 takes it on a head-on collision with HomePod, despite a nearly $200 higher price tag overall. Given that Sonos One offers AirPlay 2 support for over 50% less, B&W is likely playing to a certain crowd for its new Formation Flex. Hit the jump for additional details on today’s release.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 3 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren blasts Apple for having ‘too much power’

Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren thinks Apple exerts “too much power” through its operation of the App Store, and uses this to stifle competition. Warren tweeted the message Tuesday, complete with the hashtag #BreakUpBigTech. That’s probably not great news for Apple! Elizabeth Warren: Apple abuses its App Store power Warren’s tweet contained a link […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Opinion: My take on everything Apple announced yesterday

It’s the morning after, and time to provide my take on everything Apple announced in yesterday’s keynote. Some of it was as expected, some of it was a surprise – and some of it was notable by what the company didn’t announce.

The stars of the show were, of course, the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the ridiculously-named iPhone 11 Pro Max…

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

Nexx please: Open and shut your garage door from anywhere [Deals]

When it comes to our homes, managing access is fundamental. Especially in the age of Airbnb, when people come and go whether you’re home or not, so it’s easy to get nervous about who gets in and what gets used. Enter: the NX-100 Smart Garage Controller and Smart Plug Bundle from Nexx. It’s a convenient […]

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

HomePod multi-user voice support and music handoff coming ‘later this fall’, new Ambient Sounds feature

Apple didn’t talk about the HomePod on stage but it has quietly updated the product pages with some announcements.

Firstly, the radio stations feature is launching on HomePod on September 30. However, the previously-announced multi-user support and the music handoff features are not coming in September. Apple simply says ‘later this fall’. They also teased a new white noise mode that they hadn’t talked about before…

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

Immediate reaction to iPhone 11 muted in India and China

Immediate reactions to the iPhone 11 in China and India have been somewhat muted, initial analyst and social media comments suggest. While the handsets have yet to go on sale, it hints that this year’s refresh may not be game-changers in the world’s two most populated markets. Counterpoint analyst Neil Shah said that, while Apple […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Best iPhone 11, Pro, and Pro Max cases now available

Apple has now unveiled its new handsets, so it’s time to look at the best new iPhone 11 cases, as well as options for the new iPhone 11 Pro models. Along with updated camera modules on the backside, the latest iPhone also features a number of new colorways. That means we are going to need a new case to match and most of the best are already surfacing ahead of pre-orders in just a couple days’ time. Hit the jump for everything. more…

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Sept. 11, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Ballmer freaks out and stomps an iPhone

September 11, 2009: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly snatches an iPhone from a Microsoft employee during a meeting and pretends to destroy it. This isn’t the first time Ballmer behaves in a wacky way and incurs negative publicity as a result. However, it’s an embarrassing moment for a man who ranks among the world’s most […]

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

Comment: Apple surprised on price from Apple TV+ to iPhone and Apple Watch

Apple has had a reputation over the last few years of becoming increasingly expensive. Across 2018 especially, some events infamously saw every product see a base price rise by 10-20%.

This time around though, Apple bucked the trend. From its services to its hardware, Apple maintained or reduced prices. The company was particularly aggressive with lowering prices of its generation-old devices.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 12:30 p.m.

Don’t sell your old Apple Watch to Apple! Cult of Mac pays more

If you’re planning to upgrade to Apple Watch Series 5, you might have thought about trading in your old model at the Apple Store. But that’s a terrible idea. Apple will offer you just a fraction of what your old Apple Watch is really worth. It pays a maximum of $110 for Series 4 units […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

UK iPhone 11 pricing stings, likely due to no-deal Brexit fears

Brits are long used to sighing when we see pound-for-dollar pricing – but UK iPhone 11 pricing took people by surprise when things turned out to be even worse than this.

US pricing ranges from $699 for the iPhone 11 with 64GB storage to $1,449 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max with 512GB. UK pricing for the same models is £729 and £1,499 respectively …

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Sept. 11, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

The Woodlands, Texas Apple Store expanding September 14 ahead of iPhone launch day

Leading up to the release of new iPhone and Apple Watch models, Apple is preparing its fleet of retail stores for the crowds and excitement of launch day. On September 14, Apple’s location in The Woodlands, Texas will reopen in a brand new space.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

AppleCare+ now offers monthly rolling subscription

Apple has updated AppleCare+ so that it can be paid for on an indefinite rolling monthly basis. Customers can now continue to receive AppleCare+ coverage for as long as they’re willing to keep paying. (Or, presumably, until Apple is unable to repair your device.) This is in contrast to the previous upfront fixed term customers […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 11:38 a.m.

Apple Seeds watchOS 6 Golden Master to Developers

Apple today seeded the golden master version of watchOS 6, the software that runs on the Apple Watch. The new update comes two weeks after the ninth beta and over three months after Apple first unveiled the new watchOS update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

To install the watchOS 6 beta, you'll need the proper configuration profile, which can be obtained through the Apple Developer Center. Once the profile is in place, the beta can be downloaded using the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update. The golden master version of watchOS 6 represents the final version of the software that will be released to the public.


Installing the software requires the Apple Watch to have 50 percent battery. It also needs to be put on a charger and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

When it launches on September 19, watchOS 6 will be available on the Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watch models. It will come out for Series 1 and Series 2 models later this year. For more on what's new in watchOS 6, make sure to check out our watchOS 6 roundup.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5, watchOS 6
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Sept. 11, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro improves on iPhone XR stellar battery life

Over the last year, Apple made a big deal about how the iPhone XR offers the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. Customers appeared to love it too, with even many tech reviewers choosing the XR over its more expensive siblings due to the extra hours of longevity.

Now, all the new phones, from iPhone 11 to iPhone 11 Pro, best what the XR could manage. However, Apple has changed up how it measures battery life which makes it a little complicated to compare between models …

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Sept. 11, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Check out the amazing new iOS 13 video-editing features

In 13 you can now use all the photo-editing tools on your videos.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 10:08 a.m.

Mophie Debuts New Juice Pack Access Battery Cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Following the launch of the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, accessory maker mophie has announced the upcoming launch of a series of battery cases for the new devices.

Apple unveiled several cases designed for its new iPhones yesterday, but did not provide an updated battery case that will accommodate the new square-shaped camera bump at the rear of the devices.


The Juice Pack Access Cases provide additional battery life to the new iPhones and can be charged using Qi-based wireless charging or a USB-C port. The Lightning port on the iPhone is left accessible for use with headphones and other Lightning-based accessories.

A Priority+ charging feature allows the iPhone to be recharged before the Juice Pack Access when charged wirelessly or over USB-C, and the cases are designed with rubberized support pads and raised corners for protective purposes. There's also an on/off button for the battery cases and an LED status indicator for displaying charge level.

The Juice Pack Access Cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro include 2,000 mAh batteries, while the Juice Pack Access Case for the iPhone 11 Pro Max includes a 2,200 mAh battery.

Apple's newest iPhones offer more battery life than ever, which may be why Apple didn't introduce its own battery case. The iPhone 11 features an hour more battery life than the XR, the iPhone 11 Pro offers four hours longer battery life than the XS, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max provides an impressive five hours longer battery life than the iPhone XS Max.

Mophie says that the new Juice Pack Access battery cases for Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup will be available starting in October from Mophie.com. The cases will be priced at $99.95 and will be available in colors that include black, blush pink, and (PRODUCT)RED.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 7:53 a.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 Models With Titanium and Ceramic Casings Include Extra Sport Band in Box

Apple Watch Series 5 models with titanium and ceramic casings include an extra, color-matching Sport Band in the box.


White ceramic models come with a soft white Sport Band with a ceramic pin, titanium models come with a light gray Sport Band, and space black titanium models come with a dark gray Sport Band. This is in addition to whichever band a customer chooses for the Apple Watch during the purchase process.

An extra Sport Band is also included with Hermès models, but this is par for course.

Apple Watch Series 5 models with aluminum and stainless steel casings do not include an extra Sport Band. If you do not select one during the purchase process, the Sport Bands are sold separately for $49 each.

Apple Watch Series 5 pre-orders are available now in fully customizable fashion, with deliveries to customers and in-store availability beginning Friday, September 20. Notable features include an always-on display, a faster S5 chip, and 32GB of on-device storage, compared to 16GB for Series 4 models.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 6:27 a.m.

Apple Drops $149 Price Tag of Milanese and Leather Loop Apple Watch Bands to $99

Alongside the announcement of the Apple Watch Series 5 yesterday, Apple has now updated the price on some of its high-end leather and metallic bands.


Specifically, the original $149 price tag of Leather Loop and Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands has now dropped to $99. This means that they're only $50 more expensive than Apple's cheapest Sport Bands and Sport Loops, which cost $49.

Leather Loop is now available in Meyer Lemon, Black, and Saddle Brown; it only fits 44mm Apple Watch cases. Milanese Loop is available in Silver, Gold, and Space Black; it can fit both 40mm and 44mm cases.

Apple has not dropped the price of the Modern Buckle any further, although at $149 it is still $100 cheaper than it initially was at launch. Hermès bands are as much as $539, and the Silver Link Bracelet is $349, while the Space Black Link Bracelet is $449.

More information about the new Apple Watch Series 5 can be found in our full launch post on the new wearable.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 6:04 a.m.

Portrait Mode on iPhone 11 Works With Objects and Pets

Portrait Mode on the new iPhone 11 works with not only human faces, but also objects and pets, according to Apple.

Apple's sample photos of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 11

From the iPhone 11 page:
Take portraits to new places. With new kinds of portraits and more lighting controls, the dual cameras in iPhone 11 work together to create stunning images. And Portrait mode now works with everything you love to shoot — that includes your best friends, two‑legged or four.
While this was already possible on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, Portrait Mode on the iPhone XR was only able to detect human faces in Apple's stock Camera app. (A few third-party apps like Halide did manage to enable Portrait Mode for objects and pets on the iPhone XR.)

There are also six Portrait Lighting effects available on the iPhone 11, including Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, and High‑Key Mono. This is up from three on the iPhone XR: Natural, Studio, and Contour.

Portrait Mode automatically creates a depth-of-field effect known as bokeh, allowing iPhone users to shoot a photo that keeps the subject sharp with a blurred background, while Portrait Lighting applies studio-quality lighting effects like black-and-white stage lighting to the Portrait Mode photos.

To use Portrait Mode, open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode. Portrait Lighting effects will appear at the bottom of the viewfinder.

iPhone 11 is the direct successor to the iPhone XR, with features including a dual-lens rear camera system with Ultra Wide and Night modes, faster A13 Bionic chip, improved water resistance, six new colors, up to one hour longer battery life, Dolby Atmos sound, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi, Gigabit-class LTE, and more.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 5:23 a.m.

Today at Apple introduces Quick Tips sessions for express learning

Apple’s program of creative events held in its retail stores around the world offers Skills, Walks, and Labs sessions highlighting the capabilities of your Apple products and offering creative inspiration. Starting September 20, Today at Apple is expanding with a new type of express session — Quick Tips.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 4:42 a.m.

AppleCare+ monthly plans switch to subscription model

Last year Apple rolled out the option to pay monthly for some of its two (in some cases three) year AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Today, Apple quietly changed how it works so customers can buy an indefinite monthly AppleCare+ subscription.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 3:57 a.m.

iOS 13 GM and latest iOS 13.1 beta continue to reference Apple’s Stereo AR headset efforts

As 9to5Mac’s Gui Rambo first shared back in April and detailed more specifics just last week, Apple is working on bringing Stereo AR to iOS and has been testing it with two Apple headsets and one third-party device. Now, Gui and developer Steve Troughton-Smith have found Apple’s StarBoard framework for its upcoming stereo AR in the iOS 13 golden master as well as iOS 13.1 beta 3.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 3:07 a.m.

Here’s everything Apple announced during its iPhone 11 keynote today

After months of speculation, Apple today officially held its “By innovation only” iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 event at Steve Jobs Theater. The event included new iPhone announcements, details on future Services, and much more.

Read on as we recap everything Apple announced today.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 2:29 a.m.

AppleCare+ Renewable Monthly Payment Plans Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

Last year, Apple added monthly payment options to some of its AppleCare+ protection plans on select devices, and now the company has decided to make them even more flexible: On Tuesday, it began offering rolling monthly subscription plans that automatically renew until canceled by the customer.

AppleCare+ renewable monthly plan offered at checkout

As reported by 9to5Mac, customers purchasing an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch can now continue to pay for monthly AppleCare+ coverage for as long as they like, or until Apple can no longer service the device.

The key change in the company's new AppleCare+ legal document was spotted in the following passage, which sets out the terms of Apple's monthly plans.
For Monthly Plans, your Plan Term is one (1) month. Your Plan will automatically renew each month unless cancelled as set forth in the "Cancellation" Section 9 below, including in the event that Apple is no longer able to service your Covered Equipment due to the unavailability of service parts, in which case Apple will provide you with thirty (30) days' prior written notice of cancellation, or as otherwise required by law.
When purchasing an Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone, or iPad via Apple's online store, the change is explicit. Customers who choose AppleCare+ are now asked if they want to "Pay monthly until canceled," as opposed to paying for two years of coverage outright.

However, the subscription-style monthly plans aren't universally available on the Apple Store. For Macs, Apple TV, HomePod, and other AppleCare+ eligible products, Apple is still only offering upfront fixed term payment plans.

It's also worth noting that the monthly AppleCare+ plans do cost more than paying an upfront price. For example, an AppleCare+ plan for Apple Watch Series 5 totals $95.76 when paid monthly for two years, whereas paying for 24 months of coverage upfront costs $79.

Still, it does mean customers who want coverage beyond the two (or in some cases three) years now have the ability to subscribe and the flexibility to cancel whenever they choose.

Apple has yet to open orders for the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, so the AppleCare+ options don't show yet, but we do know that upfront pricing is going to be $149 and $199, respectively, for those models, and we can be fairly sure that the new monthly rolling plans will be extended to them, too.


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Sept. 11, 2019, 2:13 a.m.

Apple introduces $29 AppleCare+ for Headphones covering AirPods and Beats

Apple quietly launched a new option to protect AirPods and some of its Beats headphones and earphones today with AppleCare+. Accidental coverage for two years comes with the super affordable price of $29. And it’s possible to add the coverage to AirPods and other eligible headphones if you’ve purchased them within the last 60 days.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 1:48 a.m.

Hands-on with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5 [Videos]

After Apple unveiled the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and Apple Watch Series 5 at Steve Jobs Theater, members of the press were given time to go hands-on with the company’s latest products.

Head below for a roundup of early hands-on videos with the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and Apple Watch Series 5.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 1:35 a.m.

Apple opens iPhone Upgrade Program preapproval ahead of iPhone 11 launch

Shortly after announcing the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple has opened up preapprovals for the iPhone Upgrade Program and iPhone Payments option that offer customers free financing with low monthly payments. Follow along below for how to apply and get preapproved before preorders open on Friday, September 9th, as well as the difference between the two 0% financing options.

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Sept. 11, 2019, 1 a.m.

Save 96% on a comprehensive education in Excel [Deals]

One of the most common tools you’ll encounter in the workplace is Microsoft Excel. So if you’re looking to boost your resume, learning Excel is a great way to do it. And with this massively discounted bundle of lessons, you can do it for about $20. The Complete Excel Pro Tips Certification Bundle includes six […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 1 a.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 10, 2019 – Apple Watch Series 5 and iPhone 11 event recap

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

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Sept. 11, 2019, 12:53 a.m.

These luxury bands will go great with your new Apple Watch

Don’t settle for the basic bands that ship as standard with your new Apple Watch. These leather straps from Clessant add a dash of luxury that will separate your new wearable from all the others. Hand-crafted from the finest materials and available in a variety of styles, they’re smart, outrageously stylish, and unlike anything you’ll […]

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Sept. 11, 2019, 12:43 a.m.

Apple sets April 2020 deadline for developers to build apps with iOS 13 SDK

Apple today has asked developers to begin submitting their updated applications for iOS 13. The company touts that developers can implement Dark Mode, Sign in with Apple, ARKit 3, and more.

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Sept. 11, 2019, midnight

Rumor mill fail: Apple delivers legit surprises at iPhone 11 event

In an age when almost every detail of an Apple keynote leaks ahead of time, Tim Cook managed to pull some genuine surprises from the hat Tuesday. Taking the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple HQ, Cook and Co. announced at least three big things we weren’t expecting at all. This in itself […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:50 p.m.

macOS Catalina will launch much later than usual

Apple has a long habit of unveiling new macOS versions in June, beta testing them all summer, then releasing them in September. Not this year. Turns out Mac owners will have to wait until next month. macOS Catalina release date isn’t in September This is not some nasty rumor. Apple’s webpage for macOS 10.15 notes […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:38 p.m.

7 new words Apple is trying to take mainstream

Apple’s fast-paced iPhone 11 keynote was stuffed with tons of new features landing in stores later this month and Cupertino’s marketing department has a bunch of fancy new terms to go with them. It’s hard to think of a tech company that can exert influence on pop culture more easily than Apple. If today’s keynote […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:37 p.m.

Apple Adds Now-Discontinued iPhone 7 Models to Clearance Site

Following the launch of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple has discontinued the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Remaining iPhone 7 and 7 Plus stock has been listed on Apple's clearance site, where the models will be available at a discounted price until leftover supplies are exhausted.


The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available for all carriers and in unlocked versions in both 32 and 128GB capacities. The iPhone 7 starts at $399 for 32GB of storage, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $499 for 128GB of storage.

At this time, jet black is the only available color, but Apple may add additional models to the site in the future.

At a starting price of $399, the iPhone 7 is not much more affordable than the iPhone 8, which Apple is continuing to sell at a lower price. The iPhone 8 is priced at $449 for 64GB of storage, while iPhone 8 Plus pricing starts at $549.

Apple's iPhone lineup now includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:36 p.m.

Logitech announces Rugged and Slim Keyboard Folios for new 10.2-inch iPad

After Apple announced its seventh generation iPad today with a 10.2-inch screen, Smart Connector, and more, Logitech has unveiled three folio keyboard cases to offer protection and a great typing experience, with one designed specifically for schools.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:31 p.m.

Download the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro wallpapers right here [Gallery]

One of the most popular things every year when a new iPhone is released is a new collection of wallpapers. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are no different, so head below to download their new wallpapers.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:22 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 Models Offer 32GB of Storage, Up From 16GB in Series 4

The new Apple Watch Series 5 models, which Apple unveiled today, feature 32GB of internal storage for music, photos, apps, and other content, according to Apple's specifications for the new device.

At 32GB of storage for both GPS and Cellular models, the Apple Watch Series 5 offers double the storage of the previous Series 4 models. Apple may have increased the storage in the new device due to the Apple Watch App Store that's available in watchOS 6, set to be released on September 19.


Along with additional storage, the Apple Watch Series 5 offers an always-on Retina display for the first time, which allows the watch face to be activated permanently. There's also an international emergency calling feature that contacts emergency services when you activate SOS regardless of which country you're in.

It also includes a built-in compass feature and Compass app for keeping track of your orientation, along with an S5 processor. The Series 5 comes in aluminum, stainless steel, and in new titanium and ceramic finishes.

Apple is accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 5 models as of September 10. Pricing starts at $399 for the aluminum GPS models and $499 for the aluminum cellular models, and goes up based on finish and band choice.

For the first time since the Apple Watch launched, Apple is allowing customers to choose any available band to go with the case of their choice using the new Apple Watch Studio.

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

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:52 p.m.

A13 Bionic chip boosts iPhone battery life without sacrificing performance

It’s no surprise that the Apple A13 Bionic processor in all three iPhone 11 series models is faster than last year’s A12, but what many people might not be expecting is its energy efficiency helps to significantly increase the battery lives of the 2019 iOS handsets. A13 Bionic brings a dual boost Apple has some […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

Apple TV+ series See looks brilliant — or brilliantly awful

What do you get when you put the epic scope of Game of Thrones, the sight-challenged hook of Bird Box, the environmentalism-as-blockbuster ambitions of box office bomb Waterworld and the costume design of Battlefield Earth in a jar, then shake it up? Answer: See, one of the first shows coming to Apple TV+ when the […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:39 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro tidbits: Heavier than iPhone XS, 3D Touch dropped, and more

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have officially been confirmed by Apple, packing a new triple-lens camera setup, a new matte design, and more. Here are some of the iPhone 11 Pro features and changes that may have slipped under the radar during today’s event.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:25 p.m.

Apple Debuts New $29 AppleCare+ Plan for AirPods and Beats

Alongside new iPhones, Apple Watch models, and an updated iPad, Apple today released a new $29 AppleCare+ plan that's designed specifically for headphones like AirPods and Beats devices.

AppleCare+ extends the warranty of AirPods, Beats earphones, and Beads headphones to two years from the date of purchase (up from one year) and includes two incidents of accidental damage coverage for a $29 service fee.


The AppleCare+ plan for headphones can be bought when purchasing new AirPods or Beats or within 60 days of the purchase. Buying AppleCare+ after the initial purchase will require a visit to an Apple Store or by calling a specific support number and running a remote diagnostic.

AppleCare+ is available for the following devices:

  • AirPods

  • Beats EP

  • Beats Pro

  • Beats Solo3 Wireless

  • Beats Studio3 Wireless

  • BeatsX

  • Powerbeats Pro

  • Powerbeats3 Wireless


The plan covers the headphones, the battery, and the included USB charging cable along with the aforementioned two incidents of accidental damage. Software support is also included, and Apple's support staff will be able to answer any questions that Beats and AirPods owners have.

Related Roundup: AirPods 2
Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Buy Now)

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

iPhone 11 Pro camera proves irresistible to meme-makers

The new three-camera array on the back of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max really got Twitter cooking. It didn’t take long after today’s “By Innovation Only” event for internet jokers to hit us with their best stovetop memes. But the laughs don’t stop there. Apple fans and haters alike saw everything […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

iOS 13 GM seeded to developers before Sept. 19 launch

The final beta build of iOS 13 and iPad OS 13 is finally here just after Apple revealed the public launch date for the huge software update. After its big iPhone 11 keynote today, Apple revealed iOS 13 will launch on September 19, the day before new iPhones hit stores. Developers can already get the […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Apple included a hidden ‘blue screen of death’ Easter egg in its event supercut video

Apple has actually hidden a binary message as an Easter egg in a couple frames of its “Apple event in a flash” video…

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Watch the full iPhone event keynote on Apple․com, supercut on YouTube, more

If you weren’t able to watch Apple’s September iPhone event live, good news, the full video is already available on Apple’s website. The company also shared a two-minute supercut of the event on YouTube along with other short videos highlighting iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, and more.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Here’s how much AppleCare+ will cost for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

AppleCare+ details have been updated to include the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Read on for a look at what it will cost to protect your shiny new iPhone.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Apple refurbished store slashes prices and adds inventory following today’s keynote

Following today’s Keynote address, Apple has updated its refurbished storefront with several price drops and new listings. The most notable savings can be found on previous-generation iPhone and iPad models. Apple Watch Series 3 is also seeing reduced pricing. As always, this is a great way to save further on Apple devices, as each listing comes with a full warranty, original accessories, and eligibility for Apple Care. Many of today’s price drops are reflected on legacy products, including iPhone 7 and 8 along with the 6th generation iPad. Free shipping is available in each instance with many of today’s deals taking an extra $100 or more off yesterday’s prices. More below.

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

iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will be available SIM-free and unlocked on day 1

Apple this year is making unlocked and SIM-free versions of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro available on day one. This is a change of pace compared to past iPhone launches.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

MIA at Apple event: Tracking tags, reverse charging and more

Apple’s press event today included the iPhone 11 series as well as updated iPad and Apple Watch versions, but some rumored devices, features and accessories didn’t materialize. Most notably, the company didn’t announce a line of item-tracking tags, and the latest iPhones can’t wirelessly charge other devices. And there are other predictions that didn’t come […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro’s stunning cameras deliver ‘computational photography mad science’

Apple promises a big performance bump from the square bump housing the multiple cameras on the new iPhone 11 line. But will it be enough to generate a wave of upgrades among users who consider the camera the most important feature? Given Apple’s artfully crafted presentation, showcasing beautiful work from pro shooters and filmmakers who […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

iOS 13.1 developer beta 3 now available, as public release set for September 30

Apple is today releasing the third developer beta of iOS 13.1 for iPhone and iPadOS 13.1 for iPad devices. The company today announced that iOS 13.1 would ship on September 30, a few weeks after iOS 13.0 drops. Apple has also released the GM seed for iOS 13.

iOS 13.1 brings back several features that were originally in the iOS 13 betas, but were removed to be worked on some more. Apple also announced a few new features today, targeted at the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, that will become available in iOS 13.1

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Sept. 10, 2019, 9 p.m.

How to leave the iOS 13 beta program

Ready to leave the iOS 13 beta and get back to the regular releases? No problem! Here's how (and why) to switch back.

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

Flash through Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote in 2 frenzied minutes

Apple’s big event today lasted for an action-packed 105 minutes but if you don’t have time to watch the entire presentation, Apple’s got the perfect video for you. Along with publishing all the new product videos it showed off today, Apple also created its own summary video of the entire keynote. In less than two […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:41 p.m.

Apple TV+ will be available to watch on the web, some shows will release all episodes at once

Today, Apple announced that its video subscription service, Apple TV+, will be available starting November 1st and priced at just $4.99 per month. 

As well as iOS devices, Macs, Apple TV, Samsung TVs and more, Apple TV+ content can also be watched on the web. The web app will go live at tv.apple.com when Apple TV+ launches.

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

Fast and furious: Everything we saw at Apple’s whipsaw iPhone 11 event

Tim Cook promised a “huge” morning full of “big” announcements this morning and boy was he not kidding. Apple kicked off its 2019 iPhone keynote by diving straight into Apple Arcade and didn’t let off the gas until it had squeezed all the juice possible out of its product line 105 minutes later. After promising […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

iPhone 11 tidbits: Longer battery life, monthly pricing, Face ID, more

Apple just announced the iPhone 11 as a followup to the iPhone XR, packing features such as dual-cameras and new colors. There are a handful of other changes that Apple didn’t detail on stage, so read on to learn more.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Apple now makes clear cases for all new iPhones, not just iPhone XR

After announcing the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple’s new leather, clear, and silicone cases are available to order and are shipping out in one day, while availability for some retail stores is as soon as this Friday, September 13th.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5 tidbits: New S5 chip, preview in AR, gold band options, much more

Apple already unveiled the all-new Apple Watch Series 5 and new Apple Watch Studio experience, and now we’re collecting even more tidbits about this year’s flagship Apple Watch.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

iPhone 11 includes ‘U1’ Ultra Wideband location chip, but Apple Tag tracker announcement notably absent

Apple today announced the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, which include an Ultra Wideband spatial location chip as noted on their tech specs page.

However, Apple glossed over this detail in the event. It’s also notable that the widely rumored Apple Tag, expected to be similar to a Tile tracker, was not unveiled today. The Tag was expected to work in concert with the UWB location features of the new iPhones…

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8 p.m.

Apple releasing iOS 13.1 on September 30

As part of its numerous announcements today, Apple snuck in the fact that iOS 13.1 will be released to the public on September 30. iOS 13 will be released on September 19, as we detailed here.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

Apple announces iOS 13 release date of September 19th

After introducing iOS 13 at WWDC and running its developer and public betas this summer, the new software is almost ready for all users. Today after its iPhone event, Apple has announced iOS 13 will be officially released on Thursday, September 19th.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:55 p.m.

iPhone XR drops to $599, iPhone 8 to $449 following iPhone 11 announcement

Apple officially announced the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max today – and along with those new devices come price cuts for older models. Here are all of the details.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

‘Apple Watch Studio’ coming to Apple Stores and Apple․com, bringing new customization experience

Apple Stores and Apple.com will soon have a new Apple Watch buying experience for customers. The all-new Apple Watch Studio will allow customers to pair watch models and bands separately at purchase for the first time.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Apple Fifth Avenue glass cube reopening September 20 in Manhattan

Apple Fifth Avenue’s famous glass cube made a mesmerizing return to Manhattan last week when the store was covered in a temporary iridescent film to celebrate its imminent reopening. Now, Apple has revealed that the cube will reopen its doors on September 20, coinciding with the launch of new iPhones.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Apple unleashes iPhone 11 Pro with XDR display, Ultra Wide camera

The iPhone upgrade you’ve been waiting all year for has finally landed. Apple today unleashed iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, with huge camera improvements, an improved Super Retina XDR display, and an even faster A13 Bionic chip. They’re also some of its toughest handsets yet. Here’s everything you need to know about […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

iPhone 11 arrives with killer cameras and cheap price tag

The newest iPhone is finally here and it’s more colorful than ever. Following up on the success of the iPhone XR, Apple unveiled the iPhone 11 this morning that sports a new aluminum and glass body and two amazing rear cameras that could make it the most attractive iPhone to most people. It’s cheaper price […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 5’s screen never switches off

A new type of display allows the just-announced Apple Watch Series 5 to be on all the time. This is also the first version with a compass, and Apple is making its wearable in new materials. But hardware is only half the story. watchOS 6 brings dramatic improvements, including making Apple’s wrist computer much less tied […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Apple announces $999 iPhone 11 Pro and $1099 iPhone 11 Pro Max: triple camera, A13 chip, new colors, Super Retina XDR screen, more

Apple officially announced the sibling to the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max as successors to iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The prices are the same as last year, $999 and $1099. Preorders start Friday at 5 AM Pacific Time.

There’s a new midnight green color, a refreshed space gray and silver, and a new gold finish. Apple is also touting a wider dynamic range display called Super Retina XDR. And yes, it has a new triple camera system — a triangular array of lenses in a rectangular camera bump.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:51 p.m.

Apple unveils iPhone 11 with dual cameras, new colors, more

At its September event today, Apple has officially unveiled the successor to the iPhone XR. The new iPhone 11 packs a dual-camera and more. Read on for all of the details.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Apple unveils Apple Watch Series 5 with always-on display, compass, titanium and ceramic

Apple has unveiled an all-new Apple Watch with its first-ever always-on display. The new display will always show the time and complications.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:38 p.m.

Apple launching three new research studies including hearing, cycle tracking, heart and movement

Apple has announced three new health studies powered in part by the Apple Watch. Three new studies include hearing, cycle tracking, heart and movement research. Apple is also launching a new Apple Research app for enrolling in each study.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:37 p.m.

Buy a new Apple device and you’ll get 1 year free Apple TV+

Apple’s answer to Netflix, Apple TV+, is coming to screens on November 1. Its killer app is a surprisingly low price of just $4.99 per month; undercutting competitors in the process. While only a few shows will be available on launch, more will be added every month. There’s also some great pricing news for anyone […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Apple giving free year of Apple TV+ with purchase of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Apple TV

Apple today officially confirmed Apple TV+ pricing and availability, saying the service will launch on November 1st for $4.99. Apple is also offering a free year of Apple TV+ with hardware purchases.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

Apple Arcade launches September 19, priced $4.99 per month

Apple’s gaming subscription service Apple Arcade will cost $4.99 per month and launch September 19. Apple showed off three launch games from its gaming service at today’s “By Innovation Only” event. It also gave a glimpse of the interface users can expect, alongside sharing other neat details. And, yes, it comes with a one-month free […]

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

Apple’s most affordable iPad is bigger and better than ever

Apple today surprised us with a brand new entry-level iPad. It’s even bigger, with a 10.2-inch screen, and it now boasts a Smart Connector like iPad Pro. But it’s still nicely priced. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPad. Apple’s most affordable iPad has become one of the best deals in tech. […]

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

Apple unveils all-new seventh generation 10.2-inch iPad

During its September iPhone event today, Apple has announced the successor to its 2018 9.7-inch iPad, the new 10.2-inch iPad.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Apple TV+ launching November 1 for $4.99/month

After extensively teasing its premium video streaming service during its March event this year, Apple has officially announced launch and pricing details for Apple TV+. The new service will feature the exclusive, original content that Apple has been developing over the last couple of years.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Apple shares trailer for Apple TV+ show ‘See’ starring Jason Momoa

Apple today showed a trailer for its upcoming drama thriller ‘See’, featuring Jason Momoa. The show plot revolves around what would it be like if the human race was blind.

This is the sixth trailer for Apple TV+’s lineup shows. Apple also said that its trailers to date had been viewed over 100 million times.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

Apple Arcade will be available on September 19 for $4.99/month

Apple today announced that its Apple Arcade video game subscription service is launching later this month, alongside iOS 13. Arcade games span Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Mac. For mobile platforms, all titles are exclusive to Apple Arcade and not available through the regular App Store.

Apple is launching Apple Arcade on September 19, and it is priced at $4.99 per month. This includes up to six members in your family. You can try Apple Arcade with a one-month free trial.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

Live chat: Watch Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote with us

The stage of the Steve Jobs Theater is set for the biggest Apple keynote of the year — and we can’t wait to watch the iPhone 11 unveiling with you. Rather than live-blogging the Apple “By Innovation Only” event, Cult of Mac is hosting a live chat so all our writers and readers of the […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

How to watch Apple’s 2019 iPhone event

There are plenty of ways to follow today’s iPhone 11 event. Here’s how to watch it on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, PC or YouTube.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Apple Offering Pre-Approval for iPhone Upgrade Program Customers

As noted in today's press releases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple is offering pre-approval for the iPhone Upgrade Program ahead of when pre-orders kick off on Friday.

Existing and new iPhone Upgrade Program members can use the Apple Store app on the iPhone to undergo the pre-approval process to get pre-approved until 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, September 12.


Pre-approval allows iPhone Upgrade Program members to purchase their new iPhones right away when pre-orders become available.

Customers who are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program (or want to be) can select their preferred iPhone, confirm their carrier, and get approved for a loan ahead of time, completing the purchase when pre-orders kick off.

Apple has started sending out emails to existing iPhone Upgrade Program members letting them know about the availability of pre-orders.

Apple also has an option when purchasing to use the Apple Card for financing to get three percent cash back on payments. Customers who plan to use an Apple Card won't get special financing options, but can also take advantage of the pre-order process.

The iPhone Payments financing option does not include AppleCare+, while the iPhone Upgrade Program does. Three percent cash back is available for iPhone Upgrade Program members who opt to use Apple Card for payments too.

Related Roundup: iPhone 11

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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Polaroid printer will bring analog magic to your iPhone photos

Instantly sharing a photo from one iPhone to another used to feel like magic. Polaroid Originals wants to make the now unconscious daily routine a wondrous experience again. A new printer by the analog photography company uses the light from your iPhone screen to project an image onto Polaroid instant film. Compact printers for analog […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Apple Requiring New Apps and App Updates to Be Built With iOS 13 SDK Starting in April 2020

Apple today reminded iOS developers to update their apps for iOS 13, using the new Xcode 11 golden master that was released earlier today.

According to Apple, all new apps and app updates will need to be built with the iOS 13 SDK and support the all-screen design of the iPhone XS Max or later by April 2020.

With iOS 13, your app can take advantage of Dark Mode, a dramatic new look for iPhone, Sign in with Apple, the fast, easy way to sign in to apps, and the latest advances in ARKit 3, Core ML 3, and Siri. Build your apps using Xcode 11 GM seed, test them on iOS devices running the latest GM seeds, and submit them for review.

Starting April 2020, all new apps and app updates will need to be built with the iOS 13 SDK and support the all-screen design of iPhone XS Max or later.
Apple plans to release iOS 13 to the public on Thursday, September 19, one day before the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models become available for purchase.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 4:55 p.m.

Act now to lock in the best price for your iPhone trade-in

With today’s impending iPhone 11 reveal, excitement abounds for Apple lovers. However, one downside of the “By Innovation Only” event is the impending drop in value of your old Apple devices. Every year, newer models push older iPhones, Apple Watches and MacBooks further and further down the path to obsolescence. But there’s good news: Cult […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

Keynote day deals: iTunes gift cards 15% off, Apple Watch Pride Band $36, MacBook Pro $499 off

Today’s special Keynote edition of the 9to5Toys Lunch Break includes 15% off iTunes gift cards, a new all-time low on Apple’s official Pride Watch band, and $499 off 13-inch MacBook Pro models. Hit the jump for all that and more.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 4 p.m.

Live chat: Watch Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote with us

The stage of the Steve Jobs Theater is set for the biggest Apple keynote of the year — and we can’t wait to watch the iPhone 11 unveiling with you. Rather than live-blogging the Apple “By Innovation Only” event, Cult of Mac is hosting a live chat so all our writers and readers of the […]

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

Close to 2 Million People Watched Apple's iPhone Event Live Stream on YouTube

Apple always live streams its iPhone events on its own Events website and the Events app on the Apple TV, but this year, for the first time, Apple also did a YouTube live stream.

Within just 10 minutes of when the event kicked off, Apple had over 500,000 viewers, and at the live stream's peak, when new iPhones were being shown off, Apple reached 1.875 million viewers.

After this screenshot was taken, views climbed even higher

We've never before known how many people watch Apple's live streams because the company doesn't share that information, but the YouTube metric gives us some idea of how popular it was. For comparison, it earned more views than YouTube live streams from other companies like Samsung and Google.

The biggest YouTube live stream saw 8 million people tuning in when Felix Baumgartner jumped from a space capsule at 120,000 feet and parachuted back to the earth's surface, while SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch in September 2018 garnered 2.3 million views.

The 1.875 million viewer metric does not include those who watched the live stream on the Apple TV through the Events app or through the Events website, which means actual live viewership was likely a good deal higher.


Apple's live stream is no longer available on YouTube at the current time, but the full event video has been uploaded.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

GameClub service revives 50+ classic iOS games this fall

GameClub, the new subscription service that promises to bring forgotten iOS games back from the dead, is officially launching this fall with more than 50 titles. Minigore, Hook Champ and Super QuickHook are some of the games on the way. And you can try them out by signing up to the GameClub beta today. The […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

How to stream Apple’s iPhone 11 event on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more

Apple’s iPhone 11 event is finally here, and it’s easier than ever to live stream it from wherever you are. Read on for details on how to stream the iPhone 11 unveil on every platform, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, and much more.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Super Horn, Mega Mushroom will feature in Mario Kart Tour

Nintendo this week teased three big items that will feature in Mario Kart Tour for mobile. Both the Super Horn and Mega Mushroom will be available to players, alongside the brand new Mushroom Cannon. Mario Kart has long been one of Nintendo’s biggest and most successful franchises. So Mario Kart Tour is naturally one of […]

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

Apple celebrates today’s event with new release movie sale from $8, more

While it may officially be Keynote day over at Apple, we have our eyes on its latest movie sale which is highlighted by new releases from $8 and the latest $1 HD rental of the week. There’s also a slew of other movies on sale from $5. All of which will become a permanent part of your collection. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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

Comment: ‘The only thing Apple can charge is your credit card’ jibe hits home

A new report today, from two reliable sources, suggests that the anticipated ‘reverse charging’ feature – allowing an iPhone to charge AirPods – has now been abandoned by Apple, at least for this year’s models.

If true, this will add to the embarrassment of Apple’s track-record on wireless charging…

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Sept. 10, 2019, 2 p.m.

Apple Event News Hub — iPhone 11, Apple Watch, much more expected

Apple’s biggest product announcement of the year is happening today. We’re expecting three new iPhones, updates to the Apple Watch, and much more.

9to5Mac will be covering the Apple event and breaking news all day long, so keep refreshing our Apple Event News Hub for the latest coverage! Apple’s live stream kicks off from Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park today at 10 am PT/1 pm ET.

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

Apple chipmaker hits record revenue highs in August

Long-time Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reported new record revenue for the month of August. This follows shortly after leading Apple manufacturer Foxconn announced similar records. TSMC’s August revenues hit a record high of $3.4 billion for the month. That’s a 25.2% increase sequentially and 16.5% on year. Analysts are expecting more […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

Apple Offering Free Year of Apple TV+ With Purchase of iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac

Apple today unveiled new details about Apple TV+, the company's upcoming streaming service that will offer up access to dozens of exclusive TV shows and movies.

Apple plans to offer Apple TV+ for $4.99 per month for the whole family with Family Sharing, but is also giving away a one year Apple TV+ subscription for free to any customer who purchases an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, or Mac.


That means when you order one of Apple's new iPhones, the new 10.2-inch $329 iPad, or another product, you're going to get Apple TV for free.

When it becomes available, Apple TV+ will offer the following shows:

  • See: See stars Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard. Set 600 years in the future, a virus has decimated humankind and left survivors blind.

  • The Morning Show: The Morning Show stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. It is a cutthroat drama that explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition, and misguided search for power behind the people who deliver morning news.

  • Dickinson: - Dickinson stars Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, and the show explores the constraints of society, gender, and family.

  • For All Mankind: Directed by Ronald D. Moore, For All Mankind explores what might have happened had the global space race never ended.

  • Helpsters: A children's show from the makers of Sesame Street that focuses on teaching youngsters the foundations of coding.

  • Snoopy in Space: An original from Peanuts Worldwide. Snoopy follows his dreams to become an astronaut.

  • Ghostwriter: Follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighborhood bookstore.

  • The Elephant Queen: A documentary that follows a matriarch elephant and her herd.

  • Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey hosts a show talking to the world's most compelling authors to build a global book club community.


Apple will release additional TV shows on a monthly basis, with these TV series and movies in the works: Servants, Truth Be Told, Little America, The Banker (a film), and Hala (a film).

Apple TV shows will be available both online and offline with no ads. Each TV show premiering when the service launches will have at least three episodes available, with the rest released on a weekly basis. Some shows will have full seasons available all at once.

Apple TV+ will launch on Friday, November 1 in more than 100 countries. It will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone and iPad, the Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, and on the web at tv.apple.com.

Those who don't get a free year subscription for purchasing a new device can get a free seven-day trial to give it a try.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Apple Seeds tvOS 13 Beta 10 to Developers

Apple today seeded 10th beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to developers, one week after seeding the ninth beta and more than two months after unveiling the tvOS 13 software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


tvOS 13 is available to registered developers and public beta testers at this time and will see an official public launch in the fall.

Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 12, tvOS 13
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Sept. 10, 2019, 1:16 p.m.

Apple Watch Magnetic Charger to USB-C Cable Now Available in Longer 1M Size

Apple today began selling its Apple Watch magnetic charger to USB-C charging cable in a longer one-meter size.


The new one-meter option retails for $29 on Apple's online store and complements the existing 0.3-meter size, which remains available for $29 as well. And, of course, there is the original USB-A version.



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

Apple Seeds of macOS Catalina Beta 8 to Developers

Apple today seeded the eighth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina to developers, two weeks after seeding the seventh macOS Catalina beta and over two months after the new Mac operating system update was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

The new macOS Catalina beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.


macOS Catalina eliminates the iTunes app, splitting it into Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The three new apps offer similar functionality to iTunes, but are split up by feature. iOS device management is still available on the Mac, but it's now done through the Finder rather than iTunes.

With a new Sidecar feature, you can turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac with just the click of a button. The Apple Pencil works with Sidecar, so you can turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in apps like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Your Apple Watch can be used to approve security prompts for passwords and other info in macOS Catalina, and Macs with a T2 chip now support Activation Lock, making them more secure. There's a new Find My that brings the Find My Mac app to the Mac for the first time and even lets you track your devices when they're offline, or, in the case of notebooks, closed.

Screen Time is available on the Mac as well as iOS devices, and Project Catalyst, a new Apple initiative, will let developers easily port their iPad apps over to the Mac to increase the number of Mac apps available.

There's a new Photos interface that surfaces your best photos organized by day, month, or year, there's a new start page in Safari, Mail has new tools for muting email threads and blocking senders, and the Reminders app has been overhauled.

32-bit apps no longer work in macOS Catalina, which is something to be aware of before installing the beta.

For more details on macOS Catalina, make sure to check out our macOS Catalina roundup. Apple will release macOS Catalina sometime in October.

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

How to claim Fortnite’s sweet Psycho set for free

It’s almost time to bid farewell to the Fortnite x Borderlands crossover. But don’t rush to spend 2,000 V-Bucks on the Psycho bundle just yet because you might be able to claim it for free. Here’s how. The Borderlands crossover brought a lot to Battle Royale, including a brilliant Pandora zone, a set of six […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 1:07 p.m.

Private Instagram stories not always deleted after 24 hours, show tests

Private Instagram Stories, which are supposed to be automatically deleted after 24 hours, can remain live for an extra day – with some photos remaining on the service even longer…

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Sept. 10, 2019, 1 p.m.

Apple Online Store goes down ahead of iPhone 11 event

The Apple Online Store has gone down hours ahead of today’s special event. “Be right back,” reads a notice on the site. “We’re making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon.” When the Online Store returns after the conclusion of today’s “By Innovation Only” event, we expect to see information about new iPhones, a refreshed […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:56 p.m.

'Apple Watch Studio' Offers Over 1,000 Different Band and Watch Finish Combinations

Apple today announced the new Apple Watch Series 5 with its Always-On display as the headline feature. At the same time, the company unveiled new Apple Watch finishes and band combinations that allow customers to create a look that's uniquely their own using its new online Apple Watch Studio.


Previously, Apple paired case finishes with select bands, but the company's new Apple Watch Studio lets customers pick a case and band style they like. According to Apple, the new online watch studio offers over 1,000 different watch customizations, due to the added mix of case and band styles now available.

The Series 5 aluminum models are available in silver, gold, and space gray, while the stainless steel models also come in silver, gold and space gray finishes. However, new to the Series 5 are titanium cases, which come in either a natural or space black finish.

The new bands include brighter colors close to lemon and orange, as well as pine green, midnight blue, and aubergine hues. For Apple Watch Nike, there are new colors of the Nike Sport Band and reflective Nike Sport Loop, while Apple Watch Hermès introduces a color block band with Della Cavalleria print, and an all-black version.

New Apple Watch bands are available to order today from Apple's online store and in the Apple Store app, with availability beginning Friday, September 20.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512K, aka the ‘Fat Mac,’ quadruples the memory

September 10, 1984: Apple ships the Macintosh 512K, the first upgrade to the first-gen Macintosh 128K. Coming less than eight months after the original Macintosh, the 512K Mac makes no sweeping changes to the computer’s form factor. Instead, the big upgrade is quadrupling the RAM. This leads Apple fans to refer to the computer as […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

Apple Rolls Out New Cases for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Alongside the reveal of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple today launched all-new case options for shoppers to choose from. Below you'll find every new case available on Apple.com, all of which you can order from today.

iPhone 11



iPhone 11 Pro


  • Clear Case - $39

  • Silicone Case (Clementine, Pine Green, Alaskan Blue, Pink Sand, Midnight Blue, White, Black, Product Red) - $39

  • Leather Case (Meyer Lemon, Forest Green, Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, Black, Product Red) - $49

  • Leather Folio (Aubergine, Black) - $129

iPhone 11 Pro Max


  • Clear Case - $39

  • Silicone Case (Clementine, Pine Green, Alaskan Blue, Pink Sand, Midnight Blue, White, Black, Product Red) - $39

  • Leather Case (Meyer Lemon, Forest Green, Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, Black, Product Red) - $49

  • Leather Folio (Aubergine, Black) - $129
We've got more details from today's event in our articles on the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Microsoft bakes the best of Wunderlist into new To Do app

Microsoft’s fancy new To Do app has arrived and is available now across all platforms. The big overhaul brings the best of Wunderlist and combines it with an improved design. You’ll find more customization options, like the ability to set different backgrounds for each of your lists, and a new dark mode. Microsoft has been […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:41 p.m.

iPhone 11 Models Feature 'U1' Ultra Wideband Chip Amid Rumors of Apple Item-Tracking Tags

iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models are equipped with a "U1" ultra wideband chip for "spatial awareness," according to tech specs on Apple's website, which should result in more accurate indoor positioning and pave the way for the future launch of Apple's rumored Tile-like item tracking tags.


Apple explains:
The new Apple‑designed U1 chip uses Ultra Wideband technology for spatial awareness — allowing iPhone 11 Pro to precisely locate other U1‑equipped Apple devices. It's like adding another sense to iPhone, and it's going to lead to amazing new capabilities.

With U1 and iOS 13, you can point your iPhone toward someone else's, and AirDrop will prioritize that device so you can share files faster. And that's just the beginning.
Apple's tags will also feature ultra wideband tech, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The distance between two UWB devices can be measured precisely by calculating the time that it takes for a radio wave to pass between the two devices, with much more accuracy than Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi.


While the Apple Tags were not announced at Apple's event today, no reliable sources ever provided a timeframe for their release. There is plenty of evidence of the tags in internal iOS 13 code, but perhaps Apple is waiting until iOS 13.1 is released on September 30 or for a potential October event to unveil them.

MacRumors shared several exclusive details about the Apple Tags last month.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Apple Reveals New Night Mode Photo Feature Exclusive to iPhone 11 Series

Apple today announced the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Max, all-new models that boast improved cameras, and specifically, a dramatic new Night Mode photo feature.


Last year, Google introduced its impressive Night Sight camera mode, a software-based feature that allows users to take detailed pictures in dark environments using Google Pixel smartphones.

Apple's new Night Mode (not to be confused with the new Dark Mode interface option in iOS 13) is Apple's rejoinder to Google's Night Sight, and from the little we've seen so far, the results do look at least on par with the Pixel.

When using the camera app on any of Apple's 2019 iPhones, the new Night Mode feature comes on automatically when an indoor or outdoor scene is dark enough to warrant brightening, resulting in natural colors and reduced noise.

In short, new iPhone users should see an immediate improvement when shooting in low light environments, without having to adjust any exposure settings.

The all-new Ultra Wide and Wide cameras in Apple's latest iPhones offer several other advancements that photographers can look forward to. As always, stay tuned to MacRumors for a full hands-on preview of all the new features.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

TSMC reports record August revenue ahead of today’s iPhone launch

A-series chipmaker TSMC has reported record August revenue, up 16.5% year-on-year, ahead of today’s iPhone launch. The company said that its revenue last month hit NT$106.12B (US$3.4B).

The number is likely to spark speculation about Apple’s confidence in early sales of this year’s iPhones, but there are three reasons for a cautious interpretation of the news …

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Apple Releasing macOS Catalina Update in October

Apple's latest Mac operating system, macOS Catalina, will see a launch sometime in October, the company announced today following its iPhone-centric event.

While iOS 13 and watchOS 6 will launch on Thursday, September 19, macOS Catalina will not be coming out at the same time.


Apple has not provided details on when specifically macOS Catalina will launch in October, so it could come at any time during the month.

Apple has in the past staggered the releases of its new software updates, so it's not too much of a surprise to see macOS Catalina launching at a later date.

If Apple holds an October event that sees the launch of new Macs, such as the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, macOS Catalina could be timed with the release of the new machines.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Apple Releasing macOS Catalina Update in October

Apple's latest Mac operating system, macOS Catalina, will see a launch sometime in October, the company announced today following its iPhone-centric event.

While iOS 13 and watchOS 6 will launch on Thursday, September 19, macOS Catalina will not be coming out at the same time.


Apple has not provided details on when specifically macOS Catalina will launch in October, so it could come at any time during the month.

Apple has in the past staggered the releases of its new software updates, so it's not too much of a surprise to see macOS Catalina launching at a later date.

If Apple holds an October event that sees the launch of new Macs, such as the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, macOS Catalina could be timed with the release of the new machines.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Apple Releasing watchOS 6 for Series 3 and Later Sept. 19, Delayed for Older Apple Watches

Apple today announced that it will be releasing watchOS 6 on Thursday, September 19 for the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 models.

watchOS 6 will not be immediately available on Series 1 and Series 2 Apple Watch models, with Apple instead delaying the release until "later this fall."


It is not clear why older Apple Watch models won't be getting the update at launch.

September 19 is just one day before new Apple Watch Series 5 models are expected to begin shipping out. Apple Watch Series 5 pre-orders are available starting today on Apple.com.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:03 p.m.

iPhone shipments will slide in 2019 without 5G support

iPhone shipments are expected to slide by a whopping 15% in 2019, thanks in part to a lack of 5G connectivity, researchers say. But it won’t be long before sales are on the up again. A more significant upgrade to the iPhone lineup in 2020 could allow Apple to enjoy rare growth in an increasingly […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:01 p.m.

Apple Store is down ahead of iPhone 11 and Apple Watch event later today

As is tradition, the Apple Store is down ahead of today’s Apple event.

Apple is expected to announce a trio of new models; the iPhone 11, iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max flagship phones for the holiday season. The event kicks off at 10 AM Pacific Time.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:59 a.m.

Apple Stops Selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 4 Models

Coinciding with the launch of the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple has reshuffled its iPhone lineup, discontinuing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The devices will likely remain available for purchase for lower prices from select resellers around the world for the foreseeable future.


Likewise, with the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple has stopped selling Apple Watch Series 4 models. Apple Watch Series 3 models remain available, and pricing for those now starts at a reduced $199.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:50 a.m.

iPhone 11 Lineup Has New 5 A.M. Pacific Pre-Order Time on Friday

Apple today announced that the all-new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models will be available to pre-order on Friday, September 13, although at a brand new time: 5 a.m. Pacific, which is 8 a.m. Eastern.


In previous years, iPhone pre-orders have started at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max pricing starts at $999 and $1,099 respectively, the same prices as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that they replace. The iPhone 11 starts at $699, down from $749 for the iPhone XR.

Updates to follow…


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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

Facebook reveals how its iOS apps track user location

Facebook has clarified how its apps collect and uses location data, ahead of the release of iOS 13. While this data gathering is nothing new, iOS 13 will make it more obvious to users by calling out apps which behave in this way. It therefore looks like Facebook is trying to get out ahead of […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Apple Launching 'Research' App Later This Year With New Heart, Hearing, and Women's Health Studies

Apple today announced three new medical studies in partnership with leading academic and research institutions.


The studies will be available through Apple's new Research app, available as a free download in the App Store later this year.

The studies include:
- Apple Women's Health Study: In partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Apple has created the first long-term study of this scale focused on menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions. This study will inform screening and risk assessment of conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, osteoporosis, pregnancy and menopausal transition.

- Apple Heart and Movement Study: Apple is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the American Heart Association on a comprehensive study of how heart rate and mobility signals — like walking pace and flights of stairs climbed — relate to hospitalizations, falls, heart health and quality of life in order to promote healthy movement and improved cardiovascular health.

- Apple Hearing Study: Alongside the University of Michigan, Apple is examining factors that impact hearing health. The Apple Hearing Health Study is the first of its kind to collect data over time in order to understand how everyday sound exposure can impact hearing. The study data will also be shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a contribution toward its Make Listening Safe initiative.
Apple COO Jeff Williams:
With the Apple Heart Study, we found that we could positively impact medical research in ways that help patients today and that make contributions that will benefit future generations. Today's announcement carries our commitment to health even further by engaging with participants on a larger scale than ever before.
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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

New 'Filmic Pro' App Coming to iOS App Store Later This Year

During its iPhone 11 Pro media event today, Apple detailed a new version of the Filmic camera app, called "Filmic Pro."


The app allows users to shoot with multiple cameras at the same time, offering twice as much coverage on the same take. A compound overlay shows primary and secondary cameras, combining front-facing and rear-facing iPhone 11 Pro cameras.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:21 a.m.

iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Include Faster 18W Charger in Box

Finally, after years of Apple including the same-old, slow 5W charger in the box with iPhones, the all-new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will ship with a faster 18W USB-C power adapter.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:14 a.m.

Apple Announces New iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple today revealed the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, its two top-of-the-line iPhone models. This followed its initial unveiling of the iPhone 11.


iPhone 11 Pro comes in a new Midnight Green colorway, as well as Space Grey, Silver, and Gold.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 11:12 a.m.

iPhone 11 Starts at $699, Down From $749 for iPhone XR

Apple today announced that the all-new iPhone 11 starts at $699, down from the $749 starting price of its iPhone XR predecessor.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:52 a.m.

Apple Unveils iPhone 11 With Dual-Lens Rear Camera, Six New Colors, Dolby Atmos, and More

Apple today unveiled the iPhone 11, the successor to the iPhone XR, with a dual-lens rear camera, six new colors, Dolby Atmos sound, and more.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:51 a.m.

Apple Watch Series 3 Now Starts at $199

Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 5, and confirmed that it would continue to sell the Apple Watch Series 3 starting at the lower price of $199.


The Apple Watch Series 3 is available in both GPS and cellular models, both of which support the new watchOS 6. It's not entirely clear right now if that means Apple is discontinuing the Series 4 model, but it's likely.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:44 a.m.

Apple Shares Trailer for 'See' Post-Apocalyptic Drama, Debuts on Apple TV+ on November 1

Apple today shared the first trailer for "See," the post-apocalyptic drama series debuting on Apple TV+ on November 1.


From the YouTube description:
In the far future, a virus has decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind.

Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see—who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who believes it's witchcraft and wants them destroyed. Alfre Woodard also stars as Paris, Baba Voss’ spiritual leader.
"See" stars Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

Apple Announces Apple Watch Series 5 With Always-On Retina Display

Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 5, alongside watchOS 6. Series 5 watches feature an always-on display, meaning you won't have to rely on wrist raises to read the Apple Watch screen.


Despite the always-on display, the Apple Watch Series 5 maintains an all-day 18 hour battery life.
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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:33 a.m.

Apple TV+ Will Be Available on Web in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox

Apple today announced that customers will be able to subscribe to and watch Apple TV+ at tv.apple.com on the web in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

Apple Unveils New Low-Cost 10.2-inch iPad Starting at $329

Apple today announced a new seventh-generation low-cost iPad with a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display than the previous generation.


The new iPad includes an A10 Fusion chip, support for the first-gen Apple Pencil, and a Smart Connector for attaching Apple's Smart Keyboard.
"The new iPad packs even more value into our most popular and affordable iPad model featuring a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and for the first time, the full-size Smart Keyboard," said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The new iPad was built to run iPadOS, which introduces powerful new ways to multitask, manage and mark up documents, use Apple Pencil and view more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen. This new iPad with iPadOS takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for creating, learning, working and playing."
Apple's most affordable iPad, which is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum for the first time, starts shipping September 30, and orders start today.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

Apple TV+ Launching November 1 for $4.99 Per Month

Apple today announced that its streaming TV service, Apple TV+, will launch on November 1 for the price of $4.99 per month. The service will be available in over 100 countries and regions.


Launch shows include The Morning Show, Dickinson, See, For All Mankind, and The Elephant Queen. You'll be able to watch each show on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and more.
“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favorite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “Each Apple TV+ original offers its own unique story, fresh perspective and powerful message — all meant to entertain, connect and inspire cultural conversations.”
There will be a seven day free trial, and from today if you purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, or Mac you'll get one year of Apple TV+ for free. Family sharing will allow up to six family members to share one subscription to the streaming TV service.

Other launch day series include Helpsters, Snoopy in Space, Ghostwriter, Servant, Truth Be Told, Little America, The Banker, and Hala. Subscribers will be able to watch these shows online and offline, ad-free, and on demand.

Starting today, users can add Apple TV+ series to their Up Next list on the Apple TV app, in order to be notified when the first episodes are available. Some shows will premiere with three episodes, and then one episode will roll out each week afterwards. Additionally, other shows will debut with full seasons at once.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

Watch the Intro Video From Apple's 'By Innovation Only' Event

Apple opened its "By Innovation Only" event at Steve Jobs Theater with the following video:


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Sept. 10, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Apple Arcade to Launch September 19 for $4.99 Per Month With One-Month Free Trial



Apple today announced that its subscription-based Apple Arcade gaming service will launch September 19 in over 150 countries for $4.99 per month, with a one-month free trial available. This price will apply to individuals or a family of up to six members and will likely vary outside the United States.

Apple Arcade will provide iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV users with access to a library of over 100 games, with no ads or additional in-app purchases. Read our Apple Arcade guide for more details and a preview of the games coming at launch.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 8:58 a.m.

Latest iPhone 11 rumors: no number in ‘Pro’ model name, no reverse wireless charging, 10.2-inch iPad announcement

It’s Apple event day. At 10 AM Pacific Time, Tim Cook will take to the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple Park, to unveil the iPhone 11 lineup, as well as some new Apple Watch models and a few other announcements. With about nine hours to go before the show kicks off, there’s just some time for some last minute leaks and rumors …

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:57 a.m.

DigiTimes: Next-Generation AirPods to Enter Production as Early as October

Apple's suppliers are gearing up to assemble next-generation AirPods as early as October, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, suggesting an updated version of the earphones could arrive in time for the holiday shopping season.


DigiTimes shared a short preview of its story today:
Assembling for new-gen AirPods to kick off as early as October
Apple's suppliers are gearing up for assembling for the next-generation AirPods as early as October, according to industry sources.
The full story should be available within the next few days. We'll update this post if there are any additional details to share.

In April, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said two new AirPods models would likely go into mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, with Luxshare, Goertek, and Amkor serving as primary suppliers.

Kuo believes one of the new AirPods models will feature an "all-new form factor design" and a "higher price" than the second-generation AirPods, which cost $159 with a standard charging case and $199 with a wireless charging case. The other model is expected to be a more iterative update with the same pricing.

If new AirPods do launch later this year, they will likely be the more iterative pair that Kuo referred to, as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman expects the higher-priced AirPods with water resistance and noise cancelation to launch as early as 2020. It's unclear what features would be part of the iterative update.

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

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Sept. 10, 2019, 7:03 a.m.

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

Apple's "By innovation only" media event will be kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time today, and as is tradition, 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.

Notably, Apple is streaming today's event live on YouTube for the first time, which means a replay should be available almost immediately after the event ends, and in fact, users should be able to watch the video from the beginning even while the event is still going on, at the risk of getting a brief glimpse of the in-progress feed upon first loading the video.

Apple has also generally become quicker about making event videos available for replay on its own site over the past several years, and Apple-hosted 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 about Apple's announcements in this thread.


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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:30 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: Save 15% on $100 App Store and iTunes Gift Cards for a Limited Time

PayPal's Digital Gifts eBay storefront is back with a 15 percent discount on Apple's App Store and iTunes gift cards today, offering the $100 iTunes gift card at a price of $85 for a limited time. This matches the 15 percent discount we've been tracking for most iTunes gift card sales and is the best currently available online this week.

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Like previous discounts, you'll need to have a PayPal account to see the savings and the gift card will be valid only on purchases made in the United States. The card is electronic, so once you place your order you'll get an email within a few hours with a code that you can use to fill up your Apple ID with the credit.

iTunes gift cards are good for buying movies, TV shows, and books on Apple's digital storefronts, as well as paying for subscriptions like Apple Music, Netflix, and Hulu. These discounts on iTunes gift cards come around once every few weeks (and sometimes take longer to reemerge), so if you've been waiting for a sale you should head to eBay soon before the bargain ends.

Our full Deals Roundup has all of the latest and greatest Apple-related discounts in one place.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 5:09 a.m.

4K Disney Movie References Spotted on Apple TV

Could Apple be about to announce that it's making Disney movies available in 4K format on Apple TV? Earlier this morning, MacRumors forum member Eminemdrdre00 spotted a 4K badge on the Aladdin banner in the carousel of the iTunes Movies app on his Apple set-top box. But when he selected it, the reference disappeared.


However, a Reddit user has since uploaded several images of Disney movie selection screens on iTunes – including several Marvel titles – all of which bear the 4K and Dolby Atmos badges. However, these references appear to have since been pulled.

When Apple said in 2017 that it had inked deals with all the major Hollywood studios to sell 4K movies on Apple TV 4K, Disney was the one notable holdout.


Perhaps an agreement has now been reached, although this would be all the more surprising given that both Apple and Disney are about to go head to head with their own rival streaming services.

Disney+ is set to launch on November 12 and will be available to watch on Apple TV (tvOS-supported models), iPad, and iPhone, with offline downloads supported on mobile. Rumors suggest Apple is also aiming to launch Apple TV+ this November.


Disney+ will cost $6.99 a month and give subscribers the ability stream up to four devices at the same time, with high-definition 4K content included at no extra cost.

Apple TV+ will offer all of Apple's original TV shows and movies that are in development, and Apple is reportedly spending upwards of $6 billion for content. Little is known about Apple TV+, but it will be available on all devices where the TV app is available when it launches.

Apple is widely expected to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models at its event later today, and last-minute rumors suggest there could be a new Apple TV with an A12 chip as well, although the timing is unclear.

The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m Pacific Time. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event both here on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 3:40 a.m.

Don’t expect to binge watch Apple TV+

Apple will almost certainly answer the last burning questions about its upcoming streaming video service at a big press event tomorrow: we’ll finally get the price and the debut date. But there’s a phrase that probably won‘t be uttered when talking about Apple TV+: binge watching. Anticipation not binge watching Although Apple officially took the […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 3:28 a.m.

Facebook Preps Users for Apple's New Location Tracking Alerts in iOS 13

Facebook has attempted to pre-empt awkward questions about privacy ahead of the launch of iOS 13, with a blog post explaining what Apple's new location data alerts mean for users of its mobile app.


As we've covered elsewhere, Apple has doubled down on its privacy features in iOS 13, giving iPhone and iPad users a more granular view of how third-party apps access their location information – something that's obviously of concern to Facebook.

In a blog post titled "Understanding Updates to Your Device's Location Settings," the social network company highlights the fact that pop-up notifications now let users know when an app is using their location in the background, and even show a map of the location data that the app has tracked. The alerts also make users aware of how often apps are tracking them and their motivation for doing so.

Facebook points out that while iOS 12 gives users the option to allow apps access to precise location information "Always," "While Using the App" or "Never," iOS 13 adds an additional "Allow Once" option for permitting restricted one-time access. The social media giant clearly wants users to know that regardless of these changes, "Facebook is better with location..."
It powers features like check-ins and makes planning events easier. It helps improve ads and keep you and the Facebook community safe. Features like Find Wi-Fi and Nearby Friends use precise location even when you're not using the app to make sure that alerts and tools are accurate and personalized for you.
It's no secret that Facebook harvests huge amounts of data on all of its users, but the company is clearly trying to allay concerns when the alerts start rolling in on Facebook users' devices once they've updated to iOS 13.

Apple usually releases new versions of iOS one or two weeks after it unveils new iPhones. Apple's iPhone event takes place today at 10:00 a.m Pacific Time, so we should see iOS 13 drop relatively soon. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of today's event both here on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account. Stay tuned.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 2:51 a.m.

iPhone 11 might lack two hotly-anticipated features

On the eve of Apple’s press event, a highly-respected analyst just threw cold water on reports that the iPhone 11 will have a pair of exciting features borrowed from competing handsets. Ming-Chi Kuo says the next iOS devices will have neither reverse wireless charging nor Apple Pencil support. A less exciting iPhone 11 Kuo was […]

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Sept. 10, 2019, 2:25 a.m.

Microsoft Aims to Woo Wunderlist Users With Overhauled 'To Do' App

Microsoft has unveiled its new-look To Do app. First launched in 2017, the productivity app came along two years after the company acquired Wunderlist, but only now does it resemble a like-for-like replacement offering feature parity with the long-running cloud-based task management service. Announcing To Do v2.0, Microsoft had this to say:

to do
When Wunderlist became part of the Microsoft family, our mission was to bring the delightful, simple, and elegant daily task experience and build it into Microsoft's intelligent, interconnected, and security-centric ecosystem to create a new app—Microsoft To Do. Today, we're unveiling the new version of To Do, which includes a fresh new design, access from wherever you are, and more integration with Microsoft apps and services.
The most obvious visual similarity is that To Do now supports background images – and even includes the Berlin TV tower image that longtime Wunderlist users will be familiar with. Every list can be given its own background image, and Microsoft says it has reduced the list header size and added new color theme customization options, with a dark mode for iOS and Mac coming soon.

Otherwise, it looks like business as usual for Wunderlist fans. The app features subtasks, recurring tasks, prioritized tasks, reminders and due dates, file attachments, and notes. Lists can also be grouped, shared with other people, and assigned.

There's a personalized daily planner feature called My Day that refreshes daily and features smart suggestions for tasks. And of course, all lists sync across devices, allowing users to stay organized at work, home, or on the go. Finally, there's deeper integration with Microsoft 365 apps and services like Microsoft Planner, linking to Microsoft-hosted email accounts like Outlook, Hotmail, and Live, and Cortana and Amazon Echo support.


Users without a Microsoft account can register with their existing email address. Once they sign in, the option to import tasks from Wunderlist is displayed, and it can also be found in Settings. Microsoft To Do is a free download for iPhone and iPad available from the App Store. [Direct Link]


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Sept. 10, 2019, 2:02 a.m.

Ahead of iOS 13, Facebook publishes blog post defending its use of location data in iOS

iOS 13 is set to be released to the public later this month, and Facebook is looking to get out ahead of some of the changes to location settings in the update. Facebook has published a new blog post detailing how iOS 13 affects its access to your location data, while reaffirming that users are “in control” of their location settings.

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

IDC: iPhone shipments on track to drop 15% in 2019, but 5G will drive rebound in 2020

IDC is out today with a new forecast for the smartphone industry during the second half of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. For Apple specifically, IDC predicts that 2019 will be a “challenging year for iPhone shipments,” due in some part to the expectation that the iPhone 11 won’t support 5G.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:20 a.m.

Kuo on iPhone 11: No Apple Pencil support, bilateral wireless charging potentially scrapped, more

On the eve of Apple’s iPhone 11 keynote, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new report detailing what to expect. Kuo says the new iPhone 11 models will not support Apple Pencil input, nor will they switch to USB-C. However, the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone 11 models will feature a fast charger in the box, Kuo says.

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Sept. 10, 2019, 12:01 a.m.

Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and that infamous U2 debacle turn 5 today

Today, September 9th marks the fifth anniversary since Apple Watch and Apple Pay were unveiled. It also happens to be the anniversary of when Apple loaded U2’s album Songs of Innocence onto all of its users iTunes accounts before releasing a tool a week later to let frustrated customers remove it (and of course, Tim Cook and Bono’s finger tap). Follow along for a look at how Apple’s payment platform and market-leading wearable have evolved over the years and where they’re heading next.

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Sept. 10, 2019, midnight

How to watch Apple’s 2019 iPhone event

There are plenty of ways to follow today’s iPhone 11 event. Here’s how to watch it on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, PC or YouTube.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

What to expect from Apple’s innovation-focused iPhone event

A whole lot of innovation is in the offing for Apple’s biggest hardware event of the year. CEO Tim Cook recently promised that Apple will unleash its strongest product lineup ever, and next week’s “By Innovation Only” event could be just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to a glut of leaked info, we have […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

9to5Mac joins the dark side — you can now enjoy automatic Dark Mode on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

What’s the best way to celebrate Apple event week and iOS 13 month? How about Dark Mode. I’m thrilled to announce that 9to5Mac now supports automatic Dark Mode on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

How to trade in or recycle your old iPhone in preparation for iPhone 11

Tomorrow is the big iPhone 11 event day, and we’re expecting the new devices to be a major upgrade, especially if you’re coming from a device that’s at least a couple years old. But what should you do about that aging phone now that you’re planning to upgrade? Here’s how to trade in and recycle your old iPhone in preparation for tomorrow’s big unveil…

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Sept. 9, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

This do-it-all wireless charger is the perfect AirPower alternative

Apple couldn’t deliver AirPower for reasons we’re still not completely sure of, but others have been able to pull off the seemingly impossible. One of those is Xvida with its terrific do-it-all wireless charging pad. The Triple Power Magnetic Wireless Charger tops up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously. And it’s available to order […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Microsoft unveils all-new To Do app, encourages Wunderlist users to make the switch

Microsoft today has officially unveiled an all-new version of its To Do application as it continues to integrate features of the Wunderlist platform it acquired in 2015. The company touts that the new To Do application is a major upgrade, with a new design, deeper integration with other platforms, and more.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

iPhone 11 might see tiny price drop

The 2019 iPhone models are reportedly not going to cost more than their 2018 equivalents, with some configurations actually going for slightly less. If true, this will break a multi-year trend in ever-increasing prices for iOS handset prices. iPhone 11 prices break a trend Apple’s top-tier handsets have always been expensive, but prices shot up […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Get ready for Catalina: Latest Mac app BundleHunt starts at $5 with 40 titles

Ahead of tomorrow’s Apple Keynote address, BundleHunt has launched a new Mac App sale from $5. In case you’re not familiar with these popular promotions, you simply pay the $5 fee to unlock the sale and then each app can be added at a discount from there. Many of these titles sell for $20 and upwards of $50 on the App Store, making this a great time to outfit your Mac with some new software. As well, free software updates when Catalina ships will be included. Notable titles include IMazing, iStat Menus 6, Luminar 2018, Mosaic Pro Edition, and many more. Additional details can be found below or on this landing page.

Each app will become a permanent part of your collection and you can add as many titles (and even multiple licenses) as needed. Simply press the plus (+) button below each app to add it to your customized bundle. Head below for details on some of our top picks from the spring BundleHunt.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Craig Federighi says scheduled iMessage feature is ‘something we continue to consider,’ lyrics visualizer slated for iOS 13.1 in Music app

iMessage is a rich messenger platform with its own App Store and features like end-to-end encryption. However, advanced features like scheduled iMessages could make it an even more robust service. Recently an Apple user reached out to Craig Federighi about this feature request and got a detailed response about how the company is considering it.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

Apple software boss explains why you can’t schedule iMessages

One of the most-requested productivity features for iMessage probably won’t be added in an iOS update anytime soon. A Reddit user recently posted an email exchange he had with Apple VP of software Craig Federighi asking for a scheduled iMessage feature for iPhone and iPad. Federighi revealed that Apple has actually considered and is still […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

iPhone 11 will be freaky-good at finding your location

The Motion coprocessor that helps previous iPhone models track their exact location is reportedly getting such a huge upgrade it’ll have a new name. Code in iOS 13 indicates that the upcoming iPhone 11’s Apple A13 processor includes an “R1” or “Rose” coprocessor that can handle many more sensors. This is location sensing that goes […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Louisville’s Apple Oxmoor reopening September 14 with plaza and green walls

One of Kentucky’s two Apple Stores is about to receive a significant upgrade. In Louisville, Apple Oxmoor is relocating to a larger space in Oxmoor Center with an outdoor entrance and a brand-new plaza.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to take iOS 13’s new PDF screenshots, including text!

Apple spices up its screenshot tool in iOS 13. Here's how to make PDF screenshots with selectable text and clickable links.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Apple hints Touch ID is here to stay

Apple doesn’t plan to completely kill Touch ID anytime soon, according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of product marketing. In a recent interview discussing the progress of Face ID, Joswiak championed Touch ID on the iPhone 5s as the first mainstream biometric security system. Even though Face ID is being added to more devices, Joswiak […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Bag a 12-inch MacBook for under $700 [Deals & Steals]

Looking for an affordable Apple notebook that you can take with you wherever you go. Pick up a 12-inch MacBook from Amazon today before they’re all gone for under $700! That’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You will also find $20 off the excellent Wonderboom 2 portable speaker from […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

Pre-Keynote iPad Pro deals take $399 off, MacBook Air is $850, and new Apple TV show sale from $3

Ahead of tomorrow’s Keynote event, Amazon is offering up to $399 off Apple’s latest iPad Pro. We also have best of the year pricing on MacBook Air and a new TV show sale over at Apple from $3. Hit the jump for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 09, 2019 – iPhone 11 event preview

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

Refreshed Fifth Avenue store is as multicolored as the classic Apple logo

Apple’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store refurb has being going on since 2017 — and it looks like it’ll be worth the wait. According to new images, the iconic glass cube is getting a slightly psychedelic upgrade, with an iridescent coating that reflects every color under the sun. It’s a neat, attention-grabbing nod to the classic […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Parallels 15 review: Key refinements for DirectX 11 and Catalina lead the way for Windows virtualization on macOS

When Parallels 15 was released a few weeks ago, I realized that there are two types of people when it comes to virtualization software: those that care deeply and those that cannot fathom why people still run Windows/Linux on top of macOS. The more people I talk to about this, the more I realize that the market might have been broader for running Windows on macOS back during the initial Intel transition, but that today, the market is more in-depth. The people who use this software rely on it for essential tasks related to their jobs and or hobbies. The good thing for them is that Parallels 15 continues to go deeper with Windows integration on macOS. What’s the verdict on Parallels 15? After using it for a few weeks, let’s dive into my Parallels 15 review. more…

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

Former Mac boss thinks App Store antitrust complaints are off-target

With the looming shadow of antitrust, plenty of folks are talking about whether or not Apple is abusing its position. Specifically, they claim that Apple has a conflict of interests by running the App Store and also creating its own software tools. Former Macintosh division boss Jean-Louis Gassée is now wading into the argument. Gassée […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 3 p.m.

Give your old DVDs new life on any device [Deals]

One unfortunate consequence of the streaming age are the DVD collections gathering dust in our closets. That doesn’t mean they’re not worth watching, but let’s face it: we’re probably not watching them again. So instead of letting them go to waste, why not just convert them for other devices? MacX DVD Ripper is a super […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

Comment: I can see only an expensive solution to Apple/Foxconn’s legal problem

Foxconn’s legal problem, reported this morning, is also Apple’s problem.

Apple has long worked hard to ensure suppliers like Foxconn comply with labor regulations, conducting regular audits to ensure underage workers are not employed, and enforcing Apple’s own rules on things like maximum overtime hours.

However, there is one breach of China’s employment laws that would seem almost impossible for either Foxconn or Apple to resolve, at least in the short term…

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

Apple’s adjusted App Store algorithm handicaps its own apps

Apple’s recently-adjusted App Store algorithm prevents too many of its own apps from dominating search results. The change, which followed Spotify’s complaint regarding “unfair” App Store practices several months, handicaps Apple titles and has had a huge impact since being introduced. The App Store generated more than $50 billion last year, and two-thirds of downloads […]

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

Apple Store employee says job is now all about pushing services

An anonymous Apple Store employee says that people who work in the stores have become more like “car salesmen or Best Buy employees.” The disgruntled employee says that Apple’s shift to services means that staff are pushed to sell add-ons like AppleCare. The comments come from Chris Matyszczyk’s “Technically Incorrect” column for ZDNet. “Management has their […]

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

Man miraculously catches falling iPhone X on roller coaster ride

Nothing ruins a day out at a theme park quite like dropping your pricey $1,000 phone while riding a roller coaster. Unless there’s a guy like Samuel Kempf sitting behind you, that is. Kempf recently shared a video showing how he snatched a dropped iPhone X out of mid-air — all while riding a roller […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Apple Card would have saved customers from store clerk with photographic memory

Back in the days before mobile and countertop card terminals, sketchy store clerks and restaurant serving staff had a few different ways to steal your card details…

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Sept. 9, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

iPhone 11’s Apple logo will shift for big new feature

The Apple logo on the back of this year’s iPhone 11 lineup will shift to make way for a brand new feature, according to a new report. The logo won’t disappear, but it will be perfectly centered for the first time in the iPhone’s history. The change will allow for a huge upgrade in wireless […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 1:10 p.m.

Octopus Apple Pay support in Hong Kong: more details emerge from iOS 13 beta

After an initial clue in June, the following month saw official confirmation from Apple that Octopus Apple Pay support will be part of iOS 13.

Some more details have now emerged thanks to some screenshots from the beta version…

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Sept. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs returns following liver transplant

September 9, 2009: Steve Jobs makes his public return to Apple after successful liver-transplant surgery. Appearing onstage at Apple’s fall event, Jobs receives a standing ovation that lasts almost a minute. He then opens the keynote on an unusually personal note by discussing his health. Steve Jobs opens up about his health “I wouldn’t be […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Apple adjusted App Store algorithm to reduce presence of its own apps in search results

In an interview with the New York Times, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue revealed that Apple has adjusted the App Store algorithm to ‘handicap’ its own apps from appearing too much in search results.

Following press attention from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Apple found that the App Store was deciding to show a lot of Apple apps for common search terms. For instance, a search for ‘music’ would show not only Apple Music but up to seven other first-party apps in the first ten spots.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

GameClub Set to Launch This Fall With 50+ Classic iOS Games for One Monthly Fee

GameClub, the upcoming subscription service that is bringing back your favorite classic iOS games, is set to launch this fall with more than 50 all-you-can-play titles that will be available for one monthly fee.

Since it was announced back in March, GameClub has been beta testing its service, offering up access to original iOS games for free, but the service will soon be ready to debut.


There's no specific word on pricing for GameClub at this time, but today's press release says that there will be a "small monthly fee" for access to all of the games, which will be free of intrusive ads and in-app purchases.

At launch, GameClub will offer access to more than 50 games that were some of the original games on the App Store but that stopped being updated over time. GameClub's business model is revitalizing and updating older titles, many of which were incredibly popular years ago.


Content is curated by Eli Hodapp, the former editor-in-chief of MacRumors sister site TouchArcade, and for the last several months, Hodapp has been communicating with the iOS gaming community and getting developers on board.

Super Crate Box, Legendary Wars, Minigore, Space Miner, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor and subsequent titles, Mage Gauntlet, Plunderland, Incoboto, Hook Champ, and Super QuickHook are just some of the games that will be available.


Prior to when GameClub launches, these games are available to play for free through GameClub's ongoing beta testing process. Anyone can get access to the beta titles by signing up for the GameClub Early Access program on the GameClub website.

As mentioned above, GameClub will have more than 50 games at launch, and additional titles will be added on a weekly basis. In addition to classic titles, after launch, GameClub plans to expand into new and original premium games.

GameClub games will be available cross platform, so you can play on either iOS or Android, and all games will be downloadable and playable offline. For people who purchased the original titles that GameClub is reviving, you'll be able to play them for free.

Apple is set to launch its own Apple Arcade App Store gaming service in the near future, which will provide access to iOS games for a monthly fee with no in-app purchases or ads. GameClub differs from Apple Arcade in that it brings back classic, much-loved titles while Apple Arcade focuses solely on new games.


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Sept. 9, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Apple expecting iPhone 11 sales to beat 2018 models, but not by much – analyst

An analysis of supply chain readiness suggests that Apple is expecting initial iPhone 11 sales to outstrip those of the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR – but not by a large margin.

Looking specifically at the launch period, Apple suppliers appear to be gearing up for initial sales of 75 million units, which is only slightly higher than the same period last year …

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Sept. 9, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

iPhone 11 event will live-stream on YouTube for the first time

Apple plans to stream Tuesday’s big iPhone 11 event on YouTube. It’s the first time the company has used Google’s platform for a live keynote. It will make it easier than ever for fans to tune into the action on almost any platform. Apple has been slowly expanding the availability of its live-streams. There was […]

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

Apple responds to complaint that Foxconn factory broke labor laws

Apple says that it is working to fix a problem in which too many temporary workers were found illegally working on the iPhone line at a Foxconn factory. Over the weekend, New York-based watchdog China Labor Watch published a report about alleged violations. These supposedly took place at the biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China. […]

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Sept. 9, 2019, 9:40 a.m.

Apple says Foxconn violated Chinese temporary staff rule, as supply chain ramped up iPhone 11 production

The Chinese Labor Watch group released a lengthy report alleging several violations of Chinese law against Foxconn, the key iPhone assembler. Apple said it investigated and denies most of the allegations but did say that it found Foxconn’s iPhone factory workforce was made up of 50% temporary labor, way above the 10% rule according to the law.

Although Apple nor Foxconn will say explicitly, this is clearly a result of the usual supply chain rush to manufacture Apple’s new iPhone models, believed to be called iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, ready for the September sales season.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 7:10 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: 2018 iPad Pro Receives New Low Prices With Discounts of Up to $400 Off

Deals on the iPad Pro have appeared on Amazon this week, offering shoppers a chance to save as much as $400 on the 2018 models of Apple's tablet. There are a few lowest-ever prices during this sale, with prices starting at $674 for the 64GB Wi-Fi 11-inch iPad Pro and rising from there.

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Low prices for the 12.9-inch models include the 64GB cellular tablet at $899.99 ($250 off), and the 1TB Wi-Fi model at $1,349.99 ($400 off). We've listed all of these sales below, and each discount can be found on Amazon.

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Sept. 9, 2019, 5:06 a.m.

Official Twitch App for Apple TV Now in Public Beta

An official Twitch app for Apple TV is on the way. The live game-streaming service has offered iOS and Mac apps for some time, but a version for Apple's set-top box has been conspicuous by its absence (making third-party apps like Twitchy all the more popular). That's soon set to change though, with a beta Twitch app for tvOS now available on TestFlight.


The Twitch app for Apple TV offers the same features found on the iOS and Mac apps, so users will be able to watch live streams, clips, and video on demand, as well as get involved in on-screen chat. Twitch also hosts a slew of additional broadcasts, including live Thursday Night NFL Games, so this news isn't necessarily just for videogame fans.

If you want to gain access to the beta, you'll need to install Apple's TestFlight app on an iOS device and an Apple TV logged in using the same Apple ID. On your iOS device, tap the public link, then tap Accept for the Twitch: Live Game Streaming beta. Next, launch TestFlight on Apple TV, install the beta app there, and you should be good to go.

"We don't want to be too prescriptive so explore the app, watch streams, and try out different features," Twitch says on its site. "If you find a bug, the app crashes on you, or you encounter other issues send us your feedback."

There's no word on when Twitch will be ready for official release on the tvOS App Store, but presumably the more users that get involved in the beta, the sooner any bugs will be ironed out and it'll be ready for launch. Twitch is also available on Windows PCs, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, NVIDIA Shield, and Chromecast.

(Via AppleInsider)

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Sept. 8, 2019, 6:26 p.m.

How to protect your hearing with iOS 13 and watchOS 6

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watchOS 6 and iOS 13 are just a few weeks away from being released to the public, and both updates include new features that you might not have even known you needed. With this year’s watchOS 6 release for Apple Watch and iOS 13 for iPhone, Apple is implementing a pair of new hearing features, designed to help you prevent exposing yourself to loud environments and headphones levels for extended periods of time.

Here’s how both of those new features work.

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Sept. 8, 2019, 6 p.m.

The best music, notes and knob-twisting apps this week

This week we listen to Apple Music in the browser, live on the edge with The Most Dangerous Writing App, lock up our notes in Bear, and schedule our messages to send later in Telegram.

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Sept. 8, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

Poll: What announcement are you most excited to see at Apple’s iPhone 11 event?

Apple’s iPhone 11 event is just around the corner, and we rounded up all of the announcements we expect to see right here. With announcements ranging from the iPhone 11 to Apple’s Tile competitor, what are you most excited to see?

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Sept. 8, 2019, 3 p.m.

Today in Apple history: iTunes Store hits 10 million music downloads

September 8, 2003: Apple reveals that it has sold its 10 millionth iTunes song download. The tune in question? Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.” Come to think of it, “You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get and you turn it into [success]” describes Apple pretty well in the late ’90s […]

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Sept. 8, 2019, 2:31 p.m.

Wunderlist founder offers to buy the app back from Microsoft as its shutdown looms

Two years ago, Microsoft revealed its plans to replace Wunderlist with a new To-Do application. As the shutdown of Wunderlist looms, its original founder is offering to buy the app back from Microsoft to save its fate.

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

Enhance your content with unlimited royalty-free photos [Deals]

Few things can make your content pop like a good photo. That’s true whether you’re building a website or a slide presentation, or writing an article or an ad. Unfortunately, photo rights can be expensive, so this massive photo library subscription is a can’t-miss opportunity. Even better, you can get it at a massive discount. […]

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Sept. 8, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

This week’s top stories: Apple Watch sleep tracking, iPhone 11 event details, more

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 11 details continue to emerge ahead of Tuesday’s event, Apple Watch sleep tracking revealed, new details on Apple’s AR efforts, and more. Read on for all of this week’s biggest news.

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Sept. 8, 2019, 2 p.m.

Comment: Is it time for Apple to upgrade Family Sharing with new features?

I’ve had multiple Apple IDs over the years of being an Apple customer since I started buying music on iTunes in 2004. I eventually consolidated everything into two accounts back around the time I got my first iPod touch. I had one account for purchases (my Gmail account), and then I had my .Mac/MobileMe/iCloud account. Apple has always done a great job allowing you to keep a store account running alongside a data account on their devices. When I signed up for Apple Music in 2015, I took the time to set up Family Sharing with my wife and children. We had previously all shared an account, but with an Apple Music family subscription option at $14.99 per month, it was time to prepare for the future. I created a Family Sharing account, invited my wife as a parent, and then set up kid accounts for all my children. We then could each have our own Apple Music, iCloud data, but still access each other’s purchases. Apple really built a strong foundation for families to manage their data, have privacy, but also stay connected. And I think there is much work to do, and I hope that they add some much-needed Family Sharing additions in 2020 with future versions of iOS, macOS, and iCloud. more…

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Sept. 8, 2019, 8 a.m.

Photos: Cases show iPhone 11 design, including new position of Apple logo on iPhone 11 back [update]

Update: Bloomberg is also reporting that the Apple logo will be centered on the new iPhones.

The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro lineup is set to be revealed in a week and a half, and naturally, we mostly know what to expect: a big focus on camera improvements thanks to the new triple-camera system.

Whilst the shape of the overall chassis is not changing, we are expecting some tweaks to the back of the phone. This obviously includes the bigger square camera protrusion, but also some new color options and matte glass instead of glossy finishes. Photos posted to Slashleaks show another small design change: the Apple logo has been moved downwards and is now centered vertically and horizontally.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 10:35 p.m.

Last chance! Slope stand is sleek, magical and 20% off

Slope from Wiplabs might just be one of the prettiest stands you can buy for iPhone and iPad. It’s a simple, sleek piece of aluminum that uses micro-suction to hold onto almost anything. And you can get yours right now for 20% less before our sale ends at 11:59 p.m. PT today! There are countless […]

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Sept. 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Last chance! Save 20% on superb Strapa bands for Apple Watch

The Cult of Mac Watch Store’s huge Labor Day sale is almost over — but there’s still some time to take advantage of the discounts. This one gets you 20% off all superb Strapa bands for Apple Watch until September 9. Made from beautiful Italian leather and sturdy stainless steel fixings, Strapa bands are up […]

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Sept. 7, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

Apple @ Work: How Apple could evolve iMessage to be better suited for business use

Apple @ Work is brought to you by Spike, the world’s first conversational email app that helps professionals and teams spend less time on email, and more on getting things done.

I still remember when iMessage first launched with iOS 5 in 2011 and OS X Mountain Lion in 2012. In my office, we had (and still have) terrible cell service. Since iMessage worked on Wi-Fi, I could finally send and receive “text messages” with ease. I don’t think we’ve given Apple enough credit for creating such a popular service across their ecosystem. By 2016, Apple announced that 200,000 messages were being sent every second. iMessage, despite its faults, is an excellent service. It provides fast communication to other iOS users and syncs across all of your devices. Over time, I’ve ended up in more group texts than I would have ever imagined. These aren’t just friends who are sending GIFs back and forth. These group messages are various subgroups at my office, where people are communicating about work. The problem with this situation is that iMessage was not built for internal business communications, but Apple could evolve its features to help with this use case in the future.  more…

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Sept. 7, 2019, 4 p.m.

How Apple will spark an AR boom [Cult of Mac Magazine 313]

Apple’s long bet on augmented reality is about to pay off. Thanks to new tools for developers, and hardware that can handle the advanced apps they create, an AR revolution is in the offing. Find out how Apple will spark the AR boom in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Download it […]

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Sept. 7, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Apple’s iPhone 11 event kicks off on Tuesday, here’s everything you need to know

At this point, we’re just a few days away from Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 11 event. The stage was set last week, when Apple officially invited members of the media to Steve Jobs Theater for the September 10th occasion.

Going into the “By innovation only” event next week, there’s a lot to expect – and a lot we already know. Read on as we roundup everything you need to know about the iPhone 11 event.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Get the skills you need to be a pro web and mobile developer [Deals]

If you want to catch the eye of potential employers, adding “web and mobile app development” to your resume is one of the best ways to do so. With the wildly discounted Complete Web and Mobile Developer Bundle — featuring lessons from a rock-star coder — you can make it happen. The Complete Web and […]

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Sept. 7, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Analysts: App Store seeing better-than-expected revenue growth due to entertainment category

Apple has shifted its focus to Services as part of its efforts to combat slowing iPhone sales. In a new investor note, Morgan Stanley now says the App Store could show better-than-expected revenue growth for the month of August, citing new data from app analytics platform Sensor Tower.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

Apple Stores offer September 10 keynote livestreams

Apple Store special event livestreams have become part of the keynote viewing tradition, and next Tuesday’s event at Steve Jobs Theater is no exception. Apple has published session listings so you can sign up to watch at your local store.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

Apple acquires ‘Dads’ documentary from actress Bryce Dallas Howard for Apple TV+

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple was teaming up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a new Apple TV+ drama series. Now, Variety reports that Apple has acquired the rights to a documentary from actress Bruce Dallas Howard for its streaming platform.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs unveils Rokr E1, the first iTunes phone

September 7, 2005: Apple and Motorola launch the Rokr E1, the first Cupertino-sanctioned cellphone to run iTunes. Steve Jobs is very unhappy with the results. The compromised device shows what a error it is to let an outside designer create a phone under the Apple banner. The company won’t make the same mistake twice. Rokr […]

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Sept. 7, 2019, 1:06 p.m.

Twitch launches public beta test of new app for Apple TV

Popular live game streaming service Twitch has launched a public beta of its upcoming Apple TV app through TestFlight. This marks the first time Twitch itself has launched an Apple TV application, though some third-party solutions have long existed.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 12:54 p.m.

Walmart stocking iPhone 11 cases ahead of Apple event

The iPhone 11 event kicks off on Tuesday. We have seen leaks of the new phone design all over the place at this point. We are also hearing increasingly of carrier and retailer preparations ahead of the phone’s unveiling.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 6 a.m.

Top Stories: Apple's iPhone Event and Last-Minute Rumors, Free Apple Watch Screen Repairs, and More

It's almost here: Apple's annual iPhone event! We've been hearing rumors about the 2019 iPhones essentially since the 2018 models were announced, and we're finally about to see what Apple has to show off. We expect plenty more announcements beyond the new iPhones, so buckle up for Tuesday.

In the lead-up to the event, this week saw a host of rumors about Apple Watch sleep tracking, an upcoming Apple TV update, and more. We're even hearing about Touch ID potentially coming back to the iPhone in the next year or two. And if you've got an aluminum Series 2 or Series 3 Apple Watch and the screen has cracked, Apple may fix it for you free of charge. Read on for all of this week's top stories!

What to Expect at Apple's September 2019 Event: New iPhones, Apple Watch Models, Services Updates and More


We're just a few days away from Apple's annual iPhone media event, so we've put together a guide highlighting everything we think we'll see and a few things we may or may not see. The new iPhone is always the star of the show, but we can also expect new Apple Watch models, final details on all of Apple's upcoming software updates, perhaps more information on services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, and maybe a few more things.


And of course, tune in on Tuesday when we'll have full coverage of the event, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

Apple Watch Sleep Tracking, Schooltime Mode, and More Revealed in Leaked iOS 13 Code


An internal build of iOS 13 obtained by MacRumors has led to several leaks ahead of Apple's special event next week, including details about Apple Watch sleep tracking, a new Schooltime mode coming to watchOS, and software related to a head-mounted augmented reality display — possibly "Apple Glasses."


It's unclear if all or any of these things will be ready for Apple's keynote, which takes place Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will have in-depth coverage of the event, complete with a live blog on our website and live tweets via @MacRumorsLive.

New Apple TV With A12 Chip and 'One More Thing' Teased Ahead of Next Week's Apple Event


Apple is widely expected to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models at its event next week, and last-minute rumors suggest there could be a new Apple TV with an A12 chip as well, although the timing is unclear.


Meanwhile, an anonymous Twitter account with a reliable track record has teased "one more thing," the iconic phrase used by Steve Jobs when he surprised the crowd with one more product or announcement. What could the "one more thing" be this time around? We'll have to wait and see...

iPhone With Both Face ID and Touch ID Under Display and New 'iPhone SE' Expected in 2020–2021


Bloomberg this week claimed Apple plans to release a new iPhone with both Face ID and under-display Touch ID in 2020 or 2021. This lines up with a prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


The fingerprint scanner would be embedded in the display, enabling users to unlock the iPhone by placing a finger almost anywhere on the screen, and it would complement rather than replace Face ID. This would give users the convenience of two biometric authentication options.

The same report said Apple also plans to release a new low-cost iPhone SE successor as early as the first half of 2020 with iPhone 8-esque features like a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button.

Potential Benchmark for iPhone XR Successor Shows 4GB RAM, Moderate Performance Gains


Apple is widely expected to unveil three new iPhones next week, including a 6.1-inch model that succeeds the current iPhone XR.


A potential benchmark for this device surfaced this week that suggests the device will have 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB, and moderate performance gains as a result of a faster A13 chip.

Apple Launches Screen Replacement Program for Aluminum Series 2 and Series 3 Apple Watch Models


Apple has found that under "very rare circumstances," a crack may form along the edge of the screen in aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 models. This includes both 38mm and 42mm sizes.


Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the screen on eligible Apple Watch units that exhibit this type of crack, free of charge.

Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - September 2019


Apps designed for the Mac don't often receive as much attention as apps made for iPhones and iPads, so over on our YouTube channel this week, we have shared a new video highlighting five useful and interesting Mac apps worth checking out.


This month's picks include apps for revamping your dock, discovering new music, making GIFs, annotating and managing screenshots, and more.

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MacRumors Newsletter


Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.

So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter!


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Sept. 7, 2019, 5:41 a.m.

Grand opening: Apple Marunouchi arrives at Tokyo Station

Apple Marunouchi has opened its doors in the heart of Tokyo. The new flagship store is Apple’s most expansive in Japan and leads an extravaganza of retail updates throughout the country set to be revealed this fall. Over 1,000 customers formed a line extending several city blocks for the store’s grand opening.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 1:05 a.m.

Apple to live stream September 10 iPhone 11 event on YouTube for the first time

Over the last several years, Apple has gradually been expanding the ways people can tune into its various keynotes. This year, Apple is further expanding its efforts and will stream the September 10th iPhone 11 event on YouTube.

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Sept. 7, 2019, 1 a.m.

We’ve got the wireless charger you’re looking for [Deals]

These days, if you’re not charging wirelessly, you’re living in the past. So if you want to get in on the futuristic fun and convenience, you can’t do better than the three wireless chargers we’ve rounded up below. CoreStand Qi Wireless Charger – 24% off This wireless charger sits on an aluminum stand that’s ideal […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

Expanded Altamonte Springs Apple Store now open

Apple’s retail store in Altamonte Springs, Florida, has reopened following just under eight months of construction and expansion work. The redesigned store completes a trifecta of recent projects in Florida that share the goal of modernizing Apple’s large chain of stores throughout the state.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Apple extends deadline for new HTML5 App Store guidelines to March 2020

At WWDC this past June, Apple shared updates on its guidelines for HTML5 use in iOS apps. Now Apple has announced that developers will have an extra six months to prepare their apps to meet the new guidelines.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

DOJ asks Apple and Google for personal details of gun scope app users

Apple and Google have both been ordered by the US Department of Justice to share personal details like names, phone numbers, and IP addresses for the users of a specific gun scope app. The request comes as the government is trying to stop breaches of weapons export regulations and has created a new round of privacy concerns.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

iPhone will finally get all-new design in 2020

Apple is just days away from unveiling the iPhone 11 lineup but the rumor mill is already turning its attention to the 2020 iPhone. In his latest research note to investors, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the 2020 iPhone will feature an all-new design after three years of Apple using the same design on iPhones from […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Apple claps back at Google’s claims of iPhone vulnerabilities

The accusations Google recently made about iOS security flaws were greatly overstated, deliberately “stoking fear” in iPhone users, according to Apple. The iPhone maker points out that the issues were much more narrow than its rival indicated, and were online for only a brief time. Apple claims Google overstated the problem Google’s Project Zero team […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Watch Time Stories: Ian Blackburn, the Apple Watch triathlete

Watch Time Stories is sponsored by Monowear: Get 15% off the company’s premium Apple Watch accessories w/ code 9to5MAC15.

9to5Mac kicked off a new seasonal podcast series this summer called Watch Time. We connect with real people to share stories of how the Apple Watch is changing lives.

The latest episode features Ian Blackburn, a 54-year-old father of three who self-describes as “not a lifetime athlete at all.” After experiencing a DVT during travel, Ian felt compelled to lose some weight and improve his health…

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

Apple tracking tags might be far easier to find than Tile

The item-tracking tags Apple is expected to unveil next week will have ultra-wideband radio technology, according to a reliable analyst. This will make them much more accurate than rival trackers like Tile that depend on Bluetooth to measure distance. Ultra-wideband beats Bluetooth As its name suggests, Ultra-wideband (UWB) transmissions broadcast a radio signal across a […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 7 p.m.

How to use the new copy, paste and undo gestures in iPadOS 13

Text editing gets a major overhaul in iOS 13. Now you can select text easily, and use easy iOS 13 gestures to copy, paste, undo and redo.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

State antitrust probes of Google and Facebook don’t include Apple… yet

Separate groups of US state attorneys general are investigating Facebook and Google for antitrust violations. So far, there has been no word of AGs probing Apple. However, that doesn’t mean the iPhone maker has escaped probes by other government bodies, both in the US and Europe. States v. Facebook and Google New York Attorney General […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Apple defends iOS security in new statement, takes issue with Google Project Zero findings

Last week, Google’s Project Zero security research team detailed what it described as “one of the largest attacks against iPhone users ever.” Now, Apple has responded to Google’s findings – taking issue with many of the claims.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

US orders Apple to identify users of rifle scope app

The Department of Justice has ordered Apple and Google to turn over names, phone numbers and IP addresses for users of a gun scope app that allows gun owners to calibrate scopes and capture video. Data privacy activists say the government’s ask would set a “dangerous precedent,” giving officials access to data on thousands of […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Kuo: Key 2020 iPhone upgrades will be all-new design, 5G, and improved cameras

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with a new note highlighting his predictions for the 2020 iPhone lineup including the all-new form factor. He also shares predictions for how this year’s lineup should leverage ultra-wideband radio tech to improve indoor navigation with a new generation of iBeacons.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 06, 2019 – Apple Music web app, Apple Pay cryptocurrency

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

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Sept. 6, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

What to expect from Apple’s innovation-focused iPhone event

A whole lot of innovation is in the offing for Apple’s biggest hardware event of the year. CEO Tim Cook recently promised that Apple will unleash its strongest product lineup ever, and next week’s “By Innovation Only” event could be just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to a glut of leaked info, we have […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Apple Watch Series 4 inventory cleared out at Amazon, new movie sale at iTunes from $5, more

Apple Watch Series 4 deals highlight today’s best offers alongside a new $5 movie sale at Apple and the latest Anker Amazon Gold Box. Hit the jump for all that and more in this 9to5Toys Lunch Break episode.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Apple’s self-driving car sports sleek new sensor array

Apple made a big update to the design of its sensor array that powers the autonomous functions on its self-driving fleet of cars. Some eagle-eyed observers in the Cupertino area spotted the new array a couple of times over the last month or so. Instead of having LiDAR and camera sensors mounted on a rack […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Siri will one day discuss your health problems with you

The ability to have back-and-forth conversations about users’ health problems is one of several new abilities planned for Siri in “fall 2021,” a new report claims. Based on leaked documents, The Guardian says that Apple is planning a host of new features for its AI assistant. These will include built-in machine translation and, intriguingly, support […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 4:15 p.m.

Last chance! Save when you snag 2 beautiful Nyloon bands

Nab two select Apple Watch bands from Nyloon and save $14.90 with the Cult of Mac Watch Store. They’re available in a host of dazzling designs and made from ballistic-grade nylon that’s super-sturdy and incredibly comfortable all day long. This sale ends today so take advantage of it before it’s gone! Slapping a sweet Nyloon band […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 4 p.m.

This is the start of a whole new era for Apple augmented reality

When Apple introduced ARKit in 2017, the augmented reality platform was hailed as a game-changer. Two years later, Apple’s AR push looks ready to deliver the type of experience that gets CEO Tim Cook so excited he wants to scream. Thanks to a trio of new augmented reality tools for iOS 13, and the very […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Streaming music services adding a million US subscribers every month

Streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify added more than one million US subscribers per month in the first half of the year, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

RIAA says that streaming services also now provide 80% of total music industry revenues in the US, and income from paid subscriptions grew faster than from ad-supported services…

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Sept. 6, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

Clever case makes your iPhone feel like a classic camera

Your iPhone is a great camera trapped in the body of a smartphone. Shuttercase restores the ergonomic sensibility of your ancient DSLR to the iPhone with a grip and mechanical shutter button for quicker, reactive shooting. The iPhone eliminated a number of barriers to photography, among them size and weight. Nothing to shoulder or put […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Applier supplier Foxconn sales hit new record high

Life is good if you’re Apple’s biggest contract manufacturer! Foxconn, a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Industry, has reported its highest-ever August sales in the company’s 45-year history. Foxconn sales hit $12.76 billion for August. That’s up 0.2% from one month earlier. This is the sixth consecutive month in which Foxconn has registered month-on-month increases. While it […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 3:04 p.m.

Top Stories: Apple's iPhone Event and Last-Minute Rumors, Free Apple Watch Screen Repairs, and More

It's almost here: Apple's annual iPhone event! We've been hearing rumors about the 2019 iPhones essentially since the 2018 models were announced, and we're finally about to see what Apple has to show off. We expect plenty more announcements beyond the new iPhones, so buckle up for Tuesday.

In the lead-up to the event, this week saw a host of rumors about Apple Watch sleep tracking, an upcoming Apple TV update, and more. We're even hearing about Touch ID potentially coming back to the iPhone in the next year or two. And if you've got an aluminum Series 2 or Series 3 Apple Watch and the screen has cracked, Apple may fix it for you free of charge. Read on for all of this week's top stories!

What to Expect at Apple's September 2019 Event: New iPhones, Apple Watch Models, Services Updates and More


We're just a few days away from Apple's annual iPhone media event, so we've put together a guide highlighting everything we think we'll see and a few things we may or may not see. The new iPhone is always the star of the show, but we can also expect new Apple Watch models, final details on all of Apple's upcoming software updates, perhaps more information on services like Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, and maybe a few more things.


And of course, tune in on Tuesday when we'll have full coverage of the event, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus.

Apple Watch Sleep Tracking, Schooltime Mode, and More Revealed in Leaked iOS 13 Code


An internal build of iOS 13 obtained by MacRumors has led to several leaks ahead of Apple's special event next week, including details about Apple Watch sleep tracking, a new Schooltime mode coming to watchOS, and software related to a head-mounted augmented reality display — possibly "Apple Glasses."


It's unclear if all or any of these things will be ready for Apple's keynote, which takes place Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will have in-depth coverage of the event, complete with a live blog on our website and live tweets via @MacRumorsLive.

New Apple TV With A12 Chip and 'One More Thing' Teased Ahead of Next Week's Apple Event


Apple is widely expected to announce new iPhone and Apple Watch models at its event next week, and last-minute rumors suggest there could be a new Apple TV with an A12 chip as well, although the timing is unclear.


Meanwhile, an anonymous Twitter account with a reliable track record has teased "one more thing," the iconic phrase used by Steve Jobs when he surprised the crowd with one more product or announcement. What could the "one more thing" be this time around? We'll have to wait and see...

iPhone With Both Face ID and Touch ID Under Display and New 'iPhone SE' Expected in 2020–2021


Bloomberg this week claimed Apple plans to release a new iPhone with both Face ID and under-display Touch ID in 2020 or 2021. This lines up with a prediction from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


The fingerprint scanner would be embedded in the display, enabling users to unlock the iPhone by placing a finger almost anywhere on the screen, and it would complement rather than replace Face ID. This would give users the convenience of two biometric authentication options.

The same report said Apple also plans to release a new low-cost iPhone SE successor as early as the first half of 2020 with iPhone 8-esque features like a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button.

Potential Benchmark for iPhone XR Successor Shows 4GB RAM, Moderate Performance Gains


Apple is widely expected to unveil three new iPhones next week, including a 6.1-inch model that succeeds the current iPhone XR.


A potential benchmark for this device surfaced this week that suggests the device will have 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB, and moderate performance gains as a result of a faster A13 chip.

Apple Launches Screen Replacement Program for Aluminum Series 2 and Series 3 Apple Watch Models


Apple has found that under "very rare circumstances," a crack may form along the edge of the screen in aluminum Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3 models. This includes both 38mm and 42mm sizes.


Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the screen on eligible Apple Watch units that exhibit this type of crack, free of charge.

Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - September 2019


Apps designed for the Mac don't often receive as much attention as apps made for iPhones and iPads, so over on our YouTube channel this week, we have shared a new video highlighting five useful and interesting Mac apps worth checking out.


This month's picks include apps for revamping your dock, discovering new music, making GIFs, annotating and managing screenshots, and more.

Subscribe to MacRumors on YouTube for new Apple videos every week!

MacRumors Newsletter


Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we've covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.

So if you want to have top stories like the above recap delivered to your email inbox each week, subscribe to our newsletter!


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Sept. 6, 2019, 3 p.m.

Huawei’s latest AirPods clones beat Apple to noise cancellation

Huawei’s newest AirPods clones have beaten Apple to active noise cancellation (ANC). The new feature is rumored to be on its way to next-generation AirPods in 2020. But if you can’t wait, the latest FreeBuds have you covered — and they beat AirPods in other areas, too. Almost every gadget maker has its own alternative to […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Apple Inks Deal for Bryce Dallas Howard Documentary 'Dads'

Apple has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for "Dads," a documentary directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard, reports Variety.

The film, which will include commentary from Bryce Dallas Howard, her father director Ron Howard and his partner Brian Grazer, is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival today. The documentary is described as a "joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood."


It will offer up anecdotes and wisdom from celebrities like Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, and more, along with portraits of non-celebrity dads around the world.
If the old-fashioned father was stern and stoic, the contemporary one is more vulnerable and self-deprecating. Conan O'Brien sums up parenthood as "this incredible realization that you're not the most important person in the world." Patton Oswalt, who became a single parent after his wife's death, reflects on how quickly kids grow up: "You get the tiniest window and then it's gone just like that." Hasan Minhaj pays tribute to his immigrant father, whose short-term sacrifice was for his family's long-term gain.

Fathers can be close, distant, absent, or anything in between. Whatever your experience, this film warmly encourages conversations about how to be a better parent.
After its premiere at the festival, "Dads" will be available on Apple TV+ at some point after it launches, and a theatrical run is also a possibility.

There is no word yet on when Apple TV+ is going to launch, but we may learn additional details about the service at Apple's upcoming iPhone event, set to take place on Tuesday, September 10.


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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:56 p.m.

Apple autonomous car spotted with new sensors, possibly all-camera, no LiDAR

While the purpose and future of Apple’s autonomous car project is uncertain, the company clearly still has an interest in the technology. What appears to be an Apple self-driving car has been spotted, with an interesting new sensor array…

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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Apple Inks Deal for Bryce Dallas Howard Documentary 'Dads'

Apple has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for "Dads," a documentary directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard, reports Variety.

The film, which will include commentary from Bryce Dallas Howard, her father director Ron Howard and his partner Brian Grazer, is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival today. The documentary is described as a "joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood."


It will offer up anecdotes and wisdom from celebrities like Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, and more, along with portraits of non-celebrity dads around the world.
If the old-fashioned father was stern and stoic, the contemporary one is more vulnerable and self-deprecating. Conan O'Brien sums up parenthood as "this incredible realization that you're not the most important person in the world." Patton Oswalt, who became a single parent after his wife's death, reflects on how quickly kids grow up: "You get the tiniest window and then it's gone just like that." Hasan Minhaj pays tribute to his immigrant father, whose short-term sacrifice was for his family's long-term gain.

Fathers can be close, distant, absent, or anything in between. Whatever your experience, this film warmly encourages conversations about how to be a better parent.
After its premiere at the festival, "Dads" will be available on Apple TV+ at some point after it launches, and a theatrical run is also a possibility.

There is no word yet on when Apple TV+ is going to launch, but we may learn additional details about the service at Apple's upcoming iPhone event, set to take place on Tuesday, September 10.


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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

Apple Fifth Avenue’s reimagined glass cube opens soon

For Manhattan locals and sightseers, the wait is almost over. After nearly three years of significant expansion and remodeling work, Apple’s landmark Fifth Avenue glass cube retail store is set to reopen soon. Apple is promoting the new 24/7 space with the tagline “Always Open to Open Minds.” No date is published on the face of the building.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

Pokémon Go dev coughs up $4 million to settle trespassing suit

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has coughed up $4 million to settle a class-action trespassing lawsuit. The massive payout comes after Niantic was sued in 2016 for allegedly encouraging dangerous play and trespassing. But thanks to hefty legal fees, plaintiffs will receive just $1,000 each. Pokémon Go has proven to be a major success for Nintendo […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:15 p.m.

Thieves rob Apple Store in San Mateo, escape with 40 items

An Apple Store in San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center was targeted by a trio of thieves Thursday night. They escaped from the San Mateo robbery with 40 Apple products. The San Mateo robbery was reported at 9.01pm Thursday. Cops arrived within two minutes, but the thieves had already escaped. A high-speed pursuit then took place. […]

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

Braun speakers (kind of) relaunched 28 years later; retro design with AirPlay 2

Braun speakers haven’t been made now for some 28 years, but the classic Braun LE speakers designed by Dieter Rams remain recognizable even today.

Now Braun LE speakers are back, in a modern variant that supports AirPlay 2

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Sept. 6, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

iPhone 11 Pro and… One More Thing? We talk Apple event leaks on The CultCast

This week on The CultCast: a noted leaker says the September 10th Apple event will include a mythical One More Thing… Plus: more leaks shine a light on next week’s iPhone announcements; a new turbocharged Apple TV is on the way; and Apple Watch will finally get a long-awaited feature. Our thanks to Squarespace for […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 1:17 p.m.

Huawei’s AirPods clones get noise cancellation ahead of Apple

Huawei first launched its AirPods clones, FreeBuds, in March of last year. Eighteen months later, FreeBuds 3 have beaten Apple to one long-awaited new feature: active noise cancellation (ANC).

FreeBuds 3 are, like the original model, also available in black…

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Sept. 6, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

iPhone XR is easily outselling all other smartphones

The iPhone XR remains a big hit for Apple — not only in the U.S. but around the world. The $749 handset easily outsold every other smartphone during the first half of 2019, according to new data. We know iPhone XR is the most popular iPhone. And that’s hardly a surprise. With Apple’s flagship iPhone XS […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Raging success of Windows 95 gets Cupertino worried

September 6, 1995: The newly launched Windows 95 operating system dominates software sales, sending virtually every other company scurrying for cover — Apple included. Microsoft’s $85 PC operating system only went on sale at the end of August. But by early September, the company reportedly sells a massive 1.63 million copies of Windows 95, according […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

Enjoy massive savings on the latest Macs [Deals & Steals]

A massive $400 price cut on the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display means you can now get yours for under $900 for a limited time — and it’s not the only Mac on sale at a big discount in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. You can also save $100 on the newest Mac mini, while […]

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

Facebook Dating available now, with Secret Crush feature, but concerns raised

Facebook Dating has now officially launched in the US – which could be particularly good news for shy singles with a secret crush on one of their Facebook friends. There’s a specific feature designed to let you know whether the feeling is mutual without the risk of embarrassment.

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Sept. 6, 2019, noon

Apple TV Events app updated ahead of Sept. 10 keynote

With Apple’s next keynote event just days away, Apple has updated its Apple Events app for Apple TV. If you own an Apple TV and want to watch Tuesday’s event from the comfort of your couch, this is the app you need. The September 10 “By innovation only” event kicks off at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern. A new […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 11 a.m.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an iPhone 11 Pro From SellYourMac

For this week's giveaway, we're doing something special to celebrate the upcoming launch of the new 2019 iPhones. We're teaming up with trade-in site SellYourMac to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win one of Apple's new iPhones.

SellYourMac is a trade-in company that accepts all kinds of Apple products, from iPhones and iPads to Macs. Selling an old Apple device on SellYourMac is as simple as finding your serial number and entering it in.


The website tool will tell you just what your Apple device is worth with minimal hassle, drawing the specs from the serial number and then asking a few questions before offering up a quote.


SellYourMac offers up a free FedEx shipping label, provide packing materials at your request, and securely wipes the data from your device, making it easy to get some extra cash when upgrading to a new iPhone, iPad, or Mac.


As the name of the site suggests, SellYourMac specializes in buying and selling Apple devices, but with a focus on the Mac. The site's aim is to be the number one choice for selling Apple products, and to reach that goal, SYM offers a streamlined trade-in experience and fair prices to earn customer trust.

SellYourMac is offering an entry-level 6.5-inch iPhone (which may be called the iPhone 11 Pro) to a lucky MacRumors reader.

That means you'll get the larger version of Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to feature a triple-lens camera for some impressive photography capabilities, an OLED display, a faster A13 chip, improved Face ID, and a body that's both more shatter resistant and more waterproof than the 2018 iPhones.


Bilateral wireless charging (so you can charge your AirPods with your phone), Haptic Touch instead of 3D Touch, bigger batteries, and faster WiFi, are all features that we're expecting to see.

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Apple is set to announce the new iPhones on Tuesday, September 10 at an event at the Apple Park campus, but there have been plenty of rumors about the upcoming devices so we know just what's coming.

We'll pick the winner of the giveaway next Friday, which is when we expect iPhone pre-orders to take place, and we will arrange to provide the new iPhone to the winner as soon as possible after the conclusion of the giveaway. The winner can, of course, pick the color of the device.

To enter to win our iPhone 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 (September 6) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on September 13. The winner will be chosen randomly on September 13 and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is picked.

If you're planning to upgrade to a new device soon, you can use SellYourMac for the trade-in and get a $10 bonus on any device worth more than $25. Just enter the promo code "macrumors" when checking out.


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Sept. 6, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Southwest Airlines customers can now pay with Apple Pay

Apple Pay users flying Southwest Airlines can now use Apple’s mobile payments service for their travels. Customers can use Apple Pay to pay for tickets as well as ancillary services, such as meals, during flights. “Providing modern digital payment solutions to our Customers is critical,” said Christopher Priebe of Southwest Airlines. “The launch of Apple […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to use Apple Music on any device with the web app

Whether you want to access Apple Music on a public device or listen to your library on a device without Apple’s Music or iTunes app, follow along for how to use the Apple Music web app.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

Deals Spotlight: 2019 MacBook Pro Discounted by as Much as $400 (Including Lowest Prices Ever)

New sales for the brand-new 2019 MacBook Pro have emerged this week, with some all-time-low prices on a few different models. Discounts have hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro, and reach as much as $400 off.

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

Notable new low prices include the 13-inch MacBook Pro (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,599.99, down from $1,799.99; and the 15-inch model (16GB RAM, 512GB SSD) for $2,399.00, down from $2,799.00. These sales and more can be found on Amazon and are all listed below:

2019 MacBook Pro Sale


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Our full Deals Roundup has more information on the latest Apple-related sales.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 5 a.m.

Sphero Launches New Sphero Mini Activity Kit and Mini Soccer

Sphero today announced the launch of two new versions of its popular Sphero Mini robotic ball, debuting a new soccer-themed Sphero Mini along with an activity kit.

The Sphero Mini Activity Kit combines a clear Sphero Mini robotic ball along with several accessories. The Sphero Mini itself is equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, LED lights, and a rechargeable battery, and it can be used with the Sphero Play and Sphero Edu apps to play mini games, access drive modes, and more. The kit offers buildable mazes and tunnels, pins and cones, plus 15 Activity Cards to work with.


There are guided activities included on Activity Cards that can be used with the Sphero Play app, and the app is also gaining a new Block Drive mode. Block Drive mode offers an introduction to basic coding. Movement blocks instruct the Sphero Mini where to go, while Light Blocks add LED effects.


For more advanced users, there's the Sphero Edu app for programming the Mini to learn additional coding skills.

Sphero is also introducing the Mini Soccer, which is a Sphero Mini with a custom black and white shell that looks like a soccer ball. It comes with eight cones for creative challenges and it can be used with the Sphero Play and Sphero Edu apps.


The Sphero Mini Activity Kit will be priced at $80 and it is set to launch on October 2, while the Mini Soccer will be priced at $50 and will launch on September 16. The new Sphero devices will be available from the Sphero website and through other retailers.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 3:47 a.m.

Southwest Airlines Mobile App Gains Apple Pay Support

Southwest Airlines has added Apple Pay support to its mobile app, enabling customers to pay for tickets, in-flight meals, baggage options, and other ancillary services using Apple's mobile wallet.


As an alternative payment method to debit and credit cards, Apple Pay offers more security by allowing customers to make transactions without storing their payment details in another commercial database.

In a press release announcing the support, Southwest said the airline's new Apple Pay integration would enable users to "purchase tickets from the carrier's app – with Apple Card if they so choose – and store it in the Wallet for redemption at the gate."
"Providing modern digital payment solutions to our Customers is critical," said Christopher Priebe, Director, Treasury, Payments and Risk at Southwest Airlines. "The launch of Apple Pay enhances our ability to sell flights, as well as ancillary products using one of the most widely-used digital wallets in North America."
The Apple Pay integration is the result of a partnership agreement with Southwest Airlines and digital commerce provider, CellPoint Digital, with help from airline-owned payment network UATP.

The partnership allows airlines to deploy new payment methods quickly using, including major global wallets like Apple Pay, Visa Checkout, WeChat Pay, Alipay, Google Pay or Pay Tm, along with bank transfer, installments and cash-based payment options.


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Sept. 6, 2019, 1:25 a.m.

Southwest Airlines now lets you book getaway flights with Apple Pay

Southwest Airlines has a convenient new way to securely pay for plane tickets from your iPhone. The airline’s mobile app now supports Apple Pay at checkout for flights and other services.

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Sept. 6, 2019, 1:02 a.m.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt developing Apple TV+ drama

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly going to produce and star in a show for Apple’s upcoming streaming video service. Mr. Corman will be a drama centered on an elementary school teacher. Gordon-Levitt will do it all on the program: from writing scripts to playing the lead character, according to Variety. There are few additional details available at […]

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Sept. 6, 2019, 12:10 a.m.

Anker’s ultra-slim charger is just right for your iPad [Review]

Wall chargers made with gallium nitride (GaN) transistors can be considerably smaller than ones that use silicon instead. An outstanding case in point is the Anker PowerPort Atom III Slim, which is tiny but can still put out 30W to quickly power up an iPad Pro or even a MacBook. We tested this svelte USB-C […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 11:41 p.m.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to develop and star in Apple TV+ drama, report says

Ahead of the launch of Apple TV+ later this fall, Apple continues to ink new deals for content. Variety reports that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will develop a new drama series for Apple’s upcoming streaming service.

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

Build your own Apple I replica with this handy kit

An original Apple-I unit recently sold for $471,000 but you can assemble your own replica for much, much less. Steve Wozniak designed and hand-built the original back in 1976. Anyone who wants to assemble their own today can buy the parts and instructions from SmartyKit. This Apple-I replica requires no soldering, and can be put […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

You can now listen to Apple Music in any web browser

Apple launched a new web player for Apple Music today, allowing pretty much any PC, tablet or smartphone to access the music streaming service. The Apple Music web app is still in beta but allows you to access all of your saved music, playlists and browse new music. Before the web app launched, the only […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Apple launches all-new Apple Music web app in public beta

Apple Music is making a big expansion today as Apple has launched an all-new web app for the streaming music platform. Through this new browser-based interface, Apple Music subscribers can stream from anywhere without having to use a platform-specific application.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 9 p.m.

This cute, rubberized keyboard packs proper piano-style keys

Arturia's MicroLab takes the keys from its amazing KeyStep, and packs them into a tiny, cute, rubberized body. It's the ultimate portable USB MIDI keyboard.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Samsung cancels all Galaxy Fold preorders ahead of launch

Samsung finally revealed the new launch date for the Galaxy Fold this morning, but if you already pre-ordered, you’ll have to get back in line. Emails were sent out by Samsung to all customers that pre-ordered the Fold to notify them that their pre-order has been canceled so the company can “rethink the entire customer […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 7 p.m.

iOS 13 is probably ready for you right now

If you were holding off trying the iOS 13 beta due to bugs and glitches, you probably can go ahead and install it. Apple fixed most problems.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

Tile is already worried about getting lost after Apple announces its item tracker

As 9to5Mac’s Gui Rambo first reported this spring, Apple is working on a Tile-like tracking device that will allow users to keep tabs on personal belongings with the help of the revamped ‘Find My’ app. Now, ahead of Apple’s iPhone event next week, Tile is sending out Bose headphones (with its embedded tech) to the media like Bloomberg with a little pitch about not forgetting the company.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Last chance! Save 15% on all Juuk bands for Apple Watch

Juuk Design’s wonderfully high-end bands are the quickest way to take your Apple Watch from drab to fab — and you can save 15% on all of them. This rare sale is exclusive to the Cult of Mac Watch Store, and it ends later today, so enjoy it while you can. Juuk was making bands for […]

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

Apple fans can’t wait to pay big bucks for a 5G iPhone

There’s growing interest in a 5G iPhone, according to survey done by a market-analysis firm. Almost a quarter of current users of Apple handsets would be willing to pay more for an iPhone with a higher-speed wireless connection than the cost of the company’s top-tier device today. The iPhone XS Max starts at just under […]

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

Apple Events app for tvOS updated ahead of iPhone 11 unveil stream

Apple has updated its Apple Events app for Apple TV ahead of next week’s “By innovation only” iPhone 11 event. The event will be live streamed as usual, and the Apple Events app for tvOS will allow users to tune in directly on their Apple TV.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 6 p.m.

Huge savings on iPad Pro, Echo Show and more [Deals & Steals]

Amazon’s massive price cuts on the 2018 iPad Pro lineup continue today. Every single configuration is on sale, with up to $249.01 off some models. Prices start at just $674 for a limited time, so it’s the perfect time to upgrade. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals roundup. […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Apple developing SensorKit framework for research studies

Apple currently offers two frameworks – ResearchKit and CareKit – that allow developers to create apps for medical research. ResearchKit enables apps to create consent forms, tasks, and surveys with customizable modules, while CareKit is focused on enabling developers to build apps that help users manage their medical conditions.

Engineers have been working on a new framework to join Apple’s family of research-related frameworks. According to people familiar with its development, this new framework will be called SensorKit, and allow developers to integrate with the various sensors included in Apple’s devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 05, 2019 – 2020 iPhone, new HomeKit accessories

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

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Sept. 5, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Sonos goes on the Move with its first portable speaker

The Sonos Move is the first speaker from this company that can be used outside of the home. To make that possible, it’s also the first time Sonos has made a Bluetooth speaker. It offers Apple’s AirPlay 2 and multiple voice assistants, but not Siri. “Move takes freedom of choice to the next level. For […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Thursday deals: Sony CarPlay Receiver $300, latest iPad Air $55 off, and more

Thursday’s best deals include a Sony CarPlay Receiver at $300, iPad Air is up to $55 off at Amazon, and Apple’s 27-inch Retina 5K iMac gets a $500 price cut. Hit the jump for all that more in the lastest 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

This case makes newest iPad Air and iPad mini waterproof

Summer might be almost over, but Apple’s newest iPads are ready for the beach — thanks to the ultra-rugged Catalyst case. Now available for the most recent iPad Air and iPad mini, Catalyst makes your tablet completely waterproof, and keeps out unwanted debris like sand and dust. It can also handle accidental drops. Apple finally started […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

9to5Mac Happy Hour 241: Apple event predictions, iPhone 11 hype, Apple Watch sleep tracking

Apple’s major September event is officially announced! Does the colorful event invitation have a hidden meaning? Zac and Benjamin also talk upcoming Apple’s Tile tracker competitor and rumors about Apple’s AR/VR headset plans, the possibility of a new Apple TV upgrade, Gui Rambo’s major sleep tracking Apple Watch scoop, and much more!

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

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

Apple sees ‘long-term potential’ in cryptocurrencies

Could an Apple cryptocurrency be coming? While it doesn’t sound like it’s on the immediate horizon, Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey recently suggested it’s not totally off the table. It would fit with Apple’s growing embrace of financial services. The company got into mobile payments with Apple Pay in 2014 and released the Apple Card […]

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

Apple ‘watching cryptocurrency’, considering Apple Pay tipping features

Apple has taken its push into consumer finance up a notch recently with Apple Card and the continued expansion of Apple Pay. Now, Apple Pay vice president Jennifer Bailey has hinted that Apple is also keeping a close eye on cryptocurrency, while also looking at ways to improve Apple Pay.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 4 p.m.

Apple adman who created iconic commercials sues his former agency

A former Apple advertising creative lead, who worked on some of its biggest ad campaigns, has sued his former agency, TBWA. Duncan Milner claims wrongful termination based on age discrimination. Following the retirement of TBWA boss (and Steve Jobs friend) Lee Clow this year, Milner was told that the company “couldn’t carry his salary anymore.” “I […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

iPhone 11’s gorgeous new color options spilled by case maker

Stunning new color options for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are today revealed in new images from case maker Olixar. One supposed finish — which mixes light pastel pink, green, and yellow — is similar to the stunning aura color options available for Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10. Recent rumors have promised new iPhone finishes […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Sonos unveils Move, its first Bluetooth speaker with AirPlay 2, 10-hour battery, more

After images and details leaked about Sonos’ first portable speaker with Bluetooth last month, Sonos ‘Move’ has been officially unveiled and made available for preorder. Move comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and AirPlay 2 support along with a 10-hour battery and durable design. Alongside the Sonos Move, the company has also launched the Sonos One SL speaker and Sonos Port, a successor to the Sonos Connect.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

iPhone 11 dummy photos in cases give another good sense of what to expect

We got our own hands-on look at some iPhone 11 dummy models back in July, giving us a good sense of what to expect next week. iPhone case-makers Nood, Totallee and Olixar give us another sneak preview, with a good set of photos showing the dummy units in (of course) each company’s own cases.

The square camera bump has been the subject of a great deal of discussion, many expressing distaste for the design, and especially with the asymmetrical triangular camera arrangement within it…

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

Babies run amok in latest Dr. Mario World update

Dr. Mario World, the latest Nintendo title to land in the App Store, just got a new update — adding 4 new doctors and 20 additional stages. New doctors include Doctors Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, and Baby Daisy. While I’d quibble about the realism of someone being able to complete a 7-year+ medical […]

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

Get the gist of best-selling books in 12 minutes with this app [Deals]

Reading remains one of the best ways to soak in new information. But reading also takes a lot of time, and sometimes, you just need to know enough to get a grip on a subject, or to know what everybody’s talking about. 12min offers access to hundreds of miniaturized books, in text and audio form. […]

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

Apple Music releases ‘Up Next Live’ EPs of summer Apple Store concerts

Over the summer, Apple Music hosted a series of seven exclusive concerts at global Apple Stores. The concerts featured artists Bad Bunny, Omar Apollo, Khalid, King Princess, Daniel Caesar, Ashley McBryde, and Lewis Capaldi. Anyone who missed them can now check out these rising stars in concert, courtesy of Apple’s “Up Next Live” EPs. Now […]

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

2020’s iPhone SE upgrade won’t bring edge-to-edge display

A reliable source today echos claims that Apple is developing an iPhone SE upgrade for early next year. The new low-cost handset will feature Touch ID, just as expected — but it won’t be the new in-display Touch ID technology that Apple could bring to other handsets in 2020. That means there’s no hope of an […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 2:12 p.m.

Comment: In-screen Touch ID potentially signals a backward step ahead

In-screen Touch ID could be appearing in iPhones as early as next year, according to a new report today. But while the current report suggests that both Touch ID and Face ID fans will be catered for, that may not remain the case for long.

The debate between the respective fans of Touch ID and Face ID began when Apple launched the iPhone X, the first iPhone to be launched without the fingerprint reader since it made its debut on the iPhone 5S in 2015.

With the iPhone X launch, Apple seemed pretty clear that Face ID was the future of iPhone authentication. It is, says Apple, faster, easier, and more secure than Touch ID…

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Sept. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.

Eve announces new HomeKit smart water detector, EU light switch, range extender now shipping

Longtime HomeKit accessory maker Eve Systems today announced a handful of updates to its smart home range. The Eve Extend is finally shipping and available to buy, allowing Eve users to connect its Bluetooth accessories to the full range of your home Wi-Fi network.

Eve also unveiled Eve Water Guard, a smart water detector coming next year, and enhancements to its Eve Thermo smart radiator valve. The company is also debuting an EU version of its Eve Light Switch, launching in countries beyond the US this October.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.

The spectacular windows at Apple’s new Tokyo store look like giant iPhones

Apple’s opening its latest Tokyo Japanese Apple Store this weekend. To mark the occasion, it’s offering would-be shoppers a sneak peak. In keeping with Apple’s love of embracing local culture, the new store makes use of in-store bamboo plants. There are also impressive two-story vitrine windows made from specially cast aluminum to create three-dimensional rounded […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

iPhone displays could offer built-in Touch ID by 2020

Apple really is working to integrate Touch ID into future iPhone displays, according to a new report. The company’s in-screen fingerprint-scanning technology could debut as early as 2020. It is expected work alongside Face ID on flagship handsets, giving users a choice between unlock options. It was beginning to look like Touch ID was well […]

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

Apple TV+ is coming to Samsung Smart TVs

You’ll need a subscription to enjoy to Apple TV+ when it lands later this year, but you may not need to purchase an Apple TV. The new video streaming service is also coming to Samsung Smart TVs. Samsung became the first third party to confirm support for Apple TV+ this week. The announcement came during […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: $200 iPhone discount incurs fan backlash

September 5, 2007: Just months after first going on sale, Apple ditches its bottom tier 4GB first generation iPhone, and cuts the price of the 8GB version by $200. Considering Apple’s mastery of the press, it’s a tone deaf PR move that backfires when early adopters rage about shelling out premium prices for their early […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 12:40 p.m.

Apple is borrowing $7B on bond market despite its huge cash reserves

Apple is borrowing $7B through its first new bond sale in two years, despite still sitting on $200B in cash reserves and investment securities.

The first of five bond notes is repayable in 2022, while the longest one isn’t due until 2049 …

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Sept. 5, 2019, 12:33 p.m.

Bloomberg: Apple adding under-display Touch ID to the iPhone as soon as next year, corroborates 2020 cheaper iPhone

Apple is apparently readying a new under-display integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor “as early as its 2020 iPhones” next fall, according to a report today from Bloomberg. The report says it would be an addition to the existing Face ID authentication and unlock system, allowing users to authenticate with either fingerprint or face biometrics.

The publication says the feature may slip to 2021. This echoes a timeframe suggested by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said Apple would launch an iPhone with both Touch ID and Face ID in 2021.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

Apple Updates Apple TV Special Event App Ahead of September 10 iPhone Debut

Apple is set to unveil its latest flagship iPhones on Tuesday, September 10, and ahead of that date, the company has updated its Apple Special Event app for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models and the Events channel for older Apple TV devices.

Apple is planning to live stream the "By Innovation Only" event, and the live stream will be available through the aforementioned Events app and on Apple's Events website.


The live stream will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is Cupertino's local time. On the east coast, it will start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Apple is set to show off three new iPhones with upgraded camera capabilities, new Apple Watch models, and perhaps a few additional surprises such as the rumored "Apple Tag."


For those unable to watch the live stream, MacRumors will provide full event coverage both on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

We'll also be providing a spoiler-free article that will offer up a direct link to the presentation for those who plan to watch it at a later time but don't want to see spoilers.


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Sept. 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold finally launches on its home turf this week

Samsung’s long-delayed Galaxy Fold folding smartphone will finally go on sale on September 6. This comes five months after it was originally made available for preorder. The troubled handset, which has undergone a major redesign, will launch in South Korea this week. it will be followed by select countries including France, Germany, Singapore, U.K., U.S. in […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 9:14 a.m.

Keyboard Maker Brydge Acquires Henge Docks

Brydge, known for its line of keyboards designed for Apple's iPads, today announced its acquisition of Henge Docks, a company known for its docking solutions for Mac devices.

Brydge says that it wants to create a new range of complementary devices that would "enhance the lives of individuals" and give them a way to seamlessly transition from one device to another.

"We've always been major supporters of Henge Docks and their products. This acquisition allows Brydge to accelerate our expansion into a proven category with products that are deeply aligned with our product roadmap. The opportunity to leverage Henge Docks' reputation in Apple-compatible products, as the springboard into similar products for other key brands such as Microsoft and Google is a milestone for our company and significantly increases our reach in the industry," said Nick Smith, Co-CEO and Founder of Brydge.
Brydge is aiming to be the leader in "high quality, design-focused peripherals" and says that the Henge Docks acquisition is an "exciting step towards this vision."


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Sept. 5, 2019, 8 a.m.

Philips Hue launches new HomeKit Smart Plug and Button, Filament lighting collection, more

Signify, the Philips subsidiary behind Hue lighting, has announced a new Philips Hue Filament collection, as well as a new Smart Plug and Smart Button, a revised portable Hue Go, and more. Read on for all of the details on today’s Philips Hue announcements.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 8 a.m.

How to handle a swollen battery on iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, more

Is the screen on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch popping out? Is the trackpad or another part of your MacBook case expanding? Follow along for how to handle an Apple device with a swollen battery.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 6 a.m.

Eve Launches New 'Eve Extend' Bluetooth Range Extender

Eve Systems, known for its range of HomeKit-enabled products, today highlighted four new devices that are coming out later this year, some of which will be available in the United States and some limited to Europe.

Eve Extend, a Bluetooth range extender designed for the Bluetooth-equipped Eve devices, is launching today. It's designed to connect to your Bluetooth Eve accessories to make them available across your WiFi network.


Eve Extend is able to connect to either a 2.4GHz or 5GHz WiFi network, and it can work with up to eight Eve accessories. More than one Eve Extend can be paired up to expand the reach of Eve products to all corners of the home. Eve Extend can be ordered from the Eve website for $50 starting today.

A European version of the Eve Light Switch, which replaces a traditional light switch and adds HomeKit connectivity, is launching in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands this fall. Eve Light Switch is priced at 99.95 euros and will be available on October 1.


Eve is debuting a new version of the Eve Thermo smart radiator valve, which features a clearer display, better touch controls with feedback, and a quieter motor. Eve Thermo will be available for 70 euros starting on September 16.


Eve is also working on the Eve Water Guard, a device that's designed to detect moisture and send alerts so you can address a leak as soon as it happens. Eve Water Guard comes with a 4.3 foot water sensing cable that extends its detection range beyond other HomeKit water detectors on the market.


Eve says that the Eve Water Guard will be launching in January 2020, with pricing and availability to be announced at a later date.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 4:25 a.m.

USB4 enables hubs with multiple USB-C ports

Today’s USB-C hubs include multiple USB-A ports, but can’t add additional USB-C ports. This will change when USB4 gets widely implemented, which just took a big step forward with the specifications for this standard being finalized. And users should welcome an increase to 40Gbps data transfer speeds, too. It won’t happen immediately, however. The USB […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 2:44 a.m.

Bamboo curtain wraps Apple Marunouchi in Tokyo

Apple’s largest store in Japan opens September 7. A new design, new Today at Apple sessions, and two floors of products and accessories await customers just beyond Tokyo Station. Overnight, Apple uncovered the store’s windows and is sharing new details and the inspiration behind Apple Marunouchi.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 2:10 a.m.

Redditor turns busted MacBook Pro into a clever Mac + iPad hybrid using Sidecar

One of the most useful new features in macOS Catalina is something called Sidecar, which turns your iPad into an external display for your Mac. A Redditor has taken things to the next level, using a MacBook Pro with a broken display and turning it into a unique Mac/iPad hybrid using Sidecar.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 1:27 a.m.

Apple Music releases Up Next Live EPs following summer concert series at Apple Stores

Over the summer, Apple held a series of Up Next Live concerts at Apple Stores around the world. The series wrapped up last weekend with a performance by Khalid at Apple Carnegie Library in Washington D.C. Now, Apple has released a collection of seven live EPs on Apple Music covering the summer concert series.

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Sept. 5, 2019, 1 a.m.

Vastly expand your Mac’s character and font possibilities [Deals]

If you’ve got a taste for text, the capacities of the Mac keyboard can feel stifling. But with the right tool, the possibilities for characters and fonts are nearly endless. PopChar X is a Mac app that makes it easy to deploy special characters. Just click the “P” in the menu bar, and you can […]

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Sept. 5, 2019, 12:02 a.m.

Signify Launches New Philips Hue Smart Plug and Smart Button

Signify today announced several new Philips Hue branded products, adding to its available line of Hue bulbs and devic

The Philips Hue Smart Plug, priced at $39.99, is designed to turn lamps that aren't compatible with Hue bulbs into smart lamps able to be controlled via the Philips Hue app and HomeKit.


You can plug any table lamp, floor lamp, or other device into the Smart plug to add it to your Philips Hue setup. The Smart Plug can be switched on or off using the Hue app or HomeKit controls.

A new Philips Hue Smart Button, priced at $19.99, gives you a physical control option for your Philips Hue lights. You can assign a single press to activate whichever lights you want to control, and a press and a hold can brighten or dim the lights.


Paired with the Philips Hue Bridge, the button can be configured to do things like turning your lights to a preset shade of white and a brightness level that suits the time of day.

In the morning, a press of the Smart Button will turn the lights to cool, energizing shades of white, and in the evening, a button press will trigger warmer, dimmer light settings.


The Smart Button features a magnetic backing and an adhesive mini mount so you can put it wherever it's most useful.

Signify is debuting a new Bluetooth version of the Philips Hue Go portable lamp ($79.99), which can be used on its own with the Philips Hue Bluetooth app or added to any standard Philips Hue setup. The new Hue Go option is similar to the existing Hue Go, but with a longer battery life.


There are also new Bluetooth-enabled versions of the GU10 White and Color Ambiance and White Ambiance bulbs that can be used without a hub over Bluetooth, plus they feature higher lumen output, a new design, and richer colors.

The last new product is a Philips Hue White E12 candle bulb, ideal for ceiling fans, chandeliers, and other similar lights. The new E12 candle bulbs work over Bluetooth or with a Hue Bridge.

The Smart Plug and Smart Button will be launching in October, while the new Hue Go is coming in November. The GU10 spotlights and the E12 candle bulbs will be available starting in September. More info on the new products can be found on the Hue website.


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Sept. 5, 2019, midnight

Philips Hue Line Gains New Filament Smart Bulbs

Signify today announced that its Philip Hue line of lights is gaining several new filament bulb options, which will be available in a variety of sizes.

Filament bulbs are bulbs that can be used with or without a lampshade, unlike other Hue bulbs that are designed for use primarily with lampshades. Filament bulbs can be viewed straight on and look attractive even when displayed in a naked lamp.


The Filament bulbs can be used over Bluetooth without a Philips Hue hub using the Philips Hue Bluetooth app, but if you have an existing Hue setup, the bulbs can also be added in the traditional manner and paired with your other Hue lights.

The Hue Filament bulbs are LED bulbs that are available only in a warm white light (2100K, 530 lumens) with an amber coating. The bulbs can be dimmed, but there are no color options.


There are three Hue Filament bulbs that will be available in the United States starting in October. There's a traditional A19 bulb that will be available for $24.99, a ST19 tube that will be available for $27.99, and a G25 globe that will be available for $32.99.

For more on the new Filament bulbs, check out the Hue website.


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Sept. 4, 2019, 11:23 p.m.

IFC Films Unlimited now available through Apple TV Channels for $6 per month

The Apple TV Channels feature of the TV app on tvOS and iOS has gained another notable provider today. Deadline reports that IFC’s relatively new streaming service, IFC Films Unlimited, is now available via Apple TV Channels in the TV app.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

Apple raises cash in the bond market

Apple intends to borrow money by issuing corporate bonds. It filed a partial prospectus for these today with the SEC. Though what it intends to spend the money on is a bit of a mystery. The iPhone maker hasn’t needed to run up any debt since early 2018, when it brought home about $250 billion […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Facebook left huge database of users’ phone numbers exposed

A Facebook server containing hundreds of millions of users’ phone numbers was left completely exposed to potential attackers, according to a new report. The data linked each phone number to a user’s unique Facebook ID, potentially exposing personal information that could be used against victims. Some of the records also contained the person’s name, gender […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

27-inch iMac with 5K display hits lowest price yet [Deals & Steals]

A huge $500 discount on the 27-inch iMac with 5K display means Apple’s best all-in-one is now more affordable than ever. This entry-level model offers a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon Pro 570 graphics with 4GB of memory for just $1,299 — down from $1,799. You’ll […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

Twitter disables ability to tweet via SMS after Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked

Twitter is temporarily disabling the ability for users to tweet via SMS, the company announced today. This means that you won’t be able to post a tweet by texting it to your ShortCode, which was once the most popular way of using Twitter.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Slope stand is sleek, magical and on sale at a sweet discount

Slope from Wiplabs might just be one of the prettiest stands you can buy for iPhone and iPad. It’s a simple, sleek piece of aluminum that uses micro-suction to hold onto almost anything. And you can get yours right now for 20% less! There are countless stands out there for smartphones and tablets. It can […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

Facebook’s latest security lapse exposes millions of user phone numbers and more

Facebook’s latest privacy lapse has exposed over 400 million user records on a server that wasn’t protected with a password. TechCrunch reports today that each record contained a user’s Facebook ID and the phone number linked to their account.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

Arlo launches new app for smart cameras, doorbells, and lights but drops Apple TV support

Arlo has created a new app for its smart home products that distances itself from parent company, Netgear. However, users are already frustrated that the new software lacks an Apple TV app like the legacy app did.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8 p.m.

Latest canceled Apple TV+ show might be bad omen [Opinion]

Cupertino’s costly decision to cancel an Apple TV+ series starring Richard Gere due to the show’s darker tone is the latest bit of evidence that Apple wants only family-friendly fare for its upcoming streaming video service. A diet of uplifting, positive messages is certainly laudable. But that sort of high-minded approach could pose a major […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 04, 2019 – iPhone SE 2 and Apple TV rumors

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

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Sept. 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Security researchers are flooding the market with iOS exploits

One of the biggest buyers of iOS zero-day exploits says the market is flooded with new iPhone bugs due to weakened security components in Safari and iMessage. Zerodium, which pays $2 million for iOS exploits, recently announced it’s increasing its payout for Android exploits to $2.5 million. iOS used to be the most locked-down mobile […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Apple seeds new iOS 13.1 beta, leaves iOS 13 out in the cold

The beta process for iOS 13.1 continues, with the second developer-only beta just going out now. But there hasn’t been a new iOS 13 beta in two weeks. Apple really seems to have finished work on it, even though it hasn’t been released and isn’t even expected until later this month. iPadOS is being forked […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 7 p.m.

Test: What really happens when you duplicate a file on iOS?

Today we copy many gigabytes of files to an iPad, to see just how it handles duplicates. The conclusion? Make as many copies as you want -- they don't take up any extra space.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Faster Apple TV hardware might turbocharge Apple Arcade

The first Apple TV settop box in two years is reportedly coming soon; This tvOS player will supposedly be powered by the same chip that’s in the iPhone XS series, potentially making it a better way to play Apple Arcade games than its predecessors. The unconfirmed report that a new Apple TV is on the […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Stacktrace Podcast 052: “Apple Cardboard”

It’s once again time for John and Rambo to face off in an epic game of Apple Keynote Poker — this time speculating about what Apple might announce at next week’s September Event. Also, Apple AR hardware, more evidence of an “Apple Tag” device, and Apple Watch sleep tracking.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Apple releasing second iOS 13.1 developer beta today

Apple today is releasing the second developer beta of iOS 13.1. This comes after Apple kicked off the iOS 13.1 beta testing process last week.

Apple’s public beta builds should follow at a later date after the latest developer beta has been tested in the wild.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

Hands-on: This 27-inch 4K BenQ Thunderbolt 3 display should pique your interest [Video]

We all know that the UltraFine displays from LG are some of the best out there for those looking for a high-end Mac display, but if you’re looking for something more tailored for graphic design or a display with more port flexibility, the 27-inch 4K BenQ Thunderbolt 3 display is worth looking into. more…

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Sept. 4, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Take $249 off 12.9-inch iPad Pro LTE, Mac mini hits a new Amazon low with $200 off, more

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro LTE hits a new Amazon all-time low alongside notable discounts on Mac mini and Anker’s latest wireless charging solution. You’ll find all that and more in today’s 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 5 p.m.

Fortnite’s brand new Zapper scrapped in less than 24 hours

Epic Games removed Fortnite’s brand new Zapper Trap less than 24 hours after introducing it to the game. The throwable item rolled out with Tuesday’s version 10.20 content update but quickly disappeared again. Epic is yet to confirm whether or not it will be making a comeback. The Zapper Trap is one of the most […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 4:45 p.m.

Files app makes iPad more Mac-like in iOS 13 [Video]

With iOS 13, the Files app is taking a huge leap toward Mac-like file management with both small changes, as well as some big upgrades.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 4:16 p.m.

Gmail for iOS can now prevent remote image tracking

The official Gmail app on iOS can now prevent tracking via external images. A new update to the app brings the ability to disable automatic image loading. This makes it harder for message senders to establish whether you actually opened an email. The images you’ll find embedded into many emails — especially marketing and spam emails […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Apple Pro Display XDR alternative from Asus matches many specs, but 4K not 6K

It’s unlikely that too many pros with the budget to invest in the upcoming Mac Pro will be looking for an Apple Pro Display XDR alternative, but for any that are, Asus thinks it has an interesting option.

The Asus ProArt PA32UCG specs put it into close competition with Apple’s professional monitor, not matching the forthcoming XDR on resolution but beating it on refresh rate…

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Sept. 4, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

U.S. attorneys general prep antitrust investigation into Google

More than half of U.S. state attorneys general are preparing an antitrust investigation into Google. This will mark a major ramp-up in the battle between U.S. regulators and Silicon Valley tech giants. The investigation is likely to be announced Monday. Other tech giants also may face antitrust scrutiny. According to a report from the Washington […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 3:21 p.m.

Apple Watch partner Hermès listing ‘Series 5’ bands, but may be mistake

The Hermès website is currently featuring some product listings for ‘Series 5’ bands in its Apple Watch lineup. However, the product photos and description are copies of the product pages for the equivalent Series 4 bands. This may just be a stocking mistake.

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

Here’s what a bare metal Apple Card looks like, and how to convert your own

What could look even more minimalist than a white Apple Card? How about a bare metal Apple Card?

That’s what one of our readers now has, and he explains how you could do the same thing with yours…

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

Small increase in iPhone’s tiny Indian market share could bring in billions

Apple’s current share of the smartphone market in India is just 1%. But if Apple could somehow raise that to 4% it would bring in approximately $4.6 billion in extra revenue — alongside earnings upside of 65 cents per share. That’s according to Evercore IMI analyst Amit Daryanani. And Daryanani thinks Apple may be able […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

27-inch iMac with 5K display hits lowest price yet [Deals & Steals]

A huge $500 discount on the 27-inch iMac with 5K display means Apple’s best all-in-one is now more affordable than ever. This entry-level model offers a 3.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon Pro 570 graphics with 4GB of memory for just $1,299 — down from $1,799. You’ll […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Save on iPad, Eero and sweet accessories [Deals & Steals]

Amazon’s big discount on the newest 9.7-inch iPad is still active, allowing you to snag $100 off the usual list prices. Get yours for as little as $249.99 while you still can. You’ll will also find up to $100 off the Eero Wi-Fi mesh system and $18 off the great Mighty Vibe music player for […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 2:14 p.m.

Ad industry’s controversial alternative to Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention

Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) was introduced back in 2017 as a way to combat what the company described as overly-intrusive user tracking when browsing the web.

Ad tracking technology has become so pervasive that it is possible for ad tracking companies to recreate the majority of a person’s web browsing history. This information is collected without permission and is used for ad re-targeting, which is how ads follow people around the Internet.

The ad industry wasn’t happy about it, and something of a quarrel ensued. Today, it’s come up with a proposed alternative to ITP – but the idea is a hugely controversial one…

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Sept. 4, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs flip-flops on the Newton

September 4, 1997: The writing is on the wall for Apple’s Newton product line as Steve Jobs tells executives at the newly spun-off company not to bother moving into their new offices. It’s quite the turnaround for the Newton division. Only months earlier, it was being portrayed as large enough to become its own company. […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Comment: The latest rumor is not the iPhone SE 2 many of us want to see

The iPhone SE 2 – or whatever Apple would call a successor to the SE – has provoked more comment than any iPhone that doesn’t yet, and likely never will, exist.

Regular readers will know that I’m a great fan of the size and slab-sided design of the iPhone SE. I welcomed its introduction back in 2016, ‘downgraded‘ to it shortly afterwards and quickly knew it was the right decision. It was only a desire to experience the next generation of iPhones that had me move on from it.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Apple could deliver iPhone SE refresh we didn’t ask for in 2020

It seems Apple hasn’t given up on the iPhone SE just yet. A new report claims an upgraded model is in the works — but you’ll have to wait until next spring to get your hands on it. And it won’t be the iPhone SE upgrade you were hoping for. What made the iPhone SE special […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

Sketchy Apple support document spills big details on iPhone 11 and more

A supposedly “leaked” Apple employee support document contains alleged details of Apple’s upcoming releases. The “Apple Software Development Resources” features information about Apple’s three new iPhones, four new Apple Watches, and new iPads. But it may not be entirely (or at all) genuine. The document reveals the names of the iPhone 11 models as being […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 10:21 a.m.

Report says Apple to release new ‘iPhone SE’ with 4.7-inch display in spring 2020

Apple is about to launch its flagship iPhone 11 lineup next week, but these high-end models only make up about half of Apple’s total phone sales volume. Its cheaper SKUs are also important to its business. Currently, it offers the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 as cheaper models. It is possible that the iPhone 7 will no longer be sold once the iPhone 11 is released.

A report from Nikkei says the company is planning to launch a new 4.7-inch iPhone in the spring, a spiritual iPhone SE successor — at least in terms of price point.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Deals: Save on Anker and Aukey's Best Accessories, Including Aukey's New USB-C Hub + Wireless Charger

Popular Apple accessory makers Anker and Aukey have a new set of discounts on Amazon this week, with notable savings on everything from USB-C cables to portable battery packs and Bluetooth speakers. Some of the sales have had their discounts automatically applied, while others do still require a discount code, all of which you can find below.

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As a note, in this week's sales Aukey is debuting its new combination USB-C Hub with Wireless Charger, which can wirelessly charge an iPhone while providing access to four other ports including USB-A and USB-C ports. The accessory can also connect directly to new USB-C enabled MacBook Pro models, and with pass-through USB-C charging you can charge the laptop while using the mat's other functions.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 10:05 a.m.

Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of Upcoming tvOS 13 Update to Developers

Apple today seeded ninth beta of an upcoming tvOS 13 update to developers, one week after seeding the eighth beta and more than two months after unveiling the tvOS 13 software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Sept. 4, 2019, 9:48 a.m.

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 91 With Legacy TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Disabled

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 91 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for Javascript API, JavaScript Performance, Media, Web API, Rendering, Pointer Events, WebDriver, Web Inspector, and WebGPU.

Today's Safari Technology Preview update disables TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1. Apple in October 2018 said that it plans to end support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in March 2020, and has recommended that apps adopt TLS 1.2 instead.

TLS 1.2 is the standard on Apple platforms, and according to Apple, represents 99.6 percent of connections made from Safari. TLS 1.0 and 1.1 account for less than 0.36 percent of connections.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS Mojave and MacOS Catalina, the newest version of the Mac operating system that was introduced at the June Worldwide Developers Conference.

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

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


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Sept. 4, 2019, 8:35 a.m.

Probably faked document claims to reveal iOS 13 software rollout plan and the names of the iPhone 11

A PDF document is circulating that claims to reveal the ‘Apple Software Development Resource’ guide, which supposedly includes details for internal employees and contractors about Apple’s plans for rolling out iOS 13 …

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8:01 a.m.

Hands-on with Logitech’s new MX Master 3 and Keys: Premium upgrades to a beloved device

Logitech has now officially unveiled the latest generation of its popular MX lineup. Today’s announcement delivers the new MX Master 3 wireless mouse and MX Keys wireless keyboard. Building on its strong tradition of customization and ergonomic design, Logitech’s third-generation goes heavy on premium materials and software upgrades. That includes button-specific actions on a per-app basis, which is sure to excite loyal customers looking to take productivity to a whole new level and full-on adoption of USB-C.

I have been able to try out both the new MX Master 3 and MX Keys for nearly a week now. Initial returns are positive for this long-time Logitech user, but small tweaks on the surface may leave some hesitant to upgrade.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8:01 a.m.

With new MX Master 3 and MX Keys, Logitech doubles down on productivity

A great mouse just got even better (and it brought a friend). Logitech’s new MX Master 3 mouse raises the bar on speed, thanks to a new electromagnetic scroll wheel that the company says can breeze through 1,000 lines in a second. Meanwhile, the high-end mouse maintains the precision tracking, aggressively comfortable design and endless […]

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Sept. 4, 2019, 8 a.m.

iOS 13: How to add Dark Mode shortcut to Control Center on iPhone and iPad

The long-awaited Dark Mode arrives on iPhone and iPad with iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 soon. Follow along for how to add a Dark Mode shortcut toggle to Control Center for fast manual access to the feature.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 5:05 a.m.

Is a new Apple TV coming next week?

We’re a week out from Apple’s September 10th event, and we have a fairly clear picture of what to expect: three new iPhones, new case materials for the Apple Watch, and more details about Apple TV+ and Arcade. We haven’t seen any reporting that suggests a new Apple TV set-top box is on the way, but there may be reason to expect an upgrade anyway.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 2:22 a.m.

Gmail for iOS adds new image blocking setting to prevent email tracking

Google today has rolled out an update to the Gmail app for iOS that gives users the ability to further curtail email tracking. The latest update adds a new setting that allows users to block external images in emails from being displayed automatically.

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Sept. 4, 2019, 2:16 a.m.

Firefox 69 for Mac Brings Default Tracking Protection and Performance Improvements

Mozilla has launched Firefox 69 for Macs, boasting performance improvements and some notable updates to its security repertoire.

Firefox 69 for desktop now blocks third-party tracking cookies by default for all users. The feature is an existing part of the browser's Enhanced Tracking Protection system that was actually launched in June, but that introduced the default setting only for new users. Now even existing Firefox users are protected as standard.

Firefox's default anti-tracking smarts now also extend to blocking cryptomining, a nefarious practice that aggressively hogs processor cycles and battery life in the background as it mines for cryptocurrency while the unsuspecting user browses the web. Firefox 69 also blocks fingerprinting in the user-selected Strict mode, and Mozilla says it plans to turn this protection on by default in a later release.

Firefox users can tell if they have ETP enabled by looking for a shield icon in the address bar, which indicates tracker blocking is active. Users can also click on the icon to view a Content Blocking menu listing all currently blocked tracking cookies. From here, it's also possible to disable tracking cookie blocking on a per site basis.

Security aside, other new features in this release include the ability to block autoplaying videos, including those that don't play audio. For users in the US or using the en-US browser, there's a new New Tab page experience that connects them to the best of Pocket's content, while macOS users can also look forward to improved battery life and a download manager interface that displays file download progress.

Mozilla's full changelog can be found here. If you're already a Firefox user, you should receive an automatic upgrade after restarting the browser. For everyone else, Firefox 69 is available for macOS as a free download directly from the Mozilla website.


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Sept. 4, 2019, 1 a.m.

Western Digital Updates 'My Passport' Hard Drive Line With Up to 5TB Storage

Western Digital today introduced new My Passport and My Passport for Mac hard drives, which are equipped with up to 5TB of storage.

The drives are the slimmest 5TB options in the WD brand portfolio, measuring in at 0.75 inches thick, and Western Digital says they're about palm sized.


Western Digital refreshes its My Passport lineup each year, and this year's models have a new look in Black, Blue, and Red color options. My Passport hard drives are formatted for Windows 10 and feature a USB 3.0 connector.

The My Passport for Mac option, which is formatted for macOS Mojave and features a USB-C connector, comes in a Midnight Blue color option. Mac users who have a USB-C machine and are looking at WD hard drives will want the Mac version so it will work out of the box without an adapter.


The new drives are available starting now from the Western Digital Store and Best Buy in the United States. Prices start at $79.99 for 1TB of storage and go up from there.


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Sept. 4, 2019, 12:41 a.m.

Report: Exploit market ‘flooded’ with iOS vulnerabilities, driving down their value

Over the last week, we learned more about a chain of malicious website exploits that targeted iPhone users for years. This evening, a new report from Vice dives deeper into the current state of the security industry, and how the number of iOS exploits continues to grow.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 11:16 p.m.

Pandora now integrates with Instagram for sharing music and podcasts to Stories

Pandora has announced new integration with Instagram today that makes it easy to share music and podcasts to your Instagram Stories. In a blog post, Pandora detailed the new feature and said it’s rolling out now to a “limited” selection of users, and will come to everyone within the next several weeks.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 11:09 p.m.

Save 20% on superb Strapa bands for Apple Watch

Labor Day might be over already, but the discounts keep on coming at the Cult of Mac Watch Store. The latest gets you 20% off all superb Strapa bands for Apple Watch until September 7. Made from beautiful Italian leather and sturdy stainless steel fixings, Strapa bands are up there with some of the finest […]

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

Apple cancels Richard Gere TV show

Richard Gere’s TV show based on the Israeli series Nevelot has been canceled by Apple. The series got the green light from Apple at the end of last year and was supposed to star Gere in the lead role with Howard Gordon and Warren Leight set to serve as showrunners. Now the duo will have […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 9:56 p.m.

Apple temporarily relaxes some app notarization requirements to ease transition for developers

Apple today announced that it is relaxing some notarization requirements for Mac apps. For apps outside of the Mac App Store, macOS Catalina will only run notarized software. However, developers have found it difficult to adopt notarization.

To ease the transition, Apple is temporarily relaxing some of the things that the company previously mandated for an app to be notarized.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 9 p.m.

iCloud folder sharing disappears from iOS 13

iOS 13 has lost one of its neatest new features -- iCloud Folder sharing. Will it return? Probably not for a while.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Facebook just changed how its face recognition features work, here’s how to turn them off

Facebook has updated how its face recognition features work and will be turned off for some users by default going forward. However, for those accounts that the features have already been turned on, users will have to manually opt-out. Read along for what’s changed and how to turn off Facebook’s face recognition.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Apple TV+ drama ‘Bastards’ scrapped over concerns about show’s ‘tone of vigilante justice’

Apple has reportedly axed one of its upcoming TV shows, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. Due to disagreements over the focus of the show, Apple has scrapped the Apple TV+ dark drama “Bastards” that would have starred Richard Gere.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Save hundreds on MacBook, iPad Pro [Deals & Steals]

Apple might have discontinued the 12-inch MacBook, but you can still find them on sale (and at great prices) if you know where to look. Woot currently has stock of the latest Core i5 units, launched in 2017, for under $950 each. And that’s just one of the awesome offers in today’s Deals & Steals […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 7:08 p.m.

Apollo for Reddit gains expanded pure black dark mode, enhanced private messages, robust native mod tools, more

The popular Apollo for Reddit iOS app it out today with a major update. The latest version brings an expanded pure black dark mode, improvements to private messages with fully-threaded conversations, auto hide read posts and auto collapse child comments, native moderator tools including Mod Mail, Mod Queue, Mod Zone, more gesture controls, and more.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 7 p.m.

Make the most of mouse buttons in iOS 13

You can set mouse buttons to do many Mac-like functions in iPadOS 13. Here are some of the best mouse functions you can add for your iPad.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

Brand new Lego Star Wars Battles hits iOS next year

In a galaxy not so far away (our galaxy, actually) a brand new Star Wars game is on its way to iOS. Lego Star Wars Battles is a brand new deck-building strategy game that will feature content from all nine of the Star Wars movies — including all your favorite characters and locations. Lego crossover games […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 6 p.m.

Samsung allegedly plans to launch folding clamshell phone next year

Samsung plans to reinvent the flip phone next year with yet another folding display smartphone, only unlike the Galaxy Fold, this one will come with an old-school design. The new Samsung folding phone will reportedly launch next year and instead of folding out into a tablet, the new design folds inward to make the phone […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

9to5Mac Daily: September 03, 2019 – Apple Watch sleep tracking exclusive

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

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Sept. 3, 2019, 5:44 p.m.

New York subway commuters just keep losing AirPods

New York City commuters are losing AirPods left and right, causing delays so workers can retrieve the fallen wireless earbuds from subway tracks. The problem is so persistent, the Metro Transit Authority is considering pubic service announcements to urge commuters to not insert them or taking them off while exiting or boarding subway cars. Track […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 5:18 p.m.

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and iPad Pros on sale from $400, new Anker deals, more

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and previous-generation iPad Pro models see refurbished discounts from $400, today only. Anker has a fresh Amazon sale with various deals on smartphone accessories, and LaCie Rugged Hard Drives are discounted from $60. Hit the jump for more in this 9to5Toys Lunch Break.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Gmail for iOS Gains Setting for Automatically Blocking Images

Google today updated its Gmail app for iOS devices with a new image blocking setting for easier access to the option designed to prevent Gmail from automatically loading attached images.

Many email tracking clients use small, invisible images as a means of tracking when an email has been opened and viewed, allowing for invasive features like read receipts.


Gmail on the desktop has long had the setting that lets images be blocked by default, but now that setting is also accessible on iOS devices for personal Gmail accounts, so it's easier for those who primarily use iOS devices to activate it. From the release notes for the latest update of Gmail:
You can now choose to be asked before external images are displayed automatically. To enable this for new incoming messages, go to Settings > specific account > Images and select Ask before displaying external images.
As The Verge points out, this appears to be a response to a recent controversy with Superhuman, an email app that allowed users to track the location of a person who opened an email as well as what time of day the email was read.

Location tracking has been removed entirely and read receipts are off by default in Superhuman following public outcry, but the issue did raise awareness about tracking features in email apps, which may have prompted Google to expand the setting to iOS devices in addition to the web.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

USB4 development complete, here’s what it means for Mac users

The USB4 specification was originally teased back in May, but now the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has offered new details on the upcoming standard. The group announced today that it has completed development of the USB4 technical specification, which means engineers can now start implementing it – and Mac users might notice some similarities.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 4:32 p.m.

Fortnite’s floating island returns with new Zapper Trap

Fortnite’s floating island has returned to Battle Royale — and this time the Motel is right on top of it. This week’s content update also brings the brand new Zapper Trap. The throwable consumable shocks opponents on either side of a wall, making it an ideal counter to turtling. Season 10 has brought a host of […]

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

Just how titanium is the titanium Apple Card?

Do you want to be the kind of know-it-all who takes the wind out of fanboys’ sails by telling them their fancy new titanium Apple Card isn’t actually 100% titanium? No? Then you should probably ignore a new article from Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The publication used a scanning electron microscope to work out the Apple Card’s […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

Geekbench 5 arrives with Dark Mode, new CPU tests using AR and ML, multi-threaded modes, more

The highly popular computer and mobile device benchmarking software, Geekbench, is out with a new version today that brings Dark Mode for the macOS app, new CPU tests that leverage machine learning, augmented reality, and computational photography, new multi-threaded modes, and more.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 3:32 p.m.

‘Apple Glasses’ explained and how iPhone-connected item trackers will work

As 9to5Mac first reported back in April, Apple is working on a Tag device – similar to the Tile tracker – that can be attached to any object such as keys or a backpack and tracked in the new Find My app. We now have more to share about both Apple’s item tracker as well as the company’s so-called Apple Glasses project.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

PSA: Apple Watch sleep-tracking doesn’t need to exhaust your battery

We reported yesterday that Apple Watch sleep-tracking looks set to become a standard feature.

Today, 9to5Mac has learned from sources inside Apple that the company is working on sleep tracking for the Apple Watch, which won’t require any special hardware to work. The new feature could be announced as early as next week when the company is expected to announce the next generation iPhones and possibly a revised Apple Watch with titanium and ceramic options.

Currently, there are a number of third-party sleep-tracking apps available for the Apple Watch, but one question with them is: if you wear your watch at night as well as during the day, when do you charge it?

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Sept. 3, 2019, 3:25 p.m.

Poll: Are you excited about Apple Watch sleep tracking? [Video]

Yesterday 9to5Mac’s Gui Rambo presented exclusive first details on upcoming sleep tracking functionality for the Apple Watch. The new feature, which will require users to wear the Apple Watch while sleeping, could launch as early as next week during Apple’s ‘By Innovation Only’ event.

We’re curious to know what your thoughts are on Apple Watch sleep tracking, including whether or not you’d be willing to wear the Apple Watch to bed? Watch our video news report for more details. more…

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Sept. 3, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Bang & Olufsen unveils premium AirPlay 2 and Chromecast soundbar ahead of IFA

Bang & Olufsen has unveiled its new AirPlay-enabled soundbar ahead of IFA 2019, delivering its first true entry into this highly-competitive category. In typical B&O fashion, it arrives with a sleek design and premium materials which the brand undoubtedly hopes will help set itself apart from others. Along with AirPlay support, the Beosound Stage will support Dolby Atmos and Chromecast streaming, which makes it one of the most well-rounded offerings out there. More below.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Apple’s not expecting an iPhone ‘super-cycle’ this year

The days of massive year-on-year growth in iPhone sales are over for now, at least according to one analyst forecasting Apple’s iPhone 11 orders. According to analysts at Cowen, Apple’s iPhone 11 orders are roughly in line with those for last year’s iPhone refresh. Cowen thinks that Apple will build 65 million iPhones for Q4, […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 2:49 p.m.

Smart Apple Watch bands described in Apple patents, including ‘Wrist ID’

We’ve seen quite a number of patent applications and other ideas for smart Apple Watch bands, and a trio of patents granted today points to some interesting possibilities.

One of them could provide a neat way for your Apple Watch to recognize you, without the need to type in a passcode or unlock a paired iPhone…

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

Apple Store thieves rob $200,000 worth of iPhones

More than $200,000 worth of iPhones have reportedly been stolen from an Apple Store in Australia in an early morning raid Tuesday. According to police, a gang smashed their way into a store in Perth at 2.15am. After being disturbed and fleeing empty-handed, they headed to another store. They broke into this second Apple Store […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Thieves steal $300K of iPhones after using sledgehammer to break into Australian Apple Stores

Two Australian Apple Stores were hit by thieves last evening who ended up stealing $300K worth of products, made up mostly of iPhones. Surveillance footage shows the burglars breaking the glass at one store with a sledgehammer and the other with a large crow bar.

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

Get a utility belt for your AirPods [Deals]

AirPods go everywhere with us, so why not carry them safely and in style? This case cover and accessory pack offers a bunch of handy AirPod accessories. A super light and thin silicone cover prevents drop and scratch damage that can come from daily use. Even better, they can charge your AirPods while in removing […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 2:23 p.m.

Apple’s latest movie sale has action hits from $5, large selection of $1 rentals, more

The latest iTunes movie sale delivers a number of action titles starting at $5 plus a new $1 rental sale that’s packed with titles from a variety of genres. Of course, there’s the usual smattering of other deals to choose from as well. Hit the jump for all of our top picks.

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

Apple Temporarily Relaxes Notarization Requirements in macOS Catalina for Non Mac App Store Apps

Apple this afternoon reminded developers about upcoming notarization requirements for Mac apps created outside of the Mac App Store.

Apps that are distributed outside of the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run on the macOS Catalina operating system set to be released this fall.


Apple says that to make the transition easier on both developers and Mac users, notarization prerequisites have been adjusted until January 2020.

Developers can now have apps notarized that do not meet certain previous requirements, such as an app that uses an older SDK or the inclusion of components not signed by a developer ID.

Apple has a full list of allowances on its developer website:
You can now notarize Mac software that:
- Doesn't have the Hardened Runtime capability enabled.
- Has components not signed with your Developer ID.
- Doesn't include a secure timestamp with your code-signing signature.
- Was built with an older SDK.
- Includes the com.apple.security.get-task-allow entitlement with the value set to any variation of true.
Apple has been requiring new software distributed with a Developer ID outside of the Mac App Store to be notarized in order to run since macOS Mojave 10.14.5.

Apple introduced notarization in macOS Mojave as a way to further protect Mac users from malicious and harmful apps.

For the notarization process, Apple provides trusted non Mac App Store developers with Developer IDs that are required to allow the Gatekeeper function on macOS to install non Mac App Store apps.

Notarization is not required for apps that are distributed through the Mac App Store. More information on notarization can be found on Apple's developer site.


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Sept. 3, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Samsung Galaxy Fold could hit U.S. one week after iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 lineup could face competition from the Galaxy Fold just one week after hitting the market. Pre-registration for Samsung’s first foldable handset today reopened ahead of a rumored U.S. launch on September 27. The Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to make its debut back in April. But big design flaws meant Samsung was […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 1:42 p.m.

Is the Apple Card pure titanium? Electron microscope scan reveals all…

Is the physical Apple Card pure titanium, or does it use other materials? With Apple making much mention of the premium material in its marketing materials, I guess it was only a matter of time before someone had to find out…

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Sept. 3, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Hong Kong protestors use offline chat apps to avoid government surveillance

Protestors in Hong Kong are increasingly turning to the privacy of offline chat apps to reduce the risk of government surveillance…

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Sept. 3, 2019, 1 p.m.

Today in Apple history: Woz stages an epic concert

September 3, 1982: The Us Festival, an extravagant music and technology event staged by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, kicks off in California. The fest costs $8 million to stage, and boasts appearances from some of the biggest musical acts of the day. It’s a wild venture for Woz, who is on hiatus from Apple after […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

Apple has no plans to scrap iMessage apps and games

Apple has no intention of scrapping iMessage games — despite some of the rumors you might be reading online this week. Stories surrounding the supposed move started trending on Twitter, causing some fans to freak about the feature’s removal. But at no point has Apple stated that it will close the iMessage App Store. Believe […]

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

Don’t expect huge speed boost from iPhone XR upgrade

Ahead of next week’s Apple media event, a Geekbench profile supposedly reveals some of the tech specs of the iPhone 11. The report refers to the successor to the iPhone XR, one of the three iPhones Apple will release this year. It shows a single-core task speed increase of around 12%, but an unchanged multi-core […]

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

Bunq Apple Pay support finally reaches the Netherlands, along with Monese

Bunq Apple Pay support is finally available in the Netherlands, after the Dutch bank first offered it to customers in Germany, Italy and Spain. Apple Pay first came to the Netherlands back in June, but only ING offered it at that time.

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Sept. 3, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Sleep-tracking could be coming to Apple Watch this year

Apple will introduce sleep tracking to Apple Watch, a new report claims. The new feature will reportedly not require any additional hardware, but rather be software-based. It’s not clear whether it will be limited only to the upcoming Apple Watch Series 5, however. 9to5Mac, which broke the story, said that it learned the information from […]

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Sept. 3, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

Form VR swim goggles add Polar heart rate sensor support

Virtual reality swim goggles made by Form soon will add support for select Polar heart rate monitors. With Apple Watch, you must stop swimming and raise your wrist in order to check your heart rate. But thanks to Form Swim Goggles’ built-in VR display, wearers of a Polar monitor will be able to view their […]

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